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MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 3 SCHEDULE
Friday, September 13 TV/Web Time
Air Force at Boise State* ESPN 6 p.m. MT
Saturday, September 14 TV/Web Time
New Mexico at Pittsburgh ESPN3/ACC Network 12:30 p.m. ET
Fresno State at Colorado Pac-12 Networks Noon MT
Cal Poly at Colorado State MWN-Institutional 1:30 p.m. MT
Nevada at 9/10 Florida State ESPN 3:30 p.m. ET
Northern Colorado at Wyoming   2 p.m. MT
Weber State at Utah State ESPN3 6 p.m. MT
Central Michigan at UNLV Mountain West Network/Campus Insiders 7 p.m. PT
* Mountain West game


THREE MW TEAMS RECEIVING VOTES IN NATIONAL POLLS
Fresno State leads all MW teams in this week's USA Today/Coaches' and Associated Press Top 25 polls after receiving 59 votes in the Coaches' Top 25 and 26 votes in the AP rankings. The Bulldogs are joined by Boise State in receiving votes in both polls, as the Broncos garnered two votes from the Coaches' voters and three from the AP panel. Utah State rounds out the MW contingent, receiving two votes in the Coaches' poll.

FRESNO STATE QB CARVES NAME IN MW RECORD BOOK
Fresno State senior Derek Carr passed for three touchdowns in Saturday's win over Cal Poly, extending his streak of games with at least one passing touchdown to 22, including 15 straight since the Bulldogs joined the Mountain West last season. Carr's 15 straight games with a passing TD ties San Diego State's Ryan Lindley (Oct. 18, 2008 to Nov. 7, 2009) and BYU's John Beck (Oct. 8, 2005 to Oct. 28, 2006) for the third-longest such run in MW history.

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A PASSING TOUCHDOWN
Rk. Player, Team No. Dates
1. Andy Dalton, TCU 21 10/17/09 to 1/1/11
2. Ryan Lindley, San Diego State 17 9/25/10 to 10/29/11
3. Derek Carr, Fresno State 15 9/1/12 to Present
  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's performance vs. Cal Poly comes on the heels of a record-setting performance in the Bulldogs' 52-51 overtime victory over Rutgers to open the season on Thur., Aug. 29. In that contest, he established school and MW all-time single-game highs for most pass completions (52) and attempts (73), shattering 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 YEARS
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 in Week 1, 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.

FRESNO STATE'S ADAMS GRABBING ATTENTION FOR THE BULLDOGS
Fresno State sophomore WR Davante Adams caught five passes for 31 yards and one touchdown against Cal Poly, extending his Fresno State and MW records, as well as the nation's longest active streak of 10 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. The NCAA record for consecutive games with a touchdown catch (18) is held by Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald.

BSU'S SOUTHWICK, USU'S KEETON CONNECT ON FIVE TDS EACH
Boise State senior Joe Southwick and Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton each threw for five touchdowns in their respective team's victories on Saturday, marking the second and third time that feat has been accomplished in the MW this season (Fresno State senior Derek Carr vs. Rutgers in Week 1). Southwick's five passing TDs against Tennessee-Martin matched the MW record for most by a senior, previously set by several individuals and most recently by Carr. Southwick's and Keeton's five passing TDs tie for third-most in a single game in MW history behind BYU's Max Hall (seven vs. UCLA on Sept. 13, 2008) and SDSU's Lindley (six at Colorado State on Oct. 24, 2009).

Keeton tied his career high, and his own school record, of five passing touchdowns against Wyoming on Oct. 8, 2011. He has connected for multiple passing TDs in eight of his last nine appearances. Southwick's five touchdown passes were a career high and the first five-touchdown performance by a Bronco since Kellen Moore accomplished the feat at UNLV on Nov. 5, 2011. Southwick has thrown multiple touchdown passes in five of his last six outings.

PUTTING UP POINTS
Wyoming junior Brett Smith threw for four touchdowns in Saturday's win over Idaho, extending his streak of games with a touchdown (passing and/or rushing) to 25. That ranks as the second-longest streak in MW history, behind BYU's Max Hall, who registered at least one rushing or passing touchdown in 28 consecutive games (Dec. 1, 2007 to Dec. 22, 2009). With an active streak of 15 straight games with a passing and/or rushing TD, Fresno State senior Derek Carr is tied for fifth with SDSU's Ryan Lindley (Oct. 18, 2008 to Nov. 7, 2009) and BYU's John Beck (Oct. 8, 2005 to Oct. 28, 2006).

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A TOUCHDOWN (PASS/RUSH/RECEPTION)
Rk. Player, Pos., Team No. Dates
1. Max Hall, QB, BYU 28 12/1/07 to 12/22/09
2. Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming 25 9/3/11 to Present
3. Andy Dalton, QB, TCU 21 10/17/09 to 1/1/11
4. Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State 17 9/25/10 to 10/29/11
5. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State 15 9/1/12 to Present
  Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State 15 10/18/08 to 11/7/09
  John Beck, QB, BYU 15 10/8/05 to 10/28/06

FAJARDO AND SMITH AMONG NATION'S BEST
Nevada junior Cody Fajardo and Wyoming junior Brett Smith are two of seven active quarterbacks to have three or more games in their careers with at least three passing touchdowns and one rushing TD, making the MW one of two FBS leagues (SEC) with multiple active quarterbacks to accomplish the feat:

GAMES WITH AT LEAST THREE PASSING TDS, ONE RUSHING TD (MIN. 3)
Rk. Player, Team No.
1. Tahj Boyd, Clemson 8
2. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 7
3. Kolton Browning, ULM 4
4. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 3
  Brett Smith, Wyoming 3
  Nathan Scheelhasee, Illinois 3
  Connor Shaw, South Carolina 3

BURSE-T OF POWER
Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse returned punts of 61 and 58 yards for touchdowns in Saturday's win over Cal Poly. Burse, who recorded the first two punt return TDs of his career, tied the MW single-game record of two punt return TDs, originally set by Colorado State's Dallas Davis (Oct. 28, 1999) and later matched by Utah's Steve Smith (Nov. 13, 1999 vs. New Mexico).

Burse is one of six MW players to record multiple punt return TDs in a single season and one of seven to do so in a career:

MULTIPLE PUNT RETURN TOUCHDOWNS - SEASON
No. Player, Cl., Team Season
3 Steve Smith, Jr., Utah 1999
2 Isaiah Burse, Sr., Fresno State 2013
2 Shaky Smithson, Sr., Utah 2010
2 Jeremy Kerley, Jr., TCU 2009
2 Dallas Davis, Jr., Colorado State 1999
2 Steve Persley, Jr., New Mexico 2000

MULTIPLE PUNT RETURN TOUCHDOWNS - CAREER
No. Player, Team Career
4 Steve Smith, Utah 1999-00
2 Isaiah Burse, Fresno State 2012-Present
2 Shaky Smithson, Utah 2009-10
2 Jeremy Kerley, TCU 2007-10
2 Derrick Martin, Wyoming 2003-05
2 Billy Strother, New Mexico 2002-03
2 Dallas Davis, Colorado State 1999-01

Burse also tied the Bulldog record for punt return touchdowns in a single game, joining Clifton Smith who had two against Weber State on Sept. 10, 2005. This marks the third straight season that Fresno State has returned a punt for a TD.

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE...

  • Hawai‘i junior Julian Gener returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter of action at Oregon State, giving the Rainbow Warriors their first defensive touchdown of the season and first pick-six since John Hardy-Tuliau had one vs. UNLV on Nov. 24, 2012.
  • Boise State junior Bryan Douglas intercepted two Tennessee-Martin passes, returning one for a 33-yard touchdown to mark the Broncos' first pick six since Mike Atkinson's 36-yarder vs. BYU on Sept. 20, 2012. Douglas's two picks mark the first multiple-interception game by a Bronco since Jerrell Gavins hauled in two against Tulsa on Sept. 24, 2011. Fellow BSU players Dustin Kamper and Darian Thompson also recorded interceptions vs. the Skyhawks, giving Boise State four on the day, which are the most since also recording four in that 2011 contest vs. Tulsa.

100-YARD RUSHERS - WEEK 2
Three MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 2, led by New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier, who collected 291 yards and four touchdowns on 41 attempts at UTEP. Carrier's 291 yards lead the FBS this season and mark the second-highest total in Lobo history, behind his 338-yard effort at Air Force on Oct. 20, 2012. For the first time in his career, Nevada junior Kendall Brock topped the 100-yard mark, tallying 116 yards and two TDs on 27 carries against UC Davis. Wyoming sophomore Shaun Wick compiled 110 yards on 15 carries vs. Idaho to become the first Cowboy rusher with back-to-back 100-yard games since Devin Moore in 2008.

100-YARD RECEIVERS - WEEK 2
Two MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts in Week 2. Nevada junior Richy Turner totaled 136 yards and a touchdown on six receptions vs. UC Davis to mark the second 100-yard game of his career (150 yards against Wyoming on Oct. 6, 2012). Wyoming senior Robert Herron recorded 123 yards on five catches against Idaho, marking the fourth 100-yard outing of his career.

RED-ZONE PERFECTION
Four MW offenses, including Nevada (9-9), Utah State (9-9), Air Force (8-8) and Hawai‘i (1-1) are perfect in the red zone so far this season. The Wolf Pack, Aggies and Falcons are three of just 16 FBS programs to convert on all eight or more red-zone attempts through the first two weeks of the 2013 season. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Big Ten) with at least three teams in this category.

PACK'S POLIAN RECORDS FIRST CAREER WIN
Nevada head coach Brian Polian recorded the first victory of his career after the Wolf Pack defeated UC Davis, 36-7. Polian is the fifth Nevada coach of the last six to win his home debut, joining Jerry Scattini (1969), Chris Ault (1976), Jeff Horton (1993) and Jeff Tisdel (1996).

AGGIES CAPTURE FIRST CONFERENCE VICTORY IN MW
With a 52-20 win at Air Force on Sat., Sept. 7, Utah State secured its first-ever Mountain West victory and improved to 29-25-3 all-time in conference openers, including a 12-13-3 road record. The Aggies became the ninth team in MW history to win its Conference debut (BYU, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming in 1999, TCU in 2005, Boise State in 2011, Fresno State and Nevada in 2012).

UTAH STATE: IN THE WIN COLUMN
USU is now 17-4 in its last 21 games, with the four losses by a combined 10 points (24-23 loss to Ohio in 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl; 16-14 loss at then-No. 22 Wisconsin on Sept. 15, 2012; 6-3 loss at BYU on Oct. 5, 2011; 30-26 loss at Utah on Aug. 29, 2013).

SJSU'S LOPEZ KICKING IT WITH THE NCAA'S ELITE
San José State sophomore Austin Lopez is one of three active placekickers to hold a streak of at least 20 consecutive made field goals, joining Tulane's Cairo Santos and Toledo's Jeremiah Detmer. Lopez is also one of 13 kickers in NCAA history to connect on at least 20 straight field goals:

NCAA LEADERS IN CONSECUTIVE FIELD GOALS MADE
Rk. Player, Team No. Dates
1. Chuck Nelson, Washington 30 1981-82
2. Cairo Santos, Tulane 24 2012-13*
  Kendall Trainor, Arkansas 24 1988
  Mike Nugent, Ohio State 24 2001-02
5. Alex Steigerwald, Toledo 23 2007-08
6. Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo 22 2012-13*
  John Lee, UCLA 22 1984-85
  Nate Kaeding, Iowa 22 2001-02
  Brandon Pace, Virginia Tech 22 2005-06
  Jeff Wolfert, Missouri 22 2007-08
11. Austin Lopez, San José State 20 2012-13*
  Jason Elam, Hawai‘i 20 1989
  Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson 20 2011-12
*current streak

MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
4 The Mountain West is the only league in the country with two players ranked in the top four for tackles for loss. Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett and Wyoming sophomore Eddie Yarbrough are tied for fourth nationally with 2.5 tackles for loss per game.
7 Wyoming led all MW teams in Week 2 with a total of seven sacks against Idaho, which marked the most by a MW team since Colorado State had nine at New Mexico on Sept. 3, 2011.
8 The Mountain West is the only FBS conference with three of the top eight punt returners in the country, led by Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse, who is second nationally with 29.5 yards per return. Boise State sophomore Shane Williams-Rhodes is sixth among all punt returners with 23.7 yards per return, while Colorado State freshman Tyree Simmons is eighth at 20.3 yards per return.
8 San José State's 34-13 loss at 4/5 Stanford snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Spartans, which was the program's first since 1987. SJSU has won 14 of its last 17 outings, dating back to the final two games of the 2011 season.
12 The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Pac-12) with three of the nation's top 12 in passing average per game. Wyoming junior Brett Smith leads all MW quarterbacks with an average of 339.0 yards per game to rank ninth nationally, followed by Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton (337.0 ypg, 10th) and Fresno State senior Derek Carr (330.5, 12th).
13 Three MW quarterbacks rank in the top 13 nationally for total offense, including two in the top four. Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton ranks third nationally with 418.0 total yards per game, followed by Wyoming junior Brett Smith, who ranks fourth with 417.0 total yards. Fresno State senior Derek Carr ranks 13th with 348.0 total yards per game. The Mountain West is the only league in the country with two of the top four in total offense, and one of two conferences (Pac-12) with at least three in the top 13.
15 New Mexico's 42-35 overtime win at UTEP snapped a 15-game losing streak in the state of Texas and marked the Lobos' first victory in the Lone Star State since a 40-10 win at TCU on Nov. 1, 1997.
32 Utah State's 52-20 win over Air Force marked the Falcons' largest margin of defeat in a home contest since AFA dropped a 48-10 decision to 21st-ranked TCU on Oct. 22, 2005. It also marked the highest scoring output by an Air Force opponent in Falcon Stadium since 13th-ranked California defeated AFA, 56-14, on Sept. 4, 2004.
33 Boise State has allowed just 33 sacks since 2009, the fewest of any team in the FBS. Air Force ranks second with 35 sacks allowed during that time. 36 After posting six receptions for 55 yards at 4/5 Stanford, San José State senior Noel Grigsby set a program record of 36 consecutive games with a reception.
42 With seven catches for 55 yards and a touchdown vs. UC Davis, Nevada senior WR Brandon Wimberly extended the nation's leading streak of consecutive games with a reception to 42 straight (all 42 of his career).
47 After connecting on all six PATs at UTEP, New Mexico senior Justus Adams extended his streak of successful PAT attempts to 47 straight, dating to the start of the 2012 season.
49 Boise State led Tennessee-Martin 49-7 at halftime, the most points scored in the first half for the Broncos since also posting 49 in the first frame vs. Weber State on Aug. 30, 2007. BSU's 49 first-half points tie for the second-most ever by an MW team in a half, trailing only Fresno State's 55 points in the first frame vs. Colorado on Sept. 15, 2012.
500 Two MW teams gained at least 535 total yards in their Week 2 contests. Utah State recorded 577 yards of total offense at Air Force, marking the sixth time in the Aggies' last eight games with at least 500 total yards, dating back to 2011. Nevada collected 535 total yards in its home opener vs. UC Davis, marking the second time in three games the Wolf Pack has racked up at least 500 yards. Nevada posted 659 total yards against Arizona in the 2012 Gildan New Mexico Bowl.