Utah State vs. BYU Final Score: Aggies Make It Look Easy In 45-20 Win
Aggies win consecutive games vs. Cougars for the first time since a four-game winning streak from 1971-75.
This game was never in doubt.
Utah State started the 2018 game in a very similar fashion as its 2017 dominant victory with the first score of the game being an interception returned for a touchdown.
The Aggies would, in fact, go up 21-0 early in the second quarter and end up outplaying BYU to a very easy win 45-20.
This was the first time in 44 years that the “Old Wagon Wheel” will remain in Logan for consecutive years and the back-to-back 40-plus points score for the Aggies has not been done since the 1954 and 1955 games.
Utah State was led behind quarterback Jordan Love who had a career day with five total touchdowns with four in the air and one on the ground while completing 18 of 28 for168 yards.
One key to this win — as well as the Aggies success all year — has been the running game and once again a Utah State back rushed for over 100 yards and this week it was Darwin Thompson who had 109 yards on the day.
This game was dominated in the trenches by Utah State who protected Love who was not sacked at all and was hardly pressured.
“We kept Jordan Love clean most of the night,” said Aggie offensive lineman Quin Ficklin, who previously played at BYU. “We ran the ball really well. We had a good scheme. The coaches had us ready to roll.
“It was a great night for us as an offense, a lot of fun.”
Plus, the Aggies defensive front got in Tanner Mangum‘s face with a sack and four quarterback hurries.
This Utah State team should be getting a lot more attention than it is currently getting as the only loss is a touchdown defeat to Michigan State, who is still ranked by the way.
This team that was predicted fourth in the preseason was clearly incorrect and the only really tough games that are left on the Utah State schedule is going to Hawaii and then on the road to Boise State to end the season which very well could decide the Mountain Divison title.