This game was a lot closer then the score indicated, because Colorado State scored 14 points in the final six minutes to defeat UNLV. This loss was UNLV's 17th consecutive conference road loss, ans the Rebels have not defeated the Rams since 2002.
The running game for the Rams finally did what most, well at least me, thought they could do when Gatrell Johnson III went off for 191 yards rushing for three scores. Then quarterback Billy Farris had a career game when he had 294 yards with 211 going to Rashaun Greer in this game.
The Rams seemed to have the game in hand by scoring 24 straight points to end the third quarter to have a 13 point lead over the Rebels, but then the fourth quarter came along and the Rebels woke up in the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter is where all the action had, during the third quarter the Rebels had only three possessions the first resulted in a missed field goal, the other was a pick, and the last drive is the one that set up a fourth quarter touchdown. Omar Clayton was on fire hitting all of his receivers for both scores in the quarter. UNLV regained the lead by one with 6 minutes left and looked in good shape.
Then Colorado State marched down with ease to score and then made a two point conversion, which made it a seven point lead with nine seconds left and sealed the win. Then on the kickoff UNLV fumbled the ball and the Rams should have just taken a knee and seal the win, but the team decided to be fancy and risky with four laterals which resulted in another score for the Rams.
Both teams were evenly matched, but the difference was the Rams play makers in this game
Special teams doomed the Air Force Academy who suffered their sixth straight loss to the Navy Midshipmen. Navy had two blocked punts returned for touchdowns, which ultimately was the difference in this game. This game was the first of the round robin format for the Commander-In-Chief Trophy, and this winner usually has had the upper hand recently.
Turnovers also hurt the Falcons who had two of them which netted 10 more points for Navy in this game. Air Force did out gain the MIds 411-244 and actually passed the ball effectively with 184 passing yards by two quarterbacks, but when the opponents score 24 of their 33 points off of mistakes it is amazing that Air Force was able to keep this game as close as it was.
The Navy offense just had to be effective because of the short fields they were giving a few times, and with a back up quarterback Jarod Bryant who rushed for 101 yards and a score. Air Force actually did do a good job defensively by forcing Navy into four field goals and only one score.
The mistakes were just too much as it looks that Navy is on to their sixth straight CIC trophy.
TCU came back with a vegence after getting wacked by Oklahoma last week. Back up quarterback Marcus Jackson started for the injured Andy Dalton and lead the Horned Frogs to this dominate victory. Jackson only threw for 115 yards, but he then lead the team in rushing with 131 of the 383 yards TCU racked up on the ground.
TCU's offense had the ball control to in their favor by a whopping 44 minutes to 16 minutes, which makes sense by that San Diego State scored seven points and 85 total yards of offense. This TCU defense is for real, and last weeks game just shows how good Oklahoma really is.
TCU held the Aztec rushing game to negative yards, and was able to limit a pretty good passing game to 98 total yards, and to top it off held the Aztecs to 1 for 11 on third downs.
This is just as dominant a performance a team could have, and if Andy Dalton is out for any significant time, Senior Marcus Jackson is more then capable of leading this team and defeating the top of the Mountain West.
The Lobos really are the mystery team they have shown in years past, and once again Wyoming is that bad and Joe Glenn better dust off his resume.
The Lobos were not overally impressive offensively as they only passed for 33 yards with backup Brad Gruner, but their rushing game made up that miscue by gaining 317 yards in the game and without star back Rodney Ferguson.
The Lobo defense stole the show with three turnovers forced and holding the passing game to under 89 yards. Wyoming has a serious problem at the quarterback position, this week it was Karsten Sween and no Dax Crum but it did not matter who was in. Again, the only brigh spot was running back Devin Moore who managed 74 yards on the ground.
The Wyoming defense did ok giving the circumstance of having to defend short fields against a dominant running game this week, and an offense for them that could not hold the field long enough to give them a breather.