Utah State vs North Dakota: Game Preview How to Watch North Dakota vs Utah State Football Prediction and Preview. It was that once-in-a-blue-moon type victory. The first for a new head coach at Utah State in four-plus decades. The first over a Power 5 opponent since 2014. The first over a Power 5 foe on the road since 1971. And one the Aggies program, which has struggled in recent times, can hang its hat on and hope helps build a better future on the football landscape. Starting with its home opener on Friday night against FCS heavyweight North Dakota.
Utah State scored its first road Power 55 victory since 1971 against Wazzou. Now, the Aggies return to Maverik Stadium to face a top-15 FCS squad. Can they avoid a letdown and take care of business or will the Fighting Hawks give them more than they can handle?
But Blake Anderson says pump the brakes, folks. We’re not going to jump to conclusions,” the head coach told reporters after his Utah State debut victory over Washington State. “We did not play our best football. All in all, we made the plays we absolutely had to make.
This speedy bruiser back had a great game against Idaho State on the road in Pocatello. He compiled 114 yards and three touchdowns on just 22 carries, good for 5.2 yards per carry. He is physically very similar to Aggies running back Calvin Tyler, so he can push the pile if need be and punish his tacklers with his size. USU will need its run defense to play soundly in their gaps to minimize the damage he can do between the tackles.
They did just that, scoring two touchdowns in the final 5:25 for one of the biggest upsets of the Week 1 schedule Utah State went into Pullman and — on Logan Bonner’s seven-yard TD pass to receiver Deven Thompkins with just 11 seconds left — shocked the host Cougars in dramatic 26-23 fashion.
The young gun quarterback is only a sophomore, but he is punching well above his weight. Though he only played sparingly in 2019 for the Fighting Hawks, he has taken over the starting role with ease. Against the Bengals in their road opener, he passed for 183 yards and a touchdown. He plays well under pressure and spreads the ball around to multiple receivers, helping to make his team’s offense dynamic. USU’s secondary should get a solid test on Friday night.