Around the MW: Runnin' Rebels on the Run, On Gridiron This Time
UNLV’S RUSHING ATTACK
UNLV enters Week 4 with the third-ranked rushing attack nationally, averaging 346.7 yards on the ground per game. The Rebels are led on the ground by senior running back Lexington Thomas and quarterback Armani Rogers.
Lexington Thomas ranks ninth nationally, rushing for 129.0 yards per contest.
Armani Rogers ranks 20th, and is third among FBS quarterbacks, with 102.3 rushing yards per game.
The Rebels are the only FBS team with multiple players averaging at least 100 rushing yards per game this season.
Thomas is 867 rushing yards shy of becoming the program’s career leading rusher. Earning that would also place Thomas in fifth-place all-time in Mountain West history.
HAWAI‘I BRINGS BACK THE RUN-N-SHOOT OFFENSE
Hawai‘i brought back the Run-N-Shoot offense in 2018, and through four games the Rainbow Warriors have seen great success.
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.
The Rainbow Warriors, who ran this offense from 1999-2011, currently rank sixth nationally in passing offense (373.5/game).
NOTES FROM AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WEST IN 280 CHARACTERS OR LESS
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.
.@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.
.@UNLVFootball’s Armani Rogers is one of just three FBS quarterbacks to average at least 100 yards rushing. Rogers is averaging 102.3 yards per game on the ground.
.@UNLVFootball is the only FBS team with multiple players averaging at least 100 rushing yards per game. RB Lexington Thomas is averaging 129.0 per game, while QB Armani Rogers is averaging 102.3 per game.
.@UNLVFootball RB Lexington Thomas is 867 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 39 consecutive games.
.@wyo_football’s Andrew Wingard enters the week with 399 career tackles, just 56 shy of setting the @MountainWest record (New Mexico’s Carmen Messina - 454).
.@USUFootball PK Dominik Eberle tied two NCAA single-game records on Sept. 8 against New Mexico State: points scored kicking (24) and most field goals from 50-plus yards (3).
.@HawaiiFootball and @BroncoSportsFB are two of 14 teams that haven’t thrown an interception this season.
.@FresnoStateFB defeated UCLA 38-14 last Saturday, earning its first victory against an Autonomous 5 opponent since Sept. 15, 2012 (Colorado, 69-14).
.@FresnoStateFB defeated Idaho 79-13 in the season opener. The 79 points are the second-most scored in a single game in @MountainWest history.
The @MountainWest has won three consecutive games against an opponent from the American Athletic Conference (Boise State over UConn, Hawai‘i over Navy and Fresno State over Houston).
.@BroncoSportsFB has defeated an Autonomous 5 institution in six of seven seasons since joining the Mountain West.
.@SDSUFootball RB Juwan Washington, who outrushed Stanford’s Bryce Love in the season opener, ranks fourth nationally in rushing yards per game (150.7) and in total rushing yards (452).
.@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 10,923 yards. He is the only FBS QB with more than 10,000 career passing yards.
.@BroncoSportsFB Brett Rypien ranks fourth in @MountainWest history with 10,923 career passing yards. Rypien needs 99 passing yards to move into third place.
The nation’s top two passing leaders are from the @MountainWest. @HawaiiFootball QB Cole McDonald leads the FBS with 1,486 passing yards, while @CSUFootball QB K.J. Carta-Samuels is second with 1,319 yards through the air.
.@CSUFootball scored 25 unanswered points on its way to defeating Arkansas (34-27) on Sept. 8. This is the first @MountainWest victory against a SEC opponent since 2011 (Boise State over Georgia).
In the season-opener against Troy, @BroncoSportsFB senior cornerback Tyler Horton tied an FBS single-game record with two fumble returns for touchdowns.
.@SDSUFootball has compiled a 34-10 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.
The Aztecs’ 34 victories in the last three years are the sixth-most nationally and the most among the Group of 5, trailing only Alabama (44), Clemson (43), Ohio State (38), Oklahoma (37) and Wisconsin (36).
.@UNLVFootball ranks third nationally, averaging 346.7 rushing yards per game.
.@BroncoSportsFB is one of four Group of 5 teams that will not face a FCS opponent this season, joining UTSA, Miami (OH) and Northern Illinois.
.@USUFootball ranks fourth nationally, averaging 54.7 points per game. For the first time in program history, the Aggies have scored at least 60 points in back-to-back games.