Mountain West Football Weekly Release
|MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 14 SCHEDULE|
|Friday, November 29||TV/Web||Time|
|13/16 Fresno State at San José State*||CBS Sports Network||12:30 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, November 30||TV/Web||Time|
|Air Force at Colorado State*||ESPN3||Noon MT|
|Wyoming at Utah State*||ROOT SPORTS/Mountain West Network||Noon MT|
|BYU at Nevada||CBS Sports Network||Noon PT|
|New Mexico at Boise State*||ESPN2||8:15 p.m. MT|
|San Diego State at UNLV*||ESPNU||7:30 p.m. PT|
|Army at Hawai‘i||Oceanic PPV/Mountain West Network||6 p.m. HT|
|* Mountain West game|
BULLDOGS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Fresno State received 687 votes this week in the USA Today/Coaches' poll and 1,206 votes from the Harris Interactive panel, for a No. 13 ranking in both polls. The Bulldogs, who are off to the program's best start since 1989, fell one spot in the Associated Press poll, garnering 619 votes to rank No. 16.
Fresno State moved down from No. 15 to No. 16 in this week's BCS Standings. The Bulldogs are the first Mountain West team to be ranked in the top 16 of the BCS Standings in five straight weeks since Boise State accomplished the feat in the final five 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 Sports will broadcast the inaugural title match-up.
FRESNO STATE CLINCHES WEST DIVISION
Fresno State has clinched at least a share of the West Division title after defeating New Mexico last week, 69-28. San Diego State could earn a share of the division crown if it beats UNLV this Saturday and the Bulldogs lose at San José State. Fresno State will represent the West Division in the inaugural Mountain West Football Championship no matter what the outcomes are this weekend. Even with a Bulldog loss and a Aztec win, Fresno State holds the head-to-head tie-breaker after its 35-28 overtime victory at San Diego State on Oct. 26.
UTAH STATE LEADS MOUNTAIN DIVISION RACE
Utah State is in control of its own destiny with a 6-1 mark in MW play heading into the regular-season home finale against Wyoming. An Aggie victory, or a Boise State loss, would secure the Mountain Division title and propel them into the MW Championship Game against Fresno State. Boise State enters the final week of regular-season play with a 5-2 record in league action. The Broncos need a win in their home finale versus New Mexico and a Wyoming victory over Utah State in order for BSU to share the Mountain Division title with the Aggies and earn a spot in the championship game. Boise State holds the head-to-head tiebreak over Utah State with its 34-23 win over Utah State on Oct. 12.
FIVE MW TEAMS BOWL ELIGIBLE
With its 41-21 victory at Air Force last Thursday, UNLV (6-5) joined Fresno State (10-0), Boise State (7-4), San Diego State (7-4) and Utah State (7-4) as the Mountain West's bowl eligible teams heading into Week 14. 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. UNLV, which holds a 3-0 all-time bowl record, has become eligible for the postseason for the first time since the 2000 season. Colorado State (6-5), San José State (5-5) and Wyoming (5-6) are each one win away from qualifying for the postseason.
The Mountain West has sent a league-record 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 first among all FBS players with 39 passing TDs and is tied for first in point responsibility (246). Wyoming junior Brett Smith is tied for eighth nationally with 28 passing touchdowns, while San José State senior David Fales is tied for 10th with 27. The Mountain West is the only conference in the country with three quarterbacks to have thrown at least 27 passing TDs on the season.
|NCAA LEADERS IN PASSING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||10||39|
|2.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||11||34|
|3.||Shane Carden, Jr., East Carolina||11||32|
|Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida State||11||32|
|Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall||11||32|
|Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M||11||32|
|7.||Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||11||29|
|8.||Brett Smith, Jr., Wyoming||11||28|
|Keith Wenning, Sr., Ball State||11||28|
|10.||David Fales, Sr., San José State||11||27|
|Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon||11||27|
|NCAA LEADERS IN POINTS RESPONSIBLE FOR|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||Points|
|1.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||10||246|
|Shane Carden, Jr., East Carolina||11||246|
|3.||Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M||11||240|
|4.||Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||11||234|
|5.||Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||11||222|
The Mountain West also boasts some of the nation's leaders in receiving and rushing touchdowns this season. Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams is first with 19 receiving touchdowns, while fellow Bulldog Josh Harper and San José State senior Chandler Jones are tied for fourth (12). Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs ranks second in the FBS with 25 rushing touchdowns, while Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi is tied for sixth (16).
|NCAA LEADERS IN RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Davante Adams, So., Fresno State||10||19|
|2.||Brandin Cooks, Jr., Oregon State||11||15|
|3.||Willie Snead, Jr., Ball State||11||13|
|4.||Josh Harper, Jr., Fresno State||10||12|
|Chandler Jones, Sr., San José State||11||12|
|Gator Hoskins, Sr., Marshall||11||12|
|Antwan Goodley, Jr., Baylor||10||12|
|Mike Evans, So., Texas A&M||11||12|
|NCAA LEADERS IN RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Keenan Reynolds, So., Navy||11||26|
|2.||Kapri Bibbs, So., Colorado State||12||25|
|3.||Tre Mason, Jr., Auburn||11||17|
|Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||11||17|
|Bishop Sankey, Jr., Washington||11||17|
|6.||Jay Ajayi, So., Boise State||11||16|
|Ka'Deem Carey, Jr., Arizona||10||16|
|Andre Williams, Sr., Boston College||11||16|
|Tyler Gaffney, Sr., Stanford||11||16|
The Mountain West is the only conference in the FBS with three players that have at least 12 receiving touchdowns, and is one of two leagues (Pac-12) to tout multiple with 16 or more rushing touchdowns. Colorado State sophomore RB Kapri Bibbs and Fresno State sophomore WR Davante Adams are two of four players in the country averaging 11.4 or more points per game. Bibbs ranks second nationally with 12.5 points per game, while Adams is tied with Florida State's Roberto Aguayo for third with 11.4 ppg.
MW QUARTERBACKS PUTTING UP POINTS
Wyoming junior Brett Smith threw for 498 yards and seven touchdowns against Hawai‘i last Saturday, extending his MW record-streak of games with a touchdown (passing and/or rushing) to 34. With an active streak of 23 straight games with a passing and/or rushing TD, Fresno State senior Derek Carr ranks 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||34||9/3/11 to Present|
|2.||Max Hall, QB, BYU||28||12/1/07 to 12/22/09|
|3.||Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State||23||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|
Four MW teams gained 600 or more total yards in their Week 13 contests, including two teams who climbed to the top of the Mountain West single-game chart. Fresno State established a new program and Mountain West record with 820 total yards against New Mexico last Saturday. The Bulldogs' output ranks second in the FBS this season, trailing only Baylor, who had 872 yards vs. West Virginia on Oct. 5. It also marked the third time in Fresno State history that the 'Dogs went over 700 yards of offense. Wyoming had set the Conference single-game record earlier on Saturday after racking up 793 yards vs. Hawai‘i, a mark that also ranks second in program history, and third by an FBS team this season. Hawai‘i collected 624 in its visit to Laramie, which is the most by the Warriors since combining for 637 yards vs. UC Davis on Sept. 24, 2011. San José State rounded out the group with 600 total yards vs. Navy, marking the third time this season that the Spartans went over the 600-yard mark.
RACKING UP YARDAGE
Four MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 13, UNLV senior Tim Cornett led the league after tallying career highs of 220 yards and four touchdowns on a career-best 36 carries at Air Force. Cornett's 220 yards were the most by a Rebel since Larry Croom had 222 at Colorado State on Nov. 30, 2002. It was his fifth 100-yard performance this season and 16th of his career. Wyoming junior quarterback Brett Smith topped the 100-yard mark for the third time this year and fourth in his career with 142 yards and one TD on 19 carries vs. Hawai‘i. Utah State senior Joey DeMartino ran for 127 yards and one touchdown on 35 carries against Colorado State for his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season. Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi picked up 103 yards and a TD on 22 carries at San Diego State last Saturday, his fifth game this season and sixth of his career with at least 100 yards.
UNLV'S CORNETT RECORDS MW'S NINTH 200-YARD RUSHING GAME
Tim Cornett's 220-yard outing for UNLV last Thursday brought the league's total of 200-yard rushing performances this season to nine, including eight in the last six 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)|
|Tim Cornett, Sr., UNLV||220||at Air Force (Nov. 14)|
|Kapri Bibbs, So., Colorado State||201||at Wyoming (Oct. 19)|
Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs has surpassed the 300-yard rushing mark three times this season, 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 Air Force's Cody Getz (2012) and San Diego State's Larry Ned (2001).
BIBBS BREAKING OUT FOR COLORADO STATE
Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs holds the Mountain West and Colorado State single-season records for rushing touchdowns (25). His 25 rushing TDs rank second in the FBS, one behind Navy's Keenan Reynolds. Bibbs' 25 total touchdowns this year ties for second on the MW single-season chart, while his 144 points ranks third all-time in league history. He has reached the end zone at least three times 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.
Nineteen of Bibbs' rushing TDs this season 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.
The sophomore RB also has set the MW single-season record for rushing yards in Conference-only games, racking up 1,133 rushing yards in MW play. UNM's Carrier set the previous mark of 1,086 yards against league opponents in 2012.
CARR AND SMITH THE TOTAL OFFENSIVE PACKAGE
With 640 total yards vs. Hawai‘i last Saturday, including 498 passing yards and 142 rushing yards, Wyoming junior QB Brett Smith shattered the Mountain West record for total offense in a single game. The previous high of 570 was set by Fresno State's Derek Carr vs. San Diego State on Sept. 29, 2012. Smith, who also set a new Wyoming single-game record, also recorded the highest total yardage output in the FBS this season, surpassing SMU's Garrett Gilbert, who had 635 yards vs. Temple on Oct. 26. Smith has four career games with at least 400 total yards. Smith became the Cowboys' career leader in total offense. He now has 10,209 yards, which ranks fourth on the MW's all-time chart, surpassing former WYO quarterback Casey Bramlet (9,637 from 2000-03).
Carr racked up 553 yards of total offense in the Bulldogs' win over New Mexico last Saturday and now holds the No. 2 and 3 spots on the league's list for most total offensive yards in a single game.
Six MW players have been responsible for at least six touchdowns in a single game this season, led by Wyoming junior QB Brett Smith, who accounted for eight total touchdowns (seven passing, one rushing) against Hawai‘i last Saturday to set a new Mountain West single-game record. BYU's Max Hall set the previous mark of seven (seven passing) vs. UCLA on Sept. 13, 2008. Fresno State senior QB Derek Carr had seven total TDs (seven passing) vs. New Mexico last Saturday, while Boise State junior Grant Hedrick (Nov. 2 at Colorado State), Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs (at New Mexico on Nov. 16), Hawai‘i senior QB Sean Schroeder (at Wyoming on Nov. 23) and San José State senior David Fales (Oct. 26 vs. Wyoming) each have accounted for six touchdowns in a single game.
- UNLV senior Tim Cornett and San Diego State junior Adam Muema joined Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi, Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs and New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier as the MW running backs that have rushed for at least 1,000 yards on the season. This marks only the third time in the league's 15-year history that five or more players have rushed for 1,000 yards in the same season. A league-record eight players rushed for 1,000 yards in 2012, while five players reached the milestone in 2001. 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 1,181 rushing yards with one regular-season contest remaining on the schedule. Bibbs has 1,493 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, who suffered an injury in Week 12, 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). Cornett brought his season total to 1,190 rushing yards with his 220-yard performance at Air Force last Thursday, becoming the second Rebel in program history to record more than one 1,000-yard rushing season in a career. Mike Thomas previously accomplished the feat in 1973 and 1974. Muema became the fourth Aztec with multiple 1,000-yard rushing campaigns, joining Marshall Faulk (1991-93), Paul Hewitt (1987-88) and Ronnie Hillman (2010-11). Muema has 1,004 rushing yards in his junior campaign.
- Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams, San Diego State junior Ezell Ruffin and UNLV junior Devante Davis joined San José State senior Chandler Jones as the MW's wideouts with 1,000-yard receiving on the year. This marks the third time in MW history (2005, 2008) that four receivers have topped the 1,000-yard mark in a single season. Jones became the first MW player this season to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark. He has 1,210 yards through the first 11 games of the year to mark his first 1,000-yard receiving season. Adams, who had a career-high 246 receiving yards vs. New Mexico last Saturday, reached the 1,00-yard mark for the second straight season. Through his first two years at the collegiate level, Adams has 2,525 career receiving yards, including 1,312 in 2012 and 1,213 in 2013. Ruffin's 59 receiving yards against Boise State brought his season total to 1,006, making him the first Aztec with a 1,000-yard receiving season since Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson each accomplished the feat in 2010. With 75 yards at Air Force last Thursday, Davis moved over the 1,000-yard mark, which made him only the seventh Rebel in program history to do so and just the second since 1994 (Ryan Wolfe in 2008). Davis enters the regular-season finale with 1,023 receiving yards this season.
IN THE AIR TONIGHT
- Four MW teams threw for at least 400 yards in Week 13. Fresno State led all MW teams with 543 passing yards vs. New Mexico to set a new MW record. The previous high of 537 passing yards was set by BYU at Tulsa on Sept. 15, 2007. Fresno State's 543 yards rank as the second-most in a single game by any FBS team this season, trailing Washington State's 557 yards vs. Oregon on Oct. 19. The Bulldogs' 543 passing yards mark the ninth time in the last 10 contests they have reached 300 yards passing and the sixth time this season they have gone for at least 400 yards through the air. Hawai‘i posted 499 passing yards at Wyoming, while the Cowboys had 498 yards in the contest. It was the highest passing output by the Rainbow Warriors since Sept. 24, 2011, when the squad collected 512 yards vs. UC Davis. Wyoming's 498 yards rank as the second-most ever in program history, one short of the Cowboy record (499 vs. Houston on Oct. 17, 1987). San José State collected 440 yards in the air vs. Navy, marking the fourth time this season that the Spartans have reached the 400-yard passing mark. SJSU has also had at least 300 passing yards in eight of its last nine contests.
- Four MW quarterbacks topped the 400-yard passing mark in their respective Week 13 contests, led by Fresno State senior Derek Carr, who threw for 527 yards and seven touchdowns vs. New Mexico last Saturday. Carr's 527 yards rank as the fourth-most in a single game by a MW quarterback, 10 yards shy of the league record (537 by BYU's Max Hall vs. Tulsa on Sept. 15, 2007). It was Carr's first 500-yard passing performance of the season and the second of his career in the Mountain West. He is only the second player in MW history to register two 500-yard passing games in a career, joining San Diego State's Adam Hall (2002). Hawai‘i senior Sean Schroeder threw for a career-high 499 yards and six touchdowns at Wyoming. It was the most passing yards by a Rainbow Warrior quarterback since Bryant Moniz racked up a program-record 560 yards passing vs. San José State on Nov. 20, 2010. Wyoming junior Brett Smith completed 29-of-48 passes for 498 yards and seven touchdowns against Hawai‘i. His yardage set a new program single-game record, passing Josh Wallwork's 485 yards against Idaho on Aug. 31, 1996. San José State senior David Fales posted 440 passing yards and five touchdowns vs. Navy last Friday, marking his fourth 400-yard passing performance of the season. It also was his seventh 300-yard game in his last eight outings, and his eighth in 2013.
- The Week 13 passing performances of Carr, Schroeder and Smith rank among the top eight nationally this season. Carr's 527 passing yards are the third-most in the FBS this season, while Schroeder (499) and Smith (498) rank seventh and eighth, respectively.
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.||Brett Smith, Wyoming||5|
|4.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||4|
|Kolton Browning, ULM||4|
|Connor Shaw, South Carolina||4|
|7.||Nathan Scheelhasee, Illinois||3|
CARR, FALES AND KEETON IN SELECT COMPANY
Fresno State senior Derek Carr, San José State senior David Fales and Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton are three of five quarterbacks with multiple five-passing touchdown games in their MW careers:
|MULTIPLE FIVE PASSING TOUCHDOWN GAMES - CAREER|
|Rk.||Player, Team||Opponents (Dates)|
|5||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)
vs. New Mexico (11/23/13)
|2||David Fales, San José State||vs. Wyoming (10/26/13)|
vs. Navy (11/23/13)
|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
The quartet of Fresno State senior Derek Carr (5), Hawai‘i senior Sean Schroeder (1), San José State senior David Fales (4) and Wyoming junior Brett Smith (1) have combined for a single-season record 12 400-yard passing games in 2013, which more than doubles the previous high of five in 2002. Carr's six 400-yard passing games this season and nine in his career are both MW records.
|MULTIPLE 400-YARD PASSING PERFORMANCES|
|Year||Player, Team||Yards||Opponent (Date)|
|2013||Derek Carr, Fresno State||527||vs. New Mexico (11/23/13)|
|Sean Schroeder, Hawai‘i||499||at Wyoming (11/23/13)|
|Brett Smith, Wyoming||498||vs. Hawai‘i (11/23/13)|
|Derek Carr, Fresno State||487||vs. Nevada (11/2/13)|
|David Fales, San José State||482||vs. Wyoming (10/26/13)|
|Derek Carr, Fresno State||460||vs. Boise State (9/20/13)|
|Derek Carr, Fresno State||456||vs. Rutgers (8/29/13)|
|David Fales, San José State||440||vs. Navy (11/23/13)|
|David Fales, San José State||439||at Minnesota (9/21/13)|
|David Fales, San José State||431||at Colorado State (10/12/13)|
|Derek Carr, Fresno State||419||at Idaho (10/5/13)|
|Derek Carr, Fresno State||412||vs. UNLV (10/19/13)|
|2002||Adam Hall, San Diego State||516||vs. Arizona State (9/14/02)|
|Adam Hall, San Diego State||506||at Idaho (9/21/02)|
|Casey Bramlet, Wyoming||453||at UNLV (11/2/02)|
|Brett Elliott, Utah||440||at New Mexico (10/26/02)|
|Lon Sheriff, San Diego State||420||at Hawai‘i (12/7/02)|
3,000-YARD PASSERS IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST
Wyoming junior Brett Smith joined Fresno State senior Derek Carr and San José State senior David Fales with 3,000 passing yards this season. This marks the seventh time in the league's 15-year history multiple quarterbacks have topped the 3,000-yard passing mark in the same season, and just the second time in league history that three QBs have passed for at least 3,000 yards 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) were the first to accomplish the feat.
Smith's 498 passing yards against Hawai‘i last Saturday helped the junior tally the second 3,000-yard passing season of his career. Smith, who had 3,084 yards in his sophomore season, has 3,213 passing yards in 2013, to become the sixth MW quarterback 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|
|Brett Smith, Wyoming||2||2012, 2013|
|John Beck, BYU||2||2005, 2006|
Carr, who has thrown for 3,948 yards through the first 10 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 8,052 total passing yards. With 440 passing yards vs. Navy last Friday, Fales brought his season total to 3,642 yards.
3,000 PASSING/1,000 RECEIVING YARDS
For the second straight year, the Fresno State duo of QB Derek Carr and WR Davante Adams have registered 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards receiving, respectively. This marks the first time in MW history that a quarterback/receiver tandem has reached the 3,000-yard passing/1,000-yard receiving mark together in back-to-back seasons.
It is also the first time in MW history that two different teams have each boasted a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard receiver in the same season. The San José State tandem of QB David Fales and Chandler Jones have 3,642 passing and 1,210 receiving yards, respectively, in 2013.
|3,000-YARD PASSER/1,000-YARD RECEIVER DUOS IN A SINGLE SEASON|
|2013||Fresno State||Derek Carr, QB||3,948||5,161|
|Davante Adams, WR||1,213|
|2013||San José State||David Fales, QB||3,642||4,852|
|Chandler Jones, WR||1,210|
|2012||Fresno State||Derek Carr, QB||4,104||5,416|
|Davante Adams, WR||1,312|
|2010||San Diego State||Ryan Lindley, QB||3,830||5,182|
|Vincent Brown, WR||1,352|
|2010||San Diego State||Ryan Lindley, QB||3,830||5,050|
|DeMarco Sampson, WR||1,220|
|2008||BYU||Max Hall, QB||3,957||5,495|
|Austin Collie, WR||1,538|
|2008||BYU||Max Hall, QB||3,957||5,040|
|Dennis Pitta, WR||1,083|
|2007||New Mexico||Donovan Porterie, QB||3,006||4,131|
|Marcus Smith, WR||1,125|
|2007||New Mexico||Donovan Porterie, QB||3,006||4,037|
|Travis Brown, WR||1,031|
|2005||Colorado State||Justin Holland, QB||3,185||4,406|
|David Anderson, WR||1,221|
|2002||San Diego State||Adam Hall, QB||3,253||5,038|
|J.R. Tolver, WR||1,785|
|2002||San Diego State||Adam Hall, QB||3,253||4,805|
|Kassim Osgood, WR||1,552|
|2001||BYU||Brandon Doman, QB||3,542||4,753|
|Reno Mahe, WR||1,211|
|1999||BYU||Kevin Feterik, QB||3,554||4,621|
|Margin Hooks, WR||1,067|
CARR-VING HIS NAME IN THE MW ANNALS
Fresno State senior Derek Carr is the first player in MW history to record 4,000 yards total offense in back-to-back seasons. He has racked up 4,052 yards total offense in 2013, trailing his own MW single-season record of 4,105 yards in 2012 and BYU's Max Hall (4,072 yards in 2008).
|MOUNTAIN WEST SINGLE-SEASON LEADERS IN TOTAL OFFENSE|
|1.||Derek Carr, Jr., Fresno State||4,105||2012|
|2.||Max Hall, Jr., BYU||4,072||2008|
|3.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||4,052||2013|
|4.||Brandon Doman, Sr., BYU||4,003||2001|
|5.||Cody Fajardo, So., Nevada||3,907||2012|
WYOMING'S SMITH SURPASSES 10,000 CAREER YARDAGE MARK
Wyoming junior Brett Smith is the fifth MW quarterback to top 10,000 yards of total offense for a career. The junior ranks fifth with 10,209 yards. San Diego State's Ryan Lindley holds the record with 12,415 yards total offense, followed by TCU's Andy Dalton (11,925 from 2007-10), BYU's Max Hall (11,569 from 2007-09) and BYU's John Beck (11,060 yards from 2003-06).
|MOUNTAIN WEST CAREER LEADERS IN TOTAL OFFENSE|
|1.||Ryan Lindley, San Diego State||12,415||2008-11|
|2.||Andy Dalton, TCU||11,925||2007-10|
|3.||Max Hall, BYU||11,569||2007-09|
|4.||John Beck, BYU||11,060||2003-06|
|5.||Brett Smith, Wyoming||10,209||2011-present|
FALES, CARR WITH EIGHT 300-YARD PASSING GAMES APIECE
Fresno State senior Derek Carr and San José State senior David Fales are two of three MW quarterbacks to register at least eight 300-yard passing games in a single season in MW history. BYU's Max Hall set the league record with eight 300-yard passing games in 2009. This marks the first time in MW history two quarterbacks have eight 300-yard passing games in the same season.
Carr's 14 career 300-yard passing contests as a member of the Mountain West tie with San Diego State's Ryan Lindley for fourth 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) and Wyoming's Casey Bramlet (15).
CARR PROVIDING BULLDOGS WITH CONSISTENCY
With seven TDs vs. the Lobos last Saturday, Fresno State QB Derek Carr extended his nation-leading streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 30, with the last 23 occurring since the Bulldogs joined the Mountain West in 2012. Carr's 23-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||23||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 27-of-37 passes vs. New Mexico last Saturday to extend his streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception to 266. The senior's current streak of 266 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 a pick:
|CONSECUTIVE PASS ATTEMPTS WITHOUT AN INTERCEPTION|
|1.||Derek Carr, Fresno State||266||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|
FRESNO STATE'S 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||18|
|3.||Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||17|
|4.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||16|
|5.||David Fales, Sr., San José State||15|
|Keith Wenning, Sr., Ball State||15|
|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||9|
|2.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||6|
|3.||David Fales, Sr., San José State||5|
|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||13|
|2.||Aaron Murray, Sr., Georgia||11|
|3.||Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||9|
|4.||Brett Smith, Jr., Wyoming||7|
|A.J. McCarron, Sr., Alabama||7|
|Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||7|
|CAREER GAMES WITH AT LEAST FIVE PASSING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||No.|
|1.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||6|
|Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||6|
|3.||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||150|
|2.||Tajh Boyd, Clemson||135|
|3.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||106|
|Taylor Martinez, Nebraska||87|
EIGHT MW RECEIVERS REACH THE CENTURY MARK IN WEEK 13
Eight MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts in Week 13, including three from Fresno State and two apiece from San José State and Wyoming. Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams led the league after totaling a career-high 246 yards and four touchdowns on nine receptions vs. New Mexico. It marked the second 200-yard receiving game of the season for Adams and ranks as the sixth-highest output by a receiver in the FBS this season. Adams is the second MW player to register two 200-yard receiving games in a season and in a career, joining San Diego State's J.R. Tolver, who achieved the feat in 2002. Bulldog junior Josh Harper registered 161 yards receiving and three touchdowns on 10 catches, marking his third-straight 100-yard performance and fourth of the season. Teammate Isaiah Burse also reached the century mark, finishing the contest with six catches for 112 yards. It was his third 100-yard game of the season, and only the third time in Fresno State history that three Bulldogs collected at least 100 receiving yards in the same game. Hawai‘i senior Chris Gant set a new career-high with 174 receiving yards, while tying his career-best with eight receptions. It was his fourth 100-yard receiving performance of the year. Wyoming senior Robert Herron registered 141 yards receiving and four touchdowns on 11 catches, marking his third 100-yard game of the year. Fellow Cowboy Dominic Rufran finished the contest vs. Hawai‘i with seven catches for 121 yards for his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the 2013 campaign. Herron and Rufran became the first Wyoming duo to each rack up 100 receiving yards in the same game since Jovon Bouknight (116) and Michael Ford (101) accomplished the feat against UNLV on Oct. 1, 2005. San José State freshman Thomas Tucker recorded the first 100-yard receiving performance of his career with 107 yards and one touchdown on nine receptions vs. Navy. SJSU senior Chandler Jones notched his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season and eighth of his career with 101 yards and one TD on seven receptions. The Spartans had multiple players reach the 100-yard receiving mark in the same game for the third time this season.
MW QUARTERBACKS QUICK ON THEIR FEET
Wyoming junior Brett Smith rushed for 142 yards against Hawai‘i last Saturday for his third 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 13. 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 Smith, Air Force sophomore Jaleel Awini, Air Force sophomore Karson Roberts, Boise State junior Grant Hedrick, Nevada junior Cody Fajardo and New Mexico sophomore Cole Gautsche. 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).
Three MW quarterbacks, including Gautsche, Fajardo and Smith, rank among the top four all-time in the Mountain West for 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback in a single season and in a career:
|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|
|Brett Smith, Wyoming||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|
|Brett Smith, Wyoming||5||2011-Present|
|Shaun Carney, Air Force||5||2004-07|
|Keith Boyea, Air Force||5||2001|
DAVANTE ADAMS GRABS THE SPOTLIGHT FOR FRESNO STATE
Fresno State's Davante Adams has reached the end zone 19 times in 2013, which establishes a new Mountain West and Bulldog record for most touchdown catches in a single season. Adams' 19 receiving touchdowns this season eclipsed the previous MW single-season mark of 16, set by Boise State's Tyler Shoemaker in 2011. Thirteen of those receiving TDs have come in Conference play, which shatter his own league record of 10 (2012) that he shared with BYU's Jonny Harline (2006) and Austin Collie (2008).
The sophomore has 33 career touchdown receptions in 23 total games to rank first on the Mountain West's all-time list, surpassing BYU's Austin Collie, who had 30 receiving TDs from 2004-08. It is also the Fresno State record for most touchdown catches in a career after less than two seasons. Adams has recorded a touchdown reception in 16 of his last 17 outings and has nine 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.
BULLDOGS REWRITING MW RECORD BOOK
- Fresno State has established a new MW single-season record for pass completions with 357. That surpasses the previous mark of 352, originally set by Boise State in 2011 and matched by the 2012 Bulldog squad.
- Fresno State's 516 team passing attempts in 2013 currently rank third on the league's single-season list. San Diego State holds the record with 584 pass attempts in 2002, followed by the Bulldogs' 535 last season.
- Fresno State has 39 passing touchdowns in 2013, which tie BYU (2001) for the second-most in a single season in MW history. Boise State holds the record with 45 passing TDs in 2011.
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 fifth, converting on 0.943 of its red-zone attempts (33-of-35), followed by New Mexico, which is ninth with 0.923 (36-of-39). Boise State ranks 16th nationally at 0.898 (53-of-59). The Mountain West is one of three conferences (ACC, Big Ten) with three teams converting on at least 0.898 of their red zone attempts.
UNLV'S CORNETT LOOKS TO CLIMB TO TOP OF NCAA LIST
UNLV senior Tim Cornett is one of seven active players in the country with at least 16 100-yard rushing games to his credit. The senior currently is ranked sixth nationally with 16 100-yard games in his career as a Rebel.
|ACTIVE LEADERS IN CAREER 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES|
|1.||Antonio Andrews, Sr., Western Kentucky||21|
|2.||Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||20|
|Ka'Deem Carey, Jr., Arizona||20|
|4.||Branden Oliver, Sr., Buffalo||19|
|5.||James White, Sr., Wisconsin||17|
|6.||Tim Cornett, Sr., UNLV||16|
|Ameer Abdullah, Jr., Nebraska||16|
REACHING THE END ZONE
- Three MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 13, including UNLV senior Tim Cornett, who posted the Mountain West's fifth four-TD game of the season. Cornett recorded the Rebels' fourth four-rushing TD performance at Air Force, joining Mike Thompson (1973, 1974) and Henry Melton (1974). Teammate Caleb Herring rushed for two touchdowns against the Falcons, marking his first-ever multiple-rushing TD performance. Hawai‘i junior Joey Iosefa also recorded multiple rushing touchdowns for the first game of his career, after reaching the end zone twice at Wyoming last Saturday.
- Four MW quarterbacks connected on at least five touchdown passes in Week 13, including Fresno State senior Derek Carr and Wyoming junior Brett Smith, who became the first quarterbacks in the FBS this season to throw for seven touchdowns in a single game. The duo each tied the Mountain West's all-time record for touchdown passes, originally set by BYU's Max Hall in a Sept. 13, 2008 contest vs. UCLA. Hawai‘i senior Sean Schroeder connected on six passing TDs at Wyoming last Saturday, marking the most TDs by a Rainbow Warrior signal caller since Bryant Moniz had seven tosses vs. UC Davis on Sept. 24, 2011. Schroeder's six passing TDs tie as the fourth-most by a MW quarterback in a single game, joining San Diego State's Ryan Lindley (at Colorado State on Oct. 24, 2009). San José State senior David Fales tied his career high with five passing touchdowns against Navy. Overall, the performances by Carr, Smith, Schroeder and Fales brought the MW's total of five-passing touchdown outings this year to 11.
- Five MW players recorded multiple receiving touchdowns in their respective Week 13 outings, including Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams, Hawai‘i senior Chris Gant and Wyoming senior Robert Herron with four apiece. Overall, only six players nationally have accomplished the feat this season, and the Mountain West is the only league in the country with three of the top six in the category. It also marked the second game this season that Adams had four receiving TDs (vs. UNLV on Oct. 19). Adams, Gant and Herron each tied the MW single-game record, shared by BYU's Luke Ashworth (at Colorado State on Nov. 13, 2010) and Utah's Travis LaTendresse (vs. Georgia Tech on Dec. 29, 2005). Bulldog junior Josh Harper recorded a career-high three touchdowns against New Mexico, his fifth multiple-TD game of the year. San José State senior Kyle Nunn recorded his first-ever multiple-touchdown performance, including the score to send the game vs. Navy into overtime and the first touchdown of the extra period for the Spartans.
RETURNS ON INVESTMENT
- Boise State junior Bryan Douglas recorded the MW's third 100-yard kickoff return of the season with his kick return TD at San Diego State last Saturday. It was the first such score by a Bronco since current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Doug Martin returned one against Arizona State in the 2011 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. Douglas' return is the fourth 100-yarder in BSU history and the 13th in the Mountain West. The Mountain West has had three 100-yard kickoff returns in three of the last four seasons (2010, 2012).
- New Mexico sophomore Carlos Wiggins returned a Fresno State kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown last Saturday, which was his third kick return TD of the season. Wiggins became the second Mountain West player ever to return three kicks to the end zone in a single season, joining Hawai‘i's Mike Edwards (2012). Wiggins also is the fourth player in MW history to have three kick return TDs in a career, alongside Edwards (2012), San Diego State's Colin Lockett (2010-present) and TCU's Greg McCoy (2008-11). Wiggins' three kick return touchdowns this season lead the FBS and tie the UNM single-season record, set by Terance Mathis in 1989.
- New Mexico is the third MW squad in as many seasons to have three kick return touchdowns in a single season, joining fellow record holders TCU (2011) and Hawai‘i (2012).
Air Force sophomore Alex Hansen blocked two PAT attempts by UNLV last Saturday, which marked the fifth straight game that a Falcon blocked at least one kick, which is a new Mountain West record. Troy Timmerman recorded a blocked PAT attempt by New Mexico on Nov. 8, after stopping a PAT vs. San Diego State on Oct. 10. 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. The previous streak of three straight games with a blocked kick was shared by several MW teams and most recently accomplished by Utah in 2010. Overall, the Falcons have blocked seven kicks this season, tying the MW record originally set by Utah in 2004 and matched by Boise State in 2011. League newcomer San José State has six blocked kicks this season, tying for fourth-most in league history.
Hansen's performance marked the first two blocked kicks of his career. The sophomore, who is the first Falcon since Jamil Cooks to stop two kicks in a game (Oct. 2, 2010 vs. Navy), joins Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence and Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett are the only three players in the country to have blocked multiple kicks in a single game this season.
San José State is one of three teams in the FBS (Syracuse, UAB) this season to block three kick attempts in a single game. SJSU joins Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State as four of 13 teams in the FBS with multiple blocked kicks this season, making the Mountain West the only FBS conference with four teams in that category.
|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)|
|Air Force||2||2 PAT||UNLV (Nov. 21)|
|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)|
- Ten MW teams recorded multiple quarterback sacks in Week 13, including seven programs with at least three sacks apiece in their respective outings. Wyoming posted six quarterback sacks against Hawai‘i, marking the second time this season that the Cowboys have had at least six sacks (seven vs. Northern Colorado on Sept. 14). Colorado State, San Diego State and Utah State each collected four quarterback sacks in their respective outings, while Fresno State, Hawai‘i, San José State and UNLV recorded three each. Air Force and Boise State rounded out the group with two sacks apiece.
- Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett has collected 12.0 sacks this season, which rank for the fourth-most in a single season by a MW player, surpassing Wyoming's John Fletcher (2007) and San Diego State's Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (1999) who had 10.5 apiece on the league's single-season chart. Barrett's 12 sacks also are the third-most in Colorado State history, and are the most since Joey Porter had 14 in 1998.
CSU'S BARRETT LEAVING OPPONENTS AT A LOSS
Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett posted 2.5 tackles for loss at Utah State last Saturday, bringing his season total to 20.5 to set a new Mountain West record. The previous mark of 20.0 was shared by BYU's Jan Jorgensen (2007), San Diego State's Miles Burris (2010) and Utah's John Frank (1999). Barrett's 20.5 TFL also are the third-most by a Ram in a single season.
PICKING OFF PASSES
Two MW teams, including San Diego State and Utah State, hauled in multiple interceptions in their respective Week 13 contests. San Diego State junior J.J. Whittaker grabbed two interceptions from Boise State, becoming the first Aztec with multiple interceptions in a game since Derek Largent had two vs. Colorado State on Oct. 13, 2012. SDSU has now picked off at least one pass in four consecutive contests after going five straight without an interception. Utah State recorded its fourth multiple-pick game of the season with two against Colorado State. The Aggies now have intercepted 13 passes in their last seven outings.
PUTTING A STOP TO IT
- Three MW teams, including Boise State, San Diego State and Utah State, held their opponents to under 100 rushing yards. The Aggies gave up just 48 yards on the ground to Colorado State, the fewest allowed since holding San José State to 4 rushing yards on Oct. 13, 2012. Boise State limited San Diego State to 61 yards rushing, marking the second straight game and third time this season that the Broncos kept an opponent under 70 rushing yards. SDSU allowed BSU to total only 95 rushing yards in the contest, marking the second time in the last three games and fifth time this season that the Aztecs have held an opponent under the 100-yard rushing mark.
- Three MW teams, including Colorado State, San José State and UNLV, held their opponents to 70 passing yards or less. The Rams gave up just 43 yards through the air to Utah State, the fewest allowed since holding Air Force to 29 passing yards on Oct. 31, 2002. It also was the fewest passing yardage by the Aggies since passing for 41 yards at Boise State on Dec. 4, 2010. San José State limited Navy to 46 yards passing, the fewest by a Spartan opponent since Morgan State had 30 on Sept. 18, 2004. UNLV kept Air Force to 70 passing yards last Thursday to mark the fourth time this season that the Rebels have limited an opponent to 100 passing yards or less.
WHERE THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKS NATIONALLY...
- The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Pac-12) with two quarterbacks in the nation's top six, and the only conference in the country with seven of the top 31, in passing average per game. Fresno State senior Derek Carr leads all quarterbacks in the FBS with 394.8 yards per game, followed by San José State senior David Fales (331.1 ypg, sixth), Wyoming junior Brett Smith (292.1 ypg, 13th), Hawai‘i senior Sean Schroeder (263.8, 25th), Nevada junior Cody Fajardo (263.8 ypg, 26th), San Diego State junior Quinn Kaehler (255.7, 28th) and Colorado State junior Garrett Grayson (244.3, 31st).
- The Mountain West is the only conference in the FBS with four of the top 12 quarterbacks in total offense. Fresno State senior Derek Carr ranks first nationally with 405.2 total yards per game, followed by Wyoming junior Brett Smith, who ranks eighth with 344.7 yards per game, Nevada junior Cody Fajardo, who ranks 10th with 330.7 yards per game and San José State senior David Fales, who ranks 12th with 328.7 yards per game.
- Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams leads all FBS receivers with 10.0 receptions per game. Nevada senior Brandon Wimberly currently ranks ninth with 7.9 catches, while Fresno State junior Josh Harper is 11th with 7.8 per game. Boise State sophomore Shane Williams-Rhodes ranks 17th with 7.0, while Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse is 21st with 6.7. San José State senior Chandler Jones and Wyoming junior Dominic Rufran are tied for 24th nationally with 6.5 catches per contest, while UNLV junior Devante Davis ranks 30th with 6.3 receptions per game. Boise State junior Matt Miller and Wyoming senior Robert Herron are tied for 31st nationally with 6.2, bringing the Mountain West's total of receivers averaging 6.2 receptions per game to 10 to rank first nationally. No other league in the FBS has more than four receivers in this category.
- Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence ranks fourth among all FBS players with 1.1 sacks per game, while Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett and Fresno State sophomore Ejiro Ederaine are tied for fifth at 1.0 sacks per game. The Mountain West is the only league with three of the top five nationally in pass sacks.
- 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 309.6 yards on the ground to rank sixth among all FBS teams, while Air Force nets 272.5 rushing yards to rank 11th.
- Two MW teams rank in the top nine in the FBS in passing offense. Fresno State ranks second among all FBS teams with an average of 399.9 passing yards per game, while San José State is ninth with 335.8 passing yards per game, The Mountain West is one of three FBS leagues (Big 12, Pac-12) with two of the nation's top nine passing offenses.
- Boise State is averaging 15.89 yards per punt return to rank fifth nationally, while Colorado State is netting 14.65 per return to rank eighth. The Mountain West is the only FBS league with multiple teams averaging more than 14.5 yards per punt return.
- Four MW teams rank in the top 25 nationally for first down offense. Fresno State leads the league and is ranked third nationally with 304 first downs this season, while Boise State is tied with Ball State for 14th with 280. Wyoming ranks 22nd at 270, followed by UNLV, which is 25th at 266. The Mountain West is one of three conferences nationally (Pac-12, SEC) with four teams that have 266 or more first downs through 13 weeks of play.
- Fresno State, Wyoming, Boise State and San José State are four of 24 teams in the country that average at least 466 total yards per game, making the Mountain West one of two conferences (SEC) with four of the top 24 teams in total offense. The Bulldogs currently rank second nationally with 573.9 yards per game, while Wyoming nets 498.5 total yards per contest to rank 13th. Boise State is 22nd nationally with 474.4 yards per game, followed by San José State at 24th (471.2).
|MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS|
|1.7||Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence and Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett are two of six players nationally to average 1.7 or more tackles for loss per game. Lawrence ranks second nationally with 1.8 tackles for loss per game, while Barrett is sixth with 1.7. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (ACC) with two of the top six in tackles for loss.|
|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.|
|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 13.5 total tackles per game, followed by Wyoming junior Jordan Stanton (11.2, sixth) and Utah State senior Jake Doughty (10.9, seventh).|
|9||Fresno State freshman Colin McGuire became the fourth MW kicker this season to register nine PATs in a single game, tying for second-most in a single game overall in MW history. McGuire joins Boise State junior Dan Goodale (Sept. 7 vs. Tennessee-Martin), Colorado State junior Jared Roberts (Nov. 16 at New Mexico) and New Mexico senior Justus Adams (Oct. 3 vs. New Mexico State) in accomplishing the feat in 2013.|
|10||Boise State has allowed just 10 punt returns this season, with four 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, San Diego State with a 41-yard return on Nov. 23). The other five have been returned for a combined -14 yards. The Broncos have kept nine of their 11 opponents this season without positive punt return yardage, including a streak of three straight opponents from record a punt return (BYU on Oct. 25, Colorado State on Nov. 2, Wyoming on Nov. 16).|
|46||Fresno State is one of seven programs in the country averaging over 46 points per game in 2013. The Bulldogs currently rank fifth in the FBS with 46.8 points per game.|
|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).|
|56||Hawai‘i's 56 points at Wyoming set new league overall and MW-only records for most points scored in a losing effort, while San José State's 52 points vs. Navy rank second. The previous overall and MW-only records for most points scored by a losing team were held by BYU (50 vs. TCU on Sept. 24, 2005).|
|110||Two MW receivers are averaging at least 110 yards per game. Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams ranks second nationally with 121.3 yards per contest, followed by San José State senior Chandler Jones, who ranks ninth nationally with 110.0 yards per game. The Mountain West is one of three FBS leagues (Big 12, Pac-12) with two of the top nine receivers in the country.|
|110||San José State (52) and Navy (58) finished with a combined 110 points in their meeting last Friday, which ranks as the third-highest single-game tally in MW history.|
|112||Two MW running backs are averaging more than 112 yards per game. Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs ranks 10th in rushing, averaging 124.4 yards per game, while New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier ranks 15th on that list with 112.2 yards per outing.|
|115||Wyoming (59) and Hawai‘i (56) combined for 115 points in their contest last Saturday, which ranks as the second-highest scoring game in Mountain West history. The teams fell two points short of the MW record of 117, set by Hawai‘i (72) and BYU (45) on Dec. 8, 2011. The Cowboys and Rainbow Warriors did set the record for combined points in a Conference contest, eclipsing the 108 points posted by Colorado State (66) and New Mexico (42) in their contest on Nov. 16, 2013.|
|269||New Mexico's 269 kickoff return yards at Fresno State last Saturday established a program record and tie for the second-most by a Mountain West team in a single game, joining UNLV, which had 269 return yards vs. Colorado State on Oct. 29, 2011. Utah holds the league record with 282 return yards vs. the Lobos on Oct. 25, 2003.|