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Highlights, key plays and photos from Utah State’s 34-24 win over Colorado State

Utah State tight end Caleb Repp catches a 40-yard touchdown pass against Colorado State during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Logan, Utah. (Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP)

LOGAN — Utah State improved to 2-0 in Mountain West Conference play by topping Colorado State 34-24 Saturday night at Maverik Stadium.

The Aggies took over in the second half en route to improving to 3-1 on the year and 2-0 in MWC play.

Here’s a look at three key takeaways that defined the game.

Bright night and big plays

Senior running back Gerold Bright had a huge night for USU, rushing for career bests with 179 yards on 36 carries while adding two receptions for 19 yards.

Behind Bright’s contributions, the Aggies finished with 240 rushing yards and had 444 total yards on the night.

USU also had three touchdowns of 30-plus yards, including a 37-yard touchdown reception by Deven Thompkins and a 40-yard Caleb Repp score just before halftime to give the Aggies the lead at the break.

Utah State’s opening score was also a long one, as Savon Scarver ran a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown after Colorado State took an early 7-0 lead.

Turnovers aplenty

It’s no surprise there were plenty of turnovers — four for Utah State and three for Colorado State — on a rainy night in Logan.

Both teams scored 10 points off turnovers, and USU had a promising drive end inside the Colorado State 5 in the third quarter, but it was a trio of Rams fumbles that helped turn the momentum in the second half.

The first led to the Aggies’ go-ahead field goal on a fumble near midfield and the next one ended a promising CSU drive in Utah State territory.

The third came when Aggie linebacker David Woodward gave USU a 10-point lead by ripping the ball away from Marvin Kinsey Jr. and ran 8 yards for the touchdown.

Tough defense

Utah State held the Rams to just 296 yards of total offense, including 79 on the ground.

After Colorado State’s first possession of the second half resulted in a field goal — the Rams were set up for the score by an interception inside the USU 30 — Utah State forced four punts, three fumbles and a turnover on downs on the Rams’ last eight possessions.

Colorado State was also held to just 4 of 16 on third downs and the Aggies had seven tackles for loss in the game.

Scoring summary: Utah State 34, Colorado State 24

First quarter

Colorado State, Jaylen Thomas 2-yard run (7:14), Cayden Camper kick

Utah State, Savon Scarver 100-yard kickoff return (7:01), Dominik Eberle kick

Second quarter

Colorado State, Marvin Kinsey Jr. 1-yard run (14:24), Cayden Camper kick

Utah State, Deven Thompkins 37-yard pass from Jordan Love (13:00), Dominik Eberle kick

Colorado State, Andre Neal 44-yard interception return (10:03), Cayden Camper kick

Utah State, Dominik Eberle 42-yard field goal (6:41)

Utah State, Caleb Repp 40-yard pass from Jordan Love (1:08), Dominik Eberle kick

Third quarter

Colorado State, Cayden Camper 45-yard field goal (13:43)

Utah State, Dominik Eberle 48-yard field goal (2:57)

Fourth quarter

Utah State, David Woodward 8-yard fumble return (9:32), Dominik Eberle kick