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MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE
Saturday, December 19
TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
Arizona vs. New Mexico
ESPN
Noon MT
SIRIUS 80/XM 80
San José State vs. Georgia State
CBS Sports Network
7 p.m. ET
SIRIUS 84/XM 84
Tuesday, December 22
TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
Akron vs. Utah State
ESPN
1:30 p.m. MT
SIRIUS 80/XM 80
Wednesday, December 23
TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
Boise State vs. Northern Illinois
ESPN
1:30 p.m. PT
SIRIUS 80/XM 80
Thursday, December 24
TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
San Diego State vs. Cincinnati
ESPN
3 p.m. HT
SIRIUS 80/XM 80
Friday, December 29
TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
California vs. Air Force
ESPN
1 p.m. CT
SIRIUS 80/XM 80
Nevada vs. Colorado State
American Sports Network/Campus Insiders
5:30 p.m. MT


BOWL ELIGIBILITY
The Mountain West will send a record eight teams into postseason bowl games in 2015. The previous record of seven was set in both 2013 and 2014. The Mountain West has earned 77 bowl bids since 1999 and holds a 38-31 (.551) all-time record. The 2015 postseason marks the ninth consecutive year the MW has sent at least five teams to bowls and the 12th time overall since the league’s inception. It also marks the fourth straight season that six or more MW squads advanced to the postseason.  The league has also posted an overall postseason mark of at least .500 in eight of the last 11 seasons.

San Diego State (10-3), Air Force (8-5), Boise State (8-4), Colorado State (7-5), New Mexico (7-5), Nevada (6-6), Utah State (6-6) and San José State are all bowl eligible.

The Falcons have qualified for the postseason in eight of the last nine years, while the Broncos have played in a bowl game in each of the last 13 seasons.  The Aztecs are bowl eligible for the sixth straight year, while the Rams qualify for the postseason for the third consecutive year. The Wolf Pack are eligible for a bowl for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons and the Aggies have earn bowl-eligibility for a program record fifth straight time. The Lobos have reached the six win mark for the first time since 2007 and the Spartans are will be making their 10th postseason bowl appearance and first since 2012.

Over the last 11 years, the Mountain West has captured the Bowl Challenge Cup four times and owns the second-best win percentage in bowl games among the 10 FBS conferences with a 31-23 mark (.574) during that span. The MW is the only conference to win the trophy four times since the award’s inception in 2002-03.

1,000-YARD RUSHERS
The Mountain West has eight 1,000-yard rushers in 2015, which is the most by a single conference in the FBS. Included in this list is Wyoming sophomore Brian Hill, San José State senior Tyler Ervin, San Diego State junior Donnel Pumphrey, Boise State sophomore Jeremy McNichols, Nevada sophomore James Butler and senior Don Jackson, Hawai‘i senior Paul Harris and Air Force junior Jacobi Owens.

3,000 PASSING/1,000 RECEIVING YARDS
The Boise State duo of QB Brett Rypien and WR Thomas Sperbeck are on the verge of  registering 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards receiving, respectively. Rypien has passed for 2,973 yards and Sperbeck has hauled in 1,334 receiving yards. Overall, They look to become the 16th duo in MW history to boast a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard receiver in the same season.

3,000 PASSING/1,000 RECEIVING/1,000 RUSHING YARDS
Boise State is on the verge of producing the Mountain West’s 12th trio with a 3,000-yard passer (Brett Rypien) a 1,000-yard receiver (Thomas Sperbeck) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Jeremy McNichols).

#HIGHLIGHTS
(Notes from around the Mountain west in 140 characters or less)

  • Eight @MountainWest bowl eligible teams sets a league record.
  • .@AFAFootball will end the season with a 12-game home win streak, which is 4th-longest active streak nationally.
  • .@wyo_football RB Brian Hill ranks 8th nationally with 1,631 rushing yds and now holds the Wyoming single-season rushing record.
  • .@SJSUSpartanFB’s Tyler Ervin has rushed for 1,469 yards, which ranks 11th nationally. He is just the Spartans 11th 1,000-yard rusher.
  • .@GoAztecs Donnel Pumphrey ranks 9th among FBS rushers with 1,554 yds, making the MW the only FBS league w/ 3 players in top 11.
  • .@BroncoSportsFB RB Jeremy McNichols is the only BSU player with multiple rushes of 80 yards in his career.
  • .@FresnoStateFB LB Ejiro Ederaine finishes his career with 45.5 TFLs, the 2nd-most in @MountainWest history.
  • .@CSUFootball scored 3 TDs on special teams returns (2 punt, 1 kickoff) to become the 1st FBS team to accomplish this feat in last 10 yrs.
  • .@CSUFootball & @NewMexicoFB are 2 of 6 FBS teams to have three players rush for at least 140 yards in a single game this season.
  • .@CSUFootball PR Joe Hansley returned 2 punts for TDs vs. @FresnoStateFB, becoming first Ram to do so since 1999 (Dallas Davis).
  • .@HawaiiFootball RB Paul Harris (1,132) is the first Rainbow Warrior to rush for 1,000 yds since 2010 (Alex Green).
  • .@BroncoSportsFB is third nationally with 22 INTs in 2015. @GoAztecs are T5th with 20 picks.
  • .@BroncoSportsFB’s Darian Thompson has 19 career INTs, a @MountainWest record.
  • .@BroncoSportsFB Thompson (19) & Donte Deayon (17) are T-1st & T-3rd nationally in active career INTs. The starting BSU secondary leads the nation with 40 career INTs.
  • .@CSUFootball’s Rashard Higgins has caught at least one pass in 37 consecutive games, a streak which is T-9th in FBS & the most in the MW.
  • .@BroncoSportsFB QB Brett Rypien threw for a @MountainWest freshman record 503 yards vs. New Mexico on Nov. 14.
  • .@SJSUSpartanFB has been ranked in the top-5 nationally for pass defense each week since 9/20/14.
  • In its last 24 games, @SJSUSpartanFB has only allowed 129.7 passing yards per game.
  • .@SJSUSpartanFB’s Ervin is the 10th MW player to rush for at least 200 yards twice in a season. He rushed for 300 yds vs. FS & 263 vs. UNM.
  • .@wyo_football’s Hill tied a @MountainWest record with four 200-yard rushing performances in 2015.
  • The 300 rushing yards are the most in the FBS this season.
  • Ervin has 15 total TDs, 4 shy of the @SJSUSpartanFB record held by Johnny Johnson, Jr., who scored 19 times in 1988.
  • Senior @CSUFootball linebacker Cory James has 24 career sacks, only 4.5 away from tying the MW record, which was set in 2009.
  • James’ 24 career sacks ranks fifth-most by an active FBS defender.
  • .@GoAztecs haven’t thrown an interception in 11 games
  • Boise State boasts the highest win percentage since 2000, having won 174 of 206 contests for a mark of .845.