Western Athletic Conference News and Notes
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IDAHO: The dismal season for the Vandals continued on Saturday, as the team suffered a 34-27 loss against Texas-San Antonio at home. The defeat was the fifth straight and the 10th in 11 tries this season as the program dipped to 1-4 in league action and into sixth place in the standings with one game remaining against nationally-ranked Utah State on the road this coming weekend. Quarterback Taylor Davis tried to make the best of the situation as he completed 18-of-29 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns, but it just wasn't meant to be. Mike Scott had a standout performance with 10 catches for 116 yards and two TD as the Vandals combined to hit on 25-of-40 passes for 342 yards in the losing cause.
LOUISIANA TECH: Winners of nine of their first 10 games of the season, the Bulldogs have put together an epic offensive attack that has them leading the nation in scoring with 52.3 ppg, but even that fact was not enough to scare off one of the top defenses in the nation in Utah State on Saturday. However, instead of the game being low-scoring, LaTech found itself in a dog fight that it eventually lost in overtime, 48-41. The defeat not only snapped a four-game win streak by the Bulldogs, it also bumped the squad out of the AP Poll as well. Honestly, the Bulldogs were lucky to get the game into overtime to begin with, considering they were trailing by 24 points in the third quarter. Colby Cameron converted 35-of-60 passes for 396 yards and one touchdown, while being intercepted twice, with Quinton Patton catching 11 balls for 181 yards. Running back Kenneth Dixon added two more rushing scores to his resume as the team generated 629 yards of total offense. LaTech is now set to close out the regular season against San Jose State on the road this coming weekend.
NEW MEXICO STATE: Taking time off last week was probably the best thing for a New Mexico State squad which has the third-longest losing streak in the nation at the moment at nine games. The Aggies, who have only a 49-19 win over Sacramento State in the season opener to show for their efforts, have scored just one touchdown in three of their last four games and have been outscored during that stretch by a 158-35 margin. With no wins in conference play the Aggies are all alone at the bottom of the WAC standings and at this point they haven't defeated another program from the Football Bowl Subdivision since taking down Fresno State on Nov. 12 of last season. Unfortunately for NMSU, the 2012 campaign continues on this weekend as the group clashes with BYU at home, before closing out with a road date at Texas State the first of December.
SAN JOSE STATE: A magical season for the Spartans continued on this past weekend as the team won a fifth straight game by taking down the BYU Cougars at home, 20-14. Quarterback David Fales was again on target for SJSU as he completed 25-of-34 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns, two of those to Noel Grigsby who finished with eight catches for 132 yards. Going up against one of the nation's top run defenses in BYU, the Spartans knew they would have a tough time moving the ball on the ground and that proved to be the case as the team gained just 59 net yards on 32 attempts. Despite the weakened running attack for San Jose State, the team is still one of the elite programs in the WAC this season and is tied with Louisiana Tech for second place in the standings at 4-1 with a meeting against the Bulldogs left to play on Saturday. In what should be one of the most entertaining offensive contests of the season, SJSU sports one of the more accurate passers in the country in Fales who has a quarterback efficiency of 170.78.
TEXAS STATE: The Bobcats, losers of four in a row and six of seven, were led by quarterback Shaun Rutherford who completed 25-of-40 passes for 290 yards and a score while shaking off two sacks in a 21-10 loss to Navy out of conference on Saturday in Annapolis. Texas State, held scoreless through the first half of action, managed to produce 405 yards of total offense but was just 4-of-16 on third down plays and 2-of-7 on fourth down in the meeting. Like many teams this season, Texas State simply could not handle the Navy rushing attack as the Midshipmen produced 407 yards and three touchdowns on 62 attempts. This week the Bobcats are set to close out the away portion of their season schedule against the other new member to the WAC, the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners. After that, the final game overall in 2012 for the team is a home date versus New Mexico State.
TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO: The season started off well enough for the Roadrunners in their first year in the WAC, the team winning five straight, but then came a four-game slide. More recently the team has battled back to move three games over .500, thanks in part to a 34-27 win against Idaho on the road in the Kibbie Dome last weekend. Quarterback Eric Soza converted 23-of-36 passes for 232 yards, but failed to toss a single aerial score. Instead, the signal- caller used his feet to race for a game-high 89 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries as the team picked up 192 yards and four scores on the ground overall as they moved to 2-3 against league foes. Closing out the campaign this weekend, the Roadrunners go up against the other newest member of the WAC, Texas State.
UTAH STATE: Going up against one of the top offenses in the entire nation this past weekend, the USU defense figured to be challenged and it was as 19th- ranked Louisiana Tech scored 41 points and made it to overtime against the Aggies before the visitors to Ruston, Louisiana captured the seven-point win thanks to a Kerwynn Williams four-yard TD in the extra session. Williams was huge for the Aggies as they produced 646 yards of total offense as he ran for 162 yards and two scores on 20 attempts and also caught four passes for 125 yards and a TD for a team which is now ranked 25th in the latest AP Poll. Chuckie Keeton hit on 20-of-34 passes for 340 yards and two scores as well for USU as the team won for the fifth straight time and seventh in eight tries and claimed at least a share of the regular season title in the WAC. Currently a perfect 5-0 in league action, the Aggies close out the season with a meeting against Idaho at home this week.
11/19 13:24:37 ET