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Utah State football: Aggies turn attention to Colorado State

Published September 16, 2012 5:06 pm

USU football • Team turns attention to Colorado State.
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Madison, Wis. • Kerwynn Williams doesn't have a choice. Neither do the rest of his Utah State teammates.

The Aggies have to move on. The games won't stop just because USU suffered that heartbreaking 16-14 defeat to Wisconsin on Saturday night. Colorado State on the road looms. A winnable game for sure, but a road game still.

"We have to let it go, it's as simple as that," Williams said. "We have a good team, and Colorado State is a good team. We have a long way to go, a lot of games left. We're not happy with this loss, but we have to prepare for the next game."

USU has some concerns. The offensive line is more depleted by the game. Senior veteran Oscar Molina-Sanchez is out with an injury. Eric Schultz has struggled at right tackle and Wisconsin generated a good enough pass rush on Saturday that Chuckie Keeton found himself continually scrambling for his well-being.

Finding depth up front is a major priority for the coaching staff, because Keeton took way too many hits against the Badgers, and even missed a play after coming up lame in the second half.

"The offensive line wasn't good," Aggies coach Gary Andersen said. "The pass-blocking has to get better. Wisconsin's defensive end had a great game. We were OK with the run-blocking, but the line overall has to improve. Part of it is Wisconsin's defense. I think at the end of the year, everyone will look back and say that the Badgers have a top 20 defense nationally."

After beating Colorado to open the season, CSU has struggled, losing at home to North Dakota State and losing on the road to San Jose State in blowout fashion.

Former Aggie offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin is performing in the same role with the Rams. So far, the results have been mixed. Utah State knows this is a game in which it can be successful. So the Aggies are moving on and starting to prepare.

"We know that we just have to focus on everything ahead of us," Williams said. "We had our chances against Wisconsin, but we just didn't get it done."

tjones@sltrib.com

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