LARAMIE, Wyo. — Wyoming sophomore quarterback Brett Smith is reported doing well after he was taken off the field on a stretcher in the fourth quarter against Toledo on Saturday.
Cowboys coach Dave Christensen said after the game, which Wyoming lost 34-31, that Smith was going to be fine although medical staff would monitor him for a couple of days.
"He's back to his normal self," Christensen said.
Smith was injured at the end of an 11-yard scramble to the Toledo 5-yard line with 6:22 remaining in the game. A Toledo defender appeared to grab Smith by his collar while another Rockets player came in late and hit Smith in the head as he went out of bounds.
Smith reached up with his right arm but then went limp. Medical personnel strapped Smith to a backboard and then carted him off on a stretcher. He was taken to a local hospital.
Toledo was penalized for a personal foul on the play and Wyoming scored a touchdown on a trick play with backup quarterback Colby Kirkegaard replacing Smith.
"We took it upon ourselves and said, 'Let's try to win this one for number 16,' but obviously we came up a little short," Wyoming center Nick Carlson said.
Smith ended up completing 20 of 28 passes for 339 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two interceptions.
Christensen said Smith passed various tests administered at the hospital and was more upset about the team losing and being forced to leave the game.
"He's a competitor," the coach said. "I'm glad he's my quarterback. He's one of the major leaders on this football team."