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
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.
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
“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.”
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
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
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.