Mountain West Football Weekly Release
|MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 11 SCHEDULE|
|Friday, November 8||TV/Web||Time|
|Air Force at New Mexico*||ESPNU||7 p.m. MT|
|Saturday, November 9||TV/Web||Time|
|Nevada at Colorado State*||Mountain West Network/Campus Insiders||1:30 p.m. MT|
|Hawai‘i at Navy||CBS Sports Network||3:30 p.m. ET|
|Utah State at UNLV*||ESPNU||5 p.m. PT|
|17/17 Fresno State at Wyoming*||ESPN2||8:15 p.m. MT|
|San Diego State at San José State*||CBS Sports Network||7:30 p.m. PT|
|* Mountain West game|
BULLDOGS HOLD ON TO NO. 16 MARK IN BCS STANDINGS
Fresno State received 567 votes this week in the USA Today/Coaches' poll to climb one spot to No. 17. The Bulldogs, who are off to the program's best start since 1989, fell one spot in the Associated Press poll, garnering 493 votes to rank No. 17.
Fresno State held on to No. 16 in this week's BCS Standings and rose to No. 17 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 (31) with 28 passing TDs and ranks fourth in point responsibility (180).
|NCAA LEADERS IN PASSING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||9||31|
|2.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||8||28|
|3.||Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M||9||26|
|4.||Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida State||8||24|
|5.||Taylor Kelly, Jr., Arizona State||8||23|
|Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., Louisville||8||23|
|3.||Keith Wenning, Sr., Ball State||9||23|
|NCAA LEADERS IN POINTS RESPONSIBLE FOR|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||Points|
|1.||Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M||9||204|
|2.||Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||9||192|
|3.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||9||190|
|4.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||8||180|
|5.||Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon||8||174|
MW QUARTERBACKS PUTTING UP POINTS
Wyoming junior Brett Smith threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns at San José State on Oct. 26, extending his MW record-streak of games with a touchdown (passing and/or rushing) to 31. With an active streak of 21 straight games with a passing and/or rushing TD, Fresno State senior Derek Carr is tied with current Cincinnati Bengal Andy Dalton for third on that list, while Nevada junior Cody Fajardo ranks fifth (18).
|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.||Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State||21||9/1/12 to Present|
|Andy Dalton, QB, TCU||21||10/17/09 to 1/1/11|
|5.||Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada||18||9/1/12 to 10/4/13|
Three MW teams gained 500 or more total yards in their Week 10 contests. Fresno State collected 647 yards against Nevada, marking the sixth time in eight contests this season that the Bulldogs have eclipsed the 500-yard mark. Fresno State has also gone for at least 600 yards in three of its last four games. Colorado State accumulated 626 yards vs. Boise State to tie for the third-most in program history. The last time the Rams reached the 600-yard mark was on Dec. 20, 2008, after totaling 619 yards vs. Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl. CSU has posted at least 500 yards in four contests this year. Utah State's offense combined for 533 yards vs. Hawai‘i, marking the fourth time this season that the squad eclipsed the 500-yard mark.
RAMS RUN RECORD 109 PLAYS
Colorado State executed a program-record 109 total plays against Boise State last Saturday, including 55 in the first half and 54 in the second. The last time the Rams ran over 100 plays was in an Oct. 6, 1990 contest vs. Utah (101). CSU's 109 total plays tie for the third-most ever by a MW team since the league's inception in 1999. UNLV set the record earlier this season, taking 113 offensive snaps vs. Hawai‘i on Oct. 12. CSU's 109 plays tie Nevada (at San Diego State on Oct. 4) for the third-most by an FBS team in a single game this season. The Mountain West touts three of the top four in the country for total plays in a single game, as UNLV ranks second with its 113 snaps vs. Hawai‘i on Oct. 12.
RACKING UP YARDAGE
- Two MW teams, including Air Force and San José State, rushed over 300 yards in Week 10. AFA led all MW teams with 343 yards on the ground vs. Army, marking the Falcons' fourth 300-yard rushing performance of the season. San José State posted 312 rushing yards at UNLV, the most by the Spartans since accumulating 476 yards on the ground in a 44-10 victory over Louisiana Tech on Oct. 28, 2006.
- Five MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 10. Air Force's Anthony LaCoste led the league after a career day vs. Army, as the senior tallied 263 yards (including 141 in the first half) and three touchdowns on 23 carries. LaCoste's 263 yards are the second-most ever by a Falcon in a single-game, trailing only Chad Hall, who had a school-record 275 rushing yards vs. Army on Nov. 3, 2007. LaCoste is the seventh Falcon in program history to rush for 200 or more yards in a game and the first since Cody Getz had 204 yards against Navy on Oct. 5, 2012. San Diego State junior Adam Muema rushed for a season-high 233 yards and three touchdowns on 27 attempts vs. New Mexico. It was the third 200-yard rushing game of Muema's career (255 at Wyoming on Nov. 24, 2012, 202 vs. San José State on Sept. 22, 2012) to tie with current Denver Bronco Ronnie Hillman for fourth all-time by an Aztec. San José State freshman Jarrod Lawson reached the 100-yard rushing mark for the second time in his career and in as many games, finishing the contest at UNLV last Saturday with a career-high 187 yards and one touchdown on 28 attempts. Lawson became the first Spartan freshman to record back-to-back 100-yard rushing games (128 vs. Wyoming on Oct. 26). Fresno State junior Josh Quezada picked up 115 yards on 17 carries vs. Nevada, marking his first 100-yard outing as a Bulldog. Utah State senior Joey DeMartino ran for 104 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries vs. Hawai‘i for his second-straight 100-yard rushing game and fourth of the season.
BSU'S AJAYI FIRST TO 1,000
With 13 carries for 91 yards at Colorado State last Saturday, Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi became the first MW running back this season to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark. Ajayi has 1,008 yards through the first nine games of the season and is the 13th Bronco in program history to reach the 1,000-yard mark. It is also the fifth consecutive year that BSU has touted a 1,000-yard rusher. Ajayi accomplished the feat in 168 carries.
IN THE AIR TONIGHT
- Four MW teams, including Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State and Utah State, threw for at least 305 yards in Week 10. Fresno State led all MW teams with 487 yards vs. Nevada, marking the third time in the last four contests, and fifth time this season, that the Bulldogs have reached the 400-yard passing mark. Fresno State has also thrown for at least 300 yards in seven of its eight outings this year. Colorado State collected 397 yards through the air against Boise State, which is the Rams' third 300-yard passing game of the season. Utah State threw for 370 yards vs. Hawai‘i, marking the Aggies' fourth 300-yard passing performance of the 2013 campaign, while Boise State rounded out the group with 305 yards at CSU, giving the Broncos their fifth 300-yard passing game in their last seven appearances.
- Four MW quarterbacks topped the 300-yard passing mark in their respective Week 10 games, led by Fresno State senior Derek Carr, who threw for 487 yards and three touchdowns against Nevada last Saturday. It was Carr's fifth 400-yard passing performance of the season and seventh of his career to extend his MW single-season and career records. He has thrown for 300 or more yards in four of his last five games and in 16 career outings. Colorado State junior Garrett Grayson connected on 36-of-53 passes for a career-high 397 yards and one touchdown vs. Boise State, his third 300-yard performance this season. Utah State freshman Darell Garretson completed 28-of-41 passes against Hawai‘i for an Aggie freshman record 370 passing yards and three touchdown passes. The previous record was held by Brett Stevens, who threw for 340 yards as a freshman vs. Fresno State on Oct. 26, 1985. Boise State junior Grant Hedrick found success on 19-of-27 passes at Colorado State for 305 yards and five touchdowns, marking his first-ever 300-yard outing.
400 THE MAGIC NUMBER
Fresno State senior Derek Carr's 487 passing yards against Nevada are the most by a MW quarterback since he had 536 passing yards vs. San Diego State on Sept. 29, 2012. It marked Carr's fifth 400-yard performance of the year and the league's eighth this season (San José State senior David Fales has the other three to his credit). The eight 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||Derek Carr, Fresno State
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. Nevada (11/2/13)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)
Carr's five 400-yard passing games this season and eight in his career are both MW records. His 487 passing yards are the most by MW quarterback this season and rank as the seventh-best single-game performance in the FBS this season.
FRESNO STATE QB CARVES NAME IN MW RECORD BOOK
Fresno State QB Derek Carr became the first MW quarterback this season to reach the 3,000-yard passing mark. Carr, who has thrown for 3,061 yards through the first eight games of the 2013 campaign, owns the MW's single-season record of 4,104 (2012). The senior becomes the fifth player in quarterback in MW history to reach 3,000 passing yards in consecutive seasons:
|MULTIPLE 3,000-YARD PASSING SEASONS|
|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.||Derek Carr, Fresno State||2||2012, 2013|
|John Beck, BYU||2||2005, 2006|
With three TDs vs. the Wolf Pack, Carr extended his nation-leading streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 28, with the last 21 occurring since the Bulldogs joined the Mountain West in 2012. Carr's 21-game passing-TD streak as a member of the MW ties for the longest such run in MW history. TCU's Andy Dalton originally set the record with a passing TD in 21 straight games from Oct. 17, 2009 to Jan. 1, 2011.
|CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A PASSING TOUCHDOWN|
|1.||Derek Carr, Fresno State||21||9/1/12 to Present|
|Andy Dalton, TCU||21||10/17/09 to 1/1/11|
|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||24|
|2.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||16|
|Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||16|
|4.||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., Georgia||10|
|ACTIVE CAREER 400-YARD PASSING GAMES|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||No.|
|1.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||8|
|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||4|
|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||142|
|2.||Tajh Boyd, Clemson||126|
|3.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||95|
|Taylor Martinez, Nebraska||87|
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)
MW QUARTERBACKS MAKING THE CONNECTION
Fresno State senior QB Derek Carr has not thrown an interception in 183 straight pass attempts, which ties for the second-longest in MW history alongside UNLV senior Caleb Herring and Wyoming junior Brett Smith, whose respective streaks of 183 consecutive pass attempts without a pick came to a close earlier this season. Nevada junior Cody Fajardo established the current Conference record of 193 from Aug. 31 to Oct. 26 of this season. In 2013, there have been five streaks of 180 or more consecutive pass attempts without an INT, and the quartet of Fajardo, Carr, Herring and Smith 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.||Derek Carr, Fresno State||183||10/5/13 to present|
|Caleb Herring, UNLV||183||11/19/11 to 10/12/13|
|Brett Smith, Wyoming||183||10/20/12 to 8/31/13|
|5.||Derek Carr, Fresno State||180||8/29/13 to 9/28/13|
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|
|Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M||9|
|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 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 has 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|
THREE MW PLAYERS REACH 200-YARD MARK IN WEEK 11
Air Force senior Anthony LaCoste and San Diego State junior Adam Muema each topped the 200-yard rushing mark in their respective team's victories on Saturday. LaCoste carried the ball 23 times for 263 yards and three touchdowns against Army, while Muema had 27 carries for 233 yards and three TDs vs. New Mexico. LaCoste and Muema are the third pair of MW rushers to record 200-yard performances on the same day, and the second to do so this season. 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. Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi (222 yards vs. Nevada) and Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs (201 yards at Wyoming) also recorded 200-yard rushing performances on the same day on Oct. 19. LaCoste and Bibbs' brought the league's total of 200-yard rushing performances this season to six, including five in the last three weeks. The Mountain West is the only FBS league with six 200-yard rushing individual performances this season.
|200-YARD RUSHING PERFORMANCES IN THE MW THIS SEASON|
|Player, Cl., Team||No.||Opponent (Date)|
|Kasey Carrier, Jr., New Mexico||291||at Utah (Sept. 7)|
|Anthony LaCoste, Sr., Air Force||263||vs. Army (Nov. 2)|
|Shaun Wick, So., Wyoming||234||at San José State (Oct. 26)|
|Adam Muema, Jr., San Diego State||233||vs. New Mexico (No. 2)|
|Jay Ajayi, So., Boise State||222||vs. Nevada (Oct. 19)|
|Kapri Bibbs, So., Colorado State||201||at Wyoming (Oct. 19)|
Muema is only the fourth player in MW history with three or more 200-yard rushing performances. Former Aztec Larry Ned holds the league's all-time record with four 200-yard rushing games, while Air Force's Cody Getz and San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman finished their respective careers with three apiece.
Fresno State junior wideout Josh Harper also hit the 200-yard mark with 17 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's victory over Nevada. Only once before in the league's 15-year history have three players topped the 200-yard mark in rushing and/or receiving on the same day, after the trio of Boise State's Ajayi (222 rushing yards vs. Nevada), CSU's Bibbs (201 rushing yards at Wyoming) and Fresno State's Davante Adams (221 receiving yards vs. UNLV) accomplished the feat on Oct. 19.
BULLDOG RECEIVERS CATCHING ACCLAIM
Fresno State junior Josh Harper became the second Fresno State receiver in three weeks to eclipse the 200-yard mark. Bulldog sophomore Davante Adams tallied 221 yards against UNLV on Oct. 19, making Fresno State one of five programs in the FBS (Colorado, Oregon State, SMU, Texas A&M) with multiple 200-yard receiving games this year.
HARPER ENJOYS BANNER OUTING FOR FRESNO STATE
Fresno State junior Josh Harper had a career game in last Saturday's win over Nevada, catching a school-record 17 passes for a career-best 253 yards and two touchdowns The junior's 17 receptions, which are the most by a MW receiver this season and tie East Carolina's Justin Hardy for most in the FBS in 2013, also establish a new league record for most against a Conference opponent, surpassing the previous record of 16 (San Diego State's J.R. Tolver, vs. Utah on Oct. 12, 2002). The 17 receptions also rank as the second-most in a single game in MW history overall, trailing Tolver, who had 18 at Hawai‘i on Dec. 7, 2002. Harper also shattered the MW junior class single-game record of 14 receptions, one he shared (Aug. 29, 2013 vs. Rutgers) with BYU's Reno Mahe (Dec. 8, 2001 at Hawai‘i).
Harper's 253 receiving yards set a new MW single-game record for most by a junior, eclipsing the previous record of 232, held by Colorado State's David Anderson (Oct. 2, 2004 vs. BYU). Overall, his yardage vs. the Wolf Pack tie San Diego State's Jeff Webb (Oct. 4, 2003 vs. BYU) for the fourth-most in a single game in MW history. Tolver holds the top two spots with a league-record 296 (Sept. 14, 2002 vs. Arizona State) and 283 (Dec. 7, 2002 at Hawai‘i), while SDSU's DeMarco Sampson is third with 257 at Colorado State on Oct. 24, 2009.
Harper's performance last Saturday marks the highest output by a MW receiver this season and ranks as the fourth-best nationally. Michigan's Jeremy Gallon leads the FBS with a 369-yard performance, while Texas A&M's Mike Evans ranks second and third with 287- and 279-yard outings, respectively.
FOUR MW RECEIVERS FIND THE CENTURY MARK IN WEEK 10
Four MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts in Week 10. Fresno State junior Josh Harper led the league after totaling a career-high 253 receiving yards and two touchdowns on a career-best 17 receptions vs. Nevada. His yardage was the third-highest in Bulldog history and ties San Diego State's Jeff Webb (vs. BYU on Oct. 4, 2003) as the fourth-highest in Mountain West history. San Diego State junior Ezell Ruffin registered 165 yards receiving and two touchdowns on seven catches vs. New Mexico, marking his fourth 100-yard game of the season and third straight. Utah State senior Travis Reynolds finished the contest vs. Hawai‘i tying his career high with eight catches for a career-best 152 yards and one touchdown. Reynolds' 152 receiving yards are the most by an Aggie receiver since Kevin Curtis had 177 yards against Middle Tennessee on Nov. 30, 2002. It was also the second 100-yard game of Reynolds' career. Colorado State junior Charles Lovett collected a career-best 103 yards and a TD on seven receptions against Boise State, marking the first 100-yard receiving game of his career.
DAVANTE ADAMS GRABS THE SPOTLIGHT FOR FRESNO STATE
Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams caught eight passes for 84 yards and one touchdown against Nevada last Saturday, bringing his total to 28 receiving touchdowns in just 21 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' 28 career touchdown receptions in less than two seasons is a Fresno State record. He has recorded a touchdown reception in 14 of his last 15 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.
UNLV'S CORNETT LOOKS TO CLIMB TO TOP OF NCAA LIST
UNLV senior Tim Cornett is one of six active players in the country with at least 14 100-yard rushing games to his credit. The senior currently is tied for 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||19|
|2.||Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||18|
|3.||Ka'Deem Carey, Jr., Arizona||17|
|Branden Oliver, Sr., Buffalo||16|
|5.||Tim Cornett, Sr., UNLV||14|
|James White, Sr., Wisconsin||14|
|7.||Taylor Martinez, Sr., Nebraska||13|
|David Fluellen, Sr., Toledo||13|
|James Sims, Sr., Kansas||13|
REACHING THE END ZONE
- Of the Mountain West's 46 touchdowns in Week 10, 23 were scored on the ground, 22 were passing touchdowns and one was a defensive score.
- Four MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 10, including four players with three apiece. Air Force senior Anthony LaCoste reached the end zone three times vs. Army last Saturday, marking the first multiple-touchdown game of his career. Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs recorded three TDs against Boise State, marking his third straight game and fourth outing this season with three rushing touchdowns. Bibbs' four three-TD games this year tie a program record, originally set by former Ram Calvin Branch in 1996. San Diego State junior Adam Muema rushed for three touchdowns vs. New Mexico, which were the second-most of his career (four at Wyoming on Nov. 24, 2012). Muema has had multiple rushing touchdowns in three games this season and in eight games over the course of his career. New Mexico freshman Teriyon Gipson pitched in two rushing touchdowns at San Diego State, giving him his first career scores and his first-ever multiple-rushing TD performance.
- Three MW quarterbacks connected on at least three touchdown passes in Week 10, led by Boise State junior Grant Hedrick, who connected on a career-best five touchdown passes at Colorado State. Hedrick, who entered the contest with two career touchdown passes, became the second Bronco QB this season to throw for five TDs, after senior Joe Southwick did so vs. UT Martin on Sept. 7. It also marked the sixth time this season that a MW quarterback threw for five touchdowns, joining Southwick, Fresno State senior Derek Carr (at Idaho on Oct. 5), San José State senior David Fales (vs. Wyoming on Oct. 26) and Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton (at Air Force on Sept. 7, vs. Weber State on Sept. 14). Fresno State's Carr completed three touchdown passes against Nevada, marking the sixth time in eight games this season that the senior has had at least three passing TDs. Utah State freshman Darell Garretson threw a career-high three touchdown passes vs. Hawai‘i, giving him five this season.
- Three MW players recorded multiple receiving touchdowns in their respective Week 10 outings, including Boise State junior Matt Miller, Fresno State junior Josh Harper and San Diego State junior Ezell Ruffin with two apiece. Miller recorded his first-multiple touchdown performance of the season and second of his career (2 at UNLV on Nov. 5, 2011). Harper reached the end zone on multiple occasions for the fourth time this season (vs. Rutgers on Aug. 29, vs. Boise State on Sept. 20, at Hawai‘i on Sept. 28), while Ruffin caught multiple touchdown passes in the same game for the first time of his career.
Six MW teams rank in the top 17 nationally in red zone offense, including two in the top eight, three in the top 11 and five in the top 15. Nevada currently ranks sixth, converting on 0.944 of its red-zone attempts (34-of-36). Wyoming is eighth nationally at 0.939 (31-of-33), while Air Force ranks 11th at 0.929 (26-of-28). Utah State ranks 14th at 0.902 (37-of-41), followed by New Mexico, which is tied for 14th (0.900, 27-of-30) and Boise State, which is ranked 17th (0.898, 44-of-49). The Mountain West is the only conference with more than three teams converting on at least 0.898 of their red zone attempts.
HOLDING THEIR GROUND
Two MW teams, including Utah State and San José State, held their opponents to under 100 rushing yards. The Aggies gave up just 59 yards on the ground to Hawai‘i, the fewest allowed since holding UTSA to 51 rushing yards on Oct. 27, 2012. SJSU limited UNLV to 86 yards rushing, marking the second time this season (Sacramento State on Aug. 29) that the Spartans kept an opponent to 86 yards on the ground. It was also a season low for UNLV, as the Rebels rushed for less than 100 yards for the first time since a Nov. 24, 2012 trip to Hawai‘i (37).
PICKING OFF PASSES
Three MW teams, including San José State, UNLV and Utah State, hauled in multiple interceptions in their respective Week 10 contests. Utah State grabbed three interceptions vs. Hawai‘i, marking the third time in the last four games that the Aggies had a three-pick performance (at San José State on Sept. 27, vs. Boise State on Oct. 12). After not intercepting a pass in its first four games of the year, USU has picked off 10 passes in the last five outings. San José State tallied two interceptions at UNLV, marking the third time in the Spartans' last four games, and four total this season, with multiple picks. UNLV grabbed two SJSU passes last Saturday, marking the third time this season that the Rebels have had multiple interceptions (vs. Central Michigan on Sept. 14, vs. Western Illinois on Sept. 21).
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
After connecting on all three of his PAT attempts at San Diego State last Saturday, New Mexico senior Justus Adams extended his school-record streak of successful PAT attempts to 73 straight, dating to the start of the 2012 season. That streak ranks as the second-longest in MW history, trailing only Colorado State's Jason Smith (86).
|CONSECUTIVE EXTRA POINTS MADE|
|1.||Jason Smith, Colorado State||86||9/2/06 to 12/20/08|
|2.||Justus Adams, New Mexico||73||9/1/12 to Present|
|3.||Kyle Watson, UNLV||72||8/30/08 to 11/28/09|
|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|
AIR FORCE'S ROMINE FILLING THE VOID
Freshman QB Nate Romine is the fourth Air Force quarterback to start a game this season. The Falcons are the only team in the country to start four different QBs in the 2013 campaign. Romine is the first freshman to start under center for AFA since Tim Jefferson in 2008. Air Force, Hawai‘i, Nevada and Utah State are four of seven programs nationally (Temple, Western Kentucky, West Virginia) to have started at least three different quarterbacks this season.
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 seven and at least four of the top 19 in passing average per game. Fresno State senior Derek Carr leads all MW quarterbacks with 382.6 yards per game to rank second nationally, followed by San José State senior David Fales (321.9 ypg, seventh), Wyoming junior Brett Smith (295.9 ypg, 14th) and Nevada junior Cody Fajardo (279.4 ypg, 19th).
- The Mountain West is one of two conferences in the nation (Pac-12) with four of the top 17 QBs in total offense. Fresno State senior Derek Carr ranks second nationally with 389.9 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 17th with 321.9 yards per game.
- Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams ranks second nationally with 10.0 receptions per game. Nevada senior Brandon Wimberly currently ranks 12th with 7.4 catches, while Fresno State junior Josh Harper is tied for 13th with 7.4 per game. Fellow Bulldog Isaiah Burse is tied for 18th at 7.0. The Mountain West is one of two FBS conferences (American) with four players averaging seven or more receptions per game, and Fresno State is the only team in the country with three receivers averaging at least seven catches per contest.
- Sophomores Jay Ajayi (Boise State) and Kapri Bibbs (Colorado State) are two of 12 players in the FBS with 12 rushing touchdowns on the season. Through the first eight games, Bibbs has 15 rushing touchdowns to lead all FBS players and to mark the most by a Ram sophomore in program history. His 15 rushing TDs are the fourth-most in a single season at CSU, and are the most by a Ram rusher since Cecil Sapp had 17 in 2002. Ajayi is tied with eight others for fourth nationally with 12 rushing TDs on the year.
- Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams is tied for first nationally with Oregon State's Brandin Cooks) with 14 receiving touchdowns, while San José State senior Chandler Jones and UNLV junior Devante Davis are tied for fourth with 10 apiece. Fresno State junior Josh Harper is tied for eighth with nine receiving touchdowns, making the Mountain West the only FBS conference with more than two receivers with at least nine TDs on the year.
- The Mountain West is the only league in the FBS to tout three of the top nine tacklers in the country. San José State senior Keith Smith leads the FBS with 13.6 total tackles per game, followed by Wyoming junior Jordan Stanton (11.6, third) and Utah State senior Jake Doughty (10.8, ninth).
- 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 ranks 17th at 0.8 sacks per game. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (ACC) with at least three of the top 17 in pass sacks.
- 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.
- The Mountain West is one of two leagues in the country (Big Ten) with two of the top 11 rushing teams in the country. New Mexico is averaging 313.6 yards on the ground to rank third among all FBS teams, while Air Force nets 279.2 rushing yards to rank 11th.
- Four MW teams rank in the top 22 in the FBS in passing offense. Fresno State ranks fourth among all FBS teams with an average of 386.3 passing yards per game. San José State is 15th with 328.4 passing yards per game, followed Wyoming at 21st (297.4) and Hawai‘i at 22nd (294.4). The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Pac-12) with at least four of the nation's top 22 passing offenses.
- Three MW teams rank in the top 13 nationally for first down offense. Fresno State leads the league and is ranked fourth nationally with 238 first downs this season, while Boise State is tied for fifth with Northern Illinois at 236 and Utah State ranks 13th with 221. The Mountain West is the only conference nationally with three teams that have 221 or more first downs through 10 weeks of play.
- Fresno State and Wyoming are two of nine 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 sixth nationally with 539.9 yards per game, while Wyoming nets 516.3 total yards per contest to rank ninth.
- Three MW teams rank in the top 17 nationally in net punting. New Mexico leads the league with 41.16 net yards per punt to rank fourth nationally, followed by Boise State (40.47, 11th) and Fresno State (39.83, 17th). The Mountain West is one of three FBS conferences (American, SEC) with three of the top 17 punting teams in the country.
|MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS|
|1.5||Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence, Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett and Fresno State sophomore Ejiro Ederaine are three of 14 players nationally to average 1.5 or more tackles for loss per game. Lawrence is currently tied with UCLA's Anthony Barr for seventh nationally with 1.6 tackles for loss per game, while Barrett ranks ninth with 1.6. Ederaine is tied with two others for 1.5 tackles for loss per game. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (ACC) with at least three of the top 12 in tackles for loss.|
|2||Two MW running backs are averaging more than 112 yards per game. New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier ranks 11th nationally in rushing, averaging 116.3 yards per game, while Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi is 16th on that list with 112.0 rushing yards per game.|
|2||Boise State is averaging 19.43 yards per punt return to rank second nationally.|
|3||Three MW receivers are averaging more than 102 yards per game. Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams, ranks 14th with 111.0 yards per contest, followed by San José State senior Chandler Jones, who ranks 15th with 109.6 receiving yards per game and San Diego State junior Ezell Ruffin, who is 18th with 102.9 yards per contest. The Mountain West is one of three FBS leagues (Big 12, SEC) with three of the top 18 receivers in the country.|
|3||Air Force junior Nick Fitzgerald blocked a 48-yard field goal attempted by Army in the second quarter last Saturday, which is the first blocked kick of his career. Fitzgerald's block is also the third by a Falcon in as many games, joining fellow juniors Robert Green (FB block vs. Notre Dame on Oct. 26) and Troy Timmerman (PAT block vs. San Diego State on Oct. 10).|
|4||San José State senior Bené Benwikere is tied with Missouri's E.J. Gaines for fourth nationally with 0.6 interceptions per game.|
|4||New Mexico senior Ben Skaer is one of four players in the country to average more than 46 yards per punt this season. Skaer currently ranks third with 46.5 yards per punt.|
|5||Four MW players, including San Diego State's J.J. Whittaker (Oct. 4, vs. Nevada), San José State's Dasheon Frierson (Oct. 5 at Hawai‘i), UNLV's Tajh Hasson (Oct. 12 vs. Hawai‘i) and Utah State's Nevin Lawson (Oct. 12 vs. Boise State, Nov. 2 vs. Hawai‘i) are among eight players nationally to have defended five passes in a single game this season. Lawson is the only player in the FBS to accomplish the feat twice in the 2013 campaign.|
|6||In addition to throwing five touchdown passes last Saturday at Colorado State, Boise State junior Grant Hedrick also added a rushing touchdown. His six total touchdowns against the Rams tie the league's single-game record for touchdowns responsible in a Conference-only game. The junior now has six rushing TDs this season, which are the most by a Bronco QB since Jared Zabransky also had since in 2006.|
|8||After keeping Colorado State from returning a punt last Saturday, 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 eight of their nine opponents this season without positive punt return yardage, and have kept back-to-back opponents from recording a punt return (BYU on Oct. 25, Colorado State on Nov. 2).|
|9||Boise State ranks ninth among all FBS teams, converting on 72-of-138 third-down attempts for a success rate of 0.522.|
|11||Nevada's Brent Zuzo is one of two placekickers in the country who are perfect on at least 11 field-goal attempts this season. Zuzo connected on his lone field-goal attempt last Saturday at Fresno State (33 yards) and is perfect on the year at 11-of-11 to tie with Florida State's Robert Aguayo.|
|43||Fresno State is one of eight programs in the country averaging over 43 points per game in 2013. The Bulldogs currently rank eighth in the FBS with 43.9 points per game.|
|99||Utah State sophomore Kyler Fackrell recorded his first interception of the season and fourth of his career vs. Hawai‘i last Saturday and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown. It was the first score of Fackrell's career and the third-longest pick six by an Aggie in program history. Fackrell's 99-yard return tied for the third-longest in MW and was the longest pick returned by a sophomore in MW history, surpassing the 95-yarder by Air Force's Larry Duncan against Army on Nov. 3, 2001. Overall, his 99 interception return yards also tied for the third-most ever by a MW player in a single game.|
|116||UNLV senior Nolan Kohorst nailed three PATs vs. San José State last Saturday, extending his all-time Rebel record to 116 career PATs. Dillon Pieffer held the previous UNLV record (111) from 2000-03.|
|160||Utah State registered three interceptions for 160 yards in Saturday's win over Hawai‘i, establishing a new MW team single-game record for most interception return yards. That surpasses the previous record of 147 interception return yards, held by Colorado State (Oct. 20, 2007 at UNLV).|