Quarterback Brett Ratliff unloads a pass against Utah State during the second quarter. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
Sept. 16, 2006
LOGAN, Utah (AP) - Brett Ratliff passed for three touchdowns and Utah returned two interceptions for scores to beat Utah State for the ninth straight time, 48-0 Saturday in the most one-sided game in the history of the state rivalry.
Utah outdid the 1944 Utes, who shut out the Aggies 47-0 in Logan, for the biggest blowout in the series and got the first shutout since Utah won 19-0 in 1990.
And it was clear early on that Utah would continue to own the series with the Aggies (0-3). Eric Shyne stepped in front of a pass on the second play from scrimmage and returned the interception 21 yards for a touchdown. Stevenson Sylvester added a 45-yard interception return in the third quarter on one of six turnovers by the hapless Aggies.
Utah State still hasn't scored an offensive touchdown this season and has been outscored 106-7 this season.
Ratliff was 18-for-26 for 182 yards before getting to rest in the fourth quarter. Grady came on and threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Fano Tagovailoa, which put Utah ahead 48-0 in the fourth quarter as Utah State coach Brent Guy stood seething on the sideline.
Utah State finished with 98 yards of offense. Leon Jackson completed 4 of 15 passes for 39 yards and Marcus Cross had 13 carries for 27 yards, but they botched Utah State's best scoring chance with a bad option pitch on first-and-goal from the 7-yard line.
It was that kind of game for the Aggies.
On Utah State's second play of the game, Shyne stepped in front of a sideline pass by Jackson and ran 21 yards for an easy touchdown just 1:06 into the game. The Utes forced a quick punt on the next possession and added a 38-yard field goal by Louie Sakoda with 8:46 left.
The Aggies could have kept the halftime margin to 17, but tried an option on third-and-5 from the 25 and Jackson's pitch was behind Cross. Eric Weddle recovered the ball for Utah at the 24 and on second down Ratliff threw it to Richards, who caught it and got both feet down before getting knocked out of bounds. The play withstood a review and Utah led 24-0 at halftime.