Doug Robinson: If close counted, the Utah State Aggies would be national champs

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24 2013 1:29 p.m. MDT

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Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Playing the defending national champions on the road in front of 87,000 fans, USU outgained Auburn 448 yards to 364 and led almost the entire game.

The Aggies held a 10-point lead with 3:38 left. The Tigers scored twice in the final 2:07, throwing a 15-yard touchdown pass, recovering an inside kick and driving for another touchdown with 30 seconds left.

As you’ll see, the Aggies, who lost to Oklahoma 31-24 in 2010 and to Texas A&M 38-30 in 2009, have a knack for losing close ones in the so-called money games.

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Horrible Stumper
Hyrum, UT

Doug-Seriously are you trying to kill me here. This is like rubbing salt into a gigantic open wound. Believe me, the Aggies will one day win these games. Matt Wells is a good coach and will get us a couple of these in the near future.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

"But the Ags fumbled the punt and the Rams recovered the ball at the 15-yard line." Returner: Let it GO!

"The Badgers responded with an 82-yard punt return for a TD:"
Kicker: Kick it OB!

"The Aggies, who never led in the second half, had a chance to tie the game with 7:47 left in the game, but Josh Thompson’s 38-yard field goal attempt was wide left."
Kick it STRAIGHT!

"but the Trojans added a fourth-quarter field goal — their only score of the second half — to hold off the Aggies."
BLOCK that KICK!

"The Aggies took a 23-14 lead early in the third quarter, but missed the PAT kick. Utah cut the lead to 23-17 with a field goal, then recovered an onside kick and launched a scoring drive to take a 24-23 lead. A Diaz field goal gave USU a 26-24 lead in the fourth quarter, but Utah answered with two field goals."
Kick it STRAIGHT. BLOCK that kick!

Any wonder Urban coaches special teams himself?

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