Independents News and Notes
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
ARMY: In just his second career start, quarterback Angel Santiago generated 221 yards of total offense as he led the Black Knights to a 28-12 win over Morgan State in the season opener last Friday night. Santiago ran for a game- high 120 yards and scored three times on the ground, adding a passing score and 101 yards through the air for the Academy. Larry Dixon accounted for another 107 yards rushing as Army logged 295 yards on 42 rushing attempts. The Knights averaged close to eight yards per play, picking up the win despite controlling the ball for barely eight minutes in the first half. The Knights are back in action this coming weekend, facing off against another member of the FBS this time, as they visit Ball State on Saturday afternoon.
BYU: In addition to facing a stubborn Virginia squad in the opener over the weekend, the Cougars also had to contend with some less-than-favorable weather conditions that caused a delay of more than two hours in the first half of what turned into a 19-16 setback for BYU in Charlottesville. The Cougars were paced by Taysom Hill who struggled a bit passing the ball, converting just 13- of-40 for 175 yards and a score, while also tossing an interception and being sacked three times. Hill was credited with 42 yards and a TD on 11 rushing attempts, second only to Jamaal Williams who logged a game-high 144 yards on 33 carries. BYU held the Cavaliers to just 223 yards of total offense. Next up for the Cougars is a meeting with the Texas Longhorns at home this Saturday. Two seasons ago the teams met in early September as well, with the Longhorns slipping by in a 17-16 final before a crowd of more than 100,000 in Austin.
IDAHO: The Vandals scored the first points of the game against North Texas on Saturday, thanks to a six-yard touchdown pass from Chad Chalich to Jake Manley just two minutes into the meeting, but the PAT was blocked, a sign of things to come for Idaho as it bowed in a 40-6 final on the road. The visitors managed 390 yards of total offense, but they lost three fumbles and were hit with 11 penalties for 95 yards. Then again, UNT was slapped with eight flags for a total of 152 yards in the decision. Chalich converted 19-of-27 pass attempts for 230 yards, but was also sacked four times, the team losing possession of both of his fumbles. With the defeat, Idaho has now lost seven in a row, after registering just a single victory in 12 opportunities a season ago. Coming up for the Vandals is a battle with the Wyoming Cowboys in Laramie on Saturday afternoon. Wyoming owns a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series, thanks in part to a 40-37 victory in overtime last year.
NAVY: One of only a handful of teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision to miss out on playing in the month of August, the Midshipmen get the call this week to face off against Indiana on the road. Navy trails in the all-time series by a count of 2-1, but the Midshipmen did come out on top in the most recent encounter last season, 31-30, in Annapolis.
NEW MEXICO STATE: The Aggies scored the first points of the game against nationally-ranked Texas on the road Saturday night, but from there the team was held scoreless the rest of the way in what turned into a lopsided 56-7 final in the Lone Star State. NMSU tallied 346 yards of total offense, but that wasn't even half the amount rung up by Texas (715) as the hosts averaged a shade under 10 yards per play during the rout. Quarterback Andrew McDonald, who combined with Joshua Bowen on an 11-yard TD pass play in the second quarter, finished the meeting 32-of-46 for 242 yards, was picked off once and suffered a sack. McDonald also fumbled twice as the Aggies saw their losing streak stretched to 12 in a row, second-longest in the nation behind Southern Miss which lost over the weekend after going winless all of 2012. The Aggies settle in for their first home game of the new season on Saturday, hosting the Minnesota Golden Gophers. NMSU won the only previous meeting between the programs two years ago, a 28-21 final in Minneapolis.
NOTRE DAME: Head coach Brian Kelly earned the 200th win of his career on Saturday afternoon as the 14th-ranked Fighting Irish captured a modest 28-6 victory over the visiting Temple Owls in South Bend. Quarterback Tommy Rees connected on 16-of-23 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns, two of those scores being 32-yard tosses to DaVarris Daniels in the first quarter. Daniels finished with three catches for 69 yards, half the production of T.J. Jones who registered a game-high 138 yards receiving on six receptions. Notre Dame piled up 543 yards of total offense, averaging close to nine yards per snap in the first-ever meeting with Temple. After the clash with the Owls, the school and coach Kelly agreed to a contract extension through the 2017 campaign as well. Notre Dame takes on a more familiar opponent this coming week as it visits the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday night. In a relationship that dates back to 1887, the Irish trail the all-time series by a count of 23-16-1. However, after losing three straight and five of the previous six encounters, UND pulled out a 13-6 win a season ago when both programs were ranked in the top-20.
09/02 12:40:43 ET