The Mountain West won’t hand down any punishment to Wyoming sophomore quarterback Brett Smith for being ejected in last Saturday’s 35-28 overtime loss at Nevada. Smith was ejected from the game midway through the fourth quarter after getting his second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Coach Dave Christensen also won’t be disciplined by the MW for his comments after the game on Smith’s second penalty. This is what he said: “He’s running off the field and is three yards from the sideline and takes his helmet off and he gets kicked out of the game? That’s unbelievable. The (official) said he swore. Do we think people don’t swear out there? That’s remarkable you can have that kind of impact.”
Smith talked candidly about the game Monday, and apologized for being emotional after the game. For more on that, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and to see the video interview go to www.wyosports.net or check back here to the blog.
Some other news and notes from Monday’s interview session with players and coaches:
–Senior safety Luke Ruff and junior receiver Robert Herron are both questionable for Saturday’s game against Air Force. They were the only two players listed by Christensen. Ruff looked to have a stinger or upper arm injury at Nevada. Once he was hurt he didn’t return. Herron has a leg strain, but started and caught two touchdown passes.
–Defensive coordinator Chris Tormey didn’t talk to the media Monday because he broke a tooth at some point and went to get that attended to. Hope to talk to him after practice Tuesday.
–UW gave up a season-high 438 passing yards at Nevada, and Christensen said the coaches are looking at seven or eight different players in the secondary to find the right combination. That could be even more interesting if Ruff can’t play. Sophomore Darrenn White is a cornerback, but played mostly at safety at Nevada. There will be more on this later in the week.
–Late in the fourth quarter after Smith was gone, UW faced a third-and-1 at it’s own 13. Junior backup Colby Kirkegaard was in at quarterback, and on that play there looked to be a mix-up between the quarterback and running back. Kirkegaard kept the ball for no gain. UW punted and Nevada eventually scored the game-tying touchdown with 1:18 to play. Found out the running back on that play ran the wrong direction. The running back on that play was walk-on junior Tedder Easton, who made his UW debut and was good in short-yardage situations with 21 yards on five carries. Tough break for Easton, but look to see more of him in short-yardage situations. He runs hard and is UW’s biggest back at 5-foot-11, 242.
–The Cowboys held Nevada to 127 yards rushing after it averaged 308.8 entering the game. They also held junior running back Stefphon Jefferson — then the nation’s leading rusher — to 78 yards (97 below his average). UW faces another of the nation’s best running teams in Air Force Saturday. But the Falcons’ triple-option is much different than Nevada’s pistol. Christensen said it was good to see the run defense improve, but added that because Nevada’s and Air Force’s schemes are so different that it doesn’t mean the defensive improvement will automatically carry over. UW will have to be a lot more assignment-sound this week.
–UW will wear its new camouflage uniforms against. The game also is Military Day along with homecoming.