UW-Idaho pregame notes

The view from the press box a few hours from kickoff  at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

The view from the press box a few hours from kickoff at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

It’s a beautiful day here in Laramie for Wyoming’s home-opener against Idaho. Temperatures should be in the low 80s at kickoff and in the 70s by game’s end. Beats the heat and humidity at Nebraska last week.

No new injury news, other than junior cornerback Tyran Finley is out for this game after being hurt late in the Nebraska game. No big surprise there as Finley was on crutches on Tuesday and Wednesday. True freshman Tim Hayes will start in place of Finley.

Here are some other news and notes to look forward to today:

–UW has won nine of its last 10 home openers, and coach Dave Christensen is 3-1 in home openers with the Cowboys.

–Junior quarterback Brett Smith is 237 yards from moving into fifth place on UW’s career passing yards leader by himself. He needs 158 yards to become the sixth player in school history to throw for 6,000 yards or more.
–Smith is three touchdown passes away from a tie for second on UW’s career list, and five from the all-time lead. He enters the game with 51.
–Smith is second in UW history for touchdowns responsible for (passing, rushing, receiving) with 68. Needs two more to tie former QB Casey Bramlet of Wheatland (2000-03) for most all time.
–Senior receiver Robert Herron is one TD catch away for a tie for eighth all-time in UW history, and two from a tie for fifth with three others.
–Idaho is 1-3 all-time in games played on this date. The win was against Sonoma State in 1991, but the losses were at Oregon State, San Diego State and Washington State by a combined score of 132-63.
–The two punters in today’s game are ranked in the top 10 nationally after the first week of the season. UW true freshman walk-on Ethan Wood is first with a 52.2-yard average. Idaho true freshman Austin Rehkow is eighth with a 47.3-yard average.
Join WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi for his live chat for the game, which starts at 1:30 p.m. MT. Check the blog or wyosports.net for the link, and be sure to check back with wyosports.net, and Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for more game coverage.