LOGAN, Utah – After getting their first win of the season, Colville Tribal descendant Andrew Peasley and the Utah State Aggies looked to keep that momentum going against conference foe Air Force, Dec. 3.
Air Force had other ideas. Falling behind early, they would score 35 unanswered points propelling the Falcons to a 35-7 win over Utah State in Mountain West Conference action.
“There are two things – effort and execution,” said Utah State Interim Head Coach Frank Maile. “The effort was really good by our guys, the execution wasn’t as good. We started out the game really well; I was really impressed by the offense being able to eat up eight minutes on the first drive and finish with a touchdown. That was big time. That was the game plan, to be able to control the clock a little bit more and keep the ball away from Air Force.”
Utah State falls to 1-5 overall and in conference on the shortened season. Air Force improves to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in MWC action.
“I thought our defense put these guys in situations they weren’t used to and we allowed them to convert,” said Maile. “Bottom line is we left the defense on the field too long. These guys will eat up the clock, that’s what they do for a living. It just wasn’t good enough tonight.”
A week before, Peasley and Utah State ran all over the New Mexico defense for 209 rushing yards. Against Air Force, it was the other way around as the Falcons racked up the rushing yards up 334 yards against the Aggie defense.
Peasley and the offense seemed to be clicking early on, running 15 plays, netting 65 yards and taking off eight minutes and four seconds off the clock in their first drive that gave them a 7-0 lead.
However, after that first drive, it all went south for Utah State.
“It was lack of execution,” said Maile. “There’s a lot of pieces in that and everyone plays a part in that offensively. The bottom line is that we didn’t execute the way we needed to. We gave those guys opportunities to get back on the football field and we paid the price for it.”
Air Force would tie the game at 7-7 with 39 seconds left in the first quarter and would take a 21-7 lead into halftime.
The Falcons would tack on two more touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter to go up by 28 points, en route to their third win of the year, winning 35-7
Peasley finished with 123 yards passing with one touchdown pass and racked up 53 yards rushing on eight carries. He went 17-of-32 and had two interceptions.
This is the fifth game that Peasley has played in. He has 391 passing yards on the season with four touchdown passes and three interceptions.
Peasley is a threat with his legs too as he is second on the team in rushing yards with 195 off of 22 carries, for an 8.9 average. He has one rushing touchdown on the season, a 62-yard run against New Mexico (Nov. 26). Senior running back Jaylen Warren leads the Aggies with 252 rushing yards, on 39 carries and three touchdowns on the year.
Peasley’s first action came against Boise State (Oct. 24) where he was used as a rusher in minimal usage.
It wasn’t until the Aggies second game of the season where Peasley would be thrown into fighting pit, as he would replace starting quarterback Jason Shelley against San Diego State (Oct. 31). Peasley finished with 24 passing yards, going 5-of-9 and had one carry for 19 yards. San Diego State would go on to win 38-7.
Peasley was able to get in game action in the Aggies third game against Nevada for minimal usage.
The Aggies get ready for their last game of the season as they play at Colorado State (1-3, 1-3) on Saturday evening (Dec. 12).