Wyoming to play at 'Cuse this season, host SU in 2009

Updated: March 21, 2006, 8:58 PM ET
Associated Press

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- The last empty weekend on Wyoming's football schedule this fall has been filled: The Cowboys will travel to Syracuse for a game Sept. 30.

An agreement with Syracuse also brings the Orange to Wyoming on Sept. 26, 2009, the athletics department announced Tuesday.

Last season Syracuse finished 1-10, including 0-7 in the Big East Conference. This will the schools' first meeting on the gridiron.

"Our goal is to schedule quality opponents on a home-and-home basis," Wyoming athletics director Gary Barta said in a release. "Our fans deserve to see national programs at War Memorial Stadium."

Head coach Joe Glenn said he had great respect for Syracuse coach Greg Robinson and his program.

"Like Wyoming, they have great tradition. When I think of Syracuse, I think of names like Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little. This has been one of the most colorful programs in collegiate football through the years," he said.

"We look forward to the game, and look forward to having them come to Laramie."

Wyoming opens its season Sept. 2 at Utah State. The Cowboys play at Virginia on Sept. 9, host Boise State on Sept. 16, and open conference play at Air Force on Sept. 23.

After playing Syracuse, Wyoming plays at New Mexico on Oct. 7, hosts Utah on Oct. 14 and Colorado State on Oct. 21, then plays at TCU on Oct. 28.

The Cowboys host San Diego State on Nov. 4, play at BYU on Nov. 9 and close their season at UNLV on Nov. 18.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press