Wyoming announces 2009 Football Schedule

The release of the 2009 Mountain West Conference football schedule on Thursday finalized what will be the greatest schedule in University of Wyoming history. The new schedule features a home game against the nationally ranked Texas Longhorns. Go inside to get a look at the Cowboys first schedule under their new head coach Dave Christensen.

The release of the 2009 Mountain West Conference football schedule on Thursday finalized what will be the greatest schedule in University of Wyoming history.

Wyoming will kick off the 2009 season at home against Weber State on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 1 p.m., Mountain Time. The next week on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 1:30 p.m., the Texas Longhorns will make their first-ever appearance in Laramie, Wyo., in what is expected to be the biggest game in War Memorial Stadium history.

The following Saturday, the Cowboys will face their second consecutive Big 12 opponent when they travel to Boulder, Colo., to take on the Colorado Buffaloes on Sept. 19 in the first meeting between the two Front Range schools since 1997.

Saturday Sept. 26, Wyoming will begin Mountain West Conference play at home against the UNLV Rebels.

The remainder of the 2009 home schedule will feature the New Mexico Lobos on Oct. 10, the BYU Cougars on Nov. 7 and the final home game of ‘09 will pit the TCU Horned Frogs versus the Cowboys on Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium on Nov. 21.

"I'm extremely excited about this schedule," said Wyoming head football coach Dave Christensen. "I like the fact that we start the season at home the first two weeks, and we are fortunate to have four of our first six games of the season at home."

"I like having the open date in the middle of the season. I think it is a plus having two home games in November, and we are really excited about playing at Colorado State the Friday after Thanksgiving -- with the limited number of games being played that day it should give our program a lot of national exposure."

"From a recruiting standpoint, it is a real postive to have at least eight of our games and possibly nine being televised nationally."

In addition to their Sept. 19 road trip to face Colorado, Wyoming will travel to Boca Raton, Fla., to play Florida Atlantic on Oct. 3 in UW's one other non-conference road game.

The Florida Atlantic game replaces a previously scheduled road game at Bowling Green on the same date. The game versus Florida Atlantic will be the first game in a two-game home-and-home series with the Owls. The second game of the series will be played in Laramie between Florida Atlantic and UW on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.

Wyoming's first Mountain West road game of ‘09 will be at Air Force on Oct. 17. The Pokes will have their one open date of the season the following Saturday on Oct. 24, before they travel to Salt Lake City to face Utah on Halloween night, Oct. 31.

UW will play at San Diego State on Nov. 14, and will conclude the 2009 regular season at archrival Colorado State on Friday, Nov. 27 -- the day after Thanksgiving.

All six of Wyoming's home games in 2009 will kickoff between Noon and 1:30 p.m.

"We are very pleased with the game times that the conference office selected for our home games, said UW Athletics Director Tom Burman. "We feel that the early afternoon starts are best for our fans who travel long distances to come see the Cowboys play."

"It is very exciting to offer this outstanding home schedule to our fans. We hope our fans are equally excited about the opportunity to see three of the nation's Top 25 programs in Laramie in the same season -- two of which finished ranked in the top seven teams in the country."

The three teams that will be appearing in War Memorial Stadium this coming season that ended the 2008 season ranked among the nation's Top 25 are Texas, TCU and BYU. Texas headlines Wyoming's ‘09 home schedule.

Not only did the Longhorns finish last season ranked No. 3 in both the final USA Today Coaches' Poll and the final BCS Rankings, but they are one of the favorites to win the national championship this coming season. They are ranked among the Top 3 teams in virtually every preseason poll for 2009.

Texas has been ranked No. 2 in early preseason polls released by Sports Illustrated.com. UT has also been ranked No. 3 in 2009 preseason polls by ESPN.com and CollegeFootballNews.com/Scout.com. The Longhorns defeated Ohio State, 24-21, in last season's Fiesta Bowl.

Texas will be led by one of the favorites for the 2009 Heisman Trophy in senior quarterback Colt McCoy. Last year as a junior, McCoy finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting to quarterback Sam Bradford of Oklahoma. McCoy received 1,604 points to Bradford's 1,726 points. The 2007 Heisman winner, Tim Tebow of Florida, finished third with 1,575 points. McCoy won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award in 2008.

Texas possesses as rich a tradition in college football as any team in the country. The Longhorns have captured four National Championships including their most recent BCS Championship in 2005. In addition to their BCS Championship in ‘05, Texas also won National Championships in 1963, 1969 and 1970.

"To have Texas, one of the elite programs in college football, come to Laramie for the first time we believe makes the 2009 schedule the greatest in our school's history," said Burman.

"We expect that game to be a sellout well in advance of Sept. 12, so we want our fans to plan ahead to assure they get an opportunity to see what we believe will be the biggest game in the history of War Memorial Stadium."

The other two Top 25 teams from a year ago that will visit Laramie in ‘09 are Mountain West Conference foes TCU and BYU. TCU concluded the 2008 season ranked No. 7 in both the USA Today Coaches' Poll and AP Poll and was No. 11 in the final Harris Interactive ranking.

TCU entered the bowl season ranked No. 11 in the BCS rankings. The Horned Frogs defeated Boise State, 17-16, in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. TCU is also receiving recognition in 2009 preseason polls, ESPN.com has ranked the Horned Frogs No. 15.

BYU was ranked No. 16 in both the 2008 BCS standings and the Harris Poll prior to its appearance in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl, and ended the season ranked No. 21 by USA Today and No. 25 by Associated Press.

The Cougars fell to Arizona, 21-31, in the Las Vegas Bowl. Rivals.com has BYU ranked No. 22 in its ‘09 preseason rankings.

Other Notes on Wyoming's 2009 Football Schedule

•Wyoming's 2009 schedule will mark the first time since 2003 that the Cowboys have played two Big 12 opponents in the same season. UW lost at Oklahoma State, 24-48, and lost at home to Kansas, 35-42, during the 2003 season.

•The Cowboys will be playing Colorado for the first time since 1997, when UW lost a one-point game, 19-20, in Boulder. That game later had to be forfeited by the Buffaloes due to playing an ineligible player.

•The game versus Texas will be the first of a three-game football series between UW and UT beginning in 2009. After opening the three-game series in Laramie in ‘09, Wyoming will travel to Austin, Texas, twice for road games on Sept. 11, 2010, and Sept. 1, 2012.

•Florida Atlantic is coached by former Oklahoma, Louisville and Miami (Fla.) head coach Howard Schnellenberger. The Owls are coming off consecutive bowl victories the past two seasons. They defeated Central Michigan in the 2008 Motor City Bowl by a score of 24-20 and defeated Memphis in the 2007 New Orleans Bowl by a score of 44-27. Florida Atlantic is a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

•Weber State was one of the top programs at the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level last season. The Wildcats finished the season with a 10-4 record and were ranked No. 7 in the final Sports Network FCS Rankings and were ranked No. 9 in the final FCS Coaches' Poll. Weber State is coached by former Utah head coach Ron McBride.

•Not only does the 2009 Cowboy schedule feature six home games, but Wyoming fans will have the opportunity to drive to three road games against Front Range rivals in 2009. In addition to Mountain West Conference games at Air Force and at Colorado State, the Cowboys will travel to Boulder, Colo., to face the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Season tickets are on sale now for the 2009 Wyoming Football season. Cowboy fans are encouraged to purchase season tickets online at www.WyomingAthletics.com. One of the best incentives for purchasing online is a great offer from the Cowboy Joe Club. The CJC is offering members five priority points for renewing online.

The cost of a season ticket for the 2009 Wyoming Football season is $168. UW faculty and staff season tickets are $140 each. Fans may also purchase a season-ticket Family Plan. Each season ticket in a Family Plan sells for $100 with a required minimum purchase of four tickets for a total of $400 for a Family Plan of four season tickets. Three-packs are also available for sale, allowing fans to choose any three games, with the exception of the Texas game, for $72 per ticket.

Fans who have questions or need additional information on purchasing tickets for 2009 Wyoming football games can call the UW Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 922-9461 or (307) 766-4850, or visit www.WyomingAthletics.com.


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