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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Football Opponent Tracker: Week 13 Results for BYU's 2012 Opponents

It was another 7-4 week for the Brigham Young Cougars opponents. With the news that BYU will play San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl, the Aztecs have been added at the bottom of the list. A couple of teams got big rivalry wins, while a couple had big rivalry losses. Two WAC teams won their tenth game of the season. Five BYU opponents are now ranked in the BCS Standings.

Washington State (3-9): Beat #25 Washington, 31-28 OT. Washington State rallied in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 28 after trailing by 18 points. The Cougars tied the game on a 45-yard field goal with 1:59 left. The game went to overtime when Washington missed a 35-yard field goal attempt (bad snap) on the last play of regulation. WSU outplayed UW (369 total yards to 269) but WSU had four turnovers, while UW had just two. The win snapped an 8-game losing streak.

Next game: Season Over

Weber State (2-9): Season ended November 17.

Next game: Season Over

Utah (5-7): Beat Colorado, 42-35. Utah outscored Colorado 22-7 in the fourth quarter to win. The game featured back-to-back 100-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns. After Utah took a 35-28 lead, Colorado returned the kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. Reggie Dunn returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for Utah’s winning touchdown. It was Dunn’s fourth 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown this season and fifth of his career. Colorado lost the game with five turnovers. The Buffaloes outgained Utah 418 yards of total offense to 336.

Next game: Season Over

No. 20 Boise State (9-2): Bye

Next game: at Nevada, December 1

Hawaii (2-9): Beat UNLV, 48-10. Hawaii finally found a team worse then them. The Warriors took advantage of it. Hawaii scored on a 38-yard interception return and a 69-yard punt return. The punt return TD gave Hawaii a 41-0 lead with 12:04 to play in the fourth quarter. Hawaii had just 340 yards of total offense. However, UNLV could only muster 203 yards. The Rebels were just 1-15 on third downs and threw three interceptions.

Next game: South Alabama, December 1

No. 24 Utah State (10-2): Beat Idaho, 45-9. Utah State completed its most successful regular season in the modern era. It is Utah State’s first 10 win season, ever. They have won the WAC Championship. Utah State jumped out to a 21-0 lead on a 59-yard interception return with 13:03 to play in the second quarter. Interceptions set up all three first half touchdowns for Utah State. Idaho fought back by kicking three field goals to close the gap to 21-9 with 9:55 to play in the third quarter. Utah State took back control with a touchdown 35 seconds later. The game was even offensively with Utah State holding a 250-210 advantage in total offense. Idaho was doomed by four turnovers.

Next game: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, December 15

No. 15 Oregon State (8-3): Lost to Oregon, 48-24. Oregon State led early 7-6. Early in the third quarter Oregon State trailed just 20-17. Oregon then scored 28 straight points to run away with this game. The Ducks had 430 yards rushing. Oregon State had 6 turnovers (4 interceptions).

Next game: Nicholls State, December 1

No. 1 Notre Dame (12-0): Beat USC, 22-13. Notre Dame dominated this game, but needed a four straight stops on the 1-yard line with 2:33 to play to seal the win. Notre Dame had 439 yards of total offense to USC’s 281 yards. The Fighting Irish could not finish drives, and had to kick five field goals. Notre Dame held USC to 1 of 8 on third downs. Manti Te’o made his seventh interception of the season.

Next game: BCS Championship Game, January 7

Georgia Tech (6-6): Lost to #3 Georgia, 42-10. The Yellow Jackets ran circles around the Georgia defense finishing with 306 yards. Georgia Tech won the total offense battle 426 to 379. The Yellow Jackets even dominated time of possession with 39:50. Yet, the Georgia Bulldogs had a 28-3 halftime lead and 42-3 lead in the fourth quarter. The game was decided in the first quarter when Georgia Tech fumbled at the 1-yard line. Rather than tie the game at 7, Georgia recovered and scored to take a 14-0 lead.

Next game: ACC Championship game vs. Florida State, December 1

Idaho (1-11): Lost to Utah State, 45-9. See Utah State for game report.

Next game: Season Over

No. 25 San Jose State (10-2): Beat Louisiana Tech, 52-43. San Jose State lead 10-0 in the first quarter, and 24-13 in the second quarter. With 7:03 to play in the third quarter, the Spartans found themselves trailing Louisiana Tech 37-31. SJSU went on to outscore LaTech 21-6 the final 22 minutes. The Spartans stopped Louisiana Tech’s final two drives by intercepting passes.

San Jose State wasn’t slowed down by 19 penalties for 191 yards. The Spartans racked up 610 yards of total offense (367 pass, 243 rush), and converted 8 of 13 third downs.

Next game: Bowl to be determined.

New Mexico State (1-10): Lost to BYU, 50-14. Click here for full game report.

Next game: at Texas State, December 1.

San Diego State (9-3): Beat Wyoming, 42-28. San Diego State trailed 28-21 at halftime, but took control in the second half to win comfortably. Adam Muema rushed for 255 yards on 26 carries and scored two of his four rushing touchdowns in the second half. San Diego State set a school record for rushing yards in a season with 2,750—almost 300 yards more than the 1991, Marshall Faulk led, Aztec squad. San Diego State rushed for 400 yards in this game. The Aztecs were 4 of 4 on fourth down conversions.

Next game: BYU, December 20.

Opponents’ overall record: 78-73

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