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The Utah State record books will note the 2014-15 senior class as the winningest group in the program's history with the Aggies' 34-20 win over UNLV giving the class 32 wins, one more than the previous best.
Too bad there isn't room in the record books to put a bunch of asterisks with added notes like, "and then you should have seen what happened to them next."
For the way the senior class has built its 32-16 mark is even more impressive than the achievement itself.
The senior Aggies (5-3, 2-1) not only had the challenge of moving to the Mountain West Conference during the four-year period, but lost their starting quarterback and key running back last year to injury. This season, they are down five starters and now two backup quarterbacks, but continue to win.
"This is teamwork at its finest," Utah State coach Matt Wells said following Saturday's game. "It's a neat deal."
Wells was surprisingly upbeat after the win, considering he just watched his newly anointed starting quarterback, Craig Harrison, leave the field with a knee injury that is expected to sideline him for the remainder of the season. Harrison, who suffered the injury when he was tackled during the third quarter, will undergo an MRI to determine the exact damage, but Wells noted initial exams "weren't good."
Freshman Kent Myers, who finished Saturday's game, moves into the starting role with fellow freshman DJ Nelson as his backup and Jordan Brown, a redshirt freshman from Alta High, is third.
Also on the injured list is linebacker Nick Vigil, who has been instrumental in helping the Aggies establish an inside running game. He left Saturday's game early with a left hamstring injury. Wells didn't want to speculate how long, if at all, Vigil will be sidelined. He finished the game with 11 carries for 51 yards and six tackles with 1.5 sacks.
The Aggies' next two games are on the road at Hawaii and Wyoming, contests made tougher by the travel, Wells noted, but he and his players are keeping a positive attitude.
"It's a matter of resilience," Utah State linebacker LT Filiaga said. "It's not like our team hasn't been in this situation before."
Luckily for the Aggies, they face a Hawaii team that is struggling offensively, as the Warriors are averaging only 20.6 points a game and just 345 total yards.
The Warriors (2-6, 1-2) lost to Nevada 26-18 Saturday with the Wolf Pack scoring on their first four possessions of the second half.
The Aggies are confident they can continue to produce solid defensive efforts to give themselves a chance to win.
As for the offense, receiver JoJo Natson said the Aggies will continue to do what they've been doing all season.
"We're rallying around new quarterbacks every week," he said. "Every time someone gets hurt, someone steps up."
And the Aggies just keep winning.
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