1959 Wyoming Cowboys football team

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1959 Wyoming Cowboys football
Skyline champion
ConferenceSkyline Conference
Ranking
APNo. 16
1959 record9–1 (7–0 Skyline)
Head coachBob Devaney (3rd season)
Home stadiumWar Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1958
1960 →
1959 Skyline Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 16 Wyoming $ 7 0 0     9 1 0
Colorado State 5 2 0     6 4 0
New Mexico 4 2 0     7 3 0
Utah 3 2 0     5 5 0
Utah State 2 5 0     5 6 0
BYU 2 5 0     3 7 0
Denver 2 5 0     2 8 0
Montana 1 5 0     1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1959 Wyoming Cowboys football team represented the University of Wyoming in the Skyline Conference during the 1959 college football season. In their third season under head coach Bob Devaney, the Cowboys compiled a 9–1 record (7–0 against Skyline opponents), won the Skyline Conference championship, and outscored all opponents by a total of 287 to 62.[1][2] The Cowboys were not ranked during the season, but after the season concluded they were ranked No. 16 in the final AP Poll.[1]

The Cowboys ranked fourth out of 112 teams in major college football in scoring offense with an average of 28.7 points per game. They also ranked fifth in scoring defense, allowing an average of 6.2 points per game.[1]

The team's statistical leaders included Jim Walden with 882 passing yards, Jerry Hill with 579 rushing yards and 50 points scored, and Dick Hamilton with 245 receiving yards.[3][4] Jim Walden went on to play in the Canadian Football League for the BC Lions, Calgary Stampeders, and Edmonton Eskimos. Jerry Hill played 10 seasons in the National Football League with the Baltimore Colts.

Two players were named to the 1959 All-Skyline Conference team: guard Len Kuczewski; and quarterback Jim Walden.[5]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 19vs. Montana
  • Daylis Stadium
  • Billings, MT (Midland Roundtable Grid Classic)
W 58–07,400[6]
September 26Air Force*L 7–2020,527[7]
October 3Utah State
  • War Memorial Stadium
  • Laramie, WY (rivalry)
W 27–2[8]
October 10Colorado State
  • War Memorial Stadium
  • Laramie, WY (rivalry)
W 29–0[9]
October 17BYU
  • War Memorial Stadium
  • Laramie, WY
W 21–6[10]
October 24at UtahW 21–724,739[11]
October 31at NC State*W 26–013,500[12]
November 7at San Jose State*W 28–717,000[13]
November 14at New MexicoW 25–2016,000[14]
November 26at DenverW 45–010,295[15]
  • *Non-conference game

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1959 Wyoming Cowboys Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "2018 Wyoming Football Media Guide" (PDF). University of Wyoming. 2018. p. 212.
  3. ^ "1959 Wyoming Cowboys Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  4. ^ 2018 Media Guide, p. 207.
  5. ^ 2018 Media Guide, p. 236.
  6. ^ "Cowboys Take Grizzlies 58-0 in Roundtable Game". The Billings Gazette. September 20, 1959. p. 18 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Ray Giffin (September 27, 1959). "Heads Up Air Force Team Trounces Cowboys By 20 to 7 Score as Record Crowd Watches". Casper Tribune-Herald & Star. p. 9 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Wyoming Rolls to 27-2 Win Over Utah State". Casper Tribune-Herald & Star. October 4, 1959. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "After First Half Threat Fails, Wyoming Rips CSU, 29-0". Casper Tribune-Herald & Star. October 11, 1959. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "Wyoming Rolls to 21-6 Skyline Loop Win Over Brigham Young With 4th Period Spurt". Casper Tribune-Herald & Star. October 18, 1959. p. 12 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ John Mooney (October 25, 1959). "Wyoming's Walden Wrecks Redskins, 21 to 7". Salt Lake Tribune. p. D1 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "State Loses: Cowboys Gallop To 26-0 Shutout". The Rocky Mount Sunday Telegram. November 1, 1959. p. D1 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ Bill Mulligan (November 8, 1959). "San Jose Bopped: Cowboys Roll, 28-7". The San Francisco Examiner. p. III-4 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ Dan Russel (November 15, 1959). "Wyoming Slips by Lobos in Final Minutes, 25-20: Perkins Has Fabulous Day". Albuquerque Journal. p. C1.
  15. ^ "Cowboys Humiliate Pioneers, 45-0". Casper Tribune-Herald & Star. October 18, 1959. p. 12 – via Newspapers.com.