MWC Week #5 Wrap

BYU had a productive week despite having a bye, thanks to a large number of upsets that allowed the Cougars to move up in the rankings and crack the top 10. Find out how the rest of the conference fared this past week.

#11 BYU did not play

Next up: at Utah State, on Friday, October 3.

#17 Utah 37, Weber State 21

The starters rested the fourth quarter as the Utes rolled to a 34-7 lead at the end of three. The Wildcats acquitted themselves as well as could be expected, ending the night with 19 first downs and 359 yards of offense, but Utah easily outdistanced them, picking up 23 and 450, respectively.

Next up: versus giant killer Oregon State, this Thursday night, October 2.

TCU 10, #2 Oklahoma 35

Oklahoma made their case for the top slot after the USC loss on Thursday, and the Sooners just had too much for TCU to handle. The Horned Frogs didn't help their cause any, committing four turnovers and 12 penalties, but it was already 21-3 before they began to self-destruct.

Next up: it gets easier as San Diego State comes to town.

Colorado State 7, California 42

After a promising win over Houston, the Rams found multiple ways to fall apart. It was all Bears from the get-go. A blocked punt was scooped up and carried to the end zone for the first Cal score. Just two plays later the Bears intercepted Billy Farris and took that one to the house to make it 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. Aided by a dubious pass interference call, the Cal offense tallied a touchdown in the second quarter for a 21-0 halftime lead.

The Rams went nowhere on the opening possession of the second half, and the Bears ran the punt back 73 yards to go up 28-0.

It was 35-0 before Colorado State finally scored with 5:14 to play, but Cal wasn't done, closing the scoring with one more touchdown with 2:03 to play. The Rams had 19 first downs to Cal's 20, and 352 yards of offense to 348 for the Bears, but three interceptions and the blocked punt doomed them.

Next up: versus UNLV.

UNLV 27, Nevada 49

In-state rivals squared off in the desert. The Rebels jumped out to an early lead, scoring 17 in the first quarter while the Wolfpack put a touchdown on the board. From there Nevada dominated, putting up three second-quarter touchdowns to one for UNLV, and three more in the second half.

The Wolfpack laid 620 yards of offense on their rivals, including an astounding 444 on the ground, while surrendering only 381. Nevada also picked off Rebel quarterback Omar Clayton, his first interception this season in 145 tries.

Next up: at Colorado State.

New Mexico 35, New Mexico State 24

It started out ugly. On the first play from scrimmage the Aggies went 84 yards for a touchdown. Their second possession took all of three plays to go 80 yards for a second score, and it was 14-0. But the Lobos battled back, taking their first lead at 28-24 with 4:14 to play. New Mexico State then worked the ball to midfield, but turned it over on downs with 2:25 to play. Two plays later James Wright broke free and dashed 44 yards for the final score.

The Lobos were without starting quarterback Donovan Porterie, injured last week at Tulsa, but climbed the mountain. Brad Gruner completed only seven passes, and had one intercepted, but he attempted only 16. Paul Baker stepped into the breach with 146 yards on 37 carries, while Gruner contributed 44 on seven attempts. All told, the Lobos rushed for 297 yards and controlled the clock for 38:34 to pull to within one game of .500 at 2-3.

Next up: versus Wyoming.

Wyoming 16, Bowling Green 45

The nightmare continues in Laramie. Three different quarterbacks threw interceptions for the Cowboys, and they handed the Falcons a touchdown on a fumble into their own end zone.

Next up: at New Mexico.

San Diego State 45, Idaho 17

After three losses the Vandals came to town and the Aztecs finally picked up a win.

Next up: at TCU.

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