Utah State becomes Bowl eligible with 35-31 win over San Jose State

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Logan, Utah – Graduated senior running back Calvin Tyler Jr. scored on a 3-yard rush with 2:49 left in the game against Utah State for a thrilling 35-31 Senior Night win over San Jose State on Saturday at Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium.

With the win, the Aggies (6-5, 5-2 Mountain West) became eligible for the second straight year.

Utah State has now dug holes to win five of its six games this year as the Spartans have led twice. Under Head Coach Blake Andersonthe Aggies have recorded 12 wins from behind.

USU extended its winning streak to 10 against SJSU and is now 20-20-1 against the Spartans, including 12-8 at home.

Tyler led Utah State’s rushing offense on the night as he gained 125 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries. As a team, the Aggies finished with 186 rushing yards. Junior Quarterback Cooper Legas was 23 of 35 for 244 yards and a touchdown, to go along with two interceptions.

True freshman inside linebacker Max Alford paced the Aggies defense with seven tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss. Junior defensive end Daniel Grzesiak added six saves, including 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

After the Spartans (6-4, 4-3 MW) opened the scoring with a 36-yard touchdown pass from Chevan Cordeiro to Elijah Cooks, Utah State had 21 unanswered points and was apparently in control.

Tyler scored on a 14-yard touchdown run to give the Aggies a 7-6 lead late in the first quarter, then found the end zone two yards out to make it 14-6 with 5:29 to do in the second quarter.

Utah State went up 21-6 just before halftime when junior cornerback Jaden Smith fielded an SJSU punt blocked by redshirt freshman safety Ike Larsen and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown.

However, the Spartans responded just before intermission when Cordeiro found Cooks, this time from 29 yards out, to make it 21-13.

San Jose State’s Taren Schive threw a 41-yard field goal with 9:22 left in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 21-16, but Utah State seemingly regained control four minutes more late when the senior wide receiver Justin McGriff carried a 19-yard touchdown pass from Legas, giving the hosts a 28-16 lead.

The Spartans wouldn’t leave, however. They scored the next 15 points of the game to move ahead for the first time since the first quarter, 31-28 with 6:42 left in the game.
That’s when Tyler took over.

On Utah State’s go-ahead possession, Tyler has touched the ball in six of the team’s nine games, accounting for 25 yards, a first down, and the game-winning touchdown.

The game wasn’t cemented in favor of the Aggies, however, until Utah State’s D forced the Spartans to turn the ball over after just four plays on ensuing possession. USU ran out the rest of the clock and were helped by a brutal kicker penalty.

Cordeiro had a good game in the pocket for San Jose State as he went 20 of 30 for 257 yards and four touchdowns, three of which found Cooks hands.

The Cooks finished with seven catches for 135 yards. His opposite-court counterpart, a senior Utah State graduate Brian Cobbcaught a career-high 10 passes for 122 yards.

The Aggies finished with 430 total yards of offense and held the Spartans to 341 total yards.


The Aggies wrap up the regular season across the border when they head to Gem State to take on Boise State on Friday, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. The game will be televised live on CBS.

For more information on Utah State’s football program, follow the Aggies on Twitter at @USUFootballon Facebook at USUFootball and on Instagram at USUFootball.


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