Boise State running back Robert Mahone, left, runs with the ball as New Mexico linebacker Alex Hart, right, closes in for a tackle attempt during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won 42-9. | Steve Conner, AP

The Aggies host the Broncos in a third straight must-win Mountain West Conference game

LOGAN — Utah State head coach Gary Andersen is prone to repetition, not unlike any number of other college football coaches.

Since before the season began, Andersen has talked repeatedly about such things as the Aggies’ goal to win the Mountain West Conference, or how the faults of the team should lie at his feet, rather than those of his players. He’s mentioned the importance of attaining bowl eligibility a time or two and praised the depth and talent of teams throughout the conference again and again.

Arguably more than anything else, Andersen has emphasized the importance of playing meaningful games in the month of November. It is what he has wanted for the program, to be playing meaningful games at the close of the year.

Maybe not like this, though.

Late Saturday night at Maverik Stadium, Utah State will take on No. 20 Boise State for what is, for all intents and purposes, a third consecutive elimination game.

Starting three weeks ago against Fresno State, it has been win or go home for Utah State football when it comes to a Mountain Division title and a berth in the conference championship game.

“It’s elimination game No. 3 for the Aggies,” Andersen said. “We have passed the first two tests, so here we go again. Elimination game No. 3.”

Those first two tests came against Fresno State and Wyoming, back-to-back wins that altered the trajectory of the Aggies’ season.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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