How BYU, Utah and USU's opponents fared in week four (39 items)
Week four of the college football season was an interesting one for Utah teams.
The Utes went into LaVell Edwards Stadium and beat BYU for the fourth straight year. After establishing a 10-point lead in the first half, Utah held on to beat the Cougars 20-13. Utah State suffered a close, heartbreaking 17-14 loss to USC at the Coliseum.
Nearly 30 other games across the nation also hold bearing on Utah, BYU and Utah State's standing going forward.
Here's a team-by-team look at how all the teams on BYU, Utah and Utah State's schedule fared in week three of the college football season.
1 of 39. BYU Cougars
This loss negates any momentum the Cougars picked up in their big 40-21 win Week 2 over then No. 15 Texas. BYU will need to win a lot of games to get past this tough loss. So, here's how BYU's opponents fared this week.
2 of 39. Virginia Cavaliers
Last Week: Beat Virginia Military Institute, 49-0
Up Next: At Pittsburgh (2-1)
Virginia didn't even break a sweat as it routed VMI at home. Freshman RB Daniel Hamm make an impression as he rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns against the Keydets.
"Three weeks ago, he was running with the scout team," Virginia head coach Mike London told the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "and today he comes out and gets over 100 yards. He definitely was an asset for us."
Kevin Parks also had a big day with 135 yards rushing and two touchdowns with 54 more yards receiving. The Cavaliers will need weapons like this as they open ACC play against Pitt next week.
3 of 39. Texas Longhorns
Last Week: Beat Kansas State, 31-21
Up Next: Bye week
The Longhorns broke their two-game losing streak by beating Kansas State at home. That doesn't mean that UT head coach Mack Brown isn't off the hot seat, but at least it's not any hotter after this win.
The Texas offense finally clicked as Johnathan Gray ran all over the Wildcats with 141 yards and two touchdowns.
“You always want to start the conference off right,” Gray told the Washington Post. “We wanted to prove a point and hit them in the mouth.”
Now Texas gets to rest up before taking on Iowa State in two weeks.
4 of 39. Utah Utes
Last Week: Beat BYU, 20-13
Up Next: Bye week
Utah went on the road and beat BYU for the fourth year in a row and will own in-state bragging rights until the rivalry resumes in 2016.
"The win is huge," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham told the Deseret News. "Our senior class now has never lost to these guys. Four straight years we've won, which means our junior class and sophomore class will never lose to them either because of the two-year break."
While the Utes didn't dominate BYU in this game, they were clearly the better team. The Utah defense limited BYU's explosive running game, and Utah QB Travis Wilson made enough big plays to lead his team to victory.
Now, the Utes get a bye week to celebrate their victory and prepare their brutal Pac-12 schedule.
5 of 39. Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders
Last Week: Beat Florida Atlantic, 42-35 in OT
Up Next: at BYU (1-2)
Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic literally took turns scoring touchdowns in a barn-burner. While FAU outgained the visiting Blue Raiders 503-446, MTSU QB Logan Kilgore found Kyle Griswould for a 19-yard touchdown in overtime for the win.
FAU head coach Carl Pelini wasn't impressed with his team's effort.
“There’re no more moral victories around here,” Pelini told the Palm Beach Post. “I want to win games and I want to win games now. That was last year’s story. This year we’re a good enough football team, if we just execute and take care of our business we can compete.
Next up, the Blue Raiders travel to Provo to take on BYU.