Independents News and Notes

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ARMY: Terry Baggett stole the show for the Black Knights on Saturday during the team's 50-25 win over visiting Eastern Michigan. During the second win in three tries for Army, Baggett set a program record with a staggering 304 yards rushing on a mere 18 carries. Baggett had touchdown runs of four and 67 yards in the first quarter, and then added scoring runs of 34 and 96 yards in the third frame as the Knights piled up 513 rushing yards and averaged nine yards per snap. Trenton Turrentine, Larry Dixon and Matt Giachinta also recorded touchdowns on the ground for the hosts, but the star was clearly Baggett who broke the school's single-game rushing record of 269 yards set by Michael Wallace versus Louisville back in 1999. The Black Knights travel to Philadelphia this coming weekend to challenge the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field. Army, which will be back in the same stadium in just under two months to take on Navy in their annual battle, trails in the all-time series against Temple, 6-4, after being blown out by the Owls at home last season, 63-32.

BYU: Taysom Hill threw for one touchdown and ran for another as the BYU Cougars captured a convincing 38-20 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in non-conference action at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Hill converted 19-of-27 passes for 244 yards and survived three sacks, while also producing a game- high 87 yards rushing on 12 carries for the Cougars as they notched their third win in a row and the fourth in the last five outings overall. Cody Hoffman, who caught five passes for a game-high 99 yards and a score, is now tied with Dennis Pitta for the career lead in receptions for the Cougars with 221. Georgia Tech was the 12th straight opponent that the Cougars have held to 21 points or less. BYU secured the comfortable win despite controlling the ball for just over 23 minutes and giving up 400 yards of total offense to the Yellow Jackets. The Cougars take on yet another opponent from the Lone Star State this coming weekend, as they challenge the Houston Cougars at Reliant Stadium. This meeting marks the first ever on the football field between these two schools.

IDAHO: The Vandals were paced by James Baker who generated a game-high 150 rushing yards and scored twice on 23 carries on Saturday evening, but still Idaho was crushed by Arkansas State on the road, 48-24. Taylor Davis, who stepped in for Chad Chalich after the latter left in the first quarter, converted a mere 14-of-39 pass attempts for 199 yards and a score in the losing effort. Dezmon Epps caught eight balls for 91 yards and a score for a Vandals squad which has lost two in a row and six of seven on the season thus far. Defensively, Idaho surrendered 375 yards and four touchdowns through the air to the Red Wolves, not to mention another 190 yards and a TD on 45 rushing attempts as well. The Vandals, who have been outscored 109-38 in the last two games, have their first break in the schedule this coming week and won't be back on the football field until Oct. 26 when they challenge Ole Miss on the road.

NAVY: Outside of a seven-yard touchdown run by Darius Staten in the second quarter, the Midshipmen had very little to cheer about during their 35-7 loss to Duke on the road this past Saturday. Navy, which controlled the ball just slightly more than 25 minutes, finished with 319 yards of total offense, 230 of that coming on 50 rushing attempts. Quarterback Keenan Reynolds completed 6-of-13 pass attempts for 89 yards, was intercepted once and sacked two times as the team lost for the second time in the last three outings. The next opponent on the radar for the Midshipmen is Toledo this weekend in Ohio. The Rockets own a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series after capturing a 21-20 win in the most recent matchup 12 years ago.

NEW MEXICO STATE: The Aggies return to action this coming weekend with a battle against the Rice Owls at home. The team continues to suffer through a monumental slide, one that has continued for 17 straight games. The last victory for the Aggies was a 49-19 decision against Sacramento State in the 2012 season opener, and the last time the team defeated another school from the FBS was Nov. 11, 2011 in a narrow 48-45 final versus Fresno State at home. This bout marks the first meeting between the two programs.

NOTRE DAME: The Fighting Irish shoot for their second straight win and the fourth in the last five outings this coming weekend when they contend against the USC Trojans at home. USC, which is now being coached by Ed Orgeron on an interim basis following the firing of Lane Kiffin, has a long and storied history against the Irish dating back to 1926 and currently trails Notre Dame in the all-time series by a count of 44-35-5. Last season, the Fighting Irish defeated USC for the second time in the last three encounters by a score of 22-13 when the victors were the top-ranked team in the nation.

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