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October 8, 1966
Laramie, Wyo.
War Memorial Stadium
Wyoming 40, Utah 7

On this date Wyoming Cowboy kicker Jerry DePoyster booted four field goals, including a UW record three from over 50 yards in a win over the Utah Utes, 40-7.

That day, DePoyster was good on attempts from 54 (twice), 52, and 21 yards out, setting University of Wyoming all-time records, along with NCAA records at the time.

On the Cowboys' first drive of the game, DePoyster kicked his first field goal of 54 yards. With the kick, DePoyster set a new WAC record, along with being the first Wyoming player to make a field goal of 50 yards or more.

The second of DePoysters' field goals came with 1:22 left in the first quarter, when he was good on a 52 yard attempt to give the 'Pokes a 6-0 lead.


Wyoming then went on a scoring run which included four touchdowns and a 21 yard field goal from DePoyster to give them a 37-7 lead with little time left in the fourth quarter.

With 0:12 left in the game, Wyoming gave DePoyster the ball and watched him kick his record setting third field goal from 50+ yards, 54 yards for the second time that day. With that final field goal, Depoyster set new WAC and Wyoming records for field goals in a game (4), and NCAA and Wyoming records for field goals over 50 yards (3).

The Cowboys defeated the rival Utes, 40-7.

During that season DePoyster led the nation in kick scoring with 71 points, leading the 'Pokes to their first Western Athletic Conference Championship, and a win over Florida State in the Sun Bowl 28-20. He also led the nation with 17 field goal attempts of 50 or more yards, and most attempts of 50+ yards in a single game (3 vs. Utah).

Jerry DePoyster was inducted into the University of Wyoming Hall of Fame in 2006. The most adorned kicker in Wyoming Cowboy history, Jerry helped UW win two WAC Championships, along with earning two Bowl bids, including the 1968 Sugar Bowl. He was an all American his senior season, and led the NCAA in scoring in 1966 and 1967.

 

 

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