Match-Up Of Aggies On Tap Saturday When Utah State Faces Texas A&M
Sept. 14, 2009
LOGAN, Utah -
UTAH STATE at TEXAS A&M Saturday, Sept. 19 - 5 p.m. (MT) Kyle Field (83,002) College Station, TexasQUICKLY -- Utah State (0-1, 0-0 WAC) will square off with Texas A&M (1-0, 0-0 Big 12) in an all-Aggies affair on Saturday, Sept. 19... Kickoff from legendary Kyle Field (83,002) is slated for 5 p.m. (MT)... This will be the first-ever meeting between the two agriculture schools... Saturday's game will not be televised.
ON THE AIR -- All Utah State football games are carried live on KVNU 610 AM and KLZX 95.9 FM in Logan; 1230 AM in Salt Lake City; on KLZX 105.3 FM in Montpelier, Idaho, and on the Internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com by clicking on "Listen Live"... Al Lewis handles the play-by-play duties and Craig Hislop provides analysis.
ON THE INTERNET -- USU home football games are also streamed on the Internet through "Aggies All Access," by clicking on the "Live Aggies Video" link in the right hand column on the home page of www.UtahStateAggies.com.
GAMETRACKER -- Fans can follow the USU-Texas A&M game plus all USU Aggie home games through the USU web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com via GameTracker, a free service, which updates play-by-play and statistics throughout the game.
COACHES SHOW ON THE ROAD -- The Gary Andersen radio show will rotate between the A&W Restaurant and Firehouse Pizza on Thursday nights (6:05-6:45 p.m. on 610 AM KVNU). The show gives USU fans an opportunity to ask questions and interact with Coach Andersen and players.
Sept. 17, 30 - A&W Restaurant (710 N Main, Logan, UT) / Sept. 24, Oct. 8 - Firehouse Pizzeria (880 S Main, Logan, UT)UP NEXT -- Utah State hosts Southern Utah in USU's home-opener on Saturday, Sept. 26... Kickoff for the Saturday's game, which is also USU's homecoming game and Ag Day, is slated for 6 p.m. (MT) at USU's Romney Stadium... The Aggies have the latest home-opener in the WAC and tied with three others for the second-latest in the country, behind Florida Atlantic's latest home-opener of Oct. 3.
TEXAS TWO-STEPPERS -- Utah State has 13 players on its roster from the state of Texas, the third-most on the team behind California (42) and Utah (33).
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Exp. Hometown (High School/Last School) 4 Walter McClenton S 5-11 191 So. SQ Arlington, Texas (Bowie HS) 11 Stanley Morrison WR 5-9 162 So. 1L Denison, Texas (Denison HS) 17 Xavier Bowman WR 6-3 204 Sr. 3L Houston, Texas (Pasadena Dobie HS) 20 Maxim Dinka-Mba LB 5-11 213 Jr. 2L Plano, Texas (Plano HS) 21 Derrvin Speight RB 5-9 204 Jr. 1L Irving, Texas (MacArthur HS) 31 Paul Igboeli LB 6-0 220 Sr. 3L Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie HS) 32 Jacob Actkinson LB 6-1 220 RS-So. 1L Grapevine, Texas (Grapevine HS) 38 Washington Igboeli CB 5-10 179 Jr. SQ Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie HS/Navarro JC) 45 Tim Wlodarczyk LB 6-1 196 So. SQ Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie HS) 55 David Disman OC 6-1 265 So. 1L Mesquite, Texas (Horn HS) 65 Chris Friesen OL 6-5 245 Fr. HS Mansfield, Texas (Summit HS) 79 Robert Hill OT 6-2 282 So. 1L Southlake, Texas (Carroll HS) 97 Robert Tidwell DE 6-4 247 Fr. RS Humble, Texas (Atascocita HS)FORMER USU AGGIE McMILLIAN ON TEXAS A&M AGGIE COACHING STAFF -- Texas A&M cornerbacks coach Charles McMillian is a 1995 graduate of Utah State... McMillian played cornerback for the Aggies in 1993-94, leading USU to the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl with a 42-33 win over Ball State, and was team captain... McMillian ranked second on the team in both tackles and pass break-ups with 55 and 11, respectively, in 1994, as well as ranking third on the team with three interceptions... In 1993, McMillian tied for the team-lead with seven pass break-ups as well as logging 37 tackles in addition to one interception, for a team-leading 65-yard return... This is McMillian's second season at TAMU and his 14th season in coaching overall.
FIRST-EVER SERIES MEETING BETWEEN USU AND TAMU -- Saturday is the first-ever meeting between the Aggies of Utah State and the Aggies of Texas A&M.
UTAH STATE BIG 12 HISTORY -- By facing Texas A&M, USU completes its bingo card against the current schools of the Big 12 Conference... It is only the second conference that the Aggies have played a league's complete membership, joining the Mountain West Conference... It will be USU's second Big 12 opponent in three years after the Aggies played at Oklahoma in 2007... Overall, Utah State is 9-40-1 all-time against teams in the current Big 12, having lost the last nine in a row... USU's last win vs. a Big 12 school was a 28-16 win over Kansas State in 1992... The Aggies' most common league opponent has been Colorado and USU is 6-11-1 against the Buffaloes all-time... USU owns a winning record against one conference team with a 3-2 mark against Kansas State... Saturday will be the first time vs. an unranked Big 12 opponent in the last four meetings vs. a conference team... Here is a look at the last 10 meetings against the league:
1992 - W 28-16 vs Kansas State 1993 - L 24-28 vs Baylor 1996 - L 17-31 at Oklahoma State 1996 - L 20-58 at Texas Tech 1998 - L 6-25 at #15 Colorado 1999 - L 0-40 at #19 Kansas State 2000 - L 16-38 at Texas Tech 2002 - L 13-44 at #9 Nebraska 2003 - L 7-31 at #23 Nebraska 2007 - L 3-54 at #3 OklahomaUSU VS. TEXAS TEAMS -- Utah State is an even 13-13-1 (.500) vs. teams from the Lone Star state... Saturday will be USU's first meeting vs. a school from Texas since 2004 vs. North Texas... The Aggies have lost their last two match-ups vs. a Texas school, last winning on Oct. 14, 2000 with a 17-12 victory over North Texas.
USU VS. TEXAS TOTALS Overall: 13-13-1 Home: 8-3-0 Away: 5-9-1 Neutral: 0-1-0
USU-TAMU NOTE-ABLE -- While Utah State has 13 players from Texas, Texas A&M does not have any players from Utah... However the maroon Aggies have 109 of the 119 players on the roster from Texas, ranking fifth in the country for highest percentage of players from the home state as the school... One of the non-Texans on Texas A&M's roster is freshman LB Michael Lamothe, who is from New Iberia, La. (New Iberia HS), the same hometown and high school as USU cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond, beginning his coaching career at New Iberia HS in 2003, coaching the secondary.
UTAH STATE-TEXAS A&M BY THE NUMBERS -- A closer look at note-ables about Saturday's match-up of the Aggies:
0 Meetings on the football field between Utah State and Texas A&M.
USU IN SEPTEMBER / ON SEPT. 19 -- Utah State snapped an 11-game September losing streak with the Aggies' 42-17 win over Idaho on Sept. 20, 2008, and is 0-1 in the calendar's ninth month so far this season... USU was 1-2 in September last season after dropping all four of its September games in 2007 and all five games in September in 2006... Saturday is USU's first game on Sept. 19 since a 25-6 loss at #15 Colorado in 1998.... The Aggies are 3-3 overall on Sept. 19, with all three losses coming on the road and having lost two in a row on the date... USU is 0-2 vs. Big 12 opponent on that date, as its last two losses have been to Baylor (1992) and Colorado (1998):
1953 - W 14-7 vs Wichita State 1981 - W 31-18 vs Weber State 1964 - L 8-24 at Arizona State 1992 - L 10-45 at Baylor 1970 - W 33-14 vs Bowling Green 1998 - L 6-25 at #15 ColoradoUSU AFTER BYE WEEK -- Utah State is coming off its only bye of the season, after opening the year at Utah on Sept. 3... USU is 2-3 in its last five games immediately after bye weeks, having defeated UNLV in 2005, losing to Hawai'i in 2006, losing to Nevada in 2007, losing to No. 8 BYU on Oct. 3 of last year and then beating New Mexico State on Nov. 29 of last season, as USU had a rare two byes on the schedule... In the decade of the 2000's, USU is 7-6 after an off-week.
USU COACHING STAFF VS. TEXAS A&M -- Despite Utah State never facing Texas A&M before, seven members of the USU coaching staff have faced Texas A&M, either as a coach or a player:
Name Utah State Position Other Position Years Gary Andersen Head Coach Utah Def. Coord 2004-W, 41-21 Dave Baldwin Offensive Coord./WR's New Mexico Off. Coord. 2008-L, 22-28 Baylor Off. Coord/QB 2002-L, 0-41 Bill Busch Defensive Coord./Saf. Nebraska Def. Coord. 2007-L, 14-36 2006-W, 28-27 Utah Secondary 2003-L, 26-28 Kevin McGiven Quarterbacks WR at Louisiana Tech 1998-L, 7-28 Corey Raymond Cornerbacks CB at LSU 1992-L, 22-13 1991-L, 7-45 1990-W, 17-8 1989-L, 16-28 T.J. Woods Tight Ends New Mexico Tight Ends 2008-L, 22-28 Jovon Bouknight Grad. Asst. WR's WR at Wyoming 2004-L, 0-31
ABOUT TEXAS A&M -- The Aggies from the Lone Star state are 1-0 after beating New Mexico, 41-6, on Sept. 5... Like USU, TAMU had a bye last week... The maroon Aggies rolled up 606 yards of total offense, while the TAMU defense held New Mexico to 231 total offense yards, including just 21 rushing yards... The Aggie offense was led by junior QB Jerrod Johnson's 31-of-41 passing outing for 349 yards with two TD's... Freshman RB Christine Michael rushed for 93 yards on 11 carries, while Johnson added 57 yards on 13 rushes and sophomore RB Cyrus Gray chipped in with 52 yards on 14 carries with all three scoring a TD... Sophomore WR Jeff Fuller had 10 catches for 111 yards with one TD, while freshman WR Kenric McNeal added 52 yards and a TD on two catches... Sophomore DB Trent Hunter led the TAMU defense with 10 tackles, while junior LB Von Miller logged three sacks.
HEAD COACH COACHING POSITION -- In addition to his head coaching duties, USU head coach Gary Andersen is also the position coach for the defensive tackles... Andersen is one of six Division I (FBS) coaches doing so:
Ball State Stan Parrish Quarterbacks Colorado Dan Hawkins Receivers Kent State Doug Martin Quarterbacks Nevada Chris Ault Quarterbacks San Diego State Brady Hoke Defensive Line UTAH STATE Gary Andersen Defensive TacklesUTAH STATE NOTE-ABLE --
-- Utah State leads the WAC and ranks sixth in the NCAA for turnover margin, with its +2.0 from the Utah game.
-- Sophomore RB Robert Turbin leads the WAC and ranks fourth in the NCAA in rushing with his 148 yards.
-- Turbin also ranks second in the conference and 31st in the country amongst all-purpose runners with 156 yards (148 rushing, 8 receiving).
-- Senior S James Brindley leads the WAC and ranks fourth in the NCAA for tackles with his 14 stops vs. Utah.
-- Brindley also is tied for tops in the conference with one interception, ranking tied for ninth in the country.
-- Sophomore LB Bobby Wagner is second in the league and tied for eighth in the nation with 12 tackles.
-- Senior LB Paul Igboeli shares the conference lead for sacks with one, ranking tied for 18th in the country.
-- Junior P Peter Caldwell is second in the WAC and tied for 11th in the NCAA in punting with a 45.0 ypp average.
LAST GAME NOTES -- USU at #19 Utah - Sept. 3, 2009 - Salt Lake City, Utah post-game notes:
-- Senior LB Paul Igboeli made his 33rd consecutive start as well as his 33rd career start, both of which lead the team... Second for total starts is senior S James Brindley, who made his 22nd career start, while junior OL Spencer Johnson is third, making his 20th career start in the game.
-- Five Aggies made their first career starts: junior RB Michael Smith, junior DT's Sean Enesi and Daniel Gurrola, junior DE Devin Johnson and sophomore LB Quinn Garner... All are junior transfers except Garner, who played in all 12 games last season.
-- The 48-yard pass play from Diondre Borel to Stanley Morrison on USU's opening drive is a new career-long reception for Morrison, topping his previous long of 46 last season against Idaho (Sept. 20).
-- USU scored on its opening scoring drive for the second game in a row, dating back to last year's final game.
-- Utah State scored first vs. UU for third year in a row... USU is 5-5 when scoring first over the last three seasons.
-- Sophomore RB Robert Turbin's 96-yard TD rush in the first quarter is a USU school-record for longest rushing play, topping the 95-yard rush by Percy Hanson in 1920 vs. Colorado Mines... It ties the longest offensive play in school history, matching a Craig Bradshaw to Fred Fernandes 96-yard pass play vs. Arizona State in 1979.
-- Turbin broke the longest individual school record and Hanson held the second-oldest school record... The oldest school record is the team winning margin (136-0 over Idaho State in 1919).
-- Senior S James Brindley snagged his seventh career interception, returning it to the same corner of the field as his 64-yard INT return in 2007, which ended at the UU 1... Brindley needs three more oskies to crack into USU's career INT list... Brindley's 20-yard return gives him 206 for his career, expanding on his hold of the No. 2 spot on USU's career INT return list and leaving him 167 yards from No. 1 Henry King's 373 yards (1965-66).
-- Borel scored his sixth career rushing TD with the 1-yard scamper in the second quarter.
-- USU had two one-play scoring drives in the game (Turbin's 96-yard rush and Borel's 1-yard rush)... The Aggies had three one-play scoring drives all of last season.
-- Turbin's 148 rushing yards is a new career-high, topping his 123 yards vs. Idaho last year (Sept. 20), and is his second career 100-yard rushing outing.
-- Turbin's 148 rushing yards are the most for a USU individual since James Samuals' 159 yards rushing vs. Troy State in 2002.
-- Brindley's 14 tackles are his second-most ever in game (15 vs. Idaho - 11/24/07).
-- Sophomore DE Bobby Wagner recorded a career-high 12 tackles. His previous career-high was 10 vs. Louisiana Tech in 2008.
-- USU now trails the overall series vs. Utah, 77-28-4, having suffered its 12th-straight loss in the series... The nation's 12th-longest series takes a two-year hiatus, resuming in 2012.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN -- Utah State football head coach Gary Andersen announced the Aggies' 2009 captains, after a vote by the team... All three of the defensive captains are seniors, while the offensive captains consist of a senior, a junior and a sophomore... Representing the defense will be the senior trio of safety James Brindley, linebacker Paul Igboeli and cornerback Kejon Murphy... The offensive captains are senior center Brennan McFadden, junior quarterback Diondre Borel and sophomore running back Robert Turbin.
SEVEN OF UTAH STATE'S 2009 OPPONENTS WENT TO BOWL GAME -- A total of seven of Utah State's 2009 opponents went to a bowl game... The list includes five Western Athletic Conference teams in addition to two non-conference foes, including Utah who was selected to a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) game and won the Sugar Bowl... The WAC tied a conference record by having five teams selected to a bowl game, last happening in 1992... There were six bowl eligible teams and only San Jose State did not get selected, while Boise State, Fresno State, Hawai'i, Louisiana Tech and Nevada were all selected for postseason play.
NEW MEXICO BOWL - Albuquerque, N.M. - Colorado St. 40, Fresno St. 35 POINSETTIA BOWL - San Diego, Calif. - #11 TCU 17, #9 Boise St. 16 HAWAI'I BOWL - Honolulu, Hawaii - Notre Dame 49, Hawai'i 21 INDEPENDENCE BOWL - Shreveport, La. - Louisiana Tech 17, No. Illinois 10 HUMANITARIAN BOWL - Boise, Idaho - Maryland 42, Nevada 35 LAS VEGAS BOWL - Las Vegas, Nev. - Arizona 31, #16 BYU 21 SUGAR BOWL - New Orleans, La. - #6 Utah 31, #4 Alabama 17
Sophomore RB Robert Turbin had three rushing TD's vs. Louisiana Tech last season, becoming the first USU RB to have three rushing TD's in one game since Emmett White had three on Nov. 17, 2001 against Weber State... The last three-rushing TD outing against a Division I team was also by White, against Arkansas State on Oct. 28, 2000.
Turbin's eight rushing TD's last season put him five shy of USU's career top 10 list, trailing three players with 13 each in Jerry Cox (1973-74), Jerry Hughes (1971-72) and Altie Taylor (1966-68).
Sophomore QB Diondre Borel smashed USU's single-season rushing yards by a QB record with 632 yards... The previous record was 338 by Leon Jackson III in 2007... His 632 yards rushing puts him over two-thirds of the way to Jackson's career record of 814 yards from 2004-07.
Borel's 1,705 passing yards is the most by a USU QB since Travis Cox's 1,908 yards in 2004... Borel's total offense sum of 2,337 yards is No. 13 on USU's single season total offense list, becoming the 17th Aggie overall in school history to reach the 2,000-yard plateau and the first since Cox with 2,844 in 2003.
Borel's single-game rushing high was 93 yards, 28 yards shy of the USU single-game record for a QB of 121 yards, held by Tony Adams from 1972.
Borel was one of seven quarterbacks in the country to lead their respective teams in both rushing and passing, and Borel was the only sophomore on the list:
Name School YR Julian Edelman Kent State SR Juice Williams Illinois JR Colt McCoy Texas JR Dan LeFevour Central Michigan JR Joe Webb UAB JR Matt Grothe South Florida JR Diondre Borel UTAH STATE SO Lombardi Award Watch List member, senior LB Paul Igboeli is closing in on the USU and WAC career tackles top 10 lists, currently with 248 stops... He needs 79 tackles to tie Al Smith (1984-86) for No. 10 on the Aggies' career list, as well as needing 57 stops to tie Bryce McGill (1999-2003) from Fresno State on the WAC list.
Senior S James Brindley is currently No. 2 on USU's career interception return yards with 206 yards on seven career INT's, needing three to crack the top-10 list.