Nov. 5, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State rolled up 478 yards of total offense for its most yards since 2003, but four fumbles stopped the Aggies as Louisiana Tech posted a 27-17 victory against USU here Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs improved to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the Western Athletic Conferece with the victory, while Utah State fell to 2-6 and 1-4.
Louisiana Tech netted just 276 yards of total offense, but took advantage of USU's fumbles as they needed drives of just 22, 44, 50, 43 and 21 yards for their five scores.
The visiting Bulldogs kicked two first quarter field goals to lead 6-0. USU then scored the only other points of the first half on a career-long 35-yard field goal by Justin Hamblin as time expired.
Louisiana Tech pushed their lead to 13-3 early in the third quarter before USU's Ryan Bohm scored his first of two rushing touchdowns to pull the Aggies with 13-10 with 4:21 left in the third quarter.
However, Tech scored on a three-yard run to start the fourth quarter and then found the endzone less than 1:30 later after capitalizing on a fumbled kickoff return by Utah State.
Leon Jackson III threw for a career-high 372 yards for USU, the most passing yards by an Aggie quarterback since 2002. He also rushed for a team-best 57 yards en route to setting a new single-season quarterback rushing record with xx yards.
Kevin Robinson caught nine of Jackson's passes for 131 yards, while three other Aggies had reception yardage of better than 70 yard as Tony Pennyman had seven catches for 79 yards, Ryan Bohm six for 74 and Dionte Holloway three for 71.
Utah State will head to Hawai'i on Saturday, while Louisiana Tech will travel to Idaho.
UTAH STATE POSTGAME NOTES Vs. Louisiana Tech, Nov. 5, 2005
O - For the second game in a row and just the third time this season (eight games) USU did not hold a lead at any point of the game. USU never held a lead against Idaho, Alabama and today against Louisiana Tech.
O - For the second game in a row USU produced a season high in total offense. Last week the Aggies recorded 309 yards at Alabama.
O - USU's 478 yards of total offense was its most since recording 495 vs. Middle Tennessee in the ninth game of 2003.
O - USU's four turnovers were a season high (had three turnovers at Idaho and Fresno State).
O - For the seventh time in eight games a non-running back led the Aggies in rushing.
O - QB Leon Jackson threw for a career high passing yardage total today (previous best was 212 vs. UNLV). He also had career marks in completions (previous was 19 against UNLV) and attempts (29 vs. Boise State).
O - Jackson's passing yardage total was the most by an Aggie since Jose Fuentes threw for 426 yards in the 2002 season finale against Middle Tennessee.
O - Jackson established a single season rushing record for USU quarterbacks as he surpassed the 273-yard mark by Ron Edwards set in 1964. Jackson entered the game with 255 yards and had 53 by halftime.
O - Jackson's 24-yard run in the first quarter was a season long for him (22 yards).
O - TB Ryan Bohm's rushing touchdown was the first for USU in the last three games. The Aggies' previous four touchdowns had been on pass plays.
O - In the fourth quarter Bohm rushed for his second touchdown of the game, marking the first time an Aggie has had two rushing touchdowns in a game this year (Chris Forbes ran for two in last year's finale against New Mexico State).
O - WR Kevin Robinson recorded the first 100-yard receiving game by an Aggie this year. It was the third 100-yard game of his two-year career. Earlier this season Robinson had 91 yards vs. San Jose State and 99 vs. Fresno State.
O - Robinson established a career high yardage total (previous best was 116 vs. Arkansas State last year).
O - Robinson recorded a career high reception total (previous best was seven on two occasions).
O - Robinson extended his streak of catching at least two passes to 14 consecutive games.
O - Robinson's 131 receiving yards were the most by an Aggie since Kevin Curtis had 177 yards against Middle Tennessee in 2002.
O - Two Aggies made their first career starts today in CB Josh Taylor and OG Ryan Tonnemacher. Both players are freshmen. Other freshmen starters today included LB Jake Hutton, LB Devon Hall, DT Brian Soi, and TB Ryan Bohm.
O - PK Justin Hamblin kicked a career-long 35-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.
O - With three field goals combined in the first half, it marked the first half of football that neither team has scored a 16 touchdown in a USU game since 2000 when North Texas kicked two field goals and USU made one in the first half.
O - USU did not allow Louisiana Tech to score in the second quarter, snapping a streak of 16 straight quarters that the opponent has scored.
O - DE John Chick recorded two sacks in the first half giving him 8.5 on the season.
UTAH STATE POSTGAME QUOTES Vs. LA Tech, Nov. 05, 2005
UTAH STATE HEAD COACH Brent Guy
"They did a good job. I was really proud of the defense today. They really gave us a chance to win it today. We just really needed to get the offense going."
"We were almost at the end of the third quarter and we needed to get a first down and get the ball moving. They are getting better."
"Our yardage is getting much better, but when you get backed up as much as we did it is tough."
"When you look at the stats sheet we did about everything else right except for the turnovers. That's the biggest thing we talked about going into this game. Louisiana Tech is one of the best in league in turnover margin."
"We had a chance right up until the end, until we fumbled the ball. We put the ball on the ground six times today and lost four of them. We go to Alabama and turn the ball over only once and then come in here today and put it down six times."
"We just aren't the team that can overcome all the penalties that we received today. That is one of the most disappointing things."
"I told the team afterwards we've got to get this corrected. It doesn't matter who we play and doesn't matter how well we do unless we can hang onto the football. We've done some things much better today than we have in the past. These last three games are going to be tough we have to work and turn things around."
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