Independents News and Notes
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
ARMY: The Black Knights defenders may have nightmares about Montel Harris for quite some time. The Temple running back gashed Army's defense for a school- record 351 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, as the Owls cruised to a 63-32 victory, their fifth in a row in the head-to-head series. Harris came within one touchdown of matching the NCAA single-game record set back in 1990, while teammate Matt Brown added two first-quarter rushing touchdowns on only four carries before exiting with an injury. Army quarterback Trent Steelman was unable to overcome that porous defensive effort, despite running for 139 yards and three scores. Larry Dixon added 106 rushing yards in the loss, and teammate Raymond Maples finished with 94 yards on the ground. But while the Black Knights had their usual success as the nation's top rushing team, the Owls dominated the running game with a school-record 534 yards and a team average of 9.4 yards per carry. Temple's 63 points tied a school record set back in 1973. Army has the next two weeks off, next hitting the field on Dec. 8 against rival Navy.
BYU: One week after becoming bowl eligible with a lopsided win over Idaho, the Cougars were dealt a 20-14 loss at San Jose State on Saturday. Riley Nelson completed 28-of-51 pass attempts for 335 yards, a touchdown and an interception in defeat. He faced a steady stream of pressure from the Spartans defense, which racked up five sacks. Cody Hoffman brought in 13 of those passes for 155 yards. Jamaal Williams led the way on the ground with 62 yards and a TD. However, the defense gave up 305 yards and three touchdowns passing to SJSU quarterback David Fales, who guided the Spartans to a fifth straight victory. The Cougars lost despite owning a 422-364 advantage in total yards, thanks in part to three turnovers. They had two fourth-quarter drives deep into San Jose State territory, only to come away with no points. BYU trimmed the deficit to six points on Nelson's 20-yard scoring strike to David Foote with 2:36 to play. After recovering the onside kick, the Cougars drove to the SJSU 21, but Nelson took a hit and lost a fumble to end the threat. BYU will try to rebound at New Mexico State this weekend.
NAVY: After having their five-game win streak snapped at Troy the previous weekend, the Midshipmen got back into the win column with a 21-10 triumph over Texas State. They executed the option attack to the tune of 407 rushing yards, their second-highest total in a game this season. Noah Copeland accounted for 110 of those yards and he also scored twice, leading Navy to its sixth win in its last seven outings. Gee Gee Greene added another 71 yards and a score on the ground. Granted, some miscues by Texas State also aided the Mids. The Bobcats drove into the red zone late in the first half, but they opted to try a fake field goal and were unsuccessful as they went into the locker room with no points on the board. Texas State received the second-half kickoff, but it was fumbled by Jafus Gaines which gave the ball to Navy at the 16-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, Copeland made it into the end zone to make the score 14-0, and Navy held strong the rest of the way. The Midshipmen will not play again until the annual matchup with Army on Dec. 8. Navy has won 10 straight in that series.
NOTRE DAME: For the first time in 19 years, Notre Dame is the top-ranked team in the country. The Fighting Irish improved to 11-0 with a 38-0 rout of Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon, then watched both Oregon and Kansas State fall a few hours later. In addition to their unanimous No. 1 AP ranking, they also sit atop the BCS standings and are now a victory over USC away from a likely spot in the national title game. The Irish, who have not been 11-0 since 1989, are the only unbeaten team eligible for the national title. Everett Golson threw for a career-high 346 yards with three touchdowns to help Notre Dame finish a perfect 6-0 at home on the season. Cierre Wood amassed 150 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, while T.J. Jones and Tyler Eifert each caught a touchdown pass and added 97 and 85 receiving yards, respectively, on six grabs apiece. Notre Dame, already the top-ranked scoring defense in the nation coming in, pitched its first shutout since a 35-0 victory over Nevada on Sept. 5, 2009. Although beating USC on the road will certainly not be easy, the Irish caught a bit of a break when it was reported on Sunday that Trojans starting quarterback Matt Barkley will miss the game with a shoulder injury. Freshman Max Wittek will make his first career start in Barkley's place.
11/19 12:54:08 ET