Paul Toscano

Football, 1965-67

The first Cowboy quarterback in history to lead the nation in total offense, Paul Toscano was considered the University of Wyoming’s “storybook” player. Toscano earned his first two Cowboy letters as a defensive safety. When the quarterback situation was questionable in 1967, the coaching staff asked Toscano to step in. All “Pitchin’ Paul” did was lead the Cowboys to a 10-1 record, a WAC title, and a berth in Wyoming’s biggest bowl ever, the 1968 Sugar Bowl. Toscano ended the 1967 season as the greatest single season and single game passer in Cowboys’ history. He set or tied eleven passing records as he led the Pokes to their second straight WAC title and third undefeated season. He led the WAC in total offense and was second in passing. Nationally, Paul was sixth in passing. He was named Player of the Year in the WAC by United Press International, was a unanimous first team All-WAC selection, and finished in the balloting for the Heisman trophy.

Inducted October 1, 1999

Honors and Awards

  • 1967 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year
  • Led Cowboys to 10-1 record, WAC Title and 1968 Sugar Bowl