Mountain West Football Press Release Week No. 6


MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 6 SCHEDULE
Navy Navy at Air Force
Saturday, Oct. 6 | 9:30 a.m. MT
Falcon Stadium (46,692) | Colorado Springs, Colo.
TV: CBS / American Forces Network
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 134 / XM 192
Series: AFA - 27-17 | Last meeting: 2011, AFA 35-34 (OT)
air force


Boise State Boise State at Southern Miss
Saturday, Oct. 6 | 11 a.m. CT
MM Roberts Stadium (36,000) | Hattiesburg, Miss.
TV: Fox Sports Network
Series: BSU - 2-0 | Last meeting: 2008, BSU 24-7
Southern Miss


Texas State Texas State at New Mexico
Saturday, Oct. 6 | 4 p.m. MT
University Stadium (39,224) | Albuquerque, N.M.
Online: GoLobos.com
Series: UNM - 1-0 | Last meeting: 2003, UNM 72-8
new mexico


wyoming Wyoming at Nevada*
Saturday, Oct. 6 | 4 p.m. PT
Mackay Stadium (29,993) | Reno, Nev.
Online: NevadaWolfPack.com
Series: Tied - 2-2 | Last meeting: 2000, NEV 35-28
Nevada
*Conference game.


Fresno State Fresno State at Colorado State*
Saturday, Oct. 6 | 5 p.m. MT
Hughes Stadium (32,500) | Fort Collins, Colo.
TV: KTVD/TWCSN
Series: CSU - 7-4 | Last meeting: 2008, CSU 40-35
colorado state
*Conference game.


unlv UNLV at Louisiana Tech
Saturday, Oct. 6 | 6 p.m. CT
Joe Aillet Stadium (30,600) | Ruston, La.
TV: ESPN3 / Cox (Southern Nevada)
Series: UNLV - 2-0 | Last meeting: 1994, UNLV 24-20
Louisiana Tech


Hawai`i Hawai`i at San Diego State*
Saturday, Oct. 6 | 5 p.m. PT
Qualcomm Stadium (54,000) | San Diego, Calif.
TV: CBS Sports Network
Series: SDSU - 15-9-2 | Last meeting: 2005, UH 49-38
san diego state
*Conference game.

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WEEK 6 AT A GLANCE
All 10 Mountain West teams will take the field on Sat., Oct. 6, as five contests will be televised and another two will be available online. The week's slate opens at 9:30 a.m. MT, as Air Force begins its bid for a third straight Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. The Falcons host service academy rival Navy, and CBS will broadcast the contest. Three additional non-conference tilts are included on this week's schedule, as No. 25 Boise State visits Southern Miss (Fox Sports Network, 11 a.m. CT) New Mexico hosts Texas State (GoLobos.com, 4 p.m. MT) and UNLV makes the trip to Louisiana Tech (ESPN3/Cox Southern Nevada, 6 p.m. CT). In Conference play, Nevada hosts Wyoming at 4 p.m. CT (NevadaWolfPack.com), while Colorado State entertains Fresno State at 5 p.m. MT (KTVD/TWCSN/CSN Bay Area). Action wraps up at 5 p.m. PT as Hawai`i plays at San Diego State (CBS Sports Network).

BRONCOS RETURN TO USA TODAY/COACHES' POLL
Boise State received 83 votes this week in the USA Today/Coaches' Top 25 poll to return to the rankings at No. 25. The Broncos, who had fallen out of the rankings after being idle in Week 2 action, have been ranked in 63 of the previous 67 Coaches' polls.

BSU enters Week 6 just outside of the Associated Press rankings, as the Broncos received 53 votes after a 32-29 victory at New Mexico. The Mountain West has had at least one team ranked in the AP Top 25 in 72 of the last 75 weeks, dating back to Nov. 18, 2007.

JEFFERSON, GETZ AND ROUSE LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD
The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (MAC) with three of the nation's top 13 scorers, as three MW running backs rank in the top 13 on the FBS scoring list this season. Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson ranks second among FBS players with 14.40 points per game, trailing only West Virginia's Stedman Bailey (15.00). Fresno State's Robbie Rouse is tied for sixth nationally at 12.00 points per game, while Air Force's Cody Getz is tied for 13th with 10.50 points per game

RACKING UP THE POINTS
Three MW running backs rank in the top five 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 on Sept. 22, 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 fourth-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 fifth nationally after scoring 24 points on four touchdowns in the Bulldogs' rout of Colorado in Week 3. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (ACC) to have three players score 24 or more points in a single game this season.

14 AND COUNTING
Nevada has had at least one 100-yard rusher in 14 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.

TAKING IT TO THE HOUSE
San Diego State's Leon McFadden and Eric Pinkins each returned an interception for a touchdown against Fresno State last week. Overall, there have been 11 interception return TDs in the Mountain West in 2012, which are the most since MW players combined for 13 during the 2009 campaign.

Fresno State accounts for four of the league's INT return touchdowns this season, which leads the nation. The Bulldogs also lead the FBS with 11 picks overall. Fresno State (4), San Diego State (3) and Boise State (2) are three of nine teams nationally with multiple interception return touchdowns in 2012. The Mountain West is the only conference to have three teams with multiple INT return TDs. The MW team record for most INT return touchdowns in a single season is five (Utah, 2006).

BULLDOGS ARE PICK OF THE LITTER
Fresno State leads the nation with 11 total interceptions and four interception return touchdowns in 2012. Phillip Thomas, who leads all MW players with five 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, who collected only five picks in 2011, are led by Thomas, who intercepted two passes against San Diego State, his second multiple-INT game of the season and third of his career. Thomas, who became just the seventh player in MW history to record three interceptions in a single game (vs. Colorado in Week 3), has five picks this season, marking the first time since 2003 (Manual Sanchez) that a Bulldog has at least four interceptions in a season. He is also just two shy of tying the MW single-season mark of seven, shared by four individuals. Thomas is the only player in the FBS to have two multiple-INT games this season.

THREE'S NOT A CROWD FOR FRESNO STATE RECEIVERS
Fresno State became only the second team in Mountain West history to have three 100-yard receivers in the same game when Josh Harper (120 yards), Davante Adams (102 yards) and Rashad Evans (100 yards) combined for 322 of the Bulldogs' 536 yards through the air in Saturday's win over San Diego State. BYU was the first team to accomplish the 100-yard receiving trifecta when Michael Reed (132 yards), Austin Collie (121 yards) and Dennis Pitta (113 yards) each topped the century mark at Tulsa on Sept. 15, 2007. FS's three 100-yard receivers marked only the second time in program history that three Bulldogs had 100-yard receiving performances on the same day (Oct. 24, 1987 at Pacific). It also marked the 14th time in school history that Fresno State has had at least two receivers eclipse the 100-yard mark in the same game.

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 on Sept. 22 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).

TRIO OF MW QUARTERBACKS RANK IN TOP 15 FOR TOTAL OFFENSE
The Mountain West is the only FBS league with three players on the NCAA's top 15 list for total offense. Wyoming sophomore quarterback Brett Smith ranks seventh nationally, as the sophomore is averaging 362.33 total yards per game, including 328.3 passing yards and 34.0 rushing yards. Nevada sophomore QB Cody Fajardo is ninth in the FBS with an average of 351.40 total yards per game, including 248.8 passing yards and 102.6 rushing yards. Fresno State junior QB Derek Carr comes in at 15th nationally with an average of 329.40 total yards per game, including 319.8 passing yards and 9.6 rushing yards.

MOUNTAIN WEST ON THE RUN
Six Mountain West players rank among the top 30 of the nation's top rushers, including three in the top 11. 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 (175.40 ypg) and Getz (170.75 ypg) are the only players in the FBS to average over 170 yards per game this season. Fresno State's Robbie Rouse has a 117.40 average to rank 11th. San Diego State's Adam Muema is 22nd nationally with 104.00 yards per game, Nevada's Cody Fajardo is 29th with 102.60 yards per game and UNLV's Tim Cornett is 30th nationally at 101.40 yards per game.

The Mountain West is the only league with three of the top 11 rushers in the FBS, as well as the only conference to boast six players in the top 30 of the NCAA's rushing list. Nevada is the only program in the country with two of the nation's top 30 rushers.

Each of those six players are have recorded at least two 100-yard rushing performances through Week 5. Nevada's Jefferson has accumulated 100 yards in each of his first five games of the season, tying New Mexico's DonTrell Moore (2003) for the fourth-longest streak of 100-yard rushing games in MW history. BYU's Luke Staley holds the MW record with a stretch of seven consecutive 100-yard rushing games in 2001, followed by San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman and Utah's Eddie Wide, who each ran for 100 yards in six straight games in 2011 and 2009, respectively. Air Force's Getz and Fresno State's Rouse have each reached the century mark in four games apiece this year.

100-YARD PERFORMANCES IN 2012 BY MOUNTAIN WEST'S LEADING RUSHERS
Yards Player, Cl., Team Opponent Date
147
135
247
170
178
Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., Nevada
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
at Texas State
Sept. 1, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 15, 2012
Sept. 22, 2012
Sept. 29, 2012
218
130
113
222
Cody Getz, Sr., Air Force
Cody Getz, Sr., Air Force
Cody Getz, Sr., Air Force
Cody Getz, Sr., Air Force
vs. Idaho State
at Michigan
at UNLV
vs. Colorado State
Sept. 1, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 22, 2012
Sept. 29, 2012
123
115
144
135
Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State
Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State
Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State
Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State
vs. Weber State
at Oregon
vs. Colorado
at Tulsa
Sept. 1, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 15, 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

HIGH-YIELD RETURNS
The Mountain West is the only league in the country with multiple players in the top 10 of the NCAA's list of active career leaders in kickoff return yards per game. Hawai`i's Mike Edwards leads all active players with 26.69 kickoff return yards per game, while Fresno State's Isaiah Burse is fourth with 22.65 kick return yards per game. UNLV's Marcus Sullivan ranks ninth with 27.32 kick return yards per game. Burse also ranks third among active players in the FBS with 111 career kickoff returns and 2,514 career kickoff return yards.

RETURNS ON INVESTMENT
The Mountain West one of three FBS conferences (C-USA, SEC) with two of the nation's top 10 kickoff returners. New Mexico's Chase Clayton is tied for fourth nationally with 36.25 per return, while Hawai`i's Mike Edwards ranks eighth with 33.00 yards per return.

The Mountain West has logged four kickoff return touchdowns in 2012, with at least one in each of the first three weeks of the season. MW 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, who is one of only two players in the nation with two kick return TDs in 2012 (Dri Archer, Kent State), has tied the MW single-season record, shared by TCU's Greg McCoy (2011) and Cory Rodgers (2005).

The Mountain West is one of two conferences (SEC) with four of the top 20 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
T9. Chase Clayton, So., New Mexico 98* at Texas Tech, Sept. 15, 2012
T9. Chase Clayton, So., New Mexico 98* vs. Southern, Sept. 1, 2012
T13. Colin Lockett, Jr., San Diego State 96* vs. Army, Sept. 8, 2012
T17. Mike Edwards, Jr., Hawai`i 96* vs. Lamar, Sept. 15, 2012
*touchdown scored

ROUSE ECLIPSES FRESNO STATE'S CAREER RUSHING RECORDS
After rushing for 70 yards and two touchdowns vs. San Diego State, 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 3,744 career yards. Ron Rivers held the previous mark with 3,473 career yards from 1991-93.

With 21 carries against the Aztecs, Rouse also extended his Fresno State record for most rushing attempts in a career to 722. Rouse also leads all active players in the FBS with his 722 career carries and is trailed by Wisconsin's Montee Ball (693) and Michigan's Denard Robinson (613).

Rouse has recorded 16 100-yard performances in his career to tie Ryan Mathews (2007-09) for the second-most in program history and the fourth-most among active players in the FBS. He now has 33 career rushing touchdowns, which ranks third on the school's all-time list. Rouse has also registered 11 games with multiple rushing TDs and 38 overall touchdowns (five receiving) to tie for the fourth-most among active FBS players.

Rouse's 3,744 career rushing yardage is the third-highest among active players in the FBS:

NCAA ACTIVE CAREER RUSHING LEADERS
Rk. Player, Cl., Team Yards Career 100-Yard Games
1. Montel Harris, Sr., Temple* 3,770 22
2. Montee Ball, Sr., Wisconsin 3,760 18
3. Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State 3,744 16
  Denard Robinson, Sr., Michigan (QB) 3,670 16
5. Johnathan Franklin, Sr., UCLA 3,366 14
6. Zach Line, Sr., SMU 3,250 18
7. Stepfan Taylor, Sr., Stanford 3,183 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.

FRESNO STATE'S CARR ETCHES NAME INTO MW RECORD BOOK
Fresno State junior QB Derek Carr threw for five touchdowns against San Diego State on Sept. 29, making his second five-TD performance in three weeks after totaling five passing TDs vs. Colorado on Sept. 15. His five passing touchdowns also mark the third consecutive week that a MW quarterback recorded five passing touchdowns in a single game. Wyoming's Brett Smith achieved the feat at Idaho on Sept. 22.

Carr became the fourth quarterback in Fresno State history to throw for over 500 yards in a game and the first to do so since his brother David had 531 passing yards against Michigan State in the Silicon Valley Football Classic on Dec. 31, 2001. Carr had the sixth-ever 500-yard passing game in Mountain West history and the first since San Diego State's Ryan Lindley threw for 528 yards vs. Utah on Nov. 20, 2010. Carr had the highest passing yard output by a Bulldog QB since Paul Pinegar had 405 yards passing at Nevada at Nov. 26, 2005.

Carr finished Fresno State's MW debut vs. SDSU by setting new school and Conference records with 42 completions and 579 yards of total offense. BYU's John Beck previously held the Conference record with 41 completions vs. Boston College on Sept. 5, 2005, while BYU's Max Hall held the previous overall mark with 548 yards total offense at Tulsa on Sept. 15, 2007. Carr, whose 579 yards ranks as the fourth-best single-game performance in the FBS this season, is only the fourth player in MW history to top the 500-yard mark for total offense in a single game, joining Hall, Lindley and Beck (509 yards vs. TCU on Sept. 24, 2005).

Carr's 536 yards passing set a new Conference-only single-game record, surpassing the previous marks of 528 yards, set by San Diego State's Ryan Lindley (Nov. 20, 2010 vs. Utah). The 536 passing yards also tied the school record and were one shy of the MW overall record of 537, held by BYU's Max Hall (Sept. 15, 2007 at Tulsa). His 536 passing yards also set a MW team record for the most in a Conference-only game, surpassing the previous mark of 528, held by San Diego State (Nov. 20, 2010 vs. Utah). The overall record of 537 passing yards is held by BYU (Sept. 15, 2007 at Tulsa).

AS GOOD AS IT GETZ
Air Force running back Cody Getz has posted 100 or more rushing yards in four consecutive games for the first time in his career. The senior is the only player in Air Force history to open a season with four straight 100-yard games and he is the first Falcon to rush for 100 yards in four straight games since Beau Morgan accomplished the feat in 1996. He is also the first Falcon since 2007 (Chad Hall) and fourth in program history (Morgan, Dee Dowis) to have multiple 200-yard performances in the same season, after he recorded 218 rushing yards in the season opener vs. Idaho State on Sept. 1 and a career-best 222 yards against Colorado State on Sept. 29.

Getz is the sixth player in MW history to register two 200-yard rushing performances in a single season. This marks the third straight year a MW player has recorded two 200-yard rushing games in a single season, following Colorado State's Chris Nwoke in 2011 and San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman in 2010. Getz is the seventh MW player with multiple 200-yard rushing games in a career.

Getz's 683 yards in the last four games are the most by an Air Force player since Chad Hall went for 795 yards in a four-game stretch in 2007.

FRESHMAN PHENOMS
UNLV QB Nick Sherry is second among freshman in the FBS in total passing yards (1,150) and third in passing yards per game (230.00). UCLA's Brett Hundley leads the nation with 1,470 total passing yards and a per game average of 294.00. Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M is second in passing yards per game (273.50) and fourth in total passing yards (1,094). Marcus Mariota of Oregon is third in total passing yards with 1,103.

Fresno State WR Devante Adams leads the MW and ranks 33rd in the FBS with an average of 87.40 receiving yards per game. Among fellow freshmen receivers in the country, Adams ranks third behind only Jaime Wilson of Western Michigan (106.60 ypg) and Alonzo Russell of Toledo (91.80 ypg).

Colorado State LB Cory James is tied with TCU LB Devonte Fields for most sacks among freshmen in the FBS with five. James is second overall in the MW in that category and tied for 20th nationally.

BOISE STATE IS WINNINGEST TEAM IN FBS SINCE 2002
Boise State has amassed 121 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 121
2. USC 112
3. Oklahoma 110
  LSU 110
5. TCU 107

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 60-7 .896
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 49-12 .803
3. Texas 49-13 .790
4. TCU 47-15 .758
5. LSU 43-14 .754


MW FOOTBALL TRENDS - WEEK 5

  • For the first time this season (and for the first time since Week 7 of the 2011 season), Mountain West teams combined to score more passing touchdowns than rushing. Of the Mountain West's 39 touchdowns in Week 5, 18 were scored through the air, while another 15 were rushing TDs and two came from the defensive side of the ball (both interception returns). San Diego State's Eric Pinkins returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown, which was the first pick six against Fresno State since Hawai`i did so on Fresno State on Oct. 9, 2010. Fellow Aztec Leon McFadden ran an interception back 96 yards for a touchdown, his second in three games. The 96-yard return for a TD is tied for the sixth-longest in school history and the Aztecs' longest since 1986. It was also the fifth-longest in MW history and third-longest in the FBS this season.

  • San Diego State's Leon McFadden has recorded an interception in three straight games and has eight total INTs in his career. He is just the second Aztec in program history with two interception returns for TDs in a season, joining Tory Nixon (1984). McFadden needs one interception return for a TD to tie for the most career pick sixes in program history, originally set Ricky Parker from 1993-96.

  • Two MW squads scored on the opening drive of their respective games last week, as Air Force reached the end zone on its opening possession vs. Colorado State and Boise State notched a field goal at the end of its first drive at New Mexico. Air Force has scored on its first possession in back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, 2011. Boise State scored on its opening possession for the first time this season, after last reaching the end zone on its opening drive in the 2011 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas vs. Arizona State.

  • Fresno State scored 27 unanswered points in the first half vs. San Diego State before the Aztecs got back on the scoreboard with 1:17 remaining in the second quarter. FS's Tyeler Davison blocked the PAT and Charles Washington returned it to the end zone for two points, marking the Bulldogs' first PAT returned for a score since Nov. 30, 2007 when Damion Owens accomplished the feat at New Mexico State.

  • Five Mountain teams gained at least 440 total offensive yards last week. Fresno State led the way with 655 total yards, followed by Nevada (559), Air Force (519), Boise State (514) and Colorado State (441).

  • Fresno State exceeded 600 total yards for the second time in three games, gaining an identical 655 yards vs. SDSU this past week and against Colorado on Sept. 15. Overall, the Bulldogs have eclipsed the 500-yard mark three times in 2012 (515 vs. Weber State on Sept. 1). Nevada has totaled 500 yards or more in four consecutive outings, while Air Force has posted 500+ yards twice this season. Boise State registered its first 500-yard outing since gaining 543 total yards vs. New Mexico on Dec. 3, 2011.

  • Four MW teams tallied at least 200 yards on the ground in Week 5, led by Air Force with 459 rushing yards against Colorado State. The Falcons have eclipsed the 450-yard mark twice this season (484 vs. Idaho State). Nevada collected 273 yards on the ground at Texas State. The Wolf Pack has rushed for 200 or more yards in five consecutive outings and in six of the last seven games, dating back to Dec. 3, 2011. New Mexico totaled 330 rushing yards vs. Boise State to mark the Lobos' third 300-yard rushing performance of the year and second straight. Boise State rounded out the group with 203 rushing yards at UNM. The Broncos have reached the 200-yard rushing mark in two of their last three games.

  • Three MW players ran for at least 100 yards last week, led by Air Force's Cody Getz with a career-high 222 yards on 25 carries against Colorado State to mark his fourth consecutive 100-yard performance. Getz is the first Falcon to rush for 100 yards in four straight games since Beau Morgan accomplished the feat in 1996. Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson tallied 178 yards on 40 carries at Texas State. Jefferson has topped the 100-yard mark in all five games this season and seven times in his career. Boise State's Jay Ajayi produced the first 100-yard rushing game of his career with 118 yards and one touchdown on six attempts at New Mexico. Ajayi became the first Bronco freshman to top 100 yards in a game since Matt Kaiserman had 122 yards at Hawai`i on Oct. 24, 2009.

  • BSU's Jay Ajayi collected 71 yards on his first carry of the game at New Mexico. The run, which was the second of his career, was the longest by a Bronco since Doug Martin had an 84-yarder against Utah in the 2010 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. It also was the longest run against the Lobos since Wyoming's Alvester Alexander gained 94 yards on a run on Nov. 6, 2010.

  • Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson had a career-high 40 carries at Texas State to tie for the fifth-most in a single game in Wolf Pack history. The program record is 45, set by Chance Kretschmer against UTEP on Nov. 24, 2001. Jefferson's 40 carries also tie for the third-most in Mountain West history and are the most since Colorado State's Kyle Bell totaled 40 carries vs. Colorado on Sept. 1, 2007. San Diego State's Larry Ned holds the MW record of 47 rushing attempts (Nov. 17, 2001 vs. Wyoming), followed by New Mexico's Rodney Ferguson, who had 41 against Air Force on Oct. 25, 2007.

  • Four MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 5. Air Force's Ty MacArthur, Fresno State's Robbie Rouse, New Mexico's Cole Gautsche and San Diego State's Adam Muema each contributed a pair of rushing TDs in their respective contests.

  • Four MW quarterbacks passed for over 200 yards last week, led by Fresno State's Derek Carr, who threw for 568 yards and five touchdowns on 42-of-56 attempts vs. San Diego State. Boise State's Joe Southwick amassed 311 passing yards and three touchdowns on 24-of-34 attempts at New Mexico, marking the second 300-yard game of his career. Colorado State backup QB M.J. McPeek, who replaced an injured Garrett Grayson in the Rams' game at Air Force, connected on 22-of-34 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns. Nevada's Cody Fajardo went 21-of-34 for 286 yards and three TDs at Texas State.

  • Colorado State quarterbacks Garrett Grayson and M.J. Peek combined for 312 passing yards at Air Force, the most by the Rams since former QB Pete Thomas registered 387 yards in the air against San Jose State on Oct. 1, 2011.

  • Six MW quarterbacks connected on multiple touchdown passes in Week 5, led by Fresno State's Derek Carr with five passing TDs against San Diego State to tie for the third-most in a single game in MW history. Boise State's Joe Southwick and Nevada's Cody Fajardo each threw three passing touchdowns in their respective outings, while Air Force's Connor Dietz, Colorado State's M.J. McPeek and San Diego State's Ryan Katz recorded a pair of passing TDs apiece.

  • Five MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts on Saturday, including three from Fresno State's roster. Nevada's Brandon Wimberly had six catches for a career-best 135 yards at Texas State to mark his second career 100-yard performance and first since Sept. 19, 2009, when he caught seven passes for 104 yards at Colorado State. Fresno State's Josh Harper totaled 120 yards and one TD on nine receptions vs. San Diego State to mark his second consecutive and second career 100-yard performance. Colorado State's Lou Greenwood had three receptions for 118 yards and one touchdown to mark his highest yardage output since a 149-yard day (six catches, two TDs) vs. San Jose State on Oct. 1, 2011. Fresno State's Davante Adams recorded 102 yards on eight catches, marking his second 100-yard receiving game. Fellow Bulldog Rashad Evans reached 100 yards for the first time of his career, grabbing 10 total receptions.

  • Two MW players recorded multiple receiving touchdowns in Week 5, led by Fresno State WR Leon McFadden, who had a career-best three TDs vs. San Diego State. Nevada TE Zach Sudfeld had the first multiple-touchdown game of his career, reaching the end zone twice at Texas State. The sixth-year senior entered the 2012 campaign without having ever scored a touchdown and now has five TDs in the last four games.

  • Four Mountain West teams, including Air Force, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, did not allow a sack in their Week 5 contests. Nevada has not allowed an opponent to record a sack in three consecutive outings, while Air Force has not given up a sack in seven of the last eight games, dating back to Nov. 12, 2011 vs. Wyoming. Fresno State has not given up a sack in two of the last three games, while New Mexico did not allow a quarterback sack for the second time this season (Sept. 1 vs. Southern).

  • Nevada limited Texas State to 68 rushing yards on Saturday, marking the fewest allowed by the Wolf Pack since holding Louisiana Tech to 57 yards on the ground on Nov. 19, 2011.

  • Two MW teams limited their opponents to 57 passing yards or less last week. Boise State gave up just 44 passing yards to New Mexico, the fewest allowed by the Broncos since holding Utah State to 41 yards in the air on Dec. 4, 2010. BSU has held back-to-back opponents under 61 passing yards, after limiting BYU to 61 yards in the air on Sept. 20. Colorado State held Air Force to 57 passing yards, marking the fewest given up by the Rams since limiting the Falcons to 52 passing yards on Oct. 13, 2007.

  • Nevada limited Texas State to 254 total yards, the fewest allowed by the Wolf Pack since holding UNLV to 110 yards on Oct. 8, 2011.

  • Hawai`i collected 108 passing yards at BYU, marking the fewest by the Warriors since a 102-yard performance against San Jose State on Nov. 7, 1998. UH's 149 yards of total offense are the least since the squad gained 145 yards against BYU on Nov. 16, 1996.

  • Six MW teams in action last week recorded at least one sack, and four MW squads posted multiple sack outings. Fresno State posted five quarterback sacks against San Diego State, while Hawai`i recorded four sacks at BYU. Nevada collected three sacks at Texas State and UNLV was credited with two sacks at Utah State. Air Force and New Mexico rounded out the group with one sack apiece.

  • Three MW teams recorded multiple interceptions in Week 5, including Fresno State with three interceptions and Air Force and San Diego State each with a pair of picks. Fresno State has picked off at least three passes in three consecutive contests, after collecting three interceptions at Tulsa in Week 4 and against Colorado in Week 3. Air Force had its first multiple-pick outing since recording two at New Mexico on Oct. 29, 2011. San Diego State has tallied multiple interceptions in two appearances this year, after grabbing two picks vs. Army on Sept. 8.

  • Two MW players were credited with at least 10 tackles in Week 5, led by Boise State's J.C. Percy, who tallied a season-high 13 total tackles at New Mexico. It was Percy's second-straight game with at least 12 tackles, after recording 12 vs. BYU on Sept. 20. New Mexico's DeShawn Mills recorded a career-best 10 total tackles against then-No. 24 Boise State, including five unassisted stops.

  • Three MW players recorded multiple forced fumbles in Week 5 action, including Air Force's Austin Niklas, Boise State's Mike Atkinson and Fresno State's Andy Jennings with two apiece.

  • Boise State's Mike Atkinson (2), Lee Hightower (1) and Demarcus Lawrence (1) combined for four forced fumbles at New Mexico, after entering the contest with three combined forced fumbles in the first three outings of the season. The Broncos recovered three of the forced fumbles vs. UNM, including two by Samuel Ukwuachu and one by Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe.

  • Colorado State's Pete Kontodiakos unleashed punts of 73, 56 and 52 yards at Air Force, marking his sixth consecutive game with at least one punt of 50 yards or longer. Kontodiakos is averaging 46.93 yards per punt to rank fifth nationally.

  • After winning its first Conference game as a member of the Mountain West, Fresno State has now won three consecutive league lid-lifters.

  • Boise State has won back-to-back Mountain West openers and 13 consecutive conference openers. The Broncos' last loss in a league lid lifter came on Oct. 16, 1999, when BSU dropped a 17-10 decision at North Texas.

  • Hawai`i was shut out for the first time since a 28-0 home loss to SMU on Oct. 3, 1998. Before Thursday's 47-0 loss at BYU, the Warriors had scored in 182 consecutive contests.


MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
0 Air Force has not given up a sack in four straight contests and seven of the last eight outings, dating back to Nov. 12, 2011. AFA is the only team in the FBS that has not allowed a quarterback sack this season.
0 Air Force's Connor Dietz has yet to throw an interception this season. He is the career leader in pass interception avoidance at Air Force, having thrown just one pick in 104 career attempts for a percentage of .009. The previous record of .029 was previously set by Mike Thiessen from 1998-2000).
1 Air Force recorded its first punt return of the season vs. Colorado State.
2 San Diego State is tied for second nationally with Oregon and Purdue with three interception return touchdowns on the year. The Aztecs now have two pick sixes in two of the last three games, after going 28 games without returning an interception for a touchdown.
2 New Mexico was responsible for just the second sack allowed by Boise State this season.
2 Hawai`i blocked an extra point attempt for the second consecutive game when Beau Yap blocked a kick in the second quarter.
3 Fresno State's Rashad Evans caught three touchdown passes against San Diego State last week, tying for third-most in a single game in MW history. Air Force's Zack Kauth was the last player to register three TD receptions in a single game (Nov. 26, 2011 at Colorado State).
5 Fresno State's Robbie Rouse has only lost five fumbles in the 793 times he has touched the ball in his career (722 rushes, 71 receptions).
6 Boise State is one of five FBS teams to post at least six shutouts since 2008. The Broncos join Florida State, Ohio State and Rutgers having blanked six opponents during that span, while Alabama leads all programs with eight.
8 Colorado State has recovered a fumble in eight consecutive contests, dating back to Nov. 19, 2011. With two fumble recoveries at Air Force, the Rams registered their second game of the season with multiple recovered fumbles, after posting two in the season opener vs. Colorado on Sept. 1.
9 UNLV has nine quarterback sacks through five games, after recording a total of 14 in 2011.
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 There have been 11 interception return TDs in the Mountain West in 2012. The 11 INT return TDs are the most in a season since MW players combined for 13 during the 2009 campaign.
20 Hawai`i redshirt freshman Will Gregory carried the ball 20 times at BYU in his first career start. It was the most rushing attempts by a Warrior since Thero Mitchell registered 21 carries at SMU on Oct. 6, 2001.
32 Nevada's Brandon Wimberly has recorded at least one reception in 32 straight games, which was the sixth-longest in the nation entering Saturday's contests.
47 UH's 47-point loss at BYU was the Warriors' largest margin of defeat since a 70-14 loss at Fresno State on Nov. 12, 2004.
63 Fresno State (36) and San Diego State (27) combined for 63 points in the first half of Saturday's contest, marking the fifth-most points scored in a single half in MW history.