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MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 11 SCHEDULE
Friday, November 7 TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
Utah State at Wyoming* ESPN2 6 p.m. MT SIRIUS 93 / XM 201
Saturday, November 8 TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
Air Force at UNLV* Mountain West Network/ Campus Insiders 1 p.m. PT  
Idaho at San Diego State ROOT SPORTS/MWN/FOX Sports San Diego 3:30 p.m. PT  
Boise State at New Mexico* CBS Sports Network 5 p.m. MT  
Hawai‘i at Colorado State* ESPNU 5 p.m. MT  
San José State at Fresno State* CBS Sports Network 7:30 p.m. PT  
*Mountain West game

 


WEEK 11 AT A GLANCE
Six contests are scheduled for Week 11, beginning on Friday night as Wyoming hosts Utah State in a Mountain Division showdown at 6 p.m. MT on ESPN2. Action continues with five games on Saturday, including two cross-divisional match-ups, as Air Force visits UNLV (1 p.m. PT, Mountain West Network/Campus Insiders) and Hawai‘i travels to Colorado State (5 p.m. MT, ESPNU). CBS Sports Network is set for a MW double-header when Mountain Division foes Boise State and New Mexico square off in Albuquerque (5 p.m. MT) and West Division rivals San José State and Fresno State meet in Fresno (7:30 p.m. PT). In non-conference action, San Diego State entertains Idaho at 3:30 p.m. PT. ROOT SPORTS will broadcast the game, which will also be available locally in San Diego on FOX Sports San Diego, and outside of market via the Mountain West Network.

 

FOUR MW TEAMS BOWL ELIGIBLE ENTERING WEEK 11
Air Force (6-2) and Nevada (6-3) joined Colorado State (7-1) and Boise State (6-2) as the MW's third and fourth bowl eligible teams this season. The Falcons, who have qualified for the postseason in seven of the last eight years, accomplished the feat with their 23-6 victory at Army last Saturday, while Nevada's 30-14 win over San Diego State earned the Wolf Pack bowl eligibility for the ninth time in 10 seasons.

 

With a 7-1 overall record, Colorado State is bowl eligible for the second straight year and became so at the earliest point of the season (seven games) since 2000. The Rams became the first MW team to earn bowl eligibility this season and were joined in Week 9 by Boise State after the Broncos' 55-30 victory over BYU. Boise State has played in a bowl game in each of the last 12 seasons, which is tied for the seventh-longest active streak in the country.

 

Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State and Nevada are four of the 46 teams in the FBS to have qualified for postseason play through the first 10 weeks of the 2014 campaign. The Mountain West is one of six leagues (Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Pac-12, Big 12) and the only from the Group of 5 that has at least four bowl eligible teams this year. Utah State (6-3) is one win away from qualifying for the postseason, as the Aggies have 13 total games on their regular-season slate.

 

The Mountain West sent a record six teams into postseason bowl games in 2013, marking the seventh straight year that the MW has sent at least five teams to bowls. The league posted a 3-3 record, marking the eighth time in the last 10 seasons the MW has gone at least .500 in the postseason. Overall, the Mountain West has earned 62 bowl bids since 1999 and holds a 35-27 all-time record in those contests. Over the last 10 seasons, 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 28-19 mark (.596) during that span. The MW is the only conference to win the trophy four times since the award's inception in 2002-03.

 

Overall, the Mountain West had seven bowl-eligible teams in 2013 - Fresno State (11-2), Utah State (9-5), Boise State (8-5), San Diego State (8-5), Colorado State (8-6), UNLV (7-6) and San José State (6-6) - breaking the old mark of five accomplished each of the previous eight seasons. The MW has boasted at least five bowl-eligible teams 10 times since the league's inception in 1999.

 

COLORADO STATE'S HIGGINS GRABBING THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Colorado State's Rashard Higgins hauled in eight receptions for 143 yards in the Rams' 38-31 victory at San José State last Saturday. The sophomore ranks first nationally in three receiving categories, including yards (1,280), yards per game (142.2) and touchdowns (13). He became the first FBS to eclipse the 1,200-yard through the first 10 weeks of the season.

 

Higgins has eclipsed the 100-yard mark nine times in his career, including seven times this season and a current streak of five straight games, which is a program record and ties San Diego State's Vincent Brown (Nov. 22, 2008 to Sept. 28, 2009) for the second-longest streak in MW history. BYU's Austin Collie holds the record for longest streak of consecutive 100-yard receiving games with 11. Higgins' seven 100-yard receiving games in 2014 tie for the fourth-most in a single season in MW history:

 

CONSECUTIVE 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES: MOUNTAIN WEST
Pos. Player, Team No. Dates
1. Austin Collie, BYU 11 9/13/08 to 12/20/08
2. Rashard Higgins, Colorado State 5 10/4/14 to Present
  Vincent Brown, San Diego State 5 11/22/08 to 9/28/09
4. Davante Adams, Fresno State 4 11/10/12 to 8/29/13
  Austin Collie, BYU 4 11/3/07 to 11/24/07
  Jovon Bouknight, Wyoming 4 11/6/04 to 12/23/04
  Kassim Osgood, San Diego State 4 9/7/02 to 9/28/02

 

MOST 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES BY A MW PLAYER: SEASON
Pos. Player, Team No. Year
1. Austin Collie, Jr., BYU 11 2008
2. Kassim Osgood, Sr., San Diego State 8 2002
  J.R. Tolver, Sr., San Diego State 8 2002
4. Rashard Higgins, So., Colorado State 7 2014
  Davante Adams, So., Fresno State 7 2013
  Chandler Jones, Sr., San José State 7 2013

 

COLORADO STATE'S ROBERTS EXTENDS MW PAT RECORD
With five successful PAT attempts at San José State last Saturday, Colorado State senior PK Jared Roberts extended his Mountain West record streak of consecutive PATs made to 102. The previous mark of 86 was held by former Ram Jason Smith (Sept. 2, 2006 to Dec. 20, 2008).

 

DEFENDING THE HOME TURF
Five MW teams are undefeated at home this season, including Air Force (4-0), Boise State (4-0), Colorado State (4-0) and Utah State (4-0) from the Mountain Division and San Diego State (3-0) from the West.

 

FALCONS AND RAMS HOLD OFF NON-CONFERENCE FOES
Air Force and Colorado State each went undefeated in regular-season non-conference play in 2014 with respective marks of 4-0. The Falcons defeated Nicholls State, Georgia State, Navy and Army to close out their non-conference schedule at 4-0 for the first time since the 1999 season. With wins over Colorado, UC Davis, Boston College and Tulsa, the Rams went undefeated in regular-season non-conference play for the first time since the 1994 campaign.

 

MOUNTAIN VS. WEST
After sweeping each of the four Week 10 cross-divisional games on the road in Week 10, the Mountain Division gained an 8-4 (.667) advantage over the West this season. Boise State (at Nevada on Oct. 4, vs. Fresno State on Oct. 17), Colorado State (at Nevada on Oct. 11, at San José State on Nov. 1), New Mexico (at UNLV on Nov. 1), Utah State (vs. UNLV on Oct. 25, at Hawai‘i on Nov. 1) and Wyoming (at Fresno State on Nov. 1) have posted the eight wins for the Mountain Division, while the West's cross-divisional wins have come from Fresno State (at New Mexico on Sept. 26), Hawai‘i (vs. Wyoming on Oct. 11), San Diego State (at New Mexico on Oct. 10) and San José State (at Wyoming on Oct. 18).

 

The West Division holds an all-time record of 16-15 (.516) against opponents from the Mountain Division since divisional play was established in the Mountain West in 2013. Below is a comparison of the Mountain vs. West Divisions:

 

Mountain Division West Division
2014 Record vs. West: 8-4 (.667)
2013 Record vs. West: 7-12 (.368)
All-Time Record vs. West: 15-16 (.484)
Teams with eight or more wins in 2014: 1
Teams with eight or more wins in 2013: 3
MW Championship Game Record: 0-1
Bowl Appearances: 3
Bowl Record: 2-1
2014 Record vs. Mountain: 4-8 (.333)
2013 Record vs. Mountain: 12-7 (.632)
All-Time Record vs. Mountain: 16-15 (.516)
Teams with eight or more wins in 2014: 0
Teams with eight or more wins in 2013: 2
MW Championship Game Record: 1-0
Bowl Appearances: 3
Bowl Record: 1-2

 

COLORADO STATE IN ELITE COMPANY
Colorado State is one of 16 teams remaining in the FBS this season with one or fewer losses. The Rams, which have an 8-1 overall record, join Florida State (8-0), Marshall (8-0), Mississippi State (8-0), Nebraska (8-1) and Oregon (8-1) as the only six teams nationally that have amassed eight wins through the first 10 weeks of the 2014 campaign.

 

Overall, Colorado State has won 14 of its last 17 contests, topped by only Florida State (17), Michigan State (16) Auburn (15) and Marshall (15) over the same period. The Rams are opening a season with an 8-1 mark for the first time since 2000, when the squad went on to compile a 10-2 overall mark and capture the Mountain West crown. Colorado State has posted seven straight victories, the longest win streak by the Rams since a nine-game run in 1997. The win streak is the fourth-longest active stretch among all FBS teams. This is also CSU's first 4-1 start in Mountain West play since the 2002 campaign, when the Rams finished the year with a 6-1 league mark.

 

UTAH STATE'S MYERS SHINES IN FIRST START
Freshman QB Kent Myers saw his first extended action of the season for Utah State last Saturday, passing for 183 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start at Hawai‘i. He set a MW single-game record for passing percentage (min. 10 completions), connecting on 14-of-15 pass attempts for a .933 percentage. Myers' mark surpassed the previous record of .931 (27-of-29), set by Boise State's Joe Southwick against Air Force on Sept. 13, 2013. His performance also set a new freshman class record, eclipsing Air Force's Shaun Carney, who completed 12-of-14 passes for an 85.7 percentage at UNLV on Sept. 18, 2004. Myers finished the contest with a pass efficiency rating of 263.49, which is the ninth-highest in the FBS this season and second-best in the Mountain West this year.

 

Myers became the fourth Aggie quarterback to start a game this season, joining Craig Harrison, Darrel Garretson and Chuckie Keeton. It marks the second straight season that a MW team has started four different QBs in the same campaign, after Air Force did so in 2013 (Nate Romine, Kale Pearson, Karson Roberts and Jaleel Awini).

 

WYOMING'S HILL ENJOYS BANNER OUTING
With 281 yards rushing and 106 yards receiving at Fresno State on Saturday, Wyoming RB Brian Hill set a new all-time single-game high and freshman class single-game high in the Mountain West with 387 all-purpose yards. The previous mark of 378 yards was set by New Mexico's Deon Long vs. Sam Houston State on Sept. 24, 2011. He also set a new record for most all-purpose yards against a Conference opponent, eclipsing the previous mark of 343 yards, set by New Mexico's Kasey Carrier at Air Force on Oct. 20, 2012. Hill's 387 all-purpose yard performance is the best mark in Cowboy history and also established a new single-game high in the FBS this season, besting Ameer Abdullah's 341 yards for Nebraska on Oct. 25.

 

Hill's 281 rushing yards against the Bulldogs are the second-most by an FBS player this season, trailing Texas State's Terrence Franks (284). It also is the highest output by a Mountain West player this season, as Hill joins San Diego State's Donnel Pumphrey (246 at New Mexico on Oct. 10), Air Force's Jacobi Owens (233 vs. Nicholls State on Aug. 30) and Boise State's Jay Ajayi (219 vs. Colorado State on Sept. 6) as the fourth rusher in the league to eclipse the 200-yard mark. Hill has established a new single-game record for MW freshmen, usurping the 228 yards former San Diego State Aztec and current Denver Bronco Ronnie Hillman racked up on two separate occasions in 2010. His 281 rushing yards are also the second-most in program history.

 

Hill became the first player in MW history to have 200 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving on the same day, and the third to reach the 100-yard mark in both rushing and receiving in the same game, joining Boise State's Jay Ajayi (147 rush/105 rec. vs. New Mexico on Nov. 30, 2013) and Colorado State's Raymond Carter (104 rush/120 rec. vs. Idaho on Sept. 25, 2010). He is also the first in the FBS this season to rack up 200 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game and just the fifth in NCAA history:

 

MOST 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES BY A MW PLAYER: SEASON
Player, Team Opponent Date Rush Rec. All-Purpose
Thomas Jones, Virginia vs. Buffalo 11/13/99 221 110 331
Emmett White, Utah State vs. N.M. State 11/4/00 322 134 456
Steve Slaton, West Virginia vs. Pittsburgh 11/16/06 215 130 345
Donald Buckram, UTEP vs. Tulane 11/7/09 234 109 383
Brian Hill, Wyoming at Fresno State 11/1/14 281 106 387

 

Hill entered the game with 171 rushing yards and zero receiving yards on the year, including a previous career-high 121 yards at Colorado State on Oct. 25. He became the first Wyoming freshman to post multiple 100-yard rushing performances in the same season since Wynel Seldon had three in 2005.

 

WYOMING'S HILL, SAN JOSÉ STATE'S ERVIN GAINING GROUND
In Week 10, the Mountain West posted two of the top four single-game performances in the FBS this season in terms of all-purpose yardage. Wyoming freshman Brian Hill racked up 387 all-purpose yards for the highest output by a single player this season, while San José State junior Tyler Ervin compiled 308 all-purpose yards to rank fourth on the NCAA's 2014 single-game chart.

 

HITTING THE HOLES
Two MW squads rank among the top 11 nationally in rushing offense, led by New Mexico, which is collecting 304.0 yards on the ground per game to rank fourth. The Lobos are trailed by Air Force, which is tallying 269.5 rushing yards per contest to rank 11th. The MW is one of three FBS leagues (ACC, Big Ten) with at least two of the top 11 rushing offenses in the country.

 

NEVADA'S HEKKING BRINGS THE HEAT
Nevada senior Brock Hekking has a career total to 21.0 sacks since the Wolf Pack joined the Mountain West in 2012. Hekking's 21.0 sacks rank fourth on the league's career chart, trailing league co-leaders Jan Jorgensen (BYU, 2006-09) and Jerry Hughes (TCU, 2006-09), who amassed 28.5 sacks apiece during their respective careers. Wyoming's John Fletcher (2005-09) ranks third with 24.0 career sacks.

 

MW TRIO ON SACK ATTACK
Nevada senior Brock Hekking, UNLV senior Josh Shirley and Colorado State junior Cory James are three of the top 10 active players in the FBS for career total sacks. Hekking leads the league and is tied for fifth nationally with 21.0 sacks in his career at Nevada, while James is ninth with 20.0 and Shirley is tied for 10th with 19. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (ACC) with three of the top 10 nationally in career total sacks.

 

MOST TOTAL SACKS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Vic Beasley, Clemson 29.0
2. Andre Monroe, Maryland 22.0
  Leighton Gasque, Middle Tennessee 22.0
4. Alvin Dupree, Kentucky 21.5
5. Brock Hekking, Nevada 21.0
  Martin Ifedi, Memphis 21.0
  Art Norman, North Carolina State 21.0
8. Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville 20.5
9. Cory James, Colorado State 20.0
10. Josh Shirley, UNLV 19.5
  Hau'Oli Kikana, Washington 19.5

 

LEADER OF THE PACK
Nevada senior QB Cody Fajardo became only the second player in FBS history to record 9,000 career passing yards and 3,000 career rushing yards, joining current San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick, who passed for 10,098 yards and rushed for 4,112 yards for the Wolf Pack from 2007-10. Fajardo also became the third player in program history to reach 12,000 career yards of total offense. With 113 total yards against San Diego State last Saturday, including 109 passing and four rushing, Fajardo brought his current total to 12,113 (9,088 passing, 3,025 rushing) to rank second on the program's all-time chart, trailing Kaepernick (14,210).

 

Fajardo's 12,113 career total yards currently rank third among all active players in the FBS, while his 9,088 career passing yards are sixth among all active QBs. He also is one of four quarterbacks in the country to have a 300-yard passing game in each of the last four seasons, joining Marshall's Rakeem Cato, Oregon State's Sean Mannion and Washington State's Connor Halliday. Fajardo is also one of nine active players to have eclipsed the 3,000-yard mark in career rushing, and his 3,035 rushing yards rank ninth among all active players in the FBS and second among all active quarterbacks:

 

MOST TOTAL YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team Yards
1. Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion 15,348
2. Rakeem Cato, Marshall 12,918
3. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 12,113
4. Sean Mannion, Oregon State 11,755
5. Connor Halliday, Washington State 10,812

 

MOST PASSING YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team Yards
1. Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion 14,060
2. Sean Mannion, Oregon State 12,454
2. Rakeem Cato, Marshall 12,306
4. Connor Halliday, Washington State 11,304
5. Shane Carden, East Carolina 10,046
6. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 9,088

 

MOST RUSHING YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Pos., Team Yards
1. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska 4,227
2. Jahwan Edwards, RB, Ball State 4,134
3. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin 3,624
4. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia 3,147
5. Kevin Parks, RB, Virginia 3,100
6. Duke Johnson, Miami 3,080
7. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State 3,054
8. Jawon Chishom, RB, Akron 3,036
9. Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada 3,025

 

Fajardo ranks among the top five of the league's all-time leaders for rushing quarterbacks. The senior signal caller has rushed for 2,331 yards and 30 touchdowns since Nevada joined the Mountain West in 2012. That ranks second and fourth, respectively, on the league's all-time lists for career rushing yards and touchdowns by a quarterback. Fajardo's 449 career rushing attempts also rank fourth in Conference history. Below is a look at where Fajardo's numbers fall among the league's all-time top rushing QBs:

 

MOST RUSHING YARDS BY AN MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No. Yards
1. Shaun Carney, Air Force 2,561 2004-07
2. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 2,331 2012-Present
3. Chance Harridge, Air Force 2,324 2001-03
4. Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State 2,274 2001-03
5. Tim Jefferson, Air Force 1,988 2008-11

 

MOST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS BY AN MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No. Yards
1. Chance Harridge, Air Force 35 2001-03
2. Tim Jefferson, Air Force 33 2008-11
3. Shaun Carney, Air Force 31 2004-07
4. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 30 2012-Present
  Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State 25 2001-03

 

MOST RUSHING ATTEMPTS BY AN MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No. Yards
1. Shaun Carney, Air Force 652 2004-07
2. Tim Jefferson, Air Force 496 2008-11
3. Chance Harridge, Air Force 462 2001-03
4. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 449 2012-Present
5. Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State 420 2001-03

 

MW QUARTERBACKS QUICK ON THEIR FEET
Nevada senior QB Cody Fajardo and New Mexico junior signal caller Cole Gautsche are tied for second on the MW's all-time chart for most 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback with eight. Air Force's Chance Harridge set the Conference record of nine from 2000-03.

 

MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY A MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No. Years
1. Chance Harridge, Air Force 9 2000-03
2. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 8 2012-Present
  Cole Gautsche, New Mexico 8 2012-Present
  Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State 8 2000-03

 

Fajardo and Gautsche are two of eight active quarterbacks in the FBS this season with at least eight career 100-yard rushing games. Fajardo ranks third nationally with 10, including eight since the Wolf Pack joined the MW in 2012, while Gautsche is tied for fourth:

 

MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY AN ACTIVE FBS QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Braxton Miller, Ohio State 14
2. Keenan Reynolds, Navy 11
3. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 10
4. Cole Gautsche, New Mexico 8
  Nick Marshall, Auburn 8
  Taysom Hill, BYU 8
  C.J. Brown, Maryland 8
  Dax Prescott, Mississippi State 8

 

RECEIVING NATIONAL ACCLAIM
Four Mountain West players rank among the top 15 nationally for career receiving yards, led by Boise State senior Matt Miller, who is fifth among all active players with 3,049 yards. Fresno State senior Josh Harper ranks 10th with 2,512 receiving yards, while UNLV senior Devante Davis is 13th with 2,454 and Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran is 15th with 2,362. The Mountain West is the only FBS league with three of the top 13 and four of the top 15 nationally in career receiving yards:

 

MOST RECEIVING YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Justin Hardy, East Carolina 3,861
2. Titus Davis, Central Michigan 3,373
3. Rashad Greene, Florida State 3,318
4. Jamison Crowder, Duke 3,233
5. Matt Miller, Boise State 3,049
6. Antonio Vaughan, Old Dominion 2,991
7. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 2,877
8. Tommy Shuler, Marshall 2,871
9. Amari Cooper, Alabama 2,868
10. Josh Harper, Fresno State 2,512
11. Mike Evans, Texas A&M 2,499
12. Kenny Bell, Nebraska 2,478
13. Devante Davis, UNLV 2,454
14. Jaxon Shipley, Texas 2,433
15. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 2,362

 

Five MW players also rank in the top 16 of active players in the FBS for career receptions. Boise State senior Matt Miller leads the league and ranks fourth nationally with 244 receptions, followed by Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran, who is tied for ninth with 192, Fresno State senior Josh Harper, who is 12th with 188, Nevada senior Richy Turner, who is 15th with 171 and UNLV senior Devante Davis, who is 16th with 169. The Mountain West is the only FBS conference with three of the top 12, four of the top 15 and five of the top 16 active players in career receptions.

 

MOST RECEPTIONS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Justin Hardy, East Carolina 331
2. Tommy Shuler, Marshall 264
3. Jamison Crowder, Duke 247
4. Matt Miller, Boise State 244
5. Rashad Greene, Florida State 229
6. J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State 228
7. Jaxon Shipley, Texas 210
8. Antonio Vaughan, Old Dominion 209
9. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 192
  Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 192
11. Nelson Spruce, Colorado 189
12. Josh Harper, Fresno State 188
13. Titus Davis, Central Michigan 185
14. Amari Cooper, Alabama 175
15. Richy Turner, Nevada 171
16. Devante Davis, UNLV 169

 

MW RECEIVERS LEAD NCAA IN CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A CATCH
The Mountain West is home to the nation's top two players in consecutive games with a reception. Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran leads the list with 46 consecutive outings with a catch, followed by Boise State senior Matt Miller with 44. Miller was injured in Week 5 and will miss the remainder of the season. The MW is the only FBS league with three players to have recorded a reception in 36 or more consecutive games, and four to have done so in 30 straight outings, as Fresno State senior Josh Harper is tied for eighth on the list with 36 straight and UNLV senior Devante Davis is 17th with 30.

 

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION: FBS
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 46
2. Matt Miller, Boise State 44
  Justin Hardy, East Carolina 44
4. Nick Harwell, Kansas 38
5. Jordan Leslie, BYU 37
  Rashad Greene, Florida State 37
  Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 37
8. Josh Harper, Fresno State 36
  Jamison Crowder, Duke 36
10. Tommy Shuler, Marshall 35
  D.J. Foster, Arizona State 35
12. J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State 34
13. Alonzo Russell, Toledo 33
  Geremy Davis, UConn 33
15. Levi Norwood, Baylor 32
  Antonio Vaughn, Old Dominion 32
17. Devante Davis, UNLV 30

 

Rufran's streak of 46 straight games with a reception is one shy of the Conference's all-time record, shared by UNLV's Casey Flair and Wyoming's Jovon Bouknight. Below is a list of the top five in league history:

 

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION: MOUNTAIN WEST
Pos. Player, Team No. Dates
1. Casey Flair, UNLV 47 9/5/05 to 11/22/08
  Jovon Bouknight, Wyoming 47 8/31/02 to 11/19/05
3. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 46 9/3/11 to Present
4. Matt Miller, Boise State 44 9/3/11 to Present
5. Dennis Pitta, BYU* 43 10/23/04 to 11/20/04;
9/1/07 to 12/22/09
*Left team to serve church mission during 2005 and 2006 seasons.

 

TAKING IT WAY BACK
Air Force senior Will Conant and Colorado State senior Jared Roberts each kicked field goals of 50 or more yards in their respective team's victories last Saturday. Conant's 50-yard field goal in the third quarter at Army marked his second of the season and fifth of his career from 50 or more yards. Roberts' 53-yard field goal in the second quarter at San José State marked his third 50-yarder of the season and fifth of his career. With his three 50-yard field goals in 2014, Roberts is tied with Conant (2013), Ryan Harrison (2007) and Wyoming's Aaron Elling (1999) for second-most in a season in MW history. BYU's Matt Payne holds the all-time record with four field goals of 50+ yards in 2004.

 

MOST 50+ YARD FIELD GOALS BY A MW PLAYER: SEASON
Pos. Player, Team No. Year
1. Matt Payne, BYU 4 2004
2. Jared Roberts, Colorado State 3 2014
  Will Conant, Air Force 3 2013
  Ryan Harrison, Air Force 3 2007
  Aaron Elling, Wyoming 3 1999

 

Conant's and Roberts' five career made field goals of 50+ yards tie Elling (1999-00) for second-most in MW history. Payne holds the all-time mark, converting eight field goals of 50 or more yards from 2001-04.

 

MOST 50+ YARD FIELD GOALS BY A MW PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No. Years
1. Matt Payne, BYU 8 2001-04
2. Jared Roberts, Colorado State 5 2012-Present
  Will Conant, Air Force 5 2011-Present
  Aaron Elling, Wyoming 5 1999-00

 

Overall, Mountain West kickers have combined for eight field goals of 50 or more yards in 2014, which ties for second-most (2007) in Conference history. Last season, MW kickers racked up a league-record nine field goals of 50 or more yards.

 

MW'S CONSISTENT KICKERS
Four MW kickers rank among the top 19 nationally for career field goal percentage, including three in the top 14. Air Force senior Will Conant leads the league and ranks fourth in the country, connecting on 24-of-27 field goal attempts for a percentage of 0.889. Colorado State senior Jared Roberts (39-of-48) and Nevada sophomore Brent Zuzo (26-of-32) are tied for 14th, followed by Boise State senior Dan Goodale, who is tied for 19th (32-of-40, 0.800). The Mountain West is one of three FBS leagues (ACC, SEC) with four active kickers averaging 0.800 or better in career field goal percentage.

 

HIGHEST FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team FGA FGM FG%
1. Robert Aguayo, Florida State 37 35 0.946
2. Colby Delahoussaye, LSU 23 21 0.913
3. Kyle Bullard, Houston 21 19 0.905
4. Will Conant, Air Force 27 24 0.889
5. Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo 70 60 0.857
6. Andy Phillips, Utah 40 34 0.850
7. Mike Hunnicutt, Oklahoma 85 72 0.847
8. Francisco Velez, Florida 18 15 0.833
  Josh Lambo, Texas A&M 18 15 0.833
10. Ross Martin, Duke 53 44 0.830
  Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State 47 39 0.830
12. Brad Craddock, Maryland 55 45 0.818
  Elliott Fry, South Carolina 33 27 0.818
14. Jared Roberts, Colorado State 48 39 0.813
  Brent Zuzo, Nevada 32 26 0.813
16. Scott Secor, Ball State 26 21 0.808
  Cole Netten, Iowa State 26 21 0.808
18. Chris Blewitt, Pittsburgh 31 25 0.806
19. Dan Goodale, Boise State 40 32 0.800
  Garrett Schwettman, Western Kentucky 45 36 0.800
  John Wallace, Louisville 60 48 0.800

 

QUICK HITS FROM AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WEST

  • Two MW running backs rank among the top nine nationally in all-purpose yardage, led by Boise State's Jay Ajayi who is fourth nationally, averaging 166.00 yards per game. The junior has racked up 985 rushing yards and 343 receiving yards through eight contests this season. San José State's Tyler Ervin ranks ninth with 155.38 all-purpose yards per game. Through eight outings this year, the junior has 538 rushing yards, 266 receiving yards, 358 kick return yards and 81 punt return yards. The Mountain West is one of two leagues (Big Ten) with multiple players averaging over 155 all-purpose yards per game.

 

  • Three MW squads rank among the top 13 in the FBS for completion percentage. As a team, Boise State has connected on 205-of-293 pass attempts (0.700) to rank second nationally, while Colorado State is 11th (200-of-302, 0.662) and San José State is 13th (202-of-309, 0.654). The Mountain West is one of two conferences (Pac-12) with multiple teams among the top 11 and three teams in the top 13 nationally in completion percentage.

 

  • Three MW players are ranked among the top three of all FBS players in interceptions per game. Boise State juniors Darian Thompson and Donte Deayon, as well as Utah State senior Frankie Sutera, are each tied for third among all FBS players with 0.7 interceptions per game. The Mountain West is the only league with multiple players in the top three for interceptions, and the Broncos are the only team in the country with multiple players in the top three for picks. Thompson has pulled down five interceptions in seven outings this year, while Deayon has picked off four passes in six appearances. Meanwhile, Sutera's six total interceptions in nine games this season are the third-most nationally.

 

  • San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey and Boise State junior Jay Ajayi are two of 14 players in the FBS to rush for at least 985 yards through the first 10 weeks of the 2014 season. Pumphrey is tied for 10th nationally with 1,074 yards across eight appearances, becoming the second sophomore in the FBS this season and the first player in the MW to hit the 1,000-yard rushing mark this year. Meanwhile, Ajayi is 14th with 985 yards in eight games, 15 yards shy of the 1,000-yard mark to become the seventh junior at the FBS level to accomplish the feat this season. Pumphrey also ranks ninth nationally in rushing average with 134.3 yards per game, while Ajayi is 12th (123.1).

 

  • San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey and Boise State junior Jay Ajayi are two of nine players in the FBS this season with at least 12 rushing touchdowns through the first nine weeks of 2014. Pumphrey and Ajayi each have 12 on the year to tie for eighth nationally, making the Mountain West one of two FBS leagues (Big Ten) with multiple players to have at least 12 rushing TDs this season. Ajayi is also one of nine players in the FBS to average at least 10.5 points per game.

 

  • Utah State and Boise State are two of eight teams in the FBS with more than 13 interceptions in 2014. The Aggies lead the league and are tied for fourth nationally with 15 picks this year, while the Broncos are tied for seventh in the country with 14. The Mountain West is the only FBS conference to have multiple teams with 14+ interceptions through the first 10 weeks of the 2014 season.

 

  • Three Mountain West squads, including Air Force (32), San José State (32) and New Mexico (35) rank among the top eight nationally in fewest penalties.

 

  • Utah State and Boise State are two of four programs in the FBS to average more than 8.1 team tackles for loss per game. The Aggies rank third nationally, averaging 8.9 TFL per outing, followed by the Broncos in fourth with 8.1 TFL per contest. The Mountain West is the only Conference in the country with two of the top four in team tackles for loss.

 

  • Utah State and Nevada State are two of nine FBS programs that average a turnover margin of at least +1.22. The Aggies are tied for 10th with a +1.33 turnover margin, while the Wolf Pack is tied for eighth nationally with a 1.22 turnover margin.

 

  • Nevada (1) and UNLV (2) are two of eight teams in the FBS that have lost two or fewer fumbles this season. Nevada is tied for the national lead with Missouri, while UNLV is tied with five other squads for third. The Mountain West is one of three leagues (ACC, SEC) with two of the top eight teams nationally in fewest fumbles lost.

 

  • Nevada (11), Utah State (10) and Wyoming (10) are three of 18 teams nationally to have recovered double-digit fumbles this season. The Wolf Pack is tied with three other squads for sixth nationally, while the Aggies and Cowboys are tied with seven other teams for 10th.

 

  • Fourteen MW players have recovered multiple fumbles this season, including three apiece from Nevada (Nigel Haikins, Matthew Lyons and Jonathan McNeal) and Utah State (Devin Centers, LT Filiaga and Travis Seefeldt) and two from Air Force (Weston Steelhammer and Troy Timmerman). They are joined by Boise State sophomore Tanner Vallejo, Fresno State senior Derron Smith, New Mexico senior David Guthrie, San José State junior Jimmy Pruitt, UNLV senior Siuea Vaesau and Wyoming senior Patrick Mertens with multiple fumble recoveries on the year. Centers and Vaesau are two of 17 players nationally with at least three recovered fumbles this season. The Mountain West is the only league in the FBS with 14 players to record multiple fumble recoveries in 2014. Nevada and Utah State are two of six FBS programs (FIU, Oregon, TCU, Temple) with at least three players to recover multiple fumbles this year.

 

  • Air Force, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawai‘i, San Diego State and Wyoming are six of 41 teams in the FBS who have recorded at least one blocked punt and one blocked kick in the 2014 season. The Rams lead the league with four blocked kicks and one blocked punt in 2014, followed by the Falcons and Aztecs with three blocked kicks and one blocked punt apiece. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs, Rainbow Warriors and Cowboys have blocked one punt and one kick each. The six squads make the Mountain West one of three FBS leagues (Big Ten, C-USA) with at least six teams to block at least one punt and one kick this year.

 

  • Nine MW teams have blocked at least one kick this season, including six that have blocked multiple kicks and four that have stopped at least three. Colorado State leads the Conference and is tied for third nationally with four blocked kicks this season. The Rams are joined by Air Force (3), Colorado State (3), New Mexico (3), San Diego State (3) are four of 21 squads nationally to stop at least three kick attempts this season, making the Mountain West one of two FBS leagues (Big Ten) with four teams to stop at least three kicks in 2014.

 

  • Three MW players, including two from Boise State, rank among the top seven nationally in career interceptions. Fresno State senior safety Derron Smith ranks second among all active FBS players with 14 career picks for the Bulldogs. Boise State's Darian Thompson is fifth with 12, while fellow junior Donte Deayon is tied for six with 11. The Mountain West is the only FBS conferences with three active players that have at least 11 career interceptions, and Boise State is the only team in the country with two players to do so.

 

  • Two MW signal callers are among the top 11 quarterbacks in career passing yardage. Nevada senior Cody Fajardo ranks sixth among active players with 9,088 career passing yards for the Wolf Pack, while Colorado State senior Garrett Grayson is 11th with 7,930 yards under center for the Rams. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Pac-12) with multiple active quarterbacks in the top 11 for career passing yardage.

 

  • Two Colorado State players rank among the top 11 nationally for career total tackles. Aaron Davis is tied for ninth among all active players in the FBS with 317 total tackles in his career as a Ram, while fellow senior LB Max Morgan has 313 to tie for 11th. CSU is the only program in the nation with two of the top 11 active players in total tackles.

 

  • Four MW teams, including New Mexico, Boise State, Fresno State and UNLV, rank among the top 13 programs nationally in kick return defense. New Mexico leads the league and is 10th in the FBS, allowing just 16.79 kick return yards per attempt, while UNLV ranks 11th with 16.97 yards allowed per kick return. Boise State is 12th (17.05) and Fresno State is 13th (17.29). The Mountain West is the only FBS league with four of the top 13 teams in kick return defense.

 

  • With two picks apiece in their respective Week 10 contests, Utah State senior safety Frankie Sutera and Wyoming junior DB Tyran Finley brought the league's total of multiple-interception games by a single player this year to six. Sutera and Finley joined Air Force sophomore Weston Steelhammer (3 vs. Boise State on Sept. 27), Boise State junior Darian Thompson (2 vs. Nevada on Oct. 4), Hawai‘i sophomore Trayvon Henderson (2 vs. Wyoming on Oct. 11) and Utah State freshman Jalen Davis (2 vs. Idaho State on Sept. 6).

 

MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
0 Four Mountain West squads, including Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico and San Diego State, have not allowed a blocked kick nor a blocked punt this season.
1 Only once in the league's 16-year history has the Conference champion posted more than one loss in MW play. In 1999, Utah, Colorado State and BYU each earned the Mountain West title with identical 5-2 marks in league games.
2 Mountain Division members Air Force (6-2), Boise State (6-2) and Colorado State (8-1) are three of 34 teams nationally that have two or fewer losses this season. The Mountain West is one of six leagues (SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12, ACC, Big 12) with at least three squads that have dropped two or less games on the year.
3 Colorado State has rattled off three consecutive victories over teams from the five High Resource conferences. The Rams are the only squad outside of the High Resource Five with a current win streak of three games against teams in those leagues. CSU is one of two teams outside the High Resource Five (ULM) that has notched at least one victory in each of the past three seasons against an opponent from those conferences.
3 Boise State and Utah State are two of 26 teams in the FBS with at least three defensive touchdowns on the year. Utah State is tied for third nationally with four defensive scores this season, followed by Boise State, which is tied for 12th with three.
4 Dee Hart's four rushing touchdowns for Colorado State last Saturday marked the second time this season that a MW running back reached the end zone four times in a single game, joining San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey. Both Hart and Pumphrey are tied for fourth nationally with their four rushing-TD performances and are tied for fifth with 27 others on the MW's all-time chart. Hart's 24 total points at SJSU tied for the fourth most in a single-game by an FBS player this season and tie teammate Rashard Higgins (Oct. 4), as well as Pumphrey (Sept. 27) for the highest point output by a single player in the Mountain West this year.
4 Utah State sophomore LB Nick Vigil has forced four fumbles through the first nine games of the season to tie for third in the FBS.
19 With its 23-6 victory at Army last week, as well as a 30-21 win over Navy on Oct. 4, Air Force secured a record 19th Commander-in-Chief's Trophy and the first since 2011. The Falcons have won three of the last five titles and seven since the Mountain West's inaugural season in 1999. AFA holds a series-best 56-30 record in CIC competition.
26 The Mountain West's 26 non-conference wins this season are the most since the league had 28 in 2008.
37 Utah State has tallied 37 total sacks through its first nine games this year, averaging 4.11 per game to tie for second among all FBS teams.
46 Dominic Rufran's streak of 46 straight games with a reception at Wyoming is one shy of the Conference's all-time record, shared by UNLV's Casey Flair and Wyoming's Jovon Bouknight.
53 Colorado State senior kicker Jared Roberts connected on a 53-yard field goal in the second quarter at San José State to tie for the eighth-longest successful field goal in the FBS this year and for the second-longest FG in the MW this season, trailing a 54-yarder by UNLV's Nicolai Bornand on Sept. 6.
89 San José State junior Tyler Ervin and Wyoming freshman Brian Hill each recorded an 89-yard carry in their respective outings last Saturday to tie for the eighth-longest single rushing play in the FBS this season and second-longest in the Mountain West this year.
120 After successfully completing all five extra point attempts at Hawai‘i last Saturday, Utah State senior Nick Diaz extended his program record with 120 career PATs. The Aggies' previous record of 110 was held by Brad Bohn (1997-2000).

 

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