Mountain West Spotlight: Wyoming

June 26, 2012
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Wyoming Quick Facts
Location: Laramie, Wyo.
Founded: 1886
Enrollment: 13,476
President: Dr. Tom Buchanan
Athletic Director: Tom Burman
Colors: Brown and Gold
Nickname: Cowboys & Cowgirls

University of Wyoming
Wyoming Campus
Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium
QB Brett Smith
2011 MW Freshman of the YearBrett-Smith-UW

War-Memorial-StadiumUW-Logo University of Wyoming

Sports Offered:
Men's: Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field, Wrestling
Women's: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

Home Venues:
• Football: Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium (29,181)
• Men's & Women's Basketball: Arena Auditorium (15,028)
• Volleyball: UniWyo Sports Complex (1,200)

MW Championships (not including tournament championships for those sports that crown both a regular season and tournament championship):
• Men's Basketball: 2 (2001*, 2002)
* denotes co-champions

Distinguished Alumni:
• Jerry Buss - owner of the Los Angeles Lakers
• Dick Cheney - former Vice-President of the United States of America (George W. Bush President), former U.S. Congressman, former White House Chief Of Staff (served under Gerald Ford) and former U.S. Defense Secretary (served under George H. W. Bush)
• Sheridan Downey - Democratic U.S. Senator for California 1939-1950
• Matt Mead - Governor of Wyoming
• Stephen Nicholas - founder of Incarnation Children's Center (for children with AIDS/HIV); chief of pediatrics, Harlem Hospital
• Craig Thomas - U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator
• Chuck Pagano - head coach for the Indianapolis Colts
• Paul Andrews - Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Kroenke Sports Enterprise

Top Athletes:
• Malcolm Floyd, NFL player
• Adam Goldberg, NFL player
• Art Howe, former MLB player and manager
• Jim Kiick, former NFL player, member of the 1972 Miami Dolphins undefeated team
• Jay Novacek, former NFL player, five-time pro bowler, three-time Super Bowl Champion
• Chuck Pagano, head coach of Indianapolis Colts
• Theo Ratliff, former NBA player
• Ken Sailors, former NBA player, invented the jump shot
• Scott Usher, Olympic swimmer

Shining Moments:
• The skiing programs won the 1968 and 1985 NCAA Division I National Championships.
• The men's basketball team won the 1943 NCAA National Championship.
• The club hockey team won the National Championship in 2001.

Interesting Tidbits:
• Sitting at 7,215 feet above sea level, War Memorial Stadium is the highest Division I college football stadium in the nation.
• The nickname Cowboys was used as early as 1891 when a true cowboy assisted the Wyoming football team against a team from Cheyenne, Wyo.
• The Wyoming Cowboys rival is Colorado State. Wyoming and Colorado State meet annually in the Border War; the winner receives the Bronze Boot trophy. The boot was worn by a member of the Colorado State ROTC during the Vietnam War.

Fresno State-Wyoming Classic:
Oct. 31, 1992 - In the first-ever meeting between the Bulldogs and Cowboys on the football field, Fresno State defeated UW 42-31 at Bulldog Stadium.

Aided by two Wyoming turnovers, the 'Dogs scored on four of their first five possessions to take a commanding 28-0 lead after the first quarter. However, the Bulldog offense stalled in the middle quarters and by the start of the fourth quarter, Wyoming had cut the lead down to three, 28-25.

Fresno State finally got back on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter on an Anthony Daigle touchdown run and Daigle later sealed the game with his third TD of the game, a three-yard plunge with 2:35 left. Daigle ran for 81 yards on 14 carries and his three TDs while Ron Rivers had 105 yards rushing and one score and Lorenzo Neal added 98 yards on the ground. Quarterback Trent Dilfer completed 19-of-30 passes for 282 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the win .

Also of Note: An early goal by Nicole Gutierrez in the third minute was all the Fresno State women's soccer team needed to beat Wyoming back on Sept. 16, 2007 in the only game played between the schools in soccer. Fresno State went on to finish the 2007 season with a 13-7-1 record, tied for second in the WAC during the regular season and reached the championship game of the WAC Tournament.

Fresno State's Series History with Wyoming
Sports Series Record Last Meeting
Football 4-3, Wyoming leads Dec. 19, 2009 - UW 35, FS 28 in Albuquerque, N.M. (2009 New Mexico Bowl)
Men's Basketball 9-6, Fresno State leads Feb. 20, 1997 - FS 76, UW 68 in Fresno, Calif.
Women's Basketball 8-8, Series Tied Feb. 26, 1998 - UW 78, FS 70 in Laramie, Wyo.
Volleyball 10-8, Wyoming leads Sept. 5, 2009 - FS 3, UW 1 in Laramie, Wyo.
Women's Tennis N/A Never Met
Women's Soccer 1-0, Fresno State leads Sept. 16, 2007 - FS 1, UW 0 in Laramie, Wyo.