Oct. 30, 2004
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Clint Marks threw for 317 yards and two touchdowns to lead Middle Tennessee to a 21-0 victory against Utah State in its annual homecoming game here on Saturday. With the win the Blue Raiders improved to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in the Sun Belt Conference, while the Aggies fell to 2-6 and 1-3.
USU was shutout for the first time in 58 games as the Aggies struggled offensively in producing just 156 yards. The Aggies allowed seven sacks and ended the game with just 30 rushing yards.
Quarterback Travis Cox threw for just 79 yards as he connected on 14 of 23 attempts, while backup Leon Jackson III was four of four for 47 yards. Freshman wide receiver Kevin Robinson pulled in a season-high matching seven receptions for 63 yards, but no other USU receiver had more than 16 yards.
Middle Tennessee scored on its first possession marching 77 yards in seen plays to jump out to a quick 7-0 lead. The Blue Raiders then made it 14-0 midway through the second quarter as Kerry Wright pulled in a 58-yard pass from Marks. Those two connected again on a 42-yard scoring pas early in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Utah State will travel to Louisiana-Monroe in 5:30 p.m. mountain time kickoff on Nov. 6.
POSTGAME NOTES At Middle Tennessee Oct. 30, 2004
O - USU was shutout for the first time since losing 40-0 to ninth ranked Kansas State in 1999 (57 game scoring streak).
O - USU's six points in the last two games combined marks its lowest offensive output in consecutive games since scoring just three points in back-to-back games at Kansas State (lost 40-0) and at Idaho (lost 31-3) in 1999.
O - QB Travis Cox moved into seventh place on the USU career passing list. He entered today's game with 4,132 yards and needed just 51 to pass Ron Lopez.
O - Cox's 79 passing yards were his fewest in 20 career starts (90 at Clemson in last game).
O - USU was limited to 156 yards for its second lowest output of the season (had 139 in last game against Clemson).
O - WR Kevin Robinson's seven receptions matched his season best (had seven against Utah).
O - USU extended its streak of having at least seven players with a reception in a game to 13 consecutive contests. USU's first five completions went to five different receivers.
O - USU has started a different offensive line lineup five times in eight games.
O - USU allowed five sacks in the first half (seven for the game). It its last game the Aggies allowed 11 sacks to Clemson.
O - Middle Tennessee's 58-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter was the longest scoring play against USU this season as well as the longest in the last 14 games.
O - MT's 317 passing yards were the most allowed by USU since UL-Monroe threw for 470 in 2002.
O - USU was shutout in the first half for the second straight game and fourth time in eight games this year.
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