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Wyoming Fires Defensive Coordinator

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Wyoming's defense allowed more than 50 points in consecutive games, including a cringe-worthy 51-44 loss to San Jose State on Saturday. As a result, coach Dave Christensen fired defensive coordinator Chris Tormey. Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images.
Wyoming's defense allowed more than 50 points in consecutive games, including a cringe-worthy 51-44 loss to San Jose State on Saturday. As a result, coach Dave Christensen fired defensive coordinator Chris Tormey. Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images.

Wyoming fired defensive coordinator Chris Tormey on Tuesday, the team announced in a press release.

The announcement came just three days after the Cowboys (4-4, 2-2) lost to San Jose State, 51-44, in the final seconds. Wyoming allowed 42 points to Texas State, 31 to New Mexico and 52 to Colorado State in its previous three outings. The team has won one game since plastering Air Force, 56-23, on Sept. 21.

"I felt that we needed to make a change at this time to give our football team and the young men on it the best opportunity to win our remaining four regular-season games," head coach Dave Christensen said in the press release. "The last two weeks, our defense has not performed up to the expectations of our coaching staff, our players, nor our fans."

Defensive line coach Jamar Cain has been named interim defensive coordinator for Wyoming, which doesn't play again until hosting a ranked Fresno State team on Nov. 9. 

Thanks to quarterback Brett Smith and some decent skill players, Wyoming's offense is second in the Mountain West Conference, averaging 516.2 yards per game. The team is ranked eighth in the conference in total defense (465.8 ypg), and three of the teams below them are winless in the conference. Tormey's defense also had allowed opponents to score 31.6 points per game.

Wyoming's rush defense is particularly bad, allowing 18 touchdowns and 236.0 yards per game. The latter places the Cowboys 116th of 123 FBS teams.

Once appearing a lock to make a bowl game at 3-1, the Cowboys suddenly are in danger of a losing season. Needing to win two of its last four, Wyoming must also travel to Boise State and Utah State.

Tormey will be paid through the remainder of his contract (December 2013).