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Pokes open Mountain West Conference play on the road against Nevada

Oct 5, 2012 - From staff reports

The 2012 season marks the 14th season of the Mountain West Conference, and this Saturday's Wyoming-Nevada contest is the first conference game of the year for the Cowboys.

Wyoming enters this week with a 1-3 overall record. The Wolf Pack is 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Mountain West this season, having defeated Hawai'i on Sept. 22. All MW schools, except UW, have already played at least one conference game this season. Saturday's Wyoming-Nevada game will kickoff at 5 p.m., Mountain Time (4 p.m., Pacific). The Cowboys are coming off their only bye week of the 2012 season.

The week prior to its bye, UW captured its first victory of 2012, defeating Idaho 40-37 in overtime in Moscow, Idaho. Nevada is coming off a 34-21 road win at Texas State last week.

This week's Mountain West opener with first-year conference member Nevada will mark the third time in the 14 seasons of the conference that the Cowboys have opened Mountain West play against a team from the state of Nevada.

The other two MW openers vs. teams from the state of Nevada were against the UNLV Rebels, including a 41-14 Cowboy win last season. Cowboy head coach Dave Christensen is 2-1 in his three previous conference openers. Wyoming has won five of its last eight MW openers

Wyoming and Nevada will be meeting for the fifth time in the two schools' histories. The series is tied at 2-2.

This week's meeting will be the first time that Wyoming and Nevada have played each other as conference foes. The Cowboys and Wolf Pack have never been members of the same conference until this season.

Wyoming and Nevada are two of the most explosive offenses in the nation this season. Wyoming is No. 2 in the Mountain West and No. 36 in the NCAA in passing offense.

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