Aggie Football Shutout By Utes 48-0 In Home Opener

Sept. 16, 2006

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LOGAN, Utah - For the second game in a row the Utah State offense was shutout as the Aggies fell to Utah 48-0 in its football home opener here Saturday night. The Aggies fell to 0-3 on the season, while the Utes improved to 2-1.

The tone of the game was set on the first series as Aggie quarterback Leon Jackson was intercepted for the first time in seven appearances in Romney Stadium and had that throw returned 21 yards for a touchdown by Eric Shyne just 1:06 into the game.

The Utes scored 17 first-quarter points after the Aggies had allowed just one field goal in the opening period of their first two games combined. By halftime the Utes had pushed the margin to 24-0 and at the end of the third quarter the Aggies were down 38-0.

USU recorded just 98 offensive yards while Utah rolled up 401. Jackson completed just four of 15 passes for 39 yards and two interceptions before giving way to a pair of backup quarterbacks in Bryan Black and Mike Affleck.

Black, who made his first appearance for USU since playing as a freshman in 2003, was two of three, but fumbled once. Affleck was 0 of two.

In all, USU had six turnovers after committing just one in the first two games combined. In fact, the Aggies had not had more than one turnover in its previous five games dating back to last year.

USU's rushing game produced a ninus eight yard total as the Aggies had 83 positive yards and 49 negative yards. USU's longest play on the day was a 23-yard pass from Jackson to Nnamdi Gwacham, who was playing in his first collegiate game, while the longest run was nine yards by Marcus Cross.

Defensively, USU middle linebacker Jake Hutton recorded a game-high 10 tackles, while Terrance Washington and E.J. Reid each added seven stops.



USU will play at BYU on Saturday, Sept. 23 in a 1 p.m. game that will be televised on the mtn.
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