Sept. 9, 2006
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Marcus Cross became just the third Utah State player to rush for 100 yards in the last 27 games, but it wasn't enough as the Aggies fell 20-0 at Southeastern Conference opponent Arkansas here Saturday night.
Utah State fell to 0-2 on the season while Arkansas improved to 1-1.
Cross, a junior in his second game at USU, carried 29 times for 103 yards as the Aggies rushed for 135 yards on the night. USU also added 114 passing yards, but Arkansas produced 457 yards of total offense in getting the win.
The Aggies kept Arkansas out of the endzone in the first quarter and in fact kept the Razorbacks off the board until 8:01 remained in the second quarter. The Razorbacks capped a 50-yard drive with the first of Darren McFadden touchdown runs.
Arkansas' only other score was a 72-yard run in the middle of the third quarter as McFadden burst through the line for the longest run allowed by the Aggies
USU threatened late in the game getting the ball inside the Arkansas 10-yard line on its final possession, but three straight incomplete passes finished USU's chances of not being shutout.
The Aggies will host Utah on Saturday in their home opener. Kickoff is slated for 6:05 p.m.
UTAH STATE POSTGAME NOTES at Arkansas Sept. 9, 2006
o - Two Aggies made their first career starts against Arkansas as WR Xavier Bowman became the third freshman to start this year (OT Taylor Wallace and DE Darby Golden started last week) and DE Ben Calderwood also started.
o - Last week at Wyoming USU had just one play longer than nine yards (a 33-yard pass to Kevin Robinson). USU had two double-digit yardage plays in its first two possessions tonight (17 and 19 yard passes to Tony Pennyman).
o - When Arkansas did not score in the first quarter, it marked the first time USU held an opponent scoreless in the first quarter since game four last year vs. San Jose State.
o - TB Marcus Cross gained 44 rushing yards in his Aggie debut last week at Wyoming and had 68 yards at halftime tonight.
o - USU's 122 yards of total offense at halftime were just seven yards shy of its game total at Wyoming last week (129 yards on 48 plays).
o - USU made seven first downs in the first half tonight after making just five vs. Wyoming all game last week.
o - USU had 18-plus minutes of possession in the first half tonight and had 24:02 in last week's entire game.
o - USU was shutout in the first half for the third time in the 13-game Brent Guy era (Idaho and Alabama last seaso o - DE Ben Calderwood recorded his first career sack as well as USU's first sack of the young season in the third quarter.
o - Arkansas' Darren McFadden had a 72-yard touchdown run against USU in the third quarter for the longest rush allowed by USU since 2002.
o - USU was shutout in a game for the first time since getting blanked 21-0 at Middle Tennessee in 2004 (15 games in between shutouts).
o - USU did not commit a turnover for the first time since the Middle Tennessee game of 2004 (15 games in between).
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