LARAMIE — They are two teams who return a significant number of players from very successful seasons in 2019, and they are two teams who share many ties between their coaching staffs. The Wyoming Cowboys and Montana State Bobcats will kick off the 2021 season Saturday at 2 pm on Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.
Back in 2019, when both the Cowboys and Bobcats played their last full seasons, the Cowboys posted a record of 8-5 and captured the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl Championship in Tucson. Meanwhile, the Bobcats made a run all the way to the 2019 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Semifinals and compiled an overall record of 11-4.
The coaching tie that most Cowboy and Bobcat fans are aware of entering this game is the one between Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl and first-year MSU head coach Brent Vigen, who for the previous seven seasons was Wyoming’s offensive coordinator. All total, the two coaches worked together for 18 years at Wyoming and North Dakota State, winning three consecutive FCS National Championships from 2011-13.
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The season opener between the Cowboys and Bobcats will be the 20th in the series. Wyoming holds a 13-6 advantage against Montana State in the series.
Saturday’s game will be only the second time this century the two teams have played. The last meeting was on Aug. 30, 2003, when Wyoming won 21-10 in Laramie in its season opener.
Saturday’s game will be televised on The Mountain West Network with a kickoff time scheduled for 2 pm.