Utah State football: Tennessee hands Aggies 'humbling defeat'

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  • chicagoborn Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 3, 2014 2:15 p.m.

    Congratulations on beating a terrible team in Ole Miss by one point. That team went on to go an astounding 2 and 10. I would love to see what would happen if BYU got a chance to play an "unmotivated" Alabama team in a bowl game. Too bad that will never happen. You know you're desperate when you try to gloss over a win in the Sugar Bowl versus Alabama.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 3, 2014 12:12 a.m.

    You guys are putting words in my mouth. I said nothing about Utah beating Tennessee. Utah plays a schedule full of opponents that BYU and USU play once or twice a year.

  • Stang08 Southern, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 6:16 p.m.

    @Sports Nutz

    How does SUU feel? We have been winning more often then we used to. We made it to the playoffs a year ago and we only lost by nine Saturday. We did a lot better than the Aggies. Of course the Aggies will turn it around. Look what conference they're in. Couldn't agree more with Hochmut.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Sept. 2, 2014 3:07 p.m.

    Phantomblade @ skywalker

    Further more; what does Utah vs. the SEC have to do with USU traveling to Knoxville? You two quickly turned the thread into a Utah issue. Classy, very classy indeed; yet par for the course!

    Again; good luck to the Aggies the rest of the way. Tennesse is on the rise.

  • phantomblade Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 2, 2014 1:23 p.m.

    Spokane Ute

    The point isn't how Utah fared in Utah's ONLY win versus an SEC team, the point is the ridiculous arrogance of the fans of a program that's been too chicken to even schedule a game against an SEC team in 30 years mocking the fans of a program that at least has the guts to venture into SEC territory.

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    Sept. 2, 2014 1:07 p.m.

    Spokane Ute

    The Utes got lucky in catching a disinterested, unmotivated Alabama team in the Sugar Bowl.

    The Crimson Tide expected to be playing in the national championship game against a big name opponenet, so of course, they suffered at huge let down playing a no name team from the MWC.

    It's curious that for all of their talk about being "competitive" with the best, the Utes have been too chicken to even venture into SEC territory for a regular season game in 30 years.

    As phantomblade said, "When it comes to playing SEC teams the Utes are all talk, but no walk."

  • Hochmut West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 8:44 a.m.

    Some of you didn't really watch this game; Tenn is not a good team, regardless of its SEC membership, and lost a ton of games last year and will lose plenty this year; Keeton with all the Heisman hype was just average and didn't show much. Against BYU last year before his injury he was equally average...time to fess up, Utah State, the boy is a good player but not great no matter how glossy you paint the picture.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Sept. 2, 2014 7:39 a.m.


    How did Utah fare the last time they played an SEC team? I noticed you failed to mention that. Now that's curious?

    Tough loss for USU. Playing in Knoxville is a tall assignment. Tennessee had a great recruiting class last year; this program is on the rise. Good luck to USU the rest of the way.

  • phantomblade Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 2, 2014 7:16 a.m.


    "Tennessee is going to be a bottom feeder in the SEC this year."

    And you know this how?

    When it comes to playing SEC teams the Utes are all talk, but no walk.

    Lifetime, Utah is 0-6 versus SEC teams during the regular season and the Utes have been too scared to even schedule an SEC opponent in the last 30 years.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 1:34 a.m.

    as a Cougar fan I'm disappointed in the play of the Aggies. For selfish reasons I had hoped that they might win or at the very least be competitive. It helps BYU's cause when the teams they beat on their schedule proved they were good by beating other good teams. Tennessee is picked to near the bottom of the SEC and nearly half of the players they used were either freshman or first time starters.

    I hope USU turns things around. Chuckie has built a reputation of not being able to win the big game. He's 0-3 in games he's started vs BYU and has completed less than 50% of his passes in those games and rushed for an avg of 23 yds vs the Cougar D. The team seems to get weaker each passing year with GA having moved on. Chuckie doesn't have a supporting cast full of NFL talent anymore. I wouldn't expect big things from him now that it's all on his shoulders.

  • Objectified Richfield, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 10:41 p.m.

    USU took both the PAC12 teams they played last season to the wire while on the road. In fact, they probably even outplayed the local PAC12 team. This game demonstrated how much stronger the SEC is... The best in the country.

  • Sports Nutz Smithfield, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 8:45 p.m.

    stang, USU now knows what suu feels like game after game and year after year. Aggies will turn it around.......

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 8:20 p.m.

    After watching this game I'm a little worried now as a UGA fan. I had this chalked up as a W but it appears Rocky Top is going to be a lot tougher than expected this year. As for those commenting about speed...yes, if you watch SEC defenses you see that speed every weekend.

    I would say that after week one I think what we all learned most is that there's a lot of over-rated teams in the top 10 right now. FSU, Bama, Ohio St, UCLA, and of course South Carolina all looked vulnerable and over-rated. We will see as the season progresses who turns it around and who doesn't. My guess is USU will learn from this and turn it around.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 2:08 p.m.


    Virginia is in the ACC...

  • Stang08 Southern, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 1:10 p.m.

    What happened to the best team and the best QB in the state? Looked like a bunch of little league players. Not up to USU's usual standard.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    utah would have been similarly slapped around against tennessee gdog so don't fool yourself. tennessee signed one of the best classes in the nation this year and you could see the talent everywhere on the field for them. If tennessee is really one of the lowest teams in the SEC this year then the pac12 is no more than the sec's toilet paper.

  • 81Ute Central, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:14 a.m.

    Unfortunately, and it breaks my heart to say it, USU is again a sacraficial team that is used to start the season.

  • CougOrUte..Naah Nibley, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:13 a.m.

    Yes a very humbling defeat. Aggies probably not as good as we hoped, and probably not as bad as we looked. But at least we know where we are. Coach Wells now knows where we are as a team and he will get it corrected. 5 years ago we would have taken this loss as an expected one. Take our money and run. These days we all get upset that we did not win the game. Aggies will get it corrected. We definitely will not play a faster or bigger team this year. And we will see how it all plays out in the end. Go Aggies.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    Utah State and Tennessee was the last game
    I watched in a great football weekend. USU had
    no answers to the speed and skill set of UT.
    Honestly SEC teams are that good. I watched
    Mississippi blast a very good Boise State. UCLA
    was lucky to beat Virginia and UW should have
    lost to Norm Chow 's Hawaii. Right now I would
    say SEC is twice as good as PAC 12.

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 7:12 a.m.

    It is fun to read the criticisms of perhaps people who have never played. Did anyone listen to the halftime report. The Aggies were not put down there, but praised.

    Tennessee is the equivalent of an NFL team. The Aggies may have improved their program with this defeat in learning from the big (and I mean big) boys.Their defense had the appearance of Peterbilt trucks. No one likes to lose, but I believe this may be a hands on learning experience that will elevate the USU football program this year. GO AGGIES!!

  • cks1450 LOS ANGELES, CA
    Sept. 1, 2014 2:25 a.m.

    Wow, pretty serious issues up in Logan. Going to be a long season for Keeton I'm afraid. Very poor game for USU. Lost too many important players I guess.

  • Vegasbob North Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 1, 2014 12:45 a.m.

    The bright spot for the Aggies had to be Nick Vigil. Showed himself to be a great linebacker and probably the best in the state this year.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 1, 2014 12:02 a.m.

    Tennessee is going to be a bottom feeder in the SEC this year. They totally beat down the Aggies. Now, let me say this, USU has grown their program and are a quality football team. But if they win 9 or 10 games like BYU might, then I am guessing we will hear from some Aggies and Cougars about how they are better than Utah? Truth is the schedules aren't comparable. Welcome to competition Aggies. Now try playing the opponent you did tonight week in and week out and then tell me about 9 or 10 wins.

  • oldman70 Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 11:32 p.m.

    What we don't know and won't know for some time is really how good Tennessee is. Maybe they will surprise a lot of teams, even in the SEC. It is possible that the Ags won't be the only team that is stomped by them. The Aggies' football season big dream is over, but they still have plenty to play for, and a chance to achieve some goals.

    Each of our instate teams are only a week away from having a blemish, and maybe a big blemish on their season. UCLA, purportedly, went down to their last series before they were able to put away lowly Virginia for good. Is UCLA really mediocre, or is Virginia better than expected? Let's watch and see. Maybe the PAC 12 is strong this year, and maybe it has something yet to prove. I, for one, will be interested in watching the successes and failures of all instate schools, as well as the PAC 12. I may be even forced to watch some BYU and UVU volleyball this fall in order to see some winners.

    Aug. 31, 2014 11:22 p.m.

    It appears that the Aggies need some work on defense.

  • BleedingBlue Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 11:17 p.m.

    Sorry aggie fans: Tennessee was a young inexperienced team. Not the big bad boys of the east.

    Utah State suffered from a single dimensional offense. Their defense was repeatedly placed in terrible defensive situations due to field position. The offense even out BYU-├ęd BYU in their self destruct mode. Turnovers, inability to move the ball, no real running game, and this became a recipe for disaster

    By the 2nd quarter you could see fear and defeat in their eyes. They are a better team than this performance, the trick will be for their team leaders and coaching staff to make them believe in themselves.

    The next two weeks will be crucial for the team.

  • Cougar on The Hill Midvale, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 11:03 p.m.

    Tough loss for the Aggies. Keeton didn't look like he was back to 100%, but he also had TN defense in his face, knocking him down all game. That definitely took a toll on his performance this game. And hopefully Fackrell's injury isn't serious. That would be a big blow to the U-State D.
    The O-line play was abysmal, but they were up against a better defense than BYU or Utah faced this past week. Overall, I think the Aggies will be fine this season. I'd say they are likely MW champs this year, barring Keeton stays healthy and the offense figures things out. The offense definitely needs work. The O-line was unimpressive, and the RB, Hill, needs to step up his game. The WR's need to catch their passes. Keeton needs offensive support from O-line, RB's, and WR's more than ever this season.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 10:59 p.m.

    We should probably try to keep things in perspective. It was the first game of the year, on the road in a stadium that is as big as BYU and Utah's stadiums combined against a super speedy SEC team. (They might as well have been swimming in eel-infested waters at night.) USU will most likely finish this year 9-4 or 10-3 and go to a bowl game. This is one Aggie fan who isn't complaining. I would have hoped for a better showing tonight, but it will still be a good season.

  • flatlander Omaha, NE
    Aug. 31, 2014 10:56 p.m.

    Looks like the only teams they will beat this year are in state. Really outclassed tonite

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 10:31 p.m.

    This game was never close, hard to watch. Chuckie did not seem confident at all. He needs someone to step up...
    O Line C-
    D Line C-
    Special Teams F
    LB C-
    RB C-
    Receivers D
    DBs C-

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 10:31 p.m.

    In some senses Utah State has come along way. 10 or so years ago, this game would just be a payoff game where the Aggies would get killed by 50-60 points for a big payday.

    Now many of us, yes me included, are hugely disappointed. I thought an upset of a SEC team at their place could be in the works with Keeton and Co. but instead Utah State looked pretty bad. Opportunity lost.

    I agree, the OL looked horrible and the defense finally gave out because it was on the field too long.

  • Sports Nutz Smithfield, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 9:40 p.m.

    Uncle Rico, you mean the Aggies would struggle like the utes have been since joining the Pac 10? Or like byu would IF they were in a P5 league? Bottom line is all 3 schools are average at best against the P5 schools.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 9:27 p.m.

    It's alright Aggies. You're never quiet as good or as bad as you think you are.

    Your boys will rebound.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 8:54 p.m.

    Look like the Aggies of old?
    Afraid to schedule an SEC team? Totally!
    I only watched the 4th quarter and couldn't believe how poorly they played, like the pre-GA days.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 8:33 p.m.

    I respect the Aggies, they are a good team and tough to beat in Logan.

    However, don't claim you belong in the playoff.

    If Aggies played the big boys every week they would struggle.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 8:08 p.m.

    Realizing that one game does not a season make nor break, nevertheless, this is a very ominous start for Utah State. Not a good thing when your QB doesn't live up to his hype.

  • Tenn12 Orem, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 7:34 p.m.

    I'm sad to say this is a completely embarrassing performance especially on offense. This offensive line is the worst of all five schools in this state. Does anyone teach this line to run their feet? I can tell you as someone who watched many byu games with this current usu line coach, I've seen this type of performance countless times. Missed blocks, slow feet, no running of the feet,etc. Wells has made massive hiring mistakes.

  • MWCandUtahFan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 6:38 p.m.

    Utah State doing an excellent UConn impression the 1st half of play. Fumble first hand-off and giving up another quick touchdown. Down by 14 quickly! now 17. Come on Ags, you better than that, represent!

  • MWCandUtahFan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 6:31 p.m.

    Everything is going the Volunteer's way so far tonight :( Hope the Aggies can regroup and recover in the second half. Hope Fackrell is alright, sounds like he is done for the night. Great kid, great Cache Valley parents. Fight on Aggies!