Football Opponent Tracker: Week 9 Results for BYU's 2012 Opponents

Brigham Young Cougars opponents were 5-4 last week, identical to BYU’s season record. Oregon State suffered its first loss. Washington State gave Stanford a scare, and Notre Dame had the marquee win of the week, and on the road, no less.   

Washington State (2-6): Lost to Stanford, 24-17. The red Cougars played the Stanford Cardinals tough. Washington State only gave up 286 yards of total offense to Stanford, but a pick-6 thrown by Jeff Teul was costly. The Washington State offensive line also gave up 10 sacks and the team finished with -16 rushing yards. Yet, in the end, Washington State had a chance to tie the game in the closing moments. They reached the Stanford 9-yard line, but could not get into the end zone.

Next game: at Utah, Nov. 3

Weber State (1-7): Bye.  

Next game: Montana

Utah (3-5): Beat Cal, 49-27. Special teams and defense came accounted for 21 of Utah’s 49 points. The Utes had two 100-yard kickoff returns for a touchdown and a 17-yard fumble return for another touchdown. For the second week in a row, Utah was outgained in total yards (441 to 344), but Cal’s three turnovers cancelled out the extra yards. Utah had 17 penalties for 159 yards, but they were still able to score 14 points in each the first three quarters. John White IV had 105 yards rushing.

Next game: Washington State, Nov. 3

No. 19 Boise State (7-1): Beat Wyoming 45-14. Boise State used a balanced attack on offense accumulating 214 yards rushing and 223 yards passing, and pulled away from Wyoming in the second half. The Broncos led just 17-7 at halftime, but 21 points in the third quarter turned the game into a route. Boise State converted 12 of 14 third downs.

Next game: San Diego State

Hawaii (1-6): Lost to Colorado State, 42-27. It was a one point game in the fourth quarter, 28-27, but Hawaii threw two interceptions, and Colorado State returned both of them for touchdowns. Colorado State had four turnovers of its own, including a fumble that Hawaii returned for a touchdown for the game’s first points. Hawaii scored another touchdown after returning an onside kick to the 2-yard line, which helped them get back into the game after falling behind 28-14.

Next game: at Fresno State, Nov. 3

Utah State (7-2): Beat Texas-San Antonio, 48-17. The Utah State Aggies continued their collision course with Louisiana Tech by staying undefeated in the WAC. Utah State had 522 yards of total offense, included 394 passing yards. Utah State put the game away with 20 points in the second quarter and 21 points in the third. Aggie quarterback Chuckie Keeton was 27 of 36 for 340 yards and 3 TD with 1 interception. Each team had over 100 penalty yards.   

Next game: Texas State, Nov. 3

No. 11 Oregon State (6-1): Lost to Washington, 20-17. For the second time this season, former BYU quarterback Steve Sarkisian led his Washington Huskies team to a win over a top 10 ranked opponent. Sean Mannion made his return at quarterback for Oregon State, but he was intercepted four times, including twice in the decisive fourth quarter. He was replaced by Cody Vaz who directed a touchdown scoring drive to tie the game at 17. Washington kicked the game winning field goal with 1:20 left. Oregon State outgained Washington 427 to 293 in total offense. Oregon State had 116 penalty yards and Washington had 152.    

Next game: Arizona State, Nov. 3

No. 3 Notre Dame (8-0): Beat Oklahoma, 30-13. Notre Dame scored its biggest win of the season against Oklahoma. The game was tied 13-13 with 9:10 left in the game. Notre Dame scored 17 points in the final 5:05 to win going away. Manti Te’o made another interception. The Fighting Irish took a 7-3 lead with 6:24 to play in the first quarter and never trailed after that. Oklahoma had 379 yards of total offense, but the Sooners were just 4 of 14 on third downs.

Next game: Pittsburgh, Nov. 3

Georgia Tech (3-5): Lost to BYU, 41-17. Click here for a complete game recap.

Next game: at Maryland, November 3

Idaho (1-7): Bye  

Next gameSan Jose State, Nov. 3

San Jose State (6-2): Beat Texas State, 31-20. San Jose State trailed 20-17 at halftime, but outscored Texas St. 14-0 in the second half. The Spartans had a season high 571 yards of total offense.

Next game: at Idaho, Nov. 3

New Mexico State (1-7): Lost to Louisiana Tech, 28-14. New Mexico State made the final score respectable with two fourth quarter touchdowns, but they never seriously threatened Louisiana Tech. After a 70-28 win over Idaho a week ago, Louisiana Tech started sloppy missing three field goals. The score was just 7-0 at halftime, but Tech had pulled ahead 28-0 by the fourth quarter. New Mexico State was just 1 of 11 on third down.  

Next game: at
Auburn, Nov. 3

Opponents’ overall record: 46-48

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