Wyoming and TCU Battle for First Place in the Mountain West on Saturday
Nov. 2, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys and TCU Horned Frogs will battle for first place in the Mountain West Conference this Saturday in Laramie. Saturday's game will kick off at Noon, Mountain Time, from Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium. Both Wyoming and TCU enter this week undefeated in Mountain West play and atop the conference standings. Wyoming is 2-0 in conference games, and TCU is 3-0. The Cowboys have a 5-2 overall record. TCU is 6-2 overall. The other MW team that is undefeated in conference play is Boise State at 2-0.
Tickets are still available to Saturday's game. Fans may go online at www.WyomingAthletics.com or call 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or 307-766-4850.
The Cowboys will be looking for their first win over TCU since a 24-21 win in Laramie on Oct. 6, 2007. UW's 5-2 start this season is its best start since 1998, when the Pokes began the season 6-1 through seven games.
With its 2-0 start in conference play, Wyoming's matchup versus 3-0 TCU this week has taken on a significance that Wyoming Football hasn't experienced for some time - a battle for first place in the conference race.
Not since the late 90s when the Cowboys were battling for conference titles in 1996 and 1998 in the Western Athletic Conference and in 1999, in the first season of the Mountain West Conference, has a conference game of this significance been played in Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium.
Wyoming captured the 1996 WAC Pacific Division title and played in the inaugural WAC Championship game. UW finished one game out of first place in the WAC Mountain Division in 1998. Since joining the Mountain West in 1999, Wyoming's best finishes were one game out of first place in `99, a tie for third in 2006 and a fourth-place finish in 2004.
Wyoming will be looking for its third consecutive win this season. UW already had one three-game winning streak to start the 2011 season. Since joining the Mountain West Conference as a charter member in 1999, Wyoming has never began Mountain West conference play 3-0.
Wyoming's 2-0 Mountain West start marks the third time since 2005 that UW has opened conference play 2-0, and is the second time in the three years of the Dave Christensen era that Wyoming has begun MW play 2-0. In addition to this season, the Cowboys began the 2005 and 2009 seasons 2-0 in Mountain West action.
The last time Wyoming began a season 3-0 in conference play was 1998, beginning the year 6-0 in Western Athletic Conference play before losing its final two WAC games.
The Pokes began their 2011 conference road schedule with a 30-27 road win at San Diego State last Saturday. That broke a four-game road losing streak in conference play for UW. Wyoming's last previous road win in MW play came in the final regular-season game of the 2009 season at Colorado State. Wyoming won that game 17-16 over the Rams en route to the New Mexico Bowl.
When the TCU Horned Frogs come to town this week, they will bring with them a 20-game conference winning streak - the longest in Mountain West history. TCU won the past two Mountain West Conference titles in 2009 and 2010 with perfect 8-0 conference marks. The Horned Frogs have begun the 2011 season with a perfect 3-0 record in MW play. The current streak dates back to the final game of the 2008 season, a 44-10 win over Air Force. The last Mountain West game that the Horned Frogs lost was on Nov. 6, 2008, at Utah by a score of 10-13. BYU held the previous Mountain West record for consecutive conference wins at 18 games. That streak ran from Sept. 28, 2006, to Oc. 11, 2008.
The Wyoming Cowboys will also be looking to stop TCU from tying the Mountain West record for most consecutive conference road wins this week. TCU has won its last 10 Mountain West road games -- four in 2009, four in 2010 and two in 2011. The MW record for consecutive road wins in conference play is 11. That record was set by BYU from Oct. 8, 2005, to Dec. 1, 2007.
Saturday's game will be telecast live on The Mtn. and will be broadcast on radio over the 25 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network. The radio broadcast begins one hour before kickoff or 11 a.m., Mountain Time this week.