Mountain West Conference play has been a battle of teams jockeying for position in the first part of the season. Every school has played at least one league game and as yet, no one team has shown to be a strong favorite.
Friday Fright Night
BYU Cougars 47 - Hawaii Warriors 0: In Provo, the Warriors didn't have a chance from the start. They came into the game thin on the defensive line and in two plays early first quarter, Hawaii lost two tackles to scary injuries - both of whom had to be carted off the field. Although Warrior head coach Norm Chow wasn't impressed by the Cougars, the entire Warriors team must have felt like they needed carted off, as BYU systematically beat up Hawaii in an easy win.
Air Force Academy Falcons 42 - Colorado State 21: In Colorado Springs, the Falcons amassed 459 yards on the ground while jumping out to a 21-0 lead. The Air Force then cruised to victory, although the Rams did put up 441 yards through the air.
Boise State Broncos 32 - New Mexico Lobos 29: In Albuquerque, the Broncos had a solid 25-0 lead at halftime but had to hold off a Lobo rally at the end. Boise State got on track as they gained over 500 yards on offense after having been limited the previous week to nearly half that total.
Fresno State Bulldogs 52 - San Diego State Aztecs 40: In Fresno, the Bulldogs and quarterback Derek Carr shook off two pick sixes and two deficits to throw for 536 yards and five touchdowns. The Aztecs never really got their offense rolling plus they had five turnovers to kill any chance of winning.
Nevada Wolf Pack 34 - Texas State Bobcats 21: In San Marcos, the host Bobcats gave the Wolf Pack everything they wanted … for a half. Texas State led in the second quarter 21-13 before Nevada finally established their running game. The Wolf Pack's great ground game was held in check for most of the day but the offense was still able to gain 559 yards in total offense with a more balanced attack.
Utah State Aggies 35 - UNLV Rebels 13: In Logan, the Aggies relied on the arm of Chuckie Keeton as he threw for 402 yards and four touchdowns. The Rebels were really never in the game - their first road contest of the year after four straight home dates.
As we now head into October and the meat of the college football season, the balance of the Mountain West Conference may become the new picture unless some of the teams are ready to breakout as the preferred choice or favorite.
All ten teams are in play for this coming week with three games matching up six teams while four other Mountain West schools play non-conference contests.
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Through thick and thin, Daryle has been a huge fan of college football as well as Hawaii, visiting there as a second home for over 40 years. Go 'Bows!
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