Notebook: Eberle shines in setback

November 20, 2016

RENO, Nevada — Place-kicker Dominik Eberle took advantage of his first extensive playing time as an Aggie.

The Utah State sophomore was successful on all three of his field goal attempts in USU’s 38-37 loss to Nevada on a very windy Saturday at Mackay Stadium. Eberle booted field goals of 43, 20 and 22 yards.

The 43-yarder was especially noteworthy, inasmuch as both teams had to compete under some tricky conditions. The wind shifted several times throughout the contest, and never really let down, to boot.

“I was proud of Dominik to come in and kick, and kick well in these conditions,” USU head coach Matt Wells said. “I mean, it was crazy swirling wind going everywhere, and I thought he came in and did a really solid job. It was great protection by that unit up front all day.”

The Aggies used all three of their kickers Saturday. Brock Warren came up short on a 43-yard field goal into a stiff wind, but made all four of his PATs. Jake Thompson handled all eight of USU’s kickoffs.

Prior to Saturday, Eberle had only attempted one field goal as an Aggie, a 47-yarder that pinged off the upright on Nov. 5 at Wyoming.

Aggie captains

Captains for USU’s final Mountain West game of 2016 were senior center Austin Stephens, senior right tackle Jake Simonich, junior defensive end Ian Togiai and junior safety Dallin Leavitt. Unfortunately for Leavitt, he injured his ankle during practice this week and did not play Saturday.

USU team notes

n The Aggies dropped to 25-6 under Wells when taking a lead into halftime. It’s the third time this season Utah State has failed to hang onto a two-score advantage in the second half.

n USU had won 35 straight games dating back to the 2011 campaign when scoring at least 30 points. That streak ended Saturday.

USU player notes

n With a 17-yard third-down reception in the first quarter, senior tight end Wyatt Houston extended his team-leading streak to 17 straight games with at least one catch.

n Junior cornerback Jalen Davis started for the Aggies and finished with five tackles — all of the solo variety. Davis, who had a huge sack on a corner blitz in the second quarter, hadn’t played since suffering a foot injury in the first quarter against San Diego State on Oct. 28.

n Junior quarterback Kent Myers had touchdown runs of 37 and 2 in the first half, and now has a team-leading six scores on the ground this season. It’s the second time this season Myers has tallied multiple rushing TDs in the same game, and third time in his career.