LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – The Aggies were simply overmatched by the powerful Boise State Broncos.
Boise State racked up 533 yards of total offense, and blew away the Aggies, 41-14 Saturday night at Maverik Stadium.
Utah State allowed touchdowns on Boise State’s first two drives of the game and could not dig out of the early hole in front of 19,012 fans in its third straight loss at home.
“It wasn’t a good night for the Aggies,” Utah State head coach Matt Wells said. “Congratulations to Boise State, they played well and beat us in both phases. We never could get anything going and that falls squarely on me. I didn’t have them ready to play and we didn’t play well. They’re a good team and they came out and dominated from the get go. We couldn’t make up any ground.”
Aggies quarterback Jordan Love made his second career start, and completed 17-of-32 passes for 168 yards and one touchdown, while senior running back LaJuan Hunt rushed for 31 yards and another score for Utah State (4-5, 2-3 Mountain West).
Boise State (6-2, 4-0) held the Aggies to just 279 yards of total offense – 186 through the air and 93 on the ground.
After the Broncos built an early 14-0 lead, Love found wide receiver Ron’quavion Tarver on a 2-yard touchdown pass that pulled the Aggies to within 14-7 with less than a minute left in the first quarter. But it was all Bronocos after that, scoring the next 21 points.
Brett Rypien completed 19-of-27 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns for the Broncos. His backup, Montell Cozart, was 5-of-7 for 110 yards and two more scores
The Broncos led 28-7 at halftime and scored a touchdown on their first series of the third quarter to open up a 28-point cushion.
Utah State answered back, though, as Hunt scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to make it 35-14 with 6:29 remaining in the third.
After the defense forced Boise State to go three-and-out on the ensuing possession, Love drove the Aggies to the Broncos’ 14-yard line. However, that’s as close as Utah State would get to the end zone as BSU forced the Aggies to turn the ball over on downs.
“Defensively, we didn’t play well,” said Aggies safety Baron Gajkowski, who set a career high with 11 tackles. “We had our goals and our game plan, but unfortunately we didn’t execute it. I had career highs and whatever, but that doesn’t really mean much. At the end of the day it’s either a W or an L, and tonight we were on the side of taking an L. We need to play better as a defensive secondary. It just wasn’t our night.”
Tre Miller led Utah State with 40 yards rushing on seven carries, while his Boise State counterpart, Alex Mattison, carried the ball 19 times for 110 yards.
Utah State heads back out on the road next weekend to take on New Mexico on Saturday, Nov. 4.