LOGAN — How efficient was Utah State's offense in the Aggies' 42-17 win over Idaho?

Consider this: Peter Caldwell, the guy who punted 22 times in the first three games, was only needed once against the Vandals. And that wasn't until there was only 12:51 left in the game.

His 40-yard punt resulted in a fair catch at the 10-yard line.

The Aggies burned the Vandal defense with ease. On just 68 plays, USU had 580 yards — an average of 8.5 yards per snap.

It's little wonder Caldwell didn't see much action as punter.

OTIS, MY MAN: In the second quarter, senior receiver Otis Nelson had a couple of dropped balls that might have resulted in Aggie points. He dropped a sure first down on a fourth-down play deep in Idaho territory and then had another pass slip through his hands for an interception at the Vandal 10-yard line as the second quarter came to a close.

Those mistakes, however, didn't prove too costly. And Nelson had a big impact on a couple of other plays to help the Aggies out.

In the first period, quarterback Diondre Borel took off to the left, cut back to the right and put a juke on a couple of Idaho defenders to free himself. As he continued to the left, Nelson was there to seal the corner with a huge block, allowing Borel to turn it upfield for a 33-yard touchdown.

Nelson later added a 29-yard reception for an important first down late in the game.

IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED: The evolution of Borel as a quarterback was clear in the third quarter when his coaches recognized an opening Borel had missed a couple of times earlier in the game.

On bootleg plays, Borel would run to the right and have the option to throw the ball to a couple of different receivers or to tuck it and run. The first few times the play was called, Borel failed to recognize the open man and either ran for a short gain or threw an incompletion.

After one such play late in the third quarter — Borel didn't see a wide-open Jeremy Mitchell 15 yards downfield — the Aggie coaching staff sent word in to run it again.

This time, Borel spotted Mitchell — wide open once again — for a 15-yard gain. This time, it was for a touchdown, giving the Aggies a 21-17 lead.

A lead they never gave up.

BIG D, TOO: It's hard to not pay attention to the numbers the offense put up. But USU's defense had a fine afternoon as well.

Limiting the Vandals to only 271 yards was an improvement of 224 yards allowed per game.

After giving up an average of 257 ground yards per game until Idaho came to town, USU gave Idaho just 84 yards.

The scoring defense, which was rated as the worst in Division I at 50.3 points per game, will certainly improve after giving up just 17 and now averaging a less-galling 42 points per game.


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