How did BYU’s 2016 opponents fair in week one? Catch up here.
Week one of the 2016 college football season has wrapped up and lived up to the hype of the best opening weekend of college football. Let’s see how BYU’s opponents did in week one of the season.
Arizona vs BYU: 16-18 L
Arizona dropped the season opening win after BYU kicker Jake Oldroyd drilled a last-second field goal to put the Cougars up 18-16 and usher in the first win of the Kalani Sitake era.
Arizona QB Anu Solomon finished the game completing 20 of 30 passes for 213 yards and two interceptions. Nick Wilson shouldered the load running the ball with 17 carries for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
BYU was led by the tandem of Taysom Hill and Jamaal Williams on offense with Hill completing 21 of 29 passes for 202 yards and one touchdown. Williams finished the game with 162 yards on 29 carries.
Arizona will next host Grambling State on September 10th.
Utah vs Southern Utah: 24-0 W
The two in-state foes met for the first time ever on Thursday night with the Utes coming out on top. The Utah defense held SUU to 158 yards of total offense including 42 yards through the air.
Troy Williams showcased Utah’s new offensive mindset to focus on the throw game completing 20 of 35 classes for 272 yards and two touchdowns, he connected with Tim Patrick five times for 105 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, the Utes used a combination of Troy McCormick and Joe Williams who had 55 and 49 yards rushing respectively.
Utah will next host BYU on September 10th.
#16 UCLA at Texas A&M: 24-31 L
One of the top showdowns of the weekend, UCLA led by Josh Rosen took the Texas A&M Aggies to overtime in SEC country. Ultimately, the team fell 31-24 after being held scoreless in overtime.
Josh “Chosen” Rosen looked pedestrian to open his Sophomore campaign completing 26 of 46 passes for 343 yards while throwing one touchdown to three interceptions. The Bruins leading rusher was Soso Jamabo who had 23 carries for 91 yards.
UCLA will host UCLA on September 10th.
West Virginia vs Missouri: 26-11 W
West Virginia snapped a five game skid against the SEC with Saturday’s win. QB Skylar Howard suffered and played through a rib injury while running back Rushel Shel suffered a leg injury after rushing for 90 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries. The Mountaineers also had Justin Crawford total 101 yards on 21 carries and one touchdown.
West Virginia was led in scoring by place kicker Mike Molina who had 14 total points including 12 points off of 4/4 on field goals.
West Virginia next plays Youngstown State in Morgantown on September 10th.
Toledo at Arkansas State: 31-10 W
After a 10-2 season including a 32-17 bowl win over #24 Temple, the Rockets continued their strong play with a 31-10 win over Arkansas State.
The Rockets put up 556 total yards of offense led by QB Logan Woodside who completed 23 of 31 passes for 371 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite target was Cody Thompson who had five receptions for 174 yards and one touchdown while Michael Roberts hauled in four catches for 41 yards and two touchdowns.
Kareem Hunt and Damion Jones-Moore had 78 and 81 yards on the ground respectively and provided dynamic play to go hand-in-hand with the Rockets passing attack.
Toledo will play their home debut this weekend against Maine on September 10th.
#12 Michigan State vs Furman: 28-13 W
A game in which Michigan State was expected to roll FCS-foe Furman, the Spartans escape with a 28-13 win. MSU struggled on third down efficiency only converting 4/10 times on third down. The Spartans outgained the Paladins 361-226 yards, but struggled with limiting turnovers and suffered a 2-1 deficit in the category.
Tyler O’Connor was efficient in his debut as the MSU QB completing 13 of 18 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns to one interception. He was complimented by a balanced run game which rushed for 171 yards on 40 carries and were led by LJ Scott who had 20 carries for 105 yards and one touchdown.
Michigan State will have a bye during week two before heading to South Bend to face the #18 Fighting Irish on September 17th.
Mississippi State vs South Alabama: 21-20 L
The SEC had a poor showing on opening week with seven of the league’s teams losing in their season debut, the biggest upset of which might have been South Alabama’s win over Mississippi State. The Bulldogs had a chance to win the game on a FG as the final seconds ticked off the clock, but the ball clanked off the left upright completing the upset.
In the loss, QB Damian Williams was the Bulldogs’ star completing 20 of 28 passes for 143 yards and one touchdown while adding 93 yards on the ground. While Williams was the lone bright spot, he was unable to replicate the dynamic play Mississippi State fans grew accustomed to during the Dak Prescott era. The Bulldogs have plenty of questions that remained to be answered as they look on to the end of the season.
Mississippi State will play host to South Carolina in league play on September 10th.
Boise State @ Louisiana Lafayette: 45-10 W
King-of-the-G5, Boise State opened up the season with a romping of the Rajin’ Cajuns of Louisiana Lafeyette. Boise out gained ULL 574 yard to 267 and were in control throughout the game.
Star studded QB Brett Rypien threw for 347 yards and two touchdowns in the win while Jeremy McNichols had two touchdowns on nine carries and three receptions for 98 yards and another touchdown reception. Thomas Sperbeck and Cedrick Wilson had 130 and 113 yards respectively and one touchdown each.
Boise State will host the Washington State Cougars on September 10th.
Cincinnati vs Tennessee-Martin: 28-7 W
Fellow Big 12 expansion candidate kicked off their season with a victory over Tennessee-Martin. Cincinnati outgained UTM 400 yard to 323 but was held to only 22:54 TOP on offense. The Bearcats force three turnovers while turning the ball over three times themselves.
The team was led by Hayden Moore who had 260 yards passing and two touchdowns to one interception. Devin Gray made big plays totaling 111 yards on 5 receptions. Tyrell Gilbert scored on a interception returned for 58 yards while Linden Stephens had an interception as well.
Cincinnati will head to Purdue to face the Boilermakers on September 10th.
Southern Utah at Utah: 0-24 L
Southern Utah travelled to Salt Lake for their first ever game against Utah. The Thunderbirds played tough early on, but after an injury to former BYU QB McCoy Hill, it was all Utah as backup Tannon Pedersen struggled against Utah’s defense.
Hill completed 6 of 12 passes for 42 yards, on the ground, Malik Brown had ten carries for 49 yards.
Southern Utah will host Southeastern Louisiana on September 10th.
UMass at #25 Florida: 7-24 L
The Minutemen of Massachusetts began their inaugural season as an independent by dropping a game against the Florida Gators. UMass struggled to move the ball against the Gators defense totaling 187 yards of offense while giving up 363 on defense.
Massachusetts used a run heavy attack carrying the ball 35 times for 46 yards. They were led by running back Marquis Young who had 19 carries for 59 yards. Quarterback Russ Comis completed 9 of 17 passes for 141 yards while adding a touchdown on the ground.
UMass will next host in-state foe, Boston College on September 10th.
Utah State vs Weber State: 45-6 W
In an opening week tilt between two Northern Utah teams, the Aggies topped the Wildcats 45-6 in the first ever college football game to be streamed live on twitter.
The Aggies were led by star running back Devante Mays who carried the ball 18 times for 208 yards and three touchdowns. Justin Hervey added 84 yards on the ground including an 80 yard touchdown run. Kent Myers who is now the big man on campus completed 11 of 17 passes for 100 yards. Former BYU safety Dallin Leavitt also intercepted a pass in his first game in a Utah State uniform.
Utah State will next travel to Los Angeles to face the USC Trojans on September 10th.
Week One Record: 7-5
Season Record: 7-5
Big 12 Candidate Scoreboard
The Big 12 has come out with 11 final candidates for expansion consideration, here is how these teams faired this week.
Air Force vs Abilene Christian 37-21 W
BYU vs Arizona 18-6 W
Cincinnati vs Tennessee Martin 28-7 W
Colorado State vs Colorado 7-44 L
Houston vs #3 Oklahoma 33-23 W
Rice at Western Kentucky 14-46 L
SMU at North Texas 34-21 W
Tulane at Wake Forest 3-7 L
UCF vs South Carolina State 38-0 W
UConn vs Maine 24-21 W
USF vs Towson 56-20 W
Week One Record: 8-3
Best Win: Houston vs #3 Oklahoma
Worst Loss: Rice at Western Kentucky