Aggie Football Hosts Weber State In Annual Homecoming Game Saturday Night
Utah State (1-1, 1-0 MW) continues its 2013 season with its first home game of the year as it hosts Weber State (1-1) in its annual Homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. The game will be carried live world-wide on ESPN3.
 
Utah State (1-1, 1-0 MW) continues its 2013 season with its first home game of the year as it hosts Weber State (1-1) in its annual Homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. The game will be carried live world-wide on ESPN3.
 
 

Sep 9, 2013

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GAME THREE INFORMATION Date: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 Kickoff: 6:04 p.m. Location: Logan, Utah Stadium: Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium (25,513) Series: Utah State leads, 12-1 TV: ESPN3 Joel Meyers (Play-by-Play) Kevin O'Connell (Analyst) Radio: Utah State Sports Network Al Lewis (Play-by-Play) Craig Hislop (Analyst) Live Stats: UtahStateAggies.com Twitter Updates: /USUFootball YouTube: /USUAthletics Facebook: /USUFootball Tickets: 1-888-USTATE-1

WHAT TO WATCH FOR...
• Utah State is in its 116th season of football and is 507-509-31 (.499) in its previous 115 seasons. USU has nine nationally televised games on ESPN, CBS Sports Network and Fox Sports 1 in 2013 and two more that will be broadcast regionally on ROOT SPORTS.

• Utah State has won eight-straight home games, which is its longest home winning streak since the 1966-68 teams 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 120-96 (.556) at Romney Stadium.

• Utah State has won five-straight home games against in-state opponents as it defeated Southern Utah (34-3) and Utah (27-20 OT) in 2012; Weber State (54-17) in 2011; BYU (31-16) in 2010; and Southern Utah (53-34) in 2009. USU's last home loss against an in-state opponent was on Oct. 3, 2008 when it lost to BYU, 34-13.

• Utah State has won each of its last four home openers and is 76-38-2 all-time in its first home game of the season, including a 25-20 record at Romney Stadium.

• Utah State is 8-1 at home in its last nine non-conference games dating back to the 2009 season as it has posted non-conference wins against Southern Utah (34-3), Utah (27-20 OT) and UNLV (35-13) in 2012; Weber State (54-17) and Wyoming (63-19) in 2011; Idaho State (38-17) and BYU (31-16) in 2010; and Southern Utah (53-34) in 2009, while its only loss during that stretch was a 35-34 double overtime loss to Colorado State in 2011. During its last nine non-conference home games, USU is out-scoring its opponents 41.0 to 19.3.

• Utah State is 50-30-2 (.622) all-time during Homecoming, and this will be USU's first Homecoming game against Weber State.

• Utah State has won 17 of its last 21 games, which is USU's best stretch since going 18-2-1 during the 1960-61 seasons. USU's four losses during its last 21 games have been by a combined 10 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) to open the 2013 season.

• Utah State has 58 players in its program from the state of Utah, while Weber State has 25 players on its roster from the Beehive State.

• Utah State has won four of its last five games played during the month of September and is 4-2 all-time in games played on Sept. 14.

UTAH STATE OPENS HOME SEASON AGAINST WEBER STATE IN ANNUAL HOMECOMING GAME
Utah State (1-1, 1-0 MW) continues its 2013 season with its first home game of the year as it hosts Weber State (1-1) in its annual Homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. The game will be carried live world-wide on ESPN3 with Joel Meyers (play-by-play) and Kevin O'Connell (analyst) on the call. Live audio of the game is also available on www.UtahStateAggies.com. Live stats will also be available through GameTracker, while Twitter updates - @USUFootball - will also be a part of Utah State's Game Day coverage.

UTAH STATE ATHLETICS TO INDUCT 11TH HALL OF FAME CLASS THIS WEEKEND
Utah State Athletics will induct its 11th Hall of Fame Class this weekend. The 2013 Class includes Candy Cashell, USU's first female track All-American; Jim Laub, a life-long contributor of Aggie Athletics; Jimmy Moore, one of the best Aggie basketball players ever; Corey Murdock, one of just two track athletes in school history to earn All-American honors at least four times; Roy Shivers, an All-American running back; and Jim Turner, an outstanding quarterback and kicker.

UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO RECEIVE VOTES IN USA TODAY COACHES POLL
Following its first-ever Mountain West Conference win, a 52-20 victory at Air Force on Saturday, Utah State is once again listed among the other schools receiving votes in this week's USA Today coaches' poll as it garnered two votes to rank tied for 43rd in the nation. USU began the season with 23 top 25 votes in the USA Today preseason coaches' poll to rank 35th nationally and eight votes in the Associate Press preseason poll to rank 37th in the nation. Last week, USU received one vote in the USA Today coaches' poll to rank tied for 43rd.

UTAH STATE ENTERING FIRST SEASON IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
Utah State is entering its first year as a member of the Mountain West 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 a football independent from 1962-77 when the Aggies 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.

UTAH STATE ONE OF THE MOST EXPERIENCED TEAMS IN THE NATION
Utah State enters the 2013 season tied with Army and trailing South Alabama as the second most experienced team at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level according to Phil Steele's College Football Preview as USU returns 13 seniors and seven juniors who have started games, and three additional seniors and 12 additional juniors listed on its preseason depth chart.

UTAH STATE HAS FOURTH-MOST EXPERIENCED OFFENSIVE LINE IN THE NATION
Utah State enters the 2013 season returning all five of its starters on the offensive line from a year ago and has the fourth-most experienced offensive line in the nation according to Phil Steele's College Football Preview with 120 career starts between senior center Tyler Larsen (40), senior tackle Eric Schultz (34), senior guard Jamie Markosian (17), senior guard Kyle Whimpey (15) and junior tackle Kevin Whimpey (14). Texas has the most experienced offensive line with 134 career starts, followed by Tennessee (133), Duke (123) and Utah State (120).

WELLS IS THE 11TH-YOUNGEST HEAD COACH AT THE FBS LEVEL
First-year Utah State head football coach Matt Wells is the 11th-youngest head coach at the FBS level at 40 years of age (8-10-73). 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 from 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 football coach Matt Wells is one of just 12 head 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).

A LOOK AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 1-1 on the season following its 52-20 Mountain West win at Air Force last weekend. USU began the year with a 30-26 loss at Utah. Offensively, USU is led by junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton who is 63-of-80 passing for 674 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception. Keeton also leads the team in rushing as he has carried the ball 23 times for 162 yards with one touchdown, while senior wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen has 11 catches for 177 yards with one touchdown. Defensively, senior linebacker Jake Doughty leads the team with 27 tackles, while junior linebacker Zach Vigil has 19 tackles with 2.0 for loss, and senior safety Maurice Alexander has 16 tackles with 2.5 for loss. As a team, Utah State is averaging 39.0 points and 532.0 yards of total offense (337.0-passing, 195.0-rushing) and allowing 25.0 points and 360.0 yards of total offense (205.0-passing, 155.0-rushing).

KEETON EARNS FOUR NATIONAL AWARDS FOLLOWING PERFORMANCE AT AIR FORCE
Utah State junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton earned four national awards following Utah State's 52-20 conference win at Air Force last weekend as he was named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week, one of eight Manning Award Stars of the Week, honorable mention honors for the weekly Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award, and honorable mention National Quarterback of the Week honors from College Football Performance Awards (CFPA). Against Air Force, Keeton tied his own school record with five touchdown passes (30, 23, 20, 36, 1) in handing the Falcons their worst home loss since 2005. Against Air Force, he completed a career-high 32 passes and tied his career-high with 40 pass attempts, while throwing for 360 yards, which is the second-most in his career. Keeton also rushed for a game-high 77 yards on just eight carries, including a 30-yard run, to become the 25th player in school history and just second quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in a career.

VIGIL NAMED COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Utah State junior linebacker Zach Vigil was named College Sports Madness' Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week following Utah State's 52-20 conference win at Air Force last weekend. It is the first time this year that an Aggie has been honored by College Sports Madness. Vigi recorded nine tackles (5-solo, 4-assist), including 1.5 tackles for loss, against Air Force and forced a fumble on the Falcons' first offensive play of the game that lead to USU's second touchdown in the first 4:43 of the contest. In all, Vigil and the Aggies defense limited Air Force to just 162 rushing yards, which are the fewest rushing yards for the AFA since the 2009. The Falcons also rushed for just one touchdown in the game.

UTAH STATE WINS FIRST-EVER MOUNTAIN WEST GAME BY SCORING 52 POINTS
Utah State won its first-ever Mountain West game last weekend with a 52-20 victory at Air Force to improve to 29-25-3 all-time in conference openers, including a 12-13-3 road record. Furthermore, the 52 points scored by Utah State against the Falcons are its most since defeating Wyoming, 63-19, in Logan on Oct. 8, 2011 and the most in a conference game since posting a 52-49 road win at Idaho on Nov. 28, 2009.

UTAH STATE'S 32 POINT WIN AT AIR FORCE LARGEST FOR ANY TEAM SINCE 2005
Utah State's 32-point win at Air Force (52-20) was the Falcons worst home loss since the 2005 season when No. 21 TCU posted a 48-10 road win at the USAF Academy. Furthermore, the 162 rushing yards allowed by Utah State against Air Force were the Falcons' fewest since rushing for just 160 yards against Army in 2009.

UTAH STATE HAD 10 PLAYERS CATCH PASSES AGAINST AIR FORCE
Utah State had 10 different receivers (Keegan Andersen, Ronald Butler, Joey DeMartino, Joe Hill, Shaan Johnson, Bruce Natson, Travis Reynolds, Brandon Swindall, D.J. Tialavea, Travis Van Leeuwen) catch passes in its 52-20 road win at Air Force last weekend, which are the most in a single-game since 12 Aggies caught passes in a 48-17 win at UTSA on Oct. 27, 2012.

UTAH STATE WINS 12TH STRAIGHT CONFERENCE GAME AT AIR FORCE
With its 52-20 win at Air Force to begin Mountain West play, Utah State has now won 12 straight conference games dating back to the 2011 season, extending its own school record. USU has also won seven straight conference road games dating back to 2011, to set a school record. Overall, USU has an 8-3 record in its last 11 road games.

UTAH STATE RECORDS ANOTHER WIN WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF
Utah State improved to 1-1 this season and 13-3 in its last 16 game when leading at the half. Overall, USU has led at the half in 16 of its last 17 games dating back to 2011.

UTAH STATE SCORES ON FIRST DRIVE FOR EIGHTH TIME IN LAST TWO YEARS
Utah State scored a touchdown on its first drive of the game against Air Force in its last outing, marking the first time this year and eighth time in its last 15 games dating back to the 2012 season that USU has scored a touchdown on its first drive of a game.

KEETON BECOMES 25TH PLAYER IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO RUSH FOR 1,000 YARDS
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton became just the 25th player in school history to rush for 1,000 career yards, doing so with 77 rushing yards in his last outing at Air Force. Overall, Keeton has now rushed for 1,074 yards on 220 carries during his career to rank tied for 23rd all-time in school history with Melvin Blue (1995-97). Keeton is also just the second quarterback in USU history to rush for 1,000 career yards along with Diondre Borel (2007-10) who holds the school record with 1,398 yards by a quarterback.

KEETON TIES OWN SCHOOL RECORD WITH FIVE TOUCHDOWN PASSES AT AIR FORCE
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton tied his own school record with five touchdown passes in his last game against Air Force as he had touchdown throws of 30, 23, 20, 36 and 1 yards. Keeton also threw five touchdown passes in a single game as a freshman in 2011 against Wyoming. Former Aggies Tony Adams (1970-72) and Anthony Calvillo (1992-93) also threw five touchdown passes in a game twice during their careers, while Brent Synder (1987-88) accomplished the feat once.

KEETON SETS CAREER MARK IN COMPLETIONS FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE GAME
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton set a career record for completions for the second time in as many games in his last outing against Air Force as he completed 32-of-40 passes for 360 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. Keeton's previous career-high for completions was 31 set at Utah the previous week. Furthermore, Keeton's 40 pass attempts against the Falcons tied his career-high which was also set against Utah a week earlier, while his 360 passing yards ranks as the second-most in his career and his seventh career 300-yard passing game, including his fifth in his last seven games dating back to the 2012 season. Keeton also rushed for 77 yards on just eight carries against the Falcons.

VAN LEEUWEN RECORDS CAREER-HIGH SIX RECEPTIONS AT AIR FORCE
Senior wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen recorded a career-high six receptions for 70 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown reception, in his last game at Air Force. In his first game of the year at Utah, Van Leeuwen recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game as he caught a then career-high five passes for a career-best 107 yards, while tying his career-long reception of 36 yards.

HILL RECORDS FIRST CAREER TWO TOUCHDOWN GAME AT AIR FORCE
Junior running back Joe Hill recorded his first career two touchdown game in his last outing at Air Force as he carried the ball four times for 37 yards with a 1-yard touchdown run to go along with four receptions for 37 yards with a 20-yard touchdown. Overall, Hill now has nine career rushing touchdowns and three career receiving touchdowns. In USU's season opener at Utah, Hill recorded career-highs in both rushing attempts (18) and receptions (7) as he finished the game with 75 rushing yards and 39 receiving yards. Hills career-high in rushing yards is 116 set against Southern Utah in 2012.

SWINDALL RECORDS CAREER-HIGHS AT AIR FORCE
Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Swindall recorded career-highs in both receptions (5) and receiving yards (63) in his last outing at Air Force, while posting a career-long catch of 24 yards. In USU's season opener at Utah, Swindall caught the first touchdown passes of his career from 15 and four yards as he was the first Aggie with multiple touchdown receptions in a game since Chuck Jacobs had two touchdown receptions against UNLV on Sept. 29, 2012.

ANDERSEN RECORDS CAREER-HIGHS AT AIR FORCE
Junior tight end Keegan Andersen had a career-high three receptions for a career-best 20 yards, including his first career touchdown on a 1-yard pass in his last outing at Air Force..

DeMARTINO AND MARSHALL BOTH HAVE CAREER DAYS AT AIR FORCE
Senior running backs Joey DeMartino and Robert Marshall had career days at Air Force as DeMartino had career-highs in both receptions (2) and receiving yards (27), while Marshall had a career-high 13 carries. DeMartino also scored his second rushing touchdown of his career on a 2-yard run.

DOUGHTY POSTS SIXTH-CAREER DOUBLE-DIGIT TACKLE OUTING AT AIR FORCE
Senior linebacker Jake Doughty recorded 11 tackles in his last game against Air Force, marking the sixth time in his career and second time in as many games that he has recorded doubled-digit tackles. Doughty began the season by posting 16 tackles at Utah, which are the second-most in his career behind his 18 tackle performance at No. 19 Louisiana Tech in 2012.

VIGIL FORCES SECOND FUMBLE IN AS MANY GAMES
Junior linebacker Zach Vigil forced an Air Force fumble on its first offensive play of the game, marking the second time in as many outings and third time in his career that he has forced a fumble, also doing so in USU's season opener at Utah and at Wisconsin in 2012. Vigil also recorded nine tackles against the Falcons and 10 tackles against the Utes for his sixth career double-digit tackle outing.

OTHER PLAYER NOTABLES FROM AIR FORCE GAME
Utah State players who made their first career start at Air Force included sophomore wide receiver Brandon Swindall, senior defensive end Paul Piukala, and senior linebacker Terrell Thompson... Junior wide receiver Shaan Johnson caught his first career pass for 14 yards... Junior wide receiver Ronald Butler's first career reception was a 23-yard touchdown... Senior wide receiver Travis Reynolds had a career-best 59 receiving yards and his second career touchdown... Sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell recovered his second career fumble... Senior linebacker Terrell Thompson forced his first career fumble... Senior defensive end Paul Piukala had a career-high five tackles... Freshman linebacker Nick Vigil had a career-high six tackles... Junior punter Jaron Bentrude had a career-long 47-yard punt.

KEETON BECOMES 25TH PLAYER IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO RUSH FOR 1,000 YARDS
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton became just the 25th player in school history to rush for 1,000 career yards, doing so with 77 rushing yards in his last outing at Air Force. Overall, Keeton has now rushed for 1,074 yards on 220 carries during his career to rank tied for 23rd all-time in school history with Melvin Blue (1995-97). Keeton is also just the second quarterback in USU history to rush for 1,000 career yards along with Diondre Borel (2007-10) who holds the school record with 1,398 yards by a quarterback.

KEETON TIES OWN SCHOOL RECORD WITH FIVE TOUCHDOWN PASSES AT AIR FORCE
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton tied his own school record with five touchdown passes in his last game against Air Force as he had touchdown throws of 30, 23, 20, 36 and 1 yards. Keeton also threw five touchdown passes in a single game as a freshman in 2011 against Wyoming. Former Aggies Tony Adams (1970-72) and Anthony Calvillo (1992-93) also threw five touchdown passes in a game twice during their careers, while Brent Synder (1987-88) accomplished the feat once.

KEETON SETS CAREER MARK IN COMPLETIONS FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE GAME
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton set a career record for completions for the second time in as many games in his last outing against Air Force as he completed 32-of-40 passes for 360 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. Keeton's previous career-high for completions was 31 set at Utah the previous week. Furthermore, Keeton's 40 pass attempts against the Falcons tied his career-high which was also set against Utah a week earlier, while his 360 passing yards ranks as the second-most in his career and his seventh career 300-yard passing game, including his fifth in his last seven games dating back to the 2012 season. Keeton also rushed for 77 yards on just eight carries against the Falcons.

VAN LEEUWEN RECORDS CAREER-HIGH SIX RECEPTIONS AT AIR FORCE
Senior wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen recorded a career-high six receptions for 70 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown reception, in his last game at Air Force. In his first game of the year at Utah, Van Leeuwen recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game as he caught a then career-high five passes for a career-best 107 yards, while tying his career-long reception of 36 yards.

HILL RECORDS FIRST CAREER TWO TOUCHDOWN GAME AT AIR FORCE
Junior running back Joe Hill recorded his first career two touchdown game in his last outing at Air Force as he carried the ball four times for 37 yards with a 1-yard touchdown run to go along with four receptions for 37 yards with a 20-yard touchdown. Overall, Hill now has nine career rushing touchdowns and three career receiving touchdowns. In USU's season opener at Utah, Hill recorded career-highs in both rushing attempts (18) and receptions (7) as he finished the game with 75 rushing yards and 39 receiving yards. Hills career-high in rushing yards is 116 set against Southern Utah in 2012.

SWINDALL RECORDS CAREER-HIGHS AT AIR FORCE
Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Swindall recorded career-highs in both receptions (5) and receiving yards (63) in his last outing at Air Force, while posting a career-long catch of 24 yards. In USU's season opener at Utah, Swindall caught the first touchdown passes of his career from 15 and four yards as he was the first Aggie with multiple touchdown receptions in a game since Chuck Jacobs had two touchdown receptions against UNLV on Sept. 29, 2012.

ANDERSEN RECORDS CAREER-HIGHS AT AIR FORCE
Junior tight end Keegan Andersen had a career-high three receptions for a career-best 20 yards, including his first career touchdown on a 1-yard pass in his last outing at Air Force.

DeMARTINO AND MARSHALL BOTH HAVE CAREER DAYS AT AIR FORCE
Senior running backs Joey DeMartino and Robert Marshall had career days at Air Force as DeMartino had career-highs in both receptions (2) and receiving yards (27), while Marshall had a career-high 13 carries. DeMartino also scored his second rushing touchdown of his career on a 2-yard run.

DOUGHTY POSTS SIXTH-CAREER DOUBLE-DIGIT TACKLE OUTING AT AIR FORCE
Senior linebacker Jake Doughty recorded 11 tackles in his last game against Air Force, marking the sixth time in his career and second time in as many games that he has recorded doubled-digit tackles. Doughty began the season by posting 16 tackles at Utah, which are the second-most in his career behind his 18 tackle performance at No. 19 Louisiana Tech in 2012.

VIGIL FORCES SECOND FUMBLE IN AS MANY GAMES
Junior linebacker Zach Vigil forced an Air Force fumble on its first offensive play of the game, marking the second time in as many outings and third time in his career that he has forced a fumble, also doing so in USU's season opener at Utah and at Wisconsin in 2012. Vigil also recorded nine tackles against the Falcons and 10 tackles against the Utes for his sixth career double-digit tackle outing.

OTHER PLAYER NOTABLES FROM AIR FORCE GAME
Utah State players who made their first career start at Air Force included sophomore wide receiver Brandon Swindall, senior defensive end Paul Piukala, and senior linebacker Terrell Thompson... Junior wide receiver Shaan Johnson caught his first career pass for 14 yards... Junior wide receiver Ronald Butler's first career reception was a 23-yard touchdown... Senior wide receiver Travis Reynolds had a career-best 59 receiving yards and his second career touchdown... Sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell recovered his second career fumble... Senior linebacker Terrell Thompson forced his first career fumble... Senior defensive end Paul Piukala had a career-high five tackles... Freshman linebacker Nick Vigil had a career-high six tackles... Junior punter Jaron Bentrude had a career-long 47-yard punt.

KEETON RANKS FIRST ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN COMPLETION PERCENTAGE
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton is 444-of-661 passing during his Utah State career with a completion percentage of 67.2 percent, which ranks first all-time in school history. Keith Myers (1976-77) ranks second all-time at 60.7 percent.

KEETON RANKS THIRD ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton ranks third all-time in school history with 45 touchdown passes and is now seven touchdown passes shy of tying Tony Adams (1970-72) for second all-time with 52 career touchdown passes. The school record for career touchdown passes is 60 set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).

KEETON RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN TOTAL OFFENSE
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton has 6,321 yards of total offense (5,247-passing, 1,074-rushing) in his career to rank fourth all-time in school history. The school record for total offense is 8,791 yards by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002) and Keeton is now just 266 yards of total offense shy of tying Tony Adams (1970-72) for third-place with 6,587 yards of total offense.

KEETON RANKS SEVENTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN COMPLETIONS
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton ranks seventh all-time at Utah State with 444 career completions and is now four completion shy of tying Anthony Calvillo (1992-93) for sixth with 448 career completions. The school record is 704 completions set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).

KEETON RANKS EIGHTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN PASSING YARDS
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton has thrown for 5,247 yards to rank eighth all-time in school history and is now 138 yards shy of tying Matt Sauk (1996-97) for seventh-place with 5,385 passing yards. The school record for passing yards is 9,168 set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).

KEETON RANKS NINTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN PASSING ATTEMPTS
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton has attempted 661 passes during his career to rank ninth all-time in school history and is now three pass attempts shy of tying Matt Sauk (1996-97) for eighth-place with 664 career pass attempts. The school record for pass attempts is 1,270 set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS WITH JUNIOR QUARTERBACK Chuckie Keeton
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton has thrown at least two touchdown passes in a game 15 times in his career, three touchdown passes in a game six times in his career, four touchdown passes in a game three times in his career, and five touchdown passes in a game twice during his career. Keeton also rushed for a touchdown 13 times in his career. Furthermore, Keeton has thrown for at least 300 yards five times in his last seven games dating back to last season, and seven times in his career.

KEETON SETS NUMEROUS SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS IN 2012
Junior 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.

DIAZ RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN PAT PERCENTAGE
Junior placekicker Nick Diaz is 49-of-50 on extra points during his Aggie career and his career PAT percentage of .980 ranks fourth all-time in school history. Senior placekicker Josh Thompson is 68-of-70 on career extra points and that career percentage of .971 ranks fifth all-time at USU. 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 Thompson who was 57-of-58 on extra points. Thus far this year, Diaz is 3-of-3 on field goals and 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. For his career, Diaz is 11-of-14 (.786) on field goals.

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.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has produced at least 500 yards of total offense in six of its last eight games, including once this year. During its first game of the 2013 season, USU just missed the 500-yard mark as it had 487 yards of total offense at Utah. In all, Utah State has produced at least 400 yards of total offense 10 times in its last 12 games.

UTAH STATE RANKS SIXTH IN THE NATION IN THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY
Utah State has converted 21-of-32 third downs during its first two games of the 2013 season and that conversion percentage of 65.6 percent ranks first in the Mountain West and sixth in the nation. In 2013, USU converted 45.3 percent of its third downs (82/181).

UTAH STATE RANKS SEVENTH IN THE NATION IN FIRST DOWNS
Utah State is averaging 29.5 first downs per game thus far this year to lead the Mountain West and rank seventh in the nation. In 2012, USU averaged 20.9 first downs per game.

UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKS 32ND IN THE NATION IN THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS
Utah State's defense is limiting its opponents to just nine first downs on 32 third down attempts this year and that conversion percentage of 29.0 percent ranks second in the Mountain West behind Fresno State (27.3) and 32nd in the nation. In 2012, USU held its opponents to just 32.9 percent conversions (73/222) on third downs.

UTAH STATE RANKS TIED FOR FIRST IN THE NATION IN RED ZONE OFFENSE
Utah State is a perfect 9-for-9 on red zone opportunities offensively during its first two game of the 2013 season to rank tied for first nationally. Against Utah, USU scored three touchdowns to go along with two field goals in five red zone opportunities. Against Air Force, USU scored five touchdowns in five red zone opportunities.

UTAH STATE RANKS 18TH IN THE NATION IN PASSING EFFICIENCY
Utah State has a passing efficiency of 175.9 thus far in 2013 to rank first in the Mountain West and 18th nationally. USU also ranks second in the MW and tied for 14th in the nation in passing offense (337.0 ypg), second in the MW and 24th nationally in total offense (532.0 ypg), second in the MW and 35th in the nation in scoring offense (39.0 ppg), sixth in the MW and tied for 51st in the nation in rushing offense (195.0 ypg), and tied for fifth in the MW in sacks allowed (1.5 pg).

UTAH STATE RANKS SECOND IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST IN TOTAL DEFENSE
Utah State ranks second in the Mountain West and tied for 55th in the nation in total defense allowing 36.0.0 yards per game. USU also ranks third in the MW in scoring defense (25.0 ppg), third in the MW in rushing defense (155.0), tied for fourth in the MW in sacks (1.50 pg), fifth in the MW in passing defense (205.0), and ninth in the MW in passing efficiency defense (146.4).

UTAH STATE RANKS THIRD IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST IN KICKOFF RETURNS
Utah State currently ranks third in the Mountain West and 50th in the nation averaging 22.3 yards per kick return. USU also ranks seventh in the MW in turnover margin (-0.50), eighth in the MW in net punting (38.3 ypk), and 12th in the MW in punt returns (-1.5 ypr).

KEETON RANKS THIRD IN THE NATION IN TOTAL OFFENSE
Following the first two weeks of college football, junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton ranks first in the Mountain West and third in the nation in total offense (418.0 ypg). Keeton also ranks second in the MW and tied for sixth in the nation in completions (31.5), first in the MW and 20th in the nation in passing efficiency (175.9), second in the MW and 10th in the nation in passing (337.0 ypg), and sixth in the MW and 60th in the nation in rushing (81.0 ypg).

UTAH STATE PLAYERS IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST AND NATIONAL RANKINGS
Senior linebacker Jake Doughty ranks second in the MW and fourth in the nation in tackles (13.5 pg). Senior safety Maurice Alexander ranks tied for fourth in the MW and tied for 70th in the nation in sacks (0.75 pg), tied for fifth in the MW and 83rd in the nation in tackles for loss (1.25 pg), tied for ninth in the MW in passes defended (1.0 pg), and tied for 14th in the MW in tackles (8.0 pg). Sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell ranks tied for first in the MW and tied for 23rd in the nation in fumbles recovered (0.5 pg), and tied for second in the MW and tied for 24th in the nation in fumbles forced (0.5 pg). Junior linebacker Zach Vigil ranks first in the MW and tied for third in the nation in fumbles forced (1.0 pg), and tied for ninth in the MW and 53rd in the nation in tackles (9.5 pg). Sophomore wide receiver Bruce Natson ranks tied for fifth in the MW and tied for 27th in the nation in receptions (7.0 pg). Junior running back Joe Hill ranks 10th in the MW and 63rd in the nation in receptions (5.5 pg). Senior wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen ranks fifth in the MW and 47th nationally in receiving (88.5 ypg), and 10th in the MW and 63rd in the nation in receptions (5.5 pg). Senior cornerback Tay Glover-Wright ranks tied for first in the MW and tied for 23rd in the nation in fumbles recovered (0.5 pg), tied for fourth in the MW and tied for 35th in the nation in passes defended (1.5 pg), and fourth in the MW and 43rd in the nation in kickoff returns (22.3 ypr). Junior safety Brian Suite ranks tied for 16th in the MW in tackles (7.5 pg). Senior linebacker Terrell Thompson ranks tied for second in the MW and tied for 24th in the nation in fumbles forced (0.5 pg). And junior placekicker Nick Diaz ranks tied for third in the MW and tied for 30th in the nation in field goals (1.5 pg), tied for third in the MW and tied for 74th in the nation in scoring (9.0 ppg), and tied for first in the MW in field goal percentage (100.0).

DID YOU KNOW?
Eighth former Utah State football players are currently on NFL preseason rosters as of September 1 including Jarrett Bush (Green Bay), Will Davis (Miami), Chuck Jacobs (San Francisco), Curtis Marsh (Philadelphia), Donald Penn (Tampa Bay), Robert Turbin (Seattle), Bobby Wagner (Seattle) and Kerwynn Williams (Indianapolis).

WHAT UTAH STATE RETURNS IN 2013
Utah State returns 18 starters (O-8, D-7, S-3) and 49 letterwinners (O-23, D-22, S-4) from last year's team that finished with a 11-2 record and won the Western Athletic Conference with a perfect 6-0 mark. USU ended its season with a 41-15 win against Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and was ranked 16th nationally by the Associated Press. Highlighting Utah State's returners is senior center Tyler Larsen who is a two-time first-team all-WAC honoree. Joining Larsen as returning all-conference players from 2012 are senior linebacker Jake Doughty (first-team), sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell (first-team), junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton (first-team), senior offensive tackle Eric Schultz (first-team), senior cornerback Nevin Lawson (second-team), senior offensive guard Jamie Markosian (second-team), sophomore defensive tackle Jordan Nielsen (second-team), junior linebacker Zach Vigil (second-team) and senior defensive tackle Connor Williams (honorable-mention). Along with the players mentioned above, USU also returns four other starters on offense (WR-Travis Reynolds; TE-D.J. Tialavea; OT-Kevin Whimpey; OG-Kyle Whimpey), two other starters on defense (NG-Elvis Kamana-Matagi; S-Brian Suite) and three special teams starters (PK/H-Jaron Bentrude; PK-Nick Diaz; LS-Nate Needham).

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 COACHING CHANGES FOR 2013
First-year Utah State head coach Matt Wells retained four assistant coaches from the previous staff and hired five new coaches for the 2013 season. Mark Weber was hired as an assistant head coach and offensive line coach; Todd Orlando was hired as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach; Kevin McGiven was hired as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach; Dave Ungerer was hired as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach; and Luke Wells was hired as the co-offensive coordinator, tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. Coaches returning from last year's staff include wide receivers coach Jovon Bouknight, linebackers coach Kevin Clune, defensive line coach Frank Maile, and cornerbacks coach Kendrick Shaver.

UTAH STATE COMING OFF BACK-TO-BACK BOWL APPEARANCES
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, including just its second-ever bowl win in 2012 as it defeated Toledo, 41-15. USU's only other bowl win was at the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl when it defeated Ball State, 42-33. USU has never played in three-straight bowl games.

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 in 2012 against Toledo.

ACADEMIC ALL-WAC
Utah State had 21 football players earn academic all-WAC honors during the 2012-13 academic year, which ranked first in the WAC. Over the past four years, USU has had 87 players earn academic all-WAC honors and 94 players have graduated from Utah State University.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State was one of just 13 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools to win 10 or more football games and 20-plus basketball games during the 2012-13 academic year as the Aggies went 11-2 on the gridiron and 21-10 on the hardwood. Other FBS schools in the 20-10 club include Alabama, Boise State, Cincinnati, Florida, Kansas State, Kent State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon and UCF.

A LOOK AT WEBER STATE
Weber State is 1-1 on the season after defeating Stephen F. Austin, 50-40, at home in its season opener and losing at Utah, 70-7, last weekend. Offensively, Weber State is led by senior quarterback Jordan Adamczyk who is 22-of-46 passing for 206 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Junior running back Bo Bolen has 115 rushing yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns, while freshman running back Zach Smith has rushed for 108 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown, and senior wide receiver Erik Walker has caught eight passes for 138 yards with one touchdown. Defensively, senior safety Chris Wheeler leads the team with 18 tackles (8-solo, 10-assist), while sophomore linebacker Roman Valenzuela has 15 tackles (4-solo, 11-assist), and senior linebacker Anthony Morales has 14 tackles (6-solo, 8-assist). As a team, WSU is averaging 28.5 points and 344.5 yards of total offense per game (192.0-rushing, 152.5-passing) and allowing 55.0 points and 596.0 yards of total offense per game (370.0-passing, 226.0-rushing). Overall, Weber State returns 15 starters (O-7, D-7, ST-1) and 36 lettermen from last year's team that went 2-9 overall and finished tied for 11th-place in the Big Sky Conference with a 2-6 league mark. Weber State is coached by Jody Sears who is 3-10 in this his second year as the Wildcats head coach.

AGGIES AND WILDCATS SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Weber State will be meeting for the 14th time in series history this weekend, with USU holding a 12-1 all-time advantage. Overall, Utah State has won each of the last six games in the series and Weber State's only win against USU was in Logan on Nov. 11, 1978 by a final score of 44-25. All-time, USU is 7-1 against the Wildcats at home.

TOP AGGIE PERFORMERS VERSUS WEBER STATE
Rushing Yards: Emmett White (2001), 233
Passing Yards: Jose Fuentes (2001), 437
Receiving Yards: Kevin Curtis (2001), 252

UTAH STATE VERSUS THE BIG SKY CONFERENCE
Utah State is 76-17-6 (.798) all-time against current members of the Big Sky Conference with a 25-7 record against Montana, a 22-6-6 record against Montana State, a 14-2 record against Idaho State, a 12-1 record against Weber State, a 3-0 record against Southern Utah and an 0-1 record against Eastern Washington. The last time USU faced a Big Sky school was on Aug. 30, 2012 when it defeated Southern Utah at home, 34-3.

WELLS AS AN ASSISTANT COACH AGAINST WEBER STATE
Utah State head coach Matt Wells will face Weber State for the first time as a head coach, and second time overall as he was a first-year assistant at USU in 2011 when the Aggies defeated the Wildcats, 54-17.

WELLS VERSUS THE BIG SKY CONFERENCE
Utah State head coach Matt Wells posted a 3-0 record as an assistant coach when facing current members of the Big Sky Conference, including a 2-0 mark during his last two seasons as an assistant at Utah State as USU defeated Weber State (54-17) in 2011 and Southern Utah (34-3) in 2012. Wells was also 1-0 as an assistant against Big Sky teams while at New Mexico as the Lobos defeated Sacramento State in 2007.

UTAH STATE-WEBER STATE CONNECTIONS
Utah State linebackers coach Kevin Clune spent four seasons (2005-08) as Weber State's defensive coordinator helping the Wildcats' defense rank second in the Big Sky Conference in both 2006 and 2007. During his tenure at Weber State, Clune coached 15 all-Big Sky honorees. Utah State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kevin McGiven spent three years (2006-08) as Weber State's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach helping the Wildcats to the quarterfinals of the 2008 Football Championship Series Playoffs. Under McGiven, Weber State improved from fifth in the Big Sky in 2007 in total offense to leading the league and ranking seventh in the FCS in 2008 with 455.4 yards per game. The McGiven-led Wildcat offense also led the Big Sky and ranked 12th in the FCS in scoring at 35.1 points per game. McGiven's offense was also second in the Big Sky and fifth in the FCS in passing (324.3 ypg), and fifth in the league and 70th in the nation in rushing (131.0 ypg). Under McGiven, Weber State had seven players earn first-team all-Big Sky honors in 2008, including quarterback Cameron Higgins who was the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year as he led the league and ranked third in FCS in passing efficiency (166.26), as well as leading the league and ranking fourth in FCS in total offense (314.3 ypg). WSU Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator Amy Crosbie is a 2002 USU alum and four-year letterwinner for the Aggie volleyball team from 1997-2000. Crosbie later served as USU's Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Services/Academic Advisor and CHAMPS Life Skills Director for seven years before joining the WSU department in March of 2010.

DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State amassed its current school record of 684 yards of total offense in a 56-43 win against Weber State on Nov. 17, 2001.

LAST MEETING AGAINST WEBER STATE - (USU 54, WSU 17)
September 10, 2011 • Logan, Utah • Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium
Robert Turbin rushed for a season-high 180 yards on 18 carries and Utah State rolled up 635 yards of total offense as the Aggies scored the final 44 points in a 54-17 blowout win against Weber State in USU's home opener on Sept. 10, 2011. In all, Utah State scored on six-straight possessions in the second and third quarters, including four-straight touchdowns.

Utah State's 635 total yards rank as the sixth-most in school history and the most since racking up a school-record 684 yards against the Wildcats in 2001. The Aggies also grounded out 440 rushing yards in the game to rank as the fourth-most in school history and the most since running for 467 yards against Denver during the 1960 campaign.

Utah State trailed 17-10 with 4:42 to play in the first-half following a 45-yard field goal from Weber State, but tied the game at 17-17 on Turbin's first of two touchdowns runs in the game from 14 yards out with 00:53 to play in the half.

The second half began just the way the first half ended as Utah State went 90 yards on nine plays and capped its drive with a 5-yard touchdown run by freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton. Turbin scored his second touchdown of the night on USU's next possession from 31-yards and Keeton connected with junior wide receiver Matt Austin for a 49-yard score on its next series.

Utah State then scored on a 39-yard field from sophomore placekicker Josh Thompson and concluded the romp with a pair of four-quarter touchdowns as junior wide receiver Chuck Jacobs scored on a 29-yard strike from Keeton capping a three-play, 99-yard drive and redshirt freshman running back Joe Hill scored his first career touchdown on a 14-yard scamper.

Keeton finished the game completing 10-of-15 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns, for his first touchdown passes of his Aggie career. The freshman added 53 rushing yards on nine carries.

Senior linebackers Bobby Wagner and Kyle Gallagher each had 10 tackles to lead Utah State's defense, while junior defensive tackle Al Lapuaho finished with one sack and six stops.

Weber State forced Utah State into a pair of first-half turnovers and scored on three of four possessions in the first and second quarter as the Wildcats amassed 139 yards of offense and possessed the ball for 17:51 as it led for much of the half. The Aggies were also called for seven first-half penalties for 70 yards before being whistled for just one infraction in the second-half. WSU managed just 74 yards and four first downs in the second 30 minutes, while USU produced 382 yards and out-scored the visitors, 37-0.

UTAH STATE PLAYING SIX HOME GAMES IN 2013
Utah State's 2013 schedule marks the fourth-straight season, the fifth time in the last six years, and the sixth time in the last 17 years that it will play six home games. Overall, the Aggies have had six home games on the slate a total of only just 10 times: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1978, 1952.

UTAH STATE PLAYING THREE IN-STATE FOES DURING 2013 SEASON
Utah State's 2013 schedule marks the third time in five years that it will face three in-state foes (Aug. 29 at Utah; Sept. 14 vs. Weber State; Oct. 4 vs. BYU) also doing so in 2009 and 2012. Prior to 2009, USU hadn't played three in-state teams in the same season since 2001. USU will also face a pair of Pac-12 opponents (Aug. 29 at Utah; Sept. 21 at USC) in 2013 for the first time since 1998.

LOOKING INSIDE UTAH STATE'S 2013 SCHEDULE
Utah State's 2013 schedule features five teams who played in bowl games a year ago as Air Force played in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (L, 33-14 vs. Rice); USC played in the Hyundai Sun Bowl (L, 21-7 vs. Georgia Tech); San Jose State played in the Military Bowl (W, 29-20 vs. Bowling Green); BYU played in the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (W, 23-6 vs. San Diego State); and Boise State played in the Las Vegas Maaco Bowl (W, 28-26 vs. Washington).

RANKED OPPONENTS ON UTAH STATE'S 2013 SCHEDULE
Boise State and San Jose State are the two teams on Utah State's 2013 schedule that finished 2012 nationally ranked as the Broncos were 14th in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and 18th in the Associated Press Poll, while the Spartans were 21st in both polls.

UTAH STATE ALLOWS FIRST QUARTER TOUCHDOWN FOR FIRST TIME IN 17 GAMES
Utah State allowed a pair of first quarter touchdowns in its 30-26 loss at Utah to start the 2013 season, marking the first time in 17 games it allowed a touchdown in the first 15 minutes of play. During the 2012 season, USU out-scored its opponents 138-9 in the first quarter and was the only team in the nation not to allow a first quarter touchdown. In fact, the last time USU allowed a first quarter touchdown prior to its season opening game at Utah was on Nov. 19, 2011 at Idaho. Overall, Utah is the only Utah State opponent in its last 18 games to score a first quarter touchdown against the Aggies.

UTAH STATE WON THE MAJORITY OF ITS GAMES IN 2012 IN THE FIRST HALF
Utah State had a 254-60 scoring advantage in the first-half last season as it held 10 of its 13 opponents scoreless in the first quarter and three opponents scoreless in the first half. USU also led at the half in all but one game last 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. Furthermore, in 13 games and 780 minutes of play last season, Utah State led or was tied for all but 65:39 (91.2 %).

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.

AGGIES WHO ARE MARRIED AND HAVE BEEN ON MISSIONS
Utah State has 12 players on its team who are married (Clayton Christensen, Craig Harrison, Tyler Larsen, Logan Malohifo'ou, Jeff Manning, Nate Needham, AJ Pataiali'i, Bridger Peck, Joe Summers, Josh Thompson, Kevin Whimpey, Kyle Whimpey), while 24 Aggies have served a two-year LDS Church Mission (Ricky Ali'ifua, Jarom Baldomero, Eric Bernston, Brock Bird, Jordan Brown, Clayton Christensen, Jefferson Court, Dayton DeLoach, Jarom Ioane, Derek Keller, B.J. Larsen, Logan Malohifo'ou, Jeff Manning, Alex Marsaw, Nate Needham, Travis Parrish, Eric Schultz, Brayden Stembride, Joe Summers, Brandon Taukeiaho, Tyler Weese, Kevin Whimpey, Kyle Whimpey and Daniel Wray).

DID YOU KNOW?
Senior defensive end Connor Williams (Kanata, Ontario, Canada/Holy Trinity HS) is one of just 32 players from Canada currently playing college football at the FBS level. Overall, USU is one of just 18 FBS teams with a Canadian player on its roster.

RECAPPING THE AIR FORCE GAME
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Paced by a career day from junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton, Utah State (1-1, 1-0 MW) flew past Air Force (1-1, 0-1 MW), 52-20, on Saturday, Sept. 7 in the Aggies' Mountain West Conference debut.

Keeton tied his own school record with five touchdown passes, as well as posting a new career-high with 32 completions on a 32-of-40 passing effort for 360 yards, getting intercepted once. The junior signal-caller also rushed for 77 yards on eight carries, going over 1,000 yards for his career, becoming the 25th player in school history and the second quarterback to do so, joining Diondre Borel. Overall, Keeton had 437 yards of total offense on the day.

The quarterbacks efforts led USU's offense that amassed 577 total yards, with 360 through the air and 217 on the ground. It was the Aggies' sixth game in the last eight outings with over 500 yards of total offense.

Senior wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen led 10 different Aggie players with a reception, snaring a career-high six catches for 70 yards with one touchdown. Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Swindall had a career-best five receptions for a career-high 63 receiving yards. The five touchdown catches were all caught by different receivers, including two with their first career touchdowns in junior wide receiver Ronald Butler and junior tight end Keegan Andersen.

The Aggies were 11-of-15 on third-down conversions, punting just twice in the game, while the USU defense held the Falcons to 2-of-15 on third-downs, forcing six punts.

Senior linebacker Jake Doughty spearheaded an Aggie defense that limited Air Force to 270 yards of total offense, posting 11 stops on the game, logging double-digit tackles for the second-straight game and sixth of his career. Junior linebacker Zach Vigil tallied nine tackles, including 1.5 for a loss and forced a fumble on the Falcons' first play from scrimmage that sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell recovered.

That fumble came on AFA's ensuing possession after USU took the opening kickoff and marched down the field with Keeton hitting Van Leeuwen for a 30-yard scoring play. After taking over at the AFA 35 following the fumble, junior running back Joe Hill darted in from 1-yard out and junior placekicker Nick Diaz drilled the extra point for a 14-0 Aggie advantage with less than four minute run off the game clock.

Air Force registered the next two scores on 33 and 34-yard field goals to close to 14-6 at the end of the first quarter. USU opened the second stanza scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run by senior running back Joey DeMartino for a 21-6 lead. AFA countered with a 3-yard run to close to 21-13, only to see Diaz cap a short, quick USU drive with a 41-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining, sending USU into halftime with a 24-13 lead.

The Aggies erupted out of halftime, as USU scored 21 points in the third quarter as part of its 31 unanswered points, started by getting a 23-yard strike from Keeton to Butler. On USU's next drive, Keeton hit Hill for a 20-yard touchdown and then Keeton connected with senior wide receiver Travis Reynolds for a 36-yard score.

Keeton capped the Aggies' scoring with a 1-yard toss to Andersen with 11:53 to go in the game, before Air Force scored on a 37-yard touchdown pass with 8:04 left for the final scoring of the game and USU cruised to its first-ever MW win.

UTAH STATE HEAD COACH Matt Wells
Aggie alumnus Matt Wells was named Utah State's 27th head football coach on Dec. 20, 2012 after serving as the team's offensive coordinator in 2012, and quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator in 2011.

The 39-year old Wells, who is now the 11th-youngest head coach at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level, replaces Gary Andersen who accepted the head coaching position at the University of Wisconsin. Dating back to 1919, Wells 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, 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 has 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.

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.

During his two years at Utah State, Wells has been part of a Utah State team that went to back-to-back bowl games for just the third time in school history, while posting an 18-8 record. Furthermore, USU's 41-15 win against Toledo in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was the school's second-ever bowl victory.

As offensive coordinator this past season, 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 during his first two seasons at Utah State, Keeton has emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation and currently ranks first in school history in career completion percentage (.656), fourth in career touchdown passes (38), seventh in career total offense (5,485 yards), and ninth in career passing yards (4,573) and completions (381).

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.

Utah State, who officially joined the Mountain West Conference on July 1, 2013, will return 18 starters (8-offense, 7-defense, 3-special teams) and 49 letterwinners (23-offense, 22-defense, 4-special teams) from a group that has won 16 of its last 19 games.

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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