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ARMY: The Black Knights scored the first points of the afternoon and led 14-7 in the first quarter against Air Force, but that was before the Falcons mounted a serious rushing attack and ran away with a 42-28 decision in Colorado over the weekend. Losers of two straight and three of the last four, the Knights were paced by Angel Santiago who ran for 61 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries, adding another 109 yards on eight completed passes. Terry Baggett accounted for another 121 rushing yards and a score, but defensively there were no way to slow down the Falcons as they posted 343 yards and six touchdowns on the ground during part of the Commander-In-Chief Trophy series. With back-to-back weeks off coming up, the Black Knights focus their energy on matching up against Western Kentucky at home this coming Saturday. The meeting represents the first ever between the two institutions on the football field.

BYU: The Cougars return from their second bye of the 2013 campaign with a matchup against the Wisconsin Badgers on the road this Saturday. BYU won the only previous encounter between the programs back in 2000 by a score of 28-3. The Cougars are currently riding a five-game win streak and have taken six of their last seven outings, with their only two setbacks coming against Utah and Virginia by a combined 10 points.

IDAHO: The Vandals lost their fourth straight game and their eighth in nine tries on the season this past Saturday, as they came up short against Texas State at the Kibbie Dome, 37-21. Quarterback Taylor Davis tried to keep Idaho in contention as he converted 20-of-35 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns, while shaking off a couple of sacks, but it just wasn't meant to be. James Baker pitched in with a game-high 114 yards and a score on 24 carries, while the defense logged 10 tackles for loss but failed to force a single turnover. The squad surrendered a modest 336 yards to the Bobcats, but at the same time the Vandals could muster just 326 yards on 73 snaps. The Vandals are in Moscow this weekend as they take on a first-ever opponent in Old Dominion at the Kibbie Dome.

NAVY: The Midshipmen pushed Notre Dame to the limit over the weekend, forcing the Fighting Irish to come from behind in a 38-34 final in South Bend. Quarterback Keenan Reynolds not only converted 6-of-9 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown, but he also carried the ball 22 times for another 53 net yards and three scores to throw a scare into the hosts before Navy bowed for the third time in the last four outings. Chris Swain ran for a team-best 85 yards and a TD, as Navy generated 331 yards on 70 attempts in the matchup, one that saw the visitors control the clock for close to 38 minutes as they converted 10-of-16 on third down. The Midshipmen are back home this weekend as they welcome a distant foe in the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. Navy is winless in two tries versus Hawaii, the most recent setback coming in 2009 by a score of 24-17 in Honolulu.

NEW MEXICO STATE: After picking up their first win of the season against Abilene Christian (34-29) back on Oct. 26, the Aggies went back to what they do best as they suffered a 49-35 setback versus Louisiana. Andrew McDonald led NMSU with 327 yards passing and three touchdowns, while Austin Franklin reeled in a career-best 13 passes for 140 yards and two scores in the losing effort. The Aggies, who actually opened the contest with a 14-0 lead and then extended the advantage to 28-7 in the second quarter before falling apart, allowed Louisiana to run only 52 offensive plays, but the Ragin' Cajuns used those limited opportunities to average 8.5 yards per snap as they frustrated an NMSU team that has not defeated another member of the FBS since 2011. With another bye week coming up in the middle of the month, the Aggies have one more game against Boston College before taking a break.

NOTRE DAME: Once again the Fighting Irish survived a close call, this time capturing a 38-34 win over the Navy Midshipmen at home. Averaging 9.0 yards per play, the highest rate for the team since 1998, Notre Dame won a 10th straight game decided by a touchdown or less as Tommy Rees converted 12-of-20 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns, although he was also intercepted twice. TJ Jones caught four balls and turned them into 111 yards and a score, while Tarean Folston registered 18 carries for 140 yards and a TD as the Notre Dame rushing attack generated 264 yards and three TDs on 36 attempts, the squad winning a fourth straight outing and returning to the AP's Top-25 at No. 24. The Irish head to the Steel City this coming weekend to do battle with the Pittsburgh Panthers. In a series that dates back more than a century, Notre Dame owns a 47-20-1 advantage over the Panthers, thanks in part to a three- game win streak that continued last season with a 29-26 triple-overtime triumph.

11/04 10:36:00 ET

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