Independents News and Notes
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
ARMY: Pitted against the fifth-ranked team in the nation on Saturday, the Black Knights held their own against visiting Stanford, but eventually fell to the Cardinal by a score of 34-20. Army actually led by a 6-0 score in the first quarter, thanks to field goals of 39 and 48 yards by Dan Grochowski. Terry Baggett led the ground attack for the hosts as he gained 96 yards on nine carries, the team generating 284 yards and one score on 61 rushing attempts. Quarterbacks A.J. Schurr and Angel Santiago combined to hit 6-of-10 passes for 49 yards and a score. Defensively, the Knights limited Stanford to 408 yards of total offense, although the Cardinal did average better than seven yards per snap. Army is back home again this weekend as it takes on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons before hitting the road to challenge Louisiana Tech near the end of the month.
BYU: After pummeling nationally-ranked Texas on Sept. 7, the Cougars took a well-deserved week off. The team now prepares for another high-profile encounter against Utah this coming Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. The teams last met a season ago, with the Utes capturing a 24-21 victory. As a result, the Cougars now trail the all-time series by a count of 53-31-4, although the matchup has been much more competitive in Provo over the years, with the Utes owning only an 18-15-1 edge.
IDAHO: The Vandals scored the first points of the game against Northern Illinois on Saturday and led 21-7 seconds into the second quarter, but the team still faltered on defense in a 45-35 loss at the Kibbie Dome. Chad Chalich converted 14-of-25 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns, but he was also sacked a staggering seven times. Josh McCain stepped in and completed his only pass attempt of the meeting, but he too was taken down behind the line of scrimmage twice. As a result of those 60 yards lost, the Vandals saw their net rushing total reduced to 191 yards on 62 carries. James Baker made the biggest impact on the ground with his two TDs, stemming from 19 attempts, while Dezmon Epps tried to provide a presence in the passing attack with eight catches for 106 yards. Unfortunately, the Idaho defense surrendered 508 yards of offense to the Huskies, 356 of that on the ground, dropping new head coach Paul Petrino to 0-3 on the season. Next up on the schedule for the Vandals is a meeting with long-time rival Washington State on the road. Idaho trails in the all-time series, one that dates back more than a century, by a count of 70-17-3.
NAVY: For a team that doesn't typically attack through the air, the Midshipmen did just that on Saturday during their 51-7 romp over visiting Delaware in Annapolis. Quarterback Keenan Reynolds connected on 10 of his 13 pass attempts for a career-high 233 yards and two scores during the rout. Reynolds also carried the ball 15 times in order to log another 109 yards on the ground as Navy rolled up 352 net rushing yards and 589 yards of total offense. Geoffrey Whiteside carried the ball just three times in the meeting, yet landed in the end zone twice, the Midshipmen posting five rushing touchdowns overall. Navy has now outscored the first two opponents on the schedule by a combined 92-42, averaging a shade under 400 ypg rushing. Navy, which didn't kick off the season until Sept. 7 versus Indiana, catches another break in the schedule this week as well and won't be back in action until Sept. 28 when it travels to Western Kentucky to challenge the Hilltoppers.
NEW MEXICO STATE: The annual Battle of the I-10 took place in Las Cruces over the weekend and the Aggies had a hard time keeping up with the UTEP Miners, eventually bowing in a lopsided 42-21 final. The Aggies tried to capitalize on the combined passing of King Davis III and Andrew McDonald who converted 14 of their 25 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns in the losing effort. Brandon Betancourt turned his three receptions into 72 yards and a score for the home team, but that failed to change the outcome. With the setback the Aggies, who are now coached by Doug Martin, have now dropped 14 consecutive decisions since posting a 49-19 win over Sacramento State in the 2012 season opener. The losing streak is the second-longest in the nation, behind only Southern Miss which has bowed in 15 straight. Next up for New Mexico State is a trip to the Golden State to take on first-time opponent UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.
NOTRE DAME: It took a strong opening to the fourth quarter on Saturday night for the Fighting Irish to survive, but they did just that in a 31-24 victory versus local rival Purdue on the road. Tommy Rees threw touchdown passes of nine and 82 yards to DaVaris Daniels within a span of just over two minutes early in the fourth period. Moments after, Bennett Jackson returned an interception 34 yards for a score as well to push the Irish to a 31-17 edge with 11:18 to play and from there the visitors held on for the victory. Rees finished the outing 20-of-33 for 309 yards, with Daniels turning his eight catches into 167 yards. Ranked 21st in the nation heading into the meeting with the Boilermakers, UND actually dropped a spot in the latest AP poll. Next up for the Irish is another Big Ten foe in Michigan State this coming weekend at home. In a relationship that dates back to 1897, Notre Dame owns a 47-28-1 advantage over the Spartans, winning by a score of 20-3 last season.
09/16 10:51:05 ET