Mountain West Football Weekly Release - Bowl Edition

 

Complete Release in PDF Format | 2014 MW Bowl Central | Cumulative Stats PDF | @MountainWest on Twitter Twitter
2014 Schedule | Standings | Stats | Media Guide | Mountain West Network | CollegePressBox.com

 

BowlMatchupCoverage
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Louisiana 16, Nevada 3
Sat., Dec. 20 | 10 a.m. CT
Follow Live Stats
Recap | Box Score | Photo Gallery
TV: ESPN | WatchESPN
Trophy Presentation on ESPN3
Radio: ESPN Radio 94.5 FM, 630 AM
ESPN Radio
SIRIUS / XM 83
Gildan New Mexico Bowl Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Utah State 21, UTEP 6
Sat., Dec. 20 | 12:20 p.m. MT
Follow Live Stats
Recap| Box Score | Photo Gallery
TV: ESPN | WatchESPN
Trophy Presentation on ESPN3
Radio: KVNU 610 AM
ESPN Radio
SIRIUS / XM 83
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
#22 Utah 45, Colorado State 10
Sat., Dec. 20 | 12:30 p.m. PT
Follow Live Stats
Recap | Box Score | Photo Gallery
Bowl Central HomeTV: ABC | WatchESPN
Trophy Presentation on ESPN3
Radio: ESPN 105.5
Sports USA Radio
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Air Force 38, Western Michigan 24
Sat., Dec. 20 | 3:45 p.m. MT
Follow Live Stats
Recap | Box Score | Photo Gallery
TV: ESPN | WatchESPN
Trophy Presentation on ESPN3
Radio: KVOR AM 740
ESPN Radio
SIRIUS / XM 83
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
San Diego State vs. Navy
Tue., Dec. 23 | 6:30 p.m. PT
Follow Live Stats
Recap | Box Score | Photo Gallery
TV: ESPN | WatchESPN
Trophy Presentation on ESPN3
Radio: The Mighty 1090
ESPN Radio
SIRIUS / XM 83
Hawaii Bowl Hawai‘i Bowl
Fresno State vs. Rice
Wed., Dec. 24 | 3 p.m. HT
Follow Live Stats
Recap | Box Score | Photo Gallery
TV: ESPN | WatchESPN
Trophy Presentation on ESPN3
Radio: 940 AM ESPN Radio
ESPN Radio
SIRIUS / XM 83
VIZIO Fiesta Bowl VIZIO Fiesta Bowl
#20 Boise State vs. #10 Arizona
Wed., Dec. 31 | 2 p.m. MT
Follow Live Stats
Recap | Box Score | Photo Gallery
TV: ESPN | WatchESPN | ESPN Deportes
SkyCam on ESPN3Trophy Presentation on ESPN3
Radio: KBOI 670 AM
ESPN Radio
SIRIUS / XM 83

 

MOUNTAIN WEST BOWL NOTES
The Mountain West will send a record seven teams into postseason bowl games in 2014, eclipsing the previous record of six set in 2013. The Mountain West has earned 69 bowl bids since 1999 and holds a 35-27 (.565) all-time record. The 2014 postseason marks the eighth straight year the MW has sent at least five teams to bowls and 11th time since the league's inception in 1999.

 

Last season, the league amassed a bowl record of 3-3, marking the eighth time in the last 10 seasons that the MW has gone at least .500 in the postseason. Over the last 10 years, 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.

 

In both years since the Mountain West went to 12 teams and two divisions, it has had seven bowl-eligible teams to set a MW record. The Conference has boasted at least five bowl-eligible teams 11 times since its inception in 1999, including its current run of eight straight seasons of sending at least five teams to bowls.

 

THE MATCHUPS
Mountain West Champion and No. 20 Boise State (11-2, 7-1 MW) will face No. 10 Arizona (10-3, 7-2 Pac-12) in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl. The Broncos, who accepted their bid after capturing their first-ever outright MW title with a 28-14 victory over Fresno State in the 2014 Sports Authority Mountain West Championship Game, return to the Fiesta Bowl for the third time in the last nine years. Boise State is 2-0 all-time in the Fiesta Bowl, including a 43-42 overtime victory against Oklahoma in 2007 and a 17-10 win over TCU in 2010. The Broncos will make their 13th straight bowl appearance, which is tied for the seventh-longest active streak in the country. The Wildcats have played in the Fiesta Bowl twice, including a 16-10 loss to Pittsburgh in 1979 and a 29-0 victory over Miami in 1994. This will mark the first meeting between Boise State and Arizona. The Mountain West holds an all-time postseason record of 9-8 over squads from the Pac-12. The 2014 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl will be played on Wednesday, December 31 at 2 p.m. MT and aired on ESPN.

 

Fresno State (6-7, 5-3 MW) will travel to the Hawai‘i Bowl for the second time in three years and third time overall. The Bulldogs, who won their final three games of the regular season to capture the West Division of the Mountain West and advance to the Sports Authority MW Football Championship Game, will face Rice (7-5, 5-3) out of Conference USA. The Bulldogs, who have made 13 bowl appearances in the last 15 years and 25 overall, are 6-0 all-time against the Owls, with the last meeting resulting in a 52-21 Fresno State win in 2004. Rice will be making its third consecutive bowl appearance and fifth in the last nine years. This season will mark the first time the Owls have played in the Hawai‘i Bowl. The 2014 Hawai‘i Bowl is scheduled for 3 p.m. HT on Wednesday, December 24 and will air on ESPN.

 

Colorado State (10-2, 6-2 MW) accepted an invitation to play in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. The Rams, who will be making their 14th postseason appearance, will face Utah (8-4, 5-4 Pac-12). CSU is looking for its seventh all-time bowl victory and third straight. The Rams defeated Fresno State, 40-35, in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl, and dropped Washington State, 48-45, in the 2013 edition of the game. This will mark the first-ever trip to the Las Vegas Bowl for Colorado State. Utah is 13-4 all-time in the postseason and has qualified for its 11th bowl game in the last 14 years. The Utes hold a 55-22-2 all-time advantage over their former conference mate CSU. The squads have never met in the postseason. The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl will be televised on Saturday, December 20 at 12:30 p.m. PT on ABC.

 

Utah State (9-4, 6-2 MW) will make its first trip to the Gildan New Mexico Bowl and face UTEP from Conference USA. The Aggies, who are bowl eligible for the fourth-straight season for the first time in program history, have won back-to-back bowl games, including a 41-15 victory over Toledo in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and a 21-14 win over Northern Illinois in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. UTEP (7-5, 5-3 C-USA) will make its first postseason appearance since 2010, a 52-25 loss to BYU in the New Mexico Bowl. The Miners are 5-8 overall in postseason play with their last bowl win coming in 1967. This will mark the third meeting between the squads, as Utah State holds a 2-0 advantage over UTEP including a 20-7 victory in 1960 and a 21-6 win in 1961. Kickoff at University Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M. is set for 12:20 p.m. MT on Saturday, December 20. The game will air nationally on ESPN.

 

San Diego State (7-5, 5-3 MW) will play in its fifth consecutive bowl when it takes on Navy (7-5) in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Tuesday, December 23. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. PT on ESPN. The Aztecs, who will be playing in their second Poinsettia Bowl in three years and third overall, are 3-0 all-time against the Midshipmen, including a 35-14 victory in the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl. Navy has earned its 11th bowl invitation in the last 12 seasons and will appear in the game for the third time in program history.

 

Nevada (7-5, 4-4 MW) will participate in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl for the first time in program history, as the Wolf Pack will take on Louisiana (8-4, 7-1) from the Sun Belt. Nevada is bowl eligible for the ninth time in 10 seasons and will participate in a bowl game for the 14th time in program history. The Pack is 1-0 all-time against the Ragin' Cajuns with the lone meeting resulting in a 38-14 Nevada victory in 1995. Louisiana will make its fourth consecutive bowl appearance, having played in each of the last three New Orleans Bowls. The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will kick off the FBS postseason at 10 a.m. CT on Saturday, December 20 and will be broadcast on ESPN.

 

Air Force (9-3, 5-3 MW) has qualified for the postseason in seven of the last eight years and will face Western Michigan (8-4, 6-2 MAC) in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. This will also mark the first-ever meeting between the Falcons and the Broncos, as well as the first time either squad has appeared in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Western Michigan has appeared in five all-time bowls with its last trip coming at the 2011 Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will get underway in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday, December 20 at 3:45 p.m. MT on ESPN.

 

MOUNTAIN WEST AT THE FOREFRONT OF BOWL HISTORY
Boise State becomes the first-ever team from the Group of 5 to appear in a New Year's Six bowl game. Under the BCS system, the Mountain West was also the first FBS league to have a member earn an automatic berth and win a BCS bowl game.

 

The Mountain West played in BCS bowls four times in seven years (2004-10) and went 3-1 in BCS bowl appearances, with wins over Pittsburgh, Alabama and Wisconsin and the only loss coming to Boise State, which had not yet joined the league. The MW had a team ranked in the final BCS Standings 12 of the 15 seasons and had at least two teams ranked in the final BCS Standings on five occasions, including three in 2008 and 2009. The league collected four top-six finishes in the BCS era. Since the composite computer rankings were compiled beginning in 2004, the Mountain West finished first in seven of the 10 seasons.

 

MW COACHES IN BOWL GAMES
Air Force's Troy Calhoun will lead the Falcons to their seventh bowl game in his eight years as the squad's head coach. San Diego State's Rocky Long will be making his fourth straight bowl appearance in his fourth season at the helm of the Aztecs. Long had previously led New Mexico to five bowl game appearances in his final seven seasons as the Lobos' head coach. Second-year head coach Tim DeRuyter will be guiding the Bulldogs to the postseason for the third straight year. Prior to his current position at Fresno State, DeRuyter served as the interim head coach for Texas A&M in the 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, leading the Aggies to a 33-22 victory over Northwestern. Utah State's Matt Wells will be guiding the Aggies to the postseason for the second straight season. Wells served as an assistant at USU the previous two years, before becoming head coach in 2013, when the Aggies made consecutive bowl appearances. In his first year as Boise State's head coach, Bryan Harsin, a former Bronco QB and assistant coach, will guide the squad to the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl. It marks the second straight year that Harsin will lead a team to the postseason, after taking Arkansas State to the 2013 GoDaddy.com Bowl in his first head coaching role. Nevada's Brian Polian will lead the Wolf Pack to a bowl game for the first time in his two-year head coaching career. Colorado State's Dave Baldwin, who is completing his third season on the Rams' staff, will serve as interim head coach in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. Baldwin takes over for Jim McElwain, who led Colorado State to a bowl game last season.

 

POSTSEASON PROWESS
Over the last 10 seasons, the Mountain West owns the second-best win percentage in bowl games among the 10 FBS conferences with a 28-19 mark (.596) during that span, trailing only the SEC (.659).

 

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

 

LOOKING BACK AT THE SPORTS AUTHORITY MW CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Boise State senior QB Grant Hedrick rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Broncos to a 28-14 victory over Fresno State in the Sports Authority Mountain West Football Championship Game on Dec. 6. Hedrick earned Offensive MVP honors for his performance, while sophomore LB Tanner Vallejo was recognized as Defensive MVP after collecting 13 total tackles and an interception return for a TD. With the victory, Boise State earned its second overall MW title and its first outright Conference crown since joining the league in 2011.

 

BRONCOS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
After its 28-14 victory over Fresno State in the Sports Authority MW Championship Game, Boise State moved up to No. 21 in both the Amway Coaches' and Associated Press polls, receiving 325 votes by the Coaches' panel and 368 by the AP voters. Fellow Mountain Division members Colorado State and Air Force also received votes in both sets of rankings.

 

The Broncos are also the first-ever MW team to be included in the College Football Playoff Selection Committee Rankings. Boise State, the only squad ranked from the Group of Five, enters the bowl season at No. 20.

 

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

 

A LOOK AT THE PRESEASON PREDICTIONS
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.

 

Below is a look at how the preseason poll favorite has fared in regular-season play.

 

Year Predicted Champion Predicted Champion Finish Actual Champion Bowl Game
2014* BSU (M) / FS (W) BSU (1st M)/FS (1st W) BSU Fiesta
2013* BSU (M) / FS (W) BSU (2nd M)/FS (1st W) FS Las Vegas
2012 BSU T-1st BSU/FS/SDSU Las Vegas
2011 BSU 2nd TCU Las Vegas
2010 TCU 1st TCU Rose
2009 TCU 1st TCU Fiesta
2008 BYU 3rd Utah Las Vegas
2007 TCU 5th BYU Las Vegas
2006 TCU 2nd BYU Las Vegas
2005 Utah T-5th TCU Houston
2004 Utah 1st Utah Fiesta
2003 CSU 3rd Utah San Francisco
2002 CSU 1st CSU Liberty
2001 CSU 2nd BYU New Orleans
2000 Utah T-5th CSU None
1999 BYU T-1st BYU/CSU/Utah Motor City
*First season of MW divisional play and Championship Game

 

MOUNTAIN VS. WEST
With Boise State's 28-14 victory over Fresno State in the 2014 Sports Authority MW Football Championship Game, the Mountain Division ended the regular season with a 14-5 (.737) advantage over the West. Air Force (at UNLV on Nov. 8, vs. Nevada on Nov. 15), Boise State (at Nevada on Oct. 4, vs. Fresno State on Oct. 17, vs. San Diego State on Nov. 15, vs. Fresno State on Dec. 6), Colorado State (at Nevada on Oct. 11, at San José State on Nov. 1, vs. Hawai‘i on Nov. 8), New Mexico (at UNLV on Nov. 1), Utah State (vs. UNLV on Oct. 25, at Hawai‘i on Nov. 1, vs. San José State on Nov. 21) and Wyoming (at Fresno State on Nov. 1) posted the 14 wins for the Mountain Division, while the West's five cross-divisional wins came 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, vs. Air Force on Nov. 22) and San José State (at Wyoming on Oct. 18).

 

The Mountain Division holds an all-time record of 21-17 (.553) against opponents from the West Division since divisional play was established in the Mountain West in 2013.

 

Mountain Division West Division
2014 Record vs. West: 14-5 (.737)
  At Home: At Home: 7-3 (.700)
  On Road: 7-2 (.778)
2013 Record vs. West: 7-12 (.368)
  At Home: 4-5 (.444)
  On Road: 3-7 (.300)
All-Time Record vs. West: 21-17 (.553)
  At Home: 11-8 (.579)
  On Road: 10-9 (.526)
Teams with eight or more wins in 2014: 4
Teams with eight or more wins in 2013: 3
MW Championship Game Record: 1-1
2014 Bowl Appearances: 4
2014 Bowl Record: TBD
2013 Bowl Appearances: 3
2013 Bowl Record: 2-1
2014 Record vs. Mountain: 5-14 (.263)
  At Home: 2-7 (.222)
  On Road: 3-7 (.300)
2013 Record vs. Mountain: 12-7 (.632)
  At Home: 7-3 (.700)
  On Road: 5-4 (.556)
All-Time vs. Mountain: 17-21 (.447)
  At Home: 9-10 (.474)
  On Road: 8-11 (.421)
Teams with eight or more wins in 2014: 0
Teams with eight or more wins in 2013: 2
MW Championship Game Record: 1-1
2014 Bowl Appearances: 3
2014 Bowl Record: TBD
2013 Bowl Appearances: 3
2013 Bowl Record: 1-2

 

BOISE STATE RIDING EIGHT-GAME WIN STREAK
Boise State enters the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl on an eight-game win streak, tying Alabama and Oregon for the third-longest active win streak nationally. Only Florida State (29) and Ohio State (11) boast longer streaks. It is also the longest win streak for Boise State since a seven-game stretch from Sept. 15 to Oct. 27, 2012.

 

BOISE STATE AND COLORADO STATE IN ELITE COMPANY
The Mountain Division's Boise State (11-2) and Colorado State (10-2), are two of 16 teams nationally to amass 10 victories this season. The Mountain West is one of six conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) with multiple 10-win squads, and the only one from the Group of Five.

 

The Broncos and Rams are also two of 12 teams in the FBS that have two or fewer losses heading into the postseason. The Mountain West joins the Big 12, Big Ten and the SEC as the only leagues in the country with multiple squads to have dropped two or fewer games on the year.

 

RUNNING AMUCK
Heading into the postseason, two MW running backs now rank on the league's top-five chart for most rushing yards in a single season. San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey has totaled 1,761 rushing yards on the year to rank second in Conference history behind Stefphon Jefferson's 1,883 yards for Nevada in 2012. Boise State junior Jay Ajayi checks in at fifth on that list with 1,619 rushing yards entering the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl.

 

MOST RUSHING YARDS BY A MW PLAYER: SEASON
Rk. Player, Cl., Team No. Year
1. Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., Nevada 1,883 2012
2. Donnel Pumphrey, So., San Diego State 1,761 2014
3. Kapri Bibbs, So., , Colorado State 1,741 2013
4. Ronnie Hillman, So., San Diego State 1,711 2011
5. Jay Ajayi, Jr., Boise State 1,689 2014

 

TWO MW QUARTERBACKS ECLIPSE 3,000-YARD PASSING MARK
Colorado State's Garrett Grayson became the first MW quarterback and fifth in the FBS this season to surpass the 3,000-yard passing mark. His 278 passing yards against Hawai‘i on Nov. 8 helped the senior tally the second straight 3,000-yard passing season of his career. Grayson, who had 3,696 yards in his junior season, has 3,779 in 2014 and is the sixth MW quarterback with consecutive 3,000-yard passing seasons:

 

CONSECUTIVE 3,000-YARD PASSING SEASONS: MOUNTAIN WEST
Rk. Player, Team No. Years
1. Ryan Lindley, San Diego State 3 2009, 2010, 2011
  Max Hall, BYU 3 2007, 2008, 2009
  Casey Bramlet, Wyoming 3 2001, 2002, 2003
4. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State 2 2013, 2014
  Derek Carr, Fresno State 2 2012, 2013
  John Beck, BYU 2 2005, 2006

 

Boise State's Grant Hedrick joined Grayson in the 3,000-yard club this season after throwing for 246 yards at Wyoming on Nov. 22. The senior currently now has 3,387 yards on the year to become just the fifth Bronco QB with a 3,000-yard season, joining Kellen Moore (2008-11), Ryan Dinwiddie (2001, 2003), Bart Hendricks (2000) and Taylor Tharp (2007).

 

1,000-YARD RUSHERS
Six MW players are members of the 1,000-yard rushing club this season, including San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey, Boise State junior Jay Ajayi, Fresno State junior Marteze Waller, Air Force sophomore Jacobi Owens, Colorado State junior Dee Hart and New Mexico junior Jhurell Pressley. Pumphrey became the second sophomore in the FBS this season, and the first player in the Mountain West, to hit the 1,000-yard rushing mark on the year, accomplishing the feat in the first eight games of the 2014 campaign. He has 1,761 rushing yards, including 1,319 yards in SDSU's eight Conference games, giving the Aztecs a 1,000-yard rusher for the fifth straight season and setting a new MW record for rushing yards in a MW season. Ajayi accomplished the feat on Nov. 8 at New Mexico and now has a season total of 1,689 yards. Boise State has touted a 1,000-yard rusher in six straight seasons. Waller also rushed past the 1,000-yard mark on Nov. 8 with 145 yards in the first half against San José State. With 1,292 yards this season, he became Fresno State's 21st 1,000-yard rusher, including 11 since 2000 and two since the Bulldogs joined the league in 2012. Owens, who is sidelined due to a foot injury, rushed for 66 yards against Nevada on Nov. 15 en route to becoming the seventh Falcon to reach the 1,000-yard mark in a single-season since joining the Mountain West in 1999. He also became just the third sophomore in Academy history to rush for 1,000 yards, joining Dee Dowis (1987) and Pat Evans (1984) and the first Falcon sophomore tailback. In his first season as a Ram, Hart has totaled 1,254 rushing yards to become the seventh CSU player to rush for 1,000 yards since the MW's inception in 1999. Pressley became the 18th Lobo ever to hit the 1,000-yard mark in a single season, finishing the season finale against Wyoming with 101 yards on 11 carries to bring his 2014 total to 1,083 yards. It marks the third straight season that UNM has had a 1,000-yard rusher (Kasey Carrier, 2012-13).

 

Pumphrey, Ajayi, Waller, Owens, Hart and Pressley are six of 48 players in the country to have eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark this year, making the Mountain West one of four FBS leagues (Big Ten, Pac-12, C-USA) with at least six players to accomplish the feat this year.

 

Ajayi becomes the 10th player in Conference history and the first Boise State player to post consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons since the Broncos joined the Mountain West in 2011. He is also the seventh Boise State player in program history with multiple 1,000-yard seasons.

 

CONSECUTIVE 1,000-YARD RUSHING SEASONS: MOUNTAIN WEST
Rk. Player, Team No. Years
1. DonTrell Moore, New Mexico 4 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
2. Harvey Unga, BYU 3 2007, 2008, 2009
  Rodney Ferguson, New Mexico 3 2006, 2007, 2008
4. Jay Ajayi, Boise State 2 2013, 2014
  Kasey Carrier, New Mexico 2 2012, 2013
  Adam Muema, San Diego State 2 2012, 2013
  Tim Cornett, UNLV 2 2012, 2013
  Asher Clark, Air Force 2 2010, 2011
  Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State 2 2010, 2011
  Curtis Brown, BYU 2 2005, 2006

 

COLORADO STATE'S HIGGINS GRABBING THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Colorado State's Rashard Higgins, a finalist for the 2014 Biletnikoff Award, ranks first nationally in receiving yards per game (149.1) and touchdowns (17), while ranking second in total receiving yardage (1,640). The sophomore became the first player in the FBS this season to eclipse the 1,600-yard mark.

 

Higgins' 17 receiving touchdowns rank second on the MW's single-season chart, while his 1,640 yards rank third on the league list and first in the CSU record book. He also set the MW record for receiving yards in a Conference season (1,201), eclipsing the previous mark of 1,113 receiving yards held by former Fresno State Bulldog and current Green Bay Packer Davante Adams in 2013.

 

MOST RECEIVING YARDS BY A MW PLAYER: SEASON
Rk. Player, Cl., Team No. Year
1. J.R. Tolver, Sr., San Diego State 1,785 2002
2. Davante Adams, So., Fresno State 1,718 2013
3. Rashard Higgins, So., Colorado State 1,640 2014
4. Kassim Osgood, Sr., San Diego State 1,552 2002
5. Austin Collie, Jr., BYU 1,538 2008

 

MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS BY A MW PLAYER: SEASON
Rk. Player, Cl., Team No. Year
1. Davante Adams, So., Fresno State 24 2013
2. Rashard Higgins, So., Colorado State 17 2014
3. Tyler Shoemaker, Sr., Boise State 16 2011
4. Chandler Jones, Sr., San José State 15 2013
  Austin Collie, Jr., BYU 15 2008

 

Higgins also has 23 career receiving touchdowns to set a new Ram record, passing the 21 by former CSU receiver Jeff Champine (1980-83). He has eclipsed the 100-yard mark 11 times in his career, including nine times this season and a current streak of seven straight games, which is a program record and ranks as the second-longest streak in MW history. BYU's Austin Collie holds the record for the longest streak of consecutive 100-yard receiving games with 11. Higgins' nine 100-yard receiving games in 2014 rank as the second-most in a single season in MW history behind Collie (11 in 2008).

 

CONSECUTIVE 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES: MOUNTAIN WEST
Rk. Player, Team No. Dates
1. Austin Collie, BYU 11 9/13/08 to 12/20/08
2. Rashard Higgins, Colorado State 7 10/4/14 to Present
3. Vincent Brown, San Diego State 5 11/22/08 to 9/28/09
4. Davante Adams, Fresno State 4 11/10/12 to 8/29/13
  Austin Collie, BYU 4 11/3/07 to 11/24/07
  Jovon Bouknight, Wyoming 4 11/6/04 to 12/23/04
  Kassim Osgood, San Diego State 4 9/7/02 to 9/28/02

 

MOST 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES BY A MW PLAYER: SEASON
Rk. Player, Cl., Team No. Year
1. Austin Collie, Jr., BYU 11 2008
2. Rashard Higgins, So., Colorado State 9 2014
3. Kassim Osgood, Sr., San Diego State 8 2002
  J.R. Tolver, Sr., San Diego State 8 2002
5. Davante Adams, So., Fresno State 7 2013
  Chandler Jones, Sr., San José State 7 2013

 

As a sophomore, Higgins ranks first and third, respectively, among the FBS active career leaders for receiving yards per game and receptions per game:

 

FBS ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS: RECEIVING YARDS PER GAME
Rk. Player, Team G Yards Avg.
1. Rashard Higgins, Colorado State 25 2,477 99.1
2. Corey Davis, Western Michigan 22 2,173 98.8
3. Mike Evans, Texas A&M 26 2,499 96.1
4. Austin Duke, Charlotte 22 2,100 95.5
5. Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh 25 2,323 92.9

 

FBS ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS: RECEPTIONS PER GAME
Rk. Player, Team G Rec. Avg.
1. Justin Hardy, East Carolina 48 376 7.8
2. Austin Duke, Charlotte 22 141 6.4
3. Rashard Higgins, Colorado State 25 157 6.3
4. Corey Davis, Western Michigan 22 137 6.2
5. Tommy Shuler, Marshall 49 304 6.2

 

FRESNO STATE'S HARPER MAKES HISTORY
Fresno State senior Josh Harper pulled in 10 receptions for 131 yards in the 2014 Sports Authority Mountain West Championship Game to join Colorado State junior Rashard Higgins as the second MW receiver to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark this season. Harper, who enters the Hawai‘i bowl with 1,072 receiving yards this season, is the Bulldogs' second wideout ever to record back-to-back seasons over 1,000 yards receiving, and the third in Mountain West history. He has joined Davante Adams (2012-13) in program and MW annals, as well as Wyoming's Jovon Bouknight (2004-05) in the Conference record book.

 

UTAH STATE'S NATSON WRITES NAME IN MW RECORD BOOK
Utah State sophomore JoJo Natson has two punt return TDs on the season and four in his career (two in 2013), becoming the first MW player to have multiple punt return touchdowns in multiple seasons. His four punt return TDs tie the Mountain West career record, originally set by Utah's Steve Smith (1999-2000). Natson's two punt return touchdowns this year also tie for the third-most by an FBS player this season. Overall, Natson has three rushing touchdowns, two receiving touchdowns and two punt return touchdowns on the year.

 

3,000 PASSING/1,000 RECEIVING YARDS
The Colorado State duo of QB Garrett Grayson and WR Rashard Higgins has registered 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards receiving, respectively, becoming the first Ram tandem to do so since 2005 and just the second since the league's inception in 1999. Overall, it is the 15th time in MW history that a team has boasted a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard receiver in the same season.

 

3,000-YARD PASSER/1,000-YARD RECEIVER DUOS IN A SINGLE SEASON
Year Team Players Yards Total
2014 Colorado State Garrett Grayson, QB
Rashard Higgins, WR
3,779
1,640
5,419
2013 Fresno State Derek Carr, QB
Davante Adams, WR
3,948
1,213
5,161
2013 San José State David Fales, QB
Chandler Jones, WR
3,642
1,210
4,852
2012 Fresno State Derek Carr, QB
Davante Adams, WR
4,104
1,312
5,416
2010 San Diego State Ryan Lindley, QB
Vincent Brown, WR
3,830
1,352
5,182
2010 San Diego State Ryan Lindley, QB
DeMarco Sampson, WR
3,830
1,220
5,050
2008 BYU Max Hall, QB
Austin Collie, WR
3,957
1,538
5,495
2008 BYU Max Hall, QB
Dennis Pitta, WR
3,957
1,083
5,040
2007 New Mexico Donovan Porterie, QB
Marcus Smith, WR
3,006
1,125
4,131
2007 New Mexico Donovan Porterie, QB
Travis Brown, WR
3,006
1,031
4,037
2005 Colorado State Justin Holland, QB
David Anderson, WR
3,185
1,221
4,406
2002 San Diego State Adam Hall, QB
J.R. Tolver, WR
3,253
1,785
5,038
2002 San Diego State Adam Hall, QB
Kassim Osgood, WR
3,253
1,552
4,805
2001 BYU Brandon Doman, QB
Reno Mahe, WR
3,542
1,211
4,753
1999 BYU Kevin Feterik, QB
Margin Hooks, WR
3,554
1,067
4,621

 

1,000 RECEIVING/1,000 RUSHING YARDS
Two MW teams have a 1,000-yard receiver and a 1,000-yard rusher on their rosters this season, including Colorado State (sophomore Rashard Higgins and junior Dee Hart) and Fresno State (senior Josh Harper and junior Marteze Waller). In total, 16 pairs have combined for 1,000 yards receiving and 1,000 yards rushing in the same season since the inception of the Mountain West in 1999. This is the sixth year that multiple teams have accomplished the feat in the same year, including back-to-back seasons.

 

1,000-YARD RECEIVER/1,000-YARD RUSHER DUOS IN A SINGLE SEASON
Year Team Players Yards Total
2014 Colorado State Rashard Higgins, WR
Dee Hart, RB
1,640
1,254
2,894
2014 Fresno State Josh Harper, WR
Marteze Waller, RB
1,072
1,292
2,364
2013 Boise State Matt Miller, WR
Jay Ajayi, RB
1,140
1,425
2,565
2013 San Diego State Ezell Ruffin, WR
Adam Muema, RB
1,136
1,244
2,380
2013 UNLV Devante Davis, WR
Tim Cornett, RB
1,290
1,284
2,574
2012 Fresno State Davante Adams, WR
Robbie Rouse, RB
1,312
1,490
2,802
2010 San Diego State Vincent Brown, WR
Ronnie Hillman, RB
1,352
1,532
2,884
2010 San Diego State DeMarco Sampson, WR
Ronnie Hillman, RB
1,220
1,532
2,752
2009 Utah David Reed, WR
Eddie Wide, RB
1,188
1,069
2,257
2008 BYU Austin Collie, WR
Harvey Unga, RB
1,538
1,132
2,670
2008 BYU Dennis Pitta, TE
Harvey Unga, RB
1,081
1,132
2,215
2007 New Mexico Marcus Smith, WR
Rodney Ferguson, RB
1,125
1,177
2,302
2007 New Mexico Travis Brown, WR
Rodney Ferguson, RB
1,031
1,177
2,214
2005 Colorado State David Anderson, WR
Kyle Bell, RB
1,221
1,288
2,509
2005 New Mexico Hank Baskett, WR
DonTrell Moore, RB
1,071
1,298
2,369
2001 BYU Reno Mahe, WR
Luke Staley, RB
1,211
1,582
2,793

 

3,000 PASSING/1,000 RUSHING YARDS
Two MW duos, including Boise State's Grant Hedrick and Jay Ajayi and Colorado State's Garrett Grayson and Dee Hart, have registered 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing, respectively. Overall, 16 tandems have combined to accomplish the feat since the league's inception in 1999, and this season marks the fifth time in MW history, and the third time in four years, that multiple squads have done so. This is also the second straight year and third time in Conference history that Colorado State has accomplished the feat, and the second time for Boise State since the Broncos joined the league in 2011.

 

3,000-YARD PASSER/1,000-YARD RUSHER DUOS IN A SINGLE SEASON
Year Team Players Yards Total
2014 Boise State Grant Hedrick, QB
Jay Ajayi, RB
3,387
1,689
5,079
2014 Colorado State Garrett Grayson, QB
Dee Hart, RB
3,779
1,254
5,033
2013 Colorado State Garrett Grayson, QB
Kapri Bibbs, RB
3,696
1,741
5,437
2013 San Diego State Quinn Kaehler, QB
Adam Muema, RB
3,007
1,244
4,251
2012 Fresno State Derek Carr, QB
Robbie Rouse, RB
4,104
1,490
5,594
2011 Boise State Kellen Moore, QB
Doug Martin, RB
3,800
1,299
5,099
2011 San Diego State Ryan Lindley, QB
Ronnie Hillman, RB
3,153
1,711
4,864
2010 San Diego State Ryan Lindley, QB
Ronnie Hillman, RB
3,830
1,532
5,362
2009 BYU Max Hall, QB
Harvey Unga, RB
3,560
1,087
4,647
2008 BYU Max Hall, QB
Harvey Unga, RB
3,957
1,132
5,089
2007 BYU Max Hall, QB
Harvey Unga, RB
3,848
1,227
5,075
2007 New Mexico Donovan Porterie, QB
Rodney Ferguson, RB
3,006
1,177
4,183
2006 BYU John Beck, QB
Curtis Brown, RB
3,885
1,010
4,895
2005 BYU John Beck, QB
Curtis Brown, RB
3,709
1,123
4,822
2005 Colorado State Justin Holland, QB
Kyle Bell, RB
3,185
1,288
4,473
2001 BYU Brandon Doman, QB
Luke Staley, RB
3,542
1,582
5,124

 

3,000 PASSING/1,000 RECEIVING/1,000 RUSHING YARDS
Colorado State senior Garrett Grayson, sophomore Rashard Higgins and junior Dee Hart have combined to become the 11th MW trio to amass 3,000 yards passing, 1,000 yards receiving and 1,000 yards rushing in the same season. It also marks the second time the Rams have accomplished the feat in league history and the first since 2005.

 

3,000-YARD PASSER/1,000-YARD RECEIVER/1,000-YARD RUSHER TRIOS IN A SINGLE SEASON
Year Team Players Yards Total
2014 Colorado State Garrett Grayson, QB
Rashard Higgins, WR
Dee Hart, RB
3,413
1,447
1,139
5,999
2013 San Diego State Quinn Kaehler, QB
Ezell Ruffin, WR
Adam Muema, RB
3,007
1,136
1,244
5,387
2012 Fresno State Derek Carr, QB
Davante Adams, WR
Robbie Rouse, RB
4,104
1,312
1,490
6,906
2010 San Diego State Ryan Lindley, QB
Vincent Brown, WR
Ronnie Hillman, RB
3,830
1,352
1,532
6,714
2010 San Diego State Ryan Lindley, QB
DeMarco Sampson, WR
Ronnie Hillman, RB
3,830
1,220
1,532
6,402
2008 BYU Max Hall, QB
Austin Collie, WR
Harvey Unga, RB
3,957
1,538
1,132
6,627
2008 BYU Max Hall, QB
Dennis Pitta, TE
Harvey Unga, RB
3,957
1,083
1,132
6,172
2007 New Mexico Donovan Porterie, QB
Marcus Smith, WR
Rodney Ferguson, RB
3,006
1,125
1,177
5,308
2007 New Mexico Donovan Porterie, QB
Travis Brown, WR
Rodney Ferguson, RB
3,006
1,031
1,177
5,214
2005 Colorado State Justin Holland, QB
David Anderson, WR
Kyle Bell, RB
3,185
1,221
1,288
5,694
2001 BYU Brandon Doman, QB
Reno Mahe, WR
Luke Staley, RB
3,542
1,211
1,582
6,335

 

LEADER OF THE PACK
Nevada senior QB Cody Fajardo is only the second player in FBS history to record 9,000 career passing yards and 3,000 career rushing yards, joining current San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick, who passed for 10,098 yards and rushed for 4,112 yards for the Wolf Pack from 2007-10. Fajardo also is the third player in program history to reach 12,000 career yards of total offense. With 189 total yards at UNLV on Nov. 29, including 143 rushing and 46 passing, Fajardo brought his current total to 12,968 (9,535 passing, 3,433 rushing) to rank second on the program's all-time chart, trailing Kaepernick (14,210).

 

Fajardo has amassed 10,567 yards of total offense since the Wolf Pack joined the Mountain West in 2012. He is the sixth MW quarterback ever to surpass the 10,000-yard mark for total offense and ranks fifth on that list. Fajardo also ranks fifth with 1,596 career total plays.

 

MOST TOTAL YARDS BY A MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Rk. Player, Team No. Years
1. Ryan Lindley, San Diego State 12,415 2008-11
2. Andy Dalton, TCU 11,925 2007-10
3. Max Hall, BYU 11,569 2007-09
4. John Beck, BYU 11,060 2003-06
5. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 10,567 2012-Present

 

MOST TOTAL PLAYS BY A MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Rk. Player, Team No. Years
1. Ryan Lindley, San Diego State 1,822 2008-11
2. Andy Dalton, TCU 1,730 2007-10
3. John Beck, BYU 1,685 2003-06
4. Casey Bramlet, Wyoming 1,666 2000-03
5. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 1,596 2012-Present

 

Fajardo's 12,968 career total yards currently rank third among all active players in the FBS, while his 9,535 career passing yards are eighth among all active QBs. He 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 six active players to have eclipsed the 3,400-yard mark in career rushing (joining Boise State junior RB Jay Ajayi), and his 3,433 rushing yards rank fifth among all active players in the FBS and first among all active quarterbacks:

 

MOST TOTAL YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Rk. Player, Team Yards
1. Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion 16,279
2. Rakeem Cato, Marshall 14,612
3. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 12,968
4. Sean Mannion, Oregon State 12,796
5. Marcus Mariota, Oregon 12,261

 

MOST PASSING YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Rk. Player, Team Yards
1. Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion 14,959
2. Rakeem Cato, Marshall 13,798
3. Sean Mannion, Oregon State 13,600
4. Shane Carden, East Carolina 11,564
5. Connor Halliday, Washington State 11,304
6. Marcus Mariota, Oregon 10,125
7. Brett Hundley, UCLA 9,830
8. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 9,535

 

MOST RUSHING YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Rk. Player, Pos., Team Yards
1. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin 4,664
2. Jahwan Edwards, RB, Ball State 4,558
3. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska 4,500
4. Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State 3,662
5. Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada 3,433

 

Fajardo also ranks among the top five of the league's all-time leaders for rushing quarterbacks. Since Nevada joined the Mountain West in 2012, the senior signal caller has rushed for 2,739 yards to top the league's all-time list. His 33 career rushing touchdowns are tied for second in Conference history, while his 495 career carries rank third. Below is a look at where Fajardo's numbers fall among the league's all-time top rushing QBs:

 

MOST RUSHING YARDS BY A MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Rk. Player, Team No. Years
1. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 2,739 2012-Present
2. Shaun Carney, Air Force 2,561 2004-07
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 A MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Rk. Player, Team No. Years
1. Chance Harridge, Air Force 35 2001-03
2. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 33 2012-Present
  Tim Jefferson, Air Force 33 2008-11
4. Shaun Carney, Air Force 31 2004-07
5. Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State 25 2001-03

 

MOST RUSHING ATTEMPTS BY A MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Rk. Player, Team No. Years
1. Shaun Carney, Air Force 652 2004-07
2. Tim Jefferson, Air Force 496 2008-11
3. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 495 2012-Present
4. Chance Harridge, Air Force 462 2001-03
5. Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State 420 2001-03

 

Fajardo is one of only three quarterbacks in Mountain West history with a 1,000-yard rushing season to his credit (1,121 yards in 2012). The senior is making a bid to become the first signal-caller in MW history to register multiple 1,000-yard rushing campaigns. He enters the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl with 997 yards on the ground.

 

1,000-YARD RUSHING SEASONS BY MW QUARTERBACKS
Rk. Player, Cl., Team No. Year
1. Chance Harridge, Jr., Air Force 1,229 2002
2. Keith Boyea, Sr., Air Force 1,216 2001
3. Cody Fajardo, So., Nevada 1,121 2012
4. Cody Fajardo, Sr., Nevada 997 2014

 

MW QUARTERBACKS QUICK ON THEIR FEET
Nevada senior Cody Fajardo tallied his fifth 100-yard rushing effort of 2014 with 143 yards on the ground at UNLV in the Wolf Pack's regular-season finale. His effort brought the Mountain West's total of QB performances with 100+ rushing yards in a single game to 10 this season by five different quarterbacks (Air Force senior Kale Pearson (2), Boise State senior Grant Hedrick (1) and New Mexico freshman Lamar Jordan (1) and junior Cole Gautsche (1). This is the second time in Mountain West history that the league has had at least five different quarterbacks register 100-yard rushing games in a single season (2013) and the fourth time that the Conference has had at least nine 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback in a season (2001, 2002, 2013). The league record for the most 100-yard rushing games overall by MW quarterbacks in a season is 13 (2013).

 

Fajardo is one of five active FBS quarterbacks who leads his team in both passing and rushing. His five 100-yard rushing games in 2014 eclipse his 2012 tally (4) to tie for the second-most 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback in a single season in MW history, while his 11 career 100-yard rushing games since the Wolf Pack joined the league in 2012 is a new league record:

 

MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY A MW QUARTERBACK: SEASON
Rk. Player, Team No. Year
1. Chance Harridge, Air Force 6 2002
2. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 5 2014
  Cole Gautsche, New Mexico 5 2013
  Keith Boyea, Air Force 5 2001
5. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 4 2012

 

MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY A MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Rk. Player, Team No. Year
1. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 11 2012-Present
2. Chance Harridge, Air Force 9 2000-03
3. Cole Gautsche, New Mexico 8 2012-Present
  Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State 8 2000-03
5. Shaun Carney, Air Force 5 2004-07
  Keith Boyea, Air Force 5 2001

 

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 with 13, including 10 since the Wolf Pack joined the MW in 2012, while Gautsche is tied for fifth:

 

MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY AN ACTIVE FBS QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Rk. Player, Team No.
1. Keenan Reynolds, Navy 14
  Braxton Miller, Ohio State 14
3. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 13
4. C.J. Brown, Maryland 9
5. Cole Gautsche, New Mexico 8
  Nick Marshall, Auburn 8
  Taysom Hill, BYU 8
  Dax Prescott, Mississippi State 8

 

ALL EYES ON BOISE STATE'S AJAYI
Boise State's Jay Ajayi has rushed for at least one touchdown in eight straight games, amassing a total of 20 during that span. He has a total of 25 rushing TDs in 2014, which ranks as the second-most in a single season in MW history. Colorado State's Kapri Bibbs holds the league's all-time single-season record with 31 rushing TDs in 2013.

 

MOST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS BY A MW PLAYER: SEASON
Rk. Player, Cl., Pos., Team No. Year
1. Kapri Bibbs, So., RB, Colorado State 31 2013
2. Jay Ajayi, Jr., RB, Boise State 25 2014
3. Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., RB, Nevada 24 2012
  Luke Staley, Jr., RB, BYU 24 2001
5. Chance Harridge, Jr., QB, Air Force 22 2002

 

Ajayi, who is one touchdown shy of the Boise State single-season record for rushing touchdowns, has racked up a total of 52 touchdowns over his career, which ranks second on the league's all-time list for total touchdowns, while his 29 total TDs in 2014 also rank second on the league's single-season chart. Ajayi's 47 rushing TDs rank second on the league's list for career rushing TDs and his 312 career points rank second on the league's all-time list for non-kickers, while his 174 points in 2014 rank second on the league's single-season chart.

 

MOST TOUCHDOWNS SCORED BY A MW PLAYER: CAREER
Rk. Player, Pos., Team No. Year
1. DonTrell Moore, RB, New Mexico 59 2002-05
2. Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State 52 2012-Present
3. Luke Staley, RB, BYU 48 1999-01
4. Harvey Unga, RB, BYU 45 2006-09
5. Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State 38 2012-13
  Tim Cornett, RB, UNLV 38 2010-13
  Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State 38 2010-11

 

MOST TOUCHDOWNS SCORED BY A MW PLAYER: SEASON
Rk. Player, Cl., Pos., Team No. Year
1. Kapri Bibbs, So., RB, Colorado State 31 2013
2. Jay Ajayi, Jr., RB, Boise State 29 2014
3. Luke Staley, Jr., RB, BYU 28 2001
4. Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., RB, Nevada 25 2012
5. Davante Adams, So., RB, Fresno State 24 2013

 

MOST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS BY A MW PLAYER: CAREER
Rk. Player, Team No. Years
1. DonTrell Moore, New Mexico 51 2002-05
2. Jay Ajayi, Boise State 47 2012-Present
3. Luke Staley, BYU 41 1999-01
4. Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State 36 2010-11
  Harvey Unga, BYU 36 2006-09

 

MOST NON-KICKING POINTS BY A MW PLAYER: CAREER
Rk. Player, Pos., Team No. Years
1. DonTrell Moore, RB, New Mexico 356 2002-05
2. Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State 312 2012-Present
3. Luke Staley, RB, BYU 290 1999-01
4. Harvey Unga, RB, BYU 272 2006-09
5. Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State 228 2012-13
  Tim Cornett, RB, UNLV 228 2010-13
  Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State 228 2010-11

 

MOST NON-KICKING POINTS BY A MW PLAYER: SEASON
Rk. Player, Pos., Team No. Year
1. Kapri Bibbs, So., RB, Colorado State 186 2013
2. Jay Ajayi, Jr., RB, Boise State 174 2014
3. Luke Staley, Jr., RB, BYU 170 2001
4. Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., RB, Nevada 150 2012
5. Davante Adams, So., RB, Fresno State 144 2013

 

If Ajayi reaches the end zone in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, he will become the second MW player this season (Hawai‘i senior Joey Iosefa) and fourth in Conference history to rush for at least one touchdown in nine consecutive appearances. New Mexico's DonTrell Moore (Sept. 17 to Nov. 19, 2005) and Utah's Brandon Warfield (Oct. 19, 2002 to Sept. 27, 2003) also share the league record for consecutive games with a rushing touchdown.

 

Ajayi has topped the 100-yard rushing mark nine times this season, including seven straight games from Oct 4 – Nov, 29, 2014, which ties BYU's Luke Staley for the longest streak in MW history. It is also the longest streak by a Bronco since Brock Forsey had six straight 100-yard performances in 2002. Overall, Ajayi has 16 career 100-yard rushing performances, which ties for second-most in MW history.

 

CONSECUTIVE 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES: MOUNTAIN WEST
Rk. Player, Team No. Dates
1. Jay Ajayi, Boise State 7 10/4/14 to 11/29/14
  Luke Staley, BYU 7 10/5/01 to 12/1/01
3. Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State 6 11/27/10 to 9/24/11
  Eddie Wide, Utah 6 9/26/09 to 11/7/09
5. Cody Getz, Air Force 5 9/1/12 to 10/6/12
  Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada 5 9/1/12 to 9/29/12
  DonTrell Moore, New Mexico 5 10/25/03 to 11/22/03

 

MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY A MW PLAYER: CAREER
Rk. Player, Team No. Years
1. DonTrell Moore, New Mexico 26 2002-05
2. Jay Ajayi, Boise State 16 2012-Present
  Tim Cornett, UNLV 16 2010-13
  Rodney Ferguson, New Mexico 16 2005-08
5. Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State 15 2010-11
  Harvey Unga, BYU 15 2007-09
  Curtis Brown, BYU 15 2002-06

 

Ajayi has moved into the MW's top-five for single-season rushing attempts and yards, ranking third with 325 carries and fifth with 1,689 yards. He is just 25 yards shy of the Boise State single-season record, set in 2006 by Ian Johnson (1,713). Ajayi also ranks third on the Mountain West's all-time list for career rushing yardage (3,662). He ranks second on the league's all-time chart for most all-purpose yards in a single season with 2,225. He is 458 yards shy of tying current record-holder Chad Hall, who racked up 2,683 all-purpose yards for Air Force in 2007. Ajayi's 2,225 all-purpose yards are a new MW record for most by a junior, surpassing the 2,112 amassed by BYU's Austin Collie in 2008.

 

MW TOUTS NINE 200-YARD RUSHING GAMES in 2014
The Mountain West has recorded nine 200-yard rushing performances this season, including two in Week 14 and four in the final two weeks of the regular season. San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey notched 267 yards on the ground against San José State on Nov. 29, while Boise State junior Jay Ajayi had 229 vs. Utah State. It marked each running back's second 200-yard rushing performance of the season, after Pumphrey rushed for 246 yards at New Mexico on Oct. 10 and Ajayi collected 219 yards vs. Colorado State on Sept. 6. The duo are tied for fourth on the MW's single-season chart for most 200-yard rushing games, trailing three apiece by SDSU's Larry Ned (2001), Air Force's Cody Getz (2012) and Colorado State's Kapri Bibbs (2013). In all, seven different MW players have rushed for 200 yards in a single game, including Pumphrey, Ajayi, Colorado State junior Dee Hart (230 against New Mexico on Nov. 22), Hawai‘i senior Joey Iosefa (219 vs. UNLV on Nov. 22), Wyoming freshman Brian Hill (281 at Fresno State on Nov. 1), Air Force sophomore Jacobi Owens (233 vs. Nicholls State on Aug. 30) and New Mexico sophomore Teriyon Gipson (205 vs. Boise State on Nov. 8.

 

AGGIES PUTTING A STOP TO IT
Utah State's defense racked up 5.0 sacks at Boise State on Nov. 29, bringing the Aggies' 2014 total to 48. That establishes a new MW record for sacks in a single season, surpassing the 46 that New Mexico had in 2000.

 

MOST SACKS BY A MW TEAM: SEASON
Rk. Team No. Year
1. Utah State 48 2014
2. New Mexico 46 2000
3. TCU 43 2008
4. New Mexico 42 2004
5. TCU 41 2007

 

Thirty-three of Utah State's sacks occurred against MW opponents, which also established a new league record for most in Conference-only games, eclipsing the previous mark of 31, set by New Mexico in 2004.

 

FALCONS AND RAMS HOLD OFF NON-CONFERENCE FOES
Air Force and Colorado State each went undefeated in regular-season non-conference play in 2014 with respective marks of 4-0. The Falcons defeated Nicholls State, Georgia State, Navy and Army to close out their non-conference schedule at 4-0 for the first time since the 1999 season. With wins over Colorado, UC Davis, Boston College and Tulsa, the Rams went undefeated in regular-season non-conference play for the first time since the 1994 campaign.

 

PICKING OFF PASSES
Boise State junior Darian Thompson registered his seventh interception of the season and 14th of his career in the Nov. 29 regular-season finale against Utah State. Thompson's 14 career picks are tied for second on the league's all-time list, joining Fresno State senior Derron Smith.

 

MOST INTERCEPTIONS BY A MW PLAYER: CAREER
Rk. Player, Team No. Years
1. Eric Weddle, Utah 18 2003-06
2. Darian Thompson, Boise State 14 2012-Present
  Derron Smith, Fresno State 14 2012-Present
  Gabriel Fulbright, New Mexico 14 2002-05
  Kevin Thomas, UNLV 14 1999-01

 

Thompson and Utah State senior Frankie Sutera each have seven interceptions this season to tie for the second-most ever by a MW player in a single season. Both Thompson and Sutera are one pick shy of the Conference single-season record, held by Fresno State's Phillip Thomas (2012). Five others have totaled seven interceptions in a single season since the inception of the MW in 1999. This marks the first season since the league's inception in 1999 that multiple MW players have intercepted at least seven passes in the same season.

 

As a team, Boise State now has 19 interceptions on the season to tie for fifth on the Mountain West's single-season chart, while Utah State has picked off 18 passes this season. TCU set the record in 2005 after pulling in 24 interceptions that year.

 

TAKING IT WAY BACK
Colorado State senior Jared Roberts leads the MW with three 50-plus yard field goals this season, while Air Force senior Will Conant has two 50-plus field goal on the year. Roberts is tied with Conant (2013), Ryan Harrison (2007) and Wyoming's Aaron Elling (1999) for second-most in a season in MW history. BYU's Matt Payne holds the all-time record with four field goals of 50+ yards in 2004.

 

MOST 50+ YARD FIELD GOALS BY A MW PLAYER: SEASON
Rk. Player, Team No. Year
1. Matt Payne, BYU 4 2004
2. Jared Roberts, Colorado State 3 2014
  Will Conant, Air Force 3 2013
  Ryan Harrison, Air Force 3 2007
  Aaron Elling, Wyoming 3 1999

 

Conant's and Roberts' five career made field goals of 50+ yards tie Elling (1999-00) for second-most in MW history. Payne holds the all-time mark, converting eight field goals of 50 or more yards from 2001-04.

 

MOST 50+ YARD FIELD GOALS BY A MW PLAYER: CAREER
Rk. Player, Team No. Years
1. Matt Payne, BYU 8 2001-04
2. Jared Roberts, Colorado State 5 2012-Present
  Will Conant, Air Force 5 2011-Present
  Aaron Elling, Wyoming 5 1999-00

 

Overall, Mountain West kickers have combined for eight field goals of 50 or more yards in 2014, which ties for second-most (2007) in Conference history. Last season, MW kickers racked up a league-record nine field goals of 50 or more yards.

 

CONANT'S CONSISTENCY
Air Force senior Will Conant, the 2014 MW Special Teams Player of the Year, leads the league and ranks fourth in the country, connecting on 29-of-33 career field goal attempts for a percentage of 0.879. Below is a look at the nation's top five:

 

HIGHEST FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Rk. Player, Team FGA FGM FG%
1. Matthew McCrane, Kansas State 17 16 0.941
2. Roberto Aguayo, Florida State 49 46 0.939
3. Trevor Moore, North Texas 17 15 0.882
4. Will Conant, Air Force 33 29 0.879
5. Cameron Van Winkle, Washington 23 20 0.870

 

BOISE STATE IS WINNINGEST TEAM IN FBS SINCE 2002 Boise State has amassed 147 wins since the start of the 2002 season, making the Broncos the winningest team at the FBS level during that time. Below is a breakdown of the top five leaders nationally:

 

MOST WINS SINCE 2002
Rk. Team Wins
1. Boise State 147
2. Oklahoma 136
3. LSU 133
  USC 133
5. TCU 124

 

BEST HOME RECORD SINCE 2003
Rk. Team W-L Pct.
1. Boise State 72-3 .960
2. Oklahoma 66-7 .904
3. Ohio State 77-8 .906
4. LSU 76-10 .884
5. USC 61-11 .847
6. TCU 60-12 .833

 

BEST ROAD/NEUTRAL WINNING PERCENTAGE SINCE 2003
Rk. Team W-L Pct.
1. USC 61-18 .772
2. Boise State 59-19 .756
3. Texas 58-21 .734
4. TCU 55-23 .705
5. LSU 50-21 .704

 

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.
3 Five MW players, including Nevada's Nigel Haikins and Jonathan McNeal, Boise State's Tanner Vallejo, UNLV's Siuea Vaesau and Utah State's Devin Centers, are among the 40 in the FBS this season that have recovered at least three fumbles this season. All five are tied for eighth nationally. The Wolf Pack is one of seven FBS programs with multiple players that have recovered at least three fumbles this season, and the Mountain West is one of four conferences (ACC, AAC, Big Ten) with at least five players to do so.
4 Two MW players rank among the top four nationally in rushing yards this season, led by San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey, who has 1,755 rushing yards to rank third in the FBS. Boise State junior Jay Ajayi has 1,689 rushing yards this year to rank fourth. Pumphrey also ranks fourth nationally in rushing yards per game (146.3), while Ajayi is ninth at 129.9. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Big Ten) with two of the top four for rushing yards and one of three conferences (Big Ten, C-USA) with two of the top nine for rushing yards per game.
5 Five MW teams went undefeated at home this season, including Air Force (6-0), Boise State (7-0), Colorado State (6-0) and Utah State (6-0) from the Mountain Division and San Diego State (6-0) from the West.
5 Five Mountain West teams have posted multiple defensive touchdowns on the year, including Boise State and Utah State, which are two of 12 in the FBS with at least five defensive touchdowns. The Broncos and Aggies are tied for sixth nationally with five defensive scores apiece this season. Nevada has three defensive TDs this year, while New Mexico and Wyoming each have two.
6 Three MW teams, including Air Force (4), Colorado State (6) and New Mexico (6) are among the 19 FBS squads this year that have thrown six or fewer interceptions. The Falcons are tied for fourth nationally, while the Rams and Lobos are tied for 13th. The Mountain West is one of two conferences (Pac-12) with at least three teams to have thrown six or less interceptions this season.
9 The Mountain West has recorded nine games this season with a 300-yard passer, 100-yard receiver and 100-yard rusher, including one in the final week of the regular season as Colorado State's Garrett Grayson (366), Rashard Higgins (193) and Dee Hart (115) accomplished the feat against New Mexico. The Rams have had a 300-yard passer, 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in back-to-back games.
9 Two MW quarterbacks rank in the top nine nationally in pass efficiency. Colorado State's Garrett Grayson has amassed a pass efficiency rating of 171.3 in 2014 to rank second in the FBS. The senior has completed 250-of-386 pass attempts this season, including 32 touchdowns, and has only thrown six interceptions in the regular season. Boise State senior Grant Hedrick has completed 270-of-381 passes this season, including 22 TDs and 13 interceptions, for a rating of 157.8 to rank ninth. The Mountain West is one of two conferences (Pac-12) with multiple quarterbacks in the top nine nationally for pass efficiency.
10 Boise State junior Jay Ajayi and San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey are two of seven MW players all-time to tally at least nine 100-yard rushing games in a single season. The league record is 10, set by Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson in 2012.
11 After missing his third PAT attempt against New Mexico on Nov. 22, Colorado State senior PK Jared Roberts brought his Mountain West record streak of consecutive PATs made to a close at 111 (Nov. 17, 2012 to Nov. 22, 2014). The previous mark of 86 was held by former Ram Jason Smith (Sept. 2, 2006 to Dec. 20, 2008).
13 Boise State junior Jay Ajayi, San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey, Colorado State junior Dee Hart and Nevada senior Cody Fajardo are four of 26 players in the FBS this season with at least 13 rushing touchdowns in 2014. Ajayi has 25 on the year to rank second nationally, followed by Pumphrey with 19 to tie for eighth, Hart with 16 to tie for 11th and Fajardo with 13 to tie for 20th. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Big Ten) with at least four players to have 13+ rushing touchdowns this season.
27 The Mountain West's 27 non-conference wins this season are the most since the league had 28 in 2008.
145 Utah State senior LB Zach Vigil, the 2014 MW Defensive Player of the Year, has 11.2 total stops per contest to tie for seventh nationally. He leads the league with 145 tackles this season, including 74 solo stops, to rank fourth all-time in MW single-season history.
169 With four successful PATs in the 2014 Sports Authority Mountain West Football Championship Game, Boise State senior Dan Goodale brought his career total to 169, which ranks third on the league's career chart for most made PATs. He trails record-holder Ross Evans of TCU (239) and BYU's Mitch Payne (193). Colorado State senior Jared Roberts ranks fifth on that same list with 143 career PATs.

 

WEEKLY COACHES PRESS CONFERENCES