Posted: Mon September 23, 2013 10:13PM; Updated: Mon September 23, 2013 10:13PM

Mountain West suspends Wyoming's Nehemie Kankolongo for hit

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Wyoming's Nehemie Kankolongo (28) took a knee before going up against Air Force on Saturday.
Wyoming's Nehemie Kankolongo (28) took a knee before going up against Air Force on Saturday.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- The Mountain West Conference has suspended Wyoming linebacker Nehemie Kankolongo one game for hitting Air Force kick returner Anthony LaCoste with the crown of his helmet last weekend.

A review of the play Monday showed the junior linebacker had targeted and initiated contact with the crown of his helmet during the Cowboys' 56-23 victory Saturday night.

The play wasn't flagged on the field. LaCoste fumbled and Cowboys defender Devyn Harris recovered, setting up a Wyoming touchdown in the second quarter.

Kankolongo will miss Wyoming's game at Texas State on Saturday.

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