2013 Mountain West Conference Football Championship Game

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2013 Mountain West Conference Football Championship Game
Conference Championship
2013 Mountain West Conference Football Championship Game logo.png
1234 Total
Utah State 07010 17
Fresno State 31470 24
DateDecember 7, 2013
Season2013
StadiumBulldog Stadium
LocationFresno, CA
MVPQB Derek Carr (Fresno State)
RefereeReggie Smith
Attendance31,362
United States TV coverage
NetworkCBS
Mountain West Radio Network
AnnouncersAndrew Catalon (play-by-play), Aaron Taylor (color) & Allie LaForce (sideline)- CBS

Nate Kreckman (play-by-play) & Mike Pritchard (color)- Mountain West Radio Network
Mountain West Conference Football Championship Game
  2014
2013 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain Division
Utah State x   7 1         9 5  
Boise State   6 2         8 5  
Colorado State   5 3         8 6  
Wyoming   3 5         5 7  
New Mexico   1 7         3 9  
Air Force   0 8         2 10  
West Division
Fresno State x$   7 1         11 2  
San Diego State   6 2         8 5  
UNLV   5 3         7 6  
San Jose State   5 3         6 6  
Nevada   3 5         4 8  
Hawaii   0 8         1 11  
Championship: Fresno State 24, Utah State 17
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2013 Mountain West Conference Football Championship Game determined the 2013 football champion of the Mountain West Conference (MW). The game, played at Bulldog Stadium on the campus of California State University, Fresno (Fresno State), was the first football conference championship game for the Mountain West Conference. The game featured the West Division champions Fresno State Bulldogs hosting the Mountain Division champions Utah State Aggies.

Fresno State won 24–17 and represented the Mountain West in the 2013 Las Vegas Bowl on December 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada after defeating Utah State by 7 points.

History[edit]

After the 2013 Mountain West Conference realignment, the league added two new members, San Jose State and Utah State[1] for the 2013 season. By adding two new members for a total of 12 football members (11 all-sports members and football-only Hawaii), the MW was able to split into two divisions, the Mountain and the West, and to organize an annual conference championship game.

Teams[edit]

Mountain Division Champions[edit]

Utah State comes into the championship with a non–conference record of 1–3 after losing to former Mountain West member Utah, USC and BYU, while beating Weber State. Utah State was first in the Mountain Division standings with a conference record of 2–0 until losing to Boise State. Utah State then fell to third behind Wyoming and Boise State. Wyoming then lost to Colorado State which moved Boise State to first and Utah State to second in the standings. Boise State then lost a close game in overtime against San Diego State, which moved Utah State back at first in the division. By the end of the regular season, Utah State stayed undefeated after the loss to Boise State bringing the Aggies to their first division championship.

This was Utah State's first appearance in Mountain West Conference Championship series.

West Division Champions[edit]

Fresno State comes into the championship undefeated in non–conference games against Rutgers, Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo, and Idaho. Fresno State stayed undefeated winning close games against Boise State, Hawaii and San Diego State and rose to #14 in the BCS Polls prior to their last game of the regular season against San Jose. After Fresno State lost to San Jose State they fell to #22 but continued to stay at the top of their division as the other five teams in the West Division lost more than one conference game, which led the team to their first division championship.

This was Fresno State's first appearance in Mountain West Conference Championship series.

Scoring summary[edit]

Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring Information[2] Score
Length Time Utah State Fresno State
1 8:36 11 plays, 51 yards 3:07 Fresno State Colin McGuire 30–yard kick good 0 3
2 13:40 7 plays, 45 yards 2:00 Fresno State Marcel Jensen 3–yard reception from Derek Carr, Colin McGuire kick good 0 10
2 7:17 14 plays, 66 yards 4:54 Fresno State Isaiah Burse 9–yard reception from Derek Carr, Colin McGuire kick good 0 17
2 0:03 0 plays, 86 yards 0:00 Utah State Jake Doughty 86–yard fumble return, Nick Diaz kick good 7 17
3 1:33 13 plays, 59 yards 3:59 Fresno State Davante Adams 3–yard reception from Derek Carr, Colin McGuire kick good 7 24
4 11:55 13 plays, 78 yards 4:38 Utah State Bruce Natson 10–yard rush, Nick Diaz kick good 14 24
4 9:00 7 plays, 35 yards 2:55 Utah State Nick Diaz 20–yard kick good 17 24
Final Score 17 24

Statistics[edit]

Statistics Utah State Fresno State
First Downs 17 24
Total offense, plays – yards 75–304 87–460
Rushes-yards (net) 40–51 34–56
Passing yards (net) 253 404
Passes, Comp-Att-Int 16–35–2 36–53–2
Time of Possession 30:36 29:24

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andy Katz (May 2, 2012). "Sources: Utah St., SJSU joining MWC". ESPN. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "Utah State Aggies vs. Fresno State Bulldogs". ESPN. December 7, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013.