Mountain West Football Press Release Week No. 13

Nov. 19, 2012


MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL WEEK 13 SCHEDULE

air force Air Force at Fresno State*
Saturday, Nov. 24 | 12:30 p.m. PT
Bulldog Stadium (41,031) | Fresno, Calif.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Series: AFA - 4-2 | Last meeting: 2000, AFA 37-34
Fresno State
*Conference game.


san diego state San Diego State at Wyoming*
Saturday, Nov. 24 | 1:30 p.m. MT
War Memorial Stadium (29,181) | Laramie, Wyo.
TV: TWCSN / ROOT SPORTS
Series:  WYO - 18-15 | Last meeting: 2011, WYO 30-27
wyoming
*Conference game.


new mexico New Mexico at Colorado State*
Saturday, Nov. 24 | 5 p.m. MT
Hughes Stadium (32,500) | Fort Collins, Colo.
TV: ROOT SPORTS
Series: CSU - 34-25 | Last meeting: 2011, CSU 14-10
colorado state
*Conference game.


unlv UNLV at Hawai`i*
Saturday, Nov. 24 | 6 p.m. HT
Aloha Stadium (50,000) | Honlulu, Hawaii
TV: Oceanic PPV / TWCSN
Series: UH - 13-8 | Last meeting: 2011, UNLV 40-20
Hawai`i
*Conference game.


Boise State Idle: 22/RV Boise State
Next game: Sat., Dec. 1 at Nevada*
Time TBA | ABC or ESPN2
 


Nevada Idle: Nevada
Next game: Sat., Dec. 1 vs. Boise State*
Time TBA | ABC or ESPN2
 

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WEEK 13 AT A GLANCE
Four Mountain West contests are on tap for Saturday, Nov. 24, all of which will be televised nationally. The day's slate kicks off at 12:30 p.m. PT / 1:30 p.m. MT as Air Force visits Fresno State (NBC Sports Network) and San Diego State travels to Wyoming (TWCSN / ROOT SPORTS). In other league action, Colorado State welcomes New Mexico (ROOT SPORTS, 5 p.m. MT) and Hawai`i entertains UNLV (Oceanic PPV / TWCSN, 6 p.m. HT). No. 22 Boise State and Nevada are both idle in Week 13, as the Broncos and Wolf Pack will square off in Reno, Nev., on Saturday, Dec. 1.

COUNTDOWN TO THE MW CHAMPIONSHIP
Three MW teams, including Boise State, Fresno State and San Diego State, enter the final two weeks of the Conference slate atop the standings with identical 6-1 league records. The 2012 season will mark the first time in 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 RE-ENTER BCS STANDINGS; HOLD ON TO RANKINGS IN COACHES', HARRIS POLLS
Boise State begins its bye week re-entering the BCS Standings, coming in at No. 22 this week. The Broncos, who had owned the nation's longest active streak before falling to San Diego State on Nov. 3, have appeared in 41 of the last 43 BCS Standings. A team from the Mountain West has been included in 39 of the last 41 BCS Standings, dating back to Nov. 18, 2007.

Boise State received 243 votes this week in the USA Today/Coaches' Top 25 to remain ranked No. 22. The Broncos have been ranked in 70 of the previous 74 Coaches' polls. BSU also received 426 votes in the Harris Interactive Poll to rank No. 21. 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.

FIVE MW TEAMS BOWL ELIGIBLE FOR EIGHTH STRAIGHT YEAR
Five Mountain West teams, including Boise State (9-2), Fresno State (8-3), San Diego State (8-3), Nevada (7-4) and Air Force (6-5), are bowl-eligible heading into Week 13. The Mountain West has boasted five bowl-eligible teams in each of the past eight seasons and nine 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.

FALCONS ACCEPT BELL HELICOPTER ARMED FORCES BOWL BID
Upon conclusion of its 21-7 victory over Hawai`i, Air Force accepted a bid to play in the 2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The Falcons will be making a school-record sixth-straight postseason appearance, and their fourth trip in six years to the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (2007-09). Air Force will face a Conference USA opponent on Saturday, Dec. 29 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. Kickoff is slated for 10:45 a.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.

SIX 1,000-YARD RUSHERS FOR FIRST TIME IN MW HISTORY
For the first time in Conference history, six Mountain West players have eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark, including Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson (1,564), New Mexico's Kasey Carrier (1,410), Fresno State's Robbie Rouse (1,362), UNLV's Tim Cornett (1,200), Air Force's Cody Getz (1,131) and San Diego State's Adam Muema (1,100). The 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
The Mountain West has recorded a league-record 19 interception return touchdowns on the year. The previous high of 17 pick sixes 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 36 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 has won 78 games 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 11 on the NCAA's single-game scoring chart this season, including Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson (T1st), Boise State's D.J. Harper (10th), Fresno State's Robbie Rouse (T11th) and New Mexico's Kasey Carrier (T11th). 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 MW and rank third nationally in total 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 20 FOR TOTAL OFFENSE
The Mountain West is one of three leagues (Big 12, WAC) in the FBS with at least three players on the NCAA's top 20 list for total offense. Nevada sophomore QB Cody Fajardo ranks 10th nationally, averaging 322.70 total yards per game, including 232.7 passing yards and 90.0 rushing yards. Fellow sophomore signal caller Brett Smith is averaging 310.00 total yards per game for Wyoming, including 286.3 passing yards and 23.7 rushing yards, to rank 16th. Fresno State junior QB Derek Carr ranks 18th with an average of 304.64 total yards per game, including 299.1 passing yards and 5.5 rushing yards.

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 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

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 is one of three active players in the FBS (Wisconsin's Montee Ball, Temple's Montel Harris) 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 4,727 23
2. Montel Harris, Sr., Temple* 4,683 26
3. Robbie Rouse, Sr., Fresno State 4,519 20
4. Denard Robinson, Sr., Michigan 4,273 18
5. Johnathan Franklin, Sr., UCLA 4,110 17
6. Zach Line, Sr., SMU 4,033 21
7. Stepfan Taylor, Sr., Stanford 3,992 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.

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 335.55 rushing yards per game, followed by New Mexico with 314.92 (fourth) and Nevada with 263.00 (seventh) rushing yards, respectively.

Six Mountain West players rank among the top 35 of the nation's leading rushers, including two in the top 10, three in the top 15 and four in the top 20. The group is led by Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson, who ranks second on the NCAA's rushing chart this year with 142.18 yards per game. New Mexico's Kasey Carrier has a 128.18 average to rank eighth nationally, while Fresno State's Robbie Rouse averages 123.82 rushing yards per game to rank 11th. Air Force's Cody Getz ranks 16th nationally at 113.10 rushing yards per game and UNLV's Tim Cornett and San Diego State's Adam Muema are tied for 31st with 100.00 yards per game each. The Mountain West is one of two FBS conferences (MAC) with at least six of the nation's top 35 rushers this season.

Seven MW players have recorded at least five 100-yard rushing games in 2012, including Fresno State's Rouse (8), Nevada's Jefferson (8), UNLV's Cornett (8), New Mexico's Carrier (7), Air Force's Getz (6), Boise State's D.J. Harper (5) and San Diego State's Muema (5). That marks the first time in league history that seven players have topped the century mark in rushing yardage in at least five games 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
147
135
247
170
178
185
108
128
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
Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., Nevada
at California
vs. South Florida
vs. Northwestern State
at Hawai`i
at Texas State
at UNLV
vs. San Diego State
at New Mexico
Sept. 1
Sept. 8
Sept. 15
Sept. 22
Sept. 29
Oct. 13
Oct. 20
Nov. 17
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
129
191
161
338
136
109
145
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
Kasey Carrier, Jr., New Mexico
at New Mexico State
vs. Texas State
at Hawai`i
at Air Force
vs. Fresno State
vs. Wyoming
vs. Nevada
Sept. 22
Oct. 6
Oct. 13
Oct. 20
Oct. 27
Nov. 10
Nov. 17
218
130
113
222
204
125
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
Cody Getz, Sr., Air Force
vs. Idaho State
at Michigan
at UNLV
vs. Colorado State
vs. Navy
vs. Hawai`i
Sept. 1
Sept. 8
Sept. 22
Sept. 29
Oct. 6
Nov. 16
162
112
122
105
107
D.J. Harper, Sr., Boise State
D.J. Harper, Sr., Boise State
D.J. Harper, Sr., Boise State
D.J. Harper, Sr., Boise State
D.J. Harper, Sr., Boise State
vs. Miami (Ohio)
vs. BYU
vs. Fresno State
at Wyoming
vs. Colorado State
Sept. 15
Sept. 20
Oct. 13
Oct. 17
Nov. 17
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

NEVADA'S JEFFERSON RUSHING UP THE CHARTS
Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson carried the ball 23 times for 108 yards last week at New Mexico to vault into the top five in several MW single-season rushing lists:

MOST RUSHING ATTEMPTS IN A SINGLE-SEASON
Rk. Player, Cl., Team Rushing Attempts Season
1. Cecil Sapp, Sr., Colorado State 347 2002
2. Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., Nevada 313 2012
3. Ronnie Hillman, So., San Diego State 311 2011
  Larry Ned, Sr., San Diego State 311 2001
5. Gartrell Johnson, Sr., Colorado State 292 2007

MOST RUSHING YARDS IN A SINGLE-SEASON
Rk. Player, Cl., Team Rushing Yards Season
1. Ronnie Hillman, So., San Diego State 1,711 2011
2. Cecil Sapp, Sr., Colorado State 1,601 2002
3. Luke Staley, Jr., BYU 1,582 2001
4. Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., Nevada 1,564 2012
5. Larry Ned, Sr., San Diego State 1,549 2001

MOST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS IN A SINGLE-SEASON
Rk. Player, Cl., Team Rushing TDs Season
1. Luke Staley, Jr., RB, BYU 24 2001
2. Chance Harridge, Jr., QB, Air Force 22 2002
3. Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., RB, Nevada 20 2012
4. Ronnie Hillman, So., RB, San Diego State 19 2011
  DonTrell Moore, So., RB, New Mexico 19 2003

Jefferson is one of three players in the FBS this season (Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey, Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch) with at least 1,500 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 also moved into third place on the league's all-time list for most all-purpose yardage by a junior. He sits 373 yards shy of the MW junior class record held by BYU's Austin Collie (2,112 yards in 2008):

MOST ALL-PURPOSE YARDS BY A JUNIOR
Rk. Player, Team All-Purpose Yards Season
1. Austin Collie, BYU 2,112 2008
2. Luke Staley, BYU 2,018 2001
3. Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada 1,739 2012
4. Jovon Bouknight, Wyoming 1,680 2004
5. Dominique Dorsey, UNLV 1,638 2004

WYOMING'S SMITH MAKING THE CONNECTION
Wyoming's Brett Smith has not thrown an interception in four consecutive games. Overall, the sophomore QB has not been picked off in 139 consecutive pass attempts dating back to Oct. 20, 2012, a streak that ranks as the fifth-best in Mountain West history. Below is a look at the top five streaks in MW history for consecutive pass attempts without an interception:

CONSECUTIVE PASS ATTEMPTS WITHOUT AN INTERCEPTION
Rk. Player, Cl., Team No. Dates
1. Casey Bramlet, Wyoming 178 8/30/03 to 9/27/03
2. Omar Clayton, UNLV 173 10/27/07 to 9/27/08
3. Charlie Peterson, BYU 164 9/14/00 to 10/26/00
4. Jeff Ballard, TCU 154 10/28/06 to 12/19/06
5. Brett Smith, Wyoming 139 10/20/12 to Present

NEVADA'S FAJARDO HITS 3,000 MARK IN TOTAL YARDAGE
Nevada's Cody Fajardo finished with 319 yards of total offense last week at New Mexico, becoming the fifth sophomore quarterback in MW history to go over 3,000 yards of total offense in a single season with 3,227. He currently ranks third on the league's all-time list for most yards of total offense by a sophomore:

MOST TOTAL YARDS OFFENSE BY A SOPHOMORE
Rk. Player, Team Total Yards Season
1. Max Hall, QB, BYU 3,862 2007
2. Brian Johnson, QB, Utah 3,370 2005
3. Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada 3,227 2012
4. Casey Bramlet, QB, Wyoming 3,088 2001
5. Kevin O'Connell, QB, San Diego State 3,065 2005

RETURNS ON INVESTMENT
The Mountain West is one of four FBS conferences (ACC, Big 12, C-USA) with at least three of the nation's top 25 kickoff returners in 2012. Hawai`i's Mike Edwards ranks eighth nationally with 30.46 yards per return, while New Mexico's Chase Clayton ranks 14th nationally with 28.94 yards per return and San Diego State's Colin Lockett is 25th 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.

Edwards, Lockett and New Mexico's Chase Clayton are three of 10 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). 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. Overall, he has 1,188 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).

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.

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 15. Hawai`i's Mike Edwards leads all active players with 98.9 kick return yards per game, while Fresno State's Isaiah Burse is fourth with a 73.1 average. UNLV's Marcus Sullivan ranks ninth nationally (61.3), while Nevada's Kendall Brock ranks 12th (60.6).

ATTACKING THE SACK
The Mountain West is one of two leagues (Sun Belt) with three teams ranked in the top 15 nationally for fewest sacks allowed. The MW is led by Air Force, which is allowing just .27 sacks per game to rank first nationally. Boise State is tied for ninth nationally (Ball State, Louisiana Tech) with an average of 0.73 sacks allowed per game, while New Mexico rounds out the group with a 1.00 sacks-allowed average to tie for 14th (Georgia Tech, Michigan, North Carolina) in the FBS.

SEVEN MW TEAMS HAVE 11+ FUMBLE RECOVERIES IN 2012
Seven Mountain West teams rank in the top 35 nationally for fumble recoveries, led by Boise State, which is tied for first nationally (Missouri, San Jose State) with 16 fumble recoveries this season. Colorado State and New Mexico are two of five teams (Georgia, Memphis, Rice) tied for seventh in the FBS with 14 fumble recoveries apiece on the year. Wyoming is one of 12 squads with 12 fumble recoveries to tie for 21st nationally, while Fresno State, Nevada and San Diego State are three of 13 teams with 11 fumble recoveries apiece to tie for 33rd. The Mountain West is one of two conferences in the FBS (Pac-12) to have at least seven teams with 11 or more fumble recoveries in 2012.

THIRD DOWN'S A CHARM
Three Mountain West teams rank in the top 10 nationally for third-down conversions, led by Nevada, who ranks sixth in the FBS with a 52.73 success rate (87-of-165). Air Force is seventh in the country, converting on 52.53 percent (83-of-158), and San Diego State ranks 10th with an average of 49.68 (77-of-155). The MW is the only league in the FBS with three of the country's top 10 teams in third-down conversions.

FRESHMEN PHENOMS
UNLV QB Nick Sherry is fourth among all freshmen in the FBS in total passing yards (2,378) and passing yards per game (216.18). Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M leads all freshmen in both categories (3,047 total passing yards and 277.00 passing yards per game) and UCLA's Brett Hundley is second in both sets of stats (2,973 total passing yards and 270.27 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 37th 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 12

  • Of the Mountain West's 26 touchdowns in Week 12, 13 were scored on the ground and another 12 were passing TDs. UNLV's Tim Hasson blocked a field goal in the first quarter that was picked up by Sidney Hodge and returned for a game-tying touchdown. It marked the first time in school history that UNLV returned a blocked field goal for a TD. It also was the first time that Wyoming allowed a blocked field goal for a touchdown since a Nov. 6, 1999, meeting vs. Utah.

  • Five MW squads, including Boise State, Hawai`i, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming, recorded touchdowns on the opening drive of their respective games last week. Boise State scored on its opening drive for the fourth time this season, including touchdowns in the opening possession of four straight contests. Hawai`i and Nevada each posted points on an opening drive for the first time this season. The last time the Warriors scored on an opening drive was en route to a 35-23 victory over Tulane on Nov. 26, 2011. The Wolf Pack last recorded points on an opening possession in the form of a field goal against Fresno State on Oct. 22, 2011. New Mexico has posted points on its opening possession in seven contests this season, after scoring on its first offensive possession just once in 2011. Wyoming has scored a touchdown on its opening possession in two of its last three games and four times overall this season.

  • Two Mountain teams gained at least 500 total offensive yards last week, led by Wyoming, which totaled 507 yards at UNLV. The Cowboys broke the 500-yard mark for the second time this season, after gaining 526 yards vs. Toledo on Sept. 8. Boise State racked up 503 total yards vs. Colorado State, marking the third time this season (599 vs. Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 15; 514 at New Mexico on Sept. 29) that the Broncos reached the 500-yard mark.

  • Four MW teams tallied at least 269 yards on the ground in Week 12, led by Nevada with 358 rushing yards at New Mexico. Nevada has notched three 300-yard rushing outings this season, including two with 350 yards or more on the ground. New Mexico collected 352 yards against the Wolf Pack. The Lobos have rushed for 300 or more yards in nine straight games and 10 times this season, marking the most 300-yard rushing performances in a single season for the program. Air Force totaled 338 yards on the ground vs. Hawai`i. The Falcons have reached the 300-yard rushing mark in back-to-back contests and seven times in 2012. Boise State rounded out the group with 269 rushing yards against Colorado State, the most by the Broncos since collecting 295 rushing yards vs. Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 15.

  • Six MW players ran for at least 100 yards in Week 12, led by Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo with a career-high 186 yards on 20 carries at New Mexico. UNM's Kasey Carrier netted 145 yards on 18 rushes against the Wolf Pack, moving him into second place on UNM's single-season rushing list with 1,410 yards on the year. Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson tallied 128 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries, marking his eighth 100-yard performance of the season. Air Force's Cody Getz picked up 125 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, marking his sixth 100-yard game of the season to tie as the third-most by a Falcon player. Getz's six 100-yard outings are the most since Chad Hall had six in 2007. Colorado State's Chris Nwoke recorded 119 rushing yards and a TD on 10 carries at No. 22 Boise State, marking his fifth career 100-yard performance. BSU's D.J. Harper collected 107 yards and two TDs on 10 carries against the Rams, notching his ninth-career 100-yard rushing game and fifth of the season.

  • Fajardo's 186 rushing yards at New Mexico marked the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game since Air Force's Keith Boyea ran for 188 yards at Colorado State on Nov. 8, 2001. Boyea holds the MW single-game record for most rushing yards by a quarterback with 196 (Oct. 13, 2001 vs. Wyoming). With 900 rushing yards in 2012, Nevada's Fajardo sits just 100 yards shy of becoming the third quarterback in MW history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. Boyea (1,216 in 2001) and fellow Falcon Chance Harridge (1,229 yards in 2002) are the only two quarterbacks in MW history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.

  • Three MW players tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in Week 12, including Air Force's Wes Cobb, Boise State's D.J. Harper and New Mexico's Cole Gautsche with a pair of rushing TDs apiece. Cobb recorded his second multiple-touchdown game of the season, after scoring three rushing TDs vs. New Mexico on Oct. 20. Harper's two TDs vs. Colorado State brought his career total to 38 to move past Cedric Minter (37; 1977-80) for fourth on the Broncos' career rushing touchdown list. Gautsche has reached the end zone seven times this season.

  • Colorado State's Chris Nwoke had a career-long 72-yard touchdown run in the third quarter at Boise State, which tied for the eighth-longest scoring run in Ram history, and the longest by a CSU player since Gartrell Johnson had a 77-yarder against Fresno State in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl.

  • New Mexico has 33 rushing touchdowns on the season, after the Lobos finished the 2011 campaign with 10 rushing TDs total. The Lobos' 33 rushing TDs ties the 1970 squad for second on the program's single-season list.

  • Fresno State's Robbie Rouse 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 128 rushing yards on 23 carries at New Mexico, Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson moved to fifth on the Wolf Pack's single-season rushing list. Jefferson has 1,564 rushing yards in 2012 to move past Frank Hawkins (1978) and Vai Taua (2008). Jefferson ranks fourth on the Mountain West's single-season rushing chart, passing San Diego State's Larry Ned (1,549 in 2001) and Ronnie Hillman (1,532 in 2010).

  • With a one-yard plunge in the first half at New Mexico, Nevada's Jefferson tied the Wolf Pack's single-season rushing record of 20 touchdowns that was originally set by quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2010. The score marked Jefferson's 21st of the season (one receiving), and he is one short from tying the overall TD record of 22, set by Vai Taua in 2010.

  • With 268 all-purpose yards at Nevada on Saturday, Nov. 10, 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.

  • Three MW quarterbacks passed for over 216 yards last week, led by Wyoming's Brett Smith, who threw for a career-high 412 yards and three touchdowns on 25-of-33 attempts at UNLV. The sophomore had 347 passing yards at halftime, and his final total of 412 marked the 11th time in Cowboy history that a quarterback reached the 400-yard mark in a single-game. Rebel QB Caleb Herring, who had seen nearly all of his playing time at receiver this season, started under center for the first time since Nov. 26, 2011. The junior connected on 22-of-36 passes for a career-best 268 yards and two TDs against the Cowboys, while Boise State's Joe Southwick collected 216 passing yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-20 attempts vs. Colorado State.

  • Wyoming sophomore signal caller Brett Smith has passed for more than 200 yards in seven outings this season and 14 times in his career. He has also thrown for at least one TD in 20 of 22 career appearances.

  • Wyoming's Smith now has 5,199 career passing yards in two seasons. He is just the seventh Cowboy QB to pass for 5,000 or more yards.

  • With 133 passing yards at New Mexico, Nevada sophomore QB Cody Fajardo went over the 4,000-yard mark in career passing yards. He has amassed 4,034 passing yards in less than two seasons for the Wolf Pack.

  • 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.

  • Four MW quarterbacks connected on multiple touchdown passes in Week 12, led by Nevada's Cody Fajardo and Wyoming's Brett Smith with three passing TDs apiece. Boise State's Joe Southwick and UNLV's Caleb Herring also recorded a pair of passing touchdowns.

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

  • Two MW players, including Nevada's Brandon Wimberly and Wyoming's Chris McNeill each recorded two receiving touchdowns in their respective outings. Wimberly has notched two multiple-touchdown games (vs. San Diego State on Oct. 20) and has four TDs on the year. McNeill also has two multiple-touchdown performances and is now tied for ninth in Cowboy history with 12 career receiving TDs.

  • Fresno State's Davante Adams has collected 10 touchdown receptions in his first collegiate campaign. 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.

  • Boise State was successful on 5-of-6 (.833) tries in the red zone against Colorado State. In the last seven games, the Broncos have converted on 30-of-32 (.909) red-zone opportunities.

  • Two Mountain West squads limited their opponents to 95 rushing yards or less in Week 12. Air Force held Hawai`i to 37 yards on the ground, the fewest allowed by the Falcons since holding San Diego State to 35 rushing yards on Oct. 11, 2008. UNLV allowed Wyoming to gain only 95 yards on the ground, marking the third game this season that the Rebels held an opponent under 100 rushing yards (83 by Washington State on Sept. 14; 91 by Northern Arizona on Sept. 8).

  • Two MW teams totaled zero passing yards in their respective Week 12 contests. New Mexico quarterback Cole Gautsche went 0-for-2 in passing attempts against Nevada. It was the first time UNM did not record any passing yards since Sept. 26, 1964 when the Lobos also completed 0-of-2 passes against Montana. It also marked the first time since Nevada became a FBS program (1992) that the Wolf Pack did not allow an opponent to gain passing yardage. Air Force did not attempt a pass vs. Hawai`i, marking the first time since Sept. 19, 1992 vs. Wyoming that the Falcons went an entire game without a passing attempt. It also marked the fifth time in school history AFA did not attempt a pass (Oct. 19, 1960 vs. George Washington, 1960; Nov. 7, 1964 at UCLA; Nov. 17, 1984 at UTEP, 1984). Nevada and Hawai`i's defensive efforts helped tie for the second-fewest yards allowed in a single game in MW history. The record of -1 passing yards allowed was accomplished by Wyoming on Nov. 12, 2011 at Air Force.

  • Air Force's zero passing yards are the fewest by a Hawai`i opponent since the Warriors limited Ohio to four yards in the air on Sept. 7, 1996.

  • Three Mountain West teams rank in the top 15 nationally in pass defense. Boise State leads all MW teams, as the Broncos are allowing just 159.82 yards per game to rank third among all FBS teams. Fresno State ranks sixth nationally at 172.55 yards allowed per game, while Air Force is 12th at 178.55 yards allowed per game. The MW is one of three FBS leagues (SEC, Big Ten) with at least three of the top 15 pass defenses in the country.

  • The Mountain West is the only FBS league with multiple teams in the top five for pass efficiency defense. Boise State is fourth with a rating of 98.01, followed by Fresno State, which is fifth at 99.81.

  • Air Force limited Hawai`i to 162 total yards, marking the fewest allowed by the Falcons since holding Nicholls State to 151 yards on Sept. 5, 2009.

  • Six MW teams in action last week recorded at least one sack, including five squads that recorded multiple sack outings. Air Force registered four sacks against Hawai`i, while Boise State, UNLV and Wyoming posted three quarterbacks sacks apiece. New Mexico collected a pair of sacks vs. Nevada, and Hawai`i rounded out the group with one sack at Air Force. Boise State has recorded at least one pick in six of its last seven outings.

  • Seven MW players were credited with at least 10 tackles in Week 12, led by Nevada's Albert Rosette with 15 total tackles (eight solo) at New Mexico. Five players, including Colorado State's Max Morgan, Hawai`i's Paipai Falemalu and Marrell Jackson, and New Mexico's Matt Raymer and Freddy Young, each tallied 12 total tackles apiece in their respective contests. Hawai`i's Art Laurel rounded out the group with 10 stops at Air Force.

  • Three Mountain West teams rank in the top 20 nationally in turnover margin, led by Boise State, which ranks third with a 1.55 turnover margin in 11 games played. Fresno State ranks fifth in the FBS with a margin of 1.36, while New Mexico is 17th at 0.83. The MW is the only conference with two of the top five teams in turnover margin and one of two leagues (SEC) with at least three teams in the top 20.

  • Colorado State has forced nine turnovers in its previous 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 Nov. 10, three of which led to touchdowns. The Aztecs have now scored on 17 of their last 19 forced turnovers (16 TDs, 1 field goal).

  • Nevada's Khalid Wooten is averaging 16.36 yards per punt return to rank third among all FBS players this season.

  • BSU entered the locker room against Colorado State with a 35-0 advantage, marking its largest halftime lead since being up 37-0 at the half at Fresno State on Oct. 7, 2011.

  • Boise State's defense has not allowed an opposing offense to score in the first half in eight of their last nine games. The Broncos have posted first-half shutouts in six outings this year (vs. BYU, at New Mexico, at Southern Miss, vs. Fresno State, vs. UNLV, vs. Colorado State). Opponents have recorded just 40 first-half points against Boise State this season, an average of 3.64 points per game.

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

  • 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 Saturday, 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.

  • 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.

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


MW FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
3 Fresno State has forced at least three turnovers in six games this season.
4 Colorado State has four defensive scores this season, all coming in its last two home games. The Rams' four defensive TDs are the most by the squad since 2007.
4 Boise State gave up just 72 passing yards to Colorado State, marking the fourth game this season that the Broncos held an opponent to fewer than 100 yards in the air.
5 Boise State has had at least five non-offensive touchdowns in each of the last five seasons.
6 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 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).
13 MW players have scored 13 fumble recovery TDs this season, establishing a new league record. The previous high of 12 fumble returns for touchdowns was set during the 2003 campaign.
16 Boise State's J.C. Percy forced a Colorado State fumble in the third quarter, which was recovered by teammate Tyler Horn to bring the Broncos' season total to 16 fumble recoveries. BSU is tied with Missouri and San Jose State for first among all FBS teams in in fumble recoveries.
18 Colorado State and Fresno State are two of three teams in the FBS (Marshall) to have 18 different players score touchdowns in 2012.
20 Boise State has forced 20 fumbles in 2012, which ranks as the second-most in a single season in MW history. UNLV holds the MW single-season record with 23 forced fumbles in 2003.
20 Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson has 20 rushing TDs in 2012, which are the 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 New Mexico has 21 quarterback sacks through 12 games, after recording a total of 10 in 2011.
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 Nevada has scored at least 30 points in each of its first 11 outings as a member of the Mountain West.
32 Mountain West teams have combined for 32 defensive touchdowns in 2012, including 19 interception returns and 13 fumble recoveries.
32 Fresno State's Derek Carr is one of six quarterbacks in the FBS to have at least 32 passing touchdowns on the year.
38 With six catches for 34 yards at New Mexico on Nov. 17, Nevada's Brandon Wimberly extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 38 straight (all 38 of his career).