Christensen apologizes for postgame blow-up

Wyoming sent a statement out to the media Sunday night regarding football coach Dave Christensen’s reaction and comments after the Cowboys’ 28-27 loss to Air Force Saturday in Laramie.

“I want to apologize to Wyoming fans, the Mountain West Conference and the game of college football for my actions and for the comments that I made after our game against Air Force,” said Christensen in the statement. “I let my emotions, my passion for our football program and the frustrations of the first half of the season get the best of me, and my actions reflected negatively on our program.

“I have always tried to teach the young men in our program the importance of sportsmanship in our game, and with that said, I believe it is important to let them know that when you do make a mistake you need to stand up and take responsibility for your actions.  That is what I am doing with this apology.”

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UW-Air Force postgame thoughts

If you would have told me Wyoming would gain more yards rushing than Air Force and gain more overall yards with a backup quarterback as the starter I would have lost a lot of money.

But true freshman Jason Thompson looked great in the first half, but couldn’t keep it up in the second half as UW lost 28-27 on homecoming. The Cowboys have lost all three of their games this season by a combined six points.

Thompson started because it was announced through coach Dave Christensen’s Twitter account sophomore Brett Smith wouldn’t start. Thompson spilled the beans in his post-game interview that it was another concussion suffered at Nevada. I think that confirmed a lot of people’s speculation. I wasn’t surprised at all Smith didn’t play. Christensen said he will know more Monday about Smith’s return, but is optimistic he will be back this season.

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UW-Air Force Q&A

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with David Ramsay, who covers Air Force for the Colorado Springs Gazette.

The first part are Ramsey’s answers to Gagliardi’s questions, followed by Gagliardi’s answers to Ramsey’s questions.

Look for Q&As with writers who cover the opponents of the University of Wyoming football program every Friday:

Air Force has lost close games to Michigan, UNLV and Navy. What has been the difference in those games and is there a common trend that led to those losses?

Air Force has failed to close. In those games, the Falcons offense dominated the first three quarters, but sputtered in the fourth. Wyoming players believe the Cowboys should be 4-1. A few Air Force players are wondering if they should be 5-0.

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UW-Air Force postgame thoughts

Where to start?

Got to be impressed with Wyoming’s 25-17 win, which snaps a five-game losing streak to the Falcons and improves the Cowboys’ record to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the Mountain West.

UW is tied for second place in the MW with Boise State (how about that home loss to TCU today?)

Got to give it to the defense. Sure, it gave up 312 rushing  yards, but it also allowed minus-1  yard passing. That’s unheard of, even for option-oriented offenses like Air Force. UW knocked Air Force starting quarterback Tim Jefferson out of the game after the first series, and senior Connor Dietz was never a throwing threat, although he ran it well for a team-high 85 yards.

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