Mountain West Football Weekly Release: Final Edition
MOUNTAIN WEST IN THE POSTSEASON
The Mountain West sent a record six teams into postseason bowl games in 2013. The league posted a 3-3 record, marking the eighth time in the last 10 seasons the MW has gone at least .500 in the postseason. Overall, the Mountain West has earned 62 bowl bids since 1999 and holds a 35-27 all-time record in those contests.
The 2013 postseason marked the seventh straight year the MW has sent at least five teams to bowls. Over the last 10 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 28-19 mark (.596) during that span. The MW is the only conference to win the trophy four times since the award's inception in 2002-03.
|Conference||Bowl Record (since 2004)||Pct.|
Overall, the Mountain West had seven bowl-eligible teams in 2013 - Fresno State (11-2), Utah State (9-5), Boise State (8-5), San Diego State (8-5), Colorado State (8-6), UNLV (7-6) and San José State (6-6) - 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.
HOW THE MOUNTAIN WEST FARED IN ITS BOWLS
Mountain West Champion Fresno State (11-2, 7-1 MW) fell to USC 45-20 in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, marking the Bulldogs' fifth consecutive postseason loss. Fresno State has appeared in a bowl game in six of the previous seven seasons and holds a 10-12 all-time postseason record.
MW runner-up Utah State (9-5, 7-1 MW) posted a 21-14 victory over Mid-American Conference runner-up and then-No. 23 Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. The Aggies, who played in their third straight bowl game for the first time in program history, have also secured back-to-back bowl wins for the first time.
Colorado State (8-6, 5-3 MW) posted the second-largest comeback in program history, recovering from a 22-point deficit to defeat Washington State 48-45 in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. It marked the first bowl appearance by the Rams since 2008, when CSU defeated Fresno State 40-35 in the New Mexico Bowl.
San Diego State (8-5, 6-2 MW) captured its first bowl victory since 2010 with a 49-24 win over Buffalo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. With four straight postseason appearances, the Aztecs have equaled their total number of bowl appearances in their first 41 seasons at the Division I level.
Boise State (8-5, 6-2 MW) dropped a 38-23 decision to Oregon State in the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl on Dec. 24. It marked the Broncos' 12th-consecutive bowl appearance, tying for the seventh-longest streak in the nation. Prior to the loss to the Beavers, BSU had won four bowl games in a row. It is now 9-5 all-time in the postseason.
UNLV (7-6, 5-3 MW) fell to North Texas 26-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, marking the Rebels' first bowl defeat in program history (1-3). It was UNLV's first postseason appearance since 2000 and fourth all-time.
RECAPPING THE BOWL SEASON
- Colorado State (48) and San Diego State (49) are two of eight teams to post at least 45 points in their respective bowl games, joining Texas A&M (52), UCF (52), Duke (48), Oklahoma (45), USC (45) and Washington State (45).
- Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs and San Diego State junior Adam Muema each tallied three rushing touchdowns in their respective bowl games. The pair join San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman (2010 Poinsettia Bowl) and TCU's Jeff Ballard (2006 Poinsettia Bowl) as the four MW players to total three rushing TDs in a bowl. The duo also tied for the third-most in total touchdowns in an MW bowl.
- CSU's 48 points in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl tied for third all-time by a MW team in a bowl game, joining Nevada's 48 points in the 2012 New Mexico Bowl. Boise State holds the postseason record with 56 points in the 2011 Las Vegas Bowl, while BYU is second with 52 in the 2010 New Mexico Bowl.
- Colorado State senior Jared Roberts connected on all four field goal and all four PAT attempts in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl to set a new MW postseason record for points scored kicking (16). Utah's Louie Sakoda set the previous mark of 13 in the 2006 Armed Forces Bowl.
- Colorado State senior Jared Roberts' four field goals in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl tie the MW postseason record, originally set by Utah's Louie Sakoda in the 2006 Armed Forces Bowl. Roberts' four field goal attempts tied for second in the league's postseason history.
- San Diego State's seven total touchdowns in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, including five rushing and two passing, tie for the second-most by a MW team in a bowl game. BYU last accomplished the feat in the 2010 New Mexico Bowl, and Boise State holds the all-time record of eight (2011 Las Vegas Bowl).
- San Diego State's five rushing touchdowns in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl tie for the most ever by a MW squad in a bowl game. Air Force originally set the record in the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl.
- Fresno State senior Derek Carr set a Las Vegas Bowl record and tied the MW postseason record with 54 pass attempts on Dec. 21. Carr's 30 completions tied for the second-most in Las Vegas Bowl history.
- As a whole, Fresno State tied the MW bowl record with 55 pass attempts in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. The Bulldogs set the mark originally in the 2012 Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl.
- Fresno State junior Derron Smith posted 18 total tackles in the Las Vegas Bowl, trailing only USC's Troy Palomalu, who had 20 tackles in the 2001 edition of the bowl game. Smith's 18 total tackles are the most ever by a MW player in a bowl game, surpassing the previous record of 17, set by Boise State's J.C. Percy in the 2012 Las Vegas Bowl.
- Fresno State sophomore Garrett Swanson closed the first half of the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl with a career-long 69-yard punt to set a Las Vegas Bowl record. It also was the second-longest punt in MW bowl history, trailing only a 73-yarder by Colorado State's Joey Huber in the 2000 Liberty Bowl.
- Utah State senior Joey DeMartino posted a 58-yard run against Northern Illinois on Dec. 26, the longest run ever in Poinsettia Bowl history.
- Boise State is just one of three teams nationally that has won eight or more games and has participated in the postseason for at least nine consecutive seasons, joining the likes of LSU and Oklahoma.
- Boise State junior Grant Hedrick compiled 382 passing yards in the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl, a mark that ranks second-most ever by a MW quarterback in a bowl game. San Diego State's Ryan Lindley holds the Conference record of 413 passing yards in the 2011 New Orleans Bowl.
- Boise State junior Grant Hedrick amassed 402 total yards in the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl, which ranks as the second-highest output in an MW bowl game. San Diego State's Ryan Lindley established the Conference record of 419 total yards in the 2011 New Orleans Bowl.
- Boise State juniors Grant Hedrick and Matt Miller connected on an 85-yard touchdown pass against Oregon State on Dec. 24, the longest pass play and reception in Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl and MW postseason history.
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.
FRESNO STATE: WEST DIVISION CHAMPIONS
Fresno State wrapped up the 2013 season with a 11-2 record and won the West Division with a 7-1 mark. The Bulldogs claimed 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: MOUNTAIN DIVISION CHAMPIONS
Utah State, which completed its first campaign in the Mountain West with a 9-5 record, won the Mountain Division with 7-1 mark. With nine 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 league wins 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: 2-1
Teams with eight or more victories: 3
|Record vs. Mountain Division: 12-7 (.632)
MW Championship Game Record: 1-0
Bowl Appearances: 3
Bowl Record: 1-2
Teams with eight or more victories: 2
BULLDOGS, AGGIES RECEIVE VOTES IN FINAL NATIONAL RANKINGS
Fresno State earned 57 points in the final USA Today/Coaches' Top 25 of the 2013 season and 54 in the final Associated Press poll to garner the No. 27 position. Utah State also received two votes from both panels to tie for 37th in the Coaches' and AP polls. This marks the first time since 2005 that the Mountain West did not place a team in either of the final top 25 polls.
A LOOK INSIDE THE FINAL BCS STANDINGS
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).
AZTECS REBOUND FROM 0-3 START
Of the 488 teams that opened a season 0-3 since 1980, San Diego State became just the eighth team to win eight games in the same season. The Aztecs tied the 2009 Nevada, 2008 Rutgers, 2001 North Carolina, 1996 Ball State, 1994 Air Force, 1991 BYU and 1983 Penn State squads for the most victories following an 0-3 start.
The Mountain West recorded nine performances this season where a player was 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 was 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 accounted for six touchdowns in a single game.
BULLDOGS REWRITE MW RECORD BOOK
- Fresno State amassed 7,100 yards total offense on 1,088 plays in 2013, setting new MW single-season records for both categories. The previous record of 7,057 yards total offense was held by the BYU (2001), while the 2012 Nevada squad owned the previous mark for total offense plays (1,080).
- Fresno State totaled 5,133 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 established a new MW single-season record for pass completions with 460. That surpasses the previous mark of 352, originally set by Boise State in 2011 and matched by the 2012 Bulldog squad.
- Fresno State's 675 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 had 50 passing touchdowns in 2013, which surpass the 2011 Boise State team (45) for the most ever by a MW team in a single season.
- Fresno State scored a total of 564 points in 2013, which ranks third all-time by a MW team in a single season. BYU set the record (608), 2001, while the 2011 Boise State squad (575) is second.
MW QUARTERBACKS PUTTING UP POINTS
Fresno State senior Derek Carr ranked first nationally among all FBS players with 50 passing touchdowns and 314 points responsible for this season. San José State senior David Fales tied for ninth nationally with 33 passing touchdowns, followed by Wyoming junior Brett Smith, who was for 14th with 29, and Hawai‘i senior Sean Schroeder, who tied for 15th 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||13||50|
|2.||Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida State||14||40|
|3.||Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall||14||39|
|4.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||13||37|
|Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M||13||37|
|6.||Keith Wenning, Sr., Ball State||13||35|
|7.||Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||13||34|
|Connor Halliday, Jr., Washington State||13||34|
|9.||David Fales, Sr., San José State||12||33|
|Shane Carden, Jr., East Carolina||13||33|
|11.||Bryce Petty, Jr., Baylor||13||32|
|12.||Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., Louisville||13||31|
|Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon||13||31|
|14.||Brett Smith, Jr., Wyoming||12||29|
|T15.||Sean Schroeder, Sr., Hawai‘i||11||28|
|NCAA LEADERS IN POINTS RESPONSIBLE FOR|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||Points|
|1.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||13||314|
|2.||Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||14||288|
|3.||Bryce Petty, Jr., Baylor||13||278|
|4.||Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M||13||276|
|5.||Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall||14||270|
|6.||Shane Carden, Jr., East Carolina||13||266|
|7.||Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson||13||264|
|Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida Staten||14||264|
|9.||Keith Wenning, Sr., Ball State||13||240|
|Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon||13||240|
|11.||Kennan Reynolds, So., Navy||13||238|
|12.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||13||226|
|13.||Taylor Kelly, Jr., Arizona State||14||222|
|14.||Braxton Miller, Jr., Ohio State||12||216|
|Brett Hundley, So., UCLA||13||216|
|16.||David Fales, Sr., San José State||12||214|
LEADER OF THE PACK
Nevada junior QB Cody Fajardo has collected 9,504 total yards in his three seasons under center for the Wolf Pack, including 7,166 career passing yards and 2,338 rushing yards to become the fourth Nevada player to go over the 9,000-yard mark. Fajardo currently ranks third all-time for the Wolf Pack, trailing Colin Kaepernick, who racked up 14,210 yards from 2007-10, and David Neill, who collected 11,145 yards from 1998-2001.
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) combined for a single-season record 15 400-yard passing games in 2013, which tripled 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 on Dec. 7, 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
Five MW quarterbacks, including Colorado State junior Garrett Grayson (3,696), Fresno State senior Derek Carr (5,082), San José State senior David Fales (4,189), Wyoming junior Brett Smith (3,375) and San Diego State junior Quinn Kaehler (3,007) reached the 3,000-yard mark for passing this year. This marks the second time in the league's 15-year history that at least three MW quarterbacks have topped the 3,000-yard passing mark in the same season, and the first time in league history that five 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 threw for 5,082 yards in the 2013 season, owns the top two spots on the MW's single-season list (4,104 yards in 2012). Carr, who has collected 9,186 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 was the only QB in the FBS this season, as well as the first ever in the Mountain West and 13th in NCAA history, to reach the 5,000-yard passing mark in a single season.
CARR-VING HIS NAME IN THE MW ANNALS
Fresno State QB Derek Carr is the first player in MW history to record 4,000 yards total offense in back-to-back seasons, as well as the first ever to have 5,000 total yards in a single season. The senior racked up a MW single-season record 5,199 yards total offense in 2013, trailed by San José State senior 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||5,199||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 threw 50 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 connected on at least five touchdown passes in four contests this season and seven in his career at Fresno State.
The senior QB accounted for 52 touchdowns overall (50 passing/2 rushing) in 2013, which led 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. Carr, who also threw for 5,082 yards this year, became just the fourth quarterback in FBS history with 5,000 passing yards and 50 touchdowns in a single season, joining Houston's David Klingler (1990), Texas Tech's B.J. Symons (2003) and Hawai‘i's Colt Brennan (2006).
REACHING THE END ZONE
Wyoming junior Brett Smith concluded his career with an MW record-streak of 35 games with a touchdown (passing and/or rushing). With a streak of 26 straight games with a passing and/or rushing TD, Fresno State senior Derek Carr ranks third on that list, while Nevada junior Cody Fajardo ranks fifth with 18 from Sept. 1, 2012 to Oct. 4, 2013.
|CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A TOUCHDOWN (PASS/RUSH/RECEPTION)|
|Rk.||Player, Pos., Team||No.||Dates|
|1.||Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming||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||26||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|
Smith threw at least one touchdown pass in 33 of 35 career games, including 16 straight dating back to Nov. 3, 2012, against Colorado State. The junior completes his career in Laramie as the Cowboys' all-time leader with 76 career passing TDs.
MAKING THE CONNECTION
Fresno State senior QB Derek Carr completed 40 consecutive passes at San José State on Nov. 29 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 the record had been re-set in 2013. 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|
CARR PROVIDING BULLDOGS WITH CONSISTENCY
With two TDs in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, Fresno State senior Derek Carr extended his nation-leading streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 33, with the last 26 occurring since the Bulldogs joined the Mountain West in 2012. Carr's 26-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||26||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.||Brett Smith, Wyoming||16||11/3/12 to 11/30/13|
|5.||Ryan Lindley, San Diego State||15||10/18/08 to 11/7/09|
|John Beck, BYU||15||10/8/05 to 10/28/06|
CARR, 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.
MW quarterbacks combined for 48 total 300-yard passing performances in 2013, which is a Conference record. The previous high of 22 was set in the 2005 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 threw for 300 passing yards in five straight games from to Nov. 2 to Dec. 7, 2013, which tied the MW record set by Fales earlier this season (Sept. 21 to Oct. 26).
MW QUARTERBACKS QUICK ON THEIR FEET
The Mountain West had a total of 13 100+yard rushing performances from quarterbacks in 2013. 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 rushed for at least 100 yards in a single game this season, including Air Force sophomore Jaleel Awini, Air Force sophomore Karson Roberts, Boise State junior Grant Hedrick, Nevada junior Cody Fajardo, New Mexico sophomore Cole Gautsche and Wyoming junior Brett Smith. That is an MW record for number of quarterbacks with 100-yard rushing games in a single season, surpassing the previous record of four (2001, 2005).
Three MW quarterbacks, including Gautsche, Fajardo and Smith, rank among the top four all-time in the Mountain West for 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback in a single season and in a career:
|MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY A MW QUARTERBACK: SEASON|
|1.||Chance Harridge, Air Force||6||2002|
|2.||Cole Gautsche, New Mexico||5||2013|
|Keith Boyea, Air Force||5||2001|
|4.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||3||2012|
|Brett Smith, Wyoming||3||2012|
|Chance Harridge, Air Force||3||2003|
|Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State||3||2003|
|Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State||3||2002|
|MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY A MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER|
|1.||Chance Harridge, Air Force||9||2000-03|
|2.||Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State||8||2000-03|
|3.||Cole Gautsche, New Mexico||7||2012-Present|
|4.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||5||2012-Present|
|Brett Smith, Wyoming||5||2011-13|
|Shaun Carney, Air Force||5||2004-07|
|Keith Boyea, Air Force||5||2001|
Fajardo was one of six active quarterbacks in the FBS this season with at least eight career 100-yard rushing games. He tied with Navy QB Keenan Reynolds for fifth on the list:
|MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY AN FBS QUARTERBACK: CAREER|
|1.||Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois||22|
|2.||Braxton Miller, Ohio State||14|
|3.||Taylor Martinez, Nebraska||13|
|4.||Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M||9|
|5.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||8|
|Keenan Reynolds, Navy||8|
FRESNO STATE'S CARR TOPPING THE NATIONAL CHARTS
Fresno State senior QB Derek Carr finished the 2013 season ranking 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||18|
|4.||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||10|
|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||7|
|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||140|
|3.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||117|
|4.||Taylor Martinez, Nebraska||87|
NEVADA'S FAJARDO AND WYOMING'S SMITH AMONG NATION'S BEST
Nevada junior Cody Fajardo and Wyoming junior Brett Smith were two of six active quarterbacks in 2013 to have four or more games in their careers with at least three passing touchdowns and one rushing TD, making the Mountain West the only league in the FBS with multiple active QBs to accomplish the feat:
|GAMES WITH AT LEAST THREE PASSING TDS, ONE RUSHING TD (MIN. 3)|
|1.||Tahj Boyd, Clemson||11|
|2.||Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M||10|
|3.||Brett Smith, Wyoming||5|
|Connor Shaw, South Carolina||5|
|5.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||4|
|Kolton Browning, ULM||4|
|7.||Nathan Scheelhasee, Illinois||3|
CARR, FALES, KEETON AND SMITH IN SELECT COMPANY
Fresno State senior Derek Carr, San José State senior David Fales, Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton and Wyoming junior Brett Smith are four of six quarterbacks with multiple five-passing touchdown games in their MW careers:
|MULTIPLE FIVE PASSING TOUCHDOWN GAMES - CAREER|
|Rk.||Player, Team||Opponents (Dates)|
|5||Derek Carr, Fresno State||vs. Rutgers (8/29/13)|
vs. San Diego State (9/29/12)
vs. Colorado (9/15/12)
at Idaho (10/5/13)
vs. New Mexico (11/23/13)
|2||David Fales, San José State||vs. Wyoming (10/26/13)|
vs. Navy (11/23/13)
|2||Chuckie Keeton, Utah State||vs. Weber State (9/14/13)|
at Air Force (9/7/13)
|2||Brett Smith, Wyoming||vs. Hawai‘i (11/23/13)|
at Idaho (9/22/12)
|2||Kellen Moore, Boise State||at UNLV (11/5/11)|
at Toledo (9/16/11)
|2||Max Hall, BYU||vs. Air Force (11/21/09)|
at Colorado State (11/1/08)
WYOMING'S SMITH SURPASSES 10,000 CAREER YARDAGE MARK
Wyoming junior Brett Smith is the fifth MW quarterback to top 10,000 yards of total offense for a career. The junior finished his career ranked fifth with 10,365 yards. San Diego State's Ryan Lindley holds the record with 12,415 yards total offense, followed by TCU's Andy Dalton (11,925 from 2007-10), BYU's Max Hall (11,569 from 2007-09) and BYU's John Beck (11,060 yards from 2003-06).
|MOUNTAIN WEST CAREER LEADERS IN TOTAL OFFENSE|
|1.||Ryan Lindley, San Diego State||12,415||2008-11|
|2.||Andy Dalton, TCU||11,925||2007-10|
|3.||Max Hall, BYU||11,569||2007-09|
|4.||John Beck, BYU||11,060||2003-06|
|5.||Brett Smith, Wyoming||10,365||2011-13|
MOUNTAIN WEST MAKING A POINT
The Mountain West boasted some of the nation's leaders in receiving and rushing touchdowns this season. Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams ranked first with 24 receiving touchdowns, followed by San José State senior Chandler Jones at third with 15. UNLV junior Devante Davis had 14 receiving TDs to rank seventh, followed by Fresno State junior Josh Harper with 13 (T8th) and Boise State junior Matt Miller with 12 (T10th). Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs tied for first nationally with 31 rushing touchdowns, while Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi tied for eighth (18) and San Diego State junior Adam Muema and UNLV senior Tim Cornett were knotted at 14th (15).
|NCAA LEADERS IN RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Davante Adams, So., Fresno State||13||24|
|2.||Brandin Cooks, Jr., Oregon State||13||16|
|3.||Chandler Jones, Sr., San José State||12||15|
|Willie Snead, Jr., Ball State||13||15|
|Kelvin Benjamin, So., Florida State||14||15|
|Gator Hoskins, Sr., Marshall||14||15|
|7.||Devante Davis, Jr., UNLV||13||14|
|8.||Josh Harper, Jr., Fresno State||11||13|
|Antwan Goodley, Jr., Baylor||13||13|
|T10.||Matt Miller, Jr., Boise State||13||12|
|NCAA LEADERS IN RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Kapri Bibbs, So., Colorado State||14||31|
|Keenan Reynolds, So., Navy||13||31|
|3.||Tre Mason, Jr., Auburn||14||23|
|Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||14||23|
|5.||Tyler Gaffney, Sr., Stanford||14||21|
|6.||Bishop Sankey, Jr., Washington||13||20|
|7.||Ka'Deem Carey, Jr., Arizona||12||19|
|8.||Jay Ajayi, So., Boise State||13||18|
|Andre Wiliams, Sr., Boston College||13||18|
|Jeremy Langford, Jr., Michigan State||14||18|
|T14.||Adam Muema, Jr., San Diego State||13||15|
|Tim Cornett, Sr., UNLV||13||15|
The Mountain West is the only conference in the FBS with multiple players that had at least 13 receiving touchdowns, and is one of two leagues (Pac-12) to tout four players with 15 or more rushing touchdowns in 2013. Colorado State sophomore RB Kapri Bibbs and Fresno State sophomore WR Davante Adams are two of four players in the country who averaged more than 11 points per game. Bibbs ranked second nationally with 13.3 points per game, while Adams was fourth with 11.1 ppg.
BIBBS BREAKING OUT FOR COLORADO STATE
Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs set the Mountain West and Colorado State single-season records for rushing touchdowns (31). His 31 rushing TDs tied for the most among all FBS players this season, and he became just the third player in NCAA history to rush for at least 30 TDs in a single season, joining Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders (1988) and Wisconsin's Montee Ball (2011). With a New Mexico Bowl-record three rushing touchdowns on Dec. 21, Bibbs tied the NCAA single-season record, scoring at least three rushing touchdowns in eight games. Sanders originally set the record in 1988.
Bibbs now owns the Mountain West record for points in a single season with 186 in 2013. The previous record was held by BYU's Luke Staley, who scored 170 in 2001.
Twenty-two of Bibbs' rushing TDs this season came 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 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 WRAPS UP CAREER SECOND IN RUSHING YARDAGE
UNLV's all-time leading rusher Tim Cornett concluded his career with 3,733 rushing yards from 2010-13 to rank second all-time in Mountain West history. New Mexico's DonTrell Moore holds the league record, collecting 4,973 yards on the ground from 2002-05.
|MW LEADERS IN CAREER RUSHING YARDS|
|1.||DonTrell Moore, New Mexico||4,973||2002-05|
|2.||Tim Cornett, UNLV||3,733||2010-13|
|3.||Asher Clark, Air Force||3,594||2008-11|
|4.||Rodney Ferguson, New Mexico||3,564||2004-08|
|5.||Harvey Unga, BYU||3,455||2006-09|
|ACTIVE CAREER 100-YARD RUSHING LEADERS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||No.|
|1.||Ka'Deem Carey, Jr., Arizona||22|
|Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||22|
|Antonio Andrews, Sr., Western Kentucky||22|
|4.||Branden Oliver, Sr., Buffalo||20|
|5.||James White, Sr., Wisconsin||18|
|6.||Ameer Abdullah, Jr., Nebraska||17|
|7.||Tim Cornett, Sr., UNLV||16|
Cornett also finished his career ranked fourth in the MW with 4,731 all-purpose yards from 2010-13. New Mexico's DonTrell Moore holds the all-time record, racking up 5,947 all-purpose yards from 2002-05.
TEN 200-YARD RUSHING GAMES HIGHLIGHT MW SEASON
Adam Muema's 229-yard outing for San Diego State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 21 brought the league's total of 200-yard rushing performances this season to 10, which is a new record. The previous high of eight was set in the 2012 campaign:
|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)|
|Adam Muema, Jr., San Diego State||229||vs. Buffalo (Dec. 21)|
|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)|
Muema's 229 yards marked the third-highest rushing output in an MW bowl game since the league's inception in 1999. This marked the second straight season that Muema recorded two 200-yard rushing performances, bringing his career total to four. Muema is only the second player in MW history with four career 400-yard games, joining fellow Aztec Larry Ned, who accomplished the feat from 1999-2001.
Muema joined Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs as the second MW player with multiple 200-yard rushing performances in 2013. Bibbs 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 tied the Conference record, shared Air Force's Cody Getz (2012) and San Diego State's Larry Ned (2001).
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 rushed for 1,000 yards in 2013, marking only the second time in the league's 15-year history that six or more players 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 completed the year with 1,425 yards rushing. Bibbs had 1,741 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, had 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 finished his junior campaign with 1,244 rushing yards. Cornett brought his season total to 1,284 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 had 1,221 rushing yards this season, has also rushed for 1,378 yards in his career at Utah State.
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD: RUSHING TDS
The Mountain West was one of two FBS conferences (Pac-12) with five four-rushing TD games by a single player 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 was 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 touted five of the eight single-game performances in this 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 was the only conference with more than two four-receiving TD performances on the year.
1,000-YARD CLUB - RECEIVING
For the first time in MW history, seven receivers topped the 1,000-yard mark in a single season, as Boise State junior Matt Miller, Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams, senior Isaiah Burse and junior Josh Harper, San Diego State junior Ezell Ruffin, San José State senior Chandler Jones and UNLV junior Devante Davis 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 two years at the collegiate level, Adams finished with 3,030 career receiving yards, including 1,312 in 2012 and 1,718 in 2013. Ruffin's season total of 1,136 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 finished the season with 1,290 receiving yards this season. Miller notched the 10th 1,000-yard receiving season in Bronco history, finishing the year with 1,140 yards. With 1,026 and 1,011 yards, respectively on the season, Burse and Harper became the second and third Bulldogs to reach the 1,000-yard mark. This is the second time in Fresno State history that multiple receivers have gone over 1,000 yards in the same season (2001). In addition, Adams, Burse and Harper became just the first trio in MW history and fifth in FBS history to each surpass 1,000 yards receiving in a single season.
DAVANTE ADAMS GRABS THE SPOTLIGHT FOR FRESNO STATE
Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams recorded three 200-yard receiving games this season, which established 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 registered seven 100-yard receiving games in 2013, which tied 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 also went 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 reached the end zone 24 times in 2013, which established new Mountain West and Bulldog records for most touchdown catches in a single season. Adams' 24 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' 24 receiving TDs came 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 had 38 career touchdown receptions in 26 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 caught at least one touchdown pass in nine 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, 2013. He also recorded a touchdown reception in 19 of his last 20 outings and had 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 collected a MW-record 131 receptions in 2013 and totaled 1,718 receiving yards, which ranks second all-time in MW history for a single season. San Diego State's J.R. Tolver is the league record-holder, amassing 1,785 receiving yards on 128 catches during the 2002 campaign. Adams' 131 receptions led the FBS this season, while his 1,718 receiving yards rank second behind Oregon State's Brandin Cooks (1,730).
BSU'S MILLER NOTCHES FIFTH 200-YARD RECEIVING GAME IN MW
Boise State junior Matt Miller caught a career-high 11 passes for a career-best 206 yards in the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl, marking the first 200-yard receiving game of his career and the fifth in the Mountain West this season. The league's five 200-yard receiving outings are an all-time high, surpassing the previous record of three (2002, 2008). Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams led the league with three 200-yard receiving games in 2013 (264 at San José State on Nov. 29, 246 vs. New Mexico on Nov. 23 and 221 vs. UNLV on Oct. 19), while fellow Bulldog Josh Harper tallied 253 receiving yards vs. Nevada on Nov. 2. Miller recorded the first 200-yard receiving game by a Bronco since Tim Gilligan had 209 yards at BYU on Oct. 30, 2003. Miller's 206 receiving yards also rank second all-time in the Conference's postseason history, trailing only the 214 yards by Utah's Travis LaTrenderesse in the 2005 Emerald Bowl.
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).
New Mexico sophomore Carlos Wiggins returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in 2013. The 2013 MW Special Teams Player of the Year is the second Mountain West player ever to return three kicks to the end zone in a single season, joining Hawai‘i's Mike Edwards (2012). Wiggins also is the fourth player in MW history to have three kick return TDs in a career, alongside Edwards (2012), San Diego State's Colin Lockett (2010-2013) and TCU's Greg McCoy (2008-11). Wiggins' three kick return touchdowns this season led the FBS and tie the UNM single-season record, set by Terance Mathis in 1989. He also finished the season with a Mountain West- and UNM-record 1,303 kickoff return yards.
New Mexico is the third MW squad in as many seasons to have three kick return touchdowns in a single season, joining fellow record holders TCU (2011) and Hawai‘i (2012).
Three MW teams ranked in the top 15 nationally in red zone offense. Air Force completed the season ranked fifth, converting on 0.946 of its red-zone attempts (35-of-37), followed by New Mexico, which was 10th with a success rate of 0.905 (38-of-42) and Boise State, which was tied for 14th after converting on 0.897 red-zone attempts (61-of-68). The Mountain West one of two FBS conferences (ACC) with three teams converting on at least 0.897 of their red zone attempts.
3,000 PASSING/1,000 RECEIVING YARDS
For the second straight year, the Fresno State duo of QB Derek Carr and WR Davante Adams 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 multiple teams have each boasted a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard receiver in the same season. The San José State senior tandem of QB David Fales and WR Chandler Jones had 4,189 passing and 1,356 receiving yards, respectively, in 2013, while San Diego State junior QB Quinn Kaehler (3,007 yards passing) and junior WR Ezell Ruffin (1,136) also accomplished the feat.
With the Bulldogs' Josh Harper also eclipsing the 1,000-yard receiving mark this season, the Mountain West has four 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||5,082||6,511|
|Davante Adams, WR||1,718|
|2013||Fresno State||Derek Carr, QB||5,082||6,093|
|Josh Harper, WR||1,011|
|2013||San José State||David Fales, QB||4,189||5,545|
|Chandler Jones, WR||1,356|
|2013||San Diego State||Quinn Kaehler, QB||3,007||4,143|
|Ezell Ruffin, WR||1,136|
|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
San Diego State juniors Quinn Kaehler and Adam Muema became the fifth tandem in Aztec history to combine for 3,000 passing and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season. Kaehler threw for 3,007 yards on the year, while Muema amassed 1,244 yards on the ground. SDSU was one of two MW squads to accomplish the feat in 2013, joining the Colorado State duo of junior QB Garrett Grayson (3,696 yards passing) and sophomore RB Kapri Bibbs (1,741 yards rushing).
This marks the third time since the MW's inception (2005, 2007) that multiple teams have each touted a 3,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher in the same season. 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||3,696||5,437|
|Kapri Bibbs, RB||1,741|
|2013||San Diego State||Quinn Kaehler, QB||3,007||4,251|
|Adam Muema, RB||1,244|
|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|
THREE TANDEMS ECLIPSE 1,000 RECEIVING/1,000 RUSHING YARDS
For the first time in league history, three different teams have each boasted a 1,000-yard receiver and 1,000-yard rusher in the same season. The 2013 campaign marks the first time in program history that UNLV has boasted a 1,000-yard receiver (junior Devante Davis, 1,290) and a 1,000-yard rusher (senior Tim Cornett, 1,284) in the same season. San Diego State juniors Ezell Ruffin (1,136 receiving) and Adam Muema (1,244 rushing) are the seventh duo in program history to combine for 1,000 yards receiving and 1,000 yards rushing in the same season. Boise State junior WR Matt Miller (1,140) and sophomore RB Jay Ajayi (1,425) became the seventh Bronco pair to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in receiving and rushing in the same season. This marks just the second time in the Mountain West's 15-year history that at least two different teams have each touted a 1,000-yard receiver and a 1,000-yard rusher in the same season, as Colorado State and New Mexico each accomplished the feat in 2005.
|1,000-YARD RUSHER/1,000-YARD RECEIVER DUOS IN A SINGLE SEASON|
|2013||UNLV||Devante Davis, WR||1,290||2,574|
|Tim Cornett, RB||1,284|
|2013||Boise State||Matt Miller, WR||1,140||2,565|
|Jay Ajayi, RB||1,425|
|2013||San Diego State||Ezell Ruffin, WR||1,136||2,380|
|Adam Muema, RB||1,244|
|2012||Fresno State||Davante Adams, WR||1,312||2,802|
|Robbie Rouse, RB||1,490|
|2010||San Diego State||Vincent Brown, WR||1,352||2,884|
|Ronnie Hillman, RB||1,532|
|2010||San Diego State||DeMarco Sampson, WR||1,220||2,752|
|Ronnie Hillman, RB||1,532|
|2009||Utah||David Reed, WR||1,188||2,257|
|Eddie Wide, RB||1,069|
|2008||BYU||Austin Collie, WR||1,538||2,670|
|Harvey Unga, RB||1,132|
|2008||BYU||Dennis Pitta, TE||1,081||2,215|
|Harvey Unga, RB||1,132|
|2007||New Mexico||Marcus Smith, WR||1,125||2,302|
|Rodney Ferguson, RB||1,177|
|2007||New Mexico||Travis Brown, WR||1,031||2,214|
|Rodney Ferguson, RB||1,177|
|2005||Colorado State||David Anderson, WR||1,221||2,509|
|Kyle Bell, RB||1,288|
|2005||New Mexico||Hank Baskett, WR||1,071||2,369|
|DonTrell Moore, RB||1,298|
|2001||BYU||Reno Mahe, WR||1,211||2,793|
|Luke Staley, RB||1,582|
In his first game of the season, San Diego State senior linebacker Scott Graves blocked two Buffalo punts in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, marking the first by an Aztec since Dwayne Garrett had a block at Boise State on Nov. 3, 2012. Graves' performance marked the first two blocked kicks of his career. The senior, who is the first Aztec ever to record multiple blocked kicks in a game, joined Air Force sophomore Alex Hansen, Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence and Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett as the only four players in the country to have blocked multiple kicks in a single game this season.
Hansen became the first Falcon since 2010 to stop two kicks in a game after he blocked two PAT attempts by UNLV on Nov. 21. It marked the fifth straight game that a Falcon blocked at least one kick to set a new Mountain West record. Troy Timmerman recorded a blocked PAT attempt by New Mexico on Nov. 8, after stopping a PAT vs. San Diego State on Oct. 10. Fellow juniors Robert Green (vs. Notre Dame on Oct. 26) and Nick Fitzgerald (vs. Army on Nov. 9) batted down one field-goal attempt apiece. Overall, the Falcons blocked seven kicks this season, tying the MW record originally set by Utah in 2004 and matched by Boise State in 2011. League newcomer San José State had six blocked kicks this season, tying for fourth-most in league history.
San José State was one of three teams in the FBS (Syracuse, UAB) this season to block three kick attempts in a single game. SJSU joined Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State and San Diego State as five of 14 teams in the FBS with multiple blocked kicks this season, making the Mountain West the only FBS conference with five teams in that category.
|NCAA LEADERS IN BLOCKED KICKS IN A GAME|
|1.||San José State||3||1 FG, 2 PAT||San Diego State (Nov. 9)|
|Syracuse||3||2 punts, 1 FG||Tulane (Sept. 21)|
|UAB||3||2 PAT, 1 FG||Florida Atlantic (Oct. 5)|
|4.||San Diego State||2||2 punts||Buffalo (Dec. 21)|
|Air Force||2||2 PAT||UNLV (Nov. 21)|
|4.||Boise State||2||2 FG||Southern Miss (Sept. 28)|
|Colorado State||2||2 FG||Cal Poly (Sept. 14)|
|Akron||2||2 FG||Northern Illinois (Oct. 12)|
|Arkansas State||2||1 FG, 1 punt||ULM (Nov. 9)|
|Minnesota||2||1 PAT, 1 FG||UNLV (Aug. 29)|
|North Texas||2||1 FG, 1 punt||UTEP (Nov. 9)|
|Oklahoma||2||1 PAT, 1 punt||Kansas (Oct. 19)|
|Texas A&M||2||1 FG, 1 punt||Mississippi State (Nov. 9)|
|Virginia Tech||2||1 punt, 1 FG||Marshall (Sept. 21)|
WHERE THE MW RANKED NATIONALLY...
- The Mountain West finished the 2013 season as the only conference in the country with two of the top five, and seven of the top 30, in passing average per game. Fresno State senior Derek Carr led all quarterbacks in the FBS in 2013 with 390.9 yards per game, which is 32.3 yards per game more than Oregon State's Sean Mannion, who ranks second nationally. San José State senior David Fales ranked 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 (264.0, 24th) and San Diego State junior Quinn Kaehler (250.6, 29th).
- The Mountain West was the only conference in the FBS with two of the top four, and four of the top 12, quarterbacks in total offense. Fresno State senior Derek Carr completed the season ranked first nationally with 399.9 total yards per game, 20+ yards per game more than SMU's Garrett Gilbert, who ranked second in the country. San José State senior David Fales ranks fourth 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.
- Ten MW receivers averaged at least 6.0 receptions per game this season. Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams led all FBS receivers with 10.1 receptions per game. Nevada senior Brandon Wimberly tied for ninth with 8.1 catches, while Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse ranked 13th with 7.6 per game. Bulldog junior Josh Harper is 15th with 7.2 per game, followed by Boise State sophomore Shane Williams-Rhodes, who ranked 17th with 7.0 catches per contest. Bronco junior Matt Miller ranked 21st with 6.8 catches per game, followed by UNLV junior Devante Davis at 6.7 (23rd), San José State senior Chandler Jones at 6.6 (T24th), Wyoming junior Dominic Rufran at 6.3 (31st) and Wyoming senior Robert Herron at 6.0 (T33rd). No other league in the FBS had more than five receivers in this category. Boise State, Fresno State and Wyoming were three of seven teams nationally with multiple receivers averaging at least six catches per contest (California, Cincinnati, SMU, Texas Tech), and Fresno State is the only team in the FBS to finish the season with three.
- Two MW receivers completed the season averaging at least 113 yards per game. Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams ranked second nationally with 132.2 yards per contest, followed by San José State senior Chandler Jones, who ranked sixth nationally with 113.0 yards per game. The Mountain West was the only FBS league with two of the top six receivers in the country.
- Three MW running backs averaged more than 109 yards per game. Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs ranked 11th nationally in rushing, averaging 124.4 yards per game, New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier ranked 16th on that list with 112.2 yards per outing and Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi ranked 19th with 109.6 yards per game.
- The Mountain West was the only FBS league with multiple players in the top 10 nationally for total tackles. San José State senior Keith Smith led the FBS with 13.3 total tackles per game, followed by Wyoming junior Jordan Stanton (11.2, third), Wyoming senior Marqueston Huff (10.6, ninth) and Utah State senior Jake Doughty (10.6, 10th). Wyoming was 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 tied for eighth nationally with 0.9 sacks per game this season. The Mountain West was one of four leagues (ACC, Big 12, Pac-12) with multiple players in the top eight nationally in pass sacks.
- The Mountain West was one of three leagues in the country (Big Ten, Pac-12) with two of the top 12 rushing teams in the country. New Mexico averaged 308.8 yards on the ground to rank fourth among all FBS teams, while Air Force netted 262.7 rushing yards to rank 12th.
- Two MW teams finished the season ranked in the top six in the FBS in passing offense. Fresno State ranked first among all FBS teams with an average of 394.8 passing yards per game, while San José State ranked sixth with 355.9 passing yards per game.
- Five MW teams ranked in the top 28 nationally for first down offense. Fresno State led the league and ranked second in the FBS with 370 first downs this season, while Boise State tied for 15th with 327. Colorado State was 21st with 321, followed by Utah State at 26th (310) and UNLV at 28th (307). The Mountain West is one of three FBS conferences (Pac-12, SEC) with five teams that had 307 or more first downs this season.
- Fresno State, San José State, Wyoming, Boise State and Colorado State were five of 24 teams in the country that averaged at least 470 total yards per game, making the Mountain West one of two conferences (SEC) with at least five of the top 24 teams in total offense. The Bulldogs ranked third nationally with 547.8 yards per game, while San José State netted 493.3 total yards per contest to rank 15th. Boise State finished the year with 476.0 total yards per game to rank 20th, followed by Wyoming with 472.8 (22nd) and Colorado State with 470.8 (24th).
- The Mountain West owns five of the top 10, and nine of the top 25, passing performances in the FBS this season. San José State senior David Fales' 547 passing yards vs. Fresno State on Nov. 29 rank as the second-highest output nationally this season, and he also ranked 18th with 482 yards vs. Wyoming on Oct. 26. Bulldog senior Derek Carr ranked fourth (522 vs. New Mexico on Nov. 23), sixth (519 at San José State on Nov. 29), 14th (487 vs. Nevada on Nov. 2), 24th (460 vs. Boise State on Sept. 20) and 25th (456 vs. Rutgers on Aug. 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). The MW is the only league with more than three of the top 10 passing performances this season, as well as the only conference with nine of the top 25. Carr and Fales were two of six quarterbacks nationally to have multiple passing games over 450 yards, and Carr was the only to have more than three.
|MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS|
|.882||Colorado State senior Jared Roberts ended his career with a field-goal percentage of .882 (30-of-34), establishing a new MW record. The previous mark of .870 was set by TCU's Chris Manfredini (47-of-57) from 2005-07.|
|3||With nine victories in 2013, Utah State has posted three straight winning seasons for the first time since 1978-80.|
|3.5||Utah State sophomore Nick Vigil registered a career-high 3.5 sacks against Wyoming on Nov. 30 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).|
|4||San Diego State collected eight victories in 2013, marking a fourth-consecutive winning season for the first time since 1974-77.|
|6||The Mountain West owns five of the 11 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.|
|7||Utah State's seven league wins in 2013 are a program record, surpassing the six conference victories posted in 1936 and 2012.|
|7||UNLV reached the seven-win mark in a season for only the third time since 1984 (1994, 2000). The squad's final record of 7-6 represented the program's first winning season since 2000. The Rebels also had five MW wins for the first time in league history. The five conference wins are the most for UNLV since going 5-1 in league play in the 1994 campaign.|
|8||Colorado State's eight victories this season are the most by the Rams since 2002, when CSU finished the season 10-4 en route to the MW Championship. The Rams finished the Conference portion of their schedule with a 5-3 record, their best since 2005 (5-3). CSU also won four of its last five contests for the first time since the 2001 campaign.|
|11||Hawai‘i's 49-42 victory over Army in the 2013 season snapped an 11-game losing streak, which was the second-longest in program history.|
|12||Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett 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 ranked as the seventh-most in the FBS this season and are also the third-most in Colorado State history. His 12 sacks were the most by a Ram since Joey Porter had 14 in 1998.|
|13||Utah State allowed just 13 points off 16 turnovers on the year.|
|17||Utah State intercepted 17 passes in its last 10 games after not recording a pick in the first four games of the season. The Aggies' 17 interceptions are the most by the squad since collecting 19 in 1994.|
|20||Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence and Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett are two of eight players nationally who racked up at least 20 total tackles for loss on the season. Both Lawrence and Barrett accumulated 20.5 total tackles for loss in 2013 to tie for sixth nationally. The Mountain West is one of three FBS leagues (ACC, Pac-12) with multiple players in the top eight in tackles for loss.|
|20.5||Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence and Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett each posted a Mountain West-record 20.5 tackles for loss this season. The previous mark of 20.0 was shared by BYU's Jan Jorgensen (2007), San Diego State's Miles Burris (2010) and Utah's John Frank (1999).|
|22||Colorado State mounted a 22-point second half comeback to defeat Washington State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, overcoming a 15-point deficit with three minutes remaining in the game and posting 11 points in 33 seconds for the victory. It marked the second-largest fourth-quarter comeback in Ram history.|
|24||UNLV senior quarterback Caleb Herring connected on 24 touchdown passes this season to tie Randall Cunningham (1984) for the second-most in a single season by a Rebel QB. Jon Denton set the record of 25 passing TDs in 1996.|
|43||Fresno State is one of six programs in the country that netted over 43 points per game in 2013. The Bulldogs ranked sixth in the FBS with 43.4 points per game.|
|44.5||New Mexico senior Ben Skaer and Nevada senior Chase Tenpenny are two of 11 players in the country to average at least 44.5 yards per punt this season. Skaer finished the season ranked fifth nationally with 45.8 yards per punt, while Tenpenny was tied for eighth at 44.5.|
|52||Nevada senior WR Brandon Wimberly concluded his career with a reception in 52 consecutive games (all 52 of his career). That streak led the nation in 2013 and was two shy of the NCAA record of 54 games by Bryan Anderson of Central Michigan (2006-09).|
|547||San José State senior David Fales threw for 547 yards and six touchdowns in the Spartans' season finale vs. Fresno State on Nov. 29. His 547 yards were 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.|