"The one thing about this football team to me is how they are growing up," Andersen said of the defensive effort made by those coming off the bench. "If you look at the defensive side of the football, you take out Paul Igboeli, James Brindley and Kejon Murphy, those are three great players. Those are three of our best defensive players.
"The young men stepped up and found a way to make plays," Andersen said. "In the fourth quarter, they were able to get some things going. But we got out of the drive that we had to get them out of."
In the process, the Aggies earned their first WAC win for Andersen and hope they've turned the tide emotionally and physically on what still can be a respectable season.
"This was a good game," USU linebacker Bobby Wagner, who had an amazing one-handed interception in the second quarter, said. "Kind of a statement game for us to get the season going in the right direction."
That direction now goes to Fresno State, where USU will certainly be interested in getting a little revenge after a last-second, 58-yard field goal lifted the Bulldogs to a comeback win in Romney Stadium a year ago.
NOTES: Saturday's attendance was 14,229. ... Robert Turbin, who had only seven carries last week, had 22 for 94 yards this week. ... The Aggies had only six team sacks prior to the game but had four against LTU. ... USU had zero turnovers for the first time this season.
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