Posts Tagged ‘Tim Jefferson’

2010 Mountain West Retrospective: Middl’uns

Posted by    |    February 8th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Air Force, San Diego State, and BYU each beat all of the four bottom feeders in the conference. What San Diego State, BYU, and Air Force could not do was beat TCU or Utah, and that is what made them all “middle’uns” in 2010.  AFA and SDSU would tell you they also both beat BYU, but the record book indicates only the Falcons did; the mini-scandal surrounding BYU’s victory over the Aztecs has largely faded away, aided by the “makeup” replay miss in the Holy War that may or may not have cost the Cougars a final conference victory over the Utes. What came around, went around, and more or less the score evened out.

The Mountain West came this close to two major non-conference wins in Columbus and Norman. Missouri Tiger T.J. Moe sprung free (aided by a badly missed call) for a last-minute 68 yard scoring run to secure the win against the surprisingly punchy Aztecs. Earlier that afternoon, Air Force out-gained, out-ran, out-held, and in the end, out-mistaked Oklahoma to lose by three-points. These losses (add SDSU’s heart-breaker in Provo) kept AFA and SDSU out of the polls, and dinged the MWC’s reputation just enough to keep TCU out of the national championship discussion two months later. (more…)

Air Force to land at TCU

Posted by    |    October 21st, 2010 at 9:07 am

Air Force has grounded all but one-- and beaten all but two-- of its opponents so far this year.

2010 was supposed to be the year Air Force broke into the Mountain West’s top three—likely taking BYU’s place.  BYU has played its part well, losing to Air Force and TCU, but beating San Diego State.  Air Force started out on cue, nearly missing a win over Oklahoma in Norman, finally beating Navy, BYU, and then whipping Wyoming, and Colorado State.  The Falcons again led the nation in rushing, with their signature triple option.  But a warning sign that the defense wasn’t as stout came with the win over CSU, even though the score wasn’t close.  The Rams outrushed the Falcons by almost 40 yards.  (more…)