BYU's Non-Conference Review

TBS Staff Columnist Jonathon Huckvale takes a look at how the Cougars' non-conference opponents fared over the weekend. These foes are specks in BYU's rear view mirror, but their performance should be noted because it will affect how the Cougars are perceived by national media and poll voters.

Arizona (2-3, 0-2)

The Washington Huskies (4-1, 2-0) scored 21 second quarter on Arizona as the Wildcats lost its second consecutive PAC-10 straight game in conference play by a 21-10 score. Arizona could muster only 9 yards rushing while giving up over 156 to the Husky ground attack. Willie Tuitama had over 300 yards passing, but could not consistently find the end-zone, despite having the ball 1st and goal at the 4. The Wildcats were also 0-14 on 3rd down conversions.

Next up: Arizona at UCLA (3-1)

Tulsa (3-1, 0-0)

Did not play. In their last game, Tulsa defeated Navy 24-23 in overtime. The Golden Hurricane get their first conference challenge this week.

Next up: Southern Miss (3-1) at Tulsa

Boston College (4-1, 1-1)

After losing to North Carolina State 17-15 on a 34-yard touchdown pass with 8 seconds left, the Eagles get their first shutout of the season vs. Div I-AA Maine (2-2), taking care of the Black Bears 22-0. BC fumbled the ball twice and quarterback Matt Ryan struggled to move the ball, passing for 182 yards on 15 of 26 passes. The Eagles led 15-0 late in the third quarter until Brian Toal plunged in from 1 yard out for the final score of the day.

Next up: #21 Virginia Tech (4-1) at Boston College

Utah State (0-5, 0-1)

Despite flying out to a 14-0 first quarter lead, the Aggies got spanked by the Idaho Vandals (2-3) 41-21. The only good news for the Aggies is their ability to score after being shut out in 3 consecutive matches. 8,618 were in attendance at Romney Stadium, in Logan, Utah.

Next up: Fresno State (1-3, 0-1) at Utah State

Here's a look at BYU's next two opponents and at their rival the Utah Utes:

San Diego State (0-4, 0-1)

The Aztecs couldn't do much of anything despite a 10 point run in the 2nd quarter as they fell to the San Jose State Spartans (3-1) 31-10. The SDSU passing attack was lacking as the Aztecs could only cough up 76 total yards. They now face BYU in Provo for another revenge match.

Next up: SDSU @ BYU (3-2, 1-0)

UNLV (1-3, 0-0)

A late field goal with 4:49 remaining in the 4th by Sergio Aguayo helped UNLV avoid a shut out, but the Rebels were still trounced by a struggling Nevada Wolfpack team (3-2, 2-2) 31-3. UNLV was also held to just 221 yards of total offense.

Next up: UNLV at Colorado State (3-1)

Utah (3-2, 1-0)

The Utes were humiliated in Salt Lake City by 22nd ranked Boise State Broncos (5-0), losing 36-3. Frustrations in the program were apparent as the fans booed Whittingham and his defense in the 2nd quarter as well as during the 2nd half. Brett Ratliff completed only 7 passes and threw 4 interceptions.

Next up: TCU (3-1, 0-1) at Utah


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