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CSU Beats Wyoming In Border War: Murphy’s Law Reigns Supreme

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By Cody Tucker, 7220 Sports

FORT COLLINS, Colo., — “It’s the best energy I’ve felt since I’ve been here.”

That quote from Colorado State quarterback Patrick O’Brien pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

This was what Wyoming’s young signal caller, Levi Williams had to say after the 34-24 Border War loss to the rival Rams Thursday night in Fort Collins.

“It pissed me off, frankly. We should’ve won this game. We shot ourselves in the foot way too many times: stupid penalties, not finishing in the red zone, miscommunication with personnel.”

Isn’t that the truth.

Wyoming was a mess from the word go.

On the third play of the game, Williams lasered a pass right into the chest of Marshaun Cameron. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, he plays for the other team. Thirty yards later, he was in the end zone.

Fast forward five plays.

Williams, standing tall in the pocket, takes a blindside blow from none other than Cameron. The ball popped loose. CSU pounced. One play later, tight end Trey McBride was standing in the end zone. He just caught a 29-yard scoring strike. It was a blown assignment. He was all alone.

Those were the Cowboys first two offensive possessions.

“They came out with their hard hats,” Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl said. “They executed really well.”

Bohl’s team didn’t.

Not on offense. Not on defense. Not on special teams.

Everyone shares in the blame as the Rams bolted to the visiting sideline in the dying seconds to swipe the Bronze Boot for the first time since 2015.

“When you play a rivalry game, you need to be on point. We weren’t,’ Bohl said. “I think we need to take a hard look at some of our preparation, take some ownership and have some real honest conversations with where we are at and how we answer and respond.”

Good idea.

Bohl used the word “uncharacteristic” tonight. He was describing his team. He was on the money, too.

Wyoming committed three turnovers. The Pokes were guilty of eight penalties for 83 yards. Some were the bonehead variety. They couldn’t stay on the field on third down, converting just 4-of-15 third downs. There were plenty of missed tackles and assignments, too. The offensive line gave up six sacks. McBride, who was a big focus for the Cowboys’ defense all week, caught five passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

“You name it, we did it in this game,” Williams added.

In this crazy time of COVID-19 protocols, opt outs and just plain absurdity, the team that rolls with the punches and battles through adversity will be left standing in the end. Tonight, Wyoming was without starting offensive linemen Logan Harris and Rudy Stofer.

It showed. CSU tacked on 14 tackles for loss. Bohl said the line got “carved up a little bit.”

Harris is dealing with an illness. It’s not the coronavirus. Stofer’s absence was not disclosed. Ravontae Holt was injured in the second quarter of the win over Hawaii. The big defensive tackle didn’t play tonight. Keyon Blankenbaker was also limited with a hamstring pull.

The Pokes were short-handed. But really, who isn’t?

Thursday was a pure case of not executing with the guys on the roster. It was Murphy’s Law in a nutshell. However, if you are about to start digging this team’s grave, you might want to think twice.

Nevada could’ve ran away with a lopsided victory in the opener. CSU was on the brink of doing that tonight, too.

The Cowboys and their young corps didn’t let that happen.

It’s a loss. A painful one. But this team isn’t waiving the white flag anytime soon.

You have to at least give them that.

Colorado State 34, Wyoming 24

What a catch

The news wasn’t all bad for the Cowboys.

Turns out they have a nice receiving corps to go along with a quarterback that can get it to them.

That hasn’t always been an easy task since a guy named Josh Allen walked off the blue turf in Boise and onto center stage at the NFL Draft. Thursday night, Williams completed 19-of-31 passes for 321 yards. The last time a Cowboy signal caller put up those kind of numbers was in 2017. That was Allen.

Ayden Eberhardt had a breakout game for the Pokes in his home state. He hauled in seven passes for 132 yards. He caught tough balls over the middle, stretched out and slid for others.  

Isaiah Neyor, minus an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that likely cost the Cowboys points, snagged three balls for 77 yards. Treyton Welch, the big tight end from Minnesota, added a a pair of catches for 55 yards.

Imagine if this offense can really click — at the same time? They did for most of the night in Fort Collins, unfortunately the hill was too steep to climb and the defense couldn’t get one more stop.

“The yardage was good, but the yardage has to match the score,” Bohl said. 

Tip of the cap

Often times I have to remind people — including myself — that there is a team lined up across the ball from the Cowboys.

Sure, Wyoming played poorly tonight. That was Williams’ word. It’s accurate.

But how about the Rams?

They are the ones who played with passion and enthusiasm despite just a handful of cheerleaders in the northwest corner of the end zone inside an otherwise empty Canvas Stadium.

They brought their own juice, as the kids like to say.

Patrick O’Brien stood on the sideline, helmet in hand, for three-plus quarters in CSU’s season-opening loss at Fresno State. Dante Wright, the Rams’ second-leading receiver in 2019 and a Freshman All-American receiver, didn’t even make the trip.

Those two played against the Cowboys. What a difference that made.

O’Brien connected on 18-of-26 throws for 255 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Wright caught 10 of those passes for a game-high 146 yards.

“Patrick competed really hard and did a good job,” Addazio said postgame. “He was able to manage the game very well and had some big throws. He had good poise.”

And Wright?

“Dante’s vertical speed was a huge factor in the game,” he added.

CSU’s defense brought pressure all night long, making life miserable for the Cowboys’ makeshift offensive line. The Rams finished tackles. They laid the lumber time and time again, including a punishing blow to Williams late in the fourth.

This quote should be the hardest part for UW fans, players and coaches to swallow.

“We beat our rival and we beat them with physicality,” Addazio said. “Our team showed a tremendous amount of energy, toughness and courage.”

Those are supposed to be traits of a Bohl-coached team.

“I definitely think we just continued to shoot ourselves in the foot tonight,” Wyoming middle linebacker Chad Muma said. “I think, collectively as a team, we just weren’t good enough and really just gave CSU those opportunities tonight and they took them. They outplayed us.

“That’s definitely not our brand of football.”

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Wyoming Cowboys Hammer Hawaii 31-7, Claim Paniolo Trophy

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By Cody Tucker, 7220 Sports

LARAMIE — The Wyoming Cowboys came out of the gate fast on Friday night in their 2020 home opener versus the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors. 

Wyoming’s dynamic rushing attack and swarming defense resulted in the Cowboys recording a 31-7 win over the Rainbow Warriors in the 25th meeting between the two teams. Both teams are now 1-1 on the season.

It was the ninth consecutive home win for Wyoming. The Cowboys have a record of 21-6 (.778) in home games since the beginning of the 2016 season.

Cowboy junior running back Xazavian Valladay notched his ninth career 100-yard rushing game and first of the 2020 season.

He ended the game with 163 rushing yards on 32 carries.  Valladay also caught two passes for 32 yards to end the night with 195 all-purpose yards. The other Cowboy running back who had an outstanding game was graduate transfer Trey Smith, who ran for 89 yards on 20 carries.

Both Valladay and Smith each scored two rushing touchdowns.

As a team, the Cowboys ran for 281 yards and had 112 yards passing for 393 yards of total offense. Wyoming’s defense held Hawai’i to 233 yards of total offense — 123 rushing yards and 110 passing.

The defense also forced two turnovers on the night. 

Junior linebacker Chad Muma recovered a fumble that led to a Cowboy field goal, giving Wyoming a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. Sophomore linebacker Charles Hicks intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter and returned it 47 yards to set up a Wyoming touchdown that extended the Pokes’ lead to 24-7.

A total of 6,232 fans attended Friday’s game.

Wyoming improved its record against Hawai’i to 15 wins and 10 losses.  It was the 24th time that the two schools played for the Paniolo Trophy. UW holds the advantage in that portion of the series, 15-9.

The overall series dates back to 1978.

Following the game, Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl shared his thought on the game with media over a Zoom press conference.

“Trey (Smith) really ran hard tonight and made some excellent runs. X (Xazavian Valladay) has a unique ability to put his foot in the ground, be allusive and he has great balance,” said Bohl. “To have a one-two punch like that really makes a big, big difference. 

“This is one of our trademarks, if we can handle the line of scrimmage, run the football and play good defense that is a winning formula.”

Asked what he saw from his team’s pass defense on Friday vs. Hawai’i that was different from the defense’s performance the week before against Nevada, Bohl responded, “I think we challenged the receivers more tonight.  Last week, I thought we were a little bit passive. We were also able to eliminate a lot of their (Hawai’i’s) primary runs and that allowed us to get into some different looks and pressure the quarterback. It was a combination of our coverage and our four-man rush.”

Bohl was asked if the Charles Hicks’ interception felt like a turning point in the game, Bohl said, “I felt like if we could score on that drive it would change the complexion of the game, and it certainly did.”

The head coach was also questioned about the play of redshirt freshman quarterback Levi Williams and whether he felt Williams was more comfortable in Friday night’s win than he was a week ago. “He made improvements,” said Bohl. “There are still things he needs to do to improve his game.  But the number of reps he was able to take this week in practice and knowing he was going to play the whole game I think made a difference.”

The Cowboy offense generated 13 explosive plays of 10 yards or more in the win over the Rainbow Warriors — nine rushing plays and four pass plays.

Defensively, Wyoming recorded 5.0 sacks, 7.0 tackles for loss and had four pass breakups to go with its two forced turnovers.

Three Cowboys tied for the team lead in tackles with seven tackles apiece.  Muma had seven tackles and a fumble recovery. Sophomore nose tackle Cole Godbout was also credited with seven tackles, including 1.0 sack and 1.0 tackle for a loss, and redshirt freshman defensive tackle Jodan Bertagnole had seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. Hicks added four tackles, including 2.0 sacks and 2.0 tackles for loss to go with his 47-yard pass interception.

Wyoming began the game with a 32-yard kickoff return from senior wide receiver Dontae Crow, taking the ball out to the Wyoming 38-yard line. Two explosive plays by the Pokes on the opening drive were a 14-yard pass from Williams to junior tight end Nate Weinman and a 21-yard run by Valladay taking the ball down to the Hawai’i 24-yard line.

Valladay followed up that with runs of six yards and then 18-yards for a touchdown.  It concluded a five-play, 62-yard drive by Wyoming.  The PAT by true freshman place-kicker John Hoyland gave UW a 7-0 lead.

On Hawai’i’s second play of its opening possession quarterback Chevan Cordeiro dropped back to pass but when his arm came forward the ball slipped out of his hand and was ruled a fumble that was recovered by Wyoming’s Muma at the Hawai’i 25-yard line.

It was the third turnover of the season that the Cowboy defense came away with, and was the second one Muma was involved in. He also forced a fumble at Nevada a week earlier.

The Pokes gained a first down on a three-yard run by Williams and a seven-yard pass from Williams to redshirt freshman fullback Parker Christensen down to the UH 15. But the Cowboys could not move the ball after that and Hoyland came in to kick a 30-yard field goal — his fifth consecutive field goal to begin the season and the Pokes held a 10-0 lead. 

The first quarter would end with Wyoming running 22 plays for 122 yards.  Hawai’i was held to only 11 plays and 33 total yards.

After the two teams exchanged punts to start the second quarter,  Wyoming put together a 17-play, 61-yard drive taking 8:15 off the clock.

The big play on the drive was a 26-yard pass from Williams to Valladay.  UW had a first and goal at the Hawai’i three-yard line.

Valladay lost three on first down and then gained two back on second down. On a third and goal from the four, Williams rolled right to pass but was hit from behind and fumbled the ball. Cowboy offensive tackle Latrell Bible recovered the ball at the Hawai’i 18.

Hoyland came in for a 36-yard field goal attempt, but narrowly missed the kick wide right — his first miss of the season.

Hawai’i took over at its own 20-yard line with 3:39 remaining in the half. The Rainbow Warriors proceeded to drive 80 yards in six plays, highlighted by a 47-yard pass from Cordeiro to wide receiver Zion Bowens that took the ball down to the Wyoming four-yard line.

Three plays later, running back Dae Dae Hunter, who was split out wide right, came in motion, took a handoff and sprinted to the left corner of the end zone to pull Hawai’i to within three points at 10-7.

Wyoming’s final possession of the half started with 58 seconds remaining in the half. After runs of 13 and two yards by Valladay, the Pokes let the clock run out.

The Cowboys ran 40 first half plays to Hawai’i’s 25, and out-gained the Rainbow Warriors 198 total yards to 132, but UW led by only three points. Valladay rushed for 99 yards on 18 carries in the first half, and he caught two passes for 32 yards.

Hawai’i received the opening kickoff of the second half and drove 58 yards in seven plays. UH place-kicker Matthew Shipley came into the game with a chance to tie the game, but missed a 44-yard field-goal attempt wide right.

Wyoming and Hawai’i would exchance punts on the following two possessions. On their second possession of the third quarter, Cowboy quarterback Williams connected with wide receiver Crow on a beautiful soft-touch pass for 25 yards with Hawai’i defenders in Williams’ face as he let the pass go. That completion moved the ball to the UW 47-yard line.  From that point forward, Wyoming leaned on the running game with seven consecutive rushing plays, including long runs of 10 yards by Valladay and 12 yards by Smith.

Smith would eventually carry the ball into the end zone from one yard out on the 11th and final play of the 75-yard drive to put Wyoming up 17-7 to end the third quarter.

At the conclusion of the third, the Pokes had 325 yards of total offense, 213 rushing and 112 passing, while holding Hawai’i to 195 yards, 109 rushing and 86 passing.

UW was on a five-play drive entering the fourth quarter, but on the sixth play Valladay was hit by cornerback Cortez Davis, who knocked the ball loose, and linebacker Quentin Frazier recovered the fumble at the Hawai’i 11-yard line.  Hawai’i had to punt five plays later. That was followed by a Wyoming punt.

The Rainbow Warriors picked up a first down on its next series.

Then on a third and 10 on the Wyoming 43, UH quarterback Cordeiro looked like he was going to connect with one of his receivers but the ball popped up in the air and that is when UW sophomore linebacker Hicks intercepted the pass at the Wyoming 36 and returned the interception 47 yards to the Hawai’i 17.

Four plays later, Valladay carried the ball into the end zone for his second touchdown of the night to extend Wyoming’s lead to 24-7

The Cowboys had one more scoring drive in them on the night. Following UW’s fifth sack of the night on a fourth down and nine, Wyoming took over on downs at the Hawai’i 38-yard line. The UW offense ran eight straight running plays in its final drive of the game, capped off by a two-yard TD run by Smith to make the score 31-7 with only 1:48 remaining. That is the way the game would end.

The Cowboys will be on a short week this coming week as they will travel to Fort Collins, Colo., for the 112th edition of the Border War with rival Colorado State on Thursday, Nov. 5. 

That game is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. and will be televised on CBS Sports Network and broadcast on radio over the Cowboy Sports Network. 

Colorado State will not be allowing fans at next Thursday’s Wyoming-Colorado State game.

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Wyoming Football Coach Craig Bohl’s Contract Extended Through 2024

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University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman announced on Thursday that UW Athletics has extended head football coach Craig Bohl’s contract by one year through the end of the 2024 college football season.

“Craig (Bohl) has done an outstanding job building our football program into one of the best in the Mountain West Conference over the past six seasons,” Burman said. “I felt it was important for the continued success of our program to extend Coach Bohl’s contract. With this one-year extension, it will enable our coaching staff to continue to recruit at a very high level as they have been, and it sends a message to our current players and potential recruits that our program is going to be strong for years to come.”

“Leia and I are so grateful for the University of Wyoming and the state of Wyoming,” Bohl said. “We appreciate President Seidel and Tom Burman entrusting us with the leadership of Cowboy Football. 

“To our fans, including the UW students, your support of our program over these past few years has meant more than you can know, and has been a big part in us building a successful program. In the midst of all the ups and downs we have had these past few months surrounding this season, it is good for us to have some stability for our student-athletes and in regard to continuing our recruiting efforts. This contract extension is important in providing that sense of stability. We look forward to more great years in the future.”     

Bohl’s extension for the 2024 season will pay him the same amount as 2023.  There is no raise included in the 2024 contract year. 

Currently in his seventh year as head coach of the Cowboys, Bohl led UW to the 2016 Mountain West Conference Mountain Division title and a spot in the 2016 Mountain West Championship Game.

Bohl was named the 2016 Mountain West Coach of the Year in voting by MW head football coaches and media members covering the conference.  From 2016-19, he led Wyoming to four consecutive bowl-eligible seasons, three bowl game appearances and two bowl championships.

The Pokes are seeking their fourth bowl bid in five seasons in 2020 — that would be a first in Wyoming Football history.

The excitement surrounding Cowboy Football from fans was evident last season when Wyoming Football enjoyed the second largest attendance at home games in school history, averaging 23,007 fans per game.

Since 2016, Wyoming has posted a 20-6 (.769) home record, went undefeated in home games in 2019 and has currently won its last eight consecutive home games.

Prior to coming to Wyoming, Bohl led North Dakota State to three consecutive FCS National Championships in 2011, ‘12 and ‘13.  In 2012 and ‘13, Bohl received both The Sports Network Eddie Robinson FCS National Coach of the Year Award and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) FCS National Coach of the Year Award. 

He became the first coach in the first 27 years of the Eddie Robinson Award to win it in consecutive seasons.  In 2013, he also received the Liberty Mutual FCS Coach of the Year Award, which is presented in partnership with the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. His other National Coach of the Year honor came in 2006, when he was recognized by the Football Gazette as the FCS National Coach of the Year.

As an assistant coach at his alma mater, Nebraska, he was part of two Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Championship teams in 1995 and ‘97 as the Huskers’ linebacker coach.

Bohl has compiled an overall head-coaching record of 140-73 (.657) at the collegiate level, including an 8-5 overall record last season at Wyoming.

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Wyoming vs. Hawaii: Pre-Game Pep Talk With Cowboys Legend Ryan Yarborough

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To get our fans excited ahead of the Wyoming vs. Hawaii football game on Friday, here’s University of Wyoming Alumni Association Executive Director Keener Fry along with former Cowboy wide receiver, Ryan Yarborough, on football memories and encouraging the team ahead of their game.

The Cowboy Alumni Pre-Game Pep Talk for October 30 is sponsored by Black Hills Energy, the UW University Store and Premier Bone and Joint Centers.

The UW Alumni Association has long been part of the Cowboy football pre-game activities connecting with alumni and friends all over the country.

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Wyoming Movie Theater Chain To Broadcast 1st Cowboys Game Of Season

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The University of Wyoming Cowboys might be playing their first game of the season in Nevada this weekend, but a Wyoming movie theater chain is offering fans the chance to watch the game on the biggest screen possible (can anyone say “bragging rights?”).

On Saturday, the WyoMovies chain (which has locations in Casper, Cheyenne, Laramie and Rock Springs) will broadcast the Wyoming vs. University of Nevada game on at least one of its screens in every location.

Tickets are technically free, but attendees must buy a $10 concession voucher. Seating is limited to ensure proper social distancing, so those interested are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

This is the first Cowboy football game of the season, which started late due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The first Cowboy home game will take place on Oct. 30 against the University of Hawaii.

Kickoff for Saturday’s game is 5 p.m. and tickets are on sale now at No word was given on whether or not you can attend the game shirtless covered in body paint, but we won’t tell if you don’t.

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University of Wyoming to Allow 7,000 Fans for Season Opener

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Working with the Wyoming Department of Health, UW Athletics will be allowed to have 7,000 fans in attendance for the season opener based on current COVID-19 data.

Attendance numbers could change if the current data changes before the start of the season.

“We want to thank the Wyoming Department of Health for all their efforts in working with us to allow fans at our football games this fall,” said Tom Burman, University of Wyoming Athletics Director. “Mike Ceballos, Dr. Alexia Harrist and Stephanie Pyle at the Wyoming Department of Health have been great for us to work with in the lead up to this announcement. We all want a safe environment at our games, while still allowing for as many fans as is deemed safe.”

Ticket Information for the 2020 Season
•Wyoming Athletics Worked with the Wyoming Department of Health to Allow Fans at Games in Limited Numbers
University of Wyoming Athletics worked with the Wyoming Department of Health to allow fans at War Memorial Stadium for the re-scheduled 2020 season. The number of fans that will be allowed for the season opener will be 7,000.

•Tickets to be Sold Only on a Single-Game Basis
Due to anticipated limited attendance, tickets will only be available on a single-game basis for the 2020 season. Those tickets will be made available to some football season-ticket holders, football players’ families and UW students. Season-ticket holders and UW students will receive detailed information regarding ticket access via e-mail.

Fans will be encouraged to enter the Gate that is specified on their ticket.

•When Fans May Order Tickets
Once the Mountain West releases the 2020 football schedule, single-game sale times will be released with a preference given to current season-ticket holders. The earliest possible sale time will be Wednesday, Oct. 7 — dependent upon when the schedule is released and when the first Wyoming home game is scheduled.

•Seat Locations
Seating will be spaced to accommodate for social distancing, so it is unlikely season-ticket holders will be able to purchase their normal seats. However, season-ticket holders will have access to an online seating map where they may select their own seats from pre-spaced locations of 1-4 tickets in a group. There will be a 4 ticket per customer maximum limit.

•Season-Ticket Holders Who Opted to “Donate” or “Credit” Their 2020 Season-Ticket Purchase
Season-ticket holders who donated their 2020 season-ticket payments to the WHYoming NOW campaign or who chose to take a credit for their 2020 season-ticket payment will receive specific instructions via e-mail on how they can choose to apply their payments for upcoming games.

Additional Information for Fans for the 2020 Season
•Parking Information
Parking information for the 2020 season will be provided at a later date via e-mail by the Cowboy Joe Club. Parking lots will not open until 2.5 hours prior to kickoff.

•Visitor Policy for the University of Wyoming Campus
Per the University of Wyoming’s COVID-19 policy regarding visitors to campus: “UW expects all visitors to abide by the same preventive guidelines we have established for our employees and students in the COVID Policy, including:”
-Do not come to campus if you are sick
-Wear a face covering (Fans are asked to bring their own face coverings)
-Maintain social distancing
-Minimize contact with shared surfaces
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not
available, use hand sanitizer.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
-As recommended by the CDC, everyone must cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use of hand sanitizer when necessary.

In consideration of keeping fans in attendance at 2020 Wyoming Football games as safe as possible, there will not be any tailgating allowed on University of Wyoming property for the 2020 season. There will also not be any game-day activities in the Indoor Practice Facility during the 2020 Wyoming Football season.

•Clear Bag Policy
As was announced earlier this year, there will be a Clear Bag policy in place for the 2020 college football season. To see the details of that policy, fans may go to the following link:

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Wyoming Cowboys Football is Back; Mountain West Votes Yes to Football

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By Cody Tucker,

LARAMIE — It’s on.

Forty-six days ago the Mountain West Conference canceled football because of unknowns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. League presidents Thursday night reversed course, voting to move ahead with a 2020 season.

For weeks, school officials, coaches and athletic directors peddled optimism. Statements were made, hopes were shared.

Now, it’s a reality.

The conference didn’t email a press release, instead saying it all in one :59 second video:

Here’s what we do know:

The Mountain West will play eight games

Opening day is set for Oct. 24

The league’s championship game is slated for Dec. 19

Disclaimer: Subject to approval from state, county and local officials

Wyoming doesn’t need to worry about that.

Earlier Thursday, Gov. Mark Gordon addressed the public in his weekly briefing of the pandemic. There, he threw in his support for the university and the return of athletics. He even went as far as to write a letter to Craig Thompson, urging the MW commissioner to let the Cowboys play even if the rest of the conference teams couldn’t.

In a conversation with Craig Bohl, Gordon said Wyoming’s head coach sold him on the fact that the team was virus-free from June 1 until the initial postponement Aug. 10.

If social media posts are any indication, Wyoming will be joined by all 11 of its conference foes this fall. That includes Hawaii, a state that has strict rules about and travel restrictions when it comes to the coronavirus.

Many wondered if California schools would take part in the 2020 campaign. Eased state restrictions and weekly testing measures not only gave San Diego State, Fresno State and San Jose State the green light, but the Pac-12 also announced Thursday that its league would resume Nov. 6-7.

New Mexico also has plenty of hurdles to clear with local COVID-19 guidelines.

Here’s a few things we don’t know:

The new schedules

If fans will be allowed in attendance

What exactly the testing, frequency and costs will be

Those answers could be answered Friday morning when Thompson, the Chair of the MW Board, a representative from the testing provider and Wyoming athletics director Tom Burman and others host a Zoom webinar at 11 a.m. MST.

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