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Aggie Analysis: Righting the Ship

The Aggies get back on track with a resounding win

NCAA Football: Utah State at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Utah State had themselves a night on Saturday, racking up 62 points against Stony Brook. It was a nice morale booster after a tough loss, and now the Aggies get a week off to gather up and focus on the beginning of Mountain West play.

OFFENSE:

- Jordan Love had a quality night in the pocket, tossing for 294 yards and one TD. Most importantly, he was mistake-free. Hopefully that boosts his confidence going into conference play in a little under two weeks. Henry Colombi replaced Love in the 3rd quarter and had himself a nice night going 8/9 for 93 yards and two touchdown passes. Sure it was against FCS-level talent, but Colombi has shown great promise when he’s gotten into games. It’s possible the Aggies could have another highly talented QB on their hands just waiting to get the starting nod once Love departs. It was a night of receiving by committee, as 14 different Aggies caught at least one pass. Deven Thompkins, Siaosi Mariner, and Derek Wright had one touchdown a piece.

- Gerold Bright got the start, but it was once again Jaylen Warren who ended up leading the rushing attack with 105 rush yards and two TDs while getting the same amount of carries (9) as Bright. It was the type of game where reserves came in in the later part of the contest, so guys like Enoch Nawahine and Riley Bart got some field time as well. It will be interesting to see how the running back situation pans out over the bye week, as Bright’s been great but Warren’s been playing like the number one back so far. Do the Aggies stick with their current strategy of starting Bright and balancing things between him and Warren? It’s worked so far.

DEFENSE:

- The secondary was the biggest concern after Week 2, and they played much better on Saturday night. SBU was held to just 155 passing yards and one garbage time score through the air. Andre Grayson also snagged an INT in the second quarter.

- This time around it was the defensive line that didn’t perform quite up to snuff. The Aggies didn’t rack up any sacks on the night and only had 1 combined tackle for loss, even though they did chalk up 9 QB hurries.

- There aren’t many critical remarks here, as the defense played well, just didn’t make any big explosion plays aside from the Grayson interception and a forced fumble that SBU recovered. David Woodward only had four total tackles on the night, but a lot of players got in on D throughout the game, so a lot of players had a few tackles here and there.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

- Along with his receiving touchdown, Deven Thompkins was the first Aggie to find the endzone in the game as he returned a Seawolves punt 45 yards to the house. The Aggies continue to have a very dangerous return game on both kickoffs and now punts as well.

- Dominik Eberle attempted and made his first two field goals of the season, along with converting on all eight extra points. Keeping it 100.

OVERALL:

- The Aggies got back on track with a resounding beat down of a lesser opponent. It was a much needed stress relief after the Wake game. Just about every facet of Utah State’s game looked anywhere from solid to pretty great, but its hard to really gauge anything from this type of contest. Still, the Aggies will take the W and continue to improve.

- The Aggies get a very well-timed bye week to get themselves prepared for a trip to San Diego State, who defeated UCLA 23-14 on Saturday night. The Aztecs have a solid defense, allowing just 14 points and 97 rushing yards through two games. Now would be a great time for USU to know exactly what they want to do with the run game, because that run D for SDSU is no joke.

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