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.