Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sween a game-time decision

Wyoming quarterback Karsten Sween, right, is pictured running the football earlier in the season against Bowling Green.

By Richard Anderson
Wyoming Sports.org

As of Tuesday morning, Wyoming junior Karsten Sween is still the starting quarterback for the Wyoming Cowboys.

His status for Saturday's game against San Diego State, however, is still unclear from a hit he took against TCU last Saturday.

Sween suffered a concussion after TCU linebacker Robert Henson delivered a blow to his head (from Henson’s shoulder pad) as Sween began a slide after a scramble. Henson was flagged for personal foul penalty on the play and Sween did not return.

The Horned Frogs went on to route the Cowboys 54-7.

Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn said Tuesday on the MWC media teleconference that Sween is a game-day decision.

“I think they have to keep trying him and see how the symptoms are,” Glenn said. "The symptoms are gone, but I guess with a deal like that they try to work you out and push you a little bit to see if the symptoms return. He has to be asymptomatic before he can play.”

Glenn said that Sween was never knocked out and he apparently answered Glenn’s questions correctly.

“I went over and asked him, ‘Who is the President?’” Glenn said. “He got that one right. I let a series go by and he was still with Doc and I went by him and asked, “Who is the Vice President?’ He looked up at me and said, ‘Is it still Cheney?’ He had a sense of humor through it all and remembered our Wyoming guy in D.C.

“I think he is going to feel better, but it is whether or not the symptoms, once they are gone, will they stay away?”

Glenn said that redshirt freshman Chris Stutzriem is No. 2 on the depth chart at this time.

Who’s No. 1?
The Cowboys are the lone MWC team to play BYU, Utah and TCU -- the top three teams in the league who are all ranked in the top 20 in the national polls and the BCS standings. Those three have teams combined to outscore Wyoming 138-14.

So who does Glenn think is the top team? Flip a coin.

“Where the game is being played, I’m saying, would be huge. I always think there is a home-team advantage,” Glenn said. “There are some good teams there and I don’t think I could pick one team or the other.”

Players of the Week
Max Hall (BYU), Jimmy Young (TCU) and Aaron Kirchoff and Ryan Harrison (Air Force) are Mountain West Conference Players of the Week for games through Oct. 26. Hall and Young share Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Kirchoff garners the Defensive Player award and Harrison receives Special Teams recognition.

Hall converted 24 of 31 passes for 245 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 17 BYU to a 42-35 victory over UNLV. The junior from Mesa, Ariz., also had three rushes for 37 yards to give him 282 yards of total offense on the day.

Young caught five passes for three touchdowns and a school-record 226 yards in the Horned Frogs' 54-7 routeof Wyoming. His 226 yards marked the best single-game receiving effort in the MWC this season and the sixth-best in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Monroe, La., native's touchdown catches were from 60, 55 and 39 yards. Young, who averaged 45.2 yards per catch on the day, also had a 65-yard reception that led to a TCU touchdown two plays later.

Kirchoff registered four total tackles, including two solo stops, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for his first career touchdown in Air Force's 23-10 win over New Mexico.
A senior free safety from Barrington, Ill., Kirchoff recorded the second-longest fumble recovery in Air Force history when he scooped up a Lobo fumble and ran it back 96 yards for the score. Kirchoff's recovery came with Air Force trailing 10-0 in the first quarter and New Mexico driving inside the Falcons' 10-yard line.

Harrison matched his career-high with three field goals in Air Force's win over New Mexico. The Keller, Texas, native's first field goal of 30 yards tied the game at 10-10 in the second quarter, while his second kick of 43 yards made it a two-possession game early in the fourth period. His third field goal came from 32 yards to give him a 16-of-18 completion rate on the season. Harrison also recorded four punts for an average of 41.5 yards and six kickoffs for an average of 63.5 yards in the contest.

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