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No place like home for Aggies' Jackson

LOGAN — Utah State quarterback Leon Jackson III has no idea why he plays better at Romney Stadium than he does on the road. His only wish is that he could take the Romney magic on the road with him to help the Aggies snap a nine-game road losing streak next week at Hawaii.

"I prepare the same way as I do at home and on the road mentally and physically," said Jackson, who threw for a career-high 372 yards in the 27-17 loss to Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

"It's something I have to work on. Hopefully, I'll be able to do it against Hawaii this week," he said.

Jackson completed 27-of-44 passes Saturday en route to the highest passing game by an Aggie signal-caller since Jose Fuentes threw for 426 yards against Middle Tennessee in 2002. Jackson's 27 completions were also a career high.

In four home games this year, Jackson is 79-of-124 for 990 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions. On the road, the sophomore is 49-of-98 for 527 yards for a touchdown and six interceptions.

Saturday, Jackson accounted for 429 (57 rushing) of the Aggies' 478 yards, but he would have relished it better had the Aggies won.

"We lost the game, and that comes first," he said. "Quarterbacks are known for wins and losses and not for how many yards they threw for or how many touchdowns they threw for."

With his 57 yards rushing, Jackson set a single-season school record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 312. He surpassed Ron Edwards, who rushed for 273 yards in 1964.

For the fourth time this year, Jackson has led the team in rushing.

CAREER NUMBERS: Wide receiver Kevin Robinson recorded career highs in catches (9) and yardage (131) in the loss to La. Tech. He extended his streak of at least two catches in a game to 14 games. His yardage was the best by an Aggie receiver since Kevin Curtis tallied 177 yards against Middle Tennessee in 2002.

SCORING STREAK: Utah State held La. Tech scoreless in the second quarter, snapping a streak of 16 quarters in which an Aggie opponent has scored points.

RUSHING TDS: RB Ryan Bohm rushed for a pair of touchdowns, and they were the first rushing touchdowns scored by the Aggies in three games. The Aggies' four previous touchdowns were scored on pass plays.

Bohm's touchdown in the first quarter was the first the Bulldog defense had allowed in five quarters.

SPEAKING OF STREAKS: OT Donald Penn made his 40th consecutive start Saturday, while safety Terrance Washington and OG Ryan DeQuillettes had their seven-game starting streaks snapped.

SACK, SACK: DE John Chick recorded two sacks in the first half, giving him 8 1/2 for the season. He finished with a total of seven tackles, four of which were for a combined loss of 24 yards.

MAKING THE STOPS: DB Antonio Taylor led the Aggies with nine tackles, while Chick had seven and Jarrett Bush and Washington had six each. Utah State's leading tacklers for the season — LBs Matt Wiser and Jake Hutton — had four tackles each.


E-mail: jhinton@desnews.com