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7:48 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Wyoming Rallies To Stun Florida Atlantic

Shaun Wick runs against Fla Atlantic.
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The Wyoming Cowboys used some late game heroics to defeat Florida Atlantic Saturday by the score of 20 to 19.  Trailing 19-17 with just over two minutes to play, Wyoming ran out of downs and turned the ball back to Florida Atlantic at the Wyoming 11, giving the Owls a chance to run out the clock.

But Wyoming defender Mark Nzeocha forced a fumble that the Cowboys recovered on their own nine yard line and on the very next play Wyoming’s Colby Kirkegaard connected on an 88 yard pass play to Dominic Rufran that set up the winning field goal. 

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4:52 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Cowboys Hope To Bounce Back Against Florida Atlantic

The Wyoming Cowboys football team will try and bounce back Saturday. The Cowboys were thrashed by Oregon last week and Saturday/today they play host to Florida Atlantic who is coming off a 50 to 21 win over Tulsa. Head Coach Craig Bohl says the Cowboys will have to stop another solid quarterback in Jaquez  Johnson.

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12:28 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Wyoming Looks For Improvement On Defense

The Wyoming Cowboys football team struggled last weekend against Oregon in most facets except one. The Cowboys ran for a surprising 155 yards against the Ducks, a week after having little success against Air Force. Head Coach Craig Bohl said that the coaching staff spent last week focusing on improving the running game and the team made it a priority in the offseason. Oregon featured a very athletic defense, so Bohl was especially pleased with the results.                 

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5:10 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Wyoming Begins MWC Play Against Air Force

The Wyoming Cowboys look to remain unbeaten against one of their oldest rivals.   Air Force comes to Laramie Saturday night in the opener of the Mountain West Conference football season.   Cowboys Head Coach Craig Bohl  says Air Force was impressive in its 44 to 16 opening win over Nicholls State.     

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6:50 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Cowboys Get Ready For Air Force

The Wyoming Cowboys football team will open Mountain West Conference play  against Air Force and its vaunted option attack. 

Under the option the Quarterback can run the ball, pitch it to a running back, hand it off, or fake the run and throw it. It’s an unusual offense that teams rarely use and Wyoming Head Coach Craig Bohl says that make it difficult to defend.

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9:57 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Bohl Era Is Set To Start

The much anticipated Craig Bohl coaching era begins Saturday (today) as the Wyoming Cowboys football team hosts Montana.

The Grizzlies are led by Senior Quarterback Jordan Johnson and Bohl says they will be difficult to stop. 

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4:54 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Kirkegaard Is Ready To Lead The Pokes

When the Wyoming Cowboys football team plays Saturday, the Pokes will have a new starting quarterback. While Colby Kirkegaard has played in several games…it will be a new experience for him to be start the season as the number one quarterback.   

Coaches say that Kirkegaard has played with a lot of poise during fall camp and they hope that continues. While he is excited about being the starter, Kirkegaard says he doesn’t feel any pressure, because it will be a team effort.

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4:21 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Wyoming Football Team Continues To Improve

With a little over a week to go before the start of the University of Wyoming football season, Cowboys Head Coach Craig Bohl  likes what he sees. 

Bohl says the offensive line continues to be a work in progress, but he says that unit has improved—and believes they’ll continue to get better.            

“I think we are on task.  You see developments during fall camp as far as guys understanding our system, certainly all the nuances on offensive and defense and certainly the kicking game has taken a positive step since spring ball.”

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5:17 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Basketball teams face Nevada

Both the Wyoming men’s and women’s basketball teams open conference play this weekend.  The Cowboys face Nevada on the road, while the Cowgirls host the Wolfpack in Laramie.

The Cowboys have yet to win a road game, and to win in Reno, the Pokes will have to shut down Nevada’s Deonte Burton, who is averaging 22 points a game. 

Wyoming Coach Larry Shyatt (SHY-at) says the entire team can score…

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11:28 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Bohl is excited about leading the University of Wyoming football team

Wyoming’s new football Coach says it is bittersweet leaving North Dakota State after eleven years, but Craig Bohl is excited about bringing winning football back to the Cowboy state.  Bohl’s teams have won consecutive championships in the division below Wyoming, but he is convinced he will be successful at the Division one level.  Bohl says his teams are good on offense, but are known for their defense. 

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5:10 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Wyoming volleyball ends season on high note

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After a slow start, the University of Wyoming volley ball team went on a strong run and finished with a seven match win streak.  The Cowgirls struggled adjusting to first year Head Coach Chad Callihan, but once things clicked the team opened some eyes. 

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4:02 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Wyoming looks to replace Dave Christensen

Tom Burman discusses replacing Dave Christensen
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The University of Wyoming is moving forward with its effort to replace football coach Dave Christensen who was fired Sunday.  U-W Athletics Director Tom Burman said at a news conference that the school is prepared  to make a competitive offer and he says the U-W Trustees and Acting President Dick McGinity are behind his efforts to drastically improve the football program.                 

“I feel good that we all know that this is an extremely important hire for the University and for me.  I need their support and I feel that I absolutely have it.” 

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6:58 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Wyoming fires Football Coach Dave Christensen

After five seasons Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen has been fired.  Christensen had 27 wins and 35 losses in his tenure and his teams were only 16 and 23 in the Mountain West Conference.  He did take Wyoming to two bowl games, winning one.  The last appearance was in 2011.

U-W Athletics Director Tom Burman said the football program“ has not achieved at the level of success we expect.” 

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11:54 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Wyoming relieved to be able to pick up Saturday win

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It’s been a rough month for the Wyoming football team, but on Saturday Brett Smith had a record setting day throwing for seven touchdowns and running for another as the Cowboys held off Hawaii 59-56 in overtime. 

“People who are around the complex just understand how hard we work and the time that everybody puts it.  When you have a performance like that as an offense, when you are playing at that high of a level, especially when you win…the feeling is indescribable.  That’s why I play the game” said Smith.

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6:38 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Cowboys move on with new Defensive Coordinator

University of Wyoming Defensive-Line coach, Jamar Cain, has been promoted to Defensive Coordinator after this week’s firing of former coordinator, Chris Tormey.

The Pokes defense has been underwhelming this year. Ranked number 105 in total defense out of 123 teams in the NCAA, UW has given up over 50 points a game during the last two weeks.

Head Coach Dave Christensen says that firing Tormey was hard, but gives his team the best chance to win going forward.

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6:47 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Wyoming holds off New Mexico

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In college football, Wyoming bolted to a 21 point lead, but had to hold on Saturday to beat New Mexico 38 to 31.                      

The Cowboys jumped ahead 21-0, watched New Mexico tied it at 24 early in the fourth quarter, before Brett Smith scored on back to back touchdowns including a 48 yard run that put the game away.  Smith was concerned that the offense stalled in the middle of the game, but he said once the Lobos tied it, it seemed to energize the team.

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2:47 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Cowboys travel to face Texas State

The Wyoming Cowboys football team returns to the road Saturday against Texas State.  The Cowboys are coming off of their best offensive effort in 15 years and Head Coach Dave Christensen has been preaching focus and preparation with his team this week. 

He noted earlier in the week that his team hasn’t always played with the same energy every week and Christensen wants to follow-up on the Air Force win with another great effort.

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4:47 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Wyoming prepares to face Air Force

Wyoming and Air Force renew their college football rivalry Saturday night in Colorado Springs when the two teams meet to open the Mountain West Conference season.  Wyoming is focused on getting its offense back on track while preparing for the difficult Air Force offense.  

Air Force uses a lot of option…where the Quarterback can either hand the ball off…pitch it to a running back…or run the ball himself.  This season Air Force is throwing the ball as well and Wyoming Coach Dave Christensen says it makes the Falcons difficult to play.           

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7:12 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Wyoming's offense is not where it wants to be

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The Wyoming Cowboys football team beat Northern Colorado Saturday by the score of 35 to 7.  But the Cowboys offense is disappointed that it has not been more consistent.   After another slow first quarter, Wyoming scored 21 second quarter points to lead 21 to nothing.

But the offense only scored one more touchdown and failed to connect on several additional scoring opportunities. 

Despite the win, Head Coach Dave Christensen complained for the second week in a row that the offense is not executing like it should.  Quarterback Brett Smith says that he has similar concerns.

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5:02 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Cowboys prepare for Northern Colorado

The Wyoming Cowboys football team is hoping to make it two straight wins Saturday/today when the Pokes host Northern Colorado. 

U-N-C typically plays a level below Wyoming, and so the Cowboys are heavily favored to win.  But Head Coach Dave Christensen notes that Wyoming lost to a lower division team last year, and he’s reminded his players of that.  Christensen says that the Bears will present some challenges.

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6:22 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Cowboys are ranked for the first time in 25 years

The ESPN/USA Today Basketball Coaches poll has ranked the unbeaten Wyoming Cowboys 25th in the nation.  The Cowboys just missed being ranked in the top 25 of the Associated Press poll by gathering just enough votes to place 27th.  

Head Coach Larry Shyatt is downplaying the ranking, comparing his team to riding in a car.

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5:09 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Shyatt is impressed with Wyoming's focus

Wyoming Cowboys basketball Coach Larry Shyatt says he is thrilled with the way his team has remained focused throughout its 13 game winning streak.  Despite the fact that Wyoming is unbeaten, it has failed to crack the national rankings.  Shyatt said the players have not let that distract them.

“And I think they have been really, really good at being at what I called it earlier laser focused on what’s important now.  They seem to repeat the saying that we’ve had around here that happy is for March.”

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5:11 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

UW football coach suspended and fined

Cowboys Head Coach Dave Christensen
University of Wyoming

Wyoming Football Coach Dave Christensen has been suspended and fined for comments he made to Air Force Football Coach Troy Calhoun following a recent loss. 

Christensen’s profanity laced tirade was caught on video and today, UW Athletics Director Tom Burman fined the Coach $50,000 and suspended him for the week, including this coming Saturday’s home game against Boise State. 

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8:27 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

Wyoming football falls to 0-3

The Wyoming Cowboys football team remains winless after losing Saturday to Cal-Poly 24  to 22.  

Cal Poly's Deonte Williams rushed for 187 yards, including a 65-yard score on the game's fourth play.

Wyoming rallied from an early 14 point deficit to lead 15-14 at the half.   But without injured Quarterback Brett Smith, the Cowboys struggled to get much going on offense and the defense struggled for the third straight game.

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4:55 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Wyoming begins the 2012 football season at Texas

The Wyoming Cowboys football team begins play Saturday (today) at nationally ranked Texas.

The Cowboys lost to the Longhorns in Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen’s first two seasons.  He says his team is better this year, but they will have to prove it.

It’s just a different team, we’ve got more depth, we are just a better football team.  Texas is a good team too, as they have been every time we’ve played them.  Our kids have competed well for a half both times we’ve played them.  Our challenge is that we’ve got to go out and compete well for 60 minutes. 

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6:03 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Cowboys get ready for #15 Texas

The Wyoming Cowboys football team opens the season at nationally ranked Texas Saturday night.  The Cowboys have spent the offseason trying to fine tune their defense, which struggled at times last season.  Head Coach Dave Christensen says his defense is showing improvement.

“I like our guys in the secondary; I think they’ve practiced well.  Not as experienced at linebacker, is probably the one place where we will gain experience as we go along. I like the way we’ve been playing up front with our defensive line.  Now we have to go out and get it done on Saturday afternoon’s.”

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5:58 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Cowgirls defeat Presbyterian College

The Wyoming Cowgirls volleyball team got off to a fast start and defeated Presbyterian College three games to one in the first round of the UniWyo Wyoming invitational. 

The Cowgirls won the first two games handily by scores of 25 to nine but lost the third game 20 to 25 before winning the match 25 to 14. 

Head Coach Carrie Yerty says her team struggled in the third game because she played a number of new players and combinations.

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4:13 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Cowgirls Volleyball begins season

The University of Wyoming women’s volleyball team begins play this weekend in the UniWyo Wyoming invitational. 

The Cowgirls return all six starters from last year and have been picked to finish third in the Mountain West Conference.  Head Coach Carrie Yerty says the team has set some big goals this year, including an appearance in the NCAA tournament.  She says Wyoming is a very close knit team.

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6:59 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Wyoming's Newlin just misses Olympic medal

Wyoming’s Athletes will leave the London Olympics without medals.  Riverton’s Brett Newlin just missed earning a medal when the U-S eight man rowing team he was a part of placed fourth, just behind Great Britain. 

Meanwhile, Cheyenne's Jennifer Nichols was eliminated Tuesday in the archery competition. 

Nichols was competing in her third Olympic games.

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6:36 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Wyoming basketball gets key transfer

The Wyoming Cowboys basketball team is adding an important piece to its future.  6-5 guard Charles Hankerson Junior is transferring from the University of Alabama where he was an occasional starter to play his last two years at Wyoming. 

He averaged 3-point-6 points a game in 30 games with the Crimson Tide last year and Wyoming Head Coach Larry Shyatt says he will be an important addition to what could be a young team in 2013.        

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