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Mountain West Football Week Five What We Learned

Air Force
The Falcons were able to beat navy for the first time since 2002; they did so using sweet new uniforms, defense, special teams, and oh yes their patented rushing attack.

Air Force is on their way to winning the coveted Commander-In-Chief award which they have not won since 2002. They still need to beat an improved Army team, but that does not seem to be an issue. Air Force looks to be a real threat to Utah and even TCU in a few weeks. Also, the Falcons are ranked for the first time in either poll for the first time in over a decade; Air Force is 25th in the AP poll.


BYU is off to their worst start since 1973 at 1-3, they just fired their defensive coordinator and were just handed their worst lost to Utah State in 32 years. This is not a case of BYU just needing to fix their offensive line or defensive backfield play; the entire team seem to be in a complete mess. The most troubling thing so far in this season is that current head coach Bronco Mendenhall is echoing former BYU coach Gary Crowton by saying, "This team is young, so give them time." The only difference is that I trust Mendenhall much more then Gary Crowton who echoed that sentiment during his entire tenure at BYU.

Colorado State

The non-existent running game for Colorado State returned its ugly head with a grand total of 45 yards on the ground, and the biggest disappointing part of the running game was that Raymond Carter who rushed for over 100 yards last week had three carries for zero yards. Colorado State was playing against TCU which is difficult but the Rams offense had a very long day. The only plus side was for the Rams defense that held TCU to 27 points, but back to the bad they gave up 346 yards on the ground.

New Mexico

The Lobos had a good showing for the first quarter as they were able to keep pace with UTEP and keeping the game tied at 14 apiece. One of the scores was from a blocked field goal that New Mexico returned but points are points. After that point, UTEP took advantage of New Mexico's inability to move the ball on offense and to score on their turnovers. The slight bright spot for New Mexico is that they may have found a running back Kasey Carrier who rushed for 58 yards on 12 carries, and he caught five passes for 36 yards. That was nothing special, but it was much better then Demond Dennis who rushed the ball one time for three yards.

San Diego State

The Aztecs were off and had a good chance to watch BYU on Friday night. The Aztecs should be confident and not cocky going into this weeks game against BYU.


TCU was able to win 27-0, but that was not big enough (according to the voters). The Horned Frogs did their best impression of the old school Oklahoma and Nebraska running attacks to beat Colorado State. TCU rushed for 346 yards while holding Colorado State to 161 total yards. Also, this was Gary Patterson's first road shut out in his career at TCU.


The Rebels lost the cannon to rival Nevada, but at least they did not give up 700 plus yards on the ground like last year. UNLV had a poor second quarter and gave up 21 points which sealed their fate, and that they gave up 374 rushing yards to Nevada. The running game still needs work, and it is never good to have your quarterback lead the team in rushing; well unless, that person is from a service academy or Colin Kaepernick. The bright spots were WR Phillip Payne who hauled in eight catches for 170 yards.


Not a bad week to be idle as the Utes get to rest up prior to facing Iowa State on the road, and they moved into the top ten in both polls.


A must win for the Cowboys as they are attempting to make it back to a bowl game. The Cowboys looked to be in the clear up 20-0 midway through the third quarter, but Toledo was able to make it a game with the final score of 20-15. Wyoming had the same situation as UNLV with their leading rusher being the quarterback with Austin Carta-Samuels running for only 56 yards. The Wyoming defense did a solid job for just over two quarters, but Toledo was able to get back in the game, but they did step up when Carta-Samuels threw a pick late in the fourth quarter and stopped Toledo. Wyoming did nothing great in this game, but they were able to hold off a strong comeback attempt by Toledo.

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