LOGAN With an 0-9 record, it goes without saying the Utah State Aggies have yet to put together a complete football game.
One bad quarter here, two bad series' there and one key turnover on another occasion have led to the Aggies' demise. Utah State has been close on several occasions, but wins still elude them.
In the last three games, the Aggies have trailed 14-0 twice in the first quarter, 10-0 once, and only one time against Nevada have they been able to dig themselves out of the hole and take the lead.
"At times we wait for sparks instead of starting the fire ourselves," Utah State football coach Brent Guy said.
Against the Pack, the Aggies fought back and took a 21-14 lead at the half before losing 31-28.
Two weeks ago with Louisiana Tech, the Aggies cut a 10-0 deficit to three points before being outscored 21-14 in the final half in the 31-21 loss.
Last week, Fresno State jumped out to a 28-7 lead at the half, and it was enough of a cushion despite being outscored by the Aggies 20-7 in the second half.
With No. 19 Boise State on the horizon Saturday, the Aggies can't afford to get behind the 8-ball early.
"We don't want to get into that style of game with them," Guy said.
The Aggies host Boise State (8-1, 5-0) in the final home game of the season. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. and can be seen on KJZZ.
The Aggies have been outscored 85-24 in the first quarter, 89-63 in the second, and 91-39 in the third. In two of the last three games combined, Utah State had just 18 yards total offense in the third quarter.
Utah State is winning the fourth-quarter scoring battle 62-53, but in at least five of their games, the opponent has called off the dogs in the final stanza.
SENIOR DAY: Utah State will say goodbye to 15 seniors Saturday: Josh Anderson, Jimmy Bohm, Ben Childs, Will Fausel, Chris Forbes, Leon Jackson III, Pace Jorgensen, Aaron Lesue, Frank Maile, Shawn Murphy, Drew Pearson, Tarell Richards, Kevin Robinson, Preston Robinson and Carl Singleton.
TOP 25: For the third time this year, the Aggies will be facing a team ranked in the Top 25. The Aggies lost to No. 3 Oklahoma (54-3) and No. 16 Hawaii (52-37).
The Aggies one and only win over a Top 25 team came in 1991 when they beat Fresno State 20-19.
Utah State is 1-43 all-time against teams ranked in the Top 25.
BAD COMPANY: Utah State and Southern Utah University have the second-longest current losing streaks in their respective divisions at 15 and 16 games, respectively.
Florida International, which holds D-I's longest streak at 21 games, hosts Louisiana-Lafayette (1-8,), while North Carolina A&T, which has the longest I-AA streak at 26, has an open date this week before meeting South Carolina State (5-4) on a neutral field Nov. 17.Southern Utah travels to South Dakota State (5-4).
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