Let’s get this out of the way quickly and then move on: Utah State lost 30-28 Saturday afternoon to Fresno State. The loss gives the Aggies a dismal 1-7 overall record and a 1-3 mark in the Western Athletic Conference.
Those are the cold, hard facts for Aggie fans. No amount of spin, consolation or rationalization can change that.
But, and this is where Aggie fans try to play football psychologist, you can say there were positives coming from the loss — even though there is truly never much positive in losing a sporting event where the W or the L is pretty much all that matters.
I know, I condradicted myself. That’s what my Pysch 101 education gets you, I guess.
Let’s take a look at some of the good, some of the bad and some of the other stuff that happened in Romney Stadium.
Fresno State’s win in Logan was the first for the school since 1989. FSU has been a pretty good program while USU has been a pretty bad one since that time. Yet, USU owns an 8-3 all-time record against the Bulldogs in Romney Stadium.
After juggling the starting lineup hoping to find some spark, the Aggies had four freshmen on the line, a freshman running back, a freshman fullback, a freshman wide receiver, a sophomore tight end and a sophomore quarterback in the starting lineup. That young group of players produced the second-best offensive day of the season for USU.
Once considered a threat to be the WAC’s third BCS-busting team in as many years, Fresno State is now out of the Top 25 and nearly getting beat by the Aggies won’t help get the Bulldogs any extra votes.
For the first time this season, USU scored on it’s first drive of the game.
Also for the first time this season, USU did not trail at the end of the first quarter.
While we’re on a roll . . . For the first time this season, the Aggies scored on a two-point conversion. Diondre Borel scampered in to bring USU to within 24-21 early in the fourth quarter.
The 11 touchdown passes by USU quarterbacks — nine by Borel and two by Sean Setzer — equal the entire 2007 output. And there are still four games to go.
Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes is a Fresno State grad. So is his wife. But as the final seconds of the game ticked off he was nervously pacing the sidelines hoping for something positive from the Aggies.
Fresno State kicker Kevin Goessling booted the 58-yard winning field goal as time expired. It was a big bit of redemtption for a kicker who has been lampooned on video highlights for faking a roughing-the-kicker penalty after missing a field goal, then missing again after getting a second chance. Karma didn’t follow him to Logan, though.
There were no turnovers in the game. USU fumbled three times, but recovered each one.
There were also no sacks recorded by either team and the only FSU tackle for loss came on a fumbled pitch from Borel. USU had five tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
USU was 3-of-3 on fourth-down conversions. But the Aggies were only 3-of-12 on third-down attempts and stalled miserably in the second half when FSU built an 11-point lead.
USU has two more home games this season. Hawaii is up next as the Warriors visit Logan in a week.
In case you’re wondering — and what Aggie fan isn’t? — basketball season begin Halloween night with an exhibition game against Northwestern Nazarene.