2003 Mountain West Conference football season

The 2003 Mountain West Conference football season was the fifth since eight former members of the Western Athletic Conference banded together to form the Mountain West Conference. The Utah won the conference championship in 2003, the Utes' second overall and first outright title since the league began in 1999.

2003 Mountain West Conference football season
LeagueNCAA Division I-A
Number of teams8
2004 NFL Draft
Top draft pickJeff Shoate (San Diego State)
Picked byDenver Broncos, 152nd overall
Regular season
Season championsUtah
Runners-upNew Mexico
Top scorerDonTrell Moore (126 points)
Football seasons
← 2002
2004 →
2003 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 21 Utah $   6 1         10 2  
New Mexico   5 2         8 5  
Colorado State   4 3         7 6  
Air Force   3 4         7 5  
San Diego State   3 4         6 6  
BYU   3 4         4 8  
UNLV   2 5         6 6  
Wyoming   2 5         4 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Coaching changesEdit

Bowl gamesEdit

Bowl Date Stadium City Result
Las Vegas Bowl December 24, 2003 Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas Oregon State 55, New Mexico 14
Liberty Bowl December 31, 2003 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Memphis, Tennessee Utah 17, Southern Miss 0
San Francisco Bowl December 31, 2003 SBC Park San Francisco Boston College 35, Colorado State 21


  • Coach of the Year: Urban Meyer, Utah
  • Offensive Player of the Year: QB Bradlee Van Pelt, Sr, Colorado State
  • Defensive Player of the Year: LB Kirk Morrison, Sr, San Diego State
  • Freshman of the Year: RB Lynell Hamilton, San Diego State

All Conference TeamEdit

Quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt, Sr, Colorado State
Running back DonTrell Moore, So, New Mexico
Lynell Hamilton, Fr, San Diego State
Wide receiver David Anderson, So, Colorado State
Paris Warren, Jr, Utah
Tight end Ben Moa, Sr, Utah
Offensive Line Jason Lenzmeier, Sr, New Mexico
Claude Terrell, Jr, New Mexico
Erik Pears, Jr, Colorado State
Ryan Cook, So, New Mexico
Brendan Darby, Sr, San Diego State
Kicker Wes Zunker, Sr, New Mexico
Kick Returner Dexter Wynn, Sr, Colorado State
Defensive Line D.J. Rentería, Sr, New Mexico
Brady Poppinga, Jr, BYU
Josh Savage, Sr, Utah
Bryan Save, Sr, Colorado State
Linebacker Kirk Morrison, Jr, San Diego State
Adam Seward, Jr, UNLV
Marchello Graddy, Sr, Air Force
Defensive back Jamaal Brimmer, Jr, UNLV
Aaron Francisco, Jr, BYU
Dexter Wynn, Sr, Colorado State
Brandon Ratcliff, Sr, New Mexico
Punter Matt Payne, Jr, BYU