Aggies Fall Behind Early, Rally Comes Up Short In 34-14 Loss To No. 8 BYU

Oct. 3, 2008

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LOGAN, Utah - Utah State outscored No. 8 Brigham Young 14-10 in the second half. However the Aggies were down 24-0 at halftime and lost to the Cougars in a closer than the score reflects contest, 34-14, Friday night at a packed and rowdy Romney Stadium.

USU slides to 1-4 on the year while BYU improves to 5-0 overall, extending the nation's longest winning streak to 15 in a row.

Aggie redshirt freshman running back Robert Turbin led USU for the second game in a row on the ground with 74 yards on eight carries. Sophomore quarterback Diondre Borel added 40 yards rushing to go with 10-of-15 passing for 114 yards and one TD, a five-yard strike to redshirt freshman tight end Tarren Lloyd for his first career TD catches. Senior wide receiver Otis Nelson had 72 yards on six receptions.

Defensively, the senior tandem of linebacker Jake Hutton and linebacker/safety De'von Hall led USU with a game-high 10 tackles each while junior cornerback Kejon Murphy and fellow cornerback, senior Roy Hurst had an interception each. Murphy's came in the endzone to thwart a BYU drive after the Cougars took over at the USU 20 following an Aggie fumble.

After BYU scored on its first offensive series of the game, the Aggies then coughed up three costly turnovers in the first quarter. USU's two fumbles and one interception were converted into 17 more points by BYU for a 24-0 first quarter lead.

Neither team scored in the second quarter and the Cougars tacked on 10 points in the third quarter before the Aggies rallied with 14 fourth-quarter points.

Turbin scored on a 40-yard running, spinning dash to cap a seven-play, 80-yard drive with 13:47 left in the game.

After the Aggie defense held the Cougars to a three-and-out, Borel led USU's march down the field and capped the drive by hitting Lloyd in the back of the endzone.

Utah State attempted an onside kick following the score but could not recover. At the end of BYU's ensuing drive, redshirt freshman defensive end Junior Keiaho burst through the line and blocked the field goal attempt.

The Aggies drove to the BYU 7-yard line, but could not get the ball in the endzone before the game ended.

Utah State returns to Western Athletic Conference action by traveling to San Jose State on Saturday, Oct. 11. Kickoff has been changed to 5:30 p.m. (MT).

The Aggies will take their 1-0 league record and a three-game WAC game in tote, heading on the road for the first time in a month, last playing on the road on Sept. 6 at Oregon.

USU plays at Nevada on Saturday, Oct. 18 before returning home on Saturday, Oct. 25, hosting Fresno State, currently ranked No. 22 in the AP Poll, in USU's Homecoming game.

Aggie football tickets are available in person through the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, online 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on "tickets" in left column, or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.

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