Aggies Drop Final Road Game At #13 Boise State 49-10
Nov. 18, 2006
BOISE, Idaho - Jared Zabransky completed 21 of 23 passing attempts for 236 yards and three touchdowns to lead 13th-ranked Boise State to a 49-10 victory against Utah State here Saturday afternoon. The Broncos improved to 11-0 overall and 7-0 in the WAC, while USU fell to 1-10 and 1-6.
The Broncos jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and made it 21-0 just minutes into the second before Utah State's Bryan Shields kicked USU's second field goal of the season. Shields drilled a 31-yarder as the Aggies converted after USU's James Brindley forced and recovered a fumble at the BSU 46-yard line.
BSU then scored 21 straight points before USU's defense put up its third score of the season. Linebacker Paul Igboeli recorded a sack and forced a fumble that Devon Hall picked up and ran 64 yards with for a score to make it 42-10.
The Aggies produced just 188 yards of total offense in the game, while the Broncos, who entered the game with the 15th-ranked offense in the nation, produced 488 yards.
USU quarterback Riley Nelson rushed for more yards (45) than he passed for (40) as the Aggies managed only seven first downs and were two of 13 on third-down conversions.
Leon Jackson III saw his most extensive playing time at quarterback since losing the starting job after five games. The junior hit three of four attempts for 58 yards, including a 43-yard toss to Kevin Robinson.
Robinson finished the game with three receptions for 58 yards. Aaron Lesue added two catches for 20 yards as USU had just 98 receiving yards to go along with 90 rushing yards.
Defensively the Aggies were led by Igboeli, who recorded a game-high 10 tackles, including the 13-yard sack. Daryl Fields, who made his second straight start at linebacker, had eight tackles.
The Broncos scored on each of their first three possessions, while USU went three and out on each of its first three possessions.
Utah State will close its season hosting New Mexico State on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 1:05 p.m.
UTAH STATE POSTGAME NOTES At Boise State, Nov. 18, 2006
O - Bryan Shields recorded USU's second field goal of the season (he had made a 46-yarder against Hawai'i in week nine).
O - When USU scored on the field goal in the second half, it marked the first time in three games the Aggies turned an opponent turnover into points.
O - USU's second quarter field goal snapped a six-quarter scoreless streak (last points were a touchdown in third quarter against Hawai'i).
O - LB Devon Hall scored USU's third defensive touchdown of the year on a 65-yard fumble return in the fourth quarter. The 65-yard scoring play was the longest of the season for the Aggies as well as the longest since Tony Pennyman had a 99-yard kickoff return vs. Nevada 13 games ago.
O - For the second time this season LB Paul Igboeli forced a fumble on a sack that was returned for a touchdown by the Aggies (also accomplished the feat against Louisiana Tech when Darby Golden returned the ball 46 yards for a score).
O - Leon Jackson recorded a 64-punt, which was a season-long as well as the second longest of his career (67-yarder in 2004).
O - USU finished the season winless on the road (0-7) for just the second time in the last 18 years (0-7 in 2003).
O - USU fell to 1-41 all-time against ranked teams.
O - USU has allowed 40 points in four straight games for the second time in school history (the 1904 team also allowed 40 in four straight games).