The season opened up Thursday night with a multitude of games. Of note, No. 11 ranked Wisconsin defeated UNLV, at home, 51-17 scoring all 51 points in the first three quarters.
Utah won Thursday night in Salt Lake City against Montana St. 27-10, see http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2011/09/02/utah-shows-off-defense-in-first-win-of-the-season/). Up next, on Saturday, Utah travels to Los Angeles for their first PAC-12 conference game against USC.
On Friday, we saw the undoing of a perennial defensive powerhouse when No. 14 ranked TCU lost to Baylor by a score of 48-50.
On Saturday, Utah State traveled into SEC territory to play the defending BCS National Champion Auburn Tigers. The Aggies showed their toughness as they more than held their own against the Tigers beating them in many statistical categories including 1st downs (USU-27 UA-17), 3rd down efficiency (USU-59% UA 33%), total yards (USU-448 UA-364), rushing yards (USU-227 UA-78) and time of possession (USU-37:41 UA-22:19). They also led for most of the game.
The Aggies scored a touchdown to go up by 10 points, 38-28, with 3:38 left in the game when things fell apart for them. After looking like the better team for most of the game, they lost their composure and allowed the Tigers to score a touchdown on a drive that spanned 65 yards in only 6 plays. Auburn then recovered the on-side kick and scored another quick, unhindered touchdown to defeat the Aggies 38-42.
Later Saturday evening, many wondered if BYU would be able to stay focused as rumors swirled earlier in the week that they may possibly be headed to the BIG 12, see (http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2011/08/29/college-football-preview/). Amid these rumors, BYU traveled to Oxford, Mississippi and defeated Ole Miss 14-13 see http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2011/09/04/byu-defense-scores-winning-touchdown/. On Saturday, BYU will go to Austin, Texas, to face the Texas Longhorns.
Dixie State also opened Saturday night at home against Adams State. The Red Storm fell by a score of 24-14 see http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2011/09/04/dsc-offense-stalls-in-24-14-loss/. Dixie St. plays again, at home, on Saturday again Colorado Mesa.
SUU traveled to face the South Dakota St Jackrabbits Saturday night. SUU had a rough start and faced an uphill battle heading into the 4th quarter down 7-29, but in the 4th quarter SUU battled back. Early in the quarter Jared Ursua caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Brad Sorensen which was followed by a successful two-point conversion to make it 15-29. Erron Vonner also ran back an interception 31 yards for another touchdown to make it a 7-point game. Then with only two seconds left, Sorensen threw another touchdown pass to Ursua. SUU decided to go for the win, but failed the 2-point conversion losing 28-29. SUU will be playing at home on Saturday when Sacramento St. comes to town.
Top 25 Scores (upsets in bold)
#1 Oklahoma defeated Tulsa 47-14
#2 Alabama defeated Kent St 48-7
#3 Oregon lost to #4 LSU 27-40
#5 Boise St defeated #19 Georgia 35-21
#6 Florida St defeated La-Monroe 34-0
#7 Stanford defeated San Jose St 57-3
#8 Texas A&M defeated SMU 46-14
#9 Oklahoma St defeated LA-Lafayette 61-34
#10 Nebraska defeated Chattanooga 40-7
#11 Wisconsin defeated UNLV 51-17
#12 South Carolina defeated East Carolina 56-37
#13 Virginia Tech defeated Appalachian St 66-13
#14 TCU lost to Baylor 50-48
#15 Arkansas defeated Missouri St. 51-7
#16 Notre Dame lost to South Florida 20-23
#17 Michigan St defeated Younstown St 28-6
#18 Ohio St defeated Akron 42-0
#20 Mississippi St defeated Memphis 59-14
#21 Missouri defeated Miami (OH) 17-6
#22 Florida defeated Florida Atl 41-3
#23 Auburn defeated Utah St 42-38
#24 West Virginia defeated Marshall 34-13
#25 USC defeated Minnesota 19-17
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