Thursday, October 02, 2008

Preview: Utah State

What: BYU @ Utah State University
Where: Romney Stadium, Logan UT
When: Friday, October 3; 6 p.m.
TV: KJZZ (in Utah), BYUTV (nation-wide)

Of note: The Cougars of BYU and the Aggies of Utah State have met 77 times in the past 84 years. The rivalry (if you can call it that) has been all about the Cougars lately, as BYU has won 8-straight and 24 of the last 27 (since 1975). Overall, BYU leads the series 41-33-3.

This will be the first time BYU will visit Logan since 2002, when BYU had to saddle up freshman running back Curtis Brown for the huge comeback win. Brown rushed for 217 yards and 3 TDs, and BYU scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to beat Utah State 35-34.

Some other interesting statistics:

*Utah State head coach Brent Guy is 0-8 vs. ranked teams in his tenure.
* In those eight games, Utah State lost by an average of 40.1 points.
*The Aggies have lost 21 straight games to ranked teams.
*The Aggies are 0-10 against BYU when the Cougars are ranked.

About the Aggies: The Aggies are… a division one football team. They have… a coach, a place to play their games and several players to fill each position.

Um… Utah State was founded in 1888 by some hardworking farmhands who wanted a place to raise their cows…

I kid, I kid. Relax Aggie sympathizers. I actually like the Aggies, and hope they turn the corner here real soon.

Utah State is coming off a big win against Idaho, in which USU put up 42 points. Quarterback Diondre Borel, in his first start, led the team with 191 yards and 2 TDs passing, and another 93 yards and 1 TD on the ground.

Borel was not the original starter, however. The Aggies started the season with senior Sean Setzer. The two quarterbacks’ styles are completely different; Setzer is a traditional drop-back passer, while Borel is a speedy option-quarterback.

Key Losses: The Aggies’ best playmaker of the decade, Kevin Robinson, is in the NFL this year, and veteran USU QB/Punter Leon Jackson moved on also (although, that could be a good thing for Aggie fans).

Oh… and they also lost another player who transferred away earlier this year… but that’s another story for another time.

Key Returners: The Aggies bring back several starters, including two on one of their best units, the offensive line: tackle Derek Hoke and center Ryan Tonnemacher.

Matching up: The key matchup in this game will be USU’s offensive line vs. BYU’s d-line and linebackers. The Aggies are going to play ball control to keep the rock out of Max Hall’s very capable hands and BYU’s offense on the sidelines, so USU better hope its offensive line can protect QB Borel and give him some holes to run through.

In fact, they better give the offense a LOT of time on the field. If BYU gets the ball even once in this game, it’s over.

Adam’s Take: Who wants to eat at Maddox after the game? Oh man, I can taste that sarsaparilla right now… BYU 49, USU 6.

Sources: News Release
Cougar Tracks with Greg Wrubell
Utah State University: About Page – USU team home page
USU 2008 Depth Chart
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BYU Image

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