2011 Mountain West Conference football season

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2011 Mountain West Conference football season
Mountain West Conference Logo.svg
League NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)
Sport Football
Duration September 1, 2011–January 2012
Number of teams 8
TV partner(s) The Mtn., CBS Sports Network, Versus
Regular Season
Football seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#14 TCU   7 0         11 2  
#8 Boise State   6 1         12 1  
Wyoming   5 2         8 5  
San Diego State   4 3         8 5  
Air Force   3 4         7 6  
Colorado State   1 6         3 9  
UNLV   1 6         2 10  
New Mexico   1 6         1 11  
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Mountain West Conference football season will be the 13th season of college football for the Mountain West Conference. The 2011 season will consist of eight members: Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, TCU, UNLV, Wyoming and new member Boise State.

This will be the first year the conference will be without two of its founding members. Utah left to become a member of the Pacific-12 Conference and BYU left to become a FBS Independent (other sports joined the West Coast Conference). In response to their departure, the conference added Boise State for this season and will add Fresno State, Hawaiʻi (football only, other sports will join the Big West Conference), and Nevada for the 2012 season.

This will also be the last year TCU will be a member of the Mountain West. They were originally set to become a member of the Big East Conference in the 2012 season. However, on October 10, they accepted a bid to join the Big 12 Conference.[1]

Previous season[edit]

TCU repeated as conference champions going undefeated (12–0) during the regular season for the second consecutive year. They finished the year as the highest ranked non-automatic qualifying school in the BCS rankings to receive an automatic bid to a BCS game. Since Oregon was ranked in the top two and selected to play in the BCS National Championship Game, the Rose Bowl was contractually obligated to take the highest ranked non-AQ to fill the Pac-10's spot. The Horned Frogs defeated Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl 21–19 to finish the season 13–0 and finished ranked #2 in both the AP and Coaches Polls.

Air Force, BYU, San Diego State, and Utah also went to bowl games. Everyone but Utah won their bowl game to give the conference a 4–1 bowl record to win the Bowl Challenge Cup for the second consecutive year.

At one point during the season, both TCU and Utah were both ranked in the top 5 of the BCS rankings.

Preseason[edit]

Award watch lists[edit]

The following Mountain West players were named to preseason award watch lists.

Mountain West media days[edit]

Media poll[edit]

During the Mountain West media days on July 26–27 in Las Vegas, Boise State was picked as the overwehlming favorite to win the conference, garnering 28 of a possible 31 first place votes. Defending champion TCU received the other 3 first place votes and were picked second.[16]

  1. Boise State – 236 (28)
  2. TCU – 208 (3)
  3. Air Force – 176
  4. San Diego State – 160
  5. Colorado State – 104
  6. Wyoming – 80
  7. UNLV – 77
  8. New Mexico – 39

All–Conference Team[edit]

The media also selected their preseason all–conference team. Boise State's Sr. QB Kellen Moore was selected as the offensive player of the year. TCU's Sr. LB Tank Carder was selected as the defensive player of the year. Air Force's Sr. KR Jonathan Warzeka was selected as the special teams player of the year.[17]

Boise State all blue uniform ban[edit]

New conference member Boise State was banned by the Mountain West Conference from wearing their traditional all blue uniforms during conference home games. Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson's reason for the rule was that coaches had stated that the Broncos received a "competitive advantage" when wearing all blue on the blue turf of Bronco Stadium. Boise State head coach Chris Petersen was quoted that he thought the ban was, "ridiculous".[18]

Coaches[edit]

NOTE: Stats shown are before the beginning of the season

Team Head Coach Years at School Overall Record Record at School MWC Record
Air Force Troy Calhoun 5 34–18 34–18 21–11
Boise State Chris Petersen 6 61–5 61–5 0–0*
Colorado State Steve Fairchild 4 13–24 13–24 6–18
New Mexico Mike Locksley (fired on 9/25/11)
George Barlow (interim)
3
1
2–22
0–0
2–22
0–0
2–14
0–0
San Diego State Rocky Long 1 65–69 0–0 40–34^
TCU Gary Patterson 11 98–28 98–28 41–7
UNLV Bobby Hauck 2 82–28 2–11 2–6
Wyoming Dave Christensen 3 10–15 10–15 5–11

*first year as conference member, ^achieved as head coach of New Mexico from 99–08

Rankings[edit]

The following Mountain West teams have been either ranked or received votes in the major polls during the 2011 season:

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
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Final
Air Force AP RV RV
C RV RV RV RV
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
Boise State AP 5 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 10
C 7 5 4 4 5 6 6 7 5 5 5 11
Harris Not released 5 5 5 5 5 11
BCS Not released 5 4 5 5 10
San Diego State AP RV
C RV RV
Harris Not released
BCS Not released
TCU AP 14 25 23 20 20 RV RV RV 19
C 15 25 23 20 20 RV RV RV RV 24 19
Harris Not released RV RV RV RV 25 21
BCS Not released 19

Mountain West vs. BCS matchups[edit]

Date Visitor Home Notes
September 1 UNLV 17 #10 Wisconsin 51
September 2 #15 TCU 48 Baylor 50 TCU loss snapped a 25 game regular season winning streak
September 3^ #7 Boise State 35 #22 Georgia 21 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta
Boise State's first ever win against an SEC team
September 10 New Mexico 3 #13 Arkansas 52 Played at Arkansas' secondary home in Little Rock
September 10 UNLV 7 Washington State 59
September 17^ Colorado State 14 Colorado 28 Rocky Mountain Showdown at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver
September 17 Texas Tech 59 New Mexico 13 Second straight year the Lobos have hosted Texes Tech
September 17 Washington State 24 San Diego State 42
September 24 San Diego State 7 #21 Michigan 28 Michigan head coach Brady Hoke coached San Diego State the last two seasons
September 24 #9 Nebraska 38 Wyoming 14
October 8 Air Force 33 Notre Dame 59
^Denotes neutral site game

Regular season[edit]

Index to colors and formatting
Mountain West member won
Mountain West member lost
Mountain West teams in bold

All dates, times, and TV are tentative and subject to change.

The Mountain West has teams in 3 different time zones. Times reflect start time in respective time zone of each team (Central–TCU, Mountain–Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Wyoming, Pacific–San Diego State, UNLV). Conference games start times are that of the home team.

Rankings reflect that of the USA Today Coaches poll for that week until week eight when the BCS poll will be used.

Week one[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 5:00 PM UNLV #10 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN L 17–51 77,085
September 2 7:00 PM #15 TCU Baylor Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, TX ESPN L 48–50 43,753
September 3 12:00 PM South Dakota Air Force Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO The Mtn. W 37–20 39,105
September 3 4:00 PM Colorado State New Mexico University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM The Mtn. CSU 14–10 21,454
September 3 ^ 6:00 PM #7 Boise State #22 Georgia Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA
(Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game)
ESPN W 35–21 73,614
September 3 7:00 PM Cal Poly San Diego State Qualcomm StadiumSan Diego, CA The Mtn. W 49–21 34,384
September 3 7:00 PM Weber State Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY W 35–32 21,492

^ Neutral site

Players of the Week[19]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Kellen Moore Boise State Nordly Capi Colorado State Greg McCoy TCU

Week two[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 10 9:00 AM San Diego State Army Michie StadiumWest Point, NY CBS Sports Network W 23–20 26,778
September 10 12:00 PM Northern Colorado Colorado State Hughes StadiumFort Collins, CO The Mtn. W 33–14 25,367
September 10 1:30 PM #25 TCU Air Force Flacon Stadium • Colorado Springs, CO Versus TCU 35–19 42,107
September 10 2:00 PM UNLV Washington State Martin StadiumPullman, WA L 7–59 27,018
September 10 4:00 PM Texas State Wyoming War Memorial Stadium • Laramie, WY The Mtn. W 45–10 23,248
September 10 5:00 PM New Mexico #13 Arkansas War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR ESPNU L 3–52 52,606

Players of the Week[20]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Casey Pachall TCU Jerome Long San Diego State Brian Stahovich San Diego State

Week three[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 16 6:00 PM #4 Boise State Toledo Glass BowlToledo, OH ESPN W 40–15 28,905
September 17 10:00 AM Wyoming Bowling Green Doyt Perry StadiumBowling Green, OH W 28–27 14,813
September 17 ^ 11:30 AM Colorado State Colorado Sports Authority Field at Mile HighFort Collins, CO
(Rocky Mountain Showdown)
FSN L 14–28 57,186
September 17 1:00 PM Louisiana-Monroe #23 TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX The Mtn. W 38–17 32,719
September 17 1:30 PM Texas Tech New Mexico University Stadium • Albuquerque, NM Versus L 13–59 20,674
September 17 3:00 PM Washington State San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium • San Diego, CA The Mtn. W 42–24 57,286
September 17 7:00 PM Hawaiʻi UNLV Sam Boyd StadiumWhitney, NV The Mtn. W 40–20 21,248

^ Neutral site Players of the Week[21]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Co-Players Teams Co-Players Teams Player Team
Kellen Moore (2)/Ronnie Hillman Boise State/San Diego State Larry Parker/Josh Biezuns San Diego State/Wyoming Greg McCoy (2) TCU

Kellen Moore was also named the Davy O'Brien Quarterback of the Week. Greg McCoy was also named the National Kickoff Returner of the Week by College Football Performance Awards.

Week four[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 24 9:00 AM San Diego State #21 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI BTN L 7–28 110,707
September 24 1:00 PM Tennessee State Air Force Falcon Stadium • Colorado Springs, CO The Mtn. W 63–24 33,487
September 24 4:00 PM #20 (FCS) Sam Houston State New Mexico University Stadium • Albuquerque, NM L 45–48 OT 16,313
September 24 5:30 PM #9 Nebraska Wyoming War Memorial Stadium • Laramie, WY Versus L 14–38 32,617
September 24 6:00 PM Tulsa #4 Boise State Bronco StadiumBoise, ID CBS Sports Network W 41–21 34,019
September 24 6:00 PM Colorado State Utah State Romney StadiumLogan, UT ESPN3 W 35–34 2OT 22,599
September 24 6:00 PM Portland State #20 TCU Amon G. Cater Stadium • Fort Worth, TX W 55–13 33,825
September 24 6:00 PM #23 (FCS) Southern Utah UNLV Sam Boyd Stadium • Whitney, NV The Mtn. L 16–41 18,102

Players of the Week[22]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Co-Players Teams Player Team Player Team
Chris Nwoke/Deon Long Colorado State/New Mexico Shaquil Barrett Colorado State Tanner Hedstrom Colorado State

Coaching change

On September 25, 2011 following a 0–4 start which included a loss to Sam Houston State of the FCS, New Mexico relieved Mike Locksley of his duties as head coach. Associate head coach and defensive coordinator George Barlow assumed the job on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.

Week five[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 1 10:00 AM Air Force Navy Navy – Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD CBS W 35–34 OT 37,506
October 1 12:30 PM Nevada #5 Boise State Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID
(Rivalry)
Versus W 30–10 34,098
October 1 2:00 PM San Jose State Colorado State Hughes Stadium • Fort Collins, CO The Mtn. L 31–38 27,683
October 1 2:30 PM SMU #20 TCU Amon G. Cater Stadium • Fort Worth, TX
(Battle for the Iron Skillet)
CBS Sports Network L 33–40 OT 35,632
October 1 6:00 PM New Mexico State New Mexico University Stadium • Albuquerque, NM
(Rio Grande Rivalry)
The Mtn. L 28–42 30,091

Players of the Week[23]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Tim Jefferson Air Force Brady Amack Air Force Alex Means Air Force

Week six[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 7 7:00 PM #6 Boise State Fresno State Bulldog StadiumFresno, CA
(Battle for the Milk Can)
ESPN W 57–7 33,871
October 8 1:30 PM Air Force Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN NBC L 33–59 80,795
October 8 4:00 PM UNLV Nevada Mackay StadiumReno, NV
(37th Battle for Nevada)
ESPN3 L 0–37 25,978
October 8 6:00 PM Wyoming Utah State Romney Stadium • Logan, UT ESPN3 L 19–63 17,561
October 8 7:30 PM TCU San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium • San Diego, CA CBS Sports Network TCU 27–14 44,248

Players of the Week[24]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Kellen Moore (3) Boise State Tekkerein Cuba TCU Ross Evans TCU

Week seven[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 13 6:00 PM San Diego State Air Force Falcon Stadium • Colorado Springs, CO CBS Sports Network SDSU 41–27 27,490
October 15 12:00 PM New Mexico Nevada Mackay Stadium • Reno, NV L 7–49 15,369
October 15 12:00 PM UNLV Wyoming War Memorial Stadium • Laramie, WY The Mtn. WYO 41–14 22,985
October 15 4:00 PM #6 Boise State Colorado State Hughes Stadium • Fort Collins, CO The Mtn. BSU 63–13 30,027

Players of the Week[25]

Co–Offensive Defensive Special teams
Players Teams Player Team Player Team
Doug Martin/Ronnie Hillman (2) Boise State/San Diego State Tyrone Crawford Boise State Chris McNeill Wyoming

Week eight[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 22 1:00 PM New Mexico TCU Amon G. Carter Stadium • Fort Worth, TX The Mtn. TCU 69–0 33,833
October 22 1:30 PM Air Force #5 Boise State Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID Versus BSU 37–26 34,196
October 22 6:00 PM Colorado State UTEP Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX TWC El Paso L 17–31 31,797

Players of the Week[26]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Kellen Moore (4) Boise State Byron Hout Boise State Antonio Graves TCU

Week nine[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 28 ^ 7:00 PM TCU BYU Cowboys StadiumArlington, TX ESPN W 38–28 50,094
October 29 12:00 PM Air Force New Mexico University Stadium • Albuquerque, NM The Mtn. AFA 42–0 16,691
October 29 3:00 PM Colorado State UNLV Sam Boyd Stadium • Whitney, NV The Mtn. UNLV 38–35 21,289
October 29 7:00 PM Wyoming San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium • San Diego, CA The Mtn. WYO 30–27 29,730

^ Neutral site

Players of the Week[27]

Co-Offensive Co-Defensive Special teams
Players Teams Players Teams Player Team
Brett Smith/Ronnie Hillman (3) Wyoming/San Diego State James Dunlap/Jonathan Anderson Colorado State/TCU Deante' Purvis UNLV

Week ten[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 5 12:00 PM TCU Wyoming War Memorial Stadium • Laramie, WY The Mtn. TCU 30–21 17,673
November 5 1:30 PM Army Air Force Falcon Stadium • Colorado Springs, CO CBS W 24–14 46,709
November 5 5:00 PM New Mexico San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium • San Diego, CA The Mtn. SDSU 35–7 28,362
November 5 7:30 PM #5 Boise State UNLV Sam Boyd Stadium • Whitney, NV CBS Sports Network BSU 48–21 26,281

Players of the Week[28]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Waymon James TCU Jon Davis Air Force Parker Herrington Air Force

Week eleven[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 12 12:00 PM Wyoming Air Force Falcon Stadium • Colorado Springs, CO The Mtn. WYO 25–17 33,823
November 12 1:30 PM TCU #5 Boise State Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID Versus TCU 36–35 34,146
November 12 4:00 PM San Diego State Colorado State Hughes Stadium • Fort Collins, CO The Mtn. SDSU 18–15 16,811
November 12 8:00 PM UNLV New Mexico University Stadium • Albuquerque, NM CBS Sports Network UNM 21–14 14,937

Players of the Week[29]

Offensive Co–Defensive Special teams
Player Team Players Teams Player Team
Casey Pachall (2) TCU Carmen Messina/Nat Berhe New Mexico/San Diego State Anson Kelton TCU

Week twelve[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 19 12:00 PM New Mexico Wyoming War Memorial Stadium • Laramie, WY The Mtn.
November 19 2:30 PM Colorado State #19 TCU Amon G. Carter Stadium • Fort Worth, TX CBS Sports Network
November 19 4:00 PM UNLV Air Force Falcon Stadium • Colorado Springs, CO The Mtn.
November 19 5:00 PM #10 Boise State San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium • San Diego, CA CBS Sports Network

Week thirteen[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 26 12:00 PM Wyoming Boise State Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID The Mtn.
November 26 4:00 PM Air Force Colorado State Hughes Stadium • Fort Collins, CO
(Ram–Falcon Trophy)
The Mtn.
November 26 7:00 PM San Diego State UNLV Sam Boyd Stadium • Whitney, NV The Mtn.

Week fourteen[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
December 3 12:00 PM Wyoming Colorado State Hughes Stadium • Fort Collins, CO
(Border War)
The Mtn.
December 3 1:30 PM UNLV TCU Amon G. Carter Stadium • Fort Worth, TX Versus
December 3 4:00 PM New Mexico Boise State Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID The Mtn.
December 3 5:00 PM Fresno State San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium • San Diego, CA CBS Sports Network

Home attendance[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7 Total Average % of Capacity
Air Force Falcon Stadium 52,480 39,105 42,107 33,487 27,490 46,709 33,823 222,721 37,121 70.7%
Boise State Bronco Stadium 33,500 34,019 34,098 34,196 34,146
136,519 34,130 101.9%
Colorado State Hughes Stadium 34,400 25,367 27,683 30,027 16,811
99,888 24,972 72.6.5%
New Mexico University Stadium 38,634 21,454 20,674 16,313 30,091 16,691 14,937
120,160 20,027 51.8%
San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium 71,294 34,384 57,286 44,248 29,730 28,362 52,256 246,266 41,044 57.6%
TCU Amon G. Carter Stadium 34,000 32,719 33,825 35,632 33,833
136,009 34,003 100.0%
UNLV Sam Boyd Stadium 36,800 21,248 18,102 21,289 26,281
86,920 21,730 59.0%
Wyoming War Memorial Stadium 34,000 21,492 23,248 32,617 22,985 17,673
118,015 23,603 69.4%

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