Kemoeatu suspended for one game by Utah coach for kicking UNLV player

Updated: October 20, 2003, 4:19 AM ET

SALT LAKE CITY -- University of Utah offensive guard Chris Kemoeatu, who sat out the first half of Saturday's game at UNLV due to having kicked a player the previous week, was ejected for kicking a UNLV player and has been suspended by the Utes' coach for another game.

"Chris is normally a nice, mild-mannered kid, although he is extremely competitive on the playing field," coach Urban Meyer said Sunday. "There is no place in the game of college football, whether it is retaliatory or not, for this type of behavior. Chris must learn to play within the rules."

Meyer said Kemoeatu will miss next Saturday's game with New Mexico and other sanctions are likely.

In Saturday's 28-10 victory at UNLV, Kemoeatu was ejected on the sixth play of the second half for kicking UNLV defensive lineman Howie Fuimaono in the head, after Fuimaono's helmet had been knocked off. Fuimaono was treated at a hospital and released.

The previous week, when Kemoeatu kicked a San Diego State opponent who was on the ground, it was considered fighting, but Saturday's attack was classified only as a flagrant personal foul, not fighting.

Under NCAA rules, a player ejected twice in a season for fighting is suspended for the rest of the season.

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