Let's take a look at the good and the bad for the non-AQs in Week 2.
The good: Air Force really showed what it is capable of in a 35-14 win over BYU. It was the Falcons’ first win over the Cougars in six years. In fact, it was the first time coach Troy Calhoun has ever beaten BYU in his career. Jared Tew and Asher Clark showed why they are one of the best running back duos among the non-AQs, maybe even in the nation, with 198 yards combined on the ground. Jonathan Warzeka contributed as well, with six carries for 62 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, San Diego State is off to its first 2-0 start since 1994.
The bad: The MAC had some pretty brutal losses, with Ball State and Akron falling to FCS opponents. Ball State coach Stan Parrish, whose team lost to Liberty 27-23, said he thought the Flames would be able to compete in the MAC, especially behind quarterback Mike Brown. “When you have a special player playing quarterback, look at the history of our league, it’s very quarterback driven, when you have a very special quarterback like Liberty does, you can be special every week,” he said. Meanwhile, New Mexico has now been outscored 124-17 in its two losses this season.
The new: We heard all the hype about San Diego State freshman running back Ronnie Hillman and the hope that he would be able to rescue the Aztecs’ rushing attack. Hillman proved it Saturday night against New Mexico State, rushing for 150 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-21 victory. He averaged 6.8 yards a carry, a huge improvement for the Aztecs, who had one of the worst rushing offenses in the country last year. His four rushing touchdowns set a Mountain West freshman single-game high and are the most by a San Diego State player since Larry Ned had four touchdowns against Wyoming in 2001.
A few more helmet stickers: Toledo linebacker Dan Molls made a career-high 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack and two interceptions in a 20-13 road win at Ohio. Molls set up the first Toledo touchdown with a 28-yard interception return to the 2-yard line, and also had a big fourth-down sack that allowed the Rockets to beat Ohio a 20-13 win. ... Marshall DE Vinny Curry also had 11 tackles, three for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles in Marshall’s near upset of No. 22 West Virginia on Friday night. ... Arkansas State sophomore quarterback Ryan Aplin passed for a school-record 438 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. Aplin has the second-most passing yards in the nation with 716.
A few injury items to note: Houston quarterback Case Keenum (concussion) is day to day. Kent State running back Eugene Jarvis missed last week’s game against Boise State with a groin injury and is most likely out this week, coach Doug Martin said Monday. He still lists Jarvis as day to day. Middle Tennessee quarterback Logan Kilgore sat out last week’s win against Austin Peay with a foot injury, and coach Rick Stockstill said the team would know more about his status this week. Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn (thumb) missed last week’s game against UNLV and his status is uncertain for this week.
Week 3 look ahead: This is another big week for non-AQ teams playing some pretty important nonconference games. The biggest to watch: East Carolina at Virginia Tech; Air Force at Oklahoma; BYU at Florida State; Baylor at TCU and Houston at UCLA.