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Logan • The bitter feeling still rests with Utah State.
Last year's matchup against Louisiana Tech turned into a nightmare. The Aggies couldn't run the ball. They couldn't pass it. They couldn't defend, and special-teams play stunk.
It was the worst performance of the year for USU, traveling to Ruston, La., and getting smacked around 24-6 in a game that was never close. It hurt a lot more, knowing that Louisiana Tech was hardly a good team to that point.
"We just canned that game," senior safety Walter McClenton said. "I don't know what it was. It was kind of like a fog. That was the toughest loss we had last year. They made a lot of big plays, and we didn't. It was a low point in our season for sure."
On Saturday, the Aggies seek redemption. Of course, with a 2-4 record, USU needs all the wins it can get. But the concern is whether the Aggies match up well with the speed of the Bulldogs. A loss here, and Utah State probably ends its hopes of bowl eligibility. Frustration already rests within the team after a disconcerting 31-21 loss Saturday to Fresno State.
The focus right now, especially coming off 11 penalties for 118 yards, is playing well and staying mistake-free.
"We remember, and we remember that we played terribly," receiver Travis Van Leeuwen said. "We know we could've done better. So this year we really want to come out and prove to them and to everyone else that we're for real in our conference."
Quarterback Chuckie Keeton appears fine after being hurt on a sack in the Fresno State game. Safety McKade Brady, who played well against the Bulldogs, is questionable after suffering a mild concussion. He will have to pass protocol to play against Louisiana Tech.
USU coach Gary Andersen said that his wideouts aren't as involved as he would like. Against Fresno State, the Aggies did throw down the field. Van Leeuwen caught a deep pass on a go-route. But Matt Austin, Chuck Jacobs and Stanley Morrison have largely been silent. That's something Andersen would like to change.
"That is one area I think we can improve," Andersen said. "I would like that to be more consistent. We have some weapons, and I want to see them involved."
Louisiana Tech at Utah State
P Saturday, 1 p.m.