LOGAN – Even though Jordan Love took his final snap of the game with 5:11 left in third quarter Saturday afternoon, the Aggie quarterback was able to put together a stat line impressive enough to be the envy of most quarterbacks. Love completed 17-of-23 passes for 322 yards and five touchdowns, leading USU to a 49-14 lead over UNLV. The Aggies eventually won the game 59-28.
Love became the fifth USU quarterback to complete five touchdown passes in a game, tying the USU record. The last quarterback to do it was Chuckie Keeton. Love said reaching that mark was a “good feeling,” but the redshirt sophomore emphasized that it was his teammates who helped him to do it.
“That is just what we are supposed to do,” he said, “is to go out and put points up. It doesn’t matter if we run it or throw it, its a testament to the whole offensive line to be able to pick up the blitzes and keep me safe.”
Those touchdowns came fast, too. USU didn’t score until the 3:17 mark in the first quarter, but led 35-7 less than nine minutes later. It’s been a part of a high-scoring offense putting up 50.2 points per game, ranking second in the country behind Alabama.
“When our offense gets rolling, we can get rolling,” Love said. “We can put up points in a hurry.”
This was far from the first time Love has put up impressive numbers. His 1,557 yards passing and 14 touchdowns through the air are a big reason for Utah State’s 5-1 record, which is the program’s best mark to start a season since 1978. He also has three rushing touchdowns and a program-record five-straight games with at least 40 points.
The offense and win streak has gotten USU recognized nationally, with votes in the both the AP and Coach’s poll. The win put USU in a good spot in the conference standings, too. The Aggies are now 2-0 in conference and the only team in the Mountain Division without a conference loss.
Wells said as long as his team keeps putting in the work during the week, he believes they can continue to see the same results on the field.
“We were playing catch, protecting Jordan and playing catch,” he said. “If we do that kind of stuff I think we are going to be special.”