It might have been a cold afternoon in Logan, but that didn't stop Utah State from chalking up another win. But it was a battle throughout as both rushing attacks came alive during the game.
The Aggie run defense has been touted as one of the best in country, but they did not live up to their billing. New Mexico put their third ranked run offense on display today, putting up 253 yards in rushing alone. The big play for the Lobos came on a 72-yard touchdown run by Romell Jordan in the second quarter. He ended the game with 96 yards rushing and a touchdown. Quarterback Lamar Jordan also made his presence felt, rushing for 80 yards on 23 carries.
The Aggies also put up some good numbers in the running game, which has been struggling for most of the season. They were able to put up a season high 273 yards in rushing alone, which was helped by a 59-yard touchdown run by Devonte Robinson in the second quarter and a 48-yard TD run by Bruce Natson in the third quarter. Natson had 5 carries for 70 and a touchdown, while Joe Hill added his name with 10 rushes for 63 yards.
The passing game for both teams also did well in today's game. New Mexico quarterback Lamar Jordan was 8-of-18 for 154 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Utah State true freshman Kent Myers continued to pad his stats, going 13-of-21 for 150 yards, a touchdown and interception as well.
With the win, the Aggies improve to 8-3 overall and 5-1 in conference play while the Lobos fall out of bowl contention to 3-7 overall and 1-5 in conference play.
Utah State will now watch and wait to see what happens in the SDSU-BSU game tonight. If the Aztecs were to win, it would be CSU and USU tied for first and all it would take is a Rams loss to put the Aggies through to the championship game.
The Aggies play San Jose State on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. MT on ESPN2. New Mexico will travel to Fort Collins to take on the Rams next Saturday at 11:30 a.m. MT on ROOT Sports.