Mountain West Conference Standings
(updated 10.7.2012 at 12:50 AM PDT)
This was the final week of non-conference games till week 10 when Air Force plays at Army. There were four non-conference games and three conference pairings. The Mountain West went 2-2 in the non-conference games. Let's take a look at how each team fared.
The Falcons chances at maintaining the Commander-In-Chief trophy took a huge hit with the OT 28-21 loss to Navy. Air Force out gained the Midshipmen 507 to 359 but were undone by three turnovers. Cody Getz had 204 yards on the day and overtook Stefphon Jefferson as the nation's leading rusher.
It's much easier to beat Southern Miss when there is not a torrential downfall the entire game. The Broncos rolled past the Golden Eagles 40-14 in their easiest win of the year. The score is deceiving as the Broncos offense struggled once again. Southern Miss had 424 yards to 310 for Boise. The big difference was Boise being +4 in turnover margin.
The Rams offense continued to struggle this week. They failed to break 250 yards of total offense and didn't score against Fresno State until there was only 1:37 left in the game. The only category where the Rams were better then Bulldogs was the fact they only had 55 penalty yards compared to 112, The average of 2.04 yards per rush is a season worst.
Sixlets are gross. You will waste a minute of your life if you watch this video of a box of rotating Sixlets.
The Bulldogs outclassed the Rams in their 28-7 victory and are now just two wins away from becoming bowl eligible. Derek Carr threw for all four scores and now has 18 touchdowns to just three interceptions on the year. Next week the Bulldogs travel to Boise to fight for the giant Milk Can.
How bad are things for the Warriors? The only managed 173 yards of total offense in their 52-14 loss to San Diego State. That is 2.98 yards per play. Wyoming is really mad they don't get to play the Warriors till 2014. This is the second straight game Hawai'i has been held to less than 200 yards of offense. Amazing to look back two years ago and see a Hawai'i team that had over 7,000 yards of offense.
The Wolf Pack proved that they have depth at quarterback and can win even without Cody Fajardo. Devin Combs rallied Nevada to a last minute score to force overtime. Then scored with ease to take the lead and the win. The run game was not it's usual strength, no matter as they used 438 passing yards to torch the Wyoming secondary.
New Mexico beat Texas State 35-14 and in doing so they only completed one pass for nine yards. The triple option has been fully embraced and the Lobos used 59 rushing attempts for 361 yards. The Lobo defense shined and only allowed 248 yards. Those three wins this season equal the three the Lobos had from 2009-11. Bob Davie has certainly been impressive in his first year.
San Diego State
Ryan Katz accounted for five touchdowns in the easy victory over Hawai'i. Two through the air and three on the ground. The Aztecs are 3-3 and certainly in the running for a bowl bid. One thing that is working against is that their bye week isn't until week 12. They will have played 11 straight games before getting a bye. At least they will be rested when they head to Laramie for their final Mountain West conference game.
The Rebels made a nice run against Louisiana Tech. With 13 minutes left in the third the Rebels were down 27-24. That is when the Bulldogs went on a huge run where they scored 31 straight points and stay undefeated on the season. Nick Sherry threw for 378 yards and four touchdowns in his best performance of the year.
Let's not rehash this one again.
FUTURE MOUNTAIN WEST SCHOOLS
San Jose State
Bye week for the 4-1 Spartans. Next week they host Utah State.
The Aggies lost a baseball game to BYU by a score of 6-3. Six points separates the Aggies from a perfect record.