Mountain West Football Weekly Release
|MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 2 SCHEDULE|
|Friday, September 11||TV/Web||Time||Satellite Radio|
|Utah State at Utah||ESPN2||7 p.m. MT||SIRIUS 108/XM 197
|Saturday, September 12||TV/Web||Time||Satellite Radio|
|Minnesota at Colorado
||CBSSN||7 p.m. MT||SIRIUS 135/ XM 195|
|Eastern Michigan at Wyoming
||2 p.m. MT|
|San Diego State at California
||2 p.m. PT||SIRIUS 137/ XM 197|
|Fresno State at 14/17 Ole Miss
||ESPN2||2:30 p.m. CT|
|Hawai‘i at 1/1 Ohio State
||Big Ten Network
||3:30 p.m. ET||SIRIUS 84/ XM 84|
|20/22 Arizona at Nevada
||CBSSN||4 p.m. PT|
|Tulsa at New Mexico
||ESPN3||6 p.m. MT|
|13/13 UCLA at UNLV||CBSSN||7:30 p.m. PT||SIRIUS 81/ XM 81|
|San José State at Air Force*
||ESPNU||8:15 p.m. MT|
|22/20 Boise State at BYU
||ESPN2||8:15 p.m. MT||SIRIUS 143/ XM 143
MW Teams in 2015 SEASON Openers
Mountain West teams are 81-63 in season openers since the inception of the league in 1999. In 2015, MW teams went 10-2, which was the second-best win percentage among the 10 FBS conferences.
TWO NEW HEAD COACHES JOIN MW RANKS IN 2015
For the second consecutive year, the Mountain West welcomes two new head football coaches. Colorado State will be under the direction of Mike Bobo, while Tony Sanchez takes over at UNLV. Both are first-year head coaches.
Bobo comes to Colorado State from the University of Georgia, where he had spent the previous 14 seasons, including the last eight as offensive coordinator. Bobo’s 14-year stint at Georgia, where he was a quarterback in the late 1990s, began in January, 2001, when head coach Mark Richt hired him as quarterbacks coach. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2007. During his time at UGA, Bobo helped lead the Bulldogs to 135 victories, including two Southeastern Conference championships, five SEC Eastern Division titles and eight bowl victories. Prior to his time with the Bulldogs, Bobo began his coaching career at Jacksonville State (1999-2000).
Sanchez spent the last six seasons leading Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) High School to an overall record of 85-5 and six consecutive state 4A championships. In his six seasons at Bishop Gorman, Sanchez saw 34 of his players earn collegiate football scholarships, including 25 to FBS programs. Prior to his stint in Las Vegas, he coached at Onate High School in Las Cruces, N.M. and Irvin High School in El Paso, Texas. His lone collegiate coaching experience came in 1996 as he was an undergraduate assistant at New Mexico State, the school where Sanchez was a two-year letterwinner.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
The Mountain West is home to five of the 13 youngest head coaches at the FBS level. Boise State’s Bryan Harsin (38), Nevada’s Brian Polian (40), Colorado State’s Mike Bobo (41), UNLV’s Tony Sanchez (41) and Utah State’s Matt Wells (41) are among the group of 13 coaches who were born in 1973 or later.
(Notes from around the Mountain west in 140 characters or less)The @MountainWest was one of three conferences to win atleast 10 games in week 1, joining the SEC and ACC.
- 13 FBS teams registered at least 5 sacks to open the season. 5 of those 13 teams are from the @MountainWest.
- .@BroncoSportsFB is riding a 10-game win streak, the second-longest win streak nationally behind Ohio State (14).
- .@BroncoSportsFB is coming off their 13th consecutive bowl apperance, an active streak that ties for seventh nationally.
- Boise State boasts the highest win percentage since 2000, having won 168 of 196 contests for a mark of .857.
- In 2015, @USUFootball will play nine opponents that played in bowl games in 2014. This is tied for the fifth-most nationally.
- In its season-opener, @AFFootball ran 70 offensive plays, 63 of which were runs. The 63 rush attempts are tied for 2nd-most nationally.
- .@CSUFootball has tied the program record for consecutive home wins (9), set in 1927. The Rams can extend the streak vs. Minnesota.
- After week 1, @NewMexicoFB ranks second nationally after allowing only 74 yards of total offense against Mississippi Valley State.
- .@SJSUSpartanFB put up the 3rd-most yds in FBS in week 1, racking up 707 yds of total offense against FCS-ranked New Hampshire.
- .@GoAztecs LB Calvin Munson became the 4th MW player to return 2 interceptions for TDs, on his way to becoming MW Defensive POW.
- .@GoAztecs’ Damontae Kazee tied the @MountainWest record with three interceptions against San Diego. It also tied for the most in week 1.
- After a season-opening win against Washington, @BroncoSportsFB’s head coach Bryan Harsin has a 5-game win streak against Pac-12 opponents.
- To open the season, @USUFootball didn’t score an offensive TD for the 1st time since 10/5/12, a span of 37 games.
- .@SJSUSpartanFB hasn’t allowed its opponent to pass for 100-plus yds in back-to-back games (SDSU on 11/29/14 & New Hampshire on 9/3/15).
- .@CSUFootball’s Rashard Higgins has caught at least one pass in 27 consecutive games, a streak which is T-7th in FBS & the most in the MW.
- .@BroncoSportsFB’s Darian Thompson has 15 career interceptions, three away from tying the @MountainWest record held by Utah’s Eric Weddle.
- .@BroncoSportsFB Thompson (15) & teammate Donte Deayon (13) rank T-1st and 4th nationally in active career interceptions, respectively.
- On Sept. 3, Chuckie Keeton became the 2nd FBS quarterback to ever start five season openers, joining Tulsa’s T.J. Rubley (87-91).
- Senior @CSUFootball linebacker Cory James has 22 career sacks, only 6.5 away from tying the MW record, which was set in 2009.
- .@wyo_football’s Tanner Gentry hauled in 176 receiving yds (5th in FBS), including a 92-yd TD, which is 5th-longest in MW history.