2001 Mountain West Conference football season

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2001 Mountain West Conference football season
League NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)
Sport Football
Number of teams 8
2002 NFL Draft
Top draft pick Chester Pitts (San Diego State)
Picked by Houston Texans, 50th Overall
Regular Season
Champion Brigham Young
Runners-up Colorado State
Top scorer Luke Staley (168 points)
Football seasons
← 2000
2002 →
2001 Mountain West football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 25 BYU $   7 0         12 2  
Colorado State   5 2         7 5  
Utah   4 3         8 4  
New Mexico   4 3         6 5  
Air Force   3 3         6 6  
UNLV   3 4         4 7  
San Diego State   2 5         3 8  
Wyoming   0 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2001 Mountain West Conference football season was the 3rd since eight former members of the Western Athletic Conference banded together to form the MW. Brigham Young University won the conference championship in 2001, the Cougars' 2nd MW title since the league began in 1999.

Coaching Changes[edit]

Bowl Games[edit]

Bowl Date Stadium City Result
New Orleans Bowl December 18, 2001 Louisiana Superdome New Orleans, Louisiana Colorado State 45, North Texas 20
Las Vegas Bowl December 25, 2001 Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas, Nevada Utah 10, Southern Cal 6
Liberty Bowl December 31, 2001 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Memphis, Tennessee Louisville 28, BYU 10


  • Coach of the Year: Gary Crowton, BYU
  • Offensive Player of the Year: RB Luke Staley, Jr, BYU
  • Defensive Player of the Year: DB Kevin Thomas, Sr, UNLV
  • Freshman of the Year: RB Dominique Dorsey, RB, UNLV

All Conference Team[edit]

Quarterback Brandon Doman, Sr, BYU
Running back Luke Staley, Jr, BYU
Larry Ned, Sr, San Diego State
Wide receiver Reno Mahe, Jr, BYU
Ryan McGuffey, So, Wyoming
Tight end Doug Jolley, Sr, BYU
Offensive Line Doug Kaufusi, Sr, Utah
David Moreno, Sr, San Diego State
Adam Goldberg, Jr, Wyoming
David Shohet, Sr, Colorado State
Jason Scukanec, Sr, BYU
Kicker V. Borombozin, Sr, New Mexico
Kick Returner Pete Rebstock, Sr, Colorado State
Defensive Line Ryan Denney, Sr, BYU
Jason Kaufusi, Jr, Utah
Brian Johnson, Sr, New Mexico
Garrett Smith, Sr, Utah
Linebacker Gary Davis, Sr, New Mexico
Justin Ena, Sr, BYU
Sheldon Deckart, Jr, Utah
Defensive back Kevin Thomas, Sr, UNLV
Will Demps, Sr, San Diego State
Sam Brandon, Sr, UNLV
Jenaro Gilford, So, BYU
Punter Joey Huber, Jr, Colorado State