5. November 16, 2019 – Utah State linebacker Eric Munoz emerges at a critical juncture vs. Wyoming
Once David Woodward was lost for the season with an injury, replacing all of his production was always going to be an impossible task. For one week, though, the walk-on Munoz shined in Woodward’s stead to help the Aggies steal a key win against the division rival Cowboys, compiling 13 tackles and two interceptions before getting put on scholarship for his efforts. A very cool story all around.
4. August 31, 2019 – Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier begins a storied freshman campaign vs. Florida State
The Broncos needed everyone’s best to claw their way back from an 18-point deficit and perhaps no one gave more in the rally than the guy whose legend began that afternoon. Despite taking more than a handful of withering shots in the pocket, Bachmeier finished the day with 407 yards, a touchdown, and a nickname the blue and orange faithful will be singing praises to for years to come.
3. August 24, 2019 – Hawaii wide receiver Cedric Byrd sets the tone vs. Arizona
The Warriors welcomed America back to college football season in style, and no one did more heavy lifting in Week 0 than their leading returning pass catcher. Arizona seemed to have no answer for Byrd, who caught 14 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns to help Hawaii secure the first of its ten wins.
2. August 30, 2019 – Utah State linebacker David Woodward is a one-man wrecking crew vs. Wake Forest
The Aggies came agonizingly close to a big upset in Winston-Salem to open their 2019 campaign, but Woodward’s massive effort can’t be overlooked. Not only did he finish with 24 total tackles, the most by any Mountain West defender this fall, he also had 3.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and a sack. He also would’ve had a defensive touchdown off of a strip sack had it not been erased by a holding penalty, but either way it’s a game for the ages.
1. October 5, 2019 – San Diego State cornerback Luq Barcoo picks off three passes… in a row.
It’s pretty hard to expand upon just how nuts that is. Patrick O’Brien and Justice McCoy both got victimized by the man who would eventually tie for the FBS lead in interceptions, taking the Aztecs’ typically stingy defense to a whole new level.