2004 Mountain West Conference football season

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Utah Utes fans rush the field and carry the goalpost after defeating rival BYU, completing a perfect regular season, and becoming the first BCS Buster by clinching a spot in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl (hence the sombrero).

The 2004 Mountain West Conference football season was the 6th since eight former members of the Western Athletic Conference banded together to form the MWC. It was the last season of the conference's original eight-team line up, as Texas Christian University had agreed to join the conference for the 2005 season. The University of Utah won the conference championship in 2004, the Utes' 3rd MWC title since the league began in 1999. On the strength of their perfect 11-0 record in the regular season, Utah became the first team from a non-BCS conference to be invited to a BCS bowl when they accepted an invitation to play Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl.

Final standings[edit]

2004 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#4 Utah   7 0         12 0  
New Mexico   5 2         7 5  
BYU   4 3         5 6  
Wyoming   3 4         7 5  
Air Force   3 4         5 6  
Colorado State   3 4         4 7  
San Diego State   2 5         4 7  
UNLV   1 6         2 9  
† – Conference champion and BCS representative as top
000non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
Rankings from AP Poll

Bowl Games[edit]

UCLA vs. Wyoming in the 2004 Las Vegas Bowl
Bowl Date Stadium City Result
Las Vegas Bowl December 23, 2004 Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas, Nevada Wyoming 24, UCLA 21
Emerald Bowl December 30, 2004 SBC Park San Francisco, California Navy 34, New Mexico 19
Fiesta Bowl January 1, 2005 Sun Devil Stadium Tempe, Arizona Utah 35, Pittsburgh 7

Awards[edit]

  • Coach of the Year: Urban Meyer, Utah
  • Offensive Player of the Year: QB Alex Smith, Jr, Utah
  • Co-Defensive Players of the Year: LB Kirk Morrison, Sr, San Diego State and DB Morgan Scalley, Sr, Utah
  • Freshman of the Year: WR Austin Collie, BYU

Pre-Season All Conference Team[edit]

Offense
Quarterback Alex Smith, Jr, Utah
Running back Darnell Stephens, Sr, Air Force
DonTrell Moore, Jr, New Mexico
Wide receiver David Anderson, Jr, Colorado State
Todd Watkins, Jr, BYU
Tight end Joel Dreessen, Sr, Colorado State
Offensive Line Ryan Cook, Jr, New Mexico
Trenton Franz, Sr, Wyoming
Chris Kemoeatu, Sr, Utah
Erik Pears, Sr, Colorado State
Claude Terrell, Sr, New Mexico
Kicker Deric Yaussi, Jr, Wyoming
Kick Returner Joel Kurzdorfer, Sr, Air Force
Defense
Defensive Line Steve Fifita, Sr, Utah
Zach Morris, Sr, Wyoming
Marcus Parker, Jr, New Mexico
Sione Pouha, Sr, Utah
Linebacker Kirk Morrison, Sr, San Diego State
Brady Poppinga, Sr, BYU
John Rudzinski, Sr, Air Force
Defensive back Jamaal Brimmer, Sr, UNLV
Aaron Francisco, Sr, BYU
Brandon Payne, Sr, New Mexico
Morgan Scalley, Sr, Utah
Punter Matt Payne, Sr, BYU

All Conference Team[edit]

Offense
Quarterback Alex Smith, Jr, Utah
Running back Dominique Dorsey, Sr, UNLV
DonTrell Moore, Jr, New Mexico
Wide receiver Steve Savoy, So, Utah
Todd Watkins, Jr, BYU
Tight end Joel Dreessen, Sr, Colorado State
Offensive Line Ryan Cook, Jr, New Mexico
Trenton Franz, Sr, Wyoming
Chris Kemoeatu, Sr, Utah
Erik Pears, Sr, Colorado State
Claude Terrell, Sr, New Mexico
Kicker Deric Yaussi, Jr, Wyoming
Kick Returner Hoost Marsh, Fr, Wyoming
Defense
Defensive Line Steve Fifita, Sr, Utah
Zach Morris, Sr, Wyoming
Marcus Parker, Jr, New Mexico
Sione Pouha, Sr, Utah
Linebacker Kirk Morrison, Sr, San Diego State
Brady Poppinga, Sr, BYU
Nick Speegle, Sr, New Mexico
Defensive back Jamaal Brimmer, Sr, UNLV
Aaron Francisco, Sr, BYU
Brandon Payne, Sr, New Mexico
Morgan Scalley, Sr, Utah
Punter Matt Payne, Sr, BYU