Game 225: San Jose State @ Utah State

Friday nights make for an energetic college football atmosphere – especially in remote college towns like Logan, Utah, where team spirit is the life blood. Romney Stadium (now Maverik Stadium), although smaller in stature, can create noise that echoes throughout the Cache Valley, and with tonight being senior night, many Aggie partisans braved the frigid temperatures to celebrate the final home game of what has already been a successful season. San Jose State became the sacrificial lamb on a day that belonged to Big Blue. Our day began with a slow drive up I-15, taking in the snowy mountain vistas and stopping by Willard Bay State Park to catch a glimpse of The Great Salt Lake. Driving into campus offered a gluttony of mountain views and beautiful architecture. We took our time on Old Main Hill where the tall and proud Old Main Building looks down like a guardian upon the USU campus. The views atop this hill satisfied the craving for entertainment.

But, there was a football game to be watched. The Aggies came in with a bowl game locked and hopes still alive to capture the Mountain division of the Mountain West Conference. SJSU was looking to capture any wisp of respectability. The game began with some measure of being competitive. The Spartans appeared undaunted by arctic temperatures that would put denizens of the Bay Area in a full fledge panic. But, their courage alone to play through the cold wouldn’t see them to victory. Utah State had much more to play for and they played inspired, shutting down the game early in the second half. Fans sang their unofficial fight song “Show Me A Scotsman” on repeat through the night. These seniors, the winningest seniors in Aggie history, would close their career with a dominant 41-7 victory. The win was enough to switch the “A” light atop the Old Main Building from white to blue. This is only done for special campus events or significant athletic victories. Clearly, this win qualified as significant. As a fan, it’s the kind of ending to a home season you imagine. Victorious. Dominant. Proud. The Aggies won in all three phases.

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