* University of Wyoming press release

LARAMIE -- It will be the first conference road trip of the season for the Wyoming Cowboys this week when they travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to take on the New Mexico Lobos. This year’s meeting will be the 75th meeting between the two long-time conference rivals.

The game is scheduled to kick off at 5 p.m., Mountain Time from New Mexico’s University Stadium.

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Wyoming’s record is 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the Mountain West Conference entering this week. New Mexico is 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the Mountain West. The Cowboys have defeated Air Force (17-14) and lost to San Jose State (33-16) in conference play this season. New Mexico lost at home to Boise State (31-14) earlier this season and lost at UNLV (31-20) last Saturday.

Where to Watch and Listen

Every Cowboy Football game is broadcast live on the 26 affiliates of the Cowboy Sports Network.  Announcers are Reece Monaco, Play-by-Play (1st year), Kevin McKinney, Color Analyst (25th year) and Erick Pauley, Sideline Reporter (1st year). The pregame show begins 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

Saturday’s Wyoming-New Mexico game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.  Announcers will be Chris Lewis (Play-by-play) and Tom Herman (Color Analyst).

History of the Wyoming-New Mexico Series

Wyoming and New Mexico are meeting for the 24th consecutive season since 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. The two schools have been in the same conference since 1951, when they were both members of the Skyline Conference.

The series is only divided by four games, with Wyoming having won 39 times and New Mexico 35.

The Cowboys hold a one-game advantage in games played in Albuquerque, winning 19 times to UNM’s 18 victories. The Pokes also hold the advantage in games played in Laramie 20-16. There has been one neutral-site game played between the two schools. That came in the 2020 COVID-shortened season when New Mexico was forced to move their home games to Las Vegas. The Lobos won that neutral-site contest.

The last time Wyoming played in Albuquerque, the Cowboys came away with a 31-3 win in 2018. UW is looking to break a two-game losing streak to the Lobos when they travel south this Saturday. Wyoming lost that neutral-site game in Las Vegas in 2020 (17-16) and lost in Laramie in 2021 (14-3).

Wyoming-New Mexico Series the Fourth Longest for the Cowboys

Wyoming’s series with New Mexico ranks as the fourth longest series vs. any opponent for the Cowboys. UW’s oldest rivalries breakdown as follows:

 

Wyoming’s                  Previous           2022 Game

Longest Series             Meetings         Will be the

  1. Colorado State         113                   114th
  2. Utah                          83                   NA
  3. Brigham Young         79                   79th
  4. New Mexico               74                   75th
  5. Utah State                  71                   72nd

Cowboy QB 1 Andrew Peasley Sparking the Wyoming Offense With Explosive Plays

Wyoming’s starting quarterback, junior Andrew Peasley, has been a spark for the Wyoming Cowboy offense all season. Much of that spark has been provided by Peasley’s ability to generate big plays both throwing the ball and running the ball.

Peasley has created 15 explosive pass plays of 15 yards or more this season for 406 yards through six games. He has added 10 explosive running plays of 10 yards or more for 198 yards. All total, Peasley has been responsible for 25 explosive plays for 604 yards in six games.

Among those explosive plays are a season best 51-yard TD pass to Joshua Cobbs against Tulsa and a 61-yard run against San Jose State to set up another Cowboy touchdown.

The native of La Grande, Ore., currently ranks No. 5 in the Mountain West in total offense, averaging 176.5 yards per game. He has accounted for 1,059 yards of total offense in 2022.

Special Teams Continue to be Special for the Wyoming Cowboys in 2022

Wyoming special teams have been special for the Wyoming Cowboys again in 2022.  UW features the top ranked place-kicker and top-ranked punter in the Mountain West Conference entering this week.

Cowboy place-kicker John Hoyland ranks No. 1 in the Mountain West in field goals made per game (2.17) and ranks No. 2 in the nation.  He also ranks No. 2  in the MW and No. 7 nationally in scoring (52 total points). Hoyland has made 13 of 14 field goals this season or 92.9 percent, which ranks him No. 3 in the conference and No. 19 in the NCAA.

UW punter Clayton Stewart is leading the the league in punting average at 45.9 yards per punt. That also ranks Stewart No. 10 in the country. He has placed eight of his 32 punts inside opponents’ 20-yard line and has booted 13 punts of 50 yards or more this season.

 

Wyoming Offensive Line Impressive in First Six Games of the Season

The Wyoming offensive line has performed well this season. The Cowboys have allowed only 6.0 quarterback sacks through six games and have allowed only 26.0 tackles for loss.

Wyoming is ranked No. 2 in the MW and No. 20 in the nation in fewest sacks allowed at 1.0 per game. The Cowboys are ranked No. 3 in the conference and No. 33 in the country in fewest tackles for loss allowed, giving up only 4.33 per game.

About the New Mexico Lobos

New Mexico will enter this Saturday’s game against Wyoming with a 2-3 record and an 0-2 record in the Mountain West.

The Lobos defeated Maine (41-0) in their season opener.  UNM also defeated UTEP (27-10) for its other second win of the season. Both of those wins came at home in Albuquerque. New Mexico’s three losses came against: Boise State (31-14) in Albuquerque, at LSU (38-0) and at UNLV (31-20).

UNM is giving up only 113. 2 rushing yards per game to rank No. 3 in the Mountain West and No. 37 in the nation, but the Lobos are giving up 242.4 passing yards per game, which ranks No. 9 in the MW and No. 86 nationally.

On offense, UNM is averaging 248.8 yards per game to rank No. 11 in the league. They average 130.2 rushing yards per game and 118.6 passing yards.

 

Next Up

The Cowboys will get a break next week after playing seven consecutive games to start the season. They will have a bye on Saturday, Oct. 15 before returning to action on Saturday, Oct. 22 to host the Utah State Aggies for Homecoming.

The game time for the Homecoming Game is expected to be released by the Mountain West Conference and FOX Sports on Monday, Oct. 10 along with the specific FOX Sports Network that will be televising the game.

Just The Facts: Size Doesn't Matter For Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium

Did you know it would take the populations of Gillette (32,857), Laramie (32,381), Rock Springs (23,319), Sheridan (17,844) and Wright (1,200) to create a sellout inside Michigan's famed 107,601-seat Big House, the largest college football stadium in the nation?

For those of you not familiar with the Cowboy State, those are Wyoming's third through sixth most inhabited cities, along with the small mining town in Campbell County.

- Just The Facts: Size Doesn't Matter For Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium

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