Utah State Post-Game Notes - USU at Idaho
Nov. 19, 2011
MOSCOW, Idaho - -- Saturday's win gives USU five wins in a season for the first time since 2000, as USU is now 5-5, the Aggies' best record through 10 games since 2000.
-- USU is on its first three-game win streak overall since 2001 when the Aggies won four in a row, but two were FCS (I-AA) and is the Aggies' first three-game FBS win streak as well as three-straight conference win streak since 2000.
-- USU's 3-2 WAC record is its best WAC mark through five games in its seven years in the league, and its best conference record through five games since 2003 in the Big West.
-- Saturday was USU's third-straight game in which the Aggies scored in the final minute or with no time on the clock as in OT, and USU's seventh game this season decided by one score, tying Louisville for the second-most in the country... Kansas State's 17-13 win over Texas was KSU's eighth game this year decided by one score, now with a total point total of 36 points... USU's combined point total of 27 is the fewest for seven games in the country.
-- Utah State's last three meetings with Idaho at Moscow have all be decided by one score, and all USU wins, as the Aggies won 24-14 in 2007, 52-49 in 2009.
-- USU scored on its opening possession for third time this season, also doing so in the BYU and Fresno State games, and are now 1-2 when doing so.
-- The Aggies scored first for the seventh time this season and are now 3-4.
-- Senior RB Michael Smith's two TD's Saturday give him seven rushing TD's for the season and 13 for his career, breaking into a four-way tie for 10th on USU's Career Rushing TD list.
-- After no TD's in his first 18 games played, sophomore WR Travis Van Leeuwen now has a TD catch in back-to-back games after his first career scoring catch last week vs. San Jose State and his 3-yard TD catch in the second quarter.
-- Turbin's 80-yard TD was his second 80-yard TD run this season, also doing so on USU's opening first offensive play from scrimmage of the BYU game... Turbin now has five career TD runs over 50+ yards and the 80-yarders are the second-longest of his career behind the 96-yarder at Utah in 2009.
-- The TD run tied USU's Career Points records, with former placekicker Brad Bohn (1997-2000) with 284 points, and his two OT TD's give him a total of 296 points.
-- Turbin also broke USU's Single-Season Rushing TD record, as his three on Saturday give him 19 on the year, breaking away from a tie with Abu Wilson (1996) who had the previous record of 16.
-- The three TD's also set a new USU Single-Season Total TD's record, as Turbin now has 21 on the season, breaking his own record of 18 he set in 2009, which included a school-record tying five scores in USU's last game at Idaho as part of USU's 52-49 shootout at the Kibbie Dove
-- Furthermore, Turbin also broke his own USU Single-Season Scoring record, now with 126 points, breaking his 2009 record of 110.
-- With his 54-yard gain in the third quarter, Turbin became just the fifth Aggie RB to rush for over 3,000 career yards, and the first since Demario Brown (1996-99), who is the school rushing record holder with 4,053.
-- Turbin is the 26th WAC running back to reach the 3,000 yard plateau, and he has now broken into the top 25 on the WAC's rushing list.
-- With a career-high 208 yards Saturday, Turbin now has seven 100-yard rushing games this season and 15 for his career, now tied for eighth among the nation's active running backs.
-- Senior WR Stanley Morrison snared a reception in his 34th-straight game in his career, which leads the WAC.
-- Morrison also punted for the first time in his USU career, with his kick late in the second quarter.
-- Morrison's 63-yard TD pass from Kennedy was Morrison's third TD catch this season and seventh of his career... It was also his second in the Kibbie Dome, as he had a 75-yard scoring reception in 2009, as part of USU's 52-49 shootout win.
-- Junior QB Adam Kennedy now has two TD passes in each of last three games.
-- The 78-yard INT return for TD by Idaho's Quin Ashley was the second pick six by a USU opponent, as Louisiana Tech's Terry Carter had a 22-yard INT return on Oct. 22.
-- With 11 tackles Saturday, senior LB Bobby Wagner now has 418 career stops, maintaining his spot at No. 3 on USU's Career Tackles list and No. 4 on the WAC's Career Tackles list.
-- It was Wagner's eighth double-digit tackle outing of the season and 22nd of his career.
-- Wagner's game-sealing interception was his second INT of the season, doubling his career total to four.
-- Junior LB/DE Bojay Filimoeatu's fumble force and recovery were both the first of his Aggie career.
-- It was the Aggie defense's third-straight game with a fumble recovery and eighth game this season with a recovery and ninth of the season.
-- Senior LB Bobby Wagner started for the 37th game of his career, and it was his 42nd start overall, which leads USU in both departments.
-- Senior OL Philip Gapelu made his 33rd-straight start and 38th of his career overall, ranking second on the team in both.
-- Junior RB Robert Turbin started for the 33rd time of his career, but 10th since the 2009 season-finale after missing the entire 2010 season with an injury.
-- USU is now: ---- 19-17-2 overall vs. Idaho, winning three of the last four meetings. ---- 8-8-1 vs. Idaho at Moscow, winning the last three match-ups. ---- 37-32-2 record against teams from the state of Idaho, as well as 17-18-2 in games played on Idaho soil. ---- 12-14 in WAC games in November, winning 11 of its last 16 games in the 11th month. ---- 5-6 on Nov. 19, winning four of the last six on the date, and is also 1-1 vs. Idaho on the 19th day of the 11th month.