Nov. 11, 2006
RENO, Nev. - Utah State suffered its fourth shutout this season on Saturday, as the Aggies were blanked by Nevada, 42-0, in a Western Athletic Conference game at a rainy and snowy Mackay Stadium.
Utah State falls to 1-9 overall and 1-5 in WAC action, while Nevada improves to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in WAC, as the Wolf Pack won its fourth straight game and seventh in the last eight games.
The loss snaps USU's two-game winning streak at Reno, as the Aggies are now 4-12 all-time against the Wolf Pack, who won their 11th consecutive game at Mackay Stadium.
In making his first start as an Aggie, junior tailback Antraun McDaniel rushed for a career-high 78 yards on 14 carries, as Utah State tallied only 207 yards of offense.
Nevada had 342 yards of offense, as Luke Lippincott rushed for 144 yards on 25 carries and found the end zone twice, while Jeff Rowe was 12 of 19 passing for 140 yards and a TD, rushing for two TD's as part of his 37 yards rushing.
The Wolf Pack's Dwayne Sanders took the opening kickoff 83 yards to the Utah State 7, and three plays later, Rowe hit Robert Hubbard with a 4-yard pass and Brett Jaekle tacked on the PAT for a 7-0 Nevada lead at the 13:40 mark.
The Aggies countered with a 73-yard drive, highlighted by a 25-yard run by McDaniel. After the drive reached second and goal at the Nevada goal line, Utah State was stopped on three-straight plays to turn the ball over on downs.
Lippincott scored on a 5-yard scamper with 3:20 left in the first half as Nevada took a 14-0 lead into halftime.
The Wolf Pack erupted for 21 third-quarter points to open a 35-0 lead after three stanzas.
Junior backup quarterback Leon Jackson III engineered a drive mid-way through the fourth quarter, leading the Aggies down to the Nevada 11, before again turning the ball over on downs.
Starting freshman quarterback Riley Nelson was 6 of 15 for 45 yards, with two interceptions, as well as being sacked twice and being held to negative two yards rushing.
Defensively, junior strong safety Antonio Taylor had a game-high eight tackles and one pass break up.
The Aggies continue their two-game road swing with a bus trip to Boise, Idaho next Saturday, to take on WAC leaders and 14th-ranked Boise State, who improved to 10-0 overall and 6-0 in WAC action with a 23-20 victory at San Jose State Saturday. The Broncos rallied from a 20-12 fourth quarter deficit and won on a 37-yard field goal with four seconds left in the game.
Utah State returns home for the season-finale against New Mexico State on Nov. 25 at 1:05 p.m. (Mountain Time) at Romney Stadium. Contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office at (435)797-0305 or at 1-888-U-STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) for ticket information.
- The win by Nevada snapped a five-game winning streak by the visiting team in the Utah State-Nevada series.
- Junior defensive tackle Carl Singleton recorded two sacks, as the Aggies tied a season-high with three sacks... It is the first time this season that a USU player has recorded multiple sacks.
- After three-straight 300-yard total offense outputs, the Aggies' 207 yards was their lowest offensive total since 98 yards in the 48-0 loss to Utah on Sept. 16.
- With the loss, USU falls to 0-6 on the road this season after winning its final road contest last season at New Mexico State.
-The Aggies are 1-11 on the road under head coach Brent Guy.
-In its last 15 road contests, USU is 1-15 and in the last 28 games is 2-26 away from Logan.
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