In college football, winning isn't the only factor. Who you beat, and how, is a vital part of moving up the rankings and getting into a good bowl game. So each week during the 2012 season, we'll take a look at how Utah State's past and future opponents performed.
Utah State 2012 schedule Aug. 30 Southern Utah W, 34-3 Sept. 7 Utah, W, 27-20 Sept. 15 at Wisconsin, L, 16-14 Sept. 22 at Colorado State, W, 31-19 Sept. 29 UNLV, W, 35-13 Oct. 5, BYU, L, 6-3 Oct. 13 at San Jose State, W, 49-27 Oct. 20 New Mexico State, W, 41-7, Oct. 27 W, 48-17 at UT-San Antonio noon Nov. 3 Texas State 1 p.m. (KMYU) Nov. 17 at Louisiana Tech 5 p.m. Nov. 24 Idaho 1 p.m. (ESPN Regional)
Last Week: Won 30-27 vs. Eastern Washington
The Thunderbirds of Southern Utah upset Eastern Washington, the No. 1 ranked team in the FCS as Colton Cook hit a 36-yard field goal to win the game. SUU was down 20-27 heading into the 4th quarter. SUU quarterback Brad Sorensen threw for a season-high 392 yards in the win.
Next Week: On the road vs. North Dakota.
The Utes finally became the team fans have been hoping to see for weeks now. Reggie Dunn had two 100-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns, a school record. The Ute defense also forced three turnovers, one of which was a fumble return for a touchdown.
Utah's offense also performed much better. For the first time in a long time, John White IV had 100+ rushing yards, and Travis Wilson looked much more comfortable than he has looked at the QB job yet. Right now, the Utes are projected to get to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, even though they've got to win three of their last four games to be bowl eligible.
Next week: at home vs. Washington State.
Last Week: Lost 16-13 vs. Michigan State
Wisconsin lost a heartbreaker at home against the Spartans as Michigan State's Andrew Maxwell threw a 12-yard touchdown pass, snapping the Badgers' 21-game win streak at home. Wisconsin hadn't lost at home against Michigan State since 2001.
Next Week: on the road vs. Indiana
Last Week: Won 42-27 at home vs. Hawaii
Colorado State cornerbacks DeAndre Elliott and Jasen Oden each returned interceptions for touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help the Rams overcome a one-point deficit and four turnovers against the Warriors of Hawaii.
Hawaii quarterback Sean Schroeder threw three interceptions while completing just 19-46 passes for 200 yards. The win snaps a six-game losing streak for the Rams.
Next Week: On the road vs. Wyoming
Last Week: Lost 24-13 at San Diego State
San Diego State quarterback Adam Dingwell threw for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Aztecs beat the struggling Rebels. Walter Kazee ran for 105 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries while Adam Muerna ran for 143 yards on 24 carries. it was the second time this season both runners have surpassed 100 yards on the ground for the Aztecs.
Next Week: at home vs New Mexico
Last Week: Won 41-17 at Georgia Tech
BYU rebounded from a crushing 17-14 loss to Notre Dame by stomping Georgia Tech. Running back Jamaal Williams ran for three touchdowns as he carried the ball 28 times for 107 yards in the victory. Quarterback Riley Nelson completed 19-28 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown. Nelson also ran for a touchdown.
BYU never trailed in the game, scoring on a 17-play 75-yard drive that ended in a Williams touchdown on 4th and goal.
Next Week: Bye
Last week: Won at home vs. Texas State
The Spartans actually trailed at the half vs. Texas State, but a 78-yard pass from David Fales to David Freeman put San Jose up for good. De'Leon Eskridge also played very, very well. He carried the ball 25 times and recorded 135 yards on the ground. In all, the Spartans racked up 571 yards of offense and held a 10 minute advantage in time of possession.
The Spartans are likely quite woeful over their lost opportunity against Utah State a few weeks ago. They'll need help from Louisiana Tech if they want a share of the WAC title. The Spartans will play the Bulldogs one week after the Aggies play them. If USU loses to LA Tech and if the Spartans win, they'll get a piece of the final WAC championship.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 3, on the road vs. Idaho
Last week: Lost at home to Louisiana Tech, 28-14
New Mexico State turned a lot of heads when they didn't get completely blown out by Tech. The fact that a team whose only win came against an FCS opponent and that has been averaging more than 30 points allowed against far inferior competition held the no. 1 scoring offense in the country to 28 points is quite impressive. The Bulldogs missed three field goals in the first half, and the Aggies didn't allow Tech to get a single monstrous play like the ones they've enjoyed over the length of the season.
On the other hand, the Aggies gave the Bulldogs a lot of help. They turned it over three times and only converted on one third down.
Despite the moral victories, the Aggies in red continue to have a season to forget. In fact, they're having their 52nd consecutive season to forget. The last time they went to a bowl game was 1960.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 3, on the road vs. Auburn
Last Week: Lost 48-17 vs. Utah State
The Utah State Aggies easily beat UTSA behind three touchdown passes by quarterback Chuckie Keeton. Keeton completed 27-36 passes for 340 yards. Ryan Polite was 21-36 with 248 yards for UTSA in the loss.
Next Week: at No. 22 Louisiana Tech
Last Week: Lost 31-20 at San Jose State
Going into halftime, Texas State led 2-17. But on the Spartans' second possession of the third quarter, quarterback David Fales hooked up with David Freeman for a 78-yard touchdown pass. Fales completed 26-38 passes for 376 yards and two touchdowns. Bobcats running back Shaun Rutherford had 14 carries for 70 yards including a 45-yard touchdown scamper.
Next Week: at Utah State
Last Week: Won 28-14 at New Mexico State
Even with three missed field goals in the first half, Louisiana Tech was up at halftime. But Bulldog quarterback Colby Cameron would help his team pull out a win, as he threw for 292 yards and a 44-yard touchdown against New Mexico State.
Next Week: vs. UTSA
Last week: Bye
The Vandals have had a week to recover from their 70-28 drubbing at the hands of no. 24 Louisiana Tech. They'll look to at least make more of a stand against the consensus third-best team in the WAC. Fortunately for them, the game's at home, but then, so was the game against Tech.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 3, at home vs. San Jose State