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AIR FORCE: The Falcons fell behind by two touchdowns in the first quarter against New Mexico on Friday night and were never able to fully recover as they suffered the 45-37 setback on the road. Certainly a positive sign for the Falcons is the growth of quarterback Nate Romine who converted 15-of-23 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns in the losing cause. Romine also ran the ball 13 times for a net of 21 yards and a score as the team generated 257 yards and two scores on 48 attempts versus one of the weakest run defenses in the country. Anthony LaCoste, who a week earlier ran for 263 yards against Army, finished with a team-best 177 yards on 21 attempts, but he was held out of the end zone. Defensively, Air Force was torched for a staggering 451 yards on the ground, leading to five touchdowns. The Falcons are slated for some extended time off and will not return to the football field until Nov. 21 when they challenge the UNLV Rebels at home.
BOISE STATE: The Broncos are back in action this coming weekend when they do battle with the Wyoming Cowboys in conference play at home. Boise State has never lost to the Cowboys, posting a 45-14 victory last year in order to run its unbeaten record to 7-0 in the series. Boise State enters the week as the 18th-ranked offense in the nation with 488.6 ypg, and even though the team is operating with a backup quarterback at this stage and for the remainder of the season quite possibly, the Broncos are 27th in pass efficiency with a rating of 149.68. Thanks to a 42-30 victory over Colorado State earlier in the month, BSU has now won four of its last five outings.
COLORADO STATE: It took some time for the Rams to get going on Saturday, but after posting just a pair of field goals in the first half the team erupted for 32 points in the final 30 minutes to blow away Nevada at home by three touchdowns. Kapri Bibbs was easily the star of the show for the hosts as he set a single-game school rushing record with a staggering 312 yards on 30 carries. Bibbs, who was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week, also scored four rushing touchdowns to match a Colorado State single- game record as well. The effort by Bibbs was the second-best performance in the FBS this season, just four yards shy of the 316 produced by Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch. The Rams are set to hit the road this weekend for the first of back-to-back league bouts in enemy territory, beginning with a stop at New Mexico. Colorado State owns a 35-25 edge in the all-time series after recording a 24-20 win over the Lobos last season.
FRESNO STATE: One of only a handful of teams still undefeated in the Football Bowl Subdivision this late in the season, the 17th-ranked Bulldogs were sluggish in the early going against Wyoming on Saturday night, but that was before quarterback Derek Carr took control and directed the squad to a resounding 48-10 victory on the road. Fresno State rattled off 48 unanswered points to close out the meeting, and again Carr was the star of the show as he completed 33-of-46 passes for 360 yards and four touchdowns. Josh Harper may have led the squad with his game-high 159 receiving yards on nine catches, while Davante Adams accounted for 79 yards and a score on a game-high 11 catches, but it was Marcel Jensen who proved to be the most efficient receiver with two grabs for 29 yards and a pair of TDs to keep the now-16th-ranked team in the land in the hunt for a BCS berth. The Bulldogs catch their breath this week and get ready for the stretch run. Next on the schedule is a date with New Mexico at home on Nov. 23.
HAWAII: The Rainbow Warriors took a break from Mountain West Conference play last weekend as they suited up against Navy over in Annapolis and the results were no different than any other game this season as Hawaii suffered yet another road loss, 42-28. Quarterback Sean Schroeder tried to give the visitors a fighting chance as he converted all but four of his 33 pass attempts for 246 yards and three touchdowns, but it just wasn't meant to be. Clark Evans caught a game-high nine passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns and even the running game got in on the action as Joey Iosefa produced a team-best 191 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries, but still that wasn't enough to offset the Midshipmen as they used 61 running plays to generate 383 yards and five touchdowns. The Rainbow Warriors, losers of all nine of their games this season, are back on the island this coming week where they will host the San Diego State Aztecs. Hawaii trails in the all-time series, 16-9-2, after being crushed by the Aztecs a season ago, 52-14.
NEVADA: The Wolf Pack looked good in the first half, limiting Colorado State to only six points, but then the flood gates opened after intermission and Nevada was helpless against a record-setting rushing effort that eventually led to a 38-17 road loss. The Pack gave up 331 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, with all but 19 of those yards coming from one player in Kapri Bibbs. Cody Fajardo, the best offensive weapon Nevada has this season, managed to convert 31-of-46 passes for 247 yards, but he was sacked three times and could not get the ball into the end zone through the air. Fajardo did pace the Pack on the ground with 87 yards and a TD on 13 carries, but still the team lost for the fifth time in as many outings. The Wolf Pack tries to get back on track this weekend when they host the San Jose State Spartans at Mackey Stadium. Last season, Nevada slipped by SJSU with a 17-14 triumph, giving the Pack a 16-8-2 edge in the all-time series.
NEW MEXICO: The Lobos focused their attack versus Air Force on the ground last week, running the ball 65 times for a staggering 451 yards and five touchdowns as they pulled out a 45-37 victory in order to snap a three-game slide. Kasey Carrier was first on the unit with a game-high 179 yards on 27 attempts, but he was held out of the end zone. Instead, it was quarterback Cole Gautsche with two TDs and 140 rushing yards, while Jhurell Pressley carried the ball a mere four times for 87 yards and two TDs as well. Gautsche completed only one of his three pass attempts, but it went for a 28-yard touchdown to Jeric Magnant early in the first quarter to kick off the night's scoring. After playing last Friday night, the Lobos get an extra day to prepare for their meeting with Colorado State at home this coming weekend. UNM suffered a narrow 24-20 loss to the Rams last season, adding to CSU's edge in the all-time series which now stands at 35-25.
SAN DIEGO STATE: The Aztecs scored just 12 points through the first three quarters on Saturday night, but then the team came up with 22 in the final period as they slipped by host San Jose State, 34-30. Running back Adam Muema was responsible for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries for San Diego State as the team picked up a second straight win and the fifth in the last six outings. Donnel Pumphrey, who was limited to only 14 yards against New Mexico a week early and a combined 51 yards in the previous two outings, accounted for 78 yards and a score on 10 carries for the visitors. Quinn Kaehler kept the ball moving by completing 18-of-31 passes for 235 yards and two TDs. The Aztecs are again out on the road this coming weekend, this time heading to Honolulu where they will challenge the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. San Diego State thumped Hawaii in last year's meeting, 52-14, and as a result now owns a 16-9-2 advantage in the all-time series.
SAN JOSE STATE: Quarterback David Fales threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday night, but he was also sacked twice and tossed a pair of interceptions as the Spartans squandered a golden opportunity during their 34-30 loss to San Diego State at home. Fales completed 11 passes to Chandler Jones who turned them into a game-high 155 yards and a score, while Tim Crawley made just three catches yet landed in the end zone twice as SJSU saw a four-game win streak come to an end. SJSU, which now ranks 92nd in the country in rushing with 141.2 ypg on the ground, produced only 81 yards on 25 attempts in the losing effort. The final road game of the regular season is on the docket for the Spartans this weekend as they travel to Reno to take on the Nevada Wolf Pack. A season ago SJSU came up just short in a 17-14 final at home, pushing the Spartans even further behind in the all-time series, 16-8-2.
UNLV: Since winning four straight games during the first half of the season, the Rebels have taken more than a few steps back, now with three defeats in the last four contests. On Saturday, UNLV watched Caleb Herring throw for 252 yards and a pair of touchdowns against visiting Utah State, but it wasn't enough as the Rebels bowed in a 28-24 final at Sam Boyd Stadium. Tim Cornett managed to produce a game-high 115 yards and a score on 29 rushing attempts, but UNLV simply could not get the job done in front of the hometown crowd. The Rebels did force four fumbles in the matchup, but only recorded a pair of recoveries. The Rebels now take a break from the action and will be back on the field on Nov. 21 versus the Air Force Falcons, the final road trip of the 2013 regular season for UNLV.
UTAH STATE: The offense started off slow for the Aggies during their trip to Las Vegas over the weekend, but eventually the team began to produce and, thanks to a 12-yard touchdown run by Bruce Natson with under four minutes remaining in regulation, the visitors were able to come away with a 28-24 win. Natson actually scored two TDs in the meeting, posting 71 net yards on nine carries, taking some of the pressure off Joey DeMartino who gained 75 yards and scored once on 19 attempts. Darell Garretson threw for only one score, but his 16-of-28 effort in the pocket for 288 yards kept the Rebels on their toes as USU won for the third time in as many outings. The Aggies are idle this week and will return to action on Nov. 23 versus Colorado State at home.
WYOMING: The Cowboys scored the first points of the game on Saturday night against 16th-ranked Fresno State, keeping the Bulldogs off the scoreboard until the second quarter, but once the flood gates opened it was all over for Wyoming in a 48-10 setback. Brett Smith tried to keep hope alive for the Pokes as he completed 18-of-32 passes for 141 yards and a score, but it wasn't nearly enough to keep the hosts from suffering their third straight loss and the fourth in the last five games overall. Wyoming was limited to just 296 yards of total offense, compared to the 600 allowed to the Bulldogs as the latter remained undefeated. The Cowboys are set for yet another tough test this coming weekend as they challenge the Boise State Broncos on the road. Wyoming was blitzed in the meeting last season, 45-14, which means the Pokes are still searching for their first win in the series after seven tries.