Utah State Post-Game Notes - USU at Hawai'i
Nov. 6, 2011
-- USU's comeback from a 28-7 deficit was its largest since 2001, rallying from a 27-0 deficit vs. Idaho State and was the Aggies' largest comeback against an FBS team since at least 1990.
-- Saturday was USU's first win at Hawai'i since 1966, losing in its previous three trips to Hawai'i.
-- USU is now 6-6 against UH overall, breaking a two-game losing slide.
-- Saturday was Utah State's first road win of the season, breaking a four-game road losing streak, last winning at San Jose State last season, which the Aggies also won in dramatic fashion, also rallying from down double digits and scoring late to win, after being down 10-0 and winning 38-34 by scoring the game-winning TD with 34 seconds left.
-- USU trailed at the half for the first time this season after leading at intermission in six of the seven games played this season with the exception being the Weber State game that USU was tied at 17-all at the break.
-- The Aggies were behind entering the fourth quarter for just the second time this season, joining the season-opener at Auburn, after holding six fourth quarter leads this season, going 2-4 in those six games.
-- USU captains for Saturday were all Polynesian players, including the lone Hawaiian on the travel roster, #95 RS-FR DL Tevita Vaifoou (Hauula, Hawaii), as well as #68 SR OL Philip Gapelu, #55 JR LB/DE Bojay Filimoeatu, and #57 JR DL Havea Lasike, for the coin toss, while #5 SO LB Jason Fanaika, #76 SR OL Funaki Asisi, #77 JR DL Al Lapuaho and #91 SO TE D.J. Tialavea were off to the side.
-- Senior WR Stanley Morrison now has at least one catch in 32-straight games, which leads the WAC.
-- Morrison's 105 yards receiving was his first 100-yard receiving outing of the season, becoming USU's first 100-yard receiver this season and the Aggies' first since TE Kellen Bartlett had five catches for 121 yards.
-- It was Morrison's second career 100-yard game, joining his career-best 126-yard receiving outing at Texas A&M in 2009.
-- Morrison's 71-yard TD catch was the second-longest of his career, behind a 75-yarder at Idaho in 2009... The 71-yard TD catch was his second scoring catch of the season and fifth of his career.
-- Senior WR Eric Moats also now has at least one catch in last eight games and 30 of 32 career games played.
-- Freshman QB Chuckie Keeton threw his 11th TD pass of the season with the first-quarter scoring toss.
-- Junior WR Matt Austin snared his second TD catch of the season with the first-quarter catch for the Aggies' first score of the game.
-- USU scored first for sixth time this season and is now 2-4 on the season when doing so.
-- Junior RB Robert Turbin's two TD's Saturday give him 44 total TD's for his career, maintaining his school record for total TD's that he set last game vs. LA Tech.
-- Saturday was Turbin's fourth multiple rushing TD outing of the season and eighth of his career.
-- Turbin's 44 total TD's moves him up to sole possession of the No. 9 spot on the WAC's Career TD list, breaking a three-way tie with Wyoming's Ryan Yarborough (1990-93) and Air Force's Beau Morgan (1994-96).
-- Turbin now has 35 career rushing TD's, maintaining No. 3 on USU's Career Rushing TD list, as well as moving up to a tie for No. 14 on the WAC's Career Rushing TD chart, with a three-way tie with Nevada's Chance Kretschmer (2001-04) and BYU's Jamal Willis (1991-94).
-- Now with 266 career points, Turbin is closing in on the top spot in the USU record books, needing just 18 more points to tie former placekicker Brad Bohn (1997-2000).
-- The 266 points moves Turbin up to No. 23 on the WAC's Career Points Scored list.
-- That was the longest pass of his Aggie career until the 71-yard scoring play to Stanley Morrison in the fourth quarter.
-- Kennedy had seen limited action prior to Saturday's game, playing in the Weber State and Wyoming games, completing 4-of-5 passing for 46 yards with a long of 26 yards.
-- Junior S McKade Brady's game-high 13 tackles were not only a career-best but also the first time in double-digit stops.
-- Wagner also moved up to No. 4 on the WAC's Career Tackles list, passing Boise State's Korey Hall (2003-06) with 394 stops.
-- Wagner needs five more tackles to become just the third player in USU history and the fourth in the WAC (since 1979) to reach the 400-tackle milestone.
-- Senior LB Bobby Wagner made his 35th-consecutive start and 40th overall of his career, leading the Aggies in both categories.
-- Senior OL Philip Gapelu started for the 31st-straight game and 36th game of his career overall, ranking second on the team in both.
-- Junior RB Robert Turbin started for the 31st time of his career, but eighth since the 2009 season-finale after missing the entire 2010 season with an injury.
-- USU is now: