Sep 4, 2021; Pullman, Washington, USA; Utah State Aggies defensive end Patrick Joyner Jr. (0) sacks Washington State Cougars quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (18) for a safety in the first half at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

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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.

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