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Utah State Wins Easily Thanks To Offensive Duo

Big West/Big Sky

Quarterback Matt Sauk passed for 299 yards and one touchdown and ran for two more scores while freshman running back Demario Brown ran for another 165 yards to lead Utah State to a 39-14 rout of Boise State Saturday night in the first Big West Conference game played in Boise’s Bronco Stadium.

The Aggies took a 10-7 lead on Micah Knorr’s 47-yard field goal on the last play of the first half and never looked back as they erupted for 23 third-quarter points and coasted to the victory. The win evened Utah State’s overall record to 4-4 and improved its league mark to 2-0. Boise State fell to 1-7 overall, 0-2 in the Big West.

Sauk completed 20 of 33 passes, including a 21-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown throw to Nakia Jenkins.

Utah St. 39, Boise St. 14

Utah St. 7 3 23 6 - 39

Boise St. 0 7 7 0 - 14

US-Sauk 1 run (Knorr kick) BS-Horace 24 pass from Hilde (Belcastro kick) US-Knorr 47 FG US-Brown 31 run (Knorr kick) US-Sauk 1 run (Knorr kick) US-Knorr 27 FG BS-Horace 56 pass from Hilde (Belcastro kick) US-Wilson 3 run (pass fail) US-Jenkins 21 pass from Sauk (pass fail) A-18,168.

USU BSU First downs 34 14 Rushes-yards 56-252 30-71 Passing 311 159 Comp-Att-Int 22-36-2 6-20-1 Return Yards 19 70 Punts-Avg. 5-44.0 8-41.0 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1 Penalties-Yards 15-142 4-26 Time of Possession 37:46 22:14

Individual statistics

RUSHINGUSU, Brown 21-165, Wilson 17-74, Blue 2-13. BSU, Hilde 12-46, Ethridge 13-30, Tatum 2-13.

PASSINGUSU, Sauk 20-33-1-299, Mullins 2-3-1-12. BSU, Hilde 5-18-1-161, Davis 1-2-0-(-2).

RECEIVINGUSU, Jenkins 9-150, Smith 3-37, Chavez 2-65. BSU, Horace 3-78, Ikebe 2-44, Johnson 1-37.

North Texas 13, New Mexico State 0

In Denton, Texas, Jason Mills ran for a 10-yard touchdown and Jeff Graham kicked two field goals as the Eagles (3-4, 1-0) beat the Aggies (0-6, 0-2) in their Big West debut.

It was the seventh consecutive defeat for the Aggies.

Mills completed 12 of 31 passes for 162 yards without an interception.

BIG SKY

N. Arizona 51, Sacramento St. 32

In Flagstaff, Ariz., freshman quarterback Travis Brown set a school record and tied a Big Sky Conference record with seven touchdown passes, and Archie Amerson established a school singleseason rushing mark as the seventhranked Lumberjacks (7-1, 4-0) defeated the Hornets (1-5, 0-4).

Brown completed 22 of 32 passes for a career-best 383 yards. He broke the school record of six scoring passes in a game set by current Denver Bronco Jeff Lewis against Southern Utah in 1994, and tied Jamie Martin’s one-game conference record for Weber State.

Amerson, who set Division I-AA single-game records for rushing and total touchdowns (7) in a 59-45 win over Weber State on Oct. 5, gained 211 yards on 29 carries to run his career rushing total to 2,772 yards.

Sacramento St. 0 13 7 12 - 32

N. Arizona 14 16 21 0 - 51

NAUC. Warner 8 pass from Brown (Jagodzinski kick) NAUC. Warner 6 pass from brown (Jagodzinski kick) NAULemos 14 pass from Brown (Jagodzinski kick) SACShelton 29 run (Brown kick) NAUBlack 7 pass from Brown (Jagodzinski kick) SACSchultz 4 pass from Corbin (kick blocked) NAUCrissup blocked PAT return NAUPearsall 27 pass from Brown (Jagodzinski kick) NAUSt. Paul 74 pass from Brown (Jagodzinski kick) NAUFlores 10 pass from Brown (Jagodzinski kick) SACJ. Schultz 14 pass from Corbin (Brown kick) SACQuincy 19 pass from Corbin (pass failed) SACJessee 2 run (run failed) A-14,471.

SAC NAU First downs 29 27 Rushes-yards 30-149 37-254 Passing 315 383 Comp-Att-Int 28-55-1 22-34-0 Return Yards 4 40 Punts-Avg. 7-32.1 4-49.5 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-2 Penalties-Yards 9-65 11-131 Time of Possession 32:57 27:03

Individual statistics

RUSHINGSacramento St., Shelton 16-114, Jessee 2-16, Solis 4-12, Bennett 2-5, Klinge 1-2, Corbin 3-1, Williams 1-1, Torrez 1-(minus 2). N. Arizona, Amerson 29-211, Carson 3-34, McDonnell 3-6, Brown 2-3.

PASSINGSacramento St., Corbin 23-46-1-251, Jessee 5-9-0-64. N. Arizona, Brown 22-32-0-383, Stephens 0-2-0-0.

RECEIVINGSacramento St., J. Schultz 8-77, Smith 5-58, Mitchell 4-73, Taylor 3-28, Quincy 2-41, Solis 2-29, Elkins 1-11, Torrez 1-7, Shelton 1-(minus-1), Messer 1-(minus 8). N. Arizona, Warner 5-45, St. Paul 4-150, Black 4-42, Lemos 3-74, Pearsall 2-36, Flores 2-24, Amerson 2-12.


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