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Louisiana 16, Nevada 3
Sat., Dec. 20 | 10 a.m. CT
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Utah State 21, UTEP 6
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#22 Utah 45, Colorado State 10
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Air Force 38, Western Michigan 24
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Navy 17, San Diego State 16
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Rice 30, Fresno State 6
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#20 Boise State 38, #10 Arizona 30
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MOUNTAIN WEST IN THE POSTSEASON
The Mountain West sent a record seven teams into postseason bowl games in 2014, posting a 3-4 record (.429). Overall, the Mountain West has earned 69 bowl bids since 1999 and holds a 38-31 (.551) all-time record. The league has also posted an overall postseason mark of at least .500 in eight of the last 11 seasons.

 

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. It also marked the second straight season that six or more MW squads advanced to the postseason. 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.

 

Over the last 11 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 31-23 mark (.574) during that span. The MW is the only conference to win the trophy four times since the award's inception in 2002-03.

 

Conference Bowl Record (since 2004) Pct.
SEC 61-33 .649
MOUNTAIN WEST 31-23 .574
Pac-12 38-29 .567
Big East/American 30-24 .556
Conference USA 31-29 .517
Big 12 42-41 .506
Sun Belt 12-13 .480
ACC 40-52 .435
Big Ten 34-51 .400
MAC 16-34 .320

 

HOW THE MOUNTAIN WEST FARED IN ITS BOWLS

 

  • Mountain West Champion Boise State (12-2, 7-1 MW) captured its third VIZIO Fiesta Bowl victory in nine years after a 38-30 win over then-No. 10 Arizona. The Broncos now rank fourth on the Fiesta Bowl's all-time win chart, trailing only Penn State (6), Arizona State (5) and Ohio State (4). Bryan Harsin also became the second Boise State head coach to culminate his inaugural season with a Fiesta Bowl title, joining his predecessor, Chris Petersen, who did so in the 2006 campaign. The Broncos have made 13 straight bowl appearances, which is tied for the seventh-longest active streak in the country. Boise State has won five of its last six bowl games.

 

  • West Division Champion Fresno State (6-8, 5-3 MW) fell to Rice, 30-6, in the Hawai‘i Bowl, marking the Bulldogs' sixth consecutive postseason loss. Fresno State has appeared in a bowl game in seven of the previous eight seasons and holds a 10-13 all-time postseason record.

 

  • In the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, Colorado State (10-3, 6-2 MW) fell to then-22-ranked Utah, 45-10. The Rams made their 14th postseason appearance and posted their first bowl loss since 2005.

 

  • Utah State (10-4, 6-2 MW) posted a 21-6 victory over UTEP in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The Aggies, who played in their fourth straight bowl game for the first time in program history, have also secured three consecutive bowl wins for the first time, including back-to-back victories in the first two seasons under head coach Matt Wells.

 

  • San Diego State (7-6, 5-3 MW) had its eight-game home win streak snapped with a 17-16 loss to Navy in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. It marked the second Poinsettia Bowl appearance for the Aztecs in three years and third overall.

 

  • Nevada (7-6, 4-4 MW) fell to 4-10 in bowl games after dropping a 16-3 decision to Louisiana in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. It marked the Wolf Pack's ninth bowl game in 10 seasons and 14th in program history.

 

  • Air Force (10-3, 5-3 MW) snapped a two-game bowl losing streak with a 38-24 victory over Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. It marked the Falcons' first bowl win since defeating Georgia Tech 14-7 in the 2010 Independence Bowl. It also marked the third postseason victory for head coach Troy Calhoun, who led Air Force to its seventh bowl game in eight years.

 

MOUNTAIN WEST AT THE FOREFRONT OF BOWL HISTORY
Boise State becomes the first-ever team from the Group of 5 to appear in and win 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 at-large 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 has finished first in eight of the 11 seasons, including 2014.

 

RECAPPING THE BOWL SEASON

 

  • Air Force captured its 10th win of the season after its 38-24 victory over Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. It marked the first time in the eight-year tenure of head coach Troy Calhoun that the Falcons posted 10 wins. AFA has had three nine-win seasons under Calhoun.

 

  • San Diego State held Navy to its lowest output in total offense (271) and passing yards (17) this season.

 

  • Boise State senior QB Grant Hedrick opened the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl completing each of his first 14 passes, which tied an FBS bowl record for most completions to open a game. His 14 consecutive completions also tied for the third-longest stretch by any MW player in a single game. Former Bronco and current Detroit Lion Kellen Moore holds the MW record with 18 straight completed passes at Colorado State on Oct. 15, 2011, while Hedrick also ranks second on this list with 15 consecutive pass completions against Louisiana on Sept. 20, 2014.

 

  • Boise State is one of three teams nationally that has won eight or more games and has participated in the postseason for at least 10 consecutive seasons, joining the likes of LSU and Oklahoma.

 

  • Utah State is one of four FBS programs to win at least 30 games and record three bowl victories in the past three years, joining Clemson, Michigan State and Oregon.

 

  • The Mountain West recorded 10 games this season with a 300-yard passer, 100-yard receiver and 100-yard rusher, including one in the postseason as Boise State QB Grant Hedrick (309), WR Thomas Sperbeck (199) and RB Jay Ajayi (134) accomplished the feat against Arizona in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl. It also marked the fourth time this season that the Broncos had a 300-yard passing, 100-yard receiving and 100-yard rushing performance in the same game.

 

  • Boise State junior RB Jay Ajayi rushed for three touchdowns in the Broncos' 38-30 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl victory, becoming the fifth MW player ever to rush for three TDs in a bowl game. Ajayi's three overall touchdowns and 18 points each tied for third on the MW postseason chart.

 

  • Boise State freshman Thomas Sperbeck was named Offensive MVP of the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl after compiling a career-high 199 receiving yards off a career-best 12 catches in the Broncos' 38-30 win over Arizona. Sperbeck's 199 yards rank third on the league's all-time bowl list, trailing Utah's Travis LaTrendresse (214 vs. Georgia Tech in the 2005 Emerald Bowl) and Boise State's Matt Miller (206 vs. Oregon State in the 2013 Hawai‘i Bowl). Sperbeck's 199 yards, which marked his third career game over 100 yards receiving, also marked the highest receiving performance by an FBS player in any bowl game this season.

 

  • San Diego State senior Donny Hageman connected on 3-of-4 field goal attempts in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. His three successful field goal attempts tie for third by all MW postseason performers, while his four attempts tie for second on the league's bowl chart.

 

  • Boise State sophomore punter Sean Wale compiled a MW bowl-record 396 yards on eight punts in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl. His 396 punting yards eclipse the previous mark of 391, set by New Mexico's Tyler Gaus in the 2003 Las Vegas Bowl. Wale's eight punts tie for third on the Conference's all-time bowl list. Wale and quarterback Grant Hedrick combined for nine total punts in the contest for 428 punting yards to set a new Conference postseason record for team punting yardage. Boise State's nine punts tie for second on the MW bowl chart, trailing only the 10 by New Mexico in the 2003 Las Vegas Bowl.

 

  • Fresno State linebacker Karl Mickelsen became the fourth MW player ever to post 3.5 tackles for loss in a bowl game, after the senior completed the feat in the Hawai‘i Bowl against Rice.

 

  • Boise State posted eight quarterback sacks against Arizona in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, which tie for the second-most ever by a MW squad in a bowl game. The top three sack performances on the MW chart each came in either a BCS or New Year's Six Bowl, including nine by Utah in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl versus Pittsburgh and eight by the Utes in the 2009 Sugar Bowl against Alabama. Boise State's eight sacks against the Wildcats marked the 12th time this season and eighth time in the last nine games that the Broncos posted multiple sacks. Boise State has had at least three sacks in eight outings this year, including the past four games, and at least four in five contests.

 

  • After successfully completing three extra point attempts in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Utah State senior Nick Diaz extended his program record with 136 career PATs. The Aggies' previous record of 110 was held by Brad Bohn (1997-2000).

 

  • Since its Sept. 27 trip to Air Force, Boise State scored on each of its last 47 trips inside the red zone to conclude the season, including 38 touchdowns. The Broncos went 3-for-3 in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl with two red zone TDs.

 

  • After registering 284 yards on the ground in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Air Force eclipsed the 200-yard rushing mark in six of its last seven games and nine times total this season.

 

  • Air Force recorded four sacks against Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl for the Falcons' ninth game of the season with multiple quarterback sacks and eighth with at least three.

 

  • San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 112 yards and one touchdown on 21 attempts against Navy in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. It marked his 10th 100-yard rushing performance on the year and 11th in 23 career appearances. His 10 100-yard rushing games this season are the most in program history, surpassing nine apiece by former Aztec and current Denver Bronco Ronnie Hillman (2011), as well as George Jones (1995).

 

  • Boise State senior Grant Hedrick threw for 309 yards and one touchdown on 24-of-34 passing in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl. It marked the fifth game this season and seventh of his career that he eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark.

 

  • Boise State posted its sixth game of the season with multiple interceptions after picking off two Arizona passes in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl. Junior Donte Deayon grabbed his sixth interception of the season and his second pick six of the year after taking a Wildcat pass 16 yards to the end zone in the third quarter. Senior Cleshawn Page also recorded an interception in the second quarter for his second pick of the year.

 

  • In the first quarter of the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, Colorado State senior QB Garrett Grayson caught his third career pass, a 39-yard touchdown completion from senior WR Charles Lovett. The touchdown pass was the third of Lovett's career and first since 2011.

 

  • Air Force sophomore Shayne Davern rushed for a career-high 100 yards in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl to mark the first 100-yard game of his career. He became the first Falcon fullback to reach the century mark since Broam Hart had 101 yards against Colgate in the 2013 season opener.

 

  • Air Force junior DB Dexter Walker scored the first touchdown of his career with a 58-yard fumble recovery in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. It was the first fumble recovery TD for the Falcons since Jordan Waiwaiole's 52-yarder vs. Army on Nov. 6, 2010. It also marked the only defensive touchdown for Air Force in 2014.

 

LOOKING BACK AT THE SPORTS AUTHORITY MW CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Boise State senior QB Grant Hedrick rushed for two touchdowns to lead Boise State 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 linebacker Tanner Vallejo was recognized as Defensive MVP, after collecting 13 total tackles and an interception return TD. With the victory, Boise State earned its second MW title and its first outright Conference crown since joining the league in 2011. The MW Championship is the Broncos' first outright league title since 2009 and is the team's 10th league title in the last 12 seasons.

 

BRONCOS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Boise State, which claimed a 38-30 victory over Arizona in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, finished its 2014 season at No. 16 in both the Amway Coaches' and Associated Press polls, receiving 653 votes by the Coaches' panel and 627 by the AP voters. Fellow Mountain Division members Air Force and Utah State also received votes from the Coaches' group. The Falcons and Aggies were joined by Colorado State among the squads that received votes in the AP poll.

 

The 2014 season marks the sixth time in the last seven years that Boise State has been ranked in the final Coaches and AP polls. The Broncos have ended in the top 20 of both polls in 10 of the past 13 seasons. Boise State has been ranked for at least one week in both the Coaches and AP polls in each of the last 13 seasons.

 

The Broncos were 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, entered the bowl season at No. 20.

 

2014 MW FOOTBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

 

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: 3-1
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: 0-3
2013 Bowl Appearances: 3
2013 Bowl Record: 1-2

 

BOISE STATE TO ENTER 2015 ON NINE-GAME WIN STREAK
Boise State's 38-30 victory over Arizona in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl marked the Broncos' ninth-straight win, which ranks as the second-longest active win streak nationally. Only Ohio State, the 2014 national champion, boasts a longer streak of victories (13). It is also the longest win streak for Boise State since a seven-game stretch from Sept. 15 to Oct. 27, 2012. The Broncos have also won 14 straight at home, which is tied with Florida State for the third-longest active streak in the FBS trailing Alabama (16) and Baylor (16). Boise State has also won 19 straight non-conference games at Albertsons Stadium and has not dropped a game to a non-conference foe at home since a 27-21 loss to Boston College in the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl.

 

COLORADO STATE'S HIGGINS NAMED CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN
With first-team All-America nods from the Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America and Walter Camp Football Foundation, Colorado State sophomore WR Rashard Higgins became the third player in Ram history and 13th in league history to become a consensus All-America selection. Higgins is the 10th MW player in the past nine seasons to receive such distinction, and he is the first since Fresno State DB Phillip Thomas received the honor in 2012 en route to becoming a unanimous All-American that year. Higgins joins former CSU players Greg Myers (1995) and Mike Bell (1978) are the third Ram in program history to earn consensus All-America honors.

 

COLORADO STATE'S HIGGINS GRABBING THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Colorado State's Rashard Higgins, a finalist for the 2014 Biletnikoff Award, ended the year ranked first nationally in receiving yards (1,750), receiving yards per game (145.8) and touchdowns (17). The sophomore became the first player in the FBS this season to eclipse the 1,700-yard mark.

 

Higgins' 17 receiving touchdowns rank second on the MW's single-season chart, while his 1,750 yards rank second on the league list (first among all sophomores) 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. Rashard Higgins, So., Colorado State 1,750 2014
3. Davante Adams, So., Fresno State 1,718 2013
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 receiving mark 12 times in his career, including 10 times this season. He concluded the season with a streak of eight straight games with a touchdown, 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' 10 100-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 8 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 10 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 second and fourth, 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. Corey Davis, Western Michigan 23 2,349 102.1
2. Rashard Higgins, Colorado State 26 2,587 99.5
3. Mike Evans, Texas A&M 26 2,499 96.1
4. Austin Duke, Charlotte 22 2,100 95.5
5. Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh 26 2,435 93.7

 

FBS ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS: RECEPTIONS PER GAME
Rk. Player, Team G Rec. Avg.
1. Justin Hardy, East Carolina 49 387 7.9
1. Tommy Shuler, Marshall 50 322 6.4
  Austin Duke, Charlotte 22 141 6.4
3. Rashard Higgins, Colorado State 26 164 6.3
5. Corey Davis, Western Michigan 23 145 6.2

 

DEFENDING THE HOME TURF
Five MW teams went undefeated at home during the regular 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.

 

IN ELITE COMPANY
The Mountain Division's Air Force (10-3), Boise State (12-2), Colorado State (10-3) and Utah State (10-4) are four of 23 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. In addition, the MW joins the Pac-12 and SEC as the only three FBS leagues with four teams to accomplish the feat in 2014.

 

The Falcons, Broncos and Rams are also three of 22 teams in the FBS that posted three or fewer losses on the year or fewer losses heading into the postseason. The Mountain West joins the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC as the only leagues in the country with three squads to have dropped three or fewer games on the year. Boise State is also one of nine teams nationally that lost two or fewer games in 2014.

 

RUNNING AMUCK
Two MW running backs moved into the league's top-five chart for most rushing yards in a single season. San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey totaled 1,867 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 third on that list with 1,823 rushing yards.

 

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 1,867 2014
3. Jay Ajayi, Jr., Boise State 1,823 2014
4. Kapri Bibbs, So., Colorado State 1,741 2013
5. Ronnie Hillman, So., San Diego State 1,711 2011

 

Pumphrey's 1,867 rushing yards are the most ever by a MW sophomore running back, while Ajayi's 1,823 yards are the second-most by a junior.

 

MW RECEIVERS LEAD NCAA IN CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A CATCH
The Mountain West ended the 2014 campaign as home to two of the nation's top three and three of the top six in consecutive games with a reception. Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran leads the list with 49 consecutive outings with a catch, followed by Boise State senior Matt Miller in third with 44 and Fresno State senior Josh Harper tied for sixth with 41. The MW is the only FBS league with three active players to have recorded a reception in 40 or more consecutive games, as well as four to have done so in 34 straight outings, as UNLV senior Devante Davis ranks 15th on the list.

 

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION: FBS
Rk. Player, Team No.
1. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 49
  Justin Hardy, East Carolina 49
3. Matt Miller, Boise State 44
4. Rashad Greene, Florida State 43
5. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 42
6. Josh Harper, Fresno State 41
  Jordan Leslie, BYU 41
  Jamison Crowder, Duke 41
  Tommy Shuler, Marshall 41
10. D.J. Foster, Arizona State 40
11. Alonzo Russell, Toledo 38
12. Levi Norwood, Baylor 37
13. Geremy Davis, Connecticut 36
14. Antonio Vaughan, Old Dominion 35
15. Devante Davis, UNLV 34

 

Rufran's streak of 49 straight games with a reception breaks the Conference's all-time record, surpassing UNLV's Casey Flair and Wyoming's Jovon Bouknight. Below is a list of the top five in league history:

 

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION: MOUNTAIN WEST
Rk. Player, Team No. Dates
1. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 49 9/3/11 to 11/29/14
2. Casey Flair, UNLV 47 9/5/05 to 11/22/08
  Jovon Bouknight, Wyoming 47 8/31/02 to 11/19/05
4. Matt Miller, Boise State 44 9/3/11 to 9/27/14
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.

 

FRESNO STATE'S HARPER MAKES HISTORY
Fresno State senior Josh Harper pulled down 10 receptions for 131 yards in the 2014 Sports Authority Mountain West Championship to join Colorado State junior Rashard Higgins as the second MW receiver to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark this season. Harper, who concluded his senior season with 1,097 receiving yards, 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 annals and Adams and Wyoming's Jovon Bouknight (2004-05) in the Conference record book.

 

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, had 4,006 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

 

Grayson also became the first Colorado State quarterback and third in MW history ever to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a single season, joining Fresno State's Derek Carr and San José State's David Fales:

 

MOST PASSING YARDS BY A MW QUARTERBACK: SEASON
Rk. Player, Team No. Years
1. Derek Carr, Fresno State 5,082 2013
2. David Fales, San José State 4,189 2013
3. Derek Carr, Fresno State 4,104 2012
4. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State 4,006 2014

 

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 had 3,696 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).

 

BOISE STATE'S HEDRICK MAKES HUGE GAINS
Boise State senior QB Grant Hedrick totaled 4,288 yards in 2014, including 3,696 passing yards and 592 rushing yards. He becomes the fifth MW quarterback ever to exceed the 4,000-yard mark in total offense for a single season, and his 4,288 yards rank second on the league's all-time list. Former Fresno State signal caller and current Oakland Raider Derek Carr set the record of 5,199 total yards in 2013. This marks the third straight season that the Mountain West has touted a quarterback that has compiled over 4,000 yards of total offense.

 

MOST TOTAL YARDS BY A MW PLAYER: SEASON
Rk. Player, Team No. Year
1. Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State 5,199 2013
2. Grant Hedrick, Boise State 4,288 2014
3. David Fales, Sr., San José State 4,196 2013
4. Derek Carr, Jr., Fresno State 4,105 2012
5. Max Hall, Jr., BYU 4,072 2008

 

3,000 PASSING/1,000 RECEIVING YARDS
The Colorado State duo of QB Garrett Grayson and WR Rashard Higgins registered 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards receiving, respectively, this season, 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
4,006
1,750
5,756
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-YARD RUSHERS
Seven MW players were 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, New Mexico junior Jhurell Pressley and Nevada senior Cody Fajardo. 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 had 1,867 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 finished the season with a total of 1,823 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 1,368 yards this season, he became Fresno State's 21st 1,000-yard rusher, including 11th since 2000 and second since the Bulldogs joined the league in 2012. Owens 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 the Mountain West was formed in 1999. Owens, who had 1,054 yards in 2014, 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 only season as a Ram, Hart totaled 1,275 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).

 

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 became the first signal-caller in MW history to register multiple 1,000-yard rushing campaigns. He entered the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl with 997 yards on the ground and finished the game with 49 yards to bring his season total to 1,046.

 

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 1,046 2014

 

Pumphrey, Ajayi, Waller, Owens, Hart, Pressley and Fajardo are seven of 53 players in the country to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark this year, making the Mountain West one of four FBS leagues (Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) with seven players to accomplish the feat this year.

 

Ajayi became 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

 

ALL EYES ON BOISE STATE'S AJAYI
Boise State's Jay Ajayi rushed for at least one touchdown in nine straight games to close out his Bronco career, amassing a total of 23 during that span. He had a total of 28 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 28 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, whose 28 rushing TDs established a new Boise State single-season record, racked up a total of 55 touchdowns (50 rushing, five receiving) over his career, which ranks second on the league's all-time list for total touchdowns, while his 32 total TDs in 2014 (28 rushing, four receiving) rank first on the league's single-season chart. Ajayi's 50 rushing TDs rank second on the league's list for career rushing TDs and his 330 career points rank second on the league's all-time list for non-kickers, while his 192 points in 2014 set a new league high.

 

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 55 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. Jay Ajayi, Jr., RB, Boise State 32 2014
2. Kapri Bibbs, So., RB, Colorado State 31 2013
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 50 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 330 2012-14
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. Jay Ajayi, Jr., RB, Boise State 192 2014
2. Kapri Bibbs, So., RB, Colorado State 186 2013
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

 

With his three-touchdown performance in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, Ajayi became 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 topped the 100-yard rushing mark 10 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 had 17 career 100-yard rushing performances, which ranks 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 17 2012-Present
3. 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 moved into the MW's top-three for single-season rushing attempts and yards, tying for second with 347 carries and ranking third with 1,823 yards. With his 134-yard performance in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, he established a new Boise State single-season record for rushing yardage, surpassing Ian Johnson, who had 1,713 yards in the 2006 campaign. Ajayi also ranks second on the Mountain West's all-time list for career rushing yardage (3,796), as well as second on the league's all-time chart for most all-purpose yards in a single season with 2,358. He finished his career 325 yards shy of current record-holder Chad Hall, who racked up 2,683 all-purpose yards for Air Force in 2007. Ajayi's 2,358 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.

 

1,000 RECEIVING/1,000 RUSHING YARDS
Two MW teams had 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
1,750
1,275
3,025
2014 Fresno State Josh Harper, WR
Marteze Waller, RB
1,097
1,368
2,465
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 this season, including Boise State's Grant Hedrick and Jay Ajayi and Colorado State's Garrett Grayson and Dee Hart, 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
3,696
1,823
5,519
2014 Colorado State Garrett Grayson, QB
Dee Hart, RB
4,006
1,275
5,281
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 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
4,006
1,750
1,275
7,031
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

 

MW TOUTS NINE 200-YARD RUSHING GAMES IN 2014
The Mountain West 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 is 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 rushed for 200 yards in a single game in 2014, 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).

 

RECEIVING NATIONAL ACCLAIM
Five Mountain West players rank among the top 21 nationally for career receiving yards, led by Boise State senior Matt Miller, who is ninth among all active players with 3,049 yards. Fresno State senior Josh Harper ranks 10th with 2,883 receiving yards, while UNLV senior Devante Davis is 11th with 2,785, Colorado State sophomore Rashard Higgins is 16th with 2,587 and Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran is 21st with 2,487. The Mountain West is the only FBS league with three of the top 11, four of the top 16 and five in the top 21 nationally in career receiving yards:

 

MOST RECEIVING YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Rk. Player, Team No.
1. Justin Hardy, East Carolina 4,541
2. Rashad Greene, Florida State 3,830
3. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 3,710
4. Titus Davis, Central Michigan 3,700
5. Jamison Crowder, Duke 3,641
6. Tommy Shuler, Marshall 3,563
7. Amari Cooper, Alabama 3,463
8. Antonio Vaughan, Old Dominion 3,267
9. Matt Miller, Boise State 3,049
10. Josh Harper, Fresno State 2,883
11. Devante Davis, UNLV 2,785
12. Devante Parker, Louisville 2,775
13. Kenny Bell, Nebraska 2,689
14. Deontay Greenberry, Houston 2,612
15. Jordan Taylor, Rice 2,588
16. Rashard Higgins, Colorado State 2,587
17. Nelson Agholor, USC 2,572
18. Jaxon Shipley, Texas 2,510
19. Devin Smith, Ohio State 2,503
20. Mike Evans, Texas A&M 2,499
21. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 2,487

 

Five MW players also rank in the top 18 of active players in the FBS for career receptions. Boise State senior Matt Miller leads the league and ranks sixth nationally with 244 receptions, followed by Fresno State senior Josh Harper, who is 19th with 223, Wyoming senior Dominic Rufran, who is 14th with 203, UNLV senior Devante Davis, who is 17th with 186, and Nevada senior Richy Turner, who is 18th with 184. The Mountain West is the only FBS conference with three of the top 14, four of the top 17 and five of the top 18 active players in career receptions.

 

MOST RECEPTIONS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Rk. Player, Team No.
1. Justin Hardy, East Carolina 387
2. Tommy Shuler, Marshall 322
3. Jamison Crowder, Duke 283
4. Rashad Greene, Florida State 270
5. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 249
6. Matt Miller, Boise State 244
7. J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State 237
8. Antonio Vaughan, Old Dominion 230
9. Amari Cooper, Alabama 228
10. Josh Harper, Fresno State 223
11. Jaxon Shipley, Texas 218
12. Nelson Spruce, Colorado 205
13. Titus Davis, Central Michigan 204
14. Dominic Rufran, Wyoming 203
15. Deontay Greenberry, Houston 201
16. Shane Wynn, Indiana 189
17. Devante Davis, UNLV 186
18. Richy Turner, Nevada 184

 

ROBERTS' MW-RECORD PAT STREAK COMES TO AN END
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).

 

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 13,000 career yards of total offense. With 173 total yards in the New Orleans Bowl, including 124 passing and 49 rushing, Fajardo brought his current total to 13,141 (9,535 passing, 3,433 rushing) to rank second on the program's all-time chart, trailing Kaepernick (14,210).

 

Fajardo amassed 10,731 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 1,638 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 10,731 2012-14

 

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 1,638 2012-14

 

Fajardo was the first FBS quarterback this year to pass for over 2,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 yards, finishing his final season with 2,498 yards through the air and 1,046 yards on the ground. His 13,141 career total yards currently rank third among all active players in the FBS, while his 9,659 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 3,482 rushing yards rank sixth 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 14,918
3. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 13,141
4. Marcus Mariota, Oregon 13,033
5. Sean Mannion, Oregon State 12,796

 

MOST PASSING YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS QUARTERBACK: CAREER
Rk. Player, Team Yards
1. Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion 14,959
2. Rakeem Cato, Marshall 14,079
3. Sean Mannion, Oregon State 13,600
4. Shane Carden, East Carolina 11,991
5. Connor Halliday, Washington State 11,304
6. Marcus Mariota, Oregon 10,796
7. Brett Hundley, UCLA 9,966
8. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 9,659

 

MOST RUSHING YARDS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Rk. Player, Pos., Team Yards
1. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin 4,915
2. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska 4,588
3. Jahwan Edwards, RB, Ball State 4,558
4. Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State 3,796
5. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami (Florida) 3,519
6. Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada 3,482

 

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 rushed for 2,788 yards to top the league's all-time list. His 33 career rushing touchdowns are tied for second in Conference history, while his 508 career carries rank second. 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 2,788 2012-14
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. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 508 2012-14
3. Tim Jefferson, Air Force 496 2008-11
4. Chance Harridge, Air Force 462 2001-03
5. Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State 420 2001-03

 

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 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 quarterbacks 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 was one of five active FBS quarterbacks to lead his team in both passing and rushing in 2014. 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 2012-14
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 were 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

 

HOLDING OFF NON-CONFERENCE FOES
The Mountain West established a new Conference record in 2014 with 30 non-conference wins. The previous high of 28 victories outside of MW play was set in the 2008 campaign.

 

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 2012-14
  Gabriel Fulbright, New Mexico 14 2002-05
  Kevin Thomas, UNLV 14 1999-01

 

Thompson and Utah State senior Frankie Sutera each had seven interceptions this season to tie for the second-most ever by a MW player in a single season. Both Thompson and Sutera finished the year one pick shy of the Conference single-season record of eight, 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.

 

UTAH STATE'S NATSON WRITES NAME IN MW RECORD BOOK
Utah State sophomore JoJo Natson had 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 had three rushing touchdowns, two receiving touchdowns and two punt return touchdowns on the year.

 

PUTTING A STOP TO IT
Utah State's defense racked up two sacks against UTEP in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, bringing the Aggies' 2014 total to 50. That establishes a new MW record for sacks in a single season, surpassing the 46 that New Mexico had in 2000.

 

After posting eight sacks against Arizona in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, Boise State joined USU for second on the league's single-season chart for team sacks. This marks the first time in league history that multiple MW teams have posted 47 or more sacks in the same season.

 

MOST SACKS BY A MW TEAM: SEASON
Rk. Team No. Year
1. Utah State 50 2014
2. Boise State 47 2014
3. New Mexico 46 2000
4. TCU 43 2008
5. New Mexico 42 2004

 

TAKING IT WAY BACK
Colorado State senior Jared Roberts led the MW with three 50-plus yard field goals this season, while Air Force senior Will Conant had 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 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, tied for third in the country among active FBS players in 2014, connecting on 30-of-34 career field goal attempts for a percentage of 0.882. 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 19 18 0.947
2. Roberto Aguayo, Florida State 52 48 0.923
3. Will Conant, Air Force 30 34 0.882
  Trevor Moore, North Texas 17 15 0.882
5. Rafeal Gaglianone, Wisconsin 22 19 0.864

 

SACK ATTACK
Nevada senior Brock Hekking and Colorado State junior Cory James were two of the top nine active players in the FBS for career total sacks. Hekking led the league and was tied for sixth nationally with 22.5 total career sacks, followed by James in ninth (22.0). The Mountain West was one of three FBS leagues (ACC, Pac-12) with multiple players to have 22 or more career sacks.

 

MOST TOTAL SACKS BY AN ACTIVE FBS PLAYER: CAREER
Rk. Player, Team No.
1. Vic Beasley, Clemson 33.0
2. Andre Monroe, Maryland 25.0
  Nat Orchard, Utah 25.0
4. Alvin Dupree, Kentucky 23.5
5. Hau'Oli Kikana, Washington 23.0
6. Brock Hekking, Nevada 22.5
  Martin Ifedi, Memphis 22.5
  Andrew Hudson, Washington 22.5
9. Cory James, Colorado State 22.0
  Leighton Gasque, Middle Tennessee 22.0
  Art Norman, North Carolina State 22.0

 

James also tied for eighth among all active players and third among all juniors in the FBS with a career average of 0.58 total sacks per game. Hekking (22.5) and James (22.0) rank fourth and fifth, respectively, on the MW career chart for total sacks, trailing 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.

 

WYOMING'S HILL ENJOYS BANNER OUTING
With 281 yards rushing and 106 yards receiving at Fresno State on Nov. 1, Wyoming RB Brian Hill set a new all-time single-game high and freshman class single-game high in the Mountain West with 387 all-purpose yards. The previous mark of 378 yards was set by New Mexico's Deon Long vs. Sam Houston State on Sept. 24, 2011. He also set a new record for most all-purpose yards against a Conference opponent, eclipsing the previous mark of 343 yards, set by New Mexico's Kasey Carrier at Air Force on Oct. 20, 2012. Hill's 387 all-purpose yard performance is the best mark in Cowboy history and the third-best in the FBS this season.

 

Hill's 281 rushing yards are the most by a Mountain West player this season, establishing a new single-game record for MW freshmen, usurping the 228 yards former San Diego State Aztec and current Denver Bronco Ronnie Hillman racked up on two separate occasions in 2010. His 281 rushing yards are also the second-most in program history.

 

Hill became the first player in MW history to have 200 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving on the same day, and the third to reach the 100-yard mark in both rushing and receiving in the same game, joining Boise State's Jay Ajayi (147 rush/105 rec. vs. New Mexico on Nov. 30, 2013) and Colorado State's Raymond Carter (104 rush/120 rec. vs. Idaho on Sept. 25, 2010). He is also the first in the FBS this season to rack up 200 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game and just the fifth in NCAA history:

 

PLAYERS RUSHING FOR AT LEAST 200 YARDS, RECEIVING FOR AT LEAST 100 YARDS: FBS
Player, Team Opponent Date Rush Rec. All-Purpose
Thomas Jones, Virginia vs. Buffalo 11/13/99 221 110 331
Emmett White, Utah State vs. N.M. State 11/4/00 322 134 456
Steve Slaton, West Virginia vs. Pittsburgh 11/16/06 215 130 345
Donald Buckram, UTEP vs. Tulane 11/7/09 234 109 383
Brian Hill, Wyoming at Fresno State 11/1/14 281 106 387

 

UNLV'S BOYD CATCHING HOLD
UNLV's Devonte Boyd caught four passes for 61 yards in the season finale against Nevada on Nov. 29, bringing his season total to 65 receptions for 980 yards. His 980 yards rank second on the league's all-time list for most by a freshman, while his 65 catches are third. Former Fresno State Bulldog and current Green Bay Packer Davante Adams holds the league's all-time records in both categories with 102 catches and 1,312 receiving yards as a freshman in 2012.

 

MOST RECEIVING YARDS BY A MW FRESHMAN
Rk. Player, Team No. Year
1. Davante Adams, Fresno State 1,312 2012
2. Devonte Boyd, UNLV 980 2014
3. Ryan Wolfe, UNLV 911 2006
4. Tyler Winston, San José State 858 2013
5. Rashard Higgins, Colorado State 837 2013

 

MOST RECEPTIONS BY A MW FRESHMAN
Rk. Player, Team No. Year
1. Davante Adams, Fresno State 102 2012
2. Rashard Higgins, Colorado State 68 2013
3. Devonte Boyd, UNLV 65 2014
4. Jovon Bouknight, Wyoming 63 2002
  Ryan McGuffey, Wyoming 63 2000

 

FALCONS TURN THE TIDE
Air Force posted at least nine wins for the third time in the eight-year tenure of head coach Troy Calhoun. Overall, it marked the sixth 10-win season in Academy history and the first since 1998. The Falcons improved last year's win total by eight after finishing the 2013 campaign at 2-10, setting a program record with this season's eight-game turnaround. The 1958 Falcons went 9-0-2 following a 3-6-1 mark in 1957. Air Force posted a 5-3 record in Conference play, marking the sixth five-win MW season under Calhoun.

 

The eight‐game turnaround in 2014 was tied with TCU for best in the nation and third-most all-time. Air Force also became just the second team in college football history to follow a season of double-digit losses with a season of double-digit wins. Miami University is the only other team to accomplish the feat from 2009 to 2010 (1-11 in 2009 to 10-4 in 2010).

 

BOISE STATE IS WINNINGEST TEAM IN FBS SINCE 2002
Boise State has amassed 148 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 148
2. Oklahoma 136
3. USC 134
4. LSU 133
5. TCU 125

 

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 62-18 .775
2. Boise State 60-19 .759
3. Texas 58-22 .725
4. TCU 56-23 .709
5. LSU 50-22 .694

 

TWO NEW HEAD COACHES JOIN MW RANKS IN 2014
The Mountain West welcomed two new head football coaches in 2014, both of whom are competing in the Mountain Division. Boise State is under the direction of Bryan Harsin, while Craig Bohl takes over as Wyoming's head coach.

 

Harsin, a 2000 graduate of Boise State, is the first-ever alum to be appointed the Broncos' head coach. A member of the Boise State coaching staff from 2001-10, Harsin has since served as co-offensive coordinator at Texas (2011-12) and head coach at Arkansas State (2013). The former Bronco letterwinner (1995-99) began his coaching career in Boise as a graduate assistant in 2001, before taking over the tight ends as a full-time assistant coach from 2002-05. He assumed the role of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2006. The Broncos went 61-5 during his tenure as offensive coordinator from 2006-10, including undefeated seasons in 2006 (13-0) and 2009 (14-0), and an undefeated regular season in 2008.

 

Bohl came to Wyoming from North Dakota State, where he led the Bison to a 104-32 record since 2003, including three consecutive FCS National Championships from 2011-13. He received the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) FCS National Coach of the Year Award in 2012 and 2013, the Liberty Mutual FCS National Coach of the Year Award in 2013 and The Sports Network Eddie Robinson FCS National Coach of the Year Award in 2012. Prior to his 11-year stint as head coach at North Dakota State, Bohl compiled 19 years of experience as an assistant with stops at Nebraska (1981-83, 1995-2002), Duke (1994), Rice (1989-93), Wisconsin (1987-88), Tulsa (1985-86) and NDSU (1984).

 

FIRST-YEAR HEAD COACHES IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST
The Mountain West has welcomed 24 new head coaches over the last 16 seasons. In his inaugural year at the helm of the Broncos, Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin tied the Conference records for most wins (12) and highest win percentage (.857) among the group, joining former BYU skipper Gary Crowton. Harsin also became the second ever head coach to conclude his first season leading his team to the Mountain West Championship Game and a bowl appearance, joining Utah State's Matt Wells who did so in 2013.

 

Year Name, Team Record Pct. Bowl Game
2014 Bryan Harsin, Boise State 12-2 .857 Fiesta
2001 Gary Crowton, BYU 12-2 .857 Liberty
2003 Urban Meyer, Utah 10-2 .833 Liberty
2012 Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State 9-4 .692 Hawai‘i
2007 Troy Calhoun, Air Force 9-4 .692 Armed Forces
2013 Matt Wells, Utah State 9-5 .643 Poinsettia
2005 Kyle Whittingham, Utah 7-5 .583 Emerald
2009 Dave Christensen, Wyoming 7-6 .538 New Mexico
2008 Steve Fairchild, Colorado State 7-6 .538 New Mexico
2005 Bronco Mendenhall, BYU 6-6 .500 Las Vegas
2013 Ron Caragher, San José State 6-6 .500 -
2014 Craig Bohl, Wyoming 4-8 .333 -
2013 Brian Polian, Nevada 4-8 .333 -
2012 Jim McElwain, Colorado State 4-8 .333 -
2009 Brady Hoke, San Diego State 4-8 .333 -
2003 Joe Glenn, Wyoming 4-8 .333 -
2002 Tom Craft, San Diego State 4-9 .308 -
1999 John Robinson, UNLV 3-8 .273 -
2012 Norm Chow, Hawai‘i 3-9 .250 -
2006 Chuck Long, San Diego State 3-9 .250 -
2005 Mike Sanford, UNLV 2-9 .182 -
2010 Bobby Hauck, UNLV 2-11 .154 -
2000 Vic Koenning, Wyoming 1-10 .091 -
2009 Michael Locksley, New Mexico 1-11 .083 -

 

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
The Mountain West is home to three of the 11 youngest head coaches at the FBS level. Boise State's Bryan Harsin (37), Nevada's Brian Polian (39) and Utah State's Matt Wells (40) are among the group of 12 coaches who were born in 1973 or later.

 

THREE MW COACHES AT HELM OF THEIR ALMA MATERS
Air Force's Troy Calhoun, Boise State's Bryan Harsin and Utah State's Matt Wells are three of 13 head coaches who played college football for the same FBS program they are each currently leading.

 

QUICK HITS FROM AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WEST

 

  • Boise State won at least 10 games for the eighth time in the last nine seasons.

 

  • With its 38-30 victory over Arizona in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, Boise State is now 10-5 against programs from High Resource leagues since 2006, including a record of 7-3 against Pac-12 foes in that span.

 

  • Colorado State concluded the 2014 campaign with a 10-3 overall record, which tied for the second-most wins in a single season by the Rams and the most since 1997.

 

  • Utah State completed the 2014 season with a 10-4 overall mark. Those 10 wins are the second-most in program history being the 2012 Aggies that went 11-2.

 

  • Boise State's Jay Ajayi was one of two running backs in the country to have at least 200 carries and 50 receptions in 2014. The junior had 1,823 rushing yards off 347 attempts this year, as well as 535 receiving yards from 50 catches.

 

  • Boise State senior QB Grant Hedrick completed 18-of-33 passes for 209 yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions in the Broncos' 28-14 loss at Air Force on Sept. 27. In the six games following that outing, Hedrick totaled 25 touchdowns, including 18 passing and seven rushing, and just five turnovers (five picks, one fumble) in that span.

 

  • Boise State had seven non-offensive touchdowns this season, the most since having eight in 2005. Junior Donte Deayon was responsible for three of those scores with two interception returns and one punt return for a TD, which are the most by a Bronco since current New York Jet Kyle Wilson had three punt returns for touchdowns in 2008. Deayon's two interception return TDs make him the second Boise State player this season with multiple defensive scores. He joins sophomore Tanner Vallejo, who had a pick six in the Sports Authority Mountain West Championship Game, as well as a fumble return score at UConn on Sept. 13. Before Vallejo and Deayon, the last Bronco with multiple defensive scores in the same season was current Chicago Bear Shea McClellin in 2010, who returned a Wyoming fumble on Sept. 18 and a Toledo interception on Oct. 9. It also marks the first time that Boise State had multiple players with multiple offensive touchdowns in the same season since Wilson and Titus Young accomplished the feat in 2009.

 

  • Fresno State is one of eight squads nationally that started the same five offensive lineman throughout the duration of the regular season.

 

  • Air Force joins Ole Miss as the only two teams nationally that defeated two 10-win opponents in the regular season.

 

  • Boise State had 22 interceptions on the season to tie for second on the Mountain West's single-season chart, while Utah State picked off 19 passes this year to tie for sixth. TCU set the record in 2005 after pulling in 24 interceptions that season.

 

  • Four MW players ranked in the top 15 nationally in all-purpose yardage in 2014, led by Boise State's Jay Ajayi who was fifth after racking up 2,358 all-purpose yards this season, including 1,823 rushing yards and 535 receiving yards to average 168.43 per game. San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey ranked eighth with 2,027 all-purpose yards on the year for an average of 155.92, while San José State junior Tyler Ervin was 13th (1,781 yards, 148.42 ypg) and Colorado State sophomore Rashard Higgins was 15th (1,750 yards, 145.83 ypg). The Mountain West was the only FBS league this season with four of the top 15 players in all-purpose yardage.

 

  • Two MW quarterbacks ranked in the top nine nationally in pass efficiency this season. Colorado State's Garrett Grayson amassed a pass efficiency rating of 166.2 in 2014 to rank fifth in the FBS. The senior completed 270-of-420 pass attempts this season, including 32 touchdowns, and only threw seven interceptions. Boise State senior Grant Hedrick completed 294-of-415 passes in 2014, including 23 TDs and 14 interceptions, for a rating of 157.2 to rank ninth. The Mountain West was one of two conferences (Pac-12) with multiple quarterbacks in the top nine nationally for pass efficiency.

 

  • Garrett Grayson's 4,006 passing yards for Colorado State this season ranked fourth among all quarterbacks in the country, while his 308.2 passing yards per game and 32 passing TDs were seventh and tied for eighth, respectively. The senior also ranked fourth in the FBS with 14.84 yards per completion.

 

  • Utah State junior JoJo Natson ranked 10th among all FBS players and first among juniors with 11.7 yards per punt return this season. He was one of 10 players nationally to have multiple punt return touchdowns in 2014.

 

  • Two MW players ranked among the top five nationally in rushing yards this season, led by San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey, who had 1,867 rushing yards to rank fourth in the FBS. Boise State junior Jay Ajayi had 1,823 rushing yards in 14 appearances this year to rank fifth. Pumphrey also ranked fourth nationally in rushing yards per game (143.6), while Ajayi was ninth at 130.2. The Mountain West was one of two FBS leagues (Big Ten) with multiple players in the top five for rushing yards and one of three conferences (Big Ten, C-USA) with two of the top nine for rushing yards per game.

 

  • Boise State junior Jay Ajayi, San Diego State sophomore Donnel Pumphrey, Colorado State junior Dee Hart and Nevada senior Cody Fajardo were four of 35 players in the FBS with at least 13 rushing touchdowns in 2014. Ajayi had 28 on the year to rank second nationally, followed by Pumphrey with 20 to rank ninth, Hart with 16 to tie for 14th and Fajardo with 13 to tie for 26th. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Big Ten) to have multiple players with 20 or more rushing touchdowns, three with 16 or more, and four with at least 13.

 

  • Boise State RB Jay Ajayi tied for first nationally in scoring with 13.7 points per game. The junior, who had 192 points on the season, is one of two players in the FBS who more than 170 points this year, joining Wisconsin junior RB Melvin Gordon (192 points, 13.7 ppg). Ajayi finished his three years as a Bronco with 330 career points (8.7 ppg), which ranks 10th on the FBS active career list.

 

  • Two MW players ranked among the top seven in the FBS for total tackles per game. New Mexico LB Dakota Cox finished the season ranked first nationally with 12.9 total tackles per game. The sophomore recorded games of 17, 18 and 19 total tackles this season. Utah State senior LB Zach Vigil, the 2014 MW Defensive Player of the Year, had 11.1 total stops per contest to tie for seventh. Vigil led the league with 156 tackles this season, including 79 solo stops, to rank third all-time in MW single-season history.

 

  • Two MW teams ranked among the top 10 nationally in fourth-down conversion percentage. Air Force led the league and tied for seventh in the FBS, having successfully converted on 20-of-28 fourth-down attempts to average 0.714. Hawai‘i converted on 19-of-27 attempts on fourth down to net 0.704 and rank 10th. The Mountain West was one of two FBS leagues (SEC) with multiple teams to finish the season in the top 10 for fourth-down conversion percentage.

 

  • Five Mountain West teams posted multiple defensive touchdowns on the year, including Boise State and Utah State, which were two of 13 squads in the FBS with at least five defensive touchdowns. The Broncos finished the season tied for second nationally with six defensive scores, followed by Utah State with five to tie for ninth. Nevada had three defensive TDs this year, while New Mexico and Wyoming each had two.

 

  • Boise State and Utah State were two of nine teams in the FBS with 19 or more interceptions in 2014. The Broncos lead the league and were tied for fifth nationally with 22 picks this year, while the Aggies tied for eighth with 19. The Mountain West joined the SEC as the only two FBS leagues with multiple squads that intercepted 19 or more passes in 2014.

 

  • Three MW teams, including Air Force (4), New Mexico (6) and Colorado State (7) were among the 23 FBS squads this year that threw seven or fewer interceptions. The Falcons tied for third nationally, while the Lobos tied for ninth and the Rams tied for 17th.

 

  • San José State topped the FBS this season in fewest passing yards allowed. The Spartans held their 12 opponents to a combined 1,414 yards through the air for an average of 117.8 passing yards per game. SJSU's 1,414 passing yards allowed set a new MW record, surpassing the 1,674 passing yards TCU gave up in 2010. The Spartans also broke the 2010 TCU squad's MW record for fewest passing first downs allowed, giving up just 64 to the Horned Frogs' 67. San Diego State joins SJSU on the same national list at No. 10, having allowed only 2,321 passing yards for an average of 178.5 per game.

 

  • Two MW squads ranked among the top six nationally in rushing offense in 2014, led by New Mexico, which collected 310.4 yards on the ground per game to rank fourth. The Lobos were trailed by Air Force, which tallied 273.1 rushing yards per contest to rank sixth. The MW was the only FBS league with two of the top six rushing offenses in the country.

 

  • Air Force and New Mexico were two of six squads nationally that gave up 12 or fewer sacks this season. The Lobos ranked fifth with 11 opponent sacks, while the Falcons were sixth with 12. The MW was the only FBS league with two of the top six squads in sacks allowed in 2014.

 

  • Nevada finished the year ranked sixth among all teams nationally in red zone offense this season, as the Wolf Pack scored on 49 of 53 trips to the red zone for a percentage of 0.925.

 

  • Utah State tallied 50 total sacks through the 2014 season, averaging 3.57 per game to rank fourth among all FBS teams. Boise State was seventh on that same list, having posted 47 for an average of 3.36 sacks per game. The Aggies and Broncos also ranked among the top seven nationally in team tackles for loss, as USU posted 114 TFL in 2014 for an average of 8.1 to tie for fourth. Meanwhile, Boise State combined for 109 tackles for loss, netting 7.8 per game to rank seventh.

 

  • UNLV (3) and Nevada (5) were two of 18 teams in the FBS that lost five or fewer fumbles this season. The Rebels tied with Boston College and Missouri for first nationally in fewest fumbles lost, while Nevada tied with nine others for ninth.

 

  • Hawai‘i's Moses Samia and Lance Williams, as well as Colorado State's Trent Matthews and Utah State's Travis Seefeldt, were four of 31 players in the FBS who blocked multiple kicks in the 2014 season. The quartet tied for eighth nationally with two blocks apiece this season, and the Rainbow Warriors were one of five FBS teams with multiple players to block at least two kicks this year.

 

  • Three Mountain West squads, including Air Force, Colorado State and San Diego State, did not allow a blocked kick nor a blocked punt this season.

 

  • San José State junior Austin Lopez will enter his senior season ranked eighth on the NCAA chart for active career leaders in field goals made per game. Lopez averages 1.38 field goals per game, having made 51 in 68 attempts across 37 career outings.

 

  • Three MW teams, including UNLV, Utah State and Fresno State, ranked among the top 13 programs nationally in kick return defense in 2014. The Rebels led the league and were seventh in the FBS, allowing just 16.76 kick return yards per attempt, while Utah State was 12th (17.55) and Fresno State was 13th (17.69).

 

  • The Mountain West owned two of the eight performances in the FBS this season with at least five rushing touchdowns, both coming in the last two weeks of the regular season. Boise State junior Jay Ajayi reached the end zone five times against Utah State on Nov. 29, while Colorado State junior Dee Hart accomplished the feat against New Mexico on Nov. 22. The MW was the only Conference in the country to have multiple players rush for five touchdowns in a single game this year. Overall, the MW had five performances this season with at least four rushing touchdowns, including two by Hart.

 

  • San Diego State did not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 11 of its 13 outings this season.

 

  • San José State junior Joe Gray tied former Spartan David Fales, as well as former Fresno State Bulldog and current Oakland Raider Derek Carr, for the Conference record with five consecutive 300-yard passing games this season.

 

  • Colorado State is one of two teams outside the High Resource Five (ULM) that has notched at least one victory in each of the past three seasons against an opponent from those conferences. The Rams defeated both Colorado from the Pac-12 and Boston College out of the ACC during the 2014 regular season.

 

  • With its 26-6 victory at Army on Nov. 1, as well as a 30-21 win over Navy on Oct. 4, Air Force secured a record ninth Commander-in-Chief's Trophy and the first since 2011. The Falcons have won three of the last five titles and seven since the Mountain West's inaugural season in 1999. AFA holds a series-best 56-30 record in CIC competition.

 

  • Air Force finished the season 6-0 at home to record just the fourth undefeated home mark in school history and second since 2007. For the fifth time in eight seasons under head coach Troy Calhoun, the Falcons have posted at least five victories at home.

 

  • Colorado State finished the 2014 regular season undefeated at home (6-0 for the first time since 2000 (5-0) and fourth time since 1955.

 

  • Colorado State's 10 wins this season tie for the most all-time in program history. It also is the fourth 10-win regular season ever by a Ram squad.

 

  • Utah State is now 11-2 during the last two seasons with a freshman under center as QB Kent Myers was 5-1 as the Aggie starter this season.

 

  • Utah State finished 6-0 at home this season, tying the 2012 squad for the most home wins in a single season in program history. The Aggies have won nine straight home games and 18 of their last 20 overall, including 11 of their last 13 home contests against non-conference foes and 12 of their last 13 Conference home games. Under second-year head coach Matt Wells, USU is now 10-2 at home, including a 7-1 MW record.

 

  • Utah State has now won 11 of its last 13 Mountain West games and is 6-2 on the road in MW play. The Aggies are 13-3 overall in MW play and have also won 24 of their last 27 league games overall.

 

  • Each of San Diego State's seven victories this year were by double digits. In 2013, when the Aztecs finished at 8-5, including a 6-2 mark in league play, they had two wins by 10 or more points.

 

  • After opening the season with a 3-0 mark at home, Wyoming dropped its final three contests at War Memorial Stadium.

 

  • Utah State broke the 30-point barrier in seven of 12 contests this season. The Aggies also surpassed the 40-point mark in two games in 2014.

 

  • New Mexico's 36-30 victory over Wyoming saved the Lobos from a winless record at home this season. UNM completed the season with a 1-5 Conference mark at University Stadium and prevented a winless streak there since 1987 (0-4). Conversely, UNM finished the year with a 3-3 record on the road. The three road wins are the most since posting three in 2007.

 

  • San Diego State went 6-0 at home during the regular season, marking the Aztecs' first perfect home record since 1977, when the squad went 7-0 at home en route to a 10-1 overall record. Prior to the Poinsettia Bowl, SDSU had won seven consecutive home games at Qualcomm Stadium, the longest home win streak since a stretch of seven from Sept. 7, 1996 - Sept. 5, 1997.

 

  • San José State tied a school record for converting all of its PAT attempts in a season. The 2014 Spartans were 28-of-28. The 2005 SJSU squad was the last to make all of its PATs, going 40-for-40.

 

  • Hawai‘i senior Scott Harding tied the league's single-season record with 86 punts this season. He joins former New Mexico punters Cort Moffitt (2000) and Ben Skaer (2010) as the third MW punter to notch 86 punts in a single season.

 

MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
1 Boise State junior Jay Ajayi became the first FBS player ever to rush for 1,800 yards and collect over 500 yards receiving yards in the same season.
1 Boise State senior Grant Hedrick completed 294 of 415 pass attempts this year for a percentage of 0.708 to rank first among all quarterbacks nationally in completion percentage. His 70.8 completion percentage ranks second on the league's single-season chart, trailing the all-time record of .743 (325-of-439), set by former Bronco Kellen Moore in 2011.
2 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 pair had 10 apiece in 2014, tying the league record that was originally set by Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson in 2012.
2 UNLV senior Marcus Sullivan finished his career ranked second on the league's career charts with 96 kick returns for 2,547 yards. In both instances, he trails former Rebel and league record-holder Deante' Purvis, who racked up 2,626 yards on 112 kick returns from 2008 to 2011.
3 The Broncos boast the third-best all-time win percentage as an FBS program, having gone 408-155-2 (.724) since joining the FBS ranks in 1996. Only Notre Dame (879-310-42; .731) and Michigan (915-327-36; .730) boast a higher winning percentage. Boise State also boasts the highest win percentage since 2000, having won 167 of 195 contests for a mark of .856. National champion Ohio State is second on that list with an overall record of 158-36 (.814) since 2000.
3 Air Force finished the year tied for third nationally in fewest penalties, amassing 46 total. San José State and New Mexico are tied for ninth on that list with 52 apiece. The Falcons also are tied for third with 3.54 penalties per game, while Fresno State ranks ninth with 4.21 penalties per game and UNM and SJSU are tied for 12th at 4.33 penalties per game. Air Force is also eighth in fewest penalty yards per game at 35.38.
4 New Mexico junior Carlos Wiggins returned a Wyoming kickoff 97 yards to the end zone on Nov. 29, marking the fourth career kick return touchdown of his career. Wiggins' four kick return TDs set a new Mountain West career record, surpassing the previous mark of three shared by TCU's Greg McCoy (2008-11), San Diego State's Colin Lockett (2010-13) and Hawai‘i's Mike Edwards (2012).
5 Boise State is one of five FBS teams this season to have played 11 games against bowl-eligible opponents, joining Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia Tech and North Carolina.
5 Utah State sophomore LB Nick Vigil forced five fumbles this season to tie for fourth in the FBS. He was one forced fumble shy of tying the national lead.
6 San José State allowed only six passing touchdowns from its opponents in 2014, including one by Auburn on Sept. 6, one by Colorado State on Nov. 1, one by Utah State on Nov. 22 and three by Fresno State on Nov. 8.
6 Air Force sophomore Weston Steelhammer recorded his sixth interception of the season against Colorado State on Nov. 28, which are the most by a Falcon since Anthony Wright had seven in 2009. It was Steelhammer's third straight game with a pick.
7 Utah State senior Frankie Sutera had seven of the Aggies' 19 interceptions this season, the most by an Aggie in a single season since Ronald Edwards had seven in 1991.
10 Ten MW teams blocked multiple kicks this season, including seven that blocked at least three. Colorado State and Hawai‘i lead the Conference and are tied for 11th nationally with four blocked kicks apiece this season. The Rams and Rainbow Warriors are joined by Air Force (3), Boise State (3), New Mexico (3), San Diego State (3) and Utah State (3) as seven of 40 squads nationally to stop at least three kick attempts this season.
17 Boise State has recorded a winning season in each of the last 17 years. The Broncos' last losing season came in 1997 after the squad posted a record of 5-6, which was one of only five losing seasons in program history.
50 Boise State's current win streak of nine games includes five contests in which it has scored at least 50 points.
174 With five successful PATs in the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, Boise State senior Dan Goodale brought his career total to 174, 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 144 career PATs.
213 Colorado State senior Garrett Grayson put together a string of 213 pass attempts without an interception from Oct. 4 to Nov. 28, 2014. That stretch ranks second all-time in Mountain West history, trailing former Fresno State QB and current Oakland Raider Derek Carr, who went 306 consecutive pass attempts without a pick from Sept. 28 to Nov. 29, 2013.