Utah State On Short End Of 52-37 Shootout With #16 Hawai'i Saturday
Oct. 7, 2007
HONOLULU - Despite a season-high points and total yards of offense, Utah State was on the short end of a 52-37 loss at 16th-ranked Hawai'i Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.
USU scored the most points since 41 in a 41-20 win against Middle Tennessee on Nov. 1, 2003 and compiled 370 yards of total offense, which is the most since 373 at Louisiana Tech last season (Oct. 21, 2006).
Senior WR/KR Kevin Robinson had a 100-yard kick return for a TD and a 77-yard reception for a TD from fellow senior, QB/P Leon Jackson III, in the third quarter. The 77-yard pass play from Jackson to Robinson in the third quarter was USU's longest play from scrimmage this season and the longest since a 79-yard pass play from Travis Cox to Barry Tolli against New Mexico on Oct. 4, 2003.
However, the Aggies also gave up 465 yards of passing by Hawai'i, the most yielded by the USU defense this season.
Robinson's 100-yard kick return was the third longest in school history and the longest in the modern era since the NCAA statistics counted all returns in the end zone as 100-yard returns. The school record is 105 by Altie Taylor vs West Texas State (now West Texas A&M) in 1967 and No. 2 is Tom Larsheid's 102-yard return vs. BYU in 1960.
Robinson also breaks the school record for career kick returns with his third career kick return (second in three games - vs. San Jose State on Sept. 22).
He also moves into No. 2 on USU's career all-purpose yards, passing Kendal Smith's 5,266 all-purpose yards (1985-88). The No. 1 spot is held by Emmett White (1998-2001) with 5,872 yards.
Robinson's two TD's were his first mulit-TD game since at Louisiana Tech last year as well and give him 25 for his career, as he is No. 7 on USU's career TD list.
Jackson moved to No. 8 on USU's career total offense list, as his 216 yards Saturday give him 4,027 for his career, passing Abu Wilson (1992, 94-96) with 3,933 yards.
The Aggies fall to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in Western Athletic Conference play, as USU suffered its 12th-straight loss overall and 17th in the last 18 games.
Hawai'i improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in WAC action and the Warriors, already with the highest ranking in school history are expected to climb in the polls after several losses ahead of them.
Utah State is off next week, returning to action on Oct. 20, hosting Nevada in the first of back-to-back home games. Kickoff for the Aggies match-up with the Wolf Pack is slated for 1:05 p.m., at Romney Stadium. USU then hosts Louisiana Tech on Oct. 27, also at 1:05 p.m.
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UTAH STATE FOOTBALL
-- The loss is USU's 12th straight loss overall and 17th in the last 18 games.
--The series with Hawai'i is now tied at 4-4, as the Warriors have won the last three meetings... USU's last win in the series was a 48-0 win at Hawai'i in 1966.
--Utah State, which is in its third season in the WAC, is now 3-15 in conference games, including 1-8 in WAC road games, currently on a five-game conference road game losing streak, last winning on the road in the 2005 season finale at New Mexico State (24-21).
--USU's starting position of its own 44-yard line was the best field position on its opening drive this season... Was also the longest opening drive this year, as the USU had gone three-and-out in four of the previous five opening drives.
--The field goal on its first possession marked USU's first score on the opening drive in a span of 13-games, dating back to the Idaho game last season (Sept. 30, 2006).
--After not scoring a first quarter point in its first four games this season and a span of seven games overall, Utah State has now scored in the first quarter in consecutive games (last week at Utah).
--Junior OC Ryan Tonnemacher, senior OG Shawn Murphy and junior S Caleb Taylor all made their team-leading 18th-consecutive starts... Sophomore LB Paul Igboeli made his 14th career start... Senior WR/KR Kevin Robinson made his 27th career start, second on USU's list behind senior OG Pace Jorgensen's 32, who did not start Saturday due to injury.
--Robinson's 100-yard kick return was the third longest in school history and the longest in the modern era since the NCAA statistics counted all returns in end zone as 100-yard returns... The school record is 105 by Altie Taylor vs West Texas State (now West Texas A&M) in 1967 and No. 2 is Tom Larsheid's 102-yard return vs. BYU in 1960.
--Robinson breaks the school record for career kick returns with his third career kick return (second in three games - vs. San Jose State on Sept. 22).
--Robinson also moves into No. 2 on USU's career all-purpose yards, passing Kendal Smith's 5,266 all-purpose yards (1985-88)... No. 1 spot is held by Emmett White (1998-2001) with 5,872 yards.
--The kick return for a TD was Robinson's 24th TD of his career, as he is No. 7 on USU's career TD list.
--The 87-yard kick return by Malcolm Lane of Hawai'i was the first kick return against USU since North Texas' Broderick McGrew in 1998... USU offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey was in his first season as head coach of North Texas that year.
--After trailing at the end of the first quarter in the first four games of the season, USU has been tied at the end of the first stanza in its last two games (last week at Utah).
--Freshman WR/QB Diondre Borel had his first career kick return in the third quarter.
--The 77-yard pass play from senior QB/P Leon Jackson III to Robinson in the third quarter was USU's longest play from scrimmage this season and the longest since a 79-yard pass play from Travis Cox to Barry Tolli against New Mexico on Oct. 4, 2003.
--By scoring its 27th point in the third quarter - USU scored the most points not only against Hawai'i in the modern day series, but the most at Hawai'i since 1966 when the Aggies won 48-0. USU scored 23 in a 50-23 loss in 2005 and 10 last season in a 63-10 loss.
--The 37 points scored by the Aggies is a season-high and the most since 41with a 41-20 win against Middle Tennessee on Nov. 1, 2003.
--USU's 370 yards of total offense is a season-high and the most since 373 at Louisiana Tech last season (Oct. 21, 2006)... The Aggies' 247 yards passing is also a season-high and the most also since that same game at La Tech.
--The 465 yards passing by Hawai'i is a season-high allowed by the USU defense, but the 47 rushing yards is a season-low... The 512 yards of total offense is the third-most given up this season.
--Junior FS Caleb Taylor's interception in the fourth quarter was the Aggie defense's eighth INT of the season, the most since 13 in 2004... It was the fifth straight game that the Aggie defense logged an oskie, topping a four-game stretch from Sept. 11-Oct. 2, 2004 and the most since at least 2003.
--Freshman K/P Peter Caldwell made his first career punt with the 40-yard punt in the fourth quarter.
--Caldwell's 47-yard field goal was his career-long.