LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – The Aggies offense is rolling to school record performances so far in 2018.
Jordan Love completed 21 of 26 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half, and Utah State beat Tennessee Tech 73-12 on Thursday night.
Utah State (2-1) scored 60-plus points in back-to-back games for the first time in school history, following up their 6-13 victory over New Mexico State 60-13 on Saturday. It was the Aggies’ sixth time scoring at least 70 points in a game.
“I’m proud of our team and our guys for their level of preparation this week,” said head coach Matt Wells. “They did a nice job preparing and practicing on a short week. They did a nice job of getting ready to play and we came out and started fast.”
Utah State led 45-6 at halftime by outgaining Tennessee Tech 424-133. Darwin Thompson’s 65-yard rushing touchdown and Jordan Nathan’s 59-yard punt return highlighted the first-half scoring. Nathan was the first Aggie to return a punt for a score since 2015.
“I thought we started off really hot tonight,” Love said. “We bounced back after that fumble on the first play. The next couple of drives we went down and scored. Whether it was passing or running, we executed our plays. We had a good tempo to the offense today, it was a really good day.”
Thompson had 107 yards on six carries — all in the first half — for Utah State. Five other Aggie rushers scored, including Gerold Bright, Justen Hervey, Tre Miller, and two from Morian Walker, Jr.
Savion Scarer and Aaren Vaughns caught touchdown passes from Love as Utah State piled up 28 points in the second quarter.
“No matter who you’re playing, you have to prepare the same way,” Love said. “All week, Coach Wells was telling us to respect the opponent, then at the end of the day you have to go out there and play.”
The Utah State defense held Tennessee Tech to just four field goals, and 227 total yards.
“I felt like we executed pretty well for the most part,” said defensive end Fua Leilua .”We had a couple of mistakes we have to clean up, but all-around I thought we came out swinging. That’s what we always want to do as a defense. All game long, I felt like we did that.”
Gaje Ferguson hauled in his second interception of the season for the Aggies.
Utah State opens Mountain West Conference play next Saturday at home against Air Force, Wells is hoping for another raucous crowd.
“It is extremely important to get amped up for this game,” he said. “We need to get the top deck of the east side filled in, we need to get the west side filled in and the season ticket holders need to be there. I know the HURD will show up 100 percent.”