USU football report card: Aggies upset No. 24 Northern Illinois 21-14

Published: Friday, Dec. 27 2013 12:42 a.m. MST

The Utah State football team made history Thursday night as the Aggies won their second consecutive bowl game 21-14 over No. 24 Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. It was the first time in program history that the Aggies won two consecutive bowl games.

It took awhile for the offense and rushing attack to get going, but once it started, it couldn't be stopped. Utah State running back Joey DeMartino finished the game with 143 yards rushing and a touchdown. As a team, the Aggies finished with 168 yards on the ground.

In a hard-fought game between both sides, most of the big plays came mostly from the defense side of the field. The Aggies defense dominated, wrecking havoc on the Huskies as quarterback and Heisman trophy finalist Jordan Lynch was never able to settle into a rhythm.

Here are the grades for the Aggies after their upset victory over the Huskies.

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North Logan, UT

Great job Aggies, It's a wonderful time to be an Aggie. And it didn't hurt that I wore my lucky shirt.

North Logan, UT

A- for defense and B+ for coaching? If this was BYU we were talking about they would have graded at A+. Wells deserves national Coach of thr Year but would never be considered, and this was a great defensive effort. Great game by the Aggies and for the USU program.

John S. Harvey
Sandy, UT

The author's grading is way off base. The defense deserves an "A+", and a team which which knocks off a very motivated national ranked opponent (with one of the best quarterbacks in the game this year) deserves an "A" as well.


Proud to be an Aggie and proud of the Aggies. Good job and may this success and experience help you the rest of your lives.

Bountiful, UT

Congrats to the players, coaches, and fans of USU. Every time the team seemed to be down and out, they fought their way back to victory. Nice win to end the season.

Aloha Saint George
Saint George, Utah

Great job Aggies on the win! Hope Aggie fans will start to travel and follow their team more. Long history of poor play- not today- this program has really turned around. Need to fix support staff at the ticket line. One guy only!!!???? Glad you had such poor attendance at the game. What if you had a NORMAL crowd with some arrogant single individual at the gate handling thousands of tickets? Grade F. Suck up your pride, represent Aggie Pride. This isn't the end of Aggie Nation, this is the beginning. These things need to be fixed.

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