Mountain West Football: Week 9 Winners And Losers

Mountain West Football: Week 9 Winners And Losers

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Mountain West Football: Week 9 Winners And Losers

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1. Aztecs can’t hold a lead

San Diego State lead rival Fresno State 28-17 with just over a minute left and lost the game 32-28. The Bulldogs started their final drive down 11 with 3:55 left. All signs pointed to an Aztecs win.

Then… Fresno State and Jake Haener drove down the field for a touchdown with 1:09 left in the game. Everyone knew the onside kick was coming and the Bulldogs kick attempt wasn’t even that great but they did recover it.

Two Aztecs players couldn’t get their hand on the ball.

2. Nevada can’t finish off San Jose State

The Wolf Pack scored in every quarter against San Jose State and even led 14-7 at the half and the game was tied at 21 apiece.

Shawn Illingworth got the start at quarterback for the Wolf Pack and proceeded to complete 18 of 29 passes for 223 yards with a touchdown and an interception, a solid day. Wide receiver BJ Castell had seven catches for 149 yards and a score. Running back Toa Taua had three scores on 75 yards.

However, the defense couldn’t hand on the in the second half as San Jose State scored touchdowns on all four of their possessions — the fifth was a kneel down after Illingworth’s lone interception.

3. Lawsuit against Utah State football program

The Aggies had a bye week but big news came ouf of the program as former player Patrick Maddox is suing the school. Maddox is facing retaltion over leaking audio over comments head coach Blake Anderson made about sexual assualt victims.

Maddox’s life was made miserable once it was known he released the tape. He had his gear stolen and destroyed and also was made to apologize to the team by Anderson. He also alleges that Anderson told the team that Maddox “made a mistake,” and the players could punish him however they “saw fit.”

Anderson has since responded to these allegiations via his Twitter account.

“I look forward to providing facts, context and clarification of the allegations against myself. I love and appreciate all of our players, past and present. Besides respecting each other like family, we work to foster good character and social responsibility. We strive to build a culture our fans, community and University can be proud of, and that respects all people.”

There have been issues with Utah State and former players with sexual assualt over the past few years — under multiple coaches. This latest lawsuit is just not a good look for the program, regardless of who is proven right or wrong in this situation.

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