UTAH STATE AGGIES

USU Players Campaign To Replace Texas A&M In Gator Bowl Against Wake Forest

Dec 22, 2021, 6:01 PM | Updated: 7:42 pm
Calvin Tyler Jr. - Utah State Aggies - LA Bowl...
Utah State Aggies running back Calvin Tyler Jr. (4) runs with the ball during the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl college football game between the Utah State Aggies and the Oregon State Beavers on December 18, 2021, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA (Photo by Brandon Sloter/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
(Photo by Brandon Sloter/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Players on the Utah State football team started to campaign to replace Texas A&M as Wake Forest’s opponent in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.

On Wednesday, December 22, the Texas A&M Aggies withdrew from playing the Gator Bowl due to COVID-19 issues within their football program.

The Gator Bowl is slated to take place on New Year’s Eve.

“We are disappointed that Texas A&M University and the Aggie fans will be unable to represent the Southeastern Conference in Jacksonville at this year’s TaxSlayer Gator Bowl game.  However, the health and safety of the student-athletes, coaches and staff remains our primary concern,” TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Chairman John Duce said.

The Gator Bowl said they are “aggressively” working to find a replacement team to play the Demon Deacons. The bowl game is seeking to find a replacement team in the 24-48 hours.

Following the announcement of Texas A&M’s departure from the Gator Bowl, members of another Aggie program began to campaign to play in the game.

Multiple Utah State players took to Twitter and let it be known that the Aggies of Logan want to play in a second bowl game this month.

Utah State officials said that the Aggies would accept an invite to the Gator Bowl if one was extended.

Utah State players campaign Gator Bowl

Logan Bonner – Utah State quarterback 

Calvin Tyler Jr. – Utah State running back

Derek Wright – Utah State wide receiver

Ajani Carter – Utah State linebacker

Hunter Reynolds – Utah State safety

Cash Gilliam – Utah State linebacker

Kevin Meitzenheimer – Utah State linebacker

Jacob Garcia – Utah State long snapper

Poukesi Vakauta – Utah state defensive tackle

Hale Motu’apuaka – Utah State defensive tackle

Byron Vaughns – Utah State defensive end

Utah State in 2021

Utah State finished its regular season schedule with a 9-3 record and a division title. The Aggies beat a ranked San Diego State team to win the Mountain West Conference Championship and earn an automatic to play in the LA Bowl.

USU played the Oregon State Beavers in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on December 18. Utah State beat Oregon State, 24-13.

With the win, the Aggies finished the season with an 11-3 record this season.

Gator Bowl

No. 17 Wake Forest (10-3) is schedule to play in the Gator Bowl on Friday, December 31 at 9 a.m. (MDT). The game will be televised on ESPN.

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