Utah State Blanked By No. 19 Boise State, 52-0, Saturday
Nov. 10, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -- Boise State, ranked No. 19 in the country, nearly matched their first quarter points with its ranking in cruising to a 52-0 win over Utah State Saturday at Romney Stadium. The Broncos scored 17 first-quarter points in dealing the Aggies their first shutout loss this season.
Saturday was Senior Day, as the Utah State honored its 15 seniors with a pre-game ceremony prior to USU's final home game of the year.
Utah State falls to 0-10 overall and 0-6 in Western Athletic Conference action. Boise State improves to 9-1 overall and 6-0 in WAC action, winning its 16th-straight WAC game in improving to 50-3 all-time in the WAC.
The Broncos have won the last seven in a row against the Aggies and now lead the all-time series, 10-4, including 6-2 in games played at Logan. Boise State has won those last seven games by a combined score of 338-150, an average of 48.3-21.4. The 52 points is the third-most ever scored in the series (BSU 66 in 2000 and 63 in 2002) and Saturday was the first shutout in the series by either team.
Utah State had 236 total offense yards, with 82 rushing and 154 passing. It was just the third time this season that the Aggies did not reach the 100-yard rushing mark.
Senior QB/P Leon Jackson III was 7-of-15 for 95 yards, while sophomore QB Jase McCormick was 4-of-8 for 57 yards, but threw three interceptions. Junior QB Sean Setzer saw his first action of the season, completing his only pass attempt for two yards.
McCormick led USU with 32 rushing yards while junior TE Rob Myers had five catches for 66 yards, as both led the team in their respective categories for the second time this season.
Senior WR/KR Kevin Robinson was held to a season-low 77 all-purpose yards, and did not have a reception, snapping a 16-game streak of having at least one catch, dating back to the Idaho game last year on Sept. 30, 2006.
Defensively, sophomore S James Brindley led USU with a career-high 14 tackles, while freshman LB Kyle Gallagher also had a career-high with 11 stops. Senior DE Frank Maile tallied a career and game-high two tackles for loss.
Boise State ended with 484 yards of total offense, marking the sixth time this season that the USU defense has allowed more than 400 yards of total offense. The Broncos had 294 yards passing and 190 yards rushing.
Ian Johnson had 110 yards rushing in three quarters of action and Taylor Tharp was a scorching 26-of-29 passing for 283 yards and two TD's.
The Broncos scored on their opening drive on a 8-yard run by Titus Young, the first of his three TD's on the day. At the end of the Aggies' first drive of the game, BSU blocked the punt and Ia Falo scooped up the ball and scampered 16 yards to the end zone to put BSU up 14-0 in just over six minutes into the game. Boise State added a 22-yard field goal by Kyle Brotzman to take a 17-0 with 1:30 to play.
The 17 points scored by Boise State in the first stanza is the most points scored on USU in the first quarter.
The Broncos tacked on a 4-yard TD pass from Tharp to Richie Brockel at 7:53 in the second stanza and Johnson had a 15-yard scamper for a score with 1:01 left in the half to make the scoreboard read 31-0 at the half.
Young scored the next two TD's, on a 9-yard run and a 38-yard pass reception for Tharp and D.J. Harper completed the scoring with a 4-yard run after an interception followed by a personal foul gave the Broncos a first-and-goal from the USU 6.
Utah State closes out the season with two road games, first at New Mexico State on Nov. 17, then at Idaho on Nov. 24.
Both of those games will be regionally televised on Altitude TV (Comcast Ch. 61 in Cache Valley.
All Utah State football games are carried on KVNU 610 AM and KLZX 95.9 FM in Logan; 1230 AM in Salt Lake City; on KLZX 105.3 FM in Montpelier, Idaho, and at www.UtahStateAggies.com through Yahoo! Sports.
Utah State Football Post-Game Notes
--Boise State has won the last seven in a row in the series with Utah State and now leads the all-time series, 10-4, including 6-2 in games played at Logan... BSU has won those last seven games by a combined score of 338-150, an average of 48.3-21.4... The 52 points is the third-most ever scored in the series (BSU 66 in 2000 and 63 in 2002) and Saturday was the first shutout in the series by either team.
--The shutout loss was USU's first blanking this season and the first time since at Nevada almost exactly one year ago, Nov. 11, 2006, a 42-0 loss.
--After not wearing all blue uniforms since at least 2005, Utah State has worn all blue twice this season after wearing them on Homecoming on Sept. 22 against San Jose State.
--Boise State's score on its opening drive was the fifth game in a row and the seventh time this season that the opposition scored on its opening drive on the USU defense this season.
--The blocked punt by Boise State in the first quarter was the first punt blocked against USU this season.
--Utah State was held scoreless in the first quarter for the third game in a row and the sixth time this season... The 17 points scored by Boise State in the first stanza is the most points scored on USU in the first quarter... The Aggies have now been outscored, 102-24, in the opening quarter.
--After not having a field goal blocked in its previous seven games, USU has now had a FG blocked in its last three games.
--Freshman K Peter Caldwell's 53-yard missed field goal attempt was a career-long attempt, topping a 50-yard attempt in USU's last home game, on Oct. 27 against Louisiana Tech.
--The 31-0 halftime deficit was the second-largest gap this season behind the 38-3 halftime score at Oklahoma.
--Saturday was also the first time this season that USU did not score in the first half and the first time in a span of 12 games and almost one year exactly, dating back to the Nevada game on Nov. 11, 2006... It was the first time that the Aggies had been shut out in the first half at home since the first home game of last season, against Utah on Sept. 16, 2006, a span of eight home games.
--USU was held scoreless in the second quarter for the first time this season, while being blanked in the third stanza for the seventh time this season and the Aggies have now been outscored, 105-39, in the third period.
--Junior QB Sean Setzer made his Aggie debut in the third quarter.
--Caldwell's 58-yard punt in the fourth quarter was his career long.
--Robinson's 77 all-purpose yards are a season-low, and Saturday snapped a 16-game streak of having at least one reception, dating back to the Idaho game last year (Sept. 30, 2006).
--USU's 82 yards rushing is the second-fewest this year behind 66 at Oklahoma (Sept. 15)... The 11 first downs is also the second-fewest behind eight at Oklahoma.
--Boise State's 484 yards of total offense was the sixth time this season that the USU defense has allowed more than 400 yards of total offense.