Cooper Legas Finds Terrell Vaughn, Utah State Leads Early

Nov 5, 2022, 1:46 PM


LOGAN, UT- OCTOBER 8: Cooper Legas #5 of the Utah State Aggies throws a pass against the Air Force Falcons during the first half of their game on October 8, 2022 at Maverik Stadium in Logan, Utah.

LOGAN, Utah – Cooper Legas didn’t take long to show he is fully recovered from a concussion, hitting Terrell Vaughn for a 38-yard scoring strike.

On the Aggies second play from scrimmage, Vaughn split to Lobo defensive backs, streaking untouched for the first touchdown of the afternoon.

It was Vaughn’s fourth touchdown catch of the season as he has continued to develop rapport with USU quarterbacks. For Legas, it was his sixth touchdown pass of the season, coming on his first pass since leaving the game against Colorado State three weeks ago.

With the Aggies leading 7-0, Utah State’s defense just forced the second New Mexico punt of the opening quarter.

New Mexico Lobos (2-6, 0-4) vs. Utah State Aggies (3-5, 2-2)

This is the 29th matchup between New Mexico and Utah State, making it the 12th-most played series in USU program history. The Aggies hold a 15-13 all-time advantage in the series and are 8-4 against the Lobos in Logan.

Utah State has won each of the last five gams in the series, including a 35-10 throttling in Albuquerque last season and a 41-27 Aggie win in 2020.

Utah State comes into this game off of a bye week, following a 28-14 loss to Wyoming. New Mexico, also coming off of a bye week, fell at home 41-9 to Fresno State in their last game action.

USU has dealt with injuries across the board this season, especially at the quarterback position. When Bishop Davenport came on against Colorado State, USU became the only FBS team to play four quarterbacks in 2022.

The bye week may have allowed the Aggies to get healthier.

“The open week came at a really good time for us,” Head coach Blake Anderson said in his weekly press conference. “I do think we’re gonna get some guys back to the field. It looks as if we’re trending in the right way. We will be healthier on Saturday against New Mexico.”

Beyond health, it will be interesting to see how Utah State deals with off-field distractions after former Athletic Director John Hartwell stepped down to make sure ‘family comes first’.

Hartwell’s resignation came on the heels of a lawsuit filed by former Utah State football player Patrick Maddox, who left the team in February.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court, alleges retaliation after Maddox recorded Anderson making remarks about victims of sexual assault, according to Yahoo! Sports.

In the lawsuit, Maddox accuses the school and coach Anderson of blackmail and retaliation for trying to help his friend in a lawsuit against the school for mishandling a sexual assault allegation.

Game Nine Captain

As they have done for each game this season, Utah State announced five player-captains against New Mexico. Graduate-senior running back Calvin Tyler Jr.; RS-freshman wide receiver Otto Tia; graduate -senior defensive back Andre Grayson; graduate-senior safety Hunter Reynolds; and junior tight end Joshua Sterzer.

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Cooper Legas Finds Terrell Vaughn, Utah State Leads Early