Cowboys look to start another win streak today against Fresno State

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Views of the stands at War Memorial Stadium for the Stripe Out game against Montana State. (University of Wyoming photo)

October 16, 2021 — After a month without a home game, the Wyoming Cowboys return to War Memorial Stadium to host the Fresno State Bulldogs. Today marks Wyoming’s first Mountain West Conference home game of the 2021 season. Wyoming will enter today’s contest with a 4-1 overall record and an 0-1 record in the Mountain West. Fresno State is 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the MW.

Today’s game will be broadcast on WyoRadio’s 99.7 JACK-FM and 99KSIT.com
beginning at 12 noon with kick-off at 1:30 p.m.

The Cowboys are coming off their first loss of the season, a 24-14 loss at Air Force. Fresno State also lost their last game, 27-24, at Hawai’i on October 2. The Bulldogs were idle last week.

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Military Day

Today’s game will feature UW Athletics’ annual Military Day honoring individuals who have represented the United States in all branches of the military — past and present.

Wyoming and Fresno State Have Played Some Memorable Games Against One Another

Since they first played each other in 1992 when they were both members of the Western Athletic Conference, Wyoming and Fresno State have played some memorable games through the years.

In 1993, the Cowboys hosted the Bulldogs led by quarterback Trent Dilfer. Wyoming was led by quarterback Joe Hughes, All-America wide receiver Ryan Yarbrough and team captains Kurt Whitehead (DE), Mike Jones (TE), and Hughes.  The Cowboys came away with a 32-28 win and would tie Fresno State and BYU for the 1993 WAC title.

The 2009 season saw the two teams face off in the New Mexico Bowl.  Fresno State was still a member of the WAC, and Wyoming was representing the Mountain West.  The Cowboys would come away with a hard-fought 35-28 victory in double overtime that featured a memorable goal-line stand by the Cowboys, who stopped the Bulldogs on four straight plays from the one-yard line in the first overtime.  The game ended with a 13-yard TD pass from Cowboy QB Austyn Carta-Samuels to wide receiver David Leonard.

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In 2014, Cowboy freshman running back Brian Hill set a school all-purpose yardage record with 387 yards (281 rushing and 106 receiving) in Fresno’s 45-17 road win.

The last time the two teams met was in 2018 when Fresno State defeated the Cowboys 27-3 in Fresno on the way to the Bulldogs’ 2018 Mountain West Conference Championship.

Fresno State leads the overall series 7-5.  Wyoming leads 3-2 in games played in Laramie.

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