Mountain West Football Weekly Release
|MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 8 SCHEDULE|
|Saturday, October 19||TV/Web||Time|
|Colorado State at Wyoming*||ROOT SPORTS/MWN||Noon MT|
|Nevada at Boise State*||CBS Sports Network||6 p.m. MT|
|Utah State at New Mexico*||ROOT SPORTS/MWN||7 p.m. MT|
|UNLV at 19/17 Fresno State*||Mountain West Network/Campus Insiders||7 p.m. PT|
|* Mountain West game|
BULLDOGS CONTINUE TO CLIMB IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Fresno State received 419 votes this week in the USA Today/Coaches' poll to come in at No. 19. The Bulldogs, who were idle in Week 7, also rose four positions in the Associated Press poll, garnering 383 votes to rank No. 17. Fresno State also received a No. 18 ranking (671 votes) in the 2013 debut of the Harris Interactive Poll. Boise State also received votes from the Coaches’ panel this week.
MAKING A POINT
Midway through the 2013 campaign, three Mountain West quarterbacks rank among national leaders for passing touchdowns and points responsibility. Fresno State senior Derek Carr is ranked second in passing TDs (19) and tied for third in point responsibility (120). Utah State junior Chuckie Keeton, who experienced a season-ending knee injury, is currently third in passing TDs (18) and tied for third in point responsibility (120). Wyoming junior Brett Smith is tied for ninth (15) and 10th (108) in both categories, respectively.
|NCAA LEADERS IN PASSING TOUCHDOWNS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||TDs|
|1.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||6||25|
|2.||Derek Carr, Jr., Fresno State||5||19|
|3.||Chuckie Keeton, Jr., Utah State||6||18|
|T9.||Brett Smith, Jr., Wyoming||6||15|
|NCAA LEADERS IN POINTS RESPONSIBLE FOR|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||G||Points|
|1.||Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State||6||154|
|2.||Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon||6||150|
|3.||Derek Carr, Jr., Fresno State||5||120|
|Chuckie Keeton, Jr., Utah State||6||120|
|T10.||Brett Smith, Jr., Wyoming||6||108|
MW QUARTERBACKS PUTTING UP POINTS
Wyoming junior Brett Smith threw for 247 yards and one touchdown in last Saturday's win over New Mexico, extending his streak of games with a touchdown (passing and/or rushing) to 29. That sets a new MW record, surpassing the previous mark of 28, established by BYU's Max Hall (Dec. 1, 2007 to Dec. 22, 2009). With an active streak of 18 straight games with a passing and/or rushing TD, Fresno State senior Derek Carr ranks fourth on that list, while Nevada junior Cody Fajardo is tied for fifth with a streak of 17 games (San Diego State's Ryan Lindley, Sept. 25, 2010 to Oct. 29, 2011).
|CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A TOUCHDOWN (PASS/RUSH/RECEPTION)|
|Rk.||Player, Pos., Team||No.||Dates|
|1.||Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming||29||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||18||9/1/12 to Present|
|5.||Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada||17||9/1/12 to Present|
|Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State||17||9/25/10 to 10/29/11|
Three MW teams gained at least 532 total yards in their Week 7 contests. San José State totaled 608 yards at Colorado State, its highest output since racking up 610 yards vs. Louisiana Tech on Nov. 24, 2012. It also marks the second straight game that the Spartans have eclipsed the 500-yard mark, after collecting 534 yards at Hawai‘i on Oct. 5. UNLV combined for 579 total yards vs. Hawai‘i to mark the second-straight 500-yard game for the Rebels (568 at New Mexico on Sept. 28). It is also the highest output by UNLV since collecting 644 yards vs. Wyoming on Nov. 2, 2002. Wyoming's 532 yards of offense vs. New Mexico marked the fourth time in six games this season that the Cowboys have eclipsed the 500-yard mark.
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|
|Connor Shaw, South Carolina||4|
|7.||Nathan Scheelhasee, Illinois||3|
PICKING OFF PASSES
Three MW teams, including Boise State, San José State and Utah State, hauled in multiple interceptions in their respective Week 7 contests. San José State grabbed three interceptions at Colorado State, marking back-to-back outings that the Spartans had a three-pick performance (3 at Hawai‘i on Oct. 5). Boise State tallied two interceptions at Utah State, marking the Broncos' second straight game and third of the season with multiple picks. Utah State grabbed two BSU passes last Saturday. After not recording an interception in their first four outings of the season, the Aggies have picked off seven passes in their last three games.
In his first career game, Wyoming junior Jesse Sampson picked off his first pass against New Mexico. The Lobos had entered the game as the only team in the FBS not to throw an interception this season. It also marked the first time that a UNM pass was picked off since Nov. 3, 2012.
IN THE AIR TONIGHT
Five MW teams, including Boise State, Colorado State, Hawai‘i, San José State and UNLV, threw for at least 310 yards in Week 7. SJSU led all MW teams with 431 yards at Colorado State, which is the Spartans' fourth-straight 300-yard passing game (439 at Minnesota on Sept. 21, 336 vs. Utah State on Sept. 28, 318 at Hawai‘i on Oct. 5). UNLV's 385 passing yards vs. Hawai‘i are the most for the Rebels since recording 401 yards in the air vs. San José State on Nov. 22, 1997. It also marked UNLV's second straight game over the 300-yard passing mark, after recording 320 yards at New Mexico on Sept. 28. The Boise State QB corps recorded 335 passing yards at Utah State, which is the fourth straight game that the Broncos have had at least 300 passing yards. Hawai‘i collected 325 yards in the air at UNLV, marking the third straight contest that the Rainbow Warriors have reached the 300-yard passing mark (377 vs. Fresno State on Sept. 28, 386 vs. San José State on Oct. 5). Colorado State rounded out the group with 310 passing yards vs. San José State, marking the second straight game that the Rams have thrown for at least 300 yards.
Five MW quarterbacks topped the 300-yard passing mark in their respective Week 7 games, led by San José State senior David Fales, who passed for 431 yards and three touchdowns on 28-of-35 attempts at Colorado State to mark his fourth consecutive 300-yard performance of the season (439 at Minnesota on Sept. 21, 314 vs. Utah State on Sept. 28, 318 at Hawai‘i on Oct. 5). It also served as his second 400-yard game of the year and the fifth by a MW quarterback this season (Fresno State senior Derek Carr has three). UNLV senior Caleb Herring connected on 34-of-57 passes for 385 yards and a touchdown vs. Hawai‘i, marking the highest output by a Rebel QB since Jon Denton finished with 401 vs. San José State on Nov. 22, 1997. Boise State senior Joe Southwick threw for a career-high 335 yards and two touchdowns on 30-of-44 passing at Utah State, his second 300-yard outing in the last three games (313 at Fresno State on Sept. 20) and fourth of his career. Hawai‘i senior Sean Schroeder completed 24-of-47 passes at UNLV for 325 yards and four touchdowns, his second straight 300-yard game (342 vs. San José State on Oct. 5). Colorado State junior Garrett Grayson found success on 19-of-34 passes vs. San José State for a career-high 310 yards and tying for a career-best three TDs. Grayson has now thrown for 300 yards or more in back-to-back outings (307 vs. UTEP on Sept. 28).
MW QUARTERBACKS MAKING THE CONNECTION
Nevada junior quarterback Cody Fajardo has thrown 158 consecutive passes without an interception, a stretch that currently ranks seventh all-time in Mountain West history. Wyoming junior QB Brett Smith and UNLV senior Caleb Herring share the league's all-time record with streaks of 183 consecutive pass attempts without throwing an interception, while Fresno State senior signal-caller Derek Carr ranks third on the list (180).
Below is a look at the top seven streaks in MW history for consecutive pass attempts without an interception:
|CONSECUTIVE PASS ATTEMPTS WITHOUT AN INTERCEPTION|
|1.||Brett Smith, Wyoming||183||10/20/12 to 8/31/13|
|Caleb Herring, UNLV||183||11/19/11 to 10/12/13|
|3.||Derek Carr, Fresno State||180||8/29/13 to 9/28/13|
|4.||Casey Bramlet, Wyoming||178||8/30/03 to 9/27/03|
|5.||Omar Clayton, UNLV||173||10/27/07 to 9/27/08|
|6.||Charlie Peterson, BYU||164||9/14/00 to 10/26/00|
|7.||Cody Fajardo, Nevada||158||8/31/13 to present|
Fajardo is one of four quarterbacks nationally who have yet to throw an interception this season, joining Oregon's Marcus Mariota (233 straight pass attempts), South Carolina's Connor Shaw (166) and Louisiana Tech's Scotty Young (89).
RACKING UP YARDAGE
Wyoming and New Mexico combined to rush for 542 yards in their contest last Saturday. The Cowboys posted 285 rushing yards, the most for the team since racking up 382 yards vs. Texas State on Sept. 10, 2011. The Lobos collected 257 yards on the ground and continue to rank second among all FBS teams with 349.3 rushing yards per game. Both Wyoming and New Mexico also touted multiple 100-yard rushers in the game. The Cowboys had multiple 100-yard rushing performances in the same game for the first time since a Sept. 3, 2011 meeting with Texas State. The Lobos touted multiple 100-yard rushers for the third straight week, after three UNM players reached the century mark vs. UNLV on Sept. 28 and another two accomplished the feat on Oct. 5. Eight MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 6, including two apiece from New Mexico and Wyoming. UNLV junior Tim Cornett led the league with 162 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries vs. Hawai‘i. Wyoming junior QB Brett Smith ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries against New Mexico, while teammate Shaun Wick carried the ball 17 times in the game for a career-high 116 yards and a pair of TDs. San Diego State freshman Donnel Pumphrey carried the ball 17 times for 117 yards and one TD at Air Force to mark his third-straight 100-yard game. Pumprey became the first Aztec freshman with 100 or more yards in three straight games since Marshall Faulk in the 1991 campaign. He is also the first SDSU player with three straight 100-yard rushing games since current Denver Bronco Ronnie Hillman did so in 2011. UNM sophomore QB Cole Gautsche recorded his sixth career 100-yard rushing game, including his fourth of the season, with 113 yards and one touchdown on 14 rushing attempts at Wyoming, while teammate Kasey Carrier finished the contest with 104 rushing yards on 25 carries. It was the 11th 100-yard rushing game of his career and fourth of the season. Air Force senior Anthony LaCoste and Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi rounded out the group with identical performances of 109 rushing yards on 22 carries in their respective outings.
MW QUARTERBACKS QUICK ON THEIR FEET
New Mexico sophomore Cole Gautsche and Wyoming junior Brett Smith each recorded 100-yard rushing performances in their meeting last Saturday. Gautsche registered his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season with 113 yards, while Smith tallied his second 100-yard rushing effort of 2013 with 138 yards on the ground. The last time two opposing quarterbacks each rushed for 100 yards in the same game was when Air Force's Chance Harridge (136 yards) and Colorado State's Bradlee Van Pelt (125 yards) accomplished the feat in an Oct. 16, 2003 meeting.
Gautsche's four 100-yard rushing games in 2013 are the third-most by a MW quarterback in a single season, while his six career 100-yard rushing games also ranks third all-time among MW signal-callers. Air Force's Chance Harridge holds both the MW single-season and career records with six 100-yard rushing games in 2002 and nine 100-yard rushing performances overall.
|MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY A MW QUARTERBACK: SEASON|
|1.||Chance Harridge, Air Force||6||2002|
|2.||Keith Boyea, Air Force||5||2001|
|3.||Cole Gautsche, New Mexico||4||2013|
|4.||Chance Harridge, Air Force||3||2003|
|Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State||3||2003|
|Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State||3||2002|
|MOST 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES BY A MW QUARTERBACK: CAREER|
|1.||Chance Harridge, Air Force||9||2000-03|
|2.||Bradlee Van Pelt, Colorado State||8||2000-03|
|3.||Cole Gautsche, New Mexico||6||2012-Present|
|4.||Shaun Carney, Air Force||5||2004-07|
|Keith Boyea, Air Force||5||2001|
The 100-yard rushing games by Gautsche and Smith brought the Mountain West's total of QB performances of 100+ rushing yards in a single game to nine this season by five different quarterbacks (Air Force sophomore Karson Roberts, Air Force sophomore Jaleel Awini and Nevada junior Cody Fajardo). 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 and the third time that the Conference has had at least eight 100-yard rushing games in a season (2001, 2002). The league record for the most 100-yard rushing games overall by MW quarterbacks in a season is 10 (2001, 2002).
DAVANTE ADAMS GRABS THE SPOTLIGHT FOR FRESNO STATE
Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams pulled in 16 receptions at Idaho on Oct. 5, tying the program's single-game record. Former Bulldogs Ron Jenkins (at Pacific, 1987) and Larry Willis (vs. Montana State, 1984) previously accomplished the feat. Adams' 16 catches also tied for the second-most ever by a MW player, joining Utah's Travis LaTendresse (vs. Georgia Tech on Dec. 29, 2005) and San Diego State's J.R. Tolver (vs. Utah on Oct. 12, 2002).
Adams' 16 receptions for Fresno State mark his sixth career game with double-digit catches, which is the most by any Bulldog in program history. The sophomore had 10 receptions in the first half, which also set a new school record for receptions in any half of a Fresno State game.
FRESNO STATE QB CARVES NAME IN MW RECORD BOOK
Fresno State senior Derek Carr threw for 419 yards and five touchdowns at Idaho on Oct. 5, marking his second five-passing TD performance of the season (vs. Rutgers in Week 1), and fifth overall by a MW player in 2013 (Utah State's Chuckie Keeton vs. Air Force in Week 2 and Weber State in Week 3; Boise State's Joe Southwick vs. Tennessee-Martin in Week 2). Carr's five passing TDs tie the MW senior class record, and also tie for third-most in a single game in MW history overall behind BYU's Max Hall (seven vs. UCLA on Sept. 13, 2008) and SDSU's Lindley (six at Colorado State on Oct. 24, 2009). Carr and Keeton are two of four quarterbacks with multiple five-passing touchdown games in their MW careers:
|MULTIPLE FIVE PASSING TOUCHDOWN GAMES - CAREER|
|Rk.||Player, Team||Opponents (Dates)|
|4||Derek Carr, Fresno State||vs. Rutgers (8/29/13)
vs. San Diego State (9/29/12)
vs. Colorado (9/15/12)
at Idaho (10/5/13)
|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)
Carr also extended his nation-leading streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 25, with the last 18 of those occurring since the Bulldogs joined the Mountain West in July 2012. Carr's 18-game passing-TD streak as a member of the MW ranks as 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||18||9/1/12 to Present|
|3.||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 419-yard performance at Idaho made him the first quarterback in Fresno State and Mountain West history to have six 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.
Carr has thrown for 300 or more yards in three straight games, which ties for the second-longest streak in MW history. San José State's David Fales (Sept. 21 to present), BYU's John Beck (Nov. 9 to Dec. 21, 2006) and Max Hall (Dec. 20, 2008 to Sept. 19, 2009) share the MW record of four consecutive 300-yard passing games. Carr also had a streak of 300-yard passing games from Nov. 24, 2012 through Aug. 29, 2013).
FRESNO STATE'S CARR AMONG NATION'S BEST
Fresno State senior QB Derek Carr ranks among national active career leaders in touchdown responsibility, tying for third with 86.
|ACTIVE CAREER TOUCHDOWN RESPONSIBILITY|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||No.|
|1.||Aaron Murray, Georgia||139|
|2.||Tajh Boyd, Clemson||119|
|3.||Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State||86|
|Taylor Martinez, Nebraska||86|
FIVE 400-YARD PASSING PERFORMANCES IN 2013 ACTION
San José State David Fales threw for 431 yards at Colorado State last Saturday, marking his second 400-yard passing game of the season and fourth straight 300-yard passing performance. That ties the MW record for consecutive 300-yard passing games, matching streaks accomplished by BYU's John Beck (Nov. 9-Dec. 21, 2006) and Max Hall (Dec. 20, 2008-Sept. 19, 2009). Fales is the fifth quarterback in MW history to record multiple 400-yard passing games in a single season. He sits one shy of the league record of three, set twice by Fresno State senior Derek Carr (2012, 2013).
Carr and Fales have combined for five 400-yard passing games this season, matching the league record, set in 2002:
|MULTIPLE 400-YARD PASSING PERFORMANCES|
|Year||Player, Team||Yards||Opponent (Date)|
|2002||Adam Hall, San Diego State
Adam Hall, San Diego State
Casey Bramlet, Wyoming
Brett Elliott, Utah
Lon Sheriff, San Diego State
|vs. Arizona State (9/14/02)
at Idaho (9/21/02)
at UNLV (11/2/02)
at New Mexico (10/26/02)
at Hawai‘i (12/7/02)
|2013||Derek Carr, Fresno State
Derek Carr, Fresno State
David Fales, San José State
Derek Carr, Fresno State
David Fales, San José State
|vs. Boise State (9/20/13)
vs. Rutgers (8/29/13)
at Minnesota (9/21/13)
at Idaho (10/5/13)
at Colorado State (10/12/13)
EIGHT MW RECEIVERS FIND THE CENTURY MARK IN WEEK 7
Eight MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts in Week 7, including two apiece from San José State at UNLV. San José State freshman Tyler Winston led the league after totaling 151 yards and one touchdown on eight receptions at Colorado State for his second straight 100-yard performance. Fellow Spartan Jarrod Lawson registered 104 yards receiving and one touchdown on three catches, marking the first 100-yard receiving game for the freshman running back. Boise State sophomore Shane Williams-Rhodes collected a career-high 13 catches for a career best 150 yards at Utah State, including 106 receiving yards by halftime to become the first Bronco with 100 yards in the first half since Tyler Shoemaker had 116 at San Diego State on Nov. 19, 2011. Williams-Rhodes' 150 receiving yards are the most by a BSU player since Shoemaker had 180 at Colorado State on Oct. 15, 2011. Utah State senior Travis Reynolds reached a career high with 142 yards on five receptions in the contest. UNLV junior Devante Davis tallied his third 100-yard game of the season and fifth of his career with 141 yards on eight receptions vs. Hawai‘i. Fellow Rebel junior Marcus Sullivan had 11 catches for 113 yards in the game for his second career 100-yard outing and first since Sept. 14, 2012. San Diego State junior Ezell Ruffin recorded his second 100-yard receiving game of the season and third of his career with 108 yards and one touchdown on six catches at Air Force. Hawai‘i senior Chris Gant finished the contest with six catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns for his second-straight 100-yard game. The last Rainbow Warrior to have back-to-back 100-yard receiving games was Royce Pollard in 2011.
NEVADA'S WIMBERLY RIDING FIVE-GAME TOUCHDOWN STREAK
Nevada senior wide receiver Brandon Wimberly is one of four players in the FBS who has notched a touchdown reception in at least five consecutive games. Wimberly's five-game streak with at least one receiving TD ties for the third-longest in MW history, and is tied for third nationally among active players:
|CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION|
|1.||Eric Thomas, Troy||7|
|2.||Tevin Reese, Baylor||6|
|3.||Brandon Wimberly, Nevada||5|
|Antwan Goodley, Baylor||5|
REACHING THE END ZONE
Three MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 7, the Wyoming duo of junior Brett Smith and sophomore Shaun Wick, as well as UNLV junior Tim Cornett, who had two rushing TDs apiece. Cornett enjoyed his third multiple-touchdown game of the season and seventh of his career. Smith had his first multiple rushing-touchdown performance since Nov. 24, 2012, and he now has seven career games with multiple rushing TDs. Wick has reached the end zone multiple times in three games this season and in four career outings.
Four MW quarterbacks connected on at least three touchdown passes in Week 7, led by San José State senior David Fales, who connected on four touchdown passes at Colorado State. CSU junior Garrett Grayson, Hawai‘i senior Sean Schroeder and San Diego State junior Quinn Kaehler each accounted for three passing TDs in their respective contests.
UNLV'S CORNETT LOOKS TO CLIMB TO TOP OF NCAA LIST
UNLV senior Tim Cornett is one of six active players in the country with at least 13 100-yard rushing games to his credit. The senior currently is tied for fourth nationally with 13 100-yard games in his career as a Rebel.
|ACTIVE CAREER 100-YARD RUSHING LEADERS|
|1.||Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois||16|
|Antonio Andrews, Sr., Western Kentucky||16|
|3.||Ka'Deem Carey, Jr., Arizona||14|
|4.||Tim Cornett, Sr., UNLV||13|
|Taylor Martinez, Sr., Nebraska||13|
|James White, Sr., Wisconsin||13|
Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence blocked two Southern Miss field goal attempts on Sept. 28, marking the second time this season that a MW defender blocked multiple field goals in a single game. Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett accomplished the feat on Sept. 14, blocking two field goals from Cal Poly. Boise State and Colorado State are two of seven teams in the FBS with multiple blocked kicks this season, making the Mountain West one of two conferences (ACC) with multiple teams in that category. In addition, Lawrence and Barrett are the only two players in the country to have blocked multiple kicks in a single game this season.
|NCAA LEADERS IN BLOCKED KICKS IN A GAME|
|1.||Syracuse||3||2 punts, 1 FG||Tulane (Sept. 21)|
|UAB||3||2 PAT, 1 FG||Florida Atlantic (Oct. 5)|
|3.||Boise State||2||2 FG||Southern Miss (Sept. 28)|
|Colorado State||2||2 FG||Cal Poly (Sept. 14)|
|Akron||2||2 FG||Northern Illinois (Oct. 12)|
|Minnesota||2||1 PAT, 1 FG||UNLV (Aug. 29)|
|Virginia Tech||2||1 punt, 1 FG||Marshall (Sept. 21)|
UNM'S ADAMS PROVIDING KICKING CONSISTENCY
New Mexico senior Justus Adams went 4-of-4 in point-after attempts at Wyoming last Saturday. Adams has converted 69 consecutive point-after attempts, dating back to the 2012 season, which ranks as the third-longest streak in MW history, trailing Colorado State's Jason Smith (86) and Kyle Watson (72).
|CONSECUTIVE EXTRA POINTS MADE|
|1.||Jason Smith, Colorado State||86||9/2/06 to 12/20/08|
|2.||Kyle Watson, UNLV||72||8/30/08 to 11/28/09|
|3.||Justus Adams, New Mexico||69||9/1/12 to Present|
|4.||Matt Payne, BYU||66||9/6/02 to 10/23/04|
|5.||Garrett Palmer, San Diego State||65||9/24/05 to 9/29/07|
WHERE THE MOUNTAIN WEST RANKS NATIONALLY...
- The Mountain West is the only Conference with two of the top three quarterbacks and one of two leagues (Pac-12) with at least three of the top 15 QBs in total offense. Fresno State senior Derek Carr ranks second nationally with 384.4 total yards per game, followed by Wyoming junior Brett Smith, who ranks third with 379.0 total yards and San José State senior David Fales, who ranks 15th with 324.2 yards per game.
- Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams is tied for first nationally (SMU's Jeremy Johnson) with 10.4 receptions per game. Nevada senior Brandon Wimberly currently ranks 11th with 7.7 catches, while Wyoming junior Dominic Rufran is tied with two others at 7.0. The Mountain West is one of three FBS conferences (Pac-12, American) with at least three players averaging seven or more receptions per game.
- New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier ranks eighth nationally in rushing, averaging 131.5 yards per game. UNLV senior Tim Cornett is 15th on that list with 110.0 rushing yards per game, while New Mexico sophomore QB Cole Gautsche is 21st at 103.2. The Mountain West is the only FBS conference with three of the top 21 rushers in the country.
- The Mountain West is one of two leagues in the country (Big Ten) with two of the top 12 rushing teams in the country. New Mexico is averaging 349.3 yards on the ground to rank second among all FBS teams, while Air Force nets 268.6 rushing yards to rank 12th.
- Six MW teams rank in the top 20 nationally in red zone offense, including two in the top eight, three in the top 12 and four in the top 16. Nevada currently ranks fifth, converting on 0.964 of its red-zone attempts (27-of-28). Air Force is tied for eighth (Minnesota) at 0.955 (21-of-22), while Fresno State ranks 12th at 0.933 (28-of-30). Wyoming is 16th at 0.923 (24-of-26), followed by New Mexico at 19th (0.913, 21-of-23) and Utah State at T20th (0.909, 30-of-33). The Mountain West is the only conference with six teams converting on at least .909 of their red zone attempts.
- Three MW teams rank in the top 10 nationally for first down offense. Utah State leads the league and is tied with Oregon for sixth nationally with 168 first downs this season, while Boise State is tied with Washington for eighth at 167. Wyoming and Missouri both have 164 first downs in 2013 to tie for 10th among all FBS teams. The Mountain West is the only conference in the country with three teams to have 164 or more first downs through seven weeks of play.
- Fresno State and Wyoming are two of 10 teams in the country that average 518 or more total yards per game, making the Mountain West one of three conferences (Big Ten, Pac-12) with multiple teams in the top 10 in total offense. The Bulldogs currently rank seventh nationally with 538.0 yards per game, while Wyoming nets 518.8 total yards per contest to rank 10th.
|MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS|
|0.526||Boise State leads the Mountain West and ranks ninth among all FBS teams converting on 51-of-97 third-down attempts for a success rate of 0.526.|
|1||Boise State is averaging 26.71 yards per punt return to rank first nationally.|
|2||The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Pac-12) with two quarterbacks in the nation's top nine and three of the top 12 in passing average per game. Fresno State senior Derek Carr leads all MW quarterbacks with 372.8 yards per game to rank second nationally, followed by San José State senior David Fales (323.8 ypg, ninth) and Wyoming junior Brett Smith (309.0 ypg, 12th).|
|2||The Mountain West touts the top two tacklers in the FBS this season. San José State senior Keith Smith leads the FBS with 89 total tackles this season, while Utah State senior Jake Doughty has 83 total stops on the year.|
|3||Colorado State's Shaquil Barrett is one of three players nationally to average more than two tackles for loss per game. The senior currently is tied with Western Kentucky's Xavius Boyd for second nationally with 2.1 tackles for loss per game.|
|3||Boise State junior Bryan Douglas currently is tied for fourth among all FBS players with 0.7 interceptions per game, while Fresno State junior Derron Smith is tied for ninth with 0.6 picks. The Mountain West is one of three conferences (Big Ten, Pac-12) with multiple players in the top 12 nationally for interceptions.|
|3||Air Force, Hawai‘i and Nevada are three of four programs nationally (Central Michigan) to have started three different quarterbacks this season.|
|3||Utah State played in front of a sold-out home crowd for the third straight game. It is the first time in the history of Romney Stadium that the Aggies have had three sellouts in the same season.|
|3.80||Fresno State ranks fourth nationally in pass sacks, averaging 3.80 per game.|
|4||UNLV senior Nolon Kohorst converted four field goals against Hawai‘i on Saturday, matching the MW record for most by a senior. San Diego State's Wes Feer was the last MW senior to accomplish the feat, doing so earlier this season (Aug. 31 vs. Eastern Illinois).|
|4||Boise State junior Bryan Douglas grabbed his fourth interception of the season at Utah State, matching the team-leading total posted by current Miami Dolphin Jamar Taylor from the entire 2012 campaign.|
|5||Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse ranks fifth among all FBS players, averaging 16.9 yards per punt return this season.|
|5||Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett is tied for fifth among all FBS players with 1.1 sacks per game, joining Louisville's Lorenzo Mauldin and Western Kentucky's Xavius Boyd.|
|6||Four MW players, including San Diego State junior J.J. Whittaker (Oct. 4, vs. Nevada), San José State junior Dasheon Frierson (Oct. 5 at Hawai‘i), UNLV junior Tajh Hasson (Oct. 12 vs. Hawai‘i) and Utah State senior Nevin Lawson (Oct. 12 vs. Boise State) are among six players nationally to have defended five passes in a single game this season.|
|7||Boise State has allowed just seven punt returns this season, with two going for positive yards (UT Martin with a two-yard return on Sept. 7, Utah State with a four-yard return on Oct. 12). The other five have been returned for a combined -14 yards. The Broncos have kept each of their six opponents this season without positive punt return yardage|
|10||Wyoming junior QB Brett Smith has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 10 straight games dating back to Nov. 3, 2012. Smith has connected on at least one TD in 27 of his 29 career games, and is the Cowboys' all-time leader with 62 career passing TDs.|
|11||Nevada's Brent Zuzo is one of 11 placekickers in the country, including one of six freshmen, who are perfect on at least six field-goal attempts this season.|
|21||The Aztecs posted 21 points in the fourth quarter at Air Force, the most by the squad since scoring 21 in the final frame vs. Boise State on Nov. 19, 2011.|
|25||Fresno State senior QB Derek Carr has connected on a touchdown pass in 25 straight games, which is the longest active streak in the FBS.|
|27||Five MW teams rank in the top 27 in the FBS in passing offense, including three in the top 20. Fresno State ranks fourth among all FBS teams with an average of 374.0 passing yards per game. San José State is 16th with 327.5 passing yards per game, followed by Wyoming at 20th (310.2), Boise State at 24th (290.5) and Hawai‘i at 27th (284.8). The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Pac-12) with at least five of the nation's top 27 passing offenses.|
|33||New Mexico sophomore Carlos Wiggins is one of three players at the FBS level averaging 33 or more yards per kickoff return. Wiggins currently ranks second nationally with 33.4 yards per return.|
|46||With 12 catches for 127 yards and a touchdown at San Diego State on Oct. 5, Nevada senior WR Brandon Wimberly extended the nation's leading streak of consecutive games with a reception to 46 straight (all 46 of his career). The NCAA record is 54 games by Bryan Anderson of Central Michigan (2006-09).|
|76||UNLV senior QB Caleb Herring ran 76 plays, including 57 pass attempts and 19 rushes, in Saturday's win over Hawai‘i, setting a new league record for MW-only contests. The previous MW-only record of 75 plays was set by BYU's John Beck (Oct. 8, 2004 vs. UNLV). The MW overall single-game record for most plays total offense is 77, set earlier this season by Fresno State senior QB Derek Carr (Aug. 29 vs. Rutgers). Herring's 76 total plays tie SMU's Garrett Gilbert for the fourth-most in a single game by any FBS player this year.|
|103.2||New Mexico sophomore QB Cole Gautsche ranks second among all FBS quarterbacks with 103.2 rushing yards per game.|
|114||UNLV recorded 114 total offensive plays vs. Hawai‘i, which is the most ever by a MW team in a single game since the league's inception in 1999. TCU set the previous Conference record of 111 total plays at San Diego State on Nov. 24, 2007. UNLV's 114 plays last Saturday are the most by an FBS team this season, besting Nevada's 109 plays at San Diego State on Oct. 4.|
|183||UNLV senior QB Caleb Herring broke UNLV's record of consecutive pass attempts without an interception (183) -- while tying the Mountain West mark -- before throwing his first pick of the season on the last play of the first half of Saturday's win over Hawai‘i. Herring matched the league record set earlier this season by Wyoming junior QB Brett Smith.|