Saturday, October 2, 2010

Exciting Weekday Games

The Thursday and Friday night games this week proved to be worth watching.

Oklahoma State 38, Texas A&M 35
Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Oklahoma
-Both teams come into the game 4-0
-The Aggies go up 14-0 in the first quarter
-The Cowboys and Aggies each score a touchdown in the second quarter for a score of 21-7 going into the half
-The Oklahoma State offense explodes scoring four unanswered touchdowns by the early part of the fourth quarter (35-21)
-Late in the fourth, Jerrod Johnson throws two touchdowns to tie the game at 35-35 with a little under 3 minutes left in the game
-Oklahoma State gets the ball but goes three and out
-Texas A&M drives for a game winning score, until Jerrod Johnson is intercepted by Shaun Lewis
-Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey kicks a 40-yard field goal to win the game 38-35

Jerrod Johnson threw four picks. He has thrown eight interceptions in the last two games. The Aggies passed for 409 on 62 attempts. The Cowboys passed for 284 on 42 attempts. The Aggies outgained the Cowboys 535-351, but still lost. This highlights the importance of turnovers in a tight game.

Utah State 31, BYU 16
Romney Stadium, Logan, Utah

-Both teams come into the game 1-3
-Utah State opens the game 17-0, two touchdowns and a field goal
-BYU answers with a field goal in the second quarter, but the Aggies score another touchdown before the half (24-3), set up by a 67-yard punt return by Kerwynn Williams
-Utah State and BYU exchange touchdowns in the third quarter (31-10)
-BYU scores a final touchdown in garbage time with the Aggies blocking the extra point (31-16)
-Utah State fans storm the field at the end of the game to celebrate Utah State's first win over BYU since 1993

This was an interesting game for me to watch, considering I worked September 19-26 in Logan. Aggie fans are crazy, despite their team not doing too well in recent years. BYU's Jake Heaps, the #7 QB coming out of high school last year, looked pathetic, completing 49.1% of his passes and throwing two picks. Utah State's Diondre Borel was quite effective, completing 76.9% of his thirteen attempts and rushing for 68 yards. BYU falls to 1-4, a low that has not been seen in the Cougar program since 1973. BYU is very much missing the ground attack that Harvey Unga brought to their offense.

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