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Monday, October 15, 2012

Football Opponent Tracker: Week 7 Results for BYU's 2012 Opponents

The results of the Brigham Young Cougars’s opponents last week can be summed up simply by saying the good teams kept winning, and the bad teams kept losing. A few bad teams were spared thanks to having a bye week.


Washington State (2-5): Lost 31-17 to Cal. Washington State racked up a lot of yards on offense (420), but they were no match for Cal. They trailed the entire game. They had no answer for Allen. He had 11 of Cal’s 14 pass receptions, and 166 of Cal’s 189 passing yards. It was Cal’s eighth consecutive win over Washington State.

Next game: Bye

Weber State (0-7): Lost 19-14 to Sacramento State. This game was surprisingly close considering Sacramento State was 4-2 going into the game. The two teams traded touchdowns in the second and fourth quarters. The critical juncture in the game was Weber State giving up a safety and field goal in a 2:12 span.

Next game: at Southern Utah, Oct. 20

Utah (2-4): Lost 21-14 to UCLA. Utah remains winless since beating BYU. The UCLA Bruins used a ball control offense to beat the Utes. UCLA had the ball for 41:50 in the game. The Bruins jumped out to a 14-7 first quarter lead. They added another touchdown in the third quarter, and Utah scored a meaningless TD in the fourth. Freshaman Travis Wilson played quarterback for Utah going 23-33 for 220 yards. John White was ineffective with just 44 yards on 11 carries.

Next game: at Oregon State, Oct. 20

No. 22 Boise State (5-1): Beat Fresno State 20-10. The Boise State offense is still struggling to find a rhythm. The Broncos had just 335 yards total offense and 113 passing yards in the win. Nevertheless, they were still in control the entire game. Boise State led 17-0 at halftime.

Next game: UNLV, Oct. 20

Hawaii (1-5): Lost to New Mexico 35-23. Just how bad is Hawaii this year? Thanks to the Warriors, New Mexico has a winning record, and has won four games this season. That is more than they won in the past three seasons combined. Hawaii was able to move the ball (391 yards), but three turnovers killed them. It also didn’t help that New Mexico possessed the ball for 38:32.

Next game: Bye

Utah State (5-2): Defeated San Jose State 49-27. Despite being outgained 485 yards to 471, the Utah State Aggies won comfortably. A balanced offense for Utah State with Kerwynn Williams rushing for 176 yards with three touchdowns, and Chuckie Keeton passing for 273 with three touchdowns, proved to be superior to the Spartans’ one sided offense that had 467 yards passing. Utah State scored 14 points in each of the first three quarters. San Jose State scored 17 points in the second quarter to pull within eight points, but the Spartans could not keep up in the second half.

Next game: New Mexico State, Oct. 20

No. 8 Oregon State (5-0): Beat BYU 42-24. Click here for a full game summary. 

Next game: Utah, Oct. 20

No. 5 Notre Dame (6-0): Defeated Stanford 20-13 in overtime. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish overcame three turnovers, and a 10-3 halftime deficit to force overtime. In OT, Notre Dame scored a touchdown. The Notre Dame defense made a controversial stop on 4th and goal at the 1-yard line to preserve the win.  The stout Notre Dame defense did allow a 100-yard rusher.

Next game: BYU, Oct. 20

Georgia Tech (2-4): Bye.

Next game: Boston College, Oct. 20

Idaho (1-6): Lost to Texas State 38-7. The Vandals allowed Texas State to be winners in their inaugural WAC game. The game was still close at halftime, 14-7, but Texas State shutout Idaho in the second half and scored 24 points of their own.

Next game:  at Louisiana Tech, Oct. 20

San Jose State (4-2): Lost to Utah State, 49-27. See report under Utah State.

Next game: at Texas-San Antonio, Oct. 20

New Mexico State (1-5): Bye. After losing to Idaho last week, a bye was probably better than playing an actual game.

Next game: at Utah State, Oct. 20

Opponents’ overall record: 34-41

The Editor appreciates all feedback. He can be reached via email at bluecougarfootball@gmail.com

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