Robinson's Record-Setting Day Not Enough As Aggies Fall To Fresno State, 38-27
Nov. 3, 2007
FRESNO, Calif. - Senior WR/KR Kevin Robinson became Utah State's career all-purpose record holder in the Aggies' 38-27 loss to Fresno State Saturday afternoon in Western Athletic Conference football action at Bulldog Stadium.
Robinson passed former Aggie great Emmett White's 5,872 yards from 1998-2001 with a 29-yard kick return in the second quarter following Fresno State's third touchdown of the game. For the game, Robinson had 259 all-purpose yards and now has 6,058 career all-purpose yards.
The loss moved Utah State to 0-9 overall for the first time in school history and the Aggies are now 0-5 in WAC play.
Fresno State improved to 6-3 overall and 5-1 in WAC action.
The Bulldogs avenged last season's USU win at Logan and have now won four of the last five meetings as Fresno State now leads the all-time series 12-10-1.
Fresno State bolted out of the gates with 14 first-quarter points before the Aggies got on the board with a 17-yard run by redshirt freshman FB Jacob Actkinson five seconds into the second stanza. It was Actkinson's career-long rush for his first career rushing TD after having his first receiving TD last week against La Tech.
That would be the closest USU would get as Fresno State scored the next 17 points to take a 31-7 lead into halftime.
The Aggies closed to 31-17 after a 44-yard pass from senior QB/P Leon Jackson III to Robinson, followed by a fumble recovery on the ensuing kickoff and a 46-yard field goal by freshman K Peter Caldwell capped off the drive.
On the following kickoff, Fresno State's A.J. Jefferson returned the kick 88 yards for a TD to put the Bulldogs up, 38-17 part way through the third quarter.
Caldwell tacked on a 40-yard field goal to make the score 38-20, and Jackson hit junior TE Rob Myers with a 23-yard TD pass to pull within, 38-27. The Aggies' onside kick attempt was recovered by the Bulldogs who ran out the clock for the win.
Utah State had 369 yards of total offense, one yard shy of the season-high 370 at Hawai'i on Oct. 6. Fresno State ended the day with 386 yards of total offense.
The Aggies return to Logan for their home finale on Saturday, Nov. 10, hosting Boise State at 1 p.m., at Romney Stadium.
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Utah State Football
--Senior WR/KR Kevin Robinson became USU's career all-purpose record holder, passing Emmett White's 5,872 yards from 1998-2001... Robinson ended the game with 259 all-purpose yards, giving him 6,058 for his career.
Fresno State has now won four of the last five meetings with Utah State and the Bulldogs now lead the all-time series 12-10-1.
--Utah State wore all white uniforms for the first time in the Brent Guy era.
--Senior LG Shawn Murphy, junior C Ryan Tonnemacher and junior S Caleb Taylor all made their team-leading 21st consecutive starts while sophomore LB Paul Igboeli made his 17th consecutive start and senior DE Carl Singleton made his 13th straight start.
--Senior RG Pace Jorgensen made his team-leading 35th career start while Robinson made his 30th career start.
--Freshman LB Kyle Gallagher made his first career start as an Aggie.
--Fresno State's score on its opening drive was the fourth game in a row and the sixth time this season that the opposition scored on its opening drive on the USU defense this season.
--Utah State was held scoreless in the first quarter for the second game in a row and the fifth time this season... The 14 points scored by Fresno State in the first stanza ties Oklahoma and Nevada for the most points scored by the opposition.... USU has now been outscored 85-24 in the first quarter.
--After scoring his first career receiving TD last Saturday against La Tech, freshman FB Jacob Actkinson scored his first rushing TD in the second quarter with a career-long rush of 17 yards.
--The 52-yard field goal by Fresno State's Clint Stitser was the third 50+ field goal kicked by a USU opponent this season behind a 54-yarder at Hawai'i and a 53-yarder at Oklahoma.
--Leon Jackson's 43-yard run in the third quarter was the longest rush of his USU career, topping a 30-yard rush earlier this season at Hawai'i (Oct. 6).
--After not having a field goal blocked in its previous seven games, USU has now had a FG blocked in its last two games.
--Sophomore SS James Brindley's third-quarter interception was his second of the season (at Utah), tying junior S teammates Roy Hurst and Caleb Taylor for the team lead... It was the USU defense's 10th oskie of the season.
--The 44-yard TD reception by Robinson was his 20th career TD reception, moving him into sole possession of No. 4 on the USU career TD reception list, pulling away from Kevin Curtis (2001-02) and Ken Thompson (1979-80).
--It was Robinson's 28th career TD overall, moving into a tie for fifth on the Aggies' career list with Kendal Smith (1985-88).
--The 88-yard kick return by Fresno State's A.J. Jefferson is the longest kick return allowed by USU this season and the longest in USU history since 2000... After not giving up a kick return for a TD since 1998, USU has now given up two kick returns for a TD this season (87-yarder by Malcolm Lane of Hawai'i on Oct. 6)... It was the third return for a TD overall (punt return at Utah on Sept. 29).
--Rob Myers had his first TD catch of the season with the 23-yard pass from Jackson in the fourth quarter, tying Myers' season-long reception.
--USU's 369 yards of total offense is one yard shy of the season-high 370 at Hawai'i (Oct. 6).