LARAMIE -- Tony Sanchez summed up the last meeting between these two teams in Las Vegas in one sentence.

"I needed a drink after that one," UNLV's former coach said about the Rebels' 69-66 triple overtime win over the Cowboys at Sam Boyd Stadium in 2016.

Josh Allen drove the Cowboys 97 yards in nine plays with just 1:06 remaining to force overtime that afternoon. Tanner Gentry snagged a 19-yard scoring strike with an acrobatic one-handed grab in the corner of the end zone.

Sanchez remembers well.

"I thought, 'they have 97 yards to go and no timeouts. We got this,'" he said. "Then they drive down the field and Gentry makes another circus catch for a darn touchdown. That was the craziest game I have ever been a part of."

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Gentry finished the day with five catches for 184 yards and three touchdowns. Allen threw for 334 yards and four touchdowns.

That game had it all.

Brian Hill eclipsed the 100-yard mark and scored three times. Austin Conway returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown, too. Wyoming's defense surrendered 653 yards of total offense in the loss. The Cowboys also turned the ball over four times.

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That was the latest in this crazy series between the Pokes and Rebels. Wyoming holds a 13-11 advantage overall, but the games are typically close.

Really close.

Four times since 1998 -- all in Sin City -- this contest has reached at least one extra frame.

  • Oct. 17, 1998: Wyoming 28, UNLV 25 OT

  • Nov. 2, 2002: UNLV 49, Wyoming 48 OT

  • Nov. 6, 2004: Wyoming 53, UNLV 45 3OT

  • Nov. 12, 2016: UNLV 69, Wyoming 66 3OT

Unfortunately for the Cowboys, there was another overtime loss in Las Vegas that happened in 1996.

No. 20 Wyoming faced off with sixth-ranked BYU in the inaugural WAC Championship game inside Sam Boyd Stadium on a perfect December afternoon.

The 10-2 Cowboys overcame an early 13-0 first-half deficit and took the lead on the high-powered Cougars. Clinging to a five-point lead late in regulation, UW head coach Joe Tiller decided to take a safety and punt the ball away. BYU did just enough to get into field goal range with one tick remaining on the game clock.

Well, that depends on who you ask.

"The game was over," Tiller said to the media postgame, arguing that timeout wasn't called in time. "It's really a shame."

Ethan Pochman booted a 20-yarder to tie the game at 25-25.

In overtime, it was Pochman once again, this time from 32 yards out, sending the BYU fans up over the railing and onto the field to celebrate. The Cougars went to the Cotton Bowl. The 10-2 Cowboys went home.

Wyoming has played more overtime games with the Rebels than any other team in its history. Friday, these two will meet inside UNLV's new home, Allegiant Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. MST.

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