Week 12 winners and losers

We take a look at Mountain West’s winners and losers from Week 12 of College Football.

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Encouragements and disappointments from the past week.

Week 12 of Mountain West football action didn’t disappoint, with plenty of drama everywhere from Laramie to the Hawaiian Islands. However, as always, some teams ended up winning big and some left wondering what went wrong.


1. Preseason predictions

Imagine that despite the chaos at Mountain West early in the season, things played out exactly as we had the Mountain West Wire and the conference media expected.

Boise State wasn’t perfect against Wyoming on Saturday, but the Broncos earned their sixth win in their last seven games, defeating Wyoming to win the Mountain Division title. Fresno State, meanwhile, wiped out another team at the bottom of the conference standings, as good teams are supposed to do, in a 41-14 drubbing of Nevada on the road. The Bulldogs have now won six straight games of their own and won a championship rematch with the Broncos on Dec. 3, proving once and for all that we know how things go, at least every now and then.

2. Utah State running back Calvin Tyler Jr.

However, the above two teams aren’t the only ones who have seen a stunning turnaround during the 2022 season. Utah State also earned its fifth win in six games with a 35-31 home win over San Jose State that saw the Aggies find another way to qualify for bowl eligibility.

This time it rested on the shoulders of their senior running back, who rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns with 30 carries, including the game-winning jump with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter. It’ll be a photo finish behind Brad Roberts for the other RB spot on the all-conference team, but Tyler Jr. just made his best case yet.

3. Hawaii’s Seniors

The Warriors have had quite a calendar year, but the most experienced players in Timmy Chang’s roster led in a stunning 31-25 win over UNLV on Seniors night.

The offensive line, whose starting lineup consisted entirely of seniors (Stephan Bernal-Wendt, Austin Hopp, Ilm Manning, Eliki Tanuvasa, and) Micah Vanterpool, paved the way for running back Dedrick Parson with 115 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, holding the Rebels on just one sack in passport protection. Wide receiver Zion Bowens and tight Caleb Phillips also each snagged a touchdown pass.

Seniors on defense were responsible for all three Hawaii sacks and 5.5 of the team’s seven lost tackles, while linebacker Logan Taylor also had a key interception in the third quarter.

Another tight end, Jordan Murray, meanwhile, made big contributions to special teams with two onside-kick recoveries to stop UNLV’s late comeback bid. In any case, for one night the Braddahhood and pride of an entire state was on full display, giving a fresh boost to optimism that the program will eventually turn things around again.


1. UNLV Head Coach Marcus Arroyo

On the other hand, the Rebels missed a chance to bowl late Saturday night and fell on the Hawaii road in a frustrating 31-25 loss. Incredibly, UNLV is now 4-0 in games decided by eight points or fewer this year after going 6-0 in games like that last season (and you’ll have to go back to 2019 to find out when they last won a game by one point). .

As in recent tight decisions, the inability to finish drives on offense played a big part in deciding the game. While kicker Daniel Gutierrez was as reliable as ever, hitting 4 of 5 field goal attempts, the Rebels scored just 19 points from six trips inside the Warriors 30-yard line; After converting 87.5% of red-zone drives into touchdowns during non-conference play, that number was more than halved to 40.9% in Mountain West action, 10th in conference.

The lackluster performance will renew the conversation about Arroyo’s job security, and while he can still claim he’s doubled the team’s overall wins from last year, the “what could have been” could play a role in the heightened scrutiny as the offseason approaches and the pressure is on to retake the Fremont Cannon next week.

2. Wyoming quarterback Jayden Clemons

The Cowboys will reflect on how their chances of stealing the Mountain Division title vanished on Saturday when they lost at home to Boise State by a 20-17 margin. They gave the Broncos everything they could handle…in every respect but one.

When word broke that Andrew Peasley would miss the contest after being in concussion minutes all week, the redshirt newcomer had some nice shots early in the game but struggled to break through often tight midgame cover and threw then two killer interceptions to JL Skinner in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter that ended their comeback hopes. Overall, Clemons finished 3 of 16 for 30 yards with three interceptions. Wyoming needed more from their passing game and didn’t get it.

3. Colorado State Home Defense

The Rams didn’t exactly give Air Force fullback Brad Roberts free rein on Saturday, but they also never found a fix for the old-fashioned jump, and that stopped them from reclaiming the Ram-Falcon Trophy in a 24-12 loss on Saturday .

Colorado State managed just two lost tackles from their edge rushers Mohamed Kamara and CJ Onyechi, while Roberts and Emmanuel Michel killed the tackles and linebackers with a combined 214 yards on 45 carries. On the plus side, not many defenses have been able to slow Air Force fullbacks this year, so they have plenty of company in that regard.