Wyoming Cowboys Host Tulsa Golden Hurricanes In Home Opener For UW

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This Saturday’s game between the Wyoming Cowboys and Tulsa Golden Hurricane will match up teams from the Mountain West and American Athletic Conference teams.  The last time Wyoming played an American Athletic Conference (AAC) team was back in 2019 at Tulsa. 

Wyoming has played four current members of the AAC when they were members of other conferences, but Tulsa is the only AAC team that the Cowboys have faced since the formation of the American Athletic Conference in 2013.

Saturday’s game is set to kick off at 1:30 p.m., Mountain Time from Wyoming’s War Memorial Stadium.

Tickets for Saturday’s Game

Tickets for Saturday’s game may be purchased a variety of ways.

        •Fans may go online at GoWyo.com/tickets

        •You may email tickets@uwyo.edu

        •Fans may call the UW Athletics Ticket Office at (307) 766-7220

        •Ticket Office staff are also available to assist fans at the main Athletics Ticket Office located on the West Side of the Arena-Auditorium at Willett Drive and 19th Streets on the UW campus.

        •Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets prior to game day to get the best seats, but tickets will be available for sale on game day at the Ticket Office on the east side of War Memorial Stadium.

Prices for season tickets begin as low as $159 for adults and $89 for children ages 3-12. 

Single-game tickets for the Wyoming-Tulsa game start as low as $35 for adults and $25 for children ages 3-12.

About the Wyoming-Tulsa Series

Wyoming and Tulsa have played each other six previous times and the two schools have split the previous six games 3-3.

         •The last time Wyoming and Tulsa played in the 2019 season in Tulsa, the Golden Hurricane came away with a 24-21 home victory.

         •A 1998 meeting between Wyoming and Tulsa was the only time the two teams were members of the same conference — the Western Athletic Conference.

2022 Cowboy Team Captains Named 

The Wyoming Cowboys have selected captains for the 2022 season.  This year’s four team captains are:

         Easton Gibbs, So., Linebacker

         Cole Godbout, Jr., Nose Tackle

         Andrew Peasley, Jr., Quarterback

         Treyton Welch, Jr., Tight End

It is the first season each of the four Cowboys have been elected team captains.

Defensive Captains Gibbs and Godbout Have Picked Up Right Where They Left Off Last Season

Wyoming’s two defensive team captains Easton Gibbs and Cole Godbout have picked up right where they left off last season as they led the Cowboy defense in tackles in the 2022 season opener at Illinois last Saturday. 

Gibbs, who has shifted from weak-side linebacker to middle linebacker this season, had nine tackles against the Illini and was credited with one quarterback hurry.  A year ago, Gibbs ranked second on the Cowboy squad in tackles, with 90, and trailed only All-America linebacker Chad Muma, who was a 2022 third round NFL Draft selection of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Godbout recorded seven tackles and 1.0 tackle for loss against Illinois from his nose tackle position.  Godbout was third in tackles for the Cowboys in 2021 with 70 tackles.  That ranked him No. 3 among all Mountain West defensive linemen in tackles for all games, averaging 5.38 tackles per game.  In conference games, Godbout ranked No. 2 among all MW defensive linemen in tackles, averaging 6.25 tackles per game.

Wyoming Offensive Line Impressive in First Game of the Season at Illinois

The Wyoming offensive line had a strong performance in Wyoming’s season opener at Illinois.

         •The Cowboys did not allow a single quarterback sack against the Illini.

         •Wyoming did not allow a single quarterback hurry during the season opener.

         •UW allowed only 1.0 tackle for loss for only 1 yard.

         •The Pokes helped Wyoming’s offense generate 182 rushing yards, including a 98-yard rushing performance by running back Titus Swen and a 76-yard rushing game by quarterback Andrew Peasley.

Players to Watch in Saturday’s Game

Both teams have players who are among the best at their positions nationally.  For Wyoming, junior running back Titus Swen has been named to three preseason award watch lists.  Swen is on the Doak Walker Preseason Watch List.  

The Doak Walker Award is presented to the nation’s top collegiate running back each season.  Swen is also on the Paul Hornung Award Watch List, which honors the most versatile player in major college football.  

Finally, Swen was selected to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List.  That award recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who exhibits the enduring characteristics that define former University of Texas running back Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community, and tenacity.  

In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year Division I Texas college.  Swen is a graduate of Eaton High School in Fort Worth, Texas

For Tulsa, senior quarterback Davis Brin was named to the preseason watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.  The award annually recognizes the top quarterback in the nation, who is a senior or upperclassmen set to graduate with his class.

Home Openers in the Bohl Era

Wyoming is 6-2 in home openers during the eight previous seasons that Craig Bohl has coached the Cowboys.

Now entering his ninth season leading Cowboy Football, Bohl’s teams have defeated Montana (2014), Northern Illinois (2016), Gardner-Webb (2017), Missouri (2019), Hawai’i (2020) and Montana State (2021) in home openers and lost to only North Dakota (2015) and Washington State (2018).

Home Openers During Bohl Era   Score

Aug. 30, 2014, vs. Montana                             W 17-12

Sept. 5, 2015, vs. North Dakota                       L 13-24

Sept. 3, 2016, vs. Northern Illinois                   W 40-34 (3ot)

Sept. 9, 2017, vs. Gardner-Webb                    W 27-0

Sept. 1, 2018, vs. Washington State                L 19-41

Aug., 31, 2019, vs. Missouri                            W 37-31

Oct. 30, 2021, vs. Hawai’i                                W 31-7

Sept. 4, 2022, vs. Montana State                     W 19-16

Wyoming’s History Versus the American Athletic Conference 

The Wyoming Cowboys have played four of the current 11 football playing members of the American Athletic Conference (AAC), and have a 7-11 record against those four teams.  The AAC was formed in 2013.

AAC Members             Wyoming’s Record vs.

Cincinnati                       0-0 (Joined AAC in 2014)              

East Carolina                 0-0 (Joined AAC in 2014)              

Houston                         1-6 (Joined AAC in 2013, UW last played in 1988)

Memphis                        0-0 (Joined AAC in 2013)              

Navy                              0-0 (Joined AAC in 2015)              

SMU                              2-1 (Joined AAC in 2013, UW last played in 1998)

South Florida                 0-0 (Joined AAC in 2013)

Temple                           1-1 (Joined AAC in 2013, UW last played in 2011)

Tulane                            0-0 (Joined AAC in 2014)

Tulsa                              3-3 (Joined AAC in 2014, UW last played in 2019)

UCF                               0-0 (Joined AAC in 2013)              

Totals                           7-11

Where to Watch and Listen

Every Cowboy Football game is broadcast live on the 26 affiliates of the Cowboy Sports Network.  Announcers are Reece Monaco, Play-by-Play (1st year), Kevin McKinney, Color Analyst (25th year) and Erick Pauley, Sideline Reporter (1st year).  The pregame show begins 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

Saturday’s Wyoming-Tulsa game will be televised on FS1.  Announcers will be Eric Collins (Play-by-play) and Devin Gardner (Color Analyst).term for which he was elected,” meaning that even if Gray were to step down from his Legislature seat, he was still elected for a term that ends at the start of 2023. According to the Casper Star Tribune, a 2010 memorandum drawn up by the Legislative Service Office offered the same interpretation of the law. 

The only shred of doubt that may exist in the constitutional passage is the phrase “civil office,” which could be interpreted to refer to unelected positions. The Secretary of the State is one of the five elected members of the state’s executive branch.  

Gray did not respond to a request to comment about whether he finds himself eligible or not.

Holland said he was unaware of the constitutional passage related to this issue but said he supports Gray being appointed in the interim. 

“Obviously, we’re not going to violate the law and we’ll find a way to work around it,” Holland said.  

Former state legislator Marti Halverson could be a potential candidate if Gray isn’t chosen. Halverson was one of the three finalists chosen for the Superintendent of Public Instruction role last winter. She spearheaded a campaign this past year through the State GOP, to audit elections from several precincts in Laramie and Fremont counties.  

“The elections director is just following state law,” Halverson said. “Any problem with the security of elections lays directly at the feet of the State Legislature.” 

Halverson said she doesn’t know if she would accept the Secretary of State role. 

“I would have to give it some thought,” she said in a Friday afternoon phone interview. 

She did say she believes Gray should stay in his current role as a state legislator until the start of his presumptive term in January. 

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