Now it's back to Mountain West Conference play Friday night as the Aggies travel to San Jose State to take on the Spartans.
"That's the most important thing for me is being able to bounce back from a loss like that and really strive for that conference victory," said offensive lineman Jamie Markosian. "Our goals are still out in front of us, to win a championship."
"If we're going to compete for the Mountain West championship in November or as the year goes on, you have to win games on the road," said head coach Matt Wells. "This will be an awesome test for us especially coming off last week."
For the first time this season, the Utah State offense failed the move the ball consistently. The Aggies scored a season-low 14 points and gained a season-low 285 yards. Don't expect Chuckie Keeton and crew to struggle against the Spartans. Last year in San Jose, Utah State put up 49 points in a 49-27 rout.
"This year is totally different from last year," warns Wells. "It's a brand new staff at San Jose and it's a brand new staff at Utah State. There are two brand new defensive coordinators, and it's two brand new offensive coordinators. We're different. A lot of the same players are back and it's the same venue, it stops right there to be honest with you."
After playing on ABC last week, this week Utah State is on ESPN, so it's another chance to get national exposure and show how far the Aggie program has come.
"The goal is just to be 2-0 in the Mountain West Conference," Wells said. "As far as exposure and the platform, it's the same. On national television we have to play well for it to mean something with recruiting and branding and imaging and all those things we want to do for our football program and university. You have to play well. We played well Saturday against USC, we didn't hurt our cause and there's a lot of people around the country that I think gained respect for Utah State."
The Aggies and Spartans kick off at 7:00 p.m. Friday Night in San Jose.