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Hunter Reynolds Interception Gives Aggies First Quarter Momentum

Aug 27, 2022, 2:39 PM
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Utah State safety Hunter Reynolds (Courtesy of Utah State Athletics)
(Courtesy of Utah State Athletics)

LOGAN, UT – With Utah State trailing 7-0 and UConn driving after an Aggie turnover, an interception from safety Hunter Reynolds gave the Aggies momentum.

The Aggies hosted UConn at Maverik Stadium in Logan, UT in the 2022 season opener for both teams.

After Pailate Makakona fumbled on his first carry of the season to give the ball back to UConn, Reynolds stepped in front of the nackup QB Turner’s pass to give the Aggies a spark.

Reynolds had one interception for the Aggies last season.

Aggie QB Logan Bonner is 3-for-4 for 33 yards. Running back Calvin Tyler Jr. has received the bulk of the carries, toting the ball six times for 47 yards in the opening quarter.

UConn’s Ta’Quan Roberson scored the first touchdown of the game with a first quarter rushing score before leaving the game with an apparent right knee injury.

125th Season of Aggie Football

Saturday’s game marks the first time since 2016 that the Aggies have opened the season at home and the 15th time since 1959. Utah State has won their past three home openers and are 9-5 overall in home openers. USU is riding a 12-game winning streak against non-conference opponents at Maverik Stadium.

Coming off of an 11-3 2021, Utah State picked up votes in two national preseason polls. The Aggies received 12 votes in the Coaches’ Poll, tied for 38th; and two votes is the Associated Press poll. This is the first time since 2019 that the Aggies have received preseason recognition in the polls.

Quarterback Logan Bonner, offensive lineman Alfred Williams, linebacker AJ Vongphachanh, cornerback Jamie Nance and safety Hunter Reynolds were named captains for the game.

About UConn

Former Atlanta Falcons and UCLA Bruins head coach Jim Mora leads the Huskies in his first season with the program.

The Huskies return 12 starters, six on each side of the ball, and 57 letter-winners from last season’s 1-11 team. Last season UConn averaged 15.6 points and 265.1 yards of total offense per game (163.8 passing, 101.3 rushing) and allowed 38.5 points and 451.8 yards of total offense (258.0 passing, 193.8 rushing).

Connecticut’s roster includes four players on award watch lists this fall. Junior LB Jackson Mitchell (Butkus Award Watch List), sophomore RB Nate Carter (Doak Walker Award Watch List), graduate RB Robert Burns (The Wuerffel Trophy Watch List) and graduate LS Tommy Zozus (Patrick Mannelly Award Watch List).

This is just the second time USU & UConn have faced each other. Utah State won the first meeting, 38-31, on Nov. 10, 2001, in Storrs, Connecticut.

Week Zero

The Aggies opened their 125th season of football at home against the Connecticut Huskies.

Every Utah State football game can be heard on the KSL Sports Zone with Scott Garrard and former Aggie quarterback Kevin White on the call.

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