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Monday, November 12, 2012

Football Opponent Tracker: Week 11 Results for BYU's 2012 Opponents

The only good thing for the Brigham Young Cougars opponents this week was that Notre Dame stayed undefeated, and Georgia Tech is one win away from bowl eligibility. Former BYU quarterback Steve Sarkisian avenged the Cougars' earlier loss to the Utes by leading his Washington Huskies to a win. Washington State almost pulled out a huge upset. Oregon State fumbled away its chance to beat Stanford. 


Washington State (2-8): Lost to UCLA, 44-36. Washington State dominated the first quarter, but had little to show for it. Despite holding a 167 to 22 advantage in total offense, the score was tied 7-7. UCLA had returned a blocked field goal 68 yards for a touchdown. UCLA scored 30 points in the second quarter to take a 37-7 halftime lead. Washington State staged a comeback in the second half, closing the gap to 44-36 with 1:31 to play. The Cougars outgained the Bruins in total offense 524 to 334. Turnovers destroyed Washington State. UCLA scored on a fumble return, and Washington State fumbled a kickoff as well. Both teams had 21 penalties and combined for 458 penalty yards. 
Next game: at Arizona State, November 17

Weber State (1-9): Lost to Northern Colorado, 42-34. Weber State fell behind 28-17 in the first half and couldn't come up with enough stops on defense in the second half to win. Northern Colorado scored two fourth quarter touchdowns after Weber State had closed the gap to 28-20 in the third quarter. 

Next game: at Idaho State, November 17

Utah (4-6): Lost to Washington, 34-15. Utah lost for the first time ever when John White rushed for over 100 yards. He had 142 yards in the game, but the Utah passing offense was non-existent. Travis Wilson was just 8 of 23 for 55 yards and an interception. Utah scored first to take a 8-0 lead, but Washington scored the next 21 points. Utah was just 1 of 13 on 3rd downs. Washington had 437 yards of total offense to 188 for Utah. 

Next game: Arizona, November 17

Boise State (8-2): Beat Hawaii, 49-14. Boise State bounced back from its loss last week by destroying the Hawaii Warriors. The Broncos built a commanding 35-7 first half lead. Hawaii's lone first half points came on a 100-yard kickoff return to tie the game at 7. The Warriors' only other points would come with 5:35 to play after Boise State had opened up a 49-7 lead. Hawaii had five turnovers, of which, one (fumble) was returned 25-yards for a touchdown. Hawaii had -14 yards rushing. 

Next game: Colorado State, November 17

Hawaii (1-8): Lost to Boise State, 49-14. See report for Boise State for more information. 

Next game: at Air Force, November 16

Utah State (8-2): Bye   

Next game: at Louisiana Tech, November 17

No. 16 Oregon State (7-2): Lost to Stanford, 27-23. After falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter, Oregon State Beavers fought back to take a 23-21 lead into the fourth quarter. Karma came back to bit the Beavers in the tail. Oregon State beat BYU when quarterback Cody Vaz had a huge game in his first career start. Stanford's Kevin Hogan threw for 254 yards and 3 touchdowns in his first career start for the Cardinal. Stanford turned the ball over four times, but it was Oregon State's only turnover, a fumble midway through the fourth quarter, that cost the Beavers the game. Stanford scored the game winning touchdown after the fumble.      

Next game: California, November 17

No. 3 Notre Dame (10-0): Beat Boston College, 21-6. It was a lot less dramatic for Notre Dame this week. The Fighting Irish took a 21-3 lead on the first possession of the second half and held on from there. Notre Dame successfully converted 11 of 14 third downs. Manti Te'o made his sixth interception of the season. 

Next game: Wake Forest, November 17

Georgia Tech (5-5): Beat North Carolina 68-50. Georgia Tech continued its quest for bowl eligibility with a basketball like 68-50 win over North Carolina. After scoring 14 points in each of the first two quarters, Georgia Tech exploded for 30 in the third. It started with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the second half kickoff. Tech had 380 rushing yards and 588 total yards. North Carolina had 497 yards total offense.Georgia Tech outscored North Carolina 34-14 in the final 29 minutes of the game. Backup quarterback Vad Lee played most of the game for Georgia Tech.

Next game: Duke, November 17

Idaho (1-9): Lost to BYU, 52-13. See full game recap here   

Next game:  Texas-San Antonio, November 17

San Jose State (8-2): Beat New Mexico State, 47-7. San Jose State scored all its points in the first three quarters. The Spartans took advantage of four Aggie turnovers, including a 37-yard fumble return for a touchdown, and limited New Mexico State to just 220 yards. San Jose State had 504 yards of offense. David Fales completed 12 of 18 passes for 276 yards and 4 touchdowns for San Jose State. New Mexico State's only score came with 42 seconds left in the game. 

Next game: BYU, November 17

New Mexico State (1-9): Lost to San Jose State, 47-7. See San Jose State report for more information.

Next game: Bye

Opponents’ overall record: 56-62

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