Live coverage: The Frank Maile era begins, as Utah State hosts Fresno State

Fresno State running back Ronnie Rivers heads in for a touchdown past Utah State safety Shaq Bond during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.  | Gary Kazanjian, AP

The Aggies hope to avoid an 0-4 start to the season, and give Maile his first win as a head coach since the 2018 New Mexico Bowl.

Let the Frank Maile era begin in earnest.

A week after Utah State announced the firing of Gary Andersen, the Aggies will take the field against Fresno State Saturday, under the direction of Maile, USU’s interim head coach.

After dropping back-to-back-to-back games to Boise State, San Diego State and Nevada, Utah State is hoping to avoid an 0-4 start to the season, something that hasn’t happened since the 2007 season.

Maile, who is in his 10th year at USU and 12th year as a collegiate coach, also served as the Aggies’ interim head coach in the 2018 New Mexico Bowl, a game USU won 52-13 against North Texas.

Utah State is 13-17-1 all-time against Fresno State, which includes a 9-4 record in Logan. The Aggies have won three straight games in the series, which is their longest winning streak against the Bulldogs since winning five in a row from 1955 to 1981.

Before to USU’s current winning streak, Fresno State won six consecutive games against the Aggies. Last year, Utah State defeated the Bulldogs 37-35. USU also posted a 38-20 home win the last time the teams played in Logan (2016). Fresno State’s last win in the series was a 24-17 victory in the inaugural Mountain West Championship game in 2013.

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Here are a few links to stories you may want to read prior to or during the game:

An early glimpse of what football in Logan looks like in November:

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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