Legas To Learn From Mistakes, Add Consistency To Aggie Offense

Oct 4, 2022, 11:22 AM | Updated: 2:16 pm

LOGAN, Utah – At 1-4 and staring a date with Air Force in the face, can Cooper Legas develop fast enough to help salvage Utah State’s season?

The Aggies officially turned the page on the Logan Bonner era following the announcement that Bonner will miss the remainder of the season with a broken foot. The success of USU’s offense now rests in the hands of Legas.

“I thought Coop did a good job. He can’t turn the ball over. There’s a couple plays he’d love to have back,” head coach Blake Anderson said following the 38-26 loss to BYU. “But he was poised. He gave us a chance to be competitive and control the offense most of the night.”

Legas finished 19-0f-31 for 188 yards and a pair of touchdowns to wide receiver Brian Cobbs. But it was the ability of Legas to extend plays and pick up yardage on the ground when the pass wasn’t available that made the biggest difference in Utah State’s offense.

Following offseason knee surgery, whether it be physical or mental, Bonner wasn’t able to get the Aggies in a rhythm. Bonner’s 17 rushing yards in four games pales in comparison to the 61 yards and a score Legas picked up on the ground.

At the end of the day, USU finished with 204 rushing yards. Calvin Tyler Jr. benefited from additional open running lanes, adding his second 100-yard rushing day of the season, finishing with 104 yards on the ground.

It wasn’t all sunshine and roses for the junior QB in his first career start. A pair of interceptions and a lost fumble are mistakes that Legas and Anderson know they cannot afford.

“Three turnovers on the night. Bad ball security can’t happen,” Anderson said. “He’s gonna get better. He just struggled to move through his progression at the pace he needed to in that environment. That’s something I think more reps are going to help. He’ll get better at it.”

Up Next

Utah State (1-4, 0-1) moves into a critical portion of their schedule with their remaining seven games coming against Mountain West competition. The Aggies return home to face the Air Force Falcons (4-1, 1-1). Kickoff for this game is scheduled for 5 p.m. (MST).

Following this weekend’s date with Air Force, the Aggies head out on the road for games at Colorado State and Wyoming.

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.

  • Utah State Aggies Scoreboard

  • Utah State Aggies Team Leaders

  • Utah State Aggies Standings

Utah State Aggies

Brian Preece

Legas To Cobbs Connection Paying Dividends For Utah State

A once struggling Utah State offense looks brand new thanks to an uncanny connection between Cooper Legas and Brian Cobbs.
4 months ago
Justin Bean - Utah State vs. New Mexico...
Brian Preece

Former Aggie Basketball Great Released By Memphis Grizzlies

SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah State Aggie basketball Justin Bean has been released by the Memphis Grizzlies as they pare their roster for the NBA season. The Grizzlies announced the roster move on Monday, October 10. Bean had previously signed a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers after he went undrafted following the 2022 […]
4 months ago
Utah vs. USC...
KSL Sports

Week 7: How To Watch, Stream Or Listen To Local College Football

Week 7 of the college football season features a big time matchup between a couple ranked opponents in the USC Trojans and Utah Utes.
4 months ago
Brian Preece

Dynamic Win Shows Potential Of Young Utah State Team

60 minutes of football is what Utah State was finally able to produce and with it came a much needed win for the beleaguered Aggies.
4 months ago
Brian Preece

Utah State Ends Four Game Losing Streak With Win Over Air Force

Utah State ended a four game losing streak thanks to a stellar performance from Cooper Legas, defeating Air Force 34-24.
4 months ago
Brian Preece

Legas Gives Utah State Two Score Lead Mid-Way Through Fourth

Cooper Legas used his legs, scrambling for a 32-yard scoring run that gave Utah State a late 34-24 lead over Air Force.
4 months ago
Legas To Learn From Mistakes, Add Consistency To Aggie Offense