Boise State 33, Utah State 24
The Broncos will host Fresno State for the Mountain West title as Alexander Mattison ran 37 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns to put away Utah State. Jordan Love threw for 363 yards and two scores, and there was a shot late to pull off the win after Gerold Bright took a pass 83 yards for a score. But Boise State marched to the victory with Mattison punching one in with seconds to play to end the threat.
Hawaii 31, San Diego State 30 OT
Cole McDonald threw for 452 yards and three touchdowns, finding JoJo Ward for a ten-yard score in overtime to give Hawaii the lead. San Diego State answered instantly on a 25-yard Juwan Washington touchdown run, but the two point try misfired, and the Rainbow Warriors pulled off a stunner. A massive underdog, Hawaii dominated after a rough start, coming up with 516 yards – and a clutch drive in overtime – for its eighth win of the season.
UNLV 34, Nevada 29
Just when it seemed like UNLV’s clunker of a season was about to finish off even worse after getting down 20-0, Armani Rogers went off to give the fan base what it wants – a win over rival Nevada. Rogers threw for 172 yards and three scores, and ran 14 times for 46 yards and two touchdowns. Shockingly, the Rebel D came through with one of its best performances, picking off three passes and holding the Wolf Pack to just a field goal in the second half. Nevada is still going bowling, though.
Wyoming 31, New Mexico 3
The Wyoming passing game was a disaster – Tyler Vander Waal completed 4-of-17 passes – but Xazavian Valladay ran for 192 yards and two touchdowns to help the Cowboys get bowl eligible. Nico Evans added 142 yards as part of the 366 UW came up with on the ground. New Mexico finished off a brutal season with a disastrous performance, finishing with 83 yards of total offense.
Fresno State 31, San Jose State 13
Fresno State got the job done, and now it’s on to the Mountain West Championship. Marcus McMaryion was a sharp 20-of-29 for 317 yards and two scores, and he ran for 30 yards, but the O only came up with a first half field goal. San Jose State’s season is over, but it went down fighting with 302 passing yards and two scores rom Michael Carrillo.
Air Force 27, Colorado State 19
Neither team is going bowling, but at least they came up with something fun to close things out. Air Force put the game away on a late touchdown, but Colorado State’s Preston Williams put on a show with 12 passes for 248 yards and three scores. The Air Force ground game was too tough, running for 393 yards and two scores, averaging six yards per carry.