Utah State D gears up for La Tech's potent offense

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Gary Andersen is a great motivator, having rebuilt Utah State's program into one that is bowl-eligible for the second straight season.

On Saturday, the Aggies defense faces its biggest challenge -- slowing down a high-powered Louisiana Tech team that has scored at least 50 points in eight of its last 10 games.

On the line in Ruston, La., will likely be the Western Athletic Conference title as Utah State (8-2) and Louisiana Tech (9-1) are both 4-0 in league play.

There are plenty of other numbers to digest, starting with Utah State's 12th-rated defense. It is ranked in the top 20 nationally in five different categories, including fifth against the run (94.6 yards) and sixth in points allowed per game (13.5).