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MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 2 SCHEDULE
Saturday, September 13 TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
Boise State at Connecticut ABC (ESPN2 Reverse Mirror) Noon ET SIRIUS 108 / XM 201
Wyoming at Oregon Pac-12 Networks 11 a.m. PT SIRIUS 139 / XM 197
Air Force at Georgia State ESPN3 2 p.m. ET  
UC Davis at Colorado State Mountain West Network 1 p.m. MT  
Northern Illinois at UNLV Mountain West Network/Campus Insiders 4 p.m. PT  
Wake Forest at Utah State CBS Sports Network 5 p.m. MT SIRIUS 92 / XM 194
Nebraska at Fresno State CBS Sports Network 7:30 p.m. PT SIRIUS 108 / XM 199
Nevada at Arizona Pac-12 Networks 8 p.m. PT SIRIUS 84 / XM 84
Northern Iowa at Hawai'i Oceanic TWC / MWN 6 p.m. HT  

WEEK 3 AT A GLANCE
Nine Mountain West squads will take the field in non-conference action with two games against top-25 opponents and five nationally-televised contests. Action gets underway at Noon ET as Boise State visits Connecticut in a game that will be televised by ABC and available via reverse mirror on ESPN2. At 11 a.m. PT, Wyoming travels to #4/2 Oregon (Pac-12 Networks), followed by Air Force's trip to Georgia State (2 p.m. ET, ESPN3). Colorado State and Fresno State each open at home, as the Rams entertain UC Davis (1 p.m. MT, Mountain West Network) and the Bulldogs host #21 Nebraska (7:30 p.m. PT, CBS Sports Network). In other home matchups, UNLV takes on Northern Illinois in a Mountain West Network/Campus Insiders exclusive (4 p.m. PT), while Utah State hosts Wake Forest (5 p.m. MT, CBS Sports Network). Nevada looks to beat a Pac-12 foe for a second straight week with its trip to Arizona (8 p.m. PT) and Hawai‘i rounds out the day, as the Rainbow Warriors entertain Northern Iowa (6 p.m. HT, Oceanic TWC/MWN).

TWO UNDEFEATED MW TEAMS REMAIN
Heading into Week 3, two undefeated teams remain in the Mountain West, including one apiece from the Mountain and West Divisions. Both Nevada and Wyoming last opened a season 2-0 in their first two contests in 2011. The Wolf Pack went on to compile a 13-1 record that year, including a 20-13 victory over Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, while the Cowboys finished the 2011 campaign at 8-5 with an appearance in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

RACKING UP YARDAGE

  • Three MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 2, led by Boise State junior Jay Ajayi, who posted 219 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries against Colorado State. Ajayi rushed for 121 yards in the first half, becoming the first Bronco to reach the century mark by halftime since D.J. Harper ran for 102 first-half yards against the Rams on Nov. 17, 2012. Ajayi rushed for over 200 yards for the second time of his career (222 vs. Nevada on Oct. 19, 2013). He becomes just the fourth running back in school history with multiple 200-yard games, joining Cedric Minter, Brock Forsey and Ian Johnson. It also marked the second straight week the league boasted a 200-yard rusher, as Air Force sophomore Jacobi Owens had 233 yards in the Falcon's home opener vs. Nicholls State on Aug. 30. Overall, Ajayi has eight career games over 100 yards rushing.

 

  • San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 17 attempts at then-#23/21 North Carolina, marking the fifth 100-yard rushing game of his career, including back-to-back outings to open the 2014 campaign (111 vs. Northern Arizona on Aug. 30) and a stretch of three straight from Sept. 28 – Oct. 10, 2013.

 

  • Nevada senior QB Cody Fajardo collected 100 yards on 16 carries against Washington State to mark his ninth career 100-yard rushing outing, including seven in the Mountain West. Fajardo's seven career rushing games in the MW rank fourth on the league's all-time chart for most 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback. Current New Mexico signal caller Cole Gautsche is tied for second on that list with eight 100-yard rushing games.
MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY A MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No. Years
1. Chance Harridge, Air Force 9 2000-03
2. Cole Gautsche, New Mexico 8 2012-Present
  Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State 8 2000-03
4. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 7 2012-Present

Fajardo and Gautsche are two of four active quarterbacks in the FBS this season with at least eight career 100-yard rushing games. Fajardo is tied for second nationally behind injured Ohio State QB Braxton Miller, while Gautsche ranks fourth:

MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY AN ACTIVE FBS QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Braxton Miller, Ohio State 14
2. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 9
  Keenan Reynolds, Navy 9
4. Cole Gautsche, New Mexico 8
5. Taysom Hill, BYU 7
  C.J. Brown, Maryland 7

LEADER OF THE PACK
With 210 total yards against Washington State on Saturday, including 110 passing and 100 receiving, Nevada senior QB Cody Fajardo became the third player in Wolf Pack history to reach 10,000 career yards of total offense. His current total is 10,178, trailing only Colin Kaepernick (14,210 from 2007-10) and David Neill (11,145 from 1998-2001) on the program's all-time chart.

CATCHING HOLD

  • Five MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts in Week 2, including two from Colorado State who went over the century mark in receiving at Boise State. CSU sophomore Rashard Higgins registered a career-best 11 receptions for 143 yards at Boise State, his second-highest receiving output of his career (156 vs. UTEP on Sept. 28, 2013). Higgins now has three career games over 100 yards receiving. Fellow Ram Joe Hansley finished the game with seven catches for a career-high 149 yards and one touchdown. It was the second 100-yard outing of the junior's career, after collecting 102 receiving yards against New Mexico on Nov. 24, 2012. Colorado State boasted multiple 100-yard receivers in the same game for the first time since David Anderson (126) and Kory Sperry (117) did so in the 2005 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl vs. Navy. It also marks the second straight week that a Mountain West team had two 100-yard receiving performances in the same game, after UNLV's Devonte Boyd (102) and Devante Davis (100) accomplished the feat at Arizona on Aug. 29.

 

  • Boise State senior Matt Miller led all Mountain West receivers in Week 2 with eight catches for 151 yards and one touchdown. His 151 receiving yards marked the seventh 100-yard receiving game of Miller's career and brought his career total to 2,786 yards to move into third on the Broncos' all-time list. Miller's eight catches brought his career total to 230 to pass Austin Pettis for the most all-time in Boise State history. He also caught his 27th career touchdown, which ties him with Ryan Ikebe (1993-96) for third on the Bronco's career list.

 

  • Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran posted his seventh career 100-yard receiving game with 119 yards on six catches vs. Air Force on Saturday.

 

  • Hawai‘i sophomore Marcus Kemp set new career highs with five catches for 102 yards against Oregon State, including a career-long 41-yard reception. It was the first 100-yard outing of Kemp's career.

BOISE STATE'S MILLER, WYOMING'S RUFRAN GRABBING ATTENTION
The Mountain West is home to the nation's top two players in consecutive games with a reception. Boise State senior Matt Miller leads the list with 41 consecutive outings with a catch, followed by Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran with 39. The MW is the only FBS league with four players to have recorded a reception in 28 or more consecutive games, as Fresno State senior Josh Harper is tied for eighth on the list with 29 straight and UNLV senior Devante Davis is tied for 12th with 28.

MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY A MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Matt Miller, Boise State 41
2. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 39
3. Justin Hardy, East Carolina 38
4. Rashad Greene, Florida State 31
  Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 31
6. Jordan Leslie, BYU 30
  Jamison Crowder, Duke 30
8. Josh Harper, Fresno State 29
  D.J. Foster, Arizona State 29
  Quinton Dunbar, Florida 29
  Tommy Shuler, Marshall 29
12. Devante Davis, UNLV 28
  J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State 28
  Levi Norwood, Baylor 28
  Jeremy Davis, Connecticut 28
  Rannell Hall, UCF 28

Miller's streak of 41 straight games with a reception ties UNLV's Earvin Johnson (Sept. 29, 2001 – Nov. 20, 2004) for fourth on the Mountain West's all-time list, while Rufran ranks sixth. Below is a list of the top six 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. Dennis Pitta, BYU* 43 10/23/04 to 11/20/04;
9/1/07 to 12/22/09
4. Matt Miller, Boise State 41 9/3/11 to Present
  Earvin Johnson, UNLV 41 9/29/01 to 11/20/04
6. Dominic Rufran 39 9/3/11 to Present
*Left team to serve church mission during 2005 and 2006 seasons.

WEEK 2 IN REVIEW

  • Two Mountain West teams eclipsed the 500-yard mark in Week 2, led by Boise State with 676 total yards against Colorado State. It was the highest output by the Broncos since racking up a program-record 742 yards vs. the Rams on Oct. 15, 2011. The 676-yard output by Boise State ranks fifth on the Broncos' all-time single-game list. San Diego State posted 509 yards at then-#23/21 North Carolina, the most by the squad since a 541-yard performance against Nevada on Oct. 4, 2013.

 

  • Of the Mountain West's 35 touchdowns in Week 2, 19 were scored on the ground while another 14 were passing TDs and two came from Utah State's special teams unit. Junior JoJo Natson recorded his third career punt return for a touchdown on Saturday with a 52-yarder vs. Idaho State. Natson now ranks second on the Mountain West's all-time list for career punt return TDs, one shy of current record-holder Steve Smith (1999-2000) from Utah. The USU record for punt return touchdowns is four, set by Kevin Robinson (2004-07). Fellow Aggie Jalen Davis recorded the first two interceptions of his career, including one that he returned 44 yards for a touchdown for his first-ever pick six. The freshman is the first USU player to record multiple picks in a game since Brian Suite had two at Fresno State in the inaugural MW Football Championship Game last year. Those two interceptions are the most by an Aggie freshman in a season since Terrance Washington had five in 2003.

 

  • Four MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 2, led by Hawai‘i senior Joey Iosefa with three against Oregon State. Iosefa's three touchdowns were a career high, as he has scored in six straight games dating back to his return to the 2013 lineup. It was the fifth game of his career with multiple rushing TDs. Boise State junior Jay Ajayi, Nevada junior Don Jackson and San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey also pitched in two rushing touchdowns apiece in their respective outings. Ajayi now has recorded multiple touchdowns in five career appearances with the previous four all occuring in 2013. It was the first multiple-touchdown game of Jackson's career, as the junior now has three rushing TDs on the season. Pumphrey has reached the end zone multiple times in back-to-back outings and for the third time in his career.

 

  • Three MW teams, including Air Force, Boise State and Nevada, kept their opponents under 100 yards on the ground in Week 2. Boise State held Colorado State to 28 rushing yards, marking the second straight game and fourth time in the last six games (since Nov. 16, 2013) that the Broncos held an opponent under the century rushing mark. It is the first time since 2009 that Boise State's first two opponents failed to eclipse 100 yards rushing. It also marked the fewest rushing yards allowed by the Broncos since Hawai‘i had -14 against Boise State on Nov. 10, 2012. Colorado State entered the contest riding a three-game streak of 200-yard rushing performances dating back to Nov. 30, 2013. Nevada limited Washington State to 38 rushing yards, the fewest given up by the Wolf Pack since holding Hawai‘i to 38 on Nov. 12, 2011. Air Force held Wyoming to 51 rushing yards on Saturday, marking the fewest by a Falcon opponent since giving up just 37 to Hawai‘i on Nov. 16, 2012. AFA has held back-to-back opponents under the 100-yard rushing mark, after keeping Nicholls State at 63 yards on the ground on Aug. 30.

 

  • Two MW programs, including Nevada and Wyoming, did not give up a sack to their respective Week 2 opponents. It marked the first time since the Nov. 16, 2013 contest that Nevada did not give up a sack, while Wyoming kept its opponent from sacking its quarterback for the first time since the 2013 season opener at Nebraska (Aug. 31, 2013).

 

  • Three MW squads recorded multiple interceptions in their respective games in Week 2, led by Utah State with three. The Aggies have now intercepted at least one pass in seven of their last eight games, and have picked off multiple passes in four of their last eight outings. USU's three interceptions are the most by the squad since collecting three against Hawai‘i on Nov. 2, 2013. Boise State and Nevada each grabbed two interceptions apiece. The Broncos have picked off multiple passes in back-to-back outings, after grabbing three from Ole Miss on Aug. 28. Friday's game against Washington State marked the first time Nevada had collected multiple interceptions since Sept. 21, 2013 (four vs. Hawai‘i).

 

  • The Mountain West recorded two 50+ yard field goals in Week 2 action. UNLV sophomore LB Nicolai Bornand, who comes in to attempt long field goals for the Rebels, tied the program record for longest field goal made with his 54-yarder in the second quarter vs. Northern Colorado. The feat has been accomplished on three previous occasions: twice by Nick Garritano (vs. Nevada and vs. San José State in 1994) and once by Jim Cook (at Nebraska in 1986). Bornand's 54-yard field goal also set the all-time record by a sophomore in the Mountain West. Air Force senior Will Conant nailed a 50-yard field goal to open the scoring for the Falcons at Wyoming. It marked the fourth 50-yard field goal of Conant's career, which ties for the second most in program history. Conant's four 50-yard field goals currently rank third on the MW's all-time list for career made field goals of 50 or more yards. BYU's Matt Payne (2001-04) holds the league record with eight, followed by Wyoming's Aaron Elling (1999-00) with five.

RELY ON ROBERTS
Colorado State senior PK Jared Roberts extended his streak of consecutive PATs made to 70, which is a program record and currently ranks fourth on the Mountain West all-time list behind CSU's Jason Smith (86 from Sept. 2, 2006 to Dec. 20, 2008), New Mexico's Justus Adams (76 from Sept. 1, 2012 to Nov. 8, 2013) and UNLV's Kyle Watson (72 from Aug. 30, 2008 to Nov. 28, 2009).

PUTTING UP POINTS
With Michigan's shutout at Notre Dame on Saturday, Air Force now owns the third-longest active streak in the nation and ninth in NCAA history for consecutive games scoring. The Falcons have posted points in 260 straight contests.

IN THE DOGHOUSE
With home losses by Stanford and Ohio State in Week 2, Fresno State is riding the nation's longest home win streak (in true home games) entering the Bulldogs' home opener against #21 Nebraska. Fresno State has won 13 straight at Bulldog Stadium with its last loss taking place on Nov. 26, 2011 (27-24 loss to San José State).

MOUNTAIN VS. WEST
Below is a comparison of the Mountain vs. West Divisions after the Conference concluded its first season with divisional play in 2013:

Mountain Division West Division
Record vs. West Division: 7-12 (.368)
MW Championship Game Record: 0-1
Bowl Appearances: 3
Bowl Record: 2-1
Teams with eight or more victories: 3
Record vs. Mountain Division: 12-7 (.632)
MW Championship Game Record: 1-0
Bowl Appearances: 3
Bowl Record: 1-2
Teams with eight or more victories: 2

2014 MW FOOTBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

MOUNTAIN DIVISION
Rk. Team (first-place votes) Pts.
1. Boise State (20) 183
2. Utah State (12) 176
3. Colorado State (1) 135
4. Wyoming 90
5. New Mexico 56
6. Air Force 53
WEST DIVISION
Rk. Team (first-place votes) Pts.
1. Fresno State (15) 174
2. San Diego State (15) 172
3. Nevada (3) 130
4. UNLV 95
5. San José State 87
6. Hawai‘i 35

TWO NEW HEAD COACHES JOIN MW RANKS IN 2014
The Mountain West welcomes two new head football coaches in 2014, both of whom are competing in the Mountain Division. Boise State is under the direction of Bryan Harsin, while Craig Bohl takes over as Wyoming's head coach.

Harsin, a 2000 graduate of Boise State, is the first-ever alum to be appointed the Broncos' head coach. A member of the Boise State coaching staff from 2001-10, Harsin has since served as co-offensive coordinator at Texas (2011-12) and head coach at Arkansas State (2013). The former Bronco letterwinner (1995-99) began his coaching career in Boise as a graduate assistant in 2001, before taking over the tight ends as a full-time assistant coach from 2002-05. He assumed the role of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2006. The Broncos went 61-5 during his tenure as offensive coordinator from 2006-10, including undefeated seasons in 2006 (13-0) and 2009 (14-0), and an undefeated regular season in 2008.

Bohl came to Wyoming from North Dakota State, where he led the Bison to a 104-32 record since 2003, including three consecutive FCS National Championships from 2011-13. He received the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) FCS National Coach of the Year Award in 2012 and 2013, the Liberty Mutual FCS National Coach of the Year Award in 2013 and The Sports Network Eddie Robinson FCS National Coach of the Year Award in 2012. Prior to his 11-year stint as head coach at North Dakota State, Bohl compiled 19 years of experience as an assistant with stops at Nebraska (1981-83, 1995-2002), Duke (1994), Rice (1989-93), Wisconsin (1987-88), Tulsa (1985-86) and NDSU (1984).

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
The Mountain West is home to three of the 11 youngest head coaches at the FBS level. Boise State's Bryan Harsin (37), Nevada's Brian Polian (39) and Utah State's Matt Wells (40) are among the group of 12 coaches who were born in 1973 or later.

THREE MW COACHES AT HELM OF THEIR ALMA MATERS
Air Force's Troy Calhoun, Boise State's Bryan Harsin and Utah State's Matt Wells are three of 13 head coaches who played college football for the same FBS program they are each currently leading.

UNDER CENTER
Former Fresno State signal caller Derek Carr, the 2012 and 2013 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, was named the opening day starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. Carr was the first rookie starting quarterback on opening day in team history. He was also the only rookie QB in the 2014 NFL draft class to begin the season under center. The three quarterbacks drafted ahead of Carr, Blake Bortles in Jacksonville, Johnny Manziel in Cleveland, and Teddy Bridgewater in Minnesota, are currently backups, as is the only other second-round pick, Jimmy Garoppolo in New England.

Carr joins his older brother, David, as rookies to start in the season opener. According to STATS, they are the only brothers to accomplish that feat since at least 1950. David won his debut for the expansion Houston Texans against Dallas in 2002. Derek Carr will become the fourth former Bulldog QB to start an NFL game in his rookie year, joining his brother David, as well as Trent Dilfer and Kevin Sweeney.

Overall, three former Mountain West Offensive Players of the Year started at QB when the NFL season kicked off last week. Like Carr, Cincinnati Bengal QB Andy Dalton was a two-time MW Offensive Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, while Kansas City Chief signal-caller Alex Smith earned the award in 2004.

Current San Francisco starting QB Colin Kaepernick never played in the Mountain West, but starred at Nevada from 2007-2010.

MOUNTAIN WEST IN THE POSTSEASON
The Mountain West sent a record six teams into postseason bowl games in 2013. 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.

The 2013 postseason marked the seventh straight year the MW has sent at least five teams to bowls. 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.

Conference Bowl Record (since 2004) Pct.
SEC 54-28 .659
MOUNTAIN WEST 28-19 .596
Big East/American 28-21 .571
Pac-12 32-26 .552
Big 12 40-36 .526
Sun Belt 11-11 .500
Conference USA 27-28 .491
ACC 36-45 .444
Big Ten 28-46 .378
MAC 14-31 .311

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.

QUICK HITS FROM AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WEST

  • Colorado State senior QB Garrett Grayson compiled 428 yards of total offense (434 passing, -6 rushing) at Boise State on Saturday to mark the second-highest output by a Ram in a single game. Grayson set the program record of 445 yards of total offense (397 passing, 48 rushing) at home vs. the Broncos on Nov. 2, 2013.

 

  • Utah State's 427 yards of total offense against Idaho State are the most by the Aggies since posting 441 total yards at UNLV on Nov. 9, 2013, a span of seven games.

 

  • The Broncos compiled 324 rushing yards against Colorado State, the most since racking up 407 vs. Nevada on Oct. 19, 2013.

 

  • Utah State's 311 rushing yards against Idaho State are the most by the Aggies since rushing for 337 yards at New Mexico on Oct. 19, 2013, a span of nine outings.

 

  • Nevada rushed over 200 yards for the second straight game, accumulating 233 yards on 56 carries against Washington State on Friday. The Wolf Pack compiled 264 total rushing yards on 55 attempts against Southern Utah in the 2014 season opener.

 

  • Colorado State senior Garrett Grayson tied for the second-highest passing output in a single game by a Ram QB after throwing for 434 yards at Boise State, joining Terry Nugent, who threw for an identical 434 yards vs. New Mexico on Oct. 29, 1983. It was the highest passing performance by a CSU player since Nov. 7, 1987, when Scooter Molander had 449 at Hawai‘i to set the program record. It was Grayson's first career game over the 400-yard threshold and his seventh career game with more than 300 passing yards to tie Molander for the second-most ever by a Ram. Garrett is one shy of the Colorado State record, held by Nugent. Boise State senior Grant Hedrick completed 22-of-33 passes for 352 yards and two touchdowns against Colorado State. It marked his third career 300-yard passing game.

 

  • San Diego State senior Quinn Kaehler finished the outing at #23/21 North Carolina with a career-high 341 yards, completing 23-of-39 passes with one touchdown and three interceptions. He eclipsed the 300-yard mark for the second time in his career, both of which came against nationally-ranked opponents (337 yards vs. #15/18 Fresno State on Oct. 26, 2013).

 

  • San José State's nation-leading streak of reaching the end zone in consecutive quarters came to a close in its trip to fifth-ranked Auburn on Saturday. The Spartans did not score a touchdown in the second quarter of the contest, bringing their streak to a close at 12 straight quarters with at least one TD. San Diego State had ranked second nationally in that category with 10, but the Aztecs did not score a touchdown in their opening quarter at #23/21 North Carolina.

 

  • New Mexico recovered an Arizona State fumble in the second quarter of Saturday's meeting. It ended a streak of eight games, 33 quarters and 513:55 of game clock without a Lobo takeaway. Nik D'Avanzo's fumble recovery against ASU on Saturday was the first turnover taken by a UNM player since SaQwan Edwards picked off a New Mexico State pass on Oct. 5, 2013.

 

  • San Diego State junior Donny Hageman connected on both of his field goal attempts at #23/21 North Carolina, including a 49-yarder in the fourth quarter that was the longest field goal by an Aztec since Abel Perez hit one from 53 yards vs. UNLV on Nov. 27, 2010. Hageman has connected on three straight attempts after SDSU had not recorded a successful field goal attempt from Sept. 28, 2013 to the first quarter of the 2014 home opener vs. Northern Arizona (Aug. 30).

 

MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
1 Wyoming senior QB Colby Kirkegaard led his first game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, finding senior tight end J.D. Krill for a three-yard TD pass with just 58 seconds remaining. It marked Krill's first career score.
2 New Mexico blocked two extra point attempts by Arizona State, including one apiece by David Guthrie and Paytron Hightower. Brandon Branch recovered the block by Hightower to convert a defensive two-point conversion, the first by a Lobo since Brandon Ratcliffe did so against UNLV on Oct. 12, 2002.
4 San Diego State is one of four FBS programs (North Carolina, Oregon, Missouri) with at least three kick returns TDs and three punt return TDs since 2011.
23 Colorado State senior Charles Lovett has a catch in 23 consecutive games after hauling in a five-yard reception in the second quarter at Boise State. Lovett's last game without a catch was on Nov. 19, 2011 at TCU.
27 Boise State WR Matt Miller currently ranks fourth on the Mountain West's career list for receiving touchdowns. The senior has tallied 27 TD catches in his time with the Broncos.
50 After a 52-13 loss at #15 USC and a 59-27 defeat at Utah to open the 2014 season, Fresno State has given up more than 50 points in back-to-back outings for the first time since 1970 (14-56 loss at San Diego State on Oct. 31, 14-50 loss to Long Beach State.
58 Garrett Grayson's career-high 58 pass attempts at Boise State tied for the most by a Colorado State passer in a single game. Terry Nugent originally set the record vs. UNLV on Nov. 6, 1982.
100 Air Force is in search of its 100th win since joining the Mountain West. The Falcons are 99-87 since joining the MW in 1999.
230 Boise State senior WR Matt Miller has collected a total of 230 career receptions, surpassing Austin Pettis (229) for most all-time in Boise State history. The record-breaking catch was a 37-yard reception in the final minute of the third quarter against Colorado State last week.
300 Wyoming captured its 300th home win in program history with its 17-13 victory over Air Force on Saturday. The Cowboys have posted an overall home record of 300-187-18 (.612) over their 118 seasons of college football.

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