LOGAN — The Utah State Aggies claimed a 34-24 victory over Colorado State Saturday night at Maverik Stadium, but that’s not what many were expecting.
Besides the muggy, ugly weather, there was a lot of messy football on the field, but a handful of Aggies made the difference in its second conference game of the season.
The senior running back finished the night with 179 rushing yards, with his longest run of the night only 15 yards. He had no negative yards on the night and had bumps and bruises to show for it after the game.
After Jaylen Warren, an offensive force in his own right for the Aggies, was out to injury, Bright stepped up in his spot. Coach Gary Andersen referred to the game as the “G Bright show” after he led the Aggies to most of the team's red zone position plays.
Even after a fumble in the first quarter, Bright said he decided to move forward as if it didn’t happen.
“I know my coaches believe in me as much as i believe in them," Bright said. "As a player, you’ve got to have short-term memory loss and just go on to the next play because that could be your play."
With 14 total tackles on the night, Woodward was obviously a leader on the defensive side. But his truly shining moment was in the fourth quarter when he was the fourth man to a tackle. On the play, Woodward stripped the ball from the Colorado State running back and then waltzed in 8 yards into the end zone to give the Aggies their biggest lead of the night.
Scarver, though he had no truly impressive offensive plays, gave the team the energy they needed after a slow start and rain delay with a 100 (which was really more like a 107) yard kickoff return for a touchdown that tied the game in the first half. It was his fourth kickoff return for a touchdown in his career.
While the Aggie defense was, as usual, the star of the game, Caleb Repp, Deven Thompkins and Jordan Love all got important things done for the Aggies that led to the win in the end. Overall, it wasn’t a pretty game, but it was four quarters of exciting plays leading up to forced punts, field goals or fumbles and turnovers.
Sloppy weather, sloppy football, right? Andersen said he didn't think the weather had an affect on the turnovers, but he believed the offense was affected by the rain. He saw no excuse for the turnovers but wanted his offense to play better in the changing weather. And, like the defensive fan that he is, said he is proud the defense found a way to score on their own when they kept being put in tough situations.
Utah State's game against a decent conference opponent looked messy this week, and a trip to LSU next week is not looking much brighter. For Bright, it will be only the second time his mom gets to watch him play college football, so he’s hoping for a personal performance like he had Saturday (minus the fumble).
The Aggies will face a top-five in their home stadium, which will call for a lot more Aggies to be at the top of their game than what they've shown in the past two weeks. Utah State will face the Tigers Saturday at 10 a.m. MDT.