1996 Wyoming Cowboys football team
|1996 Wyoming Cowboys football|
WAC Pacific Division champion
|Conference||Western Athletic Conference|
|1996 record||10–2 (7–1 WAC)|
|Head coach||Joe Tiller (6 year)|
|Defensive coordinator||Brock Spack (2nd year)|
|Home stadium||War Memorial Stadium
|1996 WAC football standings|
|#5 BYU x$||8||–||0||14||–||1|
|#22 Wyoming x||7||–||1||10||–||2|
|San Diego State||6||–||2||8||–||3|
|San Jose State||3||–||5||3||–||9|
|Championship: BYU 28, Wyoming 25 OT|
The 1996 Wyoming Cowboys football team represented the University of Wyoming in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Cowboys' 100th season and they competed as a member of the Pacific Division in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The team was led by head coach Joe Tiller, in his sixth year, and played their home games at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyoming. They finished with a record of ten wins and two losses (10–2, 7–1 WAC). Despite winning the Pacific Division and their double-digit victory total, the Cowboys were not invited to a postseason bowl game. Their season ended with a loss against BYU in the inaugural WAC Championship Game. The Cowboys offense scored 464 points while the defense allowed 284 points.
|August 31||1:00 PM||Idaho*||War Memorial Stadium • Laramie, Wyoming||W 40–38||17,279|
|September 7||5:00 PM||at Iowa State*||Cyclone Stadium • Ames, Iowa||FSN||W 41–38 OT||44,511|
|September 14||1:00 PM||Hawaii||War Memorial Stadium • Laramie, Wyoming||W 66–0||15,182|
|September 21||1:00 PM||Air Force||War Memorial Stadium • Laramie, Wyoming||W 22–19||31,009|
|September 28||2:00 PM||at UNLV||Sam Boyd Stadium • Whitney, Nevada||W 33–21||12,564|
|October 5||2:30 PM||at San Jose State||No. 25||Spartan Stadium • San Jose, California||W 45–22||8,756|
|October 12||1:00 PM||Western Michigan*||No. 24||War Memorial Stadium • Laramie, Wyoming||W 42–28||22,813|
|October 19||12:00 PM||Fresno State||No. 23||War Memorial Stadium • Laramie, Wyoming||W 42–21||14,446|
|November 2||1:00 PM||SMU||No. 17||War Memorial Stadium • Laramie, Wyoming||W 59–17||17,268|
|November 7||6:00 PM||at San Diego State||No. 16||Jack Murphy Stadium • San Diego||ESPN||L 28–24||38,679|
|November 16||8:00 PM||at Colorado State||No. 23||Hughes Stadium • Fort Collins, Colorado (Bronze Boot)||ESPN2||W 25–24||33,701|
|December 7||2:30 PM||vs. No. 6 BYU||No. 20||Sam Boyd Stadium • Whitney, Nevada (WAC Championship Game)||ABC||L 25–28 OT||41,238|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time.|
Awards and honors
Team players in the NFL
The following were selected in the 1997 NFL Draft.
|Steve Scifres||Guard||3||83||Dallas Cowboys|
|Lee Vaughn||Defensive Back||6||187||Dallas Cowboys|
|Marcus Harris||Wide Receiver||7||232||Detroit Lions|
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- "University of Wyoming – 1996". College Football Reference. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
- "Past Winners – Biletnikoff Award". National College Football Awards Association. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
- "1997 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 10, 2012.