Mountain West Football Week 4 Review

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Another dominant performance on both sides of the ball, BYU has two consecutive shutouts and has outscored their opponents 103-0 in their past two games.  Watching this game Wyoming actually had a very successful game plan early on, by running misdirection plays and throwing short quick throws.  The game was close for about a quarter and a half before the Cougar offense was able to make a splash.

The six turnovers did not help at Wyoming, who had a fumble returned for a touchdown by BYU on a lateral pass on the first offensive play.  Then there was an interception returned late in the third quarter.  BYU mainly used their running game to defeat Wyoming, and Wyoming’s rush defense is a solid one but Fui Vakapuna who is now a full back after being the teams running back had a great game with 28 yard not much but he runs hard and had 5.6 yards per carry.

Max Hall had a very average day by throwing for 189 yards, with 62 one play to Austin Collie, but he did throw for three scores before leaving the game in the mid way of the third period.

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Colorado State surprised most with this win against University of Houston.  Colorado State was able to stay turnover free, which can not be said for Houston who turned the ball over four times.  The game started off well with Colorado State quarterback Billy Farris who had a 79 touchdown pass within the first minute and then lead the Rams to a 21-3 during the first half.

Houston who is a passing team did throw for 380 yards, but the Cougars did not have the ball enough during the game.  The time of possession favored Colorado State 37 to 22 minutes with their running game of Gattrell Johnson III and Kyle Bell.

The  Cougars were finally able to make a dent in the Rams defense by closing the gap 21-17 in the third quarter with their passing game, but the Rams offense scored their only points in the second half with a Kory Sperry touchdown reception to put the Rams up 11 in the fourth, and a late touchdown by Houston was not enough.

This was very close to a complete game for Colorado State, they had no turnovers,  held the ball for 15 more minutes, and the big key was Billy Farris who his best game of the year.

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The best matchup of the day put two undefeated teams against each other in Colorado Springs.  If someone were to look at the stats of this game one would assume that Utah won by a couple of touchdowns.  Air Force ran for only 53 yards in comparrision to over 200 in their previous three games, Utah had Darrell Mack and Matt Asiata rush for over 100 yards each, time of possession favored the Utes by 13 minutes, and Utah out gained the Falcons nearly four to one.

However that was not the case as the game went down to the final  moments.  Utah had turnovers at the worst times and Air Force that lead to nine points and normally automatic Louis Sakoda missed two fields goals.  The most surprising thing in this game was that Utah was able to shutdown the Falcons running game with their top two tackles out for multiple weeks.  Air Force did have key runs for gains at certain times, but to hold an Air Force team to uner 60 yards is amazing.  Typically if you can hold them below 175 that is a good game.

Utah showed that they have the talent to over come these mistakes to win close games.

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Tulsa very well could be the best team from outside a BCS league, yeah BYU fans they could be better then the Cougars.  The reasoning is that Tulsa has one of the most prolific passing attacks in the country and beat a New Mexico defense that is set up to not get beat deep or often in the passing game with their 3-3-5, but by virtue of them not playing any BCS league opponents they most likely will not make it up the polls high enough to make a real push for a BCS game.

Tulsa did look very good in this game quarterback David Johnson in this game had 469 yards and six touchdown passes with a average of 12 yards per attempt!  Just a note he has 1,219 yards, 15 touchdowns, and only two picks on the year.

Tulsa’s defense also is very good as they were able to get four interceptions and limit the New Mexico passing game to under 200 yards.  The lone bright spot for New Mexico was running back Rodney Ferguson who had 122 yards and a touchdown.

Tulsa just threw the ball around at will in this game and had three players at 98 yards or more in this game, and had no trouble with the Lobo defense.

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Running back Aaron Brown finally made his season debut, I wonder if coach Patterson talked to the higher ups to allow Brown to play this week so that his first live game action was not against Oklahoma on the road.  Brown ended up with over 100 yards rushing and receiving and just adds another weapon to the Horned Frog offense.

TCU played a well round game with a near 50/50 split with the rushing and passing yards.  TCU did not beat SMU with home run plays most were mid range gains, with the only exception was when back up quarterback Marcus Jackson ran for a 79 touchdown in the fourth quarter.

One can not review a TCU game and not mention the defense, as they held SMU to 210 total yards with a rushing defense that finished with SMU losing eight yards on the night, then toss in three turnovers TCU forced in the game.

This TCU team is very dangerous and can very well challenge and beat Utah or BYU in the coming weeks.

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Is UNLV for real, or is this a mirage of beating a bad team in Iowa State.  Either way MIke Sanford almost certainly saved his job for another year by getting the most wins since 2003 when UNLV won six games.

The Rebels handed Iowa State their 13th straight road loss, and this was the second week in a row that UNLV defeated a team in overtime.

UNLV looked to have the game all wrapped up with a 21-0 lead in to the mid way point of the second half.  Then Iowa State lead behind Austen Arnaud who scored all four touchdowns and help the Cyclones out score UNLV 28-7 to force overtime.

UNLV had a very balanced game that had running back Frank Summers rush for over 100 yards in this game and quarterback Omar Clayton with 235 yards passing and three scores plus 24 yards on the ground.

The Rebel defense played an extremely well first have, but gave up all the points and most of the yards in the second which allowed the Cyclones to come back.

Iowa State tied the game with three seconds left in regulation and then scored first in overtime with a field goal, but then coach Mike Sanford decided to run the same fade pattern that helped UNLV win against Arizona State, and the play worked again and UNLV won on the first play.

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