PROVO, UT - AUGUST 30: Quarterback Riley Nelson of BYU looks to pass during the second half of an college football game against Washington State on August 30, 2012 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. BYU beat Washington State 30-6. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
Before and after Boise State lost to Michigan State, other college football teams were losing and winning, some mattering more to the Bronco universe than others. Here are the games that mattered most to Bronco fans and Boise State's future.
The most interesting score of the weekend:
BYU 30, Washington State 6
The Cougars appear to be the highest hurdle remaining for Boise State, a hurdle that has a similarly tenacious defense to that of most recent hurdle, Michigan State. BYU held Washington State to minus-5 yards rushing and 224 yards of total offense, which is good defense no matter how bad the Pac-12 team you're playing.
Eastern Washington 20, Idaho 3
Hahahahahaha. Sorry, that was rude.
Nevada 31, Cal 24
The Wolf Pack ran up 450 yards of total offense (over 300 from QB Cody Fajardo's passing and rushing) and scored the game-winning touchdown with 36 seconds left on Stepfon Jefferson's third two-yard touchdown of the night. There is a lot of time between September 1 (the day of this game) and December 1 (the day of the Nevada - Boise State game), so we'll see what beating a Pac-12 team on the road does to Nevada's confidence.
Colorado State 22, Colorado 17
How good is Colorado State? How bad is Colorado? Find those answers and then you can help me make heads or tails of this one.
Ohio State 56, Miami (OH) 10
Boise State's next opponent actually held a 3-0 lead midway through the second quarter before the dam burst - a dam containing Ohio State points. The RedHawks might be the cure the Bronco ground game needs. Final rushing stats: Miami (OH) minus-1 yard, Ohio State positive-294.
Nebraska 49, Southern Miss 20
The Golden Eagles played Nebraska tough (as close as 21-17 in the second quarter) before losing big. The brightest spot for USM was Tracy Lampley's 100-yard kickoff return TD and was definitely not the team's 75 total passing yards.
Minnesota 30, UNLV 27
New Mexico 66, Southern 21
These results are notable because UNLV stayed within three points of a Big Ten team and New Mexico scored 66 points against anyone. Maybe the bottom of the MW isn't so bottom any more.
Florida 27, Bowling Green 14
Former Bronco OC Brent Pease had his OC debut for the Gators, and it was not exactly the high-flying numbers he was used to putting up against Bowling Green with his Boise State players. HIs Gator players ran the ball 42 times (compared to 21 throws) en route to the win.
What was your favorite game of the weekend? Which results did you find most interesting? Share your thoughts in the comments.