Mountain West Football Weekly Release
|MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 6 SCHEDULE|
|Friday, October 4||TV/Web||Time|
|BYU at Utah State||CBS Sports Network||6 p.m. MT|
|Nevada at San Diego State*||ESPN||6 p.m. PT|
|Saturday, October 5||TV/Web||Time|
|Air Force at Navy||CBS||11:30 a.m. ET|
|21/23 Fresno State at Idaho||KSEE 24 (Fresno)||2 p.m. PT|
|New Mexico State at New Mexico||ROOT SPORTS/MWN||5 p.m. MT|
|San José State at Hawai‘i*||Oceanic PPV/MWN||6 p.m. HT|
|* Mountain West game|
BULLDOGS CONTINUE TO CLIMB IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Fresno State received 270 votes this week in the USA Today/Coaches' poll to climb two spots to No. 21. The Bulldogs, who defeated Hawai‘i, 42-37 last Saturday, also rose two positions in the Associated Press poll, garnering 187 votes to rank No. 23.
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD
Mountain West teams combined for 64 touchdowns in Week 5 action, including 38 rushing touchdowns, 25 passing TDs and one defensive score. Prior to Week 5, the Mountain West as a league averaged 40 touchdowns per week with a high for 49 in Week 2.
UNLV and New Mexico combined for 70 first-half points in last Saturday's meeting, establishing a new MW conference-only record for most points scored in a half by both teams. The previous conference-game only record of 68 points was held by Air Force and BYU, who scored a collective 68 points in an Oct. 29, 2005 matchup. The Rebels' and Lobos' 70-point first-half tally ranks third overall on the league's list for most combined points in a half. In addition, Colorado State and UTEP racked up a total of 66 second-half points in their game on Saturday, which ranks fifth on the league's list. Below is a look at the top five combined point totals in a half in MW history:
|1.||77||BYU (49) vs. Tulane (28) (1st)||8/25/01|
|2.||76||Hawai‘i (41) vs. BYU (35) (2nd)||12/8/01|
|3.||70||UNLV (35) at New Mexico (35) (1st)||9/28/13|
|4.||68||Air Force (34) at BYU (34) (2nd)||10/29/05|
|5.||66||Colorado State (31) vs. UTEP (35) (2nd)||9/28/13|
MAKING A POINT
Five weeks into the 2013 campaign, three Mountain West quarterbacks rank among national leaders for passing touchdowns and points responsibility. Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton is ranked second in both categories, while Fresno State senior Derek Carr and Wyoming junior Brett Smith are tied for third and fifth in both categories, respectively. The Mountain West is the only FBS league with multiple quarterbacks to have at least 14 passing touchdowns at this point in the season, as well as the only conference with multiple QBs to be responsible for 90 or more points.
|NCAA LEADERS IN PASSING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||5||21|
|2.||Chuckie Keeton, Jr., Utah State||5||17|
|3.||Derek Carr, Jr., Fresno State||4||14|
|Brett Smith, Jr., Wyoming||5||14|
|Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., Louisville||4||14|
|Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M||5||14|
|NCAA LEADERS IN POINTS RESPONSIBLE FOR|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||Points|
|1.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||5||130|
|2.||Chuckie Keeton, Jr., Utah State||5||114|
|3.||Brandon Connette, Duke||5||102|
|Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M||5||102|
|5.||Derek Carr, Jr., Fresno State||4||90|
|Brett Smith, Jr., Wyoming||5||90|
MW QUARTERBACKS PUTTING UP POINTS
Wyoming junior Brett Smith threw for 292 yards and one touchdown at Texas State last Saturday, extending his streak of games with a touchdown (passing and/or rushing) to 28. That ties the MW record originally established by 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 17 straight games with a passing and/or rushing TD, Fresno State senior Derek Carr is tied for fourth on that list (San Diego State's Ryan Lindley, Sept. 25, 2010 to Oct. 29, 2011), while Nevada junior Cody Fajardo ranks sixth with a streak of 16 games.
|CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A TOUCHDOWN (PASS/RUSH/RECEPTION)|
|Rk.||Player, Pos., Team||No.||Dates|
|1.||Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming||28||9/3/11 to Present|
|2.||Max Hall, QB, BYU||28||12/1/07 to 12/22/09|
|3.||Andy Dalton, QB, TCU||21||10/17/09 to 1/1/11|
|4.||Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State||17||9/1/12 to Present|
|Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State||17||9/25/10 to 10/29/11|
|6.||Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada||16||9/1/12 to Present|
Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence blocked two Southern Miss field goal attempts, marking the second time in three weeks that a MW defender blocked multiple field goals in a single game. Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett accomplished the feat on Sept. 14, after blocking two field goals from Cal Poly. Lawrence is the first Bronco to block two field goal attempts in the same game since current Arizona Cardinal Daryn Colledge blocked two at Hawai‘i on Oct. 1, 2005. Lawrence's performance marked the first blocked kick of any sort for Boise State since he rejected a field goal at Wyoming on Oct. 27, 2012.
NEVADA'S FAJARDO AND WYOMING'S SMITH AMONG NATION'S BEST
Nevada junior Cody Fajardo and Wyoming junior Brett Smith are two of five active quarterbacks 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||9|
|2.||Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M||7|
|3.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||4|
|Brett Smith, Wyoming||4|
|Kolton Browning, ULM||4|
|6.||Nathan Scheelhasee, Illinois||3|
|Connor Shaw, South Carolina||3|
Seven MW teams gained at least 520 total yards in their Week 5 contests. Nevada recorded 599 yards of total offense vs. Air Force, the most by the Wolf Pack since racking up 659 yards vs. Arizona in the 2012 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Nevada has reached the 500-yard mark twice this season (535 vs. UC Davis on Sept. 7). Colorado State compiled 591 total offensive yards on UTEP, which was the most by a Ram offense racking up 619 total yards vs. Fresno State in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl. New Mexico collected 581 yards vs. UNLV, the highest output by the Lobos since totaling 584 yards at Texas Tech on Sept. 6, 2003. UNLV's total yardage of 568 at New Mexico is the highest for the Rebels since collecting 575 yards at Colorado State on Nov. 30, 2002. Boise State compiled 545 total yards against Southern Miss, marking BSU's third straight game over the 500-yard mark. The Broncos' 545 yards are the most since racking up 599 yards against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 15, 2012. Fresno State collected 530 total yards at Hawai‘i, marking the third time in four contests this season that the Bulldogs have eclipsed the 500-yard mark. Utah State totaled 520 yards at San José State, marking the third time in its last 11 games, including three times this season, the Aggies have produced at least 500 yards of total offense.
IN THE AIR TONIGHT
Seven MW teams, including Nevada, Hawai‘i, Colorado State, San José State, Fresno State, UNLV and Boise State, threw for at least 316 yards in Week 5. Nevada led all MW teams with 389 yards vs. Air Force, the highest passing performance by the Pack since throwing for 438 yards in a 35-28 overtime victory over Wyoming on Oct. 6, 2012. Hawai‘i posted 377 passing yards vs. Fresno State, the most by the Rainbow Warriors since collecting 410 yards through the air at Louisiana Tech on Oct. 1, 2011. Colorado State combined for 341 passing yards vs. UTEP, marking the first time the Rams eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark since tallying 387 yards vs. Hawai‘i on Oct. 27, 2012. San José State posted 336 passing yards vs. Utah State, its second straight game over 300 yards in the air (439 at Minnesota on Sept. 21). Fresno State threw for 324 yards at Hawai‘i, marking the fifth time in the last six games that the Bulldogs have eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark. UNLV's 320 passing yards at New Mexico are the most for the Rebels since recording 378 yards in the air at Louisiana Tech on Oct. 6, 2012. The Boise State QB corps recorded 316 passing yards vs. Southern Miss, which is the third straight game that the Broncos have had at least 300 passing yards.
Five MW quarterbacks topped the 300-yard passing mark in their respective Week 5 games, led by Nevada junior Cody Fajardo, who set career marks in completions (38), attempts (54) and yards (389) in the Wolf Pack's 45-42 victory over Air Force. Fresno State senior Derek Carr connected on 33-of-47 passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns at Hawai‘i for his 13th career game with 300+ yards to tie his brother David for the most in Bulldog history. Hawai‘i senior Sean Schroeder threw for a career-high 321 yards and three touchdowns on 17-of-27 passing in less than two full quarters of action vs. then-No. 23/25 Fresno State. San José State senior David Fales passed for 314 yards on 25-of-48 attempts to mark his second consecutive 300-yard performance of the season (439 at Minnesota on Sept. 21). Colorado State junior Garrett Grayson completed 17-of-28 passes vs. UTEP for career highs in yards (307) and touchdowns (3). Grayson's performance was the first 300-yard passing game for the Rams since Conner Smith had 326 yards in the air at Wyoming on Nov. 3, 2012.
RACKING UP YARDAGE
Two MW teams, including Air Force and New Mexico, rushed for at least 375 yards in Week 5. UNM led all MW teams with 497 yards on the ground vs. UNLV, the fifth-best single-game team rushing performance in MW history, as well as the seventh highest rushing output for the Lobos and the most since rushing for 585 yards vs. New Mexico State on Oct. 23, 1982. New Mexico went over the 300-yard rushing mark with 11 minutes left in the first half, and hit the 400-yard rushing mark for the second time under head coach Bob Davie just before halftime. AFA posted 375 rushing yards at Nevada, the most by the Falcons since racking up 409 yards on the ground in the season opener vs. Colgate on Aug. 31.
Eight MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 5, including three from New Mexico. The Lobos touted three 100-yard rushers for the first time in program history, led by junior Kasey Carrier, who finished the contest vs. UNLV with 192 rushing yards and one touchdown on 25 carries. It was the ninth 100-yard rushing game of his career. UNLV junior Tim Cornett ran for a career-high 179 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries against New Mexico. San Diego State freshman Donnel Pumphrey carried the ball a career-high 19 times at New Mexico State for a career-best 167 yards and three touchdowns. His 167 yards are the most by an Aztec since Ronnie Hillman rolled up 228 yards against Navy in the 2010 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. In his first career start, Air Force sophomore QB Karson Roberts posted 161 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries at Nevada, tying as the most by an Air Force quarterback since 2001. Chance Harridge also rushed for 161 yards vs. Navy on Oct. 5, 2002, while former Falcon Keith Boyea rushed for 188 yards at Colorado State on Nov. 8, 2001. Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs set a career-high with 147 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries vs. UTEP. Utah State senior Joey DeMartino recorded his second career 100-yard rushing game at San José State, carrying the ball a career-high 17 times for a career-best 123 yards. New Mexico sophomore Carlos Wiggins collected a career-best 119 yards and two touchdowns on three carries against UNLV, while fellow Lobo Cole Gautsche recorded his fourth career 100-yard rushing game, including his second of the season, with 108 yards and two touchdowns on 18 rushing attempts. New Mexico is the fifth team in MW history to record three 100-yard rushers in the same contest, and the first to do so since Wyoming (Nov. 6, 2010 vs. New Mexico).
MW QUARTERBACKS QUICK ON THEIR FEET
The 100-yard rushing performances by Air Force sophomore Karson Roberts and New Mexico sophomore Cole Gautsche last Saturday brought the Mountain West's total of 100+ rushing yards by a QB in a single game to six this season. It also marked Gautsche's second 100-yard rushing performance of the season, after he collected 118 yards on the ground vs. UTSA in the Lobos' season opener on Aug. 31. Other 100-yard rushing games by MW QBs this year include Wyoming junior Brett Smith's 138 yards at Air Force on Sept. 21, Air Force sophomore Jaleel Awini's 107 yards at Boise State on Sept. 14 and Nevada junior Cody Fajardo's 106 rushing yards at UCLA on Aug. 31. This is the first time in Mountain West history that the league has had five different quarterbacks register 100-yard rushing games in a single season, surpassing the previous record of four (2001, 2005). It is also the fifth time that the Conference has had at least six QB 100-yard rushing games in a season (2001, 2002, 2003, 2012). The league record for most 100-yard rushing games overall by quarterbacks in a season is 10 (2001, 2002).
TEN MW RECEIVERS FIND THE CENTURY MARK IN WEEK 5
Ten MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts in Week 5, including two apiece from Boise State and Nevada. UNLV junior Devante Davis totaled 164 yards and three touchdowns on 10 receptions at New Mexico to mark his second 100-yard game of the season and fourth of his career. Colorado State freshman Rashard Higgins registered a career-high 156 yards receiving and two touchdowns on six catches vs. UTEP. Higgins posted the highest receiving output by a CSU freshman in program history, and became the first Ram to post at least 150 receiving yards since Tyson Liggett had 156 yards at BYU on Sept. 26, 2009. Nevada junior Aaron Bradley was one yard shy of his career high in yardage after grabbing a career-best 11 catches for 135 yards and one TD against Air Force. Teammate Brandon Wimberly tallied his fourth career 100-yard game with 134 yards and one touchdown on a career-high 15 receptions vs. the Falcons. Hawai‘i senior Chris Gant finished the contest vs. Fresno State with four catches and 133 yards to become the first Rainbow Warrior to go over the 100-yard mark since Billy Ray Stutzmann had 136 yards against the Bulldogs on Nov. 19, 2011. Fresno State junior Josh Harper had nine catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns at Hawai‘i, making his third career 100-yard game and first of the 2013 campaign. San José State senior Chandler Jones notched his sixth career 100-yard receiving effort and third of the season with seven receptions for 115 yards vs. Utah State. Boise State junior Matt Miller recorded his third career 100-yard receiving game and second of the season, after collecting five receptions for 1007 yards and one touchdown vs. Southern Miss. Fellow Bronco Geraldo Boldewijn reached the 100-yard mark for the second straight week, and second time of his career, after catching three passes for 104 yards and one touchdown vs. Southern Miss. San Diego State junior Ezell Ruffin had a career-high eight catches for 101 yards at New Mexico State, giving him the second 100-yard receiving game of his career.
THE LAST TIME...
With just under ﬁve minutes left in the first half vs. UTEP, Colorado State lined up for a 51-yard ﬁeld goal, but audibled when sophomore WR Joe Hansley received the snap and threw a 34-yard TD pass to junior TE Kivon Cartwright. The last time a Ram wideout recorded a touchdown pass was on Oct. 15, 2011, when Charles Lovett threw a 20-yard strike to Matt Yemm in a 63-13 loss to Boise State.
KEETON AND CARR TOP THE MW CHARTS
After connecting on five touchdown passes at Air Force on Sept. 7 and vs. Weber State on Sept. 14, Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton became 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. He is also the fourth QB to accomplish the feat in a career, joining Fresno State senior Derek Carr, Boise State's Kellen Moore and BYU's Max Hall.
|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)
Keeton has connected for multiple passing TDs in 11 of his last 12 appearances, and has recorded at least four passing touchdowns in four career outings. Overall, he has recording multiple TD passes 18 times, including each of the Aggies' five outings in 2013. Keeton now has 55 career passing TDs, including 17 this season to rank second among all FBS quarterbacks.
FRESNO STATE QB CARVES NAME IN MW RECORD BOOK
Fresno State senior Derek Carr threw for two touchdowns in last Saturday's 42-37 win Hawai‘i, extending his streak of games with at least one passing touchdown to 24, including 17 straight since the Bulldogs joined the Mountain West last season. Carr's 17 straight games with a passing TD ties San Diego State's Ryan Lindley (Sept. 25, 2010 to Oct. 29, 2011) for the second-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).
|CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A PASSING TOUCHDOWN|
|1.||Andy Dalton, TCU||21||10/17/09 to 1/1/11|
|2.||Derek Carr, Fresno State||17||9/1/12 to Present|
|Ryan Lindley, San Diego State||17||9/25/10 to 10/29/11|
|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|
Carr's performance came on the heels of a 460-yard passing performance vs. Boise State on Sept. 20, making him 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.
SJSU'S LOPEZ ONE OF NCAA'S ALL-TIME BEST
After connecting on his first two attempts vs. Utah State, San José State's Austin Lopez matched an FBS record for consecutive field goals to start a career at 23. The sophomore's bid to set a new record came to a close when he missed a 42-yarder to end the first half. Lopez's streak of 23 successful field coach attempts led all active placekickers in the FBS and matches the fifth longest streak ever for a kicker in NCAA history. He is one of eight kickers ever to connect on at least 23 straight field goals:
|NCAA ALL-TIME LEADERS IN CONSECUTIVE FIELD GOALS MADE|
|1.||Chuck Nelson, Washington||30||1981-82|
|2.||Cairo Santos, Tulane||26||2012-13|
|3.||Mike Nugent, Ohio State||24||2001-02|
|Kendall Trainor, Arkansas||24||1988|
|5.||Austin Lopez, San José State||23||2012-13|
|Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo||23||2012-13|
|David Ruffer, Notre Dame||23||2009-10|
|Alex Steigerwald, Toledo||23||2007-08|
PICKING OFF PASSES
Four MW teams, including Boise State, Fresno State, Hawai‘i and Utah State, hauled in multiple interceptions in their respective Week 5 contests. Utah State picked off three passes at San José State, the first three of the season for the Aggies and the most for USU since recording three interceptions against Idaho on Nov. 24, 2012. Boise State, Fresno State and Hawai‘i each recorded two picks apiece. The Broncos have had two multiple-interception outings this season, after pulling in four vs. Tennessee-Martin on Sept. 7. The Bulldogs recorded their first game with multiple picks since grabbing two vs. SMU in the 2012 Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl. The Rainbow Warriors last picked off multiple passes on Dec. 1, 2012 (2 vs. South Alabama).
REACHING THE END ZONE
Ten MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 5, including Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs, San Diego State freshman Donnel Pumphrey and UNLV junior Tim Cornett, who had three rushing TDs apiece. Bibbs ran for his ﬁrst multi-touchdown game, becoming the first Ram running back to rush for three TDs in a single game since Leonard Mason had three vs. New Mexico on Oct. 30, 2010. Pumphrey had the first three rushing touchdowns of his career and became the first Aztec with multiple touchdowns since Adam Muema had four at Wyoming on Nov. 24, 2012. Cornett enjoyed his second multiple-touchdown game of the season and sixth of his career. Seven others reached the end zone twice in their respective outings, including three quarterbacks (Air Force sophomore Karson Roberts, Nevada junior Cody Fajardo and New Mexico sophomore Cole Gautsche). Fresno State sophomore Marteze Waller, Hawai‘i freshman Steven Lakalaka, New Mexico sophomore Carlos Wiggins and Wyoming senior Brandon Miller rounded out the group with two rushing TDs apiece.
Four MW players, including two from Colorado State, recorded multiple receiving touchdowns in their respective outings. UNLV junior Devante Davis reached the end zone three times at New Mexico, tying his career high that he set two weeks prior vs. Central Michigan on Sept. 14. Davis' three-TD reception performance is the fourth by a MW receiver in as many weeks (Wyoming's Dominic Rufran vs. Idaho on Sept. 7 and San José State's Chandler Jones at Minnesota on Sept. 21). That ties several other individuals for the third-most most receiving TDs in a single game in MW history. Davis is the ninth Rebel all-time to bring in three receiving touchdowns in a single game, and the first ever to do so in the same season. He is also the second UNLV player to have two career games with three touchdown receptions, joining Sam Greene (1978-80). Fresno State junior Josh Harper caught two touchdown passes at Hawai‘i, marking his third multiple-TD performance in four games this season. Colorado State junior Kivon Cartwright and freshman Rashard Higgins each had two touchdown receptions against UTEP, marking the first multiple-touchdown game of each player's career.
Two MW players recorded both receiving and rushing touchdowns last Saturday. New Mexico sophomore Carlos Wiggins posted two rushing and one receiving touchdown against UNLV, becoming the first Lobo to reach the feat since Rodney Ferguson had three total touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) vs. BYU on Sept. 29, 2007. Boise State sophomore Shane Williams-Rhodes reached the end zone twice vs. Southern Miss, including one rushing and one receiving TD. He is the first Bronco to accomplish the feat since D.J. Harper did so against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 15, 2012.
UNLV'S CORNETT LOOKS TO CLIMB TO TOP OF NCAA LIST
UNLV senior Tim Cornett is one of seven active players in the country with at least 12 100-yard rushing games to his credit. The senior currently is tied for fifth nationally with 12 100-yard games in his career as a Rebel.
|ACTIVE CAREER 100-YARD RUSHING LEADERS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||No.|
|1.||Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||16|
|2.||Antonio Andrews, Sr., Western Kentucky||15|
|3.||Taylor Martinez, Sr., Nebraska||13|
|Ka'Deem Carey, Jr., Arizona||13|
|5.||Tim Cornett, Sr., UNLV||12|
|James Sims, Sr., Kansas||12|
|James White, Sr., Wisconsin||12|
Ten MW teams recorded at least one sack in Week 5 action, including six programs with multiple sacks each in their respective outings. Fresno State led the group with seven sacks at Hawai‘i, including five in the first half. The seven total sacks were the most by the Bulldogs since posting eight vs. Cincinnati on Sept. 4, 2010. Boise State's four sacks against Southern Miss eclipsed the Broncos' total from the previous four games combined (3). The last time BSU recorded at least four sacks was against Arizona State in the 2011 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas (4). Colorado State posted three sacks against UTEP, all of which came from LB Shaquil Barrett, who became the fifth Ram to register three or more sacks in a single game and tying for fifth all-time in program history. San Diego State recorded three sacks at New Mexico State, marking the highest by the Aztecs since posting six sacks at Wyoming on Nov. 24, 2012. San José State and UNLV each posted two quarterback sacks. The Rebels have had multiple sacks in three of their last four contests, while the Spartans had more than one sack for the second time this season (3 vs. Sacramento State, Aug. 31). Hawai‘i, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah State rounded out the group with one sack apiece.
WHERE THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKS NATIONALLY...
- The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Pac-12) with three quarterbacks in the nation's top 11 and one of three FBS leagues (Pac-12, SEC) with at least four in the top 25 for passing average per game. Fresno State senior Derek Carr leads all MW quarterbacks with 361.3 yards per game to rank second nationally, followed by Wyoming junior Brett Smith (321.4.8 ypg, 9th), San José State senior David Fales (298.5 ypg, 11th) and Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton (272.4 ypg, 25th).
- Three MW quarterbacks rank in the top 18 nationally for total offense, including two in the top three. Wyoming junior Brett Smith ranks second nationally with 377.8 total yards per game, followed by Fresno State senior Derek Carr, who ranks third with 374.8 total yards. Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton ranks 18th with 317.2 total yards per game. The Mountain West is the only conference with two of the top three QBs in total offense and one of three leagues (Pac-12, SEC) with at least three in the top 18.
- The Mountain West is the only league in the country with two of the top eight rushing teams in the country. New Mexico is averaging 324.5 yards on the ground to rank third among all FBS teams, while Air Force nets 296.0 rushing yards to rank eighth.
- Three MW teams rank in the top 11 nationally in red zone offense. Nevada and Fresno State are each tied for eighth (Syracuse), converting on .955 (21-of-22) of their respective red zone attempts. Air Force is tied for 11th (East Carolina, Louisville Minnesota) at .950 (19-of-20). The Mountain West is one of two leagues (ACC) with three teams converting on at least .950 of their red zone attempts.
- Three MW teams rank in the top four nationally for first down offense. Boise State is second in the FBS with 141 first downs this season, just six shy of the nation's leader, Texas A&M. Wyoming ranks second with 138 first downs and Utah State is fourth with 132 first downs. The Mountain West is the only conference to tout three of the top four FBS programs in this category.
|MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS|
|2||Colorado State sophomore RB Donnell Alexander scored a two-point conversion out of the Wildcat formation against UTEP, marking the first two-point conversion for the Rams since their Nov. 12, 2011 contest vs. San Diego State.|
|2||With 4:51 left in the third quarter, Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett forced a UTEP fumble that the Miners recovered in the end zone to give the Rams a safety and 30-28 advantage. The safety, which sparked a 24-0 run for CSU, was the first for the program since Max Morgan posted a sack in the end zone against Northern Colorado on Sept. 10, 2011.|
|3||Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse is one of three players nationally averaging more than 25 yards per punt return (Oregon's Bralon Addison, Iowa's Kevonte Martin-Manley). Burse currently ranks third in the FBS with 25.1 yards per return.|
|3||Saturday's 3:28 delay at Texas State marked the third time this season that Wyoming had games delayed due to lightning.|
|3||Air Force, Hawai‘i and Nevada are three of four programs nationally (Central Michigan) to have started three different quarterbacks this season.|
|4||Utah State junior Nick Diaz connected on a career-high four field goals at San José State last Friday. His four successful FG attempts are the most by an Aggie kicker since Oct. 1, 1999, when Brad Bohn made four field goals against BYU.|
|5||Colorado State has posted five straight home victories, which ties for the longest home win streak for the Rams since 2007-08. The last time CSU won more than five home games in a row was in 2001-02, when the squad strung together six consecutive home victories.|
|6||Six MW quarterbacks connected on at least three touchdown passes in Week 5, led by UNLV senior Caleb Herring, who connected on a career-best four touchdown passes at New Mexico. Boise State junior Joe Southwick, Colorado State junior Garrett Grayson, Hawai‘i senior Sean Schroeder, Nevada junior Cody Fajardo and Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton each accounted for three passing TDs in their respective contests.|
|8||The Aztecs did not record an interception for the first time since their Oct. 20, 2012 trip to Nevada. San Diego State had gone eight straight games with a pick.|
|9||Wyoming QB Brett Smith is the Cowboys' all-time leader with 61 career passing TDs. The junior has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 26 of his 28 career games, including nine straight dating back to Nov. 3, 2012, against Colorado State.|
|11||Two MW quarterbacks completed at least 11 straight passes to open their respective contests in Week 5. Nevada junior Cody Fajardo connected on 12 consecutive throws vs. Air Force, while Fresno State senior Derek Carr started the game at Hawai‘i by completed his first 11 passes. Fajardo, who sat out the Wolf Pack's Sept. 14 and 21 contests due to injury, also connected on his final eight pass attempts on Sept. 7 vs. UC Davis, giving him a streak of 20 consecutive pass completions. That ranks second in MW history for most consecutive pass completions in a season behind Kellen Moore's 23 in a row for Boise State in 2011.|
|11||Davante Adams' streak of consecutive games with a touchdown reception for Fresno State came to a close last Saturday at Hawai‘i. The sophomore had entered the contest with a TD catch in 11 straight games, which was the nation's longest active streak.|
|14||Colorado State junior Jared Roberts missed a 35-yard field goal in the third quarter vs. UTEP, which was the first miss within 50 yards of his career. The missed attempt snapped Roberts' streak of 14 consecutive made field goals, which established a new program record.|
|15||UNLV sophomore punter Logan Yunker ranks seventh nationally, averaging 46.4 yards per punt. New Mexico senior Ben Skaer is 15th among all FBS punters with 44.7 yards per punt. The Mountain West is one of four FBS leagues (ACC, SEC, Big 12) with multiple punters who rank in the top 15 in the country.|
|16||The Mountain West is one of three leagues (ACC, Pac-12) with at least three players ranked in the top 16 nationally for tackles for loss. Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett ranks third among all players with 2.5 tackles for loss per game, Hawai‘i senior Brenden Daley is tied for 11th nationally (1.6 TFL per game), while Wyoming sophomore Eddie Yarbrough is tied for 16th (1.6 TFL per game).|
|19||Utah State is 19-5 in its last 24 games, with the five losses by a combined 13 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; 17-14 loss at USC on Sept. 21, 2013).|
|23||The Rebels snapped a 23-game road losing streak. Prior to Saturday, UNLV's last road win came in a 34-17 decision at New Mexico on Oct. 24, 2009.|
|33||Hawai‘i's four touchdown drives in the second half vs. Fresno State averaged 33 seconds each.|
|45||With 15 catches for 134 yards and a touchdown against Air Force, Nevada senior WR Brandon Wimberly extended the nation's leading streak of consecutive games with a reception to 45 straight (all 45 of his career).|
|56||After connecting on all six PATs vs. UNLV, New Mexico senior Justus Adams extended his school-record streak of successful PAT attempts to 56 straight, dating to the start of the 2012 season.|
|56||UNLV's 56 points against New Mexico were the most scored since the Rebels' 58-42 victory at New Mexico State on Nov. 15, 1986.|
|59||With 59 points vs. UTEP last Saturday, Colorado State posted its highest scoring output since a 63-0 shutout over Hawai‘i on Oct. 4, 1997. The Rams' 59 points tie for the ninth-most in program history.|
|100||Two MW teams, including San Diego State and Fresno State, held their opponents to under 100 rushing yards. The Aztecs gave up just 40 yards on the ground at New Mexico State, marking the second straight game that SDSU kept an opponent under 100 rushing yards (10 to Oregon State on Sept. 21). Fresno State limited Hawai‘i to 54 rushing yards, which are the fewest allowed by the Bulldogs since holding Idaho to 44 yards on Sept. 24, 2011.|
|100||Two MW teams, including Nevada and UNLV, held their opponents to under 100 passing yards. The Wolf Pack gave up just 78 yards in the air to Air Force, marking the fewest since Nevada held New Mexico to zero passing yards on Nov. 17, 2012. The Rebels limited New Mexico to 84 passing yards, marking the third time this season that UNLV has held an opponent under 100 yards in the air (81 to Arizona on Sept. 7, 99 at Minnesota on Aug. 29).|
|100||Boise State's Geraldo Boldewijn and Matt Miller are the first Bronco tandem to reach the 100-yard receiving mark in the same game since Austin Pettis (122) and Tyler Shoemaker (117) did so against Hawai‘i on Nov. 6, 2010.|
|120||San José State senior Chandler Jones is one of seven players nationally to average 120.0 or more receiving yards per game this season. Jones ranks seventh among all FBS players with 121.3 yards per game.|
|180||Fresno State senior QB Derek Carr was picked off with 3:46 left in the third quarter at Hawai‘i, ending his streak of 180 consecutive pass attempts without an interception. Carr's streak was three attempts shy of the Mountain West record of 183, which is held by Wyoming junior Brett Smith.|