Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Football Opponent Tracker: Bowl Results for BYU's 2012 Opponents

Six Brigham Young Cougars 2012 opponents besides BYU’s bowl opponent San Diego State played in a bowl game. It started with Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on the first day of bowls and ended with Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship game. These six teams finished with a 4-2 record. Only one lost convincingly.

Washington State (3-9): Did not play

Weber State (2-9): Did not play

Utah (5-7): Did not play

No. 14 Boise State (11-2): Beat Washington, 28-26. Boise State kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:16 to play to win the Las Vegas Bowl. Washington had the edge in total offense (447 to 407), but turned the ball over times to Boise State’s one. Boise State led 18-3, but Washington closed the gap to 18-17 at halftime, and took the lead 26-25 with 4:09 to play.

Hawaii (3-9): Did not play.

No. 17 Utah State (11-2): Beat Toledo, 41-15. Utah State exploded with 28 points in the final seven minutes to turn a 13-9 game into a blowout and win the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Toledo’s only touchdown came on a 87-yard kickoff return. Utah State had 353 yards rushing.

No. 19 Oregon State (9-4): Lost to Texas, 31-27. Where was this fourth quarter meltdown when BYU needed it? Oregon State took a 10 point lead into the fourth quarter, and never trailed in this game until the final 2:24. The Beavers offense could do little with the ball in the final quarter, and Texas scored two touchdowns. The second came with just 2:24 to play. Cody Vaz played the whole game at quarterback and passed for just 194 yards and threw two interceptions.

No. 3 Notre Dame (12-1): Lost to Alabama, 42-14. The Fighting Irish were completely embarrassed in the BCS National Championship game. The Tide rolled out to a 28-0 halftime lead. Midway through the third quarter Alabama had 406 yards of total offense. Notre Dame did score two touchdowns from 2 and 7 yards out, which were the 18th and 19th red zone scores that Alabama had allowed this season. Going into the game Alabama was first in the nation in fewest red zone scores allowed. Those two scores pushed them back to no. 2, and made the new no. 1 … BYU! (Something tells me Alabama isn’t too upset about that right now.)

Georgia Tech (7-7): Beat USC, 21-7. Georgia Tech finally found some defense. The Wrecking Crew gave up just 205 yards of total offense. The Yellow Jackets rushed for 294 yards and pulled away from USC with two second half scores to break a 7-7 tie at halftime of the Sun Bowl.

Idaho (1-11): Did not play.

No. 21 San Jose State (11-2): Beat Bowling Green, 29-20. San Jose State outscored Bowling Green in every quarter of the Military Bowl, except the second quarter when both teams kicked a field goal, but the game was still in doubt until the very end. Bowling Green took the lead, 20-19, with 10:26 to play. San Jose State kicked a field goal with 4:43 to play to regain the lead. The Spartans then took advantage of Bowling Green’s only turnover of the game to score a touchdown with 2:34 to play to give them some breathing room.

New Mexico State (1-11): Did not play.

San Diego State (9-4): Lost to BYU, 23-6. For a full game report, click here.

Opponents’ overall record: 85-78

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