|Wyoming Cowboys football|
|Athletic director||Tom Burman|
5th season, 24-31 (.436)
War Memorial Stadium|
|Field surface||Artificial turf|
|All-time record||530–569–28 (.483)|
|Bowl record||7–8 (.467)|
Brown and Gold|
|Fight song||Ragtime Cowboy Joe|
|Marching band||Western Thunder|
The Wyoming Cowboys are a college football team that represents the University of Wyoming. They compete in the Mountain West Conference of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of NCAA Division I and have won 15 conference titles. The head coach is Craig Bohl, who entered his first season in 2014.
The Cowboy football program has been among the most notable of "stepping stone" programs due to the success of its former coaches. Coaches such as Bowden Wyatt, Bob Devaney, Fred Akers, Pat Dye, Dennis Erickson and Joe Tiller were at Wyoming immediately prior to gaining notoriety at bigger football powerhouses.
Wyoming has won fourteen conference championships, ten outright and four shared.
|Season||Conference||Coach||Overall Record||Conference Record|
|1949||Mountain States Conference||Bowden Wyatt||9-1||5-0|
|1950||Mountain States Conference||Bowden Wyatt||10-0||5-0|
|1956||Mountain States Conference||Phil Dickens||10-0||7-0|
|1958||Mountain States Conference||Bob Devaney||8-3||6-1|
|1959||Mountain States Conference||Bob Devaney||9-1||7-0|
|1960+||Mountain States Conference||Bob Devaney||8-2||6-1|
|1961+||Mountain States Conference||Bob Devaney||6-1-2||5-0-1|
|1966||Western Athletic Conference||Lloyd Eaton||10-1||5-0|
|1967||Western Athletic Conference||Lloyd Eaton||10-1||5-0|
|1968||Western Athletic Conference||Lloyd Eaton||7-3||6-1|
|1976+||Western Athletic Conference||Fred Akers||8-4||6-1|
|1987||Western Athletic Conference||Paul Roach||10-3||8-0|
|1988||Western Athletic Conference||Paul Roach||11-2||8-0|
|1993+||Western Athletic Conference||Joe Tiller||8-4||6-2|
+ denotes co-champion
|1893-1894, 1898||Fred Hess||3||4-4||.500|
|1894-1897, 1899||J.F. Soule||5||8-1-1||.850|
|1909-1911||Harold I. Dean||3||11-12-1||.479|
|1913-1914||Ralph W. Thacker||2||1-10||.091|
|Totals||32 coaches||122 seasons||530-569-28||.483|
The Cowboys have appeared in fifteen bowl games and have a record of seven wins and eight losses (7-8). Their most recent bowl appearance came in their 37-14 win over Central Michigan in the 2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Wyoming has participated in 15 bowl games, with the Cowboys garnering a record of 7-8.
|1950||Bowden Wyatt||Gator Bowl||Washington & Lee||W 20-7|
|1955||Phil Dickens||Sun Bowl||Texas Tech||W 21-14|
|1958||Bob Devaney||Sun Bowl||Hardin-Simmons||W 14-7|
|1966||Lloyd Eaton||Sun Bowl||Florida State||W 28-20|
|1967||Lloyd Eaton||Sugar Bowl||LSU||L 20-13|
|1976||Fred Akers||Fiesta Bowl||Oklahoma||L 7-41|
|1987||Paul Roach||Holiday Bowl||Iowa||L 19-20|
|1988||Paul Roach||Holiday Bowl||Oklahoma State||L 14-62|
|1990||Paul Roach||Copper Bowl||California||L 15-17|
|1993||Joe Tiller||Copper Bowl||Kansas State||L 17-52|
|2004||Joe Glenn||Las Vegas Bowl||UCLA||W 24-21|
|2009||Dave Christensen||New Mexico Bowl||Fresno State||W 35-28 2OT|
|2011||Dave Christensen||New Mexico Bowl||Temple||L 37-15|
|2016||Craig Bohl||Poinsettia Bowl||BYU||L 21-24|
|2017||Craig Bohl||Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||Central Michigan||W 37-14|
It is the highest Division I FBS football stadium in the nation; the elevation of its playing field exceeds 7,200 feet (2,195 m) above sea level. The playing surface was natural grass until 2005, when infilled artificial turf was installed.
Prior to War Memorial Stadium, the Cowboys played at Corbett Field, a small field located southeast of Half Acre Gym where the Business Building and the Student Union parking lot now sit. It was named for John J. Corbett, longtime all-sport coach and director of physical education at the school. The field was the first official stadium for the Cowboys; previously they had played on Prexy's Pasture, the main green of the school.
The Bronze Boot is awarded to the winner of the college football game between Wyoming and Colorado State, in nearby Fort Collins. The annual game has evolved into one of the most bitterly contested rivalries in college football. The teams have waged the "Border War" one hundred times since the schools began playing in 1899, playing every year except 1901, 1902, 1906, 1907, 1918, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1943, 1944, and 1945. This is one of the oldest interstate rivalries west of the Mississippi River, and the oldest west of Lawrence, Kansas. The series is the oldest rivalry for both schools and the "Border War" has been played in three different centuries.
The Paniolo Trophy is awarded to the winner of the college football games played between Wyoming and Hawai'i. This rivalry started in 1979 when Hawai'i joined the WAC conference and was played annually until 1997, shortly before Wyoming joined the newly formed Mountain West Conference. Hawai'i joined the MWC as a football-only affiliate member in 2012, renewing the rivalry.
Bridger's Battle is the name for the college football games played between Wyoming and Utah State, the winner of which is awarded the trophy of the rivalry, a .50 caliber Rocky Mountain Hawken rifle. The rivalry started in 1903, and renewed as an annual game in 2013 when Utah State joined the Mountain West Conference.
Announced schedules as of May 5, 2017
|vs Missouri||vs Weber State||vs Montana State||vs Tulsa||vs Texas Tech||at Arizona State|
|at Texas State||at Texas Tech||at Northern Illinois||vs Northern Colorado||vs Portland State||vs New Mexico State|
|vs Idaho||vs Utah||vs Ball State||at Illinois||vs Appalachian State|
|at Tulsa||at Ball State||at Clemson||at North Texas|
In 1969, fourteen black team members wore black armbands to a practice, intending to protest the racism they had been victims of at their last game with an upcoming opponent, the Brigham Young Cougars. Coach Lloyd Eaton threw them off the team, "triggering an uproar that consumed the rest of the football season and much of everything else in the tiny college town of Laramie, Wyoming."
In 2018, filmmaker Darius Monroe released a documentary short about the athletes: Black 14. The short "uses only archival footage to tell the story, mostly from local ABC and NBC affiliates in Wyoming, letting the principals - from the students, to the coach, to the school president and even the state's governor - speak for themselves."
Nearly 50 years after a group of black Wyoming football players were kicked off the team for even contemplating a protest, a new documentary gives their courage an overdue spotlight.