(Editor’s note: UW Athletics release)
LARAMIE, Wyo. – The Wyoming Cowboys play their 96th home game on Saturday. Homecoming’s opponent this year will be the New Mexico Lobos. The game will begin at 1:30 p.m. MT.
The Cowboys will look for their first conference victory of the season on Saturday. UW opens Saturday’s game with a 4-2 overall record and a 0-2 record at Mountain West. The Lobos are also looking for their first win at Mountain West this season. New Mexico are 2-5 overall and Mountain West 0-3 in this week’s game.
This week’s game against New Mexico will mark the 96th Homecoming game in University of Wyoming history and the 71st Homecoming game to be played at War Memorial Stadium.
Wyoming is renewing its Homecoming tradition this season. In 2020, there was no Homecoming Game due to COVID-19.
The last time Wyoming hosted a Homecoming Game was in 2019, and that game also featured the New Mexico Lobos as Wyoming’s opponent. Wyoming won the 2019 Homecoming Contest over New Mexico by a score of 23-10 on October 19, 2019.
• UW overall record in home games 47-45-3 (0.511)
• UW homecoming record at War Memorial 42-26-2 (.614)
One of the best in the nation – Cowboy Linebacker Chad Muma
A year ago in 2020, the Wyoming linebacker Chad Mouma ranked # 1 in Mountain West and # 3 nationally for total tackles per game at 11.8, and he ranked # 5 in the MW and # 16 in the FBS for tackles in solo (5.5 / game).
In 2021, Muma is averaging 9.7 tackles per game to rank No.1 in Mountain West and No.12 among all FBS players.
Muma averages 7.2 solo tackles per game to rank No.1 among all FBS players nationwide. He’s also tied for No. 1 in the country in most interception returns for touchdowns in 2021 with two “Pick Sixes”. He’s tied with Iowa defensive back Riley Moss.
The 2021 Pokes have become one of the best defenses in the country
When you look at Wyoming’s defensive standings this season, defending opposing attacks has become a strength for the Cowboys. Wyoming is tied for 3rd nationally in defensive touchdowns scored (3), 7th in the NCAA for least passing yards allowed per game (158.7), 13th for efficiency in pass defense (108.56) and no. 29 in total defense, allowing opponents just 319.8 yards per game.
Cowboy offense occurring in key situations
Two key offensive stats are how well an offense is able to convert into third down situations and an offense’s scoring efficiency once in the red zone. The Wyoming Cowboys are among the best in the country in 2021 in these two key stats.
UW ranks No. 24 in the country in third-down conversion percentage at 46.3 percent, converting 38 of 82 third-down games.
The Pokes are also No.28 in the FBS for red zone offense, scoring on 90.0% of their red zone opportunities (18 of 20).
The Wyoming Cowboys have enjoyed great success at home over the past six seasons. Since 2016, Wyoming have won 23 of their last 31 home games for a 74.2% winning percentage.
Wyoming’s 23 home wins in that streak began with the opener of the 2016 season, when they won a triple-overtime thriller against northern Illinois by a score of 40-34.
The Cowboys went on to have a perfect 6-0 regular season in 2016 before hosting the Mountain West Conference Championship game, which they lost 24-27 to San Diego State to finish 6-1 in residence. UW also recorded a perfect 6-0 home regular-season record in 2019.
The Pokes have has also won 11 of their last 13 home games, dating back to the last two home games of the 2018-2021 season.
Bounce back from a loss of home
Following last week’s home loss to Fresno State, the Wyoming Cowboys are looking to continue the tradition of bouncing back at home from a home loss.
Since 2016, Wyoming has suffered just eight losses at home. After six of those losses at home, the Cowboys won their next home game.
The Cowboys have lost only two consecutive home games since 2016. In 2017, UW lost their last home game of the season to Fresno State and lost their home opener in 2018 to Washington State. In 2018, UW lost back-to-back home games to Boise State and Utah State.
The Cowboys and the Lobos
The Wyoming Cowboys and New Mexico Lobos will meet for the 74th time this Saturday. Last year’s reunion was a first as both teams played in Las Vegas, Nevada, due to COVID-19 conditions in the state of New Mexico forcing UNM Football to play its home games in the state from Nevada.
Wyoming leads the overall series between the two schools with 39 wins against 34 wins for New Mexico. In matches played in Laramie, Wyoming leads the series 20-15.
The Cowboys and Lobos have been members of the same conference since 1951, when they were both members of the Skyline Conference. Wyoming and New Mexico meet for the 23rd consecutive season since they both became founding members of the Mountain West Conference in 1999. Prior to that, they were founding members of the Western Athletic Conference in 1962.