Mountain West Football Press Release Week No. 3
WEEK 3 AT A GLANCE
Nine Mountain West teams will take the field in Week 3, including seven televised contests. The week's slate begins on Fri., Sept. 14, as UNLV hosts Washington State in the Rebels' third consecutive home game of the season. ESPN will broadcast the contest beginning at 6 p.m. PT. Non-conference action continues on Sat., Sept. 15, as Boise State opens the home portion of its schedule with Miami (Ohio). Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. MT on NBC Sports Network. Wyoming is set to host Cal Poly (4 p.m. MT), while Nevada entertains Northwestern State (4 p.m. PT). New Mexico will make its second straight trip to a Big 12 foe, as the Lobos visit Texas Tech (Fox College Sports, 6 p.m. CT). Fresno State takes on Colorado at 5 p.m. PT on CBS Sports Network, while Colorado State travels to San Jose State (ESPN3, 5 p.m. PT) and San Diego State hosts North Dakota (TV TBA, 5 p.m. PT). Week 3 wraps up as Hawai'i has its first home opener as a member of the MW. The Warriors will square off against Lamar at 6 p.m. HT on Oceanic PPV/ROOT SPORTS. Air Force is idle this week before opening MW play on Sept. 22 at UNLV.
BRONCOS FALL OUT of USA TODAY / COACHES' TOP 25
Boise State, who was idle in Week 2 action, fell out of the USA Today/Coaches' Top 25, receiving 104 votes. This week's poll snaps the Broncos' streak of consecutive weeks in the Coaches' rankings at 63, which was the second-longest active streak behind Alabama. BSU is unranked in both the Coaches' and AP polls for the first time since Sept. 14, 2008.
Prior to this week, the Mountain West had at least one team ranked in the Coaches' Top 25 for 71 straight weeks, dating back to Nov. 18, 2007.
MOUNTAIN WEST ON THE RUN
Five Mountain West players rank among the top 25 of the nation's top rushers, led by Air Force's Cody Getz, who is averaging 174.0 yards per game to rank third nationally. Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson has averaged 141.0 through two games to rank fifth, while UNLV's Tim Cornett has a 139.0 average to rank seventh. Fresno State's Robbie Rouse is 19th nationally at 119.0 yards per game, while Nevada's Cody Fajardo is tied for 22nd with 115.5 yards per game. The Mountain West is one of three leagues (SEC, MAC) with five players ranked in the top 25 of the NCAA's rushing list. Nevada is the only program in the country to boast two of the nation's top 25 rushers.
Four of those five MW players have recorded 100-yard rushing performances in their first two games of the 2012 season:
|Yards||Player, Cl., Team||Opponent||Date|
|Cody Getz, Sr., Air Force
Cody Getz, Sr., Air Force
|vs. Idaho State
|Sept. 1, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
|Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., Nevada
Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., Nevada
vs. South Florida
|Sept. 1, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
|Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
vs. Northern Arizona
|Aug. 30, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
|Robbie Robbie, Sr., Fresno State
Robbie Robbie, Sr., Fresno State
|vs. Weber State
|Sept. 1, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
AS GOOD AS IT GETZ
Air Force senior running back Cody Getz has posted 100 or more rushing yards in consecutive games for the first time in his career. It marks the first time a Falcon has eclipsed the century mark in back-to-back outings since Asher Clark vs. UNLV (169) and Colorado State (111) last season. Getz's 348 combined rushing yards this season are the most since Chad Hall rushed for 417 yards in consecutive games against Army (275) and Notre Dame (142) in 2007.
Getz has scored a nation-leading six touchdowns (all rushing) through two games and leads all FBS players with 36 points. He is averaging 18.0 points per game, tying him with Louisiana Tech's Tevin King as the highest scorer in the FBS through Week 2. Getz's six combined touchdowns in the last two games are the most since Chad Hall had six in back-to-back games vs. UNLV (2) and Colorado State (4) in 2007.
11 AND COUNTING
Nevada has had at least one 100-yard rusher in 11 consecutive contests, dating back to Oct. 8, 2011 when Stefphon Jefferson went for 100 yards against UNLV. The Wolf Pack has had four different players top the century mark during the course of the streak.
ROUSE ECLIPSES FRESNO STATE'S CAREER RUSHES RECORD
With 27 carries at No. 4 Oregon, Fresno State senior tailback Robbie Rouse established a new Fresno State school record for most rushing attempts in a career. Rouse has totaled 665 career rushes to move past Michael Pittman, who had 647 carries from 1993-97.
After rushing for 115 yards and one touchdown at Oregon, Rouse has 3,395 career rushing yards to surpass Ryan Mathews (3,280 yards from 2007-09) for second place on the school's all-time rushing list. Rouse needs 79 more yards to become the all-time leading rusher in Fresno State history. Ron Rivers currently holds the mark with 3,473 career yards from 1991-93.
Rouse's 115-yard game against the Ducks last weekend was the 14th 100-yard game of his career, which is the third-most in program history and is tied for the fifth-most in the country. He now has 28 career rushing touchdowns, which is tied for seventh on the school's all-time list. Rouse has also recorded nine games with multiple rushing TDs.
Rouse's 3,395 career rushing yardage is the fourth-most among active running backs:
|NCAA ACTIVE CAREER RUSHING LEADERS|
|Rk.||Player, Cl., Team||Yards|
|1.||Montel Harris, Sr., Temple*||3,747|
|2.||Montee Ball, Sr., Wisconsin||3,491|
|3.||Denard Robinson, Sr., Michigan (QB)||3,484|
|4.||Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State||3,395|
|5.||Zach Line, Sr., SMU||3,102|
|*Harris' rushing yardage is from his four seasons at Boston College (2008-11). He received a medical redshirt in 2011 and transferred to Temple over the summer.|
FRESNO STATE FROSH SETS MW SINGLE-GAME RECEPTION RECORD
Fresno State redshirt freshman Davante Adams caught 12 passes at Oregon, setting a new MW single-game record for most receptions by a freshman. The previous freshman class record of 10 was shared by BYU's Austin Collie (Oct. 8, 2004 vs. UNLV) and Wyoming's Ryan McGuffey (Oct. 21, 2000 at UNLV).
BOISE STATE IS WINNINGEST TEAM IN FBS SINCE 2002
Boise State has amassed 118 wins since the start of the 2002 season, making the Broncos the winningest team at the FBS level during that time. Below is a breakdown of the top five leaders nationally:
|MOST WINS OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS (2002-PRESENT)|
|BEST HOME RECORD SINCE 2003|
|BEST ROAD/NEUTRAL WINNING PERCENTAGE SINCE 2003|
MW FOOTBALL TRENDS - WEEK 2
- Of the Mountain West's 21 touchdowns in Week 2, 13 were scored on the ground, while seven were passing TDs. San Diego State's Colin Lockett returned an Army kickoff 96 yards for his second career kickoff return touchdown. It tied as the seventh-longest kickoff return in program history and marked the second MW kick return TD of the 2012 campaign after New Mexico's Chase Clayton recorded a 98-yarder against Southern on Sept. 1. Clayton's 98-yard return ties for the fifth-longest in the FBS this season, while Lockett's 96-yarder ranks seventh. Last year, Mountain West players combined for a league-record nine kick return TDs.
- Six MW squads scored on the opening drive of their respective games on Saturday, including five teams (Colorado State, Nevada, San Diego State, UNLV and Wyoming) who scored touchdowns on their opening possessions. UNLV and Wyoming both reached the end zone on their opening possessions for the second straight game. Fresno State's Quentin Breshears connected on a 39-yard field goal at the end of the Bulldogs' first drive at No. 4 Oregon to mark the second consecutive outing that FS has scored on its opening possession. Nevada scored on its opening drive for the first time since scoring a field goal on its first drive against Fresno State on Oct. 22, 2011. Colorado State scored on its first possession for the first time since a field goal on the opening drive vs. Wyoming on Dec. 3, 2011. San Diego State scored on its opening possession for the first time since scoring a field goal on the opening drive of the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl vs. Louisiana on Dec. 17, 2011.
- Five Mountain teams gained at least 400 total offensive yards last week. Nevada led all MW teams with 549 total yards, followed by Wyoming (526), San Diego State (443), UNLV (428) and Air Force (417).
- Four MW teams tallied at least 200 yards on the ground in Week 2, led by Air Force with 290 rushing yards at No. 19 Michigan. The Falcons have collected at least 290 rushing yards in five of the last six games, dating back to Nov. 12, 2011. Nevada's 278 yards rushing vs. South Florida were the most since Oct. 29, 2011, when the Wolf Pack ran for 374 yards at New Mexico State. San Diego State collected 228 yards on the ground against Army, the most for the Aztecs since tallying 239 yards at UNLV on Nov. 26, 2011. New Mexico posted 206 rushing yards at No. 15 Texas, marking the Lobos' second straight game with at least 200 yards on the ground.
- Five MW players ran for at least 100 yards last week, led by UNLV's Tim Cornett with 141 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries vs. Northern Arizona. It marked Cornett's fifth career century-mark effort and second consecutive 100-yard outing. Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson collected 135 yards on 30 carries against USF to mark the fourth 100-yard game of his career and second in 2012. Teammate Cody Fajardo rushed for 134 yards on 18 attempts, marking the third 100-yard career rushing performance by the sophomore. Fajardo is the first MW quarterback to record a 100-yard rushing performance since Wyoming's Brett Smith ran for 140 yards against New Mexico on Nov. 19, 2011. Air Force's Cody Getz tallied 130 yards and scored three touchdowns on a career-high 26 carries at No. 19 Michigan for his second straight 100-yard game. Fresno State's Robbie Rouse gained 115 rushing yards and one touchdown on 27 attempts at No. 4 Oregon. It was Rouse's 14th career 100-yard performance.
- Five MW quarterbacks passed for over 200 yards last week, led by Wyoming's Brett Smith, who threw for 339 yards on 20-of-28 attempts (career-best 71.4 percentage) against Toledo. It marked his second career 300-yard passing game, and the sixth time in his career that the sophomore has eclipsed the 250-yard mark in a game. Smith's 339 passing yards are the most in the MW this season. Nevada's Cody Fajardo amassed 271 passing yards (27-of-38) against South Florida, while UNLV's Nick Sherry went 16-of-29 for 239 yards vs. Northern Arizona. Fresno State's Derek Carr threw for 234 yards on 29-of-47 attempts at No. 4 Oregon, while San Diego State's Ryan Katz rounded out the group with 215 passing yards (14-of-21) in the Aztecs' home opener vs. Army. It was Katz' highest passing output under center for the Aztecs and most in his career since a 224-yard game vs. Oregon in the final contest of 2010 while playing for Oregon State.
- With 234 passing yards at No. 4 Oregon, Fresno State's Derek Carr currently has 4,188 passing yards in his career, becoming the 13th Bulldog quarterback to have over 4,000 career yards passing.
- Two MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts last Saturday. San Diego State's Ezell Ruffin totaled 132 yards on five receptions vs. Army, breaking the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career. Wyoming's Dominic Rufran caught three passes for 102 yards and a touchdown against Toledo. It was his first career 100-yard receiving game.
- Colorado State's Garrett Grayson connected with Crockett Gillmore for a 69-yard touchdown pass just 1:30 into the Rams' game against North Dakota State. The play was the longest passing TD for CSU since Oct. 16, 2010, when Pete Thomas found Lou Greenwood for a 73-yard touchdown. It also marked the longest completion of Grayson's career, topping his 66-yard completion to Raymond Carter on Nov. 19, 2011 at TCU.
- Two MW quarterbacks collected at least 400 yards of total offense last Saturday, including Nevada sophomore Cody Fajardo and Wyoming sophomore Brett Smith. Fajardo compiled a career-high 405 yards of total offense at Oregon, including 271 passing yards and 134 rushing yards. His 405 yards of total offense rank as the most by a MW player in a single game this season and 11th-best nationally. Smith had a career-best day of 401 yards of total offense against Toledo, including 339 passing yards and 62 rushing yards. It was Smith's first career game in which he tallied 400 yards of total offense, and his 401 yards rank 12th nationally.
- Seven MW teams recorded at least one sack last weekend, and three MW squads posted multiple sack outings. UNLV collected four sacks against Northern Arizona, the most since the Rebels posted four sacks against Colorado State on Oct. 29, 2011. Fresno State tallied three sacks at No. 4 Oregon to mark the Bulldogs' third consecutive multiple-sack outing dating back to Dec. 3, 2011 at San Diego State. New Mexico posted two sacks at No. 15 Texas to give the Lobos their second consecutive multiple-sack outing. Colorado State, Nevada, San Diego State and Wyoming were each credited with one sack apiece in their respective outings.
- Six MW players were credited with at least 10 tackles in Week 2, led by Colorado State's Shaquil Barrett, who tallied a career-high 15 total tackles against North Dakota State, including a sack for a loss of six yards. San Diego State's Nat Berhe recorded a career-best 14 total tackles vs. Army, while Fresno State's Derron Smith and Nevada's Duke Williams were each responsible for 13 tackles in their respective contests. Nevada's Albert Rosette collected 12 tackles, while CSU's Shaq Bell rounded out the group with 10 stops.
- Nevada scored 21 points in the first quarter vs. South Florida, the most in a quarter since posting 21 points in both the second and fourth quarters vs. Idaho on Dec. 3, 2011. It also marked the highest scoring first quarter by the Wolf Pack since putting up 21 points in the first 15 minutes against New Mexico on Oct. 15, 2011.
- San Diego State scored 14 points in the first quarter against Army, its most in a quarter since also scoring 14 vs. Washington State on Sept. 17, 2011. The Aztecs scored 21 point in the third quarter, the most by the program in any quarter since also scoring 21 in the fourth quarter vs. Boise State on Nov. 19, 2011.
|MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS|
|0||For the second straight game, Air Force's offensive line did not allow a sack in the Falcons' visit to No. 19 Michigan. AFA has prevented a sack in two straight contests and five of the last six outings, dating back to Nov. 12, 2011.|
|1||Since the league's inception in 1999, 2012 marks the first season each team in the Mountain West has lost at least one game through the first two weeks of play.|
|1||Fresno State's Robbie Rouse has lost only one fumble in the 720 times he has touched the ball in his career (665 rushes, 55 receptions).|
|2||Wyoming has recorded a two-point conversion in each of its first two games this season.|
|2||With its 32-31 loss to South Florida, Nevada lost at home for only the second time in the Wolf Pack's last 19 home games.|
|2||San Diego State recorded two interceptions against Army. The Aztecs' last multiple-pick game was on Nov. 5, 2011 against New Mexico.|
|2||Nevada's Cody Fajardo scored two rushing touchdowns vs. South Florida, his first multiple rushing TD outing since scoring four on the ground at New Mexico State on Oct. 29, 2011.|
|3||Boise State's pass defense collected three interceptions in the season opener at Michigan State, marking the Broncos' first multiple-interception game since picking off two passes at Fresno State on Oct. 7, 2011.|
|4||Four MW quarterbacks have yet to throw an interception this season, including Air Force's Connor Dietz, Fresno State's Derek Carr, Nevada's Cody Fajardo and New Mexico's B.R. Holbrook.|
|4||Wyoming's 34-31 loss to Toledo was the first defeat in a home opener in head coach Dave Christensen's four years at the helm of the Cowboys.|
|6||Colorado State dropped its first home opener in six seasons. The last time the Rams lost their first home game of the season came in a 34-28 loss to No. 10 California on Sept. 8, 2007. The last time CSU dropped a home opener against an unranked opponent was on Sept. 4, 1993 when Oregon prevailed, 23-9, in Sonny Lubick's first game as head coach.|
|6||Nevada had a six-game win streak in home openers snapped with the loss to South Florida, 32-31, last week. The last time the Wolf Pack lost its first home game of the season came in a 55-21 loss to Washington State on Sept. 9, 2005.|
|10||Boise State and Virginia Tech are the only FBS schools that have 10 or more wins in each of the last six seasons (2006-11).|
|35||San Diego State's 35-point win over Army was its largest margin of victory since a 47-point victory over Nicholls State in the 2010 opener (Sept. 4, 2010).|
|71||Air Force's David Baska recorded a 71-yard punt in the second quarter at No. 19 Michigan to mark the longest of his career. His previous long was 65 yards in the Falcons' 35-34 overtime victory over Navy on Oct. 1, 2011.|