Thursday, November 26, 2009

Cowboys need a Border War win

The Wyoming Cowboys and Colorado State Rams will meet in the 2009 edition of The Border War Saturday at noon at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins.

It will mark the 101st meeting between the two schools, and it will be the 110th anniversary of the two teams first meeting back in 1899.

For Wyoming what is at stake is a bowl bid, as the Cowboys need one more victory to earn a bowl berth. Wyoming enters Friday's game with a 5-6 overall record and a 3-4 conference mark. CSU enters Saturday's game 3-8 overall and 0-7 in the MWC.

Since the end of World War II, Wyoming and CSU have played every season for 64 consecutive years from 1946 to this season. Colorado State leads the overall series 55-40-5. Over the past 63 consecutive meetings, dating back to the 1946 season, Wyoming leads 35-28-0.

Beginning with the 1968 season, Wyoming and Colorado State have battled for the "Bronze Boot", a traveling trophy that was established by the ROTC detachments of both schools. The "Boot" was originally worn by Colorado State graduate student Dan Romero in Vietnam. Since the Bronze Boot was established, the battle to take it home has been as close as a series can be. The Bronze Boot series has Wyoming trailing CSU by only one game, with Wyoming having captured it 20 times and CSU 21.

Wyoming is led by a strong defense, featuring six of the league's top seven tacklers, and one of the most exciting young players in the Mountain West in freshman quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels, who has been named MWC Offensive Player of the Week three times this season.

A total of 26 natives of the state of Colorado are members of the Cowboy football team. Of those 26, 14 have started at least one game this season and 11 have started multiple games.

The Cowboys also feature 13 Wyoming natives on its roster. Leading the way among Wyoming natives is Cowboy junior free safety Chris Prosinski from Buffalo, who has been credited with 120 tackles this season. Prosinski needs only four more tackles to post one of the Top 10 seasons in University of Wyoming football history.

Friday's game will be televised live by The Mtn. The Cowboys Sports Network radio broadcast will begin one hour prior to kick off with the pregame show.

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