Wyoming's Kankolongo suspended for Texas State game for targeting

2013-09-23T14:59:00Z 2013-09-23T18:56:52Z Wyoming's Kankolongo suspended for Texas State game for targetingBy MIKE VOREL Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online
September 23, 2013 2:59 pm  • 

Wyoming linebacker Nehemie Kankolongo was suspended for the upcoming game against Texas State for targeting Air Force's Anthony LaCoste in Saturday's game, the Mountain West announced on Monday.

With the Cowboys leading 21-10 in the second quarter, LaCoste fielded a kick and was immediately swallowed up by Kankolongo, his helmet appearing to collide with LaCoste just under the chin.

There were no penalty flags thrown on the play itself, although a penalty would later be called for excessive celebration. LaCoste fumbled the ball and Wyoming's Devyn Harris recovered. The Cowboys would score again on the next drive and take a 28-10 lead, before eventually sailing to a 56-23 win.

In its explanation of the one-game suspension, the Mountain West conference explained in a statement that Kankolongo initiated contact with LaCoste using the crown of his helmet, which is illegal.

More to come on Kankolongo's suspension later tonight.

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