Oct. 16, 2005
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State used a balanced offensive attack and controlled the clock for 34:39 en route to a 53-21 victory against Utah State here late Saturday night. The Aggies fell to 2-3 overall as well as 1-2 in the Western Athletic Conference. Fresno State improved to 4-1 and 2-0. USU has now lost eight straight road games dating back to last year.
Utah State struck first after Terrance Washington recorded an interception on Fresno State's first play of the game. The Aggies took over at the Bulldogs' 36-yard line and scored five plays later on a Chris Forbes one-yard touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead just three minutes into the game.
However, the Bulldogs responded by scoring the game's next 46 points. The Aggies finally got on the board again early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Leon Jackson III scored on a one-yard sneak to bring the score to 46-14. FSU then took the ensuing kickoff and scored again making the score 53-14 with 11:05 left in the contest. USU finished the game's scoring when wide receiver Kevin Robinson, a Fresno, Calif. Native, hauled in a 27-yard pass from backup quarterback Jerod Walker with 6:27 left in the game.
The Aggies committed three turnovers in the first half which led to 17 Bulldog points. One of the USU turnovers took place on its own one-yard line, which Fresno State scored on the game's next play. USU also allowed its first safety since 1998 when an errant punt snap rolled 27 yards out of the endzone to give FSU two more points.
USU struggled on the ground and played the game without injured tailback Ryan Bohm, who had gained 95 yards in the previous four games to be USU's leading rushing tailback on the year. Early in the fourth quarter tailback Chris Forbes was taken to a local hospital for precautionary x-rays after experiencing pain in his neck after being tackled on his ninth carry of the game. Walker, who played most of the fourth quarter in place of Jackson, ran for a team-high 62 yards on nine carries. He also completed two of five passes for 30 yards and one touchdown.
Aggie linebacker Jake Hutton recorded a game-high nine tackles, including one stop for a loss. John Chick recorded a sack as did Devon Hall, while Jarrett Bush recorded his second interception of the season.
Utah State will return home to host Boise State on Saturday in a 4:35 p.m. kickoff that will be televised on KJZZ-TV in the state of Utah as well as back in Boise.
UTAH STATE POSTGAME NOTES At Fresno State, Oct. 15, 2005
O - Fresno State's 53 points were the most allowed by Utah State since the 2002 season (lost 63-38 at Boise State).
O - The 32-point losing margin was USU's largest since falling by 42 against Utah in the third game of last year (48-6).
O - Fresno native WR Kevin Robinson scored his seventh touchdown of the year on a 26-yard reception in the fourth quarter. It was his seventh touchdown in the last four games.
O - For the fifth time in five games a player other than a running back led USU in rushing as backup quarterback Jerrod Walker ran for a team-high 62 yards tonight.
O - USU TB Chris Forbes was taken to a local hospital for precautionary x-rays after feeling pain in his neck after an early fourth quarter run. When he left the stadium he had feeling and movement in his hands and feet.
O - Fresno State's safety against Utah State was the first against the Aggies since Sam Houston State scored on a two-point safety in 1998.
O - USU's four turnovers were its most in a game this year (three vs. Idaho). The Aggies had four turnovers in each of its last two games of last year against Arkansas State and New Mexico State.
O - S Terrance Washington recorded his sixth career interception on USU's first defensive play. It was his first this season and the third by the Aggies this year.
O - USU scored first for the third time this season (entered tonight 1-1 when doing that this season).
O - TB Chris Forbes recorded his second rushing touchdown of the year (had a 51-yard run against Idaho).
O - USU has now turned eight opponent turnovers into four touchdowns this season.
O - USU head coach Brent Guy talks about shortening the field with turnovers and USU's first possession started on the Fresno State 36-yard line. It marked just the fourth time this season the Aggies started a drive on the opponent's side of the 50-yard line (two touchdowns and one field goal).
O - Fresno State's 17 first quarter were the most allowed by USU in the opening quarter in the last 13 games (Utah scored 20 in the third game of last season).
O - DE John Chick recorded his 5.5 sack of the season in the first half. He entered tonight with two sacks in each of the previous two games after sharing a sack in the season opener at Utah.
O - WR Dionte' Holloway, who ran track at Fresno State in 2003 and played football at Fresno City College in 2004, recorded his first USU reception in the second quarter. Tonight was the second game he has played at USU as he first saw action last week against San Jose State.
O - USU's three turnovers in the first half matched its most in an entire game this season (had three against Idaho).
O - LB D.J. Brookter, who is from Fresno's Bullard High School, had five tackles at halftime.
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