The Falcons utilized their passing game early on the first two drives which set up a pair of touchdowns. Colorado State held the Falcons to their lowest rushing out put of the year at 248 yards, and that total was 50 less then the prior worst rushing output when Air Force played Navy. Air Force allowed Colorado State to rush for more then five times their season average -- which was 56 yards -- for a total if 285 yards. The rushing yards allowed is a concern once Air Force takes on Utah, TCU, and San Diego State.
The Cougars were fired up and showed a lot more passion in their close win over the Aztecs. BYU scored on their first to drives and held off the Aztecs by being able to run the ball. BYU rushed for a season high 271 yards with J.J. DiLuigi leading the way with for. The key stat was time of possession in this game as BYU held the ball for 45 minutes of the game. Even with that time of possession disparity BYU had to fend of an Aztec rally. BYU does look much better, but it will still have some tough games ahead in a pursuit for a bowl game.
The rushing game showed up for the first time all year; Leonard Mason lead the way with 139 yards. His previous season high was 33 yards against Nevada; that was also the only time he was in double digit rushing yards all year. They may have a shot against UNLV next week.
Are the Lobos even worth mentioning? Five turnovers in this game with four being fumbles. The Lobos did out gain their rival New Mexico State, but they allowed a late field goal to lose the game 16-14. Brad Gruner looks to be the quarterback until Holbrook returns.
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The Aztecs had the ball for only 14 minutes and even with that they almost beat BYU. The first two drives for the Aztec defense were for the loss, they gave up two BYU touchdowns, and had to play catchup the rest of the way by barely having the ball. Their defense needs to get better this season in order for the Aztecs to make a bowl game.
They just posted their second consecutive shutout since 2008 this Saturday against Wyoming. TCU did what they were supposed to do. TCU is able to run or throw, and this week Andy Dalton threw for 270 yards and three scores. They held Wyoming 0-10 on third downs. That Utah vs. TCU matchup can not get here fast enough.
Going on the road against a Big East contender without your best player ended in a blowout. The only good thing to come from the game is that quarterback Caleb Herring replaced Omar Clayton and threw a touchdown and threw over 100 yards in the second half.
The Utes did have two costly early turnovers, and that is their area of concern grom here on out. Utah ran Iowa State out of their stadium with the most points ever scored at Iowa State. The return game which has been an issue for Utah the past few years is now a strength. There was one kick off return for 103 yards for a score by Reggie Dunn and Shaky Smithson had 186 yards in the return game and slipped at the two on one of his punt returns.
Yes, Wyoming was easily beaten, but they did not have starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels who did not make the trip. Instead Dax Crum started and did not do too much. The defense was a real issue giving up 45 points to TCU. To shed some light on Wyoming's schedule they will have played four top ten teams once they face Utah this week, and another against Air Force who is in the top 25.