Oct. 1, 2005
MOSCOW, Idaho - Leon Jackson III passed for 157 yards and ran for 74 yards, but it wasn't enough as the Utah State football team lost its Western Athletic Conference opener 27-13 at Idaho on Saturday.
The Aggies fell to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the WAC, while Idaho won for the first time in improving to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in league play.
Idaho struck first taking a 14-0 advantage into the lockerroom before USU rallied with consecutive third quarter touchdowns by Kevin Robinson and Chris Forbes. Robinson's 10-yard reception pulled USU within 14-7.
After Marquise Charles recorded his first career interception, the Aggies scored on a 51-yard run by Chris Forbes on the next play to pull within 14-13. An extra point that appeared good, was called no good and USU trailed 14-13 with 2:31 left in the third quarter.
Idaho then kicked consecutive field goals to pull ahead 20-13 with 2:38 remaining in the game.
USU started its next drive at its own 20-yard line and Jackson connected on four straight passes to get the Aggies to the Idaho 40-yard line. After a dropped pass and a Jackson six-yard run to the Idaho 34, Jackson was picked off by Mike Anderson, who returned the ball 71 yards for the game's final score.
The Aggies will return home to host San Jose State at Romney Stadium on Oct. 8 at 1:05 p.m. Idaho will travel to Nevada.
UTAH STATE POSTGAME NOTES At Idaho, Oct. 1, 2005
O - TB Chris Forbes' 51-yard run for a score was the longest rush by an Aggie since Travis Davis went 69 yards for a score against Middle Tennessee in the ninth game of 2003.
O - Forbes' run was also the longest play from scrimmage for the Aggies this season (26-yard pass from Jackson to Pennyman earlier in the third quarter).
O - USU's 13 points in the third quarter were its most in one quarter this year.
O - USU's 293 total yards were a season high, while the 339 yards allowed was a season bet for the Aggie defense.
O - QB Leon Jackson III rushed for 34 yards on four carries on the Aggies' first possession. That total was more than leading rusher (Kevin Robinson) gained in the entire game against UNLV last week (29).
O - Idaho's 6:54 drive on its opening touchdown was by far the longest time of possession the opponent has had on a scoring drive against USU this year (previous long was Utah's 2:56 drive on its last drive). The 12 plays were also the most (seven plays) and the 76 yards were just three shy of the longest drive against the Aggies.
O - All four of Idaho's scoring drives were the four longest allowed in terms of time of possession this season.
O - Freshman CB Marquise Charles, whose twin brother is on the Idaho roster, recorded his first career interception in the third quarter. It led to USU's second touchdown, a 51-yard run by Chris Forbes) on the next play of the game.
O - For the third straight game a player other than a running back led the Aggies in rushing (QB Leon Jackson led in the opener and again today and WR Kevin Robinson led against UNLV).
O - USU has now lost seven straight road games... USU lost its conference opener for the first time in its last five tries (USU lost to Idaho in 1998 and was 4-0 since then in its first league game of the year)... USU has played eight of its last 11 games on the road.
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