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Mountain West Monday: Five Alive

Our weekly look at the Mountain West is back after a two week hiatus.

Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Mountain West Conference Standings

(updated 9.30.2012 at 12:52 AM PDT)

Conf Overall
Nevada Wolf Pack 1 0 4 1
Boise St. Broncos 1 0 3 1
Fresno St. Bulldogs 1 0 3 2
UNLV Rebels 1 0 1 4
Air Force Falcons 1 1 2 2
Wyoming Cowboys 0 0 1 3
San Diego St. Aztecs 0 1 2 3
New Mexico Lobos 0 1 2 3
Hawaii Warriors 0 1 1 3
Colorado St. Rams 0 1 1 4

There was plenty of excitement in the Mountain West this week. We are starting to get into the heart of the conference schedule with inter-conference games this week. In non-conference games the Mountain went 1-2, at least one of those losses was to a future conference mate.

Let's get down to business.


The Falcons jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and that gave them enough cushion to ease past Colorado State 42-21. Nice for them to bounce back after that loss to UNLV last week. Cody Getz ran for 222 yards, is there anything sinister about triple deuces? Next week Air Force hosts 1-3 Navy. Army is winless, it looks likes the Falcons are certainly the best of the military academies.


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Who would have imagined that Boise State would suffer a major scare from New Mexico? The Broncos jumped out to a 25-0 lead in the first half and looked to be in complete control. They made the wrong adjustments at halftime as the Lobos scored 29 points and nearly pulled off the incredible comeback. Boise State won 32-29 but they can't feel very good after nearly giving this one away.


The Rams fell behind early and also lost their starting QB Garret Grayson. Despite the loss CSU was able to get some solid play from backup M.J. McPeek who threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns. The ground game continues to struggle for the Rams. At least the 129 yards gained upped their season average north of 100 yards.


The Bulldogs were impressive in their big comeback against rival San Diego State. Down 21-7 after one quarter the Fresno State offense roared back for 27 straight points. They went on to win 52-40 and had 655 yards of total offense. Derek Carr had 536 yards passing and five touchdowns. He'll probably end up as co-offensive POW. The Bulldogs are tied with the Nevada for the highest conference winning percentage (1.000) in Mountain West history.


Added to the insult of a 47-0 loss to BYU was a number of injuries for Hawaii. Two defensive linemen had to leave the game on backboards in the first quarter. Later two offensive linemen were injury. The Warriors managed only 149 yards. This is not the start that Norm Chow was hoping for when he took over as head coach.


The Wolf Pack were down 21-20 at halftime to Texas State. In the second half the defense stepped up and kept the Bobcats from scoring again. Cody Fajardo proved most of the offense with three passing and one rushing touchdown. Stefphone Jefferson went from seven touchdowns last week to none this week. What a dropoff, he must be terrible.


Bob Davie continues to impress in Albuquerque. Despite the loss the Lobos were able to scare the bajesus out of Boise State. It is amazing what a new coach, new scheme and new outlook will do for a team, This week they host Texas State and then travel to Hawaii. This team has a good chance at becoming bowl eligible if they can win both those games.


Smack talking Aztec fans had to eat some crow after watching their hated rival Fresno State stage a huge comeback. Ryan Katz showed that he can run a bit and led the the team in rushing. He also threw three interceptions which helped decide the game.


The Rebels followed up their big win over Air Force with a 35-13 loss to future conference mate Utah State. Usually strong runner Tim Cornett only gained 36 yards. Their next three games are @ Louisiana Tech, home vs Nevada and @ Boise State. If they lose those three then they are looking at a 1-7 record to start the year.


The Cowboys enjoyed a bye week. They worked on their tan, caught up on some reading, got in touch with their inner self. Ya know... the usual stuff. Next week the Pokes travel to Reno.