Utah State Perspective: Aggies abandons massive home game

Expectations. It’s one of the words Blake Anderson has used this season to describe his team this season and it’s an interesting word to describe Utah State. At the start of the season, Utah State did not have high expectations. They only managed to secure one win in the odd 2020 season and only 7 wins in 2019 after their highly successful 2018 season. The State of Utah did something the first week that few thought they could do, they took down Washington State in Pullman. A week later they picked up a comeback victory over North Dakota and a week later another late fourth quarter comeback against Air Force. So far, Utah State has exceeded expectations and heading into this week’s game against Boise State, the Aggies were once again poised to exceed expectations. Unfortunately for Utah State, Boise State was also ready to play and Blake Andersen put it better, the Aggies were unable to live up to expectations in a 27-3 loss.

First shift

FG BSU Jonah Dalmas 28-yard kick; BSU: 3; USU: 0

TD BSU Andrew Van Buren 2 yard rush; BSU: 10; USU: 0

Third quarter

TD BSU Hank Bachmeier passes 2 yards to Khalil Shakir; BSU: 17; USU: 0

Fourth trimester

FG USU Connor Coles 20-yard kick; BSU: 17; USU: 3

FG Jonah Dalmas 32 yards; BSU: 20; USU: 3

TD BSU Hank Bachmeier passes 3 yards to Scott Matlock; BSU: 27; USU: 3

Total yards: BSU: 435; USU: 443

Overtaking sites: BSU: 287 passing yards; USU: 208 passing yards

Precipitation sites: USU: 235 yards rushing; BSU: 235 rushing yards

Penalties: BSU: 5-40; USU: 13-86

Turnover: BSU: 1; USU: 3

Time of possession: BSU: 35h00; USU: 25:00

First tests: BSU: 25; USU: 18

Third down conversions: BSU: 6-15; USU: 6-17

Offensive player of the match

Calvin Tyler Jr. was a silver lining for the Utah offense, running 126 yards on 20 carries. However, many of those yards came in the first half. Utah State was very inconsistent in the second half and had plenty of threes and outs, which is not characteristic of how this team has played this year.

Defensive player of the match

Linebacker Justin Rice made a few plays for the Utah state defense, making 10 tackles. These tackles helped prevent successful games from becoming explosive. Boise State tried smaller plays in order to convert the first downs and find an attacking pace, so those tackles certainly helped.

At one point in the game, commentators brought up an interesting point: Utah State had over 400 offensive yards and had more yards than Boise State, but only managed to score three points. Part of it was because the Boise State defense had taken the turn not to break the mentality, but it was also due to the inconsistency.

Utah State had some good plays in their first practice that were completely wiped out due to a downed pass that was intercepted. Utah State would enter the red zone a few times and only score once, due to an interception in the end zone, loss of distance, a blocked kick and a kick. of missed foot. The point is, Utah State had some scoring opportunities but couldn’t take advantage of most of those opportunities.

It was a very physical game and Boise State was able to enjoy it as they played like a more disciplined football team. Utah State missed out on important assignments and tackles that led Boise State to create explosive plays that saw the Broncos running the clock.

Overall, it was a frustrating game for Utah State and while the loss hurt Utah State’s chances of qualifying for the Mountain West title game, it doesn’t ruin those hopes. There is still a lot of football to play and Utah State has a lot to learn from this game to prepare for the next big game against BYU.

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