Brigham Young(1-3) kicked off the Mountain West Conference week
with a bang on Friday night. They traveled to the famous blue field
at Bronco Stadium to take on No. 21 Boise State(4-0), who held the
nations longest win streak at 14 coming into the game.
Boise State came out firing taking a 16-0 lead in the first, but
BYU came back behind the arm of sophomore quarterback John Beck to
make it 21-16 at the end of the first half. Beck ended the game
going 20 of 35, for 390 yards and two touchdowns, but it was not
enough as BSU’s sophomore quarterback, Jared Zabransky, led them to
the 28-27 victory.
Zabransky threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns on 20
completions, and also had an interception. Boise State was able to
get the edge rushing the ball to put them over the top. Lee Marks
rushed 13 times for 63 yards, as BYU running backs combined for
only 25 total yards on the ground.
Next week the Cougars come to Fort Collins to take on
Wyoming(2-1) welcomed Ole Miss(1-3) to War Memorial Stadium on
Saturday. The Cowboys managed their first win over an Southeastern
Conference team ever, behind four interceptions by the defense and
two huge plays from junior receiver Josh Barge.
Barge returned a punt 87 yards and also caught a 69-yard pass
from receiver Jovon Bouknight, while the defense forced five
turnovers, including intercepting quarterback Ethan Flatt four
times. Wyoming quarterback Corey Bramlet passed for 170 yards and
one touchdown on the day and running back Joseph Harris ran for 121
yards on 23 attempts.
Wyoming hosts Louisiana Monroe (0-3) next week. Monroe lost to
Arkansas State (28-21 last week.
Utah (4-0) and Air Force (2-2) squared off in a MWC battle in
Salt Lake City on Saturday. Quarterback Alex Smith continued to
shine for the No. 14 Utes, in a battle of talented quarterbacks, as
he they outscored the Academy 49-35.
Smith passed for 260 yards and two touchdowns on 13 completions,
and also led the team rushing, gaining 84 yards and another
touchdown on 13 attempts. Smith had help in the running game as
Marty Johnson rushed 21 times for 72 yards and four touchdowns to
get the Utes the win.
Shaun Carney led the Falcons once again. He passed for 158 yards
and one touchdown on nine completions, and rushed for another 95
yards and three touchdowns on the day. Utah continues MWC play
traveling to New Mexico next week. Air Force goes home for a battle
against Navy (4-0) who beat Vanderbilt last week 29-26.
San Diego State followed up a heartbreaking loss to No. 17
Michigan last week with a good win against Nevada (2-2) 27-10 in
Sand Diego. Matt Dlugolecki led the Aztecs to victory throwing for
262 yards and two touchdowns to go along with two
Jeff Rowe was the leading man for the Wolfpack going 19-of-40
for 204 yards, but had no touchdowns and two interceptions. San
Diego State also got help from the run game as running back Michael
Franklin picked up 100 yards on 23 carries. Next week the Aztecs
travel to UCLA (2-1).
New Mexico easily handled the Aggies of New Mexico State 38-3
Saturday in Las Cruces, New Mexico. D.D. Cox led the Lobos running
for 110 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns.
The Aggies were stifled by the New Mexico defense only gaining
124 total yards and coming up with two turnovers. The Lobos take on
Utah next week in MWC action in Albuquerque.
UNLV continued to struggle this year ending Saturday with an 0-4
record and a 31-21 loss to the Utah State Aggies. Turnovers killed
the Rebels who were a -5 on the day, giving the ball away on four
interceptions by quarterback Kurt Nantkes.
Nantkes finished with 283 yards passing and one touchdown on 20
completions, but it was not enough to overcome the turnovers. The
Rebels also wasted 189 yards and one touchdown by Dominique Dorsey
on 18 carries. Next week the Rebels take on the Nevada Wolfpack
(2-2) who lost to San Diego State this week.