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MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 6 SCHEDULE
Friday, October 3 TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
San Diego State at Fresno State* CBS Sports Network 7 p.m. PT SIRIUS 108 / XM 201
Utah State at 19/18 BYU ESPN 8:15 p.m. MT SIRIUS 91 / XM 91
Saturday, October 4 TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
Tulsa at Colorado State MWN/Campus Insiders 1 p.m. MT  
Navy at Air Force CBS Sports Network 1:30 p.m. MT SIRIUS 134 / XM 201
New Mexico at UTSA American Sports Network 2:30 p.m. CT  
Hawai‘i at Rice American Sports Network 6 p.m. CT  
UNLV at San José State* ESPNews 5 p.m. PT  
Boise State at Nevada* CBS Sports Network 7:30 p.m. PT  
*Mountain West game

 


WEEK 6 AT A GLANCE
Eleven Mountain West squads will take the field in Week 6, including three Conference games and five nationally-televised contests. Action gets underway with a doubleheader on Friday, Oct. 3, as San Diego State visits West Division foe Fresno State (7 p.m. PT, CBS Sports Network) and Utah State travels to in-state rival BYU (8:15 p.m. MT, ESPN).

Six games are on tap for Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. MT as Colorado State entertains Tulsa in a Mountain West Network/Campus Insiders exclusive. Air Force begins its 2014 quest for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy by hosting Navy at 1:30 p.m. MT on CBS Sports Network. American Sports Network will televise back-to-back games, as New Mexico travels to UTSA at 2:30 p.m. CT and Hawai‘i visits Rice at 6 p.m. CT.

In Conference action on Saturday, San José State takes on UNLV (5 p.m. PT, ESPNews), while Nevada faces Boise State (7:30 p.m. PT, CBS Sports Network).

MW QUARTERBACKS QUICK ON THEIR FEET
New Mexico signal caller Cole Gautsche is tied for second on the MW's all-time chart for most 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback with eight. Nevada senior QB Cody Fajardo is fourth on the list. He has nine total 100-yard games in his career, including seven since the Wolf Pack joined the Conference in 2012.

 

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 128 total yards at San José State last Saturday, including 64 passing and 64 rushing, Fajardo brought his current total to 10,641, 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 10,641 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 14,270
2. Rakeem Cato, Marshall 11,871
3. Sean Mannion, Oregon State 10,888
4. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 10,641
5. Connor Halliday, Washington State 9,311

 

PICKING OFF PASSES
Air Force sophomore DB Weston Steelhammer recorded three interceptions vs. Boise State to tie both the Falcon and Conference records. He is the eighth player in Mountain West history with three interceptions in a game and the first to do so since Fresno State's Phillip Thomas had three vs. Colorado on Sept. 15, 2012. Steelhammer also became the fourth AFA player with three interceptions in a single game. He also is the first Falcon to record multiple picks in the same game since Anthony Wright accomplished the feat against Houston in the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl.

Overall, the Falcon defense picked off five Bronco passes last Saturday, which ties for third-most in a single game in MW history. The Falcons' five INTs are one off their own league record of six (vs. Houston in 2009 Armed Forces Bowl), which they share with San Diego State, who set the original mark with six picks against Wyoming on Nov. 17, 2001.

FILLING THE GAPS
Two MW squads rank among the top seven nationally in rushing defense, led by Utah State, who is holding its opponents to 78.3 rushing yards per game to tie for fourth in the FBS. Air Force is limiting opponents to 82.3 rushing yards per game to rank seventh. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Big Ten) with multiple teams in the top seven for rushing defense.

QUICK HITS FROM AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WEST

 

  • Boise State's Matt Miller ranks fourth on the league's all-time list for career receptions with 244. 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.

 

  • Air Force is one of two teams in the country alongside Wisconsin to rank in the top 10 nationally in both rushing offense and rushing defense. The Falcons are racking up 323.0 rushing yards per game to rank fifth in the FBS, while holding opponents to 82.3 yards on the ground to rank seventh.

 

  • Boise State senior Matt Miller caught four passes for 45 yards at Air Force, bringing his career receiving yardage to 3,049. He is the second active player in the FBS to eclipse the 3,000-yard mark this season. Miller is 357 yards shy of Justin Hardy's 3,406 career receiving yards for East Carolina to lead all current players. Miller is also just 15 yards shy of the Boise State record (3,063), set by Titus Young.

 

  • Air Force limited Boise State to 97 rushing yards last Saturday, marking the third time in four games this season that the Falcons have kept an opponent under the 100-yard rushing mark.

 

  • Utah State, which was idle in Week 5, forced four turnovers by Arkansas State on Sept. 20. 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.

 

  • Air Force prohibited Boise State from scoring a touchdown on its opening drive for the first time in four games. The Broncos had reached the end zone on their opening drive against Louisiana on Sept. 20, at Connecticut on Sept. 13 and vs. Colorado State on Sept. 6.

 

  • Fresno State, Hawai‘i and Wyoming are three of 28 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, Big Ten, C-USA, MAC) with at least three squads to block a punt and kick this year.

 

  • Seven MW teams have recorded at least one blocked kick this year, including Air Force, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawai‘i, New Mexico, San Diego State and Wyoming. The Falcons (2), Rams (2) and Lobos (2) are three of 20 squads nationally to stop multiple kick attempts this season, making the Mountain West one of three Conferences (Big Ten, C-USA) in the FBS with at least three teams to record multiple blocked kicks in 2014.

 

  • Boise State freshman Alec Dhaenens recorded his first career touchdown on his first career reception in the fourth quarter at Air Force, marking the first TD catch by a Bronco tight end since Holden Huff had two against Washington in the 2012 Las Vegas Bowl. It also was the first TD pass for freshman QB Ryan Finley.

 

  • Colorado State has rattled off three consecutive victories over teams from the five High Resource conferences. The Rams are the only squad outside of the High Resource Five with a current win streak of three games against teams in those leagues. CSU is one of two teams outside the High Resource Five (ULM) that has notched at least one victory in each of the past three seasons against an opponent from those conferences.

 

RACKING UP YARDAGE

 

  • Seven MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 5 action, including two from Air Force. Falcon senior QB Kale Pearson recorded the first 100-yard rushing game of his career, netting 127 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries against Boise State. Sophomore RB Jacobi Owens rushed for 108 yards and a TD on 24 attempts, marking his third career game with 100 or more rushing yards.

 

  • San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey led the Conference in Week 5 and tied his career high with 167 yards and four touchdowns on 22 attempts against UNLV. It was his third 100-yard rushing game in four games this season and sixth of his career.

 

  • Two MW players rushed for 163 yards last Friday, including Fresno State junior Marteze Waller and New Mexico senior Crusoe Gongbay. The performance marked the third 100-yard game of Waller's career, including back-to-back contests, while Gongbay set a career high and recorded the second 100-yard rushing game of his career (twice in two weeks).

 

  • Colorado State junior Dee Hart racked up 117 yards on 10 attempts at Boston College for his second 100-yard performance of the season and his career as a Ram.

 

  • Nevada junior Don Jackson eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the second time this season with 106 yards on 12 carries at San José State.

 

HITTING THE HOLES
Two MW squads rank among the top five nationally in rushing offense, led by New Mexico, who is collected 333.5 yards on the ground per game to rank fourth. The Lobos are trailed by Air Force, which is tallying 323.0 rushing yards per contest to rank fifth.

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 fourth nationally with 18.5 in his career, while James is tied for sixth with 17.5.

 

MOST TOTAL SACKS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Vic Beasley, Clemson 27.0
2. Martin Ifedi, Memphis 20.0
  Leighton Gasque, Middle Tennessee 20.0
4. Brock Hekking, Nevada 18.5
5. Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville 18.0
6. Cory James, Colorado State 17.5
  Andre Monroe, Maryland 17.5

 

MW'S CONSISTENT KICKERS
Two MW kickers rank among the top seven nationally for career field goal percentage. Colorado State's Jared Roberts leads the league and ranks fourth in the country, connecting on 33-of-38 field goal attempts for a percentage of 0.868. Air Force's Will Conant is seventh (17-of-20, 0.850). 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 38 33 0.868
5. Mike Hunnicutt, Oklahoma 79 68 0.861
6. Elliott Fry, South Carolina 28 24 0.857
7. Will Conant, Air Force 20 17 0.850

 

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 44 consecutive outings with a catch, followed by Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran with 42. 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 seventh on the list with 32 straight and UNLV senior Devante Davis is tied for 13th with 30.

 

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION: FBS
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Matt Miller, Boise State 44
2. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 42
3. Justin Hardy, East Carolina 40
4. Jamison Crowder, Duke 33
  Rashad Greene, Florida State 33
  Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 33
7. Josh Harper, Fresno State 32
  Jordan Leslie, BYU 32
9. D.J. Foster, Arizona State 31
  Geremy Davis, Connecticut 31
  Quinton Dunbar, Florida 31
  Tommy Shuler, Marshall 31
13. Devante Davis, UNLV 30
  J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State 30
  Alonzo Russell, Toledo 30

 

Miller's streak of 44 straight games with a reception surpass 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 eclipses UNLV's Earvin Johnson (9/29/01 to 11/20/04) for fifth. 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 44 9/3/11 to Present
4. Dennis Pitta, BYU* 43 10/23/04 to 11/20/04;
9/1/07 to 12/22/09
5. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 42 9/3/11 to Present
6. Earvin Johnson, UNLV 41 9/29/01 to 11/20/04
*Left team to serve church mission during 2005 and 2006 seasons.

 

RECEIVING NATIONAL ATTENTION
Four Mountain West players rank among the top 15 nationally for career receiving yards, led by Boise State senior Matt Miller, who is second among all active players with 3,049 yards. UNLV senior Devante Davis ranks 10th with 2,454 receiving yards, while Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran is 14th with 2,217 and Fresno State senior Josh Harper is 15th with 2,160. The Mountain West is the only FBS league with four of the top 15 nationally in career receiving yards:

 

MOST RECEIVING YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Justin Hardy, East Carolina 3,406
2. Matt Miller, Boise State 3,049
3. Rashad Greene, Florida State 3,008
4. Jamison Crowder, Duke 2,940
5. Titus Davis, Central Michigan 2,859
6. Tommy Shuler, Marshall 2,672
7. Antonio Vaughan, Old Dominion 2,633
8. Mike Evans, Texas A&M 2,499
9. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 2,469
10. Devante Davis, UNLV 2,454
11. Amari Cooper, Alabama 2,391
12. Larry Pinkard, Old Dominion 2,338
13. Kenny Bell, Nebraska 2,290
14. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 2,217
15. Josh Harper, Fresno State 2,160

 

Four MW players also rank in the top 11 of active players in the FBS for career receptions. Boise State senior Matt Miller leads the league and ranks third nationally with 244 receptions, followed by Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran, who is ninth with 179, UNLV senior Devante Davis is 10th with 169, and Fresno State senior Josh Harper is 11th with 163. The Mountain West is the only FBS conference with more than two of the top 11 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 244
4. Jamison Crowder, Duke 227
5. J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State 207
6. Rashad Greene, Florida State 206
7. Antonio Vaughan, Old Dominion 194
8. Jaxon Shipley, Texas 185
9. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 179
10. Devante Davis, UNLV 169
11. Josh Harper, Fresno State 163

 

TALKING RECORDS

 

  • UNLV's Marcus Sullivan returned five kicks for a total of 89 yards at San Diego State last Saturday, moving the senior into second place on the league's all-time list for career kick return yardage (2,245 yards). Former Rebel teammate Deante' Purvis (2008-11) holds the league record with 2,626 career kick return yards. Sullivan has 86 career kick returns, which ranks fourth on the league's all-time list, trailing Purvis (112), San Diego State's Colin Lockett (92) and Wyoming's Jovon Bouknight (87).

 

  • Boise State's Grant Hedrick threw four interceptions at Air Force last Saturday, which ties for fourth-most in a single game in MW history. Hedrick was the last player to do this (August 28th vs. Ole Miss).

 

  • Boise State quarterbacks combined to throw five interceptions at Air Force last week, tying for second-most in a single game in MW history. Wyoming holds the league's all-time record with six interceptions thrown at San Diego State on Nov. 17, 2001. The Broncos also lost two fumbles for a total of seven turnovers. That ties for the second-highest number of turnovers in a single game in MW history, two shy of the record of nine, held by Wyoming (Nov. 17, 2001 at San Diego State).

 

ROBERTS APPROACHING MOUNTAIN WEST RECORD
With three successful PAT attempts at Boston College last Saturday, Colorado State senior PK Jared Roberts extended his streak of consecutive PATs made to 80. Roberts ranks second on the Mountain West all-time list behind CSU's Jason Smith (86 from Sept. 2, 2006 to Dec. 20, 2008).

MOUNTAIN VS. WEST
Defending MW champion Fresno State from the West Division defeated the Mountain Division's New Mexico, 35-24, last Saturday in the first cross-divisional contest of the 2014 Conference season. 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

 

WEEK 5 IN REVIEW

 

  • Of the Mountain West's 28 touchdowns in Week 5, 16 were scored on the ground while another 11 were passing TDs. Nevada senior FS Nigel Haikins returned a San José State interception 27 yards in the fourth quarter at San José State to give the Wolf Pack its first defensive touchdown of the season. It also marked Nevada's first pick six since Khalid Wooten's 78-yarder against Hawai'i on Sept. 22, 2012.

 

  • Fresno State posted 593 total yards at New Mexico last Friday, including 321 passing and 272 rushing yards. It marked the second straight game that the Bulldogs surpassed the 500-yard mark, after the squad totaled 694 yards against Southern Utah on Sept. 20.

 

  • Two MW players rushed for multiple touchdowns in Week 5, led by San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey with four against UNLV. The four TDs set a career high for the sophomore, and were the most by an Aztec since Adam Muema had four at Wyoming on Nov. 24, 2012. Pumphrey's four rushing touchdowns, which marked the third game this season and fourth of his career with multiple rushing TDs, also tied for the fifth-most in a single game ever by a MW player. It also marked the third time this season that a running back from the Conference tallied at least three rushing TDs in a single game (3 by Hawai'i senior Joey Iosefa vs. Oregon State in Week 2, 3 by Boise State junior Jay Ajayi vs. Louisiana in Week 4).

 

  • Nevada senior QB Cody Fajardo recorded his sixth career multiple rushing touchdown game since the Wolf Pack joined the league in 2012, after collecting two rushing TDs at San José State. The senior has rushed for 24 touchdowns in the past three years, including three this season.

 

  • Four MW quarterbacks tallied at least one passing and one rushing touchdown in Week 5, led by Fresno State junior Brian Burrell who had three in the air and one on the ground at New Mexico last Friday. Air Force senior QB Kale Pearson had his second straight performance with at least one passing and one rushing TD in the same game with one apiece against Boise State. New Mexico freshman Lamar Jordan and UNLV junior Blake Decker each accomplished the feat for the first time in their respective careers, as Jordan had one passing and one rushing touchdown against Fresno State and Decker had one of each at San Diego State.

 

  • Three MW teams, including Boise State, Fresno State and San José State, kept their opponents under 100 yards through the air in Week 5. Boise State held Air Force to 48 passing yards, the fewest allowed by the Broncos since New Mexico had 44 against them on Sept. 29, 2012. San José State held Nevada to 64 passing yards, marking the second straight week that the Spartans held an opponent under the century passing mark. Fresno State limited New Mexico to 97 passing yards, the fewest allowed by the Bulldogs since giving up just 63 to Air Force on Nov. 24, 2012.

 

  • With Nevada's 21-10 victory at San José State last Saturday, head coach Brian Polian earned his first road win at the helm of the Wolf Pack. Seven MW teams recorded at least one sack last weekend, including five programs (San Diego State, New Mexico, Air Force, Boise State and Fresno State) with multiple sacks. SDSU led all squads with six sacks against UNLV, the most by the Aztecs in a single game since also recording six at Wyoming on Nov. 24, 2012. New Mexico posted three sacks vs. Fresno State, its first multiple-sack outing of the season and the most by the Lobos since having three against New Mexico State on Oct. 5, 2013. Air Force, Boise State and Fresno State pitched in two sacks apiece in their respective outings. The Falcons and Bulldogs have each posted multiple sacks in three of their four contests this season, while the Broncos have sacked their opponent's quarterback multiple times in the same game in five straight appearances and in 13 of Boise State's last 14 games, dating back to Sept. 28, 2013. Colorado State (at Boston College) and UNLV (at San Diego State) rounded out the group with one QB sack each.

 

  • Three MW squads recorded multiple interceptions in their respective games in Week 5, led by Air Force with five against Boise State. The Falcons' five picks tie as the third-most in program history and the most since grabbing six against Houston in the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl. It also marked the eighth time in Conference history that an MW team intercepted at least five passes in a single game and the first time since Wyoming did so vs. Weber State on Sept. 5, 2009. Nevada collected two interceptions at San José State last Saturday, marking the second time in the last three games that the Wolf Pack picked off multiple passes. San Diego State had two interceptions against UNLV, marking the first multiple-INT game by the Aztecs since a Nov. 23, 2013 meeting with Boise State.

 

  • Eight MW teams held their opponents from scoring on their respective opening drives in Week 5. Air Force has held each of its four opponents this season scoreless on their opening drives, while Boise State has accomplished the feat in three straight games and in four of its five contests this season. UNLV kept its opponent from scoring on an opening drive for the fifth time in six games, dating back to the Heart of Dallas Bowl against North Texas (Jan. 1). Nevada has not allowed an opponent to score on an opening drive in four of its last five outings, dating back to Nov. 30, 2013, while San José State has done so in three of its four contests this season. Colorado State, Fresno State and New Mexico have each kept back-to-back opponents scoreless on their respective opening drives.

 

  • Air Force held Boise State scoreless in the first half of action last Saturday, marking the first time the Falcons have blanked an opponent in the first stanza since an Oct. 29, 2011 meeting with New Mexico. It also marked the first time the Broncos were shut out in the opening half since a Sept. 20, 2012 contest against BYU. The Falcons also kept Boise State from scoring through three quarters last Saturday, marking the first time the Broncos were shut out through the first 45 minutes of play since a Sept. 7, 2002 trip to Arkansas.

 

MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
0 San Diego State and UNLV are two of nine FBS teams that have not lost a fumble in 2014 (Arizona, Boston College, Cincinnati, Kansas, Michigan State, Missouri, UTEP).
1 San Diego State has won 15 of its last 16 games, and 21 of its last 23, when committing one or fewer turnovers. The Aztecs did not turn the ball over in last week's 34-17 victory over UNLV.
3 With its 28-14 victory over Mountain Division foe Boise State last Saturday, Air Force improved to 3-1 on the season and eclipsed its two-win total from 2013. The Falcons did not pick up their second victory last year until Nov. 2.
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 nine players in the FBS this season to collect at least three sacks in a single game.
4 Hawai'i senior Tyler Hadden nailed a career-best four field goals at Colorado on Sept. 20, one shy of the Rainbow Warrior and Mountain West single-game records.
7 Air Force forced seven Boise State turnovers last Saturday, including five interceptions and two fumbles. It was the highest output by the Falcon defense since forcing seven Wyoming turnovers (six picks, one fumble) on Sept. 19, 1992. Meanwhile, the last time the Broncos had seven turnovers in a game was on Sept. 7, 2002, when Boise State fell at Arkansas, 41-14.
8 Utah State has prohibited eight straight opponents from scoring on the opening drive of their respective games.
10 Air Force snapped a 10-game Conference losing streak with its 28-14 victory over Boise State last Saturday. The Falcons' last MW win came on Nov. 16, 2012, 21-7 over Hawai'i.
14 Fresno State senior safety Derron Smith leads all active FBS players with 14 career interceptions for the Bulldogs.
19 New Mexico sophomore linebacker Dakota Cox posted a career-high 19 tackles against Fresno State last Saturday, marking the eighth time in his last nine appearances that he has reached double digits in stops. His 19 total tackles are one shy of the FBS high of 20, set by Texas State's David Mayo. Cox leads all players in the country with 64 total tackles this season, becoming the first player to surpass the 60-tackle mark through the first five weeks of the 2014 campaign. Cox has recorded games of 17, 18 and 19 total tackles this season, and he is the only player in the FBS this season to have three of the top 20 performances in total stops.
25 Colorado State senior Charles Lovett now has a catch in 25 consecutive games after hauling in a 12-yard touchdown reception to secure the Rams' 24-21 victory at Boston College last Saturday. Lovett's last game without a catch was on Nov. 19, 2011 at TCU.
100 Utah State junior WR JoJo Natson needs four receptions to reach 100 in his career. He would become just the 17th player in school history with 100 career receptions.
400 With its 34-9 victory over Louisiana on Sept. 20, Boise State became the fastest team in NCAA history to win 400 games. Since 1968, the Broncos have amassed a record of 400-153-2.
1,000 Fresno State is set to play the 1,000th game in program history when it hosts in-state rival San Diego State on Saturday. The Bulldogs are in their 93rd season of football and have an all-time record of 579-393-27 (.580), which are the most victories of any program in the Mountain West.

 

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