MWC Notebook: Hawaii Could Become 1st Bowl Eligible Team On Saturday

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This Weekend’s Schedule

FRIDAY
Air Force at San Diego State* 6 p.m. PT CBS Sports Network
SATURDAY
Army vs. San José State! 12:30 p.m. PT ESPNU/WatchESPN
New Mexico at Colorado State* 2 p.m. MT AT&T SportsNet
UNLV at Utah State* 2 p.m. MT Facebook
Hawai‘i at BYU 8:15 p.m. MT ESPN2/WatchESPN
Boise State at Nevada* 7:30 p.m. PT CBS Sports Network
Wyoming at Fresno State* 7:30 p.m. PT ESPNU/WatchESPN
*Conference Game
!Levi's Stadium (Santa Clara, California)

RECEIVING VOTES
Five Mountain West teams are receiving votes in the national top 25 polls, led by San Diego State. The Aztecs currently sit at No. 29 in the AP Top 25 and No. 31 in the Amway Coaches’ Poll.

Also receiving votes is Boise State, Fresno State, Hawai‘i and Utah State.

BOWL ELIGIBILITY
A Hawai‘i victory at BYU on Saturday would make the Rainbow Warriors bowl eligible for the first time since 2016. The eight games played would be the fewest for UH to achieve bowl eligibility since 2007.

Additionally, Fresno State, San Diego State and Utah State are all two victories away from also reaching bowl eligibility.
 

MOVING UP THE CHARTS

Career Passing Yards
Yards Player (School) Years
12,690 Ryan Lindley (San Diego State) 2008-11
11,435 Brett Rypien (Boise State) 2015-present
11,365 Max Hall (BYU) 2007-09
11,021 John Beck (BYU) 2003-06
10,314 Andy Dalton (TCU) 2007-10
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Consecutive Games With a Reception
Games Player (School) Dates
49 Dominic Rufran (Wyoming) 9/3/11 - 11/29/14
47 Casey Flair (UNLV) 9/5/05 - 11/22/08
47 Jovon Bouknight (Wyoming) 8/31/08 - 11/19/05
44 Matt Miller (Boise State) 9/3/11 - 9/27/14
43 Dennis Pitta (BYU) 10/23/04 - 11/20/04 & 9/1/07 - 12/22/09
41 KeeSean Johnson (Fresno State) 9/19/15 - present

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 11th nationally in passing offense (322.3 yards per game).

  • The Rainbow Warriors are off to their best five-game start (6-1) since 2007, when they went 12-0 in the regular season and earned a spot in the Sugar Bowl.

    #HIGHLIGHTS
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  • In the 19 seasons since the league’s inception, the @MountainWest’s champion or a current MW member has been a BCS/CFP participant eight times.

  • A @HawaiiFootball victory on Saturday at BYU would make the Rainbow Warriors bowl eligible for the first time since 2016.

  • .@AFFootball head coach Troy Calhoun is one Conference victory away from becoming only the second MW coach all-time to reach the 50-win plateau, joining @SDSUFootball’s Rocky Long.

  • .@USUFootball is one of four teams nationally that is averaging more than 50 points per game. The Aggies are outscoring their opponents 50.2-23.0.

  • .@USUFootball is looking for its first 5-1 start since 1978. Additionally, the Aggies are looking to begin @MountainWest play 2-0 for the first time since 2013.

  • .@UNLVFootball’s Armani Rogers is one of just three FBS quarterbacks to average at least 100 yards rushing. Rogers’ 122.0 yards per game output is best among all FBS quarterbacks.

  • .@UNLVFootball is the only FBS team with multiple players averaging at least 100 rushing yards per game. QB Armani Rogers is averaging 122.0 per game, while RB Lexington Thomas is averaging 100.2.

  • .@UNLVFootball RB Lexington Thomas is 749 rushing yards shy of becoming the program’s career leading rusher. Earning that would also place Thomas in fifth-place all-time in @MountainWest history.

  • .@FresnoStateFB WR KeeSean Johnson leads the nation with at least one reception in 41 consecutive games.

  • .@SDSUFootball ranks second nationally in rush defense, limiting opponents to just 61.8 yards per game. In the season opener, the Aztecs held Stanford’s Bryce Love to 29 rushing yards.

  • The Aztecs’ 36 victories in the last three years are the sixth-most nationally and the most among the Group of 5, trailing only Alabama (47), Clemson (46), Ohio State (41), Oklahoma (39) and Wisconsin (38).

  • .@wyo_football’s Andrew Wingard enters the week with 415 career tackles, just 40 shy of setting the @MountainWest record (New Mexico’s Carmen Messina - 454).

  • The @MountainWest has three quarterbacks ranked in the top 15 nationally for total passing yards: @HawaiiFootball’s Cole McDonald (2nd; 2,100), @CSUFootball’s K.J. Carta-Samuels (11th; 1,623) and @BroncoSportsFB’s Brett Rypien (14th; 1,559).

  • .@USUFootball has opened the season with a 4-1 record for the first time since 2012.

  • .@FresnoStateFB is off to its best five-game start (4-1) since going 4-0 in 2013.

  • .@BroncoSportsFB has defeated an Autonomous 5 institution in six of seven seasons since joining the Mountain West.

  • .@BroncoSportsFB has been selected to win the Mountain Division for the fifth consecutive season, while @FresnoStateFB is favored to win the West Division for the first time since 2014.

  • .@BroncoSportsFB Brett Rypien is the FBS’ active leading passer with 11,435 yards. He is the only active FBS QB with more than 11,000 career passing yards.

  • .@SDSUFootball has compiled a 36-10 record over the last three seasons. The Aztecs are searching for their fourth consecutive 10-win season, which would be the longest-stretch in program history.