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Football: Can't stop that losing feeling -continued from page 8

WYOmiNg RUNNiNg BACK dEviN mOOR (5) tries to break away from Utah State safety Caleb Taylor Saturday. Moore finished with 85 yards rushing. AP photo

On their second drive of the game, Utah State let a you've got to get the W," Marsh said. golden opportunity slip through its hands when it The Aggies were able to rack up 133 yards on the didn't capitalize on a trip inside the Cowboy 10-yard ground, with Marsh picking 61 of those up on 17 line. The Aggies started that drive with good field carries, and senior tailback Aaron Lesue gaining position after a Jackson punt pinned Wyoming on 39 yards on 10 carries. Jackson also ran the ball 13 their one-yard line and the Aggie defense forced the times for 32 yards. Cowboys to punt out of their own end zone. Even though they were able to run the ball and Following a handful of good runs, including control the game for the first half, the Cowboys were one by freshman tailback Curtis Marsh on fourth able to do the same in the second. down that kept the Aggie drive alive, Utah State The one-two punch of Seldon and Devin Moore found itself on the Wyoming three. produced 189 yards on the ground for Wyoming, But all would be for naught. Jackson got tripped allowing them to control the clock and the game in up by center Ryan Tonnemacher on the second half. Moore, the quicker a fourth-and-inches play, losing five of two, had 19 carries for 91 yards, yards and giving the Cowboys the while Seldon � more of a bruiser ball on their own eight. � ran 16 times for 85 yards. "We've got to finish those drives It all added up to another fourth�USU totalled 133 and get the ball in the end zone," quarter heartbreak for the Aggies, Guy said. rushing yards. Last and even though they've been In the second quarter, the Aggies week vs. Wyoming, through it before, Jackson said it missed another opportunity when never gets any easier. Caldwell hung a 45-yard field goal Virginia was held to "It just hurts," Jackson said. "We -3 ground yards. wide left. left everything out on the field and Wyoming would capitalize on poured our hearts out and didn't �The Aggies have some of USU's mistakes. After the come out on top." now have more Aggies' missed opportunity near Added Charles, "We work hard the goal line, the Cowboys marched field goals (3) than every day in practice and it just 92 yards in 13 plays that ended doesn't come out the way you picthey had all last in a three-yard touchdown pass ture it." season from Sween to wide receiver Hoost Although it hurts, there are still Marsh. lessons to be learned. The Cowboys also turned a fourth-quarter fumble "We've just got to learn to hold on to those leads by Jackson into the game's final score, a one-yard and extend those leads," Guy said. "That's what we exclamation point by Wynel Seldon. didn't do today. We got the lead where we wanted it "We won the turnover battle today, but in the end, and we wanted to get to the fourth quarter like that." our turnover was more costly than theirs were," Guy And the Aggies aren't giving up just yet. said. "It just hurts to lose," said Hall, who was also celBut like the turnovers they created, there were ebrating his birthday Saturday. "And it just felt like some bright spots for the Aggies. all the hard work, it was paying off, it was paying off, Guy said his team competed harder Saturday and but we've got to work a little bit harder, that's all it reduced the amount of plays in the fourth quarter means." that cost them the game. For the Utah State offense, their ability to run the Notes: ball consistently on a defense that only gave up seven Guy said after the game that it looked like senior yards to the University of Virginia last weekend was defensive tackle Ben Childs may have broken his leg. certainly a positive. Childs left the field in the second quarter. "Our offensive line performed really well, and the Guy also said Peter Caldwell will be handling the running game was working throughout the game, extra points for the Aggies from now on. and so I guess we should feel good about that, but -da.bake@aggiemail.usu.edu

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Struggle: Men drop opening game -continued from page 8 the old coach, Larsen and teammate Dave Firmage went to work to round up people to be on the squad, as well as put a schedule together. Mogi said he has been in soccer for almost 20 years, being involved in coaching state premier soccer, so it was a good fit. "We have 25 guys on our roster," Mogi said. "We're looking at a lot of everybody. We don't have a whole lot of continuity because we're looking at a lot of players. We're looking at combinations, to see who plays well with whom. We haven't put it together quite yet. We've only had three practices, so this is kind of a practice game. We're trying to find who we want on the field." The Wildcats were obviously the better team, spending much of the game around the Aggies' goal. Near the end of the first half, USU was down 1-0 but was able to launch a few balls above Weber's goal. In the second frame of play, it was more of the same. In about the 12th minute, the Aggies had the ball on the Widcats' side of the field. Weber stole it away, and a few passes later were up 2-0 with well executed passing on the breakaway. About 10 minutes later, the Wildcats connected on their final goal. "We're trying too hard to score and got caught on the back door," Mogi said. "We just didn't ever get into a good rhythm. Once we get more comfortable with each other and talking more, a rhythm will come. Weber is a well-organized group. Their school buys them balls and uniforms. They've got some money in their program, which really makes a difference. They do a lot of summer work; we didn't do any summer work." However, Mogi said he is confident the Aggies have a load of talent. The next game will be Saturday, Sept. 22 , at 12 p.m. on the Tower Fields against Utah Valley University. On Oct. 5, USU will take on the University of Utah in Park City. "We've had one week together as a team," Firmage said. "We're just kind of getting comfortable." -samuel.hislop@aggiemail.usu. edu

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