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ARMY: Despite owning the top rushing offense in the nation, the Black Knights still ended up falling hard to the Temple Owls over the weekend by a score of 33-14 in Philadelphia. Losers of two of the last three outings, the Knights committed four turnovers in the meeting, one of which was returned for a touchdown in the second quarter. It wasn't until Army fell behind by 33 points in the third quarter that the team finally put points on the board, thanks to a 14-yard TD pass from Kelvin White to Patrick Laird. White added a one-yard rushing score early in the fourth as well, finishing second on the team with 47 yards on 10 carries. White also converted 7-of-16 passes for 79 yards, was sacked twice and had two attempts picked off. Army catches a break in the schedule this week before beginning the quest for the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy with a meeting against Air Force on the road in early November. As far as the all-time series between the Academies is concerned, the Falcons own a 32-14-1 advantage even though the Knights claimed a 41-21 victory last season.
BYU: The Cougars offense spent quite a bit of time on the field at Reliant Stadium in Texas over the weekend, tying an FBS record for offensive snaps with 115, yet the team won by just a single point, 47-46, in a wild affair versus the Houston Cougars. BYU generated a hefty 683 yards of total offense and set school records for first downs (41) and total plays. Quarterback Taysom Hill converted 29-of-44 passes for a career-best 417 yards, leading to four touchdowns. The signal caller also carried the ball 34 times for another 128 yards, making him the first player to reach 100 rushing yards versus the Houston defense this season. Cody Hoffman had seven catches for 156 yards, not only notching his 16th career 100-yard outing, he also became the school's all-time leader in receptions, now with 228. This week the Cougars are playing on Friday night, hosting the Boise State Broncos. BYU, which is riding a four- game win streak at the moment, has never defeated the Broncos, losing last year's meeting by a final of 7-6, dropping to 0-3 in the all-time series in the process.
IDAHO: After producing just one win in seven opportunities to begin the 2013 campaign, the Vandals took some much-needed time off last week following their 48-24 setback versus Arkansas State, which means the team has now been outscored by a combined 109-38 in the last two contests. This week, Idaho travels to take on Ole Miss in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Vandals come into the week ranked 122nd in the nation in total defense with a staggering 540.9 ypg allowed, resulting in 43.1 ppg being scored by the opposition as well.
NAVY: A week after being blown out by Duke on the road, the Midshipmen regrouped and went on the attack against Toledo on Saturday, but once the smoke cleared Navy came up a single point short, 45-44, in double-overtime. Losers of two straight and three of the last four games, the Midshipmen actually took the lead in the second overtime thanks to a six-yard TD run by Geoffrey Whiteside, but the ensuing PAT failed, opening the door for Toledo to respond and capture the one-point decision. The Midshipmen rattled off 106 offensive plays, leading to 514 yards, the bulk of that coming on the ground (419), while Keenan Reynolds converted 5-of-12 passes for 95 yards and a score in the losing cause. Reynolds, who was sacked five times, ran the ball 29 times for only 34 net yards, but also three touchdowns. Noah Copeland registered 28 attempts for a team-best 153 yards, as the squad kept the ball on the ground for 93 plays. On deck for the Midshipmen is a meeting with the Pittsburgh Panthers in Annapolis this coming weekend. In a relationship that traces back more than a century, Navy trails the Panthers by a 22-13-3 mark. The most recent matchup took place in 2009 with Pitt taking a 27-14 home win.
NEW MEXICO STATE: Unfortunately for the Aggies, the defeats continue to pile up, with the team bowing to Rice at home on Saturday, 45-19. The setback has the squad now 0-7 this season and still tied with Southern Miss for the longest active losing streak overall in the country at 18 in a row. The Aggies allowed three touchdowns in the first quarter versus the Owls and never recovered, giving up more than 400 yards rushing and 500 yards of total offense. Quarterbacks King Davis and Andrew McDonald combined to hit on 8- of-21 passes for 168 yards, the former getting sacked twice and the latter tossing a couple of interceptions. McDonald did score once on the ground and Davis registered a passing touchdown, but by no means was that enough to keep up with Rice. The last win for NMSU came in the 2012 season opener versus Sacramento State (49-19), while the last victory over another member of the FBS was a 48-45 decision over Fresno State on Nov. 12, 2011. Next up for New Mexico State is a date with FCS foe Abilene Christian this coming weekend in Las Cruces.
NOTRE DAME: For the first time since 2001, the Fighting Irish managed to claim a home win against USC, 14-10, thanks to an aggressive defense that held the Trojans scoreless in the second half on Saturday. USC punted the ball on four straight second-half possessions and finished the contest by turning the ball over on downs in back-to-back possessions as well, all while generating just 330 yards of total offense. Coming up big for the Notre Dame defense was Stephon Tuitt who not only finished in a tie for the second-most tackles with seven, but he logged the only two sacks for the hosts. Offensively, Tommy Rees converted 14-of-21 pass attempts for 166 yards and two touchdowns, one each to Troy Niklas and TJ Jones. Notre Dame survived despite posting just 295 yards of offense and converting only 4-of-14 third-down opportunities. Winners of two straight and four of the last five outings, the Irish now head to Colorado where they will clash with the Air Force Falcons on Saturday. According to Notre Dame sources, the Irish lead the all-time series with the Academy by a 23-6 margin, posting a 59-33 win in the most recent matchup two seasons ago.