LARAMIE -- As always, I love to utilize this space each week during the season to not only give you the important info -- game time, TV channel, betting lines, etc. -- but also drop a bit of randomness on your plate.

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The year, 1993. That's also the last time the Wyoming Cowboys won a conference championship. Thirty years. Crazy to think about, right? Sad, too. That was also a shared WAC title. If only the No. 23 Pokes could've knocked off New Mexico. That rainy day in Albuquerque, a last-second field goal just couldn't find its way through the uprights.

New Mexico 10
Wyoming 7

Joe Tiller's team finished in a three-way tie for first place with Fresno State and BYU. They would play Kansas State in the Copper Bowl, falling to the Wildcats -- and their rookie play caller, Dana Dimel -- in Tucson, 52-17.

That Wyoming team reeled off seven straight victories after an opening day loss to Oregon State. That included taking down Kurt Warner's Northern Iowa squad, 45-42, inside War Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys also beat Utah, Air Force and Trent Dilfer's Bulldogs during that stretch.



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Those players are all back in town this weekend for the annual Border War. That includes the likes of Ryan Yarborough, Marcus Harris, Ryan Christopherson and many, many others.

According to my colleague Jared Newland, more than 30 of those former Cowboys will be in attendance tonight. Former assistant coach Mike Van Diest and Tiller's widow and daughter, Arnette and Julie, respectively, will also be in Laramie.

The team will be recognized during the initial timeout of the first quarter.

  • 30th anniversary of the 1993 Western Athletic Conference Champion Wyoming Cowboys Football Team.  Coached by the late Joe Tiller. This is the last conference champion (tri champion) football team in Wyoming history.


  • Finished 8-4 overall, 6-2 in the WAC


  • Was ranked as high as No. 23 during the season


  • Earned a Copper Bowl berth (back when there were only 19 bowl games)


  • Led by All-American Wide Receiver Ryan Yarborough along with First Team All-WAC players, Mike Jones (TE) and Kurt Whitehead (DE)


  • Seven (7) Players from the 1993 roster went on to be drafted to the NFL and Nine (9) played in the NFL


Players who were NFL Draftees

Ryan Yarborough, John Burrough, Ryan Christopherson, Brian Gragert, Marcus Harris, Steve Scifres and Lee Vaughn

Players who played in the NFL

Ryan Yarborough, Rob Bohlinger, John Burrough, Ryan Christopherson, Joe Cummings, Thomas Williams, Steve Scifres, Lee Vaughn and Tyrone Williams


Offense: The entire starting offensive line: Steve Scifres, Cody Kelly, Greg Scanlan, Jarrod Heidemann and Mike Fitzgerald

TE: Mike Jones

WRs: Ryan Yarborough, Eddie Pratt

RB: Ryan Christopherson


DL: Tyrone Williams, Thomas Williams, Tyson Hopkins

LBs: Joe Cummings, Mark Brook, Ryan Folsom, Cory Talich

DBs: Kenny Johnson, Rob Levin, Darnell Roary

Others: Marcus Harris (freshman who played on special teams and only caught one pass as a freshman), Rob Bohlinger and Ryan Oman were both back-up offensive linemen who were starters the next season.

1993 Wyoming Cowboys football team./ UW courtesy photo
1993 Wyoming Cowboys football team./ UW courtesy photo

Here is all you need to know -- and the links -- for Friday's Border War tilt:

WHO: Colorado State (3-5, 1-3) at Wyoming (5-3, 2-2)
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. MST
WEATHER: High of 56, low 33, winds at 10-15 mph
WHERE: War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, Wyo. (29,181 capacity)
STREAMING: CBS Sports Network
TV: CBS Sports Network
RADIO: Cowboy Sports Network
TICKETS: Wyoming Ticket office
ROSTERS: Wyoming / Colorado State
HISTORY: Colorado State leads the all-time series 59-50-5
ODDS: Wyoming (-6.5)
HEAD COACHES: Craig Bohl / Jay Norvell

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