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Independents News and Notes

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -

ARMY: Larry Dixon led the way for the Black Knights with 135 yards and two touchdowns on 11 rushing attempts, the team posting 351 yards on 65 carries on Saturday, but none of that mattered much as Army bowed to Boston College on the road, 48-27. Quarterback Angel Santiago left the game with an injury, but not before converting 2-of-3 passes for 87 yards and a score, an 80-yard effort to Xavier Moss. The Black Knights controlled the ball for close to 22 minutes in the first half and finished with 457 yards of total offense on 76 snaps, but at the same time surrendered 528 yards to the Eagles on 22 fewer plays. Army was in jeopardy of having the meeting with BC canceled due to the government shutdown, but the Department of Defense eventually gave the go- ahead for the Academy to return to the football field. Up next for the Black Knights, a team which is just 2-4 on the campaign, is a date this weekend against visiting Eastern Michigan. Army owns a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series, but of the two wins tallied by the Eagles in 2012, one came against the Knights in a 48-38 final in October.

BYU: After playing to a 6-3 final a year ago, the Cougars and Utah State figured to have another tight game ahead of them in 2013, although it didn't play out that way in Logan on Friday night as BYU captured a 31-14 road victory. Taysom Hill converted 17 of his 31 pass attempts for 278 yards and three touchdowns, but he was held to just 14 net rushing yards by the aggressive USU defense. Mitch Mathews reeled in five passes for 112 yards and three scores for the Cougars, while defensive standout Kyle Van Noy picked off a pass by Chuckie Keeton just moments into the first quarter and returned it 17 yards for a score. The BYU defense eventually knocked Keeton out of the game with a knee injury, preventing the USU signal caller from bringing the Aggies back. The Cougars, who have won two straight now, will be back in action on Saturday versus Georgia Tech at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. BYU has won two of the three previous encounters between the squads, the most recent taking place last year with the Cougars grabbing a 41-17 victory.

IDAHO: The Vandals were up against one of their former foes from the Western Athletic Conference on Saturday and were blown away by the Fresno State Bulldogs in a lopsided 61-14 final in the Kibbie Dome. Now ranked 120th in the country in points allowed (42.3 ppg), Idaho turned the ball over a total of five times and permitted a staggering 734 yards of total offense to the visitors. Under constant pressure during his time on the field, quarterback Chad Chalich was sacked six times and threw three interceptions while converting just 14-of-32 passes for 100 yards and a score. Backup signal caller Josh McCain was also picked off once as he converted 3-of-8 attempts for 77 yards and a TD in the losing effort. Idaho ran only 18 fewer plays than the Bulldogs, yet generated a mere 275 yards of total offense as the team fell to 1-5 on the campaign. This coming weekend Idaho hits the road for the first time since Sept. 21 as it challenges Arkansas State. In a relationship that dates back to 1975, the Vandals and ASU have evenly split eight meetings over the years, thanks in part to a 45-31 win for Idaho at home in the most recent battle in 2004.

NAVY: In a game that almost didn't take place because of the government shutdown, the Navy Midshipmen delivered a 28-10 win over the Air Force Falcons in front of a record crowd of more than 38,000 as part of the Commander-In- Chief's Trophy, awarded annually to the service academy with the best record in games involving Air Force, Navy and Army. Quarterback Keenan Reynolds converted six of his 10 pass attempts for 54 yards, but it was his 126 net rushing yards and three TDs on 28 attempts that made all the difference for the Midshipmen as they bounced back from their first loss of the season to Western Kentucky. Navy ran for a collective 273 yards on 51 attempts, the fourth touchdown on the day being scored by Demon Brown on a 38-yard run in the third quarter. Next up for the Midshipmen is a meeting with Duke in North Carolina this coming weekend. While the Blue Devils may have won the most recent matchup three years ago by a score of 34-31 in Annapolis, the Academy still owns a 20-14-5 advantage in the all-time series.

NEW MEXICO STATE: In a game that should have prompted the Aggies to take their effort up a notch, the Rio Grande Rivalry was little more than an exhibition for New Mexico to trample NMSU in a 66-17 final in Albuquerque on Saturday night. Still tied with Southern Miss for the longest active losing streak in the nation at 17 straight games, the Aggies surrendered 541 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, 608 yards of total offense overall to the host Lobos. The Aggies (0-6) were paced by quarterback Andrew McDonald who converted 20-of-34 passes for 269 yards, although he was sacked three times and had a pair of throws picked off. Brandon Betancourt produced a game-high 139 rushing yards on 23 attempts. The last victory for NMSU came in the 2012 season opener against Sacramento State, 49-19, in Las Cruces. The most recent road win for the Aggies came in this same rivalry two seasons ago, 42-28. The next challenge for the Aggies doesn't come until Oct. 19 when the squad hosts the Rice Owls, giving NMSU plenty of time to prepare for what could be yet another setback.

NOTRE DAME: The Fighting Irish remain perfect in five tries in what is being called the Shamrock Series, after defeating nationally-ranked Arizona State Saturday night, 37-34, in Arlington, Texas. Tommy Rees led the way for Notre Dame as he completed 17-of-38 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns, with TJ Jones grabbing eight balls for 135 yards and one of those scores. In addition to three successful field goals supplied by Kyle Brindza, the Irish also picked up a defensive touchdown from Dan Fox who returned an interception 14 yards with just over one minute remaining in regulation. Fox also recorded a fumble return as well. Now 4-2 on the campaign, UND defenders logged six sacks, with three of those credited to Prince Shembo who tied for second on the team with seven tackles overall. However, the bad news is that the unit lost linebacker Jarrett Grace for the rest of the season with a broken leg. The Irish have an opening on their schedule this week and will not return to the field until Oct. 19 when they challenge the USC Trojans at home. In a relationship that dates back to 1926, Notre Dame owns a 44-35-5 edge in the all-time series, thanks in part to a 22-13 victory a season ago.

10/07 11:27:34 ET

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