Utah State Post-Game Notes USU vs. Nevada - Logan, Utah
Nov. 26, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - -- With the victory, Utah State becomes bowl eligible for the first time since the 1997 season, when the Aggies went to the Humanitarian Bowl.
-- If selected to a bowl, it would be USU's seventh bowl, as the Aggies have played in six bowl games: the 1946 Raisin Bowl, the 1947 Grape Bowl, the 1960 Sun Bowl, the 1961 Gotham Bowl, the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl and the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl.
-- Saturday's win was USU's fourth-straight win, and is the Aggies' first four-game win streak since 2001, when USU also won four in a row.
-- Utah State has won four WAC games for the first time in the Aggies' seven years in the league and was USU's first four-game conference winning streak since 2000 in the Big West Conference.
-- USU's four WAC wins are its most conference wins since a 4-1 Big West mark in 2000, and is just USU's 15th four-conference win season since 1978 and is just its 32nd overall in the 113 seasons of USU football.
-- The win over the Wolf Pack was also the first for the Aggies since 1950, snapping a seven-game home losing streak to Nevada.
-- Saturday was USU's eighth game this season decided by one score. The eight games is now tied with Kansas State for the most in the country, while the Aggies' 31 total point differential is the fewest in the nation, as K-State has had a total of 36 point differential in its eight games.
-- Senior LB Bobby Wagner made his 38th-consecutive start and made his 43rd start overall, leading USU in both departments.
-- Junior RB Robert Turbin started for the 34th time of his career, but 11th since the 2009 season-finale after missing the entire 2010 season with an injury.
-- Senior OL Philip Gapelu had his streak of 33-straight starts snapped due to injury... Gapelu has 38 total starts.
-- Saturday was the fourth time this season that the opponent had scored first, and USU is now 3-1 when doing so.
-- Saturday was only the second time this season that USU did not score in the first quarter, also doing so in the Colorado State game (L, 35-34 2OT).
-- USU is now 3-4 on the season when leading after three quarters.
-- The Aggies did not score in the fourth quarter for the third time this season, but Saturday was the first win with
-- Senior WR Eric Moats also now has at least one catch in 10 of last 11 games and 32 of 35 games played in career.
-- Moats' 53-yard reception in the second quarter was not only a season-long but a career-long as well.
-- Junior RB Kerwynn Williams' 10-yard TD run was his third this season and fifth of his career.
-- USU now has at least one rushing TD in its last 12 games dating back to last season.
-- After not trailing at halftime in its first seven games of the season, USU has now trailed at the break in three of its last four, and is now 3-0 when doing so.
-- Saturday was only the second time that the opponent had more total offense yards that USU, as BYU was the only other one (451-406), and USU is now 1-1 when having fewer yards than the opponent.
-- USU's offense now has 2,938 rushing yards this season, moving up to No. 2 in school history, behind the 3,120 yards in 1960
-- With 15 tackles Saturday, senior LB Bobby Wagner moved up to second on the USU career tackles list with 433. Wagner is also now tied for third with San Jose State's Matt Castelo (2004-07) in career tackles in the WAC.
-- Wagner now has nine double-digit tackle outings this season and 23 for his career.
-- Junior RB Robert Turbin now has 50 career total TD's, extending his USU record... He also takes over sole possession of No. 7 on the WAC's Career Total TD list.
-- Turbin now has 302 career points scored, also extending his USU record... He also moves into a tie for No. 14 on the WAC's Career Points Scored list, tying Peter Holt (1993-96) of San Diego State.
-- Now with 1,318 yards on the season, Turbin passes his previous single-season best rushing output of 1,296 yards in 2009, and closing within four yards of Emmett White's total of 1,322 in 2000.
-- Turbin now has 3,116 career rushing yards, maintaining his No. 5 spot on USU's Career Rushing list, closing on the No. 4 spot held by Louie Giammona (1973-75) with 3,499.
-- The 3,116 yards moves Turbin up to No. 22 on the WAC's Career Rushing list, passing Ryan Moats (2002-04) of Louisiana Tech with 3,116... Eddie Johnson (1984-86, 88) has the No. 21 spot with 3,218 yards.
-- After only one TD catch in first seven games, junior WR Matt Austin now has three TD catches in last four games.
-- The 34-yard TD pass from senior WR Stanley Morrison to junior RB Robert Turbin was Morrison's first TD pass this season and was his second of his career, and is the first non-QB to throw a TD pass since he did it at New Mexico State in 2009.
-- Morrison, a QB in high school, is now 3-of-3 passing on the season and 7-of-9 for his career with three TD tosses.
-- The win over the Wolf Pack was also the first for the Aggies since 1950, snapping a seven-game home losing streak to Nevada, and USU is now 3-9 overall vs. Nevada at home.
-- USU snapped a six-game losing skein to Nevada overall, last winning 37-35 in 1999, and Saturday's was the Aggies' first-ever win over the Wolf Pack as WAC foes.
-- USU is now: