Updates from the Mountain West, Conference USA, MAC and Sunbelt

BY KYLE MONTGOMERY

Mountain West

Carr Sets Record in Bulldogs Win  – Derek Carr set the career passing record for the Fresno State Bulldogs in their 41-23 win over the Nevada Wolf Pack Saturday night. Carr threw for 487 yards and three TDs, while also rushing for another.  Josh Harper hauled in an astonishing 17 catches for 253 yards and 2 TDs.  With the victory, the Bulldogs held firm at No.16 in the BCS rankings.

Hedrick Dominates Rams – Starting for only the third time in his college career, Boise State’s Grant Hedrick threw for 305 yards and 5 TDs while rushing for another.  Hedrick led the Broncos to a 42-30 win over the Rams, their sixth of the year, making them bowl eligible for the 12th consecutive season.

Spartan Victories Continue – The San Jose State Spartans won their fourth consecutive game Saturday, beating the UNLV Rebels 34-24. Jarrod Lawson had a career day running for 187 yards on 28 carries with a TD to lead the Spartans, while star QB David Fales threw for 150 yards. The Spartans are now 4-1 in conference play, and still can win the Mountain West title.

Bulldogs, Cowboys set to do battle – The Mountain West match-up that all eyes should be on this weekend is Fresno State at Wyoming in what the Cowboys hope is a shootout.  Fresno must win to keep its BCS dream alive.

MAC

Lynch’s Dominance Continues – Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch was his usual self on Saturday, scoring four times on the ground, and throwing for another TD.  He finished with 160 yards passing, and 119 yards rushing in the Huskies 63-19 rout of the UMASS Minutemen.  In spite of another dominating victory, the Huskies dropped one spot in the BCS rankings to No.18.

Ohio, Buffalo set to do battle – The Ohio Bobcats and Buffalo Bulls will square off on Tuesday night in what could very well be the deciding game in the MAC East standings. Both teams enter the game 6-2, and featuring outstanding running backs. Ohio’s Beau Blankenship and Buffalo’s Branden Oliver are two of the best in the country.

Huskies off, prepare for Cardinals – The Northern Illinois Huskies are off this week and will get ready for a huge game against the Ball State Cardinals next Wednesday in what could be the deciding game of the MAC West.

Sun Belt

Harris runs over Aggies – Alonzo Harris ran for only 106 yards on Saturday night, but recorded a Louisiana-Lafayette record 5 rushing touchdowns.  Defense was not the rage, as the Rajin’ Cajuns struggled, giving up 35 points to the New Mexico State Aggies offense.  Proving that offense never goes out of season, Lafayette put up 49 points on the Aggies, and became bowl eligible for the third season in-a-row.

Trojans, Cajuns Face Off – The Troy Trojans and Louisiana Lafayette Rajin’ Cajuns will face off in a Thursday night game that should see plenty of offense and could determine the favorite in the Sun Belt.

Conference USA

Mean Green, Pirates become bowl eligible – The North Texas Mean Green and East Carolina Pirates became bowl eligible after posting quality wins. The Mean Green beat the Rice Owls 28-16 Thursday to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2004, while the ECU Pirates shut down the FIU Panthers 34-13 to become bowl eligible.

Can Tulsa Get Back On Track – The Tulsa Golden Hurricanes have been a depressing 2-6 this season after being projected to be Conference USA Champions by some people. Can they get back on track and make it to .500 with a big win over East Carolina?

 

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