Week 5 in the Mountain West Conference had upsets and overtime periods. Both in some of the game! Let's take a look at this week's results:
Air Force Falcons (3-1) def. Navy Midshipmen (2-2), 35-34 (OT): The Falcons had a comfortable lead throughout the game until the fourth quarter, when Navy outscored them, 18-6. In overtime, a taunting penalty on Navy following its touchdown pushed their extra point back 15 yards, which was missed. The Falcons scored the touchdown and made the extra point for the victory. For more, visit our StoryStream.
Boise St. Broncos (4-0) def. Nevada Wolf Pack (1-3), 30-10:Kellen Moore now has 42 career victories and needs four more to break the NCAA record that Colt McCoy holds. He didn't have an outstanding game, passing for just 142 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions. Doug Martin had 126 yards and two scores on the ground.
SMU Mustangs (4-1) def. TCU Horned Frogs (3-2), 40-33 (OT): The Horned Frogs were able to overcome the early deficit they found themselves in by scoring 23 points in the final quarter. They tied the game at 33, but needed overtime to decide the game. After SMU quarterback J.J. McDermott needed just two plays to score a touchdown, Casey Pachall needed to do the same for TCU. On 4th-and-2, Pachall threw an incompletion, ending the Horned Frogs' 22-game home winning streak.
San Jose St. Spartans (2-3) def. Colorado St. Rams (3-2), 38-31: The Rams will be doing some soul-searching after this loss. What should have been an easy victory turned into an embarrassing loss. For extended coverage on this game, please visit our StoryStream.
New Mexico St. Aggies (2-3) def. New Mexico Lobos (0-5), 42-28: The end of the Mike Locksley Era hasn't changed any things for the Lobos. They lost the Rio Grande Rivalry under the direction of interim coach George Barlow.
The Colorado St. Rams were stunned on Saturday when they fell to the San Jose St. Spartans, 38-31. The Rams had a good offensive performance by quarterback Pete Thomas, who had a career day throwing for 387 yards and two touchdowns but he also had two interceptions. The running game was atrocious, as the team they had 71 total yards and were led by Thomas who had 20 on the ground. The Spartan rush defense was one of the worst in the country so the expectation of the Rams running game was to be a positive one, but the poor rushing has been a theme all year.
The Spartan offense was more balanced with quarterback Matt Faulkner throwing for 313 yards and two scores. Their running game was led by Brandon Rutley who averaged 5.7 yards per carry en route to 137 on the day. The Rams actually out gained the Spartans on the day by eight yards, but it was the early 10-0 lead the Spartans had and a fumble by the Rams that was returned for a touchdown -- with multiple laterals -- that were the difference-makers in the game.
The Rams basically had to play catchup from that early deficit and the defense could never put together consecutive stops to give the offense a chance to win this game. This was a game that the Rams were counting as a win toward getting back to a bowl game, and now the Rams need to win three of their last seven games. The meat of their schedule is still down the stretch, as they play Boise State next week and still have games against San Diego State, TCU and Air Force.
The Navy Midshipmen scored 25 second half points to the Air Force Falcons seven points and ended up forcing overtime. The Navy offense came alive in the rushing game to chip away at the Air Force lead. The Air Force defense, which held the Navy rushing offense in check, did not continue their first half success. Navy was able to run at will with quarterback Kriss Proctor and running back
Navy scored first in the third quarter on a quick eight play 28-yard drive that ending with a Kriss Proctor touchdown run two yards out. Air Force did respond by scoring a touchdown to start the fourth quarterback by Asher Clark, but after that it was all Navy in the fourth quarter.
Navy used ball control offense to mount their fourth quarter comeback as they ran 37 plays to Air Force's five plays, but in reality it was four plays since the fifth play for Air Force was a kneel down. Navy scored 17 unanswered points to tie the Falcons and send it to over time. The first drive for Navy in the fourth quarter was a 14 plays that went 14 plays and lasted 5:21 that resulted in a Kriss Proctor seven yard touchdown run. The next drive was nearly identical by being 16 plays, last 5:18 but ended up in a field goal.
The final drive lasted a brisk seven plays and lasted only 1:45 to tie the game on a five-yard pass to Gee Gee Greene which force overtime.
The Falcons won the toss and elected to play defense and Navy eventually scored. However, it took eight plays and a false start penalty on the first snap. Proctor scored the go ahead touchdown, but a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty pushed back the extra point, which then Air Force blocked.
The Falcons took advantage of that miss and ended up winning the game on a one-yard touchdown run to tie and then the extra point was good to give Air Force their second win in a row over Navy. This was only their second in nine years. With this win Air Force should retain the Commander-in-Chief Trophy because Army is not considered a challenger to beat either Air Force or Navy.
Overall, Air Force did not play their best game on offense and it was their quick 14-0 start that helped them win this game. Their rushing attack which coming into the game averaged 411 yards per game was held to 221 yards.