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Mountain West Football Week 3 Review

This week was possibly the best overall performance of the MWC in its 10 year history. The league went 4-0 over Pac-10 schools and 7-1 over all, which include an amazing upset of UNLV over #13 ranked Arizona State in Tempe, and then there was BYU who put the worst beatdown on UCLA in 80 years.

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TCU won again and did it convincingly by defeating Stanford with defense and their rushing game. Star tail back Aaron Brown for TCU did not suit up again because of University issues, but the Horned Frogs did not need him. TCU ended up with 233 yards on the ground and had four touchdowns, all while controlling the clock 39 minutes to 21 minutes.

Stanford did not help their cause by giving up the ball three times and only able to manage 193 yards of total offense. Stanford did play very well in the first half that featured a score of 14-14 with Stanford blanking TCU 14-0 in the second quarter.

The second half the TCU defense stepped it up with key interceptions that stalled any Cardinal drives, plus they held Stanford to 2-12 on third down attempts.

TCU looks real good right now as the are now 3-0 and all without their best offensive player in Aaron Brown, and just votes away from being in the top 25 so BYU and Utah better watch out for a under the radar TCU.


Wyoming really is that bad, they barely escaped FCS North Dakota State.  The Cowboys were saved by running back Devin Moore who rushed for 145 and a touchdown, and then field goal kicker Jake Scott kicked 3 field goals in the game.

Wyoming's solid defense did a good job in limiting 13 points, but they won the game by creating 4 turnovers and shutting out the Bison for the last 25 minutes of the game.

Wyoming quarterback Dax Crum did not do too much to help his cause to keep the starting job, Crum went 11 for 17 with only 90 yards.  Wyoming just unable to execute against offensively when it came to passing situations, as the Cowboys went 4 for 14, and was unable to score touchdowns in this win.


Sure Rick good way to start your first road game and suffer the schools worst loss in 80 years.  UCLA was just embarrassed and exposed  as a fraud this past week in Provo.  BYU  quarterback Max Hall officially entered the Heisman race with 7 touchdown passes, before he was pulled with just under 8 minutes to go, in the THIRD quarter.

BYU just dominated UCLA offensively and especially important defensively who forced four turnovers and held UCLA to 2-10 on third downs.  This was a statement game for the BYU defense that has struggled at times in this young season.

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This game was moved to th SMU stadium in Dallas, because of Hurricane Ike that caused trouble in the Houston area.  Air Force had its usually run option offense to a near perfect game.  Air Force ran the ball 71 times for 380 yards, and zero completions which equals passing yards.  Air Force had the game wrapped up early until the Cougars made a furious run to score 21 straight points when down 31 to 7 to make the game close.

Houston had the opposite game plan where Houston threw for 362 yards, and four touchdowns.  The key for Air Force winning was the two turnovers they forced and that they controlled teh ball for 33 minutes to Houston's 27 minutes giving the Falcons that edge in the game.  Air Force is now at a surprising 3-0 in what is to be a rebuilding year.


The way the Lobos had been playing, not many people gave them a chance to win this game at home.  The New Mexico defense stepped up and forced five turnovers to stall many Arizona drives.  Willie Tuitama had 324 yards and three touchdowns, but the two picks really hurt the Wildcats.

New Mexico relied heavily on running back Rodney Ferguson who had his second consecutive 100 yard yard rushing game.  Ferguson also had an amazing 6.1 yard per carry , which helped keep the time of possession in the Lobos favor 33 minutes to 26 minutes.  Every time Arizona would get close New Mexico would respond with a touchdown to keep the game out of reach.  This could be the spring board that New Mexico needed after falling behind 0-2 before winning this game.

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The 108th meeting of this game was not close at all, and this was the 11th straight win for Utah in this series.  The score was a blowout but Utah did have its problems in the game, especially in the return game.  Utah return man had four muffed punts or kickoffs. 

Utah State did very little on offense, and this game gave Utah the chance to break in new nose tackles in the rotation because of injuries.  The star on the defense was sophomore Paul Kruger who had four sacks and a fumble recovery in the game. 

On offense Utah saw their running attack dominate by averaging 4.9 yards per carry, but the Utes were able to see sophomore Eddie Wide rush for 54 yards on seven carries, and that possibly could have earned Wide a few carries a game later on.  This was Wide's first action at running back this season.


This was the only loss by a Mountain West this weekend, and again could not get anything done on offense.  So far this season  Quarterback Ryan Lindley was the lone bright spot, but he only managed 140 yards passing.  San Diego State just looked awful as they were out gained 4 to 1 and only managed seven first donws.  An amazing stat in the game was that the Aztecs only had the ball for just over 19 minutes which is not enough time to do anything on offense.

Credit San Jose Staet for running the ball well and with Yonus Davis who ran for 143 yards and 7.9 yards per carry and then there was Brandon Rutley who ran for just under 100, but then averaged 9.5 yards per carry.  This game was just a very bad performance by the Aztecs who could nothing done on offenes or defense to stop the run.

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This was the most surprisng game of the day, because UNLV under Mike Sanford had only won 2 each of his last three seasons, games in and this win equaled that total in this win.  A win over a ranked opponent  was the first time in five years since UNLV's last win over a ranked team which was a 23-5 win at Wisconsin in 2003.

This game was pretty even over all, but the difference was the fourth quarter that saw Rebel OMar Clayton run of 28 plays in the fouth quarter en route to the game tying touchdown. 

Arizona State might have been looking past UNLV when Georgia comes to town next week, and did not execute in this game which should not have been this close.  The game went to over time when UNLV scored the last 10 points and the tying touchdown with 18 seconds left.

In overtime UNLV scored first with a field goal, and then when Arizona State attemtped the same play but was blocked by Malo Taumua.  This win possibly has saved MIke Sanfords job for at leas tone more year.