Mountain West Football Press Release Week No. 8

Oct. 15, 2012


MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 8 SCHEDULE

unlv UNLV at Boise State (22/24)*
Saturday, Oct. 20 | 1:30 p.m. MT
Bronco Stadium (37,000) | Boise, Idaho
TV: NBC Sports Network
Series: BSU - 4-3 | Last meeting: 2011, BSU 48-21
Boise State
*Conference game.


new mexico New Mexico at Air Force*
Saturday, Oct. 20 | 5 p.m. MT
Falcon Stadium (46,692) | Colorado Springs, Colo.
TV: ROOT SPORTS
Series: AFA - 19-10 | Last meeting: 2011, AFA 42-0
air force
*Conference game.


san diego state San Diego State at Nevada*
Saturday, Oct. 20 | 7:30 p.m. PT
Mackay Stadium (29,993) | Reno, Nev.
TV: CBS Sports Network
Series: Tied - 2-2 | Last meeting: 2004, SDSU 27-10
Nevada
*Conference game.


wyoming Wyoming at Fresno State*
Saturday, Oct. 20 | 7:30 p.m. PT
Bulldog Stadium (41,031) | Fresno, Calif.
TV: TWCSN / ROOT / CSN California
Series: WYO - 4-3 | Last meeting: 2009, WYO 35-28 (2OT)
Fresno State
*Conference game.


colorado state Idle: Colorado State
Next game: Sat., Oct. 27 vs. Hawai`i | 5 p.m. MT | KTVD / ROOT SPORTS)
 


Hawai`i Idle: Hawai`i
Next game: Sat., Oct. 27 at Colorado State | 5 p.m. MT | KTVD / ROOT SPORTS)
 

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WEEK 8 AT A GLANCE
Four Mountain West contests are on tap for Saturday, Oct. 20, all of which will be televised nationally. The day's slate kicks off at 1:30 p.m. MT as No. 22/24 Boise State hosts UNLV (NBC Sports Network). In other league action, New Mexico visits Air Force at 5 p.m. MT (ROOT SPORTS), while San Diego State welcomes Nevada State (CBS Sports Network, 7:30 p.m. PT) and Fresno State entertains Wyoming (Time Warner Cable SportsNet / ROOT SPORTS / CSN Bay Area, 7:30 p.m. PT). Colorado State and Hawai`i are both idle in Week 8, as the Rams and Warriors will square off on Saturday, Oct. 27.

BRONCOS DEBUT AT NO. 22 IN BCS STANDINGS, REMAIN 22/24 IN USA TODAY/COACHES' AND ASSOCIATED PRESS POLLS
Boise State received 271 votes this week in the USA Today/Coaches' Top 25 rankings to hold on to the No. 22 position. The Broncos have been ranked in 65 of the previous 69 Coaches' polls. Nevada also received seven votes in the Coaches' poll.

BSU also remains No. 24 in the Associated Press rankings, as the Broncos received 133 votes. The Mountain West has had at least one team ranked in the AP Top 25 in 74 of the last 77 weeks, dating back to Nov. 18, 2007.

The Broncos also received a No. 22 ranking in the 2012 debut of the BCS Standings after slipping one position to No. 23 in this week's Harris Interactive Poll. This is the first time in four years that BSU has not been ranked among the top five in the season-opening BCS standings. This week also marks the first time a Mountain West team has not been ranked in the BCS top 10 since Oct. 26, 2008, when TCU was the league's highest-ranked team at No. 14.

The Mountain West has had at least one team ranked in the BCS standings for 36 consecutive weeks, dating back to Nov. 18, 2007. Boise State owns the nation's longest active streak in the BCS Standings, as the Broncos have appeared in the BSU rankings for 38 straight weeks. This is the first time that the MW has only been represented by one team since Nov. 6, 2011, when BSU was the lone representative of the league at No. 5.

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 at least 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 rank second in the FBS with 13 picks overall.

Fresno State (4), San Diego State (3) and Boise State (2) are three of 17 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 ranks second nationally with 13 total interceptions and are tied for first in the FBS (Oregon) with 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 MW QUARTERBACKS RANK IN TOP 20 FOR TOTAL OFFENSE
The Mountain West is one of seven leagues (Big 12, Big Ten, C-USA, MAC, Pac-12, SEC) in the FBS with two players on the NCAA's top 20 list for total offense. Nevada sophomore QB Cody Fajardo ranks eighth nationally, averaging 331.00 total yards per game, including 244.2 passing yards and 86.8 rushing yards. Fresno State junior QB Derek Carr ranks 20th in the FBS with an average of 303.14 total yards per game, including 297.4 passing yards and 5.7 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 20 and five in the top 25. 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 (162.86 ypg) and Getz (154.67 ypg) are the only players in the FBS to average over 140 yards per game this season. Fresno State's Robbie Rouse has a 112.57 average to rank 18th. UNLV's Tim Cornett ranks 23rd nationally at 106.71 yards per game and New Mexico's Kasey Carrier ranks 25th with 105.00 yards per game. San Diego State's Adam Muema ranks 33rd with 100.20 yards per game, Boise State's D.J. Harper ranks 44th at 91.50 yards per game and Nevada's Cody Fajardo is 48th with 86.83 yards per game.

The Mountain West is one of two FBS conferences (MAC) with eight of the nation's top 50 rushers this season. The MW is also one of four leagues (Big Ten, MAC, Pac-12) with at least three of the top 20 rushers in the FBS, as well as one of two leagues (Big Ten) to boast at least five players in the top 25 of the NCAA's rushing list. Nevada is one of three programs in the country (Kansas State, Kent State) with multiple players on the list of the nation's top 50 rushers.

With 129 yards on the ground against Nevada last week, UNLV's Cornett became the fourth MW player to record five 100-yard rushing games in 2012. He joins Nevada's Jefferson (6), Air Force's Getz (5) and Fresno State's Rouse (5), marking the first time in five years that four or more MW players have topped the century rushing mark in at least five games in a single season. The last time that happened was in 2007, when five players accomplished the feat: BYU's Harvey Unga (7), Air Force's Chad Hall (6), New Mexico's Rodney Ferguson (6), Utah's Darrell Mack (6) and Colorado State's Gartrell Johnson (5).

100-YARD PERFORMANCES IN 2012 BY MOUNTAIN WEST'S LEADING RUSHERS
Yards Player, Cl., Team Opponent Date
147
135
247
170
178
185
Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., Nevada
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
at UNLV
Sept. 1, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 15, 2012
Sept. 22, 2012
Sept. 29, 2012
Oct. 13, 2012
218
130
113
222
204
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
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
129
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
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
vs. Nevada
Aug. 30, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 22, 2012
Oct. 6, 2012
Oct. 13, 2012

NEVADA'S JEFFERSON FIRST TO 1,000 RUSHING YARDS IN 2012
With 1,140 yards across seven games in 2012, Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson became the Mountain West's first 1,000-yard rusher of the season. The senior became the Wolf Pack's fastest back to reach the 1,000-yard mark, surpassing the previous record of eight games, set by Vai Taua in 2010.

AS GOOD AS IT GETZ
Air Force's Cody Getz ran for 41 yards in Saturday's win at Wyoming, ending his streak of 100-yard rushing games at five. Getz's five-game streak tied for the fourth-longest in MW history (Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson in 2012 and New Mexico's DonTrell Moore in 2003). 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 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 has gone over the 200-yard mark three times 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.

ROUSE ECLIPSES FRESNO STATE'S CAREER RUSHING RECORDS
After rushing for 77 yards last week at Boise 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 3,945 career yards. Ron Rivers held the previous mark with 3,473 career yards from 1991-93.

With 25 carries against the Rams, Rouse also extended his Fresno State record for most rushing attempts in a career to 773. Rouse also leads all active players in the FBS with his 773 career carries and is trailed by Wisconsin's Montee Ball (740), Stanford's Stepfan Taylor (668) and Michigan's Denard Robinson (647).

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 fifth-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 rank fifth among active FBS players.

Rouse's 3,945 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. Montee Ball, Sr., Wisconsin 4,123 20
2. Montel Harris, Sr., Temple* 4,045 24
3. Denard Robinson, Sr., Michigan (QB) 4,033 18
4. Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State 3,945 17
5. Johnathan Franklin, Sr., UCLA 3,548 15
6. Zach Line, Sr., SMU 3,509 19
7. Stepfan Taylor, Sr., Stanford 3,427 17
*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.

MW QUARTERBACKS ECLIPSING THE 100-YARD RUSHING MARK
Nevada QB Devin Combs and New Mexico QB Cole Gautsche rushed for 111 and 104 yards in their respective contests at UNLV and Hawai`i last week. That brings the number of 100-yard rushing games by MW quarterbacks to four this season, joining Nevada's Cody Fajardo, who has two (118 yards vs. Northwestern State and 134 yards vs. South Florida). The last time MW signal-callers combined for four 100-yard rushing games in a season was in 2007, when Air Force's Shaun Carney had two (108 vs. California and 113 vs. Utah), and UNLV's Omar Clayton (135 vs. Colorado State) and Travis Dixon (129 vs. Utah State) had one apiece.

FOUR MW TEAMS HAVE EIGHT FUMBLE RECOVERIES IN 2012
Four Mountain West teams rank in the top 12 nationally for fumble recoveries, led by New Mexico, which is tied for first among FBS teams (Louisiana Tech, Missouri) with 11 fumble recoveries this season. Boise State is tied for fifth nationally with 10 fumble recoveries on the year. San Diego State has nine fumble recoveries to tie for seventh, while Colorado State has eight to tie for 12th. The Mountain West is the only FBS league to have four teams with eight or more fumble recoveries in 2012.

HIGH-YIELD RETURNS
The Mountain West is the only league in the country with four players in the top 20 of the NCAA's active career leaders list for kickoff return yards per game. Hawai`i's Mike Edwards leads all active players with 27.04 kick return yards per game, while Fresno State's Isaiah Burse is fourth with a 22.43 average. Nevada's Kendall Brock is tied for 14th nationally (21.76), while UNLV's Marcus Sullivan is tied for 20th (26.91). Burse also ranks fourth among active players in the FBS with 114 career kickoff returns and 2,557 career kickoff return yards.

RETURNS ON INVESTMENT
The Mountain West is one of four FBS conferences (ACC, Big 12, C-USA) with at least three of the nation's top 25 kickoff returners in 2012. Hawai`i's Mike Edwards ranks sixth nationally with 31.04 yards per return, while Air Force's Anthony LaCoste ranks 13th with 29.07 yard per return and Colorado State's Thomas Coffman is 25th with 26.50 yard per return.

The Mountain West has logged five kickoff return touchdowns in 2012, which is the second-most in a single season since the Conference's inception in 1999. MW teams have combined for at least five kickoff return touchdowns in back-to-back seasons. Last year, Mountain West players combined for a league-record nine kick return TDs.

Hawai`i's Mike Edwards returned his second kickoff for a touchdown of the season with a 100-yard return in the third quarter against New Mexico on Oct. 13. His 100-yarder is the longest kickoff return in the MW this season. Edwards is the first Warrior to return multiple kickoffs of TDs in a season since Malcolm Lane in 2007, and he joins New Mexico's Chase Clayton as the second MW player and third in the FBS this season (Dri Archer, Kent State) with multiple kick return TDs on the year. Edwards and Clayton also join TCU's Greg McCoy (2011) and Cory Rodgers (2005) for the MW single-season record of two kickoff return touchdowns. They are one shy of the MW career record of three, currently held by McCoy (2008-11).

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. 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.

The Mountain West is one of three conferences (SEC, C-USA) with at least five of the top 25 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
T1. Mike Edwards, Jr., Hawai`i 100* vs. New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2012
T14. Chase Clayton, So., New Mexico 98* at Texas Tech, Sept. 15, 2012
T14. Chase Clayton, So., New Mexico 98* vs. Southern, Sept. 1, 2012
T21. Colin Lockett, Jr., San Diego State 96* vs. Army, Sept. 8, 2012
T25. Mike Edwards, Jr., Hawai`i 95* vs. Lamar, Sept. 15, 2012
*touchdown scored

FRESHMEN PHENOMS
UNLV QB Nick Sherry is second among freshmen in the FBS in total passing yards (1,771) and third in passing yards per game (253.00). UCLA's Brett Hundley leads the nation with 1,916 total passing yards and is second with a per-game average of 273.71. Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M leads the FBS in passing yards per game (280.00) and is third in total passing yards (1,680).

Fresno State WR Devante Adams leads the MW and ranks tied for 49th in the FBS with an average of 75.71 receiving yards per game. Among fellow freshman receivers in the country, Adams ranks fourth behind only Jaime Wilson of Western Michigan (97.29 ypg), Mike Evans of Texas A&M (91.50) and Alonzo Russell of Toledo (87.96 ypg).

Colorado State LB Cory James is tied with TCU LB Devonte Fields for most sacks nationally by a freshman with 6.5.

BOISE STATE IS WINNINGEST TEAM IN FBS SINCE 2002
Boise State has amassed 123 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 123
2. USC 114
3. Oklahoma 112
4. LSU 111
5. TCU 108

BEST HOME RECORD SINCE 2003
Rk. Team W-L Pct.
1. Boise State 57-2 .966
  Oklahoma 55-3 .948
3. TCU 50-6 .893
4. Ohio State 62-7 .899
5. LSU 61-7 .897
6. USC 50-6 .893

BEST ROAD/NEUTRAL WINNING PERCENTAGE SINCE 2003
Rk. Team W-L Pct.
1. USC 53-11 .828
2. Boise State 50-12 .806
3. Texas 49-14 .778
4. TCU 48-15 .762
5. LSU 43-15 .741


MW FOOTBALL TRENDS - WEEK 7

  • Of the Mountain West's 36 touchdowns in Week 7, 23 were scored on the ground, while another 12 were passing TDs. Hawai`i's Mike Edwards returned his second kickoff for a touchdown on the year with a 100-yarder in the third quarter vs. New Mexico. Edwards is the first Warrior to return multiple kickoffs for a touchdown in a season since Malcolm Lane in 2007.

  • Edwards' 100-yard kickoff return for a TD was the first against New Mexico since Marquel Wade reached the end zone on an 85-yard return for Arkansas on Sept. 10, 2011.

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

  • Four MW squads scored on the opening drive of their respective games, including Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State and UNLV, who each reached the end zone on the opening possession of respective contests. New Mexico and UNLV each scored a touchdown on their opening drives for the second consecutive week and third time this season. Colorado State scored a touchdown on its initial drive for the second time this season (vs. North Dakota State, Sept. 8), and it also marked the first points allowed by SDSU in an opening drive since the Aztecs' opener at Washington on Sept. 1. San Diego State scored a touchdown on its opening possession for the second time this season (vs. Army, Sept. 8).

  • Four Mountain teams gained at least 436 total offensive yards last week, led by Nevada with 496 total yards at UNLV. New Mexico gained 452 total yards at Hawai`i, followed by Wyoming with 447 yards vs. Air Force and UNLV with 436 yards vs. Nevada.

  • Six MW teams tallied at least 215 yards on the ground in Week 7, led by New Mexico with 332 rushing yards at Hawai`i. The Lobos went over the 300-yard rushing mark for the fourth consecutive game and fifth time this season. The last time UNM had five 300-yard rushing games, including four in a row, was in 1972. Nevada totaled 329 rushing yards at UNLV, followed by Wyoming (252), Air Force (230), San Diego State (218) and Boise State (215).

  • Wyoming's 252 rushing yards against Air Force are the most by the Cowboys since collecting 225 yards on the ground against Colorado State on Dec. 3, 2011.

  • Seven MW players ran for at least 100 yards last week, led by Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson with 185 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries at UNLV. Jefferson has topped the 100-yard mark in six of seven games this season and eight times in his career. New Mexico's Kasey Carrier tallied 161 yards and two TDs on a career-high 35 carries at Hawai`i to mark his second straight 100-yard rushing game and third of the season. UNLV's Tim Cornett netted 129 rushing yards and one touchdown on 20 carries vs. Nevada. Cornett has reached the 100-yard mark in three of the last four games, in five appearances this season and seven times in the last 10 games. He is the first Rebel to record seven 100-yard efforts in 10 games or less since Ickey Woods in 1987. Boise State's D.J. Harper picked up 122 yards on 21 carries against Fresno State, his third 100-yard game of the season and seventh of his career. In his first career start replacing QB Cody Fajardo, Nevada's Devin Combs recorded the first 100-yard rushing game of his career with 111 yards on 19 carries, including his first career touchdown, a two-yarder in the fourth quarter that put Nevada up 42-37 with just over two minutes remaining in the game left. San Diego State's Adam Muema broke the 100-yard rushing mark for the third time this season and fourth time in his career, after registering 105 yards and two TDs on 14 attempts against Colorado State. New Mexico QB Cole Gautsche recorded his first 100-yard rushing day, finishing the outing at Hawai`i with 104 yards and one touchdown on five carries before leaving the game in the third quarter due to injury.

  • Boise State has had at least one 100-yard rusher in four of the last five games, including D.J. Harper (vs. Fresno State, Miami (Ohio) and BYU) and Jay Ajayi (at New Mexico).

  • Four MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 7, led by Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson with three rushing TDs at UNLV. Jefferson has recorded multiple touchdowns in four appearances this year, including three games with at least three TDs. New Mexico's Kasey Carrier, San Diego State's Adam Muema and UNLV's Bradley Randle each reached the end zone twice in their respective contests. Muema has scored multiple touchdowns in three straight games and has 10 overall touchdowns this season (nine rushing, one receiving). Carrier now has eight rushing TDs in the last four games, while Randle has six scores this season. His previous season-high was two rushing TDs, set in 2011.

  • New Mexico has 23 rushing touchdowns on the season, after the Lobos finished the 2011 campaign with 10 rushing TDs total. UNM scored five rushing touchdowns at Hawai`i, marking its third five-rushing TD outing of the year (vs. Texas State on Oct. 6, vs. Southern on Sept. 1).

  • Three MW quarterbacks passed for over 200 yards last week, led by Hawai`i's Sean Schroeder, who threw for a career-high 272 yards and one touchdown on 20-of-42 attempts vs. New Mexico. Fresno State's Derek Carr connected on 29-of-43 passes for 266 yards and one TD at Boise State, while UNLV's Nick Sherry amassed 243 passing yards and one touchdown on 21-of-35 attempts vs. Nevada.

  • Three MW quarterbacks connected on multiple touchdown passes in Week 7, including Air Force's Connor Dietz, Nevada's Devin Combs and San Diego State's Ryan Katz with two passing TDs apiece. Katz has thrown for multiple touchdown passes in five straight games and 12 times in his career. Combs recorded a pair of passing TDs for the second straight week. Dietz matched his career high with two touchdown passes (vs. Colorado State, Sept. 29, 2012).

  • Boise State QB Joe Southwick caught a six-yard pass from Grant Hedrick against Fresno State, marking the first reception by a BSU quarterback since Kellen Moore caught a seven-yard TD from Austin Pettis against Louisiana Tech on Oct. 26, 2010.

  • Fresno State's Derek Carr completed a three-yard touchdown pass to Devante Adams on a 10-play, 97-yard drive in the fourth quarter at Boise State, marking the first TD pass allowed by the Broncos from an opposing quarterback this season.

  • Three Mountain West teams, including Air Force, UNLV and Wyoming, did not allow a sack in their Week 7 contests. AFA, who is the only team in the FBS that has not allowed a quarterback sack this season, has not given up a sack in nine of the last 10 games, dating back to Nov. 12, 2011 vs. Wyoming. UNLV and Wyoming each did not allow an opponent to register a sack for the second time this season.

  • Fresno State entered its contest at Boise State averaging 178.33 rushing yards per game, but the Broncos held the Bulldogs to 56 yards on the ground, marking the fewest allowed by the Broncos since giving up just 49 yards on the ground to Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 15, 2012. Prior to Saturday, BSU had allowed its opponents to collect 182.40 rushing yards per game.

  • Air Force entered its contest at Wyoming averaging 389.60 rushing yards per game, but the Cowboys held the Falcons to just 230 yards on the ground, the fewest gained by AFA since tallying 179 rushing yards vs. Army on Nov. 5, 2011. The Cowboys held Air Force RB Cody Getz to just 41 yards, marking his first game of the season under 100 yards. Getz had entered the contest leading all FBS players with 177.4 rushing yards per game.

  • Boise State's offensive line allowed Fresno State to record just the fourth sack against the Broncos this season. BSU entered the contest tied for seventh nationally with 0.60 sacks allowed per game.

  • San Diego State recorded a pair of picks vs. Colorado State, marking the second time in three outings and third time this season the Aztecs have intercepted multiple passes.

  • Eleven MW players were credited with at least 10 tackles in Week 7, including three from Air Force's roster and another three from UNLV. John Lotulelei led all MW players after tallying a career-high 19 total tackles (11 solo) for UNLV against Nevada, the most in a single-game in the Mountain West this season and the fourth-most in the FBS. Lotulelei's 19 stops were just three shy of the UNLV record, set by Quincy Sanders at Air Force on Nov. 13, 1999. Air Force's Austin Niklas, Boise State's J.C. Percy and UNLV's Tim Hasson each recorded 14 tackles apiece, while San Diego State's Jake Fely registered 13 stops against San Diego State. Six players rounded out the group with 10 total tackles apiece, including Air Force's Steffon Batts and James Chambers, Hawai`i's Marrell Jackson, Nevada's Jeremiah Green, UNLV's Kenny Brown and Wyoming's Korey Jones.

  • Two MW players collected multiple tackles for loss last weekend, led by San Diego State's Jake Fely with a career-best 3.5 TFL against Colorado State. Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence recorded a pair of TFL against Fresno State.

  • Colorado State has recovered a fumble in eight of its last nine contests, dating back to Nov. 19, 2011.

  • Boise State's Lawrence and San Diego State's Fely registered two sacks apiece in their respective contests. Lawrence has recorded multiple sacks in two appearances this year, after posting 2.5 against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 15. He leads the Broncos and ranks third in the Mountain West with 5.5 sacks this season. Fely had the first multiple-sack outing of his career and currently ranks fourth in the league with 5.0 quarterback sacks on the season.

  • San Diego State's Derek Largent collected his first two career interceptions against Colorado State on Saturday, becoming the first Aztec with multiple picks since Larry Parker had two vs. Washington State on Sept. 17, 2011. Largent has now gained four turnovers this season (two fumble recoveries, two interceptions), which have led to 28 points (four touchdowns) for SDSU.

  • In 2012, the Broncos have not allowed an opponent to score in the first half in each of the last four games. Opponents have recorded just 19 first-half points against BSU this season, an average of 3.2 points per game.

  • San Diego State has scored at least 30 points in 11 of the last 12 games, and has registered 400 or more total yards in 11 of the last 16 contests.

  • After allowing Wyoming to rack up 322 total yards and 24 points in the first half, Air Force allowed just 125 yards and a field goal in the second 30 minutes of action.

  • Nevada recorded its second straight comeback win and third of the season.

  • After allowing UNLV to record 325 yards of total offense, including 175 rushing, and 31 points in the first 30 minutes of play, Nevada allowed 111 yards, including 18 rushing, and six points in the second half.

  • Through seven games, this is the latest New Mexico (4-3 overall) has had a winning record since finishing the 2007 campaign with a 9-4 mark.

  • Hawai`i has opened the season 1-5 for the first time since 2000, when the Warriors finished the campaign 3-9 overall and 2-6 in conference play. UH has also dropped its first three league contests for the first time since 2009 when the Warriors dropped their first five league outings.


MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
0 Air Force is the only team in the FBS that have not allowed a quarterback sack this season. The Falcons 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 125 career attempts for a percentage of .008. The previous record of .029 was previously set by Mike Thiessen from 1998-2000).
0 San Diego State finished its outing vs. Colorado State without a penalty, marking the first time this has happened to the Aztecs since a Nov. 3, 1973 visit to San Jose State.
1 Kasey Carrier and Cole Gautsche became the first New Mexico duo to each collect 100 yards rushing since Rodney Ferguson (149 yards) and James Wright (112) both went over the century mark vs. San Diego State on Oct. 18, 2008.
3 Wyoming forced Air Force to punt on its opening drive of the game, snapping the Falcons' three-game streak of scoring a touchdown to open a contest.
4 Fresno State is one of two teams in the nation (Oregon) with four interception return TDs on the year, while San Diego State is tied for third nationally (Purdue, SMU, Toledo) with three pick sixes.
4 Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson ranks fourth among all FBS players with 12.86 points per game.
5 The Mountain West is the only FBS league with five of the nation's top 25 in first-year starters. Hawai`i leads all teams with 25 first-time starters this season, followed by fellow MW member Air Force with 19. Nevada has 15 first-time starters to tie for fourth nationally, while San Diego State (12) is tied for 21st and Wyoming (11) is tied for 23rd.
6 Fresno State's Robbie Rouse has only lost six fumbles in the 862 times he has touched the ball in his career (773 rushes, 89 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 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 has 11 quarterback sacks through six games, after recording a total of 14 in 2011.
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.
24 New Mexico ended a 24-game losing streak outside of its home state. The Lobos' last win outside of the state of New Mexico came in a 20-17 victory at San Diego State on Oct. 20, 2007. UNM's 35-23 win at Hawai`i also ceased an 18-game Conference road-losing streak that started on Nov. 3, 2007 (37-0 loss at TCU).
34 Nevada's Brandon Wimberly caught one pass for 19 yards at UNLV to extend his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 34 straight (all 34 of his career), which was the sixth-longest in the nation entering Saturday's contests.
100 The Mountain West did not have a 100-yard receiver for the first time since Week 9 of the 2011 season.