LARAMIE, Wyo. — It was 1904 when Utah and Wyoming first squared off in football. Over the years, 82 more contests followed. The last one, perhaps quite literally, was Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.
With the Utes moving to the Pac-12 next season, chances are the 83rd meeting could be the finale in the third-longest running series in program history — although a bowl matchup down the road remains a possibility.
Utah holds a 51-31-1 advantage in the long-standing rivalry. The Utes and Cowboys have been in the same conference since 1921.
That, however, will soon change.
"We're moving on and they're moving on," said Utah athletics director Chris Hill. "There's a touch of nostalgia about it."
Even so, this trip to Laramie wasn't viewed as a sentimental journey.
"You play wherever you play. Each game's so different that it really is more about the game than it is about where you go," Hill said. "Because it's all about the team and how well they're going to play."
PAC-10 TALK: Hill declined to specifically comment on media reports that Utah will be placed in a Pac-12 football division with Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA and USC.
"I think everything's premature," Hill said while noting that the reality of the situation is that the conference presidents and chancellors are the ones who will make the final decision on such matters. They're scheduled to meet Thursday.
The speculation, Hill added, gets "a little bit in the way of making sure that our decisions are consolidated when they come out."
KICKING STREAK: Senior kicker Joe Phillips made a 48-yard field goal in the second quarter. He has now made 17 consecutive kicks, dating back to last season.
"It's that many? Wow," Phillips said before noting that he was keeping track of this year's success (8-for-8). "I feel great. My technique is just improving each week and I feel like I get more and more consistent as time goes along."
The 48-yard kick equaled his career-best, set last season against Louisville.
DETERMINED DEFENSE: Wyoming was held to just 67 yards rushing, becoming the fourth opponent Utah's defense has held under 100 this season — joining Pittsburgh (82), New Mexico (69) and San Jose State (94).
GO FIGURE: So much for the snow, ice and wind. This visit to Laramie was different. The Utes enjoyed stellar weather. It was sunny and 62 degrees at kickoff.
SPECIAL HONOR: Wyoming is honoring freshman linebacker Ruben Narcisse, who was killed in an automobile accident on Sept. 6, with helmet stickers sporting his initials for the remainder of the season.
In addition, one player is also wearing Narcisse's jersey No. 12 at each game this season. Starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels wore the number against the Utes.
EXTRA POINTS: The attendance for Wyoming's homecoming game was 20,014. ... Tight end Kendrick Moeai (concussion) and linebacker J.J. Williams (foot) did not make the trip. ... The starting offensive line gave up its first sack of the season early in the fourth quarter. ... Shaky Smithson had a 45-yard punt return in the second half. ... Tight end Brad Clifford led the Utes with five receptions — three more than his career total — before leaving the game with an injured shoulder. ... Brandon Burton had a team-high six tackles. Lamar Chapman, Trevor Reilly, Derrick Shelby and Chaz Walker each finished with five. ... The Utes tallied 11 tackles-for-loss, tallying 52 yards — a season-high. ... Wyoming was forced to punt on seven consecutive possessions at one point.