USU notes: Ags relish spotlight of national TV game

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LOGAN - The BYU foot­ball program finds itself on national television on a reg­ular basis. Not only that, the Cougars are on some kind of TV almost every week, which does wonders for recruiting.

The same goes for Utah, who last week won a 31-28 barnburner over Oregon State before a nationally televised audience.

Utah State? Not so much.

And that's what makes Sat­urday's matchup against San Jose State special for an Aggie program that's frankly starving for some at­tention.

The game will be tele­vised on ESPNU, which will be the first time playing be­fore a national audience for many USU players. It's part of the alliance that the West­ern Athletic Conference has struck with the ESPN fam­ily of networks, and many Aggie players know it's a huge opportunity. "We're definitely excited for the chance," USU running back Robert Turbin said. "A lot of guys are from California, and it's a chance for their families to see them on TV. I'm sure a lot of guys are going to be getting calls after the game."

The opportunity for positive exposure is something that the program relishes.

And very quietly, the Aggies will be attempting to win their fourth consecutive conference game.

"Every guy in this pro­gram has always wanted to be on ESPN," USU's Josh Taylor said. "So guys are ex­cited and guys are anxious to get out there and show what they can do."

Limiting turnovers

Turnovers are a sore sub­ject around Utah State right now. The reality is simple for the Aggies. Had they lim­ited turnovers against BYU, Utah State wouldn't have been in a 24-0 hole at the end of the first quarter. The problem isn't limited to that game either.

For the season, the Aggies have lost the collective turnover battle. Now that the conference portion of the schedule is here in earnest, that's something USU coaches know has to be turned around quickly.

"We definitely have to take care of the football," Ag­gies coach Brent Guy said.

"It's going to be an impor­tant part of the game on Saturday."

Utah State at San Jose State

Saturday, 5:30 p.m., ESPNU