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ARMY: The Black Knights survived both inclement weather and Louisiana Tech over the weekend, as Army captured a 35-16 win in non-conference play at the Cotton Bowl. Terry Baggett ran for a game-high 143 yards and two touchdowns, the Knights scoring a total of five TDs on the ground and generating 414 yards on 77 attempts in the lopsided decision. Angel Santiago also scored on a one- yard run, while completing just one of his three pass attempts for 16 yards. Because Army ran the ball almost exclusively, the Academy controlled the action for almost 40 minutes, the defense giving up only 57 net rushing yards and compiling four sacks. From Dallas, the Black Knights head to New England where they will challenge the Boston College Eagles this coming weekend. In a series that dates back to 1917, BC leads by a 24-13 margin, but the Knights managed to snap a five-game slide against the Eagles last season with a 34-31 victory.
BYU: Taysom Hill and Michael Alisa both posted a pair of rushing touchdowns on Friday night as the Cougars took down the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee, 37-10, at home in Provo. While the BYU defense was limiting the visitors to only 212 yards of total offense, Hill was compiling a game-high 165 yards rushing on 18 attempts, the team generating 309 yards on 55 carries overall. Hill also converted 14-of-19 passes for 177 yards and was intercepted once. Prior to a scoreless fourth quarter, the final points of the night were supplied by J.D. Falslev who returned a punt 71 yards to the end zone for the hosts. Back in action on Friday night again this week, the Cougars are slated to play Utah State in Logan. Familiar foes residing in the Beehive State, BYU owns a 45-34-3 edge in the all-time series, but trail in true road games by an 18-15-2 count. Last season, both defenses stepped up in a big way as BYU captured a 6-3 win over the Aggies
IDAHO: Ahead by a score of 17-3 at the break on Saturday afternoon, the Vandals nearly let one slip away at the Kibbie Dome before pulling out the 26-24 victory over visiting Temple. Richard Montgomery scored on a 64-yard pass from Chad Chalich and also crossed the goal line on a five-yard run in the first half to give Idaho some breathing room. Chalich finished the day 26- of-43 for 310 yards through the air and also recorded a game-high 114 yards on 14 rushing attempts as well. Kicker Austin Rehkow knocked through four of his five field goal attempts to secure the triumph. The win was the first of 2013 for Idaho, the team snapping a 10-game slide as it came out on top for the first time since posting a 26-18 victory against New Mexico State on Oct. 6, 2012. Back home again this coming weekend, the Vandals have the Fresno State Bulldogs on the schedule Saturday afternoon. Former foes in the Western Athletic Conference, these two teams are meeting for the 15th time, with the Bulldogs having won 10 of the previous 14 matchups. Idaho hosted the most recent meeting in 2011 and bowed by a score of 48-24.
NAVY: Keenan Reynolds scored the first points of the game on Saturday for the Midshipmen, a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against Western Kentucky, but the offense was never heard from again as Navy suffered the 19-7 road loss to the Hilltoppers. Ranked first in the nation in rushing entering the week with an average of 398.0 ypg, the Midshipmen were held to just 107 net yards on 33 attempts, dropping them down to 301.0 ypg over four contests. Reynolds, who accounted for 23 yards on six attempts, also completed two of his four passes for 20 yards, while fellow quarterback John Hendrick saw action for just the second time this season and connected on 5-of-13 passes for 56 yards, but was also picked off twice. Competition for the Commander-in- Chief's Trophy gets underway this weekend in Annapolis as the Midshipmen entertain the Air Force Falcons. A series of games played between the three service academies every season, these meetings tend to take on a bit more life, regardless of team records. Last year, Navy won in overtime in Colorado, 28-21, but still the all-time series favors the Falcons, 27-18.
NEW MEXICO STATE: The Aggies continued to limp along in 2013 over the weekend as they bowed to San Diego State, 26-16, at home. Not only was it the fifth straight loss this season for NMSU, it was the 16th straight overall, tying the team with Southern Miss for the longest skid in the nation entering the month of October. Believe it or not, New Mexico State actually led the game 16-0 in the second quarter before the wheels began to fall off. It all began with a blocked PAT following a 15-yard TD pass from Andrew McDonald to Andrew Dean and the team was never able to recover. McDonald finished the meeting 23- of-35 for 228 yards and a pair of TDs, while being sacked three times. Because of those takedowns in the backfield, the Aggies were credited with just 40 net rushing yards, 268 yards of total offense overall. The Aggies take on another member of the Mountain West Conference this coming weekend, although this one is far more familiar as they pay a visit to Albuquerque to challenge the New Mexico Lobos in a battle for state bragging rights. Unfortunately, New Mexico State trails in the all-time series by a count of 67-31-5.
NOTRE DAME: Pitted against 14th-ranked Oklahoma at home on Saturday, the Fighting Irish clearly had their hands full as they bowed to the Sooners in a 35-21 final. Ranked 22nd in the AP poll last week, Notre Dame fell out of the Top-25 following the defeat, the second in the last four games for the program. Quarterback Tommy Rees converted a total of just nine passes, on 24 attempts, leading to 104 yards, but was able to get a pair of those completions into the end zone to T.J. Jones and Troy Niklas. However, the signal caller was also picked off three times, one of those being returned 24 yards for a score in the opening minute of the meeting. George Atkinson III gained a game-high 148 yards on 14 carries, but take away his 80-yard run for a score and the rest of his touches had little impact on the contest. Saddled with eight penalties for a loss of 77 yards, the Irish gained only 324 yards of total offense and ran 54 plays, compared to 73 snaps and 450 yards for the visitors. The Irish take on the first of three Pac-12 Conference opponents this season when they challenge the Arizona State Sun Devils in Arlington, Texas this Saturday. Notre Dame, which also has USC and Stanford remaining on the schedule, is 2-0 in the series with ASU, winning the most recent matchup, 48-17, back in 1999.
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