The beat is catchy; the lyrics require some censoring. Every time rapper Lupe Fiasco's "The Show Goes On" comes through the loop of music that plays during Utah State's football practices, coach Gary Andersen's mind returns to Hawaii.
That's because USU recruiting coordinator Zach Nyborg's weekly highlight package used that song as the backdrop for clips of the Aggies' 35-31 victory at Hawaii in November 2011. That's really when all of this started for Andersen and the Aggies their first of 16 victories in 19 games, including Saturday's 41-15 triumph over Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
There's a deeper context to Andersen's success at USU, and this season became its own story. Yet there's no doubt that the turnaround truly took hold on that night in Honolulu, where a 2-5 Aggie team trailed Hawaii 28-7 at halftime.