This game is the continuation of a long tradition of BYU-Utah State battles on General Conference weekend. What the Aggies and their fans don’t have much tradition at is feeling like they have a shot at beating the Cougars.
Utah State hasn’t beaten BYU since 1993, in a wild 58-56 game you’ve no doubt been reminded of this week. With both teams struggling at 1-3, the Aggies think they have a shot at snapping their nine-game losing streak.
With the Aggies starting double-threat quarterback Diondre Borel and BYU turning it over to highly touted but unproven freshman Jake Heaps, and both teams desperate for a turning point to their season, anything could happen.
Former Utah State quarterback Riley Nelson, a Logan native, was lost for the season to an injury before the Cougars’ last game and won’t get a chance to play for BYU in his hometown against his former team.
There are plenty of other Top of Utah locals on both sides of the ball, however.
For BYU: Sky View product JD Falslev, WR/PR; Bonneville product Andrew Rich, DB; Davis High product Bryan Kariya, RB; Box Elder product Matt Putnam, DL; Layton High product Thomas Bryson, DL; Weber High product Mitch Payne, PK.
Utah State has a few more: Jase Hill, QB, Hyde Park; Peter Caldwell, P, Kaysville; Junior Keiaho, LB, Logan; T.J. Canales, QB, Layton; Keegan Andersen, S, Logan (USU coach Gary Andersen’s son); Josh Flores, RB, Logan; Josh Thompson, PK, Logan; Levi Koskan, DE, Smithfield; Zach Vigil, LB, Clearfield; Nick Ciancone, LB, Layton; Tanner Richins, OT, Logan; Josh Johansen, WR, Kaysville; Brad Theurer, TE, Logan; Tarren Lloyd, TE, Bountiful; Patrick Scales, LS, North Ogden; Tage Clifford, DL, Clearfield; B.J. Larsen, DE, Logan.
I’ll be twittering about the game at twitter.com/RoyBurton, keeping an eye out for how the Top of Utah players are performing.