Texas Tech, Iowa State meet amid Baylor memories for both
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Though they would never admit it, Texas Tech coach Matt Wells and Iowa State's Matt Campbell might spend a moment thinking about Baylor when their teams meet...
Duffey leads Texas Tech past No. 21 Oklahoma State 45-35
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jett Duffey has won as Texas Tech's starting quarterback before and has had a 400-yard passing day before. But Red Raiders coach Matt Wells' post-game compliments following...
Texas Tech QB Bowman will miss games with shoulder injury
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech sophomore quarterback Alan Bowman will miss games because of a shoulder injury.
Coach Matt Wells said Monday that Bowman "will miss several weeks" because of...
Arizona grinds out 28-14 win over Texas Tech
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona scored one touchdown on a bursting run, hit some chunk plays in the passing game.
When it mattered most, the Wildcats played the power game — and Texas Tech was...
Texas Tech and Arizona expected to produce high-scoring game
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate failed to live up to the Heisman Trophy hype a year ago, hampered by injuries and a new offensive system.
Bowman throws 3 TDs, Texas Tech tops UTEP 38-3 with strong D
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman wasn't happy about several errant passes in a sluggish showing against outmanned UTEP, including a bad overthrow to a wide open receiver...
Texas Tech looking for even more offensive tempo vs UTEP
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech feels like it can pick up the pace even more in its up-tempo offense.
"We can definitely go faster," running back Armand Shyne said.
Bowman 436 yards passing in Texas Tech win over Montana St
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Alan Bowman and the Texas Tech offense got off to a fast start under new coach Matt Wells.
There were a lot of yards and a lot of points, just like the Red Raiders...
Texas Tech ready to get started with coach Wells in opener
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Nine months after getting the call from Texas Tech, coach Matt Wells is ready to lead the Red Raiders onto the field for a game.
P5 newbies in Big 12, trio have 1st games as P5 head coach
New Kansas State coach Chris Klieman has seven national championship rings, all with FCS team North Dakota State. Texas Tech's Matt Wells is coming off a successful stretch with his alma mater...
Texas Tech’s 6th grad transfer is former player for Wells
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech has added another graduate transfer, with former Utah State cornerback Ja'Marcus Ingram joining his former coach in the Big 12 Conference.
All is Wells for Texas Tech, familiar offense to go with D
For all the changes that have been made on and off the field at Texas Tech since Matt Wells took over as head coach, what will look the most familiar to everyone is the offense.
Oklahoma favored to win 5th straight Big 12 title
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma is the favorite to win another Big 12 football title, according to the conference's preseason media poll released Wednesday.
Bigtime Big 12 turnover with 4 new head coaches this spring
Never before has the Big 12 had such a big turnover in head football coaches. Not even when the conference had more teams.
Four of the 10 Big 12 teams went through spring drills with new...
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech has added three graduate transfers in running back Armand Shyne from Utah, defensive back Zech McPhearson out of Penn State and former California linebacker Evan...
Texas Tech goes through lot of changes with new coaches
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech players have been through a lot of changes with their new coaching staff.
"Different way to lift, brand new defense, a little bit different offense, new...
New Big 12 coaches busy on signing day; OU, Texas all set
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma and Texas each had only one spot to fill in their top-10 recruiting classes. The four Big 12 schools with new coaches were a bit busier Wednesday.
New Kansas coach Les Miles added nine players in the second signing period, including running back and former Michigan commitment Amauri Pesek-Hickson, for an initial Jayhawks class of 19 signees.
New Texas Tech coach hires DL coach and recruiting director
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Paul Randolph has been hired as defensive line coach at Texas Tech after the past three seasons at Memphis.
Randolph became the eighth member on the coaching staff of new coach Matt Wells, who initially brought seven assistant coaches and coordinators with him from Utah State to Lubbock after taking the Red Raiders job.
Wells also announced his first three off-the-field hires, including Katharine Sawyer as director of recruiting.
Texas Tech adds 11 in early signing for new coach Wells
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech added 11 players on the first day of the early signing period Wednesday, less than three weeks after Matt Wells became the new Red Raiders coach.
Among the signees were quarterback Maverick McIvor and defensive back Alex Hogan, early commits to the Red Raiders who initially de-committed after Kliff Kingsbury was fired Nov. 25 before meeting with the new coaching staff. Wells was named Tech's coach on Nov. 29.
Utah State routs North Texas 52-13 in New Mexico Bowl
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Utah State walked into the New Mexico Bowl with one of its best records in school history but uncertainty. Its head coach, Matt Wells, left to take the Texas Tech job. Interim coach Frank Maile had to prepare the Aggies with an army of graduate assistants and an announcement a new coach was coming next month.
North Texas, meanwhile, was coming into Albuquerque with experienced coach Seth Littrell and highly touted quarterback Mason Fine.
High-flying Utah State, North Texas meet in New Mexico Bowl
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Bowl: North Texas (9-3) vs. Utah State (10-2), Dec. 15, 2 p.m. EST (ESPN)
New Texas Tech coach Matt Wells gets $18.8M, 6-year contract
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — New Texas Tech coach Matt Wells has a six-year, $18.8 million contract, with Utah State getting an $800,000 buyout.
The school released details of the contract Thursday. Wells, who replaced Kliff Kingsbury after the former Texas Tech quarterback was fired, could earn incentives of up to $1 million and will owe 20 percent of the deal's remaining value if he leaves for another job.
Gary Andersen returns to Utah State as head coach
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Former Utah State coach Gary Andersen has returned to the Aggies.
Andersen previously was Utah State's coach from 2009 to 2012. He replaces Matt Wells, who had taken over the Aggies after Andersen's first stint with the team. Wells was named head coach at Texas Tech last month.
Andersen was introduced as Utah State's new coach at a news conference Tuesday.
New Texas Tech coach Wells hires 6 more Utah St assistants
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — New Texas Tech coach Matt Wells has brought six more of his assistant coaches from Utah State to be on his staff with the Red Raiders.
The new Tech hires were announced Wednesday.
When Wells was hired away from his alma mater last week to replace Kliff Kingsbury, he initially also brought offensive coordinator David Yost and defensive coordinator Keith Patterson with him.
New Mexico Bowl Matchup
North Texas (9-3, Conference USA) vs. Utah State (10-2, Mountain West), Dec. 15, 2 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Albuquerque, New Mexico
North Texas: QB Mason Fine, 3,734 yards passing, 27 touchdowns.
Utah State: QB Jordan Love, 3,208 yards passing, 28 touchdowns.
North Texas: The Mean Green went 5-3 in Conference USA and finished second to UAB in the West. North Texas went bowling in 2016 and 2017, losing each time.
Texas Tech introduces Matt Wells as new football coach
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech started its introductory news conference for coach Matt Wells as the Big 12 Conference championship game kicked off on Saturday.
Athletic director Kirby Hocutt used the timing to make a point.
Texas Tech hires Wells after success at alma mater Utah St
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech hired Matt Wells as its new football coach Thursday night after he was part of an impressive turnaround at Utah State, his alma mater.
Wells had a 44-34 record in six seasons as coach of the Aggies, who are 10-2 this year and headed to their fifth bowl in that span. He was an assistant at Utah State the previous two years, going to bowls both times, including a school-record 11 wins in 2012 when he was offensive coordinator.
No. 14 Utah St faces No. 21 Boise St for division title
Utah State coach Matt Wells was emotionally exhausted when he finally got home. So were his players, going from a crushing loss on a last-second touchdown to a penalty erasing the score and creating the exhilaration of a late escape.
No. 14 Utah State survives on Colorado State penalty
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — For a few moments, Colorado State lived every underdog's dream finish. The winning score even went up — briefly — on the scoreboard only to be wiped out by reality.
Collin Hill's apparent 34-yard touchdown pass to Preston Williams with no time left was negated by penalty, allowing No. 14 Utah State to escape with a 29-24 victory Saturday in a wild, stunning finish to a game played in snow and freezing rain.
Rolling No. 14 Utah State focuses on reeling Colorado State
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — In one corner stands No. 14 Utah State , checking in with 517.5 yards of offense a game and averaging 51 points.
In the other, a reeling Colorado State that's dropped three straight.
No. 14 Utah State beats SJSU 62-24 for 9th straight win
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A record-setting performance moved Utah State one step closer to playing for the Mountain West Conference championship.
The 14th-ranked Aggies totaled 804 yards of offense and 33 first downs on their way to a 62-24 win over San Jose State on Saturday. They broke a school record for yardage and became just the 17th team in NCAA history to gain at least 800 total yards in a game.
No. 14 Utah State achieving success with rapid-fire offense
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Slowing down the blistering pace of Utah State's offense has become a virtually impossible task for nearly every opponent that's faced the Aggies this season.
The No. 14 Aggies enter their regular-season home finale against San Jose State on Saturday entrenched among the nation's best teams at finding the end zone.
Thompson, Bright lead No. 18 Utah State past Hawaii 56-17
HONOLULU (AP) — Utah State extended its winning streak Saturday, while Hawaii tried to keep its season from slipping away.
Darwin Thompson and Gerold Bright each ran for three touchdowns as No. 18 Utah State won its eighth straight game, 56-17 over Hawaii on Saturday night.
The Aggies (8-1, 5-0 Mountain West) amassed 601 yards of total offense, including 426 rushing, and had a pair of 28-point quarters to pull away from the Rainbow Warriors (6-5, 3-3).
No. 18 Utah State tries to stay on top in Mountain Division
The reappearance in the rankings was a nice little reward for No. 18 Utah State this week. After all, it's been six years since the team last surfaced in the poll.
Now, the novelty is wearing thin for coach Matt Wells, who's grown weary of the constant congratulations and pats on the back.
Utah State holds off Air Force for 42-32 win
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Jordan Love threw for a career-high 356 yards and two touchdowns to help Utah State rally for a 42-32 win over Air Force on Saturday night.
Ron'quavion Tarver had 128 yards on nine receptions for the Aggies. Gerold Bright added 101 yards rushing and two scores on 11 carries. Utah State (3-1) won its conference opener for the fifth time in six seasons since joining the Mountain West Conference.
The offense and defense shined at times in Utah State’s first scrimmage of spring football camp, but there’s no question which unit reigned supreme in the second scrimmage.
The defense unquestionably ruled the afternoon on a sunny Friday at Maverik Stadium. An approximately hour-long practice was held prior to the scrimmage.
Pair of linebackers commit to Utah State
The regular college football signing period is just three weeks away, and it’s been a productive January for Utah State.
A pair of in-state, high school linebackers — Timpview’s Karene Reid and Highland’s Elijah Shelton — have pledged their commitment to the Aggies in the past four days. The commits were first reported by Isaac Draxler of UStateAggies.com.
Column: Future is bright for Aggies on gridiron
Although the 2017 college football season has been replete with ups and downs and inconsistent play for the Aggies, I can’t help but think the future looks bright.
I would suspect not many bowl teams can say they will return the lion’s share of their starters in 2018, but that’s exactly where Utah State stands, barring the unexpected transfer of several athletes. Of USU’s 22 offensive and defensive players who started in the regular season finale at Air Force, only four are seniors.
Aggies selected to Arizona Bowl, will play NMSU
It was a nerve-racking couple of hours for Utah State head football coach Matt Wells, but in the end it was the news he was hoping for.
USU was selected to compete in the third-annual NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl, it was announced Sunday afternoon. The Aggies will square off against former conference rival New Mexico State, also the Aggies, on Friday, Dec. 29, in Tucson, Arizona.
Falcons look to end rough season with a win
There’s no question it’s been a frustrating past few weeks for an Air Force football team that will finish with a losing record for the first time since the 2013 campaign.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It certainly wasn't pretty, but the Aggies will take the end result every time.
A gritty, tenacious performance by the Utah State defense made sure of that.
The Aggies forced four turnovers, the last of which they turned into their fifth defensive touchdown of the season, and grinded out a crucial 24-10 triumph over New Mexico in a Mountain West football game in front of an announced crowd of 19,213 Saturday at Dreamstyle Stadium.
More love for Aggies’ Love: USU QB honored by the Mountain West
It’s fair to say Jordan Love’s first career start as Utah State’s quarterback was an undeniable success.
The redshirt freshman was rewarded accordingly as he was selected as the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Love completed 19 of 27 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns, vs. zero interceptions, in USU’s 52-28 road triumph over UNLV last Saturday.
Hunt’s ball control praised by USU coaches
Despite their fourth-quarter struggles last Saturday, the Aggies were only about 15 yards away from Dominik Eberle’s field goal range when running back LaJuan Hunt fumbled, and the Cowboys recovered at the 50-yard line.
It was one of several things that went wrong for Utah State’s football team in the second half, and Wyoming finished the Aggies off with a sack for a safety a few minutes later en route to a 28-23 victory at Maverik Stadium.
Important MW contest for USU football team
Both times the Aggies have lost a game on the gridiron this season, they have bounced back the following week.
Utah State is hopeful that trend will continue this week. USU will host Wyoming in a crucial Mountain West contest Saturday. The opening kickoff from Maverik Stadium is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., and the game can be viewed live on Facebook.
Utah State rallies, downs BYU 40-24 to reclaim Old Wagon Wheel
LOGAN — Jalen Davis was not about to let the Cougars rally on his home field.
Wolford scores 3 TDs, Wake Forest beats Utah State 46-10
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford remembers walking off the field three years following a loss to Utah State feeling battered and bruised after getting knocked around.
He felt dramatically different on Saturday.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score as the Demon Deacons dominated Utah State 46-10 to start 3-0 for the second straight season.
Badgers football: Utah State comes to Camp Randall Stadium as a struggling program
Utah State arrived in Madison in 2012 as a program on the rise.
Five years later, the Aggies are trending in the other direction as they prepare to open the 2017 season against the University of Wisconsin football team on Friday night at Camp Randall Stadium.
Matt Wells’ team went 3-9 last season, including 1-7 in the Mountain West Conference. Utah State ended the season with five consecutive losses.
SEPT. 1 | CAMP RANDALL STADIUM
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Two college football players in Utah have been arrested in a burglary case.
Authorities say Troy Murray and Jaylan Brown, both 19, were arrested Tuesday in connection to two burglaries at an apartment complex in Logan last December.
Logan police say they tracked down stolen video game equipment to a pawn shop in the Salt Lake City area.
PROVO — They hung tough for three quarters, but ultimately a handful of costly penalties and a pair of brutal turnovers proved to be too much for the Aggies to overcome.
BYU's football team turned those aforementioned turnovers into 14 points and also turned three pass interference calls on Utah State into 14 more points. That was more than enough for the Cougars to celebrate Senior Night with a 28-10 victory over the Aggies in front of 53,603 fans at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday.