As the college football season starts to take shape, the Mountain West Conference had two openers that saw a wipeout and an close upset while the entire non-conference contests were battles for the most part - going 3-3 overall. Here's a very brief glance at each game with a quick comment or two.
Boise State Broncos 7 - BYU Cougars 6: This was a bizarre game on the blue turf, including Cougars going for two near the end of the game instead of tying up the score. Usually an offensive juggernaut, the Broncos won this game on a defensive touchdown. And BYU had five turnovers to zero for Boise State.
Wyoming Cowboys 40 - Idaho Vandals 37 OT: A back-and-forth contest where neither team seemed to get an advantage ended up being decided in overtime. On the road, the Cowboys leaned on the arm of quarterback Brett Smith who threw five touchdown passes, including the winning score in OT.
Utah State Aggies 31 - Colorado State Rams 19: The lackluster Rams continued to lose as the Aggies moved the ball easily on the ground, including 205 yards for running back Kerwynn Williams. At home, Colorado State tried to make a game of it in the second half but Utah State was the better team.
San Jose State Spartans 38 - San Diego State Aztecs 34: This was a wild see-saw affair with the lead changing many times and although the Aztecs had a nice balanced attack that controlled most of the contest, the opportune play of the Spartans won the game in the final minute. This was San Jose State's first victory in San Diego in 60 years.
New Mexico Lobos 27 - New Mexico State Aggies 14: The Lobos handled this rivalry battle with a strong rushing attack that gained over 300 yards on the ground. This was New Mexico's first win on the road in four years.
Tulsa Golden Hurricanes 27 - Fresno State Bulldogs 26: On the road, the Bulldogs jumped out early but some miscues including turnovers and missed extra points doomed Fresno State. These two offensive teams found the defenses tough as neither could get much going consistently.
UNLV Rebels 38 - Air Force Academy Falcons 35: A warm evening in Las Vegas saw the Rebel defense slow down the Falcon running game in the second half, while using their own balanced attack to finally grab the lead and hold on for the upset win.
Nevada Wolf Pack 69 - Hawaii Warriors 24: On a warm balmy late afternoon in Honolulu, the Wolf Pack didn't show much aloha with their hosts as they exercised some demons while finally winning in Hawaii for the first time since the 1940's. Stefphon Jefferson scored seven touchdowns for Nevada as the Warriors had no answer for the Wolf Pack offense.
Only Wyoming will have the next week off as there will be six teams playing each other in three Mountain West contests and three more squads with non-conference games. All the games will be on Saturday except for Hawaii traveling to Provo, Utah, to play BYU on Friday night before a nationally televised audience on ESPN.
Sources - Mountain West Conference
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!