Nov 6, 2013

Week 11 Gildan New Mexico Bowl Notes

The biggest Pac-12 game of the regular season takes place Thursday night on The
Farm in Palo Alto as No. 3 Oregon travels to No. 5 Stanford. Meanwhile, for the second straight week the Mountain West has all but one team (Boise State) in action. A Friday-night matchup between Air Force and New Mexico gets things started at 7 on ESPNU.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl Notes - Week 11 in PDF format

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK: The biggest Pac-12 game of the regular season takes place Thursday night on The Farm in Palo Alto as No. 3 Oregon travels to No. 5 Stanford. BCS National Championship Game stakes are on the line as the 8-0 Ducks look to avenge last season’s 17-14 home loss to the 7-1 Cardinal. On Saturday, Washington has a chance to become bowl eligible as it hosts Colorado at 5 p.m. PT. Later that night No. 19 UCLA travels to to Arizona State in a huge Pac-12 South battle at 7 p.m. PT on ESPN. The winner will be in the driver’s seat for the Pac-12 Championship Game on Dec. 7.
For the second straight week the Mountain West has all but one team (Boise State) in action. A Friday-night matchup between Air Force and New Mexico gets things started at 7 on ESPNU. On Saturday, Utah State travels to UNLV at 6 p.m. MT as each team looks to become bowl eligible. No. 16 Fresno State looks to remain undefeated as it faces the task of traveling to Laramie to face Wyoming at 8:15 p.m. MT on ESPN2. The week concludes as San José State also looks to become bowl eligible when it hosts San Diego State at 7:30 p.m. PT. A complete list of each conference’s games is available on the first page of the PDF.

WEEK 10 RECAP: Only one Mountain West team, Wyoming, was off last week as conference play dominated the schedule. Air Force earned its second win of the season in the only non-conference matchup, as it defeated Army 42-28. Meanwhile, Utah State, San José State, San Diego State and Boise State all picked up conference wins. No. 16 Fresno State remained perfect on the season by defeating Nevada 41-23.
There were only four Pact-12 games last week, including both Thursday night and Friday night contests, as three teams became bowl eligible. Arizona State got the week started by winning at Washington State 55-21 on Thursday. USC, which is ineligible for the postseason in 2013, continued its mid-season resurgence with a 31-14 win at Oregon State on Friday night. No. 20 UCLA earned its sixth win by defeating Colorado 45-23 while Arizona held off Cal on the road for a 33-28 victory. Complete results from week 10 are:
10/31 Arizona State def. Washington State, 55-21 / 20,617 11/1 USC def. Oregon State, 31-14 / 45,379
11/2 Air Force def. Army, 42-28 / 36,512 Arizona def. California, 33-28 / 41,874
Utah State def. Hawai`i, 47-10 / 21, 428 San José State def. UNLV, 34-24 / 15,837
UCLA def. Colorado, 45-23 / 80,377 San Diego State def. New Mexico, 35-30 / 35,890
Boise State def. Colorado State, 42-30 / 21,133 Fresno State def. Nevada, 41-23 / 41,031

BOWL PREDICTIONS: It’s another week closer to this year’s Gildan New Mexico Bowl , and the projections are becoming more and more unified. San José State is the most popular pick to be the home team and represent the Mountain West, with Colorado State and UNLV also receiving some attention, while Oregon State and Arizona are the clear favorites to be the visiting team from the Pac-12. Here is the breakdown of what has been selected for the 2013 bowl game:
Athlon Sports: Oregon State (Pac-12) vs. Colorado State (MW)
Bleacher Report: Arizona (Pac-12) vs. San José State (MW)
CBS Sports: Oregon State (Pac-12) vs. San José State (MW) Arizona (Pac-12) vs. Colorado State (MW)
ESPN (Mark Schlabach’s pick): Washington (Pac-12) vs. UNLV (MW)
ESPN (Brad Edwards’ pick): Oregon State (Pac-12) vs. San José State (MW)
ESPN (Ted Miller’s pick): Oregon State vs. MW
National Football Post: Oregon State (Pac-12) vs. San José State (MW)
Phil Steele: Arizona (Pac-12) vs. San José State (MW)
SB Nation: Arizona (Pac-12) vs. San José State (MW)
Sports Illustrated: Oregon State (Pac-12) vs. UNLV (MW)

WHO’S GOING BOWLING: There are 35 bowl games scheduled for the 2013-14 postseason equaling 70 slots. BYU was the first team to grab a slot, accepting a bid to the Fight Hunger Bowl. Currently, there are 49 bowl-eligible teams and 21 have already been eliminated, leaving 55 teams that can still become eligible. For the Pac-12, which has seven bowl tie-ins for its 12 members, six teams (Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA) already have the necessary six wins while Washington is just one victory away. California has been eliminated from the postseason. The Mountain West, which has six bowl tie-ins for its 12 members, has two teams (Fresno State and Boise State) that have already qualified for the postseason and three teams (San José State, Utah State and UNLV) a single win away from eligible status. Air Force and Hawai`i have been eliminated from bowl eligibility.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: The third BCS rankings of the season were announced Sunday evening and the Pac-12 Conference had four representatives among the top 25, while the Mountain West Conference has one. Leading the way is Oregon, which dropped a spot to No. 3, behind Alabama and Florida State. Stanford moved up a spot, coming in at fifth, followed by 19th-ranked UCLA and 22nd-ranked Arizona State. For the MW, Fresno State held steady at No. 16.
The latest Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches’ top-25 polls were announced Sunday and the Pac-12 has four teams in both polls, including two in the Top 10. It’s the 40th consecutive AP polling period where the Pac-12 has had three or more teams ranked in the Top 25. Oregon leads the way, sitting at No. 2 in both polls. Stanford moved up a spot in the USA Today/Coaches’ poll to No. 6/6 while UCLA also moved up one spot in each to No. 16/18. Arizona State climbed in to the 24th spot in the USA Today/Coaches’ poll and moved up to No. 23 in the AP poll.
For the Mountain West, Fresno State dropped a spot in the AP rankings, coming in at No. 17 in this week, while climbing one spot to No. 17 in the USA Today/Coaches’ poll.

TALE OF THE TURNSTILES: The heads have been counted and during week 10 the Mountain West averaged 28,638 over six games while the Pac-12 averaged 47,061 in four games. The MW’s largest attendance figure came in Fresno, Calif., as the Bulldogs hosted Nevada in front of over 41,000 fans. The Pac-12’s biggest draw was 80,377 in Pasadena, Calif., as the Bruins became bowl eligible with a win over Colorado. Below is a complete breakdown of each team’s attendance figures:

MW Team Home Avg. Road Avg. Neutral Avg. Overall Avg.
Boise State 140,561 35,140 222,594 44,519 --- --- 363,155 40,351
San Diego State 169,281 33,856 138,377 46,126 --- --- 307,658 38,457
Nevada 107,358 26,840 233,758 46,752 --- --- 341,116 37,902
Colorado State 80,818 20,205 179,401 44,850 59,601 59,601 319,820 35,536
Air Force 198,664 33,111 98,839 32,946 --- --- 297,503 33,056
Fresno State 186,024 37,205 76,209 25,403 --- --- 262,233 32,779
Wyoming 88,927 22,232 164,847 41,212 --- --- 253,774 31,722
Utah State 97,967 24,492 171,707 34,341 --- --- 269,674 29,964
New Mexico 99,438 24,860 133,899 33,475 --- --- 233,337 29,167
Hawai`i 124,711 31,178 105,602 26,401 --- --- 230,313 28,789
San José State 39,792 13,264 165,076 33,015 --- --- 204,868 25,609
UNLV 89,540 17,908 137,981 34,495 --- --- 227,521 25,280

PAC-12 Team Home Avg. Road Avg. Neutral Avg. Overall Avg.
UCLA 283,574 70,894 247,373 61,843 --- --- 530,947 66,368
Washington 343,032 68,606 110,481 55,241 47,312 47,312 500,825 62,603
USC 332,241 66,448 230,399 57,600 --- --- 562,640 62,516
Oregon 288,806 57,761 176,279 58,760 --- --- 465,085 58,136
California 296,104 49,351 207,587 69,196 --- --- 503,691 55,966
Arizona State 297,046 59,409 71,041 35,521 66,960 66,960 435,047 54,381
Utah 226,155 45,231 179,056 59,685 --- --- 405,211 50,651
Colorado 156,521 39,130 174,760 58,253 59,601 59,601 390,882 48,860
Arizona 146,325 48,775 237,533 47,507 --- --- 383,858 47,982
Washington State 115,220 28,805 264,549 66,137 40,095 40,095 419,864 46,652
Stanford 202,696 50,674 129,535 43,178 40,095 40,095 372,326 46,541
Oregon State 214,005 42,801 153,980 38,495 --- --- 367,985 40,887


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Air Force senior running back Anthony LaCoste and Fresno State senior quarterback Derek Carr have been named Mountain West Co-Offensive Players of the Week, while Utah State sophomore defensive end Kyler Fackrell and San José State sophomore kicker Austin Lopez earned MW Defensive and Special Teams honors, respectively. It is the fifth career MW weekly accolade for Carr, while LaCoste, Fackrell and Austin all garner their first award.

Senior, Running Back, Albany, Ore./West Albany
· Gained a career-high 263 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns in Air Force’s 42-28 win over Army.
· LaCoste’s 263 yards are the second-most in Academy history, just 12 yards behind Chad Hall’s 275 total from 2007.
· Became the first player in Falcon history with two runs of over 70 yards in a game, scoring on 73- and 78-yard runs.
· Gained 27 yards on a kickoff return to finish with 290 all-purpose yards, fourth-most in school history.
· The 263 rushing yards are tied with Boston College’s Andre Williams for fifth-most by an FBS player this season.

Senior, Quarterback, Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS
· Completed 39-of-55 passes for 487 yards with three touchdowns as then-No. 18/16 Fresno State defeated Nevada 41-23.
· Completed eight passes of over 20 yards, with a long of 57.
· Has currently thrown 183 consecutive passes without an interception.
· Tied the MW record by throwing a touchdown pass in 21-straight games since the Bulldogs joined the Conference. He has thrown a TD pass in 28 straight games, which is the longest-active streak in the FBS.
· The 487 passing yards are the most by an MW quarterback this season, and rank as the seventh-best single-game performance in the FBS in 2013.

Sophomore, Defensive End, Mesa, Ariz./Mesa HS
· Had nine tackles (four solo) in Utah State’s 47-10 win over Hawai‘i.
· Intercepted his first pass of the season and returned it 99 yards for his first career defensive touchdown. The 99-yard interception return is the third-longest in school and Mountain West history.
· Set the MW sophomore class record with the 99-yard interception return.
· Helped Utah State hold Hawai’i to just 59 net yards rushing, which is the fewest allowed by the Aggies this season.

Sophomore, Placekicker, Euless, Texas/Trinity HS
· Was 2-for-2 in field goal attempts and 4-for-4 in extra-point kicks in San José State’s 34-24 win at UNLV.
· Lopez converted a 44-yard field goal with 2:56 remaining in the game that put the Spartans up by 10 points.

Named Pac-12 Players of the Week

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Quarterback Taylor Kelly of ARIZONA STATE, cornerback Josh Shaw of USC and linebacker Jayon Brown of UCLA have been named offensive, defensive and special teams Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.

Kelly, a junior from Eagle, Idaho, had a career day, accounting for seven touchdowns in a 55-21 win on the road in Pullman on Thursday night. He completed 22 of 31 passes for 275 yards and five touchdowns in addition to rushing for 66 yards on 13 carries for two additional touchdowns. It marked the third time Kelly has thrown for five touchdowns in a game in his career and the second time he’s done it this season. He has been responsible for 66 points the last two games, ranking fourth in the nation in points responsible for per game (21.5 ppg). Kelly also ranks in the top-12 in the nation in completions per game (eighth, 24.38 cpg), passing yards per game (12th, 313.90 ypg) and total offense (seventh, 353.30 ypg).

Shaw, a junior from Palmdale, Calif., recorded a team-best 8 tackles as the Trojans took down Oregon State 31-14 in Corvallis on Friday night. Shaw added an end zone interception and helped USC limit an Oregon State offense that was averaging 40.1 points per game, 487.4 totals yards and leading the nation in passing offense to 14 points and 277 passing yards. Shaw led a Trojan defense that forced three interceptions and held the Beavers to 2-of-11 on third down. USC is 12th in the nation in total defense, limiting opponents to 323.6 yards per game.

Brown, a linebacker from Tampa, Fla., had an outstanding day on the Bruins’ kick coverage team as UCLA beat Colorado 45-23 at home on Saturday. He was credited with two tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in kick off coverage against the Buffs. His fumble recovery on the 14-yard line late in the second quarter set up a touchdown that extended the Bruins’ lead to 21-10 before the half while his forced fumble on a fourth-quarter kick-off pinned the Buffs at their own 21-yard.
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