Following up on Utah's win at Michigan a week earlier, the Mountain West Conference had a golden opportunity to get more national recognition Saturday, but again came up short for the most part. BYU helped with its 28-27 win over Washington, but otherwise the league disappointed again.

New Mexico lost at home to a beatable Texas A&M team, making a late rally to lose by six. The biggest lost opportunity, though, came at South Bend where San Diego State lost to Notre Dame 21-13. The Aztecs let the Irish back in the game with poor play and clock management at the end of the first half. Then in the fourth quarter, the Aztecs held a 13-7 lead and the ball on the 4-yard line, only to fumble into the end zone ...

Utah and TCU are the only two MWC teams that have winning records against BCS teams since the BCS was formed a decade ago. Utah has a 15-10 record against BCS teams, while TCU is 11-6 including a 6-1 record since joining the league three years ago. BYU has the next best record (12-16), followed by Air Force (6-8) and Colorado State (6-13). New Mexico, Wyoming and UNLV are each 4-13 against BCS teams, while San Diego State is a dreadful 1-22 ...

Did you see Ron McBride's gaudy purple-and-white Hawaiian shirt at Saturday night's Weber State-Hawaii game? It was a thing of beauty and the purple lei was a nice touch. Too bad the Wildcats couldn't have put two halves together in the 36-17 loss as they got overwhelmed in the second half after taking a 17-7 halftime lead ...

Weber State's strong showing aside, as well as Eastern Washington's near-upset of Colorado (31-24), something needs to be done about these FBS vs. FCS games. Here are a few scores from Saturday — Kansas State over Montana State 69-10, Missouri over Southeast Missouri State 52-3, Baylor over Northwestern State 51-6 and TCU over Stephen F. Austin 67-7. I think the NCAA needs to make some rules, perhaps limiting schools to one game every two years against a lower division school or perhaps going back to the old rule that games against lower-division schools can't count toward bowl games. That would make the perennial 6-6 teams think twice about scheduling a patsy ...

It was unfortunate that BYU's victory over Washington Saturday was overshadowed by the controversial officials' call with two seconds left. ESPN's Mark May called the last-second call "horrendous" and "inexcusable," while ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit called it "pathetic." At least ESPN honored BYU's block of the possible game-tying extra point as its No. 1 Top Play Saturday night ...

I actually like the celebration rule because it penalizes the players who love to pose and call attention to themselves after a touchdown. A rule is a rule and this one was called correctly under the rules. But it seems like officials could allow for a little exuberance on the part of an athlete at a key moment of an exciting game ...

If you go by the letter of the law, BYU's Austin Collie could have received a penalty after his first-half touchdown because he threw the ball between his legs rather than handing the ball to the official ...

Speaking of the letter of the law, PGA Tour golfer Bart Bryant was penalized two strokes at Saturday's BMW Championship for simply saying "yes" to a competitor's question. What? It's complicated, but in short, Martin Laird had asked Bryant if a pitch mark on the green was in his line as he went to tamp it down. Even though it wouldn't affect his shot, Bryant answered yes and was dinged two shots under Rule 13-2, which says a player can't improve the line of play or "allow" it to be improved. Bryant said later he didn't even know about the rule. However, he got the two shots back in his next round when he made a hole-in-one.

A final word about celebrations — how about RSL forward Fabian Espindola breaking his leg while celebrating an apparent goal in Saturday's draw with the L.A. Galaxy? Espindola had just headed a shot into the goal and ran and did a somersault in the air as he's done numerous times before. Only he landed wrong. To make matters worse, not only did he break his leg, the goal was waved off.


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