What We Learned After Week 3 Of Mountain West Football
The conference went 5-4 this week.
So… what happened after Week 3
Air Force – The Falcons showed off its passing game in its upset win over Colorado and in the process, may have its one and only quarterback in Donald Hammond III. He went 7 of 12 for 155 yards with two passing and one rushing score.
Boise State – The Broncos got the win but at some point, the offensive line has to protect Hank Bachmeier was sacked three times and hut multiple others. This was against Portland State, once the Broncos play a better team this could be an issue. The offensive line was without two starters but this has been an issue all year.
Colorado State – There are a few things to take away from the Rams loss to Arkansas. Starting quarterback Collin Hill left the game injured but Nebraska transfer Patrick O’Brien came in strong in relief who was 7 of 10 for 103 yards and a touchdown.
However, the defense has been and still is an issue and against Arkansas, they gave up 14 fourth-quarterTevaka Tuioti points — seven was on an Arkansas defensive score — which turned in a close game to a blowout loss.
Also, the offense needs more consistent play instead of a series of booms and busts.
Hawaii – Don’t be shocked by the loss to Washington. The big concern is that quarterback Cole McDonald is on pace for 34 interceptions. Now, he will not have that many but eight through three games is not a good look. Something needs to be done at quarterback to shore up the mistakes that are putting the defense in bad spots.
New Mexico – Oh boy… the Lobos looked real bad against Notre Dame. There are a few positives. The defense actually looked solid in the first quarter as it forced Notre Dame to punt on its first three possessions. Also, it seems that the quarterback job should be in the hands of Tevaka Tuioti as he was a decent 6 of 13 for 132 yards, however, Sheriron Jones had three picks and looked pretty bad.
San Diego State – The running game and offense is back. Maybe it just took a few weeks to get things going in the new look but run-first offense. The ground game was amazing even with Juwan Washington on the sidelines. Chance Bell had 116 yards and two scores while Jordan Byrd had a touchdown and 128 yards of his own.
Nevada – A win is a win, but Nevada really needs to finish drives. They settled kicking four field goals and all four attempts were inside the red zone. This six-point win over Weber State should have been a blowout. The positive side is that all of the field goals were good.
Wyoming – The Cowboys have a quarterback issues. Sean Chambers once again had a rough day by completing only 4 of 12 for 50 yards and no scores or picks. He usually makes up for it on the groung but he had only 26 yards. For the year, Chambers is completing only 39 percent of his passes. One other key aspect of the offense is that for the third-straight game Wyoming has failed to put up points in the first quarter.
UNLV – Tony Sanchez seems to be regressing as an offensive head coach. He mentions the tough Northwestern defense as the reason to not give Charles Williams the ball just four times in the second hald despite being very successful. Perhaps the loss of offensive coordinator Barney Cotton is really that big of deal for why the offense and Armani Rogers has struggled.