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Utah State confident heading to Provo to face (20) BYU



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LOGAN -- The Utah State Aggies (1-2) are a confident team heading into Friday's matchup with No. 20 BYU (3-1).

Over the last two games the Aggies have moved the ball at will, gaining the confidence needed to beat BYU.

Against a decent Texas A&M team two weeks ago, Utah State put up 30 points and 521 yards in total offense. The Aggies then racked up over 600 yards and 53 points last week at home against Southern Utah.

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Runningback Robert Turbin believes the past two games are a good sign for what's next.

"That was a big confidence booster. We believe that we can do a lot of things against BYU as far as scoring points and racking up yards and coming out with a win," Turbin said Monday.

While the offense is on 'cruise control' the Aggie defense will have to somehow try to at least slow down BYU's potent offensive attack. The Aggie defense has given us over 30 points in each of its first three games this season. Opponents are averaging almost 36 points a game and the competition doesn't get any easier with the Cougars.

Utah State first year head coach Gary Andersen has had plenty of experience facing the BYU offense while at Utah and he has a plan.

"The bottom line for us is to execute at a very high level. They are going to have success on offense, they do every single week. You got to find a way to get them off pace, work extremely hard and get turnovers and get the ball back into our offense's hands," Anderson explained during his weekly press conference.

The 79th meeting between the Aggies and Cougars takes place Friday at 7 p.m. in LaVell Edward's Stadium in Provo.

E-mail: rzundel@ksl.com

Rod Zundel

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