Utah State's football team this year is comparable, I believe, to a famous superhero: the Hulk. Sometimes they turn green and start smashing, like they did versus Boise State a couple weeks ago. And sometimes they're a somewhat docile doctor without much going for him, like they were versus San Diego State last week. Fortunately for the Aggies, and their fans, last night was a green kind of night.
Considering that USU is most well known for their defenses, the game was surprisingly offensive. The Aggies scored on each of their first five possessions and blocked a punt which was returned for a touchdown en route to a 37-14 lead just minutes into the second half. Even LaJuan Hunt's fumble on the Aggies' second series of the second half didn't cause too much distress; USU allowed a TD off the turnover, but then went on to score touchdowns on their next three possessions, before finally punting for the first time in the game on their final possession, with the result of the game a foregone conclusion. It was the second game in three weeks where USU went over 50 points.
Despite the blowout win, there were question marks for the Aggies. The absence of nose tackle David Moala was certainly notable, as Wyoming RB Brian Hill continued to assert himself on the ground. Hill became the first player in recent memory to run for over 200 yards versus the Aggie defense, gaining 201 yards on 26 carries (7.7 ypc) with 1 TD. Wyoming QB Nick Smith had a decent day as well, completing 10 of 18 passes for only 83 yards, but netting 2 TDs.
On the Aggies side of the ball, RB Devante Mays had a breakout game, becoming the first Aggie rusher to break the century mark; Mays ran for 176 yards on 22 carries (8.0 ypc) with 2 TDs on the night. Kent Myers had a nearly perfect evening, completing 14 of 17 passes for 246 yards and 3 TD's, and running for 48 yards and another TD on the ground. His favorite target of the night was TE Wyatt Houston, who caught 4 passes for 66 yards and 2 TDs.
The win pushes the Aggies one game closer to a Conference Championship Game rematch with the Aztecs, who destroyed them last week. Meanwhile, things went from bad to worse for the Cowboys; after losing on the road to Boise St. last week 34-14, the loss in Logan drops Wyoming to 1-8. USU plays at New Mexico next week, while CSU hobbles home to try to get a second win when CSU comes to visit.
-Myers' excellent night moved him back into the lead spot statistically for QBs in the conference. His QBR (161.99) is ten points higher than the next closest quarterback, Boise State's Brett Rypien. He also has the best TD to INT ratio, having thrown 9 TD passes to only 1 INT.
-Devante Mays is also back on top of a statistical category, having the highest yards per attempt of any running back in the conference at 7.06 ypc. He does not have the number of attempts of some of the key backs in the conference such as Tyler Ervin, Brian Hill, or Donnel Pumphrey, ranking 19th in attempts per game, but did seem to take over the main rushing role for the Aggies, which means he will most likely be getting more carries than he has been. And since his TD's per carry ranks second in the conference behind Boise State's Jeremy McNicholls, that can only be a good thing.
-SJSU and USU are tied for the most blocked kicks/punts in the conference, each team having blocked 3 kicks and/or punts this season.