MWC wrap up

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Sep 132004
 
Authors: Andrew Woerpel

 

Stanford 37, BYU 10

After beating Notre Dame last week, BYU’s luck ran out against

Stanford on Saturday as the Cougars lost to the Cardinals 37-10.

BYU had a 10-0 lead early but fell behind after committing

penalties and turnovers.

BYU was forced to play third-string quarterback Jason Beck, who

was 23-of-46 for 232 yards with three interceptions, with injuries

to quarterbacks John Beck and Matt Berry. Stanford quarterback

Trent Edwards passed for a career-high 297 yards and three

touchdowns.

With the win, Stanford claimed back-to-back victories over BYU

in consecutive seasons. The Cougars will host No. 1 Southern

California on Saturday.

No. 15 Utah 23, Arizona 6

Utah finally pulled one out against Arizona after losing seven

straight games to the Wildcats in Tucson. The Utes continued to

show their early season dominance beating Arizona 23-6.

Utah (2-0) is looking to gain its highest ranking in the polls

since 1993, when it finished eighth. The team beat Arizona by

striking early with its offense and then finishing with a bruising

defense that came up with three fumble recoveries, a goal-line

stand and an interception.

Utah quarterback Alex Smith threw for 170 yards and two

touchdowns, while running back Marty Johnson ran for 105 yards on

18 attempts with one touchdown. Utah will face in-state rival Utah

State on Saturday.

Air Force 42, Eastern Washington 20

Freshman quarterback Shaun Carney showed his poise in the

Falcon’s victory by passing for two touchdowns and rushing for

another as Air Force beat Eastern Washington 42-20.

Carney was 10-15 for 139 yards passing and also gained 62 yards

rushing. Dan Shaffer had a 34-yard touchdown run for the Falcons

and finished with a career-high 131 yards rushing.

Division 1-AA Eastern Washington rallied for a while, pulling

the score to 21-13 late in the first half, but it wasn’t enough as

Carney hit Darnell Stephens for a 21-yard touchdown pass to make it

28-13 in the final minute of the first half.

Air Force moves to 1-1 with the win and will head to UNLV on

Saturday in its first conference action of the season.

New Mexico 27, Texas Tech 24

Wes Zunker chipped in a 43-yard field goal as time expired to

help New Mexico topple Texas Tech 27-24. New Mexico was just able

to hold off Tech’s passing attack to beat the Red Raiders for the

first time in 20 years.

New Mexico won despite giving up 449 yards to Tech quarterback

Sonny Cumbie, who completed 44 of 70 passes and was intercepted

twice.

New Mexico’s defense was picked on all night, but it came up big

in the fourth quarter, stopping two of Tech’s drives.

The Lobos (1-1) will travel to Oregon State (0-2) on

Saturday.

No. 20 Wisconsin 18, UNLV 3

Wisconsin got redemption after last year’s stunning 23-5 loss to

UNLV, beating the Rebel’s 18-3 on Saturday. Two safeties, along

with a blocked field goal returned 86 yards for a touchdown, proved

to be too much as UNLV fell to No. 20 Wisconsin.

The Rebels had trouble getting their offense going after a

first-quarter injury to starting quarterback Kurt Nantkes.

Wisconsin got things going when Reggie Cribbs blocked Sergio

Aguayo’s 30-yard field goal, and Jim Leonhard scooped the ball up

and sprinted 86 yards downfield for the score and a 9-0 halftime

lead.

UNLV will host Air Force in the year’s first MWC game.

Texas A&M 31, Wyoming 0

Texas A&M was able to win its 17th straight home opener as

quarterback Reggie McNeal threw for 298 yards en route to a 31-0

win over Wyoming.

The Aggie defense really stood out, limiting the Cowboys to 181

yards of total offense.

Starting Aggie tailback Courtney Lewis didn’t suit up because of

a leg injury and Keith Joseph filled in, gaining 82 yards rushing.

Texas A&M also lost receiver Terrence Murphey, A&M’s

all-time receiving leader, in the third quarter.

The Cowboys rotated quarterbacks after the first quarter, with

neither doing anything spectacular. Corey Bramlet finished 8-of-20

for 103 yards and two interceptions, while J.J. Raterink was

11-of-16 for 81 yards and one interception. Wyoming will have the

weekend off to prepare for Ole Miss next weekend.

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