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Cowboys host Texas State on Saturday

True freshman quarterback Brett Smith directed the Cowboys to a last-minute victory against Weber State last Saturday. This week, he'll look to lead UW to a 2-0 start as the Pokes host Texas State on Saturday. True freshman quarterback Brett Smith directed the Cowboys to a last-minute victory against Weber State last Saturday. This week, he'll look to lead UW to a 2-0 start as the Pokes host Texas State on Saturday. Tribune photo by Ben Wetzel

The Wyoming Cowboys will host the Texas State Bobcats on Saturday in the first meeting between the two schools. The game is scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. at Wyoming’s War Memorial Stadium. 

Texas State will be the second consecutive Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team that Wyoming will play this season. The Cowboys opened the 2011 season with a 35-32 home victory over  Weber State last Saturday. Wyoming is 8-0 versus FCS teams since 2000, and has played at least one FCS team in each of the last four seasons.

Saturday will be Military Day at the University of Wyoming. With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaching this week, the University of Wyoming will honor members of the military and victims of 9/11 with a moment of silence prior to this Saturday’s game. The pregame moment of silence will also honor the memory of the eight Wyoming cross country runners who lost their lives in a tragic car accident 10 years ago on Sept. 16, 2001. 

In addition to Saturday being Military Day it is also Family Weekend and Ag Day.

Last week in a thrilling comeback that saw the Cowboys score their final touchdown with only 22 seconds remaining in the game, true freshman quarterback Brett Smith threw for 294 yards and accounted for 338 yards of total offense in his first college game. Smith enters this week ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference in both passing yards and total offense.  He is ranked No. 10 in the nation in total offense and No. 13 in passing yards.

Smith’s leading target in the season opener was sophomore wide receiver Robert Herron, who caught seven passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner.  For Herron, it was the first 100-yard receiving game of his career. It was also the first 100-yard receiving game of the season in the Mountain West Conference. Herron leads the Mountain West in receiving yards and in scoring.  He is tied for No. 25 in the NCAA in scoring and receptions.

The Wyoming Cowboys have never played Texas State in their football history, but they will be facing a familiar face when the Bobcats come to town on Saturday. Texas State is led  by first-year head coach Dennis Franchione, who coached against Wyoming at New Mexico, TCU and Texas A&M. Wyoming holds a 3-2 advantage over Franchione-coached teams.

The Texas State Bobcats are in the process of moving from the FCS to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). This season, they are playing as an FCS Independent. A year from now, the Bobcats will be members of the Western Athletic Conference. The 2011 season is the 104th in Texas State history. Texas State was previously known as Southwest Texas State.

The Bobcats opened the 2011 season on the road at Texas Tech. Texas State kicked a field goal on its first possession of the game to cap off a 45-yard drive and take a 3-0 lead over the Red Raiders.  On the next Texas Tech possession, Texas State recovered a fumble at the Texas Tech 41-yard line and scored a touchdown nine plays later to take a 10-0 lead. 

That exciting start for the Bobcats would be tempered  somewhat, as Texas Tech scored nine points in the final 1:36 of the first quarter to draw within one point. Neither team scored in the second quarter, and Texas State maintained a 10-9 halftime lead. After halftime, it was the Red Raiders who would take  control. Aided by four Texas State fumbles in the second half, that would all lead to touchdowns, Texas Tech scored 20 points in the third quarter and 21 in the fourth quarter to win by a 50-10 final score.

As with all Wyoming Cowboy football games, Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the Cowboy Sports Network, beginning with the pregame show one hour prior  to kickoff.  The game will also be televised live on The Mtn.

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