November 22, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyoming - The University of New Mexico football team arrived at snow-filled War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyoming, approximately 30 minutes ago, after a long, arduous night of travel. Due to a fierce winter storm, the New Mexico players and staff arrived in Laramie nine hours late, finally pulling into their hotel at 3 a.m.
The UNM team plane attempted to land in Laramie twice, but was forced back to Denver International Airport each time due to limited visibility caused by a snowstorm which has droppped nearly a foot of snow. Finally, after a makeshift dinner at the only open fast food restaurant in the airport, the two team busses and a caravan of three staff minivans began the slow, trecherous drive from Denver to Laramie.
Players had a 7:30 a.m. wake-up call this morning, after rougly 4 hours of sleep, but appeared in relatively good spirits. Senior wolf safety Terrell Golden, a Los Angeles native, even marched to breakfast through the snowy hotel parking lot defiantly wearing a t-shirt and shorts.
At 8 o'clock, four snow plows began clearing the field at War Memorial Stadium, which at 10:30 a.m. was still covered with a thin layer of snow, remaniscent of the infamous "Ice Bowl" between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.
Temperatures are approximately 13 degrees with a steady breeze for a wind-chill of about five to zero degrees. This will be the coldest recorded game a New Mexico team has played in 104 years of Lobo football history. Kickoff is still scheduled for noon (MST). A crowd of 5-10,000 is expected.
Following the game, the team will attempt to bus to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where it will board its charter flight back to Albuquerque.