There was a game day atmosphere Saturday in Laramie.
No, not an ESPN College Game Day atmosphere (Wyoming took care of that with a 24-3 loss to Iowa in its season opener), but there was definitely a feeling that something special was going on.
The Oregon Ducks, the highest-profile college football team to visit Laramie since 2011, generated much of the excitement. But there was more to the buzz than a big-name opponent.
War Memorial Stadium hadn’t experienced this level of excitement since … last December, when the Cowboys hosted San Diego State in the Mountain West Football Championship Game.
Before that, it was last November’s victory over the then-No. 24 Aztecs. And prior to that, it was back on Oct. 29 of last season when the Cowboys upset then-No. 13 Boise State.
Those last two games ended with fans storming the field to celebrate unexpected victories with their Cowboys.
Because, make no mistake, this team is their team. It’s what happens when the 10th-largest state in the U.S. — by total area, not population — is home to a single college football team.
Rhode Island, which is roughly one-sixth the size of Fremont County, has four college football teams. Four!
Maybe there will come a day when the Fremont County Junior College Association has teams based in Riverton, Dubois, Lander and Jeffrey City. Until then, though, the University of Wyoming Cowboys are our team.
That unity is represented by UW Athletics’ latest campaign slogan: “One Wyoming. One state. One university. One team.”
While Wyomingites aren’t necessarily just…
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