Pokes Season Opener is Saturday

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Laramie, WY *Courtesy Wyoming Media Relations

The wait is almost over for the 2014 college football season. This Saturday the Wyoming Cowboys host the Montana Grizzlies in a game scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. from Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. Tickets still remain for the game, although there has been a great demand for this year’s season opener, which will be the first game under new Cowboy head coach Craig Bohl.
Tickets may be purchased at GoWyo.com/tickets or by calling the UW Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-WYO-FAN1 (1-877-996-3261) or at 307-766-4850.
Wyoming and Montana will be meeting for the first time since 1997, when Wyoming won 28-13 in Laramie. This will be the 14th meeting in football between the two universities. The Cowboys have won the previous 13 meetings. It will only be the third time in 14 meetings that the game will be played in Laramie. The two teams have met five times in Missoula, Mont., home of the University of Montana, and played each other six times in the neutral site of Billings, Mont.
This football season marks the 118th in Wyoming history. UW has won 74 of its previous 117 season openers, and brings a record of 74-41-2 (64.1 percent) in season openers into this week’s game.
In 117 previous home openers, Wyoming’s record stands at 79-35-3 (68.8 percent). The Pokes have won 10 of their last 11 home openers, dating back to 2003. The only home-opening loss during that span was a 31-34 loss to Toledo in 2012.
Leading the Cowboys this season will be four team captains who were announced on Monday, Aug. 25. Senior quarterback Colby Kirkegaard and senior wide receiver Dominic Rufran were elected the offensive team captains. Senior free safety Darrenn White and junior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough were named the defensive captains.
New Cowboy head coach Craig Bohl comes to Wyoming after leading North Dakota State to three consecutive Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Championships in 2011, ’12 and ’13.
Montana enters this season ranked No. 5 in the FCS Preseason rankings.
The Wyoming Cowboys have won 10 of the last 11 games they have played versus Football Championship Subdivision teams, dating back to the 2000 season. UW’s only loss to an FCS team during the 11-year stretch was in 2012 to Cal Poly, by a score of 22-24.
A couple Cowboys who are nearing career accomplishments entering this season are senior cornerback Blair Burns and senior wide receiver Dominic Rufran.
Burns needs just one more interception to enter the Top 10 in Wyoming history in career interceptions. He enters this season with six interceptions for his career. He is also third all-time in Mountain West Conference history in career interception return yardage, having returned his six interceptions for a combined 218 yards. Only Kevin Thomas of UNLV (1999-2001), who had 327 interception return yards, and Derron Smith of Fresno State (2011-Present), who has 262 return yards, rank ahead of Burns.
Rufran already ranks No. 10 in Wyoming history with 1,891 career receiving yards. He needs only 136 receiving yards to move into ninth place, is only 139 yards away from eighth and needs only 152 to move into seventh.
Saturday’s game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS, and will be broadcast on radio over the 26 affiliates of the Cowboy Sports Network. The radio network broadcast begins one hour prior to kick off with the pregame show.