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Game 1

Utah State 20, Utah 17

Logan, Utah - Aug. 31, 1996
Romney Stadium - Att. 30,257

LOGAN, Utah - The heavily-favored Utes lost to an inspired Utah State team, 20-17, before a sell-out crowd at Romney Stadium. Utah never got untracked either offensively or defensively in falling to its first loss in nine years to the Aggies. Despite a lackluster effort, the Utes led until the fourth quarter. Up 17-13 entering the final stanza, Utah gave up a 2-yard TD run to Abu Wilson, who led USU with 144 rushing yards and had both of its touchdowns.

Utah had plenty of scoring chances of its own. The Utes pushed inside the 1-yard line in the third quarter, only to come away with a field goal. In the game's waning minutes, a 48-yard Mike Fouts to Terence Keehan pass again put Utah within scoring reach. Daniel Pulsipher was wide right on a 44-yard field goal that would have tied the game and sent it into overtime.

Keehan had a career day in his first start as a Ute. The senior wideout hauled in eight Fouts' passes for 127 yards and a 30-yard touchdown as a replacement for the injured Rocky Henry. Fouts finished the night with 18 completions in 32 attempts (no interceptions) for 209 yards and two scores. Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala and Juan Johnson each tabulated 49 net rushing yards.

Senior free safety Harold Lusk picked off his first pass of the season--his 14th career pick--which moved him into third all-time in Utah's record book.

Utah        7   7   3   0  - 17
Utah State  3   7   3   7  - 20

Scoring Summary
US--Knorr 27 field goal, 6:05, 1st
UU--Dyson 11 pass from Fouts (Pulsipher kick), 3:26, 1st
US--Wilson 6 run (Knorr kick), 13:15, 2nd
UU--Keehan 30 pass from Fouts (Pulsipher kick), 8:03, 2nd
US--Knorr 47 field goal, 10:52, 3rd
UU--Pulsipher 18 field goal, 1:14, 3rd
US--Wilson 2 run (Knorr kick), 7:43, 4th

Team Statistics             UU      US
First Downs                 16      26
Net Rushing             29-111  43-164
Passing                32-18-0 41-21-1
Passing Yards              209     201
Total Offense           61-320  84-365
Fumbles                    0-0     0-0
Penalties                 8-84    9-54
Interceptions              1-2     0-0
Punting                 7-37.9  4-41.0
Punt Returns               1-0     3-9
Kickoff Returns           1-27     0-0
Time of Possession       27:12   32:48
Third Down Conversions    6-15   10-20
Fourth Down Conversions    0-0     1-1
Sacks By                   2-9     0-0

Individual Leaders
Rushing (Att-Yds-TD)--Utah: Fuamatu-Ma'afala 14-49-0, Johnson 12-49-1. Utah State: Wilson 32-144-2, Brown 5-17-0.

Passing (Att-Comp-I-Yds-TD)--Utah: Fouts 32-18-0-209-2. Utah State: Mullins 21-14-1-120-0, Sauk 20-7-0-81-0.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-TD)--Utah: Keehan 8-127-1, Dyson 4-35-1, Fuamatu-Ma'afala 2-17-0. Utah State: Jenkins 8-73-0, Wilson 6-35-0, Hill 2-35-0.

Kickoff Returns--Utah: Lawson 1-27. Utah State: None.

Punt Returns--Utah: Lusk 1-0. Utah State: Bandy 3-9.

Defensive Leaders--Utah: Tackles: Love 13, Godfrey 11, Hooks 10, Dart 10. Sacks: Kaufusi 1-5, Kia 1-5. Interceptions: Lusk 1-2.

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