Week three of the college football season is behind us, and many Mountain West teams are already a quarter of the way through their schedule. The Mountain West came away with another victory over a Power Five opponent, but fell short in some games they could have won. Let’s revisit the good, bad, and ugly moments of week three.
What a showing by the Falcons! They nearly blew a double digit lead late in the game, but were able to come away with the victory in overtime. Air Force threw the kitchen sink at in-state rival Colorado, including 12 pass attempts from Donald Hammond III. Hammond brings a different dimension to the Falcon offense, as he has an arm to match his legs. Air Force poses a legitimate threat to Boise State this Friday.
San Diego State
This looked more like the Aztec squads we are used to seeing. A dominant running game and a defense to match it. San Diego State took care of New Mexico State to improve to 3-0. There are still some concerns for this Aztec squad in the secondary, as they gave up nearly 300 yards through the air. However, a balanced run and passing attack has them poised for a run at the West Division title.
The first quarter wasn’t pretty, but the Broncos took care of business the last three quarters. Boise State went into the second quarter with a narrow 14-10 lead. But, the defense buckled down, and they finished the game with 31 straight points and a 45-10 victory. Boise State definitely wanted to give Bachmeier some more opportunities to throw the ball downfield, and he struggled at times. Chase Cord played the majority of the second half for Boise State in relief of Bachmeier. Bryan Harsin made it clear that there was no controversy after the game. John Hightower had a huge game with a kickoff return for a touchdown and a receiving touchdown. The Vikings did not kick it to him the rest of the game. Curtis Weaver tied the Boise State record with four sacks to bring his total up to six on the season.
Weber State is a good football team and will make some noise at the FCS level this year, but the Wolf Pack were fortunate to walk away with a victory in this one. Carson strong had a mixed performance, throwing for nearly 300 yards but turning the ball over three times. Nevada has not looked like a squad that is ready to hang with San Diego State and Fresno State since their victory over Purdue.
The Rebels gave us some hope for a little while. After an awful performance against Arkansas State in week two, UNLV looked like they had a chance to knock off a Big Ten foe in Northwestern. Unfortunately for the Rebels, their offense stalled in the second half, and Northwestern was able to pull away for a comfortable 30-14 victory. UNLV had a vicious running attack, finishing the game with 210 yards on the ground. However, their passing game continued to struggle, as Armani Rogers managed only 120 yards through the air.
The Rams offense is the only reason they aren’t in the ugly category. Colorado State had one of their best rushing performances in a long time led by Marvin Kinsey Jr.’s 180 yards on 20 carries. The passing game was not quite as dominant, as Colin Hill was replaced by Patrick O’Brien. The Rams continued to have significant struggles on the defensive end, giving up more than 500 total yards to an Arkansas squad that struggled to score against FCS Portland State. Colorado State has plenty of questions to answer before conference play begins.
The Cowboys almost lost to the Idaho Vandals. You heard that right, the Idaho Vandals. This is the same Vandal squad that lost by 70 to Penn State and barely beat a Division II squad last week. It was a rough performance for Wyoming; Chambers finished the game completing only 4 of 12 passes for 50 yards. The Cowboys were solid on the ground again, but they couldn’t manage 300 yards of total offense against an awful Idaho team. The Cowboys are in big trouble if they can’t get their passing game going.
Maybe Nick Rolovich should have held off on the Rose Bowl tweet. Hawaii left the islands for the first time this year, and they were dominated by a superior, Washington Huskies squad. The final score may have been 52-20, but it really wasn’t that close, as Washington put on the brakes in the second half. If Hawaii is going to be a true contender this season, they are going to have to perform better when they play away from home.
I’m not really sure what to say here. The Lobos were playing without their head coach and were facing an opposition that is far superior in every aspect of the game. Maybe New Mexico will be able to pull it together against rival New Mexico State this weekend. If not, they may not get another win this season.
That’s it for this edition of “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.” What were some moments from week three that stood out to you?