Utah State report card: Aggies come up short — again — against BCS road opponent

Published: Saturday, Sept. 21 2013 7:29 p.m. MDT

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A modest USU defensive crew, ranking 36th nationally in scoring entering the game, ought to be applauded. The Aggies allowed just 282 total yards and didn’t let 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner Marqise Lee (six receptions, no touchdowns) beat them.

Their performance allowed USC to hardly move on two straight possessions in the fourth quarter when the Trojans were nearly in field goal range. That gave Keeton’s offense the opportunity to make something happen.

However, USU's defense only didn’t come through late on a fourth-and-inches play where USC signal-caller Cody Kessler (13 of 26, 164 yards) just needed to fall forward.

Defense: B+
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West Valley, UT

I think USU defense did pretty good against USC, since USC had great field advantage during the whole game. USU punter is at fault and the offense by not moving the ball. I know USC offense was not playing that good, but still to hold USC from scoring more than two touchdowns with their field advantage means the defense did pretty good, or USC offense is really bad. But USU has an overall defense ranking of 13th in the nation.

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