Utah State Aggies football

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Utah State Aggies football
2014 Utah State Aggies football team
Utah State University Aggies Logo.svg
First season 1892
Head coach Matt Wells
2nd year, 19–9 (.679)
Home stadium Romney Stadium
Field Merlin Olsen Field
Stadium capacity 25,513
Stadium surface SprinTurf
Location Logan, UT
Conference Mountain West
Division Mountain
All-time record 525–517–31 (.504)
Postseason bowl record 4–6 (.400)
Conference titles 12
Division titles 1
Consensus All-Americans 2
Current uniform
WAC-Uniform-USU.png
Colors

Aggie Blue, Pewter Gray, and Fighting White

               
Fight song Hail the Utah Aggies
Mascot Big Blue
Rivals BYU Cougars
Utah Utes
Wyoming Cowboys
Website UtahStateAggies.com

The Utah State Aggies are a college football team that competes in the Mountain West Conference (MWC) of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of NCAA Division I, representing Utah State University. The Utah State college football program began in 1892 and has played home games at Romney Stadium since 1968. They have won twelve conference championships in four different conferences during their history, most recently in 2012. Overall, the Aggies have a record of 525–517–31 (.504).[1]

In December 2012, Matt Wells, previously the offensive coordinator, became the Aggies' new head coach, replacing Gary Andersen. Andersen left the Aggies shorty after the final game of the 2012 season to become the new head coach for the University of Wisconsin. Andersen had replaced Brent Guy following the unsuccessful 2008 season. Andersen was previously the defensive coordinator at the University of Utah, and he was also a part of the 2008 Ute team that went undefeated and won the 2009 Sugar Bowl.

The Aggies have played in ten bowl games in their history, winning four: the 2014 New Mexico Bowl against the against the UTEP Miners, the 2013 Poinsettia Bowl against the Northern Illinois Huskies, the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against the Toledo Rockets and the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl against Ball State.[2] Their most recent loss was in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (formerly the Humanitarian Bowl), losing 24–23 to Ohio. They have won three consecutive since the loss.

History[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.

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.[4]

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.[6] The longtime futility of the football program has had a negative effect on the perception of the university as a whole, and it is something that the Aggies are only now recovering from.[citation needed]

Football game being played at USU's Romney Stadium

After continual failed attempts to join the WAC, the program played as an independent program from 1962–1977 (until joining the PCAA/Big West in 1978). The program again played as an independent from 2001–2002 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.

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  3. ^ "cfbdatawarehousse.com". Retrieved April 9, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Utah State 2009 Football Media Guide". Utah State University. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Teetzel Makes Big Shakeup in Aggies". The Evening Telegram (Salt Lake City). October 12, 1911. 
  6. ^ Rock, Brad (September 2, 2009). "Utah State has paid price for standing pat". Deseret News. Retrieved February 5, 2010.