Mountain West Football Weekly Release: Bowl Edition
|2013 MOUNTAIN WEST BOWL SCHEDULE|
Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Colorado State vs. Washington State
Sat., Dec. 21 | Noon MT | ESPN
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Fresno State vs. USC
Sat., Dec. 21 | 12:30 p.m. PT | ABC
Series: Tied 1-1-1
Last Meeting: Nov. 19, 2005: USC 50, FS 42 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
San Diego State vs. Buffalo
Sat., Dec. 21 | 3:30 p.m. MT | ESPN
Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl
Boise State vs. Oregon State
Tue., Dec. 24 | 3 p.m. HT | ESPN
Series: Oregon State leads 4-3
Last Meeting: 2010: BSU 37, OSU 24 in Boise, Idaho
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Utah State vs. Northern Illinois
Thur., Dec. 26 | 6:30 p.m. PT | ESPN
Series: Utah State leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Oct. 14, 1995: USU 42, NIU 7 in Logan, Utah
Heart of Dallas Bowl
UNLV vs. North Texas
Wed., Jan. 1 | 11 a.m. CT | ESPNU
Series: UNLV leads 4-0
Last Meeting: Sept. 16, 2000: UNLV 38, UNT 0 in Las Vegas, Nev.
MOUNTAIN WEST BOWL NOTES
The Mountain West will send a record six teams into postseason bowl games in 2013. The Mountain West has earned 62 bowl bids since 1999 and holds a 32-24 all-time record in those contests. The 2013 postseason marks the seventh straight year the MW has sent at least five teams to bowls. Over the last nine seasons, the Mountain West 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) during that span. The MW is the only conference to win the trophy four times since the award's inception in 2002-03.
With victories in Week 14, Colorado State (7-6) and San José State (6-6) joined Fresno State (11-1), Boise State (8-4), San Diego State (7-5), UNLV (7-5) and Utah State (8-5) as the Mountain West's bowl-eligible teams for the 2013 season. The seven bowl-eligible teams is a new Mountain West record, breaking the old mark of five accomplished each of the previous eight seasons. The MW has boasted at least five bowl-eligible teams 10 times since the league's inception in 1999.
Mountain West Champion and No. 20 Fresno State (11-1, 7-1 MW) will face No. 25 USC (9-4, 6-3 Pac-12) in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. The Bulldogs, who accepted their bid Saturday night after winning the inaugural Mountain West Championship game, 24-17, over Utah State, return to the Las Vegas Bowl for the first time since playing Utah in 1999. The Trojans have played in the Las Vegas Bowl once, facing Utah on Christmas Day in 2001. Fresno State and USC have met twice on the gridiron. The Bulldogs defeated the Trojans 24-7 in the 1992 Freedom Bowl and USC won the 2005 meeting in Los Angeles, 50-42. The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 21, at 12:30 p.m. PT, and aired on ABC.
Mountain West runner-up Utah State (8-5, 7-1 MW) will play Mid-American Conference runner-up and No. 23 Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. The Aggies won their final five games of the regular season to capture the Mountain Division of the Mountain West and advance to the inaugural MW Football Championship Game, where they lost to Fresno State. Utah State is playing in its third straight bowl game for the first time in school history. The Huskies won the West Division of the Mid-American Conference before losing to Bowling Green 47-27 in the MAC Championship Game. NIU will be making its sixth consecutive bowl appearance and previously played in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl in 2006, losing to TCU. This will be the second-ever meeting between Northern Illinois and Utah State. The Aggies recorded a 42-7 home win against the Huskies on Oct. 14, 1995. The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl will be played on Thursday, Dec. 26, at 7:30 p.m. (PT) and will be televised on ESPN.
Colorado State (7-6, 5-3 MW) accepted an invitation to play in the eighth annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The Rams, who will be making their 13th postseason appearance, will face Washington State (6-6, 4-5 Pac-12). The Cougars are making their first bowl appearance since 2003 and 11th overall as a program. This will mark the first meeting between the two teams. The Gildan New Mexico Bowl will kick off the FBS postseason at Noon MT on Saturday, Dec. 21 and the game will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN Radio.
San Diego State (7-5, 6-2 MW) will play in its fourth consecutive bowl when it takes on Buffalo (8-4, 6-2 MAC) of the Mid-American Conference in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. MT on ESPN and ESPN Radio. The Bulls are bowl-eligible for just the second time as an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision program. This is the first meeting between the Aztecs and Bulls, and the first time either team will have played in the Boise-based bowl game.
Boise State (8-4, 6-2 MW) will make its 12th straight bowl appearance when the Broncos face Pac-12 opponent Oregon State (6-6, 4-5 Pac-12) in the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl. This will be the Broncos' second trip to the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl, having fallen to East Carolina in 2007. The Beavers have played four postseason games in Hawaii. This will be the eighth meeting between the two programs with OSU holding a 4-3 advantage. The Broncos won the last game on Sept. 25, 2010 in Boise, 37-24, and are scheduled to travel to Corvallis next season. Kickoff for the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl is set for 3 p.m. HT on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio.
UNLV (7-5, 5-3 MW) is heading to its first bowl game in 13 years and will play North Texas (8-4, 6-2 Sun Belt) on Wednesday, Jan. 1 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl Presented by PlainsCapital Bank. The game will be played at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium at 11 a.m. CT on ESPNU. The teams will be playing each other for the first time since 2000 when UNLV won 38-0 at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Rebels, who are 3-0 in bowl games, have won all four previous meetings with the Mean Green.
MW COACHES IN BOWL GAMES
San Diego State's Rocky Long will be making his third straight bowl appearance in his third season at the helm of the Aztecs. Long had previously led New Mexico to five bowl game appearances in his final seven seasons as the Lobos' head coach. Second-year head coach Tim DeRuyter will be guiding the Bulldogs to the postseason for the second straight year. Prior to his current position at Fresno State, DeRuyter served as the interim head coach for Texas A&M in the 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, leading the Aggies to a 33-22 victory over Northwestern. In his second season at Colorado State, Jim McElwain will be making his first bowl appearance as a head coach. McElwain joined the Rams after a four-year stint as the offensive coordinator for Alabama, which won three bowls, including two BCS National Championships, during his time from 2008-11. UNLV's Bobby Hauck will lead the Rebels to a bowl game for the first time in his four-year head coaching career at the FBS level. Prior to his current position, Hauck oversaw the Montana Grizzlies, who made three appearances in the FCS National Championship Game in his tenure. Utah State's Matt Wells will be guiding the Aggies to the postseason in his inaugural season. Wells served as an assistant at USU the previous two seasons that saw the Aggies make consecutive bowl appearances. Boise State's Bob Gregory, who is completing his fifth season as an assistant on the BSU staff and his second as assistant head coach, will serve as interim head coach of the Broncos in the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl. Gregory takes over for Chris Petersen, who had led Boise State to a bowl game in each of his seven years at the helm of the Broncos.
Over the last nine seasons, the Mountain West owns the second-best win percentage in bowl games among the 10 FBS conferences with a 25-16 mark (.610) during that span, trailing only the SEC (.653).
|Conference||Bowl Record (since 2004)||Pct.|
LOOKING BACK AT THE INAUGURAL MW CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Senior QB Derek Carr threw for 403 yards and three touchdowns, and the Bulldogs' defense helped Fresno State defeat Utah State, 24-17, in the inaugural Mountain West Football Championship Game on Dec. 7. Carr earned Offensive MVP honors for his performance, while junior safety Derron Smith was recognized as Defensive MVP, leading the Bulldogs who did not allow an Aggie offensive score until the fourth quarter. With the victory, Fresno State earned its second straight MW title and its first outright conference crown since 1989.
BULLDOGS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Fresno State completed the regular season ranked No. 20 in the final 2013 BCS Standings. The MW has been represented by at least one team in the final BCS Standings in each of the last 11 years (2003-13).
Fresno State earned 344 points in the Dec. 8 edition of the USA Today/Coaches' Top 25 and 579 votes from the Harris Interactive panel for a No. 20 ranking in both polls. The Bulldogs, who are off to the program's best start since 1989, garnered 227 votes in the Associated Press poll to rank No. 21.
FRESNO STATE: MOUNTAIN DIVISION CHAMPIONS
20th-ranked Fresno State is currently 11-1 on the season and won the West Division with a 7-1 record. The Bulldogs won a share of the Mountain West title last year and have now won back-to-back conference championships for the first time since 1992 and 1993. Fresno State has won 13 in a row at home, its longest win streak at Bulldog Stadium since capturing 17-straight from 1998-2001. Fresno State's 24-17 victory in the MW Championship Game marked 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 8-5 on the season and won the Mountain Division with 7-1 mark. 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
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|
|2013*||BSU (M) / FS (W)||BSU (2nd M)/FS (1st W)||FS||Las Vegas|
|*First season of MW divisional play and Championship 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: 7-12 (.368)
MW Championship Game Record: 0-1
Bowl Appearances: 3
Bowl Record: TBD
Teams with eight or more victories: 2
|Record vs. Mountain Division: 12-7 (.632)
MW Championship Game Record: 1-0
Bowl Appearances: 3
Bowl Record: TBD
Teams with eight or more victories: 1
The Mountain West has recorded nine performances this season where a player has been responsible for at least six touchdowns in a single game, 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 on Nov. 29, 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 on Nov. 29. 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 totaled 4,917 passing yards in the 2013 campaign to top the MW single-season chart. The previous record of 4,302 was held by San Diego State (2002).
- Fresno State has established a new MW single-season record for pass completions with 431. That surpasses the previous mark of 352, originally set by Boise State in 2011 and matched by the 2012 Bulldog squad.
- Fresno State's 620 team passing attempts in 2013 rank first on the league's single-season list, eclipsing the previous record of 584, set by San Diego State in 2002.
- Fresno State has 48 passing touchdowns in 2013, which surpass the 2011 Boise State team (45) 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 48 passing touchdowns and 302 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 11th with 29, and Hawai‘i senior Sean Schroeder, who is tied for 13th with 28. The Mountain West is one of two conferences in the country (Pac-12) 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||12||48|
|2.||Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida State||13||38|
|3.||Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall||13||36|
|Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||12||36|
|5.||Keith Wenning, Sr., Ball State||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.||Bryce Petty, Jr., Baylor||12||30|
|Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon||12||30|
|11.||Brett Smith, Jr., Wyoming||12||29|
|Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||12||29|
|13.||Sean Schroeder, Sr., Hawai‘i||11||28|
|Taylor Kelly, Jr., Arizona State||13||28|
|Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., Louisville||12||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||12||302|
|2.||Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||13||276|
|3.||Shane Carden, Jr., East Carolina||12||254|
|4.||Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida Staten||13||252|
|Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall||13||252|
|6.||Bryce Petty, Jr., Baylor||12||246|
|Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M||12||246|
|8.||Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon||12||234|
|Keith Wenning, Sr., Ball State||12||234|
|10.||Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||12||228|
|11.||Kennan Reynolds, So, Navy||12||226|
|12.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||12||220|
|13.||Taylor Kelly, Jr., Arizona State||13||216|
|14.||David Fales, Sr., San José State||12||214|
|15.||Brett Smith, Jr., Wyoming||12||200|
400 THE MAGIC NUMBER
The quartet of Fresno State senior Derek Carr (8), 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 15 400-yard passing games in 2013, which triples the previous high of five in 2002. Carr's eight 400-yard passing games this season and 11 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)|
|Derek Carr, Fresno State||404||vs. Utah State (12/7/13)|
|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)|
Carr threw for 404 yards and three touchdowns in the MW Championship Game against Utah State, marking his third consecutive game with at least 400 passing yards. That surpasses the previous record of two, shared by Carr (Oct. 5 to Oct. 19, 2013) and Fales (twice - Oct. 12 to Oct. 26, 2013 and Nov. 22 to Nov. 29, 2013).
3,000-YARD PASSERS IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST
Four MW quarterbacks, including Colorado State junior Garrett Grayson (3,327), Fresno State senior Derek Carr (4,866), San José State senior David Fales (4,189) and Wyoming junior Brett Smith (3,375) have reached the 3,000-yard mark for passing this year. 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 4,866 yards in the 2013 regular season, owns the top two spots on the MW's single-season list (4,104 yards in 2012). Carr, who has collected 8,970 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.
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 4,983 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||4,983||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 48 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 50 touchdowns overall (48 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.
REACHING THE END ZONE
Wyoming junior Brett Smith threw for 207 yards and one touchdown at Boise State on Nov. 23, extending his MW record-streak of games with a touchdown (passing and/or rushing) to 35. With an active streak of 25 straight games with a passing and/or rushing TD, Fresno State senior Derek Carr passed current Cincinnati Bengal Andy Dalton for third on that list, while Nevada junior Cody Fajardo ranks fifth with 18 from Sept. 1, 2012 to Oct. 4, 2013.
|CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A TOUCHDOWN (PASS/RUSH/RECEPTION)|
|Rk.||Player, Pos., Team||No.||Dates|
|1.||Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming||35||9/3/11 to Present|
|2.||Max Hall, QB, BYU||28||12/1/07 to 12/22/09|
|3.||Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State||25||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|
|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|
CARR, FALES COMBINE FOR 19 300-YARD PASSING GAMES IN 2013
Fresno State senior Derek Carr (10) and San José State senior David Fales (9) are the first MW quarterbacks to register at least 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 16 career 300-yard passing contests as a member of the Mountain West surpass Wyoming's 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 has thrown for 300 passing yards in five straight games, which ties the MW record set by Fales earlier this season (Sept. 21 to Oct. 26).
CARR PROVIDING BULLDOGS WITH CONSISTENCY
With three TDs in the inaugural MW Championship Game, Fresno State senior Derek Carr extended his nation-leading streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 32, with the last 25 occurring since the Bulldogs joined the Mountain West in 2012. Carr's 25-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||25||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|
MW QUARTERBACKS QUICK ON THEIR FEET
Wyoming junior Brett Smith rushed for 142 yards against Hawai‘i on Nov. 23 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).
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||20|
|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||11|
|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||115|
|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 23 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 seventh with 13. Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs ranks second in the FBS with 28 rushing touchdowns, while Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi is tied for seventh (17) and UNLV senior Tim Cornett is tied for 12th (15).
|NCAA LEADERS IN RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Davante Adams, So., Fresno State||12||23|
|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|
|Kelvin Benjamin, So., Florida State||13||14|
|7.||Josh Harper, Jr., Fresno State||11||13|
|Antwan Goodley, Jr., Baylor||12||13|
|Gator Hoskins, Sr., Marshall||12||13|
|NCAA LEADERS IN RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Keenan Reynolds, So., Navy||12||29|
|2.||Kapri Bibbs, So., Colorado State||13||28|
|3.||Tre Mason, Jr., Auburn||13||22|
|Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||13||22|
|5.||Tyler Gaffney, Sr., Stanford||12||20|
|6.||Bishop Sankey, Jr., Washington||12||18|
|7.||Jay Ajayi, So., Boise State||12||17|
|Ka'Deem Carey, Jr., Arizona||11||17|
|Andre Wiliams, Sr., Boston College||12||17|
|Jeremy Langford, Jr., Michigan State||13||17|
|11.||Antonio Andrews, Sr., Western Kentucky||12||16|
|12.||Tim Cornett, Sr., UNLV||12||15|
|Brandon Oliver, Sr., Buffalo||11||15|
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 three players with 15 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 11.5 or more points per game. Bibbs ranks second nationally with 12.9 points per game, while Adams is third with 11.5 ppg.
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 rank second among 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 a new MW single-season record. The previous mark of 17 was set by Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson in 2012. Bibbs (132) also eclipsed Jefferson's MW single-season mark for points scored in league play (108).
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.
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.||Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||22|
|Antonio Andrews, Sr., Western Kentucky||22|
|3.||Ka'Deem Carey, Jr., Arizona||21|
|4.||Branden Oliver, Sr., Buffalo||19|
|5.||James White, Sr., Wisconsin||17|
|6.||Tim Cornett, Sr., UNLV||16|
|Ameer Abdullah, Jr., Nebraska||16|
MW TOUTS NINE 200-YARD RUSHING GAMES THIS SEASON
Tim Cornett's 220-yard outing for UNLV at Air Force on Nov. 21 brought the league's total of 200-yard rushing performances this season to nine:
|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 UTEP (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 (Nov. 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)|
1,000-YARD CLUB - RUSHING
Six MW players, including Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi, Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs, New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier, San Diego State junior Adam Muema, UNLV senior Tim Cornett and Utah State senior Joey DeMartino have rushed for 1,000 yards in 2013, marking 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 yards 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 1,078 rushing yards this season, has also rushed for 1,235 yards in his career at Utah State.
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD: RUSHING TDS
The Mountain West is one of two FBS conferences (Pac-12) with five four-rushing TD performances this season (Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs - 6 at New Mexico on Nov. 16; Bibbs - 4 vs. Nevada on Nov. 9; Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi - 4 vs. Air Force on Sept. 13; New Mexico senior Kasey Carrier - 4 at UTEP on Sept. 7; UNLV senior Tim Cornett - 4 at Air Force on Nov. 21). Bibbs is one of four players in the country to tally multiple games this season with at least four rushing touchdowns, joining Arizona junior Ka'Deem Carey, Auburn junior Tre Mason and Navy sophomore Keenan Reynolds.
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD: RECEIVING TDS
The Mountain West touts five of the top eight single-game performances in the FBS this season in which a player recorded four receiving touchdowns (Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams, 2; Hawai‘i senior Chris Gant, 1; UNLV junior Devante Davis, 1; Wyoming senior Robert Herron, 1). The MW is the only conference with more than two four-receiving TD performances on the year, and Adams is the only player in the FBS with multiple four-TD receiving games in 2013.
1,000-YARD CLUB - RECEIVING
For the second time in MW history (2005), five receivers have topped the 1,000-yard mark in the single season, as Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams and junior Josh Harper, San Diego State junior Ezell Ruffin, San José State senior Chandler Jones and UNLV junior Devante Davis have each accomplished the feat in the 2013 campaign. Jones became the first MW player this season to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark and has 1,356 yards to mark his first 1,000-yard receiving season. Adams reached the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season. Through his first two years at the collegiate level, Adams has 2,957 career receiving yards, including 1,312 in 2012 and 1,645 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 has recorded three 200-yard receiving games this season, which establish new MW records for 200-yard games in a season and career, surpassing San Diego State's J.R. Tolver, who held both marks with a pair of 200-yard receiving performances in 2002. Adams has registered seven 100-yard receiving games in 2013, which ties San José State senior Chandler Jones for fourth 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. The sophomore has also gone over the 100-yard receiving mark 13 times in his career, which tie San Diego State's Vincent Brown and J.R. Tolver for the second-most in MW history.
Adams has reached the end zone 23 times in 2013, which establishes new Mountain West and Bulldog records for most touchdown catches in a single season. Adams' 23 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' 23 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 37 career touchdown receptions in 25 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 in less than two seasons. Adams has caught at least one touchdown pass in eight 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 18 of his last 19 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 122 receptions for 1,645 yards in 2013, with both marks ranking second all-time in MW history for a single season. San Diego State's J.R. Tolver is the league record-holder in both categories, amassing 1,785 receiving yards on 128 catches during the 2002 campaign. Adams' 122 receptions lead the FBS this season, while his 1,645 receiving yards rank second behind Oregon State's Brandin Cooks (1,670).
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 on Nov. 23. 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).
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||4,866||6,511|
|Davante Adams, WR||1,645|
|2013||Fresno State||Derek Carr, QB||4,866||5,877|
|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 405.5 yards per game, which is 38.6 yards per game more than Oregon State's Sean Mannion, who ranks second nationally. San José State senior David Fales ranks fourth with 349.1 passing yards per game, 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 (255.9, 29th) and San Diego State junior Quinn Kaehler (254.2, 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 415.3 total yards per game, more than 35 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.
- 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). Wyoming is also the only team in the country with multiple players averaging more than 10.5 tackles per game.
- Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence and Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett are two of 10 players nationally to average 1.6 or more tackles for loss per game. Lawrence ranks second nationally with 1.8 tackles for loss per game, while Barrett is 10th with 1.6. The Mountain West is one of three FBS leagues (ACC, Pac-12) with multiple players in the top 10 in tackles for loss.
- Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence ranks eighth among all FBS players with 1.0 sacks per game, while Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett (0.9) and Fresno State sophomore Ejiro Ederaine (0.9) are ninth and 13th, respectively. The Mountain West is one of three leagues (ACC, Pac-12) with at least three of the top 13 nationally in pass sacks.
- Six MW teams rank in the top 30 nationally for first down offense. Fresno State leads the league and FBS with 356 first downs this season, while Boise State ranks 21st with 299. San José State is tied for 23rd at 295, followed by Utah State, which ranks 26th (293), Colorado State, which ranks 27th (292) and UNLV, which is tied for 30th (288). The Mountain West is the only FBS conference with six 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 third nationally with 572.4 yards per game, while San José State nets 493.3 total yards per contest to rank 15th. Wyoming is 22nd nationally with 472.8 yards per game, followed by Boise State at 24th (470.8) and Colorado State at 28th (461.2).
|MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS|
|2||Boise State is averaging 15.70 yards per punt return to rank second nationally.|
|5||Fresno State ranks fifth among all FBS teams converting on 20-of-29 fourth-down attempts for a success rate of 0.690.|
|6||The Mountain West owns five of the 10 total six-passing TD performances this season in the FBS. Fresno State senior Derek Carr and Wyoming junior Brett Smith lead the list, after each QB connected on seven passing touchdowns apiece in their respective Nov. 23 outings. Hawai‘i senior Sean Schroeder completed six touchdown passes on that same day, while Carr and San José State senior David Fales also had six passing TDs each in the tilt between the Bulldogs and Spartans on Nov. 29. The MW is the only FBS conference with more than two six-passing TD performances on the year.|
|9||Fresno State has put up points on its opening drive in nine of its 12 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).|
|12||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 tie for the third-most in the FBS this season and are also the third-most in Colorado State history. His 12 sacks are the most by a Ram since Joey Porter, now an assistant coach, had 14 in 1998.|
|13||Boise State has allowed just 13 punt returns this season, with six 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, New Mexico with a five-yard return and a 1-yard on Nov. 30). The other eight have been returned for a combined -14 yards. The Broncos have kept nine of their 12 opponents this season without positive punt return yardage, including a streak of three straight opponents from recording a punt return (BYU on Oct. 25, Colorado State on Nov. 2, Wyoming on Nov. 16).|
|17||Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse caught 17 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown against Utah State in the MW Championship Game, tying Bulldog junior Josh Harper (Nov. 2 vs. Nevada) for the second-most receptions in a single game in MW history.|
|44||Fresno State is one of five programs in the country averaging over 44 points per game in 2013. The Bulldogs currently rank fifth in the FBS with 45.3 points per game.|
|52||With 10 catches for 117 yards and one TD vs. BYU on Nov. 30, 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).|
|69||Fresno State freshman kicker Colin McGuire has converted 69 point-after attempts in 2013, which is just four shy of the league record of 73, set by BYU's Matt Payne in 2001.|
|128||UNLV senior Nolan Kohorst extended his all-time Rebel record to 128 career PATs. Dillon Pieffer held the previous UNLV record (117) from 2000-03. Kohorst's 128 PATs also surpass Pieffer for fifth on the Conference's all-time list.|
|144||San José State (62) and Fresno State (52) combined for 114 points in their Nov. 30 contest, 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.|
|547||San José State senior David Fales threw for 547 yards and six touchdowns vs. Fresno State on Nov. 29. His 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.|
|577||San José State's 577 passing yards vs. Fresno State on Nov. 29 is the highest output by a team in the FBS this season and established a program record, besting the previous mark of 547 against UTEP on Nov. 8, 2003.|
|1,382||San José State (736) and Fresno State (646) combined for 1,382 yards of total offense on their Nov. 29 meeting, 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. Fales and Carr's performance marked the first time in MW history that two opposing quarterbacks threw for 500 yards or more in the same contest.|