Mountain West Football Weekly Release

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MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 2 SCHEDULE
Saturday, September 7 TV/Web Time
Tennessee-Martin at Boise State ESPN3 1 p.m. MT
Utah State at Air Force* CBS Sports Network 1:30 p.m. MT
San Diego State at 2/3 Ohio State ABC/ESPN2 3:30 p.m. ET
Idaho at Wyoming ROOT SPORTS 2 p.m. MT
Colorado State at Tulsa CBS Sports Network 6 p.m. CT
Hawai‘i at Oregon State Pac-12 Networks 5 p.m. PT
New Mexico at UTEP Fox College Sports 6 p.m. MT
UC Davis at Nevada MWN-Institutional 6 p.m. PT
Cal Poly at Fresno State ESPN3 7 p.m. PT
Arizona at UNLV CBS Sports Network 7:30 p.m. PT
San José State at 4/5 Stanford Pac-12 Networks 8 p.m. PT
* Mountain West game


BRONCOS FALL OUT OF COACHES' AND AP POLLS
Boise State, which dropped a 38-6 decision at Washington in Week 1, fell out of both the USA Today/Coaches' and Associated Press Top 25 polls. The Broncos, who are unranked in both polls for the first time since Sept. 9, 2012, received five votes by the Coaches' panel and three votes from the AP voters. Overall, the Broncos have appeared in 74 of the previous 79 Coaches' polls.

Fresno State leads all MW teams after receiving 46 votes in the Coaches' Top 25 and 22 votes in the AP rankings. San José State (12) and Utah State (1) round out the league's contingent receiving votes in the Coaches' poll.

FRESNO STATE'S CARR OPENS SEASON IN RECORD-SETTING FASHION
Senior QB Derek Carr led Fresno State to a 52-51 overtime victory over Rutgers last Thursday in record-setting fashion, establishing school and MW all-time single-game highs for most pass completions (52) and attempts (73). He shattered his own record of 42 completions (Sept. 29, 2012 vs. San Diego State), while connecting on the fourth-most passes by any FBS quarterback in the past 10 seasons:

MOST COMPLETIONS BY A FBS QUARTERBACK IN THE LAST 10 YEARSE
Player, Team Date Opponent Cmp-Att-Int Pct. Yds. TD
Andy Schmitt, Eastern Michigan 11/28/08 Central Michigan 58-80-1 .725 516 5
Case Keenum, Houston 12/5/09 East Carolina 56-75-3 .747 527 5
David Piland, Houston 9/8/12 Louisiana Tech 53-77-0 .688 580 4
Derek Carr, Fresno State 8/29/13 Rutgers 52-73-1 .712 456 5

Carr also eclipsed the previous MW record for pass attempts (67), which was previously held by BYU's John Beck (Oct. 8, 2004 vs. UNLV).

Overall, Carr threw for 456 yards vs. the Scarlet Knights, marking the fourth 400-yard passing game for the senior QB as a member of the Mountain West. That ties San Diego State's Ryan Lindley (2008-11) for the most 400-yard career passing games in league history. It also marked Carr's third straight 300-yard passing effort, dating back to Nov. 24, 2012, tying SDSU's Ryan Lindley (Nov. 28, 2009 to Sept. 11, 2010) for the third-longest streak in MW history. Former BYU quarterbacks Beck (Nov. 9, 2006 to Dec. 21, 2006) and Max Hall (Dec. 20, 2008 to Sept. 19, 2009) share the league record of four straight 300-yard passing games.

Carr tallied five passing touchdowns against Rutgers, which tie for third-most in a single game in MW history behind BYU's Hall (seven vs. UCLA on Sept. 13, 2008) and SDSU's Lindley (six at Colorado State on Oct. 24, 2009). It marked Carr's fourth career game with five touchdown passes, as he extended his streak of games with at least one passing touchdown to 14 to tie BYU's Hall (Dec. 20, 2008 to Dec. 22, 2009) for the fifth-longest such run in MW history.

Carr finished the overtime contest with a league single-game record 77 total offense plays, eclipsing Beck's mark of 75 (Oct. 8, 2004 vs. UNLV). That also surpassed the previous senior class record of 72, set by San Diego State's Kevin O'Connell (Dec. 1, 2007 vs. BYU).

FRESNO STATE'S ADAMS GRABBING ATTENTION FOR THE BULLDOGS
With two touchdown catches against Rutgers on Thursday, Fresno State sophomore WR Davante Adams extended the nation's longest active streak with nine consecutive games with a TD reception. Adams caught at least one TD in eight straight games to close out his freshman campaign in 2012, which set a new Mountain West record and tied the Fresno State record. Adams' streak of nine-straight games with a TD reception establishes a new school record. The NCAA record for consecutive games with a touchdown catch (18) is held by Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald.

THE 300-YARD CLUB
Four MW quarterbacks passed for over 300 yards last week, led by Fresno State's Derek Carr, who threw for 456 yards and five touchdowns on 52-of-73 attempts, marking his third straight 300-yard passing performance to tie for the third-longest streak in MW history. Carr has 10 career 300-yard games, including six last season. Wyoming's Brett Smith completed 29-of-43 passes at then-No. 18 Nebraska for 383 yards and four TDs. Smith now has reached the 300-yard passing mark in six career contests. San Diego State's Adam Dingwell amassed a career-high 318 passing yards (27-of-63) against Eastern Illinois, while Utah State's Chuckie Keeton went 31-of-40 for 314 yards and two touchdowns at Utah. Keeton has six career 300-yard games, including four in the last six outings dating back to 2012.

The last time the Mountain West had four 300-yard passers in the same week of action came on Nov. 22, 2008:

387 yards - Ryan Lindley, San Diego State (vs. Idaho)
321 yards - Andy Dalton, TCU (vs. Air Force)
316 yards - Mike Clausen, UNLV (at San Diego State)
303 yards - Brian Johnson, Utah (vs. BYU)

WYOMING's SMITH MAKING THE CONNECTION
Wyoming's Brett Smith established new program and Mountain West records last Saturday for consecutive pass attempts without throwing an interception. The junior QB extended his streak to 183 attempts, but on his 10th pass of the game at No. 18 Nebraska, Smith was intercepted at the goal line to end the stretch that dated back to Oct. 1, 2012.

Smith surpassed former Cowboy signal caller Casey Bramlet's streak of 178, set during the 2003 campaign.

Below is a look at the top five streaks in MW history for consecutive pass attempts without an interception:

CONSECUTIVE PASS ATTEMPTS WITHOUT AN INTERCEPTION
Rk. Player, Team No. Dates
1. Brett Smith, Wyoming 183 10/20/12 to 8/31/13
2. Casey Bramlet, Wyoming 178 8/30/03 to 9/27/03
3. Omar Clayton, UNLV 173 10/27/07 to 9/27/08
4. Charlie Peterson, BYU 164 9/14/00 to 10/26/00
5. Jeff Ballard, TCU 154 10/28/06 to 12/19/06

MOUNTAIN WEST ON THE RUN
Seven MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 1, including two Air Force players who went over the century mark in rushing against Colgate. Junior Jon Lee collected a career-high 130 yards on the ground and junior Broam Hart tallied a career-best 101 yards. The last time two Falcons had more than 100 yards rushing in a single game came in the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl (Jared Tew, 173; Asher Clark, 129). San José State senior Jason Simpson compiled a career-high 135 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries vs. Sacramento State after entering the contest with 90 career yards. Wyoming sophomore Shaun Wick gained 101 yards on 12 carries at No. 18 Nebraska to become the first Cowboy rusher to break the century mark since QB Brett Smith ran for 140 yards vs. New Mexico on Nov. 19, 2011. In his first career outing for UNLV, junior transfer Shaquille Murray-Lawrence ran for 108 yards on four attempts, becoming the first Rebel 100-yard rusher since Tim Cornett had 102 yards on 20 carries at Colorado State on Nov. 10, 2012. Two MW quarterbacks also eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in Week 1. Nevada junior QB Cody Fajardo led the Wolf Pack with 106 rushing yards and two touchdowns at UCLA, marking his seventh career 100-yard rushing effort. New Mexico sophomore signal caller Cole Gautsche surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark for the third time of his career, finishing the contest vs. UTSA with 118 yards on the ground.

MAKING A STOP
San José State senior LB Keith Smith and Wyoming senior FS Marqueston Huff each were responsible for 18 total tackles in their respective Week 1 outings, tying for the most in a single game nationally his season. Both Smith and Huff accounted for eight solo stops. The last time two MW players accounted for 18+ tackles in the same week came on Oct. 26, 2013, when the Nevada tandem of Albert Rosette and Dray Bell had 25 and 22 tackles, respectively, at Air Force.

SJSU POSTS SHUTOUT IN MW DEBUT
With its 24-0 shutout of Sacramento State last week, San José State recorded its first season-opening victory since a 17-13 win over UC Davis on Aug. 30, 2008. The game also marked the Spartans' first shutout since blanking Navy (12-0) on Sept. 29, 2012.

SJSU's shutout last week marked the fifth time in league history an MW team opened a season shutting out its opponent:

Year Team Score Opponent
2013 San José State 24-0 Sacramento State
2010 San Diego State 49-0 Nicholls State
2009 Air Force 72-0 Nicholls State
2007 TCU 27-0 Baylor
2003 Air Force 49-0 Wofford

BULLDOGS' THREE-HEADED MONSTER
The Fresno State receiving corps of Davante Adams (14), Josh Harper (14) and Isaiah Burse (13) combined for 41 catches in the Bulldogs' 52-51 overtime victory over Rutgers. This marks the first known time an FBS program had three receivers with 10 or more catches since Oct. 12, 2007, when Hawai‘i accomplished the feat in a 42-35 overtime win over San José State (Ryan Grice-Mullen, 14; Davone Bess, 12; Jason Rivers, 12).

Outside of Fresno State, only three other FBS teams, including East Carolina, Texas Tech and SMU, combined for at least 41 completions in Week 1 of the 2013 slate.

WELCOME TO THE MOUNTAIN WEST
San José State and Utah State became official members of the Mountain West on July 1, 2013. SJSU and USU are coming off banner campaigns, as the Spartans and Aggies each concluded the 2012 season with identical 11-2 overall records. San José State finished the season at No. 21 in both the USA Today/Coaches' and Associated Press polls, marking the first time in program history that the Spartans were included in the final national rankings. Utah State ended the year ranked No. 17 in the Coaches' Poll and No. 16 in the AP rankings. It is just the third time in school history that USU has ended a season nationally ranked.

The addition of the Spartans and Aggies brings the full-time membership of the Mountain West to 11 institutions and 12 football-playing members. Beginning in the fall of 2013, MW football membership includes Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming in the Mountain Division and Fresno State, Hawai‘i, Nevada, San Diego State, San José State and UNLV in the West Division.

MW TEAMS IN SEASON OPENERS
Mountain West teams are 71-61 in season openers since the inception of the league in 1999. MW teams are 52-19 at home and 13-33 on the road. Below is an all-time breakdown of the Mountain West in season openers.

Team Overall Home Road Neutral
Air Force 11-4 11-2 0-1 0-1
Boise State^ 1-2 0-0 0-2 1-0
Colorado State 7-8 1-0 3-2 3-6
Fresno State~ 2-0 2-0 0-0 0-0
Hawai‘i~ 0-2 0-1 0-1 0-0
Nevada~ 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0
New Mexico 4-11 4-5 0-6 0-0
San Diego State 5-10 5-6 0-4 0-0
San José State+ 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0
UNLV 6-9 4-3 2-6 0-0
Utah State+ 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0
Wyoming 9-6 9-0 0-5 0-1
BYU# 9-3 8-1 0-1 1-1
TCU* 6-1 1-0 4-1 1-0
Utah# 9-3 6-1 3-2 0-0
Totals 71-61 52-19 13-33 6-9
^Boise State became a member of the MW in July 2011.
~Fresno State, Hawai‘i and Nevada became members of the MW in July 2012.
+San José State and Utah State became members of the MW in July 2013.
*TCU: MW member from 2005-2011.
#BYU and Utah: MW members from 1999-2010.