USU football: Gary Andersen's top 10 games

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 19 2012 11:37 a.m. MST

Tom Smart, Deseret News

How does the old saying go? “We’ll always have Logan?”

Gary Andersen was among 2012’s most successful coaches in college football, and in the process resurrected Utah State Aggie football. On Tuesday, Andersen accepted a job to fill the head coaching vacancy at the University of Wisconsin. In so doing, he follows in the footsteps of several USU coaches who made a stop in Logan before heading off to greener pastures elsewhere.

In January of 2009, Gary Andersen took the job over from Brent Guy, a coach who severely struggled to post wins of any kind for the Aggies. Previously, Andersen had been the defensive coordinator for the University of Utah, most notably during their 2009 Sugar Bowl victory over the University of Alabama.

Gary Andersen brought joy to Aggie fans everywhere because he won games – a lot of them. From Hawaii to Alabama, Gary patrolled the sidelines with an intense ferocity and ushered USU onto the path of football prominence. Here’s a look back to his 10 most impressive games as the Aggie head coach.

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Ufan
Salt Lake City, UT

The Potato Bowl win is obviously #1 and the WAC title clinching win over La Tech is obviously #2, but it's interesting that USU's win over BYU in 2010 is considered a BIGGER win than USU's win over Utah in 2012.

Caprice
PROVIDENCE, UT

Thank you for an excellent article. You have done a superb job in showcasing the best of Gary Anderson. Sadly, those of us from the Logan area have been disappointed in Anderson's lack of loyalty to the program, school, athletes, students and fans. It wasn't long ago that he told everyone he was staying at USU, that he was happy here and had no intention of leaving? He signed a 5-year extended contract. And even as recent as just a few days before the Bowl game, he said he was staying. And then, out of the clear blue, he's gone. To me this is the real story.

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