Mountain West Conference News and Notes
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AIR FORCE: After some time off, the Falcons are back at it this coming week, challenging the UNLV Rebels in a special Thursday night edition of Mountain West Conference football in Colorado. Air Force owns a 13-5 advantage in the all-time series, yet it was UNLV that won last year's battle by a score of 38-35. At this point in the season, the Falcons have a total of just two victories, one against Colgate in the opener, and the other versus Army earlier this month.
BOISE STATE: The Broncos gave up a touchdown to Wyoming less than four minutes into the first quarter on Saturday, but from there the Cowboys were never heard from again as BSU posted a resounding 48-7 victory at home. Quarterback Grant Hedrick converted 27-of-36 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns, each of those scores going to Matt Miller who had seven catches for 143 yards. On the ground it was Jay Ajayi with his 11 carries for 70 yards and another three TDs for the hosts in the triumph. The Broncos play their final regular- season road date this weekend as they tangle with the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium. The series between the teams is tied at one game apiece following a surprising 21-19 victory by the Aztecs last season.
COLORADO STATE: It was the Kapri Bibbs show once again for the Rams, as the running back not only picked up 291 yards on 38 carries, he also scored a staggering six touchdowns in the 66-42 win over New Mexico as CSU inched closer to becoming bowl eligible. Bibbs who tied the Mountain West record for rushing touchdowns in a game, has now posted five straight games with at least three rushing TD and six such outings in the last seven games for CSU. Quarterback Garrett Grayson helped to balance the offensive attack as he completed 20-of-28 passes for 302 yards and three more touchdowns as the team finished with 649 yards of offense, the third-highest total in program history. Next up for the Rams is a meeting with Utah State in Logan this weekend. The teams met last season with CSU bowing by a score of 31-19, but still the Rams own a 36-31-2 advantage in the all-time series.
FRESNO STATE: One of six teams still undefeated in the Football Bowl Subdivision entering the 13th week of action, the Bulldogs have moved up to 15 in the Associated Press poll after being idle last week. On the all-important BCS rankings, Fresno State settles in at 14 this week, the highest placement of any program outside of the power conferences. More importantly, the Bulldogs are still ahead of undefeated Northern Illinois which is the only other squad that can disrupt the BCS. Up next for the Bulldogs is a fight with the New Mexico Lobos at home this week. FSU pounced on the Lobos last season, 49-32, which means the all-time series now stands at 9-4 in favor of the Bulldogs.
HAWAII: The Rainbow Warriors led San Diego State by a touchdown late in the fourth quarter on Saturday night, but the Aztecs not only tied up the contest at Aloha Stadium they also scored a TD in overtime to capture the 28-21 road victory. With the setback Hawaii remains winless on the campaign through 10 games, even as Joey Iosefa ran for 150 yards and a score for the hosts on 37 carries. Sean Schroeder completed half of his 36 pass attempts for 194 yards and two touchdowns, but he was picked off once and sacked three times on the night. The Rainbow Warriors make their final trip to the mainland this weekend as they clash with the Wyoming Cowboys. The last time these two met was in 1997 when the Pokes posted a 35-6 victory.
NEVADA: The Wolf Pack defense came up big in the second half on Saturday night, holding San Jose State scoreless en route to a 38-16 home victory for Nevada. Quarterback Cody Fajardo converted 20-of-27 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown and also led the attack on the ground for the Pack with a game-high 104 yards and another score on 14 attempts. Also supplying some scoring punch for the Pack was Kendall Brock who turned his 17 rushing attempts into 85 yards and two scores as the team finished with 311 yards and four rushing touchdowns overall. Brandon Wimberly caught a game-high 11 passes for 93 yards and a TD as well. The Wolf Pack are slated for another week off now and will not return to the field until Nov. 30 when they challenge the BYU Cougars in non-conference play.
NEW MEXICO: The Lobos ran for 278 yards and three touchdowns, adding another 249 yards and two scores through the air and still lost at home to Colorado State by a final of 66-42 over the weekend. Cole Gautsche and Clayton Mitchem combined to convert 11-of-18 passes, the former also being intercepted twice, as the Lobos took the loss. Crusoe Gongbay responded with 12 carries for 98 yards and a score, but he and the rest of the UNM ball carriers were no match for CSU's Kapri Bibbs who gained 291 yards and scored six touchdowns against the New Mexico defense. With the home portion of their 2013 schedule now in the books, the Lobos are heading to Fresno State this weekend, with a date in Boise coming up later in the month. Last season, UNM suffered a 49-32 loss to the Bulldogs, which means the latter have a 9-4 edge in the all-time series.
SAN DIEGO STATE: The Aztecs have now played six straight games that have been decided by seven points or less, the longest active streak in the country, and that happened to work in their favor over the weekend as they slipped by Hawaii in overtime, 28-21, in Honolulu. Once again, Adam Muema was a key figure for San Diego State as he ran for a game-high 163 yards and the game- winning touchdown in overtime, while Donnel Pumphrey carried the ball 10 times for another 61 yards and a TD as well. Quarterback Quinn Kaehler converted half of his 34 passes for 265 yards and a TD to Colin Lockett who caught four balls for a game-high 106 yards. The final home game of the season is on tap for the Aztecs this weekend, as they welcome the Boise State Broncos to town. Last year, SDSU stunned the Broncos on the road in a 21-19 final in order to even the all-time series at one game apiece.
SAN JOSE STATE: David Fales threw for 326 yards against Nevada over the weekend, but still the offense for the Spartans stalled in a big way as they ended up on the wrong side of a 38-16 final in Reno. Fales completed 28-of-43 attempts, but had just one touchdown and was sacked three times, with those negative 25 rushing yards bringing down the team's overall rushing output to a mere 58 yards on 30 attempts. Kicker Austin Lopez did his job with three successful field goals, each from 44 yards or longer, but the SJSU defense was simply too lenient as it gave up close to 500 yards in total offense to the Wolf Pack. The Spartans have a bit of a short week this time around as they match up against visiting Navy at home on Friday. SJSU owns a 2-0 edge in the all-time series, thanks to a 12-0 win last year in Annapolis.
UNLV: The Rebels get back to the football field this week, playing on Thursday night, as they clash with the Air Force Falcons in Colorado. The final road game of the regular season for UNLV, the team is hoping to follow up last year's 38-35 victory over the Falcons. Despite the most recent triumph, UNLV still trails in the all-time series by a count of 13-5.
UTAH STATE: This weekend, the Aggies kick off the first of back-to-back home games to close out the regular season as they entertain the Colorado State Rams at Romney Stadium. Last season, USU posted a 31-19 win over the Rams, but still the team trails in the all-time series by a 36-31-2 margin.
WYOMING: The Cowboys got off on the right foot against Boise State at Bronco Stadium, with quarterback Brett Smith hitting Robert Herron with a 19-yard TD pass at the 11:01 mark of the first quarter, but the offense dried up after that in what became a 48-7 road loss. Smith completed 27 of his 39 pass attempts for 207 yards, but was sacked three times and tossed a pair of interceptions. Herron finished with 10 catches for 86 yards, but other than that there was very little positive that happened for a Wyoming group that generated only 55 net rushing yards. The last home game of the season is coming up for the Cowboys this weekend versus the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. This is the first meeting since 1997 when the Pokes posted a 35-6 win in order to move out to a 12-8 advantage in the all-time series.
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