LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – The rematch was no match at all.
Savon Scarver returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score and Dominik Eberle kicked six field goals to carry Utah State to a 60-13 romp over New Mexico State on Saturday night.
The victory avenged a 26-20 overtime loss in the Arizona Bowl last season.
“I’m really excited for our team,” said head coach Matt Wells. “This was a great win in all three phases. That was a full team unit.”
Eberle, who missed a field goal in overtime in last year’s Arizona Bowl, hit field goals of 44 and 32 yards to stake Utah State’s Aggies to a 6-0 lead.
“Tonight was just one of those nights where I was happy to be out there with my team, giving everything I’ve got,” Eberle said. “They blocked really well for me. Our snapper (Brandon Pada) did a great job. Our holder (DJ Nelson) should have been the holder of the year last year and I just kicked the ball well. What else can I say?”
New Mexico State’s Aggies used a 10-play, 75-yard drive capped by Matt Romero’s 18-yard scoring strike to Jonathan Boone to grab a 7-6 lead.
But Scarver, who returned a kick for a touchdown in the Arizona Bowl, took the ensuing kickoff to the end zone and Eberle added a 51-yard field goal to give Utah State a 16-7 lead after one quarter.
Jordan Love directed a 10-play, 65-yard drive with Eltoro Allen bulling his way to the end zone from a yard out for a 23-10 advantage. Utah State (1-1) added Eberle’s 21-yard field goal and a 14-yard TD pass from Love to Jalen Greene for a 33-10 halftime lead.
Utah State added two third-quarter TDs — Deante Fortenberry’s 75-yard interception return and Gerold Bright’s 51-yard run.
Darwin Thompson had a 68-yard TD run in the fourth quarter and Eberle added two 51-yard field goals.
Bright finished the game with 134 yards rushing, while Allen added 96 yards on just six carries. As a team, Utah State rushed for 274 yards.
“We’ve been banged up a little bit and that’s why I’m really proud of these guys,” Wells said. “This week was all about us. It’s what we do and how we do it. I’m proud of their preparation and the way they practiced. I’m excited about this team and I’m proud of them and the way they played tonight.”
Love completed 14 of 27 yards for 159 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
The Aggies racked up 446 yards of offense, while holding New Mexico State to 280.
Utah State next hosts Tennessee Tech Thursday September 13th at 6:00 p.m.