Mountain West Football Weekly Release
|MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 13 SCHEDULE|
|Friday, November 21||TV/Web||Time||Satellite Radio|
|Air Force at San Diego State*||CBS Sports Network||6:30 p.m. PT|
|San José State at Utah State*||ESPN2||7:30 p.m. MT||SIRIUS 84/ XM 84|
|Saturday, November 22||TV/Web||Time||Satellite Radio|
|New Mexico at Colorado State*||ROOT SPORTS/ MWN||11:30 a.m. MT|
|Boise State at Wyoming*||ESPN2||8:15 p.m. MT|
|Fresno State at Nevada*||ESPNU||7:30 p.m. PT|
|UNLV at Hawai‘i*||Oceanic TWC/ MWN||6 p.m. HT|
|*Mountain West game|
WEEK 13 AT A GLANCE
Six contests are scheduled for Week 13, beginning with a cross-divisional double-header on Friday night as Air Force visits San Diego State (6:30 p.m. PT, CBS Sports Network) and San José State travels to Utah State (7:30 p.m. MT, ESPN2). Action continues with four games on Saturday, beginning with two in the Mountain Division. Colorado State hosts New Mexico at 11:30 a.m. MT (ROOT SPORTS/Mountain West Network) and Wyoming entertains Boise State at 8:15 p.m. MT (ESPN2). West Division rivals Fresno State and Nevada meet in Reno at 7:30 p.m. PT (ESPNU), while UNLV and Hawai‘i round out the week on the island beginning at 6 p.m. HT (Oceanic TWC/Mountain West Network).
FIVE MW TEAMS BOWL ELIGIBLE ENTERING WEEK 13
Colorado State (9-1), Boise State (8-2), Air Force (8-2), Utah State (8-3) and Nevada (6-4) are all bowl eligible this season.
With a 9-1 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 has qualified for the postseason in seven of the last eight years, while the Aggies are bowl eligible for the fourth-straight season for the first time in program history. The Wolf Pack is bowl eligible for the ninth time in 10 seasons.
Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Nevada and Utah State are five of the 61 teams in the FBS to have qualified for postseason play through the first 12 weeks of the 2014 campaign. San Diego State, Fresno State and Wyoming are still in contention to become bowl eligible in 2014. The Aztecs (5-5) need to win one of their final two games of the regular season (vs. Air Force, vs. San José State). The Bulldogs (4-6) will have to win both of their final two games (at Nevada and vs. Hawai‘i), while the Cowboys (4-6) need to win each of their remaining two contests (vs. Boise State, at New Mexico).
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.
RAMS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Colorado State, which was idle in Week 12, received 259 votes in this week's Amway Coaches' Poll to climb two spots to No. 23, as well as 281 votes to rank 22nd in the Associated Press Poll. The Rams are off to the program's best start since 1997.
Fellow Mountain Division member Boise State is also receiving votes in both polls, garnering 32 by the Coaches' panel and 29 from the AP voters.
COLORADO STATE'S HIGGINS GRABBING THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Colorado State's Rashard Higgins ranks first nationally in two receiving categories, including yards per game (142.2) and touchdowns (13), while ranking second in the FBS with 1,280 receiving yards on the year. The sophomore became the first player in the FBS to eclipse the 1,200-yard mark this 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 the 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|
|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|
|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|
As a sophomore, Higgins ranks among the FBS active career leaders in receiving yards per game and receptions per game (joined by San José State sophomore Tyler Winston):
|FBS ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS: RECEIVING YARDS PER GAME|
|1.||Corey Davis, Western Michigan||20||2,010||100.5|
|2.||Austin Duke, Charlotte||21||2,034||96.9|
|3.||Mike Evans, Texas A&M||26||2,499||96.1|
|4.||Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh||23||2,125||92.4|
|5.||Rashard Higgins, Colorado State||23||2,117||92.0|
|FBS ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS: RECEPTIONS PER GAME|
|1.||Justin Hardy, East Carolina||45||346||7.7|
|2.||Austin Duke, Charlotte||21||137||6.5|
|3.||Tyler Winston, San José State||20||126||6.3|
|4.||Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh||23||142||6.2|
|5.||Jaelan Strong, Arizona State||24||146||6.1|
|6.||Tommy Shuler, Marshall||46||277||6.0|
|Kevin White, West Virginia||21||126||6.0|
|8.||Rashard Higgins, Colorado State||23||135||5.9|
COLORADO STATE'S ROBERTS EXTENDS MW PAT RECORD
With seven successful PAT attempts against Hawai‘i on Nov. 8, Colorado State senior PK Jared Roberts extended his Mountain West record streak of consecutive PATs made to 109 (Nov. 17, 2012 to present). 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 (5-0), Boise State (5-0), Colorado State (5-0) and Utah State (5-0) from the Mountain Division and San Diego State (4-0) from the West.
MOUNTAIN VS. WEST
After sweeping each of the eight cross-divisional games from Weeks 10, 11 and 12, the Mountain Division gained a 12-4 (.750) advantage over the West this season. Air Force (at UNLV on Nov. 8, vs. Nevada on Nov. 15), Boise State (at Nevada on Oct. 4, vs. Fresno State on Oct. 17, vs. San Diego State on Nov. 15), Colorado State (at Nevada on Oct. 11, at San José State on Nov. 1, vs. Hawai‘i on Nov. 8), 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 12 wins for the Mountain Division, while the West's four 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 Mountain Division holds an all-time record of 19-16 (.543) against opponents from the West 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: 12-4 (.750)
At Home: 5-3 (.625)
On Road: 7-1 (.875)
2013 Record vs. West: 7-12 (.368)
At Home: 4-5 (.444)
On Road: 3-7 (.300)
All-Time Record vs. West: 19-16 (.543)
At Home: 9-8 (.529)
On Road: 10-8 (.556)
Teams with eight or more wins in 2014: 4
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: 4-12 (.250)
At Home: 1-7 (.125)
On Road: 3-5 (.375)
2013 Record vs. Mountain: 12-7 (.632)
At Home: 7-3 (.700)
On Road: 5-4 (.556)
All-Time Record vs. Mountain: 16-19 (.457)
At Home: 8-10 (.444)
On Road: 8-9 (.471)
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 nine teams remaining in the FBS this season with one or fewer losses. The Rams, which have an 9-1 overall record, join Florida State (10-0), Marshall (10-0), Alabama (9-1), Mississippi State (9-1), Ohio State (9-1), Oregon (9-1) and TCU (9-1) as the only eight teams nationally that have amassed at least nine wins through the first 12 weeks of the 2014 campaign and have a win percentage of .900 or better on the year. This is only the ninth season in program history that CSU has won at least nine games. The Rams are off to their first 9-1 start since 1994.
Overall, Colorado State has won 15 of its last 18 contests, topped by only Florida State (19), Michigan State (17) and Marshall (17) over the same period. The Rams have posted eight straight victories, the longest win streak by CSU since a nine-game run in 1997. The win streak is tied for the fourth-longest active stretch among all FBS teams. This is also CSU's first 5-1 start in Mountain West play since the 2002 campaign, when the Rams finished the year with a 6-1 league mark.
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.
HITTING THE HOLES
Two MW squads rank among the top eight nationally in rushing offense, led by New Mexico, which is collecting 318.3 yards on the ground per game to rank fourth. The Lobos are trailed by Air Force, which is tallying 288.4 rushing yards per contest to rank seventh. The MW is the only FBS league with two of the top seven rushing offenses in the country.
UTAH STATE'S NATSON WRITES NAME IN MW RECORD BOOK
Utah State sophomore JoJo Natson reached the end zone on an 80-yard punt return in the first quarter at Wyoming on Nov. 7, which ranked as the seventh-longest by an FBS player this season. Natson now has two punt return TDs on the season and four in his career (two in 2013), becoming the first MW player to have multiple punt return touchdowns in multiple seasons. His four punt return TDs tie the Mountain West career record, originally set by Utah's Steve Smith (1999-2000). Natson's two punt return touchdowns this year also tie for the second-most by an FBS player this season. Overall, Natson has two rushing touchdowns, two receiving touchdowns and two punt return touchdowns on the year.
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 375 total yards at Air Force last Saturday, including 275 passing and 100 rushing, Fajardo brought his current total to 12,488 (9,363 passing, 3,125 rushing) to rank second on the program's all-time chart, trailing Kaepernick (14,210).
Fajardo has amassed 10,078 yards of total offense since the Wolf Pack joined the Mountain West in 2012, becoming the sixth MW quarterback ever to surpass the 10,000-yard mark for total offense:
|MOST TOTAL YARDS BY A MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER|
|1.||Ryan Lindley, San Diego State||12,415||2008-11|
|2.||Andy Dalton, TCU||11,925||2007-10|
|3.||Max Hall, BYU||11,569||2007-09|
|4.||John Beck, BYU||11,060||2003-06|
|5.||Brett Smith, Wyoming||10,365||2011-13|
|6.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||10,087||2012-Present|
Fajardo's 12,488 career total yards currently rank third among all active players in the FBS, while his 9,363 career passing yards are sixth among all active QBs. He 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 11 active players to have eclipsed the 3,100-yard mark in career rushing (joining Boise State junior RB Jay Ajayi), and his 3,125 rushing yards rank ninth among all active players in the FBS and first among all active quarterbacks:
|MOST TOTAL YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS QUARTERBACK: CAREER|
|1.||Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion||15,715|
|2.||Rakeem Cato, Marshall||13,505|
|3.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||12,488|
|4.||Sean Mannion, Oregon State||12,354|
|5.||Marcus Mariota, Oregon||11,113|
|MOST PASSING YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS QUARTERBACK: CAREER|
|1.||Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion||14,375|
|2.||Sean Mannion, Oregon State||13,124|
|2.||Rakeem Cato, Marshall||12,789|
|4.||Connor Halliday, Washington State||11,304|
|6.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||9,363|
|MOST RUSHING YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER|
|Pos.||Player, Pos., Team||Yards|
|1.||Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska||4,296|
|2.||Jahwan Edwards, RB, Ball State||4,262|
|3.||Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin||4,237|
|4.||Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia||3,285|
|5.||Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State||3,253|
|6.||Duke Johnson, Miami||3,210|
|7.||Kevin Parks, RB, Virginia||3,143|
|8.||Jawon Chishom, RB, Akron||3,141|
|9.||Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada||3,125|
Fajardo ranks among the top five of the league's all-time leaders for rushing quarterbacks. The senior signal caller has rushed for 2,431 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 460 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|
|1.||Shaun Carney, Air Force||2,561||2004-07|
|2.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||2,431||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|
|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|
|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||460||2012-Present|
|5.||Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State||420||2001-03|
MW TRIO ON SACK ATTACK
Nevada senior Brock Hekking, Colorado State junior Cory James, and UNLV senior Josh Shirley are three of the top 11 active players in the FBS for career total sacks. Hekking leads the league and ranks seventh nationally with 21.5 total career sacks, followed by James in eighth (21.0) and Shirley tied for 11th (20.0). The Mountain West is one of three FBS leagues (ACC, Pac-12) with at least three active players to have 20 or more career sacks.
|MOST TOTAL SACKS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER|
|1.||Vic Beasley, Clemson||29.0|
|2.||Andre Monroe, Maryland||23.0|
|Nat Orchard, Utah||23.0|
|4.||Alvin Dupree, Kentucky||22.5|
|5.||Leighton Gasque, Middle Tennessee||22.0|
|Art Norman, North Carolina State||22.0|
|7.||Brock Hekking, Nevada||21.5|
|8.||Cory James, Colorado State||21.0|
|Martin Ifedi, Memphis||21.0|
|9.||Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville||20.5|
|Hau'Oli Kikana, Washington||20.5|
|11.||Josh Shirley, UNLV||20.0|
|Christian Ringo, Louisiana||20.0|
|Leonard Williams, USC||20.0|
James also ranks eighth among all active players and third among all juniors in the FBS with an average of 0.60 total sacks per game. Hekking (21.5) and James (21.0) rank fourth and fifth, respectively, on the MW career chart for total sacks, trailing 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 QUARTERBACKS QUICK ON THEIR FEET
Air Force senior Kale Pearson and Nevada senior Cody Fajardo each recorded 100-yard rushing performances in their meeting last Saturday. Pearson registered his second 100-yard rushing game of the season with 109 yards, while Fajardo tallied his third 100-yard rushing effort of 2014 with 100 yards on the ground. The last time two opposing quarterbacks each rushed for 100 yards in the same game was when New Mexico's Cole Gautsche (113 yards) and Wyoming's Brett Smith (140 yards) accomplished the feat in an Oct. 12, 2013 contest.
The 100-yard rushing games by Pearson and Fajardo brought the Mountain West's total of QB performances with 100+ rushing yards in a single game to eight this season by five different quarterbacks (Boise State senior Grant Hedrick and New Mexico freshman Lamar Jordan and junior Cole Gautsche). This is the second time in Mountain West history that the league has had at least five different quarterbacks register 100-yard rushing games in a single season (2013) and the fourth time that the Conference has had at least eight 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback in a season (2001, 2002, 2013). The league record for the most 100-yard rushing games overall by MW quarterbacks in a season is 13 (2013).
Fajardo's three 100-yard rushing games in 2014 tie for the fifth-most by a MW quarterback in a single season, while his nine career 100-yard rushing games since the Wolf Pack joined the league in 2012 ties Air Force's Chance Harridge for the all-time record by MW signal-callers. Harridge also holds the MW single-season mark with six 100-yard rushing games in 2002.
|MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY A MW QUARTERBACK: SEASON|
|1.||Chance Harridge, Air Force||6||2002|
|2.||Cole Gautsche, New Mexico||5||2013|
|Keith Boyea, Air Force||5||2001|
|4.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||4||2012|
|5.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||3||2014|
|Brett Smith, Wyoming||3||2013|
|Chance Harridge, Air Force||3||2003|
|Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State||3||2003|
|Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State||3||2002|
|MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY A MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER|
|1.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||9||2012-Present|
|Chance Harridge, Air Force||9||2000-03|
|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 11, including nine 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|
|1.||Braxton Miller, Ohio State||14|
|2.||Keenan Reynolds, Navy||12|
|3.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||11|
|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 16 nationally for career receiving yards, led by Boise State senior Matt Miller, who is seventh among all active players with 3,049 yards. UNLV senior Devante Davis ranks 10th with 2,619 receiving yards, while Fresno State senior Josh Harper is 11th with 2,579 and Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran is 16th with 2,386. The Mountain West is the only FBS league with three of the top 11 and four of the top 16 nationally in career receiving yards:
|MOST RECEIVING YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER|
|1.||Justin Hardy, East Carolina||4,049|
|2.||Rashad Greene, Florida State||3,507|
|3.||Titus Davis, Central Michigan||3,475|
|4.||Jamison Crowder, Duke||3,364|
|5.||Antonio Vaughan, Old Dominion||3,131|
|6.||Tyler Lockett, Kansas State||3,073|
|7.||Matt Miller, Boise State||3,049|
|8.||Amari Cooper, Alabama||3,039|
|9.||Tommy Shuler, Marshall||3,030|
|10.||Devante Davis, UNLV||2,619|
|11.||Josh Harper, Fresno State||2,579|
|12.||Jaxon Shipley, Texas||2,504|
|13.||Mike Evans, Texas A&M||2,499|
|14.||Kenny Bell, Nebraska||2,492|
|15.||Devante Parker, Louisville||2,410|
|16.||Dominic Rufran, Wyoming||2,386|
Five MW players also rank in the top 17 of active players in the FBS for career receptions. Boise State senior Matt Miller leads the league and ranks fifth nationally with 244 receptions, followed by Fresno State senior Josh Harper and Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran, who are tied for 11th with 195 apiece, UNLV senior Devante Davis, who is 15th with 180, and Nevada senior Richy Turner, who is 17th with 177. The Mountain West is the only FBS conference with three of the top 11, four of the top 15 and five of the top 17 active players in career receptions.
|MOST RECEPTIONS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER|
|1.||Justin Hardy, East Carolina||346|
|2.||Tommy Shuler, Marshall||277|
|3.||Jamison Crowder, Duke||262|
|4.||Rashad Greene, Florida State||246|
|5.||Matt Miller, Boise State||244|
|6.||J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State||228|
|7.||Jaxon Shipley, Texas||217|
|8.||Antonio Vaughan, Old Dominion||215|
|9.||Tyler Lockett, Kansas State||203|
|10.||Nelson Spruce, Colorado||198|
|11.||Josh Harper, Fresno State||195|
|Dominic Rufran, Wyoming||195|
|13.||Titus Davis, Central Michigan||193|
|14.||Amari Cooper, Alabama||191|
|15.||Devante Davis, UNLV||180|
|16.||Deontay Greenberry, Houston||179|
|17.||Richy Turner, Nevada||177|
MW RECEIVERS LEAD NCAA IN CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A CATCH
The Mountain West is home to two of the nation's top three players in consecutive games with a reception. Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran leads the list with 47 consecutive outings with a catch, followed by Boise State senior Matt Miller in third 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 37 or more consecutive games, and four to have done so in 32 straight outings, as Fresno State senior Josh Harper is tied for ninth on the list with 37 straight and UNLV senior Devante Davis is 17th with 32.
|CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION: FBS|
|1.||Dominic Rufran, Wyoming||47|
|2.||Justin Hardy, East Carolina||45|
|3.||Matt Miller, Boise State||44|
|4.||Nick Harwell, Kansas||40|
|5.||Rashad Greene, Florida State||39|
|6.||Jordan Leslie, BYU||38|
|Jamison Crowder, Duke||38|
|Tyler Lockett, Kansas State||38|
|9.||Josh Harper, Fresno State||37|
|D.J. Foster, Arizona State||37|
|Tommy Shuler, Marshall||37|
|12.||Alonzo Russell, Toledo||35|
|13.||J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State||34|
|14.||Levi Norwood, Baylor||33|
|Geremy Davis, UConn||33|
|Antonio Vaughn, Old Dominion||33|
|17.||Devante Davis, UNLV||32|
Rufran's streak of 47 straight games with a reception ties the Conference's all-time record, also 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|
|1.||Dominic Rufran, Wyoming||47||9/3/11 to Present|
|Casey Flair, UNLV||47||9/5/05 to 11/22/08|
|Jovon Bouknight, Wyoming||47||8/31/02 to 11/19/05|
|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.|
CSU'S GRAYSON JOINS 3,000-YARD CLUB FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
Colorado State's Garrett Grayson became the first MW quarterback and fifth in the FBS this season to surpass the 3,000-yard passing mark. His 278 passing yards against Hawai‘i on Nov. 8 helped the senior tally the second straight 3,000-yard passing season of his career. Grayson, who had 3,696 yards in his junior season, has 3,024 through the first 10 games of 2014 to become the sixth MW quarterback with consecutive 3,000-yard passing seasons:
|CONSECUTIVE 3,000-YARD PASSING SEASONS: MOUNTAIN WEST|
|1.||Ryan Lindley, San Diego State||3||2009, 2010, 2011|
|Max Hall, BYU||3||2007, 2008, 2009|
|Casey Bramlet, Wyoming||3||2001, 2002, 2003|
|4.||Garrett Grayson, Colorado State||2||2013, 2014|
|Derek Carr, Fresno State||2||2012, 2013|
|John Beck, BYU||2||2005, 2006|
3,000 PASSING/1,000 RECEIVING YARDS
The Colorado State duo of QB Garrett Grayson and WR Rashard Higgins have registered 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards receiving, respectively, becoming the first Ram tandem to do so since 2005 and just the second since the league's inception in 1999. Overall, it is the 15th time in MW history that a team has boasted a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard receiver in the same season.
|3,000-YARD PASSER/1,000-YARD RECEIVER DUOS IN A SINGLE SEASON|
|2014||Colorado State||Garrett Grayson, QB||3,024||4,304|
|Rashard Higgins, WR||1,280|
|2013||Fresno State||Derek Carr, QB||3,948||5,161|
|Davante Adams, WR||1,213|
|2013||San José State||David Fales, QB||3,642||4,852|
|Chandler Jones, WR||1,210|
|2012||Fresno State||Derek Carr, QB||4,104||5,416|
|Davante Adams, WR||1,312|
|2010||San Diego State||Ryan Lindley, QB||3,830||5,182|
|Vincent Brown, WR||1,352|
|2010||San Diego State||Ryan Lindley, QB||3,830||5,050|
|DeMarco Sampson, WR||1,220|
|2008||BYU||Max Hall, QB||3,957||5,495|
|Austin Collie, WR||1,538|
|2008||BYU||Max Hall, QB||3,957||5,040|
|Dennis Pitta, WR||1,083|
|2007||New Mexico||Donovan Porterie, QB||3,006||4,131|
|Marcus Smith, WR||1,125|
|2007||New Mexico||Donovan Porterie, QB||3,006||4,037|
|Travis Brown, WR||1,031|
|2005||Colorado State||Justin Holland, QB||3,185||4,406|
|David Anderson, WR||1,221|
|2002||San Diego State||Adam Hall, QB||3,253||5,038|
|J.R. Tolver, WR||1,785|
|2002||San Diego State||Adam Hall, QB||3,253||4,805|
|Kassim Osgood, WR||1,552|
|2001||BYU||Brandon Doman, QB||3,542||4,753|
|Reno Mahe, WR||1,211|
|1999||BYU||Kevin Feterik, QB||3,554||4,621|
|Margin Hooks, WR||1,067|
Air Force sophomore Jacobi Owens joined San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey, Boise State junior Jay Ajayi and Fresno State junior Marteze Waller in the 1,000-yard rushing club this season. Pumphrey became the second sophomore in the FBS this season, and the first player in the Mountain West, to hit the 1,000-yard rushing mark on the year, accomplishing the feat in the first eight games of the 2014 campaign. He has 1,363 rushing yards, including 921 yards in SDSU's six Conference games, giving the Aztecs a 1,000-yard rusher for the fifth straight season. Ajayi accomplished the feat on Nov. 8 at New Mexico and now has a season total of 1,280 yards. Boise State has touted a 1,000-yard rusher in six straight seasons. Waller also rushed past the 1,000-yard mark on Nov. 8 with 145 yards in the first half against San José State. With 1,086 yards this season, he became Fresno State's 21st 1,000-yard rusher, including 11 since 2000 and two since the Bulldogs joined the league in 2012. Owens rushed for 66 yards against Nevada last Saturday, becoming the seventh Falcon to reach the 1,000-yard mark in a single-season since joining the Mountain West in 1999. He also became just the third sophomore in Academy history to rush for 1,000 yards, joining Dee Dowis (1987) and Pat Evans (1984) and the first Falcon sophomore tailback. Owens and Pumphrey are two of five sophomores in the FBS to rush for more than 1,000 yards this season.
Pumphrey, Ajayi, Waller and Owens are four of 25 players in the country to have eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark this year, making the Mountain West one of three FBS leagues (Big Ten, C-USA) with at least four players to accomplish the feat this year.
Ajayi becomes the 10th player in Conference history and the first Boise State player to post consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons since the Broncos joined the Mountain West in 2011. He is also the seventh Boise State player in program history with multiple 1,000-yard seasons.
|CONSECUTIVE 1,000-YARD RUSHING SEASONS: MOUNTAIN WEST|
|1.||DonTrell Moore, New Mexico||4||2002, 2003, 2004, 2005|
|2.||Harvey Unga, BYU||3||2007, 2008, 2009|
|Rodney Ferguson, New Mexico||3||2006, 2007, 2008|
|4.||Jay Ajayi, Boise State||2||2013, 2014|
|Kasey Carrier, New Mexico||2||2012, 2013|
|Adam Muema, San Diego State||2||2012, 2013|
|Tim Cornett, UNLV||2||2012, 2013|
|Asher Clark, Air Force||2||2010, 2011|
|Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State||2||2010, 2011|
|Curtis Brown, BYU||2||2005, 2006|
TAKING IT WAY BACK
Colorado State senior Jared Roberts leads the MW with three 50-plus yard field goals this season, while Air Force senior Will Conant has two 50-plus field goal on the year. Roberts is tied with Purdue's Paul Griggs for the most 50-yard field goals this season by any FBS kicker, and is also 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|
|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|
|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
Three MW kickers rank among the top 16 nationally for career field goal percentage. Air Force senior Will Conant leads the league and ranks second in the country, connecting on 27-of-31 field goal attempts for a percentage of 0.871. Nevada sophomore Brent Zuzo (27-of-33, 0.818) is tied for 11th, followed by Boise State senior Dan Goodale (35-of-43), who is 16th.
|HIGHEST FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER|
|1.||Robert Aguayo, Florida State||42||40||0.952|
|2.||Will Conant, Air Force||31||27||0.871|
|3.||Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo||74||64||0.865|
|4.||Colby Delahoussaye, LSU||27||23||0.852|
|5.||Cameron Van Winkle, Washington||19||16||0.842|
|6.||Mike Hunnicutt, Oklahoma||86||72||0.837|
|Andy Phillips, Utah||43||36||0.837|
|8.||Kyle Bullard, Houston||24||20||0.833|
|9.||Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State||52||43||0.827|
|10.||Josh Lambo, Texas A&M||23||19||0.826|
|11.||Brent Zuzo, Nevada||33||27||0.818|
|Francisco Velez, Florida||22||18||0.818|
|Brad Craddock, Maryland||55||45||0.818|
|14.||Ross Martin, Duke||60||49||0.817|
|15.||Scott Secor, Ball State||27||22||0.815|
|16.||Dan Goodale, Boise State||43||35||0.814|
WYOMING'S HILL ENJOYS BANNER OUTING
With 281 yards rushing and 106 yards receiving at Fresno State on Nov. 1, 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 the second-best in the FBS this season.
Hill's 281 rushing yards are the most by a Mountain West player this season, as he 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 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:
|PLAYERS RUSHING FOR AT LEAST 200 YARDS, RECEIVING FOR AT LEAST 100 YARDS: FBS|
|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|
QUICK HITS FROM AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WEST
- Two MW quarterbacks tallied at least one passing and one rushing touchdown in Week 12. With three passing TDs and one rushing TD against San Diego State, Boise State senior Grant Hedrick has accomplished the feat five times this season, including back-to-back outings, and seven times in his career. Air Force senior QB Kale Pearson had his fifth outing of the season, including his second straight performance, with at least one passing and one rushing TD in the same game with one apiece vs. Nevada.
- With five successful PATs in last week's 38-29 victory over San Diego State, Boise State senior Dan Goodale moved into third on the league's career chart for most made PATs. He has 151 in his career, which trails record-holder Ross Evans of TCU (239) and BYU's Mitch Payne (193). Colorado State senior Jared Roberts ranks sixth on that same list with 133 career PATs.
- Boise State junior RB Jay Ajayi has racked up 3,253 rushing yards in his career as a Bronco and needs 202 yards to rank among the top five career leaders in Mountain West history. New Mexico's DonTrell Moore holds the MW record with 4,973 rushing yards from 2002-05.
- Two MW squads rank among the top 10 in the FBS for completion percentage. As a team, Boise State has connected on 245 of 353 pass attempts (0.694) to rank fourth nationally, while Colorado State is 10th (216-of-330, 0.655). The Mountain West is one of two conferences (Pac-12) with multiple teams among the top 10 nationally in completion percentage.
- Three MW players are ranked among the top eight of all FBS players in interceptions per game. Utah State senior Frankie Sutera and Boise State junior Donte Deayon are each tied for third among all FBS players with 0.6 interceptions per game, while Bronco junior Darian Thompson is eighth (0.5). The Mountain West is the only league with three players in the top eight for interceptions, and the Broncos are the only team in the country with multiple players in the top eight for picks. Thompson has pulled down five interceptions in nine outings this year, while Deayon has picked off four passes in eight appearances. Meanwhile, Sutera's seven total interceptions in 11 games this season rank as the third-most nationally.
- Two MW players rank among the top 10 nationally in rushing yards this season, led by San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey, who has 1,363 rushing yards to rank fifth in the FBS. Boise State junior Jay Ajayi has 1,280 rushing yards in 10 appearances this year to rank 10th. Pumphrey also ranks fifth nationally in rushing yards per game (136.3), while Ajayi is 10th at 128.0. The Mountain West is one of three FBS leagues (Big Ten, ACC) with at least two of the top 10 for rushing yards and rushing yards per game.
- Boise State junior Jay Ajayi, San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey, Colorado State junior Dee Hart, New Mexico junior Jhurell Pressley and Nevada senior Cody Fajardo are five of 41 players in the FBS this season with at least 10 rushing touchdowns. Ajayi has 17 to tie for fourth nationally, followed by Pumphrey with 15 to tie for eighth. Hart and Pressley have 11 apiece to tie for 16th among all FBS players, followed by Fajardo, who has 10 to tie for 29th among all players and tie for fourth among all active quarterbacks. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Big Ten) with multiple players to have at least 15 rushing touchdowns this season and one of three (Big Ten, SEC) with at least four players that have at least 11 rushing TDs. Ajayi (12.0) is also one of six players in the FBS to average at least 12 points per game.
- Four Mountain West teams have posted multiple defensive touchdowns on the year, including Utah State and Boise State, which are two of 31 in the FBS with at least three defensive touchdowns. Utah State is tied for sixth nationally with four defensive scores this season, followed by Boise State, which is tied for 17th with three. Nevada and Wyoming round out the group with two defensive TDs apiece to tie for 32nd.
- Utah State and Boise State are two of 12 teams in the FBS with 15 or more interceptions in 2014. The Aggies lead the league and are third nationally with 18 picks this year, while the Broncos are tied for 10th in the country with 15.
- Four Mountain West squads, including Air Force (39, 5th), San José State (42, 8th), New Mexico (43, 13th) and Fresno State (43, 13th) rank among the top 13 nationally in fewest penalties. Those same teams are in the top 12 in the country for fewest penalties per game, including the Falcons (3.90, 5th), the Spartans (4.20, 8th), New Mexico (4.30, 12th) and Fresno State (4.30, 12th).
- Nevada (1) and UNLV (2) are two of five 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 Boston College and Oklahoma for third. The Mountain West the only FBS league with two of the top five teams nationally in fewest fumbles lost.
- Ten MW teams have blocked at least one kick this season, including nine that have blocked multiple kicks and five that have stopped at least three. Colorado State leads the Conference and is tied for eighth nationally with four blocked kicks this season. The Rams are joined by Air Force (3), Hawai‘i (3) New Mexico (3), San Diego State (3) as five of 26 squads nationally to stop at least three kick attempts this season, making the Mountain West one of two FBS leagues (Big Ten) with five teams to stop at least three kicks in 2014.
- Three Mountain West squads, including Air Force, Colorado State and San Diego State, have not allowed a blocked kick nor a blocked punt this season. The Falcons, Rams and Aztecs are three of 40 teams in the FBS that have not had a kick nor punt stopped through the first 12 weeks of the year.
- Two MW players rank among the top nine nationally in active career rushing yards. Boise State RB Jay Ajayi ranks fifth nationally among all active players and third among all juniors with 3,253 career rushing yards. He also ranks ninth on the FBS's active list with 95.7 rushing yards per game and 10th with 116.12 all-purpose yards per game. Nevada QB Cody Fajardo ranks ninth on that list, as well as fifth among seniors and first among all active quarterbacks, with 3,125 career rushing yards.
|MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS|
|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.|
|1||UNLV senior DL Josh Shirley is tied for first among all active players in the FBS with nine career forced fumbles. He is one of 11 active players in the FBS to have at least seven forced fumbles in his career and one of four players with at least eight.|
|2||Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson has amassed a pass efficiency rating of 171.6 in 2014 to rank second in the FBS. The senior has completed 204 of 311 pass attempts this season, including 26 touchdowns, and has only thrown five interceptions through 10 games. Grayson's 26 passing TDs and his 3,024 passing yards rank eighth and 10th, respectively, among all quarterbacks in the country, and his 14.82 yards per completion rank seventh.|
|2||Colorado State junior Trent Matthews and Hawai‘i junior Lance Williams are two of 22 players in the FBS who has blocked multiple kicks in the 2014 season. The pair is currently tied for fifth nationally with two blocks apiece this season.|
|3||Mountain Division members Air Force (8-2), Boise State (8-2) and Colorado State (9-1) are three of 24 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, and the only conference from the Group of 5.|
|4||Boise State's Jay Ajayi ranks fourth nationally in all-purpose yardage. The junior has racked up 1,723 all-purpose yards through 10 contests this season, including 1,280 rushing and 443 receiving, to average 172.30 all-purpose yards per game.|
|4||Utah State sophomore LB Nick Vigil has forced four fumbles this season to tie for seventh in the FBS. He is one forced fumble shy of tying the national lead.|
|7||Utah State senior Frankie Sutera has seven of the Aggies' 18 interceptions this season to tie for the second-most ever by a MW player in a single season. The senior is one pick shy of the Conference single-season record, held by Fresno State's Phillip Thomas (2012). Five others have totaled seven interceptions in a single season since the inception of the MW in 1999. Sutera's seven interceptions tie for the third-most nationally and are the most by an Aggie in a single season since Ronald Edwards had seven in 1991.|
|10||Two MW squads rank among the top 10 nationally in points off turnovers. Nevada has totaled 110 points off turnovers for an average of 11.0 per game to tie with Oregon for third among all FBS teams, while Boise State has 93 points off turnovers (9.3) to rank 10th.|
|10||Air Force senior LB Jordan Pierce has collected 15 tackles for loss this year, including at least one in nine consecutive games. He's averaging average 1.5 TFL per contest to tie for 10th among all FBS players.|
|13||Colorado State players combined to defend 13 total passes against Hawai‘i on Nov. 8, which ties for the fourth-most by an FBS team in a single game this year. It also marks the second time a MW team defended 13 total passes in the same game, after Utah State did so against Wake Forest on Sept. 13.|
|27||The Mountain West's 27 non-conference wins this season are the most since the league had 28 in 2008.|
|126||After successfully completing all four extra point attempts against New Mexico last Saturday, Utah State senior Nick Diaz extended his program record with 126 career PATs. The Aggies' previous record of 110 was held by Brad Bohn (1997-2000).|
|505||New Mexico's 505 rushing yards against Boise State on Nov. 8 are the fifth-most by an FBS team in a single-game this season and the second-most by a MW squad, trailing the 539 rushing yards Air Force totaled against Nicholls State on Aug. 30. The Mountain West now owns two of the top five single-game rushing performances in the country this year.|
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