Shortly before Christmas of 2004 the Cowboys were victorious at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, pulling an upset of the UCLA Bruins live in front of an ESPN audience, led by Corey Bramlet. Six years later the Cowboys were at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas trying to salvage a football season and build for next year. The Cowboys, who were eliminated from bowl contention, were playing for pride and the seniors at this point. The Cowboys were looking to win a football game a week after being humiliated by a loss to New Mexico. The Pokes came out with fire to start the game, with Alvester Alexander running 76 yards for a Cowboy touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. The Cowboys followed the touchdown up with an onside kick attempt, a play that worked a week earlier at New Mexico. The Rebels recovered and the momentum swung to UNLV for the remainder of the game. The Cowboy defense had trouble slowing up Rebel running back Tim Cornett who rushed for four touchdowns, and Rebel quarterback Omar Clayton who tossed three scores. The Rebels marched up and down the field with drives that kept the Cowboy defense on the field. The Rebels also converted three fourth down attempts. A scary moment at the end of the game came when Cowboy running back Robert Herron landed awkwardly on a UNLV defender making the tackle and was carted off of the football field by ambulance and taken to a local hospital. He was released today and has made the trip back to Laramie. Final score was Rebels 42, Wyoming 16.
Next week is the Border War in Laramie. The Cowboys and Rams will meet up for the 101st time. The Bronze Boot will be on the line, which is currently in Wyoming’s possession. The Cowboys won last year in Fort Collins 17-16. The Rams are 3-8 on the season.
Go Pokes!