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Utah State Aggies football
AmericanFootball current event.svg 2019 Utah State Aggies
Utah state logo NCAA-MWC-Utah state aggies-helmet-blue
First season 1892
Athletic director John Hartwell
Head coach Gary Andersen
5th year, 26–24–0 (.520)
Home stadium Maverik Stadium
Year built 1968
Stadium capacity 25,513
Stadium surface SprinTurf
Location Logan, Utah, U.S.
Conference Mountain West
Division Mountain
All-time history
Utah State Aggies Historical Teams
1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
2020 2021 2022 2023
All-time record 554–544–31 (.504 (as of 2019))
Postseason bowl record 5–8–0 (.385 (as of 2018))
Claimed national titles 0 (as of 2018)
Division titles 1
Rivalries BYU Cougars
Utah Utes
Wyoming Cowboys
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans Template:American college football All-Americans
Current uniform
NCAA-MWC-Utah State Aggies uniforms
Colors Blue, Pewter Gray, and White

                     

Fight song Hail the Utah Aggies
Mascot Big Blue
Outfitter Nike
Website UtahStateAggies.com
The Utah State Aggies football team represents Utah State University located in Logan, Utah. The Aggies are a member of the NCAA FBS Mountain West Conference and play their home games at Maverik Stadium in Logan. The Aggies are currently coached by Gary Andersen.

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

Template:Rellink The first intercollegiate athletic event in Utah State University's history took place on November 25, 1892, when the Agriculturalists defeated the football team from the University of Utah, 12–0.[1] The game was played on what is now the quad, and it was the only game until 1896. The Aggies enjoyed early regional dominance, notching their first perfect season (7–0) in 1907.[2] In 1911, under head coach Clayton Teetzel, the team again finished undefeated, even shutting out each of its five opponents by a collective score of 164 to 0.[3] Hall of Fame. The makeshift field on the quad continued to serve the team until 1913, when football was moved to Adams Field, two blocks west of campus, where Adams Park now sits. The new field represented an improvement, but the facilities remained meager, which fact became more apparent with the success of Coach E. L. "Dick" Romney, who came to Logan in 1918. Romney, for whom the current football stadium is named, earned the team's first-ever conference championship in 1921, and compiled a 128–91–16 record in 29 seasons.

Recent historyEdit

The program continued a rich legacy throughout the early- and mid-20th century, when the program produced a large number of athletes who went on to play in the NFL, including the legendary brothers and consensus All-Americans Merlin Olsen and Phil Olsen, who played for the Aggies. It was during this time that Utah State finished two seasons with year-end Top 25 rankings: No. 10 in 1961 and No. 19 in 1972.[2]

Following the great heights of the 1960s and 70s, Aggie football fell upon hard times. Many longtime Aggie supporters attribute the decline to administrators at both Utah and BYU freezing then-superior USU out of the newly forming WAC. However, other factors cited as leading to the decline include a failure to upgrade facilities until recently, a lack of donors to athletics, complacency of past athletics directors, and instability in conferences.[4]

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After continual failed attempts to join the WAC, the program played as an independent program from 1962 to 1977 (until joining the PCAA/Big West in 1978). The program again played as an independent from 2001 to 2002 before joining the geographically distant Sun Belt Conference after the Big West Conference, which had housed the Aggies since 1978, elected to stop sponsoring football in 2001. USU's other teams remained in that conference until the school was finally invited to join the WAC in 2005. Despite having lobbied to join its in-state rivals Utah and BYU in the WAC for many decades prior to 2005, the Aggies gained membership only after the two other schools had left to form the Mountain West Conference. Later on, Utah State joined the Mountain West Conference in July 2013, again following departures by Utah and BYU.

Former head coach Gary Andersen led the team to new heights. In 2011, he led the team to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and the team's first winning season since 1997. The 2012 team found far greater success, notching the school's first double-digit win season, the first outright conference championship since 1936, a return to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl for the first bowl win in 19 years, and a national Top 25 ranking in three major ranking systems: the AP poll, the ESPN/USA Today poll, and the BCS.

Andersen left the program following the 2012 season. He was replaced by his former offensive coordinator, Matt Wells who coached the Aggies in their inaugural year as members of the Mountain West Conference. Despite multiple injuries to offensive starters, the Aggies were able to gain a berth to the first Mountain West Conference Football Championship Game, which they lost to Fresno State by a score of 17–24. [5] Coach Wells was awarded the Mountain West Coach of the Year award[6] and the Aggies defeated Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl by a score of 21–14.At the conclusion of the 2018 regular season, Matt Wells left to accept the head coaching job at Texas Tech. This led to the return of former coach Gary Andersen, who began in his second stint as Utah State head coach in 2019. [7]

SeasonsEdit

2010sEdit

Season Coach Record
2019 Gary Andersen
2018 Matt Wells; Frank Maile 11-2
2017 Matt Wells 6-7
2016 Matt Wells 3-9
2015 Matt Wells 6-7
2014 Matt Wells 10-4
2013 Matt Wells 9-5
2012 Gary Andersen 10-2
2011 Gary Andersen 7-6
2010 Gary Andersen 4-8

2000sEdit

Season Coach Record
2009 Gary Andersen 4-8
2008 Brent Guy 3-9
2007 Brent Guy 2-10
2006 Brent Guy
2005 Brent Guy
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000

ReferencesEdit

  1. cfbdatawarehousse.com. Archived from the original on June 25, 2009. Retrieved on April 9, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Utah State 2009 Football Media Guide. Utah State University. Archived from the original on December 27, 2017. Retrieved on December 26, 2017.
  3. "Teetzel Makes Big Shakeup in Aggies", October 12, 1911. 
  4. Brad Rock. "Utah State has paid price for standing pat", Deseret News, September 2, 2009. Retrieved on December 26, 2017. Archived from the original on October 12, 2017. 
  5. Error on call to template:cite web: Parameters archiveurl and archivedate must be both specified or both omittedJosh Dubow. Utah State falls short in Mountain West title game. College Football AP.
  6. Error on call to template:cite web: Parameters archiveurl and archivedate must be both specified or both omittedWilliams, Kraig. Utah State football: USU's Matt Wells exceeded expectations as a first-year head coach. Deseret News.
  7. Error on call to template:cite web: Parameters archiveurl and archivedate must be both specified or both omittedUtah State wins Poinsettia Bowl. At the conclusion of the 2018 regular season, Matt Wells left to accept the head coaching job at Texas Tech. This led to the return of former coach Gary Andersen, who began in his second stint as Utah State head coach in 2019.. Los Angeles Times.

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