Cougs' Take on Cowboys Saturday

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After a humbling 58-13 Homecoming loss to Colorado State on Thursday, Oct. 9, the Cougars will take to the road for their third of four MWC road games this season. BYU will take on Wyoming on Saturday, Oct. 18 at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo., beginning at 4 p.m. (MT). The game will be broadcast locally by SportsWest on KSL-TV, Ch.5. Wyoming (2-4, 0-1) will enter Saturday's contest after a 48-21 drubbing of Utah State in Logan. The Cowboys will be playing in only their second league game, while the Cougars will be playing their fifth.

THE HISTORY: BYU vs. WYOMING -- The 70th Meeting
Saturday's game will mark the 70th meeting between BYU and Wyoming. The Cougars own a 37-29-3 lead in the series, dating back to the 1922 season. However, the Cowboys are 17-13-3 against the Cougars in Laramie. BYU has won nine of the last 10 meetings, including a streak of three straight. Wyoming last beat the Cougars during the 1999 season when nationally-ranked BYU entered the game with an 8-1 record and needed just one win to secure the outright MWC title. Again in 2001, the Cougars entered the game nationally ranked and, owning a 9-0 record, needed a fourth-quarter touchdown along with a tough defensive stand to earn the victory and improve to 10-0. BYU went on to a perfect 7-0 league record in 2001, becoming the only team to win the MWC championship with a perfect record.


TELEVISION - Thursday's game will be broadcast locally by SportsWest on KSL-TV, Ch. 5, beginning at 4 p.m. (MT). Tom Kirkland will call the action with Blaine Fowler lending game analysis. In addition, the game will be broadcast live on the Church Satellite System. Fans with access to ward or stake meeting houses with satellite capabilities can view the game, live, on the Church's Satellite System. The Audio-Visual Committee for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has specified that the games may be viewed in any room through the ward or stake building, excluding the chapel. Saturday's game will be rebroadcast on KBYU-TV, beginning at 11 p.m. (MT) on Monday, Oct. 20.

RADIO - Fans can tune to KSL Radio--the 50,000-watt home of the Cougars--and follow the action with the broadcast team of Greg Wrubell, Marc Lyons and Bill Riley.

INTERNET - A live webcast of the game, which includes play-by-play and up-to-the-minute statistics, can be viewed by logging on to:

In addition, a live audio stream is available at

- Saturday's game could mark the return of BYU quarterback Matt Berry. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound quarterback has missed the Cougars' last four games after suffering a broken hand in the first half at New Mexico. Berry had surgery to insert screws to repair the fracture on Sept. 14 -- the day after the Cougars' 10-7 win over New Mexico. He began taking snaps for the first time last week (Monday, Sept. 6). Berry's official status will be determined later in the week.

- Saturday's game will mark the fifth league game for the Cougars, while Wyoming has played only one league game -- a 29-35 loss at Air Force. BYU is 2-2 in league play, including wins over New Mexico (10-7) and San Diego State (44-36).

- BYU head coach Gary Crowton is 2-1 all-time against the Cowboys, including a 31-19 loss in 1998 as the head coach at Louisiana Tech. Saturday's game will mark the first-ever meeting between Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn and BYU.

- The Cougars have not lost in Laramie since the 1999 season. Since 1973, BYU has won eight of the 12 games in Laramie.

- Wyoming leads the league in passing offense, averaging 286.3 yards per game, while the Cougars rank third in passing defensive, allowing just 185.3 yards passing per game.

- Wyoming quarterback, Casey Bramlet, leads the league in passing, averaging 278.0 yards per contest.

- Wyoming is the only other team in the Mountain West Conference which has allowed more sacks than BYU. The Cowboys rank seventh in the MWC, giving up 22 sacks for 164 yards while the Cougars rank sixth (20 sacks for 147 yards).

- Defensively, the Cougars lead the Mountain West with 19 sacks for a combined loss of 110 yards. The Cowboys rank seventh in the league with just five sacks for 33 yards on the season.

- With a 3-4 record on the season, the Cougars have been outscored by an average of 8.3 points per contest. The Cowboys (2-4) have been outscored by only 2.5 points per contest.

- Saturday's game will mark only the third home game of the season for the Cowboys, while it will be the Cougars fourth road game.

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