Aug. 30, 2005
CBS wire reports

LOGAN, Utah -- Utah State's season opener Saturday against Nicholls State was canceled Tuesday because Hurricane Katrina has made it too difficult for the players at the Thibodaux, La., school to get back to campus and prepare for the game.


Thibodaux is about 60 miles southwest of New Orleans.

The game will not be rescheduled.

"First and foremost our prayers are with the families and victims of the hurricane," Utah State athletic director Randy Spetman said. "We need to do all we can to support them."

The Aggies will open the season at Utah on Sept. 10.

"We are disappointed to not be playing this Saturday," Spetman said. "There is a lot of excitement in the community and we would have liked to have had a great game. We will focus on Utah and then open the home season against UNLV on Sept. 24."

The last time a Utah State football game was canceled was Oct. 2, 1970, when the Wichita State team was flying to Logan for a game and one of the planes crashed in Colorado.

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