Just last week Utah State football coach Brent Guy called the Aggies' special teams unit a liability.
That wasn't the Aggies' only problem, however.
The offense had trouble moving the ball, while the defense was giving up yards in acre chunks.
Finally, all three came together, and the Aggies broke a 16-game winning streak with a 35-17 win over New Mexico State.
"I felt like as a team, we really played off each other and it was a great group effort to win the football game by all three phases," Guy said.
"The one thing that was evident at New Mexico State that at times would have helped us win more games this year was that all three phases of the football team responded at critical times."
In the fourth quarter alone, Kevin Robinson ran back a kick off 82 yards after NMSU easily drove th length of the field to score and cut the lead to four.
Robinson's return ballooned the lead back to 11.
Later in the quarter, Marquise Charles intercepted Chase Holbrook, stopping a drive, and toward the end of the game, the offense drove the final nail in the coffin with a two-yard Jimmy Bohm touchdown run.
"We had a really good week of practice last week (prior to NMSU). I just really felt really, really good on Friday," Utah State tight end Rob Myers said. "Scots gave us a good look and special teams went good. Everything just definitely clicked and you saw it."
The offense tallied 355 yards (second-highest this year) and produced 35 points (second-highest total this year), while the defense, despite giving up 455 yards total offense, held NMSU to an opponent season-low 17 points. The defense forced two turnovers and had a key fourth-down stand.
The Aggies are hoping for the same type of intensity when they close out the season today at the University of Idaho.
The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. and can be seen live on Altitude.
A win would give the Aggies their first two-game winning streak since 2005 and their first back-to-back wins on the road since 1999.
"It (winning) definitely lifts everyone's spirits. You do it once and you know you can do it again," said Myers, who had four catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the Aggies' first win since Oct. 7, 2006 when they beat Fresno State, 13-12.
"I think that now we have that feeling back everyone wants that feel again," Myers said. "We just got t get the ball rolling and end it on a good note this year and carry it over to next year with a two-game winning streak."
The Vandals (1-10, 0-7) haven't won since beating Div. I-AA Cal Poly in the second week of the season.<
"Idaho is in the same boat we are with only one win. It's hard losing every week and taking the criticism and everything...Going into this last game at Moscow it (the win) has given everybody a lot of confidence and everyone is ready to do it again," Myers said.Idaho leads the all-times series 16-15-2 and hold a 9-8-1 mark in games played in Moscow. The Aggies have lost 5 of the last seven meetings and have lost three straight in Moscow.
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Utah State (1-10, 1-6) at Idaho (1-10, 0-7)
Today, 1:30 p.m., Kibbie Dome
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