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LOGAN — In the Aggies’ final year in the WAC, Utah State will stay on the road and travel to Colorado to take on the Rams of Colorado State in what is a preview for a future conference rivalry in the Mountain West Conference.
Colorado State (1-2) is coming off of a loss against San Jose State. Although they went for 386 total yards in that game, they gave up 568 yards to San Jose State, 429 of them in the air. They are facing an explosive offense in Chuckie Keeton and the Aggies of Utah State. USU almost upset Wisconsin at Wisconsin but came up short when kicker Josh Thompson missed a 37-yard field goal attempt.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012
Kickoff: 5 p.m. (MT)
Location: Fort Collins, Colo.
Stadium: Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium (32,500)
Series: Utah State trails, 30-36-2
TV: KTVD Ch. 20
Bill Doleman (Play-by-Play)
Reggie Rivers (Analyst)
Natalie Vickers (Reporter)
Radio: Utah State Sports Network
Al Lewis (Play-by-Play)
Craig Hislop (Analyst)
Live Stats: UtahStateAggies.com
Twitter Updates: /USUFootball
Colorado State will host Utah State on Saturday at Hughes Stadium. Kickoff is set at 5 p.m. (MST).
CSU head coach Jim McElwain had some comments on Utah State during the Mountain West Conference media teleconference this week:
On the upcoming match-up against USU:
"Obviously this is a team that arguably should be 3-0 with two huge wins: one over Utah, and the way they played at Wisconsin in a hostile environment, one I’m well aware of that is very hard to play in. It shows what they have done upgrading their personnel. They have done an outstanding job as a coaching staff, preparing their guys to win ball games. This is going to be a big challenge for us. They’re a team that gives you a lot of problems on defense with the multiplicity of looks, the movement up front. That’s a credit to their coaching staff and what they do."
On how head coach Gary Andersen has affected the way USU plays:
"They have really taken to (Andersen’s) system. I’ve always been a fan of what he’s done defensively, and this is no different. He does a great job of attacking your protections with his different personnel packages. He keeps you in that long yardage situation. They play physical up front. It is eye-popping what they did up front to a very big and powerful offensive line (against), obviously, both Utah and at Wisconsin. That’s a credit to what they’re doing. You stop the run and make a team one-dimensional, and once they get you in those long yardage situations, (it) comes with some things that force you to really, really scratch your head, and that is the key of a great defense. He’s done that. He’s got very good personnel. I think it is come to prove that that’s going to be a great addition to our conference."
On USU quarterback Chuckie Keeton:
"Offensively, you cannot let the quarterback beat you, and that’s hard. He is very talented in his ability to throw and obviously run. They’re well balanced in their attack, making you sound in all the things you do, making sure you’re sound on any options, having tried to affect him where he needs to reset his feet in the passing game, and those are things that are hard.
"Anytime you have a dimensional quarterback that’s able to do a lot of different things, it gives you problems. The thing you don’t want to do is let him get break contain and make those big runs. This is the movement in college football, are these multi-dimensional quarterbacks that can hurt you with their feet and they have the ability to also beat you with their arm. Those are the guys you see that have been really successful in college football over the last 10 years."
On USU’s running defense (take notes, Utah State):
"I told our guys, 'If we run the ball one time, we’re stupid.' So we’re going to throw it every down because they can stop the run."
Alex Rivera is the Assistant Sports Editor of the UVU Review. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his Twitter account @A_River_Uh