1996 Wyoming Cowboys football team

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1996 Wyoming Cowboys football
WAC Pacific Division champion
WAC Championship Game, L 25–28 OT vs. BYU
Conference Western Athletic Conference
Division Pacific Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 22
AP No. 22
1996 record 10–2 (7–1 WAC)
Head coach Joe Tiller (6 year)
Defensive coordinator Brock Spack (2nd year)
Home stadium War Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 33,500)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain Division
#5 BYU x$   8 0         14 1  
Utah   6 2         8 4  
Rice   6 2         7 4  
SMU   4 4         5 6  
New Mexico   3 5         6 5  
TCU   3 5         4 7  
Tulsa   2 6         4 7  
UTEP   0 8         2 9  
Pacific Division
#22 Wyoming x   7 1         10 2  
San Diego State   6 2         8 3  
Colorado State   6 2         7 5  
Air Force   5 3         6 5  
Fresno State   3 5         4 7  
San Jose State   3 5         3 9  
Hawaii   1 7         2 10  
UNLV   1 8         1 11  
Championship: BYU 28, Wyoming 25 OT
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

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).[1] 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.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 1:00 PM Idaho* War Memorial StadiumLaramie, Wyoming W 40–38   17,279
September 7 5:00 PM at Iowa State* Cyclone StadiumAmes, 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 StadiumWhitney, Nevada W 33–21   12,564
October 5 2:30 PM at San Jose State No. 25 Spartan StadiumSan 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 StadiumSan Diego ESPN L 28–24   38,679
November 16 8:00 PM at Colorado State No. 23 Hughes StadiumFort 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. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time.
  • Reference:[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players in the NFL[edit]

The following were selected in the 1997 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Overall NFL Team
Steve Scifres Guard 3 83 Dallas Cowboys
Lee Vaughn Defensive Back 6 187 Dallas Cowboys
Marcus Harris Wide Receiver 7 232 Detroit Lions
  • Reference:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wyoming Wins Its Division". Los Angeles Times. November 17, 1996. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "University of Wyoming – 1996". College Football Reference. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Past Winners – Biletnikoff Award". National College Football Awards Association. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ "1997 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 10, 2012.