Aggies Bucked By Ninth-Ranked Broncos, 49-14
Nov. 8, 2008
BOISE, Idaho - Utah State was bucked by the ninth-ranked Broncos of Boise State, 49-14, Saturday at BSU's Bronco Stadium, dealing the Aggies their second loss to a Top 10 team this season.
USU falls to 2-8 overall and 2-4 in Western Athletic Conference play while the Broncos remain undefeated at 9-0 overall and 5-0 in WAC action. The Aggies have lost their last five trips to Boise and eight in a row to the Broncos overall in falling to 4-11 vs. Boise State.
Saturday marked just the second time ever and the first since 1972 that USU has played two top 10 teams in the same season. Boise State was USU's fourth top 25 opponent this year, marking the first time since 2001 and just the second time since 1957 that the Aggies have faced that many top 25 ranked teams.
USU had 305 yards of total offense, but six turnovers and a season-high 13 penalties thwarted any chance the Aggies had of an upset. Boise State amassed 458 passing yards on the way to 563 yards of total offense.
Senior QB Sean Setzer came off the bench to throw for a career-best 226 yards with two TD's on 19-of-33 passing, including a 51-yard scoring strike to sophomore TE Doug Barbour late in the second half. That pass sent USU into halftime trailing, 28-7.
Barbour was one of a season-high 12 different receivers to catch a pass for a total of 261 yards, USU's second-best passing total behind 262 at Nevada on Oct. 18. It was Barbour's first career TD. USU now has 10 different receivers with a TD catch, doubling last year's total and the most since at least 1978. Junior WR Omar Sawyer had a team-high four catches for 37 yards while redshirt freshman RB Robert Turbin added three receptions for 51 yards, including a career-long 29-yard TD catch from Setzer.
Turbin's TD catch on the Aggies' opening drive of the second half pulled USU within 28-14 with 13:41 to go in the third quarter, but did not score again as BSU pulled away with 21 unanswered points. USU recovered a BSU fumble on the Broncos' next drive at the Aggies' 27. After driving out to midfield, a USU fumble gave the ball back to Boise State. The Broncos capitalized six plays later on a 17-yard end-around TD pass.
Kellen Moore threw for 362 yards on 27-of-36 passing for Boise State, tossing two TD's passes, as four different players had TD throws, including a two wide receivers and the back-up QB, part of the Broncos' traditional bag of razzle-dazzle trick plays.
Jeremy Childs had two TD catches as part of his seven receptions for 135 yards, while Ian Johnson led the Boise State rushing attack with 10 carries for 35 yards and a TD.
Defensively, Utah State was led by senior LB Jake Hutton's season-high 14 tackles, two off his career-best. It was Hutton's fifth double-digit tackle outing this season and the seventh in the last 13 games, as well as the 12th of his career.
Senior DT Ben Calderwood and senior LB Paul Igboeli added eight stops each, with Calderwood recording a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery while Igboeli notched a pass break-up. Junior S James Brindley tallied seven stops and had his second interception of the season.
The Aggies head to Ruston, La. to face Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Nov. 15, before USU's second bye week of the season. Utah State then returns to the friendly confines of Romney Stadium to host New Mexico State in the Aggies' home and season-finale on Saturday, Nov. 29.
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