All ten Mountain West Conference schools played each other. There were no upsets and it is becoming clearer as to who in the league are favorites. Here's a brief look back at week seven.
Nevada Wolf Pack 42 - UNLV Rebels 37
In Las Vegas, as expected, the 'Battle for Nevada' wasn't decided until the fourth quarter as the Wolf Pack had to rally after being down three touchdowns late in the second quarter. The nation's leading rusher, Stefphon Jefferson of Nevada, pounded out 185 yards and added three touchdowns. It was the Rebels eighth straight loss to their northern rivals.
#24 Boise State Broncos 20 - Fresno State Bulldogs 10
In Boise, the running attack of the Broncos won over the passing game of the Bulldogs. It was Fresno State's seventh straight loss to Boise State who is winning with defense nowadays, all the while eliminating contenders for the league title.
San Diego State Aztecs 38 - Colorado State Rams 14
In San Diego, mistakes and turnovers took away any chance the Rams had of an upset as the Aztecs pulled away in the third quarter. San Diego State's balanced attack was led by running back Adam Muema's 105 yards and two touchdowns, plus quarterback Ryan Katz's 16 of 22 passing for 181 yards and two scoring tosses.
Air Force Academy Falcons 28 - Wyoming Cowboys 27
In Laramie, once again the Cowboys found a way to lose after essentially outplaying the Falcons for most of the game before the Academy pulled it out in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Conner Dietz led the way again for the Air Force, gaining 92 yards on the ground and completing seven of nine passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
New Mexico Lobos 35 - Hawaii Warriors 23
In Honolulu, the Lobos got off to a fast start and used their ground game to control the contest (see related articles). The Warriors fought back and cut the lead to five in the fourth quarter but a long late touchdown drive sealed it for New Mexico who at 4-3 now have more victories than the last three years combined. It was the fourth loss in a row for Hawaii and also their sixth loss in-a-row to FBS schools.
Boise State is slowly but surely starting to take control of the Mountain West and it looks like the end of the season showdown between Boise State and Nevada is all that stands in their way of a league title.
Let's hope that byes next week will help the bottom dwelling Colorado State and Hawaii squads - they play each other at Fort Collins in two weeks.
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!
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