How BYU, Utah and USU's opponents fared in Week 1 (39 items)
Much of a team's place in the college football landscape isn't determined by what a team does on its own. The performance of a team's opponents is a huge factor as well.
BYU lost to Virginia, and Utah defeated Utah State, but there were many, many other games that took place all over the country, and more than 30 of them had bearing on BYU, Utah and USU's standing. Why? Because these teams will face off against the Cougars, Utes and Aggies later this year.
Here's a team-by-team look at how all the teams who will face off against BYU, Utah and USU fared in week one.
1 of 39. BYU: How the Cougars' opponents fared
Suffice it to say that BYU's opener was less than impressive.
BYU fans have a lot to anticipate, though — most of the other marquee matchups on the Cougars' schedule were victorious in week one. This presents the Cougars with what they used to build their national brand in decades past: beating high-profile opponents and coming up with unlikely wins.
Here's a closer look at how each of BYU's 12 opponents fared in the first week of college football.
2 of 39. Virginia Cavaliers
Last week: Beat BYU (0-1), 19-16
This week: vs. No. 3 Oregon (1-0), Saturday
While Virginia's offense struggled to move the ball, the Cavaliers took advantage of a handful of BYU mistakes deep in Cougar territory to score enough points to earn the week one victory.
Virginia's defense disrupted the new BYU offense, producing three sacks, a safety and a late interception that led to the game-winning touchdown — a 13-yard Kevin Parks touchdown run with 2:36 remaining.
“We wanted to make them make mistakes with their passing game and we could sense the frustration of their linemen and their quarterback because they were always looking down at the ground after pass plays,” Virginia defensive tackle Brent Urban told The Daily Progress.
Up next for Virginia is a home tilt with the Ducks, who rolled up 772 yards of total offense in a 66-3 victory over Nicholls State.
3 of 39. No. 15 Texas Longhorns
Last week: Beat New Mexico State (0-1), 56-7
This week: at BYU (0-1), Saturday
The Longhorns — who put up a school-record 715 yards of total offense — exploded on offense after a slow quarter and a half to blow out the Aggies. Quarterback David Ash led the attack, throwing for 343 yards and four touchdowns and adding 91 yards and a score on the ground.
Texas led just 14-7 at halftime, due in part to three first-half turnovers. But the Longhorns quickly found their groove in the second half to pull away.
"We started off obviously slow," Ash told the Associated Press. "(But) you feel that momentum shift when things start rolling. We're a good team when that starts happening."
Up next for Texas is a trip to Provo this Saturday.
4 of 39. Utah Utes
Last week: Beat Utah State (0-1), 30-26
This week: vs. Weber State (1-0), Saturday
Utah overcame a nine-point second-half deficit to earn revenge for a loss to the Aggies last season. Two third-quarter plays — a 56-yard pass and an onside kick recovery — helped Utah score 10 points to put the Utes ahead and shift the momentum in the game.
“We’ve been practicing it all week and when he did that, it kind of turned the momentum,’’ tight end Jake Murphy said of the onside kick. “That got our blood flowing. It was an awesome play, probably the biggest play of the game.’’
The Utes stiffened on defense late in the game and the Utah offense picked up as well, finishing with 450 total yards and keeping the ball away from USU quarterback Chuckie Keeton and the Aggies' offense down the stretch.
Up next for Utah is a home game against Weber State, which is coming off a 50-40 victory over Stephen F. Austin.
5 of 39. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Last week: Beat Western Carolina (0-1), 45-24
This week: at North Carolina (0-1), Saturday
The Blue Raiders cruised to a season-opening victory over Western Carolina, Middle Tennessee's first win in a season opener since 2006. The Blue Raiders put up 270 rushing yards, led by Jordan Parker (156 yards, one touchdown) and William Pratcher (71, 2).
But Middle Tennessee was dealt a big blow when three-year starting quarterback Logan Kilgore went down with a shoulder injury in the third quarter.
“We all know how important and valuable Logan is to this team. Hopefully he isn’t going to miss many games,” coach Rick Stockstill told The Tennessean. “It’s his AC joint. We’ll just see how he responds over the next couple of days to treatment.”
Up next for MTSU is a road contest at ACC foe North Carolina.