The Utah State Aggies continued their winning ways last night, this time on the road visiting the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. USU was projected as a three point favorite coming into the game. They blew the projection out of the water, winning instead by three touchdowns, 35-14.
USU received the ball first, and scored touchdowns on both of their first two possessions. Hawaii followed suit, however, and stuck with them through the first quarter, heading into the second tied 14-14. After that, though, it was all USU, as the Aggies scored on a fumble recovery and a Ronald Butler TD catch in the second quarter, and Butler threw a TD pass to LaJuan Hunt in the third.
The big story of the game was true freshman QB Kent Myers' starting debut, as the young QB of the Aggies' future went a stunning 14 of 15 for 186 yards and 3 TD's with no interceptions. Had he completed that one missed pass, he would have been the first quarterback to throw with 100% accuracy in school history. As it is, he definitely served notice that USU will not be slacking off in the offensive department after losing three other quarterbacks this year to season-ending injuries.
Hunt, also a true freshman, in addition to his TD catch from Butler in the third, became the first Aggie rusher to reach the century mark this season. He ran for 150 yards on 33 attempts. Joe Hill added 50 yards on six attempts, and the Aggies ended the night with 235 rushing yards, a season high for the team. Butler and fellow receiver Hunter Sharp combined for 156 yards receiving and three touchdowns. The combined total offensive yards (465) are a season record for USU as well, the previous high coming in Provo against the Cougars a few weeks ago.
The defense put on its usual showcase, coming up with 6 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 1 fumble returned for a touchdown. They held Hawaii to 98 rushing yards, the third straight game holding their opponent below 100 rushing yards, and the fourth time this season. Zach Vigil led the team with 11 tackles, 3 tackles for loss (all three sacks), and 1 forced fumble. The defense was without the services of Nick Vigil, who injured his hamstring, and Daniel Gray, who was sitting out due to team disciplinary action. The offense was missing JoJo Natson for the same reason.
The Aggies now prepare to face Wyoming on the road, which should be a slightly more difficult test than Hawaii proved to be. The Cowboys are considered a rival team, technically, and are coming off of a decent win over Fresno State. USU has dominated the series the past couple years, beating Wyoming by an average score of 49-13 in the past two meetings. The Cowboys will be looking for revenge this time around. The Aggies are hopeful that Vigil will be back for the game, along with Natson and Gray, who will probably return this week.