Brad Rock: Baby steps becoming strides at Utah State

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  • Northern Logan, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    Utah State is the best team in the state you can dwell in the past all you want but at the end of the day Utah State is the only team that finished.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 6:24 p.m.


    Texas won the big 12 and is going to a BCS Bowl?

    Where did you read that?


  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 5:19 p.m.


    "BYU also clobbered an at-the-time top-15 ranked Texas team who won the BIG-12 and will now soon be playing in one of the BCS bowl games."

    Uh...who are you talking about? Texas? They finished fourth in the Big 12 and will be going to the modest Alamo bowl this year.

    Also, BYU only beat USU convincingly because USU lost their QB. It is pretty difficult for a defense to hold onto the game when the offense with a brand new QB is going 3 and out.

    All this talk about 'best team in the state' is a joke. They are all quite even right now.

  • Black & White SLC, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 4:47 p.m.

    @Crow..., unfortunately you missed the entire point of my quotation marks.

    With all the expectations that USU came into their inaugural season in the MWC, and the legitimate hype about their stellar QB, they could have easily tanked it once their star went down to a season-ending injuries--just like another team in the state did.

    But, instead they re-grouped, re-comprised themselves as a "team", followed the incredible leadership of their Head Coach and improved every single week, right up to the MWC Championship, and even though they lost to a VERY GOOD Fresno squad, they re-focused again and went on to beat an even better nationally-ranked opponent--and they did it all as a COMPLETE "team"--not as a bunch of starry-eyed, selfish, individualistic players with no unity.

    They could have folded it in, but they didn't. They could have said "What-if", but they didn't. Instead, they beat all the odds and nay-sayers (esp. local ones) and proved that they belong in the same sentence as their equals in SLC & Provo.

    BTW, beating a woeful in-state FCS team is not something worth bragging about.

  • Sports Nutz Smithfield, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 3:20 p.m.

    Crow, the utes were the best team early in the season but teams should get better as the year goes on, not worse. At this point in the season, USU and byu are the 2 best teams in the state.

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    Dec. 27, 2013 2:18 p.m.

    Crow…who cares about best in state? USU had a fabulous season considering what obstacles the team had to overcome, had a great bowl victory, and can celebrate as one of the toughest, if not the best, team USU has ever had, perhaps the toughest in the state? Utah and BYU considering their recruiting talent are the "best under performers" in the state. GO AGGIES.

  • Crow Sandy , UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 1:41 p.m.

    @ Rock arent you going to compare the baby steps to Utah beating Arizona in the Freedom bowl and eventually making it to a BCS bowl. Is that the next step for the Aggies?

    @Black & White Best team in the State. You could not even beat an under performing Ute team this year at full strength. Utah won head to head over USU, Weber St, and BYU proving they are the best in State.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    @ Thidder:

    To not attend the college graduations of 4 of your children out of a sports feeling dispute is downright silly. Family should always come first. Missing those ceremonies is something you will never be able to go back and re-do... even though your boycott is now over. Sad.

    Since Utah is sitting home again for the holidays, they are basically out of the discussion for best team in the state. And since BYU beat USU so convincingly during the regular season, a lot will depend on how BYU does tonight in deciding who has represented the state the best. BYU also clobbered an at-the-time top-15 ranked Texas team who won the BIG-12 and will now soon be playing in one of the BCS bowl games. But USU has done their part with a great victory over a nationally ranked team to finish their season.

    If BYU comes up short tonight, then USU alone will hold all the kudos. My hat is off to them for a great game last night. It was fun, exciting and entertaining to watch. Hopefully, they will keep the momentum going next season, too.

  • Thidder MAPLETON, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 11:34 a.m.

    Finally, I can announce the boycott of BYU is over. Since the collusion of BYU and UofU, keeping USU out of a respectful conference, I have refused to set foot on these two campuses.
    Although I work within 5 minutes of BYU, I have not set foot on their hallowed ground. Four of my children have graduated from BYU, (which is fine). I would have liked to have attended their graduation, but my principles would not allow. With the resurgence of USU, I am going to attend my first basketball game at BYU since 1962. Here is wishing all Utah teams a bright future.

  • W.Payton Draper, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 11:15 a.m.

    Aggies rock! The pride of Utah was squarely on your shoulders and your team delivered! Thanks! Coach Wells has shown that he is head coach material and the Aggie's future is very bright. One interesting point: I noticed that 4 or 5 starters came from Juan Diego High school including Jamie Marcosian (OL). Some credit obviously needs to go to Anderson for spotting the talent and Coach John Colosimo for developing it. Coach Whit you might want to looks locally for some corners before they sign at USU!

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Dec. 27, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    Kudos to a true top 10 defense. I am impressed.

  • Black & White SLC, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    I respectfully disagree; USU actually IS the best college football "Team" in Utah this year.

    In fact, with 5 starters physically unable to participate, including the BEST QB this state has seen in several years, it was the USU "team" that pulled together, worked through adversity, made themselves Bowl-eligible, kept themselves relevant, and then (not-so-surprisingly) rose to the challenge of knocking off a nationally-ranked opponent to end the season.

    Led by a fantastic coach in Wells--whose staff and players believed in him, as he reciprocated trust and belief in them--USU easily epitomizes what it means to be a "team". Nearly every tackle was a "team" tackle, every sustained offensive possession was because each "team" member fulfilled their role and helped each other out. And the Special Teams players had great success by working together.

    The success of USU should not go unnoticed by its in-state equals, else their arrogance may have them walking away beaten by the true "Team Up North".

    Way to go Aggies! You have successfully obliterated the "Little Brother" stigma and unlike some of your counter-parts have a post-season appearance and trophy to show for all your hardwork.

  • RSLfanalways West Valley, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    Just a random fact, but USU is the only Utah football team to beat a ranked team away from home this year.

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    I'm a BYU fan who loved this game. You represented us well. Keep on rising!

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    Not too bad for the third best team in Utah.

  • WYOREADER Gillette, WY
    Dec. 27, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    Great game Aggies! We loved watching it!

  • 5 Orem, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 8:00 a.m.

    A great win, next year happy valley should empty and go support the team.

    Dec. 27, 2013 6:35 a.m.

    Way to go, Aggies!

    - A BYU fan