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Monday, December 3, 2012

Football Opponent Tracker: Week 14 Results for BYU's 2012 Opponents

Four Brigham Young Cougars opponents have now won 10 games this season. Two others have the potential to win 10 games with their bowl game. Georgia Tech gave Florida State a scare, and did Oregon State run up the score in unsportsmanlike fashion? Six regular season opponents will play bowl games.

Washington State (3-9): Did not play

Weber State (2-9): Did not play

Utah (5-7): Did not play

No. 19 Boise State (10-2): Beat Nevada, 27-21. The Broncos became the fourth BYU opponent to win 10 games this season. Boise State built a 17-point third quarter lead, and held on to win after recovering an onsides-kick with 2:27 to play. While trying to comeback, Nevada fumbled the ball into the end zone. It was the Wolfpack’s only turnover of the game. Nevada had just 90 yards of total offense in the first half. The game ended, however, with both team’s very even statistically. They were separated by four yards on total offense (434 to 430), and they both had over 200 yards both passing and rushing. Boise State converted 60 percent of its third downs (9 of 15).

Next game: Las Vegas Bowl, December 22, vs. Washington

Hawaii (3-9): Beat South Alabama, 23-7. The Warriors ended the season with a 2-game win streak. Hawaii built a 23-0 lead after three quarters. South Alabama’s only score came with 6:22 to play. Hawaii dominated on both sides of the ball, as evidenced by the total offense numbers: Hawaii, 410; So. Alabama, 166. Hawaii had four turnovers, but still won comfortably.

No. 22 Utah State (10-2): Did not play

Next game: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, December 15, vs. Toledo

No. 13 Oregon State (9-3): Beat Nicholls State, 77-3. This long awaited match up finally happened. What was supposed to be the season opener turned into the regular season finale thanks to Hurricane Isaac. The outcome was no surprise. Oregon State had 683 yards of total offense, and led 35-0 at halftime. The Beavers defense allowed just 223 yards of total offense, including 49 rushing yards. Oregon State had 42 first downs led by both Cody Vaz and Sean Mannion at quarterback. As a team, Oregon State completed 82 percent of their passes (36-44) for 453 yards. Despite leading 49-3 after three quarters, the Beavers scored 28 points in the fourth quarter.

Next game: Alamo Bowl, December 29, vs. Texas

No. 1 Notre Dame (12-0): Did not play

Next game: BCS Championship Game, January 7, vs. Alabama

Georgia Tech (6-7): Lost to #13 Florida State, 21-15. After a poor start, the Yellow Jackets made it interesting. With 6:27 to play in the fourth quarter, Georgia Tech scored a touchdown to make it a six point game. With less than a minute to play, Georgia Tech was driving for a game-winning score, but threw an interception. The Yellow Jackets rushed for 183 yards, converted 4 of 15 third downs, and all four fourth down attempts. Florida State had 328 yards of total offense, and were held scoreless after their first three possessions.

Next game: Sun Bowl, December 31, vs. USC

Idaho (1-11): Did not play.

No. 24 San Jose State (10-2): Did not play

Next game: Military Bowl, December 27, vs. Bowling Green

New Mexico State (1-11): Lost to Texas State, 66-28. Once more, New Mexico State came out strong, but couldn’t hold on. As a result they lost big. New Mexico State led 21-14 at the end of the first quarter. Texas State came back with 35 points in the second. Two New Mexico State fumbles were returned for touchdowns less than 90 seconds apart. Texas State returned a punt for a touchdown with 1:46 before halftime for a 49-21 lead. New Mexico State scored a touchdown with 54 left before halftime, but couldn’t turn those points in to second half momentum. New Mexico State had four turnovers in the game, and allowed 446 rushing yards on just 40 rushing attempts.

San Diego State (9-3): Did not play.

Next game: BYU, December 20.

Opponents’ overall record: 81-75

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