That’s WAC: Week Five

4 10 2010

SCORES AND SCHEDULE
WAC Non-Conference Record
This Week: 4-1 record, 3-0 vs FBS, 0-0 vs top 25
This Season: 18-18 record, 12-17 vs FBS, 2-6 vs top 25

WAC STANDINGS    
  CONF OVERALL
Boise State  1-0  4-0
Fresno State  1-0  3-1
Hawai’i  1-0  3-2
Nevada  0-0  5-0
Idaho  0-0  3-2
San Jose State  0-0  1-4
Utah State  0-1  2-3
Louisiana Tech  0-1  1-4
New Mexico State  0-1  0-4

Friday, October 1
BYU 16 at Utah State 31 – Final

Saturday, September 25
Idaho 33 at Western Michigan 13 – Final
UC Davis 14 at San Jose State 13 – Final
#3 Boise State 59 at New Mexico State 0 – Final
Cal Poly 17 at Fresno State 38 – Final
#25 Nevada 44 at UNLV 26 – Final
Louisiana Tech 21 at Hawai’i 41 – Final

TOP PERFORMERS
Passing:
1. Bryant Moniz, JR (UH): 42-58, 532 yds, 4 td vs Louisiana Tech
2. Nathan Enderle, SR (UI): 30-49, 380 yds, 3 td, 2 int vs Western Michigan
3. Ross Jenkins, SR (LT): 19-26, 215 yds, 2 td, int vs Hawai’i
4. Ryan Colburn, SR (FSU): 12-17, 215 yds, 2 td, int vs Cal Poly
5. Kellen Moore, JR (BSU): 13-18, 196 yds, 3 td vs New Mexico State

Rushing:
1. Vai Taua, SR (NEV): 19 car, 188, 3 td vs UNLV
2. Lamon Muldrow, SR (SJSU): 22 car, 137 yds vs UC Davis
3. Colin Kaepernick, SR (NEV): 13 car, 97 yds, td vs UNLV
4. Doug Martin, JR (BSU): 10 car, 94 yds, td vs New Mexico State
5. Derrvin Speight, SR (USU): 23 car, 91 yds, 2 td vs BYU

Receiving:
1. Kealoha Pilares, SR (UH): 18 rec, 217 yds, 2 td vs Louisiana Tech
2. Greg Salas, SR (UH): 10 rec, 197 yds, 2 td vs Louisiana Tech
3. Josh Harrison, JR (SJSU): 5 rec, 119 yds vs UC Davis
4. Richie Casey, SO (LT): 8 rec, 98 yds, td vs Hawai’i
5. Eric Greenwood, SR (UI): 6 rec, 82 yds vs Western Michigan

CONFERENCE OUTLOOK
After a disappointing showing last weekend, the Western Athletic Conference bounced back this Friday and Saturday.  Utah State got the party started with a dominant performance against BYU (1-4) on national television, and Hawai’i quarterback Bryant Moniz provided an incredible last call, sending everyone home talking about his 532-yard performance against Louisiana Tech.
Boise State and Nevada continued to solidify their status as national powers this season (might be a stretch for the Wolfpack, but I still believe they will be a 1-loss team come December), while Idaho bounced back after a disappointing loss to Colorado State (1-4) by crushing Western Michigan (1-3) on the road (albeit committing four turnovers).
Fresno State did what they were suppose to against an FCS-foe in Cal Poly (3-2).  The talented (for their classification) Mustangs hung around until halftime, then the Bulldogs put them away in the second half with a solid ground attack that finished with 253 combined yards rushing.
In fact, the WAC was a San Jose State away from a perfect weekend.  The Spartans – who I am now convinced is the least talented team in the conference – were out scored 14-0 in the second half by UC Davis (2-3), who notched just their second victory in school history over an FBS opponent.

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That’s WAC: Week Four

27 09 2010

SCORES AND SCHEDULE
WAC Non-Conference Record
This Week: 3-6 record, 2-6 vs FBS, 1-1 vs top 25
This Season: 14-17 record, 9-17 vs FBS, 2-6 vs top 25

WAC STANDINGS    
  CONF OVERALL
Fresno State  1-0  2-1
Nevada  0-0  4-0
Boise State  0-0  3-0
Idaho  0-0  2-2
Hawai’i  0-0  2-2
Louisiana Tech  0-0  1-3
San Jose State  0-0  1-3
New Mexico State  0-0  0-3
Utah State  0-1  1-3

Saturday, September 25
Idaho 34 at Colorado State 36 – Final
Nevada 27 at BYU 13 – Final
New Mexico State 16 at Kansas 42 – Final
Southern Mississippi 13 at Louisiana Tech 12 – Final
Fresno State 38 at Mississippi 55 – Final
Utah State 7 at San Diego State 41 – Final
#24 Oregon State 24 at #3 Boise State 37 – Final
San Jose State 3 at #13 Utah 56 – Final
Charleston Southern 7 at Hawai’i 66 – Final

TOP PERFORMERS
Passing:
1. Bryant Moniz, JR (UH): 19-27, 395 yds, 6 td, 2 int vs Charleston Southern
2. Ryan Colburn, SR (FSU): 32-42, 390 yds, 4 td vs Mississippi
3. Nathan Enderle, SR (UI): 25-30, 347 yds, 3 td vs Colorado State
4. Kellen Moore, JR (BSU): 19-27, 288 yds, 3 td vs Oregon State
5. Tarik Hakmi, SO (LT): 22-35, 262 yds, td, 2 int vs Southern Mississippi

Rushing:
1. Doug Martin, JR (BSU): 19 car, 138 yds vs Oregon State
2. Vai Taua, SR (NEV): 29 car, 133, td vs BYU
3. Colin Kaepernick, SR (NEV): 17 car, 82 yds, td vs BYU
4. Deonte Jackson, SR (UI): 11 car, 77 yds vs Colorado State
5. Seth Smith, SR (NMSU): 16 car, 52 yds, td vs Kansas

Receiving:
1. Titus Young, SR (BSU): 5 rec, 136 yds, td vs Oregon State
2. Greg Salas, SR (UH): 7 rec, 131 yds, 2 td vs Charleston Southern
3. Jamel Hamler, JR (FSU): 8 rec, 130 yds, td vs Mississippi
4. Matt Lindsey, SO (FSU): 6 rec, 102 yds vs Mississippi
5. Marcus Allen, SR (NMSU): 4 rec, 89 yds, td vs Kansas

CONFERENCE OUTLOOK
What a disappointing weekend for the conference.  With the exception of #3 Boise State (because lets face it, they are always the exception), every team that had a chance to prove a point came up empty. 
The biggest letdown was Idaho’s performance against Colorado State.  Taking on a team that entered with the worst scoring offense in the nation (6.3 ppg – 120th in NCAA), the Vandals defense looked much like the maligned unit from a year ago, surrendering 36 points in a loss.  Junior runningback Raymond Carter (25 car, 39 yards in 3 games prior) rushed for 104 yards on 16 carries, as freshman quarterback Pete Thomas (112.5 QB efficiency rating, 1 td, 6 int in 3 games prior) threw for a career-high 386 yards and completed over 78-percent of his passes.
While Hawai’i blew out an FCS school – as FBS teams are suppose to – and Boise State topped #24 Oregon State at home, Nevada – although they won – missed out on an opportunity to really make a statement.  I know this may be a little picky, and that the Wolfpack did jump into the top 25 as a result of the win, but BYU is down this season.  Way down.  Led by freshman Jake Heaps at quarterback, the Cougars rank 116th in the NCAA in offense (15.0 ppg) and haven’t been much better on defense (28.3 ppg/allowed ranks 86th).
Had senior quarterback Colin Kaepernick and company put 50-plus points on the board for the third straight game, pollsters would have been put on alert of another potential BCS-buster.  Considering some people are saying the Broncos win over the Beavers wasn’t as dominant as it could’ve been, the point is non-BCS conference teams have to take advantage of every opportunity they’re given, no matter how small.  It’s very realistic the Wolfpack can run the table in the WAC (and even more realistic they’ll suffer at least one loss – see Boise State on November 26) and those given the power of the vote will scrutinize the margin of victory against an unranked that will struggle mightly to qualify for a bowl game.
Other than that, little was expected of both San Jose State and New Mexico State playing on the road at #13 Utah and Kansas.  But Utah State laid a big egg against San Diego State.  The Aztecs are very balanced on offense with plenty of playmakers, but the Aggies were picked by the media to finish in the upper-half of the Western Athletic Conference this Fall.  A 41-7 loss to a team that was slated to finished sixth in the Mountain West this preseason doesn’t do them much justice.
Finally, sure Louisiana Tech showed some grit with a late comeback attempt against Southern Mississippi.  But just like ‘a win is a win’, ‘a loss is a loss’ and the Bulldogs are 1-3 heading into conference play with their only victory having come against an FCS school (Grambling State, 20-6).

STAT(S) OF THE WEEK – IDAHO VANDAL STYLE
The Idaho Vandals entered Saturday contest against Colorado State as one of the best pass defenses in the nation (120.3 yds/game allowed – 7th in NCAA), but sure didn’t show it.  Here’s proof…

  • Games 1-3:
    39-68, 57.4 comp %, 361 yds, td, 4 int – 95.1 qb efficiency rating
  • vs Colorado State:
    29-37, 78.4 comp %, 386 yds, 3 td, int – 187.4 qb efficiency rating

…and in general, big plays were a big problem.

  • Plays of 10+ yards: 19
  • Plays of 15+ yards: 11
  • Playfs of 30+ yards: 3

Defensive end Aaron Lavarias sure did his best to get after the quarterback, registering a career-high three sacks.  The WAC’s reigning defensive player of the week is on the best two game stretch of his career.

  • First 37 career games: 4.0 sacks, 12.0 TFL
  • Last two games combine: 5.0 sacks, 6.0 TFL

Offensively, it seems like the receiving trio of senior Maurice Shaw, junior Preston Davis and sophomore Justin Veltung are starting to get heathy…

  • Games 1-3 (combined stats):
    13 rec, 176 yds, td
  • vs Colorado State:
    14 rec, 192 yds, 2 td

…and quarterback Nathan Enderle sure seemed to be enjoy having them back, throwing for a season-high 347 yards without tossing an interception for the first time this season.

  •  Games 1-3:
    Tossed interception once every 13.9 attempts.
  • vs Colorado State:
    Zero interceptions in 30 pass attempts.

…but in the end, Idaho failed to close out the Rams, much like they’ve done every other team his season.

  • Games 1-3: Outscored opponents 24-7 in fourth quarter
  • vs Colorado: Rams outscored the Vandals 12-7

The two-point defeat was the smallest margin they’ve lost by since falling to Louisiana-Monroe 16-14 back in October 2004.





That’s WAC: Week One

5 09 2010

SCORES AND SCHEDULE
WAC Record: 4-4 overall, 2-4 vs FCS, 1-3 vs top 25

Thursday, September 2
North Dakota 0 at Idaho 45 – Final
Eastern Washington 24 at Nevada 49 – Final
#14 Southern Cal 49 at Hawai’i 36 – Final

Saturday, September 4
Utah State 24 at #7 Oklahoma 31 – Final
Louisiana Tech 20 at Grambling State 6 – Final
San Jose State 3 at #1 Alabama 48 – Final
Cincinnati 14 at Fresno State 28 – Final

Monday, September 6
#3 Boise State 33 vs #10 Virginia Tech 30 – Final (FexEd Field – Landover, Maryland)

TOP PERFORMERS
Passing:
1. Diondre Borel, SR (USU): 17-36, 341 yds, 2 td, 3 int vs Oklahoma
2. Nathan Enderle, SR (UI): 24-37, 311 yds, 2 td, int vs North Dakota
3. Colin Kaepernick, SR (NEV): 26-37, 306 yds, 2 td vs Eastern Washington
4. Bryant Moniz, JR (UH): 18-36, 269 yds, td vs USC
5. Ryan Colburn, SR (FSU): 18-24, 247 yds, 4 td, int vs Cincinnati

Rushing:
1. Princeton McCarty, JR (UI): 12 car, 89 yds, 2 td vs North Dakota
2. Doug Martin, JR (BSU): 12 car, 83 yds vs Virginia Tech
3. D.J. Harper, JR (BSU): 4 car, 80 yds, td vs Virginia Tech
4. Lennon Creer, JR (LT): 17 car, 69 yds vs Grambling State
5. Alex Green, SR (UH): 9 car, 66 yds, td vs USC

Receiving:
1. Kealoha Pilares, SR (UH): 5 rec, 176 yds, 3 td vs USC
2. Virgil Green, SR (NEV): 7 rec, 144 yds, 2 td vs Eastern Washington
3. Greg Salas, SR (UH): 8 rec, 124 yds vs USC
4. Royce Pollard, JR (UH): 7 rec, 106 yds vs USC
5. Dontel Watkins, SO (USU): 3 rec, 91 yds, td vs Oklahoma

CONFERENCE OUTLOOK
After posting a 4-4 record, the opening week was a success for the Western Athletic Conference.  Fresno State handled Cincinnati – a team that played in a BCS bowl game last year – while  Idaho, Louisiana Tech and Nevada all beat up on a trio of successful FCS programs.  Utah State and Hawai’i both put scares into perennial powers no.7 Oklahoma and no.14 Southern Cal.  As for San Jose State, well, not much more could be expect out of a young program that had to travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the defending national champs in Alabama.

In terms of playing big on the big stage, Boise State did it once again.  Trailing 30-26 with under two-minutes left in the game, Kellen Moore effortlessly led the Broncos 56 yards down the field (was their any question he wouldn’t?), hitting Austin Pettis for the game-winning touchdown.

It’s going to be sad to see this conference break up, because it seems like that are really starting to compete.

STAT OF THE WEEK

  • Boise State’s record against teams in the AP top 10 since 2000: 4-1.  Virginia Tech’s all-time win total against teams in the AP top 5: 0 (22 games)

BEAVERS DAMN UP BRONCOS BCS HOPES
With 24th-ranked Oregon State slated to play both no. 3 Boise State and no. 6 TCU this fall, the Beavers 30-21 loss to the Horned Frogs Saturday night significantly dammed up the Broncos national title hopes.  With OSU expected to fall out of the top 25, that leaves just one ranked opponent left on BSU’s schedule – Virginia Tech.

Originally, it was thought a win over the Hokies and an undefeated season would all but ensure the Broncos a spot in the national title game.  However, if there are two 1-loss teams out of a bigger conference, I believe we’ll have the same ol’ debate on our hands.  If BSU loses even once, their title hopes are all but over.  The pressure is on the Broncos once again to be perfect.

To make matters worst, the Beavers are still a talented team.  Brothers James and Jacquizz Rogers are two of the most exciting players on the West Coast, and projected NFL 1st round defensive tackle Stephen Paea anchors a solid defense.   At some point in time, I believe the kids from Corvallis will be ranked in the top 20 this fall, but that happening before they square off with the Broncos on Septemeber 25 is a long shot.

The good news, the Beavers are a historically slow starting team.  Despite the fact they’ve posted four straight 8-plus win seasons, they’re just a combine 7-5 in the first three games in the same span (If your confused, go back over the last four seasons and see how the Beavs have faired in the first three games of each fall.  Not good.).  BSU on the other hand is 11-1 with two wins over ranked opponents.

OSU has recently had success against top-ranked teams (see 2006 vs #2 USC, 33-31 and 2008 vs #1 USC, 27-21), however, both those games were at home and now the Beavers have to do it in Bronco stadium, a place oppositing teams are 0-fer their last 55 during the regular season.

Probably more important than any stat though, BSU head coach Chris Petersen always has his teams prepared to play.  First things first, they need to take care of business against Va-Tech, but I couldn’t help but look ahead.