Looking Over the Mountain West

By Kyle Montgomery

The Fresno State Bulldogs (5-0) were idle in week seven, but did jump to No.17 in the AP Top 25, one spot away from eligible for a BCS bowl. The Bulldogs return to action this weekend, when they host UNLV.

The UNLV Rebels (4-2) and the Hawaii Warriors (0-6) faced off in a back-and-forth game Saturday night that saw the Rebels pull off a 39-37 victory in the closing seconds. Kicker Nolan Kohorst booted a 44-yard FG as time expired, pulling off a big win for U-N-L-V. The Rebels got a big game from RB Tim Cornett who ran for 162 yards and 2 TDs on 29 carries, and Caleb Herring who threw for 385 yards and a score, while also running one in. The Warriors were led by QB Sean Schoreder who threw for 325 yards and 4 TDs, including two within four minutes in the fourth quarter to give the Warriors the lead. The Rebels will travel to Fresno Saturday, while the Warriors will be idle this week, before hosting Colorado State.

The San Diego State Aztecs (3-3) conquered Air Force (1-6) in a thrilling Thursday night battle that saw the Aztecs rally from a 14-point defect in the fourth quarter to pull off the win.  The Aztecs took the lead on a 10-yard TD run by Donnel Pumphrey with 1:39 left.  Quinn Kaehler threw for 249 yards and 3 TDs for the Aztecs, including the two big TDs in the fourth quarter.  The Aztecs played solid defense, holding the Air Force ground game to a measly 169 yards, including 109 from RB Anthony LaCoste.  Nate Romine led the Falcon scoring, throwing a 71-yard TD bomb to Sam Gagliano and running for a TD in from 16-yards out. The Aztecs will be idle this week before hosting Fresno State, while the Falcons have two weeks to prepare for a showdown with Notre Dame.

The San Jose State Spartans (3-3) pulled  off a huge 34-27 win Saturday over the Colorado State Rams (2-4). David Fales led the Spartans, throwing for 431 yards, with 3 TD bombs of more than 60 yards. Fales threw a 62-yard TD strike to Tyler Winston with 5:36 left in the 4th quarter to give the Spartans point lead. Fales got help from Freshman RB Jarrod Lawson who ran for 98 yards with a TD, and had 104 receiving yards and another TD. The Rams were led by QB Garrett Grayson who threw for 310 yards and 3 TDs,but threw a costly interception to Spartan CB Bene Benwikere that set up the game-winning TD. The Spartans are be idle this week before hosting the Wyoming, while the Rams travel to Laramie Saturday in hopes of a rebound.

The Wyoming Cowboys (4-2) fought off an upset attempt by the New Mexico Lobos Saturday, pulling out the win 38-31. The Cowboys were led by QB Brett Smith who went off on the Lobos, throwing for 247 yards and a TD while rushing for 140 yards and 2 TDs. The Cowboys also got a strong game from RB Shaun Wick who ran for 116 yards and 2 TDs. The Lobos got a were led by QB Cole Gautsche who threw for 156 yards and a TD and ran for 113 yards and a score.  The Lobos most dynamic player, RB Kasey Carrier, was held to 104 yards on 25 carries, along with 43 receiving yards and a TD. The Cowboys host Colorado State on Saturday, while the Lobos will host Utah State.

The Boise State Broncos (4-2) defeated the Chukie Keeton-less Utah State Aggies (3-4) 34-23. The Broncos were led by QB Joe Southwick who threw for 335 yards and 2 TDs, while running another one in. Southwick found a new favorite target in Shane Williams-Rhodes who had career highs in catches (13), yards (150) to go along with a TD. The Aggies first game without star QB Chuckie Keeton didn’t go as smooth as they hoped as they used two QBs.   The Broncos host the Nevada Wolf Pack Saturday in what should be a shoot out, while the Aggies travel to New Mexico to take on the Lobos.

The Nevada Wolf Pack (3-3) were idle this week and will travel to Boise to take on the Broncos this Saturday.

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