There was a bit of controversy in Air Force’s 28-27 win over Wyoming on Saturday.
With Wyoming leading Air Force 27-21 in the fourth quarter, Air Force quarterback Connor Dietz lost his helmet and immediately made his way to the Air Force sideline. Along the way, Dietz went to the ground while trainers spent several minutes attending to him. While Dietz still had to sit out the next play, the injury timeout allowed Air Force to keep all three timeouts at its disposal.
Disclaimer: We didn’t see the game. We do not want to speculate on the severity of Dietz’s injury, more importantly an injury to the head, and especially for a player in training to fight for our country.
When play resumed, backup quarterback Kale Pearson finished the drive with a five-yard scoring dash with 7:45 to play. Wyoming was forced to punt on the ensuing drive and then did not get the ball back as Air Force ran out the game’s final 5:29.
Christensen eschewed the traditional postgame handshake at midfield and instead headed straight for the Wyoming locker room. When Calhoun tracked down Christensen in the end zone the Wyoming coach, by all accounts, unloaded on Calhoun.
According to the Denver Post, “Calhoun said he caught up with the Wyoming coach and said his team played a great game. But Christensen wasn’t cordial.
“Christensen unleashed a profanity-laced tired on the AFA coach, and Christensen had to be restrained.”
Calhoun described it as “probably not a conversation that I’d have with my mom.”
Christensen told the media after the game “in this game, we’re supposed to be ethical and that’s not ethical.”
Wyoming issued a statement on Sunday.
“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,” Christensen said in a statement issued Sunday night.
“The postgame actions and comments by coach Christensen do not represent Wyoming Cowboy football in the manner we expect, but I respect Dave for issuing his apology,” said Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman.
The Mountain West announced on Monday it was reprimanding Christensen for his actions Saturday night.
Wyoming’s Dave Christensenpublicly reprimanded by MWC for his actions after Saturday’s loss to Air Force
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 15, 2012
It’s possible that Christensen’s anger was a product of a 2012 season gone awry.
Christensen received a five-year contract extension after leading Wyoming to an 8-5 record and an appearance in the New Mexico Bowl in 2011. Things, however, have not gone as planned in 2012. The Air Force loss dropped Wyoming to 1-5. Their lone win was in overtime over Idaho, and among the five losses is a defeat to Cal Poly from FCS.