Talk about a trap game.
The Utah State football team, riding a 6-2 record and a 2-0 league winning streak and setting its sights squarely on a showdown with Louisiana Tech next month, hopes to take care of a couple of Texas teams the next two weeks.
So, make that two trap games.
First up is second-year program UTSA at noon today in San Antonio, followed by next Saturday’s game versus Texas State back in Logan.
Today’s game is slated for the Alamodome.
Coach Gary Andersen likes the progress his teams is making on the defensive side of the ball.
“I think we’ve been great a lot this year. You sit back and look at our numbers, the numbers I tag on great defense is very difficult to attain and they are right there,” Andersen said earlier this week. “Credit our coaches.”
Meanwhile, UTSA is 5-2 overall 1-1 in the WAC after dropping their last two outings. The Roadrunners are making the jump to the Football Bowl Subdivision this fall after posting a 4-6 record as a FCS independent a year ago.
UTSA coach Larry Coker is impressed with the Aggies.
“They are very physical upfront and they run the ball well. One of their running backs is an NFL-type player,” the Roadrunners coach said.
“But we can’t worry too much about them and forget about us. We have to play better and only try to control what we can control. We need to protect the football and not turn over the ball and we need to play well on special teams. From what I have seen on Utah State, they look like a top-25 team.”
Utah State posted a 41-7 home win against New Mexico State in its last outing. Offensively, USU is led by sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton who is 170-of-254 passing for 2,015 yards (251.9 ypg) with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams leads the team with 795 rushing yards on 131 carries (99.4 ypg) with seven touchdowns, and Williams leads the team with 30 catches for 425 yards (53.1 ypg) and three touchdowns.
Defensively, senior safety McKade Brady leads the team with 70 tackles (28-solo, 42-assist), including 1.0 tackles for loss.
After producing 516 yards of total offense in its last game, Utah State now ranks second in the WAC and 41st in the nation in total offense (439.4 ypg).
The Aggies are eyeing a showdown on Nov. 17 at Louisiana Tech.
Under coach Sonny Dykes, No. 24 Louisiana Tech (6-1, 1-0 WAC) is smashing offensive records and opponents. The Bulldogs lead the NCAA in scoring (56.1 points per game) and rank second behind Oklahoma State in total offense (581.6 yards per game).
The Aggies know they need to avoid the Texas traps to make that showdown all it can be.