Wyoming gets first win, Oklahoma State up next

Updated: August 31, 2003, 4:35 PM ET

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- In just one game, the Joe Glenn-led Wyoming Cowboys have already equaled half the wins they compiled all of last year.

Behind a more aggressive and better disciplined defense, Wyoming opened its era under Glenn with a 21-10 victory Saturday over Division I-AA Montana State.

The Cowboys defense, which surrendered an average of 31 points and 491 yards a game last year, forced five turnovers, including four interceptions. The special teams also blocked a punt for a touchdown.

Glenn, who was hired away from Montana to replace Vic Koenning, took over a team that had won just five games in three years, including a 2-10 record last year, and a defense that ranked last in eight statistical categories last year in the Mountain West Conference.

"This is real good for the program because last year we didn't do too well," said freshman Derrick Martin, who staked Wyoming to a 7-0 lead by picking up a blocked punt and returning it 6 yards for a score early in the first quarter. "We already won half our games that we did last year, so it's real good, real positive."

The last Wyoming coach to win his debut game at Wyoming was Paul Roach in 1987 -- a 27-13 victory over Air Force.

The Cowboys gave up 353 total yards to Montana State but picked off four passes from Bobcats quarterback Travis Lulay, who entered the game with only two interceptions in his last 136 attempts.

Chris Dixon, Roderrick Jackson and Marcial Rosales all recorded their first college career interceptions. Dixon and Jackson are seniors and Rosales a redshirt freshman.

Junior linebacker Guy Tuell had the other interception and also led the Cowboys with nine tackles.

"I couldn't be more proud of our defense, and the offense did what we had to do to win," Glenn said.

Offensively, Casey Bramlet completed 17 of 28 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown -- hooking up with Ryan McGuffey on a 28-yard score in the fourth quarter. Bramlet had no interceptions.

Glenn said the TD pass in the fourth quarter was "huge."

"It iced the game and made things almost insurmountable for them," he said.

Derek Armah had 92 total yards and scored on a 2-yard TD.

Wyoming next travels to Big 12 land to take on a strong Oklahoma State team that lost to Nebraska 17-7.

But Glenn pointed to Rulon Gardner's stunning win over the purportedly unbeatable Russian Alexander Karelin in the 2000 Olympics.

"We're going down there with (the) Eye of the Tiger," he said.

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