Wyoming Cowboys football
|Wyoming Cowboys football|
|Athletic director||Tom Burman|
1st year, 0–0 (–)
|Home stadium||War Memorial Stadium|
|Stadium surface||Artificial turf
|All-time record||486–520–28 (.484)|
|Postseason bowl record||6–7|
Brown and Gold
|Fight song||Ragtime Cowboy Joe|
|Marching band||Western Thunder|
The Wyoming Cowboys are a college football team that represents the University of Wyoming. They compete in the Mountain West Conference of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of NCAA Division I, and have won 15 conference titles. The head coach is Dave Christensen, entering his fifth season in 2013.
It is the highest Division I FBS football stadium in the nation; the elevation of its playing field exceeds 7,200 feet (2,195 m) above sea level. The playing surface was natural grass until 2005, when infilled artificial turf was installed.
The Bronze Boot is awarded to the winner of the college football game between Wyoming and Colorado State, in nearby Fort Collins. The annual game has evolved into one of the most bitterly contested rivalries in college football. The teams have waged the "Border War" one hundred 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. This is one of the oldest interstate rivalries west of the Mississippi River, and the oldest west of Lawrence, Kansas. The series is the oldest rivalry for both schools and the "Border War" has been played in three different centuries.
The Paniolo Trophy is awarded to the winner of the college football game between Wyoming and Hawai'i, in Honolulu. This rivalry started in 1979 when Hawai'i joined the WAC conference and was played annually until 1997, shortly before Wyoming joined the newly formed Mountain West Conference. Hawai'i joined the MWC as a football-only affiliate member in 2012, renewing the rivalry. The two teams will play each other again in the 2013 football season.
- Mike Dirks - tackle - part of one of college football's best defenses in 1966 and 1967. He was selected as an All-American and All-Western Athletic Conference performer. He co-captained Wyoming's 1967 WAC Championship football team that finished fifth in the nation. Led the Cowboys to a 10-1 record and berth in the 1968 Sugar Bowl. He was part of the Cowboys line that was the nation's best rushing defense for two consecutive seasons. No team in the nation has since allowed fewer rushing yards than the 1966 and 1967 Wyoming defenses. Dirks produced 71 tackles, 30 unassisted tackles, and 26 tackles for a loss. He was inducted into the Wyoming Cowboys Athletic Hall of Fame on October 29, 1993.
- Jim Kiick - running back - Wyoming's leading rusher for each of his three seasons, 1965-67. He totalled 1,714 yards and ten touchdowns on 431 carries, and 561 yards and five touchdowns on 52 pass receptions. He was the first player ever to earn first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors three times. Kiick was co-captain of the team as a senior. He was named the Most Valuable Player in the 1966 Sun Bowl victory over Florida State, rushing 25 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns, and catching four passes for 42 yards. He also played in the 1968 Sugar Bowl against LSU, rushing 19 times for 75 yards and a touchdown, and catching five passes for 48 yards. Kiick played in the 1968 Senior Bowl, and was selected to play in the 1968 College All-Star Game.
- Jerry Hill - running back - was selected as Wyoming's Football Player of the Century during fan balloting in 1992. He was selected as an All-Skyline Conference running back in 1959 and 1960. In those two seasons, Hill was Wyoming's leading rusher. During his career, the Cowboys posted a 25-6 record. Hill was a member of the club that won the 1958 Sun Bowl. His career would finish with 1,374 rushing yards on 288 carries. He was inducted in the Wyoming Cowboys Athletic Hall of Fame on October 29, 1993.
- Jay Novacek - tight end - was a two sport All-American at Wyoming, also excelling in track. He was the Wyoming record holder in the decathlon and pole vault. As a football player, he was selected to the Kodak All-American football team in 1984. The selection was attributed to setting an NCAA record for receiving yards per receptions by a tight end. Novacek finished his Cowboys career with 83 career receptions for 1,536 yards and 10 touchdowns as a tight end. He was inducted in the Wyoming Cowboys Athletic Hall of Fame on October 29, 1993. He was also inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame on July 19, 2009 .
Honors and awards
- Mike Dirks, First Team All-Western Athletic Conference, 1967
- Mike Dirks, Football writers of America, Look Magazine, Newspaper Enterprise Association All-American, 1967
- Mike Dirks, Team Co-Captain on NCAA record setting defense
- Marcus Harris, Fred Biletnikoff Award
- Marcus Harris, inducted into the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame on September 24, 2004.
- Jerry Hill, First Team All-Skyline Conference, 1959, 1960
- Jerry Hill, Selected Wyoming Football Player of the Century, 1992
- Jerry Hill, Honorable Mention All-American, 1959, 1960
- Jerry Hill, Admiral Emory S. Land Award Winner
- Jim Kiick, Tailback, Most Valuable Player, 1966 Sun Bowl
- Leonard Kucewski, Guard, Most Valuable Player, 1958 Sun Bowl
- Jay Novacek, First Team All-Western Athletic Conference, 1984
- Jay Novacek, Football All-American, 1984
Year by Year
Cowboys drafted into the NFL
|Draft Year||Player||Position||Round||Overall||NFL Team|
|1950||Truett Smith||Fullback||7||86||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|1952||Dewey McConnell||Defensive Back||3||37||Los Angeles Rams|
|1957||Jim Crawford||Fullback||14||163||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|1959||Dale Memmelaar||Guard||21||242||Chicago Cardinals|
|1961||Jerry Hill||Running Back||3||35||Baltimore Colts|
|1961||Chuck Lamson||Defensive Back||4||43||Minnesota Vikings|
|1966||Jerry Marion||Wide Receiver||10||143||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|1967||Ron Billingsley||Defensive Tackle||1||14||San Diego Chargers|
|1968||Jerry DePoyster||Kicker||2||37||Detroit Lions|
|1968||Mike LaHood||Guard||2||51||Los Angeles Rams|
|1968||Jim Kiick||Running Back||5||118||Miami Dolphins|
|1968||Mike Dirks||Tackle||5||122||Philadelphia Eagles|
|1968||Paul Toscano||Defensive Back||7||187||Houston Oilers|
|1969||Gene Huey||Wide Receiver||5||123||St. Louis Cardinals|
|1969||David Hampton||Running Back||9||220||Green Bay Packers|
|1969||Dennis Devlin||Defensive Back||10||240||New England Patriots|
|1970||Vic Washington||Wide Receiver||4||87||San Francisco 49ers|
|1970||Larry Nels||Defensive Lineman||12||298||New York Giants|
|1970||Joe Williams||Back||12||309||Dallas Cowboys|
|1971||Tony McGee||Defensive End-Tackle||3||64||Chicago Bears|
|1972||Conrad Dobler||Guard||5||110||St. Louis Cardinals|
|1973||Nick Bebout||Tackle||6||142||Atlanta Falcons|
|1975||Mike McGraw||Linebacker||10||255||St. Louis Cardinals|
|1976||Lawrence Gaines||Running Back||1||16||Detroit Lions|
|1976||Aaron Kyle||Defensive Back||1||27||Dallas Cowboys|
|1978||Frank Chesley||Linebacker||6||157||New Orleans Saints|
|1979 ||Ken Fantetti||Linebacker||2||37||Detroit Lions|
|1980||Danny Pittman||Wide Receiver||4||90||New York Giants|
|1981||Guy Frazier||Linebacker||4||93||Cincinnati Bengals|
|1982||Jim Eliopulos||Linebacker||3||81||Dallas Cowboys|
|1984||Chris Kolodziejski||Tight End||2||52||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|1984||Jay Novacek||Tight End||6||158||St. Louis Cardinals|
|1989||Eric Coleman||Defensive Back||2||43||New England Patriots|
|1991||Mitch Donahue||Linebacker||4||95||San Francisco 49ers|
|1992||Doug Rigby||Defensive End||11||298||Kansas City Chiefs|
|1994||Ryan Yarborough||Wide Receiver||2||41||New York Jets|
|1995||Ryan Christopherson||Running Back||5||169||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|1995||John Burrough||Defensive End||7||245||Atlanta Falcons|
|1997||Steve Scifres||Guard||3||83||Dallas Cowboys|
|1997||Lee Vaughn||Defensive Back||6||187||Dallas Cowboys|
|1997||Marcus Harris||Wide Receiver||7||232||Detroit Lions|
|2001||Patrick Chukwurah||Linebacker||5||157||Minnesota Vikings|
|2004||Casey Bramlet||Quarterback||7||218||Cincinnati Bengals|
|2006||Derrick Martin||Defensive Back||6||208||Baltimore Ravens|
|2007||John Wendling||Defensive Back||6||184||Buffalo Bills|
|2011||Chris Prosinski||Defensive Back||4||121||Jacksonville Jaguars|
Cowboys drafted into the AFL
|Draft Year||Player||Position||Round||Overall||AFL Team|
|1961||Jerry Hill||Running Back||2||9||Denver Broncos|
The Cowboys have appeared in thirteen bowl games and have a record of six wins and seven losses (6–7).Their most recent bowl appearance came in their 35–17 loss to Temple in the 2011 New Mexico Bowl.
Future non-conference opponents
|at Nebraska L 37 - 34||vs Montana||vs North Dakota||vs Northern Illinois||at Missouri||vs Washington State|
|vs Idaho W 42 - 10||at Oregon||at Washington State||at Nebraska||vs Oregon||vs Missouri|
|vs Northern Colorado W 35 - 7||at Michigan State||vs Eastern Michigan||at Eastern Michigan|
|at Texas State L 42 - 21||vs Florida Atlantic||at Northern Illinois|
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- "Temple wins New Mexico Bowl with romp over Wyoming". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 17, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
- "Wyoming Cowboys Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
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