Mountain West Football Press Release Week No. 9

Oct. 22, 2012


MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 9 SCHEDULE

Nevada Nevada at Air Force*
Friday, Oct. 26 | 6 p.m. MT
Falcon Stadium (46,692) | Colorado Springs, Colo.
TV: CBS Sports Network /
American Forces Network
Series: First meeting
air force
*Conference game.


Boise State 18/21 Boise State at Wyoming*
Saturday, Oct. 27 | 1:30 p.m. MT
War Memorial Stadium (29,181) | Laramie, Wyo.
TV: CBS Sports Network
Series: BSU - 6-0 | Last meeting: 2011, BSU 36-14
wyoming
*Conference game.


Fresno State Fresno State at New Mexico*
Saturday, Oct. 27 | 1:30 p.m. MT
University Stadium (39,224) | Albuquerque, N.M.
TV: TWCSN / Comcast New Mexico /
CSN California
Series: FS - 8-4 | Last meeting: 1998, FS 28-20
new mexico
*Conference game.


Hawai`i Hawai`i at Colorado State*
Saturday, Oct. 27 | 5 p.m. MT
Hughes Stadium (32,500) | Fort Collins, Colo.
TV: Oceanic PPV / KTVD /
ROOT SPORTS
Series: CSU - 11-9 | Last meeting: 1997, CSU 63-0
colorado state
*Conference game.


unlv UNLV at San Diego State*
Saturday, Oct. 27 | 5 p.m. PT
Qualcomm Stadium (54,000) | San Diego, Calif.
TV: TWCSN
Series: SDSU - 13-8 | Last meeting: 2011, SDSU 31-14
san diego state
*Conference game.

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WEEK 9 AT A GLANCE
Five Mountain West contests are on tap for Week 9, all of which will be televised. The week's slate kicks off on Friday, Oct. 26 as Nevada travels to Air Force for a 6 p.m. MT kickoff. The game will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network and will also be available on the American Forces Network. CBSSN will also carry the MW's first game of the day on Sat., Oct. 27, as No. 18/21 Boise State makes the trip to Wyoming (1:30 p.m. MT). In other league action, New Mexico entertains Fresno State (TWCSN / Comcast NM / CSN California, 1:30 p.m. MT), Colorado State welcomes Hawai`i (Oceanic PPV / KTVD / ROOT SPORTS, 5 p.m. MT) and San Diego State hosts UNLV (TWCSN, 5 p.m. PT).

BRONCOS CLIMB IN NATIONAL POLLS AND BCS STANDINGS
Boise State received 407 votes this week in the USA Today/Coaches' Top 25 rankings to climb four spots to the No. 18 position. The Broncos have been ranked in 66 of the previous 70 Coaches' polls.

BSU also rose to No. 21 in the Associated Press rankings, as the Broncos received 258 votes. The Mountain West has had at least one team ranked in the AP Top 25 in 75 of the last 78 weeks, dating back to Nov. 18, 2007.

The Broncos moved up to No. 21 in the BCS Standings after improving from No. 23 to No. 19 in this week's Harris Interactive Poll. The Mountain West has had at least one team ranked in the BCS Standings for 37 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 BCS rankings for 39 straight weeks.

RACKING UP THE POINTS
Four MW running backs rank in the top seven 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 sixth-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 seventh 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 13 interception return TDs in the Mountain West in 2012, which are the most since MW players combined for 13 during the 2009 campaign. The Conference record for pick sixes is 17, set in the 2006 season.

Fresno State (5), San Diego State (3) and Boise State (2) are three of 20 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. Fresno State's five INT return touchdowns ties the Mountain West team single-season record, originally set by Utah in 2006.

BULLDOGS ARE PICK OF THE LITTER
Fresno State ranks second nationally with 15 total interceptions, including a program-record five interception return touchdowns in 2012. The Bulldogs' five interception return TDs are the second-most by any team in the FBS this season and tie the Mountain West's single-season record, originally set by Utah in 2006. Fresno State trails only SMU nationally, as the Mustangs have 16 interceptions and six pick sixes on the year.

Phillip Thomas, who leads the MW and nation with seven total interceptions this season, registered his third interception return for touchdown of 2012 on Saturday to lead all FBS players. His three pick sixes tie the MW single-season record of three (UNLV's Kevin Thomas in 2001 and Utah's Andre Dyson in 2000). Thomas' pick also marked his seventh of 2012, tying the MW record for most in a single season (San Diego State's Larry Parker in 2011; Air Force's Anthony Wright in 2009; Utah's Eric Weddle in 2006 and UNLV's Kevin Thomas in 2001).

PAIR OF MW QUARTERBACKS RANK IN TOP 20 FOR TOTAL OFFENSE
The Mountain West is one of eight leagues (Big 12, Big Ten, C-USA, MAC, Pac-12, SEC, WAC) in the FBS with two players on the NCAA's top 20 list for total offense. Nevada sophomore QB Cody Fajardo ranks ninth nationally, averaging 336.57 total yards per game, including 252.7 passing yards and 83.9 rushing yards. Fresno State junior QB Derek Carr ranks 18th in the FBS with an average of 297.00 total yards per game, including 293.8 passing yards and 3.2 rushing yards.

MOUNTAIN WEST ON THE RUN
The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (Big Ten) with multiple teams in the top 10 nationally for rushing offense, and is the only conference to tout three of the top 10 rushing programs this season. Air Force ranks second with 352.71 rushing yards per game, followed by New Mexico with 296.88 (fifth) and Nevada with 272.00 (seventh) rushing yards, respectively.

Seven Mountain West players rank among the top 50 of the nation's leading rushers, including three in the top four, four in the top 25 and five in the top 30. The group is led by Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson and New Mexico's Kasey Carrier, who rank first and second, respectively, on the NCAA's rushing charts this year. Jefferson (156.00 ypg) and Carrier (138.29 ypg) are the only players in the FBS to average over 136 yards per game this season. Air Force's Cody Getz has a 132.57 average to rank fourth nationally, while Fresno State's Robbie Rouse averages 109.88 rushing yards per game to rank 21st. UNLV's Tim Cornett ranks 23rd nationally at 101.00 yards per game and San Diego State's Adam Muema ranks 37th with 93.63 yards per game. Boise State's D.J. Harper rounds out the group with 86.86 yards per game to rank 50th.

The Mountain West is one of three FBS conferences (Big Ten, MAC) with at least seven of the nation's top 50 rushers this season. The MW is also one of three leagues (Big Ten, Pac-12) with at least four of the top 25 rushers in the FBS, as well as one of two leagues (Big Ten) to boast at least five players in the top 30 of the NCAA's rushing list.

Four MW players have recorded at least five 100-yard rushing games in 2012, including Nevada's Jefferson (7), Air Force's Getz (5), Fresno State's Rouse (5) and UNLV's Cornett (5). This season marks 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
Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., Nevada
at California
vs. South Florida
vs. Northwestern State
at Hawai`i
at Texas State
at UNLV
vs. San Diego State
Sept. 1, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 15, 2012
Sept. 22, 2012
Sept. 29, 2012
Oct. 13, 2012
Oct. 20, 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

CARRYING THE LOAD
New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier became the first player in Mountain West history to rush for over 300 yards in a single game, finishing with a league-record 338 against Air Force on Saturday, Oct. 20. Carrier's performance surpassed the previous MW single-game record of 285 yards, shared by Colorado State's Gartrell Johnson (Dec. 20, 2008 vs. Fresno State) and San Diego State's Larry Ned (Oct. 6, 2001 vs. Eastern Illinois).

Carrier's 338 rushing yards are the most by an FBS player this season, and mark the only 300-yard performance in the FBS in 2012. The previous single-game high in the country (283 yards) was set by Eastern Michigan's Bronston Hill vs. Toledo on Oct. 13. Carrier is also the first player in the FBS to rush for 338 yards since Illinois' Mikel Leshoure racked up 339 yards against Northwestern on Nov. 20, 2010.

Carrier's 338 rushing yards also set new Conference records for most in a MW-only game and most by a junior. The previous MW-only record was 269 yards (Colorado State's Chris Nwoke vs. Air Force on Nov. 26, 2011), while the previous junior class record was 247 yards (Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson vs. Northwestern State on Sept. 15, 2012).

Carrier also caught one pass for five yards to finish the game with 343 all-purpose yards. That sets a league record for most all-purpose yards in a Conference game, eclipsing the 305 yards registered by San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman against Wyoming on Oct. 29, 2011. Carrier also set a new junior class record, surpassing the previous mark of 300 yards set by BYU's Luke Staley on Oct. 5, 2001 vs. Utah State.

NEVADA'S JEFFERSON FIRST TO 1,000 RUSHING YARDS IN 2012
With 1,248 yards across eight games in 2012, Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson became the first player in the FBS this season with at least 1,200 rushing yards. Jefferson was the first to reach the 1,000-yard mark nationally, and is now just one of two players (Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch - 1,049) to accomplish the feat this year. Jefferson reached the 1,000-yard mark in Week 7 to become 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 opened the 2012 season with five consecutive 100-yard rushing performances, which tied for the fourth-longest streak 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.

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) with 13 fumble recoveries this season. Boise State is tied for fourth nationally (Missouri, Ohio, San Jose State) with 11 fumble recoveries on the year, while San Diego State and Wyoming are two of nine teams with nine fumble recoveries apiece to tie for 12th. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (C-USA) to have four teams with nine or more fumble recoveries in 2012.

ROUSE ECLIPSES FRESNO STATE'S CAREER RUSHING RECORDS
After rushing for 91 yards last week vs. Wyoming, Fresno State senior tailback Robbie Rouse extended his school record for most rushing yards in a career. Rouse, the all-time leading rusher in program history, has 4,036 career rushing yards with four games remaining in the regular season, becoming the first Bulldog ever to eclipse 4,000 yards rushing. Ron Rivers held the previous all-time career record at Fresno State with 3,473 yards from 1991-93.

With 20 carries against the Cowboys, Rouse also extended his Fresno State record for most rushing attempts in a career to 793. Rouse also leads all active players in the FBS with his 793 career carries and is trailed by Wisconsin's Montee Ball (764), Stanford's Stepfan Taylor (696) and Michigan's Denard Robinson (667).

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

Rouse's 4,036 career rushing yardage is the fourth-highest among active players in the FBS. He joins Wisconsin's Ball, Michigan's Robinson and Temple's Montel Harris as the fourth active player in the country to reach the 4,000-yard benchmark.

NCAA ACTIVE CAREER RUSHING LEADERS
Rk. Player, Cl., Team Yards Career 100-Yard Games
1. Montee Ball, Sr., Wisconsin 4,289 21
3. Denard Robinson, Sr., Michigan (QB) 4,129 18
2. Montel Harris, Sr., Temple* 4,126 24
4. Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State 4,036 17
6. Zach Line, Sr., SMU 3,622 20
7. Stepfan Taylor, Sr., Stanford 3,616 18
5. Johnathan Franklin, Sr., UCLA 3,548 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.

THIRD TRY'S A CHARM
Four Mountain West teams rank in the top 30 nationally for third-down conversions, led by Air Force, who ranks first in the FBS with a 56.99 success rate (53-of-93) on third downs. Nevada is ninth in the country, converting on 52.59 percent (61-of-116) of third-down attempts. San Diego State ranks 22nd with an average of 47.22 (51-of-108) third-down conversions, and UNLV rounds out the group with an average of 45.99 (63-of-137) third-down conversions to rank 28th. The MW is of one of four FBS leagues (Big 12, Big East, SEC) with at least four of the country's top 30 in in third-down conversions.

ATTACKING THE SACK
Five MW teams rank in the top 28 nationally for sacks allowed, led by Air Force, which has yet to give up a quarterback sack this year. Boise State is tied for sixth nationally (Rutgers) with an average of 0.57 sacks per game, while Nevada is tied for 17th (Ball State), averaging 0.88 sacks per game. New Mexico ranks 23rd at 1.13 sacks per game, and Wyoming rounds out the Mountain West contingent in a five-way tie for 28th (Arkansas, Arkansas State, Georgia Tech, USC) at 1.29 sacks per game. The Mountain West is the only FBS league to have five teams allowing 1.29 sacks per game or less in 2012.

HIGH-YIELD RETURNS
The Mountain West is the only league in the country with three 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 99.6 kick return yards per game, while Fresno State's Isaiah Burse is fourth with a 76.2 average and UNLV's Marcus Sullivan ranks eighth nationally (65.1).

RETURNS ON INVESTMENT
The Mountain West is one of eight FBS conferences with at least three of the nation's top 30 kickoff returners in 2012. Hawai`i's Mike Edwards ranks fifth nationally with 31.04 yards per return, while Air Force's Anthony LaCoste ranks ninth with 29.07 yard per return and Colorado State's Thomas Coffman is 26th 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. Edwards and Clayton, who are two of five players in the FBS with multiple kick return TDs on the year, 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 30 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
T17. Chase Clayton, So., New Mexico 98* at Texas Tech, Sept. 15, 2012
T17. Chase Clayton, So., New Mexico 98* vs. Southern, Sept. 1, 2012
T24. Colin Lockett, Jr., San Diego State 96* vs. Army, Sept. 8, 2012
T28. Mike Edwards, Jr., Hawai`i 95* vs. Lamar, Sept. 15, 2012
*touchdown scored

FRESHMEN PHENOMS
UNLV QB Nick Sherry is third among all freshmen in the FBS in total passing yards (1,842) and passing yards per game (230.25). Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M leads all freshmen in both categories (1,956 total passing yards and 279.43 passing yards per game) and UCLA's Brett Hundley is second in both sets of stats (1,916 total passing yards and 273.71 per-game average).

Fresno State WR Devante Adams leads the MW and ranks tied for 46th in the FBS with an average of 77.00 receiving yards per game. Among fellow freshmen receivers in the country, Adams ranks fourth behind only Mike Evans of Texas A&M (89.29), Jaime Wilson of Western Michigan (88.25 ypg) and Alonzo Russell of Toledo (81.63 ypg).

Colorado State LB Cory James ranks second among freshmen in the FBS with 6.5 sacks. TCU LB Devonte Fields leads all freshmen with 7.5.

BOISE STATE IS WINNINGEST TEAM IN FBS SINCE 2002
Boise State has amassed 124 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 124
2. USC 115
3. Oklahoma 113
4. LSU 112
5. TCU 108

BEST HOME RECORD SINCE 2003
Rk. Team W-L Pct.
1. Boise State 58-2 .9667
  Oklahoma 56-3 .949
3. Ohio State 63-7 .900
5. LSU 61-7 .897
6. USC 51-6 .895
3. TCU 50-7 .877

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 44-15 .746


MW FOOTBALL TRENDS - WEEK 8

  • Of the Mountain West's 29 touchdowns in Week 8, 13 were scored on the ground, 11 were passing TDs, four were defensive scores and one was a special teams TD. Saturday's contest featuring then-No. 22/24 Boise State and UNLV saw two fumbles recovered for touchdowns. With 3:19 remaining in the first half, BSU's Jerrell Gavins scooped up a fumble and returned it 16 yards to the end zone, marking his first career fumble recovery TD. Then, with 9:30 left in the game, UNLV's Kenneth Penny recorded the first fumble recovery touchdown of his career with a 30-yarder. The touchdowns by Gavins and Penny marked the first time since Week 11 of the 2011 season in which multiple MW teams recorded a fumble recovery TD. Prior to Penny's 30-yard fumble recovery touchdown for UNLV, Boise State had not allowed a TD of longer than seven yards this season. Air Force LB Alex Means notched the first touchdown of his career with a 65-yard interception return, marking the first non-offensive TD by the Falcons since Jordan Waiwaiole scored on a 52-yard fumble return at Army on Nov. 6, 2010. Fresno State's Phillip Thomas had his third pick six of the season with a 20-yarder against Wyoming, while fellow Bulldog Rashad Evans returned a Wyoming punt 78 yards for a touchdown, marking his second career punt return TD.

  • New Mexico's Justus Adams connected on a 20-yard field goal to conclude the Lobos' opening drive at Air Force. UNM has posted points on its opening possession in each of the last three games and five times overall this season.

  • Two Mountain teams gained at least 443 total offensive yards last week. Nevada posted 480 total yards against San Diego State, marking the Wolf Pack's eighth consecutive outing with at least 450 yards. Nevada has gained at least 450 yards in 16 of its last 17 outings, dating back to Oct. 8, 2011. New Mexico racked up 443 total yards at Air Force, marking the Lobos' second straight game with 443 or more yards (456 at Hawai`i on Oct. 13).

  • The Lobos entered the Air Force contest averaging 280.3 yards on the ground. UNM went over the 300-yard mark for the fifth consecutive game and sixth time this season. The five straight 300-yard games, and six for the season, are the most since 1971 when New Mexico had nine games, all consecutive, of more than 300 yards rushing. The Lobos' 409 rushing yards at Air Force are the most by the program since gaining 419 yards on the ground in a 70-7 victory over San Diego State on Oct. 18, 2008.

  • Two MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 8, including New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier (338) and Nevada senior Stefphon Jefferson (108). Carrier set an MW single-game high with his 338 rushing yards at Air Force, becoming the first player in league history to eclipse the 300-yard mark. Carrier has reached the century mark on the ground in three straight games and in four of his last five outings. Jefferson has topped the 100-yard mark in seven of eight games this season and nine times in his career.

  • With 91 rushing yards against Wyoming, Fresno State's Robbie Rouse became the first Bulldog ever to eclipse 4,000 yards rushing. With four games remaining in the regular season, Rouse has 4,036 career rushing yards.

  • Three MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 8, led by Air Force's Wes Cobb and New Mexico's Kasey Carrier with three rushing TDs apiece in the tilt between the Falcons and Lobos. Boise State's D.J. Harper also recorded a pair of rushing TDs vs. UNLV. Carrier now has 11 rushing TDs in the last five games, while Cobb registered his first three touchdowns of the season. Cobb's three TDs vs. New Mexico are a career high, eclipsing his previous single-game high of two rushing touchdowns vs. UNLV on Nov. 19, 2011. Harper has eight rushing touchdowns in 2012, including multiple-TD performances in two of the last three games and three times on the year.

  • BSU's Harper now has 32 career rushing touchdowns to pass former Bronco QB Jared Zabransky (31; 2003-06) for seventh-most all-time at Boise State.

  • New Mexico has 26 rushing touchdowns on the season. The Lobos had a total of 10 rushing TDs in all of 2011. UNM's 26 rushing TDs are the most in a single season since finishing the 2003 campaign with 28.

  • Nevada limited San Diego State to one rushing touchdown on Saturday, marking the first time in seven games that the Aztecs did not record multiple rushing TDs. SDSU has at least one rushing touchdown in 16 consecutive games, its longest stretch since a 19-game streak from Nov. 25, 1989 - Oct. 12, 1991.

  • Nevada's Cody Fajardo topped the 300-yard mark in passing for the second time in his career, after first throwing for 313 yards against Fresno State on Oct. 22, 2011. His 29 completions vs. San Diego State are a career-high and the most by a Nevada player since Zach Threadgill completed 30 passes against UTEP on Nov. 9, 2002.

  • Four MW quarterbacks connected on multiple touchdown passes in Week 8, led by Fresno State's Derek Carr, Nevada's Cody Fajardo and San Diego State's Adam Dingwell with three passing TDs apiece. Wyoming's Brett Smith also recorded a pair of passing touchdowns at Fresno State.

  • Fresno State's Derek Carr has totaled at least three passing TDs in three of the last four outings and four times on the year. The junior QB has 48 career passing touchdowns to move ahead of Tom Brandstater (2005-08) for the seventh-most in Bulldog history.

  • Brandon Wimberly's 10 receptions are the most by a Nevada player since Rishard Matthews had 12 against Idaho on Dec. 3, 2011.

  • Fresno State's Davante Adams collected 11 receptions for 86 yards vs. Wyoming, marking the second time this season that he has reached double digits in catches. Adams is just the second Bulldog ever to record two 10+ reception efforts in the same season.

  • Two MW players recorded multiple receiving touchdowns in Week 8, as Nevada's Brandon Wimberly and San Diego State's Gavin Escobar each reached the end zone twice in the contest between the Wolf Pack and Aztecs.

  • Prior to Saturday's outing vs. San Diego State, Nevada's Wimberly had not scored a touchdown since the Wolf Pack's Dec. 24, 2009, appearance in the Sheraton Hawai`i Bowl. In all, it was a span of 1,031 days between scores for Wimberly.

  • San Diego State WR Dominique Sandifer also saw a scoring drought come to an end in Reno, as the senior recorded his first touchdown catch at Nevada since Nov. 21, 2009. That marked a span of 1,064 days between touchdown receptions for Sandifer.

  • Two Mountain West offensive lines, including Air Force and Boise State, did not allow their quarterbacks to be sacked in Week 8. AFA, which is the only team in the FBS that have not allowed a quarterback sack this season, has not given up a sack in 10 of the last 11 games, dating back to Nov. 12, 2011 vs. Wyoming. The Broncos, who did not allow a sack for the third time this season, are tied for sixth nationally, having only allowed four total sacks in seven games.

  • Fresno State limited Wyoming to 83 rushing yards on Saturday, marking the second time in the last three games that the Bulldogs have held an opponent under 100 yards on the ground. Wyoming's 83 rushing yards are the fewest gained since rushing for 69 yards at Texas on Sept. 1.

  • Three MW teams limited their opponents to 75 passing yards or less last week. Air Force gave up just 34 yards in the air to New Mexico for the fewest allowed by the Falcons since limiting Army to 26 passing yards on Nov. 5, 2011. Boise State held UNLV to 71 passing yards, marking the third game this season (New Mexico, 44; BYU, 61) that the Broncos have held an opponent under 71 yards in the air. New Mexico limited Air Force to 75 passing yards to mark the fewest allowed by the Lobos since holding UNLV to 61 yards in the air on Nov. 12, 2011.

  • Six MW teams in action last week recorded at least one sack, including four squads that recorded multiple sack outings. Nevada led all MW teams with four quarterback sacks against San Diego State, marking the second time this season (at Hawai`i, Sept. 22) that the Wolf Pack has registered four sacks. Air Force, Boise State and Wyoming recorded a pair of sacks apiece, while Fresno State and San Diego State rounded out the group with one quarterback sack each.

  • UNLV's trip to Boise State marked just the second time this season (at Air Force, Sept. 22) that the Rebels did not record a sack. UNLV has 11 quarterback sacks through eight games, after recording a total of 14 in 2011.

  • Boise State and Fresno State each recorded a pair of interceptions in their respective games. The Bulldogs, who have tallied at least one interception in five consecutive contests, have picked off 15 passes on the year to rank second nationally. Boise State is tied for 13th in the FBS with 11 interceptions, including at least one pick in each of the last three games.

  • Air Force's Alex Means recorded a 65-yard pick six against New Mexico, marking the senior's second interception of the season and third of his career. Means is responsible for nine turnovers in his career, including three interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

  • Fresno State's Phillip Thomas intercepted his seventh pass of the season against Wyoming, returning it for 20 yards to reach the end zone. Thomas is the fifth player in MW history to record seven picks in a single season, as he joins the likes of UNLV's Kevin Thomas (2001), Utah's Eric Weddle (2006), Air Force's Anthony Wright (2009) and San Diego State's Larry Parker (2011). Thomas now has three interception TDs on the year, which sets a new school record. He also becomes the first MW player since UNLV's Kevin Thomas in 2001 and Utah's Andre Dyson in 2000 to score three pick sixes.

  • Six MW players were credited with at least 10 tackles in Week 8, led by Air Force's Christian Spears, who tallied a career-high 20 total tackles (12 solo) against New Mexico to mark the most in a single game in the Mountain West this season and tying for the third-most in the FBS. San Diego State's Nat Berhe recorded a career-best 15 tackles at Nevada, while Wyoming's Ghaali Muhammad registered 14 stops at Fresno State. Three players rounded out the group with 10 total tackles apiece, including Air Force's Alex Means, Boise State's Blake Renaud and UNLV's John Lotulelei.

  • Five MW players collected at least two tackles for loss last weekend, led by UNLV's Princeton Jackson with 2.5 TFL at then-No. 22/24 Boise State. The San Diego State tandem of Vaness Harris and Nick Tenhaeff each recorded a pair of TFL at Nevada, and were joined by Air Force's Nick Fitzgerald and Fresno State's Andy Jennings who also posted 2.0 TFL, respectively.

  • Fresno State's Rashad Evans returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown in Saturday's win over Wyoming. That marked the second punt return TD by a MW player this season. Evans' 78-yard punt return tied the MW senior class record originally set by Utah's Shaky Smithson (Oct. 9, 2010 at Iowa State). It is also the 10th-longest punt return by an FBS player this season.

  • Boise State has not allowed an opponent to score in the first half in five straight games, as the Broncos have outscored their opposition, 90-0, during that span. Opponents have recorded just 19 first-half points against BSU this season, an average of 2.7 points per game.

  • Fresno State entered the locker room with a 35-0 halftime advantage over Wyoming, marking the second time in three games (at Colorado State) that the Bulldogs have not allowed an opponent to score in the first half.

  • San Diego State held Nevada to 10 first-half points, the lowest point total for the Wolf Pack this season after the first 30 minutes of play. Nevada entered the contest averaging 16.57 first-half points.

  • Of Boise State's seven opponents, four have recorded their lowest scoring output of the season against the Broncos, including UNLV. Entering Saturday's contest, the Rebels' previous season low in scoring was 13 points against Utah State on Sept. 29.

  • No. 18/21 Boise State (6-1) secured bowl eligibility with its 32-7 win over UNLV. The Broncos have appeared in 10 consecutive bowls, which ties for the 10th-longest active streak in the country. BSU holds an 8-4 all-time record in the postseason, including a 56-24 victory over Arizona State in last year's MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.

  • San Diego State has won four consecutive road games in October, dating back to Oct. 9, 2010. That is the longest road winning streak in October since a six-game stretch from Oct. 5, 1991 - Oct. 9, 1993.

  • Hawai`i, which was idle in Week 8, 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 conference outings.

  • San Diego State rallied from a 10+ point deficit in the fourth quarter against Nevada to win for just the fourth time in 188 tries when trailing by double figures heading into the final frame (24-21 at Utah on Oct. 26, 1991; 37-34 at San Jose State on Nov. 26, 1977; 36-32 vs. Long Beach State on Nov. 29, 1969).

  • Nevada lost its first overtime game in the last three of which it has appeared. The Wolf Pack last played in extra frames against Wyoming on Oct. 6, when it secured a 35-28 victory. Meanwhile, San Diego State has won four consecutive games that have gone into OT and is now 4-1 all-time in overtime contests. The Aztecs' last overtime game was on Oct. 24, 1998, when they defeated Utah, 21-20.

  • After falling to San Diego State, 39-38, in overtime on Saturday, Nevada's two losses in 2012 have come from a combined two points. Earlier this season, the Wolf Pack dropped a 32-31 decision to South Florida (Sept. 8).

  • Boise State and Fresno State are the only two MW teams this season to still remain undefeated at home. Both the Broncos and Bulldogs hold a 4-0 mark in 2012 home games.

  • Of Wyoming's six losses this season, four have been decided by seven points or less (34-31 vs. Toledo, 24-22 vs. Cal Poly, 35-28 vs. Nevada, 28-27 vs. Air Force).


MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
0 Air Force is the only team in the FBS that has 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 129 career attempts for a percentage of .008. The previous record of .029 was previously set by Mike Thiessen from 1998-2000).
3 San Diego State handed Nevada just its third loss in its last 22 home games, dating back to Oct. 3, 2009.
3 Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson is tied for third among all FBS players with 12.00 points per game.
5 Fresno State is one of two teams in the nation (SMU) with at least five interception return TDs on the year, while San Diego State is tied for fifth nationally (Purdue) with three pick sixes. Fresno State's five interception return touchdowns is a new program record.
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 Boise State is one of five FBS teams to post at least six shutouts since 2008.The Broncos join Ohio State having blanked six opponents during that span. Alabama leads all programs with 10, followed by Florida State (8) and Rutgers (7).
7 Fresno State's Robbie Rouse has only lost seven fumbles in the 874 times he has touched the ball in his career (783 rushes, 91 receptions).
10 Boise State and Virginia Tech are the only FBS schools that have 10 or more wins in each of the last six seasons (2006-11).
10 In just his 18th career game, Wyoming sophomore signal caller Brett Smith passed for 158 yards at Fresno State to move into 10th place on the Cowboys' list for career passing yardage. Smith now has 3,962 yards to pass former Wyoming QB Randy Welniak, who had 3,819 passing yards from 1985-88.
11 UNLV has 11 quarterback sacks through seven games, after recording a total of 14 in 2011.
13 There have been 13 interception return TDs in the Mountain West in 2012. The 13 INT return TDs are the most in a season since MW players combined for 13 during the 2009 campaign.
35 Nevada's Brandon Wimberly caught a career-best 10 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns against San Diego State to extend his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 35 straight (all 35 of his career).
78 Fresno State's Rashad Evans returned a Wyoming punt 78 yards for a touchdown, tying the Mountain West record for the longest punt return by a senior originally set by Utah's Shaky Smithson at Iowa State on Oct. 9, 2010. Evans' 78-yard punt return TD was the first allowed by Wyoming since a Nov. 9, 2006 outing vs. BYU.
700 New Mexico (409) and Air Force (291) combined for 700 rushing yards on Saturday.