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Know the Opponent: Utah State Aggies

The Utah State Aggies are 1-0 after defeating FCS opponent Weber State last week 45-6, including 428 rushing yards (tied for national lead) and six touchdowns on the ground. USU also committed no turnovers in the game and gave up no sacks.

Aggies running back Devante Mays carried the ball 18 times for 208 yards and three touchdowns. Mays was the leading rusher for USU last year. The leading rusher from 2014, LaJuan Hunt, is also on the roster.

QB is Kent Meyers, a dual-threat player who has 11 wins as a starter and completed 11-17 passes last week for 100 yards.

The Aggies have three seniors starting on the offensive line.

There are 9 offensive starters returning, but only 3 defensive starters.

The returning defensive starters are DB’s Jalen Davis and Devin Centers, along with DE Ricky Ali’ifua.

Utah State is coached by Matt Wells, in his 4th year with a record of 26-16. He has led the Aggies, who play in the Mountain West conference, to four straight bowl games (the school has been to 5 in a row).

USC holds a 5-0 series lead with the Aggies with an average margin of victory at 37 points, but the most recent meeting in 2013 was a close one with the Trojans winning 17-14.

The game will start at 11:00 a.m. PT, and will air on the Pac-12 Network.

 



Garry Paskwietz
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Garry Paskwietz

A 1988 graduate of USC with a degree in Sports Information. Worked in sports marketing for LA Lakers and Miller Brewing Company. Began covering the Trojans in 1996 with the Trojan Football Fax. Founded WeAreSC in November 1998 with stints at Scout and ESPN. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.


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