Mountain West Football Press Release Week No. 7

Oct. 8, 2012


MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 7 SCHEDULE

Nevada Nevada at UNLV*
Saturday, Oct. 13 | Noon PT
Sam Boyd Stadium (36,800) | Las Vegas, Nev.
TV: Charter 3 & 15 - Reno / TWCSN - TBD
Series: NEV - 22-15 | Last meeting: 2011, NEV 37-0
unlv
*Conference game.


Fresno State Fresno State at Boise State (22/24)*
Saturday, Oct. 13 | 1:30 p.m. MT
Bronco Stadium (37,000) | Boise, Idaho
TV: NBC Sports Network
Series: BSU - 10-4 | Last meeting: 2011, BSU 57-7
Boise State
*Conference game.


colorado state Colorado State at San Diego State*
Saturday, Oct. 13 | 3:30 p.m. PT
Qualcomm Stadium (54,000) | San Diego, Calif.
TV: KTVD / TWCSN
Series: SDSU - 18-13 | Last meeting: 2011, SDSU 18-15
san diego state
*Conference game.


air force Air Force at Wyoming*
Saturday, Oct. 13 | 5 p.m. MT
War Memorial Stadium (29,181) | Laramie, Wyo.
TV: ROOT SPORTS
Series: AFA - 26-21-3 | Last meeting: 2011, WYO 25-17
wyoming
*Conference game.


new mexico New Mexico at Hawai`i*
Saturday, Oct. 13 | 6 p.m. HT
Aloha Stadium (50,000) | Honolulu, Hawai`i
TV: Oceanic PPV / ROOT SPORTS
Series: UH - 14-7 | Last meeting: 1998, UNM 30-20
Hawai`i
*Conference game.

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WEEK 7 AT A GLANCE
Five Mountain West contests are on tap for Saturday, Oct. 13, as the second half of the 2012 season gets underway. All five games will be televised. The day's slate kicks off with the Battle for the Fremont Cannon as UNLV hosts in-state rival Nevada (Charter 3 & 15 / Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Noon PT). In other league action, No. 22/24 Boise State entertains Fresno State (NBC Sports Network, 1:30 p.m. MT), San Diego State welcomes Colorado State (KTVD / Time Warner Cable SportsNet, 3:30 p.m. PT), Air Force visits Wyoming (ROOT SPORTS, 5 p.m. MT) and New Mexico makes the trip to Hawai`i (Oceanic PPV / ROOT SPORTS, 6 p.m. HT).

BRONCOS RETURN TO ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL, CLIMB TO NO. 22 IN USA TODAY/COACHES' RANKINGS
Boise State received 197 votes this week in the USA Today/Coaches' Top 25 poll to climb three spots to No. 22. The Broncos have been ranked in 64 of the previous 68 Coaches' polls.

BSU also returns to the Associated Press rankings, as the Broncos received 114 votes to rank No. 24. The Mountain West has had at least one team ranked in the AP Top 25 in 73 of the last 76 weeks, dating back to Nov. 18, 2007.

JEFFERSON, GETZ AND ROUSE LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD
The Mountain West is one of five FBS leagues (Big 12, ACC, MAC, Pac-12) with three of the nation's top 25 scorers, as three MW running backs rank in the top 25 on the FBS scoring list this season. Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson ranks sixth among FBS players with 12.0 points per game, while Fresno State's Robbie Rouse is tied for 17th nationally at 10.0 points per game. Air Force's Cody Getz is tied for 25th with 9.6 points per game.

RACKING UP THE POINTS
Four 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, Fresno State's Robbie Rouse and New Mexico's Kasey Carrier. 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. Carrier also posted 24 points (four rushing TDs) in UNM's 35-14 victory over Texas State in Week 6. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Big 12) to have four players score 24 or more points in a single game this season.

TAKING IT TO THE HOUSE
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 ties with Oregon for the most nationally. The Bulldogs also lead the FBS with 12 picks overall.

Fresno State (4), San Diego State (3) and Boise State (2) are three of 14 teams nationally with multiple interception return touchdowns in 2012. The Mountain West is one of three conferences (Pac-12, SEC) 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 12 total interceptions and four interception return touchdowns in 2012. Phillip Thomas, who leads the MW and nation with six 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 is just one shy of tying the MW single-season mark of seven interceptions, shared by four individuals. He is the only player in the FBS to have two multiple-INT games this season.

PAIR OF SOPHOMORE QBs RANK IN TOP 10 FOR TOTAL OFFENSE
The Mountain West is one of three leagues (Big 12, C-USA) in the FBS with two players on the NCAA's top 10 list for total offense. Wyoming sophomore QB Brett Smith ranks ninth nationally, averaging 336.0 total yards per game, including 295.5 passing yards and 40.5 rushing yards. Nevada sophomore QB Cody Fajardo is right behind at 10th in the FBS with an average of 331.0 total yards per game, including 244.2 passing yards and 86.8 rushing yards. Fresno State junior QB Derek Carr joins Smith and Fajardo on the list at 20th nationally with an average of 312.83 total yards per game, including 302.7 passing yards and 10.2 rushing yards.

MOUNTAIN WEST ON THE RUN
Eight Mountain West players rank among the top 50 of the nation's top rushers, including three in the top 15 and five in the top 30. The group is led by Air Force's Cody Getz and Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson, who rank first and second, respectively, on the NCAA's rushing charts this year. Getz (177.40 ypg) and Jefferson (159.17 ypg) are the only players in the FBS to average over 159 yards per game this season. Fresno State's Robbie Rouse has a 118.50 average to rank 14th. UNLV's Tim Cornett is tied for 22nd nationally at 103.00 yards per game and San Diego State's Adam Muema is tied for 27th with 99.50 yards per game. New Mexico's Kasey Carrier ranks 33rd with 93.80 yards per game, Nevada's Cody Fajardo is 43rd with 86.83 yards per game and Boise State's D.J. Harper is tied for 48th at 85.40 yards per game.

The Mountain West is the only FBS conference in the country with eight of the nation's top 50 rushers this season. The MW is also one of three leagues (Big Ten, Pac-12) with three of the top 15 rushers in the FBS, as well as one of two leagues (Big Ten) to boast five players in the top 30 of the NCAA's rushing list. Nevada is one of three programs in the country (Army, Oregon) with multiple players on the list of the nation's top 50 rushers.

Four of the six MW players have recorded at least four 100-yard rushing performances through Week 6. Air Force's Getz, Fresno State's Rouse and Nevada's Jefferson have each registered five 100-yard rushing games this season, marking the first time in four years that three MW players have topped the century mark in at least five games in a single season. The last trio to accomplish the feat was Colorado State's Gartrell Johnson (6), New Mexico's Rodney Ferguson (6) and Wyoming's Devin Moore (5) in 2008.

100-YARD PERFORMANCES IN 2012 BY MOUNTAIN WEST'S LEADING RUSHERS
Yards Player, Cl., Team Opponent Date
218
130
113
222
Cody Getz, Sr., Air Force
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
vs. Navy
Sept. 1, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 22, 2012
Sept. 29, 2012
Oct. 6, 2012
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
123
115
144
135
124
Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State
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
at Colorado State
Sept. 1, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 15, 2012
Sept. 22, 2012
Oct. 6, 2012
137
141
114
111
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
vs. Minnesota
vs. Northern Arizona
vs. Air Force
at Louisiana Tech
Aug. 30, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 22, 2012
Oct. 6, 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 active career leaders list for kickoff return yards per game. Hawai`i's Mike Edwards leads all active players with 26.38 kick return yards per game, while Fresno State's Isaiah Burse is fourth with 22.59 kick return yards per game. UNLV's Marcus Sullivan ranks eighth with 26.91 kick return yards per game. Burse also ranks third among active players in the FBS with 111 career kickoff returns and 2,508 career kickoff return yards.

RETURNS ON INVESTMENT
The Mountain West is one of five FBS conferences (Big 12, MAC, C-USA, Big East)with two of the nation's top 15 kickoff returners. New Mexico's Chase Clayton ranks second nationally with 36.25 per return, while Hawai`i's Mike Edwards ranks 12th with 29.95 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 multiple 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 four conferences (C-USA, MAC, SEC) with at least 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
T11. Chase Clayton, So., New Mexico 98* at Texas Tech, Sept. 15, 2012
T11. Chase Clayton, So., New Mexico 98* vs. Southern, Sept. 1, 2012
T16. Colin Lockett, Jr., San Diego State 96* vs. Army, Sept. 8, 2012
T20. Mike Edwards, Jr., Hawai`i 96* vs. Lamar, Sept. 15, 2012
*touchdown scored

AS GOOD AS IT GETZ
Air Force's Cody Getz registered his fifth-straight 100-yard game with 204 rushing yards against Navy. He is the first Falcon to run for 100 yards in five consecutive games since Beau Morgan in 1995, and the first to top the 100-yard rushing mark in each of the first five games of a season. No other player had more than two 100-yard games to open the season. Getz's streak of five straight 100-yard rushing games is tied with Nevada's Stephon Jefferson (2012) and New Mexico's DonTrell Moore (2003) for fourth-longest 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 contests in 2011 and 2009, respectively.

Getz went over the 200-yard mark for the third time this year, becoming the second player in MW history to record three 200-yard rushing games in a single season (San Diego State's Larry Ned in 2001). He joins Ned (1999-01) and San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman (2010-11) as the only three MW players with three 200-yard rushing games in a career. Getz is the seventh MW player with multiple 200-yard rushing games in a career.

His five games with 100+ rushing yards ties as the seventh-most in a single season in Academy history. Getz has 887 rushing yards in five games this season, the most by a Falcon in a five-game span since Chad Hall had 964 in 2007.

ROUSE ECLIPSES FRESNO STATE'S CAREER RUSHING RECORDS
After rushing for 124 yards last week at Colorado 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 3,868 career yards. Ron Rivers held the previous mark with 3,473 career yards from 1991-93.

With 26 carries against the Rams, Rouse also extended his Fresno State record for most rushing attempts in a career to 748. Rouse also leads all active players in the FBS with his 748 career carries and is trailed by Wisconsin's Montee Ball (711), Stanford's Stepfan Taylor (640) and Michigan's Denard Robinson (636).

Rouse has recorded 17 100-yard performances in his career to surpass Ryan Mathews (2007-09) for the second-most in program history and is tied for the fourth-most among active players in the FBS. He 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 fifth-most among active FBS players.

Rouse's 3,868 career rushing yardage is the fourth-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* 3,903 23
2. Montee Ball, Sr., Wisconsin 3,876 19
3. Denard Robinson, Sr., Michigan (QB) 3,905 17
4. Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State 3,868 17
5. Johnathan Franklin, Sr., UCLA 3,469 15
6. Zach Line, Sr., SMU 3,332 18
7. Stepfan Taylor, Sr., Stanford 3,325 16
*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.

FRESHMAN PHENOMS
UNLV QB Nick Sherry is second among freshman in the FBS in total passing yards (1,528) and third in passing yards per game (254.67). UCLA's Brett Hundley leads the nation with 1,723 total passing yards and a per-game average of 287.17. Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M is second in passing yards per game (257.50) and fourth in total passing yards (1,285). Marcus Mariota of Oregon is third in total passing yards with 1,301.

Fresno State WR Devante Adams leads the MW and ranks tied for 41st in the FBS with an average of 79.67 receiving yards per game. Among fellow freshman receivers in the country, Adams ranks fourth behind only Jaime Wilson of Western Michigan (103.50 ypg), Alonzo Russell of Toledo (86.17 ypg) and Mike Evans of Texas A&M (82.40).

Colorado State LB Cory James ranks second among freshmen nationally with five. TCU LB Devonte Fields leads all freshmen with 5.5 sacks. James is second overall in the MW in that category and tied for 28th nationally.

BOISE STATE IS WINNINGEST TEAM IN FBS SINCE 2002
Boise State has amassed 122 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 122
2. USC 113
3. Oklahoma 111
4. 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 50-6 .893
4. Ohio State 62-7 .899
5. LSU 60-7 .896
6. USC 50-6 .893

BEST ROAD/NEUTRAL WINNING PERCENTAGE SINCE 2003
Rk. Team W-L Pct.
1. USC 52-11 .825
2. Boise State 50-12 .806
3. Texas 49-13 .790
4. TCU 47-15 .758
5. LSU 43-15 .741


MW FOOTBALL TRENDS - WEEK 6

  • For the second consecutive week and second time this season, Mountain West teams combined to score more passing touchdowns than rushing. Of the Mountain West's 37 touchdowns in Week 6, 21 were scored through the air, while another 16 were rushing TDs. It was also the first time this season (and first time since Week 10 of the 2011 campaign) that MW teams did not register a defensive or special teams touchdown.

  • Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson ran for 78 yards in Saturday's overtime win against Wyoming, ending his streak of 100-yard rushing games at five. Jefferson's five-game streak ties for the fourth-longest in MW history (Air Force's Cody Getz in 2012 and New Mexico's DonTrell Moore in 2003).

  • Three MW squads scored on the opening drive of their respective games as Air Force, New Mexico and UNLV each reached the end zone on their opening possessions. Air Force has scored on its first possession in three straight games, while New Mexico and UNLV each scored a touchdown on their opening drives for the second time this season.

  • Five Mountain West teams gained at least 412 total offensive yards last week, including three squads who eclipsed the 500-yard mark. Nevada led the way with 565 total yards, followed by UNLV (536), Air Force (507), San Diego State (412) and Fresno State (408).

  • Nevada has totaled 500 yards or more of offense in five consecutive outings, while Air Force has posted 500+ yards in back-to-back appearances and three times this season. UNLV's total yardage of 536 at Louisiana Tech is the highest for the Rebels since collecting 559 yards vs. Colorado State on Oct. 20, 2007.

  • Four MW players ran for at least 100 yards last week, led by Air Force's Cody Getz with 204 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries against Navy to mark his fifth consecutive 100-yard performance. Getz is the first Falcon to rush for 100 yards in five straight games since Beau Morgan accomplished the feat in 1996. New Mexico's Kasey Carrier tallied 191 yards and four TDs on 23 carries vs. Texas State, all of which were career highs. His 191 yards were the most by a Lobo tailback since Rodney Ferguson had 210 yards vs. San Diego State on Nov. 25, 2006. Fresno State's Robbie Rouse produced his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season and 17th of his career with 124 yards on 26 attempts at Colorado State. UNLV's Tim Cornett netted 111 rushing yards on 23 carries at Louisiana Tech. Cornett has reached the 100-yard mark in two of the last three games and four times midway through the 2012 season.

  • Three MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 6, led by New Mexico's Kasey Carrier with four rushing TDs against Texas State. His four TDs were the most by a UNM player since Rodney Ferguson had four vs. San Diego State on Oct. 18, 2008. SDSU's Ryan Katz reached the end zone three times rushing against Hawai`i, his first three rushing touchdowns as an Aztec. Katz now has five for his career (two at Oregon State). He became the first Aztec with three rushing TDs in a single game since Ronnie Hillman had four vs. Fresno State on Dec. 3, 2011. Katz also became the first SDSU quarterback with three rushing touchdowns since Kevin O'Connell had three at Colorado State on Oct. 6, 2007. Boise State's D.J. Harper also contributed a pair of rushing TDs at Southern Miss, his second multiple-touchdown outing of the season after reaching the end zone for a career-high three times vs. Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 15.

  • SDSU scored five rushing touchdowns for the first time since scoring five vs. Fresno State on Dec. 3, 2011. The Aztecs have posted multiple rushing TDs in five straight games and have at least one rushing touchdown in 14 consecutive games, their longest stretch since a 19-game streak from Nov. 25, 1989 to Oct. 12, 1991.

  • Nevada's streak of at least one 100-yard rusher came to a close against Wyoming last Saturday. The Wolf Pack had entered the contest riding a 14-game streak with at least one 100-yard performer, which was the longest active streak in the nation and marked the longest since Nevada entered the FBS level (1992). The school record of 24 straight games started in 1978 and ran through the end of the 1980 season.

  • Four MW quarterbacks passed for over 200 yards last week, led by UNLV's Nick Sherry, who threw for 378 yards and four touchdowns on 22-of-46 attempts at Louisiana Tech. Nevada's Cody Fajardo amassed 221 passing yards and two TDs on 19-of-21 attempts vs. Wyoming, while Wolf Pack backup QB Devin Combs, who replaced an injured Fajardo, connected on 11-of-19 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Combs entered the game having never attempted a pass at the FBS level. Fresno State's Derek Carr also threw for 217 yards and four touchdowns on 25-of-39 attempts at Colorado State.

  • Nevada's Fajardo and Combs combined for 438 passing yards, the most by the Wolf Pack since last year's 459-yard effort on Oct. 8, 2011 against UNLV.

  • Seven MW quarterbacks connected on multiple touchdown passes in Week 6, led by Fresno State's Derek Carr and UNLV's Nick Sherry with four passing TDs apiece. Boise State's Joe Southwick and Wyoming's Brett Smith each threw three passing touchdowns in their respective outings, while Nevada's Devin Combs and Cody Fajardo and SDSU's Ryan Katz recorded a pair of passing TDs apiece.

  • Four MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts last Saturday, including two from Nevada's roster. UNLV's Devante Davis had eight catches and one touchdown for 186 yards, which doubled his previous career-high (90 at Utah State on Sept. 29). Nevada's Richy Turner totaled a career-high 150 yards and one TD on seven receptions vs. Wyoming. Turner's 150 yards were the most by a Pack player since Rishard Matthews had 206 receiving yards against Utah State on Nov. 26, 2011. Teammate Aaron Bradley had a career-best eight catches for 111 yards and one touchdown in the contest. It was Bradley's second career 100-yard performance, after collecting 136 receiving yards vs. Idaho on Dec. 3, 2011. Air Force's Drew Coleman reached 100 yards for the first time in his career, grabbing a career-high four total receptions for a career-best 106 yards and two touchdowns.

  • Three MW players recorded multiple receiving touchdowns in Week 6, as Air Force's Drew Coleman, Fresno State's Davante Adams and Wyoming's Robert Herron each reached the end zone twice in their respective outings. Coleman is the first Falcon to have multiple receiving touchdowns and more than 100 yards since Zack Kauth had 123 yards and three TDs at Colorado State on Nov. 26, 2011. Adams has three career touchdowns and recorded his first multiple-TD game at Louisiana Tech. Herron has four TDs catches this season, including a pair at Nevada and two in the season opener at Texas.

  • Wyoming sophomore QB Brett Smith accounted for 267 yards of total offense at Nevada (197 passing, 60 rushing, 10 receiving) to move into ninth place in the program in career yards. Smith now has 4,686 yards, passing former UW signal caller Randy Welniak, who had 4,559 total yards in his career.

  • Three MW teams limited their opponents to 61 rushing yards or less last week. New Mexico gave up just 32 rushing yards to Texas State to mark the fewest allowed by the Lobos since limiting UTEP to 30 rushing yards on Sept. 23, 2006. Fresno State held Colorado State to 55 rushing yards, the fewest allowed by the Bulldogs since holding Idaho to 44 rushing yards at Sept. 24, 2011. San Diego State limited Hawai`i to 61 yards on the ground, marking the second time in five weeks that the Aztecs have held an opponent to 55 or less rushing yards (vs. North Dakota on Sept. 15).

  • Nine MW teams in action last week recorded at least one sack, including eight squads that recorded multiple sack outings. New Mexico posted five quarterback sacks against Texas State, while Boise State, Fresno State and Hawai`i each recorded four sacks in their respective games. Colorado State, Nevada, San Diego State and Wyoming each collected two sacks apiece, while UNLV rounded out the group with one quarterback sack at Louisiana Tech.

  • After forcing five turnovers at Southern Miss, Boise State has gained 17 turnovers in 2012. The Broncos have eight interceptions on the year by six different Bronco players. The Broncos also have nine fumble recoveries on the year to tie for third nationally.

  • San Diego State's Leon McFadden has had an interception in three of the last four games and has eight in his career. He is just the second Aztec in program history with two interception return touchdowns 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.

  • Ten MW players were credited with at least 10 tackles in Week 6, led by Wyoming's Ghaali Muhammad, who tallied a career-high 15 total tackles at Nevada. DeAndre Boughton and Albert Rosette each recorded 14 tackles apiece for the Wolf Pack, while Air Force's Austin Niklas registered 13 stops against Navy. Fellow Falcon Christian Spears, as well as Colorado State's Aaron Davis and Lanston Tanyi, each collected 12 tackles on Saturday, while UNLV's Kenny Brown posted 11 tackles at Louisiana Tech. Air Force's Alex Means and Nevada's Marlon Johnson rounded out the group with 10 total tackles apiece.

  • Lanston Tanyi's 12 tackles were the most by a CSU defensive lineman since Guy Miller had 12 vs. Air Force on Oct. 31, 2009. Ram LB Aaron Davis tied Tanyi with a game-high 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops, which are the most by a CSU player since Shaq Bell had 10 at Nevada on Sept. 11, 2010.

  • Eight MW players collected multiple tackles for loss last weekend, led by Wyoming's Ghaali Muhammad with three at Nevada. The Wolf Pack's Duke Williams posted 2.5 tackles for loss vs. the Cowboys, while Boise State's Darren Koontz, Colorado State's Aaron Davis, Fresno State's Andy Jennings, Hawai`i's Paipai Falemalu, Nevada's Lenny Jones and New Mexico's Joseph Harris each recorded a pair of TFL in their respective outings.

  • Fresno State did not allow Colorado State to score in the first half of action, marking the first time the Bulldogs shut out an opponent in the opening 20 minutes since holding Idaho scoreless in the first half on Nov. 27, 2010.

  • San Diego State's 52 points vs. Hawai`i were the most scored by the Aztecs since a 52-17 victory over Portland State on Sept. 22, 2007. SDSU's 38-point victory over the Warriors marked the program's largest margin of victory since a 47-0 win over Nicholls State in the 2010 season opener.

  • There were two overtime games played in the Mountain West last week (Navy at Air Force, Wyoming at Nevada), bringing the total number of overtime contests in the MW this season to four. That ties a league record set in 2002, and matched in 2006, 2009 and 2011.

  • UNLV became the second MW team this season to record a 100-yard rusher, 300-yard passer and 100-yard receiver in the same contest, with RB Tim Cornett (111 rushing), QB Nick Sherry (378 passing) and WR Devante Davis (186 receiving) doing so last week at Louisiana Tech. Fresno State RB Robbie Rouse (144 rushing), QB Derek Carr (300 passing) and WR Isaiah Burse (107 receiving) was the first trio to achieve the feat this season, doing so in a Sept. 15 rout of Colorado.


MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
0 Air Force did not allow a sack against service academy rival Navy. The Falcons, who are the only team in the FBS that have not allowed a quarterback sack this season, have not given up a sack in eight of the last nine games, dating back to Nov. 12, 2011 vs. Wyoming.
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 116 career attempts for a percentage of .009. The previous record of .029 was previously set by Mike Thiessen from 1998-2000.
0 For the first time since Nov. 12, 2011, Colorado State did not recover a fumble.
4 Fresno State is one of two teams in the nation (Oregon) with four interception returns on the year, while San Diego State is tied for third nationally (Purdue, SMU, Toledo) with three pick sixes.
5 The Mountain West is the only FBS league with five of the nation's top 25 in first-year starters. Air Force leads all teams with 19 first-time starters this season, followed by fellow MW member Hawai`i with 18. Nevada has 13 first-time starters to tie for 12th nationally, while San Diego State (12) is tied for 17th and Wyoming (11) is tied for 21st.
6 Fresno State's Robbie Rouse has only lost six fumbles in the 828 times he has touched the ball in his career (748 rushes, 80 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.
10 UNLV has 10 quarterback sacks through six 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 UNLV recorded 11 kick returns against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, marking the second-most in a single game in MW history. The league record of 12 kick returns in a game is held by New Mexico (Sept. 4, 2010 at Oregon).
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.
33 Nevada's Brandon Wimberly has recorded at least one reception in 33 straight games (all 33 of his career), which was the sixth-longest in the nation entering Saturday's contests.