Slap in the Face to MWC: Colorado State, Nevada and UNLV Upended

Colorado State was stunned by FCS Illinois State, 35-19, in fort Collins, and Nevada was mauled at Toledo, 63-44, in a less than stellar week for the Mountain West conference. UNLV, meanwhile, suffered a 27-20 loss in its trip to Jonesboro, Ark.

A Quick Overview

Mountain Division Conf Overall This Week The Week Ahead MDT TV
Utah State 1-0 3-1 Utah St 42, AFA 32 Off
Boise State 0-0 2-1 Off At Wyoming 5 p.m. CBSSN
New Mexico 0-0 2-1 Off Hosts Liberty None
Wyoming 0-0 2-2 Off Hosts Boise State 5 p.m. CBSSN
Air Force 0-1 1-2 Utah St 42, AFA 32 Hosts Nevada 2 p.m. ESPN News
Colorado State 0-1 1-4 Illinois St 35, Colorado St 19 Off
West Division Conf Overall This Week The Week Ahead
Hawaii 1-0 4-1 Hawaii 42, Duqusene 21 at San Jose State 5 p.m. None
San Diego State 0-0 3-1 San Diego State 23, E Michigan 20 (OT) Off
Fresno State 0-0 2-1 Off vs. Toledo 8:30 p.m. ESPN
Nevada 0-2 2-2 Toledo 63, Nevada 44 at Air Force 2 p.m. ESPN News
UNLV 0-0 2-2 Arkansas State 27, UNLV 20 Off
San Jose State 0-0 0-3 Off Hosts Hawaii 5 p.m. None

Utah State (1-0, 31) 42 vs. Air Force (0-1, 1-2) 32

LOGAN, Utah -- Jordan Love threw for a career-high 356 yards and two touchdowns to help Utah State rally for a 42-32 win over Air Force on Saturday night. The Aggies gained 489 total yards despite having the ball for just fewer than 16 1/2 minutes and committing two turnovers. "We did not play our best game in all three phases," Utah State coach Matt Wells said. "At times, we tried to hand it to them. We made mistakes. But we rose to the occasion and made plays when we needed to."

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Illinois State (3-0) 35 at Colorado States (0-1. 1-4)

FORT COLLINS, Co. — Orange you glad that it is almost basketball season? Wearing the team’s alternate Ag Day uniforms, Colorado State football concluded what has been a brutal nonconference slate with a 16-point loss to Illinois State at Canvas Stadium Saturday (35-19). The loss to the Redbirds is CSU’s first-ever defeat while wearing the orange and green uniforms and drops the Rams’ overall record to just 1-4.

The Rams struggled to get anything going offensively in the first half and trailed by double digits for much of the contest. As a result, both Collin Hill and K.J. Carta-Samuels were given opportunities to lead the offense.

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Toledo (2-1) 63 vs. Nevada (2-2) 44

TOLEDO, Ohio — Nevada moved the ball well for most of Saturday’s non-conference game at Toledo. And the Wolf Pack scored. And scored again. And some more. But Toledo kept responding.

The Rockets gained 460 yards on offense, scored twice on special teams plays, and eventually pulled away from Nevada, 63-44, at the Glass Bowl. Toledo improved to 2-1; Nevada dropped to 2-2 heading into Mountain West play.

Nevada tied the score three times – at 7, 14, and 21 – but never led. The Wolf Pack finished with 582 yards of total offense and averaged 6.8 yards per play. But Nevada also hurt its chances with two turnovers and by allowing two kick returns for touchdowns (one kickoff, one blocked punt).

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Arkansas State (3-1) 27 vs. UNLV (2-2) 20

JONESBORO, Ark. — As good as UNLV’s rushing attack has been this season, Saturday night’s rainy game at Arkansas State showed that the Rebels will need more than one dimension if they hope to get their first bowl appearance in five years. UNLV rushed for 310 yards but passed for 23 on five completions — with three interceptions — in a 27-20 loss to the Red Wolves at Centennial Bank Stadium.

“That’s a tough one to swallow there,” Rebels coach Tony Sanchez said. “I feel like at times we did what we needed to do to put ourselves in position to win the game. Too many unforced errors.”

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San Diego States (3-1) 23, Eastern Michigan (2-2) 20 (OT)

SAN DIEGO — After mising a 36-yard field goal attempt midway in the third quarter, John Baron II hoped for another chance. The San Diego State placekicker got that, and more.

Firs Baron kicked a 50-yard field goal in the final two minutes of regulation to tie the score, and then after Aztec safety Darren Hall’s goal-line interception in overtime cut Eastern Michigan’s scoring chances off, Baron kicked the game winner, and san Diego State held off the 11-point underdog.

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Hawaii (1-0, 4-1) 42, Duquesne (3-2) 21

HONOLULU — It was harder than it was supposed to be, but easy enough in the end as the University of Hawaii football team secured a 42-21 nonconference victory tonight over Duquesne. Duquesne took a 14-0 lead midway through the opening quarter, but Hawaii then scored 35 unasnwered points to take charge.

Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald threw five touchdown passes to four different receivers to lead the UH attack. He completed 24 of 40 passes for 273 yards. He also threw his first interception of the season against 20 touchdown passes.

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Off Week

Boise State (0-0, 2-1)

New Mexico (0-0, 201)

Wyoming (0-0, 2-2)

Fresno (0-0, 2-1)

San Jose State (0-0, 0-3)

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