Gear Up For Game Day: Portland State
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.
Bruce Barnum is a likeable guy.
That was on display more than ever in September of 2021 when he decided to throw a party for Portland State fans.
Have a drink, on me, the Vikings' veteran head coach announced.
When the dust settled, Barnum dropped $14,448 on 2,064 beers, 1,260 of which were Coors Lights. Surprisingly, just 786 local IPAs were guzzled.
"It blew up a little bit," Barnum told KGW TV after a 21-7 victory over Western Oregon inside Hillsboro Stadium. "... I was thinking 'pandemic, college football hasn't been around, let's kind of get a little crew and have beers on top of the roof like Shawshank Redemption.' But this blew up a little too much."
Yes, it was a PR stunt. Yes, it was brilliant.
"I heard everybody had a good time," Barnum said of the reported 3,124 fans in attendance. "I was told by the brass immediately after the game that everybody had a blast. So good for it. I hope that brings somebody back. I hope there's some 'hey, that was fun, let's go back out and watch the Vikings play football.'"
Craig Bohl, your move.
Here is all you need to know -- and the links -- for Saturday's tilt in Laramie:
WHO: Portland State (0-1) at Wyoming (1-0)
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 9 at 2:00 p.m. MST
WEATHER: High of 77, low 49, partly cloudy, winds at 11 mph, 20% chance of rain
WHERE: War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, Wyo. (29,181 capacity)
STREAMING: Mountain West Network
RADIO: Cowboy Sports Network
TICKETS: Wyoming Ticket office
BOX SCORE: ESPN
ROSTERS: Wyoming / Portland State
HISTORY: First meeting
HEAD COACHES: Craig Bohl / Bruce Barnum
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