Week 5 Mountain West Football Scores, Picks Recap, Quick Analysis

    It was a rough and very strange week for the Mountain West with Air Force losing and other key teams struggling. Check out the Mountain West football scores, picks recap and quick analysis

    October 4, 2015

    Mountain West football scores, picks recap and quick analysis for each game in Week 5.


    GAMES IN ORDER FROM BEST TO WORST

    UNLV vs. Nevada

    Final Score: UNLV 23, at Nevada 17
    Pick: Nevada 31, UNLV 23
    Line: Nevada -7, o/u: 57.5

    UNLV took the Fremont Cannon – winner of the in-state rivalry – getting up 13-0 with runs from Keith Whitely and Kurt Palandech, but Nevada fought back to pull within three after Tyler Stewart found Jerico Richardson for a 22-yard score. Just when Nevada had a chance to take control in the fourth, Stewart was picked off for Ryan McAllenan for a 52-yard touchdown. The Wolf Pack wouldn’t go away, answering with a one-yard Don Jackson touchdown run, but UNLV was able to put it away with a 45-yard field goal. Nevada’s final drive stalled.

    Player of the Game: UNLV S Blake Richmond came up with a team-high 11 tackles with a forced fumble and a broken up pass.

    San Jose State vs. Auburn

    Final Score: at Auburn 35, San Jose State 21
    Pick: Auburn 30, San Jose State 20
    Line: Auburn -20.5, o/u: 54

    Auburn got five rushing scores out of Peyton Barber, who scored three times in the first half and with a fourth short one in the third, but San Jose State wouldn’t go away. Joe Gray ran for a touchdown and threw for an 18-yard score, but it was a two-yard Tyler Ervin scoring run late in the fourth that pulled the Spartans within seven. After the Tigers recovered the onside kick, Barber put it away with a 36-yard touchdown run two plays later. Ervin ran for 160 yards.

    Player of the Game: Auburn RB Peyton Barber ran 28 times for 147 yards and five scores.

    New Mexico State vs. New Mexico

    Final Score: at New Mexico 38, New Mexico State 29
    Pick: New Mexico 38, New Mexico State 27
    Line: New Mexico -13, o/u: 67.5

    New Mexico State got a huge day from Larry Rose III who ran for three touchdowns in the first half from 63 yards, 67 and 51 yards away, but the New Mexico running game won out, cranking out over 400 yards with Lamar Jordan taking off for a 70-yard rushing score in the first, and Jhurell Pressley and Teriyon Gipson taking off for long scoring dashes in the second half. The Aggies turned it over three times, and the Lobos took advantage with easy scores – they scored 22 unanswered points in the second half.

    Player of the Game: In a losing caught, NMSU RB Larry Rose III ran 21 times for 260 yards and three scores.

    Colorado State vs. Utah State

    Final Score: at Utah State 33, Colorado State 18
    Pick: Utah State 27, Colorado State 21
    Line: Utah State -4.5, o/u: 49

    Down 10-3, Utah State came up with 23 straight points with three of Brock Warren’s four field goals and the play of Kent Myers. The fill-in quarterback for the injured Chuckie Keeton found Hunter Sharp for a 42-yard touchdown and ran for a 26-yard score. The Rams pulled within eight on a 15-yard Nick Stevens run and a Rashard Higgins two-point conversion, but a 33-yard LaJuan Hunt touchdown run put it away for the Aggies.

    Player of the Game: Utah State QB Kent Myers completed 12-of-21 passes for 137 yards and a score, and ran 16 times for 191 yards and a score.

    Air Force vs. Navy

    Final Score: at Navy 33, Air Force 11
    Pick: Navy 28, Air Force 21
    Line: Navy -5.5, o/u: 52.5

    The Navy defense forced four Air Force turnovers including three fumbles, and the offense did the rest with Chris Swain running for two short scores, Thomas Wilson running for a touchdown, and Keenan Reynolds throwing a 27-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Wilson for a 27-0 lead. Air Force kept fighting, pulling within 16 on a one-yard Karson Roberts run, but the Midshipmen D took care of the rest. Navy closed out the scoring with field goals from Austin Grebe from 37 and 24 yards out.

    Player of the Game: Navy QB Keenan Reynolds completed 4-of-10 passes for 117 yards and a score, and ran 24 times for 183 yards.

    Fresno State vs. San Diego State

    Final Score: at San Diego State 21, Fresno State 7
    Pick: San Diego State 34, Fresno State 24
    Line: San Diego State -9

    San Diego State got a 33-yard Donnel Pumphrey touchdown run in the first quarter and two Maxwell Smith scoring passes in the second half – a 33-yarder to Rashaad Penny and a 44-yard play to Eric Judge – and let the D do the rest. Fresno State failed to convert a third down play and cranked up just 89 yards of total offense, but managed to tie it at seven in the first half on a 16-yard KeeSean Johnson touchdown grab.

    Player of the Game: San Diego State RB Chase Price ran 27 times for 151 yards.

    Wyoming vs. Appalachian State

    Final Score: at Appalachian State 31, Wyoming 13
    Pick: Appalachian State 42, Wyoming 19
    Line: Appalachian State -25.5

    Marcus Cox tore off a 59-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, and Latrell Gibbs snuffed out a Wyoming drive with a 91-yard pick six for a 14-0 Appalachian State lead just over four minutes into the game. Cowboy Brian Hill ran for 208 yards and came up with a score, but ASU took advantage of several UW mistakes with Taylor Lamb running for a nine-yard score and finding Simms McElfresh for an 18-yard touchdown to turn it into a blowout UW didn’t get back on the board until 44 second remained on an eight-yard Josh Tapscott catch.

    Player of the Game: Appalachian State RB Marcus Cox ran 15 times for 178 yards and a score.

    Hawaii vs. Boise State

    Final Score: at Boise State 55, Hawaii 0
    Pick: Boise State 38, Hawaii 10
    Line: Boise State -24.5, o/u: 50

    Helped by four takeaways and three Brett Rypien touchdown passes, Boise State rolled at will in a dominant performance with 275 passing yards and 279 rushing. The Broncos got up 49-0 at halftime, closing out with a 15-yard Jeremy McNichols touchdown run with four seconds to play – he also ran for a 13-yard score late in the first. Hawaii finished with just 170 yards of total offense.

    Player of the Game: Boise State QB Brett Rypien completed 19-of-25 passes for 271 yards and three scores.

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