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MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 5 SCHEDULE
Friday, September 26 TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
Fresno State at New Mexico* ESPN2 6 p.m. MT SIRIUS 91 / XM 91
Saturday, September 27 TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
Wyoming at Michigan State ESPN2 Noon ET SIRIUS 135 / XM 196
Colorado State at Boston College ACC RSN/ROOT SPORTS 12:30 p.m. ET SIRIUS 146 / XM 204
Boise State at Air Force* CBS Sports Network 5 p.m. MT  
UNLV at San Diego State* ESPN3 5 p.m. PT  
Nevada at San José State* CBS Sports Network 7:30 p.m. PT  

 


WEEK 5 AT A GLANCE
Ten Mountain West squads will take the field in Week 5, including four Conference games and four nationally-televised contests. Action gets underway on Friday, Sept. 26, as Fresno State and New Mexico open the MW portion of their respective schedules. Kickoff between the squads in Albuquerque is slated for 6 p.m. MT on ESPN2. On Saturday, Sept. 27, Air Force hosts Boise State (5 p.m. MT, CBS Sports Network), San Diego State entertains UNLV (5 p.m. PT, ESPN3) and San José State takes on Nevada (7:30 p.m. PT, CBS Sports Network).

In non-conference action on Saturday, Wyoming visits ninth-ranked Michigan State (Noon ET, ESPN2), while Colorado State travels to Boston College (12:30 p.m. ET, ACC RSN/ROOT SPORTS).

MW QUARTERBACKS QUICK ON THEIR FEET
Nevada senior QB Cody Fajardo collected 100 yards on 16 carries against Washington State in Week 2, marking 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 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. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 9
  Keenan Reynolds, Navy 9
4. Cole Gautsche, New Mexico 8
  Taysom Hill, BYU 8
  C.J. Brown, Maryland 8

 

LEADER OF THE PACK
Nevada senior QB Cody Fajardo is the third player in Wolf Pack history to reach 10,000 career yards of total offense. With 335 total yards at Arizona on Sept. 13, including 321 passing and 14 rushing, Fajardo brought his current total to 10,513, trailing only Colin Kaepernick (14,210 from 2007-10) and David Neill (11,145 from 1998-2001) on the program's all-time chart.

Fajardo's 10,513 career yards currently rank fourth among all active players in the FBS. Below is a breakdown of the top five:

 

MOST TOTAL YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team Yards
1. Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion 13,892
2. Rakeen Cato, Marshall 11,871
3. Sean Mannion, Oregon State 10,789
4. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 10,513
5. Marcus Mariota, Oregon 9,158

 

FILLING THE GAPS
Three MW squads rank among the top seven nationally in rushing defense, led by Boise State, who is holding its opponents to 53.5 rushing yards per game to rank second in the FBS. Air Force is limiting opponents to 77.3 rushing yards per game to rank sixth, followed by Utah State, which is tied for seventh with 78.3 rushing yards allowed per game. The Mountain West is the one FBS league with three of the country's top seven rushing defenses.

RELY ON ROBERTS
With seven successful PAT attempts against UC Davis on Sept. 13, Colorado State senior PK Jared Roberts extended his streak of consecutive PATs made to 77, which is a program record and moved him into second on the Mountain West all-time list behind CSU's Jason Smith (86 from Sept. 2, 2006 to Dec. 20, 2008).

WEEK 4 IN REVIEW

  • Of the Mountain West's 25 touchdowns in Week 4, 15 were scored on the ground while another nine were passing TDs. Fresno State LB Kyrie Wilson picked off a Southern Utah pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown, marking the junior's first-ever interception. It also marked the first pick by a Bulldog since Derron Smith's 41-yard interception return TD in the 2013 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl.

 

  • Fresno State posted 694 total yards against Southern Utah, including 389 rushing yards and 305 passing yards. It marked the highest output for the Bulldogs since an 822-yard day against New Mexico on Nov. 23, 2013.

 

  • Two MW squads, including New Mexico and Fresno State, eclipsed the 300-yard rushing mark last Saturday. New Mexico tallied 432 rushing yards at New Mexico State, marking the second time this season (410 vs. UTEP on Aug. 30) the Lobos surpassed the 400-yard mark on the ground. Fresno State rushed for 389 yards against Southern Utah, the highest rushing output by the Bulldogs since a 503-yard performance against Hawai‘i on Nov. 12, 2004.

 

  • Boise State junior RB Jay Ajayi reached the end zone three times against Louisiana, all in the first half. It marked his first three-touchdown performance since a Nov. 16, 2013 appearance against Wyoming, and his fourth overall. It also was the second time this season that a MW player rushed for three TDs in a game, after Hawai‘i senior Joey Iosefa did so against Oregon State in Week 2. Ajayi now has recorded multiple touchdowns in six career appearances, including two this season and four in 2013.

 

  • Boise State totaled four rushing touchdowns against Louisiana, the most by the Broncos since rushing for five scores against Nevada on Oct. 19, 2013.

 

  • Three MW teams, including Boise State, Fresno State and San Diego State, kept their opponents under 100 yards on the ground in Week 4. Fresno State held Southern Utah to 57 rushing yards last Saturday, the fewest allowed by the Bulldogs since Utah State had 51 against them in the inaugural MW Football Championship Game on Dec. 7, 2013. Boise State limited Louisiana to 67 rushing yards, marking the fourth straight game and sixth time in the last eight contests (since Nov. 16, 2013) the Broncos held an opponent under the century rushing mark. That is the longest streak for Boise State since also holding four straight opponents under 100 yards to start the 2006 season. San Diego State limited Oregon State to 97 rushing yards, the fewest given up by the Aztecs since holding Boise State to 95 on Nov. 23, 2013.

 

  • San José State held Minnesota to just seven passing yards (1-of-7) last Saturday, the fewest by a Spartan opponent since Cal State Fullerton completed 0-of-11 passes in a 49-3 loss during the 1992 season.

 

  • Fresno State and Utah State led all MW programs in Week 4 with four sacks apiece. Utah State has posted multiple sacks in back-to-back games, in three of its four games this season, and in 12 of its last 13 contests dating back to Oct. 4, 2013. San Diego State and UNLV each pitched in three sacks in their respective outings. The Rebels have recorded multiple sacks in three of their four games this year, while the Bulldogs and Aztecs have each had at least two sacks in two of their last three respective appearances. Boise State rounded out the group with two against Louisiana. The Broncos have posted multiple sacks in four straight appearances and in 12 of Boise State's last 13 games, dating back to Sept. 28, 2013.

 

  • Three MW squads recorded multiple interceptions in their respective games in Week 4, including Hawai‘i, New Mexico and UNLV with two apiece. It was the first time the Rainbow Warriors had picked off multiple passes since recording two INTs against San José State on Oct. 5, 2013. The last time the Lobos intercepted two passes was also on Oct. 5, 2013 in the Rio Grande Rivalry vs. New Mexico State. The Rebels collected multiple interceptions for the first time since the 2013 regular-season finale vs. San Diego State on Nov. 30.

 

  • Four MW squads, including Boise State, San Diego State, UNLV and Wyoming, reached the end zone in their opening drives last week. The Broncos scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the third straight week (at Connecticut on Sept. 13, vs. Colorado State on Sept. 6). The Aztecs scored on their opening drive for the first time since Nov. 30, 2013 at UNLV. The Rebels reached the end zone on their first drive for the second time in three weeks, while the Cowboys accomplished the feat for the first time since an Oct. 12, 2013 outing vs. New Mexico.

 

  • After Oregon State reached the end zone four times last Saturday, San Diego State allowed multiple rushing touchdowns for the first time in eight games dating back to a Nov. 2, 2013 meeting with New Mexico.

 

  • New Mexico's 38-35 victory over in-state rival New Mexico State snapped a five-game losing skid for the Lobos.

 

  • Hawai‘i senior Tyler Hadden nailed a career-best four field goals at Colorado last Saturday, one shy of the Rainbow Warrior and Mountain West single-game record. He also tied the MW single-game record for most field goals by a senior.

 

RACKING UP YARDAGE

  • Five MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 4 action, led by Boise State junior Jay Ajayi, who racked up 150 yards and three touchdowns on 27 attempts against Louisiana.

 

  • New Mexico senior Crusoe Gongbay collected a career-high 139 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries at New Mexico State, marking the first 100-yard rushing game of his career.

 

  • Hawai‘i sophomore Steven Lakalaka posted his second straight 100-yard outing with 123 yards on 19 carries at Colorado. It also marked the third 100-yard game of his career.

 

  • Fresno State junior Marteze Waller rushed for 117 yards and one touchdown on 16 attempts against Southern Utah, marking the second 100-yard game of his career (157 at Idaho on Oct. 5, 2013).

 

  • Wyoming junior Shaun Wick had 111 yards on the ground and one touchdown against Florida Atlantic for the seventh 100-yard rushing game of his career and third in four weeks, including back-to-back outings.

 

CATCHING HOLD

  • Four MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts in Week 4, led by Utah State junior Hunter Sharp, who posted his second career 100-yard receiving game with 130 yards and one touchdown on nine catches at Arkansas State. The junior has reached the century mark in receiving in back-to-back outings, after his career-high 138-yard outing against Wake Forest on Sept. 13. He is the first Aggie with consecutive 100-yard receiving games since Travis Reynolds accomplished the feat on Nov. 2 and Nov. 9, 2013.

 

  • Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran hauled in four catches for 110 yards against Florida Atlantic for his second 100-yard receiving game this season and seventh of his career.

 

  • Boise State senior Matt Miller recorded his second 100-yard game this season and eighth of his career with 107 yards on five receptions against Louisiana. His eight 100-yard receiving games are tied for fifth in program history.

 

  • Fresno State sophomore Da'Mari Scott registered his first 100-yard receiving game with two catches for 102 yards and one touchdown against Southern Utah.

 

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 43 consecutive outings with a catch, followed by Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran with 41. The MW is the only FBS league with four players to have recorded a reception in 30 or more consecutive games, as Fresno State senior Josh Harper is tied for eighth on the list with 31 straight and UNLV senior Devante Davis is tied for 11th with 30.

 

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION: FBS
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Matt Miller, Boise State 43
2. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 41
3. Justin Hardy, East Carolina 40
4. Jordan Leslie, BYU 32
  Jamison Crowder, Duke 32
  Rashad Greene, Florida State 32
  Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 32
8. Josh Harper, Fresno State 31
  Quinton Dunbar, Florida 31
  Tommy Shuler, Marshall 31
11. Devante Davis, UNLV 30
  D.J. Foster, Arizona State 30
  J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State 30
  Jeremy Davis, Connecticut 30
15. Alonzo Russell, Toledo 29
16. Levi Norwood, Baylor 28

 

Miller's streak of 43 straight games with a reception ties BYU's Dennis Pitta (10/23/04 to 11/20/04; 9/1/07 to 12/22/09) for third on the Mountain West's all-time list, while Rufran is tied with UNLV's Earvin Johnson (9/29/01 to 11/20/04) for fifth with his 41-game run. 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. Matt Miller, Boise State 43 9/3/11 to Present
  Dennis Pitta, BYU* 43 10/23/04 to 11/20/04;
9/1/07 to 12/22/09
5. Dominic Rufran 40 9/3/11 to Present
  Earvin Johnson, UNLV 41 9/29/01 to 11/20/04
*Left team to serve church mission during 2005 and 2006 seasons.

 

NEVADA'S HEKKING, COLORADO STATE'S JAMES ON SACK ATTACK
Nevada senior Brock Hekking and Colorado State junior Cory James are two of the top six active players in the FBS for total sacks. Hekking ranks third nationally with 18.5 in his career, while James is tied for sixth with 16.5.

 

MOST TOTAL SACKS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Vic Beasley, Clemson 25.0
2. Martin Ifedi, Memphis 20.0
3. Brock Hekking, Nevada</td> 18.5
4. Leighton Gasque, Middle Tennessee 18.0
5. Andre Monroe, Maryland 17.5
6. Cory James, Colorado State 16.5
  Art Norman, North Carolina State 16.5

 

RECEIVING NATIONAL ATTENTION
Three Mountain West players rank among the top 14 nationally for career receiving yards, led by Boise State senior Matt Miller, who is second among all active players with 3,004 yards. UNLV senior Devante Davis ranks ninth with 2,454 receiving yards, while Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran is 14th with 2,182. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Conference USA) with three of the top 14 nationally in career receiving yards:

 

MOST RECEIVING YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Justin Hardy, East Carolina 3,406
2. Matt Miller, Boise State 3,004
3. Jamison Crowder, Duke 2,893
4. Rashad Greene, Florida State 2,883
5. Titus Davis, Central Michigan 2,731
6. Tommy Shuler, Marshall 2,672
7. Antonio Vaughan, Old Dominion 2,528
8. Mike Evans, Texas A&M 2,499
9. Devante Davis, UNLV 2,454
10. Amari Cooper, Alabama 2,391
11. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 2,385
12. Larry Pinkard, Old Dominion 2,338
13. Kenny Bell, Nebraska 2,185
14. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 2,182

 

Four MW players rank in the top 12 of active players in the FBS for career receptions. Boise State senior Matt Miller leads the league and ranks third nationally with 240 receptions, followed by Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran, who is ninth with 175, UNLV senior Devante Davis is 10th with 169, and Fresno State senior Josh Harper is 12th with 157. The Mountain West is the only FBS conference with four of the top 12 active players in career receptions.

 

MOST RECEPTIONS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Justin Hardy, East Carolina 295
2. Tommy Shuler, Marshall 247
3. Matt Miller, Boise State 240
4. Jamison Crowder, Duke 220
5. J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State 207
6. Rashad Greene, Florida State 195
7. Antonio Vaughan, Old Dominion 187
8. Jaxon Shipley, Texas 179
9. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 175
10. Devante Davis, UNLV 169
11. Larry Pinkard, Old Dominion 160
12. Josh Harper, Fresno State 157

 

MW'S CONSISTENT KICKERS
Three MW kickers rank among the top 10 nationally for career field goal percentage. Colorado State's Jared Roberts leads the league and ranks fourth in the country, connecting on 32-of-37 field goal attempts for a percentage of 0.865. Nevada's Brent Zuzo is sixth (17-of-20, 0.850), while Air Force's Will Conant is tied for 10th (15-of-18, 0.833). The Mountain West is the only conference in the FBS with three of the top 10 in career field goal percentage. Below is a look at the top 10 nationally:

 

HIGHEST FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team FGA FGM FG%
1. Robert Aguayo, Florida State 29 28 0.966
2. Colby Delahoussaye, LSU 18 17 0.944
3. Michael Geiger, Michigan State 21 19 0.905
4. Jared Roberts, Colorado State 37 32 0.865
5. Mike Hunnicutt, Oklahoma 79 68 0.861
6. Brent Zuzo, Nevada 20 17 0.850
7. Elliott Fry, South Carolina 26 22 0.846
  Andy Phillips, Utah 26 22 0.846
9. Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo 63 53 0.841
10. Will Conant, Air Force 18 15 0.833
  Chris Blewitt, Pittsburgh 24 20 0.833

 

MOUNTAIN WEST PARTICIPATES IN COACH TO CURE MD EFFORT
The AFCA will hold its seventh annual Coach to Cure MD effort this week with games through Sept. 27. Mountain West coaching staffs will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches this week to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. Fans are encouraged to donate online at CoachtoCureMD.org or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.

QUICK HITS FROM AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WEST

  • Air Force junior Jalen Robinette recorded the first 100‐yard receiving game of his career with four catches for a career‐high 118 yards at Georgia State on Sept. 13, all in the first half. He is the first Falcon with a 100-yard receiving game since Drew Coleman had 106 yards vs. Navy on Oct. 5, 2012. Robinette's 118 receiving yards are the most by a Falcon since Zack Kauth collected 123 yards against Colorado State on Nov. 26, 2011.

 

  • Air Force running back Jacobi Owens collected 122 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 attempts at Georgia State on Sept. 13. It marked the sophomore's second career 100-yard game and second in three outings, after racking up 233 yards in the season opener vs. Nicholls State on Aug. 30. In both contests, Owens has hit the 100-yard mark in the first half, collecting 100 yards in the first frame at Georgia State and 171 vs. Nicholls State.

 

  • Boise State's Matt Miller ranks fourth on the league's all-time list for career receptions with 240. UNLV's Ryan Wolfe (2006-09) holds the MW record for career receptions with 283, followed by San Diego State's J.R. Tolver (1999-02) with 262 and Wyoming's Jovon Bouknight (2002-05) with 250. Miller is also tied with Bouknight for third on the league's all-time list for career touchdown receptions with 29 apiece. Fresno State's Davante Adams (2012-13) is the MW's all-time record-holder in the category with 38, followed by BYU's Austin Collie (2004, 2007-08) with 30.

 

  • Boise State senior Matt Miller caught five passes for 107 yards against Louisiana, bringing his career receiving yardage to 3,004 to become just the second active player in the FBS to eclipse the 3,000-yard mark. Miller is 402 yards shy of Justin Hardy's 3,406 career receiving yards for East Carolina. Miller is also just 60 yards shy of the Boise State record (3,063), set by Titus Young.

 

  • Air Force senior QB Kale Pearson threw the first two touchdown passes of his career at Georgia State on Sept. 13 and later added a career‐high two rushing touchdowns to mark the first time in his career that he has run and thrown for a touchdown in the same game.

 

  • Colorado State's Garrett Grayson is the fifth MW quarterback to throw for 400 yards in multiple games in a single season, and the seventh to do so in his career. He has topped the 400-yard passing mark in back-to-back contests, making him the sixth MW signal-caller to accomplish the feat. Former Fresno State and current Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr holds the MW record for most consecutive 400-yard passing games with three (Nov. 23 to Dec. 7, 2013).

 

  • Colorado State senior Garrett Grayson completed 22-of-31 passes for 425 yards and four touchdowns against UC Davis on Sept. 13. It was Grayson's second career game over the 400-yard threshold, after tying for the second-highest passing output by a Ram with 434 yards at Boise State on Sept. 6. He is the first CSU quarterback to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games since Terry Nugent in 1983. (434 against New Mexico on Oct. 29, 418 vs. Northern Colorado on Nov. 5). It also marked Grayson's eighth 300-yard passing game to tie Nugent for the most ever by a Ram.

 

  • Colorado State senior Garrett Grayson connected on four touchdown passes against UC Davis on Sept. 13, becoming the ninth Ram quarterback to throw for at least four TDs in a single game. The last time a Colorado State QB threw for four touchdowns was on Oct. 3, 2009, when Grant Stucker accomplished the feat at Idaho.

 

  • Colorado State senior Charles Lovett now has a catch in 24 consecutive games after hauling in a 45-yard touchdown reception in the opening quarter vs. UC Davis on Sept. 13. Lovett's last game without a catch was on Nov. 19, 2011 at TCU.

 

  • Colorado State, which was idle in Week 4, has boasted multiple 100-yard receivers in back-to-back games for the first time in program history. CSU sophomore Rashard Higgins grabbed seven catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns against UC Davis on Sept. 13, the second-highest receiving output of his career (156 vs. UTEP on Sept. 28, 2013). Higgins now has four career games over 100 yards receiving, including back-to-back outings (143 at Boise State on Sept. 6). Fellow Ram Elroy Masters, Jr. registered the first five receptions of his career for a career-best 112 yards against the UC Davis Aggies. CSU's Joe Hansley (149 yards and one TD on seven catches) accomplished the feat in the Rams' Sept. 6 trip to Boise State. Colorado State has had multiple 100-yard receivers only seven times total in program history.

 

  • Brian Burrell, Brandon Connette and Zack Greenlee each threw a touchdown pass in Fresno State’s 56-16 victory over Southern Utah last Saturday. That marks the first game in the last five seasons and eight of the past 15 that multiple Bulldog quarterbacks combined for touchdown passes in a single game. In addition, it marks the second straight week that a MW team had three players complete a touchdown pass in a single game, as Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton, QB Darrel Garretson and WR Ronald Butler accomplished the feat against Wake Forest on Sept. 13.

 

  • Fresno State's Garrett Swanson registered 12 punts for 495 yards against Nebraska on Sept. 13, tying UNLV's Gary Cook (Oct. 8, 2004 vs. BYU) for the second-most punts in a single game in MW history. New Mexico's Tyler Gaus holds the league's all-time record with 14 punts against Utah on Oct. 1, 2004. Scott Harding's 11 punts in Hawai‘i's Sept. 13 victory over Northern Iowa tie for fourth-most on that same list. Swanson's 495 yards ranks third on the MW's all-time chart for most punting yards in a single game, trailing Gaus' 579 (Oct. 1, 2004 vs. Utah) and UNLV's Gary Cook (526 at BYU on Oct. 8, 2004).

 

  • Fresno State punted 13 times against Nebraska on Sept. 13., which ranks as the second-most punts in a single game in MW history. New Mexico holds the league's all-time record with 14 punts against Utah on Oct. 1, 2004.

 

  • Hawai‘i's seven punt returns in its Sept. 13 win over Northern Iowa tie for the fourth-most in a single game in MW history. The league record of eight punt returns is shared by three teams – Utah (Sept. 25, 1999 at UNLV); New Mexico (Sept. 9, 2000 at Oregon State); TCU (Oct. 18, 2007 vs. Utah).

 

  • Nevada senior Cody Fajardo recorded his seventh career 300-yard passing performance and second of the season, completing 29-of-39 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns at Arizona on Sept. 13.

 

  • San Diego State, which tied for the most fourth-down attempts in the FBS last season (38), attempted its first of the 2014 campaign at Oregon State last Saturday.

 

  • Utah State forced four turnovers by Arkansas State last Saturday. The Aggies have forced a total of 11 turnovers in their last three games and 58 in their last 27 appearances. USU has also intercepted 23 passes in its last 14 contests, including at least one in 12 of its last 14 outings.

 

  • Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl has won 27 of his last 28 games, including three of his first four at the helm of the Pokes, and 37 of his last 39.

 

  • Eight MW teams held their opponents from scoring on their respective opening drives in Week 4. Utah State has prohibited eight straight opponents from scoring on the opening drive of their respective games, while San Diego State has done so in four consecutive contests. Boise State, Hawai‘i and Wyoming have each accomplished the feat in back-to-back games and in three of their four contests this season. UNLV kept its opponent from scoring on an opening drive for the fourth time in five games, dating back to the Heart of Dallas Bowl against North Texas (Jan. 1). Fresno State had not kept an opponent scoreless on its opening drive since the inaugural MW Championship Game against Utah State on Dec. 7, 2013, while New Mexico had not done so since a Nov. 8, 2013 game against Air Force.

 

MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
3 Fresno State, Hawai‘i and Wyoming are three of 25 teams in the FBS who have recorded at least one blocked punt and one blocked kick in the 2014 season. The Bulldogs, Rainbow Warriors and Cowboys have each blocked one punt and one kick apiece, making the Mountain West one of five FBS leagues (AAC, ACC, Big Ten, C-USA) with at least three squads to block a punt and kick this year.
3 Utah State senior B.J. Larsen accounted for three of the Aggies' six sacks vs. Wake Forest on Sept. 13. He is one of six players in the FBS this season to collect at least three sacks in a single game.
5 Utah State, which is off in Week 5, has won five straight home games and 14 of its last 16 overall, including 11 of its last 13 home contests against non-conference foes.
8 Boise State's eight sacks at Connecticut in Week 3 tie for the third-most by an FBS team in a single game this year, trailing only the 10 by posted by North Texas against Nicholls State last Saturday and the nine by Baylor against SMU on Aug. 31. The Broncos' eight sacks are the most by the squad since recording eight against BYU on Sept. 24, 2004.
9 Hawai‘i's Tyler Hadden has converted nine consecutive field goal attempts dating back to his final two of the Rainbow Warriors' Aug. 30 meeting with Washington.
14 San Diego State QB Quinn Kaehler had his streak of 14 straight games with at least 200 yards passing snapped. It was the longest streak by an Aztec since at least 1996 and was the third-longest streak in the nation.
15 Boise State senior Grant Hedrick completed the first 15 passes in the Broncos' game vs. Louisiana, a streak that ranks second in MW history. The Conference record for consecutive pass completions is 18, set by former Boise State signal caller Kellen Moore against Colorado State on Oct. 15, 2011.
18 New Mexico sophomore linebacker Dakota Cox posted a career-high 18 tackles at New Mexico State last Saturday, marking the seventh time in his last eight appearances that he has reached double digits in stops. He is one of nine players in the FBS to record 18 total tackles in a single game this season.
21 Colorado State's 21 first-quarter points against UC Davis on Sept. 13 are the most in an opening quarter since Oct. 30, 2010 when the Rams hung 21 on New Mexico before capturing the 38-14 victory.

 

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