After a lukewarm start to the season with week one, the Mountain West Conference continued their non-conference matchups in week two with tougher opponents. They may want to go back to how they played in week one because - well, week two was abysmal.
Two schools didn't play this past week: Boise State Broncos and the University of Hawaii Warriors. Would they have helped the situation? Who knows but several of the losses were close contests. However, a couple of the losses were embarrassing in that they lost at home to FCS teams - ouch.
Here's a quick run-down of week two game results. Squint … it's not pretty.
South Florida Bulls 32 - Nevada Wolf Pack 31: After a rousing victory at Cal last week, Nevada came back to Reno looking like they would have another win over a quality opponent. But a fourth quarter comeback by South Florida - winning with 38 seconds, pulled off the victory.
Toledo Rockets 34 - Wyoming Cowboys 31: Wyoming played well in Laramie … for the first half. The Cowboys lost their starting quarterback late in the game and weren't able to rally for a win.
Michigan Wolverines 31 - Air Force Academy Falcons 25: At the Big House in Ann Arbor, the Air Force gave Michigan all they wanted, going toe-to-toe with the Wolverines before losing.
Oregon Ducks 42 - Fresno State Bulldogs 25: In Eugene, Fresno State had no answer to the Oregon running game, especially in the first half and while the Bulldogs kept the game respectable, they couldn't get close enough to really matter.
San Diego State Aztecs 42 - Army Black Knights 7: Although the Army was able to run at times, turnovers and poor defense made this an easy win for the home team.
North Dakota State Bison 22 - Colorado State Rams 7: The folks in Fort Collins have quite a rebuilding job to do yet. Before Colorado State can win games against other FBS opponents, they're first going to have to figure out how to beat FCS squads. North Dakota State dominated this game. This was ugly.
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 17 - UNLV Rebels 14: So too, UNLV's rebuilding program is not doing well. In Las Vegas, the FCS squad from Flagstaff pulled out a fourth quarter comeback including a game-winning field goal with 12 seconds to go for the upset.
Texas Longhorns 45 - New Mexico Lobos 0: With absolutely no passing game whatsoever, New Mexico had little offense to combat Texas as the Longhorns won easily in Austin. Lobos starting quarterback B.R. Holbrook was knocked out of the game in the second quarter.
Thanks to San Diego State's easy win over the Army, the conference wasn't completely shut out. Several moral victories (losses) against quality opponents don't mean much but the losses to FCS clubs can't continue if the Mountain West wants to be credible on the national scene.
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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