Week 3 winners and losers

We take a look at the Mountain West winners and losers from Week 3 of College Football.

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Encouragements and disappointments from the past week.

Week 3 was definitely a mixed bag for the Mountain West overall, with just four non-conference wins from a total of eight competitions, although it wasn’t without some drama of all kinds. What does that mean for whoever is among the week’s biggest winners and losers from Friday and Saturday? Find out below.

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1. Wyoming

If there was any doubt that the Cowboys had put their season-opening flop behind, Craig Bohl’s men in browns and golds wiped it out with a stunning 17-14 victory in Laramie over the Air Force on Friday night.

They did it broadly, limiting big plays the Falcons found so easily against northern Iowa and Colorado and keeping the Air Force to five chunk plays totaling 120 yards. Tim Polasek’s much-criticized offensive line also had the best overall yards per game so far this season, averaging 5.9 yards per game. Andrew Peasley had some big throws in the fourth quarter in what would prove to be the game-winning drive, while Titus Swen backed the groundplay with 102 yards and the winning touchdown on 19 carries.

While next week’s competition won’t be easy at BYU, things are suddenly lined up for Wyoming to make a serious run for the division title, with San Jose State, New Mexico, Utah State and Hawaii scheduled for October.

2. UNLV quarterback Doug Brumfield

A signal caller blooms in the desert right before our eyes as Brumfield put on another quality performance in the Rebels’ 58-27 win over North Texas on Saturday.

He became the first UNLV quarterback to rush for at least 100 yards and throw for at least 200 yards since Armani Rogers in 2017, and also enabled the Rebels offense to score the most points against an FBS opponent since the storied triple-overtime contest to rally against Wyoming in 2016. Has UNLV finally resolved its longstanding quarterback woes? After three games it looks like it anyway.

3. Hawaii’s head coach Timmy Chang

It may have taken a little longer than he would have liked, but Chang finally got his first win as head coach late Saturday with a 24-14 decision over Duquesne.

The Dukes forced the Warriors to work for it, passing the home team by almost a two-to-one lead on overall offense, but running back Dedrick Parson paved the way with two touchdowns in the first half while on defense the door closed late with three second-half interceptions, including a Penei Pavihi pick-six that sealed the win. It wasn’t perfect, but it will be a memory for Chang and his Braddahhood to build on.

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1.Nevada

It was not entirely surprising that the Iowa Hawkeyes put the Wolf Pack into a proverbial sleeper phase on Saturday and won by a 27-0 lead. However, the fact that it took over seven hours to finish the game due to lightning delays adds at least a slight insult to the injury.

Nevada’s defense fought hard, losing three sacks and five tackles while conceding just 5.5 yards per play, but the offense also took a step back after last week’s performance against Incarnate Word, averaging a meager 2 .4 yards per play. There might not be many major advantages against a very strong Iowa defense, but now that the book on non-conference play has been closed, no one can be quite sure what to expect from the pack going forward.

2. Quarterback situation in San Diego State

Are the Aztecs back in football’s most important position? Three different plays threw a pass in San Diego State’s ugly 35-7 loss to Utah: Braxton Burmeister struggled before being knocked out of the game with another injury, then Will Haskell saw the field just a series before he gave way to Kyle Crum. who played about as well as you would expect a true novice to play against this type of defense.

Overall, the trio completed just 7 of 21 passes for 60 yards with a touchdown and an interception. It’s the third straight season the Aztecs have had at least one game with that few passing yards (perhaps not coincidentally, that includes last year’s game against the Utes), so it’s unclear where the offense looks from here.

3. Boise State fans

Yes, the Broncos’ offense was mostly pedestrian in their 30-7 win over UT Martin on Saturday afternoon, but one of the eyebrow-raising developments revolved around them the reaction until Hank Bachmeier is replaced by Taylen Green. The celebration was deep enough for Bachmeier’s colleagues that at least one other player, safety JL Skinner, called out those in attendance, so it’s hard to argue that it didn’t spoil what was otherwise a good day in the office for Andy Avalos’ team.

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