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MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 10 SCHEDULE
Saturday, November 1 TV/Web Time Satellite Radio
Air Force at Army CBS 11:30 a.m. ET SIRIUS 134 / XM 201
New Mexico at UNLV* ROOT SPORTS/ MWN 2:30 p.m. PT &nsbp;
Colorado State at San José State* CBS Sports Network 4 p.m. PT  
San Diego State at Nevada* CBS Sports Network 7:30 p.m. PT SIRIUS 136 / XM 205
Wyoming at Fresno State* ESPN2 7:45 p.m. PT  
Utah State at Hawai‘i* Oceanic TWC / MWN 5 p.m. HT  
*Mountain West game

 


WEEK 10 AT A GLANCE

Six contests are scheduled for Sat., Nov. 1, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on CBS as Air Force looks to take back the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy with a trip to service academy foe Army. Four cross-divisional tilts are on tap as UNLV hosts New Mexico (2:30 p.m. PT, ROOT SPORTS / Mountain West Network), San José State entertains Colorado State (4 p.m. PT, CBS Sports Network), Wyoming visits Fresno State (7:45 p.m. PT, ESPN2) and Utah State travels to Hawai‘i (5 p.m. HT, Oceanic TWC / Mountain West Network). In the West Division, San Diego State and Nevada will square off in Reno beginning at 7:30 p.m. PT on CBSSN.

RAMS, BRONCOS BECOME BOWL ELIGIBLE

With a 7-1 overall record, Colorado State is bowl eligible for the second straight year and became so at the earliest point of the season (seven games) since 2000. The Rams became the first MW team to earn bowl eligibility this season and were joined in Week 9 by Boise State after the Broncos' 55-30 victory over BYU. Boise State has played in a bowl game in each of the last 12 seasons, which is tied for the seventh-longest active streak in the country. Boise State and Colorado State are two of the 31 teams in the FBS to have qualified for postseason play through the first nine weeks of the 2014 campaign.

The Mountain West sent a record six teams into postseason bowl games in 2013, marking the seventh straight year that the MW has sent at least five teams to bowls. The league posted a 3-3 record, marking the eighth time in the last 10 seasons the MW has gone at least .500 in the postseason. Overall, the Mountain West has earned 62 bowl bids since 1999 and holds a 35-27 all-time record in those contests. Over the last 10 seasons, the Mountain West has captured the Bowl Challenge Cup four times and owns the second-best win percentage in bowl games among the 10 FBS conferences with a 28-19 mark (.596) during that span. The MW is the only conference to win the trophy four times since the award's inception in 2002-03.

Overall, the Mountain West had seven bowl-eligible teams in 2013 - Fresno State (11-2), Utah State (9-5), Boise State (8-5), San Diego State (8-5), Colorado State (8-6), UNLV (7-6) and San José State (6-6) - breaking the old mark of five accomplished each of the previous eight seasons. The MW has boasted at least five bowl-eligible teams 10 times since the league's inception in 1999.

COLORADO STATE'S HIGGINS GRABBING THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT

Colorado State's Rashard Higgins hauled in five receptions for 174 yards in the Rams' 45-31 victory over Wyoming last Saturday. The sophomore ranks first nationally in three receiving categories, including yards (1,137), yards per game (142.1) and touchdowns (12). He became the third FBS player and the first in the Mountain West to eclipse the 1,000-yard through the first nine weeks of the season, joining Alabama's Amari Cooper and West Virginia's Kevin White. Higgins also became the first player with at least 170 receiving yards in four consecutive games since Missouri's Danario Alexander (2009). Over the last 10 seasons, no single player in the FBS has posted a streak of at least five consecutive games with 170 yards receiving.

Higgins has eclipsed the 100-yard mark eight times in his career, including six times this season and a current streak of four straight games, which ties for the third-longest streak in MW history. BYU's Austin Collie holds the record for longest streak of consecutive 100-yard receiving games with 11 (Sept. 13 to Dec. 20, 2008), followed by a five-game run by San Diego State's Vincent Brown (Nov. 22, 2008 to Sept. 28, 2009). Higgins' 1,137 yards receiving through the first eight games of the season rank third on the MW's single-season sophomore chart. Fresno State's Davante Adams set the Conference single-season sophomore record with 1,718 yards last year, while CSU's David Anderson had 1,293 yards in his sophomore campaign in 2003.

Higgins totaled two receiving touchdowns in the Border War last Saturday, marking his third multiple-TD performance in the last four games, his fourth this season and the sixth of his career.

COLORADO STATE'S ROBERTS EXTENDS MW PAT RECORD

With six successful PAT attempts against Wyoming last Saturday, Colorado State senior PK Jared Roberts extended his Mountain West record streak of consecutive PATs made to 97. 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 made appearances on offense, defense and special teams in the Aggies' 34-20 win over UNLV last Saturday. The sophomore was on the field for 53 total snaps, including 35 on offense, 12 on defense and six on special teams. At his traditional linebacker position, Vigil forced his fourth fumble of the season and his career and also had six total tackles and 1.5 sacks against the Rebels. On the offensive side of the ball, Vigil recorded 11 carries for 51 yards, including a career-long 31-yarder. He became the first player in the country to start on both offense and defense in the same game this season with his Oct. 3 appearance at BYU.

DEFENDING THE HOME TURF

Five MW teams are undefeated at home this season, including Air Force (4-0), Boise State (4-0), Colorado State (4-0) and Utah State (4-0) from the Mountain Division and San Diego State (3-0) from the West.

MOUNTAIN VS. WEST

The Mountain and West Divisions have split their eight cross-divisional meetings this season. Boise State (at Nevada on Oct. 4, vs. Fresno State on Oct. 17), Colorado State (at Nevada on Oct. 11) and Utah State (vs. UNLV on Oct. 25) have posted the four wins for the Mountain Division, while the West's cross-divisional wins have come from Fresno State (at New Mexico on Sept. 26), Hawai‘i (vs. Wyoming on Oct. 11), San Diego State (at New Mexico on Oct. 10) and San José State (at Wyoming on Oct. 18).

The West Division holds an all-time record of 16-11 (.593) against opponents from the Mountain Division since divisional play was established in the Mountain West in 2013. Below is a comparison of the Mountain vs. West Divisions:

 

Mountain Division West Division
2014 Record vs. West: 4-4 (.500)
2013 Record vs. West: 7-12 (.368)
All-Time Record vs. West: 11-16 (.407)
MW Championship Game Record: 0-1
Bowl Appearances: 3
Bowl Record: 2-1
Teams with eight or more victories: 3
2014 Record vs. Mountain: 4-4 (.500)
2013 Record vs. Mountain: 12-7 (.632)
All-Time Record vs. Mountain: 16-11 (.593)
MW Championship Game Record: 1-0
Bowl Appearances: 3
Bowl Record: 1-2
Teams with eight or more victories: 2

 

REACHING THE END ZONE

Two MW quarterbacks tallied at least one passing and one rushing touchdown in Week 9. Nevada senior Cody Fajardo reached the end zone twice on the ground and once through the air at Hawai‘i last Saturday. Fajardo has posted 14 career games with at least one passing and one rushing TD, including 11 since the Wolf Pack joined the Conference in 2012. Boise State senior Grant Hedrick accomplished the feat for the third time this season and fifth time in his career with four passing touchdowns and one rushing TD against BYU on Friday.

HITTING THE HOLES

Two MW squads rank among the top 11 nationally in rushing offense, led by New Mexico, which 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 11th. The MW is one of three FBS leagues (ACC, Big Ten) with at least two of the top 11 rushing offenses in the country.

MW'S CONSISTENT KICKERS

Five MW kickers rank among the top 24 nationally for career field goal percentage, including three in the top 17. 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 38-of-47 attempts (0.809), followed by Boise State senior Dan Goodale, who is tied for 17th (32-of-40, 0.800), Nevada sophomore Brent Zuzo, who is 22nd (23-of-29, 0.793) and San José State junior Austin Lopez, who is 24th (49-of-62, 0.790). The Mountain West is the only FBS league with five of the top 24 active kickers with the highest field goal percentage.

 

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 23 21 0.913
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 36 21 0.861
  Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo 70 60 0.857
8. Mike Hunnicutt, Oklahoma 84 71 0.845
9. Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State 42 35 0.833
 . Josh Lambo, Texas A&M 18 15 0.833
11. Ross Martin, Duke 52 43 0.827
12. Chris Blewitt, Pittsburgh 28 23 0.821
13. Brad Craddock, Maryland 53 43 0.811
14. Jared Roberts, Colorado State 47 38 0.809
15. Scott Secor, Ball State 26 21 0.808
  Cole Netten, Iowa State 26 21 0.808
17. Dan Goodale, Boise State 40 32 0.800
  Marvin Kloss, South Florida 35 28 0.800
19. John Wallace, Louisville 59 47 0.797
  Ryan Bustin, Texas Tech 59 47 0.797
21. Garrett Schwettman, Western Kentucky 44 35 0.795
22. Brent Zuzo, Nevada 29 23 0.793
23. Marshall Morgan, Georgia 48 38 0.792
24. Austin Lopez, San José State 62 49 0.790

 

NEVADA'S HEKKING BRINGS THE HEAT

Nevada senior Brock Hekking collected 1.5 sacks against BYU on Oct. 18, 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.

MW TRIO ON SACK ATTACK

Nevada senior Brock Hekking, UNLV senior Josh Shirley and Colorado State junior Cory James are three of the top nine active players in the FBS for career total sacks. Hekking leads the league and is tied for second nationally with 21.0 sacks in his career at Nevada, while Shirley is eighth with 19.5 and James is ninth with 19.0. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (ACC) with three of the top nine 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
  Andre Monroe, Maryland 21.0
  Leighton Gasque, Middle Tennessee 21.0
5. Alvin Dupree, Kentucky 20.0
  Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville 20.0
  Martin Ifedi, Memphis 20.0
8. Josh Shirley, UNLV 19.5
9. Cory James, Colorado State 19.0

 

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 261 total yards at Hawai‘i last Saturday, including 128 passing and 133 rushing, Fajardo brought his current total to 11,996 to rank second on the program's all-time chart. Current San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick holds the Wolf Pack record, compiling 14,210 total yards from 2007-10.

Fajardo's 11,996 career total yards currently rank third among all active players in the FBS, while his 8,975 career passing yards are sixth among all active QBs. He also is one of four quarterbacks in the country to have a 300-yard passing game in each of the last four seasons, joining Marshall's Rakeem Cato, Oregon State's Sean Mannion and Washington State's Connor Halliday. Fajardo is also one of eight active players to have eclipsed the 3,000-yard mark in career rushing, and his 3,031 rushing yards rank eighth 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 15,032
2. Rakeem Cato, Marshall 12,918
3. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 11,996
4. Sean Mannion, Oregon State 11,440
5. Connor Halliday, Washington State 10,772

 

MOST PASSING YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team Yards
1. Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion 13,769
2. Rakeem Cato, Marshall 12,306
3. Sean Mannion, Oregon State 12,134
4. Connor Halliday, Washington State 11,264
5. Shane Carden, East Carolina 9,829
6. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 8,975

 

MOST RUSHING YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Pos., Team Yards
1. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska 4,226
2. Jahwan Edwards, RB, Ball State 4,134
3. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin 3,496
4. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia 3,147
5. Kevin Parks, RB, Virginia 3,087
6. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State 3,054
7. Jawon Chishom, RB, Akron 3,036
9. Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada 3,021

 

Fajardo ranks among the top five of the league's all-time leaders for rushing quarterbacks. The senior signal caller has rushed for 2,327 yards and 30 touchdowns since Nevada joined the Mountain West in 2012. That ranks second and fourth, respectively, on the league's all-time lists for career rushing yards and touchdowns by a quarterback. Fajardo's 439 career rushing attempts surpass Colorado State's Bradlee Van Pelt (2001-03) for fourth in Conference history. Below is a look at where Fajardo's numbers fall among the league's all-time top rushing QBs:

 

MOST RUSHING YARDS BY AN MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No. Yards
1. Shaun Carney, Air Force 2,561 2004-07
2. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 2,327 2012-Present
3. Chance Harridge, Air Force 2,324 2001-03
4. Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State 2,274 2001-03
5. Tim Jefferson, Air Force 1,988 2008-11

 

MOST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS BY AN MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER
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 30 2012-Present
  Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State 25 2001-03

 

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. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 439 2012-Present
5. Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State 420 2001-03

 

MW QUARTERBACKS QUICK ON THEIR FEET

Nevada senior QB Cody Fajardo set season highs in rushing attempts (23) and yards (133) at Hawai‘i last Saturday for the 10th 100-yard rushing game of his career, including two this season and eight since the Wolf Pack joined the Conference in 2012. Fajardo tied New Mexico junior signal caller Cole Gautsche and Colorado State's Bradlee Van Pelt (2000-03) for second on the MW's all-time chart for most 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback.

 

MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY A MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No. Years
1. Chance Harridge, Air Force 9 2000-03
2. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 8 2012-Present
  Cole Gautsche, New Mexico 8 2012-Present
  Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State 8 2000-03

 

Fajardo and Gautsche are two of eight active quarterbacks in the FBS this season with at least eight career 100-yard rushing games. Fajardo ranks third nationally, 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 11
3. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 10
4. Cole Gautsche, New Mexico 8
  Nick Marshall, Auburn 8
  Taysom Hill, BYU 8
  C.J. Brown, Maryland 8
  Dax Prescott, Mississippi State 8

 

RECEIVING NATIONAL ACCLAIM

Four Mountain West players rank among the top 15 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 13th with 2,454 and Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran is 15th with 2,345. The Mountain West is the only FBS league with three of the top 13 and 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 3,826
2. Titus Davis, Central Michigan 3,322
3. Rashad Greene, Florida State 3,256
4. Jamison Crowder, Duke 3,068
5. Matt Miller, Boise State 3,049
6. Antonio Vaughan, Old Dominion 2,901
7. Tommy Shuler, Marshall 2,871
8. Amari Cooper, Alabama 2,868
9. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 2,783
10. Mike Evans, Texas A&M 2,499
11. Josh Harper, Fresno State 2,480
12. Kenny Bell, Nebraska 2,473
13. Devante Davis, UNLV 2,454
14. Jaxon Shipley, Texas 2,410
15. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 2,345

 

Five MW players also rank in the top 16 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 191, Fresno State senior Josh Harper, who is 11th with 184, UNLV senior Devante Davis, who is 15th with 169, and Nevada senior Richy Turner, who is tied for 16th with 167. The Mountain West is the only FBS conference with three of the top 11, four of the top 15 and five of the top 16 active players in career receptions.

 

MOST RECEPTIONS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Justin Hardy, East Carolina 327
2. Tommy Shuler, Marshall 264
3. Matt Miller, Boise State 244
4. Jamison Crowder, Duke 238
5. J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State 227
6. Rashad Greene, Florida State 223
7. Jaxon Shipley, Texas 207
8. Antonio Vaughan, Old Dominion 204
9. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 191
10. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 186
11. Josh Harper, Fresno State 184
12. Titus Davis, Central Michigan 181
13. Nelson Spruce, Colorado 176
14. Amari Cooper, Alabama 175
15. Devante Davis, UNLV 169
16. Richy Turner, Nevada 167
  Kenny Bell, Nebraska 167

 

MW RECEIVERS LEAD NCAA IN CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A CATCH

The Mountain West is home to the nation's top two players in consecutive games with a reception. Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran leads the list with 45 consecutive outings with a catch, followed by Boise State senior Matt Miller with 44. Miller was injured in Week 5 and will miss the remainder of the season. The MW is the only FBS league with three players to have recorded a reception in 35 or more consecutive games, and four to have done so in 30 straight outings, as Fresno State senior Josh Harper is tied for eighth on the list with 35 straight and UNLV senior Devante Davis is 17th with 30.

 

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION: FBS
Pos. Player, Team No.
1. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 45
2. Matt Miller, Boise State 44
3. Justin Hardy, East Carolina 43
4. Nick Harwell, Kansas 38
5. Jordan Leslie, BYU 36
  Rashad Greene, Florida State 36
  Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 36
8. Josh Harper, Fresno State 35
  Jamison Crowder, Duke 35
  Tommy Shuler, Marshall 35
11. D.J. Foster, Arizona State 34
  Geremy Davis, Connecticut 34
13. J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State 33
  Alonzo Russell, Toledo 33
15. Levi Norwood, Baylor 31
  Antonio Vaughn, Old Dominion 31
17. Devante Davis, UNLV 30

 

Rufran's streak of 45 straight games with a reception have surpassed Miller 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. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 45 9/3/11 to Present
4. Matt Miller, Boise State 44 9/3/11 to Present
5. Dennis Pitta, BYU* 43 10/23/04 to 11/20/04;
9/1/07 to 12/22/09
*Left team to serve church mission during 2005 and 2006 seasons.

 

QUICK HITS FROM AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WEST

  • Two MW quarterbacks rank in the top five in the FBS in completion percentage. Boise State senior Grant Hedrick has completed 190 of 262 pass attempts this year for a percentage of 0.725 to lead all quarterbacks nationally. San José State junior Joe Gray ranks fifth on the list, completing 127 of 177 passes (0.701). The Mountain West joins the Pac-12 as the only two conferences with two of the top five nationally in completion percentage.

 

  • Two MW squads rank among the top six in the FBS for completion percentage. As a team, Boise State has connected on 205 of 293 pass attempts (0.700) to rank third nationally, while San José State has completed 176 of 258 passes (0.682) to rank sixth. The Mountain West is one of two conferences (Pac-12) with multiple teams among the top six nationally in completion percentage.

 

  • Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson has amassed a pass efficiency rating of 167.8 in 2014 to rank fifth in the FBS. The senior has completed 169 of 259 pass attempts this season, including 21 touchdowns, and has only thrown five interceptions through eight games. Grayson's 21 passing TDs tie for ninth among all quarterbacks in the country, while his 2,456 passing yards on the year rank 11th.

 

  • San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey and Boise State junior Jay Ajayi are two of 14 players in the FBS to rush for at least 950 yards through the first nine weeks of the 2014 season. Pumphrey ranks 12th nationally with 989 yards across seven appearances and needs 11 yards to become the second sophomore in the FBS to hit the 1,000-yard mark on the year. Meanwhile, Ajayi is 13th with 985 yards in eight games, 15 yards shy of the 1,000-yard mark to become the seventh junior at the FBS level to accomplish the feat this season. Pumphrey also ranks eighth nationally in rushing average with 141.3 yards per game, while Ajayi is 14th (123.1).

 

  • San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey and Boise State junior Jay Ajayi are two of eight players in the FBS this season with at least 12 rushing touchdowns through the first nine weeks of 2014. Pumphrey and Ajayi each have 12 on the year to tie for seventh nationally, making the Mountain West one of two FBS leagues (Big Ten) with multiple players to have at least 12 rushing TDs this season. Pumphrey and Ajayi are also two of 15 players in the FBS to average at least 10.3 points per game. Ajayi is tied for ninth nationally with 10.5 points per contest, while Pumphrey is 15th with 10.3.

 

  • Boise State and Utah State are two of eight teams in the FBS with more than 13 interceptions in 2014. The Broncos lead the league and are tied for third nationally with 14 picks this year, while the Aggies are tied for fifth in the country with 13. The Mountain West joins the SEC as the only two conferences to have multiple teams with 13+ interceptions through the first nine weeks of the 2014 season.

 

  • Utah State and Boise State are two of four programs in the FBS to average more than 8.1 team tackles for loss per game. The Aggies rank third nationally, averaging 9.1 TFL per outing, followed by the Broncos in fourth with 8.1 TFL per contest. The Mountain West is the only Conference in the country with two of the top four in team tackles for loss.

 

  • 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's Darian Thompson is fifth with 12, while fellow junior Donte Deayon is tied for six with 11. The Mountain West is one of two FBS conferences (C-USA) 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 36 teams in the FBS who have recorded at least one blocked punt and one blocked kick in the 2014 season. The Rams lead the league with four blocked kicks and one blocked punt in 2014, followed by the Falcons and Aztecs with three blocked kicks and one blocked punt apiece. Meanwhile, 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 teams to block at least one punt and one kick this year.

 

  • Nine MW teams have blocked at least one kick this season, including six that have blocked multiple kicks and four that have stopped at least three. Colorado State leads the Conference and is tied for third nationally with four blocked kicks this season. The Rams are joined by Air Force (3), New Mexico (3) and San Diego State (3) as four of 19 squads nationally to stop at least three kick attempts this season, making the Mountain West the only FBS league with four teams to stop at least three kicks in 2014.

 

  • Two MW signal callers are among the top 11 quarterbacks in career passing yardage. Nevada senior Cody Fajardo ranks sixth among active players with 8,975 career passing yards for the Wolf Pack, while Colorado State senior Garrett Grayson is 11th with 7,640 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 11 for career passing yardage.

 

  • Two Colorado State players rank among the top 11 nationally for career total tackles. Max Morgan is tied for eighth among all active players in the FBS with 306 total tackles in his career as a Ram, while fellow senior LB Aaron Davis has 302 to rank 11th. CSU is the only program in the nation with two of the top 11 active players in total tackles.

 

  • Three MW linebackers rank among the top 5 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. San José State sophomore Christian Tago ranks 11th with 8.61 total tackles per game in his career, while Wyoming senior Jordan Stanton is 15th with a career average of 8.25 stops per game.

 

  • Four MW teams, including New Mexico, Boise State, Fresno State and UNLV, rank among the top 15 programs nationally in kick return defense. New Mexico leads the league and is seventh in the FBS, allowing just 15.50 kick return yards per attempt, while Boise State ranks 10th with 17.05 yards allowed per kick return, Fresno State is 13th (17.47) and UNLV is 15th (17.63). The Mountain West is the only FBS league with four of the top 15 teams in kick return defense.

 

  • Colorado State senior Garrett Grayson recorded the 10th 300-yard passing game of his career with 390 yards on 18-of-21 attempts against Wyoming last Saturday. He threw a career-best five touchdown passes, the most in a game by a Ram since Matt Newton had five at Air Force on Nov. 11, 2000. Grayson became CSU's all-time leader in completion and touchdown passes, bringing his career totals to 587 completions and 53 TDs. He began the game with 13 consecutive completions, one shy of the program record of 14, set by Caleb Hanie vs. Colorado on Sept. 9, 2006. Overall, Grayson compiled a pass efficiency rating of 320.286 in the contest against the Cowboys, which is the best by a quarterback in the FBS this season and over 43 points better than Baylor's Seth Russell, who ranks second with his rating of 277.168 against Northwestern State on Sept. 6.

 

  • Nevada junior Jordan Dobrich blocked a 34-yard field-goal attempt by Hawai‘i's Tyler Hadden in last week's meeting, marking the first blocked FG by a Wolf Pack player since Mundrae Clifton stopped a field-goal attempt by Idaho on Oct. 4, 2008. It also marked the first time a Rainbow Warrior field goal was blocked since an Oct. 14, 2011 contest with San José State.

 

MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
1 Only once in the league's 16-year history has the Conference champion posted more than one loss in MW play. In 1999, Utah, Colorado State and BYU each earned the Mountain West title with identical 5-2 marks in league games.
1 Nevada (1) and UNLV (1) are two of six teams in the FBS that have lost only one fumble this season. The Rebels had entered their contest at Utah State last Saturday as the only squad in the FBS that had yet to lose a fumble. The Mountain West is one of two leagues (SEC) with two of the top six teams nationally in fewest fumbles lost.
3 Boise State and Utah State are two of 24 teams in the FBS with at least three defensive touchdowns on the year.
4 Four Mountain West squads, including Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico and San Diego State, have not allowed a blocked kick nor a blocked punt this season.
8 Three Mountain West squads, including New Mexico (30), Air Force (31) and San José State (31) rank among the top eight nationally in fewest penalties this season.
10 Wyoming is one of 10 teams nationally to have recovered double-digit fumbles this season. The Cowboys are tied with five other squads for sixth in the FBS with 10 fumble recoveries on the year. Nevada and Utah State are tied for 11th with nine fumble recoveries in 2014.
10 Boise State tallied 10 points off turnovers vs. BYU last Friday, giving the Broncos 79 on the season to tie for the second-most in the country.
11 Eleven MW players have recovered multiple fumbles this season, including three from Utah State. The Aggies' Devin Centers, LT Filiaga and Travis Seefeldt 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, San José State junior Jimmy Pruitt, UNLV senior Siuea Vaesau 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 11 players to record multiple fumble recoveries in 2014, and Utah State is one of two FBS programs (FIU) with at least three wo players to recover multiple fumbles this year.
19 Colorado State's Garrett Grayson opened Saturday's meeting against rival Wyoming by completing his first 13 pass attempts. The senior QB also completed his final six pass attempts in the Oct. 18 victory over Utah State, giving him a streak of 19 consecutive pass completions. That ranks as the third-longest in a season in MW history. Boise State's Kellen Moore reeled off a league-record 23 straight pass completions over a two-game stretch from Oct. 7 to 15, 2011, while Nevada's Cody Fajardo ranks second on that list with a stretch of 20 straight completions over two games from Sept. 7 to Sept. 28, 2013.
21 Nevada forced a turnover for the 21st straight game with one forced fumble and a fumble recovery, as well as one interception, at Hawai‘i last Saturday. Overall, Nevada has forced 17 turnovers this season with a +9 turnover margin.
31 Utah State has tallied 31 total sacks through its first eight games this year, averaging 3.88 per game to rank third among all FBS teams.
55 Boise State's 55 points against BYU last Friday marked the highest scoring output by the Broncos since putting up 63 against Tennessee-Martin on Sept. 7, 2013.
115 After successfully completing all four extra point attempts against UNLV last Saturday, Utah State senior Nick Diaz extended his program record with 115 career PATs. The Aggies' previous record of 110 was held by Brad Bohn (1997-2000).

 

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