Mountain West Football Press Release Week No. 5

Sept. 24, 2012


MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 5 SCHEDULE
Hawai`i Hawai`i at BYU
Friday, Sept. 28 | 6 p.m. MT
LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,470) | Provo, Utah
TV: ESPN/American Forces Network
Series: BYU - 20-8 | Last meeting: 2011, BYU 41-20
BYU


colorado state Colorado State at Air Force*
Saturday, Sept. 29 | Noon MT
Falcon Stadium (46,692) | Colorado Springs, Colo.
TV: Altitude
Series: AFA - 30-19-1 | Last meeting: 2011, AFA 45-21
air force
*Conference game.


Nevada Nevada at Texas State
Saturday, Sept. 29 | 1 p.m. CT
Bobcat Stadium (30,000) | San Marcos, Texas
TV: Longhorn Network
Series: First meeting
Texas State


Boise State RV/24 Boise State at New Mexico*
Saturday, Sept. 29 | 4 p.m. MT
University Stadium (39,224) | Albuquerque, N.M.
TV: KTVB/Comcast NM
Series: BSU - 3-0 | Last meeting: 2011, BSU 45-0
new mexico
*Conference game.


unlv UNLV at Utah State
Saturday, Sept. 29 | 6 p.m. MT
Romney Stadium (25,767) | Logan, utah
TV: ESPN3
Series: USU - 12-7 | Last meeting: 2008, UNLV 27-17
Utah State


san diego state San Diego State at Fresno State*
Saturday, Sept. 29 | 7 p.m. PT
Bulldog Stadium (41,031) | Fresno, Calif.
TV: KUSI
Series: SDSU - 27-20-4 | Last meeting: 2011, SDSU 35-28
Fresno State
*Conference game.

wyoming Idle: Wyoming
Next game: Sat., Oct. 6 at Nevada | 4 p.m. PT
 

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WEEK 5 AT A GLANCE
Nine Mountain West teams will take the field in Week 5, as all six contests will be televised. The week's slate begins on Fri., Sept. 28, as Hawai`i travels to BYU for a 6 p.m. MT matchup on ESPN and the American Forces Network. Three Conference tilts highlight the action on Sat., Sept. 29, as Air Force hosts Colorado State (Altitude, Noon MT), New Mexico entertains No. 24 Boise State (KTVB/Comcast New Mexico, 4 p.m. MT) and MW newcomer Fresno State opens Conference play at home vs. San Diego State (KUSI, 7 p.m. PT). In non-conference action, two MW teams will battle opponents from the WAC, as Nevada visits Texas State (Longhorn Network, 1 p.m. CT) and UNLV makes the trip to Utah State (ESPN3, 6 p.m. MT).

BRONCOS HOLD ON TO NO. 24 IN ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL
Boise State received 114 votes this week in the Associated Press Top 25 poll to rank 24th for the second consecutive week. 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 64 of the previous 66 AP polls. The Mountain West has had at least one team ranked in the AP Top 25 in 72 of the last 74 weeks, dating back to Nov. 18, 2007.

BSU enters Week 5 also receiving 69 votes in the USA Today/Coaches rankings.

MOUNTAIN WEST ON THE RUN
Six Mountain West players rank among the top 25 of the nation's top rushers, including three in the top 10. The group is led by Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson and Air Force's Cody Getz, who rank first and second, respectively, on the NCAA's rushing charts this year. Jefferson is averaging 174.75 yards per game, followed by Getz at 153.67 yards per game. Fresno State's Robbie Rouse has a 129.25 average to rank seventh. UNLV's Tim Cornett is 11th nationally at 117.75 yards per game, San Diego State's Adam Muema is 13th with 115.25 yards per game, and Nevada's Cody Fajardo is 24th with 104.50 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 six players in the top 25 of the NCAA's rushing list. Nevada is the only program in the country with two of the nation's top 25 rushers.

Each of those six players have recorded at least two 100-yard rushing performances through Week 4. Both Fresno State's Rouse and Nevada's Jefferson have accumulated 100 yards in each of their first four games of the season. That ties the fifth-longest streak of 100-yard rushing performances in Mountain West history. The MW record for most consecutive 100-yard rushing games is seven, held by BYU's Luke Staley (Oct. 5 to Dec. 1, 2001). Air Force's Getz has reached the century mark in each of the Falcons' three games this year.

100-YARD PERFORMANCES IN 2012 BY MOUNTAIN WEST'S LEADING RUSHERS
Yards Player, Cl., Team Opponent Date
123
115
144
135
Robbie Robbie, Sr., Fresno State
Robbie Robbie, Sr., Fresno State
Robbie Robbie, Sr., Fresno State
Robbie Robbie, Sr., Fresno State
vs. Weber State
at Oregon
vs. Colorado
at Tulsa
Sept. 1, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 15, 2012
Sept. 22, 2012
147
135
247
170
Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., Nevada
Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., Nevada
Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., Nevada
Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., Nevada
at California
vs. South Florida
vs. Northwestern State
at Hawai`i
Sept. 1, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 15, 2012
Sept. 22, 2012
218
130
113
Cody Getz, Sr., Air Force
Cody Getz, Sr., Air Force
Cody Getz, Sr., Air Force
vs. Idaho State
at Michigan
at UNLV
Sept. 1, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 22, 2012
137
141
114
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
vs. Minnesota
vs. Northern Arizona
vs. Air Force
Aug. 30, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 22, 2012
134
118
Cody Fajardo, So., Nevada
Cody Fajardo, So., Nevada
vs. South Florida
vs. Northwestern State
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 15, 2012
129
202
Adam Muema, So., San Diego State
Adam Muema, So., San Diego State
vs. North Dakota
vs. San Jose State
Sept. 15, 2012
Sept. 22, 2012

NEVADA'S JEFFERSON SHATTERS RECORD BOOKS WITH SEVEN TDS
Nevada junior Stefphon Jefferson had seven combined touchdowns (6 rushing, 1 receiving) and 246 all-purpose yards (170 rushing, 76 receiving) at Hawai`i to become just the fourth player in FBS history to record seven total scores, joining Ole Miss' Arnold Boykin (1951), San Diego State's Marshall Faulk (1991) and Oklahoma State's Rashaun Woods (2003). Jefferson's 42 points shattered the previous Mountain West single-game record. The previous mark of 30 points was held by Wyoming's Alvester Alexander (Nov. 20, 2010 vs. Colorado State), New Mexico's DonTrell Moore (Nov. 30, 2002 vs. Wyoming) and BYU's Luke Staley (twice - Nov. 1, 2001 vs. Colorado State and Oct. 5, 2001 vs. Utah State).

Jefferson's seven overall touchdowns (6 rushing, 1 receiving) established a new MW single-game record for most touchdowns responsible for, previously held by TCU's Jeff Ballard, who scored six TDs (4 rushing, 2 passing) vs. New Mexico on Oct. 1, 2005. Jefferson's six rushing touchdowns also set a new league single-game record as well, surpassing the previous record of five rushing TDs shared by Wyoming's Alvester Alexander (Nov. 20, 2010 vs. Colorado State) and BYU's Luke Staley (Nov. 1, 2001 vs. Colorado State).

JEFFERSON, GETZ AND ROUSE LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD
The Mountain West is the only league in the country with three of the country's top five scorers, as three MW running backs rank in the top five on the FBS scoring list this season. Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson leads all FBS players with 18.00 points per game, while Air Force's Cody Getz ranks second nationally with 14.00 points per game. Fresno State's Robbie Rouse is tied for fourth at 12.00 points per game.

RACKING UP THE POINTS
Three MW running backs rank in the top three on the NCAA's single-game scoring chart this season, including Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson, Boise State's D.J. Harper and Fresno State's Robbie Rouse. Jefferson collected seven total touchdowns at Hawai`i last week, including six rushing and one receiving, to finish with a Mountain West and school record 42 points to lead all FBS players. Harper recorded the second-most points in a single-game by an FBS player this season after tallying 26 points (four rushing touchdowns, one two-point conversion) in BSU's Sept. 15 victory over Miami (Ohio). Rouse is tied for third nationally after scoring 24 points on four touchdowns in the Bulldogs' rout of Colorado in Week 3. The Mountain West is the only FBS league to have three players score 24 or more points in a single-game this season.

13 AND COUNTING
Nevada has had at least one 100-yard rusher in 13 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.

CLOSE CALLS
All four of UNLV's games this season have been decided by single digits (three-point losses to Minnesota and Northern Arizona, eight-point loss to Washington State, three-point victory over Air Force). Only two Rebel games were decided by fewer than 10 points in the first two seasons under head coach Bobby Hauck.

BULLDOGS ARE PICK OF THE LITTER
Fresno State leads the nation with four interception return touchdowns in 2012. Phillip Thomas, who leads all MW players with three total interceptions this season, returned two of those picks for touchdowns against Colorado on Sept. 15 to tie the Mountain West's single-game record. Thomas' two interception returns TDs in Week 3 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. Fellow FS players Patrick Su'a and Tristan Okpalaugo recorded their first career interceptions and touchdowns at Tulsa on Sept. 22 to give Fresno State multiple pick sixes in back-to-back outings.

The Bulldogs are tied for second in the FBS with eight interceptions overall, after collecting only five picks in 2011. The squad is lead by Thomas, who had three interceptions vs. the Buffaloes in Week 3 to become just the seventh player in MW history to record three interceptions in a single game.

RETURNS ON INVESTMENT
The Mountain West is the only FBS conference with two of the nation's top three in kickoff returns. New Mexico's Chase Clayton leads all players with 43.33 yards per return, while Hawai`i's Mike Edwards is tied for third with 39.00 yards per return.

No Mountain West team returned a kickoff for a touchdown in Week 4, ending the league's streak of four consecutive weeks with at least one kick return TD. 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 has recorded two kick return touchdowns in the 2012 campaign with 98-yard TDs vs. Southern in Week 1 and at Texas Tech in Week 3. Both 98-yard kick returns are the longest in the Mountain West this season. UH's Edwards returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the Warriors' win over Lamar in Week 3, marking the fourth time in five years that players on two separate MW teams have tallied a kick return TD on the same day.

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 is the only conference with 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
T10. Colin Lockett, Jr., San Diego State 96* vs. Army, Sept. 8, 2012
T12. Mike Edwards, Jr., Hawai`i 96* vs. Lamar, Sept. 15, 2012
*touchdown scored

ROUSE ECLIPSES FRESNO STATE'S CAREER RUSHING RECORDS
After rushing for 135 yards and one touchdown at Tulsa, Fresno State senior tailback Robbie Rouse extended his school record for most rushing yards in a career. Rouse is the all-time leading rushing in Bulldog history with 3,674 career yards. Ron Rivers held the previous mark with 3,473 career yards from 1991-93.

With 27 carries against the Golden Hurricane, Rouse also extended his Fresno State record for most rushing attempts in a career to 701.

Rouse's 135-yard game at Tulsa last week was the 16th 100-yard game of his career, to tie Ryan Mathews (2007-09) for the second-most in program history. His 16 100-yard performances tie Rouse for the fourth-most in the country. He now has 31 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 3,674 career rushing yardage is the second-highest among active players in the FBS, surpassing Michigan QB Denard Robinson and Wisconsin RB Montee Ball.

NCAA ACTIVE CAREER RUSHING LEADERS
Rk. Player, Cl., Team Yards Career 100-Yard Games
1. Montel Harris, Sr., Temple* 3,770 22
2. Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State 3,674 16
3. Montee Ball, Sr., Wisconsin 3,670 18
  Denard Robinson, Sr., Michigan (QB) 3,670 16
5. Johnathan Franklin, Sr., UCLA 3,255 13
6. Zach Line, Sr., SMU 3,206 18
7. Stepfan Taylor, Sr., 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.

PAIR OF SOPHOMORE QBS RANK IN TOP TEN FOR TOTAL OFFENSE
The Mountain West is one of four leagues (Big 12, Conference USA, Pac-12) with multiple players on the NCAA's top 10 list for total offense. Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith ranks sixth nationally, as the sophomore is averaging 360.7 total yards per game, including 326.7 passing yards and 34.0 rushing yards. Nevada sophomore QB Cody Fajardo is ninth in the FBS with an average of 344.0 total yards per game, including 239.5 passing yards and 104.5 rushing yards.

AS GOOD AS IT GETZ
Air Force senior running back Cody Getz has posted 100 or more rushing yards in three consecutive games for the first time in his career. He is the first AFA player to open a season with three straight 100-yard rushing performances, and it is the first time a Falcon has eclipsed the century mark in three straight outings since Chad Hall achieved the feat in 2007. Getz's 461 combined rushing yards this season are the most since Chad Hall rushed for 568 yards vs. Army (275), Notre Dame (142) and San Diego State (151) in 2007.

Getz has scored seven touchdowns (all rushing) heading into Week 5, which are the most combined touchdowns in three games since Hall had eight in games vs. Navy (2), UNLV (2) and Colorado State (4) in 2007.

BOISE STATE IS WINNINGEST TEAM IN FBS SINCE 2002
Boise State has amassed 120 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 120
2. USC 112
3. Oklahoma 110
4. LSU 109
5. TCU 106

BEST HOME RECORD SINCE 2003
Rk. Team W-L Pct.
1. Boise State 56-2 .966
  Oklahoma 55-3 .948
3. TCU 50-5 .909
4. Ohio State 61-7 .897
5. LSU 59-7 .894
6. USC 50-6 .893

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 43-14 .754

MOUNTAIN WEST TO PARTICIPATE IN COACH TO CURE MD PROGRAM
The AFCA will hold its fifth annual Coach to Cure MD effort with this week's games. All Mountain West coaching staffs will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. More information on the Coach to Cure MD program, which has surpassed the million dollar mark for donations, can be found online at www.CoachtoCureMD.org. Fans can also contribute by texting CURE to 90999 for a $5 donation.


MW FOOTBALL TRENDS - WEEK 4

  • Of the Mountain West's 39 touchdowns in Week 4, 23 were scored on the ground, while another 12 were passing TDs and four came from special teams (all interception returns). Patrick Su'a and Tristan Okpalaugo recorded their first career interceptions and touchdowns at Tulsa to give Fresno State multiple pick sixes in back-to-back outings. Boise State defensive tackle Mike Atkinson returned a BYU interception 36 yards for a touchdown, his first career interception and his first career score. It also marked the first pick six by a Bronco defensive lineman since Shea McClellin did so vs. Toledo on Oct. 9, 2010. Nevada cornerback Khalid Wooten recorded the second pick six of his career with a 78-yard interception return for a touchdown. It also was Wooten's first interception return TD since a 90-yarder against New Mexico State on Nov. 20, 2010.

  • Last week's contest vs. BYU marked the second time Boise State did not score an offensive touchdown this season. It also was the first time BSU failed to score an offensive TD at home since becoming an FBS team in 1996.

  • Boise State and BYU did not score in the first half to mark the first BSU game that was scoreless at halftime since Nov. 12, 1994 vs. Eastern Washington. It also was the first time the Broncos were held scoreless at halftime since the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl against Boston College.

  • Three MW squads scored on the opening drive of their respective games, including Air Force and Wyoming, who reached the end zone on their opening possessions and New Mexico, who notched a field goal. Wyoming has reached the end zone on the opening drive in two of their last three games, and has scored on the first possession in three of four contests this year. Air Force scored on its first possession for the first time since Nov. 19, 2011, when the Falcons reached the end zone on their opening drive vs. UNLV. New Mexico scored on its opening possession for the second time this season after reaching the end zone on its opening drive vs. Southern in Week 1.

  • Five Mountain teams gained at least 440 total offensive yards last week. Nevada led the way with 575 total yards, followed by San Diego State (484), UNLV (449), Wyoming (445) and Air Force (442).

  • Four MW teams tallied at least 200 yards on the ground in Week 4, led by Nevada with 355 rushing yards at Hawai`i. Nevada has gained 200 or more rushing yards in four consecutive outings and in five of its last six games, dating back to Dec. 3, 2011. Air Force collected 352 yards on the ground at UNLV to mark the Falcons' second outing this season with 352+ rushing yards (484 vs. Idaho State). New Mexico totaled 302 rushing yards at New Mexico State to mark the Lobos' second 300-yard rushing performance of the year. San Diego State rounded out the group with 271 rushing yards against San Jose State. It was the Aztecs' third consecutive game with 228 rushing yards or more.

  • Seven MW players ran for at least 100 yards last week, led by San Diego State's Adam Muema with a career-best 202 yards and one touchdown on a career-high 25 carries against San Jose State. Muema broke the 100-yard mark for the second straight game and second time in his career. Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson tallied 170 yards and six TDs on 31 carries at Hawai`i. Jefferson has topped the 100-yard mark in all four games this season and six times in his career. Fresno State's Robbie Rouse gained 135 yards and scored one touchdown on 27 attempts at Tulsa. Rouse has rushed for over 100 yards in all four games this year and 16 times in his career to tie with Ryan Mathews for the second-most in program history. New Mexico's Kasey Carrier produced the first 100-yard rushing game of his career with 129 yards and one touchdown on 21 attempts at New Mexico State. UNLV's Tim Cornett totaled 17 carries for 114 yards and one touchdown, marking his third 100-yard contest in four outings this season, and his fifth of the last seven, dating back to 2011. Air Force's Cody Getz rushed for 113 yards and one TD on 15 carries for his third consecutive 100-yard performance. He is the first Falcon to rush for 100 yards in three straight games since Chad Hall accomplished the feat in 2007. Boise State's D.J. Harper collected 112 yards on 31 carries against BYU, his second-straight 100-yard performance. Harper has six career 100-yard rushing games and went back-to-back for the second time in his career.

  • Four MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 4, including Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson, who set a Mountain West record with six rushing TDs at Hawai`i. UNLV's Bradley Randle tallied three rushing touchdowns against Air Force, while AFA's Cody Getz and New Mexico's Jhurell Pressley each contributed a pair of rushing TDs in their respective contests.

  • UNM's Pressley became the third Lobo with at least two rushing TDs this season, joining Cole Gautsche and Demarcus Rogers. New Mexico had only two players (Rogers, Crusoe Gongbay) rush for multiple TDs in 2011.

  • Seven MW quarterbacks passed for over 200 yards last week, led by Wyoming's Brett Smith, who threw for a career-high 365 yards and five touchdowns on 23-of-35 attempts at Idaho. UNLV's Nick Sherry amassed 250 passing yards (23-of-32) against Air Force to mark his third career 200-yard game. Hawai`i's Sean Schroeder went 22-of-40 for 234 yards vs. Nevada to mark his highest yardage output under center for the Warriors. Fresno State's Derek Carr threw for 231 yards on 26-of-44 attempts at Tulsa to mark his 11th straight outing with at least 231 passing yards. Colorado State's Garrett Grayson connected on 22-of-40 passes for 224 yards, his second consecutive 200-yard performance. Nevada's Cody Fajardo and San Diego State's Ryan Katz rounded out the group with 220 passing yards (14-of-20) and 213 passing yards (17-of-27), respectively.

  • Wyoming's Smith has passed for three or more touchdowns twice in his career. His career-high five TD tosses at Idaho marked the first time a UW quarterback had thrown for five scores since Casey Bramlet threw five at UNLV on Nov. 2, 2002. Smith's scoring passes went to five different receivers.

  • Two MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts on Saturday. Wyoming's Chris McNeill had eight catches for 219 yards and one touchdown at Idaho to mark his second career 100-yard performance. McNeill's 219 yards rank sixth on the Cowboys' all-time single-game receiving yards list. Fresno State's Josh Harper totaled 115 yards and one TD on seven receptions at Tulsa to mark his first career 100-yard output.

  • Three Mountain West teams, including Air Force, Nevada and UNLV, did not allow a sack in their Week 4 contests. Nevada has not allowed an opponent to record a sack in back-to-back outings, while Air Force has not given up a sack in six of the last seven games, dating back to Nov. 12, 2011 vs. Wyoming. UNLV did not allow a quarterback sack for the first time since a Nov. 12, 2011 trip to New Mexico.

  • Two Mountain West squads limited their opponents to 78 rushing yards or less in Week 4, led by San Diego State, which held San Jose State to 77 yards on the ground. The Aztecs have not allowed more than 70 yards rushing in back-to-back contests, after limiting North Dakota to 70 yards on the ground in Week 3. New Mexico gave up just 78 rushing yards to New Mexico State, marking the fewest allowed by the Lobos since limiting BYU to 41 rushing yards on Nov. 14, 2009.

  • Two MW teams limited their opponents to 90 passing yards or less last week. Boise State gave up just 61 passing yards to BYU, the fewest allowed by the Broncos since holding Utah State to 41 yards in the air on Dec. 4, 2010. UNLV held Air Force to 90 yards in the air, marking the fewest given up by the Rebels since limiting the Falcons to 63 passing yards on Oct. 11, 2003.

  • Six MW teams in action last week recorded at least one sack, and three MW squads posted multiple sack outings. Nevada posted four quarterback sacks at Hawai`i, while Boise State and Wyoming each collected three sacks apiece in their respective contests. Colorado State, New Mexico and San Diego State were each credited with one sack apiece.

  • Seven MW players were credited with at least 10 tackles in Week 4, led by Air Force's Austin Niklas, who tallied a career-high 16 total tackles at UNLV. UNLV's John Lotulelei recorded a team season-high 14 total tackles against the Falcons, while Boise State's J.C. Percy was responsible for 12 tackles vs. BYU. Wyoming's Marqueston Huff posted 11 stops at Idaho, while Air Force's Brian Lindsay, Fresno State's Phillip Thomas and UNLV's Tani Maka rounded out the group with 10 total tackles apiece.

  • Seven MW players collected multiple tackles for loss last weekend, led by Hawai`i's Beau Yap with 3.0 TFL against Nevada. Players with 2.0 tackles for loss in Week 4 include Boise State's Dextrell Simmons, Colorado State's DeAndre Elliott, Nevada's Brock Hekking, San Diego State's Nick Tenhaeff and Wyoming's Mike Purcell and Sonny Puletasi.

  • Four MW teams recorded multiple interceptions in Week 4, including Boise State and Fresno State with three interceptions apiece and Colorado State and Nevada each with a pair of picks. BSU has recorded three interceptions in two of the last three games. The Broncos have six picks on the year, two of which have been returned for touchdowns. Fresno State has picked off at least three passes in back-to-back contests, after collecting three interceptions against Colorado in Week 3. Colorado State had its first multiple-pick outing since recording two vs. Wyoming on Dec. 3, 2011. Nevada entered its game at Hawai`i without an interception in its previous three games this season, but came away with two, thanks to picks by Khalid Wooten and Charles Garrett.

  • Hawai`i's Mike Edwards racked up a career-high 199 kickoff return yards against Nevada, including three returns of 40 yards or longer.

  • The Rebels won their first Conference opener since blanking Utah, 27-0, on Sept. 22, 2007. The Rebels improved to 9-22 all-time in league lid-lifters, but 7-9 when those conference openers took place in Las Vegas.

  • Nevada defeated Hawai`i for the first time in its last eight tries in Honolulu. The Warriors had won the last seven meetings between the teams on the island, including all six conference match-ups. The last time Nevada defeated UH in Honolulu was on Dec. 17, 1948 (73-12).

  • Boise State's crowd of 36,864 was the largest crowd to see a game at Bronco Stadium. The program's previous record of 34,196 was set on Oct. 22, 2011 when the Broncos hosted Air Force.


MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
0 The Air Force offensive line did not allow a sack in the Falcons' visit to UNLV. AFA has not given up a sack in three straight contests and six of the last seven outings, dating back to Nov. 12, 2011.
0 Air Force has yet to return a punt this season.
1 Air Force is one of only three FBS teams (Middle Tennessee State, Oklahoma State) who have not allowed quarterback sack this season.
1 Air Force dropped its first Mountain West opener on the road, falling to 7-1 all-time since the league's inception in 1999.
2 Fresno State's Robbie Rouse has only lost two fumbles in the 765 times he has touched the ball in his career (701 rushes, 64 receptions).
2 Colorado State junior CB Shaq Bell recorded an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery against Utah State to become the first Ram with two takeaways in a game since linebacker Mychal Sisson had a fumble recovery and an interception at San Diego State on Nov. 6, 2011.
2 New Mexico secured its second victory of the season for the first time since the 2008 campaign when the Lobos won four total games.
3 Wyoming forced a season-high three turnovers at Idaho, all of which came in the form of fumble recoveries.
4 Wyoming's 40-37 overtime victory at Idaho snapped a four-game losing streak for the Cowboys that began on Dec. 17, 2011 vs. Temple in the New Mexico Bowl.
5 Wyoming's Brett Smith threw for five touchdowns in an overtime road win at Idaho on Saturday, tying for the third-most in a single game in MW history. Smith is the second MW quarterback to achieve the feat in two weeks, after Fresno State's Derek Carr totaled five passing TDs against Colorado on Sept. 15.
7 Nevada rushed for seven touchdowns at Hawai`i, which ties for the fourth-most in a single game in MW history. The Wolf Pack became the second MW team of the season to rush for seven TDs, after Air Force accomplished the feat on Sept. 1 vs. Idaho State.
7 UNLV has seven quarterback sacks through four games, after recording a total of 14 in 2011.
8 UNLV's 38-35 victory over Air Force snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Rebels, as well as a five-game skid to the Falcons.
9 There have been nine interception return TDs in the Mountain West in 2012. The nine INT return TDs are the most in a season since MW players combined for 13 during the 2009 campaign.
9 Nevada's Allen Hardison kicked nine PATs in Saturday's win at Hawai`i, tying for the second-most in a single game in MW history. Hardison is the second MW kicker to register nine PATs in the last two weeks, as Fresno State's Quentin Breshears achieved the feat with nine PATs against Colorado on Sept. 15. Hardison's nine PATs also ties the MW senior class record shared by TCU's Ross Evans (Oct. 22, 2011 vs. New Mexico) and Utah's Louie Sakoda (Nov. 15, 2008 at San Diego State).
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).
10 Fresno State has 10 takeaways this season, surpassing the Bulldogs' total of nine takeaways in 13 games last year.
24 New Mexico snapped the nation's longest road-losing streak at 24 games with a 27-14 victory at in-state rival, New Mexico State. Its last win on the road came in Las Cruces in a 35-24 win over the Aggies on Sept. 27, 2008.
69 Nevada's 69 points scored against Hawai`i tie for the fifth-most in a single game in MW history. Fresno State was the last team to accomplish the feat, tallying 69 against Colorado on Sept. 15, 2012. The 69 points are the most scored by a Hawai`i opponent at Aloha Stadium and the most in a UH home game since the Warriors gave up 74 points to Stanford on Jan. 2, 1950.