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MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 4 SCHEDULE
Friday, September 20 TV/Web Time
Boise State at 25/RV Fresno State* ESPN 6 p.m. PT
Saturday, September 21 TV/Web Time
San José Stateat Minnesota ESPN2 11 a.m. CT
Utah State at USC ABC/ESPN2 12:30 p.m. PT
Colorado State at 1/1 Alabama ESPN2 6 p.m. CT
Oregon State at San Diego State CBS Sports Network 4:30 p.m. PT
Hawai‘i at Nevada* Oceanic PPV/MWN 5:05 p.m. PT
Western Illinois at UNLV   6 p.m. PT
Wyoming at Air Force* ESPNU 8:15 p.m. MT
* Mountain West game


BULLDOGS EARN NATIONAL RANKING FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2008
Fresno State enters Week 4 nationally ranked for the first time since 2008, coming in at No. 25 in the USA Today/Coaches' poll. The Bulldogs, who were last nationally ranked on Sept. 28, 2008, received 75 votes from the panel. Fresno State also received 27 votes in this week's Associated Press rankings. Boise State, who will make the trip to Fresno on Friday, received votes in both polls, as the Broncos garnered five votes from the Coaches and four from the AP panel. Utah State rounds out the MW contingent, receiving five votes in the Coaches' poll.

USU'S KEETON CONNECT ON FIVE TDS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK
Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton connected for five passing touchdowns vs. Weber State to mark his second straight outing with five passing TDs. Keeton's performance marked the fourth time this feat has been accomplished in the MW this season (Fresno State senior Derek Carr vs. Rutgers on Aug. 29, Boise State senior Joe Southwick vs. Tennesse Martin on Sept. 7 and Keeton at Air Force on Sept. 7). The five passing TDs tie for the third-most in a single game in MW history behind BYU's Max Hall (seven vs. UCLA on Sept. 13, 2008) and San Diego State's Ryan Lindley (six at Colorado State on Oct. 24, 2009). Saturday marked the third time in Keeton's career that he has thrown for five touchdowns (against Wyoming on Oct. 8, 2011).

Keeton is the first MW quarterback to throw for five touchdowns in back-to-back outings, as well as the third MW quarterback to record multiple five-passing TD games in a season and fourth to do so in a career.

MULTIPLE FIVE PASSING TOUCHDOWN GAMES - CAREER
No. Player, Team Opponents (Dates)
3 Derek Carr, Fresno State vs. Rutgers (8/29/13)
vs. San Diego State (9/29/12)
vs. Colorado (9/15/12)
2 Chuckie Keeton, Utah State vs. Weber State (9/14/13)
at Air Force (9/7/13)
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)

USU's Keeton has connected for multiple passing TDs in nine of his last 10 appearances, and has recorded at least four passing touchdowns in four career outings. Overall, he has recording multiple TD passes 16 times, including seven games with three touchdown passes. Keeton now has 50 career passing TDs.

KEETON MAKING A POINT
Through the first three weeks of play in 2013, Utah State junior QB Chuckie Keeton has passed for 12 touchdowns and rushed for another, making him the nation's leader in points responsible for (78). Keeton is tied with Oregon State's Sean Mannion for most passing TDs in 2013.

NCAA LEADERS IN POINS RESPONSIBLE FOR
Rk. Player, Cl., Team G Points
1. Chuckie Keeton, Jr., QB, Utah State 3 78
2. Sean Mannion, Jr., QB, Oregon State 3 76
3. Johnny Manziel, So., QB, Texas A&M 3 72
  Travis Wilson, So., QB, Utah 3 72

MW QUARTERBACKS PUTTING UP POINTS
Wyoming junior Brett Smith threw for one touchdown in last Saturday's win over Northern Colorado, extending his streak of games with a touchdown (passing and/or rushing) to 26. 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 active streaks of 15 straight games with a passing and/or rushing TD, Fresno State senior Derek Carr and Nevada junior Cody Fajardo are 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 26 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
  Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada 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

SMITH MOVES TO TOP OF COWBOYS' CAREER PASSING TD LIST
Wyoming junior QB Brett Smith had one touchdown pass against Northern Colorado to tie for first all-time on the Cowboys' career passing TD list. Former Wyoming signal caller Casey Bramlet posted 56 passing touchdowns from 2000-03.

BOISE STATE QUARTERBACKS COMBINE TO BREAK NCAA RECORD
Boise State senior QB Joe Southwick and junior Grant Hedrick combined to complete 29-of-31 passes against Air Force last Friday for a completion percentage of 93.6, shattering the NCAA team record for completion percentage (minimum 25 completions). UCLA held the previous mark (92.6), after completing 25-of-27 passes against Washington on Oct. 29, 1983.

Southwick started Friday's contest having completed 27-of-29 pass attempts for 287 yards and one touchdown in the Broncos' 42-20 victory. His 93.1 completion percentage established a new MW single-game record, surpassing the previous mark of 91.3 percent, set by TCU's Andy Dalton (21-of-23 against Baylor on Sept. 18, 2010). It also shattered Dalton's senior class record (same game) and the MW-only record of 90.9 percent (BYU's Max Hall, 20-22, at Wyoming, Nov. 7, 2009). Southwick also broke the Broncos' single-game record, previously held by Jared Zabransky, who completed 21-of-23 passes (.913) against Utah State on Nov. 18, 2006.

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 QBs 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

RACKING UP YARDAGE
Three MW teams gained at least 533 total yards in their Week 3 contests. Utah State recorded 587 yards of total offense vs. Weber State, marking the second straight game and seventh time in the Aggies' last nine games with at least 500 total yards, dating back to 2011. USU's 587 total yards are the most since racking up 593 yards against Texas State on Nov. 3, 2012. Boise State and Colorado State each collected 533 yards in their respective contests. The Broncos' 533 yards are the most for BSU since racking up 599 yards against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 15, 2012. The Rams recorded the highest offensive output since combing for 584 yards vs. New Mexico on Oct. 30, 2010.

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 on Sept. 7, extending his Fresno State and MW records, as well as the nation's longest active streak of 10 consecutive games with a TD reception. The NCAA record for consecutive games with a touchdown catch (18) is held by Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald.

FRESNO STATE QB CARVES NAME IN MW RECORD BOOK
Fresno State senior Derek Carr passed for three touchdowns in the Bulldogs' Sept. 7 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.

100-YARD RUSHERS - WEEK 3
Five MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 3, led by Colorado State senior Chris Nwoke, who collected 133 yards on 19 carries vs. Cal Poly, marking the sixth 100-yard outing of his career and first since rushing for 119 yards at Boise State on Nov. 17, 2012. Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi had 17 carries for 125 yards and four touchdowns vs. Air Force, marking the second 100-yard game of his career. In his first career start, Nevada freshman Chris Solomon compiled 108 yards on 26 attempts at 9/10 Florida State. Air Force sophomore quarterback Jaleel Awini ran for a career-high 107 yards and two touchdowns on a career-best 23 attempts. Utah State senior Joey DeMartino surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time of his career, finishing the contest vs. Weber State with 105 yards on the ground and three touchdowns off eight carries.

Air Force's Awini became the third MW quarterback to rush for 100 or more yards in a game this season, joining Nevada junior Cody Fajardo, who had 106 rushing yards and two touchdowns at UCLA on Aug. 31, and New Mexico sophomore Cole Gautsche, who finished the contest vs. UTSA on Aug. 31 with 118 yards on the ground. Awini is the first Falcon QB to rush for more than 100 yards in a game since Shaun Carney went for 108 yards vs. California in the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl.

BURSE-T of POWER
Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse returned punts of 61 and 58 yards for touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 41-25 win over Cal Poly on Sept. 7. 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.

COWBOYS TAKE IT TO THE HOUSE
Wyoming junior Jordan Stanton picked off a Northern Colorado pass 39 yards for a touchdown on Saturday, giving the Cowboys their first defensive TD of the season and marking the team's first interception return for a TD since Blair Burns had a 99-yarder against Colorado State on Nov. 3, 2012. Freshman Cortland Fort follow suit in the fourth quarter with a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown. Stanton and Fort, who recorded their first career interceptions, combined to give Wyoming its first game with multiple pick sixes since Oct. 9, 1999, when Cortney Barnes and Matt Klotz each returned interceptions for scores against UNLV. It also marked the first time a MW team had two interception return touchdowns since Colorado State accomplished the feat vs. Hawai‘i on Oct. 27, 2012.

PICKING OFF PASSES
Three MW teams, including New Mexico, UNLV and Wyoming, hauled in multiple interceptions in their respective Week 3 contests. New Mexico and Wyoming each picked off multiple passes for the first time since Nov. 3, 2012 (UNM at UNLV; WYO vs. CSU). UNLV recorded multiple picks for the first time since the Rebels had two vs. Washington State on Sept. 14, 2012.

AGGIES LIGHT UP THE SCOREBOARD
Utah State put up 70 points in last Saturday's 70-6 rout of Weber State that not only tied for the second-most points nationally in a single game this season, but also tied for the third-most in a single game in MW history. The league record of 72 points is shared by Air Force (Sept. 5, 2009 vs. Nicholls State) and New Mexico (Aug. 30, 2003 vs. Texas State). The Aggies' 64-point margin of victory on Saturday tied for the third-largest in MW history, trailing Air Force's 72-point win over Nicholls State (72-0 on Sept. 5, 2009) and TCU's 69-point victory against New Mexico (69-0 on Oct. 22, 2011).

SJSU'S LOPEZ KICKING IT WITH THE NCAA'S ELITE
San José State sophomore Austin Lopez is one of two active placekickers to hold a streak of at least 20 consecutive made field goals, joining Tulane's Cairo Santos. Lopez is also one of 14 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 25 2012-13*
3. Kendall Trainor, Arkansas 24 1988
  Mike Nugent, Ohio State 24 2001-02
5. Alex Steigerwald, Toledo 23 2007-08
Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo 23 2012-13
7. 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. Chris Hazley, Virginia Tech 21 2010
12. Austin Lopez, San José State 20 2012-13*
  Jason Elam, Hawai‘i 20 1989
  Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson 20 2011-12
*current streak

WHERE THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKS NATIONALLY...

  • The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Pac-12) with at least three of the nation's top 17 in passing average per game. Fresno State senior Derek Carr leads all MW quarterbacks with 330.5 yards per game to rank ninth nationally, followed by Wyoming junior Brett Smith (314.0 ypg, T15th) and Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton (307.7 ypg, 17th).
  • Three MW quarterbacks rank in the top 13 nationally for total offense, including two in the top four. Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton ranks seventh nationally with 370.0 total yards per game, followed by Wyoming junior Brett Smith, who ranks eighth with 367.7 total yards. Fresno State senior Derek Carr ranks 13th with 348.0 total yards per game. The Mountain West is one of two conferences (Pac-12) with at least two of the top eight QBs in total offense and at least three in the top 13.
  • Two MW teams rank in the top six nationally for first down offense. Utah State is fourth with 87 first downs this season, while Wyoming ranks sixth with 85 first downs. The Mountain West is one of two conferences (Pac-12) to tout two of the top six FBS programs in this category.

WIMBERLY AND GRIGSBY CATCHING NATIONAL ATTENTION
The Mountain West touts the only two receivers in the FBS to record at least 35 consecutive contests with a reception. Nevada senior WR Brandon Wimberly collected five catches for 23 yards and a touchdown at 9/10 Florida State last Saturday to extend the nation's leading streak of consecutive games with a reception to 43 straight (all 43 of his career). San José State senior Noel Grigsby holds the Spartan record of 36 consecutive games with a reception, after posting six receptions for 55 yards at 4/5 Stanford on Sept. 7. SJSU was idle in Week 3.

MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
1 Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse leads all players in the FBS, averaging 29.5 yards per punt return.
2 Air Force has been outrushed in back-to-back games for first time since Oct. 13-20, 2012.
3 The Mountain West is one of three leagues (Big Ten, SEC) with three teams allowing 0.67 sacks per game or less, including Air Force (0.33), Fresno State (0.50) and Boise State (0.67).
3 UNLV junior Devante Davis caught seven passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday against over Central Michigan. Davis' three-TD reception performance is the second recorded by an MW receiver in as many weeks, matching Wyoming junior Dominic Rufran (Sept. 7 vs. Idaho). It also ties the MW junior class record, shared by several players and most recently accomplished by Rufran.
4 Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi became the second MW running back to post four rushing TDs in a single game this season (against Air Force on Sept. 14), after New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier accomplished the feat at UTEP on Sept. 7. Ajayi posted the most rushing touchdowns by a Bronco since Doug Martin also had four against New Mexico State on Dec. 5, 2009.
6 The Mountain West is the only FBS conference with two of the country's top six teams in punt return yardage. Fresno State is averaging 25.29 yards per return to rank fourth nationally, while Boise State is sixth with 23.67 yards per return.
6 Utah State's six passing TDs against Weber State tied for the second-most in a single game in MW history, trailing the seven registered by BYU vs. UCLA on Sept. 13, 2008.
9 The Mountain West is one of three leagues (American, Conference USA) with three players ranked in the top nine nationally for tackles for loss. Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett ranks fourth among all players with 2.3 tackles for loss per game, while Wyoming sophomore Eddie Yarbrough and Hawai‘i senior Brenden Daley are tied for ninth nationally with 2.0 tackles for loss per game.
10 Two MW teams, including UNLV and Utah State, had 10 different players record a reception in their respective games last week. The Aggies have had 10 players catch a pass in back-to-back outings, while the Rebels have touted 10 receivers in two of their last three games.
10 Utah State is now 18-4 in its last 22 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).
16 The Mountain West is the only FBS conference with four of the nation's top 16 punters this season. UNLV sophomore Logan Yunker leads the league with 46.0 yards per punt to rank seventh in the country, followed by Colorado State freshman Hayden Hunt (45.2 yards, 12th), Nevada senior Chase Tenpenny (45.0 yards, 14th) and New Mexico senior Ben Skaer (44.7 yards, 16th).
31 At one point in the second quarter vs. Central Michigan, UNLV trailed 21-0, but rallied to score 31 consecutive points to secure the 10-point victory. It ties for the largest comeback in Rebel history and first since Oct. 16, 1976 when UNLV trailed Nebraska-Omaha, 35-14, in the second quarter before winning, 63-42.
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.
49 Utah State led Weber State, 49-0, at halftime, tying 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. The Aggies are the second team this season to hit that mark this season, as Boise State also posted a 49-point first half in Week 2 against Tennessee-Martin.
50 After connecting on all three PATs at 9/10 Florida State, New Mexico senior Justus Adams extended his streak of successful PAT attempts to 50 straight, dating to the start of the 2012 season.
70 Utah State's 70 points against Weber State are the most by the program since a 76-0 blanking of New Mexico State on Sept. 26, 1964.