Aggies win shootout with Vandals, 52-49, for first road win since 2007

MOSCOW, Idaho — Sophomore running back Robert Turbin’s school-record tying five touchdowns led Utah State to a 52-49 shootout win over Idaho Saturday at UI’s Kibbie Dome, snapping USU’s 12-game road losing streak.It was USU’s first road win since two years ago on the very field as Saturday, last winning on Nov. 24, 2007 at Idaho.The Aggies finish head coach Gary Andersen’s first year at the helm of the USU program with a 4-8 mark, USU’s most wins since 2002 and a progressive win total since 2006’s one win. Utah State finished 3-5 in Western Athletic Conference action, matching last season for top conference record in USU’s five seasons in the league.Idaho ends with a 7-5 overall mark and 4-4 in WAC play. The bowl-eligible Vandals finished with three-straight losses and dropped four of the last five games.It was USU’s third-straight win over Idaho and fourth in the last six meetings, taking a 18-16-2 series lead and leveling the series ledger at Moscow at 9-9-1.Turbin scored five total touchdowns, three rushing and two receiving, tying career-highs in both, to tie the USU record for single-game TD’s with Jack Hill vs. Drake in 1956.Turbin had 113 yards rushing, his seventh 100-yard outing this season to go with 70 yards receiving. Junior QB Diondre Borel was 18-of-29 passing for 369 yards and four TD’s, both career-bests. He had an 85-yard TD pass to senior WR Xavier Bowman in the first quarter that is tied for the eighth-longest pass play in school history.USU had its second-best offensive outing of the year with 539 yards of total offense, on a season-high 376 passing and 163 rushing.Idaho had 530 yards of total offense.The Aggie defense was led by junior CB Chris Randle’s career-high 11 tackles, while senior S James Brindley added nine stops and a fumble recovery, which set up Turbin’s final TD of the day and was USU’s insurance and difference TD. The WAC leader in tackles, junior LB Bobby Wagner, posted eight tackles and snared the game’s lone interception.USU jumped out to a 21-7 first quarter lead, and built a 31-7 advantage before Idaho rallied to take a 42-38 lead, only to see the Aggies storm back and hang on for the monumental road victory.-USU-

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