'Pokes Try to Extend Winning Streak Against Horned Frogs
Oct. 26, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
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The Wyoming Cowboy football team (4-4, 3-1 in the MWC) will be lookingto extend their current winning streak to four games this Saturday when they travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on the TCU Horned Frogs (4-2, 0-2 in the MWC).
This year's meeting between Wyoming and TCU is only the third meeting between the two schools. The series is tied 1-1. Oddly enough, in the two previous meetings between the two schools the road team has won both previous meetings.
The last meeting between the two teams was on Oct. 8, 2005, in Laramie, Wyo. TCU won that game 28-14 on way to a perfect 8-0 Mountain West Conference record, 11-1 overall and a No. 9 final ranking in the USA Today Coaches' Poll -- No. 11 in the Associated Press Media Poll.
The last time Wyoming and TCU played in Fort Worth was Halloween night 1998 when both teams were members of the Western Athletic Conference. Wyoming captured that victory over TCU 34-27.
Saturday's game versus TCU will kick off from Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth at 5:30 p.m., Mountain Time.
The Wyoming Cowboys have played well on the road this season, despite having a 1-2 road record entering this week. Wyoming captured a 14-10 road win at New Mexico which marked the first time since 1991 that UW had won in Albuquerque. The Pokes' other two road games to date both went to overtime. UW lost 12-13 at Virginia on Sept. 9 in one overtime, and lost in double overtime at Syracuse by a final score of 34-40.
When you talk defense in the Mountain West Conference this season the talk begins with the Wyoming Cowboys, who rank No. 3 in the country in total defense (227 ypg) and No. 1 in the NCAA in pass defense (120.6 ypg). After the Cowboys, one of the other defenses that garners a lot of attention is the TCU Horned Frogs. Wyoming is No. 1 in the league in pass defense and total defense. TCU is No. 1 in the league in rushing defense (66.7 ypg) and scoring defense (15.2 ppg).
In the last two weeks, the Wyoming Cowboys have been very effective in forcing opponent turnovers while limiting their own. Against Colorado State last Saturday, Wyoming forced three CSU turnovers (two interceptions and one fumble) while not committing any turnovers for a +3 in turnover margin. It was the first game since Oct. 1, 2005, in a 42-17 win over UNLV that Wyoming did not commit a turnover in a game. In Wyoming's 31-15 win over Utah on Oct. 14, the Cowboys came out on the positive side of the turnover battle for the first time in over a year.Wyoming forced four Utah turnovers (two fumbles and two interceptions), while committing only two turnovers itself (two fumbles lost) to record a +2 in turnover margin.
The Cowboy Sports Network radio broadcast will begin at 4:30 p.m., Mountain Time, and will be carried on the 26 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network.
Saturday's game will be televised by "the mtn." (Mountain West Sports Television). The television broadcast on "the mtn." can be viewed on the cable-tv outlets listed below. A complete listing of cable-tv operators carrying "the mtn." can also be found at www.themtn.tv or www.themwc.com.
Where You Can See games on "the mtn."
1. In Wyoming communities with Bresnan Cable Bresnan Digital Basic Package, Channel 412
2. In Green River and Rock Springs, Wyo. Sweetwater Cable, Expanded Basic, Channel 60
3. In Basin, Wyo. TCT West Cable, Expanded Digital Package,Channel 38
4. In Evanston, Wyo. All West/Utah Cable,Basic Choice Package,Channel 190
5. In the state of Colorado Comcast Digital Classic Package, Channel 411 Bresnan Digital Basic Package, Channel 412
6. For Other Areas of the Country A complete listing of Cable TV carriers are listed at www.themtn.tv or www.themwc.com