LOGAN -- The Utah State Aggies ended their last home game of the 2010 season in disappointing fashion with a 28-6 loss to the Idaho Vandals. The game was within grasp for the Aggies, but they just couldn't capitalize on the opportunities handed to them.
"It was just the big plays. That's the story of our season," senior defensive tackle Sean Enesi said. "Big plays killed our defense and we just couldn't capitalize off them."
If the four-win Aggies want to be bowl eligible in the near future they need to figure out how to stop the big plays, and how to win the battle at the line of scrimmage.
"It just came down to winning up front," senior offensive lineman Spencer Johnson said. "We didn't win the line of scrimmage on offense or defense."
Now the Aggies, even with a bowl game no longer a possibility, must put this loss behind them and try to take down the Goliath of the WAC, Boise State.
"Our mindset walking into Boise will be to play very, very well," Head Coach Gary Andersen said. "That will be our mindset; that needs to be our mindset."
If the Aggies are to be successful against the Broncos, they need to improve their ability to get into the red zone, and convert that into scoring opportunities, and not just field goals.
"I don't care if you are 98.9 percent in the red zone and you kick field goals every time, it does you no good," Coach Andersen said.
The Aggies may be discouraged by their lack of success so far this season, but there is a different feeling around the program, that things are definitely looking up. Andersen is creating a culture of hard work and accountability and he acknowledges the mistakes and takes it on himself personally to improve the team.
"We tried everything on the offensive side and defensive side, and we need to get them better," Andersen said. "I need to coach them better to put some pressure on the quarterback and protect our quarterback."
It will be interesting to see how the Aggies show up against the Broncos, and how that sets the tone for next year's team.
The game against the Broncos is in two weeks, on December 4.
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