Wyoming senior receiver Dominic Rufran is one of the most humble players on the team, and has been one of the more humble guys in the program the last four years.
With a catch in Saturday’s 106th Border War game at Colorado State, Rufran will be the nation’s leader among active players with a catch in 45 consecutive games. For Rufran, that would mark every game of his Cowboys’ career.
“As of now in the middle of the season, it doesn’t mean a whole lot to me,” Rufran said. “At the end of the season it may be more important to me at that time, and something to look back on and be proud of.”
Rufran will pass Boise State senior receiver Matt Miller if he catches a pass against Colorado State. Miller had been ahead of Rufran all season before being sidelined with a season-ending ankle injuries a couple of weeks ago.
There is a little irony here. If Rufran continues to catch passes in games, he will break Jovon Bouknight’s school-record of 47 straight games with at least one catch on Nov. 22 at home against Boise State.
During his current streak, Rufran has caught only one pass in five games, and three of those were as a true freshman in 2011. His two catches in last week’s 27-20 overtime loss to San Jose State was a season-low. Rufran has caught four or more passes in 16 of his last 19 games dating back to last season.
Rufran’s success against Colorado State has been mixed. In his first two games against the Rams he had three catches for 11 yards, but his lone catch in the 2012 game in Laramie was for a touchdown. UW won that game 45-31 and is the last time the Cowboys won the Border War.
Rufran’s best game of his career yardage-wise came in last year’s Border War. He had 135 yards and a touchdown, including a 71-yard catch. However, UW lost 52-22.
A couple of final notes: Rufran needs two catches to pass Malcom Floyd (2000-03) for fifth place in career receptions at UW. Rufran currently has 185. He likely won’t pass Ryan McGuffey (2000-03) for fourth place, who has 231. … Rufran 119 receiving yards from passing Floyd into sixth place, and 387 to pass McGuffey for fifth place. He is 591 yards from fourth place, and that is a stretch at the Cowboys’ current pace throwing the football.
Barring injury or anything else out of the ordinary, Rufran will go down as one of the all-time great receivers in UW history. Do you believe he is? Where does he rank in your book?
For more UW football coverage, along with another update on UW senior basketball forward Larry Nance Jr. see Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.