BYU running back Jamaal Williams fumbles after a long carry against Wyoming during the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. The two teams and former conference rivals meet again Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

When the BYU Cougars left the Mountain West Conference after the 2010-11 sports season for college football independence and stashed most of their other sports in the West Coast Conference, several longtime rivals from the Skyline, Western Athletic and Mountain West conferences vowed that they would never schedule the Cougars again.

Wyoming was among them. 

Cowboys athletic director Tom Burman told the Casper Star-Tribune in 2010 after the Cougars announced they were bolting that he didn’t have “any desire” to play BYU again. Of course, that wish fell by the wayside in 2016 when the Cougars and Cowboys met in the Poinsettia Bowl, a 24-21 BYU win over future NFL star Josh Allen and Pokes.

“I would rather lose and live in Provo than win and live in Laramie.” — Late and legendary BYU football coach LaVell Edwards after a 33-20 loss to Wyoming in an October blizzard in Laramie

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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