Another weekend of college football is in the books! The Mountain West had quite a few teams on byes this week but 9 teams still played this week. No matter what the outcomes were, coverage is still coming your way today in the form of game links from the weekend and original content later today and all of this week.
For the first time in 24 years, Nevada beat Boise State in Idaho. In a back and forth shootout with defense seeming optional in the first half, the Wolf Pack forced three turnovers in the third quarter, including a strip-sack on the first play to begin in the second half, to pull ahead and ultimately win the game. Both offenses seemed pretty evenly matched, but the Nevada defense made the difference.
When the triple option is working, it is a thing of beauty. Today is one of those days. Air Force jumped out to a huge lead and didn’t let up, winning 38-10 over New Mexico. The offense, in turn, churned out 190 rushing yards on 41 attempts and possessed the ball for the majority of the first half. They didn’t let up in the second, as fullback Brad Roberts went over 1,000 yards in his college career to go along with his two TDs.
Would you expect anything else in this crazy football season? Going up against the #18 team in the nation and staring a true freshman at quarterback, Hawaii pulled off the upset against the Bulldogs. They also forced 6 turnovers, including a game-sealing interception. It was a back-and-forth affair but Hawaii never let up and ended up with the victory.
UNLV has a lot of things to address during their bye week. They had a plethora of injuries, a few unsportsmanlike penalties, and costly turnovers at key moments. Freshman quarterback Cameron Friel looked good for the most part, but the support from players around him was lacking. As Coach Arroyo said, the Rebels aren’t yet good enough to overcome those mistakes.
Conference Realignment Updates.
Sources: Air Force and Colorado State will also be staying in the Mountain West. They had been heavily courted and considered the AAC, along with Boise State and San Diego State. All four schools will remain in the Mountain West.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) October 1, 2021
Conference Realignment Statement from the Mountain West Board of Directors pic.twitter.com/3sq2fnG3wO— Mountain West (@MountainWest) October 1, 2021
On the horizon:
- From the weekend: Don’t miss the game recaps from Nevada, Boise State, San Jose State, Utah State, Fresno State, Hawaii.
- Later today: MWCConnection Players of the Week: Week 5
- Later today: A new MWC Recruiting Roundup, with the latest news and offers and interviews. Plus, October Team Recruiting Rankings.
- Later today: Power Rankings: Week 5
- Coming Tuesday: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Week 5
- Coming Wednesday: Peak Perspective: Let’s talk about NIL deals.
- Coming Wednesday: Bowl Projections: Week 5