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What We Learned in Week Twelve of Mountain West Football

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Air Force

Their season is over with a 7-5 record and a bowl berth most likely in the Texas Bowl.  For some reason Air Force has struggle for nearly the entire decade against BYU.  The opposite is true when Air Force plays Utah and also TCU where they have been able to challenge those teams.

The Falcons are hoping Tim Jefferson is able recover from the hit he took from the back in time for their bowl game.  Jefferson is the cog in the Falcon offense and their is a drop off from him to the other quarterbacks.  There is no news on the severity of Jefferson's injury, but since he at least tried to re-enter the game he should be good to go for a bowl game. 

Also, what happened to the Air Force defense that was supposed to be good?

BYU

The passing offense was there for BYU this week, and part of that should be attributed to Air Force not running a scheme around stud TE Dennis Pitta who burned the Falcons for 111 yards.  Memo to Utah and defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake do something to try to slow down the Cougar tight end duo.  Max Hall blew up with 377 yards and five scores and so did the offense that boat raced the Falcons for a early 24-0 lead in the game.  The Cougars picked apart the supposedly good secondary that the Falcons had.  Turnovers were sloppy with three and will hurt them if they continue that against Utah next week.

Colorado State

Hey! What happened! That is what head coach Steve Fairchild must be thinking after the Rams lost to previously winless New Mexico. The Rams have now lost eight in a row with their final matchup against rival Wyoming.  The Rams switched quarterback with Jon Eastman getting the nod while benching previous starter Grant Stucker.  The running game picked back up again with John Mossure rushing for 177 yards, but the real question that has been haunting the Rams all year.  Where is RaShaun Greer who has zero touchdowns on the year.

New Mexico

They finally get a win and the former goat -- kicker James Aho -- is now the player of the week after he hit two field goals in the fourth quarter to push the Lobos to their first victory.  New Mexico had their highest yardage output of the season with 467 total yards.  Their running game actually showed signs of life with freshman Demmond Dennis who ran for 177 yards on the ground.  The Lobos are still a bad team but it is good for them to finally get a win.

San Diego State

They really, really missed WR Vincent Brown.  Ever since he has been out they Aztec passing game has dropped off quite a bit which is pushing them more toward the 2008 version then the 2009 team which was showing improvement.  QB Ryan LIndley's most passing yards since Brown was out was 257 yards which was against New Mexico, but besides that he has thrown for 164, 200, and 207 yards all loses.

TCU

The Horned Frogs had a little scare in the first half against Wyoming, but after the game was tied 10-10 they ran of 35 straight points to win the game going away.  TCU has a plethora of running backs and this weeks turn was freshman Matthew Tucker who had 134 yards and two scores; those yards were almost double his season high. TCU just has too many weapons for New Mexico next or any team they play in their expected BCS berth.

UNLV

The bye week was not all good as the schools all-world WR Ryan Wolfe ended his career by breaking his foot in practice last week; so now it is off to Sunday's the next time Wolfe hits the field.  The coaching names are pretty big for UNLV with the latest being former New Mexico, Alabama, Texas A&M, and TCU coach Dennis Franchione.

Utah

The Utes have their quarterback in the future with true freshman Jordan Wynn.  The big game this week against BYU will be his second big road game in three weeks.  The San Diego State win was the schools first game where they started off hot instead of their traditional slow starts this year.

Wyoming

The Pokes love to tease the nation against the really good teams.  First there was the Texas game where Wyoming hung around for a half and now the TCU game where they did the same.  Wyoming will be a dangerous team next year, but they still need to beat their rival free falling Colorado State on Friday to reach a bowl win.