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Highlights, key plays and photos from Utah State’s 26-24 win over Colorado State

For the first time this season, Utah State didn’t need to rally from a double-digit deficit to earn a victory.

Utah State defensive tackle Poukesi Vakauta (96) celebrates after recovering a fumble against Colorado State in the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, in Logan, Utah.
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In true Utah State fashion, the Aggies found a way against Colorado State Friday night, holding on for a thrilling 26-24 victory. Utah State claims sole possession of first place in the Mountain division in the MWC with the win, and improves to 5-2 on the season.

Final

Utah State 26, Colorado State 24

  • With 9:05 remaining in the fourth quarter, Colorado State cut the Aggies lead to just one possession on a 40-yard field goal by Cayden Camper. The Rams drove 69 yards in 7 plays and 1:42.
  • Stopped inside Colorado State territory, Coles connected on his fourth field goal of the game (34 yards) with 5:03 left in the game, giving the Aggies a two-score lead. Coles has accounted for more than half of the Aggies points.
  • Colorado State had a quick and decisive answer to Coles’ field goal. Led by quarterback Todd Centeio, the Rams drove 73 yards down the field in less than a minute and half, a drive that ended with a 13-yard touchdown reception by Gary Williams.
  • With seconds remaining and possession, Colorado State missed the potential game-winning field goal, giving the Aggies the victory. Utah State scored only six second half points and was out-gained by Colorado State 472 to 344, but the Aggies did just enough to hold on for the victory.

3rd Quarter

Utah State 23, Colorado State 14

  • The Aggies opened the second half with possession and after a 12-play, 55-yard drive pushed their lead to two scores on a 42-yard Coles field goal. Coles has now made back-to-back-to-back field goals for Utah State.

Halftime

Utah State 20, Colorado State 14

  • The Aggies broke through first with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Logan Bonner to Derek Wright. The score capped off a 6-play 66-yard drive that started with a Colorado State fumble in Utah State territory.
  • The Rams answer came on the subsequent possession. CSU marched 78 yards down the field in 14 plays, a drive that ended with a a 4-yard touchdown run by David Bailey.
  • For the second time in the quarter, Bonner found Wright for a touchdown reception, this one for 38 yards.
  • The Rams scored their second touchdown of the game with 5:11 remaining in the half. David Bailey rushed for his second score, a 2-yard run to finish off a 7-play, 75-yard drive that took just over two minutes.
  • The Aggies retook the lead with 1:30 left in the first half, on a 45-yard field goal by Connor Coles. Coles kick capped off a 7-play drive.
  • Coles added another field goal, this one from 30-yards out, with 33 seconds remaining in the quarter.

1st Quarter

Colorado State 0, Utah State 0

  • The Aggies forced a pair of turnovers, and had over a 100 yards on offense but could not score, despite a trip into the red zone.
  • Colorado State, meanwhile, also forced a turnover and had 75 yards on offense, but the Rams were unable to get into the red zone and threaten to score.
  • Both teams pounded the ball on the ground, with USU rushing for 70 yards, CSU for 75.

Pregame prep

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