Oct. 21, 2006
RUSTON, La. - Utah State fell behind 17-0 in the first quarter before responding with a season-high 35 points in a losing effort at Louisiana Tech here Saturday night. The Aggies dropped to 1-7 overall and 1-3 in the WAC with the 48-35 loss. Louisiana Tech improved to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the WAC.
A field goal and two long passes of 66 and 35 yards by the Bulldogs, put the home team up 17-0 in the first quarter. USU scored two of the game's next three touchdowns to pull within 24-14 at halftime.
LTU opened the third quarter with consecutive touchdowns and led 38-14 en route to the victory.
USU produced a season-best 373 yards in the game, but allowed Louisiana Tech 570 yards. Aggie quarterback Riley Nelson threw for a career-best 249 yards as he hit 12 of 28 attempts, but he was intercepted for the first time this year. On USU's first play Nelson threw the first of his two interceptions in the game.
Marcus Cross rushed for 70 yards and two scores, while Kevin Robinson recorded a career-best 141 yard receiving day. Robinson had six catches, including two touchdowns as he eclipsed his previous best yardage game of 131 which he set against Louisiana Tech last year.
The Aggies will have a bye week before hosting Hawai'i on Nov. 4 in a 1:05 p.m. kickoff.
UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY POSTGAME NOTES At Louisiana Tech, Oct. 21, 2006
O - USU scored its second defensive touchdown of the season (Antonio Taylor had an interception return for a score in the season opener at Wyoming) on a fumble return by Darby Golden. It marked the first fumble return for a score by the Aggies since Michael Gates returned a fumble four yards for a score against Middle Tennesse in 2003.
O - USU scored 21 points for just the second time this year (lost to Idaho 41-21). The 28 points were the most by the Aggies in the last 17 games.
O - USU's 35 points were its most in a loss since losing 51-48 at UL-Monroe in the eighth game of 2002.
O - USU allowed at least 40 points for the third time this year (48 by Utah and 41 by Idaho).
O - USU produced a season-best passing yardage total (previous best was 186 yards against Idaho).
O - Rob Myers' 28-yard reception in the third quarter was the longest catch by an Aggie tight end since Chris Cooley caught a 41-yarder in 2003.
O - TB Marcus Cross became the first Aggie to score multiple touchdowns in a game this season.
O - USU produced a season-best total offense yardage by the end of the third quarter as the Aggies had accumulated 326 yards through three periods. The previous season game-best was 305 against Idaho.
O - OG Pace Jorgensen entered tonight having started a team-best 18 consecutive games, but did not make the trip due to an ankle injury. The longest starting streak now belongs to nine players who have started all eight games this season.
O - USU has now lost five straight road games as well as its 15th in the last 16 games and 24th in its last 26 road contests.
O - USU is 1-7 for the first time since 1998. That 1998 team then won two of its last three games to finish 3-8. After a bye week, USU will have four more games.
O - Freshman LB Paul Igboeli recorded the most tackles by an Aggie player this season. His previous career tackle best was seven against Fresno State, while the most tackles by a USU player in 2006 was 11 by Derrick Cumbee against BYU.
(halftime) O - QB Riley Nelson had started his Aggie career without throwing an interception in his first 46 attempts, but had one picked off on his first attempt tonight. His streak of 46 attempts without an interception was the 15th longest in the nation this season heading into this week's games.
O - Louisiana Tech's 66-yard pass was the longest pass play allowed by USU this year (60 to Fresno State).
O - Freshman WR Omar Sawyer touched the ball for the first time in his career on two consecutive plays on USU's long first quarter drive that resulted in a missed field goal attempt. He had an eight-yard rush and on the next play had a 15-yard reception.
O - USU recorded just its second field goal attempt of the season and it resulted in a Bryan Shields miss. USU is now 0-2 on the season in field goal attempts and is the only team in the NCAA without a field goal made this year.
O - The 17 first quarter points by LTU tied for the second most allowed by USU this season (Wyoming scored 21 in the fourth quarter of the season opener and Utah scored 17 in the first quarter of the third game of the year).
O - WR Kevin Robinson's 60-yard reception that set up USU's first touchdown was the longest play from scrimmage for USU this season. It also gave him 103 receiving yards at that point for his fifth career 100-yard receiving game. Here is a look at his career 100-yard games prior to tonight: 2004 - 106 vs. Idaho and 116 vs. Arkansas State 2005 - 131 vs. Louisiana Tech and 116 vs. Nevada 2006 - 109 vs. Louisiana Tech (at halftime)
O - Robinson's 60-yard reception was USU's longest play in its last 26 games (since a 79-yard pass from Travis Cox to Antonio Pennyman against UNLV in the fourth game of 2004).
O - QB Riley Nelson threw for a career-high 152 yards in the first half. His previous best in three previous career games was 145 last week at San Jose State.
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