Mountain West Football Final Release
The Mountain West sent a record eight teams - San Diego State, Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah State and San José State - into postseason bowl games in 2015, surpassing the previous record of seven which was set in both 2013 and 2014. The Mountain West has earned 77 bowl bids since 1999 and holds a 42-35 (.545) all-time record. The 2015 postseason marked the ninth consecutive year the MW sent at least five teams to bowls and the 12th time overall. It also marked 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 nine of the last 12 seasons.
The Falcons 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 14 seasons. The Aztecs were bowl eligible for the sixth straight year, while the Rams qualified for the postseason for the third consecutive year. The Wolf Pack were eligible for a bowl for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons and the Aggies earned bowl-eligibility for a program-record fifth straight time. The Lobos reached the six win mark for the first time since 2007 and the Spartans made 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.
The Mountain West had seven players honored with All-America recognition after the 2015 season.
Below is a look at the honorees...
P Michael Carrizosa (San José State) - Second team (Walter Camp & FWAA), Honorable Mention (Sports Illustrated)
AP Tyler Ervin (San José State) - Second team (Athlon)
TE Billy Freeman (San José State) - Honorable Mention (Sports Illustrated)
P Hayden Hunt (Colorado State) - Second team (USA Today), Third team (AP & Athlon), Honorable Mention (Sports Illustrated)
DB Damontae Kazee (San Diego State) - Second team (USA Today), Honorable Mention (Sports Illustrated)
RB Donnel Pumphrey (San Diego State) - Honorable Mention (Sports Illustrated)
DB Darian Thompson (Boise State) - Second team (FWAA) Honorable Mention (Sports Illustrated)
The Mountain West had nine 1,000-yard rushers in 2015, which is tied for the most by a single conference in the FBS in 2015. 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, Air Force junior Jacobi Owens and San Diego State senior Chase Price.
3,000 PASSING/1,000 RECEIVING YARDS
The Boise State duo of QB Brett Rypien and WR Thomas Sperbeck registered 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards receiving, respectively. Rypien passed for 3,350 yards and Sperbeck hauled in 1,412 receiving yards. Overall, they became 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 produced 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).
(Notes from around the Mountain west in 140 characters or less)
- Eight @MountainWest teams competed in postseason bowls, setting a league record.
- .@GoAztecs 11 wins in 2015 are the most by a San Diego State squad since 1969.
- The Aztecs will enter 2016 with a 10-game win streak, 2nd-longest active streak in FBS (Alabama 11).
- .@AFAFootball ended the season with a 12-game home win streak, which is 4th-longest active streak nationally.
- .@GoAztecs Donnel Pumphrey ranked 7th among FBS rushers with 1,653 yds, while earning @MountainWest Offensive POY honors.
- .@wyo_football RB Brian Hill ranked 9th nationally with 1,631 rushing yds and set the Wyoming single-season rushing record.
- .@SJSUSpartanFB’s Tyler Ervin has rushed for 1,601 yards, which ranked 11th nationally. He became just the Spartans 11th 1,000-yard rusher.
- .@BroncoSportsFB RB Jeremy McNichols finished with 1,337 yds & 20 TDs, which rank 6th & 4th, respectively, in program history.
- .@FresnoStateFB LB Ejiro Ederaine finished 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 PR Joe Hansley returned 2 punts for TDs vs. @FresnoStateFB on Nov. 28, 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).
- .@GoAztecs finished T2nd with 23 INTs in 2015. @BroncoSportsFB were T4th with 22 picks.
- .@BroncoSportsFB’s Darian Thompson ended his career with 19 INTs, a @MountainWest record.
- .@CSUFootball’s Rashard Higgins caught at least one pass in every game of his career (38), a streak which was T-9th in FBS in 2015.
- Higgins departs as the @MountainWest’s leader in receiving yards (3,649), 2nd in receiving TDs (31) and 5th in receptions (239).
- .@BroncoSportsFB QB Brett Rypien set @MountainWest freshman records passing for 3,350 yds in 2015 & 503 yds 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 25 games, @SJSUSpartanFB has only allowed 132.8 passing yards per game.
- .@wyo_football’s Hill tied a @MountainWest record with four 200-yard rushing performances in 2015.
- .@SJSUSpartanFB’s Tyler Ervin rushed for 300 yds vs. @FresnoStateFB on Sept. 26, the most rushing yds in a FBS game in 2015.
- Senior @CSUFootball linebacker Cory James finished his career with 24 sacks, only 4.5 away from tying the MW record, which was set in 2009.
- .@GoAztecs haven’t thrown an interception in 12 games.
- Boise State boasts the highest win percentage since 2000, having won 175 of 207 contests for a mark of .845.