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Davenport Rushing Score Gives Utah State Life After Muffed Punt

Oct 22, 2022, 9:20 PM | Updated: Nov 7, 2022, 2:36 pm
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LOGAN, UT- OCTOBER 8: The sun sets over the game between the Utah State Aggies and the Air Force Falcons during the second half of their game October 8, 2022 Maverik Stadium in Logan, Utah.

LOGAN, Utah –ย Utah State freshman quarterback Bishop Davenport capitalized on Wyoming’s first mistake, turning a turnover into a touchdown as USU trails 14-7.

Utah State is playing Wyoming in the ‘Battle for the Rifle’ at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, WY.

The Aggie offense couldn’t gather any momentum but a Wyoming muffed punt gave Utah State the ball in the red zone. It was the first time the Aggie offense had been on Wyoming’s side of the field.

Sophomore cornerback Jamie Nance recovered the fumble for Utah State.

After a 15-yard pass from Davenport to Tyler Jr., Davenport scored on a quarterback keeper from five yards out to cut the Cowboy lead in half, 14-7.

Davenport is 9-0f-14 for 67 yards passing. Tyler Jr. leads the Aggie rushing attack with just 11 yards on five carries.

Utah State Aggies (3-4, 2-1) vs. Wyoming Cowboys (4-3, 2-1)

Utah State lost Cooper Legas (concussion) and Levi Williams (ankle) to injuries last week against Colorado State. Down to their fourth QB of the season, redshirt-freshman Bishop Davenport led USU to a second-half, come-from-behind win over the Rams.

Though Legas and Williams each have more time in Anderson’s system, Davenport has been with the Aggies since early summer. With a week of practice reps under Davenport’s belt, a luxury Utah State didn’t have in last week’s win, he should be able to handle running a larger portion of the offense.

As a team, USU is piling up 173.5 yards per game on the ground and their 1,215 rushing yards are good for second in the Mountain West and top-20 nationally. Utah State’s 294 rushing attempts are the second most in the conference, behind only a passing challenged Air Force team.

The Cowboys rush defense has been stout, allowing a fifth in conference 147 yards per game on the ground.

Calvin Tyler Jr. has been on a tear in recent weeks. In his second season with the Aggies, Tyler Jr. has four 100+ yard rushing games, including topping the century mark in his past three games. Tyler Jr. is the first Aggie back since Kerwynn Williams to top 100 yards in three straight games. Despite his success piling up the yardage, Tyler Jr. has found the end zone once this season.

Behind Tyler Jr. is freshman Robert Briggs. In his college debut, Briggs carried 10 times for 85 yards and a touchdown. After earning Mountain West Freshman of the Week honors in that win over UConn, Briggs has only reached double-digit carries twice since then.

A pair of Aggies find themselves in the top-20 nationally for most tackles. Junior linebacker MJ Tafisi is averaging more than nine tackles per game and is 12th in the nation with 66 stops. Senior linebacker AJ Vongphachanh’s 61 stops is third in the Mountain West and 20th nationally.

This dynamic pair of linebackers will need help stopping a Wyoming offense that is averaging a fifth in the Mountain West, 23 points per game.

Game Eight Captains

As customary, Utah State has named five captains for today’s game. Junior defensive end Patrick Joyner Jr.; graduate-junior defensive end Daniel Grzesiak; sophomore long-snapper Jacob Garcia; graduate-senior offensive lineman Jacob South and graduate-senior offensive lineman Wade Meacham.

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