Utah State was crowned the Survey Says champions at the annual team dinner hosted by the Albuquerque Convention Center and catered by Rudy’s BBQ. The game, played like Family Feud, has been won by the last two straight Gildan New Mexico Bowl champions.
The Aggies offense took on UTEP’s defense in round one, shutting out the Miners for a 507-0 win. In round two the Utah State defense came back from a 200-0 deficit after two questions to claim a 210-200 victory.
UTEP didn’t go down without a fight. The Miners coaches swept the second question (Name another word for yes) in the third round, building a 200-68 lead. They buzzed in first on the third question (Name an electronic almost every student has), producing the No. 3 answer (computer). Utah State stole control with the top answer (cell phone) and put one more answer up on the board before handing it back to UTEP. The coaches said calculator, drawing several laughs from the Aggies and even a few boos from the Miners players. But they had the last laugh, stealing the points with the correct and final answer for the 500-68 win.
The final round pitted the UTEP coaches against the Utah State offense. Utah State held a slim 138-71 lead after two questions. The Miners buzzed in first, producing the No. 2 answer (sleep) on the third and final question: Name something old people do a lot. They put three of the top seven answers on the board before recording three strikes and giving Utah State and chance to steal. The Aggies said, “play bingo” and were awarded the points for the win, even though the answer was really, “play board games.”
Utah State Teams
Offense – Kevin Whimpey, Joe Hill, Chuckie Keeton, Devonte Robinson, Jaron Bentrude, Brandon Taukeiaho
Defense – Jordy Neilsen, Kyler Fackrell, Zach Vigil, Brian Suite, Travis Seefeldt, Eric Berntson
Coaches – Mark Weber, Kendrick Shaver, Jovon Bouknight, Dave Scholz, Kevin McGiven, Dave Ungerer
Defense – Jimmy Musgrave, Alvin Jones, Jameel Erving, Maurice Chavez, Trey Brown, Vinny Czerniewski
Offense – Paulo Melendez, Eric Lee, Katrae Ford, Nathan Jeffery, Malcolm Trail, Sterling Napier
Coaches – Cornell Jackson, Brian Natkin, Patrick Higgins, Gabe Franklin, Spencer Leftwich, Nate Poss