Maverik Stadium was once again striped with Aggie Blue and Fighting white. Last year’s #StripeTheMav campaign was recorded as the first college football game to ever go live on Twitter. USU defeated Weber State 45 to 6 in a home opener that also had one of the biggest 360 degree gigapixel photos ever taken at a football game. After the picture was taken, fans were able to tag themselves.
This year the home opener game was broadcasted live on Facebook instead of Twitter and there wasn’t a gigapixel photo but the Aggies tried a new tradition to get the younger students involved. They allowed the freshman class to rush the field before the start of the game. The youngsters were very excited to get onto the field and be a part of a great tradition.
The Aggies started the game out swinging. They showed they were mad about being embarrassed at Wisconsin last week and they took it out on the Idaho State Vandals by scoring 17 unanswered points in the first quarter. They proved that they were the better team and they weren’t about to take their foes from Pocatello lightly.
Dominik Eberle stayed perfect this season as he put the first points on the board with a 40 yard field goal. He certainly looks like a more than adequate replacement to last year’s starter Brock Warren. He nailed an easy 22 yard field goal in the fourth quarter with the game already clinched and let the second string sophomore kicker, Michael Smith, have the spotlight as he nailed a career long 42 yard field goal.
The play of the game was unarguably the filthy stiff arm that Ron’quavion Tarver threw down on an inferior Idaho State defender en route to a first down. Tarver had one touchdown catch and 75 total yards receiving on 7 receptions.
Jalen Davis made a difference as the most talented cornerback in perhaps the Mountain West Conference ran a key interception 25 yards for a pick six. What the 5 foot 10 senior lacks in size, he makes up for in skill as he also recorded two tackles.
It was an overall solid performance by an Aggie team that dominated this Idaho State team way more than many of their FCS foes in recent memory. This year the final score was 13-51 Last year they had a similarly good win 45-6 win over Weber State, however they needed a punt touchdown return by Andrew Rodriguez in 2015 to hold off Southern Utah.
The only think that could have possibly been better was the second unit. Second string quarterback Jordan Love connected on 50% of his passes for a total of 18 yards. It is yet to see whether junior DJ Nelson, younger brother of former USU and BYU quarterback Riley Nelson, can move up the quarterback depth chart. He saw a lot of action on special teams and recorded on running carry of negative yardage. He did lead the Logan High Grizzlies to an undefeated season in his senior year so he is definitely ok with moments bigger than him.
The Aggies will face a more difficult challenge next Saturday when they head to BB&T Field in North Carolina to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at 1 PM MST. Be sure to catch the game on the ACC Network on TV or on the radio on 1280 AM. You can also follow The Hive Sports on Twitter and Facebook to get live updates.)