AIR FORCE: For the first time since 2002, the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy is heading back to Colorado, thanks to a 42-22 win by Air Force over Army on Saturday afternoon. Last month the Falcons dismissed the Navy Midshipmen at home by a score of 14-6, putting Air Force in prime position to bring home its 17th trophy and that's what happened as the squad snapped a three-game slide over the weekend. Tim Jefferson was the man of the hour for the visitors as he converted 3-of-7 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns and also carried the ball 11 times for another 57 yards and two TDs in the romp. Jon Warzeka turned both of his receptions into scores as he posted 116 yards through the air. Next up for the academy is a date with New Mexico at home in Colorado this Saturday. Air Force posted a lopsided 37-13 win in last year's matchup and that now has the Falcons leading the series by a count of 17-10.
BYU: Joshua Quezada ran for 65 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday afternoon as he played a key role in getting the Cougars to a 55-7 win over the UNLV Rebels at home in Provo. Quarterback Jake Heaps converted 19-of-31 passes for 294 yards and two TDs as the team won its second in a row and the third in the last four outings. The team ran for a collective 216 yards and tallied five touchdowns on the ground, all while holding the Rebels to a net of only 22 rushing yards. Believe it or not, even after beginning the season with a 1-4 mark, the Cougars are still in the hunt for a postseason berth, needing just two more wins in the last three games to become bowl eligible. The Cougars hit the road this Saturday, clashing with the Colorado State Rams in Fort Collins. Last year BYU cruised to a 42-23 win over CSU which gave the Cougars a 38-27-3 advantage in the all-time series.
COLORADO STATE: Searching for their first two-game win streak of the season on Saturday night, the Rams lost out on that rare opportunity as they fell to the San Diego State Aztecs, 24-19, on the road in conference action. Kicker Ben DeLine got the squad off on the right foot with a pair of field goals in the first half, but for the most part the offense struggled for the visitors, even though quarterback Pete Thomas threw for 266 yards and a score. Thomas tossed one interception and was sacked five times, which is why the Rams were left with a mere 31 net rushing yards on the night. Defensively Mychal Sisson got himself noticed after he stripped SDSU's quarterback of the ball in the red zone and returned it 88 yards for a score in the third frame. The last home date of the season for the Rams takes place this weekend as the team entertains the BYU Cougars in Fort Collins. Colorado State lost in Provo last year by a score of 42-23, which leaves BYU with a 38-27-3 edge in the all-time series.
NEW MEXICO: The Lobos entered the week tied for the longest losing streak in the nation, but that's now in the past after they defeated Wyoming at home by a score of 34-31. Kicker James Aho helped his team celebrate as he booted a 38-yard field goal with no time left on the clock, his second successful conversion of the day. Getting his first start at quarterback for the Lobos, Stump Godfrey came through as he converted 16-of-20 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns, shaking off five sacks and eventually generating 69 rushing yards and a TD of his own on the ground. The Lobos hit the road for the first of back-to-back away games this weekend as they confront the Air Force Falcons in Colorado on Saturday. UNM dropped a 37-13 decision to the academy last year at home in Albuquerque, which means the Lobos now trail in the all-time series by a count of 17-10.
SAN DIEGO STATE: Ronnie Hillman ran for 151 yards and a touchdown as he helped lead the Aztecs to a 24-19 win over the Colorado State Rams in Mountain West Conference action at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday night. Hillman, who surpassed 1,000 rushing yards on the season, became just the third freshman in SDSU history to reach that plateau following Marshall Faulk (1991) and Lionel Hamilton (1994). Quarterback Ryan Lindley completed 14-of-23 passes for 171 yards and a score, but he was also picked off twice in the meeting. The win for the Aztecs was just the second at home against Colorado State since 1993 and the current four-game win streak for the squad is the longest since 1998, the team's 7-2 record matching the squad's best in the last 33 seasons as well. Now with 11 victories since Brady Hoke took over as head coach, the team has matched the number of wins they had in the 39 games prior to his arrival. The final road game of the season takes place for the Aztecs this weekend as they make the trip to Texas to clash with mighty TCU. Last year, SDSU hosted the Horned Frogs and was dominated in a 55-12 final. After five battles between the two schools, the Aztecs have yet to take down TCU on the gridiron.
TCU: What was supposed to be the showdown of the day turned out to be a blowout win for the Horned Frogs as they demolished sixth-ranked Utah, 47-7, on the road in Salt Lake City. Ranked fourth in the nation heading into the meeting, the Frogs now find themselves third in the AP poll behind Oregon and Auburn after jumping over Boise State which defeated Hawaii by a 42-7 score at home. Andy Dalton finished the afternoon 21-of-26 passing for 355 yards and three touchdowns, one of those a 93-yard strike to Josh Boyce in the first quarter. Boyce finished with three catches for a game-high 126 yards and two TDs while the running attack for the Frogs played a secondary role with 177 yards and two scores on 45 attempts. The top defense in the nation held the Utes to a mere 199 total yards. The final home game of the season is on the schedule for the Horned Frogs, slated third in the most recent BCS rankings this weekend as they challenge the San Diego State Aztecs in Fort Worth. Last season TCU crushed SDSU in a 55-12 final out in California, which means the Frogs now own a perfect 5-0 record in the series.
UNLV: The Rebels scored just seven points on Saturday and that TD didn't come until the final minute of the fourth quarter as the team suffered a 55-7 loss to BYU on the road at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Losers of five straight and just one of nine outings so far this season, the Rebels managed only 144 yards of total offense, compared to the 416 they allowed BYU. UNLV recorded a mere 22 net yards on the ground while quarterbacks Caleb Herring and Omar Clayton combined to hit just 11-of-29 passes for 122 yards and a score, while being intercepted twice and sacked a collective five times. Marcus Sullivan scored the one TD on a 24-yard catch in the 59th minute. The first of back-to-back home dates for the Rebels takes place this weekend as the team entertains the Wyoming Cowboys at Sam Boyd Stadium. UNLV lost last year's matchup by a mere three points, 30-27, in Laramie which means the all-time series is now locked up at nine games apiece.
UTAH: While the Utes were hoping to prove they belonged in the nation's top-10, they were quickly humbled on Saturday when the visiting TCU Horned Frogs delivered a crushing 47-7 decision in Salt Lake City. The devastating loss not only booted the Utes from the BCS picture (now 14th), it also sent the team reeling down the polls, landing at 15 on Sunday according to the AP. Jordan Wynn converted just 16-of-35 passes for 148 yards and a score, while being picked off two times and sacked once by the toughest defense in the nation. The so-called running attack managed a mere 51 yards on 17 attempts, the offense as a whole under 200 yards in the sound beating. The Utes take a break from their Mountain West Conference schedule this week to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in South Bend. The matchup marks the first-ever meeting between these two programs on the gridiron.
WYOMING: Alvester Alexander ran for a game-high 151 yards and three touchdowns, while Austyn Carta-Samuels added 119 yards on the ground and 144 yards passing and a score, but that wasn't enough to save the Cowboys from their fifth straight loss, a 34-31 setback at New Mexico on Saturday. Running back Robert Herron contributed with 122 yards on nine attempts as well, as the Pokes produced 536 yards of offense yet still found a way to squander a golden opportunity to get back into the win column. Turnovers were a huge key in the meeting as the squad lost three fumbles and Carta-Samuels tossed an interception against one of the worst defenses in the country. The final road game of the regular season has the Cowboys dropping in on the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday. Last year the Pokes posted a 30-27 win over the Rebels at home, knotting the all-time series at nine games apiece.