Mountain West Football Press Release Week No. 4

Sept. 17, 2012


MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 4 SCHEDULE
0 BYU at RV/24 Boise State
Thursday, Sept. 20 | 7 p.m. MT
Bronco Stadium (37,000) | Boise, Idaho
TV: ESPN / American Forces Network
Series: BSU - 2-0 | Last meeting: 2004, BSU 28-27
Boise State


wyoming Wyoming at Idaho
Saturday, Sept. 22 | 2 p.m. PT
Kibbie Dome (16,000) | Moscow, Idaho
TV: ESPN3
Series: WYO - 4-1 | Last meeting: 1999, WYO 28-13
Idaho


Utah State Utah State at Colorado State
Saturday, Sept. 22 | 5 p.m MT
Hughes Stadium (32,500) | Fort Collins, Colo.
TV: KTVD/KMYU
Series: CSU - 36-30-2 | Last meeting: 2011, CSU 35-34 (2OT)
colorado state


San Jose State San Jose State at San Diego State
Saturday, Sept. 22 | 5 p.m. PT
Qualcomm Stadium (54,000) | San Diego, Calif.
TV: KUSI
Series: SJSU - 18-15-2 | Last meeting: 2008, SJSU 35-10
san diego state


new mexico New Mexico at New Mexico State
Saturday, Sept. 22 | 6 p.m. MT
Aggie Memorial Stadium (30,343) | Las Cruces, N.M.
TV: ESPN3
Series: UNM - 66-31-5 | Last meeting: 2011, NMSU 42-28
New Mexico State


Fresno State Fresno State at Tulsa
Saturday, Sept. 22 | 7 p.m. CT
H.A. Chapman Stadium (30,000) | Tulsa, Okla.
TV: CBS Sports Network
Series: FS - 4-1 | Last meeting: 2005, UT 31-24
Tulsa


air force Air Force at UNLV*
Saturday, Sept. 22 | 7 p.m. PT
Sam Boyd Stadium (36,800) | Las Vegas, Nev.
TV: Altitude/Me-TV (Las Vegas - CH 8.2 & COX Cable 129)
Series: AFA - 13-4 | Last meeting: 2011, AFA 45-17
unlv
*Conference game.


Nevada Nevada at Hawai`i*
Saturday, Sept. 22 | 4:30 p.m. HT
Aloha Stadium (50,000) | Honolulu, Hawai`i
TV: NBC Sports Network
Series: Tied - 8-8 | Last meeting: 2011, NEV 48-28
Hawai`i
*Conference game.

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WEEK 4 AT A GLANCE
All 10 Mountain West teams will take the field in Week 4, as all eight contests will be televised. The week's slate begins on Thur., Sept. 20, as No. 24 Boise State hosts BYU at 7 p.m. MT on ESPN and the American Forces Network. Two Conference tilts highlight the action on Sat., Sept. 22, as MW veterans Air Force and UNLV open their league schedules in Las Vegas (Altitude/Me-TV Las Vegas, 7 p.m. PT), while newcomers Hawai`i and Nevada compete for the first time as members of the Mountain West in Honolulu (NBC Sports Network, 4:30 p.m HT). In non-conference action, four MW teams will battle opponents from the WAC as Wyoming travels to Idaho (ESPN3, 2 p.m. PT), Colorado State hosts Utah State (KTVD, 5 p.m. MT), New Mexico visits in-state rival New Mexico State (ESPN3, 6 p.m. MT) and San Diego State entertains San Jose State (KUSI, 5 p.m. PT). Week 4 wraps up with Fresno State making a trip to Tulsa. The Bulldogs will square off against the Golden Hurricane at 7 p.m. CT on CBS Sports Network.

BRONCOS RETURN TO ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL AT NO. 24
After a two-week hiatus from the national rankings, Boise State returns to the Associated Press Top 25, receiving 95 votes to rank 24th. The Broncos, who had fallen out of the rankings after a 17-13 loss at then-No. 15 Michigan State in Week 1, have been ranked in 63 of the previous 65 AP polls. The Mountain West has had at least one team ranked in the AP Top 25 in 71 of the last 73 weeks, dating back to Nov. 18, 2007. Fresno State is receiving votes by the AP panel.

BSU enters Week 4 also receiving 70 votes in the USA Today/Coaches rankings.

MOUNTAIN WEST ON THE RUN
Five Mountain West players rank among the top 20 of the nation's top rushers, including three in the top 10. The group is led by Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson, who is averaging 176.3 yards per game and ranks second nationally. Air Force's Cody Getz has averaged 174.0 yards per game through two games to rank fourth, while Fresno State's Robbie Rouse has a 127.3 average to rank eighth. UNLV's Tim Cornett is 16th nationally at 119.0 yards per game, and Nevada's Cody Fajardo is 19th with 116.3 yards per game.

The Mountain West is the only league with three of the top 10 rushers in the FBS, as well as the only conference to boast five players in the top 20 of the NCAA's rushing list. Nevada is the only program in the country with two of the nation's top 20 rushers.

Each of those five players have recorded at least two 100-yard rushing performances through Week 3. Both Fresno State's Rouse and Nevada's Jefferson have tallied at least 100 yards in all three of their squads' outings in 2012:

Yards Player, Cl., Team Opponent Date
123
115
144
Robbie Robbie, Sr., Fresno State
Robbie Robbie, Sr., Fresno State
Robbie Robbie, Sr., Fresno State
vs. Weber State
at Oregon
vs. Colorado
Sept. 1, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 15, 2012
147
135
247
Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., Nevada
Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., Nevada
Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., Nevada
at California
vs. South Florida
vs. Northwestern State
Sept. 1, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 15, 2012
218
130
Cody Getz, Sr., Air Force
Cody Getz, Sr., Air Force
vs. Idaho State
at Michigan
Sept. 1, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
134
118
Cody Fajardo, So., Nevada
Cody Fajardo, So., Nevada
vs. South Florida
vs. Northwestern State
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 15, 2012
137
141
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
vs. Minnesota
vs. Northern Arizona
Aug. 30, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012

BSU'S HARPER, FS'S ROUSE PROVIDE ONE-TWO PUNCH ON FBS SCORING CHART
Two MW senior running backs rank first and second on the NCAA's single-game scoring chart this season, including Boise State's D.J. Harper and Fresno State's Robbie Rouse. Harper recorded four rushing touchdowns and a two-point conversion to finish with 26 points in Saturday's win over Miami (Ohio) to lead all FBS players. Rouse finished with 24 points on four touchdowns in the Bulldogs' rout of Colorado, tying with Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey, Buffalo's Alex Neutz, Miami (Fla.)'s Duke Johnson, Oklahoma's Damien Williams and Oklahoma State's Tracy Moore for the second-most points in a single game by an FBS player this season.

12 AND COUNTING
Nevada has had at least one 100-yard rusher in 12 consecutive contests, dating back to Oct. 8, 2011 when Stefphon Jefferson went for 100 yards against UNLV. No other team in the FBS has tallied even a five-game streak with at least one 100-yard rushing performance. The Wolf Pack has had four different players top the century mark during the course of the streak.

RETURNS ON INVESTMENT
New Mexico's Chase Clayton scored his second kick return touchdown of the 2012 campaign with a 98-yard return last week at Texas Tech. The 98-yard run matched the distance of Clayton's first kick return TD against Southern in Week 1, giving him the two longest kick returns in the MW this season. Hawai`i's Mike Edwards returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the Warriors' win over Lamar last Saturday, marking the fourth time in five years that players on two separate MW teams have tallied a kick return TD on the same day. Mountain West teams have registered at least one kick return for a touchdown in each of the first three weeks of the 2012 season, as the league has four kick return TDs on the year.

Mountain West teams have combined for at least four kickoff return touchdowns in back-to-back seasons. Last year, Mountain West players combined for a league-record nine kick return TDs. UNM's Clayton, the only player in the nation with two kick return TDs in 2012, has tied the MW single-season record, shared by TCU's Greg McCoy (2011) and Cory Rodgers (2005).

The Mountain West has four of the top 15 longest kick returns in the FBS this season. Below is a look at this year's MW kick returns and how they rank nationally:

Rk. Name, Cl., Team Yards Opponent, Date
T6. Chase Clayton, So., New Mexico 98* at Texas Tech, Sept. 15, 2012
T6. Chase Clayton, So., New Mexico 98* vs. Southern, Sept. 1, 2012
T9. Colin Lockett, Jr., San Diego State 96* vs. Army, Sept. 8, 2012
T11. Mike Edwards, Jr., Hawai`i 96* vs. Lamar, Sept. 15, 2012
*touchdown scored

ROUSE ECLIPSES FRESNO STATE'S CAREER RUSHING RECORDS
After rushing for 144 yards and two touchdown against Colorado, Fresno State senior tailback Robbie Rouse established a new Fresno State school record for most rushing yards in a career. Rouse has totaled 3,539 yards to become the all-time leading rusher in Bulldog history, surpassing Ron Rivers, who held the previous mark with 3,473 career yards from 1991-93.

With nine carries vs. Colorado, Rouse also extended his Fresno State record for most rushing attempts in a career. The senior has totaled 674 career rushes.

Rouse's 144-yard game against the Buffaloes last weekend was the 15th 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 30 career rushing touchdowns, which ranks third on the school's all-time list. Rouse has also recorded 10 games with multiple rushing TDs.

Rouse's 3,539 career rushing yardage is the fourth-most among active running backs:

NCAA ACTIVE CAREER RUSHING LEADERS
Rk. Player, Cl., Team Yards Career 100-Yard Games
1. Montel Harris, Sr., Temple* 3,747 22
2. Montee Ball, Sr., Wisconsin 3,630 18
3. Denard Robinson, Sr., Michigan (QB) 3,580 16
4. Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State 3,539 15
5. Johnathan Franklin, Sr., UCLA 3,210 13
6. Zach Line, Sr., SMU 3,206 18
7. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford 3,108 15
*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.

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) heading into Week 4 and is tied for fourth among FBS players with 36 points. He is averaging 18.0 points per game to also top the NCAA's scoring list through Week 3. 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.

BULLDOGS ARE PICK OF THE LITTER
Fresno State recorded four interceptions against Colorado, including three by Philip Thomas. His three picks tied the school and Mountain West single-game records, as Thomas became the seventh player in MW history to record three interceptions in a single game. The senior returned two of those picks for touchdowns, also tying an MW single-game record. Thomas' two interception returns TDs are the most in a single game since Utah's Deshawn Richard had a pair at San Diego State on Nov. 15, 2008. Utah's Eric Weddle set the original mark with two INT return touchdowns at San Diego State on Sept. 23, 2006. Thomas has eight INTs in his career and it marked his second game with multiple picks. Fellow Bulldog Derron Smith also recorded an interception on Saturday.

BOISE STATE IS WINNINGEST TEAM IN FBS SINCE 2002
Boise State has amassed 119 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)
Rk. Team Wins
1. Boise State 119
2. USC 111
3. Oklahoma 110
4. LSU 108
5. TCU 105

BEST HOME RECORD SINCE 2003
Rk. Team W-L Pct.
1. Boise State 55-2 .965
  Oklahoma 55-2 .965
3. TCU 49-5 .907
4. Ohio State 60-7 .896
5. LSU 59-7 .894
6. USC 49-6 .891

BEST ROAD/NEUTRAL WINNING PERCENTAGE SINCE 2003
Rk. Team W-L Pct.
1. USC 51-11 .823
2. Boise State 48-12 .800
3. Texas 48-13 .787
4. TCU 46-15 .754
5. LSU 42-14 .750


MW FOOTBALL TRENDS - WEEK 3

  • Of the Mountain West's 46 touchdowns in Week 3, 21 were scored on the ground, while another 19 were passing TDs and six came from special teams (three interception returns, two kickoff returns and one punt return TD).

  • Leon McFadden's 28-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter vs. North Dakota was San Diego State's first defensive score since Nov. 13, 2010 at TCU. McFadden's pick six was SDSU's first since Nov. 28, 2009, when Luke Laologi returned one 55 yards to reach the end zone at UNLV. It also marked McFadden's first career TD.

  • Hawai`i scored twice on special teams for the first time since the 2007 season opener vs. Northern Colorado. Mike Edwards returned the second half's opening kickoff against Lamar 95 yards to give the Warriors their first kickoff return TD since Ryan Mouton's 90-yarder at Fresno State on Oct. 4, 2008. Ne'Quan Phillips scooped up a blocked punt and returned it 21 yards to score, marking UH's first blocked punt for a TD since John Hardy-Tuliau did so at Nevada on Nov. 12, 2011. Phillips' touchdown was the first punt return TD for the Mountain West in 2012. UH is the first MW team to record at least one kick return TD and one punt return TD in the same game since Utah's Morgan Scalley and Shaun Harper combined to accomplish the feat in an Oct. 23, 2004 meeting with UNLV.

  • Fresno State's 69 points in Saturday's win over Colorado tie for the fifth-most scored by an MW team in league history. The Bulldogs scored 35 of those points in the first period, setting an MW record for most points scored in the first quarter. That surpasses the previous record of 28, shared by TCU (Oct. 1, 2005 vs. New Mexico) and Utah (Oct. 23, 2004 vs. UNLV). The 35 points also ties for third-most in any quarter by an MW team. FS's 35 first-quarter points were also the most since the Bulldogs scored 28 points against Utah State on Dec. 1, 2001.

  • The Bulldogs took a 55-7 lead into halftime against Colorado, shattering MW records for most points scored in a half and most points scored in a first half. Both records (49 points) were previously shared by New Mexico (Oct. 18, 2008 vs. San Diego State) and BYU (Aug. 25, 2001 vs. Tulane). The 62 combined first-half points by Fresno State and Colorado rank as the fifth-most by two teams in a single game in MW history.

  • Five Mountain West teams gained at least 450 total offensive yards last week. Fresno State led all MW teams with 665 total yards, followed by Nevada (655), Boise State (599), San Diego State (533) and UNLV (460).

  • Five MW teams tallied at least 200 yards on the ground last week, led by Nevada with 418 rushing yards vs. Northwestern State. The last time Nevada rushed for 418 yards or more was on Nov. 6, 2010, when the Wolf Pack collected 453 at Idaho. San Diego State collected 292 yards on the ground against North Dakota to mark the Aztecs' second straight 200+ rushing yard performance (228 vs. Army). Boise State totaled 295 rushing yards in its home opener vs. Miami (Ohio), the most by the Broncos since rushing for 383 yards at Colorado State on Oct. 15, 2011. Fresno State posted 288 rushing yards in its contest with Colorado, giving the Bulldogs their second 200-yard rushing performance this year (217 vs. Weber State). Hawai`i rounded out the group with 219 rushing yards against Lamar to mark the first time UH gained more rushing yards than passing (150) since Nov. 7, 2009.

  • Six MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 3, led by Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson with 247 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries against Northwestern State. His 247 yards were a career-high, besting his 147-yard effort at California in Week 1. The 247 yards also rank as the most by a player in the FBS this season, and is the best performance by a member of the Wolf Pack since Vai Taua ran for 263 yards at Fresno State on Nov. 7, 2008. Boise State's D.J. Harper collected a career-high 162 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries against Miami (Ohio). Fresno State's Robbie Rouse gained 144 yards and scored two touchdowns on nine attempts vs. Colorado. It was Rouse's 15th career 100-yard performance. San Diego State's Adam Muema tallied 124 yards and one TD on 13 carries vs. North Dakota. Muema broke the 100-yard mark for the second time of his career. Nevada's Cody Fajardo rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns on 16 attempts to mark the third 100-yard career rushing performance by the sophomore. SDSU's Walter Kazee rounded out the group with 105 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Kazee broke the 100-yard barrier for the third time of his career and first since 2009.

  • Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson's 247 rushing yards against Northwestern State established a new MW single-game record for most yards on the ground by a junior. The previous mark of 237 yards was set by Colorado State's Henry Childs on Nov. 1, 2001 vs. BYU.

  • Nevada's Cody Farjardo registered his second 100-yard rushing performance of the season, becoming the first MW quarterback to record at least two 100-yard rushing games in a season since Air Force's Shaun Carney did so in back-to-back campaigns in 2006 and 2007.

  • San Diego State had a pair of 100-yard rushers for the first time since 1998 and the 15th time in program history. The Aztecs are 14-1 all-time when having multiple players rush for 100 yards or more.

  • Seven MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 3, including Boise State's D.J. Harper, Nevada's Cody Fajardo and Wyoming's Shaun Wick who each scored three rushing TDs apiece. Fresno State's Robbie Rouse, Hawai`i's John Lister, Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson and San Diego State's Walter Kazee each contributed a pair of rushing touchdown in their respective contests.

  • One of Robbie Rouse's rushing touchdowns for Fresno State came in the form of a 94-yard carry, setting a new Mountain West senior class record for longest rushing play. The previous record of 77 yards was held by Colorado State's Gartrell Johnson (Dec. 20, 2008 vs. Fresno State). Rouse's 94-yard run, which also tied for the fourth-longest in MW history, is the second-longest rushing play from scrimmage in the FBS this season.

  • Nevada's Cody Fajardo and San Diego State's Walter Kazee each have scored multiple rushing touchdowns in back-to-back outings.

  • Wyoming freshman Shaun Wick scored three rushing touchdowns to mark the most by a Cowboy running back since Alvester Alexander tallied five rushing TDs against Colorado State on Nov. 20, 2010.

  • D.J. Harper scored a career-high four touchdowns for Boise State on Saturday, including three rushing TDs and one receiving. It marked BSU's first three-touchdown rushing performance since Doug Martin ran for three TDs at Colorado State on Oct. 15, 2011. Harper's four total touchdowns were the most by a Bronco since Martin reached the end zone four times (all rushing) against New Mexico State on Dec. 5, 2009.

  • Harper also scored on a two-point conversion against Miami (Ohio), giving the sixth-year senior 26 points on the day. His 26 points are the third-most ever by a Bronco in a single game and are the most by a MW player since Wyoming's Alvester Alexander posted 30 points vs. Colorado State on Nov. 20, 2010. The 26 points also ties for the fifth-best single-game scoring effort in MW history while also matching Utah's Travis LaTendresse (Dec. 29, 2005 vs. Georgia Tech) for most by a senior.

  • Six MW quarterbacks passed for over 200 yards last week, led by UNLV's Nick Sherry, who threw for 351 yards on 33-of-49 attempts against Washington State. Sherry's 351 passing yards are the most for a Rebel since Rocky Hinds threw for that same amount vs. Air Force on Nov. 24, 2006. Boise State's Joe Southwick amassed 304 passing yards (24-of-31) against Miami (Ohio) to mark the first 300-yard game of his career. Southwick completed 16 of his final 17 passes. Fresno State's Derek Carr went 17-of-22 for 300 yards and five touchdowns vs. Colorado. It was his fifth career 300-yard passing game and his five TDs tie his career record. Colorado State's Garrett Grayson threw for 297 yards on 24-of-42 attempts at San Jose State, while San Diego State's Ryan Katz tallied 241 yards vs. North Dakota, connecting on 11-of-18 passes and a career high three touchdowns. Katz's 241 passing yards the the most since a 393-yard game at Arizona on Oct. 9, 2010, while playing for Oregon State. Nevada's Cody Fajardo rounded out the group with 237 passing yards (21-of-33) against Northwestern State.

  • UNLV's Nick Sherry completed a career-high 33 passes to 12 different receivers. His 33 completions tied the program record, set by redshirt rookie Jon Denton, who also finished with 33 at San Jose State in 1996.

  • Three MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts on Saturday. UNLV's Marcus Sullivan had six catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns against Washington State, including four grabs for 126 yards in the first half. He is the first Rebel to reach the 100-yard receiving mark since Phillip Payne finished with 175 yards vs. Southern Utah on Sept. 24, 2011. San Diego State's Gavin Escobar had his third career 100-yard receiving game vs. North Dakota, after recording five receptions for 117 yards and one touchdown. Fresno State's Isaiah Burse totaled 107 yards on three receptions to mark the second 100-yard performance of his career.

  • One of Derek Carr's five touchdowns was a 97-yard connection with Fresno State WR Isaiah Burse, tying MW records for longest passing play, longest TD pass and longest reception. San Diego State's Kevin O'Connell and Chaz Schilens set the original mark with a 97-yard TD pass play on Nov. 24, 2007 vs. TCU. Carr and Burse also established new junior class records for longest pass play and reception. San Diego State's Ryan Lindley (Nov. 20, 2010 vs. Utah) and Utah's Terrance Cain (Oct. 24, 2009 vs. Air Force) shared the previous mark for longest pass by a junior (90 yards), while SDSU's Derrick Lewis held the previous record for longest reception (87 yards at UNLV on Nov. 20, 1999).

  • Boise State's Chris Potter caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Joe Southwick in the third quarter against Miami (Ohio) to mark Potter's first TD reception since Oct. 2, 2010 at New Mexico State. That 78-yard scoring catch vs. the Aggies was also thrown by Southwick.

  • UNLV's Marcus Sullivan took a Nick Sherry pass 75 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter against Washington State to mark the Rebels' first pass for longer than 70 yards since Omar Clayton found Michael Johnson for a 75-yarder on Oct. 10, 2009 vs. BYU.

  • Five Mountain West teams, including Boise State, Fresno State, Hawai`i, Nevada and Wyoming, did not allow a sack in their Week 3 contests. BSU has prevented a sack in three consecutive contests and four of the last five outings, dating back to Nov. 26, 2011. Hawai`i had not prevented a sack since its Sept. 22, 2007 game against Charleston Southern. Nevada kept an opponent from recording a quarterback sack for the first time since an Oct. 29, 2011 trip to New Mexico State. Fresno State had not prevented a sack since its Nov. 26, 2011 contest vs. San Jose State, while Wyoming kept an opponent from recording a QB sack for the first time since the Cowboys' Nov. 26, 2011 visit to Boise State.

  • Four Mountain West squads limited their opponents to 83 rushing yards or less in Week 3, led by Hawai`i, which held Lamar to 44 yards on the ground. The Warriors have not allowed more than 81 yards rushing in back-to-back appearances, after limiting then-No. 1 USC to 81 yards on the ground in Week 1. Boise State kept Miami (Ohio) to 49 rushing yards, the fewest allowed by the Broncos since holding Arizona State to -11 yards in the 2011 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. San Diego State allowed North Dakota to gain only 55 yards on the ground, the fewest allowed by the Aztecs since holding Fresno State to 48 rushing yards on Dec. 3, 2011. UNLV gave up just 83 rushing yards to Washington State to mark the fewest allowed by the Rebels since restricting Southern Utah to 78 rushing yards on Sept. 24, 2011.

  • Two MW teams limited their opponents to 83 passing yards or less in Week 3. Wyoming gave up just 34 passing yards to Cal Poly, the fewest allowed by the Cowboys since holding Air Force to -1 yards in the air on Nov. 12, 2011. Hawai`i held Lamar to 83 yards in the air, marking the fewest given up by the Warriors since limiting Army to 58 passing yards on Sept. 11, 2010.

  • Each of the nine MW teams in action last week recorded at least one sack, and seven MW squads posted multiple sack outings. Boise State, Fresno State and San Diego State each collected four sacks in their respective contests, while Hawai`i tallied three sacks against Lamar. Colorado State, Nevada and UNLV were each credited with two sacks apiece, while New Mexico and Wyoming recorded one quarterback sack in their respective games.

  • Ten MW players were credited with at least 10 tackles in Week 3, led by Wyoming's Mike Purcell, who tallied a career-high 16 total tackles against Cal Poly. It was Purcell's first career game with 10 or more total tackles. New Mexico's Dallas Bollema recorded 14 total tackles at Texas Tech, while Wyoming's Luke Anderson was responsible for a career-high 13 tackles. Colorado State's Aaron Davis, Nevada's Duke Williams and Wyoming's Ghaali Muhammad collected 12 tackles apiece, while Korey Jones and Luke Ruff each posted 11 stops for the Cowboys. CSU's Lanston Tanyi and UNLV's Peni Vea rounded out the group with 10 total tackles apiece.

  • Seven MW players collected multiple tackles for loss last weekend, led by Wyoming's Ghaali Muhammad with a career-best 2.5 TFL vs. Cal Poly. Players with 2.0 tackles for loss in Week 3 include Colorado State's Zach Tiedgen, Fresno State's Maurice Poyadue, Hawai`i's Art Laurel and Paipai Falemalu, New Mexico's Dallas Bollema and San Diego State's Derek Largent.

  • Wyoming allowed Cal Poly to rush for 325 yards, marking the first time the Cowboys have allowed 300 or more yards rushing since giving up 312 to Air Force on Nov. 12, 2011.

  • UNLV has lost three straight games by single digits (3 points, 3 points and 8 points) for the first time since John Robinson's squad lost four such games to open the 2001 season (4 points, 9 points, 7 points and 4 points).


MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
0 The Air Force offensive line did not allow a sack in the Falcons' visit to No. 19 Michigan on Sept. 8. AFA has not given up a sack in two straight contests and five of the last six outings, dating back to Nov. 12, 2011.
0 Hawai`i's defense recorded its first shutout against an offense since blanking Idaho, 24-0, on Sept. 24, 2005. The Warriors defeated Lamar, 54-2, last week.
1 Fresno State's Robbie Rouse has only lost one fumble in the 733 times he has touched the ball in his career (674 rushes, 59 receptions).
2 Fresno State's Phillip Thomas became the first MW player to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a single game since 2008. Prior to last Saturday's game vs. Colorado, Thomas had yet to record a pick six in his career.
2 Air Force and Boise State are two of only four FBS teams (Middle Tennessee State, Oklahoma State) who have not allowed quarterback sack this season.
2 UNLV intercepted two Washington State passes last Thursday, marking the Rebels' first multiple-pick outing since recording three at Nevada on Oct. 8, 2011.
2 Wyoming's Chris McNeill tossed a two-point conversion to Sunny Puletasi. McNeill is now 2-of-2 on two-point conversion throws for his career.
3 Wyoming has recorded a two-point conversion in each of its first three games this season.
6 Fresno State's five passing TDs against Colorado tied for third-most in a single game in MW history.
6 Hawai`i's John Hardy-Tuliau recorded his sixth career blocked kick on a Lamar punt in the second quarter. The blocked punt was returned by Ne'Quan Phillips for a 21-yard touchdown.
9 Fresno State's Quentin Breshears kicked nine extra points in Saturday's win over Colorado, tying for second-most in a single game in MW history.
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).
11 Boise State has won 11 straight home openers, with the last loss coming on Sept. 8, 2001 against Washington State (42-20). Since becoming a four-year institution prior to the 1968 season, the Broncos are 35-10 all-time in home lid-lifters.
12 Fresno State redshirt freshman Davante Adams caught 12 passes at Oregon on Sept. 8, 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).
21 The Aztecs' 21 first-quarter points vs. North Dakota were the most since scoring 24 in the first frame vs. Idaho on Sept. 4, 2004.
90 The 90 combined points between San Diego State and North Dakota are the most in an Aztec game since Nov. 26, 1994, when Fresno State defeated SDSU, 49-42 (91 total points).
94 Fresno State's Robbie Rouse scored on a 94-yard rush with 2:39 left in the first quarter vs. Colorado to tie for the longest carry in school history.