Mountain West Football Weekly Release: Championship Edition
|INAUGURAL MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME|
|Saturday, December 7||TV/Radio||Time|
|Utah State at 22/24 Fresno State||TV: CBS
Radio: MW Radio Network (SIRIUS 92 / XM 192)
Audio Stream: Web
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Post-Game Press Conferences on Mountain West Network
|7 p.m. PT|
COUNTDOWN TO THE INAUGURAL MW CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Fresno State will host Utah State in the inaugural Mountain West Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, Calif. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT and the game will be televised on CBS. The Bulldogs (7-1 MW, 10-1 overall) clinched the West Division on Nov. 23 with their 69-28 victory over New Mexico. The Aggies (7-1 MW, 8-4 overall) captured the Mountain Division with their 35-7 victory over Wyoming last Saturday.
The Bulldogs, under second-year head coach Tim DeRuyter, are playing for their second straight Mountain West title. DeRuyter has posted a 19-5 record in his two seasons at Fresno State. The Aggies are under the guidance of first-year head coach Matt Wells and are in their first season in the Mountain West. Utah State earned its first league crown since 1936 last season with a 6-0 mark in Western Athletic Conference play.
The 2013 MW Football Championship Game will feature the Mountain West's top-ranked offense against the league's best defense. Fresno State leads the Mountain West in scoring offense (47.3 points per game) and total offense (580.6 yards per game), while Utah State is the Conference leader in scoring defense (16.8 points per game) and total defense (321.4 yards per game).
Fresno State and Utah State did not meet during the 2013 regular season. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series with the Aggies 16-10-1. Fresno State has won five in a row versus Utah State, including a 31-21 victory on Oct. 15, 2011 in Fresno.
FRESNO STATE: MOUNTAIN DIVISION CHAMPIONS
23rd-ranked Fresno State is currently 10-1 on the season and won the West Division with a 7-1 record. The Bulldogs won a share of the Mountain West title in their first season in the league last year and look to win back-to-back conference championships for the first time since 1992 and 1993. Fresno State has currently won 12 in a row at home, its longest win streak at Bulldog stadium since capturing 17-straight from 1998-2001. A victory in the MW Championship Game would be the 11th of the season for the Bulldogs, matching the school record for wins in a season that has been done four times before, the last time coming in 2001
UTAH STATE: WEST DIVISION CHAMPIONS
Utah State is currently 8-4 on the season and won the Mountain Division with 7-1 mark. The Aggies enter the Mountain West Championship game on a five-game win streak and have won 11 straight road games against league opponents. Utah State is looking to win its second-straight outright league championship and fourth overall in school history. With eight victories on the year, Utah State has posted three straight winning seasons for the first time since 1978-80. The Aggies seven conference victories this season are a program record, surpassing the six conference victories posted in 1936 and 2012.
A LOOK AT THE PRESEASON PREDICTIONS
Since the MW began play in 1999, only six teams chosen by the league media to win the conference crown have actually done so, and only twice has the title been shared by multiple teams. Below is a look at how the preseason poll favorite has fared in regular-season play.
|Year||Predicted Champion||Predicted Champion Finish||Actual Champion||Bowl Game|
MOUNTAIN VS. WEST
Below is a comparison of the Mountain vs. West Divisions after the Conference concluded its first season with divisional play:
|Mountain Division||West Division|
|Record vs. West Division: 7-11 (.389)
MW Championship Game Record: TBD
Bowl Appearances: TBD
Bowl Record: TBD
Teams with eight or more victories: 2
|Record vs. Mountain Division: 11-7 (.611)
MW Championship Game Record: TBD
Bowl Appearances: TBD
Bowl Record: TBD
Teams with eight or more victories: 1
BULLDOGS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Fresno State received 215 votes this week in the USA Today/Coaches' poll and 428 votes from the Harris Interactive panel, for a No. 22 ranking in both polls. The Bulldogs, who are off to the program's best start since 1989, garnered 124 votes in the Associated Press poll to rank No. 24, while coming in at No. 23 in this week's BCS Standings.
SEVEN MW TEAMS BOWL ELIGIBLE
With victories in Week 14, Colorado State (7-6) and San José State (6-6) joined Fresno State (10-1), Boise State (8-4), San Diego State (7-5), UNLV (7-5) and Utah State (8-4) as the Mountain West's bowl-eligible teams for the 2013 season. 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 is bowl eligible for the first time since 2008. The Rams are 5-7 all-time in the postseason. San José State, which has a 6-3 postseason record, is eligible to go to a bowl game in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1986-87.
The seven bowl-eligible teams is a new Mountain West record, breaking the old mark of five accomplished each of the last six seasons. 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.
Four MW teams gained 600 or more total yards in their Week 14 contests, including two teams who climbed to the top of the Mountain West single-game chart. San José State led all teams with 736 total yards against Fresno State last Friday, marking the fifth time this season that the Spartans went over the 600-yard mark. SJSU's 736 yards is the third-highest output in program history and the fifth-highest ever by a Mountain West team. It also marks the third time in the past two weeks that a MW squad eclipsed the 700-yard mark, joining Fresno State (822 vs. New Mexico on Nov. 23) and Wyoming (793 vs. Hawai‘i on Nov. 23). The Bulldogs totaled 646 yards in the contest at San José State, marking the sixth time in the last seven games that Fresno State has usurped the 600-yard mark. Colorado State racked up 629 yards vs. Air Force, the fourth-highest single-game total in program history. The Rams have now posted more than 600 yards in three games this season. Prior to 2013, CSU had just six 600-yard performances. Hawai‘i collected 608 in its contest against Army, marking the second straight week that the Rainbow Warriors went over the 600-yard mark (624 at Wyoming on Nov. 23). It was the first time UH had that many yards in back-to-back game since going for 626 vs. San José State on Nov. 20, 2010, 606 at New Mexico State on Nov. 27, 2010 and 606 vs. UNLV on Dec. 4, 2010.
The Mountain West has recorded nine performances this season where a player has 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 on Nov. 23 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. San José State senior QB David Fales had seven total TDs (six passing, 1 rushing) vs. Fresno State last Friday, marking the second time this season that he accounted for at least six TDs (Oct. 26 vs. Wyoming). Fresno State senior QB Derek Carr has been responsible for six TDs in back-to-back outings, after recording seven (all passing) vs. New Mexico on Nov. 23 and six (all passing) at San José State last Friday. Boise State junior QB Grant Hedrick (Nov. 2 at Colorado State), Colorado State sophomore RB Kapri Bibbs (at New Mexico on Nov. 16), Hawai‘i senior QB Sean Schroeder (at Wyoming on Nov. 23) and UNLV senior QB Caleb Herring (Nov. 30 vs. San Diego State) each also have accounted for six touchdowns in a single game.
BULLDOGS REWRITING MW RECORD BOOK
- Fresno State has established a new MW single-season record for pass completions with 395. That surpasses the previous mark of 352, originally set by Boise State in 2011 and matched by the 2012 Bulldog squad.
- Fresno State's 567 team passing attempts in 2013 currently rank second on the league's single-season list. San Diego State holds the record with 584 pass attempts in 2002.
- Fresno State has 45 passing touchdowns in 2013, which tie Boise State (2011) for the most ever by a MW team in a single season.
MW QUARTERBACKS PUTTING UP POINTS
Fresno State senior Derek Carr ranks first nationally among all FBS players with 45 passing touchdowns and 284 points responsible for this season. San José State senior David Fales ranks sixth nationally with 33 passing touchdowns, followed by Wyoming junior Brett Smith, who is tied for 10th with 29, and Hawai‘i senior Sean Schroeder, who is tied for 12th with 28. The Mountain West is the only conference in the country with four quarterbacks to have thrown at least 28 passing TDs on the season.
|NCAA LEADERS IN PASSING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||11||45|
|2.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||12||36|
|3.||Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida State||12||35|
|4.||Keith Wenning, Sr., Ball State||12||34|
|Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall||12||34|
|6.||David Fales, Sr., San José State||12||33|
|Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M||12||33|
|8.||Shane Carden, Jr., East Carolina||12||32|
|9.||Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon||12||30|
|10.||Brett Smith, Jr., Wyoming||12||29|
|Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||12||29|
|12.||Sean Schroeder, Sr., Hawai‘i||11||28|
|Bryce Petty, Jr., Baylor||11||28|
|Connor Halliday, Jr., Washington State||11||28|
|NCAA LEADERS IN POINTS RESPONSIBLE FOR|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||Points|
|1.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||11||284|
|2.||Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||12||258|
|3.||Shane Carden, Jr., East Carolina||12||254|
|4.||Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M||12||246|
|5.||Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall||12||240|
|6.||Keith Wenning, Sr., Ball State||12||234|
|Bryce Petty, Jr., Baylor||11||224|
|Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon||12||234|
|9.||Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||12||228|
|Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida Staten||12||228|
|11.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||12||220|
|12.||David Fales, Sr., San José State||12||210|
|13.||Taylor Kelly, Jr., Arizona State||12||210|
|14.||Kennan Reynolds, So, Navy||11||206|
|15.||Brett Smith, Jr., Wyoming||12||200|
IN THE AIR TONIGHT
Four MW quarterbacks topped the 300-yard passing mark in their respective Week 13 contests, led by San José State senior David Fales, who threw for 547 yards and six touchdowns vs. Fresno State last Friday. Fales' 547 yards are the most ever by a MW quarterback in a single game, 10 yards more than the previous record of 537, set by BYU's Max Hall vs. Tulsa on Sept. 15, 2007. It was Fales' first 500-yard passing performance of the season and his fifth with at least 400 passing yards. It was also his eighth 300-yard game in his last nine outings and his ninth overall in 2013. Fresno State senior Derek Carr reached the 500-yard mark for the second straight game and third time of his career in the Mountain West, posting 519 yards and six touchdowns at SJSU last Friday. Carr is the second MW quarterback to pass for 500 yards in back-to-back contests, joining San Diego State's Adam Hall, who was the first to accomplish the feat in 2002 (516 vs. Arizona State on Sept. 14 and 506 at Idaho on Sept. 21). Carr now shares the MW record for most 500-yard passing games in a single season with Hall, while surpassing him for the career mark. Colorado State junior Garrett Grayson completed 26-of-34 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns against Air Force, bringing his season and career totals of 300-yard passing games to five to tie for the second-most in a single season and fourth-most in a career by a Ram. Hawai‘i senior Sean Schroeder threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns vs. Army, marking his sixth 300-yard performance this year.
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
San José State (736) and Fresno State (646) combined for 1,382 yards of total offense last Friday, the most in a regulation FBS game this season. The Spartans and Bulldogs were led by senior quarterbacks David Fales (547 passing/33 rushing) and Derek Carr (519 passing/32 rushing), who combined for 1,131 yards of total offense and set multiple MW records in the process:
- Marked the first time in MW history that two opposing quarterbacks threw for 500 yards or more in the same contest.
- Fales' 580 yards total offense set a new MW senior class record for most in a single game. He eclipsed the previous senior class record of 548 yards, set just the week before by Carr (Nov. 23 vs. New Mexico). The 580 yards total offense rank second overall in league history, trailing only the 640 yards posted by Wyoming junior Brett Smith on Nov. 23 vs. Hawai‘i.
- Carr's 551 yards total offense ranks as the fourth-best single-game performance in MW history. Fales and Carr passed for six touchdowns apiece in the game, tying for the fourth-best single-game performance in MW history. Carr (Nov. 23 vs. New Mexico) shares the single-game mark of seven with Smith (Nov. 23 vs. Hawai‘i) and BYU's Max Hall (Sept. 13, 2008 vs. UCLA).
- Fales added a rushing touchdown to finish with responsibility for seven total TDs in the contest. That ties Carr (Nov. 23 vs. New Mexico) for the senior class record. It also equals Carr and Hall (Sept. 13, 2008 vs. UCLA) for second on the league's single-game list, behind Smith (eight vs. Hawai‘i on Nov. 23, 2013).
- This marks the second time this season both Carr and Fales have thrown for at least 400 yards in consecutive games. Carr achieved the feat Oct. 5 (419 yards at Idaho) and Oct. 19 (412 vs. UNLV), while Fales accomplished it Oct. 12 (431 at Colorado State) and Oct. 26 (482 vs. Wyoming). The duo's respective pairs of two-game streaks match the MW record for longest streak of 400-yard passing games, originally set by San Diego State's Adam Hall (2002).
- This also marks the second time this season both Carr and Fales have passed for at least 300 yards in four consecutive games. Fales holds the MW record with a streak of five 300-yard passing games from Sept. 21 to Oct. 26, while Carr achieved the feat in four straight contests from Sept. 20 to Oct. 19.
400 THE MAGIC NUMBER
The quartet of Fresno State senior Derek Carr (7), Hawai‘i senior Sean Schroeder (1), San José State senior David Fales (5) and Wyoming junior Brett Smith (1) have combined for a single-season record 14 400-yard passing games in 2013, which more than doubles the previous high of five in 2002. Carr's seven 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||David Fales, San José State||547||vs. Fresno State (11/29/13)|
|Derek Carr, Fresno State||527||vs. New Mexico (11/23/13)|
|Derek Carr, Fresno State||519||at San José State (11/29/13)|
|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
Colorado State junior Garrett Grayson joined Fresno State senior Derek Carr, San José State senior David Fales and Wyoming junior Brett Smith with 3,000 passing yards this season. This marks the second time in the league's 15-year history three MW quarterbacks have topped the 3,000-yard passing mark in the same season, and just the first time in league history that four QBs have passed for at least 3,000 yards in the same season. The previous record of three was set in 2007 by 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).
Carr and Smith are two of six quarterbacks in Conference history to surpass the 3,000-yard passing mark in multiple 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 4,462 yards through the first 11 games of the 2013 campaign, owns the top two spots on the MW's single-season list (4,104 yards in 2012). Carr, who has collected 8,566 total passing yards in his two years in the Mountain West, is now the 13th quarterback in FBS history and the first ever in the MW to throw for 4,000 yards in consecutive seasons. He is also the first MW player with 4,000 yards total offense in back-to-back seasons, re-setting his own 2012 record of 4,105 yards with 4,598 yards in 2013.
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 a MW single-season record 4,598 yards total offense in 2013, trailed by San José State's David Fales, who had 4,196 total yards to his credit.
|MOUNTAIN WEST SINGLE-SEASON LEADERS IN TOTAL OFFENSE|
|1.||Derek Carr, Jr., Fresno State||4,598||2013|
|2.||David Fales, Sr., San José State||4,196||2013|
|3.||Derek Carr, Jr., Fresno State||4,105||2012|
|4.||Max Hall, Jr., BYU||4,072||2008|
|5.||Brandon Doman, Sr., BYU||4,003||2001|
Carr has thrown 45 touchdown passes in the 2013 campaign, setting a new Mountain West single-season record. The previous mark of 43 was set by former Boise State signal-caller and current Detroit Lion Kellen Moore in 2011. Carr has connected on at least five touchdown passes in four contests this season and seven in his career at Fresno State.
The senior QB has accounted for 47 touchdowns overall (45 passing/2 rushing) in 2013, which leads all FBS quarterbacks and is a new MW record for TD responsibility. The previous MW record of 43 was set by BSU's Moore (all passing) in 2011.
FALES, CARR WITH NINE 300-YARD PASSING GAMES APIECE
Fresno State senior Derek Carr and San José State senior David Fales are the first MW quarterbacks to register nine 300-yard passing games in a single season in MW history. They join BYU's Max Hall (2009) as two of three MW QBs to have at least eight 300-yard passing games in a single season. This marks the first time in MW history two quarterbacks have had at least eight 300-yard passing games in the same campaign.
Carr's 15 career 300-yard passing contests as a member of the Mountain West tie with Wyoming Casey Bramlet for third 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).
CARR PROVIDING BULLDOGS WITH CONSISTENCY
With six TDs vs. the Spartans last Friday, Fresno State senior Derek Carr extended his nation-leading streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 31, with the last 24 occurring since the Bulldogs joined the Mountain West in 2012. Carr's 24-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||24||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 40 consecutive passes at San José State last Friday before his streak of consecutive attempts without an interception came to a close. The senior's streak stopped at 306 pass attempts without a pick to set 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||306||10/5/13 to 11/29/13|
|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||19|
|3.||Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||17|
|Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||17|
|5.||David Fales, Sr., San José State||16|
|Keith Wenning, Sr., Ball State||16|
|ACTIVE CAREER 400-YARD PASSING GAMES|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||No.|
|1.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||10|
|2.||David Fales, Sr., San José State||6|
|Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||6|
|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||14|
|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||7|
|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||112|
|Taylor Martinez, Nebraska||87|
MOUNTAIN WEST MAKING A POINT
The Mountain West boasts some of the nation's leaders in receiving and rushing touchdowns this season. Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams is first with 22 receiving touchdowns, followed by San José State senior Chandler Jones at second with 15. UNLV junior Devante Davis has 14 receiving TDs to tie for fourth, and Fresno State junior Josh Harper is knotted at sixth with 13. Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs ranks first in the FBS with 28 rushing touchdowns, while Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi is tied for sixth (17).
|NCAA LEADERS IN RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Davante Adams, So., Fresno State||11||22|
|2.||Chandler Jones, Sr., San José State||12||15|
|Brandin Cooks, Jr., Oregon State||12||15|
|4.||Devante Davis, Jr., UNLV||12||14|
|Willie Snead, Jr., Ball State||12||14|
|6.||Josh Harper, Jr., Fresno State||11||13|
|Gator Hoskins, Sr., Marshall||12||13|
|NCAA LEADERS IN RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Kapri Bibbs, So., Colorado State||13||28|
|2.||Keenan Reynolds, So., Navy||11||26|
|3.||Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||12||20|
|4.||Tre Mason, Jr., Auburn||12||18|
|Bishop Sankey, Jr., Washington||12||18|
|6.||Jay Ajayi, So., Boise State||12||17|
|Ka'Deem Carey, Jr., Arizona||11||17|
|Andre Wiliams, Sr., Boston College||12||17|
|Tyler Gaffney, Sr., Stanford||12||17|
The Mountain West is the only conference in the FBS with multiple players that have at least 13 receiving touchdowns, and is one of two leagues (Pac-12) to tout multiple players with 17 or more rushing touchdowns. Colorado State sophomore RB Kapri Bibbs and Fresno State sophomore WR Davante Adams are two of three players in the country averaging 12 or more points per game. Bibbs ranks second nationally with 12.9 points per game, while Adams is third with 12.0 ppg.
RACKING UP YARDAGE
Four MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 14, led by two players from Hawai‘i. Junior Joey Iosefa led the league after tallying 154 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries vs. Army, marking his third 100-yard game of the season and fourth of his career. Freshman Steven Lakalaka ran for a career-high 104 yards and a TD on 19 carries in the contest, giving the Rainbow Warriors their first pair of running backs to rush for 100+yards in the same game since Leon Wright-Jackson (167) and Alex Green (110) did so vs. Utah State on Nov. 7, 2009. Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi picked up 147 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries vs. New Mexico last Saturday, his sixth game this season and seventh of his career with at least 100 yards. Utah State senior Joey DeMartino ran for 112 yards and one TD on 20 carries against Wyoming for his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season.
BIBBS BREAKING OUT FOR COLORADO STATE
Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs holds the Mountain West and Colorado State single-season records for rushing touchdowns (28). His 28 rushing TDs lead all FBS players this season and tie for first on the MW single-season chart, joining BYU's Luke Staley who had 28 total TDs in 2001. Bibbs' 162 points rank second all-time in league history. He has reached the end zone at least three times in seven outings this season, becoming the first player in FBS history to rush for three or more TDs in seven different games in a single season.
Twenty-two of Bibbs' rushing TDs this season have come against Conference opponents, which is also a new MW single-season record. Bibbs has scored 132 points in league play, which establishes a new MW single-season record, besting the previous mark of 108, set by Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson in 2012.
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 tied the Conference record, shared Air Force's Cody Getz (2012) and San Diego State's Larry Ned (2001).
The sophomore RB also has set the MW single-season record for rushing yards in Conference-only games, racking up 1,212 rushing yards in MW play. New Mexico's Kasey Carrier set the previous mark of 1,086 yards against league opponents in 2012.
1,000-YARD CLUB - RUSHING
Utah State senior Joey DeMartino joined Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi, Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs, New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier, San Diego State junior Adam Muema and UNLV senior Tim Cornett as the MW running backs that have rushed for at least 1,000 yards on the season. This marks only the second time in the league's 15-year history that six 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. 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 1,328 rushing. Bibbs has 1,572 yards on the year, the most by a Ram since Cecil Sapp had a program-record 1,601 yards in 2002. 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. 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 1,015 rushing yards in his junior campaign. Cornett brought his season total to 1,251 rushing yards, 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. DeMartino became the 17th Aggie ever to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. The senior, who has 1,024 rushing yards this season, has also rushed for 1,181 yards in his career at Utah State.
TEN MW PLAYERS REACH THE CENTURY RECEIVING MARK IN WEEK 14
Ten MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts in Week 14, including three from San José State and another two from Boise State. Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams led the league after totaling a career-high 264 yards and three touchdowns on 13 receptions at San José State. His yardage ranks as the fifth-highest output by a receiver in the FBS this season. It also pushed him over the 100-yard mark for the 12th time in his career, which are the most ever by a Fresno State receiver. UNLV junior Devante Davis registered 171 yards receiving and four touchdowns on eight catches, marking his fifth 100-yard game of the season and seventh of his career. San José State's Tyler Winston finished the contest with then #13/16 Fresno State with 165 yards and one touchdown on 10 receptions, becoming the first Spartan freshman with four 100-yard games in a season. Teammate Kyle Nunn set a new career high with 160 yards and two touchdowns on 10 receptions for the first 100-yard game of his career. Fellow senior Chandler Jones gained 146 yards and three touchdowns on eight receptions, notching his seventh 100-yard receiving game of the season and ninth of his career. Colorado State freshman Rashard Higgins reached the 100-yard mark for the second time in his career, finishing the contest vs. Air Force with 127 yards and two TDs on seven catches. Nevada senior Brandon Wimberly wrapped up his college career with 10 receptions for 117 yards and one touchdown against BYU, his third 100-yard game of the season and sixth as a member of the Wolf Pack. Hawai‘i senior Chris Gant collected 116 yards on eight receptions vs. Army for his fifth 100-yard receiving performance of the year. Boise State junior Matt Miller posted 111 receiving yards and three touchdowns on nine catches vs. New Mexico, marking his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season and fifth of his career. Bronco sophomore RB Jay Ajayi caught four passes for 105 yards and a touchdown, becoming the first BSU player with both 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game since Karlin Adams accomplished the feat against Eastern Washington on Nov. 4, 1995. He is just the second player in MW history and fourth at Boise State to accomplish the feat.
1,000-YARD CLUB - RECEIVING
Fresno State junior Josh Harper joined fellow Bulldog Davante Adams, San Diego State junior Ezell Ruffin, San José State senior Chandler Jones and UNLV junior Devante Davis as the MW's wideouts with 1,000-yard receiving on the year. This marks the second time in MW history (2005) that five 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 1,356 yards through the first 12 games of the year to mark his first 1,000-yard receiving season. Adams, who had a career-high 264 receiving yards at San José State last Friday, reached the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season. Through his first two years at the collegiate level, Adams has 2,789 career receiving yards, including 1,312 in 2012 and 1,477 in 2013. Ruffin's season total of 1,061 receiving yards makes him the first Aztec with a 1,000-yard receiving season since Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson each accomplished the feat in 2010. Davis is just the seventh Rebel in program history with 1,000 receiving yards and only the second since 1994 (Ryan Wolfe in 2008). Davis enters the postseason with 1,194 receiving yards this season. With 1,011 yards this season, Harper is the second Bulldog to reach the 1,000-yard mark. This is the second time in Fresno State history that two receivers have gone over 1,000 yards in the same season (2001).
DAVANTE ADAMS GRABS THE SPOTLIGHT FOR FRESNO STATE
Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams caught 13 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns at San José State last Friday, marking his second-straight 200-yard receiving game and third of the season. The sophomore wideout is the first player in the league's 15-year history to register back-to-back 200-yard performances. His three 200-yard receiving games for his season and career are a new MW record, surpassing San Diego State's J.R. Tolver, who held both marks with a pair of 200-yard receiving performances in 2002.
Adams' 264 receiving yards set a new MW record for most against a Conference opponent, eclipsing the previous record of 257, held by San Diego State's DeMarco Sampson (Oct. 24, 2009). It also established a new sophomore class record, shattering the previous mark of 253 (San Diego State's Jeff Webb vs. BYU on Oct. 4, 2003). The 264 yards rank third all-time on the MW's single-game chart, trailing San Diego State's J.R. Tolver, who holds the top two spots of 296 (Sept. 14, 2002 vs. Arizona State) and 283 (Dec. 7, 2002 at Hawai‘i) receiving yards.
Adams has reached the end zone 22 times in 2013, which establishes a new Mountain West and Bulldog record for most touchdown catches in a single season. Adams' 22 receiving touchdowns this season shattered the previous MW single-season mark of 16, set by Boise State's Tyler Shoemaker in 2011. It also marks just the 11th time in FBS history that a wideout has had at least 20 touchdown receptions in a single season. Sixteen of Adams' 22 receiving TDs have come in Conference play, which crushes his own league record of 10 (2012) that he shared with BYU's Jonny Harline (2006) and Austin Collie (2008).
The sophomore has 36 career touchdown receptions in 24 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 caught at least one touchdown pass in seven consecutive games, a mark that ranks second only to his own MW-record streak of 11 games, which ran from Oct. 6, 2012 to Sept. 20 of this season. He also has recorded a touchdown reception in 17 of his last 18 outings and has 10 career games with multiple TD receptions. Adams has six games this season and nine in his career with 10 or more catches, which is the most of any Bulldog in program history.
Adams has 113 receptions in 2013, which ranks second in the FBS this season (120, Oregon State's Brandin Cook), and second all-time in the Mountain West (128, San Diego State's J.R. Tolver, 2002). Adams has registered six 100-yard receiving games in 2013, which ties for fifth on the league's all-time list. BYU's Austin Collie holds the record with 11 100-yard receiving games in 2008, followed by the San Diego State tandem of Kassim Osgood and J.R. Tolver, who each had eight in 2002. San José State senior Chandler Jones is fourth on the list with seven 100-yard receiving performances this season.
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 4,189 passing and 1,356 receiving yards, respectively, in 2013.
With the Bulldogs' Josh Harper also eclipsing the 1,000-yard receiving mark this season, the Mountain West has three tandems of 3,000-yard passers/1,000-yard receivers for the first season in league history.
|3,000-YARD PASSER/1,000-YARD RECEIVER DUOS IN A SINGLE SEASON|
|2013||Fresno State||Derek Carr, QB||4,462||5,939|
|Davante Adams, WR||1,477|
|2013||Fresno State||Derek Carr, QB||4,462||5,473|
|Josh Harper, WR||1,011|
|2013||San José State||David Fales, QB||4,189||5,545|
|Chandler Jones, WR||1,356|
|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|
3,000 PASSING YARDS/1,000 RUSHING YARDS
Colorado State junior QB Garrett Grayson and sophomore RB Kapri Bibbs became the 12th MW tandem and second in Ram history to combine for 3,000 passing and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season in league history. Grayson has thrown for 3,327 passing yards on the year, while Bibbs has amassed 1,572 yards on the ground. Below is a look at the teammates who have reached the 3,000 passing/1,000 rushing yards single-season milestone over the 15-year history of the Mountain West:
|3,000-YARD PASSER/1,000-YARD RUSHER DUOS IN A SINGLE SEASON|
|2013||Colorado State||Garrett Grayson, QB||3,327||4,899|
|Kapri Bibbs, RB||1,572|
|2012||Fresno State||Derek Carr, QB||4,104||5,594|
|Robbie Rouse, RB||1,490|
|2011||Boise State||Kellen Moore, QB||3,194||4,233|
|Doug Martin, RB||1,039|
|2010||San Diego State||Ryan Lindley, QB||3,554||4,858|
|Ronnie Hillman, RB||1,304|
|2009||BYU||Max Hall, QB||3,368||4,384|
|Harvey Unga, RB||1,016|
|2008||BYU||Max Hall, QB||3,629||4,690|
|Harvey Unga, RB||1,061|
|2007||BYU||Max Hall, QB||3,848||5,075|
|Harvey Unga, RB||1,227|
|2007||New Mexico||Donovan Porterie, QB||3,006||4,183|
|Rodney Ferguson, RB||1,177|
|2006||BYU||John Beck, QB||3,885||5,895|
|Curtis Brown, RB||1,010|
|2005||BYU||John Beck, QB||3,709||4,822|
|Curtis Brown, RB||1,123|
|2005||Colorado State||Justin Holland, QB||3,185||4,473|
|Kyle Bell, RB||1,288|
|2001||BYU||Brandon Doman, QB||3,542||5,124|
|Luke Staley, RB||1,582|
WHERE THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKS NATIONALLY...
- The Mountain West is the only conference in the country with two of the top four, and seven of the top 30, in passing average per game. Fresno State senior Derek Carr leads all quarterbacks in the FBS with 405.6 yards per game, which is 39 yards per game more than Oregon State's Sean Mannion, who ranks second nationally. San José State senior David Fales enters the postseason netting 349.1 yards per game to rank fourth, followed by Wyoming junior Brett Smith (281.3 ypg, 15th), Hawai‘i senior Sean Schroeder (269.1, 21st), Nevada junior Cody Fajardo (266.8 ypg, 23rd), Colorado State junior Garrett Grayson (256.1, 29th) and San Diego State junior Quinn Kaehler (255.9, 30th).
- 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 418.0 total yards per game, more than 38 yards per game more than SMU's Garrett Gilbert, who ranks second in the country. San José State senior David Fales ranks fifth in the country with 349.7 total yards per game, followed by Wyoming junior Brett Smith (329.0) and Nevada junior Cody Fajardo (328.9), who rank 11th and 12th, respectively.
- Nine MW receivers are averaging at least 6.3 receptions per game. Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams leads all FBS receivers with 10.3 receptions per game. Nevada senior Brandon Wimberly currently is tied for eighth with 8.1 catches, while Fresno State junior Josh Harper is 14th with 7.2 per game. Boise State sophomore Shane Williams-Rhodes and Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse are knotted at 16th with 7.0 catches per contest, San José State senior Chandler Jones is tied for 23rd nationally with 6.6, and Boise State junior Matt Miller and UNLV junior Devante Davis are tied for 26th with 6.4. Wyoming junior Dominic Rufran rounds out the group with 6.3 receptions per game to tie for 31st nationally. No other league in the FBS has more than four receivers in this category.
- Four MW teams rank in the top 25 nationally for first down offense. Fresno State leads the league and is ranked second nationally with 330 first downs this season, while Boise State ranks 18th with 299. San José State ranks 20th at 295, followed by Colorado State, which is tied with Missouri for 21st (292) and UNLV, which is tied with Illinois for 25th (288). The Mountain West is one of two conferences nationally (Pac-12) with five teams that have 288 or more first downs this season.
- Fresno State, San José State, Wyoming, Boise State and Colorado State are five of 29 teams in the country that average at least 460 total yards per game, making the Mountain West one of two conferences (SEC) with at least five of the top 29 teams in total offense. The Bulldogs currently rank second nationally with 580.6 yards per game, while San José State nets 493.3 total yards per contest to rank 14th. Wyoming is 23rd nationally with 472.8 yards per game, followed by Boise State at 24th (470.8) and Colorado State at 29th (461.2).
|MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS|
|1||Colorado State sophomore RB Kapri Bibbs led all MW players in Week 14 with three rushing touchdowns against Air Force, making him the first player in FBS history with seven three-TD rushing games in a single season.|
|2||Two MW teams rank in the top six in the FBS in passing offense. Fresno State ranks first among all FBS teams with an average of 410.3 passing yards per game, more than 18 yards per game over Texas Tech, which is second. San José State ranks sixth with 355.9 passing yards per game.|
|3||Utah State sophomore Bruce Natson registered his second punt return for a touchdown with a 64-yard run in the second quarter of Saturday's win over Wyoming. He is one of three MW players (Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse and San Diego State senior Tim Vizzi) with two punt return TDs in 2013, which ties for second place on the league's single-season and career charts. Utah's Steve Smith holds both the single-season (three in 1999) and career (four) records.|
|3.5||Utah State sophomore Nick Vigil registered a career-high 3.5 sacks against Wyoming last Saturday to tie Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence for the fourth-most in a single game in the FBS this season. Vigil's performance was the sixth by a MW player this season with at least three sacks (Lawrence vs. Nevada on Oct. 19, 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).|
|5||The Mountain West owns five of the top 10 passing performances in the FBS this season. David Fales' 547 passing yards vs. Fresno State last Friday rank as the second-highest output nationally this season, while the Bulldogs' Derek Carr ranks fourth (522 vs. New Mexico on Nov. 23) and sixth (519 at San José State on Nov. 29). Hawai‘i senior Sean Schroeder is ninth on the list (499 at Wyoming on Nov. 23), while Wyoming junior Brett Smith is 10th (498 vs. Hawai‘i on Nov. 23).|
|9||Fresno State has put up points on its opening drive in nine of its 11 outings in 2013, including eight games with touchdowns (vs. Rutgers on Aug. 29, vs. Boise State on Sept. 21, at Hawai‘i on Sept. 28, at Idaho on Oct. 5, vs. UNLV on Oct. 19, vs. Nevada on Nov. 2, vs. New Mexico on Nov. 23, at San José State on Nov. 29).|
|11||Hawai‘i's 49-42 victory over Army last Saturday snapped an 11-game losing streak, which was the second-longest in program history.|
|11||The Mountain West is the only FBS league with multiple players in the top 11 nationally for total tackles. San José State senior Keith Smith leads the FBS with 13.3 total tackles per game, followed by Wyoming junior Jordan Stanton (11.2, fifth), Utah State senior Jake Doughty (10.8, ninth) and Wyoming senior Marqueston Huff (10.6, 11th).|
|47||Fresno State is one of four programs in the country averaging over 47 points per game in 2013. The Bulldogs currently rank fourth in the FBS with 47.3 points per game.|
|52||With 10 catches for 117 yards and one TD vs. BYU last Saturday, Nevada senior WR Brandon Wimberly extended the nation's leading streak of consecutive games with a reception to 52 straight (all 52 of his career). The NCAA record is 54 games by Bryan Anderson of Central Michigan (2006-09).|
|110||Three MW running backs are averaging more than 110 yards per game. Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs ranks 12th nationally in rushing, averaging 120.9 yards per game, New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier ranks 15th on that list with 112.2 yards per outing and Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi ranks 18th with 110.7 yards per game.|
|113||Two MW receivers are averaging at least 113 yards per game. Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams ranks second nationally with 134.3 yards per contest, followed by San José State senior Chandler Jones, who ranks fifth nationally with 113.0 yards per game. The Mountain West is the only FBS league with two of the top five receivers in the country.|
|114||San José State (62) and Fresno State (52) combined for 114 points in their contest last Saturday, which ranks as the third-highest scoring game in Mountain West history. The teams fell three points short of the MW record of 117, set by Hawai‘i (72) and BYU (45) on Dec. 8, 2011, and one point shy of the 115 points combined by Wyoming (59) and Hawai‘i (56) on Nov. 23.|