Mountain West Football Weekly Release
|MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 12 SCHEDULE|
|Saturday, November 16||TV/Web||Time|
|Colorado State at New Mexico*||ROOT SPORTS/MWN||5 p.m. MT|
|San Diego State at Hawai‘i*||CBS Sports Network||5:30 p.m. HT|
|Wyoming at Boise State*||ESPN2||8:15 p.m. MT|
|San José State at Nevada*||ESPNU||7:30 p.m. PT|
|* Mountain West game|
BULLDOGS CONTINUE TO CLIMB IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Fresno State received 646 votes this week in the USA Today/Coaches' poll to jump three spots to No. 14. The Bulldogs, who are off to the program's best start since 1989, also rose one spot in the Associated Press poll, garnering 588 votes to rank No. 16.
Fresno State moved up from No. 16 to No. 14 in this week's BCS Standings, its highest ranking in program history. The Bulldogs, who also climbed to No. 13 in the Harris Interactive Poll, are the first Mountain West team to be ranked in the top 16 of the BCS Standings in three straight weeks since Boise State accomplished the feat in the final three standings of the 2011 season.
COUNTDOWN TO THE MW CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
The 2013 Mountain West Football Championship game will kick off at 8 p.m. MT / 7 p.m. PT on Saturday, December 7. The contest will be hosted at the home stadium of the regular-season Mountain West divisional champion with the highest BCS ranking. CBS will broadcast the inaugural title match-up.
THREE MW TEAMS BOWL ELIGIBLE
Three Mountain West teams, including Fresno State (9-0), Boise State (6-3) and Utah State (6-4) are bowl eligible heading into Week 12. Fresno State has made 12 bowl appearances in the last 14 years and 24 overall. BSU, which boasts an all-time record of 9-4 in bowl games, has made 11 straight trips and 13 overall. USU has earned bowl eligibility for the third straight season. The Aggies have never played in three consecutive bowl games. San Diego State (5-4), San José State (5-4) and UNLV (5-5) are each one win away from qualifying for the postseason, while Colorado State (5-5) needs two wins to become bowl eligible.
The Mountain West has sent five teams into bowl games in each of the previous six seasons. Boise State, Fresno State, San Diego State, Nevada and Air Force represented the league in the 2012 postseason, marking the eighth year in a row, and ninth overall, the MW boasted five bowl-eligible teams. Since the league's inception in 1999, the Mountain West has earned 56 bowl bids and holds a 32-24 (.571) all-time record. Over the last nine seasons, the MW 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 25-16 mark (.610). The Mountain West is the only conference to win the trophy four times since the award's inception in 2002-03.
MOUNTAIN WEST MAKING A POINT
Fresno State's Derek Carr ranks among national leaders for passing touchdowns and points responsibility. The senior QB leads all FBS players with 32 passing TDs and is second in point responsibility (204), trailing only Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (234).
|NCAA LEADERS IN PASSING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||9||32|
|2.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||9||31|
|Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M||10||31|
|4.||Keith Wenning, Sr., Ball State||10||27|
|5.||Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida State||9||26|
|NCAA LEADERS IN POINTS RESPONSIBLE FOR|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||Points|
|1.||Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M||10||234|
|2.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||9||204|
|3.||Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||9||192|
|4.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||9||190|
|5.||Taylor Kelly, Jr., Arizona State||9||186|
|Keith Wenning, Sr., Ball State||10||186|
|Shane Carden, Jr., East Carolina||9||186|
|Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon||9||186|
The Mountain West also boasts the national leaders in rushing and receiving touchdowns this season. Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs ranks first in the FBS with 19 rushing touchdowns, while Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi is tied for seventh (12). Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams is first with 15 receiving touchdowns, while San José State senior Chandler Jones is tied for fifth (11) and UNLV junior Devante Davis is tied for seventh (10). The Mountain West is the only league to tout multiple players with double-digit receiving touchdowns.
|NCAA LEADERS IN RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Kapri Bibbs, So., Colorado State||10||19|
|2.||Keenan Reynolds, So., Navy||9||18|
|3.||Tre Mason, Jr., Auburn||10||16|
|4.||Tyler Gaffney, Sr., Stanford||9||13|
|Jeremy Hill, So., LSU||9||13|
|Bishop Sankey, Jr., Washington||9||13|
|T7.||Jay Ajayi, So., Boise State||9||12|
|NCAA LEADERS IN RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Davante Adams, So., Fresno State||9||15|
|2.||Brandin Cooks, Jr., Oregon State||9||14|
|3.||Mike Evans, So., Texas A&M||10||12|
|Willie Snead, Jr., Ball State||10||12|
|5.||Chandler Jones, Sr., San José State||9||11|
|Eric Thomas, Sr., Troy||10||11|
|7.||Devante Davis, Jr., UNLV||10||10|
|Antwan Goodley, Jr., Baylor||8||10|
MW QUARTERBACKS PUTTING UP POINTS
Wyoming junior Brett Smith threw for 141 yards and one touchdown against then-No. 17 Fresno State last Saturday, extending his MW record-streak of games with a touchdown (passing and/or rushing) to 32. With an active streak of 22 straight games with a passing and/or rushing TD, Fresno State senior Derek Carr passed current Cincinnati Bengal Andy Dalton for third on that list, while Nevada junior Cody Fajardo ranks fifth with 18 from Sept. 1, 2012 to Oct. 4, 2013.
|CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A TOUCHDOWN (PASS/RUSH/RECEPTION)|
|Rk.||Player, Pos., Team||No.||Dates|
|1.||Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming||21||9/3/11 to Present|
|2.||Max Hall, QB, BYU||28||12/1/07 to 12/22/09|
|3.||Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State||22||9/1/12 to Present|
|4.||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|
Two MW teams gained 500 or more total yards in their Week 11 contests. Fresno State collected 600 yards at Wyoming, marking the seventh time in nine contests this season that the Bulldogs have eclipsed the 500-yard mark. Fresno State has also gone for at least 600 yards in four of its last five games. Colorado State accumulated 570 yards vs. Nevada, marking the third time in the last four games, and fifth time this season, the Rams have posted at least 500 yards.
RACKING UP YARDAGE
Two MW teams, including Colorado State and New Mexico, rushed over 300 yards in Week 11. New Mexico led all MW teams with 451 yards on the ground vs. Air Force, which was the Lobos' third outing this season with more than 400 rushing yards. Colorado State posted 331 rushing yards against Nevada, the most by the Rams since accumulating 362 yards in a 40-35 victory over Fresno State in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl.
Eight MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 11, including two from New Mexico. Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs led the league after tallying a career-best 312 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries against Nevada. It was Bibbs' fourth 100-yard performance in his six appearances, and the second time in the last four games that he passed the 200-yard mark. In just his second game of the year, Hawai‘i junior Joey Iosefa tied a program record with 35 carries for 191 yards and one touchdown at Navy. It was the second 100-yard performance of Iosefa's career, and the highest total by a Rainbow Warrior since Alex Green set the UH record of 327 yards in 2010. New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier rushed for 179 yards on 27 attempts vs. Air Force for the 12th 100-yard rushing game of his career and fifth of the season, while teammate Cole Gautsche ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 20 carries. Air Force senior Anthony LaCoste recorded his second-straight 100-yard rushing game and third of the season with 177 yards on 21 carries against the Lobos. San Diego State junior Adam Muema reached the 100-yard rushing mark for the third straight game, fourth of the season and 12th of his career. The junior collected 113 yards and two TDs on 21 attempts at San José State. UNLV senior Tim Cornett picked up 115 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries for his 15th career 100-yard rushing game, which is two behind UNLV's all-time leader, Mike Thomas (17 in 1973-74). Fresno State junior Josh Quezada rounded out the group with 105 yards and one TD on 16 carries for his second straight 100-yard rushing outing and second in his career as a Bulldog.
BIBBS BREAKS OUT FOR COLORADO STATE
In just his fourth career start, Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs became the second player in league history to eclipse the 300-yard rushing mark, after collecting 312 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries vs. Nevada last Saturday. Bibbs' 312 rushing yards trail only New Mexico's Kasey Carrier, who racked up 338 yards at Air Force on Nov. 8, 2012. His output is the highest by an MW player this season and ranks as the second-highest single-game performance in the FBS overall, trailing only Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch (316 vs. Central Michigan on Oct. 19). Bibbs broke the Colorado State all-time record (310), which was previously held by Tony Alford on Oct. 28, 1989, and he also set the MW sophomore class record for a single game, surpassing the previous record of 269, set by fellow Ram Chris Nwoke (Nov. 26, 2011 vs. Air Force).
Bibbs also had one reception for two yards vs. the Wolf Pack to finish with a career-best 314 all-purpose yards, setting a new MW sophomore-class record for a single game. The previous sophomore record of 305 yards was held by San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman (Oct. 29, 2011 vs. Wyoming). The 314 all-purpose yards tie Air Force senior Anthony LaCoste for the most by an MW player this season, and also tie for the seventh-most nationally.
CSU'S BIBBS PICKS UP 200 YARDS FOR SECOND TIME IN 2013
Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs surpassed the 200-yard rushing mark for the second time this season (201 yards at Wyoming, 312 yards vs. Nevada), becoming the eighth player in MW history to record two or more 200-yard rushing performances in a single season. His two 200-yard rushing games in 2013 tie for third-most in a single season, just one off the record of three shared by Air Force's Cody Getz (2012) and San Diego State's Larry Ned (2001).
Bibbs' 312-yard outing against Nevada last Saturday brought the league's total of 200-yard rushing performances this season to seven, including six in the last four weeks. The Mountain West is the only FBS league with seven 200-yard rushing games this season.
|200-YARD RUSHING PERFORMANCES IN THE MW THIS SEASON|
|Player, Cl., Team||No.||Opponent (Date)|
|Kapri Bibbs, So., Colorado State||312||vs. Nevada (Nov. 9)|
|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)|
1,000-YARD RUSHING CLUB
Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs and New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier joined Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi with 1,000 rushing yards on the season. With 13 carries for 91 yards at Colorado State on Nov. 2, Ajayi became the first MW running back this season to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark. Carrier eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season and is the first Lobo with back-to-back rushing seasons since Rodney Ferguson in 2007-10 and the seventh player in MW history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons (1,469 in 2012). Bibbs has 1,148 yards on the year, the most by a Ram since Gartrell Johnson had 1,476 yards in 2008.
IN THE AIR TONIGHT
Two MW quarterbacks topped the 300-yard passing mark in their respective Week 11 contests, led by Fresno State senior Derek Carr, who threw for 360 yards and four touchdowns at Wyoming last Saturday. It was Carr's fifth 300-yard passing performance in the last six games and 17th of his career. San José State senior David Fales connected on 27-of-48 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns vs. San Diego State, his fifth 300-yard performance in his last six outings.
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|
400 THE MAGIC NUMBER
Fresno State senior Derek Carr and San José State senior David Fales have combined for a single-season record eight 400-yard passing games in 2013, which surpasses the previous high of five in 2002. Carr's five 400-yard passing games this season and eight in his career are both MW records.
|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)
FRESNO STATE QB CARVES NAME IN MW RECORD BOOK
Fresno State QB Derek Carr is the first MW quarterback this season to reach the 3,000-yard mark. Carr, who has thrown for 3,421 yards through the first nine games of the 2013 campaign, owns the MW's single-season record of 4,104 (2012). In his two years in the Mountain West, he has collected 7,525 total passing yards.
|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|
Carr threw for 360 yards in last Saturday's win at Wyoming, marking his seventh 300-yard passing game of the season and 13th of his career. Carr is the sixth MW quarterback to register at least seven 300-yard passing games in a single season in MW history. BYU's Max Hall holds the league record with eight 300-yard passing games in 2009. Carr's seven 300-yard passing games this season is tied for second with Hall (2008), BYU's John Beck (2005) and Kevin Feterik (1999) and Wyoming's Casey Bramlet (2001). Carr's 13 career 300-yard passing contests rank fifth on the league's all-time list. Hall holds the record with 20 career 300-yard passing games, followed by BYU's John Beck (17), Wyoming's Casey Bramlet (15) and San Diego State's Ryan Lindley (14).
With four TDs vs. the Cowboys, Carr extended his nation-leading streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 29, with the last 22 occurring since the Bulldogs joined the Mountain West in 2012. Carr's 22-game passing-TD streak as a member of the MW ranks as the longest such run in MW history, eclipsing a 21-game streak compiled by TCU's Andy Dalton (Oct. 17, 2009 to Jan. 1, 2011).
|CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A PASSING TOUCHDOWN|
|1.||Derek Carr, Fresno State||22||9/1/12 to Present|
|2.||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||17|
|3.||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||13|
|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|
|2.||David Fales, Sr., San José State||4|
|4.||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||12|
|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||144|
|2.||Tajh Boyd, Clemson||126|
|3.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||99|
|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 completed 33-of-46 passes at Wyoming last Saturday to extend his streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception to 229. The senior's current streak of 229 pass attempts without an interception is a new Conference record, marking the third time that record has been re-set this season. Wyoming junior Brett Smith (Oct. 20, 2012 to Aug. 31, 2013) was the first to accomplish the feat with a streak of 183 pass attempts earlier this season. UNLV senior Caleb Herring matched that with his own streak of 183 INT-free pass attempts before Nevada junior Cody Fajardo eclipsed both marks with a stretch of 193 straight pass attempts without an interception. This marks Carr's second streak of 180 or more consecutive pass attempts without an INT this season (Aug. 29 to Sept. 28, 2013), bringing the league's total of 180 or more consecutive pass attempts without an INT to five this season. The quartet of Carr, Fajardo, Herring and Smith top the league's all-time list for consecutive pass attempts without an pick:
|CONSECUTIVE PASS ATTEMPTS WITHOUT AN INTERCEPTION|
|1.||Derek Carr, Fresno State||229||10/5/13 to present|
|2.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||193||8/31/13 to 10/26/13|
|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|
MW QUARTERBACKS QUICK ON THEIR FEET
New Mexico quarterback Cole Gautsche collected a career-high 20 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns against Air Force last Friday, bringing his season total of 100-yard rushing performances to five, tying for the second-most by a MW quarterback in a single season. The sophomore's seven 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.||Cole Gautsche, New Mexico||5||2013|
|Keith Boyea, Air Force||5||2001|
|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||7||2012-Present|
|4.||Shaun Carney, Air Force||5||2004-07|
|Keith Boyea, Air Force||5||2001|
Gautsche's 100-yard rushing game brought the Mountain West's season total of QB performances of 100+ rushing yards in a single game to a league-record 11. This is the third time in league history that the MW has registered at least 10 100-yard rushing games by its quarterbacks (2001, 2002). Overall, six different MW quarterbacks have rushed for at least 100 yards in a single game this season, including Gautsche, Air Force sophomore Jaleel Awini, Air Force sophomore Karson Roberts, Boise State junior Grant Hedrick, Nevada junior Cody Fajardo, and Wyoming junior Brett Smith). That is an MW record for number of quarterbacks with 100-yard rushing games in a single season, surpassing the previous record of four (2001, 2005).
FIVE MW RECEIVERS FIND THE CENTURY MARK IN WEEK 11
Five MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts in Week 11. Fresno State junior Josh Harper led the league for the second straight week after totaling 159 receiving yards on nine receptions at Wyoming. Harper went over the 100-yard receiving mark for the second straight game, third time this season and fifth time in his career. San José State senior Chandler Jones registered 155 yards receiving and one touchdown on a career-best 11 catches vs. San Diego State, marking his fifth 100-yard game of the season. Utah State senior Travis Reynolds finished the contest at UNLV with 129 yards on seven receptions. Reynolds has reached the century mark in three of his last four games. Fellow Aggie senior Travis Van Leeuwen recorded his second-career 100-yard receiving game after catching four passes for a career-high 112 yards. It was the first time USU had multiple players with at least 100 receiving yards since Chuck Jacobs and Kerwynn Williams accomplished the feat on Sept. 29, 2012. Nevada freshman Hasaan Henderson collected a career-best 110 yards on a career-high 10 receptions at Colorado State, marking the first 100-yard receiving game of his career.
DAVANTE ADAMS GRABS THE SPOTLIGHT FOR FRESNO STATE
Fresno State's Davante Adams caught 11 passes for 79 yards and one touchdown at Wyoming last Saturday, bringing his total to 15 receiving touchdowns in 2013, tying the Bulldog record for most touchdown catches in a single season. Adams' 15 receiving touchdowns this season are one shy of the MW single-season mark of 16, set by Boise State's Tyler Shoemaker in 2011. The sophomore has 29 career touchdown receptions in 22 career games and holds the Bulldog record for most touchdown catches in a career after less than two seasons. Adams is also tied with Wyoming's Jovon Bouknight for second on the league's all-time list. BYU's Austin Collie (2004-08) holds the record with 30 receiving touchdowns.
Adams' 29 career touchdown receptions in less than two seasons is a Fresno State record. He has recorded a touchdown reception in 15 of his last 16 outings and has eight career games with multiple TD receptions. Adams has eight 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 15 100-yard rushing games to his credit. The senior currently is tied for fifth nationally with 15 100-yard games in his career as a Rebel.
|ACTIVE CAREER 100-YARD RUSHING LEADERS|
|1.||Antonio Andrews, Sr., Western Kentucky||20|
|2.||Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||18|
|Ka'Deem Carey, Jr., Arizona||18|
|4.||Branden Oliver, Sr., Buffalo||17|
|5.||Tim Cornett, Sr., UNLV||15|
|James White, Sr., Wisconsin||15|
Six MW teams rank in the top 23 nationally in red zone offense, including three in the top 12 and four in the top 20. Air Force currently ranks sixth, converting on 0.939 of its red-zone attempts (31-of-33). Wyoming is 11th nationally at 0.917 (33-of-36), while New Mexico ranks 12th at 0.914 (32-of-35). Boise State ranks 20th at 0.898 (44-of-49), followed by Nevada, which is 21st (0.897, 35-of-39) and Utah State, which is 23rd (0.891, 41-of-46). The Mountain West is the only conference with at least five teams converting on at least 0.891 of their red zone attempts.
REACHING THE END ZONE
- Five MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 11, including Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs, who recorded four touchdowns against Nevada to became the third MW running back this season to tally four rushing TDs in a game, joining Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi (Sept. 13 vs. Air Force) and New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier (Sept. 7 at UTEP.) Bibbs' four rushing TDs tie for the fourth-most in a game nationally this season and tie for the fourth-most in a single game in MW history (last accomplished by Ajayi). It was Bibbs' third straight game, and fifth outing this season, with at least three rushing TDs. New Mexico sophomores Cole Gautsche and Jhurrel Pressley each chipped in a pair of rushing touchdowns in the Lobos' contest vs. Air Force. Gautsche has reached the end zone multiple times in five career contests, while Pressley had multiple TDs for the first time since a Sept. 22, 2012 meeting with New Mexico State. San Diego State junior Adam Muema rushed for two touchdowns at San José State, marking the fourth time this season, and ninth in his career, he has had multiple rushing TDs. Utah State sophomore Bruce Natson pitched in two rushing TDs at UNLV, giving him his first career scores.
- Four MW quarterbacks connected on at least three touchdown passes in Week 11, led by Fresno State senior Derek Carr, who connected on four touchdown passes at Wyoming, to mark his fifth game this season and 12th of his career with at least four passing TDs. Air Force freshman Nate Romine threw for a career-high three touchdown passes at New Mexico, the most by a Falcon QB since Tim Jefferson had three at Colorado State on Nov. 26, 2011. Hawai‘i senior Sean Schroeder recorded three passing TDs at Navy, marking his third three-TD game of the season and fourth of his career as a Rainbow Warrior. San José State senior David Fales completed three touchdown passes vs. San Diego State to bring his career total for games with multiple TD passes to 14, including six this season. Fales has 13 career games with at least three passing touchdowns, including five in 2013.
- Three MW players recorded multiple receiving touchdowns in their respective Week 11 outings, including Fresno State senior Marcel Jensen, Hawai‘i senior Clark Evans and San José State freshman Tim Crawley with two apiece. Miller recorded his touchdowns of the season and second career game with multiple TD receptions. Evans and Crawley each caught multiple touchdown passes in the same game for the first time in their respective careers.
UNM'S ADAMS PROVIDING KICKING CONSISTENCY
After connecting on his first three PAT attempts vs. Air Force last Friday, New Mexico senior Justus Adams had his streak of 76 consecutive PATs halted after his next attempt was blocked by AFA junior Troy Timmerman. Dating to the start of the 2012 season, Adams connected on 76 straight, which ranks as the second-longest streak in MW history, trailing only Colorado State's Jason Smith (86). It also was an all-time program record for New Mexico.
|CONSECUTIVE EXTRA POINTS MADE|
|1.||Jason Smith, Colorado State||86||9/2/06 to 12/20/08|
|2.||Justus Adams, New Mexico||76||9/1/12 to 11/8/13|
|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|
Week 11 in the Mountain West saw a total of seven blocked kicks, including four blocked PAT attempts and three blocked field goal attempts. San José State blocked three kick attempts by San Diego State (1 FG, 2 PAT), establishing a new league record.
SJSU joins Boise State and Colorado State as three of 11 teams in the FBS with multiple blocked kicks this season, making the Mountain West the only FBS conference with three teams in that category. In addition, Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence and Colorado State senior Shaquil 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.||San José State||3||1 FG, 2 PAT||San Diego State (Nov. 9)|
|Syracuse||3||2 punts, 1 FG||Tulane (Sept. 21)|
|UAB||3||2 PAT, 1 FG||Florida Atlantic (Oct. 5)|
|4.||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)|
|Arkansas State||2||1 FG, 1 punt||ULM (Nov. 9)|
|Minnesota||2||1 PAT, 1 FG||UNLV (Aug. 29)|
|North Texas||2||1 FG, 1 punt||UTEP (Nov. 9)|
|Oklahoma||2||1 PAT, 1 punt||Kansas (Oct. 19)|
|Virginia Tech||2||1 punt, 1 FG||Marshall (Sept. 21)|
Overall, the Spartans have blocked a total of six kicks this season, which ties for third-most in league history. Utah and Boise State share the record with seven blocked kicks apiece in 2004 and 2011, respectively.
Air Force junior Troy Timmerman blocked a PAT attempt by New Mexico in the third quarter last Friday, which is the fourth by a Falcon in as many games. Timmerman previously accomplished the feat with a blocked PAT vs. San Diego State on Oct. 10, while fellow juniors Robert Green (vs. Notre Dame on Oct. 26) and Nick Fitzgerald (vs. Army on Nov. 9) have batted down one field-goal attempt apiece. AFA has blocked either a field goal or point-after attempt in four consecutive games, which is a new Mountain West record. The previous streak of three straight games with a blocked kick was shared by several teams and most recently accomplished by Utah in 2010. Overall, the Falcons have blocked five kicks this season, which ties for eighth-most in league history.
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 FBS leagues (Pac-12) with two quarterbacks in the nation's top eight and at least four of the top 19 in passing average per game. Fresno State senior Derek Carr leads all MW quarterbacks with 380.1 yards per game to rank second nationally, followed by San José State senior David Fales (319.6 ypg, eighth), Wyoming junior Brett Smith (278.7 ypg, 17th) and Nevada junior Cody Fajardo (275.4 ypg, 19th).
- The Mountain West is one of two conferences in the nation (Pac-12) with four of the top 16 QBs in total offense. Fresno State senior Derek Carr ranks third nationally with 388.8 total yards per game, followed by Nevada junior Cody Fajardo, who ranks seventh with 337.6 yards per game, Wyoming junior Brett Smith, who ranks 13th with 327.9 yards per game and San José State senior David Fales, who ranks 16th with 319.2 yards per game.
- Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams is tied with Oregon State's Brandin Cooks for first nationally with 10.1 receptions per game. Nevada senior Brandon Wimberly currently ranks 11th with 7.6 catches, while Fresno State junior Josh Harper is 12th with 7.6 per game. Fellow Bulldog Isaiah Burse is tied for 21st at 6.8, while Boise State sophomore Shane Williams-Rhodes is tied for 23rd with 6.7. The Mountain West is one of two FBS conferences (Pac-12) with five players averaging 6.7 or more receptions per game, and Fresno State is the only team in the country with three receivers in this category.
- Two MW receivers are averaging more than 107 yards per game. San José State senior Chandler Jones ranks eighth nationally with 114.7 yards per contest, followed by Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams, who is 12th with 107.4 yards per game. The Mountain West is one of three FBS leagues (Big 12, Pac-12) with two of the top 12 receivers in the country.
- The Mountain West one of two leagues in the FBS (American) with three of the top 10 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 (12.2, third) and Utah State senior Jake Doughty (10.8, 10th).
- Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence, Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett and Fresno State sophomore Ejiro Ederaine are three of 16 players nationally to average 1.4 or more tackles for loss per game. Barrett is currently tied with Wake Forest's Nikita Whitlock for fourth nationally with 1.7 tackles for loss per game, while Lawrence ranks sixth with 1.6. Ederaine is tied with three others for 13th nationally at 1.4 tackles for loss per game. The Mountain West is one of three FBS leagues (ACC, Pac-12) with three of the top 16 in tackles for loss.
- The Mountain West is one of two conferences (SEC) to post at least five 3+ sack performances on the season. 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 leagues in the country (Big Ten) with two of the top 11 rushing teams in the country. New Mexico is averaging 328.9 yards on the ground to rank second among all FBS teams, while Air Force nets 277.0 rushing yards to rank 11th.
- Three 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 384.0 passing yards per game. San José State is 13th with 325.3 passing yards per game, followed Hawai‘i at 22nd (289.0). The Mountain West is one of four FBS leagues (Pac-12, ACC, American) with at least three of the nation's top 22 passing offenses.
- Four MW teams rank in the top 15 nationally for first down offense. Fresno State leads the league and is ranked fourth nationally with 270 first downs this season, while Utah State is tied with Missouri for seventh at 245 and Boise State and UNLV are tied with Northern Illinois for 15th with 236. The Mountain West is the only conference nationally with four teams that have 236 or more first downs through 11 weeks of play.
- Fresno State, Wyoming and Boise State are three of 18 teams in the country that average at least 488 total yards per game, making the Mountain West one of three conferences (Pac-12, SEC) with three of the top 18 teams in total offense. The Bulldogs currently rank fourth nationally with 546.6 yards per game, while Wyoming nets 491.8 total yards per contest to rank 16th. Boise State ranks 18th nationally with 488.6 yards per game.
- Three MW teams rank in the top 16 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, 10th) and Fresno State (39.91, 16th). The Mountain West is one of three FBS conferences (American, SEC) with three of the top 16 punting teams in the country.
|MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS|
|1||With 11 carries for 155 yards and one touchdown against San Diego State last Saturday, San José State senior Chandler Jones became the first MW wideout this season to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark. Jones has 1,032 yards through nine games this season, marking his first 1,000-yard receiving season.|
|3||Three MW running backs are averaging more than 112 yards per game. New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier ranks 10th nationally in rushing, averaging 123.2 yards per game, while Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs is 14th on that list with 114.8 yards per outing. Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi is 17th with 112.0 rushing yards per game.|
|3||The Mountain West is the only league with three of the top 10 nationally in pass sacks. Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence is tied for fifth 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 10th at 1.0 sacks per game.|
|4||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 2013. 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.|
|6||In addition to throwing five touchdown passes on Nov. 9 at Colorado State, Boise State junior Grant Hedrick also added a rushing touchdown. 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 on Nov. 9, 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 record a punt return (BYU on Oct. 25, Colorado State on Nov. 2).|
|10||Colorado State sophomore RB Kapri Bibbs and Fresno State sophomore WR Davante Adams are two of 12 players in the country averaging 10 or more points per game. Bibbs ranks third nationally with 11.4 points per game, while Adams is tied with Georgia's Marshall Morgan for 11th with 10 ppg.|
|18.5||Two MW players rank in the top 10 nationally in punt returns. Boise State sophomore Shane Williams-Rhodes is tied for sixth with 18.5 yards per punt return, followed by Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse, who is 10th with 13.9 yards per return.|
|44||Fresno State is one of seven programs in the country averaging over 44 points per game in 2013. The Bulldogs currently rank sixth in the FBS with 44.3 points per game.|
|50||With nine catches for 83 yards at Colorado State last Saturday, Nevada senior WR Brandon Wimberly extended the nation's leading streak of consecutive games with a reception to 50 straight (all 50 of his career). The NCAA record is 54 games by Bryan Anderson of Central Michigan (2006-09).|