Cowboys win some battles, but lose the war against Utah

By Scott Nulph

snulph@wyosports.net

LARAMIE – The
University of Wyoming Cowboys may
not have won the war on Saturday against No. 11 Utah, but they did
win a few of the battles coach Dave Christensen talked about this
past week.

The Cowboy defense came up with three interceptions after
recording two in the previous six games. And UW committed just two
penalties for 20 yards after averaging nearly 10 penalties for 70
yards prior to Saturday.

“Obviously I’m in this business to win and we’re not looking for
morale victories,” Christensen said following UW’s 30-6 loss to the
Utes. “Some of those categories weren’t very positive when we
showed our kids and if we continue to do that as we go down the
stretch we’re going to have opportunities to put ourselves in
position to win some games.”

The biggest thing the Cowboys can take away from Saturday was
the takeaways.

UW cornerbacks Marcell Gipson, Tashaun Gipson and Marqueston
Huff all came up with picks against Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn.
It marked the first time the Gipson brothers have recorded an
interception in the same game.

Huff’s pick came after he replaced Marcell Gipson in the second
half due to an injury.

“Defense prides itself on getting takeaways and I felt outside
of the loss our defense came through getting our hands on balls,”
said Tashaun Gipson, who now has four career interceptions. “I
thought we came up big today.”

End of an era

When the War Memorial Stadium scoreboard clock hit all zeroes in
the fourth quarter, it may have signaled an end to one of the
longest
football rivalries in the West.

With Utah joining the Pac-10 next season and no current talks
between the two teams on scheduling, it looks like a rivalry that
started in 1938 is over for the foreseeable future.

Saturday was the 73rd straight time the Cowboys and Utes have
met on the
football field. UW and Utah were
both members of the Skyline Conference from 1938-61, WAC members
from 1962-1998 and Mountain West Conference members from 1999 to
2010.

Utah now holds an overall series lead of 50-31-1.

Extra points

UW senior free safety Chris Prosinski had 12 tackles against the
Utes, moving into seventh place all-time at Wyoming. The Buffalo
native now has 332 tackles for his career. . Utah kicker Joe
Phillips saw his consecutive streak of 54 made extra-point kicks
come to an end when Prosinski blocked an attempt in the second
quarter. . When Wyoming’s Ben Durbin sacked Wynn in the fourth
quarter, it marked the first time this season the first-team Utah
offensive line had given up a sack. The sack was Durbin’s first of
his career.