Mountain West Conference Top Performers Week 13

By EFN Staff
Published: 11/23/2014

Week 13 in the Mountain West Conference kept pace with how the entire season has gone for the top teams, no one backed down. Boise State, Colorado State, and Utah State each won their games keeping a three-way tie in the East Division while Fresno State had a statement win against Nevada to jump into a two-way tie with San Diego State in the West.

San Jose State vs. Utah State
Through the first half the Spartans gave the Aggies all they could handle being down 14-7. In the second half Utah State laid it on coming up with an emphatic 41-7 win.

The Aggies picked up 421 yards of total offense holding the Spartans to 252 yards. Kent Myers made it count when running the ball getting three rushing touchdowns off four carries.

Air Force vs. San Diego State
The first half was a back-and-forth affair with the Aztecs going up 13-0 before the Falcons put up back-to-back scores going into the locker room at halftime up 14-13. In the second half it was all SDSU winning going away 30-14.

Quinn Kaehler found his touch for the Aztecs passing for 326 yards with one touchdown and one pick. No surprise, Donnel Pumphrey turned in another great game rushing for 131 yards on 27 carries with one score.

AFA quarterback Kale Pearson did his usual dual-threat job passing for 171 yards while rushing for 59 yards.

New Mexico vs. Colorado State
After both teams took turns feeling each other out in the first quarter with the Rams going up 7-0 early, Colorado State poured it on in the second quarter going up 37-7 over New Mexico before halftime. A strong mix of Dee Hart and Garrett Grayson kept it going in the third quarter before CSU took their foot off the gas pedal in the fourth winning 58-20.

Dee Hart had 230 yards rushing with five touchdowns pacing the way for CSU.

Boise State vs. Wyoming
The Broncos ransacked Wyoming 63-14 compiling 558 yards of total offense in a one-side win. The Cowboys were held to 227 yards of offense hurting their cause by turning the ball over three times.

Fresno State vs. Nevada
Another first half battle that turned one-sided was Fresno State’s big win over Nevada. The Bulldogs went into the locker room holding onto a 28-20 lead thanks to four Brian Burrell touchdown passes. Cody Fajardo tried to keep UNR in the game rushing for two scores and passing for one in the first but FSU put down the clamps in the second half winning 40-20.

UNLV vs. Hawaii
The Rebels just simply cannot catch a break this season. The Rebels scored a go-ahead touchdown with 21 seconds left seemingly putting the game away up 35-31. With time running out Ikaika Woolsley connected with Marcus Kemp on a 20-yard pass play to give the Warriors a 37-25 win.

UNLV forced three Hawaii turnovers but could not stop the Warriors when it counted allowing 578 yards of total offense. Joey Iosefa ran all over the UNLV defense getting 219 yards with two touchdowns.

FSU: Brian Burrell, 25-36, 313 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT; 14 carries 56 yards, 1 TD
CSU: Garrett Grayson, 23-29, 389 yards, 3 TDs; 3 carries 17 yards
SDSU: Quinn Kaehler, 17-30, 326 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
BSU: Grant Hedrick, 13-19, 246 yards, 3 TDs
UNR: Cody Fajardo, 11-24, 126 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 22 carries, 165 yards, 2 TDs
Utah State: Kent Myers, 14-21, 105 yards, 1 TD: 4 carries, 92 yards, 3 TDs
UNLV: Blake Decker, 10-13, 187 yards, 3 TDs

Running Back
CSU: Dee Hart, 20 carries, 230 yards, 5 TDs
Hawaii: Joey Iosefa, 35 carries, 219 yards, 2 TDs
BSU: Jay Ajayi, 16 carries, 110 yards, 2 TDs; 2 receptions, 92 yards, 1 TD
SDSU: Donnel Pumphrey, 27 carries, 131 yards, 1 TD
Utah State: JoJo Natson, 7 carries, 124 yards, 1 TD
FSU: Josh Quezada, 24 carries, 119 yards
SJSU: Tyler Ervin, 22 carries, 104 yards
UNM: Jhurell Pressley, 7 carries, 109 yards
Wyoming: Brian Hill, 21 carries, 65 yards, 2 TDs

CSU: Rashard Higgins, 10 receptions, 167 yards, 2 TDs
UNLV: Devante Davis, 5 receptions, 163 yards
Hawaii: Marcus Kemp, 6 receptions, 114 yards, 1 TD
SDSU: Ezell Ruffin, 7 receptions, 126 yards
FSU: Aaron Peck, 4 receptions, 71 yards, 2 TDs
AFA: Garrett Griffin, 2 receptions, 80 yards, 1 TD

Special Teams
BSU: Sean Wale, 4 punts, 46.3 average, long 54-yards
Wyoming: Ethan Wood, 10 punts, 44.8 average, long 67-yards

FG Kicker
Hawaii: Tyler Hadden, FG 1-1, long 40-yards, XPM 4-4

Punt Returns
BSU: Donte Deayon, 3 PRs, 78 yards, long 75-yards, 1 TD

A Look Ahead
The game of the week has to be Utah State at Boise State. Both squads are fighting to represent their division in the MWC Championship Game. Air Force can play spoiler to Colorado State as can San Jose State and Hawaii going up against SDSU and Fresno State.

MWC Week 13 Scores
San Jose State 7 – 41 Utah State
Air Force 14 – 30 San Diego State

New Mexico 20 – 58 Colorado State
Boise State 63 – 14 Wyoming
Fresno State 40 – 20 Nevada
UNLV 35 – 37 Hawaii

Week 14 Schedule
Colorado State at Air Force

Wyoming at New Mexico
San Jose State at San Diego State
Hawaii at Fresno

MWC Standings
East Division
Boise State 9-2, 6-1
Colorado State 10-1, 6-1
Utah State 9-3, 6-1
Air Force 8-3, 4-3
Wyoming 4-7, 2-5
New Mexico 3-8, 1-6

West Division
Fresno State 5-6, 4-3
San Diego State 6-5, 4-3
Nevada 6-5, 3-4
Hawaii 4-8, 3-4
San Jose State 3-8, 2-5
UNLV 2-10, 1-6

Photo credit: David Zalubowski; Colorado State celebrates their big win over New Mexico.