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.

All three of Utah's FBS programs were victorious in week two, and the bitterness of defeat was washed away for Aggies and Cougars everywhere. More than 30 other games across the nation, however, still 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 two of the college football season.

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Landon Hemsley is the sports web producer for DeseretNews.com. Email: lhemsley@deseretnews.com. Twitter.com/EarlOfHemsley

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What a difference seven days makes. This time last week, Cougar Nation was down in the doldrums. Following Saturday's win against the Texas Longhorns, however, the Cougars are flying high.

And much like BYU, most of the Cougars' opponents came away from week two with a win. This bodes well for the Cougars going forward. The more their opponents are victorious, the more BYU has to gain by playing and potentially defeating them.

Here's how BYU's 2013 schedule performed in week two.

Virginia Cavaliers



Record: 1-1

Last week: Lost 59-10 to No. 2 Oregon (2-0)

Up next: Bye week

The Cavaliers are doubtlessly grateful for a bye week after the pounding they suffered in front of more than 59,000 fans at Scott Stadium.

Virginia made things interesting early, but inconsistent play on special teams and critical mistakes down the stretch, not to mention Marcus Mariota's incredible speed, put the game away by the late second quarter.

Quarterback David Watford shouldered the blame for the loss.

“It wasn’t really the offense. It was me,” he told the Washington Post. “I executed not to the caliber I wanted to. I made three costly mistakes, three costly turnovers. It wasn’t the offense’s fault as a whole. It was my fault. I take the blame solely.”

Following their bye week, the Cavaliers will take on VMI, an FCS foe. The Cavaliers will doubtlessly appreciate the tune-up before their game at Pittsburgh on Sept. 28.

No. 15 Texas Longhorns



Record: 1-1

Last week: Lost 40-16 to BYU (1-1)

Up next: Home vs. Ole Miss (2-0)

It's difficult to say if the world was more surprised to see BYU's record-breaking game on the ground or the massive storm that delayed the contest, the second such delay for Cougar football in two weeks.

Regardless, BYU's opponents will doubtlessly study Taysom Hill's ability to run the football following the win.

"We expected to run on them," Hill said of the Texas defense following the game. "We didn't expect to break the school record."

Serious questions will be asked in Austin this week about the Texas football program. With amazing athletes and sky-high expectations, this loss shouldn't give Mack Brown any degree of comfort.

Utah Utes

Record: 2-0

Last week: Won 70-7 vs. Weber State (1-1)

Up next: Home vs. Oregon State (1-1)

Total domination.

That's what the Utes put on display at home against the Wildcats on Saturday. Travis Wilson ran for two scores and threw for more in the first half alone. Weber State managed to get on the scoreboard very late in the game, but Utah still managed to outscore it 21-7 after halftime.

"The twos played the entire second half," coach Kyle Whittingham after the game. "The snaps that the twos got were certainly a lot more valuable than the shutout. All those guys are one snap away (from starting)."

The extra experience will doubtlessly come in useful. The Utes open up Pac-12 play this week against Oregon State, a team still seeking to establish a strong identity following its week one loss to an FCS foe.

Utah makes the 40-mile drive to Provo the following week.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Record: 1-1

Last week: Lost 20-40 to North Carolina (2-0)

Up next: Home vs. Memphis (1-1)

The Blue Raiders displayed a serious lack of discipline in their second contest of the season.

When their first touchdown was overturned by official review, Middle Tennessee threw an interception in the end zone and came away with no points.

“We were our own worst enemy,” MTSU coach Rick Stockstill told the Tennessean. “Our self-inflicted wounds were too much to overcome.”

The Blue Raiders are also in the midst of a quarterback controversy. Logan Kilgore injured his shoulder in the season opener, making way for redshirt freshman quarterback Austin Grammer. But three interceptions and multiple mistakes meant that both quarterbacks saw time against the Tar Heels.

Maybe by the time the Raiders come to Provo, they'll have worked out some of the kinks.

Utah State Aggies



Record: 1-1

Last week: Won 52-20 at Air Force (1-1)

Up next: Home vs. Weber State (1-1)

The Aggies left no doubt in their Mountain West opener that they not only belong, but that they are legitimate contenders for the conference championship.

Chuckie Keeton continued his amazing play, throwing five touchdown passes for more than 300 yards en route to the massive win. In doing so, Keeton tied his own school record for most touchdown passes in a single game.

"He's as good as you're going to see at quarterback this year," Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun said. "He's quick, has great field awareness and is extremely skilled as a passer. I know the guy in College Station is pretty good, but this guy is pretty darn good."

The Weber State Wildcats get to follow up their field trip in Salt Lake City with another daunting trip to Logan next week.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Record: 1-0

Last week: Bye

Up next: at Duke (2-0)

Georgia Tech made a statement for itself when it beat Elon 70-0 two weeks ago. The Yellow Jackets are certainly eager to test themselves against ACC foe Duke.

For Vad Lee, Georgia Tech's running back, the game against Duke is of paramount importance. Lee is from Durham, N.C., and the last time he played in his home state, he turned heads.

"A win would mean everything, not just for me but for the team," Lee told the Associated Press. "It's for the Coastal Division and one step closer to our goal of winning the ACC championship."

Houston Cougars

Record: 2-0

Last week: Won 22-13 at Temple (0-2)

Up next: Bye

The story of last week's game between Temple and Houston wasn't that the Cougars won the game, it was that the Owls lost it behind a very poor kicking performance.

By contrast, Houston kicker Richie Leone was spot on. He hit five field goals in the game, keeping the Cougars in striking range until safety Adrian McDonald came away with an interception in the end zone and returned it 40 yards, setting up Houston's game-winning touchdown drive.

"I just went up and got the ball, and I knew how much time was left, so I wasn't really trying to do too much," McDonald told reporters. "If there was probably like 10 minutes left in the game, I probably would have tried to score."

That said, Houston was remarkably unimpressive in the red zone. The Cougars were 1-for-8 without a touchdown until that final drive.

Boise State Broncos



Record: 1-1

Last week: Won 63-14 vs. Tennessee-Martin

Up next: Home vs. Air Force (1-1)

The Broncos' win against UT Martin is perhaps best described as a therapy session.

Following a dreadful season opener vs. Washington, the Broncos did a good job licking their words by beating down a lower-division foe from the South, scoring nine touchdowns and rolling off 56 consecutive points.

The Broncos' attention now turns to Mountain Division foe Air Force, reeling after the beating it took at the hands of the Utah State Aggies. Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick said he's eager to start conference play.

“It’s so exciting now how the Mountain West has the two divisions, the West and the Mountain,” quarterback Joe Southwick told the Idaho Statesman. “It just adds excitement for us. It’s going to add excitement for people who like our conference. This is going to be our first in-division battle, so we’re going to be excited to get to work on them.”

No. 20 Wisconsin Badgers



Record: 2-0

Last week: Won 48-0 vs. Tennessee Tech (1-1)

Up next: at Arizona State (2-0)

The Badgers dominated an FCS opponent in week two, their last warm-up contest before facing a Big 10 schedule and Arizona State.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Joel Stave's performance was perhaps the best aspect of UW's win. Stave shook off an interception and went on to play very well.

All of UW's attention is now focused on the Sun Devils.

"Obviously this is where the true season begins," senior inside linebacker Conor O'Neill told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "We have ASU next week. We have to give them our best, give them our all."

Idaho State Bengals


Record: 1-0

Last week: Won 40-14 vs. Dixie State

Up next: Home vs. Western State Colorado

The Bengals led by a field goal in the second quarter when the Red Storm, faced with a fourth down at ISU's 26-yard line, decided to go for it and failed.

All the momentum shifted after that.

“Some key mental mistakes took the momentum away, a dropped ball on fourth down deep in the end zone,” Dixie State head coach Scott Brumfield told the Spectrum and Daily News. “You come up here and play against a bigger division school, you have to come out and execute, and you have to be sound and pay attention to the little things. We didn’t do that at times.”

Idaho State has one more home game before making a trip to the Pacific Northwest to play the Washington Huskies. It opens conference play the following week against UC-Davis.

No. 21 Notre Dame Fighting Irish



Record: 1-1

Last week: Lost 30-41 at Michigan (2-0)

Up Next: at Purdue (1-1)

As the season began, rumblings were heard in South Bend that this year's defense could be better than last year's defense, a unit that carried the Irish all the way to the national championship.

After surrendering 40 points for the second time in three games, it's clear that this year's defense is not as good as last year's.

"We've got new players," Irish head coach Brian Kelly told reporters. "We lost some talented players, for sure. But I think we've got some guys that are learning, in some new roles. … I would feel a lot different moving forward if I didn't think we have the players necessary to have a good defense and the level of defense we need with the schedule we play. We've got to clean some things up and I'm confident we will."

The Irish will continue their Big 10 road trip against a Purdue squad aching for a quality win.

Nevada Wolf Pack

Record: 1-1

Last week: Won 36-7 vs. UC Davis

Up Next: at Florida State (1-0)

Following their frustrating loss at UCLA, Nevada defeated UC Davis at home, but not without serving a scare.

Quarterback Cody Fajardo, one of the premier signal callers in the Mountain West, went down with an apparent knee injury just before half but returned to lead the Pack to a dominant win.

The victory was Nevada head coach Brian Polian's first. Polian took over for legendary coach Chris Ault in January. Nevada's field is now named for Ault, who coached at Nevada for more than three decades.

“You know, there’s only so many firsts in your life," Polian told the Reno Gazette-Journal. "You try as best you can to keep everything in perspective and stay in the moment, but first win is first win. It’s pretty cool. So, it will be one that we’ll remember.”

The Wolf Pack will next visit Tallahassee, Fla., to take on the Seminoles.

Utah Utes

The Utes came into week two determined not to let what happened to San Diego State, Oregon State and Kansas State happen to them. No way were they going to allow the Wildcats to come away from Rice-Eccles with a win.

In the end, Saturday's contest proved a good opportunity for Travis Wilson to continue to shake off the rust and for the Utah defense to prepare itself ahead of Pac-12 play.

The Pac-12 South also took advantage of week two. Of those teams that played, all but one of the teams in the division came away with a victory.

Here's a closer look at how the teams the Utes will play fared.

Utah State Aggies



Record: 1-1

Last week: Won 52-20 at Air Force (1-1)

Up next: Home vs. Weber State (1-1)

The Aggies left no doubt in their Mountain West opener that they not only belong, but that they are legitimate contenders for the conference championship.

Chuckie Keeton continued his amazing play, throwing five touchdown passes for more than 300 yards en route to the massive win. In doing so, Keeton tied his own school record for most touchdown passes in a single game.

"He's as good as you're going to see at quarterback this year," Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun said. "He's quick, has great field awareness and is extremely skilled as a passer. I know the guy in College Station is pretty good, but this guy is pretty darn good."

The Weber State Wildcats get to follow up their field trip in Salt Lake City with another daunting trip to Logan next week.

Weber State Wildcats

Record: 1-1

Last week: Lost 70-7 at Utah (2-0)

Up next: at Utah State (1-1)

Going into the game, the question for the Wildcats was if their offense would be able to keep up with the Utes. Having scored 50 points in their home opener, some thought that maintaining pace was a possibility.

No so fast.

The Wildcats got down quick and never could recover. Despite the heavy loss, the performance of safety Chris Wheeler was a bright spot.

"He plays hard," Weber State head coach Jody Sears said. "Chris and some of those older guys play extremely hard and I'm extremely proud of him. We will challenge him to continue to lead the young guys and keep growing and building this thing."

The Wildcats have another tall order to fill next week when they face Heisman candidate Chuckie Keeton and the high-powered USU offense next week in Logan.

Oregon State Beavers



Record: 1-1

Last week: Won vs. Hawaii (0-2)

Up next: at Utah (2-0)

The Beavers did enough to shake off their opening-week loss to Eastern Washington, but at the end of the first half, the Beaver faithful were anything but comfortable.

Out to a 14-point lead, Beaver quarterback Sean Mannion threw a pick-six. Hawaii scored on a later drive, and suddenly the game was tied. Defense was the name of the game in the second half for OSU. It held the Warriors scoreless.

"It was great for them to know that they can hold teams and make some plays, finish some tackles, all those things that seem pretty elementary but were hard for us last week," head coach Mike Riley told the Oregonian. "I think (tonight) was really good, something for us build on."

The Beavers will need to bring that defensive game to Rice-Eccles Stadium next week if they intend to compete.

BYU Cougars



Record: 1-1

Last week: Won 40-21 vs. No. 15 Texas

Up next: Bye week

The BYU Cougars answered their critics in resounding fashion. Not only did BYU defeat a ranked team, but it managed to set a school record for single-game rushing in the process.

"We expected to run on them," BYU quarterback Taysom Hill said of the Texas defense following the game. "We didn't expect to break the school record."

The Cougars will look to get their first win in four tries against the Utes in two weeks when they welcome Utah to LaVell Edwards Stadium.

No. 16 UCLA Bruins

Record: 1-0

Last week: Bye

Up Next: at No. 23 Nebraska

The Bruins' off week was anything but eventless. Tragically, redshirt freshman walk-on receiver Nick Pasquale of San Clemente, Calif., died Sunday morning. He was 20 years old.

The Bruins have yet to say much of anything regarding Pasquale's death, but as the Utes know better than perhaps any other opponent UCLA will face this season, the Bruins will play for more than a win this weekend. They'll be playing for a fallen comrade.

The L.A. Times' Chris Foster — also of San Clemente, Calif. — wrote a fantastic piece about Pasquale. It's worth a read.

No. 5 Stanford Cardinal



Record: 1-0

Last week: Won 34-13 vs. SJSU (1-1)

Up Next: at Army (1-1)

The Stanford Cardinal are a self-proclaimed relic these days. They don't snap the ball with more than 20 seconds remaining on the play clock. They don't run a spread offense. They value control of the ball and strong defense.

And they win.

"There aren't a lot of teams that look like us anymore, and that's fine," Stanford head coach David Shaw told the San Francisco Chronicle. "We want to control the ball and play great defense."

Defense is exactly what the Cardinal served against the Spartans. David Fales had no room to sling the ball, and Stanford didn't need to escape SJSU like it did last year.

Arizona Wildcats

Record: 2-0

Last week: Won 58-13 at UNLV (0-2)

Up Next: Home vs. UTSA (1-1)

Ka'Deem Carey didn't play against Northern Arizona, and the Wildcats won 35-0.

Perhaps the Lumberjacks should be grateful he didn't play. On the first offensive play of the game against the UNLV Rebels, Carey ran the ball 58 yards for the score and finished with 171 yards on 16 carries.

“I told the O-line, ‘We’re going to score on this first one’ and that’s what happened,” Carey told the Arizona Daily Star. “They hit the holes and it was there.”

UA also managed to get two pick-sixes in the win. Its last non-conference game of the season is at home next week. Then the fun begins for the Wildcats.

USC Trojans



Record: 1-1

Last week: Lost 10-7 vs. Washington State (1-1)

Up Next: Home vs. Boston College (2-0)

It's safe to say that Lane Kiffin's seat is about as hot as a furnace right now. The Trojans' poor performance in Saturday's home loss has fans calling for his job and players meeting without the coaches.

“We’re not supposed to come in [Sunday] but we’ll come in and talk about it as a team and go over the things we can improve on as a team without the coaches there,” Lee told the L.A. Times on Sunday morning.

It's too early to say whether USC's upcoming game against Boston College is a must-win, but the early season loss definitely has demonstrated that the Trojans are vulnerable and that the Pac-12 South is up for grabs this season.

Arizona State Sun Devils
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Record: 1-0

Last week: Bye

Up next: Wisconsin Badgers

The Sun Devils opened their season with a resounding win against FCS foe Sacramento State. Following the blowout, the Sun Devils now host Gary Andersen's Wisconsin Badgers.

The Sun Devils will doubtlessly come inspired to play — Pat Tillman will make sure of that.

Photos of ASU's tunnel onto the field circulated through social media this week. As the players prepare to enter the field, they see a life-sized photo of the former Sun Devil, his face turned to the field.

Tillman had a successful collegiate career and went on to play for the Arizona Cardinals. He left the NFL to serve in the military and died in Afghanistan in 2004.

No. 2 Oregon Ducks



Record: 2-0

Last week: Won 59-10 at Virginia (1-1)

Up next: Home vs. Tennessee

Oregon went to Charlottesville and played a very sloppy game.

The Ducks were penalized 11 times for 119 yards, including six different 15-yard penalties. Missed tackles led to a 45-yard rushing touchdown. They went 0-for-2 on fourth down.

Still a massive blowout by the Ducks.

"We want to be perfect. We want to be great. We want to be elite," head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian.

The Ducks are a force to be feared. No one is more aware of that fact than Tennessee right now.

Washington State Cougars



Record: 1-1

Last week: Won 10-7 at USC (1-1)

Up Next: Home vs. Southern Utah

To say that Wazzou's win over USC was big would be an understatement.

Ever since 2002, when WSU beat the Trojans en route to the Rose Bowl, USC hasn't just been undefeated against the Cougars, it's been dominant. Winning by an average of 33 points, USC has made the Cougars desperate to get out intact rather than compete.

It appears Mike Leach has things in Pullman headed in the right direction for now.

“(Leach) just told us, ‘It’s ours to take right now,’” offensive tackle Gunnar Eklund told the Seattle Times. “He told the defense, ‘Take it from ’em in their own home.’”

The Cougars will get a chance to improve next week against SUU, an FCS team that has already beaten one FBS opponent so far this year and is looking for a repeat performance.

Colorado Buffaloes

Record: 2-0

Last week: Won 38-24 vs. Central Arkansas (1-1)

Up next: Home vs. Fresno State (2-0)

The Buffaloes had their backs against a wall against Central Arkansas. Just as the Bears were threatening to open up a 14-point lead, CU's Jered Bell intercepted a Wynrick Smothers pass and raced 79 yards for the tying score.

CU picked off Smothers two more times on its way to the win, breaking a six-game home winless streak.

Even though it's a lower-division opponent, the home win and the presently undefeated record seems to have the Buffs on the upswing for now.

"The kids are believing they can win, no matter what," first-year coach Mike MacIntyre told the Denver Post. "That's a big hurdle."

Utah State Aggies

If there was any emotional hangover following the week one loss to Utah, the Aggies didn't show it in week two. Their first game as a member of the Mountain West Conference was about as much as the Aggies could have hoped for.

Unfortunately for the Aggies, many of their opponents followed up their week one losses with perhaps worse week two losses. There were a few bright spots, but it's fair to say most of USU's opponents will be happy to get to conference play.

Here's a closer look at how USU's opponents fared in week two.

Utah Utes

Record: 2-0

Last week: Won 70-7 vs. Weber State (1-1)

Up next: Home vs. Oregon State (1-1)

Total domination.

That's what the Utes put on display at home against the Wildcats on Saturday. Travis Wilson ran for two scores and threw for more in the first half alone. Weber State managed to get on the scoreboard very late in the game, but Utah still managed to outscore it 21-7 after halftime.

"The twos played the entire second half," coach Kyle Whittingham after the game. "The snaps that the twos got were certainly a lot more valuable than the shutout. All those guys are one snap away (from starting)."

The extra experience will doubtlessly come in useful. The Utes open up Pac-12 play this week against Oregon State, a team still seeking to establish a strong identity following its week one loss to an FCS foe.

Utah makes the 40-mile drive to Provo the following week.

Air Force Falcons



Record: 1-1

Last week: Lost 52-20 at home to USU

Up next: at Boise State (1-1)

Week two was painful for the Falcons. Chuckie Keeton exploited just about every defensive flaw in Air Force's game early and often, opening up a 14-point lead within the first five minutes of their Mountain West debut.

"I think we got thumped in every way that you can diagnose," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said. "(Utah State) is a heck of a football team, a top 20 team. They've played that way. They played like a strong, physically stout, athletic, highly skilled squad today and we did an awful lot to contribute to that, too."

There's no rest for these weary Falcons. They must follow up their loss with a trip to Boise to face the Broncos, a game that might serve as a measuring stick to see just how competitive USU can be with the Broncos in October.

Weber State Wildcats

Record: 1-1

Last week: Lost 70-7 at Utah (2-0)

Up next: at Utah State (1-1)

Going into the game, the question for the Wildcats was if their offense would be able to keep up with the Utes. Having scored 50 points in their home opener, some thought that maintaining pace was a possibility.

No so fast.

The Wildcats got down quick and never could recover. Despite the heavy loss, the performance of safety Chris Wheeler was a bright spot.

"He plays hard," Weber State head coach Jody Sears said. "Chris and some of those older guys play extremely hard and I'm extremely proud of him. We will challenge him to continue to lead the young guys and keep growing and building this thing."

The Wildcats have another tall order to fill next week when they face Heisman candidate Chuckie Keeton and the high-powered USU offense next week in Logan.

USC Trojans



Record: 1-1

Last week: Lost 10-7 vs. Washington State (1-1)

Up Next: Home vs. Boston College (2-0)

It's safe to say that Lane Kiffin's seat is about as hot as a furnace right now. The Trojans poor performance in Saturday's home loss has fans calling for his job.

“You can’t worry about that,” Kiffin said of the boos to the L.A. Times. “It is what it is. I think heard those before the game started, in warmups actually. So I’m getting used to it.”

USC looked like one of the more difficult games on USU's schedule at the beginning of the year, but with each passing week, the game looks less and less threatening. Doubtlessly the Aggies expect to not only have a chance, but to win in Los Angeles.

BYU Cougars



Record: 1-1

Last week: Won 40-21 vs. No. 15 Texas

Up next: Bye week

The BYU Cougars answered their critics in resounding fashion. Not only did BYU defeat a ranked team, but it managed to set a school record for single-game rushing in the process.

"We expected to run on them," BYU quarterback Taysom Hill said of the Texas defense following the game. "We didn't expect to break the school record."

The Cougars will look to get their first win in four tries against the Utes in two weeks when they welcome Utah to LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Boise State Broncos



Record: 1-1

Last week: Won 63-14 vs. Tennessee-Martin

Up next: Home vs. Air Force (1-1)

The Broncos' win against UT Martin is perhaps best described as a therapy session.

Following a dreadful season opener vs. Washington, the Broncos did a good job licking their words by beating down a lower-division foe from the South, scoring nine touchdowns and rolling off 56 consecutive points.

The Broncos' attention now turns to Mountain Division foe Air Force, reeling after the beating it took at the hands of the Utah State Aggies. Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick said he's eager to start conference play.

“It’s so exciting now how the Mountain West has the two divisions, the West and the Mountain,” quarterback Joe Southwick told the Idaho Statesman. “It just adds excitement for us. It’s going to add excitement for people who like our conference. This is going to be our first in-division battle, so we’re going to be excited to get to work on them.”

San Jose State Spartans



Record: 1-1

Last week: Lost 34-13 vs. No. 5 Stanford (2-0)

Up Next: at Minnesota (2-0)

As Utah State knows, the best way to beat David Fales is by getting to him quickly. Stanford sacked Fales four times.

Yet despite Stanford's vaunted defense, Fales still managed to get 216 yards through the air on 29-for-43 passing.

"He's a phenomenal quarterback," Stanford head coach David Shaw told the San Francisco Chronicle. "There were about five throws tonight that were Sunday throws. ... They were NFL throws."

The Spartans displayed another weakness against Stanford: they struggled against the run. Stanford's backs ran for 169 yards and eased Cardinal fans' concerns about Stepfan Taylor's departure.

New Mexico



Record: 1-1

Last week: Won 42-35 in OT vs. UTEP (0-1)

Up next: at Pitt (0-1)

Half an inch. That's what gave the Lobos the overtime victory against the Miners.

Faced with a fourth and 1 at the 3-yard line in overtime and down by seven, UTEP opted to rush the ball up the middle. David Orvick took Nathan Jeffery down after a short gain.

The chains came out. The nose of the ball was just barely short. The Lobos and their fans went nuts.

"I knew they didn’t make it," Orvick told GoLobos.com. “I looked across (at the chains). I looked down (at the ball)," said Orvick. "It took me a second, but I did my own measurement. … I wasn’t concerned, but you want to hear them say it."

The win means the world to New Mexico and its fans — the much maligned program has had little to be happy about for quite a few years.

Hawaii Warriors



Record: 0-2

Last week: Lost 14-33 at Oregon State (1-1)

Up next: Bye

Norm Chow's Hawaiian struggles continue.

A week after Oregon State fell to an FCS opponent, Hawaii found itself tied with the Beavers on the road at halftime. The Warriors then came out and laid an offensive egg in the second half.

“You know, we felt fortunate at halftime to be at 14-14,” Hawaii coach Norm Chow told the Associated Press. “I thought we had a shot, but we didn’t get the ball much because of the way they pounded it at us.”

Even worse, Hawaii linebacker Brenden Daley suffered a severe concussion on the second-half kickoff and had to be taken to the hospital.

The Warriors are likely grateful for their off week.

UNLV Rebels
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Record: 0-2

Last week: Lost 58-13 vs. Arizona

Up next: Home vs. Central Michigan (1-1)

The best bit of sports news to come out of Las Vegas this week is not Arizona's thorough manhandling of the Rebels. In fact, the game's result is probably the least interesting bit of news.

It turns out billboards are much more interesting in Vegas these days.

UNLV became a punch line this week when it purchased advertising space on a local billboard and planted a picture of former head basketball coach Lon Kruger rather than current head coach and former BYU assistant Dave Rice alongside football coach Bobby Hauck to inspire locals to buy tickets.

That oversight turned out to be similar to UNLV trotting out to punt the ball away against Arizona in the second quarter of Saturday's game without its punter.

Oops.

Colorado State Rams

Record: 0-2

Last week: Lost 27-30 at Tulsa (1-1)

Up next: Home vs. Cal Poly

The story from Tulsa in week two was the poor play of quarterback Garrett Grayson. He went 12-for-29 in the throw game for 108 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Despite the poor performance, head coach Jim McElwain refused to let his signal caller shoulder the blame.

"I'm not putting it all on Garrett," McElwain told coloradoan.com. "We've got to control the line of scrimmage."

Up next for the Rams is FCS foe Cal-Poly. Certainly fans in Fort Collins are relieved for the light week ahead of CSU's week four game against Alabama.

Wyoming Cowboys



Record: 1-1

Last week: Won 42-10 vs. Idaho (0-2)

Up next: Home vs. Northern Colorado

The name of the game for Wyoming in its home opener was defense. The ’Pokes sacked Idaho freshman quarterback Chad Chalich seven times en route to a dominating win.

Three of those sacks came from Wyoming's Eddie Yarbrough — a very talented and energetic defensive end.

"His mom and dad -- they're responsible for how he plays," Wyoming coach Dave Christensen told the Casper Star-Tribune. "Because they created him, and he's a monster."

Wyoming will meet its lone FCS opponent next weekend.