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Mountain West Football Week 13 What We Learned: Rose Bowl For TCU

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Air Force Falcons

The Falcons finished last week and are patiently waiting for the official invite from the Independence Bowl.

BYU Cougars

The Cougars seemed to have the Holy War all wrapped up with a 13-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but then Utah's offense decided to show up and scored 17 points and needed to block a field goal to beat BYU. BYU fell victim to an unfortunate play on a Utah punt which hit a BYU player in the hip on a ball they did not see. Then the outrage from BYU fans, seems to be warranted, when BYU intercepted a Jordan Wynn pass but then the ball was fumbled and recovered by Utah. However, even with video replay which seemed to confirm the knee of the BYU player was down and Utah kept the ball. San Diego State fans may be snickering a little bit since they had a similar play go against them when they played BYU earlier in the year.

The offensive play calling on the final drive baffles me, just running the ball. Call for a pass with a running back as an outlet to mix things up.

Colorado State Rams

Welcome to the off season!

New Mexico Lobos

Time to start discussing the hotness of head coach Mike Locksley's seat; if he is not fired this off season next year will definitely be his last unless he shows serious improvement in the win category. All that needs to be said is that New Mexico played three quarterbacks who combined for this line: 9-20, 34 yards and an interception. I know TCU's defense is good, but really New Mexico. Injuries did play a part in the quarterback woes, but it was a revolving door each and every week.

San Diego State Aztecs

A typical Aztec win as they blew out UNLV. Quarterback Ryan Lindley had four touchdown passes to go along with 338 yards, plus we saw the return of freshman sensation running back Ronnie Hillman. Hillman rushed for 152 yards, one score and an eight yard average per carry. Aztecs finish the season 8-4 which is their best season in a long time and should be heading to the Poinsettia Bowl in their own stadium against Navy.

TCU Horned Frogs

TCU did not fall to the upset bug that bit Boise State and nearly took out Auburn, but rather they dominated New Mexico in a 66-17 route. The Horned Frogs are now heading to at least the Rose Bowl most likely against Wisconsin, and if Auburn or Oregon slip up next week then TCU is bound for Glendale, AZ in the BCS title game. Not much to say they did what they were supposed to do and that was to wax New Mexico.

UNLV Rebels

San Diego State's high powered offense was just too much for UNLV to deal with and barely got anything done on either side of the ball. Running back Tim Cornett was the best player for UNLV as he had 61 yards on 17 carries. The offense looked stagnant and the defense even worse. It will be interesting to see when UNLV takes on Hawai'i next week.

Utah Utes

The Ute offense looked bad, and why bring in backup Terrance Cain if he is just going to throw the ball and then gave up two picks. His best feature is to run the option and zone read as a threat to run the ball himself. The Ute offense finally showed life in the fourth quarter, but needed some help from an unaware BYU player where a bad punt hit him in the side unbeknown to him which Utah recovered. Then Utah was lucky enough to have a recovered a fumble go their way, even with an official review. The big play was Brandon Burton blocking the potential 42-yard game winning field goal, Burton was untouched on the edge.

Wyoming Cowboys

The Pokes are still celebrating their win over Colorado State