Independents News and Notes

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ARMY: After defeating Morgan State in the season opener, the Black Knights faced a much bigger challenge in the second week and ended up falling hard against Ball State, 40-14, on the road this past Saturday afternoon. Larry Dixon accounted for all of the team's scoring as he reached the end zone on a 71-yard run inside of a minute into the first quarter, and then crossed the goal line on a nine-yard effort in the third, but in between the Cardinals lit up the scoreboard with 37 straight points. Dixon finished with 113 of his team's 363 net rushing yards, while quarterbacks Angel Santiago and A.J. Shurr combined to hit on only 7-of-19 pass attempts for 76 yards in the setback. Next up for the Black Knights is a visit from nationally-ranked Stanford on Saturday. In a series that dates back to 1928, the programs have split a total of 10 encounters, the most recent of which took place in 1979 with Army posting a 17-13 triumph.

BYU: After a severe weather delay of about two hours, the Cougars hit the field in Provo against 15th-ranked Texas on Saturday night and took no mercy on the Longhorns as the hosts ran up a 40-21 upset victory. The win was the first for BYU over a ranked opponent since the team defeated Oregon State (44-20) in the 2009 Las Vegas Bowl and the majority of the credit goes to quarterback Taysom Hill who ran for a staggering 259 yards, second-most for a college signal-caller in the last decade. Hill carried the ball 17 times and scored three touchdowns on the ground as the Cougars pounded out a staggering 550 rushing yards on 72 attempts. The yardage total was not only a single-game record for a BYU squad from an offensive standpoint, it also represented a single-season record for rushing yards allowed by a Texas team, close to 100 yards more than the previous mark. Kicker Justin Sorensen also played a key role for the Cougars with his four successful field goals. After their record- setting performance, the Cougars now enjoy some well-deserved time off as they get an extra week to prepare for their matchup versus Utah on Sept. 21.

IDAHO: The offense for the Vandals was nowhere to be found for much of Saturday's meeting against Wyoming, a 42-10 setback in Laramie. It wasn't until there were just 18 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter that Idaho was able to finally get into the end zone on a one-yard TD run by James Baker. The Vandals actually finished the contest with 344 yards of total offense and controlled the ball for more than 36 minutes, but the squad suffered a total of seven sacks in the meeting. Quarterback Chad Chalich hit on 22-of-32 pass attempts for 182 yards, but he was taken down six times behind the line of scrimmage, and yet he was still listed as the second-most productive runner for the unit with 35 net yards on 15 attempts. Defensively, the Vandals gave up 564 yards to the Cowboys. After two games, Idaho ranks 120th in the country in total defense with 577.5 ypg allowed. The Vandals, winners of one game all of last season, will be back in action this coming weekend as they entertain the Northern Illinois Huskies in Moscow. The all-time series is tied at three games apiece, after Idaho posted a 34-31 win in DeKalb in 2009.

NAVY: As one of the last teams to get their schedule off the ground for 2013, the Midshipmen clashed with Indiana on the road on Saturday and managed to come away with a 41-35 victory. Navy scored points in all four quarters, with Keenan Reynolds leading the attack with his 127 rushing yards and three touchdowns. One of the top rushing teams in the country the last several seasons, Navy finished with 444 yards and five scores on 70 rushing attempts. Darius Staten also crossed the century mark with his 106 yards on nine carries for the visitors. Reynolds completed two of his four pass attempts as well, leading to 71 yards as the team controlled the ball for more than 37 minutes, yet still surrendered 481 yards of offense to the Hoosiers. The home opener for the Midshipmen comes this Saturday versus the Delaware Blue Hens in Annapolis. Navy owns a 9-7 advantage in the all-time series, the most recent encounter coming two seasons ago when the Midshipmen captured a 40-17 victory at home.

NEW MEXICO STATE: One of the weakest scoring defenses last season with 39.4 ppg allowed, the Aggies were again exposed on Saturday when they bowed to visiting Minnesota in Las Cruces by a score of 44-21. Since winning the 2012 opener against Sacramento State, NMSU has fallen in 13 consecutive outings, one of the longest droughts in college football. Trying to give the Aggies a fighting chance was running back Germi Morrison who scored twice on the ground, although he still gained just 32 net yards on 19 carries, both of which were team highs for the hosts. Quarterbacks Andrew McDonald and King Davis combined to hit on 29-of-40 pass attempts for 253 yards, while Jordan Bergstrom reeled in a game-high eight passes for 60 yards in defeat. Minnesota's rushing attack proved to be too much however, as the Golden Gophers generated 342 yards and averaged eight yards per attempt on the ground. Next up for the Aggies is a date with Texas-El Paso, a foe that has been showing up on the NMSU schedule as far back as 1914. The Miners own a 53-35-2 advantage in the all-time series, winning four straight meetings thanks to a 41-28 triumph last season.

NOTRE DAME: In front of an NCAA-record crowd of 115,109 in Ann Arbor on Saturday night, the Fighting Irish saw their 12-game regular-season win streak come to an end as they bowed to nationally-ranked Michigan, 41-30. Ranked 14th in the AP poll heading into the meeting, the biggest problem for the Irish was trying to shut down Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner who not only threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns, but also ran for 82 yards and a score on 13 carries. Tommy Rees had his ups and downs during the matchup, converting 29- of-51 passes for 314 yards and two scores, but he was also picked off twice during the high-scoring affair. The 40 points allowed by Notre Dame, which is now ranked 21st in the country, are the most given up in a regular-season bout since the team bowed to Stanford in the 2009 finale. 45-38. Nearby rival Purdue is set to host the Fighting Irish this Saturday night. While the Boilermakers lost by just three points last season to Notre Dame, 20-17, Purdue still trails in the all-time series, one that dates back to 1896, by a count of 56-26-2.

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