LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – It has been quite a start to the season for the Utah State football team.
After a near upset over Michigan State, the Aggies have destroyed New Mexico State and Tennessee Tech by a combined score of 133-25.
But now the competition ramps up as Air Force comes to Logan Saturday night for both team’s Mountain West Conference opener.
“We’re excited,” said defensive lineman Fua Leilua. “There’s a lot of talk of we want to be the Mountain West champs. This is game is one to start down that road.”
“We got those first games out of the way,” added quarterback Jordan Love. “It’s time for conference. These are the games that matter most.”
Utah State has struggled lately against the Falcons losing their last three meetings, but all three were by seven points or less.
“We’re about to get a dialed-up version of the Air Force team coming off a bye week,” said head coach Matt Wells. “They’ll be very fresh and show us some stuff I’m sure we haven’t seen on tape. It’s the Mountain West opener for them, too. They’ll be all ready to go and this game has come down to the wire three years in a row.”
With their triple-option offense, Air Force is especially difficult to prepare for, but so are the up-tempo Aggies.
“Some of those advantages I think we have on our offense,” Wells said. “Because I don’t think scout teams can mimic what we do, as fast as we do it and as well as we do it.”
After scoring 60 points against New Mexico State and 73 against Tennessee Tech, Utah State has shown this may be their most balanced and lethal offense in years.
“We have a lot of weapons out there,” said Love. “My job is to just get them the ball. It doesn’t matter who it is. We have playmakers. When you get them the ball, they’re going to make big things happen. So my job is just to get them the ball.”
Utah State (2-1) and Air Force (1-1) kick off at 8:15 p.m. at Maverik Stadium Saturday night.