LOGAN No offense to San Jose State, Nevada and UNLV, but Utah State football coach Brent Guy is convinced Louisiana Tech, the Aggies' opponent Saturday, could very well be the best team so far this year to visit Romney Stadium.
The Bulldogs have scoring weapons at fullback, running back, tight end and quarterback.
That's saying something, seeing as both Nevada and San Jose State both have better records than Louisiana Tech (2-5, 1-3).
"Louisiana Tech, I think, is the talented sleeping giant of this league. I really do," Guy said.
That's not good news for Utah State (0-7, 0-3), which is currently on a school-record 13-game losing streak.
"We're going to have to continue to get better and know that we're going to have to play better each week because even though their record is comparable to Nevada, I think they have more weapons actually than Nevada as far as their size and speed of their football team," Guy said.
The Bulldogs, under first-year head coach Derek Dooley, beat Central Arkansas in their season-opener and nearly beat Western Athletic Conference favorite Hawaii, losing 45-44 in overtime.
That loss sent the Bulldogs into a four-game slide, which ended two weeks ago with a 21-20 victory over New Mexico State.
Last week, Boise State beat Tech, 45-31.
Louisiana Tech is scoring 20.4 points a game on 336.9 yards total offense, while defensively, the Bulldogs are allowing 28.7 points on 395.6 yards allowed. The Bulldogs have been held to 21 points or less three times (no points against Ole Miss, 7 against Fresno State and 12 against California).
"They've scored some points on some people at times," Guy said. "They had a tough loss at Ole Miss. They really ran the ball pretty well up and down the field and just turned it over some and had some penalties at unfortunate times.
"They had a heartbreaking loss early on against Hawaii when they scored a lot of points. I just think they may be as talented of a team that's come into Romney this season in the WAC."
Running backs Patrick Jackson and Daniel Porter are averaging 72.7 and 56.3 yards per game, respectively, while Zac Champion, who threw for 249 yards and four scores in a 48-35 win over Utah State last year, has thrown eight touchdown passes and has been intercepted five times.
"That was a tough game," Utah State offensive lineman Derek Hoke said about last year's loss. "I remember we had a lot of turnovers (three). We had a lot of things not go our way, but when we did have the ball I felt that we were able to move the ball pretty well."
Anthony Harrison leads a group of receivers/tight ends which has four players with 21 catches or more.The all-time series between the two teams is tied at 2-2. Each team had won one game on the other's turf.
On the air
La. Tech (2-5, 1-3) at Utah State (0-7, 0-3)
Saturday, 1 p.m.
TV: AltitudeRadio: 610AM (Logan), 1230 or 1320 AM (S.L.)
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