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#120CowboyTough, Kickoff Week: Nebraska Comes To Town

Mazi Ogbonna

Mazi Ogbonna

Aug 25, 2013

LARAMIE, Wyo. -


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Nebraska Comes To Town

Just two seasons ago, fans were treated to the biggest home game in Wyoming Football history. The mighty Huskers of Nebraska came to War Memorial Stadium in what was one of the most anticipated matchups in Cowboy Football history.

Both teams came into the contest sporting perfect 3-0 marks. Visiting Laramie for the first time in history, Nebraska was ninth in the nation in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. In front of a capacity crowd of 32,617, Wyoming battled with Nebraska admirably. Quarterback Brett Smith, just a freshman, played well against a stout Nebraska defense. He hit wide receiver Mazi Ogbonna for a 48-yard TD strike just before halftime, and the Pokes went to intermission down 14-7.

But the Huskers went to work on the ground in the third quarter to score 17 unanswered points, putting the Cowboys at a 31-7 deficit until midway through the fourth quarter. The Cowboys fought back, as Smith tossed a TD to wide receiver Robert Herron from 10 yards out to cut the deficit to 31-14 with 8:13 remaining.

Again, Nebraska went to the ground to seal the game with an 11-play, 80-yard drive. The Huskers didn't attempt a pass on the drive and effectively sealed the game with 11-straight rushes for the touchdown to go up 38-14 with 3:57 to go.

The loss didn't slow the Cowboys, as they went on to win eight games and earn a berth in the New Mexico Bowl to end the season.

About the #120CowboyTough Countdown

The 2013 season will mark the 120th anniversary of Wyoming Cowboy Football. To commemorate that anniversary, we will be counting down some of the great memories and moments from Wyoming football history over the next eight weeks leading up to the Cowboys' season opener at Nebraska on Aug. 31.

The 2013 "Countdown to Kickoff" will take Wyoming fans through Cowboy Football history chronologically. The first week will highlight some of the memorable moments from the period from the first season in 1893 through the 1940s. Then each successive week, the countdown will recall great moments from the 1950s, `60s, 70s, 80, 90s, 2000s and the current decade.

Our countdown will only touch on some of the greatest moments, but we encourage you, the Wyoming fans, to share your favorite memories through the official University of Wyoming Athletics Twitter (@wyoathletics) and Facebook pages (Wyoming Cowboys). Fans are encouraged to use #120CowboyTough when sharing their memories.

Enjoy the countdown, and we look forward to seeing you in War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 7 for the home opener versus the Idaho Vandals.


 

 

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