Utah State Struggling

The Utah State Aggies continue to be their own worst enemy, and, as a result, are all but out of the Sun Belt title picture.

Utah State had six turnovers, including four interceptions, which led to 24 North Texas points and a 31-23 defeat last weekend.

The loss leaves the Aggies at 2-4 overall, and 1-2 in the Sun Belt Conference.

"You cannot kill yourself against North Texas," USU coach Mick Dennehy told the Logan Herald Journal. "That is why they win. We harped on that all week. As well as we did most things tonight, we just made too many mistakes."

USU trailed 24-20 late in the third quarter but looked to be headed in for a go-ahead score. However, the Aggies fumbled the ball in the end zone and North Texas ran it back 100 yards for the game-clinching score.

"We had our chances to get the ball in the end zone, we just didn't do it," Dennehy told the Herald Journal.

Added sophomore receiver Tony Pennyman: "We had a great plan coming in. We just ended up on the short end of the stick."

USU plays at Clemson this week and then plays its next three conference games on the road at Middle Tennessee, Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas State.

USU Quote to Note: "We've done drills and punishment things in practice to cut down on those things, but it continues to happen. I'm sure the coaches will talk about it again." -- USU sophomore WR Tony Pennyman, in the Logan Herald Journal, referring to the Aggies having six turnovers against North Texas.

Problem Areas: The Aggies are moving the football well at times, but turnovers and penalties have been a problem. The passing game, turnovers aside, is as dangerous as any in the league. The Aggies also have been effective on third-down conversions.

Utah State has to do a better job stopping the run, but six turnovers against North Texas is what let to its demise. The running game is awful and needs to improve to take more pressure off QB Travis Cox.

Roster Report: Junior punter Ben Chaet (ankle) could be out again this week. Back-up QB Leon Jackson filled in last week and averaged 54.7 yards a punt. ... Sophomore TE Jason Stephens (knee) is back in the lineup. ... Senior OL Victor Eti (shoulder) missed last week's game against North Texas. ... Sophomore DB Terrance Washington (knee) is out for the season. His loss is a devastating blow to the secondary because he is one of the best in the Sun Belt Conference.

Other Notes: Keep an eye on Aggies QB Leon Jackson -- the sophomore is a back-up quarterback who filled in for injured starting punter Ben Chaet. He averaged 54.7 yards on three punts.

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