Troy 23

(5-6, 2-6 away)

Utah State 14

(3-8, 3-2 home)

3:05 PM ET, November 15, 2003

Romney Stadium, Logan, UT

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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.