By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen has been suspended for this week’s home game against Boise State, according to media reports out of Wyoming.
Christensen won’t be at practices or in team facilities. He also has been fined $50,000.
Assistant head coach Pete Kaligis will replace Christensen this week.
“The program Christensen has installed is a fine oiled machine,” Kaligis said. “It rolls.”
Christensen was reprimanded by the Mountain West last week for his postgame tirade directed at Air Force coach Troy Calhoun and comments he made after the game. A video of the incident surfaced late last week.
You can watch the video here, but be warned that there is a lot of profanity in it.
Boise State senior nickel Dextrell Simmons said Monday that the Broncos’ defense has drawn motivation from its subpar second half at New Mexico.
Since then, the Broncos have forced five turnovers at Southern Miss, held Fresno State to 10 points and skunked UNLV.
“These last three or four weeks of practice have been amazing,” Simmons said. “… It’s basically coming from not wanting to fail. I’d say New Mexico was probably our worst defensive game. After that, we were just like, ‘It can’t happen again.’ ”
Senior wide receiver Mitch Burroughs has a cast on his injured wrist but could return for the regular-season finale at Nevada, coach Chris Petersen said.
He does not have timetables for the return of tight ends Gabe Linehan and Kyle Sosnowski.
Sophomore defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, suspended last week, returns this week.
Boise State will practice mostly outside this week to prepare for the cold weather. The forecast calls for a high of 34 degrees Saturday in Laramie, with a low of 23.
Wyoming is 1-6, but four of its losses were by three points or less or in overtime. In a five-game stretch, they lost by three, lost by two, won in overtime, lost in overtime and lost by one.
Last week, the Cowboys were crushed 42-14 at Fresno State.
“This is a good team, a very, very scary team for us,” Petersen said. “We’ve just got to make sure we’re playing at a high level. They’ve got some players. I remember the game last year like it was yesterday. It was 7-7 at half until we got totally lucky and scored on the Hail Mary. We didn’t do much last year in the first half at all. That was also at home. You go on the road and play like that, you’ll get beat.”
Petersen on the offense’s progress:
“I don’t know if we can get there or not, but I think we’re heading in the right direction.”
Petersen on touchbacks on kickoffs:
“The guys on the kickoff team would be irritated if we were trying to do that (every time).”
Boise State’s internal players of the week were quarterback Joe Southwick (offense), cornerback Jerrell Gavins (defense), linebacker Blake Renaud (special teams) and defensive end Tyler Horn (lineman).
Here is audio of Petersen’s press conference.