Aggies Lose To Wolf Pack, 31-28, Saturday
Oct. 20, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State suffered its third loss by seven points or less this season with a 31-28 loss to Nevada Saturday afternoon in a Western Athletic Conference clash at Romney Stadium.
Nevada beat USU for the sixth-straight time in Logan and the third in a row overall and the Wolf Pack now lead the all-time series, 13-4.
USU had a fourth quarter lead for the fourth time this season, taking a 28-24 lead just 45 seconds into the final stanza on a 10-yard run by senior QB/P Leon Jackson III and the PAT by freshman K Peter Caldwell.
Nevada countered with a 32-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick to Mike McCoy with 7:18 left in the game and the Aggies couldn't recover, going three-and-out in their final two possessions.
The Wolf Pack hogged the ball in the second half, running 48 plays after halftime while limiting the Aggies to just 16 as USU only had two first downs in the second half. Nevada had possession of the pigskin for 22:21 of the 30 minutes after the half.
Nevada ended the game with 472 yards of total offense (302 rushing, 170 passing), including 298 (221 rushing, 77 passing) in the second half.
Wolf Pack running back Luke Lippincott had 188 of those second half rushing yards, finishing the game with 241 yards and two TD's. Lippincott becomes the first opposing player to reach 200-yards rushing on the USU defense since Jamario Brown of North Texas had 256 yards in 2004, when current USU offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey was head coach of the Mean Green.
Lippincott has now rushed for 385 yards and four TD's in the last two meetings with USU.
Utah State had a balanced 212 yards of total offense, with 106 rushing and 106 passing.
Jackson was 11-of-19 passing for the 106 yards and led USU with 51 rushing yards, becoming the first non-running back to lead the Aggies in rushing this season.
Jackson also had two rushing TD's, a 1-yard plunge in the first quarter for USU's first TD of the game and the 10-yard run in the fourth quarter. Jackson now has four rushing TD's on the season, which are the most for a USU QB since Travis Cox had four in 2003.
Senior WR/KR Kevin Robinson had a 70-yard punt return for a score late in the second quarter to send the Aggies into halftime ahead on the scoreboard for just the second time this season and the first since game one against UNLV.
It was Robinson's third special teams TD of the season (two kick returns, one punt return) and his fourth punt return of his career. Robinson now takes sole possession of the USU career record for punt returns, surpassing John Strycula (1969-71) and Bob Wicks (1969-71) with three each.
Defensively, Utah State was led by junior LB Jake Hutton with 11 tackles and one forced fumble, while junior S Caleb Taylor matched Hutton with 11 stops to go with two pass break-ups, including one near interception.
The USU defense also had its streak of consecutive games with an interception stopped at five.
The Aggies are now 0-7 overall and 0-3 in WAC action, while the Wolf Pack won their first league game of the year, moving to 1-2 in WAC play and 3-4 overall.
Utah State continues its two-game home stand next Saturday, Oct. 27, hosting Louisiana Tech at 1:05 p.m. La Tech took a 2-4 overall and 1-2 league ledger into a home game against Boise State Saturday night.
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Utah State Football Post-Game Notes
--Nevada beat USU for the sixth-straight time in Logan and the third in a row overall and the Wolf Pack now lead the all-time series, 13-4.
--USU lost its fifth home game in a row and is now 3-10 at home under head coach Brent Guy.
--Guy is now 1-7 all-time vs. Nevada (0-3 as USU head coach, 0-3 as asst. coach at USU and 1-1 as asst. at Boise State)... Nevada head coach Chris Ault is now 6-0 all-time vs. Utah State.
--Senior LG Shawn Murphy, junior C Ryan Tonnemacher and junior S Caleb Taylor all made their team-leading 19th consecutive starts while sophomore LB Paul Igboeli made his 15th consecutive start and senior DE Carl Singleton made his 11th straight start.
--Senior QB Leon Jackson III's two rushing TD's in the first and fourth quarters now give him four for the season and five for his career.
--Jackson's four rushing TD's are the most for a USU QB since Travis Cox had four in 2003.
--Freshman RB Derrvin Speight logged his third rushing TD of the year.
--Senior WR/KR Kevin Robinson's 70-yard punt return for TD was his third special teams TD of the season (two kick returns, one punt return) and his fourth punt return of his career.
--Robinson now takes sole possession of the USU career record for punt returns, surpassing John Strycula (1969-71) and Bob Wicks (1969-71) with three each.
-Robinson already holds the school record for special teams returns with seven (four career punt returns, three career kick returns).
--Robinson now has 26 career TD's, one shy of Rick Parros' 27 TD's (1976-79) on the USU Career TD list.
--The 70-yard return was Robinson's longest punt return since an 87-yarder his sophomore season of 2005.
--Robinson already holds the school record for special teams returns with seven (four career punt returns, three career kick returns).
--Utah State led at halftime for just the second time this season (game one vs. UNLV 10-3).
--With Nevada's Luke Lippincott topping the 100-yard rushing mark, it was the fourth time and the fifth individual to have 100-yards rushing on the USU defense.
--By Lippincott surpassing the 200-yard rushing mark, he becomes the first opposing player to reach 200-yards rushing on the USU defense since Jamario Brown of North Texas had 256 yards in 2004... Current USU offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey was head coach of the Mean Green at the time.