1. Lightning delay

Immediately following the national anthem, Utah State announced the game had entered a lightning delay.

Both teams were asked to clear the field.

A lightning delay requires a minimum pause of 30 minutes, which meant kickoff scheduled for 8 p.m. was automatically pushed back to 8:30 p.m.

At about 8:15 p.m., the rain started to come down hard and the student section roared with excitement.

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The stadium played ACDC's Thunderstruck, Garth Brooks' Thunder Rolls and Prince's Purple Rain as some of the heartiest fans stayed in their seats.

After a brief power outage, the game kicked off around 9:29 p.m. Central time. It didn't end until nearly 1 a.m. Central.

2. Cochran doesn't travel

The UND wide receiver unit was thin this week.

Sophomore Chrysten Cochran was the latest to join the injury report, as he suffered an injury against Idaho State and didn't travel to Utah State.

Cochran had one rush for 9 yards and one catch for 13 yards against the Bengals. He also fumbled on a play.

Cochran had 10 catches for 71 yards in the 2021 spring.

In addition to Cochran, wide receiver Jake Richter traveled for the second-straight week but didn't dress to play. He's dealing with a hand injury.

3. UND uses unique formation

Knowing Utah State likes to utilize a spread passing attack, UND used a little-used formation.

For much of the game, UND ran a 2-4-5 defensive setup, meaning the team played two defensive lineman, four linebackers and five players in the secondary.

The Aggies racked up 546 yards and had two touchdown drives that were only one play long. Aggies starting quarterback Logan Bonner completed 21-of-33 for 390 yards and four scores.

UND outside linebacker Ty Shannon led the defense with eight tackles, including 1.5 for loss.

4. Robertson sees playing time

UND redshirt freshman cornerback Sam Robertson saw his most extensive playing time of his career.

With UND's formation of five defensive backs led Robertson to see more time.

Robertson finished the game with three tackles. He nearly intercepted one pass in the second half and was credited with a pass breakup.

5. UND's Turner shaken up

UND might've escaped the game without too many additional injuries but there's a bit of concern about linebacker Jaxson Turner, who missed some time during the game with an upper-body injury.

Turner, a team captain, had three tackles.

UND safety Peyton Fisher was also injured during a special teams play.

UND wide receiver Garett Maag, who was expected to be a game-time decision, played and was a factor. Maag led UND in receiving with five catches for 81 yards, including a 26-yard gain.