The Utah State offense looked as sharp as it has all season and the one big difference was who was playing quarterback. Sorry Chuckie Keeton but Kent Myers is basically the upgraded version over you, except that his running abilities are better than his throwing abilities, which is the opposite of the Aggies former favorite son.
Myers went 5-1 last year as he was thrust into the starting lineup, but this time around he was more prepared and it showed as he rushed for a school record 191 yards and on just 16 carries and a touchdown. Myers also has shown that he has improved on his throwing game -- yet still has work to do -- by completing 12 of 21 for 137 yards and another touchdown.
This game between Colorado State and Utah State was a key Mountain Division matchup which saw the Utah State defense come alive and slowed down the Rams offense enough to get a 33-18 win. Look no further than Utah Stae linebacker Kyler Fackrell who played his best game of the season with a sack, three tackles for a loss, recovered a fumble and hit the quarterback six times
The two teams are evenly matched but Utah State slowly pulled away in the second half, which was delayed due to lightening in the area. Colorado State's offense started off cold in the second half with their first four possessions going fumble, punt and fumble. Utah State took advantage with a pair of field goals to slowly pull away.
It could have been worse if the Rams defense did not hold, but trailing 26-10 the Colorado State offense came alive by going on a seven play drive for 77 yards. There were two key plays and the first was a 43-yard reception by Xavier Williams, but then on 4th-and-8, quarterback Nick Stevens had to scramble and he made it in the end zone from 15 yards out. Colorado State went for the two-point conversion where Stevens found star wide receiver Rashard Higgins to make it a 26-18 game. Higgins ended up the night with 10 receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams forced the Aggies to punt at midfield and Colorado State had a chance to tie the game. However, the Rams suffered three penalties for 20 yards and then could not convert on a 3rd-and-21.
The Aggies took that stop and the offense sealed the game driving 74 yards on six plays for a game-sealing touchdown when LaJuan Hunt broke off a 33-yard touchdown run.
This was a completely different Utah State team than what was seen earlier in the year and this was the first complete game for the Aggies. The defense played well but more importantly the offense showed signs of life that were just not there with Keeton.
Colorado State did not look bad in this game but they had some untimely penalties, had protection issues, were shut down in the running game and the passing game had yards but Stevens was not accurate. Even with the numbers not in the Rams favor they were in this game up until late in the game.