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Mountain West Monday: Narrow Escapes

Plenty of drama in week seven. That is what happens when you only play conference games.

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Mountain West Conference Standings

(updated 10.14.2012 at 12:55 AM PDT)

Conf Overall
Nevada Wolf Pack 3 0 6 1
Boise St. Broncos 2 0 5 1
San Diego St. Aztecs 2 1 4 3
Fresno St. Bulldogs 2 1 4 3
Air Force Falcons 2 1 3 3
New Mexico Lobos 1 1 4 3
UNLV Rebels 1 1 1 6
Wyoming Cowboys 0 2 1 5
Hawaii Warriors 0 3 1 5
Colorado St. Rams 0 3 1 6

All 10 Mountain West teams were playing this week. Finally there not any bye weeks to deal with for once. There were several interesting matchups and they all produced plenty of entertainment. Let's break it down now.

Air Force

The Falcons used a strong running attack in the second half and some questionable play calling by Troy Calhoun to escape Laramie with a 28-27 victory. Should coaches from military academies be held to a higher standard than regular schools? The first half it looked like the Falcons were still in shock from their OT loss to Navy. Now the Falcons are 3-3 and 2-1 in the conference. Next week they face the hot triple option Lobos.

Boise State

The Broncos may finally have figured things out with their offense. A ground and pound approach was needed to keep the ball moving in the win against Fresno. D.J. Harper ran for 122 yards and Jay Ajayi added 91. Keep Joe Southwick from passing as much as possible. The defense allowed just 56 rushing yards. The smurf turf looks even worse during the day with the glare from the sun.

Colorado State

The Rams have had a ton of trouble with keeping their quarterbacks healthy this year. M.J. McPeek hurt his shoulder and that meant redshirt freshmen Conner Smith saw his first action. Smith had a solid debut going 18 of 22 for 165 yards and an interception. We'll see who get the starts two weeks from now against Hawaii. The Rams have lost six in a row and that will be their best shot at a win for the rest of the year.

Fresno State

Tim DeRuyter thought this was the year the Bulldogs would finally get their hands on milk can trophy. He turned out to be wrong. The high powered offense of Frenso State was no match for the incredible defense of Boise State. The Bulldogs are excited to host Wyoming this week since the Cowboys have a major issue with the fourth quarter.


The Warriors are bad but still made this loss to New Mexico look respectable. Hawaii scored over 20 points and nearly gained 400 yards of offense. Three turnovers killed their shot at making this game closer. With a bye week this team can rest, heal and hopefully turn a new leaf. At least volleyball season has started.


The Wolf Pack had kept the Freemont Cannon for seven straight years heading into Saturday. That streak becomes eight thanks to a furious comeback in the second half. Down 31-14 the Pack went on a tear to break the hearts of the Rebels. No Cody Fajardo, no problem. Devin Combs was efficient throwing the ball and combined with Stefphon Jefferson for nearly 300 yards on the ground.

New Mexico

Guess who has a winning record? The Lobos are now 4-3 and edging ever close to a bowl berth. This is the first time since 2008 that the Lobos have reached four wins. They even let B.R. Holbrook throw the ball a few times. This is the first time they've gained more than 100 yards passing this year. This matchup with Air Force is certainly winnable. Who would have imagined that two months ago?

San Diego State

The Aztecs improved to 4-3 with their 38-14 win over the Rams. Ryan Katz continues to improve and Adam Muema is making a name for himself at running back. The Aztec defense continues to shine, they're only allowing 116 yards rushing per game. This team could set itself up for a strong run if they can knock off Nevada next week.


The only team that is more inconsistent than Wyoming is UNLV. The Rebels had outstanding performances from Nick Sherry and Tim Cornett. The second half collapse happened once again and Hauck continues to torment the fanbase. The closest UNLV has been to seeing a red Freemont Cannon was the stickers they wore on their helmets. Are the Rebels building towards something good in 2013 or just more heartache?


The Cowboys are severely shortening the lives of their fanbase. Stress and depression are way up this year.


San Jose State

The Spartans lost to the Aggies.

Utah State

The Aggies beat the Spartains