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MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 9 SCHEDULE
Friday, October 25 TV/Web Time
Boise State at BYU ESPN 6 p.m. MT
Saturday, October 26 TV/Web Time
Notre Dame at Air Force CBS Sports Network 3 p.m. MT
UNLV at Nevada* ESPN3 3 p.m. PT
Wyoming at San José State* ROOT SPORTS/MWN 4 p.m. PT
Fresno State at San Diego State* ESPN2 7:30 p.m. PT
Colorado State at Hawai‘i* Oceanic PPV/MWN 6 p.m. HT
* Mountain West game


BULLDOGS DEBUT AT NO. 17 IN BCS STANDINGS
Fresno State received 532 votes this week in the USA Today/Coaches' poll to rank No. 18. The Bulldogs, who defeated UNLV, 38-14, last Saturday, also rose two spots in the Associated Press poll, garnering 550 votes to rank No. 15.

Fresno State received a No. 17 ranking in the 2013 debut of the BCS Standings and held on to the No. 18 position in this week's Harris Interactive Poll. Boise State also received votes from the Coaches' and Harris panels this week.

MAKING A POINT
Midway through the 2013 campaign, Fresno State's Derek Carr ranks among national leaders for passing touchdowns and points responsibility. The senior QB trails passing touchdown leader Oregon State's Sean Mannion (29) with 23 passing TDs, and is tied for third with Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel in point responsibility (144), behind Mannion (178) and Oregon's Marcus Mariota (168).

NCAA LEADERS IN PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Rk. Player, Cl., Team G TDs
1. Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State 7 29
2. Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State 6 23
3. Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., Louisville 7 20
  Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida State 6 20
5. Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon 7 19
T6. Chuckie Keeton, Jr., Utah State 6 18

NCAA LEADERS IN POINTS RESPONSIBLE FOR
Rk. Player, Cl., Team G Points
1. Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State 7 178
2. Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon 7 168
3. Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State 6 144
  Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M 7 144
5. Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida State 6 138

MW QUARTERBACKS PUTTING UP POINTS
Wyoming junior Brett Smith threw for 246 yards and one touchdown against Colorado State last Saturday, extending his MW record-streak of games with a touchdown (passing and/or rushing) to 30. With an active streak of 19 straight games with a passing and/or rushing TD, Fresno State senior Derek Carr ranks fourth on that list, while Nevada junior Cody Fajardo went without a passing or rushing touchdown at Boise State on Saturday to see his streak end at 17 games, which is tied for fifth (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 30 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 19 9/1/12 to Present
5. Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada 17 9/1/12 to 10/4/13
  Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State 17 9/25/10 to 10/29/11

GAINING GROUND
Three MW teams gained 500 or more total yards in their Week 8 contests. Fresno State collected 641 yards against UNLV, marking the fifth time in six contests this season that the Bulldogs have eclipsed the 500-yard mark. Boise State totaled 557 yards vs. Nevada, its fourth 500-yard output in the last five games. Colorado State combined for 509 total yards at Wyoming, marking the third 500-yard game for the Rams this season.

RACKING UP YARDAGE
Two MW teams, including Boise State and Utah State, rushed over 300 yards in Week 8. Boise State led all MW teams with 407 yards on the ground vs. Nevada, marking the fifth-highest output in program history and the most since the Broncos racked up 425 rushing yards against Hawai‘i on Oct. 29, 2004. Utah State posted 337 rushing yards at New Mexico, the most by the Aggies since accumulating 353 yards on the ground against Toledo in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Four MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 8, including two from Boise State. Bronco sophomore Jay Ajayi led the league with career highs in carries (24) and rushing yards (222), in addition to scoring three rushing touchdowns. His 222 yards is the fifth-most in BSU history, and the most by a Bronco since Ian Johnson tallied 240 yards against Oregon State on Sept. 7, 2006. Ajayi is the 10th BSU player to record a 200-yard rushing performance in school history and the first to accomplish the feat since Doug Martin had 200 yards at Colorado State on Oct. 15, 2011. Ajayi's 222 yards also rank as the second-highest single-game performance in the MW this season, trailing only New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier's 291 yards at UTEP on Sept. 7. Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs set career highs with 29 carries for a career-best 201 yards and three touchdowns. It was Bibbs' second 100-yard rushing game of the season and the highest yardage by a Ram since Chris Nwoke rushed for 209 yards vs. Air Force on Nov. 26, 2011. Boise State junior QB Grant Hedrick ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries against Nevada, marking the first 100-yard rushing performance by a Bronco quarterback since Jared Zabrasky had 123 yards vs. Hawai‘i on Oct. 29, 2004. Utah State senior Joey DeMartino recorded the third 100-yard rushing game of his career with a career-high 144 yards at New Mexico.

FRESNO STATE QB CARVES NAME IN MW RECORD BOOK
Fresno State senior Derek Carr threw for 412 yards and four touchdowns against UNLV last Saturday, marking his fourth 400-yard passing of the season and seventh of his career, surpassing his own MW single-season record of three (2012) and extending his MW career record.

Carr has thrown for 300 or more yards in four straight games, which ties for the 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) also share the MW record.

Carr also extended his nation-leading streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 26, with the last 19 of those occurring since the Bulldogs joined the Mountain West in July 2012. Carr's 19-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
Rk. Player, Team No. Dates
1. Andy Dalton, TCU 21 10/17/09 to 1/1/11
2. Derek Carr, Fresno State 19 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, FALES COMBINE FOR SIX 400-YARD PASSING PERFORMANCES
Fresno State senior Derek Carr's 412 passing yards vs.UNLV last Saturday marked his seventh career 400-yard passing game, the most of any Bulldog or Mountain West QB. San Diego State's Ryan Lindley held the previous record of four (2008-11), while former Fresno State signal caller Trent Dilfer previously held the school mark with four 400-yard games from 1991-93.

Carr's 412 yards vs. UNLV brings the league's total of 400-yard passing performances to six this season. San José State senior David Fales has the other two to his credit. The six 400-yard passing games is a new single-season record for the league, surpassing the league record of five 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
516
506
453
440
420
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
David Fales, San José State
Derek Carr, Fresno State
Derek Carr, Fresno State
460
456
439
431
419
412
vs. Boise State (9/20/13)
vs. Rutgers (8/29/13)
at Minnesota (9/21/13)
at Colorado State (10/12/13)
at Idaho (10/5/13)
vs. UNLV (10/19/13)

Carr's seven 400-yard passing performances of his career lead all active quarterbacks in the FBS. He also ranks second behind Oregon State's Sean Mannion with four of those 400-yard games coming in the 2013 campaign.

FRESNO STATE'S CARR TOPS THE NATIONAL CHARTS
Fresno State senior QB Derek Carr ranks among national active career leaders in several categories, including 400-yard passing games (first), games with at least four touchdown passes (first), games with at least five touchdown passes (first), 300-yard passing games (second) and touchdown responsibility (third):

ACTIVE CAREER 300-YARD PASSING GAMES
Rk. Player, Cl., Team No.
1. Corey Robinson, Sr., Troy 22
2. Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State 15
  Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State 15
4. Keith Wenning, Sr., Ball State 14
  Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson 14
6. David Fales, Sr., San José State 11
  Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall 11
8. Aaron Murray, Sr., Gerogia 10
  Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., Louisville 10

ACTIVE CAREER 400-YARD PASSING GAMES
Rk. Player, Cl., Team No.
1. Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State 7
2. Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State 6
3. Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson 3
  Aaron, Murray, Sr., Georgia 3
  Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall 3
  Corey Robinson, Sr., Troy 3

CAREER GAMES WITH AT LEAST FOUR PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Rk. Player, Cl., Team No.
1. Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State 11
2. Aaron, Murray, Sr., Georgia 10
3. A.J. McCarron, Sr., Alabama 7
  Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson 7
  Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State 7
6. Brett Smith, Jr., Wyoming 6

CAREER GAMES WITH AT LEAST FIVE PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Rk. Player, Cl., Team No.
1. Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State 5
  Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson 5
3. Rakeem Cato, Jr., Marshall 3
4. Aaron, Murray, Sr., Georgia 2
  Sean Mannion, Jr., Oregon State 2

ACTIVE CAREER TOUCHDOWN RESPONSIBILITY
Rk. Player, Cl., Team No.
1. Aaron Murray, Georgia 141
2. Tajh Boyd, Clemson 120
3. Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State 90
  Taylor Martinez, Nebraska 86

FRESNO STATE'S CARR, UTAH STATE'S KEETON IN SELECT COMPANY
Fresno State senior Derek Carr and Utah State junior Chuckie 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)

NEVADA'S FAJARDO AND WYOMING'S SMITH AMONG NATION'S BEST
Nevada junior Cody Fajardo and Wyoming junior Brett Smith are two of six 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)
Rk. Player, Team No.
1. Tahj Boyd, Clemson 9
2. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 8
3. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 4
  Brett Smith, Wyoming 4
  Kolton Browning, ULM 4
  Connor Shaw, South Carolina 4
7. Nathan Scheelhasee, Illinois 3

MW QUARTERBACKS MAKING THE CONNECTION
Nevada QB Cody Fajardo completed 22-of-29 passes for 208 yards at Boise State to extend his streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception to 187. The junior has yet to throw an interception this year and is one of three quarterbacks nationally who have yet to be picked off this season (Oregon's Marcus Mariota: 265; Louisiana Tech's Scott Young: 89).

Fajardo's streak of 187 pass attempts without an INT established a new MW record, surpassing Wyoming junior Brett Smith and UNLV senior Caleb Herring, whose respective streaks of 183 consecutive pass attempts without a pick came to a close earlier this season. Overall, four active MW quarterbacks have reached a streak of 180 or more consecutive pass attempts without an INT this season (Fresno State senior Derek Carr, 183 from Aug. 29 to Sept. 28, 2013), and the quartet top the league's all-time list for consecutive pass attempts without an interception:

CONSECUTIVE PASS ATTEMPTS WITHOUT AN INTERCEPTION
Rk. Player, Team No. Dates
1. Cody Fajardo, Nevada 187 8/31/13 to present
2. Brett Smith, Wyoming 183 10/20/12 to 8/31/13
  Caleb Herring, UNLV 183 11/19/11 to 10/12/13
4. Derek Carr, Fresno State 180 8/29/13 to 9/28/13
5. Casey Bramlet, Wyoming 178 8/30/03 to 9/27/03

SECOND-YEAR PLAYERS REACH 200-YARD MARK IN WEEK 8 ACTION
Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi and Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs each topped the 200-yard rushing mark in their respective team's victories on Saturday. Ajayi carried the ball 24 times for 222 yards and three touchdowns against Nevada, while Bibbs had 29 carries for 201 yards and three TDs at Wyoming. Ajayi and Bibbs are just the second pair of MW rushers to record 200-yard performances on the same day in the league's 15-year history. The first duo to achieve the feat was San Diego State's Larry Ned (239 yards vs. BYU) and UNLV's Joe Haro (226 yards at Wyoming) on Oct. 27, 2001.

Fresno State sophomore wide receiver Davante Adams also hit the 200-yard mark with eight catches for 221 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's victory over UNLV. That marks the first time in the league's 15-year history that three players have topped the 200-yard mark in rushing and/or receiving on the same day.

MW QUARTERBACKS QUICK ON THEIR FEET
Stepping in for an injured Joe Southwick, Boise State junior Grant Hedrick rushed for a career-high 115 yards against Nevada, becoming the sixth different MW quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a single game this season ((Air Force sophomore Karson Roberts, Air Force sophomore Jaleel Awini, Nevada junior Cody Fajardo, New Mexico sophomore Cole Gautsche and Wyoming junior Brett Smith). That sets an MW record for number of quarterbacks with 100-yard rushing games in a single season, surpassing the previous record of four (2001, 2005).

Hedrick's 100-yard rushing game last Saturday brought the Mountain West's season total of QB performances of 100+ rushing yards in a single game to 10. This is the third time in league history that the MW registered 10 100-yard rushing games by its quarterbacks (2001, 2002).

New Mexico's Cole Gautsche is responsible for four 100-yard rushing games in 2013, which are the third-most by a MW quarterback in a single season. The sophomore's 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
Rk. Player, Team No. Year
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
Rk. Player, Team No. Years
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

MW TRIO FIND THE CENTURY MARK IN WEEK 8
Three MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts in Week 8. Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams led the league after totaling 221 yards and four touchdowns on eight receptions against UNLV, marking the highest receiving output in the MW since San Diego State's DeMarco Sampson had 257 receiving yards at Colorado State on Oct. 24, 2009. Wyoming junior Dominic Rufran registered a career-best 135 yards receiving and one touchdown on seven catches vs. Colorado State. It also marked his third 100-yard game of the season and the fifth of his career. Nevada senior Brandon Wimberly tallied his sixth career 100-yard game, and third straight, with 121 yards on 11 receptions at Boise State.

NATSON RECORDS MW'S FOURTH PUNT RETURN TD OF THE YEAR
Utah State sophomore Bruce Natson ran back a second-quarter punt 65 yards for a touchdown in Saturday's win over New Mexico. That marked the fourth punt return TD by a MW player this season (one by Colorado State's Joe Hansley vs. Colorado on Sept. 1; two by Fresno State's Isaiah Burse vs. Cal Poly on Sept. 7). The league high for most punt return TDs in a season is six, set three times (2002, 2004, 2006).

REACHING THE END ZONE
Four MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 8, including Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi, Colorado State sophomore Kapri Bibbs and Utah State senior Joey DeMartino, who had three TDs apiece. Ajayi now has recorded multiple touchdowns in three career appearances (2 vs. Tennessee-Martin on Sept. 7, 4 vs. Air Force on Sept. 13). Bibb's tied a career high, which was previously set at UTEP on Sept. 28. DeMartino tied his career-high as well, after rushing for three TDs vs. Weber State on Sept. 14. BSU junior QB Grant Hedrick also pitched in two rushing touchdowns vs. Nevada, giving him his first career multiple-rushing TD performance.

Two MW quarterbacks connected on at least three touchdown passes in Week 8, led by Fresno State senior Derek Carr, who connected on four touchdown passes against UNLV to mark his four game this season and 11th of his career with at least four passing TDs. Colorado State junior Garrett Grayson threw for three touchdowns at Wyoming, marking his third straight outing with three passing TDs. The last Ram QB to accomplish the feat was Terry Nugent, who also threw three touchdowns in three consecutive games in 1982.

Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams collected four receiving touchdowns against UNLV, becoming the third wideout in MW history to accomplish the feat (BYU's Luke Ashworth at Colorado State on Nov. 13, 2010, Utah's Travis LaTendresse vs. Georgia Tech on Dec. 29, 2005). Adams' four TDs equaled the Conference-only record, set by Ashworth, and also established a new MW sophomore class record that was shared by several individuals and was most recently accomplished by Adams at Idaho on Oct. 5 (3). He has recorded at least three touchdown receptions in back-to-back games, becoming the first Bulldog receiver to do so. He also becomes the first player in program history to have multiple games with three touchdown receptions in his career.

DAVANTE ADAMS GRABS THE SPOTLIGHT FOR FRESNO STATE
In two seasons at Fresno State, sophomore Davante Adams has 25 career receiving touchdowns, which ranks fourth on the league's all-time list, just five shy of BYU's Austin Collie (2004-08), who holds the record with 30. Wyoming's Jovon Bouknight (2002-05) is second with 29, followed by UNLV's Phillip Payne (2008-11) with 26.

UNLV'S CORNETT LOOKS TO CLIMB TO TOP OF NCAA LIST
UNLV senior Tim Cornett is one of nine active players in the country with at least 13 100-yard rushing games to his credit. The senior currently is tied for fifth nationally with 13 100-yard games in his career as a Rebel.

ACTIVE CAREER 100-YARD RUSHING LEADERS
Rk. Player, Team No.
1. Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois 17
2. Antonio Andrews, Sr., Western Kentucky 16
3. Ka'Deem Carey, Jr., Arizona 15
  Branden Oliver, Sr., Buffalo 15
5. Tim Cornett, Sr., UNLV 13
  Taylor Martinez, Sr., Nebraska 13
  James White, Sr., Wisconsin 13
  David Fluellen, Sr., Toledo 13
  James Sims, Sr., Kansas 13

SEEING RED
Seven MW teams rank in the top 30 nationally in red zone offense, including two in the top nine, three in the top 13 and five in the top 25. Air Force currently ranks sixth, converting on 0.955 of its red-zone attempts (21-of-22). Nevada is ninth nationally at 0.938 (30-of-32), while Wyoming is 13th at 0.926 (25-of-27). Boise State is 18th at 0.900 (36-of40), followed by Utah State at 25th (0.892, 33-of-37), New Mexico at 27th (0.885, 23-of-26) and Fresno State at 30th (0.882, 30-of-32). The Mountain West is the only conference with more than four teams converting on at least 0.882 of their red zone attempts.

BLOCK PARTY
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
Rk. Team No. Type Opponent (Date)
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)

SACK MASTERS
Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence registered a career-high 3.5 sacks against Nevada, becoming the first Bronco to record three or more sacks in a game since Andrew Browning had 3.0 vs. the Wolf Pack on Nov. 25, 2006. Lawrence's total of 3.5 sacks last Saturday is the highest in the FBS this season, and is the fifth 3+ sack performance by a MW player on the year (New Mexico junior Brett Bowers vs. New Mexico State on Oct. 5, Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett vs. UTEP on Sept. 28, Nevada junior Brock Hekking at Hawai‘i on Sept. 21, Wyoming sophomore Eddie Yarbrough at Idaho on Sept. 7). The Mountain West is one of two conferences (SEC) to post five 3+ sack performances on the season.

UNM'S ADAMS PROVIDING KICKING CONSISTENCY
New Mexico senior Justus Adams converted his lone PAT attempt against Utah State last Saturday. Dating back to the 2012 season, Adams has converted 70 consecutive point-after attempts, 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
Rk. Player, Team PAT Dates
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 70 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 one of two FBS leagues (Pac-12) with two quarterbacks in the nation's top nine and three of the top 14 in passing average per game. Fresno State senior Derek Carr leads all MW quarterbacks with 379.3 yards per game to rank second nationally, followed by San José State senior David Fales (323.8 ypg, ninth) and Wyoming junior Brett Smith (300.0 ypg, 14th).
  • The Mountain West is one of two conferences (Pac-12) with two of the top six and at least three of the top 17 QBs in total offense. Fresno State senior Derek Carr ranks third nationally with 391.7 total yards per game, followed by Wyoming junior Brett Smith, who ranks sixth with 362.0 total yards and San José State senior David Fales, who ranks 17th with 324.2 yards per game.
  • Three MW players rank in the top 18 nationally for scoring, led by Fresno State sophomore WR Davante Adams, who is tied for sixth with 11.0 points per game. Boise State sophomore RB Jay Ajayi ranks ninth in the FBS with 10.3 points per game, while Fresno State freshman K Colin McGuire is 18th with 9.5 points per game. The MW is one of three leagues (Pac-12, Big 12) with two of the top nine and three of the country's top 18 scorers.
  • Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams ranks third nationally with 10.0 receptions per game. Nevada senior Brandon Wimberly currently ranks ninth with 8.1 catches, while Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse and Wyoming junior Dominic Rufran are tied for 19th at 7.0. The Mountain West is one of two FBS conferences (Pac-12) with four players averaging seven or more receptions per game.
  • Two MW receivers are averaging more than 100 yards per game. Fresno State sophomore Davante Adams ranks seventh nationally with 119.5 receiving yards per game, followed by San José State senior Chandler Jones, who is 13th with 112.7 yards per contest.

  • New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier ranks 11th nationally in rushing, averaging 122.6 yards per game. Boise State sophomore Jay Ajayi is 16th on that list with 109.4 rushing yards per game, while UNLV senior Tim Cornett is 24th at 101.3. The Mountain West is one of three FBS conferences (Pac-12, MAC) with three of the top 24 rushers in the country.
  • New Mexico sophomore QB Cole Gautsche ranks third among all FBS quarterbacks with 87.2 rushing yards per game.
  • The Mountain West touts three of the top nine tacklers in the FBS this season. San José State senior Keith Smith leads the FBS with 14.8 total stops per game, followed by Utah State senior Jake Doughty (11.1, seventh) and Wyoming junior Jordan Stanton (10.9, ninth).
  • Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence and Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett are two of 11 players nationally to average 1.6 or more tackles for loss per game. Barrett is currently is tied with Western Kentucky's Xavius Boyd for seventh nationally with 1.8 tackles for loss per game, while Lawrence is 10th with 1.6.
  • Fresno State senior Isaiah Burse ranks 10th among all FBS players, averaging 14.5 yards per punt return this season.
  • New Mexico senior Ben Skaer is one of two players in the country to average more than 47 yards per punt this season. Skaer currently ranks second with 47.2 yards per punt.
  • Boise State junior Demarcus Lawrence ranks fifth among all FBS players with 1.1 sacks per game, while Colorado State senior Shaquil Barrett is tied for eighth with four others at 0.9 sacks per game.
  • 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 322.3 yards on the ground to rank third among all FBS teams, while Air Force nets 268.6 rushing yards to rank 12th.
  • Three MW teams rank in the top 11 nationally for first down offense. Boise State and Utah State lead the league and are tied for fifth nationally with 193 first downs this season, while Fresno State is tied with Arizona State for 11th at 186. The Mountain West is one of two conferences nationally (Pac-12) with at least three teams that have 186 or more first downs through eight weeks of play.

MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
1 Fresno State has converted on 9-of-11 fourth-down attempts (0.818) to lead all FBS teams.
1 New Mexico junior SaQwan Edwards blocked a 24-yard field goal attempted by Utah State in the fourth quarter of last Saturday's contest, which is the first blocked FG by a Lobo since Destry Berry did so vs. Nevada on Oct. 15, 2011.
2 Fresno State is tied with Nebraska for second nationally, having allowed just 0.50 sacks per game this season, while Air Force is tied for seventh (Cincinnati, Iowa) at 0.71 sacks allowed.
3 Fresno State ranks third nationally in pass sacks, averaging 3.67 per game.
3 Utah State's Joey DeMartino rushed for three touchdowns and caught a 21-yard pass for a fourth in Saturday's win at New Mexico to tie an MW senior class record for most touchdowns in a single game. The last MW player to accomplish the feat was New Mexico's Kasey Carrier (at UTEP on Sept. 7).
4 Four MW teams rank in the top 25 in the FBS in passing offense. Fresno State ranks fourth among all FBS teams with an average of 384.2 passing yards per game. San José State is 16th with 327.5 passing yards per game, followed by Wyoming at 22nd (301.7) and Hawai‘i at 25th (284.8). The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Pac-12) with at least four of the nation's top 25 passing offenses.
5 Fresno State and Wyoming are two of five teams in the country that average at least 500 total yards per game, making the Mountain West one of five conferences (Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) with multiple teams in the top 13 in total offense. The Bulldogs currently rank fourth nationally with 555.2 yards per game, while Wyoming nets 504.4 total yards per contest to rank 13th.
5 Boise State ranks fifth among all FBS teams, converting on 59-of-109 third-down attempts for a success rate of 0.541.
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 Fresno State is one of seven programs in the country averaging over 45 points per game in 2013. The Bulldogs currently rank fifth in the FBS with 45.8 points per game.
8 Boise State has allowed just eight punt returns this season, with three going for positive yards (UT Martin with a two-yard return on Sept. 7, Utah State with a four-yard return on Oct. 12, Nevada with a four-yard return on Oct. 19). The other five have been returned for a combined -14 yards. The Broncos have kept six of their seven opponents this season without positive punt return yardage.
47 With 11 catches for 121 yards at Boise State on Oct. 5, Nevada senior WR Brandon Wimberly extended the nation's leading streak of consecutive games with a reception to 47 straight (all 47 of his career). The NCAA record is 54 games by Bryan Anderson of Central Michigan (2006-09).