Comeback effort falls short for Aggies in MWC title game

Fresno State's Todd Hunt sacks Utah State's Darell Garretson in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)

For three quarters Saturday, the Utah State football team had little going for it.

The Aggies faced a 24-7 deficit entering the 4th quarter but scored 10 unanswered points before ultimately falling 24-17 to Fresno State in the inaugural Mountain West Championship game.

Linebacker Jake Doughty scored USU’s only points of the first half with an 83-yard fumble return for a touchdown with three seconds left in the half to turn the tide for the Aggies.

USU received the second half kickoff with a chance to cut into the deficit, but failed to capitalize on two Brian Suite interceptions before allowing Derek Carr to lead Fresno State on a touchdown drive and a 17-point lead.

Freshman quarterback Darell Garretson was knocked out of the game on a helmet-to-helmet hit that was not flagged, but Craig Harrison came in and led the Aggies back.

Bruce Natson scored on a 10-yard touchdown run and USU recovered the ensuing onside kick. The Aggies got a 20-yard field goal to get within seven.

But it wasn’t to be for Utah State, as the Aggies failed on two potential game-tying drives.

USU finished 4-of-16 on third down and the offense failed to produce points on three Bulldog turnovers.

The Aggies fell to 8-5 overall on the season and 7-2 in MWC play. Utah State will await a bowl invitation.

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