Border War (Colorado State–Wyoming rivalry)

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Colorado State–Wyoming football rivalry
First meeting November 30, 1899
Colorado State 12, Wyoming 0
Latest meeting October 25, 2014
Colorado State 45, Wyoming 31
Next meeting TBD
Trophy Bronze Boot
Statistics
Meetings total 106
All-time series Colorado State leads, 57–44–5
Longest win streak Wyoming, 10 (1956–65)
Current win streak Colorado State, 2 (2013–present)

The Border War is the name of a college rivalry between the athletic teams of Colorado State University and the University of Wyoming, the Colorado State Rams and Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls.

Background[edit]

Colorado State University is a public university in Fort Collins, Colorado, and the University of Wyoming is a public university in Laramie, Wyoming. The two campuses are around 65 miles apart via U.S. Route 287.[1]

Football[edit]

Bronze Boot[edit]

Bronze Boot trophy at the University of Wyoming in 2007.

In 1968, the ROTC detachments of the respective schools initiated the Bronze Boot, a traveling trophy awarded to the winner of the “Border War” each year. The boot was worn in the Vietnam War by Cpt. Dan J. Romero, an Adams State College graduate and Army ROTC instructor at CSU between 1967 and 1969. Each year leading up to the Colorado State–Wyoming game, the game ball is carried in a running shuttle relay by the ROTC detachment of the visiting team along US 287 to the Colorado–Wyoming border, where the home team's ROTC detachment receives it and runs the game ball to the stadium hosting the game. The trophy is guarded by the ROTC unit of the past year's winning school during the game.

Series results[edit]

Colorado State victories are shaded ██ green. Wyoming victories are shaded ██ brown. Ties are white.

Pre-Bronze Boot Era[edit]

Date Site Winning team Losing team Series
November 30, 1899 Fort Collins Colorado State 12 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 1–0
November 24, 1900 Fort Collins Colorado State 16 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 2–0
November 14, 1903 Fort Collins Colorado State 17 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 3–0
November 24, 1904 Laramie Wyoming 6 Colorado State 6 Colorado State 3–0–1
November 25, 1905 Fort Collins Colorado State 34 Wyoming 5 Colorado State 4–0–1
November 14, 1908 Laramie Colorado State 20 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 5–0–1
October 16, 1909 Fort Collins Colorado State 32 Wyoming 3 Colorado State 6–0–1
November 24, 1910 Laramie Wyoming 10 Colorado State 0 Colorado State 6–1–1
November 30, 1911 Fort Collins Wyoming 27 Colorado State 0 Colorado State 6–2–1
November 28, 1912 Laramie Colorado State 33 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 7–2–1
November 27, 1913 Fort Collins Colorado State 61 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 8–2–1
October 24, 1914 Laramie Colorado State 48 Wyoming 10 Colorado State 9–2–1
November 6, 1915 Laramie Colorado State 48 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 10–2–1
September 30, 1916 Fort Collins Colorado State 48 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 11–2–1
October 6, 1917 Laramie Wyoming 6 Colorado State 0 Colorado State 11–3–1
September 27, 1919 Laramie Colorado State 28 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 12–3–1
October 4, 1919 Fort Collins Colorado State 14 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 13–3–1
October 2, 1920 Laramie Colorado State 13 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 14–3–1
October 16, 1920 Fort Collins Colorado State 42 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 15–3–1
October 1, 1921 Fort Collins Wyoming 7 Colorado State 7 Colorado State 15–3–2
October 14, 1922 Laramie Colorado State 60 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 16–3–2
September 29, 1923 Fort Collins Colorado State 33 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 17–3–2
November 26, 1925 Fort Collins Colorado State 40 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 18–3–2
October 4, 1929 Laramie Colorado State 20 Wyoming 7 Colorado State 19–3–2
November 8, 1930 Fort Collins Wyoming 21 Colorado State 6 Colorado State 19–4–2
November 7, 1931 Laramie Colorado State 26 Wyoming 6 Colorado State 20–4–2
November 24, 1932 Fort Collins Colorado State 23 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 21–4–2
September 30, 1933 Laramie Colorado State 7 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 22–4–2
November 3, 1934 Fort Collins Colorado State 16 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 23–4–2
September 28, 1935 Laramie Colorado State 12 Wyoming 3 Colorado State 24–4–2
October 17, 1936 Laramie Wyoming 0 Colorado State 0 Colorado State 24–4–3
October 16, 1937 Fort Collins Wyoming 7 Colorado State 0 Colorado State 24–5–3
October 1, 1938 Fort Collins Wyoming 0 Colorado State 0 Colorado State 24–5–4
November 4, 1939 Fort Collins Colorado State 22 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 25–5–4
October 5, 1940 Laramie Wyoming 0 Colorado State 0 Colorado State 25–5–5
October 4, 1941 Fort Collins Colorado State 27 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 26–5–5
September 26, 1942 Fort Collins Colorado State 10 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 27–5–5
October 5, 1946 Laramie Colorado State 7 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 28–5–5
November 22, 1947 Fort Collins Colorado State 21 Wyoming 6 Colorado State 29–5–5
October 16, 1948 Laramie Colorado State 21 Wyoming 20 Colorado State 30–5–5
October 1, 1949 Fort Collins Wyoming 8 Colorado State 0 Colorado State 30–6–5
October 7, 1950 Laramie Wyoming 34 Colorado State 0 Colorado State 30–7–5
October 13, 1951 Fort Collins Colorado State 14 Wyoming 7 Colorado State 31–7–5
October 11, 1952 Laramie Colorado State 14 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 32–7–5
October 10, 1953 Laramie Wyoming 21 Colorado State 14 Colorado State 32–8–5
October 9, 1954 Fort Collins Wyoming 34 Colorado State 0 Colorado State 32–9–5
October 8, 1955 Laramie Colorado State 14 Wyoming 13 Colorado State 33–9–5
October 6, 1956 Fort Collins Wyoming 20 Colorado State 12 Colorado State 33–10–5
October 12, 1957 Laramie Wyoming 27 Colorado State 13 Colorado State 33–11–5
October 18, 1958 Fort Collins Wyoming 7 Colorado State 6 Colorado State 33–12–5
October 10, 1959 Laramie Wyoming 29 Colorado State 0 Colorado State 33–13–5
October 15, 1960 Fort Collins Wyoming 40 Colorado State 8 Colorado State 33–14–5
October 14, 1961 Laramie Wyoming 18 Colorado State 7 Colorado State 33–15–5
October 27, 1962 Fort Collins Wyoming 28 Colorado State 7 Colorado State 33–16–5
October 12, 1963 Laramie Wyoming 21 Colorado State 3 Colorado State 33–17–5
September 19, 1964 Laramie Wyoming 31 Colorado State 7 Colorado State 33–18–5
September 25, 1965 Fort Collins Wyoming 33 Colorado State 14 Colorado State 33–19–5
October 29, 1966 Fort Collins Colorado State 12 #10 Wyoming 10 Colorado State 34–19–5
September 30, 1967 Laramie Wyoming 13 Colorado State 10 Colorado State 34–20–5

Bronze Boot Era[edit]

Date Site Winning team Losing team Series
November 2, 1968 Fort Collins Wyoming 46 Colorado State 14 Colorado State 34–21–5
October 4, 1969 Laramie #19 Wyoming 39 Colorado State 3 Colorado State 34–22–5
October 10, 1970 Fort Collins Wyoming 16 Colorado State 6 Colorado State 34–23–5
October 2, 1971 Laramie Wyoming 17 Colorado State 6 Colorado State 34–24–5
October 14, 1972 Fort Collins Wyoming 28 Colorado State 9 Colorado State 34–25–5
October 20, 1973 Laramie Wyoming 35 Colorado State 3 Colorado State 34–26–5
November 2, 1974 Fort Collins Colorado State 11 Wyoming 6 Colorado State 35–26–5
October 4, 1975 Laramie Colorado State 3 Wyoming 0 Colorado State 36–26–5
October 30, 1976 Fort Collins Colorado State 19 Wyoming 16 Colorado State 37–26–5
October 29, 1977 Laramie Wyoming 29 Colorado State 13 Colorado State 37–27–5
October 28, 1978 Fort Collins Wyoming 13 Colorado State 3 Colorado State 37–28–5
September 29, 1979 Laramie Colorado State 20 Wyoming 16 Colorado State 38–28–5
November 1, 1980 Fort Collins Colorado State 28 Wyoming 25 Colorado State 39–28–5
October 31, 1981 Laramie Wyoming 55 Colorado State 21 Colorado State 39–29–5
September 11, 1982 Fort Collins Colorado State 9 Wyoming 3 Colorado State 40–29–5
November 19, 1983 Laramie Wyoming 42 Colorado State 17 Colorado State 40–30–5
October 27, 1984 Fort Collins Wyoming 43 Colorado State 34 Colorado State 40–31–5
October 26, 1985 Laramie Colorado State 30 Wyoming 19 Colorado State 41–31–5
October 25, 1986 Fort Collins Colorado State 20 Wyoming 15 Colorado State 42–31–5
October 31, 1987 Laramie Wyoming 20 Colorado State 15 Colorado State 42–32–5
October 29, 1988 Fort Collins #10 Wyoming 48 Colorado State 14 Colorado State 42–33–5
November 4, 1989 Laramie Wyoming 56 Colorado State 35 Colorado State 42–34–5
November 3, 1990 Fort Collins Colorado State 17 #19 Wyoming 8 Colorado State 43–34–5
October 26, 1991 Laramie Wyoming 35 Colorado State 28 Colorado State 43–35–5
October 24, 1992 Fort Collins Wyoming 31 Colorado State 14 Colorado State 43–36–5
November 20, 1993 Laramie Colorado State 41 Wyoming 21 Colorado State 44–36–5
November 5, 1994 Fort Collins #14 Colorado State 35 Wyoming 24 Colorado State 45–36–5
October 28, 1995 Laramie Colorado State 31 Wyoming 24 Colorado State 46–36–5
November 16, 1996 Fort Collins #23 Wyoming 25 Colorado State 24 Colorado State 46–37–5
October 18, 1997 Laramie Colorado State 14 Wyoming 7 Colorado State 47–37–5
November 7, 1998 Fort Collins Wyoming 27 Colorado State 19 Colorado State 47–38–5
October 23, 1999 Laramie Colorado State 24 Wyoming 13 Colorado State 48–38–5
November 16, 2000 Fort Collins Colorado State 37 Wyoming 13 Colorado State 49–38–5
September 29, 2001 Laramie Colorado State 42 Wyoming 14 Colorado State 50–38–5
October 12, 2002 Fort Collins Colorado State 44 Wyoming 36 Colorado State 51–38–5
November 1, 2003 Laramie Wyoming 35 Colorado State 28 Colorado State 51–39–5
October 22, 2004 Fort Collins Colorado State 30 Wyoming 7 Colorado State 52–39–5
October 22, 2005 Fort Collins Colorado State 39 Wyoming 31 Colorado State 53–39–5
October 21, 2006 Laramie Wyoming 24 Colorado State 0 Colorado State 53–40–5
November 23, 2007 Fort Collins Colorado State 36 Wyoming 28 Colorado State 54–40–5
November 22, 2008 Laramie Colorado State 31 Wyoming 20 Colorado State 55–40–5
November 27, 2009 Fort Collins Wyoming 17 Colorado State 16 Colorado State 55–41–5
November 20, 2010 Laramie Wyoming 44 Colorado State 0 Colorado State 55–42–5
December 3, 2011 Fort Collins Wyoming 22 Colorado State 19 Colorado State 55–43–5
November 3, 2012 Laramie Wyoming 45 Colorado State 31 Colorado State 55–44–5
October 19, 2013 Laramie Colorado State 52 Wyoming 22 Colorado State 56–44–5
October 25, 2014 Fort Collins Colorado State 45 Wyoming 31 Colorado State 57–44–5

Men's basketball[edit]

Border War
First meeting January 27, 1911[2]
Colorado State 19, Wyoming 17
Latest meeting February 4, 2015
Wyoming 59, Colorado State 48
Next meeting TBD
Statistics
Meetings total 223
All-time series Wyoming leads, 131-92
Largest victory Colorado State, 43-10 (February 28, 1925)[2]
Longest win streak Wyoming, 31 (1940–1951)[2]
Longest unbeaten streak Colorado State, 11 (1911–1916)[2]
Current win streak Wyoming, 3 (2014–present)[2]

The "Border War" between Colorado State and Wyoming also extends to men's basketball.[3] The ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia considers Colorado State to be Wyoming's "fiercest rival".[4] Wyoming has a 130–92 series lead over Colorado State as of January 7, 2015.[3][5]

Notable men's basketball games[edit]

  • January 27, 1951: Colorado State beat AP #20 ranked Wyoming 62-38.[6]
  • February 14, 1987: Wyoming won 81-78 in triple overtime. Wyoming's Reggie Fox made a tying three pointer to force the second overtime, and Turk Boyd also hit a three to force the third overtime. The ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia considers this the greatest Border War game of all time.[4]
  • January 23, 1988: Colorado State beat #17 Wyoming 54-49.[6]
  • March 11, 1988 (WAC Men's Basketball Tournament semifinal): #14 Wyoming beat Colorado State 60-58 and would eventually become tournament champions. With two seconds left and the game tied at 58, Eric Leckner caught a three-quarter-court-length inbounds pass at the top of the key, turned, and made a 19-foot buzzer-beating jumper falling down, to win the game for Wyoming.[7]
  • March 9, 2000: In both schools' first seasons in the Mountain West Conference, Wyoming beat Colorado State 74-68 in quarterfinal round of the inaugural MWC basketball tournament, held at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
  • March 13, 2003: In the quarterfinal round of the MWC Tournament, #6 seed Colorado State beat #3 Wyoming 74-71. Colorado State would go on to win the tournament and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.[8]
  • February 6, 2010: Colorado State won at Fort Collins over Wyoming, 80-64. In the days before the game, a Colorado State student's Facebook post proposing a "Cowboys vs. Indians" theme in which Colorado State fans would dress in Native American style. This post attracted backlash and discussion within campus, and the student deleted his post and apologized for it.[9]
  • March 6, 2013: Colorado State won at Laramie, 78-56. However, this game became controversial because Wyoming students chanted "alcoholic" at Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy, a recovering alcoholic.[10] At the game, fliers created by interns at the Wyoming athletics marketing office were distributed and made light of an infamous 2003 photo showing Eustachy, then the head coach at Iowa State, partying with University of Missouri students after the Missouri Tigers beat Iowa State.[11][12] Wyoming's athletic director apologized for the students' behavior.[12]

Men's basketball results[edit]

Rankings are from the AP Poll. Source for results:[2]

Women's basketball[edit]

The first women's basketball game between Colorado State and Wyoming was on January 29, 1975 in Laramie, with a 69-46 win for Colorado State.[14] As of January 7, 2015, the series is tied 45–45, after Colorado State beat Wyoming 58-55 for the Rams' first win at Laramie since 2002.[15][16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CSU offering discounted student tickets for Saturday's Border War". Colorado State Rams. October 31, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Wyoming Series Record vs. COLORADO STATE" (PDF), 2014 Wyoming Cowboy Men's Basketball Media Guide (University of Wyoming), 2014: 87–88 
  3. ^ a b "Border War: Pokes Visit Rams for Marquee MW Matchup". University of Wyoming. January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015. ...the Cowboys own a 129-92 advantage in the all-time series with Rams. 
  4. ^ a b ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York, NY: Ballantine. p. 514. ISBN 0345513924. 
  5. ^ "McManamen Shoots Wyoming Past Colorado State, 60-54". University of Wyoming. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Rams vs. Ranked Opponents (AP)" (PDF), Colorado State Rams 2014-15 Men's Basketball Media Guide (Colorado State University), 2014: 132 
  7. ^ Holbreich, Curt (March 12, 1988). "WAC Basketball Tournament Roundup : Leckner's Shot Saves Wyoming at the Buzzer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ "2003 Men’s Basketball Review". Colorado State Rams. Archived from the original on May 1, 2003.  Boxscore
  9. ^ Whaley, Monte (February 5, 2010). "Push for American Indian garb at CSU game draws fire". Denver Post. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ Frederickson, Ben (March 7, 2013). "'Alcoholic' chants toward Colorado State's Eustachy crossed the line". Casper Star Tribune. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ Witosky, Tom (April 28, 2003). "Eustachy's party behavior called 'poor judgment'". Des Moines Register. Archived from the original on December 26, 2004. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Wyoming officials apologize to Eustachy for students' 'alcoholic' taunt". The Coloradoan. March 8, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Wyoming 2014 media guide, p. 160.
  14. ^ http://issuu.com/csurams/docs/fullguide_7d9e93cdb6d003/91?e=1681024/10056874
  15. ^ "Game notes: CSU travels north to challenge Wyoming in Border War". Colorado State University. January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Women's basketball recap: CSU snaps 13-year streak at Wyoming". Colorado State University. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 

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