Mountain West Football: Week 12 Winners and Losers
Who came out ahead and who left something to be desired in Week 12 of Mountain West football?
Some encouragement and some letdowns from the week that was.
Whew, what a weekend. There was plenty of high-stakes games all around and Week 12 of Mountain West action did not disappoint. And as usual, when someone rises the occasion, someone else has to play the goat.
Let’s not waste a lot of time, here are Mountain West football’s winners and losers.
1. Hawaii quarterback Chevan Cordeiro. The true freshman has certainly developed a flair for the dramatic, hasn’t he? Cole McDonald struggled for three quarters, so Nick Rolovich went to his backup and Cordeiro came up aces. He only threw five passes, but he had 156 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner to John Ursua.
2. Boise State wide receiver Sean Modster. The Broncos have their usual embarrassment of riches at receiver, but a lot of people overlooked just where the biggest breakout would come from. Modster finished with nine catches for 129 yards and three touchdowns, his third multi-score game of the season, and he just might find his way onto the all-conference two-deep.
3. San Jose State linebacker Ethan Aguayo. The Spartans defense had its work cut out against Nevada on Saturday afternoon, but Aguayo did something that not even Frank Ginda managed. He collected 20 tackles, the first SJSU defender to do so since 2013, and an interceptions which set up the offense’s first touchdown.
1. Colorado State wide receiver Preston Williams. This is really through no fault of Williams’s own, since he had six catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns. It’s all about the bad break that he caught on the game’s last play which, from here, seems like it was the right call. Fans of both the Rams and the Utah State Aggies will be thinking about this one for a very long time.
2. Air Force safety Jeremy Fejedelem. It wasn’t a good afternoon for Fejedelem, who was in coverage for both of Tyler Vander Waal’s touchdown passes and took a targeting penalty that will see him miss the first half of next week’s finale against Colorado State. Considering it’s the Falcons’ last chance at bowl eligibility, that’s a tough blow to absorb.
3. Everyone’s New Year’s Day bowl hopes. All of a sudden, it comes down to rooting for South Florida and then, when that doesn’t work, rooting for whomever emerges from the AAC West in the conference’s title game. Whether you’re rooting for Utah State or Boise State or Fresno State, it’s not ideal.