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MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Saturday, August 27
TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
California vs. Hawai‘i#
ESPN
Noon AUS SIRIUS 84/XM 84


#ANZ Stadium (Sydney, Australia)


MW TEAMS IN SEASON OPENERS
Mountain West teams are 87-69 in season openers since the inception of the league in 1999.  MW teams are 67-22 at home and 13-37 on the road. Below is an all-time breakdown of the Mountain West in season openers.

A LOOK AT THE 2016 MOUNTAIN WEST SCHEDULE
The 2016 Mountain West football schedule is comprised of 97 games, including 48 Conference matchups. The scheduling format for the 12-member football lineup consists of five intra-divisional games and three cross-divisional contests. Each institution will play four home and four road Conference games. This is the final year of the initial four-year cycle in which each member institution will play every other Mountain West opponent home and away.

The 2016 schedule will play out over 14 weeks, concluding on Sat., Dec. 3 with the Mountain West Football Championship Game to be played at the home stadium of the highest-ranked of the two divisional champions.

The non-conference slate features 23 games against teams that earned bowl berths in 2015, including Arizona, Arkansas State, BYU (two games), California (two games), Central Michigan, Georgia State, Michigan, Minnesota, Navy, Nebraska (two games), Northern Illinois (two games), Notre Dame, Toledo, Tulsa (two games), UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington State. Four non-conference opponents finished ranked in last year’s final USA Today/Coaches’ and Associated Press Top 25 polls, including #11/12 Michigan, #12/11 Notre Dame, #16/17 Utah and #18/18 Navy.

#HIGHLIGHTS
(NOTES FROM AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WEST IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS)

  • 11 first-team All-Mountain West selections from 2015 return this season, including four on both offense and defense.

  • .@AFFootball enters 2016 with the 4th-longest home win streak nationally (12), trailing Florida State (21), Clemson (16) & TCU (13).

  • .@GoAztecs are riding a 10-game win streak, 2nd-longest active streak in FBS (Alabama; 11). Last loss came on 9/26/15 at Penn State (37-21).

  • .@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 contest.

  • .@GoAztecs RB Donnel Pumphrey is the nation’s active leader in career rushing yds (4,272), rushing touchdowns (45) and all-purpose yardage (5,145).

  • In 55% of Pumphrey’s collegiate games played, he has rushed for at least 100 yards (22-40).

  • .@GoAztecs haven’t thrown an interception in 12 games (9/12/15 at Cal).

  • .@BroncoSportsFB was one of two FBS teams to finish in the top 20 in scoring offense and defense (Houston).

  • .@NewMexicoFB LB Dakota Cox is the nation’s 2nd-leading tackler entering 2016 with 312 career tackles. Cox needs 61 stops to enter the MW’s top-5.

  • The @MountainWest is home to 2 returning finalists for the ‘15 @RayGuyAward in @CSUFootball’s Hayden Hunt and @SJSUSpartanFB’s Michael Carrizosa.

  • .@BroncoSportsFB has defeated a Power 5 team in 4 of 5 seasons since joining the MW. BSU hosts Washington State & plays at Oregon State in Weeks 2 & 3, respectively.

PUMPHREY RECORD WATCH
San Diego State senior running back Donnel Pumphrey is on the verge of rewriting the Mountain West record book. The native of Las Vegas, Nevada, has rushed for 4,272 yards and 45 touchdowns. In his career, Pumphrey has scored a total of 50 touchdowns and racked up 5,145 all-purpose yards.

Below is a look at where Pumphrey ranks in the MW record book heading into the 2016 season...

CAREER RUSHING YARDS
Name (Team), Yards, Years Played
1. DonTrell Moore (UNM), 4,973, 2002-05
2. Donnell Pumphrey (SDSU), 4,272, 2013-Present

CAREER RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS
Name (Team), TDs, Years Played

1. DonTrell Moore (UNM), 51, 2002-05
2. Jay Ajayi (BSU), 50, 2012-14
3. Donnell Pumphrey (SDSU), 45, 2013-Present

CAREER RUSHING YARDS
Name (Team), Yards, Years Played
1. DonTrell Moore (UNM), 4,973, 2002-05
2. Donnell Pumphrey (SDSU), 4,272, 2013-Present

MOST CAREER 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES
Name (Team), Games, Years Played
1. DonTrell Moore (UNM), 26, 2002-05
2. Donnell Pumphrey (SDSU), 22, 2013-Present

CAREER ALL-PURPOSE YARDS
Name (Team), Yards, Years Played
1. DonTrell Moore (UNM), 5,947, 2002-05
2. Jovon Bouknight (WYO), 5,921, 2002-05
3. Donnell Pumphrey (SDSU), 5,145, 2013-Present

NEW HEAD COACH JOINS MW RANKS IN 2016
The University of Hawai‘i introduced Nick Rolovich as its 23rd head coach in program history. Rolovich, who was the Rainbow Warriors’ offensive coordinator and record-setting QB, returns to the islands after a stint at Nevada where he was the Wolf Pack’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Rolovich was a two-year letterwinner for Hawai‘i from 2000-01. He threw for 4,176 yards and 40 touchdowns and holds six school passing records. Rolovich started his coaching career in 2002 as an assistant coach for San Marin High School. He got his first full-time college coaching position as QB coach at City College of San Francisco. After two seasons at CCSF, Rolovich spent four years with the Rainbow Warriors before joining the Nevada staff in 2012.

FIRST-YEAR HEAD COACHES IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST
The Mountain West has welcomed 25 new head coaches over the last 17 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).