Oh my what a week, the Utes fall on their face after beating UCLA and then Wyoming gives up a season high of 33 points to Ohio, and BYU destroys a former unbeaten team in Air Force.
I figured that BYU would win, but the dominated Air Force and gave them their first lost of the year. Air Force was only able to run for 133 yards and pass for under 100 for the game. One noticable factor in the game was the third down conversion rate of 3-13 for Air Force. This game was a total surprise Air Force was not going to win but the way they were dominated and even without their best receiver in Austin Collie being held out of the game. The Cougars after two mishaps look to be back in form, or it could be the two games they lost were on the road.
This game was turnover mania with 7 by Wyoming and that included 5 picks by Karsten Sweed and Ohio also had 4 turnovers themselves. That is how Ohio was able to hang in this game, but the main reason Wyoming won was that they torched the Bobcats on the ground for 267 yards and that included 198 yards for Devin Moore and that was on only 19 carries, plus he had 2 scores. The rest of the bulk of rushing came from Wynel Seldon in 92 yards and one score. I was unable to see this game but it sure did seem ugly from 11 total turnovers, but I was surprised that Wyoming was able to comeback since they were down 23-6 in the third quarter. Wyoming's offense is not known for quick striking, but their defense held up and the offense took care of the rest.
CSU is the only Mountain West team to not have won a game and is currently on a 10 game losing streak dating back to last year. Colorado State came out in front with an early lead of 17-3, but then Houston took over by scoring 21 third quarter points. Kenneth Fontenette 37 yard fumble return for a TD tied the game at 24 apiece and that was pretty much the end for CSU. The Rams played even with Houston, but they could not make the key plays to score points, and look for thier losing streak to possibly hit 11 games when the Rams go on the road to play TCU next week.
San Diego State finally got a win, by beating up on Portland State. San Diego State did thrash Portland State, but there are still no reason to believe the Aztecs are improving. Yes Kevin O'Connel threw for over 400 yards, 5 TD's, and zero picks however they could not run the ball against this FCS team and only gained 122 yards and 33 was done by the QB. Then the Aztec secondary got ripped! They gave up 445 yards, no touchdowns allowd, and they did get 3 interceptions. But to allow that many yards against this level of talent is unexceptable. Lets see if the Aztecs will take this win and build for next weeks game.
Here is another exciting game against an FBS team and New Mexico has been on a roll since its 10-6 loss against UTEP in week one. They obliterated Sacramento State and it now looks clear that the UTEP game was an aberration to what the Lobos can be this year. There is not too much to say, but that New Mexico only allowed 77 total yards and that Rodney Ferguson ran crazy for 4 TD's and 129 yards. The defense did its thing allowing the 7 points, but TCU will struggle in conference play if their offense does not improve.
TCU is kind of out of their funk after beating SMU. The points allowed is good, but to only score 21 points against a bad C-USA team is unacceptable, but this is better then giving up a 14 point lead to Air Force in the 4th quarter. I was correct on my preview and the last podcast that Marcus Jackson would get some playing time but it did not do to much to bolster the offense when both QB's combined for 108 yards. The return of Aaron Brown did help with his 92 yards, but with him being out the past few weeks TCU has really struggled. This was a good game to get Brown back in before conference is full on.
This game was just as much of a shocker as the UCLA victory was last week. This game was the first time Utah was shut out since a 38-0 loss to Arizona State in 1993. it seems obvious the Utes will have a roller coaster season after seeing these past two weeks. Brian Johnson was a game time decision, and most people would assume not use him and play him next week against Utah State, but Brian Johnson came in the second half to help rescue the Utes after being down 13-0 at the half. The difference in this game was turnovers, both teams turned the ball over but it was UNLV that took advantage of the Utes miscues. Also throw in the fact that Frank Summers ran for 192 yards with 2 TD's. For the Utes when Brian Johnson first got in the game the team was full of confidence, but they could not get into the endzone, nor could the defense stop anyone.