Traditions

The Bronze Boot

The Cowboys celebrate with The Bronze Boot following UW's 44-0 win over CSU on Nov. 20, 2010.


The annual Wyoming-Colorado State football game has evolved into one of the most bitterly contested rivalries in college football. The teams have waged the "Border War" ninety-seven times since the schools began playing in 1899, playing every year except 1901, 1902, 1906, 1907, 1918, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1943, 1944, and 1945. In fact, this is one of the oldest interstate rivalries west of the Mississippi River. The series is the oldest rivalry for both schools and the "Border War" has been played in three different centuries.

In 1968, the ROTC detachments of the respective schools initiated the Bronze Boot, a traveling trophy awarded to the winner of the contest each year. The Boot was originally worn in Vietnam by CSU ROTC instructor Dan J. Romero.

Each year leading up to the Wyoming-Colorado State game, the game ball is carried on foot in a shuttle relay by the ROTC detachment of the visiting team to the Wyoming-Colorado state border, where the home team's ROTC detachment receives it and runs the game ball to the stadium hosting the game.

The boot has rested in the UW Athletics Dept. in 22 of the 43 years since its inception. The Bronze Boot has become one of the most famous traveling trophies in college football.

Following is a list of the Boot Series scores:


Year - Outcome - Site

1968 - Wyoming 46, Colorado State 14 - Ft. Collins

1969 - Wyoming 39, Colorado State 3 - Laramie

1970 - Wyoming 16, Colorado State 6 - Ft. Collins

1971 - Wyoming 17, Colorado State 6 - Laramie

1972 - Wyoming 28, Colorado State 9 - Ft. Collins

Wyoming players celebrate with the Bronze Boot trophy after beating CSU 24-0 in Laramie, Oct. 21, 2006.


1973 - Wyoming 35, Colorado State 3 - Laramie

1974 - Colorado State 11, Wyoming 6 - Ft. Collins

1975 - Colorado State 3, Wyoming 0 - Laramie

1976 - Colorado State 19, Wyoming 16 - Ft. Collins

1977 - Wyoming 29, Colorado State 13 - Laramie

1978 - Wyoming 13, Colorado State 3 - Ft. Collins

1979 - Colorado State 20, Wyoming 16 - Laramie

1980 - Colorado State 28, Wyoming 25 - Ft. Collins

1981- Wyoming 55, Colorado State 21 - Laramie

1982 - Colorado State 9, Wyoming 3 - Ft. Collins

1983 - Wyoming 42, Colorado State 17 - Laramie

1984 - Wyoming 43, Colorado State 34 - Ft. Collins

1985 - Colorado State 30, Wyoming 19 - Laramie

1986 - Colorado State 20, Wyoming 15 - Ft. Collins

1987 - Wyoming 20, Colorado State 15 - Laramie

1988 - Wyoming 48, Colorado State 14 - Ft. Collins

1989 - Wyoming 56, Colorado State 35 - Laramie

1990 - Colorado State 17, Wyoming 8 - Ft. Collins

1991 - Wyoming 35, Colorado State 28 - Laramie

1992 - Wyoming 31, Colorado State 14 - Ft. Collins

1993 - Colorado State 41, Wyoming 21 - Laramie

1994 - Colorado State 35, Wyoming 24 - Ft. Collins

1995 - Colorado State 31, Wyoming 24 - Laramie

1996 - Wyoming 25, Colorado State 24 - Ft. Collins

1997 - Colorado State 14, Wyoming 7 - Laramie

1998 - Wyoming 27, Colorado State 19 - Ft. Collins

1999 - Colorado State 24, Wyoming 13 - Laramie

2000 - Colorado State 37, Wyoming 13 - Ft. Collins

2001 - Colorado State 42, Wyoming 14 - Laramie

2002 - Colorado State 44, Wyoming 36 - Ft. Collins

2003 - Wyoming 35, Colorado State 28 - Laramie

2004 - Colorado State 30, Wyoming 7 - Ft. Collins

2005 - Colorado State 39, Wyoming 31 - Ft. Collins

2006 - Wyoming 24, Colorado State 0 - Laramie

2007 - Colorado State 36, Wyoming 28 - Ft. Collins

2008 - Colorado State 31, Wyoming 20 - Laramie

2009 - Wyoming 17, Colorado State 16 - Ft. Collins

2010 - Wyoming 44, Colorado State 0 - Laramie

Wyoming leads The Bronze Boot series 22-21.

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