Sept. 23, 2006
PROVO, Utah - Utah State's football team was shutout for the third straight game as the Aggies lost 38-0 at in-state rival Brigham Young here on Saturday afternoon. With the loss the Aggies fell to 0-4 on the season, while BYU improved to 2-2.
Marcus Cross led the USU offensive effort rushing for 127 yards and catching five passes for 38 yards. He became the first Aggie to record two 100-yard rushing games in a season since 2003. He also became the first USU player to lead the team in rushing and receiving yards in the same game since wide receiver Kevin Robinson led in both categories against San Jose State in the fourth game of last year.
USU's defense was led by freshman Derrick Cumbee, who in his first collegiate start recorded a game high 11 tackles.
BYU scored on each of its first four possessions to take a 24-0 lead midway through the second quarter. The Cougars added a touchdown in the third quarter on an interception return and then posted another score on its final drive of the day.
USU reached the red zone twice in the game, but came away without a score both times. The Aggies produced 242 yards of offense, but allowed the Cougars 441 on the day. USU owned the time of possession advantage holding the ball for 34:10 to BYU's 25:50, but USU averaged just 3.5 yards per play while BYU gained 7.1 per attempt.
The Aggies will now host two straight home Western Athletic Conference games when USU plays Idaho on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 1:05 p.m. USU will then host Fresno State on Oct. 7 in its annual homecoming game at 6:05 p.m.
UTAH STATE POSTGAME NOTES at Brigham Young
O - LB Derrick Cumbee became the fourth freshman to start a game for USU this season. He recorded a game-high 11 tackles in the contest.
O - DT Kerry Shepherd made his first career start in place of the injured Frank Maile.
O - Leon Jackson recorded season long punts today as his previous best was 50 yards. He had a 59 yarder and a 54-yarder.
O - TE Jimmy Bohm recorded the first reception by an Aggie tight end this season when he caught a pass early in the third quarter.
O - TE Rob Myers recorded his first career reception in the fourth quarter.
O - TB Marcus Cross' 29-yard run in the third quarter was the longest rush by the Aggies this season (previous long was 16 yards by Cross at Arkansas).
O - PK Justin Hamblin had USU's first field goal attempt of the year in the third quarter, but it was blocked.
O - CB Drew Pearson recorded his first career interception as well as the second by the Aggies this season. Pearson's interception, which was not returned, was the first interception in an Aggie game this season that was not returned for a touchdown (one by USU and four by the opponents have been for scores, including one today).
O -USU was shutout for the third straight game marking the first time the Aggies have been scoreless in three consecutive contests since 1937.
o - WR Tarell Richards had a career-high reception total with five catches.
o - TB Marcus Cross became the first Aggie to lead the team in rushing and receiving yards in the same game for the first time since WR Kevin Robinson led the Aggies with 46 rushing yards and 91 receiving yards against San Jose State in the fourth game of last year.
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