UPDATE: The Cowboys defeated the Rainbow Warriors 31-7 and retained the Paniolo Trophy Friday. The Pokes lead the series 15-10.
CASPER, Wyo — The University of Wyoming Cowboys are kicking off their 2020 home season at War Memorial Stadium Friday, Oct. 30 as they battle the Rainbow Warriors from the University of Hawaii for the the Paniolo Trophy (Hawaiian for ‘cowboy’).
Friday’s game will be the 25th in the series, which began in 1978. Wyoming leads the series 14-10.
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The Pokes won the last meeting in the series in 2017 thanks in part to a 25-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Josh Allen, now of the Buffalo Bills.
The Cowboys are coming off a hard-fought 37-34 overtime loss to Nevada last Saturday. They are going in without starting quarterback Sean Chambers, who suffered a fractured ankle on the third play against Nevada last week.
Hawaii enters Laramie 1-0 after defeating Fresno state.
“Just keep rooting’ and tootin, okay? And continue to believe in each other, ” said former Cowboy wide receiver (1990-1993) Ryan Yarborough to the Pokes in a pregame chat with UW Athletics Association Executive Director Keener Fry, “Because there’s no way, no how, that Hawaii is going to come in on opening day at War Memorial and do anything against us, but you got to believe, so you can achieve.”
GoWyo writer Tim Harkins explains that the series was interrupted for 15 years in 1998 when Wyoming joined the Mountain West Conference, and resumed when Hawaii also made the switch in 2012.
Harkins notes an “explosive” offense by the Pokes as evidenced by six running plays and nine passing plays for a total of 279 yards gained in the season opener.
The Rainbow Warriors and Pokes will be competing for the second iteration of the Paniolo Trophy Friday. The original trophy, a statuette of a cowboy about to toss a lariat, was lost during the series hiatus. Hawaii’s Paniolo Preservation Society, a group dedicated to preserving Hawaii’s cowboy ties, designed the current bronze trophy, which features Hawaiian native Ikua Purdy roping a wild stag bull.
Review GoWyo’s Game Day notes for more information.