Scores

Final

Troy 23

(5-6, 1-1 Sun Belt)

Utah State 14

(3-8, 3-3 MW)

3:05 PM ET, November 15, 2003

Romney Stadium, LOGAN, UT

1 2 3 4 T
TROY 14 3 6 023
USU 0 14 0 014

Troy State 23, Utah State 14

LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- DeWhitt Betterson rushed for 230 yards on 46 carries as Troy State defeated Utah State 23-14 Saturday in a matchup of future Sun Belt Conference foes.

Betterson broke Troy State's rushing mark of 226 yards set by Eddie Brundidge in 1986. His 46 carries were the most since LeBarron Black carried the ball 41 times against Florida Atlantic more than a year ago.

The Trojans (5-6) will join the Sun Belt next year, but this game counted in the league standings for Utah State (3-8, 3-3 Sun Belt), which has lost two straight.

The Aggies played almost the entire second half without starting quarterback Travis Cox. He was injured trying to recover a bad snap on the first play of the third quarter. Cox, who completed 14 of 20 passes for 140 yards in the first half, was taken to a hospital with neck pain.

Torre Lankford recovered the fumble by Cox, giving the ball back to Troy State at Utah State's 17-yard line. Seven plays later, Aaron Leak scored on a 2-yard quarterback keeper to give the Trojans their final margin of victory.

The Aggies struggled after Cox's departure, gaining only 115 yards in the second half and turning over the ball seven times.

Cox replacement Brian Black was 7-for-17 for 56 yards and three interceptions. After being held to three-and-out on the opening possession of the game, Troy State scored touchdowns on its next two drives to take a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.

The Aggies rallied to tie it at 14-all when they scored on two straight possessions in the second quarter, but the Trojans went into the break with a 17-14 advantage courtesy of a 37-yard field goal by Thomas Olmsted.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TROY
USU
1st Downs1717
Total Yards328307
Passing105196
Rushing223111
Penalties7-503-25
3rd Down Conversions4-186-15
4th Down Conversions4-42-3
Turnovers17
Possession35:5724:03

Passing Leaders

TroyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Leak7/181055.800-
Utah StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Black7/17563.303-
Cox14/201407.000-

Rushing Leaders

TroyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Betterson462305.0240
East482.005
Utah StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fiefia21713.4012
Cox4164.019

Receiving Leaders

TroyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Samples24321.5034
Lesley2168.0012
Utah StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cooley5489.6012
Coleman3289.3025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTROYUSU
TD9:00DEWHITT BETTERSON 1 YD RUN (THOMAS OLMSTED KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 69 yards.
70
TD4:41DEWHITT BETTERSON 1 YD RUN (THOMAS OLMSTED KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 74 yards.
140
SECOND QUARTERTROYUSU
TD14:54TRAVIS COX 9 YD RUN (BEN CHAET KICK)
Drive info: 13 plays, 65 yards.
147
TD7:52BRIAN MAJORS 9 YD RUN (BEN CHAET KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 83 yards.
1414
FG0:07THOMAS OLMSTED 37 YD FG
Drive info: 6 plays, 9 yards.
1714
THIRD QUARTERTROYUSU
TD11:28AARON LEAK 2 YD RUN (BLOCKED XP)
Drive info: 7 plays, 17 yards.
2314