ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — While people will talk about the fantastic finish to Colorado State's 48-45 New Mexico Bowl victory over Washington State for a while, the hot topic early was a verbal altercation between Cougars' junior quarterback Connor Halliday and CSU defensive line coach Greg Lupfer.

In video that hit the internet fast, it appeared Lupfer had used off-color language toward Halliday, who after the game admitted as much and more, though he didn't elaborate.

“Coach grabbed me and said some profane things to me,” Halliday said. “That's all I'll say about it.”

Lupfer was not made available for comment after the game, but the school did issue a statement from him through the team's Twitter account in two posts.

“I am truly sorry for what I said. It was wrong and those words to not represent who I am and what I believe in. I apologize for the embarrassment I caused Colorado State University, this team & my family,” they read.

It happened after the first of Halliday's six touchdown passes on the day. Colorado State coach Jim McElwain said after the game he didn't know exactly what had transpired between the two.

“I heard something about it, but honestly I don't know anything until I look at it,” McElwain said. “We'll definitely handle it in a quick manner, whatever it is.”

By the end of the game, Colorado State athletic director Jack Graham had seen the video, had already talked to Lupfer and planned to investigate further.

“I'm fully aware of what happened; I've seen footage of what happened,” Graham said. “We're going to take a deep dive on this. It appears as if it was a very inappropriate event. We will take a deep and thorough dive around it. If it is what it appears to have been, that's not who we are, it's not who Colorado State University is. It's unacceptable behavior, and we'll deal with it appropriately.”

Graham said if during their investigation they needed to call Washington State, he would. He also said they would not rush to judgment, adding they will take as much time as necessary to come to the right decision.