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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Sports Network) -
ARMY: The Black Knights dropped to 0-3 on the season following Saturday's 49-37 setback at Wake Forest. The defense had no answer for the Demon Deacons' rushing tandem of Josh Harris and Deandre Martin, each of whom ran for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns. Wake's Michael Campanaro ran for a touchdown to go along with a game-high 12 catches for 153 yards and two TDs receiving. The Black Knights got a game-high 140 rushing yards from Raymond Maples and another 112 yards and a TD from Larry Dixon. Quarterback Trent Steelman scored three times on the ground and added a passing TD. The first five drives of the game produced five touchdowns, but Army was simply unable to keep up with that frantic scoring pace. The team's combined for more than 1,000 yards of total offense. Up next for Army is a home bout with Stony Brook this weekend.
BYU: The Cougars hung tough on the road at 24th-ranked Boise State last Thursday night, only to fall by a final of 7-6. Boise State did not score on offense, but Michael Atkinson's interception return for a touchdown was all the Broncos needed to eke out a victory. Both offenses were held off the scoreboard until freshman backup quarterback Taysom Hill led BYU on an 11- play, 95-yard drive late in the fourth quarter. Hill ran in for a four-yard score with 3:37 remaining, and BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall decided to attempt a two-point conversion rather than kick the game-tying extra point. Hill, pressured by Atkinson, rolled to his right and was looking for tight end Kaneakua Friel, but senior linebacker J.C. Percy knocked down the pass, and the Broncos ran out the remaining time. BYU's defense held Boise State's usually high-octane offense to 0-of-5 on fourth-down tries and just 261 total yards for the game. The Cougars will try to get their offense going this Friday against Hawaii.
NAVY: After two lopsided losses to Notre Dame and Penn State to start the season, Navy rebounded with a much-needed 41-3 triumph over VMI, a Football Championship Subdivision school. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo said after the game that he almost benched quarterback Trey Miller following two first- quarter fumbles. But Miller stayed in the game, and he went on to rush for 116 yards and three TDs. Navy scored the game's final 41 points, and its defense yielded only 222 yards, with linebacker Matt Warrick adding a TD on a seven- yard interception return midway through the fourth quarter. Noah Copeland helped complement Miller with 126 yards on the ground, while Gee Gee Greene rushed for 79 yards. Navy will try to put another tally in the win column when San Jose State comes to town this weekend.
NOTRE DAME: A week after beating previously 10th-ranked Michigan State in East Lansing, the Fighting Irish took down No. 18 Michigan on Saturday, 13-6. With the win, the Irish jump a spot to No. 10 in this week's AP poll thanks largely to its defense. Notre Dame picked off Denard Robinson four times and forced six turnovers in all. At one point in the first half, the Fighting Irish (4-0) picked off five consecutive passes by the Wolverines, who had several threats at the end zone, but could only muster a pair of Brendan Gibbons field goals. Tommy Rees came in for a struggling Everett Golson and scored on a two-yard run in the second quarter. Kyle Brindza added a pair of field goals. Manti Te'o had two of the interceptions for the Fighting Irish, who had lost to the Wolverines three straight times in the final 30 seconds. Notre Dame will get a chance to rest up with a bye this week before hosting Miami, Stanford and BYU in consecutive weeks.