Mountain West Football Week 0: What We Learned
The Mountain West went 2-1 this week.
What did we learn this week about Mountain West football.
Going 2-1 was expected for the Mountain West this weekend with Colorado State and Hawaii winning, and San Jose State losing but the Spartans gave No. 19 South Florida a huge scare.
First up is the emoji machine to describe these teams:
Reason No. 1,239 Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich is the man.
That non-punting mentality led to a win.
Hawaii found its offensive playmaker
Wide receiver John Ursua had a huge game for the Warriors with 12 receptions for 272 yards and a touchdown. He also had a crucial fourth down reception to keep a fourth quarter drive alive which led to a field goal.
Colorado State’s defense is G-O-O-D:
The Rams defense forced five turnovers in their win over Oregon State, including a pick-six by Tre Thomas.
Oh and the Rams defense has a belt, too.
Keep those Mike Bobo running the dang ball jokes coming
The Rams went deep into their running back depth and went four deep. Dalyn Dawkins and Izzy Matthews are the main backs and even Marvin Kinsey was healthy enough from his ACL tear las year to get eight carries for 34 yards, plus a touchdown.
Redshirt freshman Rashaad Boddie stole the show by coming almost out of nowhere to have bruising runs for a grand total of 56 yards on just eight carries, and if not for his arm going down he could have had closer to 80 yards.
San Jose State’s defense can make plays
The end result was not great for the Spartans but their defense showed some signs of improvements with 11 tackles for a loss and three sacks. They held quarterback Quinton Flowers to under 50 percent passing percentage and only 70 rushing yards. However, on the other side the defense needs to not give up huge plays.
Throw a celebration for San Jose State’s offensive line
Lat year, this unit gave up 50 sacks which included 10 allowed against Utah. In their loss to South Florida, only one sack was allowed and this could go a long way for the Spartans to be more competitive.