Mountain West Football Weekly Release - Sept. 27

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Week 5 Schedule
Saturday, October 1
Navy at Air Force 1:30 p.m. MT CBS Sports Network
San José State at New Mexico* 2 p.m. MT ROOT SPORTS
Nevada at Hawai‘i* 6 p.m. HT Oceanic
24/19 San Diego State at South Alabama 7 p.m. CT ESPNEWS/WatchESPN
Fresno State at UNLV* 7:30 p.m. PT CBS Sports Network
Utah State at RV/24 Boise State* 8:15 p.m. MT ESPN2/WatchESPN
Wyoming at Colorado State* 8:15 p.m. MT ESPNU/WatchESPN

*Mountain West game


The Mountain West Network will livestream and archive each of the 12 weekly coaches’ press conferences on, and the respective institutional website. The regular-season schedule will typically be held as follows:

Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State at 11 a.m. PT
Matt Wells, Utah State  at 11:30 a.m. MT
Mike Bobo, Colorado State at Noon MT
Craig Bohl, Wyoming at Noon MT
Ron Caragher, San José State at 1 p.m. PT

Bob Davie, New Mexico at 11:30 a.m. MT
Brian Polian, Nevada at 11 a.m. PT
Bryan Harsin, Boise State at 11:30 a.m. MT
Rocky Long, San Diego State at Noon PT
Troy Calhoun, Air Force at 12:30 p.m. MT
Tony Sanchez, UNLV at 1 p.m. PT
Nick Rolovich, Hawai‘i  (available on tape-delayed basis)

All post-game press conference for home games will also be streamed and archived. Visit for additional information and for schedule updates.

For quick soundbites from every coach leading into a weekend of Mountain West action, tune in for Coaches Soundoff every Thursday afternoon on the Mountain West Network. 

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(Notes from around the Mountain West in 140 characters or less)

  • At least two @MountainWest teams are nationally ranked for the first time since Nov. 23, 2014. That yr, @CSUFootball ranked 21st, while @BroncoSportsFB was 25th.
  • .@AFFootball has the 3rd-longest home win streak nationally (14), trailing Florida State (22) & Clemson (18).
  • .@GoAztecs are riding a 13-game win streak, 2nd-longest active streak in FBS (Alabama; 16). Last loss came on 9/26/15 at Penn State (37-21).
  • .@BroncoSportsFB has defeated a Power 5 team in 5 of 6 seasons since joining the MW. BSU beat Washington State on Sept. 10 and Oregon State on Sept. 24.
  • 4 @MountainWest schools rank in the top-15 nationally in rushing offense: AFA (359.3 - 2), UNM (314.0 - 6), SDSU (260.7 - 12 & UNLV (250.3 - 14).
  • .@CSUFootball DB Braylin Scott has picked off a pass in 3 straight games. Scott is 1 of 10 FBS players with 3 INTs this season.
  • .@GoAztecs RB Donnel Pumphrey is the nation’s active leader in career rushing yds (4,871), rushing touchdowns (52) and all-purpose yardage (5,811).
  • Pumphrey’s 281 rushing yards vs. Cal (Sept. 10) are the most in a single game by a FBS player in 2016.
  • In 55.8% of Pumphrey’s collegiate games played he has rushed for at least 100 yards (24-43).
  • .@BroncoSportsFB RB Jeremy McNichols has scored a TD in a @MountainWest record 15 straight games.
  • .@NewMexicoFB LB Dakota Cox is the nation’s 2nd-leading tackler with 332 career tackles. Cox needs 41 stops to enter the MW’s top-5.
  • .@BroncoSportsFB has won 22-straight nonconference home games, a streak dating back to 12/28/05 vs. Boston College in the MPC Computers Bowl.
  • .@USUFootball is the only FBS team to have a new OC & DC for the third straight season under the same head coach.

San Diego State is ranked No. 19 in the most recent Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 24 in the Amway Coaches Poll, both announced on Sunday, Sept. 25. Prior to last week, the Aztecs hadn’t been ranked in the AP poll since Nov. 7, 1995 when they were No. 25. 

Boise State enters the fifth week of the college football season ranked 24th in the AP Poll and receiving 126 votes in the Amway Coaches Poll. 

This is the first time since Nov. 23, 2014 that at least two Mountain West institutions are ranked nationally. That season, Colorado State was ranked 21st in both polls, while Boise State was ranked 25th in each polly.

San Diego State senior running back Donnel Pumphrey is on the verge of rewriting the Mountain West record book. The native of Las Vegas, Nevada, has rushed for 4,871 yards and 52 touchdowns. In his career, Pumphrey has scored a total of 56 touchdowns and racked up 5,811 all-purpose yards. 

Below is a look at where Pumphrey ranks in the MW record book...

Name (Team), Yards, Years Played
1. DonTrell Moore (UNM), 4,973, 2002-05
2. Donnel Pumphrey (SDSU), 4,871, 2013-Present

Name (Team), TDs, Years Played
1. Donnel Pumphrey (SDSU), 52, 2013-Present
2. DonTrell Moore (UNM), 51, 2002-05
3. Jay Ajayi (BSU), 50, 2012-14

Name (Team), Games, Years Played
1. DonTrell Moore (UNM), 26, 2002-05
2. Donnel Pumphrey (SDSU), 24, 2013-Present

Name (Team), Yards, Years Played
1. DonTrell Moore (UNM), 5,947, 2002-05
2. Jovon Bouknight (WYO), 5,921, 2002-05
3. Donnel Pumphrey (SDSU), 5,811, 2013-Present

Four Mountain West insitutions rank in the top-15 nationally in rushing offense. Air Force ranks second, averaging 359.3 yards per game on the ground. New Mexico is sixth with 314.0 rushing yards per contest, while San Diego State’s 260.7 ranks 12th and UNLV’s 250.3 ranks 14th. 

The MW is the only conference with four teams in the top 20, let alone the top 15.

Air Force junior kicker Luke Strebel has made 15 consecutive field goals, which leads the nation among active FBS kickers. Strebel missed his first field goal attempt in 2015 but then rattled off 10 straight to end the year. To open 2016, he is 5-for-5.

The native of Nashville, Tennessee, ranks fourth in the Mountain West, averaging 9.0 points scored per game.

Consecutive Field Goals Made Streaks Among Active FBS Kickers
15 - Luke Strebel, Air Force
14 - Tyler Davis, Penn State
14 - Austin Jones, Temple
13 - Drew Brown, Nebraska
13 - Daniel Carlson, Auburn
12 - Cole Netten, Iowa State

There have been 14 individual 200-yard rushing performances in the FBS this season. Included in this group are five Mountain West running backs, the most among all FBS conferences. San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey’s 281 rushing yards vs. Cal on Sept. 10 is the most in a single game this season.