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MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 5 SCHEDULE
Friday, September 27 TV/Web Time
Utah State at San José State* ESPN 6 p.m. PT
Saturday, September 28 TV/Web Time
UTEP at Colorado State CBS Sports Network 1:30 p.m. MT
Wyoming at Texas State Longhorn Network 6 p.m. CT
Air Force at Nevada* CBS Sports Network 5 p.m. PT
San Diego State at New Mexico State AggieVision/ESPN3/FOX Sports San Diego 6 p.m. MT
UNLV at New Mexico* ROOT SPORTS/Mountain West Network 6 p.m. MT
Southern Miss at Boise State ESPNU 8:15 p.m. MT
23/25 Fresno State at Hawai‘i* Oceanic PPV/Mountain West Network 6 p.m. HT
* Mountain West game


BULLDOGS ENTER AP POLL, CLIMB TO 23RD IN COACHES' RANKINGS
Fresno State received 156 votes this week in the USA Today/Coaches' poll to climb two spots to No. 23. The Bulldogs, who defeated Boise State, 41-40 last Friday, also returned to the Associated Press rankings, garnering 110 votes to rank No. 25. Before this week, Fresno State last appeared in the AP poll on Sept. 28, 2008.

MAKING A POINT
Four weeks into the 2013 campaign, three Mountain West quarterbacks rank among national leaders for passing touchdowns and points responsible for. Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton is tied for second in both categories, while Wyoming junior Brett Smith is tied for fourth and fifth, respectively, and Fresno State senior Derek Carr is tied for sixth and ninth, respectively. The Mountain West is the only FBS league with multiple quarterbacks to have at least 12 passing touchdowns at this point in the season, and one of two conferences (Big Ten) with three QBs to be responsible for 72 or more points.

NCAA LEADERS IN PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Rk. Player, Cl., Team G TDs
1. Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State 4 15
2. Chuckie Keeton, Jr., Utah State 4 14
  Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., Louisville 4 14
4. Brett Smith, Jr., Wyoming 4 13
  Kenny Guiton, Sr., Ohio State 4 13
6. Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State 4 12
  Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M 4 12

NCAA LEADERS IN POINTS RESPONSIBLE FOR
Rk. Player, Cl., Team G Points
1. Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State 4 94
2. Chuckie Keeton, Jr., Utah State 4 90
  Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M 4 90
4. Kenny Guiton, Sr., Ohio State 4 88
5. Brett Smith, Jr., Wyoming 4 84
  Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., Louisville 4 84
  Travis Wilson, So., Utah 4 84
8. C.J. Brown, Sr., Maryland 4 78
9. Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State 4 72
  Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall 4 72
  Brandon Connette, Duke 4 72
  Devin Gardner, Michigan 4 72
  Nate Sudfeld, Indiana 4 72

WYOMING'S SMITH IN SELECT COMPANY
Brett Smith totaled 511 yards of offense for Wyoming last Saturday (373 passing, 138 rushing), which is the fourth-best single-game performance in MW history. Smith's 511 total yards at Air Force are the most by a MW player since Fresno State's Derek Carr had 570 total yards (536 passing, 34 rushing) against San Diego State on Sept. 29, 2012. The junior became only the second quarterback in MW history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game, joining UNLV's Omar Clayton (Oct. 20, 2007 vs. Colorado State). It was also the highest output by a Cowboy ever in a single game, eclipsing Josh Wallwork, who had 482 yards vs. Idaho on Aug. 31, 1996. Smith also moved into second place on the program's career offense chart with 8,031 yards in his three seasons for the Pokes.

MW QUARTERBACKS PUTTING UP POINTS
Wyoming junior Brett Smith threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns in last Saturday's win at Air Force, extending his streak of games with a touchdown (passing and/or rushing) to 27. 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 16 straight games with a passing and/or rushing TD, Fresno State senior Derek Carr is fifth on that list, while Nevada's Cody Fajardo is tied for sixth with a streak of 15 games.

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 27 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 16 9/1/12 to Present
6. 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

TWO MW QBS REACH 400-YARD MARK IN WEEK 4 ACTION
Fresno State senior Derek Carr and San José State senior David Fales each topped the 400-yard passing mark in their respective games in Week 4. Carr threw for 460 yards and four touchdowns in Friday's 41-40 win over Boise State, while Fales passed for 439 yards and three TDs in the Spartans' 43-24 loss at Minnesota last Saturday. That marks the first time in MW history that two quarterbacks have registered 400-yard passing performances in the same week of action.

NEVADA'S FAJARDO AND WYOMING'S 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. Brett Smith, Wyoming 4
  Kolton Browning, ULM 4
5. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 3
  Nathan Scheelhasee, Illinois 3
  Connor Shaw, South Carolina 3

RACKING UP YARDAGE

  • Three MW teams gained at least 522 total yards in their Week 4 contests. Wyoming recorded 622 yards of total offense at Air Force, the most by a MW team since Nevada racked up 659 yards vs. Arizona in the 2012 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Boise State collected 561 yards at then-No. 25 Fresno State, while the Bulldogs compiled 522 yards in the contest. The Broncos' 533 yards are the most for BSU since racking up 599 yards against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 15, 2012. The Bulldogs have eclipsed the 500-yard mark in two of their three contests this season, after posting 537 yards in their season opener vs. Rutgers on Aug. 29.
  • Four MW teams, including Boise State, Fresno State, San José State and Wyoming, threw for at least 361 yards in Week 4. Fresno State led all MW teams with 460 yards vs. BSU, marking its second 400-yard passing performance of the season (456 vs. Rutgers on Aug. 29). San José State posted 439 passing yards at Minnesota, its highest passing performance since the Spartans collected 467 yards vs. Utah State on Oct. 13, 2012. Wyoming threw for 373 yards at Air Force, marking the third time in four games this season the Cowboys have eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark. Boise State's 361 passing yards are the most since recording 394 yards in the air vs. New Mexico on Dec. 3, 2011.
  • Wyoming junior quarterback Brett Smith led the Mountain West in rushing in Week 4, after posting 138 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries at Air Force. Smith became the fourth MW quarterback to rush for 100 or more yards in a game this season, joining Air Force sophomore Jaleel Awini, who collected 107-yards and two touchdowns on a career-best 23 attempts at Boise State on Sept. 14, 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. This is the third time in MW history that the league has had four different quarterbacks register 100-yard rushing games in a single season (2001, 2005).
FRESNO STATE'S ADAMS GRABBING ATTENTION FOR THE BULLDOGS
Fresno State sophomore WR Davante Adams caught 12 passes for 110 yards and one touchdown against Boise State last Friday, extending his Fresno State and MW records, as well as the nation's longest active streak of 11 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 threw for four touchdowns in last Friday's 41-40 win over Boise State, extending his streak of games with at least one passing touchdown to 23, including 16 straight since the Bulldogs joined the Mountain West last season. Carr's 16 straight games with a passing TD ranks as the third-longest such run in MW history. TCU's Andy Dalton holds the league record of 21 consecutive games with a passing TD (Oct. 17, 2009 to Jan. 1, 2011), followed by Lindley (17 from Sept. 25, 2010 to Oct. 29, 2011).

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 16 9/1/12 to Present
4. Ryan Lindley, San Diego State 15 10/18/08 to 11/7/09
  John Beck, BYU 15 10/8/05 to 10/28/06

With 460 passing yards vs. Boise State, Fresno State's Carr became the first QB in Fresno State and Mountain West history to have five career 400-yard passing games. The senior surpassed previous MW record-holder Ryan Lindley, who had four 400-yard career passing games for San Diego State from 2008-11. Former Bulldog signal caller Trent Dilfer previously held the school mark with four 400-yard games from 1991-93.

KEETON AND CARR TOP THE MW CHARTS
Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton connected for five passing touchdowns vs. Weber State on Sept. 14 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)

SIX MW RECEIVERS FIND THE CENTURY MARK IN WEEK 4
Six MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts in Week 4, including two from Fresno State. Senior Isaiah Burse and sophomore Davante Adams combined for the second time in three games that the Bulldogs touted multiple 100-yard receivers. Burse had his second 100-yard game of the season and fifth of his career, grabbing 10 catches for 148 yards against Boise State. Adams also had his second 100-yard game of the year, and eighth of his career, with 12 receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown. San José State senior Chandler Jones notched his fifth career 100-yard receiving effort with seven receptions for a career-best 197 yards and three touchdowns. Wyoming junior Dominic Rufran had eight catches for 177 yards and two touchdowns at Air Force, making his fourth career 100-yard game. San Diego State senior Colin Lockett recorded his fourth career 100-yard receiving game and first since Dec. 3, 2011, after collecting five receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown vs. Oregon State. Boise State senior Geraldo Boldewijn had the first 100-yard receiving performance of his career, after catching six passes for 106 yards at Fresno State.

MW WIDEOUTS REACHING THE END ZONE
Four MW players, including Fresno State junior Josh Harper, Nevada senior Kolby Arendse, San José State senior Chandler Jones and Wyoming junior Dominic Rufran, recorded multiple receiving touchdowns in their respective outings. With his three touchdown receptions at Minnesota, Jones tied the SJSU record for most touchdown receptions in a game. His three receiving-TD performance is the third by a MW receiver in as many weeks, matching UNLV junior Devante Davis (Sept. 14 vs. Central Michigan) and Wyoming's Rufran (Sept. 7 vs. Idaho). That ties several other individuals for the third-most most receiving TDs in a single MW game.

Arendse had his first multiple-touchdown outing with two TDs vs. Hawai‘i. Harper and Rufran each reached the end zone twice in their respective outings, marking the second multiple-touchdown games of the season for each player.

MW'S CONSISTENT KICKERS
San José State sophomore Austin Lopez has connected on 21 consecutive field goal attempts, a streak that leads all active placekickers in the FBS. Lopez is one of 14 kickers in NCAA history to connect on at least 20 straight field goals:

NCAA ALL-TIME LEADERS IN CONSECUTIVE FIELD GOALS MADE
Rk. Player, Team FGM Dates
1. Chuck Nelson, Washington 30 1981-82
2. Cairo Santos, Tulane 26 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. Austin Lopez, San José State 21 2012-present
  Chris Hazley, Virginia Tech 21 2010
13. Jason Elam, Hawai‘i 20 1989
  Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson 20 2011-12

Colorado State's Jared Roberts accounted for all six of Colorado State's points against top-ranked Alabama, connecting on field goals of 45 and 31 yards. Dating back to the 2012 season, Roberts has converted 14 consecutive field goal tries, to sit just outside the top 5 for longest field goal streaks in MW history.

PICKING OFF PASSES
Two MW teams, including Nevada and UNLV, hauled in multiple interceptions in their respective Week 4 contests. Nevada picked off four passes in its contest vs. Hawai‘i, the most by the Wolf Pack since recording six against Utah State on Nov. 9, 1996. UNLV recorded two picks vs. Western Illinois, giving the Rebels multiple picks in back-to-back contests (2 vs. Central Michigan, Sept. 14).

COWBOYS LIGHT UP THE SCOREBOARD
Wyoming's 56 points at Air Force were the most scored in the five years under head coach Dave Christensen, and the most since the Cowboys posted 56 points vs. Iowa State on Sept. 6, 1997. Wyoming tallied 42 first-half points at the Academy, marking the first time since Sept. 4, 2004 that the Pokes scored 40 or more points in a half (41 first-half points vs. Appalachian State).

STOPPING THE RUN
Three MW teams, including Boise State, Colorado State and San Diego State, held their opponents to under 100 rushing yards. The Aztecs gave up just 10 yards on the ground to Oregon State, which is the eighth-fewest rushing yards allowed in SDSU single-game history. It was also the fewest allowed by SDSU since holding BYU to -16 rushing yards on Sept. 16, 1995. Boise State limited Fresno State to 62 rushing yards, which are the fewest allowed by BSU since holding Hawai‘i to -14 yards on Nov 10, 2012. Colorado State gave up just 66 rushing yards to No. 1 Alabama, marking the fewest allowed by the Rams since Sept. 1, 2012, when CSU gave up just 58 yards to Colorado. It also was the fewest rushing yards by Alabama since Utah held the Crimson Tide to 31 yards in the 2009 Allstate Sugar Bowl.

WHERE THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKS NATIONALLY...

  • The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Pac-12) with multiple quarterbacks in the nation's top 10 and at least four in the top 25 for passing average per game. Fresno State senior Derek Carr leads all MW quarterbacks with 373.7 yards per game to rank third nationally, followed by Wyoming junior Brett Smith (328.8 ypg, 9th), San José State senior David Fales (293.3 ypg, 16th) and Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton (272.0 ypg, 25th).
  • Three MW quarterbacks rank in the top 18 nationally for total offense, including two in the top four. Wyoming junior Brett Smith ranks second nationally with 403.5 total yards per game, followed by Fresno State senior Derek Carr, who ranks fourth with 388.0 total yards. Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton ranks 18th with 318.5 total yards per game. The Mountain West is one of two conferences (Pac-12) with two of the top four QBs in total offense and one of three leagues (Pac-12, SEC) with at least three in the top 18.
  • Two MW players rank in the top six nationally in receptions per game. Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams is tied for third among all FBS players with 10.3 receptions per game, while fellow Bulldog Isaiah Burse ranks sixth with 9.0 catches per contest. Fresno State is the only program in the country with multiple players averaging at least 9.0 receptions per game.
  • New Mexico sophomore Carlos Wiggins ranks seventh in the country with 35.2 yards per kickoff return. Boise State junior Dallas Burroughs comes in at 13th nationally with 31.0 yards per return, making the Mountain West one of four leagues (ACC, Big Ten, Conference USA) with multiple players averaging 31.0 yards or more per kickoff return.
  • The Mountain West is one of three leagues (American, Conference USA) with two players ranked in the top nine nationally for tackles for loss. Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett ranks fifth among all players with 2.1 tackles for loss per game, while Wyoming sophomore Eddie Yarbrough is tied for ninth nationally with 1.8 tackles for loss per game.
  • Two MW teams rank in the top four nationally for first down offense and three rank in the top 10. Wyoming is second in the FBS with 119 first downs this season, while Boise State ranks fourth with 111 first downs and Utah State is tied with Northwestern for ninth nationally with 100 first downs. The Mountain West is the only conference to tout two of the top four FBS programs in this category and one of two leagues (Big Ten) with three in the top 10.

MOUNTAIN WEST PARTCIPATES IN COACH TO CURE MD EFFORT
The AFCA will hold its sixth annual Coach to Cure MD effort this week with games through Sept. 28. Mountain West coaching staffs will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches this week to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. Fans are encouraged to donate online at CoachtoCureMD.org or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.

MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
0 For the first time in program history, UNLV did not commit a penalty.
0.67 Air Force is tied for first nationally (Navy, Nebraska, Toledo), having allowed just 0.50 sacks per game this season, while Fresno State is tied for fifth (Georgia Tech, Miami, Northern Illinois, Oklahoma State, Oregon) with 0.67 sacks allowed. The Mountain West is one of three leagues (ACC, MAC) with multiple teams allowing 0.67 sacks per game or less.
1 Nevada freshman linebacker Alex Bertrando returned a Hawai‘i fumble two yards for a touchdown to cap off the Wolf Pack's 31-9 victory. It marked Bertrando's first career score and the first fumble recovery TD for Nevada since Bubba Boudreaux accomplished the feat vs. Fresno State on Oct. 22, 2011.
7 The Mountain West is one of two FBS conferences (Big Ten) with two of the country's top seven teams in punt return yardage. Boise State is averaging 23.67 yards per return to rank fourth nationally, while Fresno State is seventh with 22.00 yards per return.
7 Nevada's contest vs. Hawai‘i marked the first time in the last seven outings that the Wolf Pack has not had at least one 100-yard rusher.
9 Wyoming is one of nine programs nationally (Baylor, Oregon, Washington, UCLA, Texas A&M, Georgia, Missouri, California) averaging at least 556 total yards per contest. The Cowboys rank eighth nationally (556.3).
11 Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams has recorded a touchdown catch in 11 straight games, which is the nation's longest active streak.
25 Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse is one of two players nationally averaging more than 25 yards per punt return (Iowa's Kevonte Martin-Manley). Burse currently ranks second in the FBS with 25.1 yards per return.
44 With four catches for 27 yards and a touchdown against Hawai‘i, Nevada senior WR Brandon Wimberly extended the nation's leading streak of consecutive games with a reception to 44 straight (all 44 of his career).
50 After connecting on all three PATs at 9/10 Florida State on Sept. 14, New Mexico senior Justus Adams extended his streak of successful PAT attempts to 50 straight, dating to the start of the 2012 season.
60 Wyoming junior QB Brett Smith had four touchdown passes at Air Force to establish a new Cowboy career passing TD record (60). Former Wyoming signal caller Casey Bramlet posted 56 passing touchdowns from 2000-03.