LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – It was Utah State’s turn for a blowout.
After the Aggies got rolled at Wisconsin in their season opener, Utah State turned the tables on Idaho State, cruising past the Bengals, 51-13 in their home opener at Maverik Stadium.
Quarterback Kent Myers threw for 323 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 85 yards and two more touchdowns.
Eltoro Allen added 105 yards on the ground and a 9-yard touchdown, as the Aggies racked up 596 yards of total offense.
“This was a good team win,” head coach Matt Wells said. “It’s always satisfying to come out and perform the way we did right out of the gate. We talked about getting a fast start and running the ball with pace offense. I thought our defense played okay. It was a little bit of bend but don’t break a little early on. We moved the ball well.”
Utah State jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, capped by a 3-yard touchdown pass from Myers to Ron’Quavian Tarver.
After the Bengals cut the lead to 17-7, Myers scored on a 23-yard touchown run, while Jalen Davis returned an interception 23 yards for another score to blow the game open. Davis became the first Aggie since 2014 to pick off two passes in one game.
Myers added a 36-yard touchdown run near the end of the quarter to give Utah State a commanding 38-7 lead at halftime.
Myers threw his second touchdown pass of the night in the third quarter, a 19-yard strike to Jordan Nathan to make it 45-7.
“I felt really sharp,” Myers said. “My preparation throughout the week, I came in there with a chip on my shoulder, saying the Wisconsin game didn’t go the way that we wanted to. I knew I was going to have to grind 10 times harder this game, so my preparation really came out and we just executed.”
Linebacker Chase Christiansen led Utah State with eight tackles, while Alex Huerta and Suli Tamaivena added six tackles apiece.
Utah State improves to 1-1 on the year. The Aggies next play at Wake Forest September 16th.