Mountain West Football Press Release Week No. 12

Nov. 12, 2012


MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 12 SCHEDULE

Hawai`i Hawai`i at Air Force*
Friday, Nov. 16 | 7:30 p.m. MT
Falcon Stadium (46,692) | Colorado Springs, Colo.
TV: ESPN2
Series: AFA - 11-6-1 | Last meeting: 2001, UH 52-30
air force
*Conference game.


colorado state Colorado State at Boise State (22/RV)*
Saturday, Nov. 17 | 1:30 p.m. MT
Bronco Stadium (37,000) | Boise, Idaho
TV: NBC Sports Network
Series:  BSU - 1-0 | Last meeting: 2011, BSU 63-13
Boise State
*Conference game.


Nevada Nevada at New Mexico*
Saturday, Nov. 17 | 1:30 p.m. MT
University Stadium (39,224) | Albuquerque, N.M.
TV: Charter 3 & 15 (Reno) / Comcast NM
Series: UNM - 2-1-1 | Last meeting: 2011, NEV 49-7
new mexico
*Conference game.


wyoming Wyoming at UNLV*
Saturday, Nov. 17 | 1 p.m. PT
Sam Boyd Stadium (36,800) | Las Vegas, Nev.
TV: TWCSN / KTWO (Casper) / KKTU (Cheyenne)
Series: Tied - 10-10 | Last meeting: 2011, WYO 41-14
unlv
*Conference game.


Fresno State Idle: Fresno State
Next game: Sat., Nov. 24 vs. Air Force*
12:30 p.m. PT | NBC Sports Network
 


san diego state Idle: San Diego State
Next game: Sat., Nov. 24 at Wyoming*
1:30 p.m. MT | TWCSN / ROOT SPORTS
 

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WEEK 12 AT A GLANCE
Four Mountain West contests are on tap for Week 12, all of which will be televised. The week's slate kicks off on Friday, Nov. 16 as Hawai`i travels to Air Force for a 7:30 p.m. MT kickoff. The game will be broadcast by ESPN2. In other league action, No. 24 Boise State entertains Colorado State (NBC Sports Network, 1:30 p.m. MT), New Mexico welcomes Nevada (Charter 3 & 14 / Comcast New Mexico, 1:30 p.m. MT) and UNLV hosts Wyoming (TWCSN / KTWO / KKTU, 1 p.m. PT). Fresno State and San Diego State are both idle and will conclude their respective regular-season schedules on Saturday, Nov. 24.

COUNTDOWN TO THE MW CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2012 season will mark the first time in the last nine years that the Mountain West champion will have at least one Conference loss. The last time an MW champion did not go undefeated through the league slate came in 2003, when Utah captured the title with a 6-1 mark.

There has only been one previous season in which multiple champions were crowned in the Mountain West. In the league's inaugural season of 1999, BYU, Colorado State and Utah shared the Conference crown with identical 5-2 records in MW play.

BRONCOS HOLD ON TO RANKINGS IN COACHES', HARRIS POLLS
Boise State received 161 votes this week in the USA Today/Coaches' Top 25 to move up two positions to No. 22. The Broncos have been ranked in 69 of the previous 73 Coaches' polls. BSU also received 324 votes in the Harris Interactive Poll to rank No. 23. Boise State, Fresno State and San Diego State each earned votes in this week's Associated Press rankings. The Bulldogs and Aztecs also received votes from the Coaches' panel and Harris voters.

FOUR MW TEAMS BOWL ELIGIBLE
Four Mountain West teams, including Fresno State (8-3), San Diego State (8-3), Boise State (8-2) and Nevada (6-4), are bowl-eligible heading into Week 12. Air Force is currently 5-5 on 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.

SIX 1,000-YARD RUSHERS FOR FIRST TIME IN MW HISTORY
Air Force's Cody Getz (1,006) eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in Week 11, joining Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson (1,436), Fresno State's Robbie Rouse (1,362), New Mexico's Kasey Carrier (1,265), UNLV's Tim Cornett (1,144) and San Diego State's Adam Muema (1,100) as the Mountain West's 1,000-yard rushers in 2012. The league's total of six 1,000-yard rushers breaks the previous MW single-season record of five, which was 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).

TAKING IT TO THE HOUSE
Colorado State's Shaquil Barrett and Fresno State's Derron Smith each collected an interception return touchdown in their respective contests on Saturday, Nov. 10, bringing the Mountain West's total to a league-record 19 pick sixes on the year. The previous high of 17 interception return touchdowns was set during the 2006 campaign. Five MW teams, including Fresno State (6), Colorado State (3), San Diego State (3), Boise State (2) and New Mexico (2), are included in the group of 33 FBS teams that have recorded multiple interception return touchdowns in 2012. The Mountain West is one of three FBS conferences (C-USA, SEC), to have five teams with multiple INT return TDs.

SDSU'S ROCKY LONG BREAKS MW CAREER WINS RECORD
San Diego State head coach Rocky Long picked up his 78th win as a head coach in the Mountain West, surpassing TCU's Gary Patterson (77) 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 16-8 in his two years at the helm of the Aztecs.

RACKING UP THE POINTS
Four MW running backs rank in the top 10 on the NCAA's single-game scoring chart this season, including Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson (1st), Boise State's D.J. Harper (9th), Fresno State's Robbie Rouse (T10th) and New Mexico's Kasey Carrier (T10th). 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 four FBS leagues (Big 12, Pac-12, WAC) to have at least four players score 24 or more points in a single game this season.

BULLDOGS ARE PICK OF THE LITTER
Fresno State has 19 total interceptions in its inaugural campaign as a MW member, including a program-record six interception returns for touchdowns in 2012. The Bulldogs lead the FBS and the MW in interceptions, while their six interception return TDs tie SMU for the most by any FBS team this season and tie the Mountain West's single-season record, originally set by Utah in 2006.

Phillip Thomas leads the MW and nation with eight total interceptions, establishing a new MW record for the most in a single season. The previous record of seven picks was shared by 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 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).

Fresno State's 19 interceptions this season tie as the fourth-most in a single season in MW history. The 2005 TCU squad holds the all-time record with 24, followed by BYU (21 in 2001) and Air Force (20 in 2009). The Bulldogs' 324 interception return yards in 2012 rank fourth on the league's single-season chart. UNLV holds the record with 352 INT return yards in 2001, followed by Utah (335 in 2008) and BYU (329 in 2001).

TRIO OF MW QUARTERBACKS RANK IN TOP 25 FOR TOTAL OFFENSE
The Mountain West is one of six leagues (Big 12, MAC, Pac-12, SEC, WAC) in the FBS with at least three players on the NCAA's top 25 list for total offense. Nevada sophomore QB Cody Fajardo ranks 10th nationally, averaging 323.11 total yards per game, including 243.8 passing yards and 79.3 rushing yards. Fresno State junior QB Derek Carr ranks 17th with an average of 304.64 total yards per game, including 299.1 passing yards and 5.5 rushing yards. Wyoming sophomore signal caller Brett Smith is averaging 299.00 total yards per game, including 270.6 passing yards and 28.4 rushing yards, to rank 21st.

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 3,290 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 1,362 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 3,290/1,362 4,652
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

3,000 PASSING/1,000 RECEIVING/1,000 RUSHING YARDS
With this season's performances by Derek Carr, Davante Adams and Robbie Rouse, Fresno State becomes the fourth MW team ever to combine for a 3,000-passer, 1,000-yard receiver and 1,000-yard rusher in a single season. Below is a look at the teammates who have reached this particular milestone over the 14-year history of the Mountain West:

Year Team Players Yards Total
2012 Fresno State Derek Carr, QB
Davante Adams, WR
Robbie Rouse, RB
3,290
1,027
1,362
5,679
2010 San Diego State Ryan Lindley, QB
Vincent Brown, WR
DeMarco Sampson, WR
Ronnie Hillman, RB
3,554
1,187
1,175
1,304
7,220
2008 BYU Max Hall, QB
Austin Collie, WR
Dennis Pitta, TE
Harvey Unga, RB
3,957
1,538
1,083
1,131
7,710
2007 New Mexico Donovan Porterie, QB
Travis Brown, WR
Marcus Smith, WR
Rodney Ferguson, RB
3,006
1,031
1,125
1,177
6,339

NEVADA'S JEFFERSON FIRST IN FBS TO 1,400 RUSHING YARDS
With 1,436 yards across 10 games in 2012, Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson became the first player in the FBS this season with at least 1,400 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 146 yards shy of the Mountain West's junior class single-season record of 1,582 rushing yards (BYU's Luke Staley, 2001) and 275 yards from the MW's overall single-season record of 1,711 (SDSU's Ronnie Hillman, 2011).

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 marked the first 300-yard performance in the FBS in 2012, and ranks second in a single-game this season after Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey collected 366 yards at Colorado on Nov. 10. 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 4,519 career rushing yards, which is the second-highest among active players in the FBS. He joins Wisconsin's Montee Ball as the fourth active player in the country to reach the 4,500-yard benchmark.

NCAA ACTIVE CAREER RUSHING LEADERS
Rk. Player, Cl., Team Yards Career 100-Yard Games
1. Montee Ball, Sr., Wisconsin 4,536 22
2. Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State 4,519 20
3. Montel Harris, Sr., Temple* 4,332 25
4. Denard Robinson, Sr., Michigan (QB) 4,175 18
5. Johnathan Franklin, Sr., UCLA 3,939 17
  Zach Line, Sr., SMU 3,939 21
7. Stepfan Taylor, Sr., Stanford 3,831 19
*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 gave up its first three sacks of the year to San Diego State on Saturday, Nov. 10. The Falcons are allowing just .30 sacks per game to rank first nationally. Boise State is tied for 11th nationally (Ball State) with an average of 0.80 sacks allowed per game, while New Mexico ranks 17th, allowing 1.09 sacks per game. Nevada rounds out the group with a 1.30 sacks-allowed average to tie for 25th (Arkansas State, Central Michigan, Miami) in the FBS.

SIX MW TEAMS HAVE 11 OR MORE FUMBLE RECOVERIES IN 2012
Six Mountain West teams rank in the top 25 nationally for fumble recoveries, led by Boise State, which is tied for second nationally (Louisiana Tech) with 15 fumble recoveries this season. New Mexico is tied for fourth in the FBS, as the Lobos are one of three teams (Maryland, San Jose State) with 14 fumble recoveries on the year. Colorado State is one of 13 squads with 12 fumble recoveries to tie for 11th nationally, while Fresno State, San Diego State and Wyoming are three of 10 teams with 11 fumble recoveries apiece to tie for 24th. The Mountain West is the only conference in the FBS to have six teams with 11 or more fumble recoveries in 2012.

WEEK 11 SEES RECORD DAY FOR FUMBLE RETURNS FOR TDS
Mountain West teams combined for five fumble returns for TDs on Saturday, Nov. 10, including one apiece by Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence, Colorado State's Shaq Bell, Fresno State's Travis Brown and Tyeler Davison and San Diego State's Everett Beed. That sets a new league record for most in a single day of action. The previous single-day record of three was accomplished on both Sept. 12, 2009 and Oct. 4, 2003.

Overall, MW players have scored 12 fumble recovery TDs this season, tying the league record originally set in 2003.

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 335.30 rushing yards per game, followed by New Mexico with 311.55 (fifth) and Nevada with 253.50 (ninth) rushing yards, respectively.

Six Mountain West players rank among the top 35 of the nation's leading rushers, including three in the top 10, 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 143.60 yards per game. New Mexico's Kasey Carrier has a 126.50 average to rank seventh nationally, while Fresno State's Robbie Rouse averages 123.82 rushing yards per game to rank 10th. Air Force's Cody Getz ranks 18th nationally at 111.78 rushing yards per game, UNLV's Tim Cornett ranks 28th at 104.00 yards per game and San Diego State's Adam Muema is 35th with 100.00 yards per game.

The Mountain West is one of two FBS conferences (MAC) with at least six of the nation's top 35 rushers this season. The MW is also one of two leagues (Pac-12) with three of the top 10 rushers in the FBS and one of two 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 (8), UNLV's Cornett (8), Nevada's Jefferson (7), New Mexico's Carrier (6), Air Force's Getz (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. Rouse and Cornett's eight 100-yard rushing games apiece tie Utah's Dameon Hunter (2002) for fifth-most in a single season. The MW single-season record of nine 100-yard rushing games is shared by four players (BYU's Luke Staley-2001; Colorado State's Cecil Sapp-2002; New Mexico's DonTrell Moore-2003 and San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman-2011).

100-YARD PERFORMANCES IN 2012 BY MOUNTAIN WEST'S LEADING RUSHERS
Yards Player, Cl., Team Opponent Date
123
115
144
135
124
120
102
261
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
Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State
vs. Weber State
at Oregon
vs. Colorado
at Tulsa
at Colorado State
at New Mexico
vs. Hawai`i
at Nevada
Sept. 1
Sept. 8
Sept. 15
Sept. 22
Oct. 6
Oct. 27
Nov. 3
Nov. 10
137
141
114
111
129
127
107
102
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
Tim Cornett, Jr., UNLV
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
vs. New Mexico
at Colorado State
Aug. 30
Sept. 8
Sept. 22
Oct. 6
Oct. 13
Oct. 27
Nov. 3
Nov. 10
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
129
191
161
338
136
109
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
Kasey Carrier, Jr., New Mexico
at New Mexico State
vs. Texas State
at Hawai`i
at Air Force
vs. Fresno State
vs. Wyoming
Sept. 22
Oct. 6
Oct. 13
Oct. 20
Oct. 27
Nov. 10
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
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

THIRD DOWN'S A CHARM
Three Mountain West teams rank in the top 15 nationally for third-down conversions, led by Nevada, who ranks fifth in the FBS with a 52.36 success rate (78-of-149) on third downs. Air Force is eighth in the country, converting on 51.77 percent (73-of-141), and San Diego State ranks 13th with an average of 49.68 (77-of-155). The MW is of one of two FBS leagues (Big 12) with three of the country's top 15 in third-down conversions.

RETURNS ON INVESTMENT
The Mountain West is one of two FBS conferences (C-USA) with two of the nation's top 10 kickoff returners in 2012, as well as one of six leagues (ACC, Big 12, C-USA, Pac-12, Sun Belt) with at least three of the nation's top 30 kickoff returners in 2012. Hawai`i's Mike Edwards ranks seventh nationally with 31.05 yards per return, while New Mexico's Chase Clayton ranks 10th nationally with 30.25 yards per return and San Diego State's Colin Lockett is 27th with 26.19 yards per return.

The Mountain West has logged seven 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 seven 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 Edwards returned his third kickoff for a touchdown of the season and second 100-yarder of the year in the first quarter of Hawai`i's game vs. Boise State on Saturday, Nov. 10. His 100-yarder is the third in the Mountain West this season, after he accomplished the feat on Oct. 13 and San Diego State's Lockett did so on Nov. 3. Overall, there have been 10 100-yard kickoff returns since the MW's inception in 1999.

Edwards, Lockett and New Mexico's Chase Clayton 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. Edwards' three kickoff return touchdowns also established a MW single-season record, eclipsing the previous mark held by Clayton (2012), Lockett (2012), TCU's Greg McCoy (2011) and Cory Rodgers (2005). This year marks the first since the league's inception that three MW players have recorded multiple kickoff return touchdowns in the same season.

Edwards is also now tied with McCoy and San Diego State's Lockett for most kick return TDs in a career (three). His performance marked the 10th 100-yard return in MW history and tied the MW overall and junior class records for longest return. Edwards is one of two MW players (Air Force's Jonathan Warzeka in 2009 and 2010) to register two 100-yard kick return TDs, and the only player to do so in a single season.

Edwards has 1,180 kick return yards in 2012, which sets a new MW single-season record. The previous mark of 1,165 kick return yards was held by UNLV's Deante' Purvis (2009). Edwards has amassed that total on 38 kick returns this season, which ranks as the third-most in MW history. Purvis holds the top two spots with 41 kick returns in 2011 and a league-record 50 in 2009.

Overall, Hawai`i has three kick return touchdowns in 2012, tying the 2005 TCU squad for most kick return touchdowns by a MW team in a single season. Two of those kick return TDs have come in Conference play, which establishes a new MW single-season record. The previous record of one was accomplished by several teams, most recently by San Diego State, TCU and UNLV in 2011.

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 the only conference in the country with three players in the top 10 of the NCAA's active career leaders list for kickoff return yards per game, as well as the only league with four players in the top 20. Hawai`i's Mike Edwards leads all active players with 103.0 kick return yards per game, while Fresno State's Isaiah Burse is fourth with a 73.1 average. Nevada's Kendall Brock ranks 8th nationally (61.8), while UNLV's Marcus Sullivan ranks 20th (61.1).

FRESHMEN PHENOMS
UNLV QB Nick Sherry is third among all freshmen in the FBS in total passing yards (2,378) and fifth in passing yards per game (216.18). Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M leads all freshmen in both categories (2,780 total passing yards and 278.00 passing yards per game) and UCLA's Brett Hundley is second in both sets of stats (2,739 total passing yards and 273.90 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. Nick Sherry, UNLV 2,378 2012
6. Jake Heaps, BYU 2,316 2010

Fresno State WR Devante Adams ranks 19th in the nation, leads the MW and all freshmen in the FBS with an average of 93.36 receiving yards per game. Adams set a new MW record for most receiving yards by a freshman and is the first freshman in league history to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark. Below is a look at the MW's all-time freshmen receiving leaders:

Rk. Player, Team Receiving Yards Season
1. Davante Adams, Fresno State 1,027 2012
2. Ryan Wolfe, UNLV 911 2006
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 25th 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 11

  • Of the Mountain West's 38 touchdowns in Week 11, 16 were scored on the ground, 14 were passing TDs, seven were defensive scores and one came from special teams. MW teams combined for five fumble recovery TDs on Saturday, Nov. 10, while Colorado State's Shaquil Barrett and Fresno State's Derron Smith each collected an interception return touchdown in their respective contests. Hawai`i's Mike Edwards set school and Mountain West single-season with his third kickoff return for a touchdown this year, a 100-yarder in the first quarter against then-No. 24 Boise State. Edwards' three kick return TDs also established a new Warrior career record and ties the MW all-time mark, originally set by TCU's Greg McCoy from 2008-2011.

  • Fresno State's three defensive touchdowns at Nevada ties for the most in a single game in program history. The last time the Bulldogs scored three defensive TDs was on Sept. 5, 2004, when Fresno State returned two picks to the end zone and returned one fumble to score at Washington. The 'Dogs have scored seven defensive touchdowns in 2012.

  • Boise State has had at least five non-offensive touchdowns in each of the last five seasons.

  • Two MW squads, including Air Force and Boise State, scored on the opening drive of their respective games. Boise State scored on its opening drive for the third time this season, including touchdowns in the opening possession of three straight contests. Air Force scored on its opening drive for the third straight week and for the sixth time this season.

  • Two Mountain teams gained at least 500 total offensive yards last week, led by New Mexico, which totaled 551 yards against Wyoming. The Lobos broke the 500-yard mark for the first time this season, and its 551 yards are the most since UNM tallied 528 yards vs. Sam Houston State on Sept. 24, 2011. Fresno State racked up 500 total yards at Nevada, marking the second time in three games (600 at New Mexico, Oct. 27) and fifth time this season that Bulldogs reached the 500-yard mark.

  • Four MW teams tallied at least 200 yards on the ground in Week 11, led by New Mexico with 396 rushing yards vs. Wyoming. The Lobos have rushed for 300 or more yards in eight straight games and nine times overall this season, tying the 1971 squad for the most 300-yard rushing performances in a single season. Air Force collected 320 yards on the ground at San Diego State, while Fresno State totaled 280 rushing yards at Nevada. Colorado State rounded out the group with 231 rushing yards against UNLV, the most by the Rams since collecting 263 rushing yards vs. Wyoming on Dec. 3, 2011.

  • Six MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 10, led by Fresno State's Robbie Rouse with 261 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries at Nevada. Rouse has reached the 100-yard mark in 19 career contests, including eight in 2012. Rouse has a school-record three 200-yard rushing games in his career. New Mexico quarterback Cole Gautsche tallied a career-best 149 yards on 17 carries against Wyoming, while Colorado State's Donnell Alexander picked up a career-high 139 yards and two TDs on 21 carries against UNLV, marking the highest output by a Ram since Dec. 3, 2011, when Raymond Carter rushed 29 times for 158 yards vs. Wyoming. UNM's Kasey Carrier netted 109 yards and one touchdown on 32 rushes vs. the Cowboys, moving him into third place on UNM's single-season rushing list with 1,292 yards on the year. San Diego State's Walter Kazee recorded 106 rushing yards on 23 carries vs. Air Force, marking his third 100-yard rushing game of the season and fifth in his career. UNLV's Tim Cornett reached the 100-yard mark in his fifth of the last six games, collecting 102 yards on 20 carries at CSU. He is the first Rebel to have eight 100-yard games in a season since Icky Woods did so in 1987.

  • Four MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 11, led by Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson, who recorded three rushing TDs against Fresno State. Colorado State's Donnell Alexander, Fresno State's Robbie Rouse and San Diego State's Adam Muema each pitched in a pair of rushing TDs in their respective outings.

  • Fresno State's Robbie Rouse scored his 11th and 12th rushing touchdowns of the season at Nevada. He has 37 rushing TDs in his career, which is the second-most in Bulldog history. With one regular-season game and a postseason appearance left on Fresno State's schedule, Rouse needs three to become Fresno State's all-time leader in rushing TDs.

  • San Diego State has recorded multiple rushing TDs in eight outings this season. The Aztecs have at least one rushing touchdown in 19 consecutive games, their longest stretch since a 19-game streak from Nov. 25, 1989 - Oct. 12, 1991.

  • With 95 rushing yards on 19 carries against Fresno State, Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson moved to seventh on the Wolf Pack's single-season rushing list. Jefferson has 1,436 rushing yards in 2012 to move past Vai Taua (2009), B.J. Mitchell (2005) and Luke Lippincott (2007). Jefferson ranks ninth on the Mountain West's single-season rushing chart, passing Utah's Dameon Hunter last week, who had 1,396 rushing yards in 2001.

  • With 268 all-purpose yards at Nevada, Fresno State's Rouse now has 5,253 all-purpose yards. He joins Bernard Berrian as only the second Bulldog in program history to gain over 5,000 career all-purpose yards.

  • Four MW quarterbacks passed for over 209 yards last week, led by Wyoming's Brett Smith, who threw for 374 yards and four touchdowns on 20-of-32 attempts at New Mexico. Fresno State's Derek Carr connected on 17-of-35 passes for 220 yards and two TDs at Nevada, while the Wolf Pack's Cody Fajardo collected 214 passing yards and one touchdown on 21-of-39 throws in the contest. Boise State's Joe Southwick amassed 209 passing yards and three touchdowns on 17-of-29 attempts at Hawai`i.

  • Fresno State's Derek Carr has 3,290 career passing yards. 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.

  • Wyoming sophomore signal caller Brett Smith has passed for more than 200 yards in six outings this season and 13 times in his career. He has also thrown for at least one TD in 19 of 21 career appearances.

  • Four MW quarterbacks connected on multiple touchdown passes in Week 11, led by Wyoming's Brett Smith with four passing TDs for the second straight week. Boise State's Joe Southwick connected on three touchdown passes at Hawai`i to tie his career high, while Fresno State's Derek Carr and New Mexico's Cole Gautsche also recorded a pair of passing touchdowns.

  • Wyoming's Smith has connected on at least three touchdown passes in four appearances this season (five at Idaho, three at Nevada, four vs. Colorado State) and five times in his career.

  • Air Force's Connor Dietz is the Falcons' career leader in pass interception avoidance. The senior has thrown just four picks in 164 career attempts for a percentage of .024. The previous record of .029 was previously set by Mike Thiessen from 1998-2000).

  • Colorado State is one of six FBS schools (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.

  • Four MW players recorded 100-yard receiving efforts on Saturday. Fresno State's Davante Adams collected nine receptions for 120 yards and one touchdown at Nevada, marking his fourth 100-yard receiving game this season to tie for the seventh-most in program history. Wyoming's Dominic Rufran totaled a career-best 116 receiving yards and one TD on six catches at New Mexico, while UNM's Ty Kirk posted 108 receiving yards and one touchdown on four catches. Kirk's 108 yards are the most by a Lobo this season. Boise State's Aaron Burks caught five passes for 107 yards at Hawai`i, becoming the first 100-yard receiver for the Broncos since Tyler Shoemaker had 106 receiving yards against New Mexico on Dec. 3, 2011. Fresno State's Davante Adams caught a 36-yard touchdown pass with 6:27 remaining in the first quarter at Nevada, bringing his season total to 10 touchdown receptions. The redshirt freshman is the seventh Bulldog to catch at least 10 touchdowns in a season and is the first since Jalen Saunders had 12 in the 2011 campaign.

  • After becoming the first team to post multiple sacks against Boise State this season (2 on Nov. 3), San Diego State recorded three quarterback sacks against Air Force. AFA had entered Week 11 as the only team in the FBS that had not given up a sack this season. Dating back to Nov. 12, 2011, the Falcons have not surrendered a sack in 12 of the last 14 games.

  • Three Mountain West squads limited their opponents to under 100 yards rushing yards in Week 11, led by Boise State, which held Hawai`i to -14 yards on the ground, the fewest allowed by the Broncos since holding Wyoming to -21 rushing yards on Sept. 18, 2010. It also marked a record low for the Warriors in the modern era, as the previous record of -12 rushing yards was posted in a 21-16 loss to Alabama on Nov. 30, 2002. New Mexico allowed Wyoming to gain only 55 yards on the ground, marking the fourth game this season that Lobos held an opponent under 100 rushing yards. Colorado State gave up just 98 rushing yards to UNLV to mark the fewest allowed by the Rams since holding Colorado to 58 yards on the ground on Sept. 1.

  • The contest between Air Force and San Diego State featured only 163 combined passing yards between the two squads. SDSU gave up just 73 yards through the air to the Falcons, marking the fewest given up by the Aztecs since limiting Army to 50 passing yards on Sept. 8. Meanwhile, AFA held San Diego State to 90 passing yards, marking the third time in six games the Falcons have held an opponent under 100 yards in the air.

  • Colorado State limited UNLV to 219 total yards, marking the fewest allowed by the Rams since holding Northern Colorado to 216 yards on Sept. 10, 2011.

  • Nine MW teams in action last week recorded at least one sack, including seven squads that recorded multiple sack outings. Boise State registered six sacks at Hawai`i, marking the most by the Broncos since recording six sacks against Georgia on Sept. 3, 2011. Fresno State, New Mexico and San Diego State posted three quarterbacks sacks apiece, while Air Force, Colorado State and Hawai`i each collected a pair of sacks in their respective contests. Nevada and UNLV rounded out the group with one sack each.

  • Three MW players, including Boise State's Tyler Horn and Samuel Ukwuachu and Fresno State's Nikko Motta, each recorded 2.0 sacks in their respective games in Week 11. Horn, Ukwuachu and Motta each recorded career highs with their 2.0 sacks apiece.

  • Boise State has recorded at least one pick in five of its last six outings.

  • Twelve MW players were credited with at least 10 tackles in Week 11. Five players, including Colorado State's Max Morgan, Fresno State's Phillip Thomas, Nevada's Brock Hekking, San Diego State's Nat Berhe and UNLV's John Lotulelei, each tallied 12 total tackles apiece in their respective contests. Another five players posted 11 total tackles, including Nevada's Albert Rosette and the Wyoming quartet of Ghaali Muhammad, Mike Purcell, Chad Reese and Eddie Yarbrough. Air Force's Alex Means and San Diego State's Jake Fely rounded out the group with 10 total tackles apiece.

  • Seven MW players collected at least two tackles for loss last weekend, led by Fresno State's Phillip Thomas with 2.5 TFL at Nevada. Six others recorded a pair of tackles for loss in their respective contests, including Air Force's Joey Nichol and Austin Niklas, Boise State's Tyler Horn, Fresno State's Donavon Lewis and Nikko Motta and New Mexico's Javarie Johnson.

  • Colorado State has forced nine turnovers in its last two home games (five vs. Hawai`i on Oct. 27, four vs. UNLV on Nov. 10).

  • San Diego State forced four Air Force turnovers on Saturday, three of which led to touchdowns. The Aztecs have now scored on 17 of their last 19 forced turnovers (16 TDs, 1 field goal).

  • Opponents have recorded just 40 first-half points against Boise State this season, an average of 4.00 points per game.

  • Boise State's 35-point margin of victory at Hawai`i was the Broncos' largest since blanking New Mexico, 45-0, on Dec. 3, 2011. It also marked BSU's largest margin of victory in a road outing since defeating Colorado State, 63-13, on Oct. 15, 2011.

  • Colorado State's 22-point margin of victory against UNLV is the Ram's largest since defeating New Mexico, 38-14, on Oct. 30, 2010.

  • Colorado State has had a school-record 18 different players score touchdowns in 2012. The Rams are one of just four teams in the nation to have at least 16 players reach the end zone (Marshall and Navy, 17; TCU, 16).

  • Boise State's defense has not allowed an opposing offense to score in the first half in seven of their last eight games. After shutting out five straight opponents (BYU, New Mexico, Southern Miss, Fresno State and UNLV), the Broncos have held its last two without an offensive score. Both San Diego State (Nov. 3) and Hawai`i recorded 100-yard kickoff return touchdowns in the first half of their respective contests against BSU.

  • San Diego State has scored at least 30 points in six of its last nine games and in 12 of the last 16 appearances.

  • Wyoming posted 21 second-quarter points at New Mexico, marking the second straight week that the Cowboys tallied 21 points in a single 15 minutes of play. Wyoming recorded 21 first-quarter points vs. Colorado State on Nov. 3.

  • Colorado State has posted back-to-back home wins for the first time since 2010 (43-10 vs. UNLV on Oct. 16, 38-14 vs. New Mexico on Oct. 30).

  • Fresno State, which closes its home slate on Nov. 24 against Air Force, is the only MW team this season to remain undefeated at home. The Bulldogs hold a 5-0 mark in 2012 home games.

  • San Diego State picked up its 500th win in program history after defeating Air Force, 28-9, on Nov. 10. SDSU is riding a six-game winning streak, its longest stretch in a single-season since winning six straight games from Sept. 28 - Nov. 4, 1995. SDSU has outscored its opponents, 202-107, during the current win streak.

  • SDSU has secured its third consecutive winning season with at least eight wins. The last time the Aztecs posted eight or more wins in three straight campaigns was a six-year stretch from 1972-77.


MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
0 New Mexico's offensive line did not allow a sack for the third contest this season, after accomplishing the feat vs. Boise State on Sept. 29 and against Southern on Sept. 1.
1 New Mexico's Cole Gautsche recorded 155 passing yards against Wyoming, becoming the first Lobo quarterback to throw and run for more than 100 yards since Kole McKamey had 103 rushing yards and 218 passing yards vs. BYU on Oct. 8, 2005.
3 Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson is tied for third among all FBS players with 12.00 points per game this season.
3 Fresno State has forced at least three turnovers in six games this season.
5 The Mountain West is the only league in the FBS with six of the nation's top 20 in first-year starters. Hawai`i leads all teams with 29 first-time starters this season, followed by fellow MW member Air Force with 24. Colorado State is tied for sixth nationally with 18 first-time starters, while Wyoming is tied for 14th nationally with 16 first-year starters. Nevada and San Diego State each have 15 first-time starters to tie for 17th 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 Fresno State is one of two teams in the nation (SMU) with six interception return TDs on the year, while Colorado State and San Diego State are tied for sixth nationally (Arizona State, LSU, Purdue) with three pick sixes apiece.
7 Fresno State's Robbie Rouse has only lost seven fumbles in the 961 times he has touched the ball in his career (860 rushes, 101 receptions).
9 Fresno State has tallied at least one interception in nine consecutive contests.
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).
14 UNLV has 14 quarterback sacks through 11 games, after recording a total of 14 in 2011.
19 New Mexico has 19 quarterback sacks through 11 games, after recording a total of 10 in 2011.
19 Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson has 19 rushing TDs in 2012, which ties San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman (2011) and New Mexico's DonTrell Moore (2003) for third-most in a single season in MW history. BYU's Luke Staley holds the MW record for must rushing TDs in a season with 24, followed by Air Force's Chance Harridge (2002) with 22.
21 Fresno State has posted at least 21 points in the first quarter in three consecutive home games and four of five games at Bulldog Stadium this year.
30 New Mexico has 30 rushing touchdowns on the season, after the Lobos finished the 2011 campaign with 10 rushing TDs total.
31 Mountain West teams have combined for 31 defensive touchdowns in 2012, including 19 interception returns and 12 fumble recoveries.
32 Fresno State's Derek Carr is one of three quarterbacks in the FBS (USC's Matt Barkley, Texas Tech's Seth Doege) to have at least 32 passing touchdowns on the year.
37 With four catches for 40 yards vs. Fresno State on Nov. 10, Nevada's Brandon Wimberly extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 37 straight (all 37 of his career).