By: Kyle Montgomery
Mountain West: Week in Review
In a weekend filled with upsets all over the nation and the first BCS rankings were revealed, the Mountain West only had four games featured, and all were lopsided.
The Fresno State Bulldogs (6-0) took care of the UNLV Rebels (4-3) Saturday night
38-14. The Bulldogs were led once again by their star QB/WR duo of Derek Carr and Davante Adams. Carr threw for 412 yards and 4 TD’s, while Davante Adams racked up 221 yards and hauled in all four of Carr’s TD’s. The Bulldogs shut down the Rebels potent offense, as star RB Tim Cornett ran for only 49 yards on 10 carries, and star WR Devante Davis was held to 50 yards on only 8 receptions. The big thing coming out of this game was when the BCS rankings were revealed, the Bulldogs were 17th, one spot out of qualifying for a BCS bowl. If the Bulldogs can run the table, move into the top 16 of the standings, and stay ahead of one of the BCS-qualifying conference champions, they will find themselves in a BCS bowl game. The Bulldogs will travel to San Diego to take on the Aztecs this Saturday, while the Rebels will travel to Nevada to take on the Wolf Pack.
The Boise State Broncos (5-2) defeated the Nevada Wolf Pack (3-4) by a score of 34-17 on Saturday night. The Broncos trailed 7-17 at halftime, but got four combined TD runs from RB Jay Ajayi and QB Grant Hedrick and a great defensive effort to shut down the Wolf Pack in the second half. Ajayi ran for a career high 222 yards and 3 TD’s on Saturday, while backup QB Grant Hedrick ran for 115 yards and 2 TD’s on only eight carries. Hedrick, stepping in for injured QB Joe Southwick, became the first Boise State QB to run for over 100 yards since 2004. The Wolf Pack’s offense clicked in the second quarter scoring two TD’s in a six minute span from RB’s Kendall Brock and Don Jackson, but failed too score any second half TD’s to keep up with the Broncos. Brock ran for 78 yards on 18 carries, while QB Cody Fajardo threw for only 208 yards and rushed for a season low 12 yards. The Broncos will travel to Provo to take on the Brigham Young Cougars Friday night, while the Wolf Pack will host the Rebels of UNLV Saturday night.
The Utah State Aggies (4-4) handily took care of the New Mexico Lobos (2-5) Saturday night defeating them 45-10. The Aggies were led by a well rounded rushing attack where they went for 337 total yards and 4 TD’s led by RB Joey DeMartino who went for 144 yards and 3 TD’s. Freshman Darrell Garretson made his first career start Saturday where he threw for 144 yards and a TD with a stellar 85.3 QBR. The Aggies shut down one of the nation’s leading rushing attacks Saturday allowing only 160 yards to the Lobos, and shutting down one of the nation’s leading rushers in RB Kasey Carrier to 69 yards on 14 carries. The Lobos also only got 7 rushing yards by QB Cole Gautsche, who already had four 100-yard games through the Lobos’ first six games of the year. The Aggies will be idle this week before traveling to Hawaii in two weeks, while the Lobos will also be idle before traveling to San Diego to take on the Aztecs in two weeks.
The Colorado State Rams (3-4) exploded offensively on the Wyoming Cowboys (4-3) Saturday winning 52-22. The Rams got massive offense from RB Kapri Bibbs who ran for 201 yards and 3 TD’s on 29 carries Saturday, while QB Garrett Grayson was very consistent throwing for 219 yards and 3 TD’s. The Rams did a great job shutting down the Cowboys potent offense in the first half allowing the Cowboys to only score seven points. The Cowboys didn’t get their normal offensive burst from QB Brett Smith who threw for 246 yards and a TD while throwing 2 interceptions, and also running for a mere 12 yards on 11 carries. The Cowboys did get a surprise rushing effort from Senior Tedder Easton who ran for 81 yards and a TD while Shaun Wick was shut down to only 64 yards. The Rams will look to continue their offensive production this Saturday when they travel to Hawaii to take on the Warriors, while the Cowboys will look for a big bounce back win against the San Jose State Spartans this Saturday.
The San Diego State Aztecs (3-3), San Jose State Spartans (3-3), Hawaii Warriors (0-6), and Air Force Falcons (1-6) were all idle this week and will return to action next week. All four teams will be at home as the Aztecs go against the Fresno State Bulldogs, the Spartans host the Wyoming Cowboys, the Warriors go against the Colorado State Rams, and the Air Force Falcons host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.