Utah State beats San Diego State for MWC title


Utah State gained its first Mountain West title in dominating trend on Saturday.

The Aggies (10-3) took benefit of a shorthanded San Diego State staff and steamrolled the Aztecs 46-13. Utah State scored the primary 14 factors of the sport and even led 23-3 within the third quarter after a blocked punt changed into a security.

Sure, even San Diego State’s Matt Araiza, the perfect punter within the nation, wasn’t spared from the destruction.

San Diego State (11-2) was lacking over a dozen gamers due to COVID-19 protocols and Saturday’s recreation was the possibility for the primary 12-win season in class historical past. As a substitute, the chance for 12 wins must wait till the bowl recreation.

Utah State’s first Mountain West title is available in Blake Anderson’s first season with the staff. After an 0-3 begin to 2020 underneath Gary Andersen, the Aggies made a training change. Anderson, the previous coach at Arkansas State, took the job after curiosity from Energy 5 faculties earlier than the 2020 season and instantly turned a staff that went 1-5 in 2020 right into a 10-win staff in 2021.

A part of that was an improve at quarterback. Logan Bonner got here with Andersen from Arkansas State and threw for over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns on Saturday.

San Diego State isn’t constructed to maintain up with an offense that torches its protection like that. The Aztecs have persistently performed in low-scoring video games all season and easily aren’t constructed to return again from three-touchdown deficits.

The loss is San Diego State’s first MWC title recreation loss in three appearances. Utah State’s solely earlier MWC championship recreation look got here in 2013 when USU misplaced the inaugural recreation 24-17 to Fresno State.



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