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MWC: Utah State Tops In Total Offense, Defense

By Ken Pomponio



Utah State junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton leads the Mountain West Conference in passing efficiency and total offense. Photo by Tom Lynn/Getty Images.
Utah State junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton leads the Mountain West Conference in passing efficiency and total offense. Photo by Tom Lynn/Getty Images.


Here’s at look at the best (and worst) the Mountain West Conference has to offer after three weeks of play (all statistics are per-game averages; numbers preceding teams and individuals are FBS ranks):

Heroes And Zeros: Team

Wins: Best — Boise State, Fresno State, Utah State, Wyoming 2; Worst — Hawaii, San Diego State 0

National Ranking: AP — None; Coaches — 25. Fresno State

Scoring: Best — 8t. Utah State 49.3; Worst — 118. San Diego State 13.0

Total Offense: Best — 12. Utah State 550.3; Worst — 121. Hawaii 235.0

Rushing: Best — 17. New Mexico 267.0; Worst — 123. Hawaii 46.0

Passing: Best — 14. Fresno State 332.0; Worst — 122. New Mexico 76.3

Scoring Defense: Best — 27. San Jose State 17.0; Worst — 119. UNLV 43.3

Total Defense: Best — 13. Utah State 286.0; Worst — 116. Nevada 520.0

Rushing Defense: Best — 40. Hawaii 124.5; Worst — 119. Nevada 280.0

Passing Defense: Best — 13. Utah State 148.0; Worst — 116. Hawaii 311.5

Turnover Margin: Best — 18t. Boise State +4; Worst — 121t. San Diego State -6

Home Attendance: Best — San Diego State 42,978; Worst — San Jose State 13,136

Heroes: Individual

Passing Efficiency:  9. Chuckie Keeton, USU (187.7 rating)

Passing Yards: 9. Derek Carr, FSU, 330.5

Total Offense: 7. Keeton, USU, 370.0

Rushing: 16. Kasey Carrier, UNM, 122.3

Receptions: 5t. Davante Adams, FSU, 9.50

Receiving Yards: 24. Devante Davis, UNLV, 100.3

Scoring: 9t. Jay Ajayi, BSU, 12.0

Kickoff Returns (avg.): 7. Carlos Wiggins, UNM, 37.2

Punt Returns (avg.): 1. Isaiah Burse, FSU, 29.5

Field Goals: 11t. Wes Feer, SDSU; Jared Roberts, CSU, 2

Interceptions: 14t. Bryan Douglas, BSU; Darian Thompson, BSU, 2

Tackles: 1. Keith Smith, SJSU, 15.0

Sacks: 9. Eddie Yarbrough, Wyoming, 4