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USU football: Utah State overcame years of futility to get to this point

Utah State’s long climb from the bottom started at the top.

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Best foot forward

Utah State’s .500-or-better football seasons since 1981:

Year » Record Coach: Comment

1981 » 5-5-1 Bruce Snyder: Lost to Idaho State in last game

1990 » 5-5-1 Chuck Shelton: Won four straight after 1-4-1 start

1993 » 7-5 Charlie Weatherbie: Beat BYU; beat Ball State in Las Vegas Bowl

1996 » 6-5 John L. Smith: Beat Utah in opener; no bowl bid

1997 » 6-6 John L. Smith: Beat Utah; lost to Cincinnati in Boise

2011 » 7-6 Gary Andersen: 2-5 start; lost to Ohio in Potato Bowl

2012 » 10-2 Gary Andersen: 6-0 at home; will play Toledo in Potato Bowl

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