Utah State Falls 49-21 To Troy In Sun Belt Conference Action
Oct. 2, 2004
TROY, Ala. - Wide receiver Kevin Robinson tied a Utah State school record with a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown and quarterback Travis Cox completed 16 of 33 attempts for a season high 222 yards, but a 35-0 halftime deficit was too much for Utah State to overcome as it fell 49-21 to Troy in Sun Belt Conference action here Saturday.
The loss dropped the Aggies to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play, while Troy improved to 3-2 and 1-1.
Troy opened the game scoring on its first two possessions and would march to a 35-0 halftime lead. Troy wide receiver Jason Samples grabbed touchdown passes of 13 and eight yards to lead the Trojans in the first half.
USU didn't convert on its only scoring opportunity of the half, as Justin Hamblin missed a 37-yard field goal.
The Aggies finally got on the board in the third quarter as Cox found Raymond Hicks for a 42-yard touchdown reception with 4:36 left in the quarter.
Utah State's defense then held Troy on its ensuing drive, and on the punt Robinson found a crease and returned it 90 yards for the touchdown. Robinson tied the school record for a punt return that was set by Dale Leatham against Wichita State in 1950.
USU once again held Troy on the Trojans next possession and marched 73 yards on eight plays as Chris Forbes capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run.
USU wouldn't score again and Troy's DeWitt Betterson would finish the scoring for both teams with a 44- yard rush with 4:48 left on the clock.
The Aggies return home next week for their homecoming game against North Texas on Oct. 9 at 6:05 p.m.
UTAH STATE POST GAME NOTES At Troy, Oct. 2, 2004
o - DT Ronald Tupea made his team-best 36th start of his career.
o - QB Travis Cox has thrown nine interceptions this year after throwing just seven all of last season. With his three interceptions Saturday, Cox now has thrown at least two interceptions in four of USU's five games this year. His three interceptions tie a career record set at Arizona State last season.
o- QB Travis Cox's 33 attempts are a season high as are his 222 yards. His 222 yards are the most yards he has thrown for since throwing for 322 yards against Idaho in the last game of the 2003 season.
o - QB Travis Cox is now ninth all-time on the career passing list. With his 222 yards on Saturday, Cox now has 3,752 yards in his career at USU, just eight yards shy of tying Patrick Mullins for eighth on the USU career passing list
o - With a 42-yard touchdown pass to Raymond Hicks in the third quarter, Cox has now thrown at least one touchdown pass in five straight games and in 15 of his 16 career starts. The exception was last year's game against Troy State where he was injured and did not play in the second half.
o - TB Tyrone McKinney made his first career start tonight becoming the 20th different player to start on offense this season. On the defensive side of the ball, LB D.J. Brookter and DB Jarrett Bush saw their first career starts as well.
o - TB Tyrone McKinney had his best rushing game of his career with 28 yards on six carries. His previous career best game was a three carry, 13-yard game against Louisiana-Monroe last year.
o - QB Leon Jackson III recorded his second career punt for the Aggies in the second quarter as he booted an 11 yard punt. In the second half, Jackson tallied a career-long 57-yard punt.
o - Utah State's 35-point margin at the half is its second-largest of the season (USU trailed Utah 41-0 at the half).
o - After catching 17 passes for 234 yards in his first three games, freshman WR Kevin Robinson has one catch of eight yards in his last two games with no catches today.
o - Cornelius Lamb recorded the first fumble recovery of his career in the third quarter.
o - Raymond Hicks' 42-yard touchdown reception was the second of his career. He pulled-in a career-long reception of 43 yards against North Texas last season.
o - Kevin Robinson's 90-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter tied a school record set by Dale Leatham against Wichita State in 1950. It also is the second-longest return in Sun Belt Conference history. The longest return in conference history was a 98-yard return by Tim Sams of Idaho against Arkansas State in 2001.
o - TB Chris Forbes' one-yard touchdown recorded his first career rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.
o - QB Travis Cox's 16 rushes are the most by a quarterback since Riley Jensen rushed for -32 yards on 17 carries against Washington in 1998.
o - Kelly Poppinga's fumble recovery in the fourth quarter was the second of his career. He recovered the first fumble of his career last season at Nebraska.
o - With QB Travis Cox (19-43) leading the Aggies in rushing Saturday, he became the first USU QB to lead the Aggies in rushing since QB Matt Wells (13-29) led USU in rushing against BYU in 1994. Cox's 19 rushing attempts are the most by an Aggie QB since 1992. Cox surpassed former Aggie QB Riley Jensen who rushed 16 times for -32 yards at Washington in 1998.
O - LB Jared Johnstun recorded his first career interception in the fourth quarter on Saturday.
O - Troy's 49 points are the most given up by Utah State since losing 51-48 in double overtime at Louisiana-Monroe on Oct. 26, 2002.
O - USU extended its streak of having at least seven different players record a reception to nine straight games.
o- USU's 99 rushing yards is its second best rushing performance of the season. The Aggies recorded 100 yards on the ground against UNLV last week.