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ARMY: The Black Knights, losers of three straight after opening the 2013 campaign with a 28-12 victory over Morgan State, were paced by Terry Baggett who registered a game-high 125 yards on 15 rushing attempts as the team bowed to Wake Forest at home on Saturday, 25-11. As a whole, the Knights gained 271 yards on 55 attempts in the setback. Kicker Dan Grochowski knocked through all three of his field goal attempts, but Army quarterbacks combined to hit on 10- of-18 passes for just 86 yards. Defensively, the Knights recorded nine tackles for loss and held the Demon Deacons to only 4-of-12 on third down attempts, yet that effort still wasn't enough to turn the tide. The Knights are on their way to Texas this weekend, Dallas specifically, as they prepare to take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Cotton Bowl Stadium. Army leads the series 1-0, thanks to a 14-7 victory at West Point back in 2008.

BYU: Held scoreless through the first half and unable to get into the end zone until the fourth quarter, the Cougars were handed a 20-13 setback by arch- rival Utah on Saturday night in Provo. Quarterback Taysom Hill threw for 260 yards and ran for another 99 net yards, but was sacked five times and completed just 18 of his 48 pass attempts in the losing effort. Cody Hoffman caught eight passes for 108 yards and Michael Alisa registered the lone TD for the squad on a one-yard run as they dropped to 1-2 on the campaign. More of a concern than the loss on the scoreboard was the health of running back Jamaal Williams who was carted off and taken to a local hospital after suffering a concussion. Williams, who entered the weekend ranked third in the nation with 163.3 ypg on the ground, was kept in the hospital overnight for observation and will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis at this point. The Cougars are called back to the field a day early this week as they entertain the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in Provo, the game marking the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

IDAHO: For the fourth straight game the Vandals surrendered at least 40 points, but this time the offense for Idaho was held scoreless in a 42-0 setback against Washington State on the road this past Saturday night. Idaho actually controlled the ball for more than 38 minutes, but finished with only 253 yards of total offense. Quarterbacks Chad Chalich and Josh McCain combined to hit on 18-of-25 passes for 174 yards, but the former was sacked four times, the latter once and tossed an interception. Despite the setback, the Idaho defense did force four turnovers as D'Mario Carter and Christian Whitehead each logged interceptions, with Whitehead also forcing a fumble. Maxx Force recovered two WSU fumbles to lead the Idaho defense in a game that could have been even more lopsided. Idaho has now lost 10 consecutive outings and 15 of the last 16 decisions, with the lone win during that stretch coming against New Mexico State (26-18) on Oct. 6, 2012. The Vandals are back at home this coming weekend as they welcome the Temple Owls to Moscow in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

NAVY: The Midshipmen get back to action this coming weekend as they take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on the road. Off to a 2-0 start, Navy has already been off twice during the first month of the campaign but is now getting back in the swing of things. In terms of an all-time history between the programs, the Midshipmen have won both previous encounters, the most recent coming two years ago in Bowling Green where the Academy delivered a 40-14 decision. After the WKU meeting, Navy will play the first portion of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy series as it hosts Air Force on Oct. 5.

NEW MEXICO STATE: Pitted against the 13th-ranked team in the nation on Saturday night, the Aggies were heavily overmatched as they suffered a 59-13 loss at UCLA. Held scoreless for the first three quarters, NMSU didn't get on the board until the early moments of the fourth when Andrew McDonald hit Adam Shapiro with a 33-yard touchdown pass. Brandon Betancourt added a four-yard TD run later in the frame, but the subsequent PAT was missed. With the defeat, the Aggies saw their losing streak reach 15 games in a row, the last victory for the program being a 49-19 season-opening triumph over Sacramento State last year. Betancourt finished with a team-best 95 rushing yards on 18 attempts, while McDonald and King Davis III combined to hit on 15-of-26 passes for 146 yards. The Aggies are back home this coming weekend, but are again matched up against a team from the Golden State as they entertain the San Diego State Aztecs in Las Cruces. Three years ago SDSU delivered a 41-21 win over the Aggies, moving the Aztecs to an 8-1-1 advantage in the all-time series.

NOTRE DAME: The Fighting Irish came up with their 10th straight home win on Saturday as they slipped by Michigan State, 17-13. Ranked 22nd in the nation, Notre Dame moved to 3-1 on the season as quarterback Tommy Rees hit TJ Jones with a two-yard touchdown pass late in the first half and Cam McDaniel scored on a seven-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Rees finished the meeting just 14-of-34 for 142 yards through the air, while McDaniel was the top rusher for the group with 44 yards on 16 attempts. As a whole, Notre Dame gained just 82 yards rushing on 32 carrier, finishing with a mere 224 yards of total offense. Defensively, the Irish held Michigan State to only 254 yards in a penalty-filled outing that included eight flags for 86 yards versus Notre Dame and 10 infractions by MSU that led to a loss of 115 yards in the meeting. The Irish are set for another tough challenge this coming weekend as they entertain the Oklahoma Sooners. In a series that dates back to 1952, Notre Dame has won all but one of the 10 matchups between the squads, the lone setback being a 40-0 blowout back in 1957. More recently, the teams got together last season in Norman, with the Irish posting a 30-13 win, their seventh in a row over Oklahoma.

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