Fifth-Ranked Alabama Defeats Utah State 35-3
Oct. 29, 2005
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Ryan Bohm rushed for a career-high 94 yards, while Leon Jackson passed for 147 yards, but the Alabama defense was too much for Utah State as the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide defeated USU 35-3 here Saturday afternoon.
The Crimson Tide improved to 8-0 with the win, while USU fell to 2-5 in this non-conference game.
Alabama scored on each of its first two possessions and appeared to be on a roll. However the Aggie defense kept the Tide out of the endzone again until the 4:41 mark of the second quarter. Alabama took a 21-0 lead into halftime.
USU responded by scoring on the first possession of the second half, marching 65 yards before Justin Hambin kicked a 24-yard field goal. The points were the first scored in the third quarter against Alabama this season.
On the Aggies' next possession, USU drove from its own 20-yard line to the Alabama 24. A Hamblin 41-yard field goal attempt was wide right. Alabama responded by scoring its fourth touchdown of the game to go up 28-7. The Tide than added a fourth quarter touchdown to complete the scoring.
Bohm gained 94 yards on 17 carries in his first rushes in the last three games. He entered the contest with 95 rushing yards on the season.
Jackson hit 11 of 28 passes for 147 yards with one late interception. Defensively Jake Hutton posted a game-high tying eight tackles. Antonio Taylor recorded seven stops, while Andre Bala addes six. John Chick recorded a sack to give him 6.5 on the year, a figure that leads the WAC and ranks sixth in the NCAA.
Utah State will return to WAC action hosting Louisiana Tech on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. Alabama heads to Mississippi State.
UTAH STATE POSTGAME NOTES
At Alabama, Oct. 29, 2005
O - USU's field goal on the opening possession of the second half marked the first points Alabama has allowed in the third quarter in eight games this year.
O - USU gained 121 yards on its first two possessions of the second half after gaining 98 yards in the entire first half. However, the Aggies scored just three points on the first two possessions of the second stanza missing a field goal on its second possession.
O - TB Ryan Bohm became the first running back to lead Utah State in rushing in a game this year.
O - CB Josh Taylor became the 19th different freshman to play for Utah State this season.
O - WR Tony Pennyman extended his streak of catching at least four passes to six straight games.
O - USU allowed the opponent to have a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver in the same game for the first time since the season opener at Utah. It also marked just the second time this year any player rushed for 100 yards and the second time any player had 100 receiving yards against USU this year.
O - CB Cornelius Lamb made his first start of the season in place of the injured Marquis Charles. While it was his first start this year, it was the 19th start of his career (started all 11 games last year).
O - OT Malik Cin made his second career start. His other career start was as center at Alabama last season. Entering today's game, Cin had played one play this season.
O - WR Tony Pennyman's 26-yard reception in the first quarter was his second longest reception of the season (35 yards).
O - DE John Chick, the WAC sack leader (sixth in the NCAA) with 5.5 entering the game, recorded a sack in the first quarter.
O - TB Ryan Bohm's 29-yard run in the second quarter was his longest of the year (21 yard rush at Utah in the season opener).
O - Bohm's 37 rushing yards at halftime were the most by an Aggie running back in the last four games, as well as the third most by an Aggie running back this year (Chris Forbes had 59 at Idaho and Bohm had 56 at Utah).
O - USU was shutout in the first half for the second time this year (trailed Idaho 14-0 at halftime).
O - At halftime, USU had more rushing yards (56) than passing yards (42). In a game this season, the Aggies have had more rushing yards than passing yards just once (season opener at Utah as the Aggies ran for 163 yards, while passing for 95 yards).
O - Last year at halftime of the game between these two teams, Alabama led just 17-10.
O - P Justin Hamblin recorded the first 50-yard punt of his career late in the second quarter. His 42.9 average was a season best.
O - The 21-point margin was the biggest USU had faced at the break since trailing Troy by 35 points (35-0) in game five of last season (final score was 49-21).