LOGAN -- Kerwynn Williams eclipsed 200 yards in his breakout came of the season, a road victory last week at Colorado State. With the win, Utah State (3-1) marked its best start since 1978.
The Aggies' stomping of the Rams extended their first quarter dominance this fall to a 51-0 score. In an effort to carry the momentum into a homecoming outing against UNLV (1-3), the university has reserved no shame this week in promoting a "White Out."
With plenty of excitement for a program that is just two seasons removed from its 13th straight losing season,. Senior cornerback Will Davis, however, may have trumped them all.
"Honestly, I think we should be able to win out," Davis said in Fort Collins. "We should go 11-1. We lost one at Wisconsin, but that just shows how dominant we are in the WAC. ...
"...in the Mountain West, I think we're going to be just as dominant. We should be up there first year in there. I expect (USU) to win. I'll be gone, but we've got a young team, not a lot of seniors.
"We just need to continue through the next eight games and get a bowl game and get nine games," he said.
To UNLV, which will actually be among the Aggies' Mountain West Conference foes next season, those can be used as fighting words. That didn't mean third-year Rebel coach Bobby Hauck wanted to meddle in it.
The fourth-year USU coach mentioned plenty of concerns that actually relate to the other sideline. Among them: how Davis and the rest of that defensive backfield will handle a passing offense that ranks third in the Mountain West (235 ypg). While the Aggies may be seeking for their first five-game home winning streak in three decades -- conversely, the UNLV program has lost 16 straight games away from Sin City, a near-three year span -- the Rebels may represent a challenge for not just Davis, but the likes of linebacker Zach Vigil. With three tackles for loss and two sacks last week, the sophomore has received national recognition two weeks in a row, helping the Aggie defense rank 11th in the nation in total defense and 18th in countering the pass.
But USU yielded numerous big plays against the Rams while the second team primarily gave up 13 points in the fourth quarter. Considering UNLV's counter-threat, Vigil is concerned. "The biggest thing for me was we were really flat, it felt really flat out there," he said. "Like coach (Gary) Andersen said, we weren't flying around how we normally fly around. So that is a big thing that I want to help us do, is make sure that our intensity is there when we play this Saturday."