Cowboys, Aggies hope to right listing ships
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Wyoming's Joe Glenn and Utah State's Mick Dennehy know each other well, having played and coached against each other. They will meet again when the Cowboys visit the Aggies at 6 p.m. Saturday.
"I think it is a great matchup for us," Dennehy said. "It is a quality program that is definitely on the rise with Joe and his guys. We know them personally. I have a lot of close associates and friends that we are going to be competing against this week and it should be a lot of fun."
Dennehy was Montana's coach from 1996-99 and Glenn from 2000-02, and both had outstanding success. Dennehy's 1996 team was national runner-up in Division I-AA. Glenn's 2001 team won it all.
In the early 1980s, Dennehy was an assistant at Montana State while Glenn was on the Montana staff. They met head-to-head on the field when Dennehy played at Montana and Glenn at South Dakota.
Three of Glenn's assistants, Bill Cockhill, Chad Germer and Lance Robinson, were on Dennehy's Montana staff.
"There's going to be some brotherly love, so to speak," Glenn said. "Mostly it's just two teams that have played some pretty good football at times this year, trying to get a win and trying to enjoy the fruit of victory."
Glenn agreed that he and Dennehy are on parallel paths, with both having jumped from Montana to struggling major college programs. And both have yet to match the success they found at the lower level. Each team is 1-4.
"We'd pretty much done what we could at Montana," Glenn said. " ... To coach at the highest level in the United States is a challenge I wanted before I hung up my hat and my whistle and I think Mick wanted that as well."
Utah State returns to Romney Stadium for homecoming after having played four of its first five games on the road. Wyoming is playing its third straight away from home.
A week after posting its biggest victory margin in the Dennehy era with a 28-10 win against Louisiana-Monroe, Utah State fell 34-7 at New Mexico.
Earlier this season, the Aggies played two ranked teams, losing at then-No. 23 Nebraska 31-7 and then-No. 16 Arizona State 26-16.
Wyoming is coming off a 33-17 loss at Boise State two weeks ago. The Cowboys had last week off, which Glenn said was a mixed blessing.
It allowed the team to rest and heal, he said, but "the negative side is we had to live with a loss for two more weeks."
The Cowboys are led by Casey Bramlet, who is 17th in the nation in total offense. He is Wyoming's career passing leader with 8,104 yards.
"Wyoming is probably as powerful an offense as we have played all year long, particularly throwing the ball," Dennehy said. "The Bramlet kid -- we haven't played against anybody with more experience."
Bramlet has completed 108 of 197 passes (55 percent) for 1,457 yards with 12 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
" ... They spread the ball around the field," Dennehy said. "I think they are a very dangerous team on offense."
The Cowboys' top receivers are Ryan McGuffey (33 catches), Jovon Bouknight (22) and Malcom Floyd (21). Wyoming's running game has been anemic though, averaging 2.7 yards per carry with only three touchdowns. Derek Armah has 297 yards.
Utah State has struggled offensively the last two weeks and ranks 104th nationally with 302.2 yards per game. But the Aggies have scored each time they have been inside their opponents' 20-yard line.
Travis Cox has completed 90 of 175 passes (51 percent) for 1,049 yards along with five touchdowns and four interceptions. David Fiefia has rushed for 370 yards and an average of 5.0 yards per carry.
"(Chris) Stallworth's a real good receiver and he's had success this season," Glenn said. "They can run the ball. They're putting three tackles on the field, two tight ends."
Wyoming's defense, which ranks 112th in the nation, is giving up 470.8 yards par game. But the linebacking unit is solid with Randy Tscharner, Tyler Gottschalk and Guy Tuell.
This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index
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