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Jalen Royals Scores Long Touchdown, Utah State Takes Second Half Lead

Nov 4, 2023, 7:04 PM

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Jalen Royals looks to pick up some YAC in Utah State's 42-21 loss at San Jose State on Saturday, October 21.

SAN DIEGO, California –ย In need of a spark, backup quarterback Cooper Legas took advantage of some trickeration, finding Jalen Royals for a 50-yard touchdown. Utah State took a 10-7 lead with its first touchdown of the afternoon.

Utah State is in California to take on the San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday, November 4.

RELATED: Hillstead Out, Cooper Legas Takes Over For Utah State

On the longest play from scrimmage of the night for USU, Legas found Royals for a momentum-changing touchdown. Royals has six grabs for 74 yards and the score. Legas has completed 4-of-5 passes since entering late in the first half for Hillstead,

For Royals, it was his fifth touchdown of 50 or more yards in the last five games. Royals leads the Aggies with 11 TDs. He came into the game with a team-high 707 yards.

Utah State leads 10-7 halfway through the third period.

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Utah State Aggies vs. San Diego State Aztecs

Saturday, November 4 โ€“ Snapdragon Stadium | San Diego, CA

The Aggies named five captains before facing SDSU.

Acting as captains today are senior linebacker MJ Tafisi Jr, sophomore safety Devin Dye, junior wide receiver Micah Davis, junior tight end Broc Lane, and junior long-snapper Jacob Garcia.

Utah State By The Numbers In 2023

The Jekyll & Hyde Aggies have been outscored 105-17 in first quarters this season. USU has turned the tables in the remaining quarters, outscoring opponents 265-167 in quarters two, three, and four.

Despite the difficulties in the opening 15 minutes, the Aggie offense leads the Mountain West and is 21st in the country, averaging 35.2 points per game. USUโ€™s 451.1 yards per game of total offense leads the MW while its 287.4 passing yards per game is fourth in the conference and 22nd in the nation. Utah State has 25 passing touchdowns, tied with the No. 5 Washington Huskies for third-most in the country.

Defensively, Utah Stateโ€™s 16 turnovers forced are third in the MW and 13th nationwide.

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Jalen Royals Scores Long Touchdown, Utah State Takes Second Half Lead