Utah State Football End of Season Release
Utah State ended its 2013 season with a 9-5 record after posting a 21-14 win against No. 24 Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. USU also advanced to the championship game of the Mountain West after winning the Mountain Division of the conference with a 7-1 league record.
 
Utah State ended its 2013 season with a 9-5 record after posting a 21-14 win against No. 24 Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. USU also advanced to the championship game of the Mountain West after winning the Mountain Division of the conference with a 7-1 league record.
 
 

Jan. 8, 2014

LOGAN, Utah -

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UTAH STATE AGGIES (9-5, 7-1 MW)

END OF SEASON NOTES
• Utah State ended the 2013 season with a 9-5 record, which is tied with the 1960 and 1961 teams for the second-most wins in school history, and trailing the 2012 team that set the single-season school record with 11 wins.

• Utah State ended the 2013 season with two votes in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls to rank tied for 37th in the nation in both polls, marking the second time in as many years that USU has concluded its season ranked among the top teams in the nation.

• Utah State played in its third-straight bowl game for the first time in school history as it posted a 21-14 win against No. 24 Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. USU also defeated Toledo, 41-15, in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and in 2011 USU lost to Ohio, 24-23, in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

• With its 21-14 win against No. 24 Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, Utah State has now won back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history and is now 3-6 all-time in nine bowl game appearances as its other bowl win was a 42-33 victory against Ball State in the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl II.

• Utah State finished its first season in the Mountain West by going 7-1 in league play to win the Mountain Division Championship and advance to the inaugural Mountain West Championship game, where it lost at No. 24 Fresno State, 24-17. USU's seven league wins in 2013 are a school record, bettering the six league wins set in 1936 and 2012. Overall, USU has won 18 of its last 19 league games dating back to 2011, and won a school record 13 straight conference games before falling to Boise State, 34-23, on Oct. 12, 2013.

• Utah State recorded back-to-back-back winning seasons for the first time since 1978-80 as it went 7-6 in 2011, 11-2 in 2012 and 9-5 in 2013.

Matt Wells set the single-season school record for wins by a first year head coach with nine, bettering Tony Knap whose Aggies went 8-2 in 1963.

• Utah State's defense finished the 2013 season by holding five of its last seven opponents to 14 or fewer points and did not give up more than 24 points in its final seven games.

• Utah State ends the 2013 season having won 25 of its last 33 games and those eight losses during its last 33 games have been by a combined 48 points as it lost to Ohio (24-23) in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, at No. 22 Wisconsin (16-14) and at BYU (6-3) in 2012, and at Utah (30-26), at USC (17-14), against BYU (31-14) against Boise State (34-23) and at No. 24 Fresno State (24-17) in 2013.

• Utah State has now won 12 of its last 14 home games overall and eight of its last nine home games against conference foes. USU had a school record three sellouts in 2013, marking the first time in the 46-year history of Romney Stadium that it has recorded three-straight sellouts, and concluded the season by setting a single-season school record for attendance with 139,576 fans for an average of 23,263 fans per game. The previous attendance record was set in 1996 when 129,206 fans attended six games at Romney Stadium for an average of 21,534 per game. Overall, USU is 124-98 (.559) all-time at Romney Stadium.

• With its 21-14 win against No. 24 Northern Illinois in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, Utah State has now won two of its last three games against ranked opponents and improved to 3-51 all-time against Associated Press ranked teams. Prior to its win against NIU, USU's last win against an AP top 25 team was on Nov. 17, 2011 when it posted a 48-41 overtime victory at No. 19 Louisiana Tech. USU's other win against an AP top 25 opponent was on Nov. 2, 1991 when it defeated No. 25 Fresno State, 20-19, in Logan.

• Utah State's senior class won 31 games over the last four years (2010-13) to rank first all-time in school history. The previous school record was 26 wins set in 1962 and 2012.

• True freshman quarterback Darell Garretson was one of just 21 true freshmen at the FBS level to start at quarterback this year. Overall, Garretson went 6-1 as a starter and set the school record with five-straight wins to begin a career.

• Senior linebacker Jake Doughty finished his Aggie career ranking fourth in the Mountain West and 10th in the nation with an average of 10.6 tackles per game, while senior cornerback Nevin Lawson finished his career ranking third in the Mountain West and 25th in the nation with an average of 1.21 passes defended per game.

A FINAL LOOK AT UTAH STATE
Utah State ended its 2013 season with a 9-5 record after posting a 21-14 win against No. 24 Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. USU also advanced to the championship game of the Mountain West after winning the Mountain Division of the conference with a 7-1 league record. Offensively, USU was led by senior running back Joey DeMartino who carried the ball 221 times for 1,221 yards (87.2 ypg/5.5 ypc) with 13 touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen had 52 catches for 661 yards (47.2 ypg/12.7 ypc) with three touchdowns, and freshman quarterback Darell Garretson was 126-of-209 passing for 1,446 yards (180.8 ypg) with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Defensively, senior linebacker Jake Doughty led the team with 148 tackles (42-solo, 106-assist) including 12.0 for loss, while junior linebacker Zach Vigil had 124 tackles (47-solo, 77-assist) with 12.5 for loss, and sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell had 82 tackles (37-solo, 45-assist) with 13.0 for loss. As a team, Utah State averaged 31.8 points and 411.5 yards of total offense per game (233.4-passing, 178.1-rushing) and allowed 17.1 points and 330.9 yards of total offense per game (224.1-passing, 106.7-rushing). All-time, Utah State has a 515-513-31 (.501) record in 116 seasons.

UTAH STATE SETS SEVERAL OFFENSIVE RECORDS IN 2013
Utah State's offense in 2013 ended up being one of the best in school history, statistically, as it set single-season school records for pass completions (297), total offensive plays (1,073), touchdown passes (30), and first downs (310) including first downs passing (156), while its 445 points scored and 481 pass attempts both rank second all-time. Furthermore, USU's 56 touchdowns rank third all-time and its 31.7 points per game average ranks fifth all-time in school history. USU also set a school record by playing in 14 games during the season.

INJURY BUG HITS UTAH STATE'S OFFENSE
The injury bug hit Utah State hard during the 2013 season as it lost four offensive starters during a two-week period in September and October as starting senior offensive guard Kyle Whimpey and junior starting running back Joe Hill both suffered season-ending knee injuries against San José State (9/27/13), while junior starting quarterback Chuckie Keeton (knee) and senior starting tight end D.J. Tialavea (foot) suffered season-ending injuries against BYU (10/4/13). USU then lost its fifth offensive starter in wide receiver Travis Reynolds to a season-ending knee injury against Colorado State (11/23). Between Whimpey, Hill, Keeton, Tialavea and Reynolds, those five players had combined for 90 career starts and 143 career games played in while at Utah State.

AGGIE DEFENSE RANKS AMONG THE BEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State allowed just 106.7 rushing yards per game, which is the fewest by an Aggie defense since the 1968 team allowed just 100.4 rushing yards per game. USU also allowed just 17.1 points per game in 2013, which is the second-fewest by an Aggie defense since the 1971 team allowed 16.6 points per game (the 2012 defense allowed just 15.4 points per game). Overall, those 17.1 points per game allowed by USU in 2013 rank as the 11th-fewest in school history.

UTAH STATE BOWL HISTORY
Following its 21-14 win against Northern Illinois in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, Utah State now has a 3-6 bowl record all-time as it lost to San Jose State, 20-0, in the 1946 Raisin Bowl (Fresno, Calif.); lost to Pacific, 35-21, in the 1947 Grape Bowl (Lodi, Calif.); lost to New Mexico State, 20-13, in the 1960 Sun Bowl (El Paso, Texas); lost to Baylor, 24-9, in the 1961 Gotham Bowl (New York City); defeated Ball State, 42-33, in the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl II; lost to Cincinnati, 35-19, in the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl; lost to Ohio, 24-23, in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl; defeated Toledo, 41-15, in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, along with its win in 2013 against Northern Illinois. Prior to the 2013 season, USU had never played in back-to-back-to-back bowl games and had played in back-to-back bowl games just two other times (1946-47, 1960-61).

UTAH STATE CONCLUDES FIRST SEASON IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
Utah State finished its first year as a member of the Mountain West in 2013 and has been a Division I-A/Bowl Championship Series football playing school in each of its 116 seasons of competition. USU joined the Mountain States/Skyline Conference in 1938 until 1961. USU then played as an independent from 1962-77 when it became members of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association in 1978. The PCAA changed its name to the Big West Conference in 1988. Following the 2000 season when the Big West no longer sponsored football, USU spent two years as an independent (2001-02) and two years in the Sun Belt Conference (2003-04) before joining the Western Athletic Conference in 2005 for eight seasons.

WELLS WAS THE 11TH-YOUNGEST HEAD COACH AT THE FBS LEVEL
First-year Utah State head football coach Matt Wells was the 11th-youngest head coach at the FBS level at 40 years of age (8-10-73) during the 2013 season. Wells is also just the second USU graduate to be appointed its head football coach joining Chris Pella who graduated from USU in 1965 and coached the Aggies from 1983-85. Wells was a three-year letterwinner at quarterback/safety for USU from 1994-96.

WELLS IS ONE OF 12 HEAD COACH AT THE FBS LEVEL WHO PLAYED AT SAME SCHOOL
First-year Utah State head coach Matt Wells is one of just 12 coaches at the FBS level who played college football at the same school he is currently the head coach at joining Troy Calhoun (Air Force), Ruffin McNeill (East Carolina) Paul Haynes (Kent State), Don Treadwell (Miami, Ohio), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State), David Shaw (Stanford), Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech), Bill Blankenship (Tulsa), Sean Kugler (UTEP) and Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech).

UTAH STATE DURING ITS LAST 33 GAMES
Utah State has gone 25-8 during its last 33 games and those 25 wins during that time ranks as the third-most among any team in the Rocky Mountains or on the West Coast. Oregon has the most wins in the last 33 games among western teams with 28, followed by Stanford (26), Utah State (25), Boise State (24), Fresno State (22), BYU (21), USC (21), San Diego State (21), San José State (20), UCLA (20), Arizona State (19), Arizona (19), Oregon State (18), Washington (18) and Utah (15).

UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State has led at the half in 22 of its last 29 games dating back to 2011 and is 19-3 in those contests when leading at the half, including a 7-1 record this year. USU has also led or been tied at the end of the first quarter in 20 of its last 29 games and is 18-2 in those contest, but 1-5 during its last 29 games when trailing at the end of the first period and 2-5 during its last 29 games when trailing at the end of the first half. During the 2013 season, USU had a 242-135 scoring advantage in the first 30 minutes of play

UTAH STATE HAS HELD 24 OF LAST 30 OPPONENTS WITHOUT A FIRST QUARTER TOUCHDOWN
Utah State has not allowed a first quarter touchdown in 24 of its last 30 games dating back to the 2011 season as USU was the only Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team in the nation not to allow a first quarter touchdown during the 2012 season. This year, USU held eight opponents (Weber State, San José State, New Mexico, Hawai'i, Colorado State, Wyoming, Fresno State, Northern Illinois) without a first quarter touchdown. Furthermore, USU held six opponents this year (Weber State, San José State, New Mexico, Hawai'i, Colorado State, Wyoming) and 16 of its last 26 opponents without a first half touchdown, while six of those 26 opponents have been held scoreless in the first-half.

UTAH STATE'S RECORD WHEN IT HAS A PLAYER RUSH FOR 100 YARDS
Utah State had seven 100-yard rushers this season and a 100-yard rusher 37 times in the last five years, a span of 64 games. Prior to its current run, USU produced a 100-yard rusher just 23 times in its previous eight seasons. Overall, USU has won 15 straight games when it has had a 100-yard rusher with its last loss coming against Ohio in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Furthermore, Utah State went 9-1 this year when it rushes at least 40 times in a game and 0-4 when it has less than 40 rushing attempts in a game.

UTAH STATE STOPPED THE RUN IN 2013
Utah State did a great job stopping the run this season as Boise State's Jay Ajayi (22-109) and UNLV's Tim Cornett (29-115) are the only running backs to rush for 100 yards against the Aggies, while USU allowed just nine rushing touchdowns in 14 games this year. Furthermore, USU only allowed six rushes of 20 or more yards on the season as BYU had three, UNLV two and New Mexico one, with its longest rush allowed being 44 yards against BYU. Also, USU's longest rushing touchdown allowed this year was from seven yards against Boise State. Furthermore, USU held each of its last four opponents and five of its last six opponents overall to less than 100 yards rushing as a team.

UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE NOT ALLOWING POINTS FOLLOWING TURNOVERS
Utah State's defense did an unbelievable job of not allowing points following turnovers during the 2013 season as it held its opponents to just 13 points following 16 USU turnovers. UNLV was the only team to score a touchdown on Utah State's defense this season following a turnover, while Air Force and Boise State each converted a field goal. Conversely, USU's offense scored 69 points on 26 possessions following turnovers this year.

EXPLOSIVE AGGIES
Utah State had 68 explosive plays in 2013 with 22 rushes and 46 receptions of at least 20 yards, which averages out to 4.86 explosive plays per game.

UTAH STATE ON THE ROAD
Utah State finished the 2013 season with a 4-3 road record and has won 11 of its last 17 road games overall. USU has also won 11 straight road games against league opponent dating back to 2011, which is a school record.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State was the only Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team in the nation not to allow a touchdown run of 10 or more yards during the season.

UTAH STATE ONLY TEAM IN THE NATION WITH INTERCEPTIONS BY ITS FOUR STARTING LINEBACKERS
Utah State had interceptions from each of its four starting linebackers this year and was the only team in the nation to accomplish this feat. Senior linebacker Jake Doughty intercepted a pass against Wyoming, junior linebacker Zach Vigil and redshirt freshman linebacker Nick Vigil each intercepted a pass against Colorado State, and sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell intercepted a pass against Hawai'i. The only other teams who come close to this feat were Iowa and Oklahoma State, who each start three linebackers who all had interceptions this season.

UTAH STATE INTERCEPTED 17 PASSES IN 2013
After not intercepting a pass in each of its first four games of the season, Utah State intercepted 17 passes in its last 10 games, which are its most since intercepting 19 passes in 1994. Against Northern Illinois, junior safety Brian Suite had one interception. Against Fresno State, Suite had two interceptions. Against Wyoming, senior linebacker Jake Doughty intercepted a pass. Against Colorado State, junior linebacker Zach Vigil and redshirt freshman linebacker Nick Vigil each intercepted a pass. At UNLV, senior cornerback Nevin Lawson intercepted a pass. Against Hawai'i, junior safety Frankie Sutera and sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell each intercepted a pass, along with Suite. Against Boise State, Lawson intercepted two passes, while Suite had one interception. Against BYU, senior cornerback Quinton Byrd intercepted a pass. And at San José State, senior safety Maurice Alexander, junior cornerback Jeremy Morris and Lawson each intercepted a pass.

UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE SCORED THREE TOUCHDOWNS IN 2013
Utah State's defense scored three touchdowns in 2013 as senior cornerback Nevin Lawon returned an interception 65 yards for a score against Boise State (10/12), sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown against Hawai'i (11), and senior linebacker Jake Doughty returned a fumble 86 yards for a score at Fresno State (12/7). Overall, USU's three defensive touchdowns in 2013 are its most since 2006 when it scored three defensive touchdowns on a 46-yard fumble return by defensive end Darby Golden, a 65-yard fumble return by linebacker Devon Hall, and a 45-yard interception return by safety Antonio Taylor.

UTAH STATE HAS BLOCKED EIGHT KICKS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS
Utah State redshirt freshman cornerback Devin Centers blocked two punts this year in games against BYU (10/4) and Boise State (10/12), giving USU eight blocked kicks during the last two years as the Aggies had two blocked punts, three blocked field goals and one blocked extra point in 2012. Current Aggies who blocked kicks a year ago include junior linebacker Zach Vigil, senior defensive lineman Paul Piukala, sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell, senior cornerback Tay Glover-Wright, and sophomore defensive tackle Jordan Nielsen who blocked two kicks.

UTAH STATE SCORING DRIVES BREAKDOWN FOR 2013
Utah State had 69 scoring drives on the season and the following is a breakdown of those scoring drives: 10-plus plays (23); five or fewer plays (22); three or fewer plays (7); one play (3); less than two minutes (21); over five minutes (8); 75-plus yards (24).

AGGIES IN OVERTIME
With its 48-41 overtime win at No. 19 Louisiana Tech on Nov. 17, 2012, Utah State improved to 6-4 all-time in overtime, including winning each of its last three. All-time, USU is 4-2 in single-overtime games, 2-1 in double-overtime games, and 0-1 in triple overtime games.

LARSEN TO PLAY IN 2014 SENIOR BOWL
Senior center Tyler Larsen will play in the 65th Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. The game will kickoff at 2 p.m. (MT) and will be televised nationally on the NFL Network. Overall, Larsen is the 18th Utah State football player, including the fourth in the last five years, to play in the Senior Bowl.

LAWSON TO PLAY IN 2014 EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME
Senior cornerback Nevin Lawson will play in the 89th East-West Shrine Football Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on January 18, 2014. The game will kickoff at 2 p.m. (MT) and will be televised nationally on the NFL Network and aired internationally on EWSG Radio Network hosted by Tunein Radio.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State sophomore wide receiver Bruce Natson scored two receiving touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns and two punt return touchdowns this season and is the only player at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level to accomplish this feat.

DEMARTINO NAMED OFFENSIVE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OF POINSETTIA BOWL
Senior running back Joey DeMartino was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl after rushing for 143 yards on 23 carries and scoring the eventual game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. DeMartino, who added one reception for eight yards in the game, also set a Poinsettia Bowl record with a 58-yard rush in the first quarter. Furthermore, DeMartino's 143 rushing yards are the second-most in his career (144 at New Mexico) and the second-most in Poinsettia Bowl history, while his 23 carries rank as third-most in Poinsettia Bowl history.

DEMARTINO RECORDS SEVEN 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES IN 2013
Senior running back Joey DeMartino recorded seven 100-yard rushing games during the 2013 season, including five in his final seven games. Overall, DeMartino's seven 100-yard rushing games are tied for the fourth-most in a single-season in school history along with Louie Giammona (1974), Emmett White (2001), Robert Turbin (2009, 2011) and Kerwynn Williams (2012). The school record for 100-yard rushing games in a single-season is eight set by Giammona (1975), Abu Wilson (1995) and Demario Brown (1999). During the 2013 season, DeMartino rushed for 143 yards on 23 carries against Northern Illinois with one touchdown, 112 yards on 20 carries with one touchdown against Wyoming, 127 yards on a career-high 35 carries with one touchdown against Colorado State, 104 yards on 20 carries against Hawai'i with one touchdown, a career-high 144 yards on 12 carries with a career-high tying three touchdowns at New Mexico, 120 yards on 17 carries at San José State, and 105 yards on eight carries with a career-high three touchdowns against Weber State.

DOUGHTY NAMED DEFENSIVE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OF POINSETTIA BOWL
Senior linebacker Jake Doughty was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl after recording 1.5 tackles for loss as part of his eight total tackles against Northern Illinois, to go along with a forced fumble in the first quarter that led to USU's first points of the game on a 32-yard field goal. Overall, it was Doughty's second forced fumble this season and of his career.

SUITE TIES SEASON-HIGH WITH 11 TACKLES AGAINST NORTHERN ILLINOIS
Junior safety Brian Suite tied his season-high with 11 tackles against Northern Illinois in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, giving him three career double-digit tackle games. Suite also intercepted his fifth pass of the season and sixth of his career in the third quarter, leading to Utah State's first touchdown of the game. Suite also recovered his second fumble of the season and his career against the Huskies. That interception by Suite is also tied for the most in a game in Poinsettia Bowl history.

DIAZ SETS POINSETTIA BOWL RECORD WITH 39-YARD FIELD GOAL
Junior placekicker Nick Diaz set a San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl record with his 39-yard field goal in the second quarter of Utah State's 21-14 win against 24th-ranked Northern Illinois. Diaz also made a 32-yard field goal in the game as he was 2-for-2 on field goals.

BENTRUDE RECORDS CAREER-HIGH PUNTING AVERAGE IN POINSETTIA BOWL
Junior punter Jaron Bentrude had one of his best games, statistically, against 24th-ranked Northern Illinois in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl as he punted three times for a career-best average of 45.0 yards, including a long of 59 yards. Bentrude also had two punts downed inside the 20 against NIU to give him 31 punts downed inside the 20 this season, which ranks 11th in the nation. On the season, Bentrude also had 12 punts downed inside the 10, which ranks 16th in the nation. He finished the year with six punts of 50-plus yards.

NOTABLES FROM THE NORTHERN ILLINOIS GAME
Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Swindall caught his sixth touchdown pass of the season and his career... Freshman quarterback Darell Garretson threw his 10th touchdown pass of the season... Freshman linebacker Nick Vigil recorded 1.5 sacks to give him 5.5 sacks on the season... Junior defensive end B.J. Larsen recorded 0.5 sacks to give him 4.0 sacks this year and 8.0 in his career... USU's 16-play, 80-yard drive that lasted 7:19 in the fourth quarter was its second-longest drive of the season for both plays and time behind a 17-play, 88-yard drive that lasted 8:44 against San José State on Sept. 27... USU's two-point conversion was the second attempted this season and first converted with Garretson's completion to Bruce Natson... Northern Illinois' 15-play scoring drive in the second quarter is tied for the longest against Utah State this year as San José State and UNLV both had 15 play drives against USU.

UTAH STATE NOTABLES FROM THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION POINSETTIA BOWL
Utah State improved to 2-0 all-time against Northern Illinois... USU played a team from the Mid-American Conference in a bowl game for the third-straight year and fourth time overall, and is 3-1 in those games.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State's 14 points allowed in its 21-14 win against 24th-ranked Northern Illinois in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl are the fewest allowed in a bowl game in school history, bettering the 15 points allowed in its 41-15 win against Toledo in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

WELLS NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
First-year head coach Matt Wells was named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year as he led Utah State to an 8-5 record and a Mountain Division Championship with a 7-1 league record, despite losing five offensive starters to season-ending injuries including junior quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Chuckie Keeton. Overall, Wells becomes just the fifth coach in school history and second in as many years to earn conference coach of the year honors as Gary Andersen earned Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year accolades in 2012. Other Aggie coaches to earn coach of the year honors include Bruce Snyder (1978), Chuck Shelton (1991) and John L. Smith (1997), as all three were recognized by the Big West Conference. Wells is also just the fourth individual to earn Mountain West Coach of the Year honors in his first season joining BYU's Gary Crowton (2001), Utah's Urban Meyer (2003) and Air Force's Troy Calhoun (2007).

LARSEN NAMED SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN BY USA TODAY SPORTS
Senior center Tyler Larsen was named a second-team All-American by USA Today Sports as he was one of just 10 offensive linemen at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level to earn All-America honors from USA Today Sports. Larsen becomes just the 12th Utah State football player in school history to be named a first or second-team All-American, and just the third offensive lineman to be recognized this highly joining Dave Manning and Jim Hough who were both named second-team All-Americans by the Associated Press in 1973 and 1977, respectively. On the season, Larsen graded out above 86 percent in every game and above 90 percent six times, while recording 49 knockdowns.

LARSEN NAMED ONE OF SIX FINALISTS FOR RIMINGTON TROPHY
Senior center Tyler Larsen was of one six finalists for the 2013 Rimington Trophy, which is presented annually to the most outstanding center in college football. Joining Larsen as finalists for the Rimington Trophy were Reese Dismukes (Auburn), Hroniss Grasu (Oregon), Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma), Bryan Stork (Florida State) and Travis Swanson (Arkansas).

LAWSON NAMED THIRD-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN BY COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS
Senior cornerback Nevin Lawson was named a third-team All-American by College Sports Madness. Overall, Lawson ranks third in the Mountain West and 19th in the nation in passes defended (1.31 pg), and tied for seventh in the MW and tied for 70th in the nation in interceptions (0.31 pg). On the season, Lawson ranks sixth on the team in tackles (53) and leads the team with four interceptions and 13 pass breakups, to go along with 5.0 tackles for loss and one forced fumble, and was named the Mountain West's Defensive Player of the Week twice during the season.

FACKRELL NAMED SOPHOMORE ALL-AMERICAN BY COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS
Sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell was named a sophomore honorable mention All-American by College Football News. On the season, Fackrell ranks first on the team with 5.0 sacks, tied for first with two forced fumbles and second with his 12.0 tackles for loss, while ranking fourth on the team with his 78 tackles. He has also recorded three quarterback hurries, recovered one fumble, intercepted one pass and registered one pass breakup this year, not to mention two double-digit tackle outings, and was named the Mountain West's Defensive Player of the Week once during the season.

UTAH STATE HAS 14 PLAYERS NAMED TO VARIOUS ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST TEAMS
Utah State had 14 players earn various all-Mountain West Conference accolades in 2013 as four offensive players, eight defensive players and two specialists were recognized to rank as the second-most in the league behind Fresno State's 15 honorees. Overall, Utah State's 14 total honorees rank fifth all-time in school history behind the 18 all-Big West Conference picks in 1997, the 17 all-Western Athletic Conference picks in 2012, the 16 all-Big West selections in 1996, and the 15 all-Pacific Coast Athletic Association picks in 1978. USU players to earn first-team all-Mountain West honors include linebacker Jake Doughty, offensive center Tyler Larsen and cornerback Nevin Lawson, while linebacker Kyler Fackrell, defensive tackle B.J. Larsen, nose guard AJ Pataiali'i and linebacker Zach Vigil were all named to the second-team. Aggies who earned honorable mention all-league honors include safety Maurice Alexander, running back Joey DeMartino, placekicker Nick Diaz, offensive lineman Jamie Markosian, punt returner Bruce Natson, offensive lineman Eric Schultz and safety Brian Suite.

LARSEN EARNS THIRD-STRAIGHT FIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE HONOR
Senior center Tyler Larsen is just the ninth Aggie in school history to be a three-time first-team all-conference selection joining Kent Ryan (1934-35-36), Murray Maughan (1938-39-40), Ralph Maughan (1942, 46-47), Guy McClure (1979-80-81), Dave Kuresa (1982-83-84), Brent Passey (1998-99-2000), Emmett White (1999-2000-01) and Bobby Wagner (2009-10-11).

DOUGHTY NAMED FIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE SEASON
Senior linebacker Jake Doughty has earned first-team all-conference honors in each of the last two seasons, and is the 34th player in school history to be a two-time first-team all-league selection. Other Aggies who earned all-conference honors for the second time include sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell, senior cornerback Nevin Lawson, senior offensive guard Jamie Markosian, senior offensive tackle Eric Schultz and junior linebacker Zach Vigil, as Fackrell and Schultz earned first-team all-WAC honors in 2012, while Lawson, Markosian and Vigil were all named to the WAC's second-team a year ago.

UTAH STATE WEEKLY PLAYER HONORS
Sept. 7 (W, 52-20 at Air Force)
Chuckie Keeton - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Quarterback of the Week; Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award Honorable Mention Honors; one of eight Manning Award Stars of the Week, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week.
Zach Vigil - College Sports Madness Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week.

Sept. 14 (W, 70-6 vs. Weber State)
Joey DeMartino - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Running Back of the Week.
Chuckie Keeton - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Quarterback of the Week.
D.J. Tialavea - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Tight End of the Week.

Sept. 21 (L, 14-17 at USC)
Kyler Fackrell - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Linebacker of the Week.

Sept. 27 (W, 40-12 at San José State)
Nick Diaz - College Football Performance Awards National Specialist of the Week; one of three Lou Groza Award Stars of the Week.
Kyler Fackrell - College Sports Madness Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week.

Oct. 4 (L, 31-14 vs. BYU)
Keegan Andersen - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Tight End of the Week.

Oct. 12 (L, 34-23 vs. Boise State)
Nevin Lawson - Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week; College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Defensive Back of the Week.

Oct. 19 (W, 45-10 at New Mexico)
Bruce Natson - Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week; College Football Performance Awards Punt Returner of the Week.
Joey DeMartino - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Running Back of the Week.

Nov. 2 (W, 47-10 vs. Hawai'i)
Kyler Fackrell - Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week; College Sports Madness Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week; College Football Performance Awards National Linebacker of the Week.
Nick Diaz - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Placekicker of the Week.
Jake Thompson - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Specialist of the Week.

Nov. 9 (W, 28-24 at UNLV)
Nevin Lawson - Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week.
Jake Doughty - College Sports Madness Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week; College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Linebacker of the Week.

Nov. 23 (W, 13-0 vs. Colorado State)
Jaron Bentrude - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Punter of the Week.
Jake Doughty - College Sports Madness Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week.

Nov. 30 (W, 35-7 vs. Wyoming)
Nick Vigil - Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week; College Sports Madness Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week; College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Linebacker of the Week.
Bruce Natson - College Football Performance Awards Punt Returner of the Week.
Jaron Bentrude - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Punter of the Week.

Dec. 7 (L, 17-24 at #24 Fresno State)
Jake Doughty - College Football Performance Awards National Linebacker of the Week & National Defensive Player of the Week.
B.J. Larsen - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Defensive Lineman of the Week.
Brian Suite - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Defensive Back of the Week.

DEMARTINO FINISHES 16TH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN RUSHING YARDS
Senior running back Joey DeMartino became the 26th player in school history to rush for 1,000 career yards against Colorado State (11/23) and finishes his career 16th all-time at Utah State with 1,378 rushing yards on 250 carries (5.5 ypc). The school record for career rushing yards is 3,933 set by Abu Wilson (1992-96).

DEMARTINO EIGHTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN RUSHING AVERAGE
Senior running back Joey DeMartino had a career rushing average of 5.5 yards per carry (1,378 yards on 250 attempts) to rank eighth all-time in school history. The school record for career rushing average is 7.1 yards per carry set by Michael Smith (2009-11).

VAN LEEUWEN RANKS 24TH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN RECEIVING YARDS
Senior wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen became the 31st player in school history to record 1,000 career receiving yards against UNLV (11/9), and finished his career with 95 receptions for 1,189 career receiving yards (12.5 ypr) to rank 24th all-time in school history. The school record for career receiving yards is 2,943 set by Kendal Smith (1985-88).

REYNOLDS RANKS 26TH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN RECEIVING YARDS
Senior wide receiver Travis Reynolds had 1,176 career receiving yards on 88 career receptions (13.4 ypc) during his career to rank 26th all-time in school history. Overall, Reynolds is one of just 31 players in school history to record 1,000 career receiving yards. The school record for career receiving yards is 2,943 set by Kendal Smith (1985-88).

DOUGHTY TIED FOR 15TH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN TACKLES
Senior linebacker Jake Doughty recorded 305 tackles (102-solo, 203-assist) during his career to rank tied for 15th all-time in school history along with Robert Watts (2001-04). The school record for tackles is 446 set by Bobby Wagner (2008-11) and Del Lyles (1988-91).

NATSON RANKS SECOND ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN PUNT RETURN AVERAGE
Sophomore wide receiver Bruce Natson returned 31 punts for 351 yards this season, and that average of 11.3 yards per return ranks second all-time in school history. The school record for career punt return average is 14.1 yards per return set by Kevin Robinson (2004-07).

FACKRELL TIED FOR NINTH ALL-TIME IN CAREER INTERCEPTION RETURN YARDS
Sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell has intercepted four passes in his Utah State career for 125 yards, which ranks tied for ninth all-time in school history along with Rob Fuhriman (1972-74). Fackrell is also the only linebacker among USU's top 10 career leaders in this category. The school record for career interception return yards is 373 set by Henry King (1965-66).

DIAZ RANKS THIRD ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
Junior placekicker Nick Diaz is 27-of-36 (.750) on field goals during his Utah State career and that percentage ranks third all-time in school history behind Russ Moody (1988-89) who was 22-of-26 (.846) on field goal attempts and behind Doug Beach (1990-92) who was 22-of-29 (.759) on field goal attempts.

DIAZ RANKS SEVENTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN FIELD GOALS MADE
Junior placekicker Nick Diaz is 27-of-36 (.750) in field goals during his Utah State career and those 27 career field goals made rank seventh all-time in school history. Diaz also ranks eighth all-time in school history with 36 field goal attempts. The school record for made field goals in a career is 59 set by Brad Bohn (1997-2000), while the school record for field goal attempts is 89 also set by Bohn.

DIAZ RANKS THIRD ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN PAT PERCENTAGE
Junior placekicker Nick Diaz is 91-of-92 on extra points during his Aggie career and his career PAT percentage of 98.9 percent ranks third all-time in school history, while his 91 extra points made rank second all-time and his 92 extra point attempts rank third all-time in school history. Senior placekicker Josh Thompson finished his career 70-of-72 on career extra points and that career percentage of .972 ranks fifth all-time at USU, while his 70 extra points made ranks sixth and his 72 extra point attempts ranks seventh. The school record for extra points made is 107 set by Brad Bohn (1997-2000), and Bohn also holds the school record for extra point attempts with 119. Willie Beecher (1981-84) and Russ Moody (1988-89) both hold the school record for career PAT percentage at 1.000 percent.

DID YOU KNOW?
Freshman quarterback Darell Garretson finished the 2013 season 126-of-209 passing for a completion percentage of 60.3 percent, which ranks fifth all-time at Utah State for a single-season. Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton set the single season school record for completion percentage this year at 69.4 percent. Keeton also completed 67.6 percent of his passes in 2012 to rank second, Leon Jackson III completed 65.4 percent of his passes in 2007 to rank third, and Keeton completed 60.9 percent of his passes in 2011 to rank fourth.

DEMARTINO BECOMES 17TH PLAYER IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO RUSH FOR 1,000 YARDS IN A SEASON
Senior running back Joey DeMartino became just the 17th player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in 2013 as he rushed for 1,221 yards on 221 attempts (5.5 ypc) to rank 12th all-time at USU for a single-season. Overall, Utah State has had a 1,000 yard rusher in each of the last three seasons as Kerwynn Williams rushed for 1,512 yards in 2012 and Robert Turbin rushed for 1,517 yards in 2011, while Turbin also rushed for 1,296 yards in 2009 giving USU a 1,000-yard rusher in four of the last five years. All-time, USU has only had back-to-back-to-back 1,000 yard rushers three times in school history from 1973-75, from 1999-2001, and during its last three years. In 1973, Archie Gibson rushed for 1,150 yards, while Louie Giammona had 1,534 rushing yards in 1974 and 1,454 rushing yards in 1975. In 1999, Demario Brown rushed for a single-season school record 1,534 yards, while Emmett White rushed for 1,322 yards in 2000 and 1,361 yards in 2001.

DEMARTINO TIED FOR NINTH IN SINGLE-SEASON RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS
Senior running back Joey DeMartino scored 13 rushing touchdowns oin 2013 to tie Robert Turbin (2009), Emmet White (2000, 2001) and Tom Larscheid (1960) for ninth-place all-time at USU for a single season. The school record for single-season rushing touchdowns is 19 set by Turbin in 2011.

DEMARTINO TIED FOR NINTH IN YARDS PER CARRY FOR A SINGLE SEASON
Senior running back Joey DeMartino carried the ball 221 times for 1,221 yards in 2013 for an average of 5.5 yards per attempt, which ranks tied for ninth all-time in school history for a single season along with Emmet White (2000), Demario Brown (1999) and Doug Mayberry (1960). The school record for rushing yards per attempt in a single season is 8.4 set by Tom Larscheid in 1960.

DOUGHTY RECORDS 100-PLUS TACKLES IN BACK-TO-BACK SEASONS
Senior linebacker Jake Doughty recorded 148 tackles (42-solo, 106-assist) in 2013 marking the 59th time in school history that a player has recorded 100 or more tackles in a single-season. Doughty concluded the 2012 season with 109 tackles and is one of just 15 players in school history to record multiple season with at least 100 tackles. Aggies with three seasons of 100-plus tackles include Bobby Wagner (2008-11), Jesse Busta (1999-2002), Brent Passey (1997-2000) and Del Lyles (1988-91), while Aggies with two seasons of 100-plus tackles includes Zach Vigil (2011-pres.), Jake Hutton (2005-08), Blake Eagal (1997-2000), Tony D'Amato (1997-98), Johndale Carty (1995-98), David Gill (1993-96), Jermaine Younger (1990-93), Al Smith (1984-86), James Jenkins (1983-85), Chuck Detwiler (1966-68) and Doughty.

DOUGHTY FINISHES SENIOR YEAR FIFTH IN SINGLE-SEASON TACKLES AT UTAH STATE
Senior linebacker Jake Doughty recorded 148 tackles (42-solo, 106-assist) in 2013 to rank fifth at Utah State for a single-season. The single-season school record for tackles is 170 set by Tony D'Amato in 1998. Overall, Doughty had nine double-digit tackle games this year and 13 in his career.

DOUGHTY RANKS FOURTH IN MOUNTAIN WEST HISTORY IN SINGLE-SEASON TACKLES
Senior linebacker Jake Doughty recorded 148 tackles (42-solo, 106-assist) in 2013 to rank fourth all-time in the history of the Mountain West for a single-season. The single-season record for tackles by a Mountain West player is 162 set by New Mexico's Carmen Messina in 2009.

VIGIL RECORDS 100-PLUS TACKLES IN BACK-TO-BACK SEASONS
Junior linebacker Zach Vigil recorded 124 tackles (47-solo, 77-assist) in 2013 marking the 60th time in school history that a player has recorded 100 or more tackles in a single-season.Vigil concluded the 2012 season with 105 tackles and is one of just 15 players in school history to record 100 or more tackles multiple times during a career. Overall, Vigil had six double-digit tackle outings this year and 11 in his career.

DIAZ RANKS SECOND IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN SINGLE-SEASON PAT'S MADE AND ATTEMPTED
Junior placekicker Nick Diaz was 51-of-52 on extra points this season to rank second all-time in school history in both categories for a single season. Current senior placekicker Josh Thompson holds the single-season school records for extra points made (57) and attempted (58) set during the 2011 season. Diaz's extra point percentage of .980 this year ranks ninth all-time in school history for a single-season.

DIAZ RANKS FIFTH IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN SINGLE-SEASON FIELD GOALS MADE
Junior placekicker Nick Diaz was 17-of-23 (.739) on field goals in 2013 and those 17 made field goals rank fifth all-time at USU for a single season, while his 23 field goal attempts rank seventh. The single-season school records for field goals made and attempted are held by Brad Bohn who made 24 field goals in 1998 and attempted 28 field goals that same year.

FACKRELL RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME IN SINGLE SEASON INTERCEPTION RETURN YARDS
Sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell currently ranks 10th all-time at Utah State in interception return yards for a single-season following his 99-yard interception return for a touchdown against Hawai'i (11/2). The single-season school record for interception return yards is 193 set by Henry King in 1965.

DID YOU KNOW?
Senior linebacker Jake Doughty's 148 total tackles in 2013 are the second-most at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level behind San José State's Keith Smith who led the nation with 159 total tackles.

UTAH STATE RANKED 50TH IN THE NATION IN SCORING OFFENSE
Utah State averaged 31.8 points per game to rank sixth in the Mountain West and 50th in the nation in 2013. USU also ranked seventh in the MW and 46th in the nation in passing efficiency (135.2), seventh in the MW and 53rd in the nation in rushing offense (178.1 ypg), eighth in the MW and 46th in the nation in completion percentage (.617), 10th in the MW and 59th in the nation in total offense (411.5 ypg), 10th in the MW and 64th in the nation in passing offense (233.4 ypg), and 11th in the MW and 88th in the nation in sacks allowed (2.36 pg).

UTAH STATE RANKED SEVENTH IN THE NATION IN SCORING DEFENSE
Utah State's defense allowed just 17.1 points per game in 2013 to rank first in the Mountain West and seventh in the nation. USU also ranked first in the MW and eighth in the nation in rushing defense (106.7 ypg), first in the MW and 12th in the nation in total defense (330.9 ypg), first in the MW and 15th in the nation in passing efficiency defense (113.2), second in the MW and 35th in the nation in sacks (2.43 pg), and second in the MW and 52nd in the nation in passing defense (224.1 ypg).

UTAH STATE RANKED 19TH IN THE NATION IN TURNOVER MARGIN
Utah State ranked first in the Mountain West and 19th in the nation with a turnover margin of plus 0.79 as it had 30 takeaways and 19 turnovers on the season, as those 19 turnovers ranked 40th nationally.

UTAH STATE RANKED SECOND IN THE NATION IN PUNT RETURN DEFENSE
Utah State ranked first in the Mountain West and second in the nation in punt return defense as it allowed just 1.30 yards per punt return, and first in the MW and fifth in the nation in kickoff return defense as it allowed 17.58 yards per kick return. USU also ranked fifth in the MW and 37th in the nation in net punting (37.9 ypk), fifth in the MW and 38th in the nation in punt returns (10.3 ypr), and sixth in the MW and 46th in the nation in kickoff returns (22.5 ypr). USU has also blocked two punts this year to rank fifth nationally.

UTAH STATE RANKED SIXTH IN THE NATION IN RED ZONE DEFENSE, INCLUDING SECOND IN TDS ALLOWED
Utah State allowed 31-of-45 (.689) scoring opportunities in the red zone this year to rank first in the Mountain West and sixth nationally. Overall, USU allowed only 19 touchdowns on 45 trips into the red zone (.422), which ranked second in the nation. USU's opponents also converted 12-of-15 field goals in the red zone, while USU forced five turnovers and took the ball over on downs five times, while having the half end once.

UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKED 11TH IN THE NATION IN THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS
Utah State's defense limited its opponents to just 75 first downs on 230 third-down attempts (.326) to rank first in the Mountain West and 11th in the nation.

UTAH STATE RANKS SEVENTH IN THE NATION IN FORCING THREE-AND-OUTS
Utah State ranked eighth in the nation in forcing three-and-outs on the year as it forced 78 three-and-outs on 173 drives, which averages out to 45.1 percent of the time and 5.57 per game.

UTAH STATE RANKED 29TH IN THE NATION IN THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY
Utah State converted 105-of-232 third downs (.453) in 2013 to rank second in the Mountain West and 29th in the nation.

UTAH STATE RANKED 46TH IN THE NATION IN RED ZONE OFFENSE
Utah State was 52-for-61 (.852) on red zone opportunities this year to rank fifth in the Mountain West and 46th nationally. Overall, USU scored 40 touchdowns and converted 12-of-16 field goals in the red zone, while turning it over on downs three times, having one turnover and having the half end once.

UTAH STATE RANKED 10TH IN THE NATION IN TACKLES FOR LOSS
Utah State ranked third in the Mountain West and 10th in the nation with an average of 7.6 tackles for loss per game during the 2013 season.

UTAH STATE PLAYERS IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST AND NATIONAL RANKINGS
Senior cornerback Nevin Lawson ranked third in the Mountain West and 25th in the nation in passes defended (1.21 pg), and tied for eighth in the MW and tied for 82nd in the nation in interceptions (0.29 pg). Senior linebacker Jake Doughty ranked fourth in the MW and 10th in the nation in tackles (10.6 pg). Junior safety Brian Suite ranked fifth in the MW and 41st in the nation in interceptions (0.36 pg). Junior linebacker Zach Vigil ranked seventh in the MW and 42nd in the nation in tackles (8.9 pg). Senior running back Joey DeMartino ranked fifth in the MW and 31st in the nation with 13 rushing touchdowns, and sixth in the MW and 45th in the nation in rushing (87.2 ypg). Senior safety Maurice Alexander ranked 32nd in the MW in tackles (6.2 pg). Sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell ranked 35th in the MW in tackles (5.9 pg). Sophomore wide receiver Bruce Natson ranked first in the MW and second in the nation with two punt returns for touchdowns, and fourth in the MW and 22nd in the nation in punt returns (11.3 ypr). Senior cornerback Tay Glover-Wright ranked sixth in the MW and 58th in the nation in kickoff returns (22.6 ypr). Junior placekicker Nick Diaz ranked second in the MW in extra point percentage (98.1), fourth in the MW and 43rd in the nation in field goals (1.21 pg), sixth in the MW and 59th in the nation in field goal percentage (.739) and ninth in the MW and 72nd in the nation in scoring (7.3 ppg). And junior punter Jaron Bentrude ranked ninth in the MW and 80th in the nation in punting (39.8 yak).

KEETON RANKS FIRST ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN COMPLETION PERCENTAGE
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton is 517-of-777 passing during his Utah State career with a completion percentage of 66.5 percent, which ranks first all-time in school history. Keith Myers (1976-77) ranks second all-time at 60.7 percent.

KEETON RANKS SECOND ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton ranks second all-time in school history with 56 touchdown passes and is just four touchdown passes shy of tying the school record of 60 touchdown passes set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).

KEETON RANKS THIRD ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN TOTAL OFFENSE
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton has 7,114 yards of total offense (5,961-passing, 1,153-rushing) in his career to rank third all-time in school history. The school record for total offense is 8,791 yards by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002) and Keeton is now 982 yards of total offense shy of tying Diondre Borel (2007-10) for second-place with 8,096 yards of total offense.

KEETON RANKS TIED FOR SECOND ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN COMPLETIONS
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton ranks tied for second all-time at Utah State with 517 career completions along with Diondre Borel (2007-10). The school record is 704 completions set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).

KEETON RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN PASSING YARDS
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton has thrown for 5,961 yards to rank sixth all-time in school history and is now 112 yards shy of tying Eric Hipple (1976-79) for fifth-place with 6,073 passing yards, 144 yards shy of tying Brent Snyder (1987-88) for fourth-place with 6,105 passing yards, and 265 yards shy of tying Tony Adams (1970-72) for third-place with 6,226 passing yards. The school record for passing yards is 9,168 set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).

KEETON RANKS SEVENTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN PASSING ATTEMPTS
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton has attempted 777 passes during his career to rank seventh all-time in school history and is now 52 pass attempts shy of tying Anthony Calvillo (1992-93) for sixth-place with 829 career pass attempts. The school record for pass attempts is 1,270 set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).

KEETON RANKS 21ST ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN RUSHING
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton has rushed for 1,153 yards (252 carries, 4.6 ypc) during his Aggie career to rank 21st all-time in school history. Keeton is now 40 yards shy of tying current USU offensive graduate assistant David Fiefia for 20th-place with 1,193 yards rushing. The school record for rushing yards is 3,933 set by Abu Wilson (1992, 1994-96). Overall, Keeton is just the 25th player in school history to rush for 1,000 career yards and just the second quarterback along with Diondre Borel (2007-10) who holds the school record with 1,398 yards by a quarterback.

KEETON'S 18 TOUCHDOWN PASSES RANKS TIED FOR NINTH IN SCHOOL HISTORY FOR A SEASON
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton threw 18 touchdown passes in 2013 to rank tied for ninth all-time at USU, while his completion percentage of 69.4 percent ranks first all-time. Keeton set numerous single-season school records in 2012 including touchdown passes (27), passing yards (3,373), total offense (3,992), completion percentage (.676) and completions (275), while ranking seventh in passing attempts (407). The previous school record for touchdown passes was 24 set by Jose Fuentes in 2001. Fuentes also had the previous school record for passing yards of 3,268 set in 2002 and completions of 260 set in 2001. The previous record for total offense was 3,343 yards set by Diondre Borel in 2009, while Leon Jackson III held the previous school record for completion percentage at 65.4 percent set in 2007.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State started three different quarterbacks this year in juniors Chuckie Keeton and Craig Harrison, along with freshman Darell Garreston, which ranks tied for the second-most in the nation along with Hawai'i, Nevada, Temple, Western Kentucky and West Virginia. Air Force led the nation in most quarterbacks started with four. Of those seven schools who started at least three quarterbacks this year, Utah State had a 9-5 record, Western Kentucky was 8-4, West Virginia was 4-8, Nevada was 4-8, Air Force was 2-10, Temple was 2-10 and Hawai'i was 1-11.

GARRETSON SETS FRESHMAN SCHOOL RECORD FOR PASSING YARDS AGAINST HAWAI'I
Freshman quarterback Darell Garretson had a career-game against Hawai'i as he set the freshman school record for passing yards with 370 as he was 28-of-41 passing with three touchdowns, all of which are career-highs, to go along with one interception. He also rushed six times for 22 yards against UH. Garretson's 370 passing yards against Hawai'i are also the most by an Aggie quarterback this year and ranks as the 20th-most in a single-game in school history. The previous freshman record for passing yards was held by Brett Stevens who threw for 340 yards against Fresno State in 1985. Overall, Garretson is the first Aggie true freshman to start at quarterback since Chuckie Keeton started his first ever USU game at defending national champion Auburn in 2011. Furthermore, Garretson is the first USU true freshman to win his initial start (at New Mexico on Oct. 19) since Riley Nelson helped USU to a 13-12 win against Fresno State on Oct. 7, 2006.

Todd Orlando NOMINATED FOR BROYLES AWARD
Utah State defensive coordinator and safeties coach Todd Orlando was one of 40 coaches nominated for the 2013 Broyles Award. Among the nominees were three other Mountain West assistant coaches in Colorado State offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin, Fresno State offensive coordinator Dave Schramm and San José State offensive coordinator Jimmie Dougherty. The Broyles Award honors the top assistant college football coach in America and was established in 1996 to honor legendary Arkansas Head Coach Frank Broyles. Coach Broyles had a track record of producing some of the most successful assistant coaches in college football history.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State threw a total of just 10 interceptions in 2013 to rank fourth in the Mountain West and 35th in the nation. Freshman quarterback Darell Garretson threw seven interceptions in 209 attempts, junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton threw two picks in 196 attempts and junior quarterback Craig Harrison threw one pick in 74 attempts.

RECAPPING THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNIOR POINSETTIA BOWL
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Behind 143 rushing yards from senior running back Joey DeMartino, Utah State (9-5) posted a 21-14 win against No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-2) in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl here at Qualcomm Stadium on Dec. 26, 2013.

DeMartino was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player for his efforts, which included one touchdown and a 58-yard rush which is a new Poinsettia Bowl record. It was DeMartino's seventh 100-yard outing this season.

Senior linebacker Jake Doughty was named the Defensive MVP for his eight tackle, one fumble recovery outing. Doughty added had 1.5 tackles for loss in the game.

Utah State ended the game with 289 total yards, on 168 rushing yards and 121 passing yards, and Northern Illinois had a season-low 315 yards of total offense, tallying 216 yards passing a being limited to 99 yards rushing, also a season-low for the Huskies. The 14 points was also a season-low for NIU.

Freshman quarterback Darell Garretson was 17-of-28 passing for 121 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for Utah State, while junior wide receiver Ronald Butler and sophomore wide receiver Brandon Swindall each had four catches, with Butler tallying 33 yards and Swindall amassing 28 yards and USU's lone touchdown catch.

Senior safety Brian Suite led the Aggies' defensive with a game-high 11 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery. Junior linebacker Zach Vigil added nine stops while redshirt-freshman linebacker Nick Vigil and junior safety Frankie Sutera had seven tackles apiece.

Utah State got on the board first with a 31-yard field goal by junior placekicker Nick Diaz for a 3-0 Aggie lead with 6:56 left in the first quarter. The field goal was set up by a fumble that was forced by Doughty and recovered by Suite.

Following a missed 37-yard field goal by Northern Illinois, Diaz connected on his second field goal of the game from 39 yards to tie the Poinsettia Bowl record for longest field goal and a 6-0 Aggie advantage just 51 seconds into the second quarter.

Northern Illinois got on the board with a 2-yard scamper by Jordan Lynch with 8:17 left in the second quarter for a 7-6 lead, which they held into halftime.

The Aggie defense made a sudden change on NIU's opening possession of the second half, as Suite intercepted Lynch on the first play from scrimmage, setting up the USU offense at the NIU 31. Later Garretson hit Swindall for a 5-yard touchdown and Diaz drilled the extra point for a 13-7 USU lead with 11:57 remaining in the third quarter.

Garretson was picked off early in the fourth quarter, giving the Huskies the ball at the USU 13, but the Aggie defense bowed up and held them to a field goal attempt, which they missed for their second miss of the night.

Utah State took over drove 80 yards in 16 plays that culminated in a 1-yard touchdown run by DeMartino in a drive that took 7:19 off the clock. Garetson then hit sophomore wide receiver Bruce Natson for the two-point conversion and a 21-7 Aggie advantage with 4:14 left.

Northern Illinois pulled to within 21-14 with 1:44 left following a 15-yard touchdown pass, but the ensuing on-side kick was recovered by Swindall to seal the win.

Lynch, who finished third for the Heisman Trophy, was 20-of-35 passing for 216 yards and one touchdown, but just 39 yards rushing on 18 carries, for his second-fewest rushing yards of the season. Lynch was also sacked twice by the Aggie defense, tying the most allowed by NIU this season.

UTAH STATE HEAD COACH Matt Wells
First-year head coach Matt Wells wasted little time putting his stamp on the Aggie football program as he led Utah State to the inaugural Mountain West Championship game after winning the Mountain Division of the conference with a 7-1 record in 2013.

Wells also led Utah State to just its second-ever bowl victory as it posted a 21-14 win against No. 24 Northern Illinois in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

For his efforts, Wells was named the 2013 Mountain West Coach of the Year as he set the school record for wins by a first-year head coach as the Aggies finished the 2013 season with a 9-5 record, tying the 1960 and 1961 teams for the second-most wins in school history.

During his first year as Utah State's head coach, Wells mentored 14 Aggies who earned various all-Mountain West honors.

Overall, Wells is the second USU coach in as many years and fifth in school history to garner conference coach of the year honors along with Bruce Snyder (1978), Chuck Shelton (1991), John L. Smith (1997) and Gary Andersen (2012). Wells is also the fourth individual to earn MW Coach of the Year honors in his first season along with BYU's Gary Crowton (2001), Utah's Urban Meyer (2003) and Air Force's Troy Calhoun (2007).

Wells, who is the 11th-youngest head coach at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level and one of just 12 coaches to lead his alma mater, is just the second Utah State graduate to be appointed its head football coach joining Chris Pella who graduated from USU in 1965 and coached the Aggies from 1983-85.

Wells had spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Utah State, including serving as the team's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach during the 2012 campaign. In 2011, Wells coached USU's quarterbacks and was the team's recruiting coordinator.

During his three years at Utah State, Wells has been part of a Utah State team that went to back-to-back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history, while posting a 27-13 record.

Utah State concluded its most successful season in school history in 2012 as it went 11-2 and set school records for wins (11) and home wins (6), while being nationally ranked in the Associated Press poll for three-straight weeks for the first time in school history. USU also won its first outright conference championship since 1936 during the 2012 campaign and just its third in school history joining the 1921 and 1936 teams that both won Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles. All-time, Utah State has won or shared 11 league championships.

As offensive coordinator in 2012, Wells directed an Aggie offense that set single-season school records for total points (454), total offense (6,108 yards), completions (285) and total yards per game (469.8), while ranking second in points per game (34.9) and total passing yards (3,445).

Nationally, Utah State's 2012 offense ranked second in the Western Athletic Conference and 23rd in the country in total offense (469.8 ypg), second in the WAC and 18th in the nation in passing efficiency (153.21), second in the WAC and 25th in the nation in rushing offense (204.8 ypg), third in the WAC and 31st in the nation in sacks allowed (1.38 pg), third in the WAC and 33rd in the nation in scoring offense (34.9 ppg), and third in the WAC and 39th in the nation in passing offense (265.0 ypg).

Under Wells, Utah State finished the 2012 season scoring 38 or more points in each of its final seven games, bettering the previous school record of 38-plus points in three-straight games accomplished six times and most recently in 2000.

Utah State also finished the 2012 season winning its final seven games, which is tied for the fourth-longest active winning streak in the nation and tied for the third-longest winning streak in school history.

In 2012, Wells coached current Aggie junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton who earned first-team all-WAC honors after setting single-season school records for touchdown passes (27), passing yards (3,373), completion percentage (.676), completions (275) and total offense (3,992 yards). Keeton also earned WAC Offensive Player of the Week honors four times in 2012, which is a single-season school record.

As the quarterbacks coach in 2011, Wells helped Utah State's offense establish then-school records for total offense (5,945 yards), rushing yards (3,675), total points (437) and total touchdowns (60).

Under Wells' tutelage, Keeton has emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation and currently ranks first in school history in career completion percentage (.665), second in career touchdown passes (56), tied for second in career completions (517), third in career total offense (7,114 yards), sixth in career passing yardage (5,961), seventh in career passing attempts (777), and 24th in career rushing yards (1,099).

In 2012, Utah State had four offensive players earn first-team all-conference honors, while two others were named to the league's second-team.

Wells, a former Aggie quarterback and three-year letterwinner from 1994-96, was a member of two conference championship teams as a student-athlete as he was a redshirt freshman in 1993 when Utah State tied for first in the Big West Conference and defeated Ball State, 42-33, in the Las Vegas Bowl for its first-ever bowl win. As a senior in 1996, Wells helped USU to another share of the Big West Conference title.

Wells, who has been a part of six bowl teams and two conference championships during his coaching career, came to Utah State after two coaching stints at New Mexico, serving as the Lobos' wide receivers and kickoff return unit coach in 2010 and its wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator from 2007 to 2008. In 2009, Wells served as the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator at Louisville.

Prior to his first stint at New Mexico, Wells spent five years (2002-06) as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Tulsa and five years at the U.S. Naval Academy (1997-2001) as its quarterbacks coach, fullbacks coach and wide receivers coach, while also serving as the junior varsity head coach and offensive coordinator for three years.

Wells, a native of Sallisaw, Okla., received his bachelor's degree in business marketing from Utah State in 1996, graduating cum laude. He and his wife Jen have two daughters, Jadyn (10) and Ella (7), and one son Wyatt (4). His brother, Luke, is Utah State's co-offensive coordinator, tight ends coach, and recruiting coordinator.

 

 

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