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MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 9 SCHEDULE
Friday, October 24 TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
BYU at Boise State ESPN 6 p.m. MT SIRIUS 92 / XM 202
Saturday, October 25 TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
San José State at Navy CBS Sports Network 1 p.m. ET SIRIUS 92 / XM 201
UNLV at Utah State* ESPNews 2 p.m. MT  
Wyoming at Colorado State* ROOT SPORTS / Mountain West Network 5 p.m. MT  
Nevada at Hawai‘i* Oceanic TWC / Mountain West Network 6 p.m. HT  
*Mountain West game

 


WEEK 9 AT A GLANCE
Five contests are on tap in Week 8, beginning on Friday night as Boise State hosts BYU beginning at 7 p.m. MT on ESPN. Four games are set for Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. ET as San José State makes the trip to Navy (CBS Sports Network). A Conference tripleheader is then scheduled, as Utah State entertains UNLV (2 p.m. MT, ESPNews), Colorado State hosts Wyoming (5 p.m. MT, ROOT SPORTS/Mountain West Network) and Hawai‘i welcomes Nevada (6 p.m. HT/Oceanic TWC/Mountain West Network.

RAMS BECOME BOWL ELIGIBLE
With a 6-1 overall record, Colorado State is bowl eligible for the second straight year and 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 join Alabama, Baylor, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Marshall, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Oregon as the 16 teams in the FBS to have qualified for postseason play through the first eight weeks of the 2014 campaign.

COLORADO STATE'S ROBERTS EXTENDS MW PAT RECORD
With one successful PAT attempt against Utah State last Saturday, Colorado State senior PK Jared Roberts extended his Mountain West record streak of consecutive PATs made to 91. The previous mark of 86 was held by former Ram Jason Smith (Sept. 2, 2006 to Dec. 20, 2008).

UTAH STATE'S NICK VIGIL ALL OVER THE FIELD
Utah State's Nick Vigil played at both linebacker and running back at Colorado State last Saturday, marking the third straight week he played both sides of the ball. He is the only player in the country to start on both offense and defense in the same game this season.

REACHING THE END ZONE
Three MW quarterbacks tallied at least one passing and one rushing touchdown in Week 8. Nevada senior Cody Fajardo reached the end zone twice on the ground and once through the air at BYU last Saturday. Fajardo has posted 13 career games with at least one passing and one rushing TD, including 10 since the Wolf Pack joined the Conference in 2012. San José State junior Joe Gray accomplished the feat for the second time in his career with two passing touchdowns and one rushing TD at Wyoming on Saturday. Gray has reached the end zone at least once through the air and on the ground in the same game in back-to-back outings (against UNLV on Oct. 4). Air Force senior QB Kale Pearson had his third outing of the season with at least one passing and one rushing TD in the same game with one apiece against New Mexico.

HITTING THE HOLES
Two MW squads rank among the top 10 nationally in rushing offense, led by New Mexico, who is collecting 304.4 yards on the ground per game to rank fifth. The Lobos are trailed by Air Force, which is tallying 273.4 rushing yards per contest to rank 10th. The MW is one of two FBS leagues (Big Ten) with at least two of the top 10 rushing offenses in the country.

MW TRIO ON SACK ATTACK
Nevada senior Brock Hekking, UNLV senior Josh Shirley and Colorado State junior Cory James are three of the top 11 active players in the FBS for total sacks. Hekking leads the league and is tied for second nationally with 21.0 sacks in his career at Nevada, while Shirley is seventh with 19.5 and James is 11th with 18.0. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (ACC) with three of the top 11 nationally in career total sacks.

 

MOST TOTAL SACKS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Vic Beasley, Clemson 29.0
2. Brock Hekking, Nevada 21.0
  Leighton Gasque, Middle Tennessee 21.0
4. Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville 20.0
  Andre Monroe, Maryland 20.0
  Martin Ifedi, Memphis 20.0
7. Josh Shirley, UNLV 19.5
8. Alvin Dupree, Kentucky 19.0
9. Art Norman, North Carolina State 18.5
  Leonard Williams, USC 18.5
11. Cory James, Colorado State 18.0

 

NEVADA'S HEKKING BRINGS THE HEAT
Nevada senior Brock Hekking collected 1.5 sacks against BYU last Saturday, bringing his career total to 21.0 since the Wolf Pack joined the Mountain West in 2012. Hekking's 21.0 sacks ranks fourth on the league's career chart, trailing league co-leaders Jan Jorgensen (BYU, 2006-09) and Jerry Hughes (TCU, 2006-09), who amassed 28.5 sacks apiece during their respective careers. Wyoming's John Fletcher (2005-09) ranks third with 24.0 career sacks.

LEADER OF THE PACK
Nevada senior QB Cody Fajardo is the third player in Wolf Pack history to reach 11,000 career yards of total offense. With 332 total yards at BYU last Saturday, including 285 passing and 47 rushing, Fajardo brought his current total to 11,735 to rank second on the program's all-time chart. Current San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick holds the Wolf Pack record, compiling 14,210 yards from 2007-10.

Fajardo's 11,735 career yards currently rank third among all active players in the FBS, while his 8,847 career passing yards are sixth among all active QBs. His 2,888 rushing yards rank ninth among all active players in the FBS and second among all active quarterbacks:

 

MOST TOTAL YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team Yards
1. Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion 14,557
2. Rakeem Cato, Marshall 12,668
3. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 11,735
4. Sean Mannion, Oregon State 11,369
5. Connor Halliday, Washington State 10,294

 

MOST PASSING YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team Yards
1. Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion 13,298
2. Rakeem Cato, Marshall 12,088
3. Sean Mannion, Oregon State 12,012
4. Connor Halliday, Washington State 10,775
5. Shane Carden, East Carolina 9,384
6. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 8,847

 

MOST RUSHING YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Pos., Team Yards
1. Jahwan Edwards, RB, Ball State 4,013
2. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska 4,001
3. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin 3,374
4. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia 3,147
5. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State 3,054
6. Jawon Chishom, RB, Akron 3,017
7. Kevin Parks, RB, Virginia 2,976
8. T.J. Yeldon, Alabama 2,909
9. Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada 2,888

 

Fajardo, who has 1,686 passing yards and 452 rushing yards on the year, is one of eight quarterbacks in the FBS to lead his team in both passing and rushing this season. He ranks among the top five of the league's all-time leaders for rushing quarterbacks. The senior signal caller has rushed for 2,194 yards and 28 touchdowns since Nevada joined the Mountain West in 2012. That ranks fourth on the league's all-time lists for career rushing yards and touchdowns by a quarterback. Fajardo's 416 career rushing attempts surpass TCU's Andy Dalton (2007-10) for fifth in Conference history. Below is a look at where Fajardo's numbers fall among the league's all-time top rushing QBs:

 

MOST RUSHING ATTEMPTS BY AN MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No. Yards
1. Shaun Carney, Air Force 652 2004-07
2. Tim Jefferson, Air Force 496 2008-11
3. Chance Harridge, Air Force 462 2001-03
4. Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State 420 2001-03
5. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 416 2012-Present
6. Andy Dalton, TCU 413 2007-10

 

MOST RUSHING YARDS BY AN MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No. Yards
1. Shaun Carney, Air Force 2,561 2004-07
2. Chance Harridge, Air Force 2,324 2001-03
3. Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State 2,274 2001-03
4. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 2,194 2012-Present
5. Tim Jefferson, Air Force 1,988 2008-11

 

MOST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS BY AN MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No. Yards
1. Chance Harridge, Air Force 35 2001-03
2. Tim Jefferson, Air Force 33 2008-11
3. Shaun Carney, Air Force 31 2004-07
4. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 28 2012-Present
  Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State 25 2001-03

 

MW QUARTERBACKS QUICK ON THEIR FEET
New Mexico junior 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 eight active quarterbacks in the FBS this season with at least eight career 100-yard rushing games. Fajardo ranks third nationally, while Gautsche is tied for fourth:

 

MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY AN ACTIVE FBS QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Braxton Miller, Ohio State 14
2. Keenan Reynolds, Navy 10
3. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 9
4. Cole Gautsche, New Mexico 8
  Nick Marshall, Auburn 8
  Taysom Hill, BYU 8
  C.J. Brown, Maryland 8
  Dax Prescott, Mississippi State 8

 

COLORADO STATE'S HIGGINS MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF
Colorado State's Rashard Higgins hauled in 10 receptions for 187 yards in the Rams' 16-13 victory over Utah State, accounting for 76.9 percent of the squad's receiving yardage on the day (187-of-243). The sophomore is the first receiver in the FBS to register at least 175 yards in three consecutive contests since Michael Crabtree accomplished the feat for Texas Tech in 2007. Higgins went without a touchdown reception against the Aggies, ending his streak of games with a TD catch at four. He enters the rivalry contest against Wyoming this Saturday just 37 yards shy of the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the season. Higgins' 963 yards in 2014 ranks sixth on the league's all-time list for sophomore receivers.

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 and Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran lead the list with 44 consecutive outings with a catch. Miller was injured in Week 5 and will miss the remainder of the season. 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 fifth on the list with 35 straight and UNLV senior Devante Davis is tied for 15th with 30.

 

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION: FBS
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Matt Miller, Boise State 44
  Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 44
3. Justin Hardy, East Carolina 42
4. Rashad Greene, Florida State 36
5. Josh Harper, Fresno State 35
  Jordan Leslie, BYU 35
  Jamison Crowder, Duke 35
  Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 35
9. Tommy Shuler, Marshall 34
10. D.J. Foster, Arizona State 33
  Geremy Davis, Connecticut 33
12. J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State 32
  Alonzo Russell, Toledo 32
14. Levi Norwood, Baylor 31
14. Devante Davis, UNLV 30
  Antonio Vaughn, Old Dominion 30

 

Miller and Rufran's respective streaks of 44 straight games with a reception have surpassed 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. 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
  Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 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.

 

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 fifth among all active players with 3,049 yards. Fresno State senior Josh Harper ranks 11th with 2,480 receiving yards, while UNLV senior Devante Davis is 12th with 2,454 and Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran is 16th with 2,293. The Mountain West is the only FBS league with four of the top 16 nationally in career receiving yards:

 

MOST RECEIVING YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Justin Hardy, East Carolina 3,640
2. Rashad Greene, Florida State 3,256
3. Titus Davis, Central Michigan 3,333
4. Jamison Crowder, Duke 3,068
5. Matt Miller, Boise State 3,049
6. Tommy Shuler, Marshall 2,838
7. Antonio Vaughan, Old Dominion 2,681
8. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 2,680
9. Amari Cooper, Alabama 2,644
10. Mike Evans, Texas A&M 2,499
11. Josh Harper, Fresno State 2,480
12. Devante Davis, UNLV 2,454
13. Kenny Bell, Nebraska 2,410
14. Jaxon Shipley, Texas 2,385
15. Larry Pinkard, Old Dominion 2,338
16. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 2,293

 

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 third nationally with 244 receptions, followed by Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran, who is ninth with 185, Fresno State senior Josh Harper, who is 10th with 184, UNLV senior Devante Davis, who is 14th with 169, and Nevada senior Richy Turner, who is 17th with 163.

The Mountain West is the only FBS conference with three of the top 10, four of the top 14 and five of the top 17 active players in career receptions.

 

MOST RECEPTIONS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Justin Hardy, East Carolina 313
2. Tommy Shuler, Marshall 261
3. Matt Miller, Boise State 244
4. Jamison Crowder, Duke 238
5. Rashad Greene, Florida State 223
6. J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State 220
7. Jaxon Shipley, Texas 203
8. Antonio Vaughan, Old Dominion 198
9. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 185
10. Josh Harper, Fresno State 184
11. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 178
12. Titus Davis, Central Michigan 175
13. Nelson Spruce, Colorado 170
14. Devante Davis, UNLV 169
15. Amari Cooper, Alabama 166
16. Deontay Greenberry, Houston 165
17. Richy Turner, Nevada 153

 

MW'S CONSISTENT KICKERS
Two MW kickers rank among the top 14 nationally for career field goal percentage. Air Force senior Will Conant leads the league and ranks fourth in the country, connecting on 21-of-24 field goal attempts for a percentage of 0.875. Colorado State senior Jared Roberts ranks 14th, finding success on 37-of-45 attempts (0.822). Below is a look at the top 13 nationally:

 

HIGHEST FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team FGA FGM FG%
1. Robert Aguayo, Florida State 36 35 0.972
2. Colby Delahoussaye, LSU 21 20 0.952
3. Kyle Bullard, Houston 21 19 0.905
4. Will Conant, Air Force 24 21 0.875
5. Elliott Fry, South Carolina 31 27 0.871
6. Andy Phillips, Utah 35 20 0.858
  Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo 70 60 0.857
8. Mike Hunnicutt, Oklahoma 84 70 0.845
9. Scott Secor, Ball State 19 16 0.842
10. Josiah Yazdani, Ohio 31 26 0.839
11. Josh Lambo, Texas A&M 18 15 0.833
12. Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State 41 34 0.829
13. Ross Martin, Duke 52 43 0.827
14. Jared Roberts, Colorado State 45 37 0.822

 

MOUNTAIN VS. WEST
The West Division holds a 4-3 advantage in games against the Mountain Division this season with victories by 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). Boise State (at Nevada on Oct. 4, vs. Fresno State on Oct. 17) and Colorado State (at Nevada on Oct. 11) have posted the three wins for the Mountain Division.

The West Division holds an all-time record of 16-10 (.615) against opponents from the Mountain Division since divisional play was instated in the Mountain West in 2013. Below is a comparison of the Mountain vs. West Divisions:

 

Mountain Division West Division
2014 Record vs. West: 3-4 (.429)
2013 Record vs. West: 7-12 (.368)
All-Time Record vs. West: 10-16 (.385)
MW Championship Game Record: 0-1
Bowl Appearances: 3
Bowl Record: 2-1
Teams with eight or more victories: 3
2014 Record vs. Mountain: 4-3 (.571)
2013 Record vs. Mountain: 12-7 (.632)
All-Time Record vs. Mountain: 16-10 (.615)
MW Championship Game Record: 1-0
Bowl Appearances: 3
Bowl Record: 1-2
Teams with eight or more victories: 2

 

QUICK HITS FROM AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WEST

  • Two MW quarterbacks rank in the top six in the FBS in completion percentage. Boise State senior Grant Hedrick has completed 166 of 231 pass attempts this year for a percentage of 0.719 to trail only Brett Hundley from UCLA. San José State junior Joe Gray is tied with USC's Cody Kessler for sixth on the list, completing 91 of 131 passes (0.695). The Mountain West joins the Pac-12 as the only two conferences with at least two of the top six nationally in completion percentage.
  • Two MW players, including Boise State junior Darian Thompson and Utah State senior Frankie Sutera, are ranked among the top 10 nationally in interceptions. Thompson is tied for third among all FBS players with 0.7 picks her game, as the junior has picked off four passes in six appearances this season. Sutera has grabbed four interceptions in seven outings, averaging 0.6 per game to tie for seventh.
  • San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey and Boise State junior Jay Ajayi are two of 12 players in the FBS this season with at least 10 rushing touchdowns through the first seven weeks of the 2014 season. Pumphrey has 12 on the year to rank fourth nationally, while Ajayi has 10 to tie with three others for ninth. Pumphrey and Ajayi are also two of 11 players in the FBS to average at least 10.3 points per game. The duo is tied for 10th nationally in score with 10.3 points per contest.
  • Boise State and Utah State are two of 12 teams in the FBS with more than 10 interceptions in 2014. The Broncos rank fourth nationally with 13 picks this year, while the Aggies are tied for sixth in the country with 11. The Mountain West joins the Big 12 and the SEC as the only three conferences to have multiple teams with 11+ interceptions through the first eight weeks of the 2014 season.
  • Utah State and Boise State are two of six programs in the FBS to average more than 8.2 team tackles for loss per game. The Aggies rank third nationally, averaging 9.0 TFL per outing, followed by the Broncos in fifth with 8.3 TFL per contest. The Mountain West is the only Conference in the country with multiple teams in the top six for team tackles for loss per game.
  • Nevada (1) and UNLV (0) are two of nine teams in the FBS that have lost one or fewer fumbles in 2014. The Rebels, who were idle in Week 8, are the only squad in the country that has yet to lose a fumble. The Mountain West is one of three leagues (ACC, SEC) with two of the top nine teams nationally in fewest fumbles lost.
  • Eight MW players have recovered multiple fumbles this season, including two from Utah State. The Aggies' Devin Centers and LT Filiaga are joined by Air Force senior Troy Timmerman, Boise State sophomore Tanner Vallejo, Fresno State senior Derron Smith, Nevada senior Jonathan McNeal, New Mexico senior David Guthrie and Wyoming senior Patrick Mertens with two apiece on the year. The Mountain West is one of two leagues in the FBS (C-USA) with at least eight players to record multiple fumble recoveries in 2014, and Utah State is one of 12 FBS programs with at least two players to recover multiple fumbles this year.
  • Three MW players, including two from Boise State, rank among the top seven nationally in career interceptions. Fresno State senior safety Derron Smith leads all active FBS players with 14 career picks for the Bulldogs. Boise State juniors Darian Thompson and Donte Deayon are tied for fourth with 11 apiece. The Mountain West is the only FBS conference with three active players that have at least 11 career interceptions, and Boise State is the only team in the country with two players to do so.
  • Air Force, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawai‘i, San Diego State and Wyoming are six of 33 teams in the FBS who have recorded at least one blocked punt and one blocked kick in the 2014 season. The Falcons, Rams and Aztecs have blocked three kicks and one punt apiece in 2014, while the Bulldogs, Rainbow Warriors and Cowboys have blocked one punt and one kick each. The six squads make the Mountain West one of two FBS leagues (Big Ten) with at least six squads to block at least one punt and one kick this year.
  • Eight MW teams have blocked at least one kick this season, including four that have stopped three. Air Force (3), Colorado State (3), New Mexico (3), San Diego State (3) are four of 18 squads nationally to stop at least three kick attempts this season, making the Mountain West the only FBS league with four teams to stop three kicks in 2014.
  • Two MW signal callers are among the top 12 quarterbacks in career passing yardage. Nevada senior Cody Fajardo ranks sixth among active players with 8,847 career passing yards for the Wolf Pack, while Colorado State senior Garrett Grayson is 12th with 7,250 yards under center for the Rams. The Mountain West is one of three FBS leagues (Pac-12, C-USA) with multiple active quarterbacks in the top 12 for career passing yardage.
  • Three MW linebackers rank among the top 13 of all active players for total tackles per game. New Mexico sophomore Dakota Cox is the only active player averaging more than 10 stops, ranking first in the FBS with an average of 10.21 total tackles per game in his career as a Lobo. Wyoming senior Jordan Stanton is tied for 10th with 8.58 total tackles per game in his career, while San José State sophomore Christian Tago is 13th with an average of 8.47 stops per game.
  • Two MW teams, including New Mexico and Boise State, rank among the top nine programs nationally in kick return defense. New Mexico ranks sixth in the FBS, allowing just 15.50 kick return yards per attempt, while Boise State ranks ninth with 16.17 yards allowed per kick return. The Mountain West joins the American as the two FBS leagues with multiple teams included in the top nine in kick return defense.
  • 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.
  • Colorado State's Jared Roberts and San José State's Austin Lopez each converted field goals of 50 or more yards in their respective games last Saturday. Roberts tied his season-long with a 52-yarder in the second quarter of Saturday's overtime victory against Utah State, while Lopez hit on a 50-yard attempt late in the fourth quarter of the Spartans' overtime win at Wyoming. That brings the number of field goals of 50 yards or longer to six this season for MW kickers, which ties for fifth-most in a single season in MW history. Roberts has now converted four field goals of 50 yards or more in his career, tying Air Force's Will Conant for third on the league's all-time list. BYU's Matt Payne (2001-04) holds the record with eight field goals of 50+ yards over his career, followed by Wyoming's Aaron Elling (1999-00).

 

MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
1 Through the first seven weeks of the 2014 season, each of the Mountain West's 12 teams has posted at least one Conference victory for the first time since 2012.
2 Air Force and New Mexico each have only thrown two interceptions through their respective seven outings this year. The Falcons and Lobos are two of 11 teams in the FBS to have been picked off two or fewer times this season.
7 Boise State ranks seventh in the country with 69 points off turnovers in its first seven contests of the 2014 season. The Broncos are averaging 9.9 points off turnovers per game.
8 Utah State led the league with eight total sacks at Colorado State last Saturday, becoming the second team in the MW and 11th in the FBS this season to sack its opposing QB at least eight times in a single game. Boise State last accomplished the feat at UConn on Sept. 13. The eight sacks tie for the seventh most in a single game by an FBS squad this season. Utah State has had multiple sacks in five straight games, and has recorded more than one sack in six of its seven games this season and in 15 of its last 16 contests, dating back to Oct. 4, 2013.
10 Each of the six games on the Mountain West's Week 8 docket was decided by 10 or fewer points.
11 Utah State's 11-game Conference road win streak came to a close Saturday with its 16-13 loss at Colorado State. The Aggies also had their six-game MW win streak snapped. USU has now won 19 of its last 21 league contests.
16 Hawai‘i, which fell to San Diego State, 20-10, last Saturday, has dropped a program-record 16 straight road games since 2011. The Rainbow Warriors' last road victory game on Oct. 29, 2011, when UH defeated Idaho 16-14. Hawai‘i has lost all nine of its MW road games since joining the league in 2012.
19 Utah State is one of six FBS squads that has gained at least 19 turnovers through the first eight weeks of the 2014 season. The Aggies are tied with Michigan State and Virginia for fourth in the country with 19 turnovers gained this year.

 

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