Scores

Final

Utah State 7

(2-8, 1-6 away)

Arkansas State 16

(3-7, 2-1 home)

7:05 PM ET, November 11, 2004

1 2 3 4 T
USU 0 7 0 07
ARST 3 6 0 716

Top Performers

Passing: L. Jackson III (USU) - 168 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Warren (ARST) - 27 CAR, 144 YDS

Receiving: K. Robinson (USU) - 5 REC, 116 YDS, 1 TD

Arkansas State 16, Utah State 7

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) -- Darren Toney returned a punt for a touchdown and Eric Neihouse kicked three field goals to lift Arkansas State to a 16-7 victory over Utah State on Thursday.

The Indians (3-7, 3-3 Sun Belt Conference) survived through 11 flags for 64 yards and two lost turnovers. The team did intercept a season-high three passes and recover a fumble.

Toney provided the only Indian touchdown of the evening with his 61-yard punt return with 13:59 left in the fourth quarter. It was the first time ASU has returned a punt for a touchdown since 2000. Neihouse's extra point kick made it a 16-7 game.

The Aggies (2-8, 1-5) with a negative 6-yard rushing stat in the half, scored on a 30-yard pass from Leon Jackson to Kevin Robinson with 4:25 left in the half. Until that drive, the Aggies had negative yards total offense.

ASU limited the Aggies to 256 yards for the game, and 51 yards rushing. Utah State managed one drive to take a short-lived 7-6 lead, but Neihouse's 25-yard field goal with 2:36 left in the half regained the lead for the Indians.

Utah State coach Mick Dennehy was fired Monday after a now six-game losing streak and 3-7 season. Dennehy agreed to coach the Aggies for the last two games of the season, Arkansas State and a Nov. 20 home game against New Mexico State.

Dennehy was in his fifth season at Utah State and was under contract through next year. He came to Utah State from Montana in 1999 and is 18-37 with the Aggies.

"I thought defensively, we did a great job," Dennehy said. "They moved the ball early, but we tightened it up when we needed to. We didn't do anything offensively."

The Indians were not as dominant in the second half as they were in the first 30 minutes. But the defensive effort, highlighted by two Tyrell Johnson interceptions, was constant.

ASU limited the Aggies to 256 yards for the game, and 51 yards rushing. The Indians did get one break in the second half when they lost a fumble with 6:03 left. The Aggies had a 31-yard touchdown pass wiped out by a holding penalty with 5:07 left.

Another scoring threat in the final minutes was ended by Stephen Tookes' interception, which he returned 90 yards with less than a minute to play.

"The back breaking play was (Steven) Tookes interception," ASU coach Steve Roberts said.

The Indians dominated the first half but could only manage three field goals to show for their efforts. Neihouse hit all three of his kicks to give the Tribe a 9-7 lead at the half.

Utah State managed one drive to take a short-lived 7-6 lead, but Neihouse's 25-yard field goal with 2:36 left in the half regained the lead for the Indians.

The Aggies with a negative 6-yard rushing stat in the half, scored on a 30-yard pass from Leon Jackson to Kevin Robinson with 4:25 left in the half. Until that drive, the Aggies had negative yards total offense.

Neihouse's first field goal was from 22 yard with 7:24 left in the first quarter. He made it 6-0 with a 33-yard kick with 9:51 left in the half.

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