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Twitter wrap-up: Utah State vs. Nevada

Twitter wrap-up: Utah State vs. Nevada

By Matt Harris, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Nov. 26, 2011 at 4:22 p.m.



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LOGAN -- It looked like the Twitter universe needed some time to snap out of its tryptophan-induced coma on Saturday as the Utah State Aggies took on the Nevada Wolf Pack.

The Aggies needed some time to do the same as they found themselves trailing quickly.

The Utah Statesman (@UtahStatesman) wrote, "Nevada kicks a 19-yard FG after marching down the field. 3-0 NEV."

The USU defense had issues throughout the first half, especially with Wolf Pack wide receiver Rishard Matthews.

Salt Lake Tribune writer Tony Jones (@TonyAggieville) tweeted, "Nevada's Rishard Matthews against USU secondary is a baaaaad matchup for the Aggies."

Fortunately, Utah State only trailed 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Steve Chambers (@chamberssteve) wrote, "It's been a long season full of heartbreak. Please let this one go the Aggies way."

Luck didn't go the Aggies way early in the second quarter.

The Utah Statesman (@UtahStatesman) wrote, "Second play of the second quarter gives Nevada a TD on a 34-yd running play."

The defense was nowhere to be found on the scoring play and Christian Barnard (@tubadude86) had an idea as to why.

He tweeted, "I think the Aggie safeties were texting on the field, perhaps that's why they blew the coverage."

With USU down 10-0, fans really had no need to be worried. Eric Frandsen (@efrandsen) tweeted the reason when he said, "Remember Aggie fans, this is USU's M.O. lately, get down early and fight back to win."

But Nevada would not relent on their punishing offensive attack. They continued to demolish the Aggies defense up and down the field.

Tony Jones (@TonyAggieville) wrote, "First down after first down after first down. The Aggies are being chewed every which way by the Wolf Pack."

Zac Hodge (@zhodge9) wrote, "Nevada is doing whatever they want in the short passing game and the run game as well. Utah State is unable to match their physical play."

The only thing that had stopped Nevada to that point? Penalties.

Despite the poor play for most of the first half, the Aggies climbed back into it with a drive of their own.

Tony Jones (@TonyAggieville) tweeted, "Kerwynn Williams takes an option pitch 10 yards for a touchdown. Aggies draw within 10-7 and it is amazing considering how Nevada has dominated thus far."

Taylor Acton (@rtayloracton) wrote, "There are bowl representatives at the game today." Maybe that is the reason as to why the Aggies finally woke up. They realized they are still in the bowl picture.

Even with the score, the Aggies gave Nevada yet another chance to score. But the Utah State special teams came up with a big play.

Kraig Williams (@DesNewsKraig) wrote, "Nevada misses the field goal going into half. Nevada 10, Utah State 7.

Things didn't start out well for the Aggies in the second half.

Tony Jones (@TonyAggieville) wrote, "First potential turning point: Adam Kennedy throws interception, Nevada is set up at USU 36-yard line."

But the defense finally got on track somewhat after the turnover.

Cache Sports Media (@Cache_Sports) tweeted, "Huge stop by the USU defense following the interception. Nevada forced to punt and the ball goes into the end zone for a touchback."

However, the tables may have turned against Nevada on the next possession. Quarterback Cody Fajardo was sacked on a 3rd and 15 play and sprained his ankle, which took out a dynamic option for the Nevada offense.

HJ Sports (@hjsports) wrote, "Nevada QB Fajardo helped off the field. Not good for the Wolf Pack. However, backup QB's have burned the Aggies before."

Before Nevada had a chance to burn USU with their backup quarterback, the Aggies struck back with their own scoring drive.

Benjamin Draper (@TBS_Aggie) wrote, "Incredible 21 yard pass and catch from Kennedy to Austin!"

However, it wasn't long before Nevada's backup quarterback, Tyler Lantrip, caused problems for the Aggies.

The Nevada Wolf Pack athletic department (@NevadaWolfPack) tweeted, "Jailbreak screen and Matthews takes it to the house. Nevada 17, Utah State 14."

Utah State, however, had its own backup quarterback tricks.

After taking an inexplicable timeout with two seconds left in the quarter, Utah State burned the Wolf Pack right back with a wide receiver pass.

The Utah Statesman (@UtahStatesman) wrote, "USU scores on pass from Kennedy to Morrison, who then passes to Turbin for the TD."

Turbin's touchdown catch gave him 50 for his career, breaking the Utah State school record.

The game progressed into the fourth quarter with the Aggies leading 21-17.

Eric Frandsen (@efrandsen) wrote, "Utah State needs to put pressure on Lantrip. He is looking much too comfortable in the pocket."

Cache Sports Media (@Cache_Sports) tweeted, "USU defense putting itself in a good position on early downs, but giving up big plays on 2nd and 3rd down."

Nevada drove to the Utah State 21-yard line before coughing up the football to Bobby Wagner on 4th down and short.

All that the Aggies had to do was run out the remaining 5:14 on the clock to seal the win and bowl eligibility. Believe it or not, they did it.

The WAC Conference (@WACSports) wrote, "Utah State becomes bowl eligible with a 21-17 win over Nevada."

But one tweet summed up the whole victory:

Trevor Beck (@Trevor_Beck) wrote, "Utah State with the huge win, 21-17! Bowl eligible now!"

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