Utah State Loses At Wyoming, 32-18, Saturday
Sept. 8, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. - For the second straight week Utah State's football team was unable to hold a fourth quarter lead against a Mountain West Conference opponent as it lost at Wyoming, 32-18, Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium.
Utah State trailed by just a 7-3 score at the half before Wyoming scored its second touchdown of the game on its opening drive of the third quarter to push the lead to 11 at 14-3. USU then responded with 15 straight points in a 1:25 span to take its first lead of the game at 18-14 with 3:15 remaining in the third quarter.
During those 90 seconds freshman kicker Peter Caldwell connected on a 31-yard field goal to cap off a seven play, 66-yard drive to make the score 14-6. On Wyoming's first play of its next series junior linebacker Devon Hall intercepted a pass and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown. Following a missed PAT by Utah State, Wyoming's Karsten Sween threw his second interception in the quarter to junior cornerback Marquise Charles who returned it 28 yards to the Cowboys' 16-yard-line. On the very next play, senior quarterback Leon Jackson III connected with senior wide receiver Kevin Robinson to give the Aggies its first lead of the game.
After Utah State failed on its two-point conversion Wyoming drove 75 yards in eight plays before kicking a 25-yard field goal with :18 seconds left in the third quarter to make the score 18-17. UW then outscored Utah State 15-0 in the fourth quarter on a pair of one-yard runs by Wynel Seldon to notch the 14-point win.
Offensively for Utah State, Jackson finished the game 17-of-25 for 147 yards and one touchdown. Those 147 passing yards are his most since he threw for a career-high 372 yards on 27-of-44 passing against Louisiana Tech on Nov. 5, 2005. Freshman Curtis Marsh led USU's rushing attack with 61 yards on 17 carries, while Robinson caught three passes for 60 yards, including the 16-yard score.
Wyoming was led by the running tandem of Devin Moore and Seldon who combined for 170 yards on 35 carries, while Sween passed for 180 yards and one touchdown as he was 19-of-32 with those two picks.
Utah State finished the game with 280 yards of total offense (133 rushing, 147 passing), while Wyoming had 369 total yards (189 rushing, 180 passing). After both teams had nine first downs in the opening half, USU managed just six in the second half, while UW had 16.
Utah State will stay on the road next weekend as it travels to Norman, Okla., to face nationally ranked Oklahoma at 1:30 p.m. (MT).
UTAH STATE POST-GAME NOTES
--Aaron Lesue's 32-yard kick return on the opening kick was his career long.
--Senior OG Shawn Murphy, junior S Caleb Taylor and junior OC Ryan Tonnemacher all made their 15th consecutive starts, while sophomore LB Paul Igboeli made his 11th straight start... Senior OG Pace Jorgensen made his team-leading 30th career start.
--USU logged its sixth first down of the game early in the second quarter, which surpassed the five that Wyoming allowed for the whole game last week vs. Virginia.
--Freshman K Peter Caldwell's 29-yard field goal in the second quarter was USU's second FG of the season, matching last season's total and his 31-yarder in the third stanza topped last year's.
--USU's 123 yards in the first half exceeded the 110 recorded for the whole game allowed by Wyoming to Virginia, and was just shy of the 129 yards by USU in last year's game here at Wyoming.
--Sophomore WR Omar Sawyer's 40-yard catch in the third quarter was his career-long, as was his single-game total.
--USU's 7-play, 66-yard drive was the Aggies' longest drive of the season by yards, while the 13-play, 51-yard scoring drive spanning 5:29 in the second quarter was the most plays and longest time in a scoring drive this season.
--Junior LB De'von Hall celebrated his 20th birthday with a 38-yard INT return for a touchdown was USU's second in as many seasons at Wyoming (Antonio Taylor's 45-yard INT return) and was Hall's second career TD, as he had a 65-yard fumble return for score last season at Boise State (Nov. 18).
--USU's 15 points in the third quarter are the Aggies' most points in a quarter since scoring 20 in the 2004 season finale against New Mexico State (Nov. 20).
--Senior WR Kevin Robinson's TD catch in the third quarter was his 17th career TD reception and his 22nd career TD overall, moving him into a tie for sixth on USU's career TD receptions list (tied with James Murphy, 1978-80 and Pat Newman, 1986-89), and tied for seventh on the career TD list (Tracy Jenkins 1988-91).
--Robinson's TD catch gives him two TD's in his last three games (last season's finale vs New Mexico State).
--Freshman TE Doug Barbour not only saw his first action of his USU career, but had his first career catch with a six-yard snag in the fourth quarter.
--Freshman TB Curtis Marsh's 61 yards are a career-high, topping last week's 50-yards as he led USU in rushing both games.