Saturday October 6th will be remembered for, well, uh an exciting … and cold overtime game in Colorado, between two military academies. That's about it. The Mountain West Conference didn't make any noise nationally with their four non-conference contests, winning two and losing two. Let's take a quick look back at seven games involving all ten league schools.
Naval Academy Midshipmen 28 - Air Force Academy Falcons 21 OT: The Falcons played better than the Middies but three turnovers kept Navy in the game and they were able to parlay them into an overtime victory that started at 9:40 AM in the morning in unseasonably cold temps, even for Colorado Springs.
Boise State Broncos 40 - Southern Miss Golden Eagles 14: The Broncos didn't dominate the Golden Eagles but five turnovers made Boise State's job easy.
New Mexico Lobos 35 - Texas State Bobcats 14: Thanks once again to an excellent ground game (370 yards), the Lobos were able to control the game and cruised past the Bobcats who had no running attack, gaining only 32 yards rushing.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 58 - UNLV Rebels 31: The Bulldogs had a balanced attack that gained 622 total yards for the game as the Rebels just didn't have the personnel to stay with the third ranked offense in the country.
Fresno State Bulldogs 28 - Colorado State Rams 7: Holding the Rams to only 55 yards on the ground, coupled with the Bulldogs balanced offense, enabled Fresno State to control the game, while just missing out on a shutdown inside the final minute of play. Colorado State has now lost five in-a-row.
Nevada Wolf Pack 35 - Wyoming Cowboys 28 OT: The Cowboys came into this contest having played poorly most of the year but it was the great running game of the Wolf Pack that didn't play particularly well. The nation's leading rusher, Stefphon Jefferson, was held under 100 yards rushing for the first time this season. But the passing game for Nevada probably won them the overtime game led by backup quarterback Devin Combs.
San Diego State Aztecs 52 - Hawaii Warriors 14: Both teams came into the game struggling. The Aztecs now have a nice offense and strong defense while the Warriors have untold amounts of problems. Quarterback Ryan Katz of San Diego State ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more (see related articles).
No one team seems unbeatable and there are several schools who may viably state they can legitimately fight for the championship. All ten teams play each other this coming Saturday with the key matchup between Fresno State and Boise State.
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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