Jan. 10, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
USU End of Season Release
#16 (AP) UTAH STATE AGGIES (11-2, 6-0 WAC)
END OF SEASON NOTES...
Utah State ended the 2012 season ranked 16th in the Associated Press Poll, 17th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, and 22nd in the final BCS Standings. For USU, it is just the third time in school history that it has ended a season nationally ranked joining the 1961 team that finished its season ranked 10th in the final AP and United Press International (UPI) polls, and the 1972 team that ended the year ranked 19th in the UPI poll. Overall, USU concluded 2012 being ranked in the AP top 25 in each of the final four weekly polls, in each of the final three coaches' polls, and in the final two BCS standings, all of which are firsts for USU.
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). USU's previous single-season high for wins was nine set by both the 1960 and 1961 teams. 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.
Utah State won just its second-ever bowl game in 2012 as it defeated Toledo, 41-15, in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. USU's only other bowl win was at the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl when it defeated Ball State, 42-33.
Utah State played in consecutive bowl games for just the third time in school history in 2012 after appearing in each of the last two Famous Idaho Potato Bowls. USU's other back-to-back bowl appearances was when it played in the 1946 Raisin Bowl and 1947 Grape Bowl, and in the 1960 Sun Bowl and 1961 Gotham Bowl. Overall, USU has made eight bowl appearance in school history (1946 Raisin Bowl, 1947 Grape Bowl, 1960 Sun Bowl, 1961 Gotham Bowl, 1993 Las Vegas Bowl, 1997 Humanitarian Bowl, 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) and USU is 2-6 all-time in bowl games.
Utah State ends the 2012 season having won 16 of its last 19 games, which is USU's best stretch since going 18-2-1 during the 1960-61 seasons. USU's three losses during its last 19 games have been by a combined six points as it lost to Ohio (24-23) in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and at No. 22 Wisconsin (16-14) and at BYU (6-3) in 2012. Prior to its current run, USU was 6-13 in its previous 19 games.
Utah State finished the 2012 season on a seven-game winning streak, which is tied with San Jose State and Vanderbilt for the fourth-longest active winning streak in the nation behind Ohio State (12), Arkansas State (8) and Stanford (8). That seven-game winning streak is also tied for the third-longest winning streak in school history along with the 1907, 1921-22 and 1965 teams, and the longest since the 1959-60 teams won 10 straight games. The longest winning streak in school history was from 1906-08 when those three teams combined to win 13 straight games.
Utah State finished the 2012 season out-scoring its opponents 138-9 in the first quarter this year allowing only field goals by San Jose State, UTSA and Toledo, and USU was the only team in the country to not allow a first quarter touchdown on the year. In fact, Utah State has not allowed a first quarter touchdown in its last 16 games dating back to the 2011 season. The last team to scored a first quarter touchdown against USU was Idaho in Moscow on Nov. 19, 2011.
Utah State had a 254-60 scoring advantage in the first-half this season. In all, USU held 10 of its 13 opponents scoreless in the first quarter and three opponents scoreless in the first half this season. Overall, USU led at the half in all but one game this year (trailed BYU, 6-3), and scored first in every game except at San Jose State (FG) and against Toledo (FG). USU also ended the season with an 11-1 record when leading at the half with its only loss coming at Wisconsin.
UTAH STATE ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2012
Utah State had its best season in school history in 2012 as it set the single-season school record for wins with 11, bettering the 1960 and 1961 teams that won nine games. USU also set a single-season school record with its six home wins, bettering the 1931, 1935 and 1972 teams that all won five home games. USU went 6-0 at home in 2012 for its first undefeated home season since 1982 (4-0) and just its fourth in the 45 years of play at Romney Stadium along with the 1968 (4-0) and 1972 (5-0) teams. USU also posted the school's first-ever 6-0 conference mark and won six league games for just the second time in school history joining the 1936 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Championship team that went 6-0-1 in league play. USU also recorded its first ever road win against a ranked opponent when it posted a 48-41 overtime victory at then No. 19 Louisiana Tech. USU also appeared in the Associated Press (AP) poll in four-straight weeks in 2012 for the first time in school history, not to mention being ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings for the first time ever. And finally, USU finished the 2012 season nationally ranked - 16th in the AP poll, 18th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll and 22nd in the BCS Standings - for just the third time in school history joining the 1961 team that finished the year ranked 10th nationally in both the AP and United Press International (UPI) polls and the 1972 team that finished 19th in the UPI poll.
UTAH STATE SETS SEVERAL OFFENSIVE RECORDS IN 2012
Utah State's offense in 2012 ended up being one of the best in school history, statistically, as it set single-season school records for total points (454), total offense (6,108), completions (285), completion percentage (.679), total yards per game (469.8) and total yards per attempt (6.83), while ranking second in points per game (34.9), total passing yards (3,445), first downs (272) and touchdowns (59).
AGGIES DEFENSE RANKS AMONG THE BEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State allowed just 15.4 points per game in 2012, which is the fewest by an Aggie defense since the 1965 team allowed 13.6 points per game and ranks as the sixth-fewest points allowed in a single-season in school history trailing the 1960 (6.5 ppg), 1961 (7.8 ppg), 1963 (9.9 ppg), 1964 (13.6 ppg) and 1965 (13.6 ppg) teams. In fact, the last Aggie defense to allow fewer than 20 points a game was in 1983 (19.5).
UTAH STATE WINS FIRST OUTRIGHT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SINCE 1936
Utah State won its first outright league championship since 1936 during the 2012 season and just its third in school history joining the 1921 and 1936 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship (RMAC) teams. Overall, USU has now won or shared 11 league titles in school history (1921, 1936, 1946, 1960, 1961, 1978, 1979, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2012).
UTAH STATE BOWL HISTORY
Following its 41-15 win against Toledo in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Utah State now has a 2-6 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; and lost to Ohio, 24-23, in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, along with its win this year against Toledo.
UTAH STATE'S 26 WINS BY SENIOR CLASS RANK TIED FOR FIRST ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY
With its 41-15 win against Toledo in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Utah State's senior class finished their careers with 26 wins over the last four years (2009-12) to rank tied with the 1962 senior class for the most wins in school history. The 1962 senior class won nine games in 1960 and 1961, and eight in 1962, while the 2012 senior class won four games in 2009 and 2010, seven games in 2011 and 11 games in 2012. Prior to the 1979 season, freshman were not eligible to play, meaning that seniors prior to 1982 only played three years.
A LOOK AT UTAH STATE
Utah State, who is ranked 16th in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll, 17th in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, and 22nd in the final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings, finished 11-2 on the year after posting a 41-15 win against Toledo in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. USU also won its first outright conference championship since 1936, and just its third in school history, with a perfect 6-0 WAC record after posting a 45-9 home win against Idaho in its regular season finale on Nov. 24. Offensively, USU was led by sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton who was 275-of-407 passing for 3,373 yards (259.5 ypg) with 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Senior running back Kerwynn Williams led the team with 1,512 rushing yards on 218 carries (116.3 ypg) with 15 touchdowns, and senior wide receiver Matt Austin led the team with 48 catches for 729 yards (56.1 ypg) and five touchdowns. Defensively, junior linebacker Jake Doughty led the team with 109 tackles (36-solo, 73-assist), including 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, one interception and one fumble recovery. Sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil had 105 tackles (34-solo, 71-assist) with 9.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, one blocked kick and one forced fumble. And senior safety McKade Brady had 93 tackles (39-solo, 54-assist) with 2.0 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. As a team, USU averaged 34.9 points and 469.8 yards of total offense per game (265.0-passing, 204.8-rushing) and allowed just 15.4 points and 322.1 yards of total offense (208.3-passing, 113.8-rushing) in 2012.
UTAH STATE CLAIMS BEEHIVE BOOT TROPHY FOR SECOND TIME IN LAST THREE YEARS
For the second time in the last three years, Utah State football holds possession of the historic Beehive Boot trophy, the symbol of gridiron supremacy in the state of Utah, as a state-wide media vote was conducted and Utah State was declared the 2012 winner. The media vote was needed after all three in-state schools produced a 1-1 record in 2012 as USU defeated Utah (27-20 OT) and lost to BYU (6-3), while BYU lost to Utah (24-21). This is just the fourth-time in the Boot's 42-year history that a media vote was needed to declare the winner, also doing so in 1973, 1997 and 2010, and Utah State has been chosen as the holder of the trophy all four times. Overall, Utah State has now won the Beehive Boot trophy eight times: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1982, 1997, 2010 and 2012.
UTAH STATE ONE OF 19 TEAMS NATIONALLY WITH AT LEAST 11 WINS
Utah State was one of just 19 teams nationally with 11 or more wins during the 2012 season and USU was one of just four teams across the country who did not lose a league game in 2012 joining Ohio State (8-0) from the Big Ten and Kent State (8-0) and Northern Illinois (8-0) from the Mid-American Conference. Alabama led the nation with 13 wins, while Florida State, Georgia, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon and Stanford all had 12 wins. Teams with 11 wins in 2012 include Boise State, Clemson, Florida, Kansas State, Kent State, Louisville, San Jose State, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Tulsa and Utah State.
UTAH STATE LED OVER 90 PERCENT OF THE TIME IN 2012
In 13 games and 780 minutes of play this season, Utah State led or was tied for all but 65:39 (91.2 %). USU began the season by never trailing against Southern Utah in a 34-3 win, and never trailed in its 27-20 overtime win against Utah. Against Wisconsin, USU led for the first 41:54 of that game before the Badgers took the lead late in the third quarter and neither team scored in the fourth quarter. USU then led for the entire game against Colorado State and trailed for just 3:21 during the second quarter against UNLV. Against BYU, USU led for the first 29:57 of the game before BYU scored a touchdown with three seconds remaining in the half. USU then trailed the entire second half. Against San Jose State, the Spartans scored a field goal and led for 4:10 before USU scored a touchdown on its first drive and never trailed the rest of the game. And in its last five regular season games against New Mexico State, UTSA, Texas State, Louisiana Tech and Idaho, USU never trailed. In the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Toledo, USU trailed for 9:59 in the first quarter before leading for the rest of the game.
UTAH STATE AT HOME
Utah State has won eight-straight home games, which is its longest home winning streak since the 1966-68 teams also combined to win eight-straight home games, and that eight game home winning streak ranks as the seventh-longest in school history. The school record for consecutive home wins is 17 set from 1959-63. All-time, USU is 119-95 (.556) at Romney Stadium.
UTAH STATE ON THE ROAD
Utah State has won seven of its last nine road games dating back to 2011, including a 4-2 record this year. USU has also won six-straight WAC road games to rank as the longest winning streak on the road since the 1995-1997 teams combined to win six-straight Big West Conference road games. USU's four road wins in 2012 are its most since going 4-3 on the road in 1980.
UTAH STATE SCORES 38-PLUS POINTS IN EACH OF ITS LAST SEVEN GAMES
With its 41-15 win against Toledo in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Utah State extended its own school record by scoring 38-plus points in seven-straight games, and bettering the previous school record of 38-plus points in three-straight games accomplished six times and most recently in 2000.
UTAH STATE WAS EXPLOSIVE ON OFFENSE IN 2012
Utah State had 72 explosive plays in 2012 (plays of 20-plus yards), including 10 rushes and eight passes of at least 50 yards. Senior running back Kerwynn Williams led the team with 29 explosive plays (21-rushing, 8-receiving). On the season, Utah State averaged 5.5 explosive plays per game.
UTAH STATE CONCLUDES 2012 WITH SEVEN INTERCEPTIONS IN ITS LAST THREE GAMES
Utah State concluded the 2012 season with 14 interceptions and seven in its final three games as it recorded two against Louisiana Tech, three against Idaho and two against Toledo. Those 14 interceptions in 2012 are its most since registering 15 in 2007.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State had a player rush for at least 100 yards 30 times in the last four years under former head coach Gary Andersen, including nine times this season. Prior to that, USU produced a 100 yard rusher 23 times in the previous eight seasons combined. Furthermore, USU has had a player rush for 200 or more yards three times in the past two seasons, but just once in the previous 10 seasons combined.
UTAH STATE RANKED 16TH IN FINAL ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL
For just the third time in school history, Utah State ended a season nationally ranked as it is listed 16th in the final Associated Press (AP) poll and 17th in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll. USU also finished the year ranked 22nd in the final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings. In the AP poll, Utah State received 456 votes, up from 379 votes in the last poll released on Dec. 2 when the Aggies were ranked 18th nationally. In the coaches' poll, USU garnered 444 votes in the final poll after getting 334 votes in its previous poll when the Aggies were ranked 20th. Utah State ended the 2012 season appearing in the AP poll four-straight weeks for the first time in school history, bettering the 1960 team that was ranked 18th and 19th nationally in back-to-back weeks. Dating back to 1991 when the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll began, the 2012 season marked USU's first-ever ranking in that poll. USU had also never appeared in the BCS standings prior to this year. For Utah State, it is the first time it ended a season nationally ranked since 1972 when that team finished with an 8-3 record and was ranked 19th in the final United Press International (UPI) poll. The only other time USU ended a season nationally ranked was in 1961 when that team posted a 9-1-1 record and was ranked 10th in both the final AP and UPI polls. Prior to the 2012 season, the last time a Utah State team was nationally ranked was in 1978 when that Aggie team started the year with a 5-0 record and was 18th in the country in the UPI poll. As for the AP poll, it is the first time USU has been nationally ranked since 1961. Overall, it is just the seventh time in school history, including the fourth time this year, that USU has been nationally ranked in the weekly AP poll. Prior to this season, the last time Utah State received votes in any poll was at the end of the 1993 campaign when it garnered one vote in the final AP poll after defeating Ball State, 42-33, in the Las Vegas Bowl II to finish the year with a 7-5 record.
UTAH STATE'S RECORD AS AN ASSOCIATED PRESS NATIONALLY RANKED TEAM
Utah State is nationally ranked in the Associated Press (AP) Poll for just the seventh time in school history, including the fourth time this year, joining the 1960 team that was ranked 18th and 19th in consecutive week on Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, and the 1961 team that was ranked 10th on Dec. 4. All-time, USU is 4-1 when ranked in the AP poll as it defeated Wyoming (17-13) and Pacific (45-6) in 1960, lost to Baylor (24-9) in the 1961 Gotham Bowl, and defeated Idaho (45-9) and Toledo (41-15) in 2012.
ANDERSEN NAMED WAC COACH OF THE YEAR
Fourth-year head coach Gary Andersen was named the Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2012, becoming just the fourth coach in school history to earn conference coach of the year honors along with Bruce Snyder (1978), Chuck Shelton (1991) and John L. Smith (1997), who were all recognized by the Big West Conference.
ANDERSEN NAMED A FINALIST FOR EDDIE ROBINSON COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD
Fourth-year head coach Gary Andersen was named a finalist for the 2012 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award by the Football Writers Association of America in conjunction with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Andersen was one of nine coaches to be named to the final ballot along with Dave Doeren (Northern Illinois), Brian Kelly (Notre Dame), Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Will Muschamp (Florida), Bill O'Brien (Penn State), David Shaw (Stanford), Bill Snyder (Kansas State) and Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M).
BUSCH AND SHAVER NAMED FOOTBALL SCOOP'S DEFENSIVE BACKS COACHES OF THE YEAR
Utah State safeties coach Bill Busch and cornerbacks coach Kendrick Shaver were named FootballScoop's Defensive Backs Coaches of the Year, presented by ProGrass. Previous winners of the Defensive Backs Coach of the Year award are Tim Billings (Wake Forest, 2008), Everett Withers and Troy Douglas (North Carolina, 2009), Chad Glasgow and Clay Jennings (TCU, 2010) and Ron Cooper (LSU, 2011).
UTAH STATE RANKED NINTH NATIONALLY FOR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
Utah State finished the 2012 season ranked ninth in the nation for academic performance according to the Academic Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Poll. The Academic BCS, the New America Foundation's annual academic performance rankings, utilizes those 25 schools appearing in the final BCS standings and ranks them academically. Utah State finished the 2012 season ranked 22nd in the final BCS standings. Northwestern, who finished the year ranked 20th in the final BCS standings, was first in the Academic BCS standings, followed by Northern Illinois, Boise State, Stanford, Notre Dame, San Jose State, Alabama, Nebraska, Utah State and Georgia. Teams ranked 11 through 20 include LSU, Oregon State, Clemson, Texas A&M, Florida, Oregon, Kansas State, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Kent State. The final five teams listed among the Academic BCS were Michigan, Texas, UCLA, Louisville and Florida State.
UTAH STATE RECOGNIZED BY AFCA FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Utah State was one of 49 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams to be recognized by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) for academic success. USU was one of 31 institutions out of the 49 recognized who graduated 75 percent or more of their football student-athletes from its freshman class of 2005. USU was the only team from the Western Athletic Conference honored.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State had 18 football players earn academic all-WAC honors in 2012, which was tied for first in the league. Over the past four years, USU has had 84 players earn academic all-WAC honors and 94 players have graduated from Utah State University
DAVIS NAMED CBSSPORTS.COM THIRD-TEAM ALL-AMERICA; FOURTH-TEAM PHIL STEELE ALL-AMERICA
Senior cornerback Will Davis was named a third-team All-America by CBSSports.com in 2012. Davis is the first Aggie to be named an All-America since Kevin Robinson in 2007 as the duo are the only players in school history to be named to the CBSSports.com All-America team. Overall, Davis is the 32nd football player in Utah State history to earn All-America honors as it marks the 66th time an Aggie has been placed on one of the All-America teams. Davis was also named a fourth-team All-America by Phil Steele and an honorable mention All-America by SI.com.
DAVIS AND WILLIAMS NAMED SI.COM HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICAS
Senior cornerback Will Davis and senior running back Kerwynn Williams were both named honorable mention All-Americas by SI.com.
FACKRELL NAMED TO FWAA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell was one of 30 players named to the 12th annual Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team in 2012. Since the FWAA began naming a Freshman All-America team in 2001, Fackrell is the first Utah State player honored. Fackrell was one of three WAC players named to the FWAA All-America Team and the only player from the state of Utah to be recognized.
BRADY NAMED CoSIDA FIRST-TEAM ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN
Senior safety McKade Brady was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I first-team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Brady is only the seventh football player in Utah State history to be named an academic All-American joining USU legend Merlin Olsen (1961), along with Dennis Ferguson (1970), Gary Anderson (1971), Randy Stockham (1974, 1975), Mike Perko (1981) and Steve Neeleman (1991). Stockham is the only football player in school history to earn the award twice. Brady was one of six players from the WAC and one of seven players from the state of Utah to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII team.
LARSEN NAMED FIRST-TEAM ALL-wAC FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE SEASON
Junior offensive center Tyler Larsen was named to the WAC's first-team for the second year in a row in 2012, and was one of just six players in the conference to earn first-team all-league honors for the second time. Overall, Larsen is the 33rd player in school history to be a two-time first-team all-league selection and the first since Kevin Robinson earned first-team all-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2004 and first-team all-WAC honors in 2007.
UTAH STATE HAS 17 PLAYERS NAMED TO VARIOUS ALL-WAC TEAMS
Utah State had 17 players earn various all-Western Athletic Conference accolades in 2012 as eight offensive and nine defensive players were recognized to rank as the second-most in the league behind San Jose State's 19 honorees. Overall, Utah State's eight first-team all-WAC selections are tied for the most in a single-season in school history along with the 1997 team, while its 17 total honorees rank second all-time behind the 18 all-conference picks in 1997. Utah State players to earn first-team all-WAC honors include senior cornerback Will Davis, junior linebacker Jake Doughty, redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell, sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton, senior defensive tackle Al Lapuaho, junior offensive center Tyler Larsen, junior offensive tackle Eric Schultz and senior running back Kerwynn Williams, while senior wide receiver Matt Austin, senior safety McKade Brady, junior cornerback Nevin Lawson, junior offensive guard Jamie Markosian, redshirt freshman defensive tackle Jordan Nielsen and sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil were all named to the second-team. USU also had three players earn honorable mention honors in senior tight end Kellen Bartlett, senior wide receiver Chuck Jacobs and junior defensive tackle Connor Williams.
UTAH STATE EARNED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS 11 TIMES DURING THE 2012 SEASON
Utah State had six players earn WAC Player of the Week honors 11 times during the 2012 season, which ties the school record set in 1997. Those Aggies to be named WAC Player of the Week in 2012 include sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton (9/10, 10/1, 10/29, 11/19), senior punter Tyler Bennett (9/10), senior running back Kerwynn Williams (9/24), redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell (10/8, 10/15), redshirt sophomore placekicker Nick Diaz (10/22), and senior cornerback Will Davis (11/5, 11/26).
FACKRELL AND NIELSEN NAMED TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS NATIONAL FRESHMAN PERFORMER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
Redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Nielsen were both named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) 2012 National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List, which consists of 32 players. Overall, Fackrell and Nielsen were one of just three players at their respective positions to be named to the watch list.
FACKRELL FOURTH FRESHMAN IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO EARN FIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
During the 2012 season, redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell became just the fourth Utah State freshman in school history to earn first-team all-conference honors joining running back Profail Grier (1993), defensive end Nate Putnam (2000) and return specialist Kevin Robinson (2004). Fackrell also earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice during the 2012 season in back-to-back outings against BYU and San Jose State, marking the first time since 1996 that an Aggie freshman has earned WAC Player of the Week honors in consecutive weeks. Fackrell was also the first WAC freshman to earn the award in consecutive weeks going back to 1999.
WILLIAMS NAMED MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OF 2012 FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl as he rushed for a career-high 235 yards on just 18 carries (13.1 ypc) with three touchdowns in Utah State's 41-15 win against Toledo. Williams had 198 rushing yards in the fourth quarter alone on just seven carries as he had touchdown runs of 63, five and 25 yards as the Aggies outscored the Rockets, 28-9, in the final 15 minutes. Williams' 235 rushing yards tied for the second-most in the 15-year history of the bowl and were the 11th-most in a single-game in school history. Williams also tied his career-high with his three rushing touchdowns against UT, which is also the second-most in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl history.
WILLIAMS ENDS CAREER WITH FOUR-STRAIGHT 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams ended his Utah State career with four-straight 100-yard rushing games as he had a career-high 235 yards on 18 carries against Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 110 yards on 17 carries against Idaho, 162 yards on 20 carries against Louisiana Tech, and 120 yards on 19 carries against Texas State. Overall, Williams is the first back to rush for 100 yards in four-straight games since Robert Turbin had five-straight 100-yard rushing games in 2011. For Williams, he had seven 100-yard rushing games this year and eight in his career.
DAVIS INTERCEPTS FIVE PASSES IN 2012
Senior cornerback Will Davis intercepted five passes in consecutive games during the 2012 season, which was the longest streak by a USU player since Robert Fuhriman intercepted a pass in five-straight games during the 1973 season. Davis also returned an interception 59-yards for a touchdown against Idaho for USU's first pick-six since Devon Hall returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown against Wyoming in 2007. In all, Davis' five interceptions this year are the most by an Aggie since Terrence Washington had five during the 2003 season, while his 100 interception return yards ranked tied for seventh all-time at Utah State for a single season. Davis was also the first player in 2012 to pick off Louisiana Tech's Colby Cameron, snapping a streak of 444 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, which was a single-season NCAA record. Overall, Davis did not intercept a pass in his first 20 games at Utah State before recording an interception in five-straight games.
FILIMOEATU RECORDS SECOND CAREER DOUBLE-DIGIT TACKLE OUTING AGAINST TOLEDO
Senior linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu recorded 11 tackles (8-solo) in his final game as an Aggie against Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Overall, it was Filimoeatu's second double-digit tackle outing of the season and his career as he had a career-high 12 tackles against Utah. Filimoeatu also had his fifth sack of the season and eighth of his career against the Rockets.
FACKRELL RECORDS THIRD INTERCEPTION OF THE SEASON AGAINST TOLEDO
Redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell recorded his third interception of the season against Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Fackrell also intercepted passes against BYU and UTSA. Along with his three interceptions on the season, Fackrell also recorded double-digit tackles four times with 11 stops against Utah, San Jose State and Idaho, and 10 tackles against BYU.
BARTLETT HAS TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS IN EACH OF HIS LAST FOUR REGULAR SEASON GAMES
Senior tight end Kellen Bartlett recorded his fifth touchdown reception of the season and his career against Idaho. Overall, Bartlett caught a touchdown pass in each of his last four regular season games, which is the longest streak for a Utah State player since Kevin Robinson (2004-07) caught touchdown passes in five-straight games during the 2005 season.
PLAYER NOTABLES AGAINST TOLEDO
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton recorded his eighth rushing touchdown of the season and 12th of his career with a 62-yard run. Keeton also passed for 229 yards marking the 10th time this year and 13th time in his career that he has passed for at least 200 yards in a game. Sophomore running back Joe Hill recorded his seventh rushing touchdown of the season from 24 yards out. Junior defensive tackle B.J. Larsen recorded his fourth sack of the season and his career. Sophomore strong safety Brian Suite intercepted his first career pass. Junior defensive tackle Connor Williams recorded his sixth sack of the season and eighth of his career. Senior punter Tyler Bennett had four punts downed inside the 20 giving him 33 punts downed inside the 20 this year. Bennett also had a long of 51 yards for his 11th 50-yard punt of the season. Redshirt sophomore placekicker Nick Diaz was 2-of-2 on field goals, tying his career-high.
TEAM NOTABLES AGAINST TOLEDO
Utah State's 28 fourth-quarter points are its most in a single quarter since scoring 28 second quarter points against Wyoming in 2011. Those 28 fourth quarter points are also the most scored in the fourth quarter in the history of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and tied for the most in any quarter in Potato Bowl history. Utah State's 353 rushing yards are a season-high and the 19th-most in a single-game in school history. Utah State's 582 yards of total offense are its third-most this year and the 14th-most in a single-game in school history. Utah State improved to 8-2 all-time against current Mid-American Conference schools.
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKS AMONG THE TOP 15 NATIONALLY IN FIVE CATEGORIES
Utah State's defense concluded the 2012 season listed with the best in the nation and ranked among the top 15 defenses in the country in five different statistical categories, including being ranked first in the WAC and seventh in the nation in scoring defense (15.4 ppg). USU also ranked tied for first in the WAC and tied for sixth nationally in sacks (3.23 pg), first in the WAC and eighth in the nation in pass efficiency defense (104.4), second in the WAC and 13th in the country in rushing defense (113.8 ypg), first in the WAC and 14th in the nation in total defense (322.1 ypg), and first in the WAC and 32nd in the nation in passing defense (208.3 ypg).
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE TIED FOR FIRST IN THE NATION IN RED ZONE EFFICIENCY
Utah State's defense led the WAC and ranked tied for first in the nation along with BYU and Penn State in red zone efficiency as its opponents scored on 28-of-44 (.636) red zone possessions this year. Of those 44 trips USU's opponents made to the red zone, they come away with just 13 touchdowns and 15 field goals, to go along with two missed field goals, six interceptions, one fumble and a loss on downs seven times.
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKED TIED FOR EIGHTH IN THE NATION IN THREE-AND-OUTS
Utah State's defense tied for eighth in the nation with an average of 5.08 three-and-outs per game on the season and forced a three-and-out by its opposition 66 times on 177 drives, which averages out to 37.2 percent of the time.
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKED 19TH IN THE NATION IN THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY
Utah State's defense allowed its opponents to convert just 32.88 percent of its third downs (73-222), which ranks first in the WAC and 19th in the nation.
UTAH STATE RANKS SECOND IN THE WAC IN TOTAL OFFENSE
Utah State's offense ranks second in the WAC and 21st in the nation in total offense (469.8 ypg). USU also ranked third in the WAC and 16th in the nation in passing efficiency (153.3), second in the WAC and 26th in the nation in scoring offense (34.9 ppg), second in the WAC and 26th in the nation in rushing offense (204.8 ypg), third in the WAC and 28th in the nation in sacks allowed (1.38 pg), and third in the WAC and 40th in the nation in passing offense (265.0 ypg).
UTAH STATE RANKED 35TH IN THE NATION IN NET PUNTING
Utah State finished the 2012 season ranking third in the WAC and 35th in the nation in net punting (38.4 ypk), third in the WAC and 37th in the nation in punt returns (10.3 ypr), and fifth in the WAC and 66th in the nation in kickoff returns (21.5 ypr).
UTAH STATE PLAYERS IN THE WAC AND NATIONAL RANKINGS
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams finished the 2012 season ranking first in the WAC and 10th in the nation in all-purpose yards (171.2 ypg), first in the WAC and 13th in the nation in rushing (116.3 ypg), third in the WAC and tied for 20th in the nation in scoring (9.2 ppg), seventh in the WAC in total offense (116.3 ypg), and ninth in the WAC in receiving (53.6 ypg). Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton finished the season ranking third in the WAC and 17th in the nation in total offense (307.1 ypg), second in the WAC and 18th in the nation in passing efficiency (154.7), third in the WAC and 29th in the nation in passing (259.5 ypg), and eighth in the WAC in rushing (47.6 ypg). Senior wide receiver Matt Austin ranked seventh in the WAC in receiving (56.1 ypg). Senior cornerback Will Davis ranked first in the WAC and tied for second in the nation in passes defended (1.69 pg), second in the WAC and tied for 17th in the nation in interceptions (0.38 pg), and 35th in the WAC in tackles (4.9 pg). Sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil ranked fifth in the WAC and 84th in the nation in tackles (8.1 pg), tied for sixth in the WAC in tackles for loss (0.73 pg), and tied for seventh in the WAC in sacks (0.42 pg). Junior linebacker Jake Doughty ranked second in the WAC and tied for 71st in the nation in tackles (8.4 pg). Senior safety McKade Brady ranked ninth in the WAC in tackles (7.8 pg). Redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell ranked eighth in the WAC in interceptions (0.23), 13th in the WAC in tackles for loss (0.62 pg), and 13th in the WAC in tackles (6.7 pg). Sophomore safety Brian Suite ranked 19th in the WAC in passes defended (0.54 pg) and 24th in tackles (5.6 pg). Junior cornerback Nevin Lawson ranked ninth in the WAC in passes defended (0.77 pg) and 36th in the WAC in tackles (4.8 pg). Senior cornerback Terrence Alston ranked tied for 13th in the WAC in passes defended (0.69 pg). Senior linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu ranked tied for eighth in the WAC in tackles for loss (0.69), tied for ninth in the WAC in sacks (0.38 pg), and tied for 26th in the WAC in tackles (5.5 pg). Junior defensive lineman Connor Williams ranked fifth in the WAC and tied for 91st in the nation in sacks (0.46 pg) and 19th in the WAC in tackles for loss (0.54 pg). Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Nielsen ranked tied for ninth in the WAC in sacks (0.38 pg) and 20th in the WAC in tackles for loss (0.50 pg). Junior defensive lineman B.J. Larsen ranked 13th in the WAC in sacks (0.31 pg). Senior defensive lineman Al Lapuaho ranked 20th in the WAC in sacks (0.23 pg). Senior punter Tyler Bennett ranked fifth in the WAC and 40th in the nation in punting (41.9 ypk). Senior wide receiver Cameron Webb ranked third in the WAC and 36th in the nation in punt returns (8.8 ypr). And senior wide receiver Chuck Jacobs ranked third in the WAC and 41st in the nation in kick returns (24.1 ypr), and eighth in the WAC in all-purpose yards (93.8 ypg).
DAVIS FINISHES 2012 TIED FOR SECOND THE NATION IN PASSES DEFENDED
Senior cornerback Will Davis finished the 2012 season leading the WAC and ranking tied for second in the nation with 1.69 passes defended per game. He also ranked tied for 17th in the nation with 0.38 interceptions per game.
WILLIAMS SETS SCHOOL AND WAC CAREER RECORD FOR ALL-PURPOSE YARDS
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams ends his career as the school and Western Athletic Conference record holder with 6,928 all-purpose yards (2,515-rushing, 870-receiving, 3,408-kick returns, 135-punt returns). That mark also ranks 11th all-time in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) history. The previous school record for all-purpose yards was 6,479 yards set by Kevin Robinson (2004-07), while the previous WAC record was 6,691 yards set by New Mexico's Terance Mathis (1985-87, '89). Williams is also the WAC's all-time leader in kick return yards.
WILLIAMS RANKS SEVENTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN RUSHING
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams rushed for 2,515 yards during his Aggie career to rank seventh all-time in school history as he is just the ninth player in school history to rush for 2,000 yards. The school record for rushing yards is 4,053 set by Demario Brown (1996-99). Williams also ranks fifth in school history with a career rushing average of 6.6 yards per carry.
WILLIAMS RANKS SEVENTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS AND TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams ends his Utah State career ranking seventh all-time in school history with 22 career rushing touchdowns. The school record for rushing touchdowns is 40 set by Robert Turbin (2007-09, 2011) and Abu Wilson (1992, 1994-96). For his career, Williams had 28 touchdowns (22-rushing, 5-receiving, 1-kickoff return) to also rank seventh all-time in school history along with Kendal Smith (1985-88). The school record for total touchdowns is 51 set by Turbin.
KEETON RANKS FIRST ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN COMPLETION PERCENTAGE
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton is 381-of-581 passing during his brief Utah State career with a completion percentage of 65.6 percent, which ranks first all-time in school history. Keith Myers (1976-77) entered the 2011 season as the school record holder at 60.7 percent.
KEETON RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton ranks fourth all-time in school history with 38 touchdown passes and will enter his junior year one touchdown pass shy of tying Brent Snyder (1987-88) for third all-time with 39 career touchdown passes. The school record for career touchdown passes is 60 set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).
KEETON RANKS NINTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN COMPLETIONS
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton ranks ninth all-time at Utah State with 381 career completions and will enter his junior season one completion shy of tying Leon Jackson III (2004-07) for eighth with 382 career completions. The school record is 704 completions set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).
KEETON RANKS SEVENTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN TOTAL OFFENSE
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton has 5,485 yards of total offense in his career to rank seventh all-time in school history. The school record for total offense is 8,791 yards by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002) and Keeton will enter his junior year 353 yards of total offense shy of tying Anthony Calvillo (1992-93) for sixth-place with 5,838 yards.
KEETON RANKS NINTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN PASSING YARDS
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton has thrown for 4,573 yards to rank ninth all-time in school history and will enter his junior season 149 yards shy of tying Travis Cox (2001-04) for eighth-place with 4,722 passing yards. The school record for passing yards is 9,168 set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).
BENNETT RANKS SECOND ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN PUNTING
Senior Tyler Bennett finishes his Utah State career with a punting average of 42.8 yards on 119 punts (5,099), which ranks second all-time in school history along with Guy McClure (1980-81). The school record for punting average is 43.5 yards set by Jerry Arguello (1997-98).
JACOBS RANKS SEVENTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN KICKOFF RETURN AVERAGE
Senior wide receiver Chuck Jacobs finishes his Utah State career ranking seventh all-time with a career kickoff return average of 24.3 yards. During his career, Jacobs returned 42 kicks for 1,020 yards. The school record for career kickoff return average is 31.0 yards set by Overton Curtis (1957-58).
DIAZ ONE OF THREE KICKERS IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO NOT MISS AN EXTRA POINT
Redshirt sophomore placekicker Nick Diaz finished the 2012 season a perfect 40-of-40 on extra points and is one of just three kickers in school history to not miss an extra point with a minimum of 30 attempts along with Willie Beecher (1981-84) who made 64 extra points without a miss and Russ Moody (1988-89) who made 44 extra points without a miss.
WEBB RANKS SEVENTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN PUNT RETURN AVERAGE
Senior wide receiver Cameron Webb finishes his Utah State career ranking seventh all-time with a career punt return average of 8.8 yards. During his career, Webb returned 26 punts for 228 yards. The school record for career punt return average is 14.1 yards set by Kevin Robinson (2004-07).
KEETON SETS NUMEROUS SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS IN 2012
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie 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.
KEETON RANKS SEVENTH IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN SINGLE-SEASON PASS ATTEMPTS
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton was 275-of-407 passing in 2012 and those 407 attempts rank seventh all-time at Utah State for a single season. The single season school record for pass attempts is 469 set by Anthony Calvillo (1993).
WILLIAMS RANKS SECOND AT UTAH STATE IN TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS FOR A SINGLE SEASON
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams scored 20 touchdowns (15-rushing, 5-receiving) in 2012 to rank second all-time at Utah State for a single-season behind Robert Turbin's 23 total touchdowns scored in 2011.
WILLIAMS RANKS THIRD AT UTAH STATE IN RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS FOR A SINGLE SEASON
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams rushed for 15 touchdowns in 2012 to rank tied for third all-time at USU for a single-season along with Abu Wilson (1995) and Rick Parros (1979). The single-season school record for rushing touchdowns is 19 set by Robert Turbin in 2011, while Wilson scored 16 rushing touchdowns in 1996. In 2012, Williams had five multi-touchdown rushing games.
WILLIAMS RANKS THIRD ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY FOR SINGLE-SEASON RUSHING AVERAGE
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams averaged 6.58 yards per carry in 2012 to rank third all-time in school history for a single-season. On the year, Williams carried the ball 218 times for 1,512 yards. The school record for rushing average is 8.4 yards per carry set by Tom Larscheid in 1960.
WILLIAMS RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SINGLE-SEASON RUSHING YARDS
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams rushed for 1,512 yards on 218 carries in 2012 to rank fourth all-time at Utah State for a single-season and was just 24 yards shy of tying the single-season school record of 1,536 rushing yards set by Demario Brown in 1999. Second all-time at USU for single-season rushing yards is Louie Giammona who gained 1,534 yards in 1974, while Robert Turbin is third with 1,517 rushing yards set in 2011.
WILLIAMS RANKS SECOND ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN SINGLE-SEASON POINTS SCORED
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams scored 120 points in 2012 to rank second all-time at Utah State for a single-season. The single-season school record for points scored is 138 set by Robert Turbin in 2011.
WILLIAMS SETS SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORD FOR RECEIVING YARDS BY A RUNNING BACK
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams set a single-season school record for receiving yards by a running back in 2012 as he caught 45 passes for 697 yards. The previous record for receiving yards by a running back was Jerry Hughes with 639 yards in 1972. Furthermore, Williams' 43 receptions this year rank second all-time at USU for a single season among running backs trailing Emmett White who had 48 receptions in 2001.
WILLIAMS IS 11TH AGGIE IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO RUSH FOR 1,000 YARDS
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams became just the 11th Utah State player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single-season as Williams' 1,512 yards in 2012 mark the 16th time in school history that a player has rushed for at least 1,000 yards.
DIAZ FINISHES TIED FOR FIRST ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN PAT PERCENTAGE
Redshirt sophomore placekicker Nick Diaz was a perfect 40-of-40 on extra points in 2012 marking the seventh time in school history that an Aggie kicker has not missed an extra point with a minimum of 20 made PAT's. Diaz also ranks second all-time at USU for a single-season in extra points made (40) and third in extra point attempts (40), while ranking eight in single-season field goal percentage (.769) as he was 8-of-11 on field goals. The single-season school record for extra points made and attempted were both set in 2011 by current junior placekicker Josh Thompson who was 57-of-58 on extra points. The single-season school record for field goal percentage is 86.7 percent set by Russ Moody in 1988 as he was 13-of-15 on field goals.
DAVIS RANKS TIED FOR SEVENTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN INTERCEPTION RETURN YARDS
Senior defensive back Will Davis had five interceptions that he returned for 100 yards in 2012 as those 100 return yards ranks tied for seventh all-time at Utah State for a single-season along with Robert Watts (2004) and Wendall D. Brook (1970). The single-season school record for interception return yards is 193 set by Henry King in 1965.
KEETON TIES SINGLE-GAME RECORD FOR RUSHING YARDS BY A QUARTERBACK
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton rushed for a career-high 121 yards on a career-high tying 17 carries at Louisiana Tech (11/17), tying the single-game school record for rushing yards by a quarterback along with Tony Adams who set the school record against Colorado State during the 1972 season. For Keeton, it was his first career 100-yard rushing game, while he also tied his career-high with two rushing touchdowns for the third time in his career.
AGGIES WIN THIRD-STRAIGHT OVERTIME GAME
With its 48-41 overtime win at Louisiana Tech, Utah State improved to 6-4 all-time in overtime, including winning each of its last three. Under former head coach Gary Andersen, USU was 3-1 in overtime games with wins against Louisiana Tech (48-41 OT), Utah (27-20 OT) and at Idaho (49-42 2OT), and a loss to Colorado State (35-34 2OT). All-time, USU is 4-2 in single-overtime games, 2-1 in double-overtime games, and 0-1 in triple overtime games.
FORMER WALK-ONS PAYING DIVIDENDS AT UTAH STATE
Utah State has had great success with its walk-on program under former head coach Gary Andersen including a pair of middle linebackers who are now starting in junior Jake Doughty and sophomore Zach Vigil. Other former walk-ons who have started this season include senior safety McKade Brady, senior wide receiver Cameron Webb and sophomore safety Frankie Sutera. Other former walk-ons who have made contributions this year include junior defensive lineman B.J. Larsen and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Nielsen, along with junior placekicker Josh Thompson.
FACKRELL TIED FOR THIRD-MOST TACKLES IN SCHOOL HISTORY BY A FRESHMAN
Redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell had 87 tackles (28-solo, 59-assist) during the 2012 season to rank fourth on the team. Furthermore, those 87 stops rank tied for third all-time at Utah State among freshmen along with Jake Hutton who had 87 tackles in 2005. The single-season school record for tackles by a freshman is 123 set by Del Lyles in 1988, while Terrance Washington registered 93 tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2003.
UTAH STATE SCORED TOUCHDOWNS ON ITS FIRST SERIES IN SEVEN GAMES THIS YEAR
Utah State scored an offensive touchdown on its first series of the game seven times this year, including in five straight games before not scoring a touchdown on its first series against Idaho in its season finale and against Toledo in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Against Louisiana Tech, Utah State scored a touchdown on its opening series of the game with its 1-play, 86-yard touchdown drive. USU also had a 6-play, 51-yard drive on its first series against Texas State, a 2-play, 5-yard touchdown drive on its first series at UTSA, a 1-play, 76-yard touchdown drive on its first series against New Mexico State, and a 13-play, 86-yard touchdown drive on its first series at San Jose State. USU also scored a touchdown on its first drive of the game against both Southern Utah (11-plays, 97-yards) and Colorado State (8-plays, 77-yards).
UTAH STATE SCORED TOUCHDOWNS ON THE FIRST PLAY OF THE GAME TWICE THIS YEAR
Utah State scored a touchdown on its first offensive play of the game twice during the 2012 season, including on an 86-yard screen pass from sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton to senior running back Kerwynn Williams at Louisiana Tech. Keeton and Williams also connected for a 76-yard touchdown on USU's first offensive play against New Mexico State. On the season, USU has had four one-play scoring drives, nine two-play scoring drives, 10 three-play scoring drives, seven four-play scoring drives, and seven five-play scoring drives for a total of 37 drives of five plays or less on the season out of a total of 65 scoring drives.
UTAH STATE HAD 10 SCORING DRIVES OF AT LEAST 10 PLAYS THIS YEAR
Along with having 37 scoring drives of five plays or less, Utah State was also able to control the clock at times and put together lengthy drives. On the season, Utah State had 10 scoring drives of at least 10 plays, including a season-long 19-play, 85-yard touchdown drive at Colorado State. Utah State had 19 scoring drives of at least 10 plays in 2011; 15 scoring drives of at least 10 plays in 2010; and nine scoring drives of at least 10 plays in 2009 for a total of 53 scoring drives of at least 10 plays in Andersen's four years.
UTAH STATE BLOCKS SIX KICKS IN 2012
Utah State blocked six kicks during the 2012 season with two blocked punts, three blocked field goals and one blocked extra point. USU's first blocked kick of the season was by sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil who blocked a Utah punt that was recovered in the end zone by junior safety Clayton Christensen. The Aggies' second blocked kick of the year was by redshirt freshman defensive tackle Jordan Nielsen who blocked an extra point in the Wisconsin game. USU's third blocked kick of the season was at BYU as junior defensive lineman Paul Piukala blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt. USU's fourth blocked kick of the year was against New Mexico State as redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt. Its fifth blocked kick of the year was at UTSA as junior cornerback Devonta Glover-Wright blocked a punt on UTSA's first series of the game. And its sixth blocked kick of the year was at Louisiana Tech as Nielsen blocked a 43-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State produced at least 500 yards of total offense seven times this year, including in five of its last six games.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS WITH SENIOR RUNNING BACK Kerwynn Williams
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams had 100-yards receiving and rushing in the same game twice this year as he had 20 carries for 162 yards on the ground against Louisiana Tech to go along with 125 receiving yards on four receptions. Williams also had 113 yards rushing on 20 carries against UNLV to go along with a career-high 147 receiving yards on seven receptions. Overall, Williams is the first player in school history that has recorded multiple 100-yard rushing and receiving games in the same season, and just the fourth time it has ever happened as Robert Turbin accomplished the feat in 2009 and Emmett White did so as well during the 2000 season. Against UNLV, Williams' 147 receiving yards were the most by an Aggie since Kevin Curtis caught 13 passes for 177 yards against Middle Tennessee in 2002 and the most by a non-wide receiver since running back Tom Larscheid had 172 receiving yards on three receptions against Hawai`i in 1959.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS WITH SOPHOMORE QUARTERBACK Chuckie Keeton
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton threw at least two touchdown passes in a game 10 times this year and 13 times in his career. Keeton also rushed for a touchdown eight times this season and 12 times in his career. Furthermore, Keeton has thrown for at least 300 yards three times in his last five games, and five times in his career.
AGGIES WHO ARE MARRIED AND HAVE BEEN ON MISSIONS
Utah State has nine players on its team who are married (McKade Brady, Clayton Christensen, Havea Lasike, Nate Needham, Joe Summers, Brad Theurer, Josh Thompson, Kevin Whimpey, Kyle Whimpey), while 17 Aggies have served a two-year LDS Church Mission (Eric Bernston, Clayton Christensen, Jefferson Court, Derek Keller, B.J. Larsen, Jason Luke, Logan Malohifo'ou, Jeff Manning, Alex Marsaw, Nate Needham, Travis Parrish, Eric Schultz, Brad Theurer, Cameron Webb, Kevin Whimpey, Kyle Whimpey and Daniel Wray).
AGGIES IN THE NFL
Utah State has eight former football players who are on NFL rosters for the 2012 season including Diondre Borel (Tampa Bay), Jarrett Bush (Green Bay), John Chick (Jacksonville), Curtis Marsh (Philadelphia), Donald Penn (Tampa Bay), Michael Smith (Tampa Bay), Robert Turbin (Seattle) and Bobby Wagner (Seattle).
Junior cornerback Devonta Glover-Wright is the first Utah State player to play on both sides of the ball since redshirt sophomore defensive back and current teammate Rashard Stewart did so during his freshman season in 2010.
Junior defensive lineman Connor Williams (Kanata, Ontario) is one of 46 Canadians currently on Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) rosters.
UTAH STATE HAS SIX SENIORS PLAYING IN ALL-STAR GAMES
Utah State has six 2012 seniors who are playing in All-Star games in January, 2013. Wide receiver Matt Austin, tight end Kellen Bartlett, linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu and defensive tackle Al Lapuaho will all play in the second annual Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game, which will be held at Kino Stadium in Tucson, Ariz., on Friday Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. (MT). The game will be available to watch live on ESPN3. Running back Kerwynn Williams will play in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. (MT), and senior cornerback Will Davis will play in the 2013 Senior Bowl on January 26 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., at 2 p.m. (MT). Both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl will be televised live on the NFL Network.
RECAPPING THE FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL VERSUS TOLEDO
Utah State (11-2, 6-0 WAC) concluded its most successful season in school history with a 41-15 rout of Toledo (9-4, 6-2 MAC) in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl as senior running back Kerwynn Williams was named the game's Most Valuable Player as he ran for a career-best 235 yards and tied his career-high with three touchdowns on runs of 63, 5 and 25 yards, all in the fourth quarter.
Utah State led 13-6 heading into the final 15 minutes of play before Toledo cut it to 13-9 following a 29-yard field goal with 7:28 to play. From there it was all USU as Williams scored his first touchdown of the game on a 63-yard run to cap a 2-play, 70-yard drive. Following a three-and-out by the Rockets, Williams rattled off a 56-yard run and then scored from 5-yards out to give USU a 27-9 advantage. During the drive, Williams accounted for all 62-yards on three carries. Sophomore safety Brian Suite then picked off Toledo's Austin Dantin two plays later, which led to Williams' third touchdown of the quarter on a 25-yard run upping USU's lead to 34-9 following a 2-play, 39-yard drive. Toledo returned the ensuing kickoff 87-yards for a score, its only touchdown of the day, to cut the deficit to 34-15. Williams then rushed for 32 yards on USU's next offensive play and sophomore running back Joe Hill scored on the Aggies' next play with a 24-yard run for a 2-play, 56-yard drive making the final score 41-15 as the Aggies scored 28 points in just 5:15.
In the fourth quarter, Utah State gained 228 yards, including 221 on the ground, as Williams rushed for 198 yards on just seven carries to go along with his three touchdowns.
Williams, who end the game with 269 all-purpose yards, set the Western Athletic Conference record with 6,928 career all-purpose yards to rank 11th in NCAA history at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level. Overall, Williams' 235 rushing yards were the second-most in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl history and the 19th-most in a single-game in school history.
Utah State finished the game with 582 yards of total offense (353-rushing, 229-passing) to rank as the third-most this year and 14th-most in school history. USU's 353 rushing yards were a season-high and the 19th-most in a single-game in school history, while its 28 fourth quarter points are its most in any quarter since 2011 and tied for the most in any quarter in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl history.
Toledo finished the game with 315 yards of total offense (173-passing, 142-rushing).
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton scored Utah State's first touchdown on a 62-yard run in the first quarter to give USU a 7-3 lead after Toledo scored the first points of the game on a 37-yard field goal on its opening series. In all, Keeton rushed for 92 yards on nine carries and added 229 yards through the air as he was 21-of-31 passing to set single season school records for both completions (275) and passing yards (3,373).
The only other points scored in the first half were on a pair of field goals as Toledo cut the lead to 7-6 early in the second quarter on another 37-yarder, while USU sophomore Nick Diaz connected from 27-yards out on the last play of the first half to send the Aggies into the locker room up 10-6.
Diaz added a 44-yard field on the Aggies' first possession of the third quarter to up its lead to 13-6 for the only score of the period, before the two teams combined for 37 fourth quarter points.
Senior linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu led USU's defense with 11 tackles, while redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell recorded his third interception of the year in the third quarter in the red zone on a pass that was tipped by junior linebacker Jake Doughty.
In all, Utah State concluded the year with seven-straight wins and recorded just its second bowl victory in school history along with winning the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl.