BYU vs. Wyoming Game Preview

Tomorrow's critical matchup marks the 70th meeting between the Cowboys of Wyoming and the Cougars of BYU that dates back to 1922.

With their road win over San Diego State earlier this month, BYU reached a milestone of 450 all-time victories that stretches back to the 1922 season.

Meanwhile, the Cougars hope to add to a 37-29-3 overall record against the Cowboys when they line up at 4 p.m. in War Memorial Stadium.

The Cowboys face a veteran quarterback in Casey Bramlet, who holds the Cowboys record for the most completions without an interception. He had thrown for 175 passes without an interception. Bramlet's record, however, came to an end during the Boise State game when he threw his first interception of the 2003 season.

Speaking of Bramlet, BYU head coach Gary Crowton said, "He's not as fast as Van Pelt, but he's a very good passer – a little bit more of a passer type guy and a little bit more mobile than Adam (Hall of SDSU).

"All three of these guys are veteran guys. Bramlet will scramble a little bit more and make throws on the run. Adam stays in the pocket a little bit better and throws the ball on time. Van Pelt, they max protect a lot; if the receivers are open, he's going to throw it and, if not, he's going to pull it down and run it. They're all different and they're all real good," Crowton noted.

Bramlet also holds the Cowboy records of most career pass completions and career pass attempts. Last week, he completed 13 passes to lead his team to victory against Utah State. Bramlet enters this week with 647 career pass completions, breaking the previous record held by former Wyoming quarterback Jay Stoner at 638.

BYU's secondary could have a field day against Bramlet. Despite his sole interception for the year, Bramlet also holds the record for the most interceptions by a Cowboy quarterback with 41, ahead of Tom Corontoz (1988-91) and Jay Stoner (1997-2000) with 39 career picks apiece.

On offense, the Cowboys are 20th in the nation in passing offense and Bramlet is ranked 21st in the nation in total offense at 269.3 yards per game. In total offense, the Cowboys are ranked 55th nationally.

Wyoming's top receiver is Ryan McGuffey, who is ranked 4th in all-time receiving yards for the Cowboys with 2,279 total yards and 3rd in career receptions with 198. At No. 7 on the receiving yards list is Malcolm Floyd with 1,966. Floyd is also ranked 7th on the receptions list with 147. Both will move up the Cowboy charts in career receiving yards and receptions by the end of the season. On defense, the Cowboy starting linebackers are all ranked among the top tacklers in the MWC. Senior strong side linebacker Tyler Gottchalk leads the team in tackles with 49 for an average of 8.2 per contest. He currently ranks 10th in the MWC this season. Junior linebacker Randy Tscharner is second with 45 tackles and is No. 11 in the MWC with an average of 7.5 tackles per game. Third on the Cowboy team is Guy Tuell, who is tied for 12th in the league with an average of 6.7 tackles per game.

Heading into the BYU game, the Cowboys have 11 players on the injured list. Of these players, the biggest blow could be sophomore receiver Jovon Bouknight, who was listed as preseason First Team All-MWC by Sporting News, Athlon Sports and by Jim Feist's 2003 college Football Annual magazines.

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