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Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 13:11

football coach Gary Andersen celebrates win

USU FOOTBALL COACH Gary Andersen celebrates USU football WAC title after Saturdays win. DELAYNE LOCKE photo

For the Utah State football team, this season has been one for the record books.


Saturday, the Aggies added to the pages with another handful of firsts and several other milestones to boot.


“Being a champion is a great thing for these kids,” said USU head coach Gary Andersen. “To have it outright, that’s a big time, big deal. I’m so thankful and grateful to be here and to be part of this university, for the opportunity that Mr. Barnes and President Albrecht gave me four and a half years ago and to be surrounded by these kids.”


With a 45-9 drubbing of Idaho at Romney Stadium, the Aggies clinched their first ever WAC title and the school’s first outright league title since 1936. Additionally, it was USU’s first-ever undefeated season in the WAC and the first time the squad has gone undefeated at home since 1982.


And perhaps most significantly, the Aggies hit the 10-win plateau for the first time in school history.


“We started this week with the term ‘never,’” Andersen said. “There were so many things that they could do that had never been accomplished at Utah State and they won today. It was a great opportunity for me to part of these kid’s lives.”


This season’s seniors are 16-7 at home under Andersen, who is fifth all-time at USU in wins with a 29-23 record overall in his four seasons at the helm.


But for Andersen, it’s all about the players.


“These kids have come so far,” head coach Gary Andersen said. “They put high expectations on themselves at the beginning of the year, starting Jan. 7. I’ll never forget the day when they broke out of this room right here saying ‘WAC champs.’ They’ve said it hundreds and hundreds of times since then and now it’s true.”


Despite first half struggles, the Aggies got the job done against the Vandals to send the seniors out on top. Senior running back Kerwynn Williams recorded his third straight 100-yard rushing game and finished with 150 total yards.

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