The most unusual aspect of Utah State's 67-54 loss to Denver on Wednesday night wasn't that the Aggies lost at the Spectrum after 33 consecutive home wins.
It was that maybe the nation's most creative, ear-splitting student section was eerily silent at the opening tipoff.
Already angered by the letter of apology their school president sent BYU regarding taunts aimed at forward Brandon Davies last month, Utah State students grew more irate when an usher warned them Wednesday not to lean over the railings or do certain traditional chants. As a result, the entire Utah State student section staged a silent protest, remaining dead quiet for the first three minutes of the game.
Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes said by phone on Thursday that the protest was a result of a miscommunication between the usher and the school's facilities department. Barnes emphasized the school administration has not created any new policies regarding fan conduct and that the usher acted on his own in...