What We Learned After Week 14 Of Mountain West Football
The regular season is in the books.
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One last go around.
Air Force – Ten wins is a great turnaround from back-to-back five wins for the Falcons team. Quarterback Donald Hammond III is now a passing quarterback? Well, not really but he is one of the better passers in Falcon’s history as he ended the season with 1,286 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Boise State – Rename the Broncos quarterback factory. For the third-straight game, Jaylon Henderson led Boise State to a victory. It seemingly does not matter all that much about who is under center. We will see in the title game who gets the start.
Colorado State – The Rams continue to come up short in close games. They had a shot against most of their games this year with five games decided by 10 or fewer points but could not get over the hump.
Fresno State – The Bulldogs took a big step back compared to last year and it started with losses on defense and also quarterback play taking a huge step back. Quarterback Jorge Reyna wasn’t great either with so many late-game miscues. Overall, there were plenty of issues with this team but one of the few bright side of the season was running back Ronnie Rivers.
Hawaii – After 13 games there is still no clear answer as to who the starting quarterback is between Cole McDonald and Chevan Cordeiro, however the swapping back and forth has pretty much worked for the year. It is yet to be seen if it will work in the Mountain West title game.
Nevada – This season has been extremely odd as it saw the Wolf Pack not only used multiple quarterbacks this year en route to becoming bowl eligible. The oddest thing about how the Nevada season is having four of its five losses in the amount of 71, 51, 28, and 26 points.
New Mexico – The Bob Davie era is over is the most significant thing to happen this weekend for the Lobos. Hanging around with Utah State was a good sign despite knowing its head coach was out the door. Time to move on and find its new coach for the Lobos.
San Diego State – The Aztecs went with quarterback Carson Baker to replace the injured Ryan Agnew and he did a solid job. There were no turnovers, a touchdown pass, and an efficient 19 of 24 for 172 yards.
The defense shut down a BYU offense that had been clicking over the past month and the Aztecs shutdown the Cougar attack that was averaging 39.8 points during its five-game winning streak leading into this game.
San Jose State – DeJon Packer had a huge game in helping the Spartans defeat Fresno State for the Valley Trophy, 17-16. Packer had 93 yards rushing and added four receptions for 35 yards with a touchdown. This was his third-straight game with over 100 yards from scrimmage.
UNLV – Tony Sanchez had his final game and the Rebels came out a winner over rival Nevada and keeping the Fremont Cannon red. Wide receiver Steve Jenkins who scored twice, including the game-winning score, on five catches for 140 yards. It was the first time in a month he has had a catch and his best game of the year by far.
Utah State – The running game came back alive — yes, it was against New Mexico — as Gerold Bright had 113 yards and a score. This was his first 100-yard game since Oct. 19. That ground game is what has been missing over the past month and hindered the Aggies from getting a few more wins.
Wyoming – The surprise in this game is that Tyler Vander Waal got the start at quarterback. He was not the same as he had an interception and his typically solid rushing attack was non-existent.