La Tech 44
“Hello, BCS? Yes, this is the WAC. Please be sure to make the check out to…”
That’s the conversation that Interim WAC commissioner Jeff Hurd could be having come December if the Bulldogs run through the remainder of their schedule undefeated. Just a week after laying the wood on Illinois, La. Tech went into ACC territory and pulled off its second win a row over a BCS conference opponent, downing Virginia 44-38. The Bulldogs came back from a 24-10 deficit by scoring five straight touchdowns and withstanding a late 4th quarter rally from the Cavaliers. That Oct. 13 showdown against Texas A&M might have a lot of eyes on it from Boise to Ohio.
San Jose State 12
Spartan quarterback David Fales just might be human. Navy held the rising star touchdown-less, but in one of his most unimpressive outings he still threw for 276 yards on 29-34 passing. The Spartans held the Midshipmen’s triple option attack to 11 first downs and only 144 yards while letting kicker Austin Lopez nail four field goals to seal the win. San Jose State gets a bye week before facing Utah State in what could be one of the best WAC match-ups of the year.
Texas-San Antonio 35
New Mexico State 14
Any more questions as to whether or not the Roadrunners of Texas-San Antonio are FBS ready? The shellacking of New Mexico State was UTSA’s first ever win over a full-FBS program, and it was a statement if there was any. Quarterback Eric Soza and the UTSA offense overcame a very slow start and got the scoring going in the 1st quarter with a 48-yard strike to Evans Okotcha. The Roadrunners never looked back, taking a 21-7 halftime lead they never relinquished. UTSA faces a lone star state battle at Rice next week before getting back in to WAC play against San Jose State.
Texas State 21
The Bobcats are using this season in the WAC as a preparation year before they attack the Sun Belt next season and try to establish themelves as a legitimate bowl contender, and so far they are headed in the right direction. Losing by two touchdowns to a team that could (or should) win the Mountain West is a moral victory. The Bobcats actually led 21-20 at halftime, but weren’t able to withstand the third quarter surge from Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo, who ran for and threw for a touchdown. Texas State faces a winnable road game at New Mexico before hosting Idaho to open WAC play.
Utah State 35
Could the best team in the state of Utah be in Logan? Just maybe. One thing is for sure though — the Aggies are again proving they belong in the Mountain West by manhandling conference bottom-feeder UNLV on Saturday. It was just another day at the office for Aggie quarterback Chuckie Keeton, who played pitch-and-catch with his receivers, hitting seven different targets for 402 yards and four touchdowns. The Aggies hit the national stage next Friday night when they travel to Provo, Utah, to face BYU.
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