Saturday was the third straight game in which Utah State played before a record crowd. Last December, the 15,508 at the Sam Boyd Silver Bowl for Las Vegas Bowl II topped attendance at the first Vegas Bowl. In the 1994 season opener, 31,287 in Romney Stadium for Utah-Utah State was an Aggie record.
And in Saturday's 41-16 loss at Colorado State's Hughes Stadium, a turnstile total of 28,797 was the largest home-opener ever for the Rams. It was Ag Day, an important tradition in Fort Collins, since CSU teams prior to 1957 were called Aggies.Saturday in Fort Collins was also the second straight game in which USU lost heavily to a WAC team that had lost its best runner. The Aggies lost 32-17 to Utah without Henry Lusk, then lost 41-16 to CSU without fullback E.J. Watson, who ran 36 times for 177 yards at Air Force a week before. Watson was taken to a local hospital 20 minutes before kickoff for intravenous antibiotics for a severe foot skin infection. He'd been treated for athlete's foot earlier in the week, but the infection developed and spread quickly.
In Watson's place, Leotis Brown carried 17 times for 191 yards and a touchdown against USU.
Utah made 248 rushing yards against the Aggies, the Rams 268. CSU scored four plays into the game on a 69-yard run up the middle by Brown.
CSU's Anthoney Hill was intercepted four times, but USU couldn't score after any of them. It missed a field goal after the first interception, punted after the next two and gave back the fourth on a fourth-quarter interception that turned into a Ram TD in five plays. The second Ram interception was run in 30 yards for a TD.
Aggie senior corner Donald Toomer had the game's hardest hit in the first half, blasting Brown for a 1-yard loss on third down in the second quarter, and two interceptions against Hill. "The quarterback wasn't real patient, and he liked to look exactly where he was going to throw," Toomer said. He left the game briefly with a rib injury after his first interception. Paul Gustafson and Chuck McMillian had the other picks.
USU soph Micah Knorr kicked a 54-yard field goal at 10:55 of the first quarter, third-longest in USU history.