Western Athletic Conference News and Notes

7:50 AM, Nov 12, 2012   |    comments
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IDAHO: The 2012 season continued to spiral out of control for the Vandals as the team suffered a huge beating by BYU in Provo on Saturday night, 52-13. The team's fourth straight setback and the ninth in 10 tries this year overall, Idaho is now last in the nation in scoring with just 15.4 ppg and is third from the bottom in scoring defense, giving up a hefty 43.0 ppg. Starting quarterback Logan Bushnell hit on 19-of-35 pass attempts for 206 yards and one touchdown, but was also picked off twice in the losing cause. The only other scoring from the group came from kicker Trey Farquhar who booted field goals of 39 and 35 yards in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. The Vandals next step out against Texas-San Antonio in conference play this weekend, the final regular season game of the year for Idaho.

LOUISIANA TECH: The second-highest scoring team in the country was at it again on Saturday night, but instead of wiping up the opponent the Bulldogs had to hold on until the very end to secure a 62-55 win over Texas State in conference action in San Marcos. The team had many outstanding performances, although defense was not one of them as the group gave up 296 yards and five touchdowns on the ground and another 281 yards and three scores through the air. The 19th-ranked team in the country was paced by Kenneth Dixon who ran for 144 yards and four touchdowns and added another score on a pass reception which gives him 24 rushing touchdowns on the year overall, breaking the NCAA record of TDs on the ground by a freshman previously held by Marshall Faulk (San Diego State, 1991) and Ryan Williams (Virginia Tech, 2009) who both recorded 21. Colby Cameron also carved out a spot in the record books for himself as he set a new NCAA record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception, his run of 419 passes still going strong heading into next week against Utah State in the final home date of the campaign. Cameron finished the outing 31-of-45 for 337 yards and three TDs.

NEW MEXICO STATE: Head coach DeWayne Walker and the Aggies have had very little to cheer about this season in Las Cruces and the year just seemed to be getting longer as the team dropped a 47-7 decision versus San Jose State in their final home conference date of the campaign. The defeat was the ninth straight for New Mexico State, a team which has beaten only Sacramento State in the opener (49-19) and has not topped another program from the Football Subdivision since taking out Fresno State, 48-45, a year ago at this time. The NMSU offense couldn't get anything going in the right direction the entire day and it wasn't until the final minute of regulation that Travaughn Colwell tossed a nine-yard scoring pass to Trevor Walls in order to avoid a shutout. Colwell converted 5-of-11 passes for 54 yards, while Andrew Manley hit 7-of-18 for just 46 yards and was intercepted twice. Austin Franklin, one of the nation's top receivers was limited to just two catches for 16 yards. NMSU now gets some extra time to prepare for the next opponent, a date with BYU on Nov. 24 at home.

SAN JOSE STATE: Big plays were the order of the day for the Spartans as they scored three times on plays of over 50 yards as they dismantled the New Mexico State Aggies in conference action, 47-7, in Las Cruces. Already bowl eligible, the Spartans recorded their fourth straight win and the eighth in the last nine outings, their win total equal to all of the victories they had in the three previous campaigns combined. David Fales was at it again as he completed 12-of-18 passes for 276 yards and four touchdowns, against a single interception, with Chandler Jones catching five balls for 101 yards and two TDs for the visitors. While the SJSU offense was rolling to 504 yards, the defense was holding tough by limiting the hosts to just 220 yards. Also getting in on the action was Bene Benwikere who returned a fumble 37 yards for a touchdown just before intermission. The Spartans take a break from the league slate one last time this weekend as they tangle with the BYU Cougars at home.

TEXAS STATE: It was assumed that the Bobcats would be steam rolled by high- scoring Louisiana Tech on Saturday night and that was partly the case as Texas State gave up a massive 62 points, but the squad also tallied 55 points to keep the game in question right up until the end. Losers of three in a row and five of the last six outings, Texas State gave up 627 yards of total offense, with the defense left on the field for 101 plays. On the positive side, quarterback Shaun Rutherford was able to throw for 234 yards and two touchdowns, while Tim Hawkins also connected on a 47-yard pass play on his lone attempt of the night. Running back Marcus Curry finished with a team-best 134 yards and two rushing touchdowns, while Terrence Franks landed in the end zone on two of his four carries as well. Rutherford, who completed 21-of-37 passes, ran the ball 20 times for 90 yards and a TD as the Bobcats tried desperately to keep up with one of the top offenses in the country. Bradley Miller responded with five catches for 65 yards and two TDs as the Texas State offense refused to back down and pushed the game right down to the wire. Next up for the Bobcats is a non-conference outing with Navy on the road this coming weekend.

TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO: Up against the McNeese State Cowboys over the weekend, the Roadrunners had their hands full even though they had the luxury of playing at home. UTSA was held scoreless in the first quarter and had just seven points at the break, but the team turned it on after intermission with a total of 24 points to claim the 31-24 victory. Back under center, Eric Soza converted 24- of-37 passes for 262 yards and a couple of touchdowns, adding a third on the ground as well. Soza spread the wealth as he connected with a total of 12 receivers, with none having more than three catches. Evans Okotcha caught three balls for 37 yards and a score and also ran the ball 10 times for 50 yards and another TD for the squad as they snapped a four-game slide. The Roadrunners play their final road date of the season this coming weekend, clashing with Idaho in Western Athletic Conference action at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow.

UTAH STATE: The Aggies enjoyed some time off last weekend after defeating Texas State on Nov. 3 by a score of 38-7 at home for their fourth straight victory and the sixth in the last seven outings. Already bowl eligible and still the lone undefeated team in WAC play, it all comes down to this Saturday for Utah State as the group clashes with the high-scoring Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in Ruston. With the Aggies scoring defense ranked first in the league and sixth in the nation with just 13.5 ppg and the Bulldogs ranked second in the country in scoring with more than 50 ppg, something will have to give at Joe Aillet Stadium as the team teams play for bragging rights in the standings.

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