Backup quarterback Jase McCormick entered Utah State's game with Louisiana Tech last week with his team facing a fourth-and-two late in the first quarter of the eventual 31-21 loss.

McCormick pitched to Derrvin Speight on the option, and Speight gained 12 yards and a first down.

Later in the game, starter Leon Jackson III returned and hit Jacob Actkinson for an 82-yard touchdown.

Both quarterbacks showed they could move the football — kind of — and Utah State football coach Brent Guy tried to use McCormick and Jackson in the right situation to help the offense move.

Expect more of the same today when the Aggies (0-8, 0-4) kick off against Fresno State (5-3, 4-1) at 3 p.m. (MST) in Bulldog Stadium.

Guy didn't say who would start, but it will most likely be Jackson, who is 2-20 as a starter.

"It's going to be competitive," Guy said of the quarterback situation. "We're going to play both of them. Both of them do something a little different and are a little bit different style of quarterback. We'll keep practicing and both guys will play."

Bottom line, however, will be which quarterback can move the ball and produce points, and the guy that does that may not leave the game.

"I don't think you take the guy out when he's playing well and the team's moving, scoring some points," Guy said. "But then you do put the other guy in if we're not moving the sticks and see if he can make something happen, kind of like what happened last week."

Before McCormick entered, the Aggies had just 25 yards total offense under Jackson.

McCormick fared worse. He had just 16 yards in two drives.

Upon his return, Jackson hit Actkinson for the long scoring strike.

In the third quarter, in which both quarterbacks played, the Aggies managed just 2 yards.

In the fourth quarter, played entirely by McCormick, the Aggies gained 132 yards total offense and scored two touchdowns.

"Both guys bring something to the table, and it makes the other team adapt," Guy said.

Jackson, who has started all eight games, has completed 101 of 155 passes for 960 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions. He has also rushed for four scores. He has 248 yards rushing.

McCormick, who has seen action in just three games, is 21 of 32 for 201 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He has 34 yards rushing.

McCormick saw mostly mop-up duty at Oklahoma and Hawaii before playing his most significant time against Louisiana Tech.

On the air

Utah State (0-8, 0-4) at Fresno State (5-3, 4-1)

Today, 3 p.m.

Bulldog Stadium

TV: None

Radio: 610AM (Logan), 1230 or 1320AM (S.L.)

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