Turbin's Four Touchdowns Not Enough as Utah State Drops Double Overtime Homecoming Thriller to Colorado State, 35-34
Sept. 24, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Junior running back Robert Turbin scored a career-high four rushing touchdowns, including a 25-yard burst in the second overtime to bring Utah State within one, but he was stopped on his two-point conversion and USU dropped a heartbreaker to Colorado State, 35-34, here Saturday in front of 22,599 Homecoming fans.
Utah State, who had four turnovers on the night including two muffed punts, falls to 1-2 on the season with the loss and Colorado State improves to 3-1 with the win.
USU appeared to be on its way to a fourth-quarter win as it lead 21-13 with just over two minutes remaining and Colorado State punting, but the Aggies muffed the punt and the Rams recovered the ball at Utah State's 15-yardline. Four plays later, CSU's Chris Nwoke scored on a 1-yard rush and quarterback Pete Thomas hit Crockett Gillmore for the two-point conversion with 36 seconds to play, sending the game into overtime.
Both teams registered touchdowns in the first overtime as Utah State scored first on a 9-yard run from Turbin, but Colorado State answered on a touchdown pass from Thomas to Crock.
In the second overtime, Colorado State had the ball first and scored on a 2-yard run from Nwoke. USU quickly answered as Turbin scored his fourth touchdown of the night on the first play of the drive from 25 yards out. Utah State then decided to go for the two-point conversion and the win as freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton's pass to senior wide receiver Matt Austin was incomplete, but CSU was called for pass interference. With the ball moved from the three to the one-and-half following the penalty, Turbin rushed left but was stopped short of the goal.
Turbin finished the night with 115 yards on 24 carries for his 10th-career 100-yard rushing game and Utah State ended the game with 281 rushing yards on 52 carries. Senior running back Michael Smith added 77 rushing yards on nine carries, including a 51-yard scamper in the second quarter highlighting a 3-play, 68-yard drive that was capped off with a 14-yard run from junior running back Kerwynn Williams for the Aggies first score of the night.
Keeton was 9-of-15 passing for 86 yards and added 44 yards on the ground on 13 carries as Utah State finished the game with 367 total yards.
Senior linebacker Bobby Wagner finished the game with 17 tackles, tying his career-high for the third time, while fellow senior linebacker Kyle Gallagher added 10 stops. Senior defensive end Levi Koskan added two sacks, and senior safety Alfred Bowden registered the team's first turnover of the year with a fumble recovery.
Colorado State, who won the time of possession battle 34:19 to 25:41, had 232 yards of total offense as it rushed for 168 yards and passed for 108. CSU also won the turnover battle as it forced USU into four miscues and committed just one of its own, a fumble in the fourth quarter that resulted into an eight-play, 27-yard drive that Turbin capped with a 1-yard run to give the home team a 21-13 advantage.
Utah State will return to action on Friday, Sept. 30 when it travels to Provo to face in-state rival Brigham Young in a nationally televised game on ESPN beginning at 6 p.m.