Wyoming won't waste any time this fall in defending its Western Athletic Conference title, what with the Cowboys opening their season against conference rival Brigham Young in a game that already has created a demand for tickets.

As of Thursday some 8,000 tickets had been sold for the Sept. 1 game, which will be played at night and televised nationally by ESPN. Wyoming Ticket Manager Barb Kisicki said the ticket demand this early is so great that she thinks the game will be sold out.Interest in the game is strong among players, too, according to Cowboy coach Paul Roach, whose team was perfect in eight league games last year and finished with a 10-3 record overall.

The Cougars, who watched helplessly as Wyoming scored 22 third-quarter points in Provo last season en route to a 29-27 upset victory, started gearing up for this fall's rematch during spring drills, he said.

"They had all their signs up. Their motivational things, get-even type of campaign," Roach told reporters Wednesday. "so it should be a heck-uva game if we play well."