Mountain West Football Weekly Release
|MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 13 SCHEDULE|
|Thursday, November 21||TV/Web||Time|
|UNLV at Air Force*||ESPNU||7:30 p.m. MT|
|Friday, November 22||TV/Web||Time|
|Navy at San José State||ESPN2||6:30 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, November 23||TV/Web||Time|
|Hawai‘i at Wyoming*||Oceanic PPV/MWN||Noon MT|
|Colorado State at Utah State*||CBS Sports Network||1:30 p.m. MT|
|New Mexico at 16/15 Fresno State*||ESPNews||1 p.m. PT|
|Boise State at San Diego State*||CBS Sports Network||7:30 p.m. PT|
|* Mountain West game|
BULLDOGS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Coming off a bye week, Fresno State received 622 votes this week in the USA Today/Coaches' poll, falling two spots to No 16. The Bulldogs, who are off to the program's best start since 1989, rose one position in the Associated Press poll, garnering 572 votes to rank No. 15.
Fresno State moved down from No. 14 to No. 15 in this week's BCS Standings. The Bulldogs, who also dropped to No. 14 in the Harris Interactive Poll, are the first Mountain West team to be ranked in the top 16 of the BCS Standings in four straight weeks since Boise State accomplished the feat in the final four 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.
FOUR MW TEAMS BOWL ELIGIBLE
With its 28-21 overtime victory at Hawai‘i last Saturday, San Diego State (6-4) joined Fresno State (9-0), Boise State (7-3) and Utah State (6-4) as the Mountain West's bowl eligible teams heading into Week 13. Fresno State has made 12 bowl appearances in the last 14 years and 24 overall. Boise State, which boasts an all-time bowl record of 9-4, has made 11 straight trips and 13 overall. For the first time in program history, San Diego State has become bowl eligible in four consecutive years. Utah State has earned bowl eligibility for the third straight season. Colorado State (6-5), San José State (5-5) and UNLV (5-5) are each one win away from qualifying for the postseason. Wyoming (4-6) must win its final two games of the regular season 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 ranks second among all FBS players with 32 passing TDs and is tied for fourth in point responsibility (204).
|NCAA LEADERS IN PASSING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||9||33|
|2.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||9||32|
|3.||Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M||10||31|
|4.||Shane Carden, Jr., East Carolina||10||29|
|5.||Keith Wenning, Sr., Ball State||11||28|
|Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida State||10||28|
|Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall||10||28|
|NCAA LEADERS IN POINTS RESPONSIBLE FOR|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||Points|
|1.||Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M||10||234|
|2.||Shane Carden, Jr., East Carolina||10||216|
|Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||10||216|
|4.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||9||204|
|Bryce Petty, Jr., Baylor||9||204|
|Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon||10||204|
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 25 rushing touchdowns, while Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi is tied for fourth (15). 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 ranks ninth (10).
|NCAA LEADERS IN RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Kapri Bibbs, So., Colorado State||11||25|
|2.||Keenan Reynolds, So., Navy||10||19|
|3.||Tre Mason, Jr., Auburn||11||17|
|4.||Jay Ajayi, So., Boise State||10||15|
|Tyler Gaffney, Sr., Stanford||10||15|
|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||10||14|
|3.||Willie Snead, Jr., Ball State||11||13|
|4.||Mike Evans, So., Texas A&M||10||12|
|5.||Chandler Jones, Sr., San José State||10||11|
|Antwan Goodley, Jr., Baylor||9||11|
|Alex Neutz, Sr., Buffalo||10||11|
|Eric Thomas, Sr., Troy||11||11|
|9.||Devante Davis, Jr., UNLV||10||10|
The Mountain West is the only league to tout multiple players with 15 or more rushing touchdowns, as well as the only conference with three players to have double-digit receiving touchdowns. Colorado State sophomore RB Kapri Bibbs and Fresno State sophomore WR Davante Adams are two of nine players in the country averaging 10 or more points per game. Bibbs ranks first nationally with 13.6 points per game, while Adams is tied with Texas Tech's Ryan Bustin for eighth with 10.0 ppg.
MW QUARTERBACKS PUTTING UP POINTS
Wyoming junior Brett Smith threw for 207 yards and one touchdown at Boise State last Saturday, extending his MW record-streak of games with a touchdown (passing and/or rushing) to 33. 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||33||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|
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD
Colorado State (66) and New Mexico (42) combined for 108 points in their contest last Saturday, which ranks as the second-highest scoring game in Mountain West history. The teams fell nine points short of the MW record of 117, set by Hawai‘i (72) and BYU (45) on Dec. 8, 2011. The Rams and Lobos did set the record for combined points in a Conference contest, eclipsing the 103 points posted by BYU (62) and Air Force (41) on Oct. 29, 2005.
Three MW teams gained 500 or more total yards in their Week 12 contests. Colorado State collected 649 yards at New Mexico, which is the third-most in program history and the highest output since Aug. 31, 1996, when the Rams racked up a program-record 693 yards of total offense vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga. It also marked the fourth time in the last five games and sixth time this season that CSU has posted at least 500 yards. UNM accumulated 527 yards vs. CSU, marking the third time this season that the Lobos reached the 500-yard mark. Boise State's offense combined for 524 yards vs. Wyoming, marking the fifth time this season that the squad eclipsed 500 yards.
RACKING UP YARDAGE
- Two MW teams, including Colorado State and Nevada, rushed over 300 yards in Week 11. CSU led all MW teams with 347 yards on the ground at New Mexico, the most by the Rams since accumulating 362 yards in the 40-35 victory over Fresno State in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl. Colorado State has eclipsed the 300-yard rushing mark in back-to-back outings, after tallying 331 rushing yards vs. Nevada on Nov. 9. The Wolf Pack rushed for a season-high 311 yards against San José State, the most by Nevada since rushing for 403 yards vs. Arizona in the 2012 Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
- Four MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 12, Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs led the league after tallying 291 yards and six touchdowns on 38 carries at New Mexico. It was Bibbs' fifth 100-yard performance in his last seven appearances, and the third time in the last five games that he passed the 200-yard mark. San Diego State junior Adam Muema reached the 100-yard rushing mark for the fourth straight game, fifth of the season and 13th of his career. The junior collected 163 yards and one TD on 24 attempts at Hawai‘i. In just his third game of the year, Hawai‘i junior Joey Iosefa set a program record with 37 carries for 150 yards and one touchdown vs. San Diego State. It was the third 100-yard performance of Iosefa's career, and he became the first Rainbow Warrior to rush for 100 yards in back-to-back games since Alex Green had four straight in 2010. Nevada junior quarterback Cody Fajardo topped the 100-yard mark for the second time this year and eighth in his career with 104 yards and one TD on 14 carries vs. San José State.
CSU'S BIBBS PICKS UP 200 YARDS FOR THIRD TIME IN 2013
Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs surpassed the 300-yard rushing mark for the third time this season (201 yards at Wyoming, 312 yards vs. Nevada, 291 at New Mexico), becoming the third player in MW history to record three 200-yard rushing performances in a single season. Bibbs has now tied the Conference record, shared by Air Force's Cody Getz (2012) and San Diego State's Larry Ned (2001).
Bibbs is tied with Getz (2009-12) and the San Diego State tandem of Adam Muema (2011-present) and Ronnie Hillman (2010-11) for second on the league's list for most career 200-yard rushing games with three apiece. Ned (1999-2001) holds the all-time record with four career 200-yard rushing performances.
Bibbs' 291-yard outing at New Mexico last Saturday brought the league's total of 200-yard rushing performances this season to eight, including seven in the last five weeks:
|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)|
|Kapri Bibbs, So., Colorado State||291||at New Mexico (Nov. 16)|
|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)|
BIBBS BREAKING OUT FOR COLORADO STATE
In just his fifth career start, Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs collected 291 yards and six touchdowns on 38 carries at New Mexico last Saturday. Bibbs' 291 rushing yards tie for the second-most in the Mountain West this season and the sixth-most in the FBS overall. The 291 rushing yards tie New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier (Sept. 7, 2013 at UTEP) for the third-most in a single game in MW history overall, trailing only Carrier's league-record 338 yards at Air Force on Oct. 20, 2012 and Bibbs' 312 yards on Nov. 9, 2013 vs. Nevada. Bibbs' 38 carries established a new MW sophomore class record, surpassing the previous mark of 36, held by New Mexico's DonTrell Moore (Nov. 15, 2003 vs. Air Force).
Bibbs' six rushing touchdowns at UNM tied the MW single-game record, set by Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson on Sept. 22, 2012 at Hawai‘i. The six rushing TDs, which are the most by an FBS player this season, also set an MW sophomore class record, eclipsing the previous mark of five, held by Wyoming's Alvester Alexander (Nov. 20, 2010 vs. Colorado State). Bibb's 36 total points also set a record for MW second-year players, shattering the previous mark of 30, set by Wyoming's Alvester Alexander (Nov. 20, 2010 vs. Colorado State). The 36 points rank as the second-most in a single game in MW history overall, trailing only Nevada's Jefferson, who racked up 42 at Hawai‘i on Sept. 22, 2012. He also tied the MW sophomore class record for touchdown responsibility with the six TDs against New Mexico, while tying for second-most in MW history overall. He is the third MW player to have responsibility for six touchdowns in a single game this season, joining San José State senior David Fales (Oct. 26 vs. Wyoming) and Boise State junior Grant Hedrick (Nov. 2 at Colorado State).
Bibbs now holds the Mountain West and Colorado State single-season records for rushing touchdowns (25). His 25 rushing TDs lead the FBS, as he is the only running back in the country with at least 20 touchdowns. Nineteen of those rushing TDs have come against Conference opponents, which is also a new MW single-season record. Bibbs' 25 total touchdowns this year ties for second on the MW single-season chart, while his 150 points tie for second-most all-time in league history. Bibbs has scored 114 points in league play, which establishes a new MW single-season record, besting the previous mark of 108, set by Nevada's Jefferson in 2012.
Bibbs has reached the end zone at least three times in five straight games and in six outings this season. He is one of four running backs nationally to have six three-rushing TD games since 2000, and is the first to do so since current Denver Bronco Monte Ball accomplished the feat for Wisconsin in 2011. The sophomore RB is also within striking distance of the MW single-season record for rushing yards in Conference-only games. He has racked up 1,079 rushing yards in MW play, seven shy of the 1,086 yards compiled by New Mexico's Carrier against league opponents in 2012.
- Three MW running backs, including Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi, Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs and New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier, have rushed for at least 1,000 yards on the season. Ajayi became the first MW running back this season to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark, accomplishing the feat in the first nine games of the 2013 campaign. He currently has 1,078 rushing yards with two regular-season contests remaining on the schedule. Bibbs has 1,439 yards on the year, the most by a Ram since Gartrell Johnson had 1,476 yards in 2008. He currently ranks third all-time on CSU's single-season rushing chart. Carrier has 1,122 yards on the year, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season and becoming the first Lobo with back-to-back rushing seasons since Rodney Ferguson in 2007-10. He is also the seventh player in MW history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons (1,469 in 2012).
- San José State senior Chandler Jones became the first MW wideout this season to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark. After collecting 77 yards on six receptions at Nevada last Saturday, Jones has 1,109 yards through the first 10 games of the year to mark his first 1,000-yard receiving season.
IN THE AIR TONIGHT
- Two MW teams, including Colorado State and San José State, threw for at least 300 yards in Week 12. San José State led all MW teams with 326 yards at Nevada, marking the seventh time in the last eight contests that the Spartans have reached the 300-yard passing mark. Colorado State collected 302 yards in the air at New Mexico, which is the Rams' second 300-yard passing performance in their last three appearances and their fourth overall this season.
- Two MW quarterbacks topped the 300-yard passing mark in their respective Week 12 contests, led by San José State senior David Fales, who threw for 326 yards and one touchdown at Nevada last Saturday. It was Fales' sixth 300-yard passing performance in the last seven games and his seventh in 2013. Colorado State junior Garrett Grayson completed 20-of-28 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns at New Mexico, his fourth 300-yard performance this season, which is the most by a Ram QB since Scooter Molander had five in 1987.
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||10|
|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|
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)
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)
3,000-YARD PASSERS IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST
San José State senior David Fales joined Fresno State senior Derek Carr with 3,000 passing yards this season. With 326 passing yards at Nevada last Saturday, Fales brought his season total to 3,202 yards, which is the fourth-best single-season total for a Spartan QB. This marks the seventh time in the league's 15-year history at least two quarterbacks have topped the 3,000-yard passing mark in the same season. The 2007 trio of BYU's Max Hall (3,848 yards), New Mexico's Donovan Porterie (3,006 yards) and San Diego State's Kevin O'Connell (3,063 yards) hold the MW record for most 3,000-yard passing QBs in a single season.
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 and is one of five MW quarterbacks with multiple 3,000-yard passing 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|
FALES, CARR WITH SEVEN 300-YARD PASSING GAMES APIECE
San José State senior David Fales is the seventh MW quarterback to register at least seven 300-yard passing games in a single season in MW history, and second of the 2013 campaign, joining Fresno State senior Derek Carr. BYU's Max Hall holds the league record with eight 300-yard passing games in 2009. Fales' and Carr's seven 300-yard passing games this season are both tied for second with BYU's Kevin Feterik (1999), BYU's John Beck (2005), BYU's Hall (2008) and Wyoming's Casey Bramlet (2001). This marks the first time in MW history two quarterbacks have seven 300-yard passing games in the same season.
FRESNO STATE QB CARVES NAME IN MW RECORD BOOK
Fresno State QB Derek Carr threw for 360 yards in a Nov. 9 victory at Wyoming, marking his seventh 300-yard passing game of the season and 13th of his career. Carr's 13 career 300-yard passing contests rank fifth on the league's all-time list. BYU's Max 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 on Nov. 9, 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|
MAKING THE CONNECTION
Fresno State senior QB Derek Carr completed 33-of-46 passes at Wyoming on Nov. 9 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|
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|
|Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||17|
|4.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||16|
|5.||Keith Wenning, Sr., Ball State||15|
|6.||David Fales, Sr., San José State||14|
|7.||Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall||12|
|8.||Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., Louisville||11|
|Aaron Murray, Sr., Georgia||11|
|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.||David Fales, Sr., San José State||4|
|Aaron Murray, Sr., Georgia||4|
|Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall||4|
|6.||Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||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.||Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||8|
|4.||A.J. McCarron, Sr., Alabama||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|
|Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall||5|
|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||146|
|2.||Tajh Boyd, Clemson||130|
|3.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||99|
|Taylor Martinez, Nebraska||87|
MW QUARTERBACKS QUICK ON THEIR FEET
Nevada junior Cody Fajardo rushed for 104 yards against San José State last Saturday for his second 100-yard game of the season and bringing the Mountain West's season total of QB performances of 100+ rushing yards in a single game to a league-record 12. 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 Fajardo, Air Force sophomore Jaleel Awini, Air Force sophomore Karson Roberts, Boise State junior Grant Hedrick, New Mexico sophomore Cole Gautsche 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).
Gautsche is responsible for five 100-yard rushing games in 2013, 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. Nevada's Fajardo currently ranks fourth on the career list with five, after tallying three 100-yard rushing games in 2012.
|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.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||3||2012|
|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.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||5||2012-Present|
|Shaun Carney, Air Force||5||2004-07|
|Keith Boyea, Air Force||5||2001|
MILLER, LOCKETT REACH THE CENTURY RECEIVING MARK IN WEEK 12
Two MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts in Week 12. Boise State junior Matt Miller led the league after totaling a career-high 143 receiving yards and career-best three touchdowns on seven receptions vs. Wyoming. Miller went over the 100-yard receiving mark for the third time this season and fourth time in his career. San Diego State senior Colin Lockett registered 106 yards receiving and one touchdown on four catches at Hawai‘i, marking his second 100-yard game of the season and fifth of his career.
DAVANTE ADAMS GRABS THE SPOTLIGHT FOR FRESNO STATE
Fresno State's Davante Adams has reached the end zone 15 times in 2013, which ties 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. Nine of those receiving TDs have come in Conference play, which is one shy of the league record of 10, shared by Adams (2012) and the BYU duo of Jonny Harline (2006) and Austin Collie (2008).
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 has recorded a touchdown reception in 15 of his last 16 outings and has eight career games with multiple TD receptions. He also 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 ranked sixth 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||19|
|Ka'Deem Carey, Jr., Arizona||19|
|4.||Branden Oliver, Sr., Buffalo||18|
|5.||James White, Sr., Wisconsin||16|
|6.||Tim Cornett, Sr., UNLV||15|
Five MW teams rank in the top 22 nationally in red zone offense, including two in the top eight and four in the top 20. Air Force currently ranks seventh, converting on 0.939 of its red-zone attempts (31-of-33), followed by New Mexico, which is eighth with 0.921 (35-of-38). Wyoming is 19th nationally at 0.895 (34-of-38), while Boise State ranks 20th at 0.893 (50-of-56) and Utah State is tied with Wisconsin for 22nd (0.891, 41-of-46). The Mountain West is one of two conferences (Big Ten) with five teams converting on at least 0.891 of their red zone attempts.
REACHING THE END ZONE
- Three MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 12, including Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs, who became the second MW player in league history to rush for six touchdowns in a single game. Bibbs' six TDs at New Mexico are the most-ever by a Ram and are the most by a player in the FBS this season. He tied the Mountain West single-game record, originally set by Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson in a Sept. 22, 2014 visit to Hawai‘i. Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi rushed for three touchdowns against Wyoming, marking his third three-TD game of the season. Ajayi now has recorded multiple touchdowns in four career appearances, all of which have come in 2013 (2 vs. Tennessee-Martin on Sept. 7, 4 vs. Air Force on Sept. 13, 3 vs. Nevada on Oct. 19). Nevada junior Kendall Brock pitched in two rushing TDs against San José State, giving him his third multiple-rushing TD performance of the year.
- Two MW quarterbacks connected on three touchdown passes in Week 12, including Boise State junior Grant Hedrick and Colorado State junior Garrett Grayson. Hedrick connected on at least three passing TDs for the second straight game and second time in his career, after throwing for five vs. at Colorado State on Nov. 2. Grayson tied a career-high with his three touchdown passes at New Mexico, all of which game in the first half. The junior has had three touchdown passes in four of his last seven appearances.
- Boise State junior Matt Miller led all MW receivers with a career-best three receiving touchdowns against Wyoming last Saturday to mark the eighth time this season that a player from the Mountain West recorded at least three receiving touchdowns. The MW leads all FBS leagues with eight three-receiving TD games on the year. Miller's three-TD performance is the first by a BSU wideout since Tyler Shoemaker accomplished the feat against San Diego State on Nov. 19, 2011. His three touchdowns also tied the MW junior class record. Miller has reached the end zone multiple times in back-to-back outings and in three career games.
San José State blocked three kick attempts by San Diego State on Nov. 9 (1 FG, 2 PAT), establishing a new league record and becoming the third team in the FBS this season to block three kicks (Syracuse, UAB). SJSU joins Boise State, Colorado State as three of 12 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)|
|Texas A&M||2||1 FG, 1 punt||Mississippi State (Nov. 9)|
|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 on Nov. 8, 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.
Seven MW teams recorded at least one sack in Week 12, including five programs with multiple sacks each in their respective outings. Nevada posted five quarterback sacks again San José State, including two by junior Brock Hekking, which are the most by the Wolf Pack since having five at New Mexico State on Oct. 29, 2011. Boise State and San Diego State each collected three quarterback sacks in their respective outings, while Hawai‘i and New Mexico recorded two each. Colorado State and Wyoming rounded out the group with one sack apiece.
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 eight and six of the top 28 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 (320.2 ypg, eighth), Wyoming junior Brett Smith (271.5 ypg, 21st), Nevada junior Cody Fajardo (263.8 ypg, 25th), Colorado State junior Garrett Grayson (253.2, 27th) and San Diego State junior Quinn Kaehler (252.1, 28th).
- The Mountain West is the only conference in the FBS with four of the top 15 quarterbacks 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 10th with 330.7 yards per game, San José State senior David Fales, who ranks 14th with 317.6 yards per game, and Wyoming junior Brett Smith, who ranks 15th with 315.2 yards per game.
- Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams leads all FBS receivers with 10.1 receptions per game. Nevada senior Brandon Wimberly currently ranks 10th with 7.9 catches, while Fresno State junior Josh Harper is 12th with 7.6 per game. Boise State sophomore Shane Williams-Rhodes is tied for 16th with 7.1, while Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse is 21st with 6.8. San José State senior Chandler Jones and Wyoming junior Dominic Rufran are tied for 25th nationally with 6.4 catches per contest. The Mountain West is the only FBS conference with seven players averaging 6.4 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 seventh nationally with 110.9 yards per contest, followed by Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams, who is 10th with 107.4 yards per game. The Mountain West is one of three FBS leagues (Pac-12, SEC) with two of the top 10 receivers in the country.
- Three MW running backs are averaging more than 107 yards per game. Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs ranks eighth in rushing, averaging 130.8 yards per game, while New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier ranks 16th on that list with 112.2 yards per outing. Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi is 19th with 107.8 rushing yards per game.
- Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence and Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett are two of six players nationally to average 1.6 or more tackles for loss per game. Lawrence ranks fourth nationally with 1.7 tackles for loss per game, while Barrett is sixth with 1.6. The Mountain West is one of three FBS leagues (ACC) with two of the top six in tackles for loss.
- Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence is tied for second among all FBS players with 1.2 sacks per game, while Fresno State sophomore Ejiro Ederaine is tied for sixth at 1.0 sacks per game and Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett ranks 10th at 1.0 sacks per game. The Mountain West is the only league with three of the top 10 nationally in pass sacks.
- Four MW players, including San Diego State junior J.J. Whittaker (Oct. 4, vs. Nevada), San José State senior Dasheon Frierson (Oct. 5 at Hawai‘i), UNLV junior Tajh Hasson (Oct. 12 vs. Hawai‘i) and Utah State senior Nevin Lawson (Oct. 12 vs. Boise State, Nov. 2 vs. Hawai‘i) are among 10 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.
- The Mountain West is one of three leagues in the country (Big Ten, Pac-12) with two of the top 11 rushing teams in the country. New Mexico is averaging 323.8 yards on the ground to rank second among all FBS teams, while Air Force nets 277.0 rushing yards to rank 11th.
- Two MW teams rank in the top 11 in the FBS in passing offense. Fresno State ranks fourth among all FBS teams with an average of 384.0 passing yards per game, while San José State is 11th with 325.4 passing yards per game, The Mountain West is one of three FBS leagues (Big 12, Pac-12) with at least two of the nation's top 11 passing offenses.
- Fresno State, Boise State, Colorado State, Wyoming and Utah State are five of 27 teams in the country that average at least 466 total yards per game, making the Mountain West one of two conferences (SEC) with five of the top 26 teams in total offense. The Bulldogs currently rank fifth nationally with 546.6 yards per game, while Boise State nets 492.1 total yards per contest to rank 18th. Colorado State is 24th nationally with 471.1 yards per game, followed by Wyoming (469.1, 25th) and Utah State (466.7, 26th).
|MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS|
|1||Fresno State junior Derron Smith and San José State senior Bené Benwikere are tied for seventh in the FBS with 0.6 interceptions per game, making the Mountain West the only FBS conference with multiple players in the top seven nationally for interceptions.|
|2||Boise State is averaging 16.94 yards per punt return to rank second nationally, while Colorado State is netting 15.47 per return to rank seventh. The Mountain West is the only FBS league with multiple teams averaging more than 15.2 yards per punt return.|
|2||Two MW teams, including Boise State, and Colorado State hauled in multiple interceptions in their respective Week 12 contests. BSU grabbed two interceptions from Wyoming, marking the fourth time this season that the Broncos have picked off multiple passes. Colorado State tallied two interceptions at New Mexico, marking the third time this season that the Rams have had multiple interceptions.|
|2||New Mexico senior Carlos Wiggins registered a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown against Colorado State on Saturday, his second such performance of the season (Oct. 5 vs. New Mexico State). Wiggins is the second MW player ever to record two 100-yard kick return TDs in a single season, joining Hawai‘i's Mike Edwards (2012) and the third to do so in a career (Edwards and Air Force's Jonathan Warzeka).|
|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 three conferences (ACC, SEC) to post at least five 3+ sack performances on the season.|
|4||New Mexico sophomore QB Cole Gautsche ranks fourth among all FBS quarterbacks with 86.3 rushing yards 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 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 eight programs nationally (Temple, Tennessee, Western Kentucky, West Virginia) to have started at least three different quarterbacks this season.|
|5||Five MW teams rank in the top 25 nationally for first down offense. Fresno State leads the league and is ranked fifth nationally with 270 first downs this season, while Boise State is tied with Marshall and Northern Illinois for 10th with 264. Nevada is tied with Oregon State and Washington for 19th at 252, Colorado State is tied with Cincinnati for 23rd with 247, and Utah State is tied with Missouri for 25th with 245. The Mountain West is one of two conferences nationally (Pac-12) with five teams that have 245 or more first downs through 12 weeks of play.|
|5||Colorado State has prevented its opponent from scoring on its opening drive in five consecutive games.|
|7||The Mountain West is the only FBS league with multiple players in the top seven nationally for total tackles. San José State senior Keith Smith leads the FBS with 13.7 total tackles per game, followed by Wyoming junior Jordan Stanton (11.5, third) and Utah State senior Jake Doughty (10.8, seventh).|
|7||Fresno State is one of seven programs in the country averaging over 44 points per game in 2013. The Bulldogs currently rank seventh in the FBS with 44.3 points per game.|
|8||Fresno State is tied with Baylor for eighth nationally in pass sacks, averaging 3.11 per game.|
|8||After keeping Wyoming 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 nine of their 10 opponents this season without positive punt return yardage, and have kept three straight opponents from record a punt return (BYU on Oct. 25, Colorado State on Nov. 2, Wyoming on Nov. 16).|
|9||Colorado State junior Jared Roberts became the third MW kicker this season to register nine PATs in a single game. Roberts' nine PATs at New Mexico last Saturday equaled the MW junior class record and tied for second-most in a single game overall in MW history.|
|10.5||Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence and Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett each have 10.5 sacks this season, which tie for the fourth-most in a single season by a MW player, joining Wyoming's John Fletcher (2007) and San Diego State's Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (1999).|
|43||Colorado State junior Garrett Grayson connected with senior Chris Nwoke for a 43-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter at New Mexico. It was the longest reception by a Ram running back since Raymond Carter had a 66-yard reception from Grayson at TCU on Nov. 19, 2011.|
|51||With 11 catches for 91 yards and one TD vs. San José State last Saturday, Nevada senior WR Brandon Wimberly extended the nation's leading streak of consecutive games with a reception to 51 straight (all 51 of his career). The NCAA record is 54 games by Bryan Anderson of Central Michigan (2006-09).|
|66||Colorado State's 66 points at New Mexico last Saturday tie the 1974 squad for the third-most in a single-game in program history. The Rams have compiled 401 points this season, which are the third-most in CSU history.|
|87||Nevada senior Brandon Wimberly had 11 catches for 93 yards and one touchdown in Saturday's win over San José State. That gives him 87 receptions for the season, including 72 in Conference-only play, which is a new league record. The previous single-season record for most receptions against Conference-only opponents was 66, set by Wyoming's Jovon Bouknight in 2005.|
|119||UNLV senior Nolan Kohorst nailed three PATs vs. Utah State on Nov. 9, extending his all-time Rebel record to 119 career PATs. Dillon Pieffer held the previous UNLV record (111) from 2000-03.|