MW Notebook: Fresno State Becoming Defensive Force
HAWAI‘I BRINGS BACK THE RUN-N-SHOOT OFFENSE
This season, Hawai‘i brought back the Run-N-Shoot offense, a style they used from 1999-2011. Below are some of the Rainbow Warrior’s offensive highlights:
In the season opener at Colorado State, UH threw for 418 yards and rushed for another 199 yards. The 617 yards of total offense is the Rainbow Warriors’ highest output in a single-game since Nov. 23, 2013 (624 yards at Wyoming).
In the Conference-opener against the Rams, sophomore QB Cole McDonald set a program record for passing yards (418) in a starting debut. The record was previously held by now-head coach Nick Rolovich, who threw for 367 yards vs. Portland State in 2001.
In a home-opening victory against Navy, McDonald threw for 428 yards and six touchdowns. He is the first Mountain West QB to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games since Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson in September of 2014.
Hawai‘i ranks 15th nationally in passing offense (307.0 yards per game).
UTAH STATE’S HOT START
Utah State is off to its first 6-1 start since 1974 and are 3-0 in league play for the first time since 2013. The Aggies are currently riding a six-game win streak, which is tied as the seventh-longest active streak nationally.
Utah State hosts New Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 27 (2 p.m. MT on Facebook), looking for its first seven-game win streak since 2012.
Utah State ranks fourth nationally in scoring offense, averaging 47.7 points per contest. The Mountain West record for points in a season is 608 by BYU in 2001. Utah State is sitting at 334 points scored through seven games.
San Diego State and Utah State are both riding six-game win streaks heading into Week 9. The Aztecs dropped their season opener on the road at nationally-ranked Stanford, while the Aggies lost in Week 1 at nationally-ranked Michigan State.
The six-game win streak is tied as the seventh-longest active streak nationally. Meanwhile, the Aztecs have won seven consecutive MW games, which ranks as the seventh-longest active FBS streak.
The Aggies haven’t won seven straight games since 2012.
NOT JUST A FLASH IN THE PAN
In the last three seasons, San Diego State has racked up 38 victories, which is the most among the Group of 5 and sixth-best nationally, trailing only Alabama (49), Clemson (47), Ohio State (42), Oklahoma (40) and Wisconsin (39). Head coach Rocky Long has led the Aztecs to a bowl game in his first seven seasons. Long is the all-time winningest head coach in Mountain West history (135-99).
Boise State has defeated an Autonomous 5 institution in six of seven seasons since joining the Mountain West. Since 2010, BSU has compiled a 12-9 (.571) record against current Autonomous 5 programs. The Broncos have defeated Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Washington State.
Boise State has made 16 consecutive postseason appearances, the longest streak among Group of 5 institutions and sixth-best nationally.
Over the last 14 seasons, the Mountain West owns the second-best win percentage in bowl games among the 10 FBS conferences (.560), trailing only the SEC (.628).