Sept. 29, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY - Despite not only scoring first but scoring in the opening quarter for the first time all season, Utah State lost to Utah, 34-18, at a cold and snowy Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday. USU has now lost 10 in a row to Utah and now trail the all-time series, 28-75-4, including 17-51-4 at Salt Lake City.
The Aggies dropped to 0-5 with the loss, marking the second year in a row and the third time in the last seven seasons as the other time was 2001.
After a 64-yard interception return by sophomore S James Brindley gave the Aggies a first-and-goal at the Utah 1, USU got on the board first, with a 1-yard plunge from senior QB Leon Jackson III. Freshman K Peter Caldwell followed with an upright split to gave the Aggies their first points in the opening quarter all season.
Utah then scored the next 14 points, a 22-yard pass from Brian Johnson to Jereme Brooks and later a 75-yard punt return for a TD by Derrek Richards and USU never saw the lead again.
Caldwell hit a 24-yard field goal, capping a 12-play, 66-yard drive to pull USU within 14-10 midway through the second quarter.
Johnson had a 38-yard scoring pass to Marquis Wilson and Louie Sakoda hit a 31-yard field goal as time expired to send USU into halftime on the short side of the 24-10 score.
The Utes expanded the lead to 34-10 on a 3-yard run by Darrell Mack and a 39-yard Sakoda field goal.
Utah State recovered the onside kick and after a lengthy review on the play, senior WR Kevin Robinson was ruled to have successfully covered the ball. The Aggies drove to the Utah 13 before getting stopped on fourth down. The Utes took two knees to run out the clock and end the game.
USU ended with 275 yards of total offense, led by Jackson's 17-of-24 passing with the one TD pass. Jackson's 17 completions give him 298 for his career and move him into seventh on USU's career passing completions list.
Jackson also now has 3,711 yards of total offense, moving to No. 9 on the Aggies' career total offense.
Speight matched last week's debut with 22 carries for the second game in a row, but only had 67 yards.
Robinson had seven catches for 71 yards, giving him 149 for his career and moving him to tied for No. 5 on USU's career receptions list with Kevin Alexander (1992-95).
Defensively, the Aggies were led by linebackers, junior De'von Hall and sophomore Paul Igboeli with 11 tackles each. Fellow linebacker, junior Jake Hutton also nabbed his first career interception to go with eight tackles.
Utah had 325 yards of total offense, led by Johnson with 18-of-29 passing for 181 yards and two TD's.
After making its shortest trip to Salt Lake City Saturday, Utah State makes its longest road trip of the year, traveling to Honolulu to take on 19th-ranked Hawai'i on Saturday, Oct. 6. Kickoff is set for 10:05 p.m. (MT). Fans can follow the action on the radio on KVNU (610 AM) in Logan, 1320 AM in Salt Lake City and 105.3 FM in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as streamed on the Internet through Yahoo! Sports on www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Utah State Football Post-Game Notes
Utah State at Utah - Sept. 29, 2007
Rice-Eccles Stadium - Salt Lake City, UT
--Utah State has lost to Utah 10 games in a row and now trail the all-time series 28-75-4, including 17-51-4 at Salt Lake City... The Utes have won 18 of the last 20, 21 of the last 24 and 24 of the last 27 meetings.
--The Aggies lost their 10th consecutive game overall and their ninth straight non conference road game, as well as their last 10 games in the month of September.
--USU has lost seven straight games against the Mountain West Conference.
--With 18 points, USU topped its combined point total in the last three years (losing 48-6 in 2004, 31-7 in 2005 and 48-0 in 2006).
--Freshman RB Derrvin Speight made his first career start in only his second career game.
--Utah State went three-and-out in its first possession for the fourth game in a row... USU's only first down on its first possession was in game one vs. UNLV when the Aggies had a 27-yard pass play on the first play from scrimmage.
--USU's first quarter TD was the Aggies' first points of the opening quarter this season... Last time USU scored in first stanza was vs. Hawai'i last season (Nov. 4) and last time they had first quarter TD was vs. San Jose State a year ago (Oct. 14).
--This was the first time USU had scored first in a game since the San Jose State game last year (Oct. 14), a span of nine games...
--USU has now been outscored 37-7 in the first quarter this season, the largest quarter deficit for the Aggies.
--Was USU's first lead vs. Utah since a 7-0 lead in 2005 before Utah scored 31 unanswered and won, 31-7.
--Sophomore S James Brindley nabbed his first career interception and returned it 64 yards in the first quarter... Brindley's 64-yard return was USU's longest INT return this season and longest since Robert Watts had a 90-yard INT return vs. UNLV on Sept. 25, 2004.
--The interception was the fourth game in a row for the Aggie defense to record a pick and the sixth of the season, tying last year's season total... The four straight games with an INT matches the longest streak since a four-game stretch from Sept. 11-Oct. 2, 2004.
--Utah's Derrick Richards' 75-yard punt return for a touchdown was the first punt return for a TD against Utah State since Darren Toney of Arkansas State on Nov. 11, 2004.
--Utah's field goal at the end of the first half marked the third time this season a FG was made as time expired (by USU vs UNLV, by Oklahoma vs USU and Saturday by Utah vs Utah State).
--Junior LB Jake Hutton logged his first career interception in the third quarter.
--It was the third time this season that USU has had two INT's in a game (at Wyoming on Sept. 6, vs San Jose State Sept. 22 and Saturday vs Utah)... The last time that USU had three games with two or more INT's was 2004... The Aggies now have seven INT's, topping last season's total and matching the 2005 season total.
--Utah's 16-play, 80-yard, 7:02 scoring drive was the most plays and longest time for a scoring drive allowed by Utah State's defense this season.
--USU went scoreless in the third quarter for the fourth time this season - the only game the Aggies scored in the third stanza was the Wyoming game... USU has now been outscored 39-15 in the third quarter.
--Utah State's offense failed to reach 300 yards for the fifth time this season.
--USU opened the season 0-5 for the second year in a row and the third time in the last seven seasons (2007, 2006, 2001).
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