FRESNO — Utah State disrupted every Fresno State homecoming dream in Bulldog Stadium. The game saw a 7-7 draw to round out the opening 15 minutes before the Aggies exploded for a 22-point second quarter.
It was Bulldog-game-over from there.
The 56-14 win advances Utah State to 3-2 on the season, and more importantly, 2-0 in Mountain West play.
Two statements have been made: First, Kent Myers is, once again, doing big things. And second, the Aggies’ defense is all they’re cracked up to be—and more.
Myers completed 18-of-25 throws for 260 yards. Leading the game on the rushing end was Devante Mays with 92 yards as Hunter Sharp led the matchup in receiving yards with 99.
Nick Vigil led the Aggies on defense with nine solo tackles as Marwin Evans tacked on two sacks. Also contributing a single sack were Vigil, Jordan Nielsen and Tyler Floyd.
The Aggies put together a 36-0 scoring rampage in the middle quarters before the Bulldogs put an end to the spree with a touchdown in the opening play of the final quarter to cut the gap, 43-14.
Regaining its 36-point advantage, Damion Hobbs rushed for a five-yard Aggie touchdown.
USU’s Justen Hervey rushed in the night’s final touchdown with two and a half minutes remaining to seal the win at 56-14.
Defensively, the Aggies were unstoppable. Utah State held Fresno State to just 82 rushing yards as the Aggies totaled five sacks, 10 tackles for loss and three interceptions.
Fresno State seemed to control the opening minutes of the game, but the Aggies managed to hold off the Bulldogs and finish a first quarter drive to take the first points of the game. LaJuan Hunt punched in a 15-yard rush halfway through the first quarter before Brock Warren nailed the extra point to give USU a 7-0 lead.
Bulldog quarterback Kilton Anderson connected with Jamire Jordan on a 21-yard pass to knot the game at sevens.
Myers found Wyatt Houston on a 34-yard pass before Mays polished off the drive with six rushing yards for an Aggie touchdown. Warren knocked in the PAT to regain USU’s lead just a few minutes into the second quarter.
Utah State’s notorious defense held Fresno State on its drive before Bryant Hayes blocked Fresno State’s punt attempt, which was recovered by Devin Centers on Fresno’s 8-yard line. Hunt topped it off with a 3-yard rush for a USU touchdown.
The Aggie points continued to pour in as Marwin Evans sacked Bulldog QB Anderson in the end zone for a Utah State safety with 2:26 to play in the first half.
Nope, the Aggies weren’t finished.
USU defense detained Fresno before the Aggies regained possession and Devonte Robinson bolted a 44-yard touchdown pass from Myers to enter halftime with a 29-7 lead.
The third quarter looked a lot like the second as Mays ran in back-to-back touchdowns for the Aggies. The first of the two was a 41-yard run, which was followed by a 23-yard run to strengthen USU’s lead, 43-7.
The massive lead guided the Aggies to a seemingly easy 56-14 victory.
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