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1996 Wyoming Cowboys football
WAC Pacific Division Champions
WAC Championship Game, L 25–28 vs. BYU
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
DivisionPacific
Ranking
CoachesNo. 22
APNo. 22
1996 record10–2 (7–1 WAC)
Head coachJoe Tiller
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 WAC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain Division
No. 5 BYU x   8 0         14 1  
Utah   6 2         8 4  
Rice   6 2         7 4  
SMU   4 4         5 6  
New Mexico   3 5         6 5  
TCU   3 5         4 7  
Tulsa   2 6         4 7  
UTEP   0 8         2 9  
Pacific Division
No. 22 Wyoming x   7 1         10 2  
San Diego State   6 2         8 3  
Colorado State   6 2         7 5  
Air Force   5 3         6 5  
Fresno State   3 5         4 7  
San Jose State   3 5         3 9  
Hawaii   1 7         2 10  
UNLV   1 8         1 11  
Championship: BYU 28, Wyoming 25 OT
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996 Wyoming Cowboys football team represented the University of Wyoming in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Cowboys' 100th season and they competed as a member of the Pacific Division in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The team was led by head coach Joe Tiller, in his sixth year, and played their home games at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyoming. They finished with a record of ten wins and two losses (10–2, 7–1 WAC) and with a loss against BYU in the inaugural WAC Championship Game. The Cowboys offense scored 464 points while the defense allowed 284 points.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31* 1:00 PM Idaho War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY W 40–38   17,279
September 7* 5:00 PM at Iowa State Cyclone StadiumAmes, IA Prime W 41–38 OT  44,511
September 14 1:00 PM Hawaii War Memorial Stadium • Laramie, WY W 66–0   15,182
September 21 1:00 PM Air Force War Memorial Stadium • Laramie, WY W 22–19   31,009
September 28 2:00 PM at UNLV Sam Boyd StadiumWhitney, NV W 33–21   12,564
October 5 2:30 PM at San Jose State #25 Spartan StadiumSan Jose, CA W 45–22   8,756
October 12* 1:00 PM Western Michigan #24 War Memorial Stadium • Laramie, WY W 42–28   22,813
October 19 12:00 PM Fresno State #23 War Memorial Stadium • Laramie, WY W 42–21   14,446
November 2 1:00 PM SMU #17 War Memorial Stadium • Laramie, WY W 59–17   17,268
November 7 6:00 PM at San Diego State #16 Jack Murphy StadiumSan Diego, CA ESPN L 28–24   38,679
November 16 8:00 PM at Colorado State #23 Hughes StadiumFort Collins, CO (Bronze Boot) ESPN2 W 25–24   33,701
December 7 2:30 PM vs. #6 BYU #20 Sam Boyd Stadium • Whitney, NV (WAC Championship Game) ABC L 25–28 OT  41,238
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time. All dates, times, and TV are tentative and subject to change.

Awards and honorsEdit

Team players in the NFLEdit

The following were selected in the 1997 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Overall NFL Team
Steve Scifres Guard3 83 Dallas Cowboys
Lee Vaughn Defensive Back6 187 Dallas Cowboys
Marcus Harris Wide Receiver7 232 Detroit Lions

ReferencesEdit

  1. "University of Wyoming – 1996". College Football Reference. http://cfreference.net/cfr/schools/wyoming/442/1996. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  2. "Past Winners – Biletnikoff Award". National College Football Awards Association. http://www.biletnikoffaward.com/ba-winners. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  3. "1997 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/1997/draft.htm?redir. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
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