Mountain West Football Press Release Week No. 10

Oct. 29, 2012


MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 10 SCHEDULE

air force Air Force at Army
Saturday, Nov. 3 | Noon ET
Michie Stadium (38,000) | West Point, N.Y.
TV:CBS Sports Network
Radio: SIRIUS 134 / XM 193
Series: AFA - 32-13-1 | Last meeting: 2011, AFA 24-14
Army


new mexico New Mexico at UNLV*
Saturday, Nov. 3 | 1 p.m. PT
Sam Boyd Stadium (36,800) | Las Vegas, Nev.
TV: Comcast NM / TWCSN
Series: UNM - 10-9 | Last meeting: 2011, UNM 21-14
unlv
*Conference game.


colorado state Colorado State at Wyoming*
Saturday, Nov. 3 | 2:30 p.m. MT
War Memorial Stadium (29,181) | Laramie, Wyo.
TV: KTVD
Series: CSU - 55-43-5 | Last meeting: 2011, WYO 22-19
wyoming
*Conference game.


Hawai`i Hawai`i at Fresno State*
Saturday, Nov. 3 | 4 p.m. MT
Bulldog Stadium (41,031) | Fresno, Calif.
TV: TWCSN / Oceanic PPV / CSN California
Series: FS - 22-21-1 | Last meeting: 2011, FS 24-21
Fresno State
*Conference game.


san diego state San Diego State at 14/19 Boise State*
Saturday, Nov. 3 | 8:30 p.m. MT
Bronco Stadium (37,000) | Boise, Idaho
TV: CBS Sports Network
Series: BSU - 1-0 | Last meeting: 2011, BSU 52-35
Boise State
*Conference game.


Nevada Idle: Nevada
Next game: Sat., Nov. 10 vs. Fresno State* | 7:30 p.m. PT | NBC Sports Network
 

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WEEK 10 AT A GLANCE
Five contests are on tap for Week 10, all of which will be televised. The week's slate kicks off at Noon ET on Saturday, Nov. 3, as Air Force travels to service academy foe Army. The game will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network. In Conference action, New Mexico makes the trip to UNLV (Comcast New Mexico / TWCSN, 1 p.m. PT), while Colorado State visits Wyoming in the 103rd Battle for the Bronze Boot (KTVD, 2:30 p.m. MT). Fresno State and Boise State, who both are undefeated at home in MW play, return to their respective stadiums, as the Bulldogs host Hawai`i (TWCSN / Oceanic PPV / CSN California, 4 p.m. PT) and the No. 14/19 Broncos entertain San Diego State (CBS Sports Network, 8:30 p.m. MT). Nevada is idle in Week 10. The Wolf Pack will square off against Fresno State on Saturday, Nov. 10.

BRONCOS CLIMB IN NATIONAL POLLS AND BCS STANDINGS
Boise State received 634 votes this week in the USA Today/Coaches' Top 25 rankings to climb four spots to the No. 14 position. The Broncos have been ranked in 67 of the previous 71 Coaches' polls.

BSU also rose two positions to No. 19 in the Associated Press rankings, as the Broncos received 406 votes. The Mountain West has had at least one team ranked in the AP Top 25 in 76 of the last 79 weeks, dating back to Nov. 18, 2007.

The Broncos moved up to No. 19 in the BCS Standings after improving from No. 19 to No. 17 in this week's Harris Interactive Poll. The Mountain West has had at least one team ranked in the BCS Standings for 38 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 40 straight weeks.

FOUR MW TEAMS BOWL ELIGIBLE
Heading into Week 10, four Mountain West teams are currently bowl-eligible; Boise State (7-1), Fresno State (6-3), Nevada (6-3) and San Diego State (6-3). Air Force is currently 5-3 in the year and one win away from eligibility. The Mountain West has boasted five bowl-eligible teams in each of the past seven seasons and eight overall.

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. 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 16 interception return TDs in the Mountain West in 2012, which are the most since MW players combined for a league-record 17 during the 2006 campaign. Five MW teams, including Fresno State (5), San Diego State (3), Boise State (2) Colorado State (5) and New Mexico (2), are included in the group of 29 FBS teams that have recorded multiple interception return touchdowns in 2012. The Mountain West is one of two conferences (Pac-12) to have five teams with multiple INT return TDs.

BULLDOGS ARE PICK OF THE LITTER
Fresno State has 16 total interceptions in its inaugural campaign as a MW member, including a program-record five interception touchdowns in 2012. The Bulldogs are tied with Kent State and SMU for the most picks by a team in the FBS this season. Their 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 six INT returns for TDs on the year.

Phillip Thomas leads the MW and nation with seven total interceptions, 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). Thomas also has three pick sixes to lead all FBS players and tie the MW single-season record of three (UNLV's Kevin Thomas in 2001 and Utah's Andre Dyson in 2000).

PAIR OF MW QUARTERBACKS RANK IN TOP 15 FOR TOTAL OFFENSE
The Mountain West is one of four leagues (Big 12, C-USA, SEC) in the FBS with two players on the NCAA's top 15 list for total offense. Nevada sophomore QB Cody Fajardo ranks eighth nationally, averaging 329.38 total yards per game, including 247.5 passing yards and 81.9 rushing yards. Fresno State junior QB Derek Carr ranks 15th in the FBS with an average of 311.78 total yards per game, including 307.3 passing yards and 4.4 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 366.25 rushing yards per game, followed by New Mexico with 302.67 (fifth) and Nevada with 260.56 (eighth) rushing yards, respectively.

Seven Mountain West players rank among the top 45 of the nation's leading rushers, including three in the top four, four in the top 20 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 (149.00 ypg) and Carrier (138.00 ypg) are the only players in the FBS to average over 138 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 111.00 rushing yards per game to rank 20th. UNLV's Tim Cornett ranks 28th nationally at 103.89 yards per game and San Diego State's Adam Muema ranks 31st with 99.11 yards per game. Boise State's D.J. Harper rounds out the group with 89.13 yards per game to rank 42nd.

The Mountain West is one of two FBS conferences (MAC) with at least seven of the nation's top 45 rushers this season. The MW is also one of three leagues (Big Ten, Pac-12) with at least four of the top 20 rushers in the FBS, as well as one of three leagues (Big Ten, MAC) to boast at least five players in the top 30 of the NCAA's rushing list.

Five MW players have recorded at least five 100-yard rushing games in 2012, including Nevada's Jefferson (7), Fresno State's Rouse (6), UNLV's Cornett (6), Air Force's Getz (5) and New Mexico's Carrier (5). This season marks the first time in five years that five 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
123
115
144
135
124
120
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
Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State
vs. Weber State
at Oregon
vs. Colorado
at Tulsa
at Colorado State
at New Mexico
Sept. 1, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 15, 2012
Sept. 22, 2012
Oct. 6, 2012
Oct. 27, 2012
137
141
114
111
129
127
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
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
at San Diego State
Aug. 30, 2012
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 22, 2012
Oct. 6, 2012
Oct. 13, 2012
Oct. 27, 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
129
191
161
338
136
Kasey Carrier, Jr., New Mexico
Kasey Carrier, Jr., New Mexico
Kasey Carrier, Jr., New Mexico
Kasey Carrier, Jr., New Mexico
Kasey Carrier, Jr., New Mexico
at New Mexico State
vs. Texas State
at Hawai`i
at Air Force
vs. Fresno State
Sept. 22
Oct. 6
Oct. 13
Oct. 20
Oct. 27

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.

NEVADA'S JEFFERSON FIRST IN FBS TO 1,000 RUSHING YARDS
With 1,341 yards across nine games in 2012, Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson became the first player in the FBS this season with at least 1,300 rushing yards. Jefferson was the first to reach the 1,000-yard mark nationally, and is now one of nine players 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.

Jefferson sits just 241 yards shy of the Mountain West's junior class single-season record of 1,582 rushing yards (BYU's Luke Staley, 2001) and 370 yards from the MW's overall single-season record of 1,711 (SDSU's Ronnie Hillman, 2011).

SIX MW TEAMS HAVE NINE FUMBLE RECOVERIES IN 2012
Five Mountain West teams rank in the top 18 nationally for fumble recoveries, led by New Mexico, which ranks third among FBS teams with 13 fumble recoveries this season. Boise State is tied for fourth nationally (Northwestern) with 12 fumble recoveries on the year, while Colorado State is one of four teams (Arizona, Kansas State, Troy) with 10 fumble recoveries apiece to tie for 14th. Nevada, San Diego State and Wyoming are three of 17 teams with nine fumble recoveries apiece to tie for 18th. The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (C-USA) to have six teams with nine or more fumble recoveries in 2012.

ROUSE AMONG FBS ACTIVE CAREER RUSHING LEADERS
Fresno State senior RB Robbie Rouse has 4,156 career rushing yards, which 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 4,338 21
2. Montel Harris, Sr., Temple* 4,198 24
3. Denard Robinson, Sr., Michigan (QB) 4,175 18
4. Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State 4,156 18
5. Zach Line, Sr., SMU 3,751 21
6. Johnathan Franklin, Sr., UCLA 3,711 16
7. Stepfan Taylor, Sr., Stanford 3,674 18
*Harris' rushing yardage is from his four seasons at Boston College (2008-11). He received a medical redshirt in 2011 and transferred to Temple over the summer.

FRESNO STATE'S CARR IN ELITE COMPANY
Fresno State junior QB Derek Carr registered his second career 400-yard passing performance (both in 2012), after throwing for 416 yards in the Bulldogs' 49-32 come-from-behind win at New Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 27. After amassing 568 passing yards vs. San Diego State on Sept. 29, Carr has tied the MW record for most 400-yard passing games in a single season. He joins BYU's Kevin Feterik (1999) and John Beck (2006) and San Diego State's Adam Hall (2002) as the only four MW players to accomplish the feat.

ATTACKING THE SACK
Four MW teams rank in the top 20 nationally for fewest sacks allowed, led by Air Force, which has yet to give up a quarterback sack this year. Boise State is tied for third nationally (Tennessee, Tulsa) with an average of 0.50 sacks per game, while Nevada and New Mexico are tied with Duke for 20th, averaging 1.11 sacks per game. The Mountain West is the only FBS league to have four teams allowing 1.11 sacks per game or less in 2012.

ROSETTE CRUSHES MW, NEVADA SINGLE-GAME TACKLES RECORD
Nevada's Albert Rosette was credited with 25 tackles against Air Force last Friday, surpassing the previous MW single-game record shared by four individuals: Colorado State's Ula Tuitele (Sept. 11, 1999 vs. Nevada) and John Howell (Nov. 11, 2000 at Air Force); Wyoming's Brian Hendricks (Oct. 17, 2009 at Air Force) and Air Force's Brady Amack (Oct. 1, 2011 at Navy). Rosette's 25 stops are the most by an FBS player this season and established a Nevada single-game record, eclipsing the previous high of 20, set by DeShone Myles in 1995. His 25 tackles are one shy of the all-time NCAA record of 26, shared by three players: Central Michigan's Brian Leigeb (Nov. 17, 2000 vs. Northern Illinois); Northwestern's Doug Szymul (Sept. 21, 2002 vs. Navy) and SMU's Bryce Hudman (Sept. 15, 2007 vs. Arkansas State).

THIRD TRY'S A CHARM
Four Mountain West teams rank in the top 20 nationally for third-down conversions, led by Air Force, who ranks first in the FBS with a 57.94 success rate (62-of-107) on third downs. Nevada is ninth in the country, converting on 51.94 percent (67-of-129) of third-down attempts. San Diego State ranks 14th with an average of 50.00 (63-of-126) third-down conversions, and Boise State rounds out the group with an average of 48.08 (50-of-104) third-down conversions to rank 19th. The MW is of one of two FBS leagues (Big 12) with four of the country's top 20 in in third-down conversions.

FALCONS' RUN GAME BREAKS ITS OWN MW RECORDS
Air Force registered 29 rushing first downs in its 48-31 win over Nevada on Friday, Oct. 26 to break the Falcons' own MW single-game record for most rushing first downs against an MW opponent (27 at San Diego State on Oct. 11, 2008). The 29 rushing first downs were one shy of the overall league record of 30, also held by AFA and accomplished twice (Aug. 31, 2002 vs. Northwestern and Sept. 2, 2000 vs. Cal State Northridge).

Air Force set a new MW single-game record with 82 rushing attempts against the Wolf Pack, breaking its own MW-best mark of 80 (Nov. 13, 2010 vs. New Mexico). The Academy holds the top five single-game marks for rushing attempts in MW history:

Rk. Total Carries Team Opponent Date
1. 82 Air Force vs. Nevada Oct. 26, 2012
2. 80 Air Force vs. New Mexico Nov. 13, 2010
3. 79 Air Force vs. Notre Dame Oct. 19, 2002
4. 78 Air Force at Hawai`i Nov. 23, 2001
5. 77 Air Force at San Diego State Oct. 11, 2008

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 98.5 kick return yards per game, while Fresno State's Isaiah Burse is sixth with a 74.0 average and UNLV's Marcus Sullivan ranks eighth nationally (64.7).

RETURNS ON INVESTMENT
The Mountain West is one of five FBS conferences (Big 12, ACC, Pac-12, MAC) with at least three of the nation's top 30 kickoff returners in 2012. Hawai`i's Mike Edwards ranks sixth nationally with 30.48 yards per return, while Air Force's Anthony LaCoste ranks 10th with 29.07 yard per return and Colorado State's Thomas Coffman is 30th with 25.71 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.

CSU'S KONTODIAKOS PUNTS HIS WAY INTO MW RECORD BOOK
Colorado State's Pete Kontodiakos registered 247 yards on four punts for a league-record (min. four punts) 61.8 average in the Rams' 42-27 victory over Hawai`i on Saturday, Oct. 27. He shattered the previous MW mark of 58.0, which was established by BYU's Matt Payne vs. San Diego State on Nov. 2, 2002). Kontodiakos' 61.8 punting average is the third-highest by an FBS player this season, trailing Western Michigan's J. Schroeder (66.0 vs. Massachusetts) and USC's Kyle Negrete (64.0 vs. Colorado).

FRESHMEN PHENOMS
UNLV QB Nick Sherry is third among all freshmen in the FBS in total passing yards (2,001) and fourth in passing yards per game (222.33). Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M leads all freshmen in both categories (2,216 total passing yards and 277.00 passing yards per game) and UCLA's Brett Hundley is second in both sets of stats (2,190 total passing yards and 273.75 per-game average).

Sherry became the sixth freshman quarterback in MW history to throw for over 2,000 yards, reaching the milestone on Saturday, Oct. 27 with 159 passing yards against San Diego State. Below is a look at the MW's all-time freshmen passing leaders:

Rk. Player, Team Passing Yards Season
1. Pete Thomas, Colorado State 2,662 2010
2. Ryan Lindley, San Diego State 2,653 2008
3. Brett Smith, Wyoming 2,622 2011
4. Andy Dalton, TCU 2,459 2007
5. Jake Heaps, BYU 2,316 2010
6. Nick Sherry, UNLV 2,001 2012

Fresno State WR Devante Adams ranks tied for 20th in the nation and leads the MW and all freshmen in the FBS with an average of 90.44 receiving yards per game. Adams caught nine passes for a season-high 198 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 49-32 victory at New Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 27 for his third 100-yard receiving performance of 2012. He needs just 98 yards to set a new MW record for most receiving yards by a freshman. Below is a look at the MW's all-time freshmen receiving leaders:

Rk. Player, Team Receiving Yards Season
1. Ryan Wolfe, UNLV 911 2006
2. Davante Adams, Fresno State 814 2012
3. Deon Long, New Mexico 809 2011
4. Austin Collie, BYU 771 2004
5. Ryan McGuffey, Wyoming 696 2000

Colorado State LB Cory James ranks tied for 15th nationally and second among freshmen in the FBS with 7.5 sacks. TCU LB Devonte Fields leads all freshmen with 8.0.

BOISE STATE IS WINNINGEST TEAM IN FBS SINCE 2002
Boise State has amassed 125 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 125
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
2. Oklahoma 56-4 .933
3. Ohio State 63-7 .900
4. LSU 61-7 .897
5. USC 51-6 .895
6. TCU 50-7 .877

BEST ROAD/NEUTRAL WINNING PERCENTAGE SINCE 2003
Rk. Team W-L Pct.
1. USC 53-12 .815
2. Boise State 51-12 .810
3. Texas 50-14 .781
4. TCU 48-16 .750
5. LSU 44-15 .746


MW FOOTBALL TRENDS - WEEK 9

  • Of the Mountain West's 43 touchdowns in Week 9, 25 were scored on the ground, 13 were passing TDs and five were defensive scores. Boise State posted its fourth defensive touchdown of the season, as sophomore Corey Bell returned a fumble recovery 19 yards to the end zone. Bell's TD marks the second-straight game that the Broncos have scored on a fumble recovery, after Jerrell Gavins scored on a 16-yard return against UNLV on Oct. 20. Hawai`i scored its first defensive touchdown of the year when freshman Jerrol Garcia-Williams returned a Colorado State fumble 12 yards to the end zone. It was UH's first fumble recovery TD since Richard Torres' 57-yard touchdown return vs. Idaho on Oct. 30, 2010. Colorado State registered two interception returns for touchdowns against the Warriors, marking the first time the Rams have accomplished the feat since an Oct. 20, 2007 trip to UNLV. Redshirt-freshman DeAndre Elliott returned his first career pick 76 yards for a touchdown, which was the longest interception by a Ram since Nick Oppenneer returned a 97-yarder at New Mexico on Nov. 21, 2009. Fellow CB Jasen Oden recorded his first career interception, returning it 40 yards to the end zone. New Mexico's Joe Stoner registered his first career pick six, returning an interception 40 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter against Fresno State. It was Stoner's second career TD, after returning a fumble 35 yards to score vs. TCU on Nov. 27, 2010.

  • Four MW squads scored on the opening drive of their respective games, including Boise State, New Mexico and UNLV, who each reached the end zone on their opening possessions, and Air Force, who notched a field goal. Boise State scored on its opening drive for the second time this season, after Michael Frisina notched a 28-yard field goal on the opening possession at New Mexico on Sept. 29. BSU's opening-drive touchdown was the first by the Broncos since the 2011 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas vs. Arizona State. New Mexico has posted points on its opening possession in each of its last four games, and six times overall this season, after scoring on its first offensive possession just once in 2011. UNLV reached the end zone on its opening possession for the third time in its last four games. Air Force scored on its opening drive for the first time in three games and for the fourth time this season.

  • Four Mountain teams gained at least 437 total offensive yards last week. Air Force and Fresno State each posted 600 total yards in their respective outings. The Falcons have gained at least 600 yards in two appearances this year, after totaling 626 yards against Idaho State on Sept. 1. The Bulldogs have reached the 600-yard mark in three games (665 vs. Colorado, Sept. 15; 646 vs. San Diego State, Sept. 29). San Diego State racked up 506 total yards against UNLV, marking the Aztecs' second 500-yard contest this season (533 vs. North Dakota, Sept. 15). Boise State rounded out the group with 437 total yards at Wyoming.

  • With 394 rushing yards against Fresno State, New Mexico went over the 300-yard mark for the sixth consecutive game and seventh time this season. The six straight 300-yard rushing games, and seven for the season, are the most since 1971, when New Mexico had nine games, all consecutive, of more than 300 yards rushing.

  • Four MW teams tallied at least 200 yards on the ground in Week 9, led by Air Force with 461 rushing yards against Nevada. The Falcons have eclipsed the 450-yard mark three times this season (484 vs. Idaho State, Sept. 1; 459 vs. Colorado State, Sept. 29). New Mexico collected 349 yards on the ground vs. Fresno State. The Lobos have rushed for 300 or more yards in six straight games and seven times this season. San Diego State totaled 275 rushing yards vs. UNLV to mark the Aztecs' fifth 200-yard rushing performance of the year. Boise State rounded out the group with 214 rushing yards at Wyoming. The Broncos have reached the 200-yard rushing mark in two of their last three games and four times overall this year.

  • With 136 yards against Fresno State, New Mexico junior Kasey Carrier became the second player in the Mountain West this season to reach the 1,000-yard mark in rushing, joining Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson,. His season total of 1,104 makes Carrier the fourth player in the FBS (Nevada's Jefferson, Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch, Toledo's David Fluellen) to reach the 1,100-yard mark this season. Carrier is also the first Lobo to rush for more than 1,000 yards since Rodney Ferguson had 1,105 yards in 2008.

  • San Diego State's Adam Muema tallied 136 yards on 21 carries vs. UNLV to break the 100-yard mark for the fourth time this season and fifth time of his career. New Mexico's Kasey Carrier picked up 136 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries against Fresno State, his fourth consecutive 100-yard game and fifth in the last six outings. UNLV's Tim Cornett netted 127 rushing yards and one touchdown on 19 carries at San Diego State. Cornett has reached the 100-yard mark in three of the last four games and in six appearances this season, the most for a Rebel in a single-season since Dominique Dorsey had six in the 2004 campaign. Fresno State's Robbie Rouse recorded the 18th 100-yard rushing game of his career with 120 yards and one TD on 18 carries, while Colorado State's Chris Nwoke became the first Ram this season to break the 100-yard rushing mark after registering 115 yards and one TD on 19 attempts against Hawai`i. After missing the last four games with a foot injury, UH sophomore Joey Iosefa returned to action and tallied a career-high 106 yards on 22 carries. He is the first Warrior to crack the 100-yard rushing mark this season and the first UH player to accomplish the feat since Bryant Moniz rushed for 120 yards in the 2011 season opener vs. Colorado. Boise State's D.J. Harper rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, his fourth 100-yard game this season and the eighth of his career. San Diego State's Walter Kazee also posted 105 rushing yards, including one touchdown, on 21 attempts. The senior reached the century mark for the second time this season and fourth time of his career.

  • San Diego State finished with multiple 100-yard rushers for the second time this season and 16th time in program history. It's also the second time in program history (1998) that the Aztecs have had two players each break the 100-yard rushing mark in two games in the same season.

  • Four MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 9, including Boise State's D.J. Harper, Nevada's Cody Fajardo, New Mexico's Kasey Carrier and Wyoming's Brett Smith, who each recorded a pair of rushing TDs. Harper has 10 rushing touchdowns in 2012, including multiple-TD performances in three of the last four games and four times on the year. Fajardo has 21 career rushing touchdowns, including 10 this season. The sophomore has scored multiple rushing TDs in three games in the Wolf Pack's inaugural MW campaign. Carrier now has 13 rushing TDs in the last six games, tying him for fourth all-time on UNM's single-season rushing TD list. Smith has rushed for multiple touchdowns in five career outings and has 13 rushing TDs in his career.

  • As a team, Boise State scored five rushing touchdowns at Wyoming, including two by Harper and one apiece by Jay Ajayi, Grant Hedrick and Shane Williams-Rhodes. The Broncos' five rushing TDs are the most since also rushing for five at Colorado State on Oct. 15, 2011.

  • Harper's two rushing touchdowns move him past David Mikell (2000-03) and Chris Thomas (1988-91) into fifth place on Boise State's career rushing TD list with 34. Harper's 36 total TDs, including two receiving scores, are the eighth-most in Bronco history, surpassing Thomas and Titus Young (2007-10).

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

  • Fresno State's Robbie Rouse scored his ninth rushing touchdown of the season at New Mexico. It was the 34th rushing TD of his career, which is the third-most in Bulldog history. The record of 39 is held by Ryan Mathews from 2007-09.

  • Three MW quarterbacks connected on multiple touchdown passes in Week 9, led by Fresno State's Derek Carr with four passing TDs at New Mexico. Air Force's Connor Dietz and San Diego State's Adam Dingwell also recorded a pair of passing touchdowns apiece.

  • Colorado State redshirt-freshman Conner Smith made his first career start under center on Saturday, becoming the third starting quarterback for the Rams this season. CSU is one of six FBS schools (Southern Mississippi, Kentucky, Minnesota, Tulane, Utah) to start at least three or more different QBs in 2012. Colorado State last started three different quarterbacks in 1981, when Mark Miller, Terry Nugent and Tom Thenell all took snaps for the Rams.

  • San Diego State's Gavin Escobar totaled 108 receiving yards and one touchdown on four catches vs. UNLV, as the junior tight end reached the 100-yard receiving mark for the second time this season and fourth time in his career. Escobar has recorded a reception in 16 consecutive contests.

  • Three Mountain West offensive lines, including Air Force, Boise State and Colorado State, did not allow their quarterbacks to be sacked in Week 9. AFA, which is the only team in the FBS that has not allowed a quarterback sack this season, has not given up a sack in 11 of the last 12 games, dating back to Nov. 12, 2011 vs. Wyoming. The Broncos, who did not allow a sack for the fourth time this season, are tied for third nationally, having only allowed four total sacks through eight games. Colorado State prevented a sack for the first time since a Nov. 19, 2011 trip to TCU.

  • Fresno State gave up just 45 yards in the air to New Mexico to mark the fewest allowed by the Bulldogs since limiting Cal Poly to 18 passing yards on Oct. 2, 2010.

  • Seven MW teams in action last week recorded at least one sack, including five squads that recorded multiple-sack outings. Boise State, Colorado State and San Diego State each registered four sacks apiece in their respective outings, while Air Force posted a season-high three quarterback sacks against Nevada, including two in the first quarter. New Mexico collected a pair of sacks vs. Fresno State, while the Bulldogs and UNLV rounded out the group with one sack each.

  • Boise State has recorded four quarterback sacks in three separate appearances this season, including the Broncos' Oct. 27 trip to Wyoming, the Oct. 6 visit to Southern Miss and the Sept. 15 home game against Miami (Ohio). Colorado State's four sacks against Hawai`i are the most for the Rams since posting five against Colorado on Sept. 1. San Diego State has also recorded four sacks in two contests this year, after posting four against North Dakota on Sept. 15.

  • Sixteen MW players were credited with at least 10 tackles in Week 9, led by Nevada's Albert Rosette, who tallied a career-high 25 total tackles (10 solo) at Air Force. Nevada teammate Dray Bell recorded a career-best 22 tackles in the contest, while fellow Wolf Pack defender Duke Williams and Colorado State's Lanston Tanyi each registered 13 stops in their respective outings. Six players posted 11 total tackles, including Colorado State's Aaron Davis, New Mexico's Matt Raymer, San Diego State's Jake Fely, UNLV's Kenny Keys, and Wyoming's Korey Jones and Ghaali Muhammad. Another six players rounded out the group with 10 total tackles apiece, including Boise State's J.C. Percy, Nevada's Marlon Johnson, Jack Reynoso and Brock Hekking, New Mexico's Tim Foley and UNLV's John Lotulelei.

  • Mountain West teams combined for three blocked kicks on Saturday, including two blocked punts. Hawai`i blocked its second punt of the season when Marrell Jackson stuffed a Colorado State attempt in the third quarter. San Diego State's Andrew Feaster blocked a UNLV punt in the second quarter, marking the first blocked punt by an Aztec since Eric Pinkins had one at UNLV on Nov. 26, 2011. Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence blocked a Wyoming field-goal attempt in the first quarter of play, marking the first blocked kick for the Broncos this season and first since Byron Hout blocked a punt at UNLV on Nov. 5, 2011. It also marked the first field goal blocked by BSU since a Nov. 26, 2010 visit to Nevada.

  • Kasey Carrier's eight-yard touchdown run in New Mexico's opening possession last week marked the first time in seven contests that Fresno State allowed an opponent to score on its opening drive. The only other Bulldog opponent to score on an opening possession was then-No. 4 Oregon.

  • Wyoming's Brett Smith reached the end zone on a four-yard rush 2:22 in to the second quarter to mark the first time in six games that Boise State allowed an opponent to score in the first half. The Broncos' five-straight games without allowing a point in the first half is a school record, as BSU has outscored its opposition, 90-7, in the first half of the last six games. Opponents have recorded just 26 first-half points against Boise State this season, an average of 3.25 points per game.

  • Colorado State's 42 points against Hawai`i are the most scored by the Rams since a 43-10 victory over UNLV on Oct. 16, 2010. CSU's 28 first-half points are the most by the squad in one half since also scoring 28 in the first two quarters vs. Northern Colorado on Sept. 10, 2011. The Rams posted 21 points in the second quarter vs. the Warriors, marking their highest-scoring output since also netting 21 in the first quarter vs. New Mexico on Oct. 30, 2010.

  • Fresno State's 35 second-half points at New Mexico are the most the Bulldogs have scored in a second half all season.

  • Hawai`i posted 14 points in the first quarter at Colorado State. The Warriors had entered the contest having scored 10 total first-quarter points in its previous six appearances.

  • BSU has not lost a game in October since Oct. 6, 2001 (Rice; 45-14), a span of 48 straight games. The Broncos have not lost a home game in October since Oct. 10, 1998 (North Texas; 21-13), a streak of 32 consecutive contests.

  • Prior to Saturday's 42-27 victory over Hawai`i, the last time Colorado State won at home against a foe from the Mountain West was a 38-14 victory over New Mexico on Oct. 30, 2010.

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


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 nine of the last 10 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 136 career attempts for a percentage of .007. The previous record of .029 was previously set by Mike Thiessen from 1998-2000).
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, Stanford) with three pick sixes.
5 The Mountain West is one of two FBS leagues (C-USA) with five of the nation's top 25 in first-year starters. Hawai`i leads all teams with 26 first-time starters this season, followed by fellow MW member Air Force with 21. Nevada and San Diego State each have 15 first-time starters to tie for ninth nationally, while Boise State (12) is tied for 25th.
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 907 times he has touched the ball in his career (811 rushes, 96 receptions).
9 In just his 19th career game, Wyoming sophomore signal caller Brett Smith passed for 216 yards against then-No. 18/21 Boise State to move into ninth place on the Cowboys' list for career passing yardage. Smith now has 4,178 yards to pass former QB Phil Davis, who had 4,123 passing yards from 1978-81.
9 Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson ranks ninth among all FBS players with 11.33 points per game this season.
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).
16 There have been 16 interception return TDs in the Mountain West in 2012. The 16 INT return TDs are the most in a season since MW players combined for 17 during the 2006 campaign.
36 With four catches for 67 yards at Air Force, Nevada's Brandon Wimberly extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 36 straight (all 36 of his career).
69 Colorado State's Lanston Tanyi has recorded 59 total tackles in 2012, the most by a Ram defensive lineman since Bryan Save had 59 in 2003.
76 Colorado State freshman Joe Hansley returned a Hawai`i punt 76 yards in the second quarter, which was the longest punt return by a Ram since Dallas Davis had a 77-yarder at UNLV on Nov. 27, 1999.