Mountain West Week 9 Recap

By EFN Staff
Published: 11/02/2014

In the Mountain West Conference Nevada and Colorado State had in-conference statement wins and Air Force won the CIC trophy with a 23-6 win over Army. In the end both divisions still remain up for grabs with the West Division waters becoming murkier after the Wolf Pack stopped SDSU.

Air Force vs. Army
Air Force went on the road to dominate fellow service academy program Army (2-6). Army got on the board first with a field goal in the first quarter but then watched Air Force tack on 16 points until deep in the third quarter before allowing a second Daniel Grochowski field goal. AFA added a fourth quarter Kale Pearson to Garrett Griffin touchdown for the final 23-6 outcome.

New Mexico vs. UNLV
The Lobos built a 17-0 lead before the Rebels responded just before halftime with a Blake Decker touchdown. UNLV kept the momentum going in the third quarter picking up two Shaquille Murray-Lawrence touchdowns taking a 21-17 lead.

New Mexico and UNLV traded early fourth quarter touchdowns with the Rebels up 28-24 until Teriyon Gipson ran one in from three yards out with 1:26 left for a 31-28 Lobos win.
Colorado State vs. San Jose State
In one of the more exciting games in the MWC in Week 10, Colorado State held on to beat San Jose State 38-31.

The Rams and Spartans took turns making big play after big play with Dee Hart carrying CSU past SJSU on 104 yards with four touchdowns. Joe Gray had a solid game in the pocket for the Spartans completing 26 of 51 passes for 308 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. Gray picked up another 29 yards on the ground with a score.

San Diego State vs. Nevada
In the West Division Nevada pulled into a tie with San Diego State in the win-loss column downing the Aztecs 30-14.

The Aztecs committed three turnovers and the Wolf Pack buckled down owning the second half keeping SDSU off the board. Neither quarterback wowed NFL scouts with their arms throughout the defensive struggle but Don Jackson ran for a game-high 124 yards with a score out performing counterpart Donnel Pumphrey (13 carries, 85 yards).

Wyoming vs. Fresno State
The outstanding offensive player of the week in the Mountain West Conference had to be Wyoming freshman running back Brian Hill. Hill rushed for 281 yards with two touchdowns and picked up another 106 yards receiving in his first career start. The 387 yards of total offense was a Wyoming and MWC single-game record for all-purpose yards.

During the first quarter both teams traded touchdowns and then in the second quarter the Cowboys started to assert their presence on offense going into the locker room up 21-10. In the fourth quarter Wyoming scored 24 points before a late Brian Burrell to Aaron Peck touchdown made the final score 45-17.

Myers had help with LaJuan Hunt rushing 33 times for 150 yards. Hunter Sharp picked up two of Myers’ passing scores. Ronald Butler and LaJuan Hunt connecting on a 44-yard trick play in the third quarter.

Hawaii quarterback Ikaika Woolsey was hit 26 of 46 passes for 356 yards with one score and two picks.

Utah State vs. Hawaii
Utah State may have found a quarterback of the future in freshman Kent Myers. In his first collegiate start Myers was 14 of 15 for 186 yards with three touchdowns helping the Aggies past Hawaii 35-14.

The first quarter was shaping up to be a shootout with both teams posting 14 on the scoreboard. In the second quarter the Aggies made in-game adjustments clamping down on defense while the offense continued to roll going into the locker room up 28-14 at halftime. Utah State added an insurance score in midway through the third for the final score.

MWC Standings
East Division
Colorado State 8-1, 4-1
Boise State 6-2, 3-1
Utah State 6-3, 3-1
Air Force 6-2, 2-2
Wyoming 5-4, 2-3
New Mexico 3-5, 1-3

West Division
Nevada 6-3, 3-2
San Diego State 4-4, 3-2
San Jose State 3-5, 2-2
Fresno State 3-6, 2-3
Hawaii 2-7, 1-3
UNLV 2-7, 1-4

MWC Schedule Week 11
Utah State vs. Wyoming

Air Force vs. UNLV
Idaho vs. SDSU
Hawaii vs. Colorado State
Boise State vs. New Mexico
San Jose State vs. Fresno State

Photo credit: Mike Groll; AFA quarterback Kale Pearson is tackled during the first half by Army LB Scott Washle.