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Colorado State's Kapri Bibbs (5) gets tackled by Utah State's Zach Vigil with help from Connor Williams and Maurice Alexander during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Logan, Utah. Utah State won 13-0. (AP Photo/Herald Journal, John Zsiray)
Utah State football: Aggies shut out Colorado State Rams 13-0

Utah State stops Colorado State’s Bibbs as wind limits passing options for both teams.

First Published Nov 23 2013 10:01 pm • Last Updated Nov 23 2013 11:19 pm

Logan • Matt Well’s eyes grew as big as dinner plates, pinned to the stat sheet.

"Is that true?" Wells asked aloud, seeing how little Colorado State had run on his defense. "Holy moly. That’s a great job."

At a glance

Utah State rolls with shutout win

Aggies earn program’s first shutout since 2003.

» Utah State’s defense holds Colorado State to 185 offensive yards.

» Running back Joey DeMartino runs for 127 yards and a touchdown.

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Utah State (7-4, 6-1) may well frame the numbers from this game in the locker room: 185 yards allowed. Only 38 yards allowed on 34 rushing attempts. And especially the last, most important number: Zero.

The wind beat down on both teams Saturday afternoon, but the Aggies defense held firm in a 13-0 win, the program’s first shutout in 10 years. The Rams (6-6, 4-3) sought holes, bursts, sparks, but found none between a staunch Utah State run defense and the whipping gusts that made passing all but futile.

There wasn’t much offense on either side, but a perfect defensive performance in the Aggies’ fourth straight win was pleasure enough for Wells.

"It’s hard to win," he said. "There ain’t nothing ugly about it. It’s a beautiful thing."

Pre-game buzz centered around Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs, and if Utah State would be able to put the brakes on the No. 2-ranked rusher’s wheels. The build-up amounted to little, as the Aggies controlled the line of scrimmage and held him to 54 yards after Bibbs had run for 603 in his previous two games.

Sometimes, the Aggies stacked the box on him, but often, it didn’t matter. In the end, the team had nine tackles for a loss, including four sacks of quarterback Garrett Grayson. As time ticked away in the second half, Colorado State had no choice but to keep throwing against conditions and a defense that weren’t allowing much.

It played right into Utah State’s hands. The Aggies also finished with a pair of picks: Brothers and fellow linebackers Zach Vigil and Nick Vigil notched them.

"From a defensive standpoint, there was a lot of heart out there today," said Zach Vigil, who had a half-sack as well. "We were flying around, running to the football. … In a low-scoring football game, getting the shutout is huge."

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Old-school gridiron tactics reigned in the battle between the Mountain West foes. The Aggies put out a season-low 13 points, but did just enough in the ground game to edge by.

Senior running back Joey DeMartino scratched out a rugged 127-yard performance while scoring the game’s only touchdown early in the second half. Although the passing game struggled — Darell Garretson threw for only 48 yards — running the ball was the one thing Utah State did well.

DeMartino said it was evident since Thursday, when winds were blowing against his front door, that he would have to shoulder much of the offense.

"Just in pregame, our coaches were throwing little quick out routes, and that ball was sailing down," he said. "I had to get my mind right. I knew I was going to carry the load a little bit today."

In the fourth quarter, the team dealt with yet another challenge in an injury-riddled season. Cornerback Rashard Stewart went down after an accidental collision with a teammate, and medical personnel had to take him off the field in a stretcher to a local hospital. Later, receiver Travis Reynolds got tangled up with a defensive back and grabbed his knee after landing awkwardly. He did not return.

Wells said he had received word that Stewart was "stable" following the game. He did not comment on Reynolds, who appeared in crutches on the sidelines after the injury.

kgoon@sltrib.comTwitter: @kylegoon

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