Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret Morning News
Utah State quarterback Jace McCormick throws a pass against Louisiana Tech last Saturday in the Aggies' 31-21 loss in Logan.

LOGAN — So far this season, the Utah State Aggies have played six teams they played last year, and both years they have lost all six.

The Aggies have been better this year, however, and the numbers prove it.

Utah State, which has played Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Louisiana Tech, San Jose State and Hawaii in back-to-back seasons, had chances to win late at Wyoming and at home against San Jose State, Nevada and Louisiana Tech.

This year, the Aggies have scored more points and given up fewer points, while giving up fewer yards and compiling more yardage.

In the six losses to the aforementioned teams last year, the Aggies averaged 11 points on 245 yards total offense while giving up 43.2 points on 453.3 yards allowed.

So far this season, the Aggies are allowing the exact number of yards (453.3), but they are giving up nearly 10 fewer points per game. On 286 yards per game, the Aggies are scoring 23.3 points.

So where is the difference? Turnovers.

In the six games last year, the Aggies turned the ball over 17 times and the opponents scored nine touchdowns and two field goals off the miscues. This year the Aggies have turned the ball over eight times and the opponent has scored just three touchdowns and one field goal.

On the other hand, the Aggies have forced 10 turnovers and have scored four touchdowns and one field goal, while last year, they created 12 turnovers and scored just three touchdowns.

MAKING THE STOPS: James Brindley led the Aggies with 11 tackles, while Caleb Taylor and freshman Kyle Gallagher added 10 each. Louisiana Tech's Quin Harris led all tacklers with 14.

BAD STARTS: In eight games this year, the Aggies have allowed their opponent to score on their opening drive, while for the fifth time this season, the Aggies failed to score in the first quarter.

LONG DRIVE: The Aggies' 97-yard drive against Louisiana Tech was their longest drive of the year since 2002.

ROBINSON REPORT: Utah State's Kevin Robinson tallied 179 all-purpose in the 31-21 loss to Louisiana Tech, and he now stands 74 yards shy of breaking Emmett White's school record of 5,872 all-purpose yards.

WHAT A RUSH: For the second time this year, the Aggies allowed two 100-yard rushers in the same game. Tech's Daniel Porter rushed for 129 yards, while teammate Patrick Jackson added 101. Against Oklahoma, Allen Patrick rushed for 113, and DeMarco Murray rushed for 100.

WHAT A PASS: Leon Jackson III's 82-yard pass to Jacob Actkinson was a career-long for both Jackson and Actkinson. It was also longest since an 80-yard pass from Jose Fuentes to Kevin Curtis against New Mexico in 2002.


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