Each week we will go over Nebraska's non-conference opponents and how they fared against their competition.
Tennessee-Chattanooga (5-6)- Last week - Wofford (L, 27-28). Season Over.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga lost to those three teams by a combined four points -- and two of those games were on the road. That's how close the Mocs' 2011 season was to being a memorable one. While the playoff bracket was being released Sunday, coach Russ Huesman was digesting the Mocs' 5-6 season, which ended Saturday with a 28-27 home loss to No. 12 Wofford. UTC went 3-5 in the SoCon, finishing in a tie for sixth, and those five losses were by a total of 12 points.
Fresno State (4-7) - Last week - Hawaii (W, 24-21). This week vs. San Jose State.
Derek Carr threw for 271 yards and two scores to lead Fresno State to a 24-21 win over Hawaii on Saturday night. The Bulldogs (4-7, 3-3 WAC) scored the game's first 17 points, then allowed 21 straight by the Warriors (5-6, 3-4) before scoring the winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter to snap a three-game losing skid.
It's only been one game, but Skipper's elevation from linebackers coach to full-time coordinator and playcaller appears to have given Fresno State the boost it sorely needed on the defensive side. The Bulldogs came out strong, made key stops in crucial situations, and even when they faced adversity and fell behind, they found a way to recover in a 24-21 victory against Hawaii on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.
This was Fresno's Bowl trip. Think of the recruiting advantages that Hawaii's conference opponents have. "You get to play at Hawaii every other year!" Of course the Hawaii coach could just say, "You get to stay here ALL year!"
Washington (6-5)- Last week - Oregon State ( L, 38-21). This week vs. Washington State.
Sean Mannion threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns and Jovan Stevenson ran for three more scores as Oregon State beat Washington 38-21 Saturday. The Beavers (3-8, 3-5 Pac-12) beat the Huskies for the seventh time in their last eight meetings.
Nick Montana’s first collegiate start did not go according to plan Saturday as the lowly Oregon State Beavers blew out the Washington Huskies 38-21. Though Montana missed on several key throws, he did about as well as could be expected in limiting turnovers and facilitating the running game. Chris Polk’s Herculean early effort certainly helped in that regard. But the Washington defense could not give the offense a chance to win the game, allowing the normally stagnant Beavers to rack up 484 yards of total offense.
Tough loss for Washington with Keith Price being out. But would they have scored enough even with him in the game? Can't give up 38 points to this Oregon State team.
Wyoming (7-3) - Last week - New Mexico (W, 31-10). This week @Boise State.
Mission accomplished for the Wyoming Cowboys. The team set their goal of a bowl berth this season and that was accomplished with two games remaining in the 2011 season. Their latest victory was a hard fought win over a tenancious New Mexico team. The game was played in a strong cold in front of a small crowd. It was another banner day for freshmen QB Brett Smith who tallied 212 passing yards and one touchdown and then ran for 140 yards and two scores. The biggest highlight being a 69 yard run where Smith seperated himself from New Mexico defensive backs.
UW’s 31-10 victory over New Mexico at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday earned the Cowboys bowl eligibility, but the Cowboys are dreaming bigger with a pair of regular-season games remaining on the schedule and second place in the Mountain West up for grabs this week.
Tall task for Wyoming this week. Not getting my hopes up on the smurf turf.