Mountain West Football Press Release Week No. 11

Nov. 5, 2012


MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 11 SCHEDULE

air force Air Force at San Diego State*
Saturday, Nov. 10 | 12:30 p.m. PT
Qualcomm Stadium (54,000) | San Diego, Calif.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Series: AFA - 19-11 | Last meeting: 2011, SDSU 41-27
san diego state
*Conference game.


wyoming Wyoming at New Mexico*
Saturday, Nov. 10 | 1:30 p.m. MT
University Stadium (39,224) | Albuquerque, N.M.
TV: Comcast NM / KCWY / KGWN
Series: WYO - 34-30 | Last meeting: 2011, WYO 31-10
new mexico
*Conference game.


Boise State 24/RV Boise State at Hawai`i*
Saturday, Nov. 10 | 2 p.m. HT
Aloha Stadium (50,000) | Honolulu, Hawai`i
TV: NBC Sports Network
Series: BSU - 9-3 | Last meeting: 2010, BSU 42-7
Hawai`i
*Conference game.


unlv UNLV at Colorado State*
Saturday, Nov. 10 | 5 p.m. MT
Hughes Stadium (32,500) | Fort Collins, Colo.
TV: KTVD / ROOT / TWCSN
Series: CSU - 13-6-1 | Last meeting: 2011, UNLV 38-35
colorado state
*Conference game.


Fresno State Fresno State at Nevada*
Saturday, Nov. 10 | 7:30 p.m. PT
Mackey Stadium (29,993) | Reno, Nev.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Series: FS - 24-18-1 | Last meeting: 2011, NEV 45-38
Nevada
*Conference game.

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WEEK 11 AT A GLANCE
Five Mountain West contests are on tap for Saturday, Nov. 10, all of which will be televised. NBC Sports Network will broadcast an MW tripleheader, beginning at 12:30 p.m. PT as Air Force visits San Diego State. NBCSN will also air No. 24 Boise State at Hawai`i at 2 p.m. HT and Fresno State at Nevada at 7:30 p.m. PT. In other league action, New Mexico entertains Wyoming (Comcast New Mexico / KCWY / KGWN, 1:30 p.m. MT), while Colorado State welcomes UNLV (KTVD / ROOT SPORTS / TWCSN, 5 p.m. MT).

BRONCOS HOLD ON TO RANKINGS IN COACHES', HARRIS POLLS
Despite a 21-19 loss to San Diego State on Saturday, Nov. 3, Boise State received 126 votes this week in the USA Today/Coaches' Top 25 to rank No. 24. The Broncos have been ranked in 68 of the previous 72 Coaches' polls. BSU also received 297 votes in the Harris Interactive Poll to rank No. 23.

BSU's longest active streak in the BCS Standings did come to a close after Saturday's loss to the Aztecs. The Broncos had appeared in the BCS rankings in each of the previous 40 weeks, dating back to Oct. 28, 2007. This week also marked the first time in 39 weeks that a Mountain West team is not included in the BCS Standings, dating back to Nov. 18, 2007.

The Broncos also fell out of this week's Associated Press rankings, but are joined by SDSU and Fresno State in receiving votes from the AP voters. The Aztecs also received votes from the Coaches' panel and Harris voters, while the Bulldogs received votes in the Coaches' poll.

AZTECS CAPTURE FIRST ROAD WIN OVER A RANKED OPPONENT
San Diego State's 21-19 victory at then-No. 14 Boise State on Saturday, Nov. 3, marks the Aztecs' first win in program history over a ranked team in a road or neutral contest. The Aztecs entered the game 0-21 all-time in road games against AP top 25 teams. SDSU defeated its highest-ranked opponent at any location since a 28-24 win over then-No. 16 Wyoming on Nov. 7, 1996 in San Diego, Calif.

With the win over BSU, SDSU has secured its third consecutive winning season. The last time the Aztecs posted three straight winning campaigns was 1989-91.

SDSU'S ROCKY LONG TIES MW CAREER WINS RECORD
San Diego State head coach Rocky Long picked up his 77th win as a head coach in the Mountain West, tying TCU's Gary Patterson for the most victories in league history. Long racked up 62 wins at New Mexico from 1999-2008 before transitioning to San Diego State, where he has a mark of 15-8 in his two years at the helm of the Aztecs.

FOUR MW TEAMS BOWL ELIGIBLE
Four Mountain West teams, including Fresno State (7-3), San Diego State (7-3), Boise State (7-2) and Nevada (6-3) are bowl-eligible heading into Week 11. Air Force is currently 5-3 in the year and one win away from qualifying for the postseason. The Mountain West has boasted five bowl-eligible teams in each of the past seven seasons and eight times overall. Since its inception in 1999, the MW has earned 51 bowl bids and holds a 31-20 (.608) all-time record. Over the last eight seasons, the Mountain West has captured the Bowl Challenge Cup four times and owns the best win percentage in bowl games among the 11 FBS conferences with a 24-12 mark (.667). The Mountain West is the only conference to win the trophy four times since the award's inception in 2002-03.

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 (1st), Boise State's D.J. Harper (7th), Fresno State's Robbie Rouse (T8th) and New Mexico's Kasey Carrier (T8th). 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 three FBS leagues (Big 12, Pac-12) to have at least four players score 24 or more points in a single game this season.

TAKING IT TO THE HOUSE
Wyoming's Blair Burns picked off a Colorado State pass and returned it 99 yards to score, marking the 17th interception return TD in the Mountain West this season. The league's 17 pick-sixes ties the league record, which was set during the 2006 campaign. Five MW teams, including Fresno State (5), San Diego State (3), Boise State (2) Colorado State (2) and New Mexico (2), are included in the group of 30 FBS teams that have recorded multiple interception return touchdowns in 2012. The Mountain West is the only FBS conference to have five teams with multiple INT return TDs.

BULLDOGS ARE PICK OF THE LITTER
Fresno State has 17 total interceptions in its inaugural campaign as a MW member, including a program-record five interception returns for touchdowns in 2012. The Bulldogs lead the FBS and the MW in interceptions, while their five interception return TDs are the second-most by any FBS team 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 multiple players on the NCAA's top 15 list for total offense. Nevada sophomore QB Cody Fajardo ranks ninth 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 310.60 total yards per game, including 307.0 passing yards and 3.6 rushing yards.

MW TOUTS FIVE 1,000-YARD RUSHERS FOR SECOND TIME IN LEAGUE HISTORY
Fresno State's Robbie Rouse (1,101), UNLV's Tim Cornett (1,042) and San Diego State's Adam Muema (1,019) each eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in Week 10. The trio join Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson (1,341) and New Mexico's Kasey Carrier (1,156) as the Mountain West's 1,000-yard rushers in 2012. The league's total of five 1,000-yard rushers ties the MW single-season record, originally set in 2001 (BYU's Luke Staley, San Diego State's Larry Ned, Utah's Dameon Hunter, Air Force's Keith Boyea and UNLV's Joe Haro).

Rouse joins Nevada's Jefferson and New Mexico's Carrier as the third player in the Mountain West and ninth in the FBS to reach the 1,100-yard mark this year. The Mountain West is the only conference in the FBS with three players to reach the 1,100-yard mark in rushing in 2012.

3,000 PASSING YARDS/1,000 RUSHING YARDS
Fresno State junior QB Derek Carr and senior RB Robbie Rouse became the 11th MW tandem to combine for 3,000 passing and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season in league history. Carr has thrown for 3,070 yards, becoming the 19th quarterback in MW history to pass for 3,000 yards in a single season. Rouse, the Bulldogs' all-time leading rusher, has amassed 1,101 yards on the ground this year. Below is a look at the teammates who have reached the 3,000 passing/1,000 rushing yards single-season milestone over the 14-year history of the Mountain West:

Year Players, Team Yards Total
2012 Derek Carr/Robbie Rouse, Fresno State 3,070/1,101 4,171
2011 Kellen Moore/Doug Martin, Boise State 3,194/1,039 4,233
2010 Ryan Lindley/Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State 3,554/1,304 4,858
2009 Max Hall/Harvey Unga, BYU 3,368/1,016 4,384
2008 Max Hall/Harvey Unga, BYU 3,629/1,061 4,690
2007 Max Hall/Harvey Unga, BYU 3,848/1,227 5,075
2007 Donovan Porterie/Rodney Ferguson, New Mexico 3,006/1,177 4,183
2006 John Beck/Curtis Brown, BYU 3,885/1,010 5,895
2005 John Beck/Curtis Brown, BYU 3,709/1,123 4,822
2005 Justin Holland/Kyle Bell, Colorado State 3,185/1,288 4,473
2001 Brandon Doman/Luke Staley, BYU 3,542/1,582 5,124

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, accomplishing the feat in Week 7 to become the Wolf Pack's fastest back to reach the 1,000-yard mark and 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).

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 third with 337.00 rushing yards per game, followed by New Mexico with 303.10 (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, who ranks first on the NCAA's rushing chart this year with 149.00 yards per game. New Mexico's Kasey Carrier has a 128.44 average to rank seventh nationally, while Air Force's Cody Getz averages 118.88 rushing yards per game to rank 11th. Fresno State's Robbie Rouse ranks 19th nationally at 110.10 yards per game, UNLV's Tim Cornett ranks 26th at 104.20 yards per game and San Diego State's Adam Muema is 28th with 101.90 yards per game. Boise State's D.J. Harper rounds out the group with 88.22 yards per game to rank 45th.

The Mountain West is one of three FBS conferences (MAC, Big Ten) with at least seven of the nation's top 45 rushers this season, and is the only league to boast six players in the top 30 of the NCAA's rushing list. The MW is also one of three leagues (Big Ten, MAC) with at least four of the top 20 rushers in the FBS.

Six MW players have recorded at least five 100-yard rushing games in 2012, including Fresno State's Rouse (7), Nevada's Jefferson (7), UNLV's Cornett (7), Air Force's Getz (5), New Mexico's Carrier (5) and San Diego State's Muema (5). That marks the first time in league history that six players have topped the century mark in rushing yardage in at least five games in a single season.

100-YARD PERFORMANCES IN 2012 BY MOUNTAIN WEST'S LEADING RUSHERS
Yards Player, Cl., Team Opponent Date
123
115
144
135
124
120
102
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
Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State
vs. Weber State
at Oregon
vs. Colorado
at Tulsa
at Colorado State
at New Mexico
vs. Hawai`i
Sept. 1
Sept. 8
Sept. 15
Sept. 22
Oct. 6
Oct. 27
Nov. 3
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
Sept. 8
Sept. 15
Sept. 22
Sept. 29
Oct. 13
Oct. 20
137
141
114
111
129
127
107
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLVV
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
vs. Minnesota
vs. Northern Arizona
vs. Air Force
at Louisiana Tech
vs. Nevada
at San Diego State
vs. New Mexico
Aug. 30
Sept. 8
Sept. 22
Oct. 6
Oct. 13
Oct. 27
Nov. 3
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
Sept. 8
Sept. 22
Sept. 29
Oct. 6
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
124
202
105
143
127
Adam Muema, So., San Diego State
Adam Muema, So., San Diego State
Adam Muema, So., San Diego State
Adam Muema, So., San Diego State
Adam Muema, So., San Diego State
vs. North Dakota
vs. San Jose State
vs. Colorado State
vs. UNLV
at Boise State
Sept. 15
Sept. 22
Oct. 13
Oct. 270
Nov. 3

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 first 300-yard performance in the FBS in 2012. 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.

ROUSE AMONG FBS ACTIVE CAREER RUSHING LEADERS
Fresno State senior RB Robbie Rouse has 4,258 career rushing yards, which is the third-highest among active players in the FBS. He joins Wisconsin's Montee Ball, Michigan's Denard 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* 4,313 25
3. Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State 4,258 19
4. Denard Robinson, Sr., Michigan (QB) 4,175 18
5. Johnathan Franklin, Sr., UCLA 3,873 17
6. Zach Line, Sr., SMU 3,847 21
7. Stepfan Taylor, Sr., Stanford 3,717 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.

ATTACKING THE SACK
Four MW teams rank in the top 25 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 fourth nationally (Army, North Texas, Tulsa) with an average of 0.67 sacks allowed per game, while Nevada is tied for 18th (Georgia Tech, Michigan), allowing 1.11 sacks per game. New Mexico rounds out the group with a 1.20 sacks-allowed average to rank 22nd in the FBS.

FOUR MW TEAMS HAVE 10 FUMBLE RECOVERIES IN 2012
Four Mountain West teams rank in the top 20 nationally for fumble recoveries, led by New Mexico, which ranks third among FBS teams with 14 fumble recoveries this season. Boise State is tied for fourth nationally and is one of 10 teams with 12 fumble recoveries on the year. Colorado State and Wyoming are two of 17 teams with 10 fumble recoveries apiece to tie for 20th. The Mountain West is one of four FBS leagues (C-USA, Pac-12, SEC) to have at least four teams with 10 or more fumble recoveries in 2012.

ROSETTE CRUSHES MW, NEVADA SINGLE-GAME TACKLES RECORD
Nevada's Albert Rosette was credited with 25 tackles against Air Force on Friday, Oct 26, 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).

HIGH-YIELD RETURNS
The Mountain West is one of two leagues in the country (Big Ten) with four players in the top 20 of the NCAA's active career leaders list for kickoff return yards per game, and is one of two conferences (Big East) with two players in the top 10. Hawai`i's Mike Edwards leads all active players with 99.1 kick return yards per game, while Fresno State's Isaiah Burse is sixth with a 72.8 average. UNLV's Marcus Sullivan ranks 12th nationally (61.6) and Nevada's Kendall Brock ranks 18th (57.6).

THIRD TRY'S A CHARM
Four Mountain West teams rank in the top 25 nationally for third-down conversions, led by Air Force, who ranks first in the FBS with a 55.28 success rate (68-of-123) on third downs. Nevada is eighth in the country, converting on 51.94 percent (67-of-129) of third-down attempts. San Diego State ranks 13th with an average of 49.65 (70-of-141) third-down conversions, and Boise State rounds out the group with an average of 46.55 (54-of-116) third-down conversions to rank 23rd. The MW is of one of two FBS leagues (Big 12) with at least two of the country's top 10 and at least four of the top 25 in in third-down conversions.

RETURNS ON INVESTMENT
The Mountain West is one of six FBS conferences (ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, C-USA, Sun Belt) with at least three of the nation's top 30 kickoff returners in 2012. New Mexico's Chase Clayton ranks seventh nationally with 31.64 yards per return, while Hawai`i's Mike Edwards ranks 12th nationally with 29.26 yards per return and San Diego State's Colin Lockett is 28th with 26.19 yards per return.

The Mountain West has logged six 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 six kickoff return touchdowns in back-to-back seasons. Last year, Mountain West players combined for a league-record nine kick return TDs.

San Diego State's Lockett returned his second kickoff for a touchdown of the season with a 100-yard return to open the Aztecs' contest at Boise State on Saturday, Nov. 3. His 100-yarder ties Hawai`i's Mike Edwards (Oct. 13) for the longest kickoff return in the MW this season. Lockett joins Edwards and New Mexico's Chase Clayton, who are three of eight players in the FBS with multiple kick return TDs on the year, making the Mountain West the only league with three players to have multiple kickoff return TDs. The trio also have tied TCU's Greg McCoy (2011) and Cory Rodgers (2005) for the MW single-season record of two kickoff return touchdowns. This season marks the first since the league's inception that three MW players have recorded multiple kickoff return touchdowns in the same season.

AIR FORCE'S HERRINGTON PERFECT IN PATS
Air Force's Parker Herrington is a perfect 40-of-40 in PAT attempts this season. He has converted 64 consecutive PATs overall, dating back to Oct. 29, 2011, ranking as the fifth-longest streak in MW history:

Rk. Player, Team Consecutive PATs Dates
1. Jason Smith, Colorado State 86 9/2/06 to 12/20/08
2. Kyle Watson, UNLV 72 8/30/08 to 11/28/09
3. Matt Payne, BYU 66 9/6/02 to 10/23/04
4. Garrett Palmer, San Diego State 65 9/24/05 to 9/29/07
5. Parker Herrington, Air Force 64 10/29/11 to Present

FRESHMEN PHENOMS
UNLV QB Nick Sherry is third among all freshmen in the FBS in total passing yards (2,290) and fourth in passing yards per game (229.00). Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M leads all freshmen in both categories (2,527 total passing yards and 280.78 passing yards per game) and UCLA's Brett Hundley is second in both sets of stats (2,478 total passing yards and 275.33 per-game average).

Sherry became the sixth freshman quarterback in MW history to throw for over 2,000 yards. 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 2,290 2012

Fresno State WR Devante Adams ranks tied for 20th in the nation, leads the MW and all freshmen in the FBS with an average of 90.70 receiving yards per game. Adams needs just five 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 907 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 23rd nationally and second among freshmen in the FBS with 7.5 sacks. TCU LB Devonte Fields leads all freshmen with 8.0.


MW FOOTBALL TRENDS - WEEK 10

  • Of the Mountain West's 32 touchdowns in Week 10, 17 were scored on the ground and 13 were passing TDs. San Diego State's Colin Lockett returned the opening kickoff 100 yards to score at then-No. 14 Boise State, marking his second kickoff return touchdown of the season and third of his career. Wyoming CB Blair Burns intercepted his first pass of the season and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown, marking his fifth career interception and first pick six. Burns' return was the second-longest in Cowboy history, trailing only Jacque Finn's 100-yarder against BYU on Nov. 9, 2002. It also ties for the third-longest in Mountain West history (Colorado State's Zac Bryson at UNLV, Oct. 20, 2007). It also ties for the second-longest INT return in the FBS this season.

  • Lockett's opening kickoff return TD was the first allowed by Boise State since Dec. 22, 2011 and just the third during Chris Petersen's tenure as BSU's head coach. Arizona State scored on the opening kickoff of the second half of the 2011 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, while Fresno State returned a kickoff for a TD on Nov. 1, 2006.

  • Lockett's kickoff return ended BSU's streak of consecutive minutes without trailing at 391:56, a span of more than 6.5 games. The Broncos had not trailed since there was 1:43 remaining in the first half against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 15.

  • Five MW squads scored on the opening drive of their respective games in Week 10, including Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, San Diego State and Wyoming, who each reached the end zone. Boise State scored on its opening drive for the third time this season, including touchdowns in the opening possession of back-to-back contests. Air Force scored on its opening drive for the second straight week and for the fifth time this season. Colorado State has scored on its opening drive for the second time in three weeks and third time this year. Wyoming has put up points on its opening drive in four outings this season, while San Diego State has scored on its opening drive in three appearances in 2012.

  • Four Mountain teams gained at least 468 total offensive yards last week, led by UNLV, which totaled 530 yards against New Mexico. The Rebels broke the 500-yard mark for the second time this season, after collecting 536 total yards at Louisiana Tech on Oct. 6. Colorado State racked up a season-high 512 total yards at Wyoming, while Fresno State totaled 480 yards against Hawai`i. Wyoming rounded out the group with 468 total yards against the Rams.

  • Wyoming has reached the 400-yard mark in four outings this year (526 vs. Toledo, 460 at Idaho, 447 vs. Air Force). The Cowboys racked up 300 yards of offense in the first half vs. Colorado State, marking the second time this season that they have reached the 300-yard mark in a half (322 yards in the first half vs. Air Force, Oct. 13).

  • CSU's 512 yards of total offense at Wyoming mark the highest output by the Rams since gaining 584 total yards vs. New Mexico on Oct. 30, 2010.

  • Three MW teams tallied at least 200 yards on the ground in Week 10, led by New Mexico with 307 rushing yards at UNLV. The Lobos have rushed for 200 or more yards in seven straight games and eight times this season. UNLV collected 241 yards on the ground vs. UNM, which was the highest rushing total for the Rebels since rushing for 268 yards at New Mexico on Nov. 12, 2011. Wyoming totaled 228 rushing yards against Colorado State to mark the Cowboys' second outing this season with 228 or more rushing yards (230 vs. Air Force, Oct. 13).

  • Air Force was limited to 103 rushing yards at Army, marking the first time in 13 outings that the Falcons did not rush for at least 230 yards, dating back to Nov. 12, 2011.

  • Five MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 10, led by San Diego State's Adam Muema with 127 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries at then-No. 14 Boise State. Muema has reached the 100-yard mark in five appearances this season and six times in his career. Colorado State's Donnell Alexander tallied 114 yards and one TD on 20 carries at Wyoming to mark his first 100-yard rushing performance and the first by a CSU freshman since Jaime Blake had 170 yards vs. Hawai`i on Nov. 11, 1995. UNLV's Bradley Randle picked up 113 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries against New Mexico, his first 100-yard rushing performance as a Rebel. Fellow UNLV RB Tim Cornett netted 107 rushing yards and one touchdown on nine carries vs. the Lobos. Cornett has reached the 100-yard mark in four of the last five games and in seven appearances this season. Fresno State's Robbie Rouse recorded the 19th 100-yard rushing game of his career and seventh of the season with 102 yards and one TD on 13 carries in the Bulldog's contest vs. Hawai`i.

  • UNLV's Cornett has 1,042 rushing yards on the year to become the first Rebel to reach the 1,000-yard mark in a single season since Dominique Dorsey in 2004. Cornett owns the eighth 1,000-yard rushing season in program history, and he is the third Rebel ever to have seven 100-yard rushing games in one season, joining Ickey Woods (1987) and Mike Thomas (1973 and 1974).

  • Rouse became the first Fresno State player to ever rush for over 1,000 yards in three separate seasons. As a sophomore, Rouse collected 1,129 yards on the ground in 2010, while rushing for 1,549 in his junior campaign in 2011.

  • New Mexico's Kasey Carrier collected 52 rushing yards at UNLV to give him 1,156 for the season. Carrier moved into sixth place on the Lobos' second-season rushing list, surpassing DonTrell Moore's 1,134 yards in 2002.

  • Two MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 10, including Boise State's D.J. Harper and UNLV's Bradley Randle, who each recorded a pair of rushing TDs. Harper has 12 rushing touchdowns in 2012, including multiple-TD performances in four of the last five games and five times on the year. Randle scored three total touchdowns in the outing (one receiving), marking the second time this season that he has had three TDs, after rushing a trio of scores vs. Air Force on Sept. 22. It was also Randle's third multiple-touchdown game of the year after recording two rushing TDs vs. Nevada on Oct. 13.

  • Harper's two rushing touchdowns move him into sole possession of fifth place on Boise State's career rushing TD list with 36. Harper's 38 total TDs, including two receiving scores, are the eighth-most in Bronco history.

  • Fresno State's Robbie Rouse scored his 10th rushing touchdown of the season vs. Hawai`i. It was the 35th rushing TD of his career, which ties Anthony Daigle (1991-93) for the second-most in Bulldog history. With two regular-season games and a postseason appearance left on Fresno State's schedule, Rouse needs five to become the program's all-time leader in rushing TDs.

  • UNLV's Tim Cornett recorded his seventh rushing touchdown of the season in the first quarter vs. New Mexico. It was his 20th rushing TD of his career to move him into a tie for fourth all-time with former Rebels Michael Morton (1978-81) and Glenn Carano (1973-76).

  • Four MW quarterbacks passed for over 235 yards last week, led by Colorado State's Conner Smith, who threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns on 13-of-23 attempts at Wyoming. Fresno State's Derek Carr connected on 15-of-23 passes for 304 yards and four TDs against Hawai`i, while UNLV's Nick Sherry collected 289 passing yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-27 throws vs. New Mexico. Wyoming's Brett Smith amassed 235 passing yards and four touchdowns on 19-of-32 attempts against CSU.

  • UNLV's Sherry is tied for 10th all-time at UNLV with six 200-yard passing games. He also moved into eighth place on the Rebels' single-season passing list with 2,290 yards through 10 games.

  • With 304 passing yards against Hawai`i, Fresno State's Derek Carr has 3,070 career passing yards to eclipse the 3,000-yard single-season passing mark for the second straight year. Carr, who finished his sophomore season in 2011 with 3,544 passing yards, joins Trent Dilfer (1992, 1993) as the second Bulldog QB to throw for over 3,000 yards twice in a career.

  • CSU's Conner Smith posted 326 passing yards in three quarters of play, marking the highest passing yardage by a Ram QB since Pete Thomas threw for 387 vs. on Oct. 1, 2011. It was also the highest total by a CSU freshman since Thomas had 386 vs. Idaho on Sept. 25, 2010.

  • In just his 20th career game, Wyoming sophomore signal caller Brett Smith passed for 235 yards against Colorado State to move into eighth place on the Cowboys' list for career passing yardage. Smith now has 4,413 yards to move past former QB Craig Burnett, who had 4,373 passing yards from 1986-87. Smith has passed for more than 200 yards in five outings this season and 12 times in his career. He has also thrown for at least one TD in 18 of 20 career appearances.

  • Four MW quarterbacks connected on multiple touchdown passes in Week 10, led by Fresno State's Derek Carr and Wyoming's Brett Smith with four passing TDs apiece in their respective outings. Colorado State's Conner Smith and UNLV's Nick Sherry also recorded a pair of passing touchdowns.

  • Air Force's Connor Dietz entered the contest at Army having not thrown an interception this season, but tallied two in the first half. The senior QB rode a streak of 79 passing attempts without an interception, and is the Falcons' career leader in pass interception avoidance at Air Force. Dietz has thrown just three picks in 153 career attempts for a percentage of .020. The previous record of .029 was previously set by Mike Thiessen from 1998-2000).

  • Colorado State is one of six FBS teams (Southern Mississippi, Kentucky, Minnesota, Tulane, Utah) to start at least three or more different QBs. CSU last started three different quarterbacks in 1981, when Mark Miller, Terry Nugent and Tom Thenell all took snaps for the Rams.

  • Colorado State's Thomas Coffman collected four receptions for a career-best 146 yards and one touchdown at Wyoming, including a 75-yarder in the Rams' first possession of the game. The 75-yard reception was the longest offensive play for CSU since Sept. 20, 2008, when Billy Farris connected with Dion Morton on a 79-yard pass play against Houston. Coffman's 146 receiving yards are the most by a Ram since Lou Greenwood had 149 vs. San Jose State on Oct. 1, 2011.

  • Fresno State's Davante Adams caught a 45-yard touchdown pass with 3:17 remaining in the first half against Hawai`i, bringing his season touchdown total to 10. The redshirt freshman is the seventh Bulldog to catch 10 touchdowns in a season and is the first since Jalen Saunders had 12 in the 2011 campaign.

  • With four catches for 38 yards vs. the Warriors, Fresno State's Robbie Rouse became the second Bulldog running back to catch 100 or more passes in a career.

  • Two Mountain West offensive lines, including Air Force and UNLV, did not allow their quarterbacks to be sacked in Week 10. 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 12 of the last 13 games, dating back to Nov. 12, 2011 vs. Wyoming. The Rebels prevented a sack for the second time in four weeks and for the third time this season.

  • UNLV held New Mexico to 43 yards in the air, marking the fewest given up by the Rebels since limiting the Lobos to 20 passing yards on Oct. 12, 2002.

  • Seven MW teams in action last week recorded at least one sack, including four squads that posted multiple-sack outings. Fresno State registered five sacks against Hawai`i, marking the second time this season (vs. San Diego State, Sept. 29) that the Bulldogs have posted five sacks. UH posted three quarterback sacks at Fresno State, while Boise State and San Diego State each collected a pair of sacks in their tilt. Colorado State, UNLV and Wyoming rounded out the group with one sack each.

  • San Diego State became the first team to post multiple sacks against Boise State this season. The Broncos have allowed six total sacks in 2012, an average of 0.67 per game to tie for fourth nationally.

  • Nine MW players were credited with at least 10 tackles in Week 10, led by Air Force's Austin Niklas, who tallied 17 total tackles (10 solo) at Army. Colorado State's Aaron Davis recorded a career-high 13 tackles at Wyoming, while Air Force's Christian Spears registered 12 stops. AFA's Cody Miller and UNLV's Dre Crawford posted 11 total tackles apiece, while four players rounded out the group with 10 tackles each, including Boise State's Jeremy Ioane and J.C. Percy, Colorado State's Lanston Tanyi and Wyoming's Korey Jones.

  • CSU's Lanston Tayni posted double-figures in tackles for the fourth time this season. He has 70 tackles on the year, the most by a Ram defensive lineman since Clark Haggans had 87 in 1999.

  • Sophomore kicker Jared Roberts converted Colorado State's first field goal (30 yards) since its contest vs. Utah State on Sept. 22. The Rams had not attempted a field goal in their previous four outings. Roberts has been successful on 6-of-7 attempts on the year.

  • Fresno State's Quentin Breshears hit a 32-yard field goal with 6:51 remaining in the third quarter. It was his first field goal attempt in three games and was his eighth field goal of the season. Breshears has been successful on 8-of-11 attempts in 2012.

  • UNLV held New Mexico scoreless in the first quarter, marking the first time in five games that the Lobos did not score in the first 15 minutes of action.

  • Air Force and Nevada are the only two teams in the Mountain West to score 20 or more points in every game this season. The Wolf Pack, which was idle in Week 10, has posted at least 30 points in each of its first nine outings as a member of the Mountain West. Nevada has eclipsed the 30-point mark in 10 of its last 11 games, dating back to Dec. 3, 2011.

  • San Diego State held Boise State without a first down to open the second half, marking the fourth straight game that the Aztecs have not allowed their opposition to move the chains on their first possession of the second half. SDSU's opponents have -20 yards in those drives.

  • Wyoming posted a season-high 45 points against Colorado State, the Cowboys' highest scoring output since putting up 45 points in a 45-10 victory over Texas State on Sept. 10, 2011. Wyoming has scored at least 40 points against Colorado State in two of their last three meetings (44-0 win on Nov. 20, 2010). The Cowboys' 45 points are the most scored in the Battle for the Bronze Boot since a 56-35 victory in Laramie on Nov. 4, 1989.

  • Wyoming posted 21 first-quarter points vs. CSU, marking the most scored in a quarter since tallying 24 points in the fourth quarter against San Diego on Nov. 14, 2009.

  • UNLV limited New Mexico to seven total points on Saturday, Nov. 3, marking the fewest allowed by the Rebels under head coach Bobby Hauck and the least overall since UNLV downed Sacramento State, 38-3, on Sept. 5, 2009. It also was the least against an FBS opponent since blanking Utah, 27-0 on Sept. 22, 2007.

  • Fresno State is the only MW team this season to remain undefeated at home. The Bulldogs hold a 5-0 mark in 2012 home games.

  • The Aztecs handed Boise State its first loss at home since Nov. 12, 2011, snapping the Broncos' streak of six-straight home victories. SDSU also put an end to Boise State's overall win streak of seven games.

  • Air Force lost to Army for the first time in seven outings. The Falcons entered the contest having defeated the Black Knights in 14 of the previous 15 games. AFA's last loss at Army came in a 23-7 decision in 1996.

  • In its first home win of the 2012 season, Wyoming defeated Colorado State, 45-31 to secure its fourth consecutive Border War victory. The Cowboys have won the Bronze Boot in four straight seasons for the first time since 1970-73.


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 10 of the last 11 games, dating back to Nov. 12, 2011 vs. Wyoming.
2 Nevada's two home losses this season have come from a combined two points. The Wolf Pack fell to San Diego State, 39-38, in an overtime contest on Oct. 20, and dropped a 32-31 decision to South Florida on Sept. 8.
4 Boise State has recorded at least one pick in four of its last five outings.
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 sixth nationally (Purdue) with three pick sixes.
5 The Mountain West is the only league in the FBS with five of the nation's top 25 in first-year starters. Hawai`i leads all teams with 28 first-time starters this season, followed by fellow MW member Air Force with 21. Wyoming is tied for 10th nationally with 16 first-year starters, while Nevada and San Diego State each have 15 first-time starters to tie for 14th nationally.
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).
6 Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson is tied for sixth among all FBS players with 11.33 points per game this season.
7 Fresno State has tallied at least one interception in seven consecutive contests.
7 Fresno State's Robbie Rouse has only lost seven fumbles in the 924 times he has touched the ball in his career (824 rushes, 100 receptions).
10 Boise State and Virginia Tech are the only FBS teams that have 10 or more wins in each of the last six seasons (2006-11).
13 UNLV has 13 quarterback sacks through 10 games, after recording a total of 14 in 2011.
16 New Mexico has 16 quarterback sacks through 10 games, after recording a total of 10 in 2011.
16 Colorado State has had 16 different players score a touchdown this season. The Rams trail only Marshall and Navy nationally, who each have had 17 student-athletes reach the end zone this year. Fresno State joins Colorado State in the top five, as 15 different Bulldog players have scored a TD in their inaugural MW season. The MW is one of two leagues (ACC) with multiple teams to have at least 15 players score TDs this year.
21 Fresno State has posted at least 21 points in the first quarter of three consecutive home games and in four of five games at Bulldog Stadium this year.
36 With four catches for 67 yards at Air Force on Oct. 26, Nevada's Brandon Wimberly extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 36 straight (all 36 of his career).