Week 8 Mountain West Football: Scoreboard, Highlights, Recap
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Line: Fresno State -15.5 | Staff Picks
Final: Fresno State 56, UNLV 27
Recap: Turnovers, turnovers and more turnovers is what was the difference in this game. UNLV turned the ball over five times — three picks and two fumbles — which led to 28 Fresno State points. That number goes to 35 if you include a turnover on downs forced by the Bulldogs which they then converted another touchdown.
This game was actually close late in the third quarter with Fresno State up 28-20 and they just missed a field goal. UNLV had the ball looking to make a statement but on the very first play from scrimmage but Charles Williams lost the ball and Fresno State’s Justin Rice returned the ball for a touchdown and that led to the game eventually being a blowout.
The Fresno State offense had short fields to work with but even with that they had a season-high 489 yards. The per play numbers were off the charts with averaging 10 yards per pass and 7.2 per running play.
In what could have been the first complete game of the season, the Broncos instead were unable to overcome their mistakes for the first time this season. Boise State struggled at some point in all three phases of the game at some point in the game, with the most overlap in the third quarter. BYU quarterback Baylor Romney, in his first start, was able to go 15/26, 221 yards, and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions, which is incredibly impressive considering how the Bronco defense had been playing this season.
Chase Cord did his best to battle back but struggled overall in his first full game experience, throwing two interceptions while just missing have two others intercepted as well. There is some solace in the fact the Broncos were able to battle back and make the game closer than it felt all game but at some point, all the mistakes had to catch up with them, as it did tonight.
With a bye week before getting into the teeth of their Mountain West schedule, the Broncos still have a chance to work on their execution to eliminate mistakes and make their run for the Mountain West Championship.