Nov 042003
 
Authors: Joelle Milholm

Game-winning plays decided three of the four Mountain West

Conference games in Week 10 of the 2003 football season. Utah

jumped ahead of the competition to claim sole possession of first

place after a triple-overtime, 45-43 victory over Air Force. The

Falcons dropped to second place with the loss.

UNLV beat New Mexico 37-35 to give the Rebels their first

conference win. New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado State are now

fighting for third place with two conference losses each.

BYU, playing outside the conference, took a 50-12 pounding from

Boise State and dropped to 4-6 on the year.

This week features two MWC battles with the first taking place

Friday night on ESPN2 when New Mexico hosts CSU. The second is

Saturday when San Diego State travels to UNLV. Air Force hosts Army

while the remaining teams Utah, Wyoming and BYU have bye-weeks.

Utah 45 Air Force 43

Utah tight end Ben Moa had a one-yard touchdown run and then

threw his first ever college pass to wide receiver Matt Hansen for

a two-point conversion in triple overtime to lift the Utes over Air

Force.

Utah took a 23-7 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Falcons

scored 16 points to send the game into overtime.

Moa’s winning touchdown in the third overtime was his third of

the game as he rushed for 26 yards on nine carries in place of

injured running back Brandon Warfield.

Up next:

Air Force (6-3, 3-2 MWC) will now host Army, who has yet to win

a game in nine attempts. Air Force has won 13 of the last 14

meetings between the two teams. Despite their loss to Navy earlier

this season, the Falcons still have a chance of winning the

Commander-In-Chief Trophy if they can beat Army and if Army beats

Navy. With six wins, Air Force is bowl eligible.

Utah (7-2, 4-1 MWC) has the week off and will remain in the top

spot in the MWC. The Utes return to action Nov. 15 when they host

Wyoming. Utah needs to win one of its two remaining conference

games to assure part of the MWC title and needs to win both to

become champion outright. Utah is also bowl eligible.

UNLV 37 New Mexico 35

UNLV rallied after losing quarterback Kurt Nantkes to an injury

in the second quarter and capitalized on New Mexico’s six turnovers

to end its three-game losing streak and stop New Mexico’s four-game

winning streak.

“That was one of the best defenses I’ve seen,” UNLV head coach

John Robinson said in a press release. “We were without our

quarterback, but it was fun to see them play and fight and come up

with a victory that was not easy.”

Up next:

UNLV (5-4,1-3 MWC) hosts San Diego State (4-5, 1-3 MWC) on

Saturday. San Diego State returns from a bye week and both teams

are coming off their first conference victories. Aztec freshman

running back Lynell Hamilton looks to break 1,000 yards rushing. He

has posted 993 yards in nine games to rank him No.1 in the MWC and

No. 15 in the country. UNLV needs one win to become bowl eligible

and San Diego State has to win all three of its remaining

games.

New Mexico hosts Colorado State on Friday night in the battle to

join Air Force with a 3-2 record in conference. The Lobos need to

win two of their last three games to become bowl eligible, while

Colorado State needs one victory in its last three games.

Boise State 50, BYU 12

BYU used four quarterbacks to try to produce some offense, but

the combination of throwing four interceptions and the defense

trying to stop Boise State’s high-powered, 571-average

yards-per-game offense, proved unsuccessful and BYU fell to

4-6.

Up Next:

BYU has a bye week to prepare for a visit to Notre Dame on Nov.

15. BYU must win its remaining two games, including its last

conference game against Utah, to become bowl eligible.

 

 

 

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