The Mountain West had a successful 2015 opening weekend, going 10-2 against the opposition this past weekend. Conference teams went 8-for-9 against FCS teams while the league went 2-of-3 against FBS schools.
Hawaii (1-0) was the biggest winner of the weekend, defeating Colorado of the Pac-10 at home Thursday thanks in part to a referees mistake that didn’t allow the Buffs to get off their final play of the game.
No. 23 Boise State (1-0) also registered a win Friday over a Pac-10 foe, holding off a late charge to defeat Washington 16-13 in Boise. The Broncos led 16-0 at one point but the Huskies, under direction from former BSU coach Chris Peterson, made a game of it and nearly upset the Broncs.
New Mexico (1-0) tied school and MW records by scoring eight rushing touchdowns against overmatched FCS Miss. Valley St. to win 66-0 on Saturday. The Lobos defense also showed hints of improvement, limiting the Delta Devils to just 74 yards of total offense in their first shutout since 2012.
Nevada (1-0) did very well in their home opener against FCS UC Davis, taking 24-3 lead into the fourth quarter before closing out on the Aggies.
Wyoming (0-1) suffered the biggest set back of opening weekend, losing 24-13 to FCS North Dakota – the first win by UND over an FBS opponent in their history. North Dakota led 21-0 early in the fourth quarter in Laramie before the Cowboys made their comeback.
UNLV (0-1) got off to an inauspicious start Saturday, losing to Northern Illiinois 38-30 in Dekalb, Ill. The Rebels led 17-3 at halftime but faded in the second half as the Huskies scored four touchdowns to secure the win.
Utah State (1-0) narrowly avoided the home upset Thursday, trailing FCS Southern Utah 9-5 at halftime before taking the lead late in the fourth quarter with an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Rest of the Mountain West
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Thursday, San Jose St. (1-0) overwhelmed New Hampshire 43-13 at
Saturday, in San Diego, San Diego St. (1-0 defeated crosstown San
Colorado St. (1-0) overwhelmed Savannah St. 65-13 in Ft. Collins…
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the second biggest win
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