Week 10 is in the books for Mountain West football and there were some off teams, but for those who played what did we take away from those games.
Young players play well in new roles ...
Utah State true freshman quarterback Kent Myers had a perfect first half against Hawaii.
For the game he had just one incompletion all night, and while he only threw four more times in the second half, the Aggies had a commanding lead and didn't need a lot of throws from the true freshman.
Not to bad in his first ever career start. Yes, It was against Hawaii but that shouldn't be a qualifier for how well a true freshman plays in his first career road start, and for an Aggies team who struggles in the running game.
The other was true freshman Wyoming running back Brian Hill who set a Mountain West record for most all-purpose yards:
Those 387 all-purpose yards for Wyoming's Brian Hill are a MWC record.— Marek Warszawski (@MarekTheBee) November 2, 2014
The breakdown was 281 rushing yards on 23 carries for two touchdowns, and he led the Cowboys in receiving with three receptions for 106 yards in the teams dominating win over Fresno State, 45-17.
That performance earned Hill to be named the national Walter Camp offensive player of the week:
Wyoming RB Brian Hill was named the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week. http://t.co/VqeCP4X769— Pokes Authority (@PokesAuthority) November 2, 2014
Here is Hill discussing his record-breaking performance:
... Except for Fresno State's Zack Greenlee
Fresno State announced the move to redshirt freshman Zack Greenlee last Sunday as the new starting quarterback for the Bulldogs. With a bye week to prepare for Wyoming that would allow Greenlee to have time to prep for a home game against the Cowboys.
Greenlee completed just 7 of 16 passes for 55 yards and did add another 40 yards on the ground, but he didn't even finish the game as head coach Tim DeRuyter pulled the redshirt freshman for Brian Burrell. Burrell didn't do anything better by completing 7 of 13 passes for 93 yards and threw a pair of interceptions, but he did reach the end zone on a pass to running back Marteze Waller.
Nevada is in the drives seat to win the West division
The Nevada defense showed up in a key West division game against San Diego State by forcing three turnovers and held the Mountain West's leading rusher to his lowest out put of the year with 85 yards. The Wolf Pack defense also held Aztecs quarterback Quinn Kahler was held to 21 of 36 yards for 189 yards.
Nevada owns the tiebreaker over San Jose State and San Diego State, and its schedule the rest of the way is not terribly difficult with games against Air Force, Fresno State and UNLV.
Colorado State is playing well but two key players might be banged up
Colorado State topped San Jose State, 38-31, on Saturday night but there are some injury concerns as quarterback Garrett Grayson was hobbled all night with a groin injury and star wide receiver Rashard Higgins fell hard on his left shoulder late in the game making a catch.
Grayson played the entire game but was visibly showing how he was really playing on just one leg. The extent to Higgins injury will not be known until Monday.