Myers leads Utah State in 61-10 romp past San Jose State

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (ABC4 Sports) – Kent Myers completed 18 of 24 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns, and also rushed for 84 yards and two more scores, as Utah State blasted San Jose State in their Mountain West Conference opener, 61-10.

With the victory, the Aggies (2-2, 1-0 Mountain West) extended their winning streak to seven over the Spartans (1-4, 0-1 MW), including four in a row on the road.

Myers scored on a career-long 68-yard run in the third quarter to give the Aggies their largest lead of the game, 55-0.

Thirteen different Aggies caught a pass in the game, led by junior wide receiver Ron’quavion Tarver, who had five receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Jordan Nathan also caught five passes for 34 yards.

Braelon Roberts and Gerold Bright were on the receiving end of Myers’ touchdown passes. Roberts hauled in a 19-yarder, while Bright went for 43 yards on a fourth-and-3 play.

Eltoro Allen led Utah State’s ground game with 89 yards and 18 carries. As a team, the Aggies finished with 318 yards on 57 carries, averaging 5.6 yards per rush. LaJuan Hunt added 63 yards on 10 carries, including a 29-yard touchdown run to open the game’s scoring with 9:26 to go in the first quarter.

Utah State racked up 589 yards of total offense, including 307 in the first half alone, on an eye-popping 98 plays. The Aggies led 38-0 at intermission, scoring on six of their nine first-half possessions.

Even the defense got into the scoring act as Jalen Davis sacked Josh Love, causing the Spartans’ quarterback to fumble. Freshman linebacker Maika Magalei scooped up the ball and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown, making it 28-0 for the Aggies with 10:26 left in the second.

On the ensuing kickoff, SJSU fumbled a pooch kick by Utah State kicker Dominik Eberle and Tarver recovered it at the Spartans’ 28-yard line.

Eight plays later, the Aggies were in the end zone again as redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Love threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Tarver, who caught it one-handed just across the goal line, giving the visitors a 35-0 lead.

Another special teams play set up Utah State’s final score of the half as junior linebacker Louy Compton blocked a punt, which junior quarterback DJ Nelson recovered. A week ago at Wake Forest, Nelson blocked a punt of his own.

The Aggies cashed in on the block as Eberle connected on a 23-yard field goal. Later in the third quarter, Eberle drilled a career-long 52-yarder that gave Utah State a 48-0 lead.

Eberle was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals as he made good on a 20- and 27-yarder in the fourth quarter. His 18 points against the Spartans tied a school record for points scored in a game by a kicker, originally set by Brad Bohn against New Mexico in 1998. Furthermore, it is tied for the second-most points scored by a kicker in MW history.

Defensively, the Aggies limited the Spartans to just 162 yards of total offense on 59 plays. All 10 of San José State’s points came courtesy of two Aggie turnovers, including a 68-yard interception return for a touchdown by Jermaine Kelly late in the third quarter.

Chase Christiansen led Utah State with eight tackles, to go along with a forced fumble. Redshirt freshman safety Baron Gajkowski had a game to remember as he tallied three tackles, including 1.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks, to go along with one forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception.

The Aggies next host BYU Friday night at 6:00 p.m.

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