Mountain West Week 11 Recap Roundup

With week 11 in the books, many different aspects of the MWC came into focus. From San Diego State officially earning their spot in the MWC title game to Boise State’s hope of a trip to the title game, there was quite a bit of excitement in the MWC camp this week.

Let’s take a look at the four games that did not get a full review,

Boise State 52, Hawaii 16:

In a complete rout from the opening kickoff, the Boise State Broncos demolished the Hawaii Warriors 52-16. Boise State scored touchdowns on five of their first six possessions and led 35-3 in the first half.

Brett Rypien had an impressive day in the air, tossing four touchdown passes and hitting the 300 yard mark for the fourth time this season. Cedrick Wilson and Thomas Sperbeck were the top targets for Rypien, compiling a total of 12 catches, 255 yards, and three touchdowns.

Touchdown machine Jeremy McNichols added another two on the ground to go along with 153 yards on only 16 carries in the win.

The Broncos move to 9-1 on the year and are in perfect position to possibly earn a trip to the Cotton Bowl as the top ranked G5 program, that is if Western Michigan loses a game before the bowl season. Hawaii still has bowl aspirations despite sitting at 4-7 on the year. If they are able to sweep Fresno State and UMass, they are still headed to the postseason with a 6-7 record.

New Mexico 24, Utah State 21:

Despite spotting Nevada 14 points to start the game, the New Mexico Lobos kept their small MWC title hopes alive with a 24-21 win over the Aggies. It was a tale of two halves as the Lobos started off with the miscue after miscue, trailing 14-0 with just under three minutes left in the first quarter.

From then on, the New Mexico defense was stellar, limiting Nevada to drives of three, 29, two, eight, and 41 yards while scoring 21 of the next 28 points in the game. Utah State had a chance to hold off the hard charging Lobos, but made the questionable decision to attempt to convert a fourth and goal at the one-yard line. New Mexico was able to come up with the big stop and then drive 76 yards to the Utah State 23-yard line. Jason Sanders hit a 40-yard kick with only 1:06 left in the game, sealing the win for the Lobos.

With their seventh loss of the season, the Aggies are now eliminated from postseason contention, joining Fresno State, San Jose State, and Nevada.

Air Force 49, Colorado State 46:

In arguably the wildest game of the entire weekend, the Air Force Falcon earned a trip to the postseason yet another time under head coach Troy Calhoun in a 49-46 victory over Colorado State.

The two teams combined for ??? yards of total offense, 95 points, and 12 total touchdowns. Timothy McVey was the scorer of choice for the Falcons, crossing into the endzone from six, ten, 15, and one yard out on a four touchdown day.

The game was full of runs as Colorado State took a commanding 24-14 lead, only to watch it turn into a 35-24 deficit in the matter of just over 12 minutes of game action. After giving up their 35-24 lead with back to back Colorado State touchdowns, Air Force scored 14 of the last 21 points to pull out a 49-46 win.

With the win, Air Force bolsters their chance at a high quality bowl matchup, possibly against Idaho in the Arizona Bowl. Colorado State, sitting at 5-5 on the year, must find a way to split New Mexico and San Diego State in order to head to the postseason.

San Diego State 46, Nevada 16:

One a night when the Aztecs ran the ball at will versus a less than capable Wolfpack rush defense, San Diego State completely dominated from start to finish in a 46-16 win over Nevada.

It was the Donnel Pumphrey and Rashad Penny show as the two combined for 406 yards and three touchdowns on the night. With 198 yards on 26 carries, Pumphrey passed former Memphis star DeAngelo Williams on the all-time rushing yards list. He now only trails Charles White (-194), Ricky Williams (-228), Tony Dorsett (-475), and Ron Dayne (-1,074) on the all-time list.

SDSU ended the night with 620 yards of total offense, over 250 more yards than the Wolfpack.

Nevada’s loss marks their seventh of the year and means they will be staying home for the postseason. San Diego State is now sitting at 9-1 with a trip to Laramie to face Wyoming. If they are able to beat the Cowboys and Boise State wins out, the MWC title game matchup will be San Diego State versus Boise State. If not, they will likely get a rematch versus Wyoming in the title game.

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