Defense, special teams fuel Aggies’ win over Colorado State

LOGAN – Utah State head coach Matt Wells called it “beautiful.”

From a spectator standpoint, it was a lot of punting and penalties, but the USU football team got the job done and earned a 13-0 win over Colorado State on Saturday at Romney Stadium.

“What an outstanding job by our defensive staff and defensive players,” Wells said. “This is the first shutout in 10 years. Hats off to our defense to our unbelievable effort. I’m just so proud of our kids. It’s hard to win games in Division I football. You learn to win games and that shows the character of a program.”

The Aggies capitalized on a Nick Vigil interception in the second quarter to take a 3-0 lead. Vigil showed up his older brother, Zach — who snagged an interception in the first quarter — by laying out to pick off a pass that set up a Nick Diaz field goal.

“He’s better than me, so I’m happy for him,” Zach said.

USU then mounted its only touchdown drive of the game to start the second half, riding running back Joey DeMartino for seven plays that finished with the senior plunging in from a yard out for a 10-0 lead.

DeMartino finished with 127 yards on 35 carries — the most carries by any USU running back since 2001.

The Aggies tacked on a late field goal for the final margin.

Punter Jaron Bentrude recorded a career-high eight punts that were downed inside the 20-yard-line, which provided an uphill battle for the Rams with USU having favorable field position the entire game.

The Aggie defense shined as a result, allowing just 69 yards rushing to Kapri Bibbs and company. Bibbs came into the game having rushed for 600 yards in his past two games.

“It was another total team win and gets us to 6-1 in the Mountain West,” Wells said. “We’ve got a chance to fight and stay alive in the conference championship race.”

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