It’s a hot one here in Lincoln.
Driving into the stadium a bank sign said it was 102 degrees nearly four hours before kickoff. It won’t be that hot at kickoff, but it will be in the high 80s to low 90s. The good news for Wyoming is its bench will be in the shadows on the west side of the stadium.
The view WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi has from the press box for tonight’s Wyoming-Nebraska game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Photo by Robert Gagliardi
Here is a little primer to get you ready for tonight’s game:
–Junior quarterback has not thrown an interception in his last 174 pass attempts, which is tied for the longest streak entering this season among returning quarterbacks in the Football Bowl Subdivision with Central Florida’s Bake Bortles. Smith is five more completions shy of breaking the MW record held by UW’s Casey Bramlet (2000-03) of 178.
–UW is 74-40-2 all-time in season-openers; 19-23-1 in season-opening road games and 14-14 in season-opening road games against non-conference foes.
–This is UW’s second straight season-opener on the road — both against top 25 teams — and only its third opener on the road since 2005. The Cowboys opened with a 37-17 loss at then No. 15 Texas last season.
–UW is 0-5 against Nebraska and has been outscored in those games 241-83.
–UW is 0-12 against ranked foes as coach Dave Christensen enters his fifth season.
–UW is 1-15 all-time against Big Ten teams. The lone win was at Wisconsin, 21-12, on Sept. 27, 1986.
–UW had a plus-7 turnover ratio last season. It had a positive ratio in its last four games, and it won three of them. It had a negative ratio twice — in the first two games — where it lost. It was 0-4 last season when that ratio was even.
–Smith is one TD pass shy of tying Tom Corontzos (1988-91) for third place on its career list. Smith has 47 TD passes right now.
–Smith needs 336 yards of total offense to move into a tie for fourth place with quarterback Josh Walwork (1995-96) on the school’s career list. Smith has 6,417; Walwork has 6,753.
–Junior receiver Robert Herron’s next touchdown reception will give him 12 for his career, and put him in a four-way tie for ninth place on the school’s career list. The others are Chris McNeill (2009-12), Freddie Dussett (1986-88) and Allyn Griffin (1981, 1983-85).
The first wave of Nebraska students rush to grab a seat about three hours before tonight’s game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Photo by Robert Gagliardi
–This will be Nebraska’s 327th consecutive sellout, an NCAA record. It also is shooting for its 28th straight season-opening win. The Cornhuskers have scored 40 or more points in 20 of the last 27 openers, and limited its foes to 14 points or less 18 times.