Mountain West Round-Up

Sep 202004
Authors: Preston Cagle

The Mountain West Conference kicked off week four with its first

in-conference match-up of the year. Air Force traveled to Las Vegas

to face the Rebels from the UNLV, initiating the war for supremacy

in the MWC.

The Falcons did just what they wanted to do, established the

run. Freshman quarterback Shaun Carney led Air Force to a 27-10

victory, completing 12 passes for 139 yards, two touchdowns, and

running for another 64 yards on 21 carries.

Shane Steichen led the Rebels throwing for 160 yards and one

touchdown on 12 passes, but he also had two interceptions. Wide out

Earvin Johnson also pitched in, bringing down seven catches for 99

yards and one touchdown.

Air Force (2-1) continues conference play next week taking on

the reigning MWC champion No. 14 Utah. UNLV (0-3) will stay at home

and take on the Aggies of Utah State, who were beat up by Utah 48-6

on Saturday.

No. 14 Utah 48 Utah State 6

Utah came out firing behind quarterback Alex Smith. Smith threw

nine passes for 163 yards and one touchdown in limited duty. He

also rushed seven times for another 44 yards and a touchdown.

Seven different players combined for 237 yards and four

touchdowns running the ball for Utah. Marty Johnson led the way

carrying the ball 11 times for 76 yards and a touchdown.

Utah is first in the MWC in scoring defense, averaging 37.3

points per game and is also first in total offense, averaging 449.7

yards per game. The Utes (3-0) will head to Air Force for their

first conference action of the season on Saturday. Air Force will

be looking for vindication after losing to Utah in a 45-43

heartbreaker that went into triple overtime.

No. 17 Michigan 24 San Diego State 21

San Diego State played in front of the largest crowd in school

history when they traveled to Ann Arbor to take on No. 17 Michigan.

The Aztecs nearly pulled off the upset behind big plays in the air,

but came up short 21-24.

Junior quarterback Matt Dlugolecki tossed 26 passes for 277

yards and one touchdown, and an interception in a losing effort.

Robert Ortiz led the Aztec receivers with 125 yards and one

touchdown on seven catches and Jeff Webb hauled in 11 catches for

107 yards and one touchdown, but it was not enough.

The Wolverines were propelled to victory behind the arm of Chad

Henne and the athleticism of senior receiver Braylon Edwards.

Edwards pulled in eight catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns,

and Henne threw for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 11 of 24


The Aztecs (1-1) had two chances at field goals to tie, but

missed them. They go back to San Diego next week to take on the

Nevada Wolf Pack. The Wolf Pack beat Buffalo this week 38-13,

behind 16 of 32 passing for 234 yards, two touchdowns, and an

interception by quarterback Jeff Rowe.

No. 1 USC 42 BYU 10

The other top-10 match-up in the MWC involved top-ranked

Southern California traveling to Provo to take on Brigham Young.

The Cougars did something to USC that has not been done in almost

two years: they held the Trojans scoreless in the first quarter.

USC scored 21 points in the second quarter and 42 in the game as

they beat BYU 42-10.

John Beck led BYU in the losing effort, throwing 18 passes for

194 yards and one touchdown, but also had three interceptions. Todd

Watkins helped, grabbing four catches for 94 yards and one


USC got big performances from running backs LenDale White,

Reggie Bush and quarterback Matt Leinart. Leinart threw for 236

yards and two touchdowns as the Trojans rolled to another victory.

Bush rushed 14 times for 124 yards and one touchdown and also

caught a pass for another score. LenDale White chewed up 110 yards

on the ground and one touchdown.

BYU (1-2) goes to Idaho on Friday to take on No. 21 Boise State.

The Broncos beat the University of Texas-El Paso this week 47-31.

Jared Zabransky led the way throwing for 392 yards, two touchdowns

and two interceptions as the Broncos extended the nation’s longest

winning streak to 14 games.


Oregon State 17 New Mexico 7

The New Mexico Lobos traveled to Corvallis, Ore. to take on

Oregon State on Saturday. The Lobos lost 17-7 in a mistake-filled

game in which New Mexico gained only 116 total yards of


New Mexico quarterbacks combined to go seven of 31 for only 40

yards and two interceptions. The Lobo running backs combined for 76

yards on 25 carries, as they squandered turnovers by the OSU


Derek Anderson led Oregon State. Anderson threw 24 passes for

273 yards and two touchdowns. Dwight Wright Jr. rushed 29 times for

108 yards for the Beavers.

New Mexico (1-2) goes to Las Cruces, New Mexico next week to

take on in-state rival New Mexico State. The Aggies won their first

Sunbelt Conference game ever beating Troy 22-18. Aggie quarterback

Buck Pierce was 22 of 34 for 219 yards and two touchdowns,

including the game winner to tight end Travis Samuel with two

minutes and five seconds left in the game.

Wyoming (1-1)

Wyoming had the week off, but they take on Ole Miss in Laramie

next week. Kicker Jonathan Nichols was the hero of the day for the

Rebels in Ole Miss’s game Saturday. His 35-yard field goal in the

first overtime, after the defense held Vanderbilt, put Ole Miss

over the top in a 26-23 thriller.

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