The Aggies were hoping to get off to a good start for a change, but found themselves down by three touchdowns at halftime and could never recover, and thus were trounced 30-7 on Saturday night at Spartan Stadium.
"We didn't start off how we thought we would," quarterback Diondre Borel said. "We practiced well during the week. We had an extra day on San Jose, and it just didn't turn out how we expected it to be."
The Aggies looked like a team that was poorly coached, and many fans on the Aggie site (ScoutUstate.com) were posting messages of disgust.
"We've gotta be more effective in the first half," USU head coach Brent Guy said. "I've gotta get them focused. There's something happening where we're not hitting the field, we're not ready to just go out there and play and execute and I've gotta get that done."
In the first half, the Aggies had seven punts and only two first downs.
The Spartans limited USU to a mere 48 yards on 26 plays — that's a paltry average of 1.85 yards per play.
Even worse, the Aggies didn't even cross midfield and were 0-for-7 on third-down conversions.
In the second quarter, USU QB, Borel, had a pass slip through the hands of his reciever, and into the direction of Spartans linebacker, Duke Ihenacho.
Ihenacho returned it 43 yards for a touchdown to give SJSU a 14-0 lead with 11:23 to go in the second quarter.
The defense is the main reason the Spartans (4-2, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference) are in the WAC conference race and moving along towards bowl eligibility at mid season.
"We have a lot of football left, but we have given ourselves a chance to have a good season", said Coach Dick Tomey, after the Utah State massacare.
"I'm very proud of our team and the way they played. Obviously there are a lot of things that we need to do better, but all in all, I think it was a really solid win for us."
SJSU QB, Kyle Reed, continues to improve as the season progresses.
"The whole team really contributed to the win," Reed said. "The most important thing is we're 4-2 and going into this road game (at New Mexico State) with a win under our belt."
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