Mountain West Football Weekly Release
|MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 10 SCHEDULE|
|Saturday, November 2||TV/Web||Time|
|Army at Air Force||ESPNU||10 a.m. MT|
|San José State at UNLV*||Mountain West Network/Campus Insiders||1 p.m. PT|
|Hawai‘i at Utah State*||CBS Sports Network||2 p.m. MT|
|New Mexico at San Diego State*||ROOT SPORTS/MWN||5 p.m. PT|
|Boise State at Colorado State*||CBS Sports Network||6 p.m. MT|
|Nevada at 18/16 Fresno State*||ESPNU||7:30 p.m. PT|
|* Mountain West game|
BULLDOGS CLIMB TO NO. 16 IN BCS STANDINGS
Fresno State received 542 votes this week in the USA Today/Coaches' poll to hold on to the No. 18 position. The Bulldogs, who are off to the program's best start since 1991, fell one spot in the Associated Press poll, garnering 510 votes to rank No. 16.
Fresno State moved up to No. 16 in this week's BCS Standings and remained No. 18 in the Harris Interactive Poll.
CARR MAKING A POINT
Fresno State's Derek Carr ranks among national leaders for passing touchdowns and points responsibility. The senior QB trails only Oregon State's Sean Mannion (30) with 25 passing TDs, and is tied for sixth with Florida State's Jameis Winston in point responsibility (156).
|NCAA LEADERS IN PASSING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||8||30|
|2.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||7||25|
|3.||Keith Wenning, Sr., Ball State||9||23|
|Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida State||7||23|
|Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., Louisville||8||23|
|6.||Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M||8||20|
|7.||Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon||8||20|
|T6.||Chuckie Keeton, Jr., Utah State||6||18|
|NCAA LEADERS IN POINTS RESPONSIBLE FOR|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||Points|
|1.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||8||187|
|2.||Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon||8||174|
|3.||Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M||8||168|
|4.||Keith Wenning, Sr., Ball State||8||162|
|Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||8||162|
|6.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||7||156|
|Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida State||7||156|
MW QUARTERBACKS PUTTING UP POINTS
Wyoming junior Brett Smith threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns at San José State last Saturday, extending his MW record-streak of games with a touchdown (passing and/or rushing) to 31. With an active streak of 20 straight games with a passing and/or rushing TD, Fresno State senior Derek Carr ranks fourth on that list.
|CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A TOUCHDOWN (PASS/RUSH/RECEPTION)|
|Rk.||Player, Pos., Team||No.||Dates|
|1.||Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming||31||9/3/11 to Present|
|2.||Max Hall, QB, BYU||28||12/1/07 to 12/22/09|
|3.||Andy Dalton, QB, TCU||21||10/17/09 to 1/1/11|
|4.||Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State||20||9/1/12 to Present|
|5.||Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada||17||9/1/12 to 10/4/13|
|Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State||17||9/25/10 to 10/29/11|
Three MW teams gained 500 or more total yards in their Week 9 contests. San José State collected 642 yards against Wyoming, the ninth-highest output ever by the Spartans. It also marks the first time in program history that SJSU had back-to-back games with 600+ total yards, after the Spartans gained 608 at Colorado State on Oct. 12. The Cowboys totaled 599 yards in the contest, marking the fifth time this season that the squad eclipsed the 500-yard mark. San Diego State's offense combined for 507 total yards vs. then #18/15 Fresno State, the second time in the last three games that the Aztecs had at least 500 yards.
RACKING UP YARDAGE
Six MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 9. Wyoming's Shaun Wick led the league after a career day at San José State, as the sophomore tallied 234 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries. Wick's 234 yards are the most by a Cowboy since Devin Moore also had 234 vs. San Diego State on Nov. 1, 2008. It was also Wick's fourth 100-yard performance of this season. Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi picked up 151 yards and a TD on 23 carries at BYU last Friday, his third straight game with at least 100 yards, his fourth of the season and the fifth of his career. Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries at Hawai‘i for his third 100+ yard performance in his last four appearances. San José State freshman Jarrod Lawson reached the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time in his career last Saturday, finishing the contest vs. Wyoming with 128 yards on 25 attempts. UNLV junior Tim Cornett posted his 14th career game with 100+ yards, including three in the last four games, after collecting 122 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries at Nevada. San Diego State junior Adam Muema recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the season and 10th of his career with 111 yards and two TDs on 27 carries vs. Fresno State.
WICK BECOMES FOURTH MW PLAYER TO RUSH FOR 200 YARDS
Wyoming sophomore Shaun Wick carried the ball 17 times for 234 yards and one touchdown at San José State last Saturday, becoming the fourth MW running back to top the 200-yard rushing mark this season, and third in the last two weeks. Wick's 234 yards rank as the second-highest single-game performance in the MW this season, trailing only New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier's 291 yards at UTEP on Sept. 7. Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi (222 vs. Nevada) and Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs (201 at Wyoming) also topped the 200-yard rushing mark in Week 8, becoming just the second pair of MW rushers to record 200-yard performances on the same day in the league's 15-year history. The first duo to achieve the feat was San Diego State's Larry Ned (239 yards vs. BYU) and UNLV's Joe Haro (226 yards at Wyoming) on Oct. 27, 2001.
IN THE AIR TONIGHT
- Five MW teams, including Hawai‘i, Nevada, San Diego State, San José State and UNLV, threw for at least 335 yards in Week 9. SJSU led all MW teams with 482 yards vs. Wyoming, which is the eighth-best single-game total in Spartan history. San José State has passed for at least 400 yards in back-to-back outings and more than 300 yards in five straight games. Hawai‘i collected 386 yards in the air for the second time in the last three games, marking the fourth straight contest that the Rainbow Warriors have reached the 300-yard passing mark. Nevada threw for 357 yards against UNLV, which is the Wolf Pack's third consecutive game with at least 300 passing yards. San Diego State finished its overtime contest vs. Fresno State with 337 passing yards, giving the Aztecs' their second 300-yard passing game of the year. UNLV rounded out the group with 335 yards at Nevada, marking the third 300-yard passing game in the Rebels' last four appearances.
- Five MW quarterbacks topped the 300-yard passing mark in their respective Week 9 games, led by San José State senior David Fales, who passed for a career-best 482 yards and career-high five touchdowns on 27-of-37 attempts vs. Wyoming. It was Fales' third 400-yard passing performance of the season and fourth of his career. Nevada junior Cody Fajardo connected on 24-of-40 passes for 357 yards and two touchdowns vs. UNLV, his fifth career 300-yard performance and third in the last four games. Hawai‘i senior Sean Schroeder completed 28-of-49 passes against Colorado State for a career-high 349 yards and two touchdowns, his fourth straight 300-yard game. San Diego State junior Quinn Kaehler threw for a career-high 337 yards on 21-of-39 passing vs. Fresno State, marking his first career 300-yard outing. UNLV senior Caleb Herring found success on 29-of-42 passes at Nevada for 335 yards and three touchdowns, marking his second 300-yard outing in the last three games and third of his career.
400 THE MAGIC NUMBER FOR CARR AND FALES
San José State senior David Fales threw for 482 yards and five touchdowns last Saturday against Wyoming, marking his second-straight 400-yard passing performance and third of the season. Fales became the first Spartan QB ever to pass for 400 or more yards in back-to-back games, after throwing for 431 yards at Colorado State on Oct. 12. He is the second MW quarterback this season (Fresno State senior Derek Carr) and third overall to throw for 400 or more yards in consecutive games:
|CONSECUTIVE 400-YARD PASSING PERFORMANCES|
|Year||Player, Team||Yards||Opponent (Date)|
|2013||David Fales, San José State||431
|at Colorado State (10/12/13)
vs. Wyoming (10/26/13)
|2013||Derek Carr, Fresno State||419
|at Idaho (10/5/13)
vs. UNLV (10/19/13)
|2002||Adam Hall, San Diego State||516
|vs. Arizona State (9/14/02)
at Idaho (9/21/02)
Fales' three 400-yard passing games in 2013 is tied for second-most in a single season, trailing Carr, who has four this fall. The pair's seven combined 400-yard passing games is a single-season record for the league, surpassing the previous high of five in 2002:
|MULTIPLE 400-YARD PASSING PERFORMANCES|
|Year||Player, Team||Yards||Opponent (Date)|
|2013||David Fales, San José State
Derek Carr, Fresno State
Derek Carr, Fresno State
David Fales, San José State
David Fales, San José State
Derek Carr, Fresno State
Derek Carr, Fresno State
|vs. Wyoming (10/26/13)|
vs. Boise State (9/20/13)
vs. Rutgers (8/29/13)
at Minnesota (9/21/13)
at Colorado State (10/12/13)
at Idaho (10/5/13)
vs. UNLV (10/19/13)
|2002||Adam Hall, San Diego State
Adam Hall, San Diego State
Casey Bramlet, Wyoming
Brett Elliott, Utah
Lon Sheriff, San Diego State
|vs. Arizona State (9/14/02)|
at Idaho (9/21/02)
at UNLV (11/2/02)
at New Mexico (10/26/02)
at Hawai‘i (12/7/02)
The Spartan QB's trio of 400-yard passing games this season is also tied for third on the MW's career list behind Carr, who has seven, and San Diego State's Ryan Lindley, who collected four between 2008-11.
SJSU'S FALES ENJOYS BANNER OUTING
San José State senior David Fales' 482-yard performance last Saturday is the highest passing output by a MW quarterback since Fresno State's Derek Carr had 536 passing yards vs. San Diego State on Sept. 29, 2012. It marked Fales' fifth consecutive 300-yard passing game to set a new MW record, edging Carr, who had four straight from Sept. 20 – Oct. 19, as well as BYU's John Beck (Nov. 9 - Dec. 21, 2006) and Max Hall (Dec. 20, 2008 - Sept. 19, 2009). Fales has reached the 300-yard passing mark in 11 career appearances, including five in SJSU's inaugural season as a MW member.
Fales also connected on five touchdown passes against the Cowboys to mark the sixth five passing-TD performance by a MW player this season (two each by Carr and Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton). Fales' five passing TDs tie the MW senior class record, and also tie for third-most in a single game in MW history overall behind BYU's Hall (seven vs. UCLA on Sept. 13, 2008) and San Diego State's Ryan Lindley (six at Colorado State on Oct. 24, 2009).
Fales also recorded his first career rushing TD in the contest, bringing his total for touchdowns responsible for to six to tie the MW record for a Conference-only matchup and tie for second overall. The league overall record of seven is held by BYU's Hall (Sept. 13, 2008 vs. UCLA). Fales' performance also tied the MW senior class record, shared by BYU's Brandon Doman (Sept. 8, 2001 at California) and TCU's Jeff Ballard (Nov. 18, 2006 vs. San Diego State).
SPARTANS ON THE OFFENSIVE
In addition to QB David Fales' 482-yard passing performance, San José State freshman Jarrod Lawson rushed for 128 yards against Wyoming on Saturday, while the Spartan trio of freshman Tyler Winston (171 yards), senior Chandler Jones (129 yards) and freshman Billy Freeman (119 yards) each topped the century mark in receiving. That marked the first time since 2007 that a single MW team accounted for one 100-yard rusher, one 300-yard passer and three 100-yard receivers in the same game. BYU had previously accomplished the feat at Tulsa on Sept. 15, 2007, when QB Max Hall threw for 537 passing yards, Harvey Unga rushed for 100 yards, and the trio of Michael Reed (132), Austin Collie (121) and Dennis Pitta (113) each eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark.
FRESNO STATE'S CARR, UTAH STATE'S KEETON IN SELECT COMPANY
Fresno State senior Derek Carr and Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton are two of four quarterbacks with multiple five-passing touchdown games in their MW careers:
|MULTIPLE FIVE PASSING TOUCHDOWN GAMES - CAREER|
|Rk.||Player, Team||Opponents (Dates)|
|4||Derek Carr, Fresno State||vs. Rutgers (8/29/13)|
vs. San Diego State (9/29/12)
vs. Colorado (9/15/12)
at Idaho (10/5/13)
|2||Chuckie Keeton, Utah State||vs. Weber State (9/14/13)|
at Air Force (9/7/13)
|2||Kellen Moore, Boise State||at UNLV (11/5/11)|
at Toledo (9/16/11)
|2||Max Hall, BYU||vs. Air Force (11/21/09)|
at Colorado State (11/1/08)
FRESNO STATE QB CARVES NAME IN MW RECORD BOOK
Fresno State senior Derek Carr threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns at San Diego State last Saturday, extending his nation-leading streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 27, with the last 20 of those occurring since the Bulldogs joined the Mountain West in July 2012. Carr's 20-game passing-TD streak as a member of the MW ranks as the second-longest such run in MW history. TCU's Andy Dalton holds the league record of 21 consecutive games with a passing TD (Oct. 17, 2009 to Jan. 1, 2011).
|CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A PASSING TOUCHDOWN|
|1.||Andy Dalton, TCU||21||10/17/09 to 1/1/11|
|2.||Derek Carr, Fresno State||20||9/1/12 to Present|
|3.||Ryan Lindley, San Diego State||17||9/25/10 to 10/29/11|
|4.||Ryan Lindley, San Diego State||15||10/18/08 to 11/7/09|
|John Beck, BYU||15||10/8/05 to 10/28/06|
CARR TOPPING THE NATIONAL CHARTS
Fresno State senior QB Derek Carr ranks among national active career leaders in several categories, including 400-yard passing games (first), games with at least four touchdown passes (first), games with at least five touchdown passes (first), 300-yard passing games (second) and touchdown responsibility (third):
|ACTIVE CAREER 300-YARD PASSING GAMES|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||No.|
|1.||Corey Robinson, Sr., Troy||23|
|2.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||15|
|Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||15|
|Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||15|
|5.||Keith Wenning, Sr., Ball State||14|
|6.||David Fales, Sr., San José State||12|
|7.||Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., Louisville||11|
|Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall||11|
|9.||Aaron Murray, Sr., Gerogia||10|
|ACTIVE CAREER 400-YARD PASSING GAMES|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||No.|
|1.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||7|
|2.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||6|
|3.||Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||3|
|Aaron, Murray, Sr., Georgia||3|
|Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall||3|
|Corey Robinson, Sr., Troy||3|
|CAREER GAMES WITH AT LEAST FOUR PASSING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||No.|
|1.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||11|
|2.||Aaron, Murray, Sr., Georgia||10|
|3.||A.J. McCarron, Sr., Alabama||7|
|Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||7|
|Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||7|
|6.||Brett Smith, Jr., Wyoming||6|
|CAREER GAMES WITH AT LEAST FIVE PASSING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||No.|
|1.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||5|
|Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||5|
|3.||Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall||3|
|4.||Aaron, Murray, Sr., Georgia||2|
|Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||2|
|ACTIVE CAREER TOUCHDOWN RESPONSIBILITY|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||No.|
|1.||Aaron Murray, Georgia||141|
|2.||Tajh Boyd, Clemson||122|
|3.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||92|
|Taylor Martinez, Nebraska||87|
NEVADA'S FAJARDO AND WYOMING'S SMITH AMONG NATION'S BEST
Nevada junior Cody Fajardo and Wyoming junior Brett Smith are two of six active quarterbacks to have four or more games in their careers with at least three passing touchdowns and one rushing TD, making the Mountain West the only league in the FBS with multiple active QBs to accomplish the feat:
|GAMES WITH AT LEAST THREE PASSING TDS, ONE RUSHING TD (MIN. 3)|
|1.||Tahj Boyd, Clemson||9|
|2.||Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M||8|
|3.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||4|
|Brett Smith, Wyoming||4|
|Kolton Browning, ULM||4|
|Connor Shaw, South Carolina||4|
|7.||Nathan Scheelhasee, Illinois||3|
MW QUARTERBACKS MAKING THE CONNECTION
Nevada QB Cody Fajardo saw his MW- and school-record streak of 193 consecutive passes without an interception end with a first-quarter pick by UNLV senior Frank Crawford last Saturday, marking the first interception thrown by Fajardo this season. The junior had entered the contest as one of three quarterbacks in the FBS (Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Louisiana Tech's Scott Young) to have not thrown an interception. Fajardo's streak of 193 pass attempts without an interception surpassed the previous league record of 183, shared by Wyoming junior Brett Smith and UNLV senior Caleb Herring, whose respective streaks of 183 consecutive pass attempts without a pick came to a close earlier this season. Overall, four active MW quarterbacks have reached a streak of 180 or more consecutive pass attempts without an INT this season (Fresno State senior Derek Carr, 180 from Aug. 29 to Sept. 28, 2013), and the quartet top the league's all-time list for consecutive pass attempts without an interception:
|CONSECUTIVE PASS ATTEMPTS WITHOUT AN INTERCEPTION|
|1.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||193||8/31/13 to 10/26/13|
|2.||Caleb Herring, UNLV||183||11/19/11 to 10/12/13|
|Brett Smith, Wyoming||183||10/20/12 to 8/31/13|
|4.||Derek Carr, Fresno State||180||8/29/13 to 9/28/13|
|5.||Casey Bramlet, Wyoming||178||8/30/03 to 9/27/03|
MW QUARTERBACKS QUICK ON THEIR FEET
Stepping in for an injured Joe Southwick, Boise State junior Grant Hedrick rushed for a career-high 115 yards against Nevada on Oct. 19, becoming the sixth different MW quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a single game this season ((Air Force sophomore Karson Roberts, Air Force sophomore Jaleel Awini, Nevada junior Cody Fajardo, New Mexico sophomore Cole Gautsche and Wyoming junior Brett Smith). That sets an MW record for number of quarterbacks with 100-yard rushing games in a single season, surpassing the previous record of four (2001, 2005).
Hedrick's 100-yard rushing game brought the Mountain West's season total of QB performances of 100+ rushing yards in a single game to 10. This is the third time in league history that the MW registered 10 100-yard rushing games by its quarterbacks (2001, 2002).
New Mexico's Cole Gautsche is responsible for four 100-yard rushing games in 2013, which are the third-most by a MW quarterback in a single season. The sophomore's six career 100-yard rushing games also ranks third all-time among MW signal-callers. Air Force's Chance Harridge holds both the MW single-season and career records with six 100-yard rushing games in 2002 and nine 100-yard rushing performances overall.
|MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY A MW QUARTERBACK: SEASON|
|1.||Chance Harridge, Air Force||6||2002|
|2.||Keith Boyea, Air Force||5||2001|
|3.||Cole Gautsche, New Mexico||4||2013|
|4.||Chance Harridge, Air Force||3||2003|
|Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State||3||2003|
|Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State||3||2002|
|MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY A MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER|
|1.||Chance Harridge, Air Force||9||2000-03|
|2.||Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State||8||2000-03|
|3.||Cole Gautsche, New Mexico||6||2012-Present|
|4.||Shaun Carney, Air Force||5||2004-07|
|Keith Boyea, Air Force||5||2001|
EIGHT MW RECEIVERS FIND THE CENTURY MARK IN WEEK 9
Eight MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts in Week 9, including three from San José State. San Diego State junior Ezell Ruffin led the league after totaling a career-high 181 yards on a career-best 10 receptions vs. then #18/15 Fresno State. It marked the third 100-yard receiving game for Ruffin this season and fourth of his career. His 181 yards are the most by an Aztec since Vincent Brown had 184 vs. then-#25 Utah on Nov. 20, 2010. San José State freshman Tyler Winston registered 171 yards receiving and one touchdown on three catches, marking his third-straight 100-yard performance. Winston became the first Spartan freshman ever to have three consecutive 100-yard games. Hawai‘i senior Chris Gant finished the contest vs. Colorado State with a career-high eight catches for 159 yards and one touchdown. It was the third 100-yard game in Gant's previous four appearances. Wyoming senior Robert Herron collected 154 yards and a TD on five receptions, including a 93-yarder to score in the first quarter at San José State. That play was the longest ever allowed by the Spartans. Herron has five career 100-yard receiving games, including two this season. Nevada junior Richy Turner tallied his third 100-yard game of the season and fourth of his career with 149 yards and one touchdown on eight receptions vs. UNLV. San José State senior Chandler Jones notched his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season and seventh of his career with 129 yards and three TDs on four receptions. Fellow Spartan Billy Freeman had a career night, as the freshman had six catches for 119 yards to mark the first 100-yard receiving performance of his career. UNLV junior Devante Davis rounded out the group with 121 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches at Nevada, his fourth 100-yard game of the season and sixth of his career.
REACHING THE END ZONE
- Of the Mountain West's 39 touchdowns in Week 9, 19 were scored in the air, 18 were rushing touchdowns and another two were defensive scores.
- Two MW players recorded their first career fumble recovery touchdowns last Saturday, marking the first time in MW history that two players recorded fumble recoveries for touchdowns of more than 70 yards on the same day. Colorado State junior Max Morgan returned a Hawai‘i fumble 73 yards to the end zone. It was the third-longest fumble recovery TD in Ram history, and Morgan became the first CSU defender to return a fumble to score since Shaq Bell did so vs. UNLV on Nov. 10, 2012. Fresno State sophomore Ejiro Ederaine returned a San Diego State fumble 78 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, which was the longest fumble recovery TD in Bulldog history. It was also Fresno State's first fumble recovery touchdown since Nov. 10, 2012, when Travis Brown and Tyeler Davison combined for two vs. Nevada. Edereine's 78-yarder marked the longest fumble recovery TD by a MW player since Colorado State's Mychal Sisson returned a fumble 88 yards to score at San Diego State on Nov. 6, 2010.
- Three MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 9, led by Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs with three TDs at Hawai‘i. It marked Bibbs' second straight game with three rushing touchdowns and third of the season. The last Ram to register at least two games with three or more rushing touchdowns was Calvin Branch in 1996. San Diego State junior Adam Muema reached the end zone twice vs. then #18/15 Fresno State, marking the second time this season and seventh time in his career that he has had multiple rushing TDs. Wyoming senior Tedder Easton pitched in two rushing touchdowns at San José State, giving him his first career multiple-rushing TD performance.
- Three MW quarterbacks connected on at least three touchdown passes in Week 9, led by San José State senior David Fales, who connected on a career-best five touchdown passes against Wyoming. In his two seasons under center for the Spartans, Fales has thrown for multiple TD passes in 13 career games, including five this season. He has 12 career games with at least three passing touchdowns, including four this year, and has four career outings with four or more TDs. UNLV's Caleb Herring threw for three touchdowns at Nevada, marking the third time this season that the senior has had at least three passing TDs. Wyoming junior Brett Smith also had three passing touchdowns in the Cowboys' visit to SJSU, which marked his first three-TD game since a Nov. 10, 2012 trip to UNLV. Overall, Smith has connected on at least three touchdown passes in seven career games.
- Three MW players recorded multiple receiving touchdowns in their respective outings, led by San José State senior Chandler Jones with three against Wyoming to tie for the third-most receiving TDs in a single game in MW history. Jones has registered multiple receiving TDs in five career appearances, including two this season with three apiece. Fresno State's Davante Adams recorded two TD receptions at San Diego State, marking the fourth game this season and eighth of his career that the sophomore has had multiple touchdown catches. UNLV junior Devante Davis also made a pair of touchdown grabs at Nevada, which is the third multiple-touchdown game of his career. All three of those performances have come in the 2013 campaign.
DAVANTE ADAMS GRABS THE SPOTLIGHT FOR FRESNO STATE
Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams caught 12 passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns at San Diego State on Saturday, bringing his total to 27 receiving touchdowns in just 20 career games to rank third on the league's all-time list. BYU's Austin Collie (2004-08) holds the record with 30 receiving touchdowns, followed by Wyoming's Jovon Bouknight (2002-05) with 29.
Adams' 27 career touchdown receptions in less than two seasons is a Fresno State record. He has recorded a touchdown reception in 13 of his last 14 outings and has eight career games with multiple TD receptions. Adams has seven career games with 10 or more catches, which is the most of any Bulldog in program history.
JONES RECORDS MW'S SIXTH THREE-RECEIVING TD GAME OF 2013
San José State senior Chandler Jones caught four passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's win over Wyoming, marking his second three-TD reception game of the season (at Minnesota on Sept. 21). Jones becomes the second MW receiver this season to have multiple three-touchdown outings, joining UNLV junior Devante Davis (vs. Central Michigan on Sept. 14; at New Mexico on Sept. 28). It is also the sixth three-receiving touchdown outing this season, as Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams (at Idaho on Oct. 5) and Wyoming junior Dominic Rufran (vs. Idaho on Sept. 7) have also accomplished the feat. The MW record of four TD receptions is shared by BYU's Luke Ashworth (Nov. 13, 2010 at Colorado State) and Utah's Travis LaTendresse (Dec. 29, 2005 vs. Georgia Tech).
UNLV'S CORNETT LOOKS TO CLIMB TO TOP OF NCAA LIST
UNLV senior Tim Cornett is one of nine active players in the country with at least 13 100-yard rushing games to his credit. The senior currently ranks fifth nationally with 14 100-yard games in his career as a Rebel.
|ACTIVE CAREER 100-YARD RUSHING LEADERS|
|1.||Antonio Andrews, Sr., Western Kentucky||18|
|2.||Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||17|
|3.||Ka'Deem Carey, Jr., Arizona||15|
|Branden Oliver, Sr., Buffalo||15|
|5.||Tim Cornett, Sr., UNLV||14|
|6.||Taylor Martinez, Sr., Nebraska||13|
|James White, Sr., Wisconsin||13|
|David Fluellen, Sr., Toledo||13|
|James Sims, Sr., Kansas||13|
Seven MW teams rank in the top 28 nationally in red zone offense, including two in the top eight, three in the top 12 and five in the top 21. Nevada currently ranks seventh, converting on 0.941 of its red-zone attempts (32-of-34). Wyoming is eighth nationally at 0.939 (31-of-33), while Air Force is tied for 12th at 0.917 (22-of-24). Fresno State and Utah State are each tied for 21st at 0.892 (33-of-37), Boise State is tied for 23rd at 0.889 (40-of-45) and New Mexico ranks 28th at 0.885 (23-of-26). The Mountain West is the only conference with more than five teams converting on at least 0.882 of their red zone attempts.
Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence blocked two Southern Miss field goal attempts on Sept. 28, marking the second time this season that a MW defender blocked multiple field goals in a single game. Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett accomplished the feat on Sept. 14, blocking two field goals from Cal Poly. Boise State and Colorado State are two of eight teams in the FBS with multiple blocked kicks this season, making the Mountain West one of two conferences (ACC) with multiple teams in that category. In addition, Lawrence and Barrett are the only two players in the country to have blocked multiple kicks in a single game this season.
|NCAA LEADERS IN BLOCKED KICKS IN A GAME|
|1.||Syracuse||3||2 punts, 1 FG||Tulane (Sept. 21)|
|UAB||3||2 PAT, 1 FG||Florida Atlantic (Oct. 5)|
|3.||Boise State||2||2 FG||Southern Miss (Sept. 28)|
|Colorado State||2||2 FG||Cal Poly (Sept. 14)|
|Akron||2||2 FG||Northern Illinois (Oct. 12)|
|Minnesota||2||1 PAT, 1 FG||UNLV (Aug. 29)|
|Oklahoma||2||1 PAT, 1 punt||Kansas (Oct. 19)|
|Virginia Tech||2||1 punt, 1 FG||Marshall (Sept. 21)|
UNM'S ADAMS PROVIDING KICKING CONSISTENCY
New Mexico senior Justus Adams has converted 70 consecutive point-after attempts dating back to the 2012 season, which ranks as the third-longest streak in MW history and trails only Colorado State's Jason Smith (86) and Kyle Watson (72).
|CONSECUTIVE EXTRA POINTS MADE|
|1.||Jason Smith, Colorado State||86||9/2/06 to 12/20/08|
|2.||Kyle Watson, UNLV||72||8/30/08 to 11/28/09|
|3.||Justus Adams, New Mexico||70||9/1/12 to Present|
|4.||Matt Payne, BYU||66||9/6/02 to 10/23/04|
|5.||Garrett Palmer, San Diego State||65||9/24/05 to 9/29/07|
NATSON RECORDS MW'S FOURTH PUNT RETURN TD OF THE YEAR
Utah State sophomore Bruce Natson ran back a second-quarter punt 65 yards for a touchdown in the Oct. 19 victory over New Mexico. That marked the fourth punt return TD by a MW player this season (one by Colorado State's Joe Hansley vs. Colorado on Sept. 1; two by Fresno State's Isaiah Burse vs. Cal Poly on Sept. 7). The league high for most punt return TDs in a season is six, set three times (2002, 2004, 2006).
MW BACKUP QBS FILLING THE VOID
- Freshman QB Nate Romine made his first career start against Notre Dame last Saturday, becoming the fourth Air Force quarterback to start a game this season joining Kale Pearson, Jaleel Awini, and Karson Roberts. The Falcons are the only team in the country to start four different QBs in the 2013 campaign. Romine is the 27th true freshman in the FBS to start a game at quarterback this year, and is the first freshman to start under center for AFA since Tim Jefferson in 2008. Air Force, Hawai‘i and Nevada are three of six programs nationally to have started at least three different quarterbacks this season.
- Filling in for senior Joe Southwick, who suffered a broken ankle on Oct. 19, Boise State junior Grant Hedrick is just the 10th Bronco quarterback to make his first career start since BSU joined the FBS in 1996. He is also just the sixth QB to start a game under head coach Chris Petersen. The last backup QB to start a contest for Boise State due to injury was B.J. Rhode, who went 5-0 in 2002 after starter Ryan Dinwiddie broke his ankle at Arkansas on Sept. 7, 2002.
WHERE THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKS NATIONALLY...
- The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Pac-12) with two quarterbacks in the nation's top six and four of the top 15 in passing average per game. Fresno State senior Derek Carr leads all MW quarterbacks with 367.7 yards per game to rank third nationally, followed by San José State senior David Fales (346.4 ypg, sixth), Wyoming junior Brett Smith (295.9 ypg, 14th) and Nevada junior Cody Fajardo (291.7 ypg, 15th).
- The Mountain West is the only conference in the nation with four of the top 11 QBs in total offense. Fresno State senior Derek Carr ranks fourth nationally with 376.7 total yards per game, followed by Wyoming junior Brett Smith, who ranks eighth with 349.8 total yards, San José State senior David Fales, who ranks 10th with 345.6 yards per game and Nevada junior Cody Fajardo, who ranks 11th with 343.8 yards per game.
- Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams ranks second nationally with 10.3 receptions per game. Nevada senior Brandon Wimberly currently ranks 11th with 7.6 catches, while Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse ranks 13th at 7.4. The Mountain West is one of two FBS conferences (American) with three players averaging 7.4 or more receptions per game, and Fresno State is one of two programs (SMU) with multiple players in the top 13 for receptions per game.
- Sophomores Jay Ajayi (Boise State) and Kapri Bibbs (Colorado State) are two of eight players in the FBS with 12 rushing touchdowns on the season, making the Mountain West one of two leagues (Pac-12) with multiple players to tally 12 rushing TDs this year.
- The Mountain West touts three of the top eight tacklers in the FBS this season. San José State senior Keith Smith leads the FBS with 14.4 total tackles per game, followed by Wyoming junior Jordan Stanton (11.6, third) and Utah State senior Jake Doughty (11.1, eighth).
- Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence, Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett and Fresno State sophomore Ejiro Ederaine are three of 11 players nationally to average 1.6 or more tackles for loss per game. Barrett is currently is tied with two others for seventh nationally with 1.7 tackles for loss per game, while Lawrence and Ederaine are tied for 10th with 1.6. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (ACC) with three of the top 11 in tackles for loss.
- Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence ranks sixth among all FBS players with 1.1 sacks per game, while Fresno State sophomore Ejiro Ederaine is tied for seventh at 1.0 sacks per game and Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett is tied for 10th at 0.9 sacks per game. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (ACC) with three of the top 11 in pass sacks.
- The Mountain West is one of three leagues in the country (Big Ten, Pac-12) with two of the top 12 rushing teams in the country. New Mexico is averaging 322.3 yards on the ground to rank third among all FBS teams, while Air Force nets 271.3 rushing yards to rank 12th.
- Three MW teams rank in the top 13 nationally for first down offense. Boise State leads the league and is ranked fifth nationally with 216 first downs this season, while Fresno State ranks 12th at 206 and Wyoming is tied with Missouri for 13th with 205. The Mountain West is one of two conferences nationally (SEC) with at least three teams that have 205 or more first downs through nine weeks of play.
- Fresno State and Wyoming are two of 10 teams in the country that average at least 516 total yards per game, making the Mountain West one of two conferences (Big 12) with multiple teams in the top nine in total offense. The Bulldogs currently rank seventh nationally with 524.6 yards per game, while Wyoming nets 516.3 total yards per contest to rank ninth.
|MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS|
|1||New Mexico junior SaQwan Edwards blocked a 24-yard field goal attempted by Utah State in the fourth quarter of the Oct. 19 contest, which is the first blocked FG by a Lobo since Destry Berry did so vs. Nevada on Oct. 15, 2011.|
|2||Two MW receivers are averaging more than 114 yards per game. San José State senior Chandler Jones ranks 10th with 115.0 receiving yards per game, followed by Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams, who is 11th with 114.9 yards per contest.|
|3||New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier ranks 10th nationally in rushing, averaging 122.6 yards per game, while Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi is 15th on that list with 114.6 rushing yards per game, and UNLV senior Tim Cornett is 23rd at 103.9. The Mountain West is one of three FBS conferences (Pac-12, MAC) with three of the top 23 rushers in the country.|
|3.5||Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence registered a career-high 3.5 sacks against Nevada on Oct. 19, which is the highest in the FBS this season and is the fifth 3+ sack performance by a MW player on the year (New Mexico junior Brett Bowers vs. New Mexico State on Oct. 5, Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett vs. UTEP on Sept. 28, Nevada junior Brock Hekking at Hawai‘i on Sept. 21, Wyoming sophomore Eddie Yarbrough at Idaho on Sept. 7). The Mountain West is one of two conferences (SEC) to post five 3+ sack performances on the season.|
|4||Four MW teams rank in the top 22 in the FBS in passing offense. Fresno State ranks seventh among all FBS teams with an average of 371.9 passing yards per game. San José State is ninth with 349.6 passing yards per game, followed by Hawai‘i at 21st (299.3) and Wyoming at 22nd (297.4). The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Pac-12) with at least four of the nation's top 22 passing offenses.|
|4||Four MW teams rank in the top 18 nationally in net punting. New Mexico leads the league with 41.21 net yards per punt to rank fourth nationally, followed by Fresno State (40.11, 12th), Boise State (39.93, 15th) and Hawai‘i (39.83 (18th). The Mountain West is the only FBS conference with four of the top 18 punting teams in the country.|
|4.5||Fresno State sophomore Ejiro Ederaine posted 4.5 tackles for loss at San Diego State last Saturday, tying Memphis' Martin Ifedi for the most by a player in an FBS game this season.|
|5||Fresno State sophomore WR Davante Adams is one of five players in the country averaging more than 11 points per game. Adams is tied with Florida State's Robert Aguayo for fourth nationally with 11.1 ppg.|
|6||Fresno State has converted on 10-of-13 fourth-down attempts (0.769) to rank sixth among all FBS teams.|
|7||San Diego State held Fresno State to seven first-half points, the lowest output for the Bulldogs after the first 30 minutes of play in a game this season. Fresno State entered the contest averaging 29.2 points in the first half. It is also just the fourth time under head coach Tim DeRuyter that the Bulldogs did not reach double-digit points in the first half.|
|8||After keeping BYU from returning a punt last Friday, Boise State has allowed just eight punt returns this season, with three going for positive yards (UT Martin with a two-yard return on Sept. 7, Utah State with a four-yard return on Oct. 12, Nevada with a four-yard return on Oct. 19). The other five have been returned for a combined -14 yards. The Broncos have kept seven of their eight opponents this season without positive punt return yardage.|
|8||UNLV's 27-22 victory at Nevada last Saturday snapped the Rebels' eight-game losing streak to the Wolf Pack. It was the first win for UNLV over its in-state rival since Oct. 2, 2004 (48-13).|
|9||Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse ranks ninth among all FBS players, averaging 14.5 yards per punt return this season.|
|12||Wyoming QB Brett Smith has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 29 of 31 career games, including 12 straight dating back to Nov. 3, 2012, against Colorado State. The junior is the Cowboys' all-time leader with 66 career passing TDs.|
|33||Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs had 33 carries in the Rams' 35-28 victory at Hawai‘i, the most by a CSU player since Gartrell Johnson had 30 vs New Mexico on Nov. 15, 2008. Bibbs' 33 carries are the second-most by a MW player in a single game this season behind New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier's 41 rushing attempts at UTEP on Sept. 7.|
|48||With four catches for 89 yards vs. UNLV last Saturday, Nevada senior WR Brandon Wimberly extended the nation's leading streak of consecutive games with a reception to 48 straight (all 48 of his career). The NCAA record is 54 games by Bryan Anderson of Central Michigan (2006-09).|
|93||Wyoming junior QB Brett Smith connected with senior WR Robert Herron for a 93-yard touchdown pass at San José State, tying for the third-longest TD pass in MW history, as well as the third-longest pass play overall. The league record of 97 yards for both categories is shared by the Fresno State tandem of Derek Carr and Isaiah Burse (Sept. 15, 2012 vs. Colorado) and the San Diego State duo of Kevin O'Connell and Chaz Schilens (Nov. 24, 2007 vs. TCU). The 93-yard pass play also ties for the seventh-longest in the FBS this season.|
|100||Two MW teams, including Colorado State and San Diego State, held their opponents to under 100 rushing yards. The Rams gave up just 32 yards on the ground at Hawai‘i, marking the second time this season that CSU kept an opponent under 100 rushing yards (66 to top-ranked Alabama on Sept. 21). SDSU limited Fresno State to 43 yards rushing, which is the third time in the last five games that the Aztecs kept an opponent under the 100-yard rushing mark.|
|113||UNLV senior Nolan Kohorst nailed three PATs at Nevada last Saturday, moving into first-place all-time for the Rebels with 113 made PATs. Dillon Pleffer set the previous UNLV record (111) from 2000-03.|