BOISE STATE: The Broncos produced a school-record 737 yards of offense as they completely dominated the Hawaii Warriors in a battle for first place in the Western Athletic Conference standings, 42-7. Kellen Moore, who had just two interceptions heading into the meeting, had two passes picked off by the Hawaii defense, yet he still threw for a career-high 507 yards and tossed three TDs as he became the all-time school leader in passing scores. However, despite beating the opposition by five touchdowns and winning their 22nd game in a row overall, the Broncos actually fell two spots in the AP poll from second to fourth on Sunday -- the same spot on the BCS rankings as well. The Broncos now set their sights on in-state and conference rival Idaho, an opponent that dominated the series in the early years. However, BSU has won every meeting since 1999 and is now ahead of the Vandals by a count of 21-17, thanks to a 63-25 triumph last year. The 63 points for the Broncos was the highest point total of the season.
FRESNO STATE: Ryan Colburn threw for 229 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday as he and his Bulldogs defeated the canines of Louisiana Tech in Ruston, 40-34. Fresno State controlled the ball for more than 41 minutes on the afternoon, as Robbie Rouse generated a career-high 286 yards rushing and scored once on 43 attempts. The team as a whole tallied 300 yards on the ground, averaging close to 5.5 yards per carry. Handling the receiving was Jamel Hamler who caught eight balls for 118 yards and three TDs for the visitors. Next up for the Bulldogs is a meeting with nationally-ranked Nevada on Saturday night in California. FSU owns a 24-15-1 mark against the Wolf Pack dating back to 1923. However, Nevada has won two straight in the series, including a 52-14 romp at home in Reno last season.
HAWAII: Heading into the meeting with second-ranked Boise State on Saturday afternoon, Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz was one of the most productive passers in the nation, but against the Broncos he converted just 17-of-28 attempts for 127 yards and was sacked an alarming seven times in the 42-7 loss on the mainland. Now 7-3 on the season after they had their six-game win streak snapped, the Warriors gained just 45 net rushing yards despite the 107 yards registered by Alex Green who scored the lone TD for the squad as well. The defense for Hawaii permitted BSU to record a school-record 737 yards of total offense. The Warriors catch a break in the schedule this week and will have additional time to prepare for the arrival of San Jose State to Aloha Stadium on November 20th.
IDAHO: Nathan Enderle scored once on the ground and threw a 75-yard TD pass to Justin Veltung in the third quarter on Saturday night, but that was the extent of the team's offense as the Vandals suffered an ugly 63-17 loss against nationally-ranked Nevada at home in Moscow. Enderle finished the contest 15- of-34 for 224 yards and was sacked once, while the running game managed just 68 yards on 19 attempts as it tried helplessly to keep up with one of the top running teams in the nation again this year. The defense allowed an unsightly 453 yards and three TDs on the ground, with three players all gaining at least 100 yards for the Wolf Pack. The Vandals have a short week this time around as they prepare for the arrival of nationally-ranked Boise State in a battle for Gem State bragging rights. Dating back to 1971, Idaho trails in the all-time series by a count of 21-17, but the Vandals have lost every meeting since stealing a 36-35 overtime decision to close out the 1998 campaign when BSU was still a member of the Big West Conference. Last year Idaho was trampled by the Broncos in a 63-25 final.
LOUISIANA TECH: The Bulldogs held onto the ball for less than 19 minutes on Saturday, yet they still threw a scare into the Fresno State Bulldogs before the hosts bowed in a 40-34 final at home in Ruston. Ross Jenkins hit 16-of-30 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns, with Taulib Ikharo turning all three of his receptions into touchdowns. Specialist Phillip Livas again showed why he should be considered one of the most dangerous players in the WAC as he returned a kick 95 yards for a score in the fourth quarter to keep the game close. The next contest for the Bulldogs takes place this Saturday as they pay a visit to the New Mexico State Aggies in Las Cruces. The Bulldogs have taken three straight against the Aggies, including a 45-7 romp last year.
NEVADA: Colin Kaepernick focused more on his passing on Saturday night and it paid off as he converted 20-of-30 attempts for 320 yards and a career-high five touchdowns in the 63-17 thrashing of the Idaho Vandals on the road. Nevada, which moved up to 21st in the AP poll, also gained a season-high 453 yards on the ground as Lampford Mark, Mike Ball and Vai Taua all reached at least 100 yards in the meeting. Ball accounted for two of the team's three rushing scores while Rishard Matthews traded in his game-high seven receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns of his own. Nevada controlled the ball for almost 39 minutes and rolled up an incredible 844 yards of total offense, a new team record. The Pack, slotted 21st in the current BCS rankings, is back in action this Saturday night against the Fresno State Bulldogs on the road. FSU owns a 24-16-1 edge in the all-time series, but Nevada has taken two in a row, including a 52-14 victory last year in Reno.
NEW MEXICO STATE: The Aggies scored a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter to lead Utah State by 14 points early on, but then the offense disappeared and NMSU suffered the 27-22 loss on the road in Logan. Losers of three of their last four outings, the Aggies saw starting quarterback Matt Christian run for a score and pass for another as he completed 17-of-34 passes for 191 yards and was sacked two times in the setback. The only other points of the game for NMSU came on a pair of field goals by kicker Tyler Stampler and a safety recorded by the team at the conclusion of the fourth quarter. The Aggies try to get back into the win column this weekend as they welcome the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs to Las Cruces. NMSU trails in the all-time series by a count of 5-4, losing three in a row to the Bulldogs, including a 45-7 final last year in Louisiana.
SAN JOSE STATE: The Spartans are back in action this weekend after enjoying their first bye of the season on November 6th. The squad will be hosting Utah State at home in an effort to snap a lengthy six-game slide as well as log its first win of 2010 against another member of the Football Bowl Subdivision. As far as the all-time series is concerned SJSU, which is a mere 1-8 this year, leads by a count of 20-11-1 dating back to the first meeting in 1940. Unfortunately for the Spartans, they saw their three-game series win streak broken last year in a 24-9 final in Logan.
UTAH STATE: Trailing 14-0 in the first quarter, the Aggies dialed up the defense the rest of the way on Saturday afternoon as they managed to secure the 27-22 win over the New Mexico State Aggies in WAC action in Logan. Quarterback Diondre Borel had a rather modest outing as the team snapped a three-game slide, converting 11-of-22 passes for 110 yards and an interception, while also carrying the ball 11 times for 30 yards and a TD. Derrvin Speight ran for a game-high 114 yards and a TD and Eric Moats also hit the end zone on the ground on a 10-yard run in the fourth frame. Shooting for their first win streak of the 2010 campaign, the Aggies give it another shot this weekend as they visit the San Jose State Spartans in California. Utah State trails in the all-time series, 20-11-1, but the Aggies did win last year's meeting by a score of 24-9.