Allen injured in Wyoming's 28-14 win over Air Force

Wyoming defenders celebrate after they held Air Force on fourth down in their game Saturday at the United States Air Force Academy, Colo.

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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Wyoming survived Josh Allen’s injury Saturday night. Whether they’ll have to do the same going forward remains to be seen.

Craig Bohl was tight-lipped on Allen’s upper-body injury after the game.

“We’ll find out,” Wyoming’s fourth-year head coach said. “We’ll know a lot more tomorrow. That’s all I’m going to say.”

Allen left the game after playing just four third-quarter snaps and did not return. The Mountain West preseason offensive player of the year threw one pass in the second half, but he left the field in pain afterward. Bohl believed the injury came on Allen’s final pass of the first half.

“Well, I think he took a hard hit,” Bohl said afterward. “It was on a pressure, and he took a hard hit. Obviously, we didn’t put him out, but like I said, we’ll just find out a whole lot more (tomorrow). I know he’s a high-profile player. I’ll know a lot more tomorrow, and we’ll get some information out either tomorrow or Monday.”

Allen also appeared to be shaken up on his first incompletion of that three-play drive, a double pass on which he threw it to Austin Conway, received a pass back and tried to throw the ball to C.J. Johnson. Bohl said it was the third-down hit that did the damage, though.

“That was the one that caused the real issue,” Bohl said. “We thought it was going to be OK, but he’s not.”

Allen broke his collarbone in his first start as a Cowboy back in 2015. Since returning in 2016, however, he has yet to miss significant time to injury.

Nick Smith finished the game at quarterback for Wyoming. The junior has not started a game since that 2015 season.

“It was super tough, but he was very vocal on the sideline,” Conway said. “He was getting guys up, keeping guys positive. I think Nick did an amazing job stepping in, and we were just keeping Nick’s confidence high, telling him, ‘You’re our captain. Lead us.’ And Nick, he did a great job leading us.”

Smith said at halftime he had a sense he knew it was possible he would have to take Allen’s place.

“You could see that he was kind of hurt, but Josh is a pretty tough guy,” running back Trey Woods said. “I didn’t know if he was going to go down or not, but a guy has to do what he has to do.”


Wyoming’s win Saturday was its sixth in its last seven games. ... Wyoming has won two straight games against Air Force and five of its last seven. The Cowboys have won three of their last four at Falcon Stadium. Bohl is 3-1 against the Falcons. ... Wyoming (7-3 overall, 5-1 Mountain West) has gone 4-1 in Mountain Division play in two straight seasons. The season before, the Cowboys did not win a divisional game. ... Wyoming has now scored 99 points off turnovers in 2017, accounting for 40.6 percent of its total points this season (244). ... Before being injured, Allen moved into a tie for fourth place in Wyoming history in touchdowns responsible for. His 54, two of which came Saturday, are tied with Tom Corontzos (1988-91). ... Youhanna Ghaifan and Javaree Jackson both recorded career highs in tackles Saturday, with 11 and 10, respectively. ... Tim Zaleski set a career high Saturday with a 65-yard punt.

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Brandon Foster reports on University of Wyoming athletics. He joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 after graduating from the University of Missouri and covering Mizzou athletics for two years. A St. Louis native, he lives in Laramie.

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