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Opponent Notebook: Week 4 Results

Here’s your weekly roundup of how BYU’s once-and-future opponents fared in Week 4 of the college football season.

WON 49-0 vs  Virginia Military Academy
The Hoos really scheduled up this week, and held the Keydets to 79 total yards.
Next week: at Pittsburgh (2-1)

TEXAS (2-2)
WON 31-21 vs Kansas State
Lookie here! The Longhorns put together a decent game. Johnathan Gray rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns, while David Ash was a serviceable 14-25 for 166 yards in the passing game. Kansas State hasn’t looked great this season, but a win is a win, especially for a reeling team like Texas.
Next week: BYE

UTAH (3-1)
WON 20-13 vs BYU
Erg. Lackluster Cougars lose | 3 things missing on the field
Next week: BYE

WON 42-35 (OT) vs Florida Atlantic
The Blue Raiders haven’t been overly impressive, but gutting out a few close wins to get to 3-1 has MTSU feeling pretty good. Reggie Whatley rushed for 154 yards on only 10 carries, while the defense forced FAU into 5 turnovers.
Next week: vs. BYU (1-2)

LOST 17-14 vs USC
Every. Single. Year. In the last 4 years, all on the road, Utah State has lost: to #7 Oklahoma by 7, to Auburn by 4, to Wisconsin (went to the Rose Bowl that year) by 2, and now the latest to USC. It’s a rite of passage for Aggies fans to take a gut punch of a loss, falling closely to a BCS team in a big venue and with lots of eyes watching. Neither team got to 300 yards of offense, but Utah State did just enough to win. No turnovers while forcing USC into a fumble, a 21-39 performance from Keeton; it wasn’t pretty, but it looked like it should have been enough to win.
Next week: at San Jose State (1-2)

WON 28-20 over North Carolina
It’s early, but the Yellow Jackets have surprised some people this season who expected GIT to struggle all year. Right now, the Jackets are 2-0 in the ACC. Vad Lee and company wore down the Tarheels’ defense, rushing for 324 yards and possessing the ball for 40 minutes. Up next: a Thursday primetime showdown against the Hokies.
Next week: vs. Virginia Tech (3-1)

WON 31-26 over Rice
Houston’s season has looked a lot like Middle Tennessee’s. The Cougars have done nothing pretty or worthy of attention, but pulling out close wins against Temple and Rice leaves them at 3-0. John O’Korn threw for 281 yards and 3 TDs despite completing only 15-33 passes. Next: Beware the Roadrunners.
Next week: vs UTSA (2-2)

LOST 41-40 at Fresno State
This is not your father’s big brother’s Boise State. After failing to even compete against Washington to open the season, the Broncos’ latest test exposed a porous defense as Derek Carr carved them up for 460 yards through the air and finally avenged the Carrs against Boise. Usually, Boise boasts a solid-enough defense. Wins over Tennessee-Martin and the worsening-every-week Air Force don’t tell us much. A home game against Southern Miss won’t likely, either.
Next week: vs Southern Miss (0-3)

#23 WISCONSIN (3-1)
WON 41-10 vs  Purdue
Men among boys: the Badgers put the hurt on the Boilermakers, helping us learn a little more about Notre Dame in the process (who struggled against Purdue) as well. Wisconsin ran for 388 yards on the ground while holding Purdon’t to just 180 yards of offense. This is the best team on BYU’s schedule, and could launch themselves up the polls with a win in Columbus.
Next week: at #4 Ohio State (4-0)

LOST 56-0 at Washington
Aww, there goes the undefeated season.
Next week: at UC Davis (0-4)

#21 NOTRE DAME (3-1)
WON 17-13 vs Michigan State
Notre Dame football continues to be ugly. Again, wins are wins, and ND is still getting them. An exciting return trip from Oklahoma in South Bend awaits.
Next week: vs Oklahoma (3-0)

NEVADA (2-2)
WON 31-9 vs Hawaii
The Wolf Pack finally got on the board with a win over an FBS opponent (I guess Hawaii still qualifies. Barely.) Nevada was actually outgained by the Warriors, but UH turned it over 6 times. Can’t win like that.
Next week: vs Air Force (1-3)


This Week: 9-3

Overall: 30-14 (.682)
FBS Only: 19-13 (.593)
W/O BYU game: 28-13 (.682)

Brett Hein also contributed to this week’s notebook.