Wyoming is taking a step down in competition against Idaho, the lone Football Championship Subdivision opponent on the Cowboys’ schedule this season. This will mark the 17th time Wyoming has played an FCS foe since the turn of the century. The Cowboys are 14-2 in those games. The most recent such matchup was a scary one for Wyoming, which needed a last-minute touchdown drive to knock off Wofford last season at War Memorial Stadium. All 16 of those games have been at home.
On a roll
With six straight wins dating back to last season, Wyoming is riding the longest winning streak of the Craig Bohl era. It’s also tied for the fourth-longest active winning streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Another win Saturday would match the Cowboys’ longest string of wins since also winning seven in a row during the 1998 season. Four of the wins during their current streak have come by multiple scores.
Third time a(nother) charm?
Three has been the magic number so far for Wyoming’s defense when it comes to taking the ball away from the opponent. The Cowboys followed up their three-takeaway night against Missouri by forcing three more turnovers against Texas State. That puts the Cowboys on pace for 36 takeaways in the regular season, which would be closer to the number they forced two years when they led the nation in that category. It’s helped Wyoming to a plus-5 turnover margin through two games. Can the Cowboys get to that number again in their third?
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Wyoming will be trying to keep slow starts from becoming a trend Saturday after having to come from behind in both of its wins this season. Wyoming trailed Missouri 14-0 late in the first quarter and faced a 14-3 deficit early in the second quarter against Texas State. The Cowboys have yet to score a point in the first quarter this season and have scored just seven in its last three first quarters dating back to last season. Idaho has only mustered a field goal in its two first quarters this season. Something will have to give this weekend.
If things go according to plan, Wyoming will play Saturday’s game in front of the largest Black 14 contingent ever back on campus since their dismissal from the football team half a century ago. Nine of the 11 living Black 14 members are expected to be back on campus as part of the 50-year commemoration of the incident. They will be recognized at halftime of Saturday’s game. Six members returned to campus in February, which is the largest known contingent to be back at the school since the incident.
This year’s meeting will be the seventh all-time between the teams. Wyoming holds a 6-1 edge in the series, including a 42-10 win in Laramie in the teams’ most recent matchup in 2013. Idaho’s lone series win came in the teams’ first-ever meeting back in 1921. Only three of their matchups have been decided by fewer than two scores. Idaho went 4-7 last season in its first season back at the FCS level.