Wyoming: At A Glance

On Saturday the Texas Longhorns will play at Wyoming for the first time since 1978. The Longhorns will take on the Cowboys in Laramie, Wyoming for the first time in the history of the program. Burnt Orange Beat provides this guide to the second non-conference opponent of the season.

The Wyoming Cowboys got the Dave Christensen era off on the right foot Saturday with a 29-22 win over Weber State. Wyoming appeared to have a comfortable lead at 26-7 with 9:45 to play in the game before Weber State made a fourth quarter charge pulling within 29-22 with 38 seconds to play, but the Cowboys recovered the onside kick to end any upset hopes by the I-AA Wildcats who went 10-4 a season ago.

At 2:30pm on Saturday, the Cowboys will welcome the #2 Texas Longhorns with a two-game winning streak against BCS teams. Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen is familiar with the Longhorns having seen Texas up close for the last eight seasons as the offensive coordinator for Missouri.

In the season opener, Wyoming started just six seniors. The Cowboys starting line-up featured eight juniors, six sophomores and two true freshmen in addition to the seniors.

A look at head coach Dave Christensen

Christensen won his first game as a head coach on Saturday in his head coaching debut. Prior to be hired at Wyoming, Christensen coached under Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel for 16 seasons. Of the 16 seasons, Christensen spent the last 11 as the offensive coordinator.

Christensen began his coaching career at Washington as the offensive coordinator in 1989. The former Washington Husky player (1980-82) moved on to Idaho State from 1990-91 until joining the Toledo staff in 1992 under Pinkel.

Christensen spent nine seasons at Toledo before moving on to Missouri when Pinkel was named head coach in 2001.

In 2007, Christensen was a Broyles Award finalist.

Wyoming 2008 season

The Cowboys went 4-8 last year, including 1-6 in Mountain West play. Wyoming dropped contests to the top three Mountain West teams by an average of 41.3 points per game. BYU won at home against Wyoming 44-0, Utah 40-7 at Laramie, and TCU 54-7 in Fort Worth.

The highlight of the 2008 season was 13-7 win over Tennessee in Knoxville.

Wyoming 2009 schedule

The Cowboys enter the 2009 season without a winning season since 2004.

Sep. 5 Weber State, W 29-22
Sep. 12 Texas
Sep. 19 at Colorado
Sep. 26 UNLV
Oct. 3 at Florida Atlantic
Oct. 10 New Mexico
Oct. 17 at Air Force
Oct. 24 open
Oct. 31 at Utah
Nov. 7 BYU
Nov. 14 at San Diego State
Nov. 21 TCU
Nov. 27 at Colorado State

Saturday's game against Texas will be the first Big 12 opponent for the Cowboys since Texas A&M in 2004. The Aggies beat the Cowboys 31-0 in College Station.

Season opening win

Wyoming got the Dave Christensen era off on the right foot with a hard fought 29-22 win over Weber State on Saturday. Wyoming posted 434 total yard behind true freshman quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels and running back Darius Terry. Terry rushed for a career-high 99 yards and scored the first two touchdowns of his career.

Weber State racked up 411 yards against the Wyoming defense, but threw five interceptions in the loss. Wyoming true freshman safety Shamiel Gary picked off three passes to tie a school record with two others. Gary tied for the team lead in tackles with seven as well.

The five turnovers forced by Wyoming are the most since 2004, a 37-32 win over UNLV.

Wyoming hosting BCS teams

Wyoming is 5-2 hosting current BCS teams, including wins in the last two. The Cowboys beat Virginia in 2007 and Ole Miss in 2004.

Texas vs. Wyoming

The Longhorns will be facing Wyoming for the third time in their history. The Longhorns beat the Cowboys 34-7 in 1974 and 17-3 in 1978, both in Austin. The Longhorns were ranked in the top 10 in the AP poll in both prior meetings.

Notable Sports Alumni

Jerry Buss - Los Angeles Lakers owner
Malcolm Floyd - receiver for the San Diego Chargers
Art Howe - MLB manager and former player
Jeff Huson - former MLB player and current Colorado Rockies broadcaster
Jay Novacek - former Dallas Cowboys tight end
Theo Ratliff - center for the Philadelphia 76'ers
Justin Williams - current NBA center
Derrick Martin - corner in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers

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