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ARMY: The Black Knights appeared to be in prime position to pick up a victory over the weekend in the Bluegrass State, but after leading 10-0 in the third quarter, the Academy allowed Western Kentucky to battle back and take a 21-17 victory at Michie Stadium. Terry Baggett led the way on the ground for Army with a team-best 102 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, while quarterback Angel Santiago pitched in with a touchdown run of his own, but he finished with only 35 net yards on 15 attempts. Defensively, the Black Knights surrendered close to 200 yards and two touchdowns through the air which, while it is not all that bad really, it still proved to be enough to send the squad to a third straight setback. The Knights are now on an extended break that will take them to Nov. 30 when they clash with the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Aloha Stadium.
BYU: Against the 21st-ranked team in the nation on Saturday, the Cougars managed to score only three points through the first 30 minutes and that slow start hurt BYU in the 27-17 road loss to Wisconsin. Taysom Hill tried to give the Cougars a boost, but he completed just 19-of-41 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns, while being sacked four times and tossing an interception. Cody Hoffman continued to add to his legacy at BYU as he caught seven passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns, but even his efforts were not enough to keep the Cougars from having their five-game win streak snapped in Madison. The Cougars will be matching up against FCS foe Idaho State at home this coming weekend. BYU has won all four previous encounters with the Bengals, including a lopsided 56-3 final two seasons ago.
IDAHO: Taylor Davis threw for one touchdown and ran for another early in the first quarter on Saturday against Old Dominion. Davis, who finished the outing 15-of-29 for 308 yards and two TDs, had his hand on three scores in the first frame actually, but still the Vandals couldn't keep up with one of the top offenses in the country during a 59-38 setback at the Kibbie Dome. Davis, who ran for a pair of TDs, also tossed two interceptions and was sacked three times as Idaho bowed for the fifth straight game. Dezmon Epps caught nine passes for 175 yards and a score, but at the same time the defense for the Vandals surrendered 533 yards and four touchdowns through the air and another four TDs on the ground during the contest. Idaho generated 505 yards of total offense but even that was not enough. The Vandals are now off until Nov. 23 when they will take on nationally-ranked Florida State in Tallahassee. The meeting will be the first ever between the two programs.
NAVY: Keenan Reynolds erupted for a game-high 226 yards and four touchdowns on 28 rushing attempts as the Midshipmen took down the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, 42-28, at home in Annapolis. Reynolds also completed half of his eight pass attempts for 59 yards and a TD to Geoffrey Whiteside in the first quarter to kick off the day's scoring. Quinton Singleton contributed to the attack with 93 yards and a TD on 15 attempts for Navy as the group won for the second time in the last three outings, even while allowing 464 yards to a road-weary Hawaii group. This coming weekend the Midshipmen will host the South Alabama Jaguars in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
NEW MEXICO STATE: The Aggies scored in every quarter on Saturday, but the team just could not find a way to slow down one of the nation's top running backs, as they eventually bowed in a 48-34 final to Boston College at home. Losers of two straight and every one of their outings against Division I foes this season, the Aggies were paced by Andrew McDonald who converted 41-of-55 passes for 384 yards and three touchdowns, while Austin Franklin caught a game-high 10 balls for 145 yards and two TDs in the losing effort. On the defensive side, NMSU allowed 550 yards of offense to the Eagles and, more specifically, 295 yards and two touchdowns to Andre Williams who carried the ball 30 times in order to help the visitors keep it out of the hands of the Aggies. New Mexico State produced 548 yards of total offense on 86 snaps, but it also didn't do itself any favors with 10 penalties for a loss of 79 yards. NMSU now has an additional week to prepare for a meeting against Florida Atlantic on Nov. 23.
NOTRE DAME: The Fighting Irish entered last week as the 24th-ranked team in the country, but they lost a golden opportunity to remain in the Top-25 when they suffered a 28-21 setback to Pittsburgh on Saturday night. Quarterback Tommy Rees converted just 18-of-39 passes for 318 yards and two touchdowns, but he was also picked off twice by Panthers defensive back Ray Vinopal. Rees often looked to T.J. Jones for relief as the latter caught six passes for 149 yards and a score through the air, adding another 41 net rushing yards and a touchdown on just three carries. Notre Dame, managed to produce an impressive 456 yards of total offense, averaging better than seven yards per snap, but still the Irish had their four-game win streak snapped by a Pittsburgh squad which was only .500 heading into the meeting. As for the next date on the schedule, that doesn't take place until Nov. 23 when the squad hosts BYU in the second-to-last game of the regular season. Notre Dame closes with a battle against nationally-ranked Stanford at the end of the month.