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Monday, November 5, 2012

Football Opponent Tracker: Week 10 Results for BYU's 2012 Opponents

The Brigham Young Cougars may have had a bye, but all 12 of their opponents were in action. Three 100-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns and two touchdowns on the final play of the game highlighted these games. It also took a triple overtime squeaker to have BYU’s twelve opponents finished the week 6-6.    


Washington State (2-7): Lost to Utah, 49-6. This game was over by halftime. Utah built up a 31-0 lead in the first half. John White IV had nearly all of his 101 rushing yards in the first two quarters. To make matters worse, Utah returned the opening kickoff of the second half 100 yards for a touchdown. Utah out gained Washington State 453 to 255 in total offense. Washington State’s -4 yards rushing didn’t help. Neither did it help that the Cougars were just 2 of 15 on converting third downs. Washington State’s only score came on the final play of the game. In true Pac-12 fashion, the two teams combined for 230 penalty yards.

Next game: UCLA, November 10

Weber State (1-8): Lost to Montana, 24-21. Weber State put up a pretty good fight, but came up short in the end. The Wildcats had a 14-10 lead in the third quarter, and led 14-13 at the start of the fourth quarter. Montana dominated the fourth quarter scoring 11 points. Weber State returned the final kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to close the gap to 24-21 with 3:41 to play, but they could not get the ball back. Montana out gained Weber State in total offense 436 to 238.  

Next game: Northern Colorado, November 10

Utah (4-5): Beat Washington State, 49-6. See report above for Washington State.

Next game: at Washington, November 10

Boise State (7-2): Lost to San Diego State, 21-19. Boise State got a small taste of bad karma Saturday. The Broncos beat BYU earlier this season on a failed two-point conversion by BYU. Boise State tried to tie San Diego State with a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. The pass was intercepted, and the Aztecs went on to win. San Diego State jumped out to a 7-0 lead by returning the opening kickoff 100 yards. The Aztecs blocked a punt in the third quarter and recovered it at the 8-yard line, which set up the Aztecs taking a 14-13 lead. Boise State out gained San Diego State 276 to 269 in total offense. San Diego State had 17 penalties for 110 yards, while Boise State had just 5 penalties for 30 yards.

Next game: at Hawaii, November 10

Hawaii (1-7): Lost to Fresno State, 45-10. Fresno State couldn’t even beat themselves in this game. Despite having 20 penalties for 211 yards, Fresno State jumped out to a 28-0 lead before Hawaii kicked a field goal. The score was 42-3 at halftime. Hawaii had 14 penalties of its own for 139 yards. The Warriors finally got a touchdown with 3:06 to play in the game.

Next game: Boise State, November 10

Utah State (8-2): Beat Texas State, 38-7. This was another game that was over by halftime. Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton accounted for five first-half touchdowns as Utah State built a 35-0 lead. Texas State had just 158 total yards to Utah State’s 593.    

Next game: Bye

No. 11 Oregon State (7-1): Beat Arizona State, 36-26. The Oregon State Beavers overcame a bad start that saw the Sun Devils return a fumble for a touchdown and block a punt for a safety. Thanks to a 50-yard touchdown pass and a 53-yard touchdown run, Oregon State was able to tie the game at 19 by halftime. After outscoring Arizona State 16-5 to finish the first half, Oregon State came out and scored the first 17 points of the second half. Arizona State finally ended the Beavers’ 26 point run by scoring a touchdown with 22 seconds to play. Oregon State had 267 yards passing, of which Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks combined for 224.     

Next game: at #14 Stanford, November 10

No. 3 Notre Dame (9-0): Beat Pittsburgh, 29-26 3 OT. Notre Dame trailed 20-6 in the fourth quarter. The Fighting Irish were able to tie the score at 20 with a two-point conversion with just 2:11 to play in the game. After trading field goals in the first overtime, Pitt had the chance to win the game in the second overtime with a field goal, but missed. Notre Dame ended the game with a touchdown in the third overtime after Pitt could only muster a field goal.

Next game: at Boston College, November 10

Georgia Tech (4-5): Beat Maryland, 33-13. After being totally shutdown by the BYU defense last week, the Yellow Jackets returned to form rushing for 370 yards against Maryland who was playing a freshman linebacker at quarterback after their first four QBs suffered injuries. Georgia Tech built a 20-0 halftime lead, while holding a 205-61 advantage in total offense. For the game, Tech finished with 401 yards to Maryland’s 259. Maryland didn’t gain a first down until 6:38 in the second quarter, which came off a roughing the punter penalty. The Terrapins scored a touchdown on the final play of the game.

Next game: at North Carolina, November 10

Idaho (1-8): Lost to San Jose State, 42-13. San Jose State turned the ball over four times, and they only converted 4 of 13 third downs. This allowed Idaho to keep the game close. It was a one-point game, 14-13, with 7:31 to play in the third quarter. The Spartans then scored four touchdowns to pull away. The final score was a 47-yard interception return. Idaho fumbled the ball four times, but recovered three of them. The Vandals had two total turnovers. San Jose State registered six sacks.    

Next game: at BYU, November 10  

San Jose State (7-2): Beat Idaho, 42-13. See Idaho report above.

Next game: at New Mexico State, November 10

New Mexico State (1-8): Lost to Auburn, 42-7. In a battle of 1-7 teams, Auburn and New Mexico State appeared fairly evenly matched with the 7-0 halftime score in favor of Auburn. The Tigers scored 21 points in the third quarter to distance themselves from the Aggies. New Mexico State scored with 12:36 to play in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 28-7, but Auburn would add two more touchdowns. New Mexico State had just 305 yards of total offense.  

Next game:
San Jose State, November 10

Opponents’ overall record: 52-55

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