GAMEDAY College Football

Utah State 31, Connecticut 20

Associated Press

LOGAN, Utah - Logan Bonner threw three touchdown passes, Calvin Tyler Jr. added 161 yards rushing and Utah State defeated Connecticut 31-20.

Trailing 14-7 late in the second quarter, Utah State scored 17 points in the final 3:42 to take a 24-14 halftime lead. Robert Briggs scored on a 23-yard run, Bonner connected with Justin McGriff for a 14-yard score and Connor Coles hit a 45-yard field goal.

Noe Ruelas kicked field goals of 47 and 54 yards to draw UConn within 24-20 early in the fourth quarter before Bonner led a 75-yard scoring drive, capped by his 11-yard TD pass to Brian Cobbs. A diving interception by Ike Larsen on UConn's next possession helped seal the win.

Connecticut, playing its first game under coach Jim Mora after going 1-11 last season, took a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Nathan Carter rushed for 110 yards on six carries in the period but his fumble in the second quarter led to Utah State's first touchdown. He finished the half with nine carries for 130 yards and 20 for 190 for the game.

Bonner finished 20-of-29 passing for 281 yards. Tyler's 161 yards came on 33 carries for Utah State.

The Aggies, favored by 23 1/2-points, improved to 13-1 in their last 14 home openers.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UConnUtahSt
UConn TD 10:05 Ta'Quan Roberson 1 yd run (Noe Ruelas kick) 7 0
UConn TD 1:38 Keelan Marion 13 yd pass from Zion Turner (Noe Ruelas kick) 14 0
Second Quarter UConnUtahSt
UtahSt TD 12:28 Kyle Van Leeuwen 11 yd pass from Logan Bonner (Connor Coles kick) 14 7
UtahSt TD 3:42 Robert Briggs 23 yd run (Connor Coles kick) 14 14
UtahSt TD 1:48 Justin McGriff 14 yd pass from Logan Bonner (Connor Coles kick) 14 21
UtahSt FG 0:01 Connor Coles 45 yd FG 14 24
Fourth Quarter UConnUtahSt
UConn FG 13:28 Noe Ruelas 47 yd FG 17 24
UConn FG 10:09 Noe Ruelas 54 yd FG 20 24
UtahSt TD 6:00 Brian Cobbs 11 yd pass from Logan Bonner (Connor Coles kick) 20 31
Team Stats
  Connecticut Utah State
First downs 21 31
  Rushing 12 14
  Passing 8 15
  Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Efficiency 6-15, 40% 6-15, 40%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 39-245 54-261
Passing Yards 119 281
Return Yards 88 10
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-33-2 20-31-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 1--2
Punts 6 5
Punts-Average 41 48.2
Fumbles Lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties - Yards 4-35 6-60
Time of Possession 28:17 31:43
Connecticut Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
Z. Turner 12 31 109 1 2
T. Roberson 1 2 10 0 0
Utah State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
L. Bonner 20 29 281 3 0
L. Williams 0 1 0 0 0
B. Cobbs 0 1 0 0 0
Connecticut Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
N. Carter 20 190 9.5 0
C. Millen 2 22 11.0 0
B. Brewton 5 18 3.6 0
T. Roberson 3 8 2.7 1
Z. Turner 3 4 1.3 0
D. Houston 2 3 1.5 0
D. Harrison 1 3 3.0 0
R. Burns 1 1 1.0 0
A. Turner 1 -4 -4.0 0
Utah State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Tyler Jr. 33 161 4.9 0
R. Briggs 10 85 8.5 1
P. Makakona 3 11 3.7 0
L. Bonner 4 6 1.5 0
L. Williams 1 4 4.0 0
Connecticut Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Turner 3 32 10.7 0
R. Dixon 2 29 14.5 0
K. Clercius 3 28 9.3 0
K. Marion 1 13 13.0 1
B. Brewton 1 10 10.0 0
N. Carter 1 10 10.0 0
D. Houston 2 -3 -1.5 0
Utah State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Cobbs 7 78 11.1 1
K. Van Leeuwen 3 54 18.0 1
J. McGriff 3 53 17.7 1
T. Vaughn 2 41 20.5 0
C. Tyler Jr. 2 33 16.5 0
R. Briggs 1 16 16.0 0
J. Sterzer 1 8 8.0 0
N. Davis 1 -2 -2.0 0
Connecticut Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Utah State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
H. Reynolds 1 6
I. Larsen 1 4
Connecticut Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
G. Caratan 6 246 41.0
Utah State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
S. Kotsanlee 5 241 48.2
Connecticut Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Utah State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Jones 2 0 0
Connecticut Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Houston 2 48 24.0
B. Brewton 2 40 20.0
Utah State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Connecticut Missed FG
Player Length
Utah State Missed FG
Player Length




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