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MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 3 SCHEDULE
Friday, September 18 TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
Idaho State at Boise State
CBSSN 7 p.m. MT SIRIUS 145/XM 201
New Mexico at Arizona State
Pac-12 Networks
7 p.m. AT SIRIUS 126/XM 197
Saturday, September 19 TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
Air Force at #4/4 Michigan State
ABC Noon ET
SIRIUS 84/ XM 84
UNLV at Michigan
Big Ten Network
Noon ET SIRIUS 81/XM 81
Nevada at #18/17 Texas A&M
SEC Network
11 a.m. CT SIRIUS 136/ XM 190
Utah State at Washington
Pac-12 Networks
2 p.m. PT SIRIUS 137/XM197
Colorado vs. Colorado State
CBSSN5 p.m. MT SIRIUS 145/ XM 198
San José State at Oregon State
Pac-12 Networks
5 p.m. PT SIRIUS 158/XM203
South Alabama at San Diego State
MWN-CI5 p.m. PT
Wyoming at Washington State
Pac-12 Networks
5:30 p.m. PT
UC Davis at Hawai‘i
TWC Oceanic/MWN
6 p.m. HT
#21/21 Utah at Fresno State
CBSSN 7:30 p.m. PT SIRIUS 1126/ XM 204


NO FLY ZONE
The Boise State starting secondary has recorded more career interceptions than any other starting secondary in the nation. Made up of Darian Thompson, Donte Deayon, Jonathan Moxey and Dylan Sumner-Gardner, the Broncos have 32 career picks. Thompson and Deayon both have 15 career interceptions, which is tied for the second-most in Mountain West history and tied for second-most among active NCAA defenders. Moxey has the other two interceptions for Boise State.

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.


FIRST-YEAR HEAD COACHES IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST
The Mountain West has welcomed 24 new head coaches over the last 16 seasons. Former BYU head coach Gary Crowton and current Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin have posted the most victories and highest win percentage among the group with 12 victories and an .857 win percentage in their inaugural years in 2001 and 2014, respectively. Harsin became the first to conclude his inaugural season by winning the Mountain West Championship Game, the first  of two outright MW Championships in program history. Harsin is the only alumnus to lead the Broncos as head coach in the history of Boise State. Harsin is one of three first-year coaches to win at least 10 games in their inaugural season, joining Crowton (12 wins, 2001) and Urban Meyer (10 wins, 2003).

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

  • .@BroncoSportsFB is riding a 20-game home non-conference win streak, dating back to the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl.
  • .@BroncoSportsFB has won 15-consecutive home games, the 4th-longest streak behind Alabama (17), Baylor (17) & Florida State (16).
  • .@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 197 contests for a mark of .853.
  • .@GoAztecs have forced a turnover in 16 straight games, 7th-longest active streak in the FBS.
  • .@GoAztecs have scored in the 1st quarter in 10 straight games, its longest streak since at least 2001.
  • .@FresnoStateFB & @NevadaFootball are the only 2 MW teams to face 2 ranked opponents within the first 3 weeks of the season.
  • .@FresnoStateFB will face ranked opponents in back-to-back weeks for the 1st time since 11/13 & 11/19, 2010 (#21 Nevada & #3 Boise State)
  • In 2015, @USUFootball will play nine opponents that played in bowl games in 2014. This is tied for the fifth-most nationally.
  • Through 2 games, @AFFootball has run 150 offensive plays, 132 of which have been runs (.880).
  • .@AFFootball is tied for 8th nationally, scoring 50 points per game.
  • .@SJSUSpartanFB put up the 5th-most yds in FBS, 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 in Week 1.
  • .@GoAztecs’ Damontae Kazee tied the @MountainWest record with three interceptions against San Diego. It is also tied for the most in FBS.
  • After a season-opening win against Washington, @BroncoSportsFB’s head coach Bryan Harsin has a 5-game win streak against Pac-12 opponents.
  • .@SJSUSpartanFB hasn’t allowed its opponent to pass for 100-plus yds in 3 straight games (SDSU on 11/29/14, UNH on 9/3/15 & AFA on 9/14/15).
  • .@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 & Donte Deayon have 15 career INTs, 3 away from tying the @MountainWest record held by Utah’s Eric Weddle.
  • .@BroncoSportsFB Thompson & Deayon (15) are T-2nd nationally in active career INTs. The starting BSU secondary leads the nation with 32 INTs.
  • 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.
  • .@SJSUSpartanFB’s Tyler Ervin is the first Spartan RB to rush for 100 yds in back-to-back games to open a season in the 21st century.