Going bowling: Wednesday’s Poinsettia Bowl marks 14th post-season game for Cowboys

University of Wyoming football coach Lloyd Eaton and quarterback Paul Toscano (right rear) listened to communications from the coach’s box late in the 1968 Sugar Bowl game in New Orleans. Undefeated, fifth-ranked Wyoming lost a 13-0 lead and lost 20-13 to LSU in a game covered by Ranger staff. The Cowboys have a 5-8 record in bowl games heading into Wednesday’s matchup against BYU. Ranger file photo When the Wyoming Cowboys take the field Wednesday against the Brigham Young Cougars it will be the 14thtime the Pokes have played in a postseason bowl game but a first at the Poinsettia Bowl.

The contest with Wyoming’s old-time Western Athletic Conference and Mountain West Conference foe marks the 14th separateopponent the Cowboys have faced in a bowl game as well.

First bowl

The Cowboys’ first bowl appearance came on New Year’s Day in 1951 at the Gator Bowl against the Generals from Washington and Lee University.

Wyoming won that day, 20-7, under head coach Bowden Wyatt.

Wyoming had won the Mountain States Conference that season, and the Generals were champs from the Southern Conference.

Wyoming built a 20-0 lead behind 141 passing yards from quarterback Eddie Talboom.

It was the first of four consecutive bowl wins by the Cowboys over the next 15 years.

Five years later

A much tougher opponent awaited Wyoming in the Sun Bowl in El Paso five years later.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders were 7-2-1 out of the tough Southwest Conference, and Wyoming entered the game 8-2.

The Cowboys took the game 21-14 behind 103 rushing yards from Jim Crawford of Greybull. Known as the "Greybull Slingshot," Crawford went on to play professional football for the old Boston Patriots.

Sun Bowl Perhaps the best team Wyoming ever fielded went 10-0 the following year but turned down an invitation to the Sun Bowl hoping for a more prestigious offer.None ever came.The Cowboys with a perfect record, stayed home that season.In 1958 they returned to the Sun Bowl and an expected shootout with the Cowboys of Hardin-Simmons out of the Border Conference.The brown-and-gold Cowboys were Skyline Conference champions, and the game featured the legendary Bob Devaney, later the national coach of the year at Nebraska, leading Wyoming, and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Sammy Baugh coaching Hardin-Simmons.The game turned into a defensive struggle, with Wyoming holding Hardin-Simmons to 82 yards passing, and Wyoming nearly self-destructing with four lost fumbles.Wyoming won anyway, 14-6. 1960s In 1966 the Cowboys won their last bowl game for next four decades against the Florida State Seminoles at the Sun Bowl.Future NFL players Jim Kiick, Vic Washington and Jerry DePoyster led the Cowboys to a 28-20 win over the Seminoles behind a dominating running game.The unbeaten, fifth-ranked Cowboys played in the biggest venue the program has ever appeared in on New Year’s Day 1968, against the unranked Louisiana State Tigers.Coach Lloyd Eaton’s Cowboys took a 13-0 lead on a Kiick touchdown and a pair of DePoyster field goals before LSU scored 20 unanswered points to win the game 20-13.Wyoming had the […]