Utah St. rallies from 12 down late to stun Washington St.
Logan Bonner threw a touchdown pass with 11 seconds left as visiting Utah State rallied from a 12-point deficit with less than 5 1/2 minutes remaining for a 26-23 victory against Washington State on Saturday night.
The Aggies were kept out of the end zone until Calvin Tyler Jr.’s 2-yard touchdown run with 5:25 left in the non-conference game. Tyler finished with a team-high 84 yards rushing.
Utah State’s defense forced a three-and-out on the Cougars’ next possession, and Bonner guided a 78-yard drive for the winning score, connecting with Deven Thompkins on the winning 7-yard strike.
Utah State’s Connor Coles kicked three field goals, from 23, 39 and 28 yards.
Bonner, a transfer from Arkansas State, completed 17 of 24 passes for 143 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. The Aggies also used Andrew Peasley, who was 6-of-12 passing for 76 yards and added 43 yards rushing.
WSU’s Max Borghi rushed for a game-high 86 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown early in the third quarter.
Jayden de Laura threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Ollie later in the quarter to give the Cougars a two-score lead.
Dean Janikowski kicked field goals of 35, 26 and 27 yards for WSU.
WSU opened with Jarrett Guarantano, a graduate transfer from Tennessee, at quarterback over last year’s starter, de Laura.
But Guarantano suffered an apparent left knee injury when sacked for a safety by Utah State’s Patrick Joyner Jr. with 11:08 left in the second quarter to give the Aggies a 5-3 lead.
de Laura took over and led the Cougars on a late scoring drive, with Janikowski kicking a 26-yard field goal with 54 seconds left in the second quarter to give WSU a 6-5 lead at the half.
de Laura finished 12 of 22 for 134 yards and rushed for 42 yards on seven carries. Guarantano was 8-of-13 passing for 56 yards and rushed four times for 19 yards.
–Field Level Media