Utah State Football: Aggies’ best moments from 2019
Counting down the top moments from USU football
What was the best moment?
The 2019 season had some genuinely great moments for USU’s football team. Despite an up and down year with stretches of unbridled frustration, the Aggies did put together some incredible plays and keyed up a few noteworthy wins. Without further ado, let’s look at the best of the best this season had to offer for Aggie fans.
1. Beating SDSU on the road
San Diego State had themselves a rock solid season, getting to 10-3 and winning a bowl against Central Michigan in what would be Rocky Long‘s last game an Aztec. San Diego State nabbed a good road victory against UCLA (a school they had historically not beaten until this tilt) and fielded a truly stifling defense, holding their initial opponents on the schedule to 0, 14, and 10 points.
The Aggies came to town looking for their first win against SDSU since 1967. USU dominated the first half of the game and held a 23-3 lead to begin the third quarter. The rest of the game would see the Aggies blow several big plays on defense and allow the chippy Aztecs to get within six points in the closing minutes.
Dominik Eberle missed a sure game-winning kick and SDSU appeared to be on the way to a crushing comeback… until Ryan Agnew decided to sprint backward chasing down a wayward snap. Years of blown chances in close games wouldn’t nip the upset-minded Aggies this time.
Altogether, it was a roller coaster game with a terrific ending, which makes this the best win USU got in 2019.
2. David Woodward‘s Strip-six vs CSU
In what turned out to be an incredibly wet and gusty evening, USU weathered the storm (no pun intended) against the feisty if beleaguered Colorado State Rams. Though Utah State went on to win the game 34-24, there were a lot of mistakes along the way that prolonged the fight and kept all in attendance nervous.
The offense didn’t click much despite a great rushing attack from the Aggies. Jordan Love threw a pick-six and Bright lost a fumble early in the game. Late in the game and with a tenuous lead propping up the Aggies, linebacker David Woodward decided he had enough. He forcefully stripped the ball from Rams’ runner Marvin Kinsey and returned it eight yards for the game-clinching score. Great stuff from a stud defender.
3. Eric Munoz vs Wyoming
In another nail-biting game, USU toppled the Wyoming Cowboys in dramatic fashion. Former walk-on linebacker Eric Munoz had his coming out party in Logan with a sturdy 13 tackle, two-interception performance against a resilient Cowboy offense.
After the game ended, Munoz had a memorable and tear-filled press moment where he detailed his struggles to make it in college. The former walk-on went on to earn a scholarship less than a week later. Great win and a great person helped make it possible for USU.
4. Eberle kicks Fresno State to the curb
The Aggies have had a long and painful history of missed opportunities, especially when it comes to field goal kicking. Against Fresno State, Dominik Eberle ensured Utah State would get a needed walk-off win. It was not only the first game-winning kick in Eberle’s storied career with the Aggies, but it was also the first time since 1998 the Aggies had won a game on a last-second field goal.
So, THAT is what it feels like to win one of these things.
5. Scarver just returns kickoffs for touchdowns
In an otherwise forgettable game, Savon Scarver racked up his fifth kickoff return for a touchdown in his career. This set the school record, passing the previous mark of four that was set by Kevin Robinson. The blocking and coverage downfield was flawless and the junior speedster made it look easy against the Wolf Pack. Aggie fans are fortunate they have this guy around for one more season. Enjoy him, Aggie nation.