By Kyle Montgomery
Fresno State and Northern Illinois remained undefeated, keeping alive the possibility of a BCS buster to come from one of these two conferences.
GOING OVER THE MOUNTAIN WEST
The biggest news coming from the Mountain West Conference is the loss of Chuckie Keeton, star QB for Utah State (3-3) , who will be lost for the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL and MCL. This is tragic news for the Aggies, as they were having a solid season and looked poised to be a to make a run at a conference championship. They’ll turn to Junior Craig Harrison who will get his first career start on Saturday, as the Aggies host Boise State.
The Fresno State Bulldogs (5-0) buried the Idaho Vandals in a game that saw Derek Carr throw for 390 yards and 5 TDs –In the first half! Carr slung the ball to star WR Davante Adams 16 times, for 185 yards and 3 TDs. The Bulldogs scored a stunning 47 points in the first half. The Bulldogs are idle next week, and then host the UNLV Rebels in a game that could see them become bowl eligible.
The San Diego State Aztecs (2-3) and the Nevada Wolfpack (3-3) squared off in a classic overtime battle on Friday night. The Spartans pulled off the win on a 13-yard TD pass from Quinn Kaehler to Eric Judge. The Spartan defense got a big stop on 4th down as the Wolf Pack were unable to score. The Aztecs got great games from QB Quinn Kaehler, who put up 286 yards with 3 TDs, and RB Adam Muema who broke out of a slump to rush for 134 yards and 2 TDs. The Wolf Pack were led by QB Cody Fajardo who threw for 393 yards and 2 TDs and got a great game on the ground from RB Kendall Brock who went for 112 yards with 3 TDs. The Wolf Pack are idle this week, travelling to Boise State on October 19th. San Diego State flies out to Air Force for a Thursday night match-up.
The San Jose State Spartans (2-3) and the Hawaii Warriors (0-5) met in a late Saturday night that saw San Jose State get a win they were needing. The Spartans had trailed the Warriors by 11 early until Senior QB David Fales stepped up, throwing two first half TDs to gave the Spartans a 27-14 lead at the break. Fales finished the night with 318 yards and 3 TDs, while Freshman Jarrod Lawson and WR Tim Crawley combined for 182 yards and a TD on the ground. The Warriors were led by QB Sean Schroeder who threw for 342 yards and 3 TDs, but also threw three costly interceptions. The Spartans go Colorado State next, while the Warriors travel to Las Vegas to play the UNLV Rebels.
The New Mexico Lobos (2-3) had as impressive of an outing as they have in the last three seasons, blowing out arch-rival New Mexico State. The Lobos rushed for 541 yards and 7 TDs. Wide receiver Carlos Wiggins ran for 57 yards, caught a 33-yard TD pass, and returned a kickoff 100 yards for another TD. The Lobos will need these big plays next Saturday when they travel to Wyoming to take on the Cowboys.
The Air Force Falcons (1-5) continued to struggle, losing 28-10 to Navy. The Falcons held a 10-7 at halftime, but couldn’t contain Navy QB Keenan Reynolds in the second half. The Falcons host the San Diego Spartans on Thursday night.
Four teams in the Mountain West were idle this week including the Wyoming , who will host the New Mexico Saturday, Boise State (3-2), who travels to Utah State, Colorado State (2-3), who will host the San Jose State and UNLV (3-2), who will host the Hawaii.
MEANWHILE IN MAC
Last weekend, running backs ruled. Northern Illinois RB Cameron Stingily led the nation in with 266 yards and 2 TDs Saturday, moving the spotlight off of QB Jordan Lynch. Ball State RB Jahwan Edwards ran for 155 yards and 3 TDs, leading the way for the Cardinals to pull off a 21-point upset victory over Virgina. Toledo’s David Fluellen busted the Western Michigan Broncos, running for 220 yards and 4 TDs. Other notable performances were Branden Oliver’s 150 yards and 2 TDs in Buffalo’s win over Eastern Michigan and the nation’s fitth leading rusher, Bowling Green’s Travis Greene, ran for 160 yards in their win over Massachusetts.
Bowling Green dominated defensively, allowing only 7 points to UMASS, getting a good game from QB Matt Johnson who threw 3 TDs. Minutemen continued to struggling offensively, scoring only seven. The Falcons travel to Mississippi State Saturday, while the Minutemen host Miami of Ohio who also hasn’t won a game, meaning that one team have to win.
Even though Jordan Lynch didn’t even put on his best performance, Northern Illinois pulled off an impressive win over Kent State. The Huskies racked up 698 total yards on Saturday, including a season-best 454 yards on the ground. The Golden Flashes got a big game from Dri Archer, who caught four passes for 80 yards and a TD, and added a 100-yard return for a TD. The Huskies host Akron Saturday, and will become bowl eligible with a win, while the Golden Flashes travel to Ball State.
Ohio flattened Akron Saturday, winning 43-3 in a game that was never really close. The Bobcats were led by a strong defensive effort, as the D scored on a fumble recovery, hauled in an interception, and sacked Akron QB Kyle Pohl eight times. The Zips had 135 penalty yards, and only 157 yards of offense, with RB Jahwan Chisholm’s running for 60 yards being the only bright spot. The Bobcats will host Central Michigan next Saturday, while the Zips travel to play Northern Illinois which hasn’t lost a conference game since 2011.
Ball State Cardinals pulled off the one of the biggest upsets of the weekend, beating the Virginia Cavaliers by 21. The Cardinals were led by Jahwan Edwards day on the ground, and Keith Wenning had a huge day. Wenning threw for 346 yards and 2 TDs while rushing for a score. Wenning’s two favorite receivers, Willie Snead and Jordan Williams, combined for 263 yards and 2 TDs. The Cardinals forced four turnovers by the Cavaliers, and host Kent State next week.
The Toledo Rockets blasted Western Michigan Saturday, hanging 47 points on the Broncos. The Rockets were led by David Fluellen’s huge day on the ground, a defensive TD, and a 40-yard TD pass from Terrence Owens to Bernard Reedy. The Rockets defense held the Broncos to six points through three quarters, but let the second stringers play in the fourth and gave up 13 late points to the Broncos. The Broncos best day came from Dareyon Chance who rushed for 80 yards and a TD. The Rockets host the Navy Midshipmen Saturday while the Broncos host the Buffalo Bulls.
The stuggling offenses of Central Michigan and the Miami (Ohio) squared off Saturday. The Chippewas were led by a strong defensive effort, giving up only nine points to the Redhawks. Saylor Lavallii was a workhorse, rushing for 151 yards and 2 TDs. The Redhawks did get a strong showing from back-up QB Austin Gearing, who ran for 108 yards on 15 carries. The Chippewas will travel to Ohio to take on the Bobcats next Saturday, while the Redhawks head to UMASS in a game that someone will need to win. Miami fired coach
The Buffalo Bulls throttled Eastern Michigan Saturday, putting up 42 points on the Eagles. The Bulls got a big day from Branden Oliver on the ground, and Joe Licata drove the bus for the Bulls by throwing for 224 yards and a TD to Alex Neutz, who had 94 yards on 4 catches. The Bulls shut down the Eagles through the first three quarters allowing only seven points. The Eagles offense never got rolling. Star RB Bronson Hill was held to 57 yards on 14 carries, but they did get a late 75-yard TD run from Ryan Brumfield in the 4th quarter. The Bulls travel to Western Michigan , while the Eagles travel to Army to take on the Black Knights.