Aggies bury the... well ASU anyway

The old wise tail about Romney stadium being built over an ancient Indian burial ground has never been substantiated, but last Saturday the Aggies did manage to bury some Indians. But before you accuse me of being politically incorrect, you must realize that these were not Native Americans, these were Arkansas State Indians that got buried 49-0!

USU puts complete game together LOGAN — Perhaps there's some strange football illness cycling through the teams in the Sun Belt Conference. Utah State's Chris Stallworth (10) catches a pass as Arkansas State's Jonathan Burke defends. Eli Lucero, Associated Press For the past three weeks, Utah State has been plagued with unexplainable bouts of fumbles, penalties and special teams gaffes. Now it appears Arkansas State has it, and Utah State hopes it never gets it back. Utah State played a near perfect, yes, you read right, a near perfect game Saturday in the 49-0 victory over the Indians to snap a three-game losing streak. "I felt it was just a matter of time," Utah State coach Mick Dennehy said of the brilliant contest. "I think the team is a little bit tired of it. Sometimes you have to get tired enough of it to get things squared away." Along with the offense scoring 35 first-half points, the most the Aggies have scored all year, the defense recorded six interceptions (one that went for a touchdown), five sacks, one fumble recovery and blocked a punt. On special teams, there were no fumbles lost or bad punt snaps. On the other hand, the Indians, in getting shut out for the second consecutive week, had 272 yards total offense and turned the ball over seven times. It was the second-lowest total for yards allowed this year for the Aggies. They held Louisiana-Monroe to 257 in a 28-10 win nearly a month ago. "It's nice to be able to put one together," Dennehy said. "Often times when you get into adverse situations, it's really easy at this time to be doubting one another and we haven't had one player in the locker room do that." The Aggies will try to bottle up the momentum and bring it out next Saturday when they host Middle Tennessee. "This is huge for us," Utah State linebacker Robert Watts said. "Coming out today and playing a complete game will hopefully carry over." With the win, the Aggies improve to 2-6 overall and most importantly 2-1 in Sun Belt Conference play. With the loss, the Indians, after giving up 35 points or more for the fifth consecutive game, fall to 3-5 overall and 0-3 in conference play. The Aggies scored 21 points in the first quarter alone. David Fiefia had a 1-yard run, and Terrance Washington scored on a 26-yard interception return. It was his fourth interception of the year. Quarterback Travis Cox completed 5-of-7 passes for 144 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cooley. Cox finished the game 14-of-21 for 260 yards and three scores. In the first quarter alone, he had three pass plays of 40 yards or more. For the game, the Aggies had four pass plays of 40 yards or more. Defensively, the Aggies held the Indians to 107 total yards in the first half. Cornelius Lamb and Mike Rosencrans had interceptions in the half. The defense was also forced to defend a short field (inside the USU 50) three times, but Arkansas State's inept offense couldn't capitalize. The Aggies fumbled on the first play of the game, giving the Indians the ball on the USU 42, but the Indians lost the ball on downs four plays later. In past games, poor defensive field position has always buried the Aggies early, but not in this game. Cox and Cooley hooked up in the second half with a 14-yard touchdown and backup quarterback Bryan Black connected with Chris Stallworth for a 15-yard touchdown to round out USU's scoring. Late in the game, the Indians drove inside Utah State's 5-yard line, but Watts' first interception of the season preserved the shutout — USU's first shutout since 1995. Along with his two touchdowns, Fiefia rushed for 86 yards. Cooley and Stallworth had three catches each for 60 and 68 yards, respectively.

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