Sunday, September 25, 2016
Bilo's College Football Week 4 PASS/FAIL Reports: Mountain West
It was another heinous week for the Mountain West, as only 2 schools receive passing grades (Air Force, Boise State), while seven failed. Holding the worst fails of the week are Wyoming, a loser ont he road to Eastern Michigan, and UNLV, an OT home loser to Idaho. Here are the final grades for week 4 in the Mountain West:
PASS: Air Force, Boise State
Air Force is 3-0 for the 1st time since 2008 after a pair of scoring drives led the Falcons to a 27-20 win over Utah State in MWC play. The Falcons, whose vaunted rushing attack was largely nulled, scored 14 points off of turnovers in the win.
Boise State ran off to a 31-7 lead at the half at Corvallis, and eventually held off Oregon State in a 38-24 win. Jeremy McNichol rushed for 208 yards and 3 TDs for the win, and is easily flying under every radar in the nation right now.
FAIL: Utah State, Colorado State, San Jose State, Nevada, Fresno State, UNLV, Wyoming
Utah State had their 11 game home winning streak snapped, and allowed 14 points on turnovers after largely stopping the Air Force rushing game in a blown opportunity loss.
Colorado State allowed 4 rushing TDs in a close loss at Minnesota, a game that the Rams easily could have won. Collin Hill, who was explosive last week, was merely average this week.
San Jose State had a big chance to pick up a road win over a reeling Iowa State club, but was blown out instead for the second time this season in a humiliating 44-10 loss.
Nevada, who was averaging over 200 yards per game on the ground, was held to just 68, and a late pick thrown into the end zone allowed Purdue to steal the win.
Fresno State scored 31 in the 1st half and led Tulsa throughout most of the game at home, but eventually, as they do, the Bulldogs imploded, scored just 10 points after the half, and lost to Tulsa 48-41 in OT.
UNLV is a young team, but there was no excuse to lose at home to Idaho in OT. UNLV had over 500 yards of offense, but the defense gave the game away.
Wyoming had an equally head scratching loss to Eastern Michigan on the road, and failed to capitalize on 4 EMU interceptions in their 27-24 loss. Wyoming continues to find ways to lose games under Craig Bohl.