Like two weeks ago, the first half was a relatively quiet affair, as BYU led only 13-3 at the break. The third quarter was a firestorm as the Cougars posted 23 points to none for San Diego State, putting the game out of reach.
It was a day when seemingly everything went right for BYU. Even a blocked field goal turned into gold, as the ball bounced directly into the arms of kicker Matt Payne, who carried it for 24 yards and a first down.
The Cougars have scored 90 points in their last two games, with 44 of them in the third quarter. With their third straight win, BYU kept its MWC title and bowl game hopes alive. They are now one win from being bowl-eligible for the first time since 2001.
In case you're keeping track, Utah beat San Diego State by 23 while BYU beat them by 33. Against Utah, the Aztecs put up 23 first downs and 414 yards of offense. Against BYU, they had 21 first downs and 392 yards of offense.
Next: BYU, Nov. 13 vs. New Mexico; San Diego State, Nov. 13 at Air Force.
UTAH 63, COLORADO STATE 31
This one was even more brutal than the score indicates. The Utes led 56-10 before Urban Meyer called off the dogs. It wasn't that the Rams couldn't move the ball. After all, they put up 420 yards of offense. They just couldn't hold on to it. True freshman quarterback Caleb Hanie was victimized by the Utah defense, throwing three interceptions and coughing up a fumble in the red zone that Utah returned 88 yards for a touchdown.
Next: Utah, Nov. 13 at Wyoming; Colorado State, Nov. 13, vs. UNLV.
WYOMING 53, UNLV 45
The Cowboys went on the road and pulled off a gutsy win in triple overtime. It was a game Wyoming should never have been in a position to win, making it all the sweeter for coach Joe Glenn's squad. They had only 23 first downs to the Rebels' 25, and only 323 total yards to 433 for the hosts.
But UNLV had an incredible 22 penalties in retiring coach John Robinson's final home game. They also turned the ball over three times to the Cowboys' two times. Wyoming improved to 6-3 with two games left, guaranteeing a winning season and bowl eligibility for the first time since 1999.
Capping the win was the performance of quarterback J.J. Raterink, who came to Wyoming as a walk-on and had heretofore spent his entire career holding for place kickers. When starting quarterback Casey Bramlet left the game after the first series, Raterink came in and completed 22 of 36 for 227 yards and four touchdowns. Bramlet suffered a hip injury last week which stiffened during the first series. His status for Saturday's game against Utah is also in doubt.
Next: Wyoming, Nov. 13 vs. Utah; UNLV, Nov. 13 at Colorado State.
Air Force 31, Army 22
The Falcons managed 10 second half points while shutting out Army to improve to 4-5 and keep their bowl hopes alive.
Next: Air Force, Nov. 13 vs. San Diego State; Army, Nov. 13 at Tulane.
New Mexico did not play. Next: Nov. 13 at BYU.
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