Dec 13, 2018

Mountain West Wednesday: Week 5 in the conference

Utah State Aggies 40, San Jose State Spartans 12

The Aggies improved their record to 3-2 with an easy win over the Spartans last weekend.

Aggie quarterback Chuckie Keeton threw for 260 yards and completed 29 of 42 passes. His favorite target was receiver Brandon Swindall, who had five receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown.

The Spartans lost two starters in the game to injuries. Senior Bene Benwikere was hurt in the third quarter while tackling Aggie tight end D.J. Tialavea. The 6-foot, 192-pound cornerback was accidentally struck in the back by his teammate, Christan Tago. Benwikere was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

Wide receiver Jabari Carr left the game with a shoulder injury in the first half.

On Saturday, the Aggies will return home to host the BYU Cougars. The Spartans will visit the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

Colorado State Rams 59, University of Texas – El Paso (UTEP) Miners 42

A week after losing to the No. 1-ranked school in the country, the Rams held off the Conference-USA member Miners.

Rams quarterback Garrett Grayson threw for a career-high 307 yards and three touchdowns. Freshman wide receiver Rashard Higgins caught six passes for 156 yards and two scores.

At halftime, the Rams led 28-7 after a fake field-goal attempt led to wide receiver Joe Hansley throwing a 34-yard touchdown.

The Miners threatened to steal the victory in the second half by going on a 21-0 run to tie the game. The Rams recovered, however, and scored 31 more points to secure the win.

Colorado State will take a break before it visits the Wyoming Cowboys on Oct. 12.

Texas State Bobcats 42, Wyoming Cowboys 21

The week before, Cowboys quarterback Brett Smith set school records. In Saturday’s matchup, the running game took over the scoring.

Smith threw for 292 yards but only one touchdown, while running back Brandon Miller tallied 72 yards and two scores.

Bobcats running back Robert Lowe carried the ball 30 times for 138 yards and three touchdowns.

The Cowboys only scored once in the second half. Smith completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Robert Herron in the fourth quarter.

After a bye week, Wyoming returns home to host the New Mexico Lobos on Oct. 12.

UNLV Rebels 56, New Mexico Lobos 42

New Mexico put up record-setting rushing numbers in its two-score loss to UNLV.

The Lobos had three 100-yard rushers, including quarterback Cole Gautsche, and totaled five touchdowns and 497 yards.

Leading the rushing attack was Kasey Carrier, who had 25 touches for 192 yards.

The score was tied at halftime and at the end of the third quarter as both teams dueled in an offense-heavy slugfest.

The fourth quarter decided the winner of this shootout. The Rebels scored two touchdowns, which were the only points in the frame.

UNLV snapped a 23-game road losing streak and will have a bye week before hosting Hawaii.

The Lobos will remain at home and host in-state rival New Mexico State on Saturday.

San Diego State Aztecs 26, New Mexico State Aggies 16

In the battle of winless teams, the Aztecs were able to come from behind and hold off the Aggies.

Role reversal took place in the game, as the Aggies outscored the Aztecs 16-5 in the first half.

Aside from a field goal, the only other points the Aztecs had were from an unusual 2-point play. San Diego State blocked a New Mexico State extra point attempt, and David Lamar took the ball back for a 2-point defensive conversion.

After halftime, the Aztecs produced offensively and shut out New Mexico State.

Aztec quarterback Quinn Kaehler connected on 22 of his 34 pass attempts for 229 yards, but he did not throw a touchdown. Running back Donnel Pumphrey scored all of the points for San Diego State and totaled 167 yards.

The Aztecs will return to San Diego to host the Nevada Wolf Pack on Friday.

Nevada Wolf Pack 45, Air Force Falcons 42

In what Nevada coach Brian Polian called a wild game, the Wolf Pack overcame a 12-point deficit in the final six minutes of the contest.

With 5:55 left in the game, Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo finished a 75-yard drive with a 9-yard pass to Aaron Bradley to bring the Wolf Pack within five points.

In their ensuing drive, the Falcons committed consecutive penalties — both for illegal substitution — and were forced to punt. The Wolf Pack were able to capitalize from the change of possession, and Fajardo drove the ball toward the end zone, scoring on a 2-yard keeper with 1:45 left. It was his second rushing touchdown.

Air Force will head to Annapolis, Md., to face the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday.

Boise State Broncos 60, Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 7

After a close loss to Fresno State, the Broncos took out their frustrations on Southern Mississippi.

Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick threw 19 of 23 for 268 yards and three touchdowns. The Broncos defense held Southern Mississippi to 266 yards and grabbed two interceptions.

The Golden Eagles got a break in the second quarter, when Broncos backup quarterback Grant Hedrick fumbled a snap at the Boise State 8-yard line. In Southern Mississippi’s next possession, quarterback Allan Bridgford tossed a 5-yard touchdown to Marquise Ricard. The score was 10-7 Broncos.

After that, it was all Boise State. The Broncos scored the next 50 points and shut out the Golden Eagles.

On Oct. 12, Boise State will visit Romney Stadium and the Utah State Aggies.

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