Aggies Fall Apart

Dwone Hicks ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns to lead Middle Tennessee to a 45-28 victory over Utah State on Saturday. Hicks surpassed the 100-yard mark for the fifth straight game. He also went over 1,000 yards rushing (1,011) for the third straight season.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Dwone Hicks ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns to lead Middle Tennessee to a 45-28 victory over Utah State on Saturday.

Hicks surpassed the 100-yard mark for the fifth straight game. He also went over 1,000 yards rushing (1,011) for the third straight season.

The Blue Raiders (4-8) took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and held on despite 426 yards passing by Jose Fuentes, who led the comeback for Utah State (4-7).

Fuentes completed a 16-yard pass to Kevin Curtis, setting up James Samuel's 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down. Utah State took advantage of a 10-yard punt to cut the lead to 17-14 with 1:47 left in the half. Fuentes connected with Curtis for a 3-yard touchdown.

The Blue Raiders put the game away in the second half with 21 unanswered points. Andrico Hines threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Chris Henry with 9:04 left in the third quarter. Hicks added a 6-yard touchdown with 3:17 left in the quarter, capping a drive which included a 69-yard shuttle pass from Hines to Hicks.

Hines scored from 4 yards out with 13:28 remaining.

Fuentes, who completed 31 of 53 passes for 426 yards and three touchdowns, threw a pair of TDs in the fourth quarter, 79 yards to Curtis and 5 yards to Chris Cooley.

Middle Tennessee also scored in the fourth quarter when Dennis Burke ran 61 yards with a recovered fumble.

Scoring Summary

1st QUARTER SCORE
10:10 TD Middle Tennessee State
DWONE HICKS 4 YD RUN (BRIAN KELLY KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 58 yards
7-0, Middle Tennessee State
7:33 TD Middle Tennessee State
DON CALLOWAY 63 YD RUN (BRIAN KELLY KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 93 yards
14-0, Middle Tennessee State
2nd QUARTER SCORE
11:34 TD Utah State
JAMES SAMUEL 1 YD RUN (DANE KIDMAN KICK)
Drive info: 14 plays, 75 yards
14-7, Middle Tennessee State
5:20 FG Middle Tennessee State
BRIAN KELLY 20 YD FG
Drive info: 4 plays, 8 yards
17-7, Middle Tennessee State
1:47 TD Utah State
KEVIN CURTIS 3 YD PASS FROM JOSE FUENTES (DANE KIDMAN KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 25 yards
17-14, Middle Tennessee State
3rd QUARTER SCORE
9:04 TD Middle Tennessee State
CHRIS HENRY 44 YD PASS FROM ANDRICO HINES (BRIAN KELLY KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 55 yards
24-14, Middle Tennessee State
3:17 TD Middle Tennessee State
DWONE HICKS 6 YD RUN (BRIAN KELLY KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 79 yards
31-14, Middle Tennessee State
4th QUARTER SCORE
13:20 TD Middle Tennessee State
ANDRICO HINES 4 YD RUN (BRIAN KELLY KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 72 yards
38-14, Middle Tennessee State
12:28 TD Utah State
KEVIN CURTIS 79 YD PASS FROM JOSE FUENTES (FAILED 2PT PASS)
Drive info: 2 plays, 85 yards
38-20, Middle Tennessee State
9:42 TD Middle Tennessee State
DENNIS BURKE 61 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (BRIAN KELLY KICK)
45-20, Middle Tennessee State
5:02 TD Utah State
CHRIS COOLEY 5 YD PASS FROM JOSE FUENTES (CASEY POPPINGA 2PT PASS FROM JOSE FUENTES)
Drive info: 11 plays, 46 yards
45-28, Middle Tennessee State

TEAM STATISTICS
  Utah State Middle Tenn. St.
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 18 18
Passing 14 5
Rushing 1 12
Penalty 3 1
3rd-Down Efficiency 6-16 7-16
4th-Down Efficiency 1-3 0-0
 
TOTAL NET YARDS 453 492
Total plays 80 75
Average gain 5.7 6.6
 
NET YARDS RUSHING 11 316
Rushes 23 53
Average per rush 0.5 6.0
 
NET YARDS PASSING 442 176
Completion-attempted 32-54 11-20
Yards per pass 7.8 8.0
Sacked-yards lost 3-21 2-9
Had intercepted 1 1
 
PUNTS-AVERAGE 6-46.2 6-34.5
 
RETURN YARDAGE 45 71
Punts-yards 5-45 1-1
Kickoffs-yards 3-39 4-24
Interceptions-yards 1-0 1-0
 
PENALTIES-YARDS 13-115 9-55
FUMBLES-LOST 5-3 2-0
TIME OF POSSESSION 28:59 31:01
 


Passing
UTAH STATE CMP ATT YDS TD INT
Jose Fuentes 31 53 426 3 1
Kevin Curtis 1 1 16 0 0
MIDDLE TENN. ST. CMP ATT YDS TD INT
Andrico Hines 11 20 176 1 1

Rushing
UTAH STATE ATT YDS TD
James Samuel 14 29 1
Richard Watson 2 8 0
Kevin Curtis 1 3 0
Jose Fuentes 4 -15 0
MIDDLE TENN. ST. ATT YDS TD
Dwone Hicks 27 169 2
Don Calloway 9 86 1
Andrico Hines 12 59 1
Rashard Lee 2 5 0
Wardell Alsup 1 -1 0

Receiving
UTAH STATE REC YDS TD
Kevin Curtis 13 177 2
Chris Cooley 5 105 1
Gary Coleman 5 83 0
Casey Poppinga 2 29 0
James Samuel 2 9 0
Chris Stallworth 2 8 0
Jose Fuentes 1 16 0
Donta' Candler 1 9 0
Derek Jeffery 1 6 0
MIDDLE TENN. ST. REC YDS TD
Tyrone Calico 4 32 0
Chris Henry 3 57 1
Dwone Hicks 1 69 0
Wardell Alsup 1 9 0
John Madrick 1 5 0
Nick McAfee 1 4 0

Punting
UTAH STATE PUNTS YDS LONG
Steve Mullins 6 277 67
MIDDLE TENN. ST. PUNTS YDS LONG
Robert Billings 6 207 47

Kick Returns
UTAH STATE RET YDS LONG
David Fiefia 1 42 42
Jerome Dennis 1 0 0
Nick George 1 -3 -3
MIDDLE TENN. ST. RET YDS LONG
Kerry Wright 1 16 16
Dennis Burke 1 8 8
David Youell 1 0 0
Quan Domineck 1 0 0

Punt Returns
UTAH STATE RET YDS LONG
David Fiefia 4 37 13
Kevin Curtis 1 8 8
MIDDLE TENN. ST. RET YDS LONG
David Youell 1 1 1

Interceptions
UTAH STATE INT YDS
Derrek Shank 1 0
MIDDLE TENN. ST. INT YDS
Muhammad Rashada 1 0


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