USU Hosts BYU Friday In Nationally-Televised Beehive State Battle
Sept. 27, 2010
LOGAN, Utah -
BYU at UTAH STATE Friday, Oct. 1 - 6 p.m. (MT) Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium (25,513) Logan, UtahQUICKLY -- Utah State (1-3, 0-1 WAC) will host Brigham Young (1-3, 0-1 MWC) in a Beehive State battle that will be nationally-televised on ESPN... The 80th clash between the Aggies and Cougars is slated for 6 p.m. (MT) from USU's Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium (25,513)... For the second-straight season, ESPN will be visiting Logan for a Friday night broadcast, and Joe Tessitore will handle play-by-play duties while Rod Gilmore will provide analysis.
FRIDAY'S STORYLINES -- Things to watch for in Friday's battle between the Aggies and Cougars:
-- It is the 80th meeting between USU and BYU.
-- USU seeking first win in series since wild 58-56 battle in 1993 and trying to snap BYU's 10-game win streak in the series, which the Cougars lead by a count of 43-33-3... USU leads 17-15-2 in games played at Logan, but BYU has won the last four.
-- Third-straight season USU and BYU facing each other under Friday Night Lights... Since 1987, USU and BYU played each other 17 times with 13 of them falling on a Friday night, including seven in a row from 1994-2002 and BYU has won all 13.
-- Second-straight season to Logan by ESPN network, as last year's USU-Boise State battle was on ESPN2.
-- Match-up of pair of head coaches who are also position coaches, as USU head coach Gary Andersen doubles as the Aggies' defensive line coach, while BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall is also the Cougars' defensive line coach.
-- Utah State is playing the second of back-to-back games against a member of the Mountain West Conference this season as the Aggies played at San Diego State on Saturday, losing 41-7... It is the first time that USU has had consecutive games against MWC teams since playing UNLV and Wyoming in the first two games of the 2007 season.
-- All-time USU is 146-209-14 (.415) vs. current members of the league... USU has lost 12 straight against the MWC, as the Aggies' last win vs. a MWC team was a 31-24 win over UNLV in 2005.
-- USU senior QB Diondre Borel needs 393 yards of total offense to reach 7,000 career yards, becoming just the second USU QB to reach the milestone... Borel also needs 220 passing yards to crack the top five on USU's career passing list.
FOLLOWING THE GAME AND THE AGGIES
ON TV -- For the second-straight season, ESPN will be visiting Logan for a Friday night broadcast, and Joe Tessitore will handle play-by-play duties while Rod Gilmore will provide analysis.
ON THE AIR -- All Utah State football games are carried live on KVNU 610 AM, KVNU 102.1 FM (Cache Valley) and KLZX 95.9 FM in Logan; 1230 or 1320 AM in Salt Lake City; on KLZX 105.3 FM in Montpelier, Idaho... All Aggie football games are also on the Internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com by clicking on "Listen Live"... Al Lewis handles the play-by-play duties, while 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 on the home page of www.UtahStateAggies.com... Fans can register and purchase single-game or season packages to watch.
GAMETRACKER -- Fans can follow 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 Bajio Mexican Grill and Firehouse Pizza on Thursday nights (6:05-6:45 p.m. on 610 AM KVNU) when the Aggies play on Saturday and Wednesday when USU plays on Friday, as they do this week... The show gives USU fans an opportunity to ask questions and interact with Coach Andersen and players.
Upcoming Coaches Shows: Sept. 29 Bajio Mexican Grill / Oct. 7 Firehouse Pizza
UP NEXT -- The Aggies resume WAC action, heading to Ruston, La., to tangle with Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Oct. 9... Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (MT).
UTAH STATE NOTE-ABLES
NEW HOME UNIFORMS/NEW LOOK HELMETS/HELMET STICKERS -- When the Utah State football team took to the turf of newly named Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium on Sept. 11 for its home opener against Idaho State, the Aggies were donning new home uniforms.
Head coach Gary Andersen and selected players helped choose the design for the jerseys. The jerseys and pants are made by Nike and feature a navy blue base with white letters and numbers with black piping around the numbers along with white and black trim on the sides of the jerseys and pants. USU will be able to wear the navy blue jersey with either navy blue or white pants for home games and the white jersey with either white or navy blue pants for road games.
Utah State's helmets got an new look this summer, as the white helmet with larger navy blue metallic paint flakes is an upgrade from the white helmet with small black metallic flakes last year, while the navy blue facemasks replace white masks that have adorned the white helmet with U-State logo since the mid-90's.
Additionally, helmet stickers will be awarded to players, with a "Block A" for academic achievement and community service and a bull head for athletic recognition. All helmets will also have a "71" sticker on the back, honoring USU legend Merlin Olsen, who passed away March 11, 2010.
UTAH STATE NAMES FIELD AT ROMNEY STADIUM 'MERLIN OLSEN FIELD' -- To honor one of its greatest alumnus and the most decorated football player in school history, Utah State University is naming the playing field inside Romney Stadium `Merlin Olsen Field.'
An official dedication ceremony will take place during the end of the 2010 football season in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Utah State's 1960 Sun Bowl Team, led by Olsen. During the official dedication of Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, a larger-than-life-size bronze statue of Olsen, which will be sculpted by nationally renowned artist Blair Buswell, will be unveiled in the southeast corner of the stadium.
Olsen was a three-year lettermen on the offensive and defensive lines for Utah State's football team from 1959-61, earning All-American honors during both his junior and senior seasons. During his senior season in 1961, he won the Outland Trophy as the nation's outstanding interior defensive lineman. Olsen also was a three-time academic All-American at Utah State and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Kappa Phi in 1962 with a degree in finance. NFL Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, the greatest athlete in Utah State University history, passed away at City of Hope Hospital near Los Angeles on March 11, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer.
USU-BYU UNDER FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS -- After playing on the first Friday of October for seven-straight meetings from 1994-2002, there was a five year hiatus from facing each other on Friday, before resuming in 2008 and the Aggies and Cougars have made H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger (author of "Friday Night Lights" book) proud and met under Friday night lights in the last three meetings... Since 1987, USU and BYU played each other 17 times with 13 of them falling on a Friday night, including the afore mentioned seven in a row from 1994-2002 and BYU has won all 13.
USU-BYU SERIES -- BYU leads the all-time series by a 43-33-3 count... The Aggies are 17-15-2 vs. the Cougars at Logan... BYU has won 10 straight since the Aggies' last victory, a 58-56 thriller at Logan in 1993... In fact the Cougars have won 20 of the last 21, 23 of the last 25 and 26 of the last 29 since USU won four straight from 1971-74... The Aggies and Cougars are battling in Logan for the second time in three years, as BYU held off a USU rally to win 34-14 in 2008... BYU has won the last four in Logan since the 1993 thriller... Here's a detailed look at the Aggie-Cougar series history:
USU VS. BYU Overall: 33-43-3 / Home: 17-15-2 / Away: 16-25-1 / Neutral: 0-3-0 10-7-22 W 42-3 A 11-12-23 W 40-0 H 11-7-24 W 13-9 A 10-24-25 W 14-0 H 10-15-26 T 0-0 A 10-29-27 W 22-0 H 10-27-28 W 10-0 A 10-18-29 L 6-7 N 11-1-30 L 14-39 N 11-7-31 L 0-6 N 11-19-32 L 6-18 A 11-18-33 W 14-0 H 11-3-34 W 15-0 A 11-16-35 W 27-0 H 10-15-36 W 13-0 A 11-13-37 L 0-54 H 11-5-38 W 3-0 A 11-11-39 T 0-0 H 11-2-40 L 7-12 A 11-1-41 L 0-28 H 10-31-42 W 9-6 A 11-9-46 T 0-0 H 10-25-47 L 12-27 A 10-23-48 W 20-7 H 11-5-49 W 22-3 A 11-4-50 L 13-34 H 11-10-51 L 27-28 A 11-15-52 W 27-26 H 10-16-53 W 14-7 A 10-30-54 W 45-13 H 11-5-55 W 47-21 A 10-27-56 W 33-7 H 11-2-57 L 0-14 A 11-1-58 L 6-13 H 10-31-59 L 0-18 A 10-29-60 W 34-0 H 11-4-61 W 31-8 A 10-27-62 W 27-21 H 11-2-63 W 26-0 A 10-31-64 L 14-28 A 10-30-65 W 34-21 H 10-8-66 L 7-27 A 11-4-67 W 30-9 H 11-9-68 W 34-8 A 11-15-69 L 3-21 H 10-24-70 L 20-27 A 10-9-71 W 29-7 H 9-23-72 W 42-19 A 10-6-73 W 13-7 H 9-21-74 W 9-6 A 11-8-75 L 7-24 H 10-23-76 L 14-45 A 9-24-77 L 6-65 H 10-7-78 W 24-7 A 10-13-79 L 24-48 H 10-18-80 L 46-70 H 10-2-81 L 26-32 A 10-30-82 W 20-17 H 10-29-83 L 34-38 A 11-24-84 L 13-38 A 11-9-85 L 0-44 H 9-6-86 L 0-52 A 10-2-87 L 24-45 A 9-30-88 L 3-38 A 9-30-89 L 10-37 H 11-24-90 L 10-45 A 10-4-91 L 10-38 A 10-2-92 L 9-30 A 10-30-93 W 58-56 H 9-30-94 L 6-34 A 10-4-96 L 17-45 H 10-3-97 L 35-42 A 10-1-99 L 31-34* H 10-6-00 L 14-38 A 10-5-01 L 34-54 A 10-4-02 L 34-35 H 9-23-06 L 0-38 A 10-3-08 L 14-34 H 10-2-09 L 17-35 A
USU IN NON-SATURDAY GAMES -- Utah State has lost 14 straight non-Saturday games since winning the Las Vegas Bowl against Ball State on Friday, Dec. 17, 1993... Eight of those last 16 games have been against BYU on Friday nights (all losses), with a Monday appearance in the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl (lost 33-19 to Cincinnati) and a Friday 42-33 win against Ball State in the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl... Here is a look at USU's last seven non-Saturday games:
Date Score Opponent Fri., Oct. 5, 2001 L 34-54 at BYU Fri., Oct. 4, 2002 L 34-35 BYU Thurs., Aug. 28, 2003 L 20-40 at Utah Thurs., Nov. 6, 2003 L 21-26 at New Mexico State Thurs., Nov. 11, 2004 L 7-16 at Arkansas State Thurs., Aug. 30, 2007 L 16-23 UNLV Fri., Oct. 3, 2008 L 14-34 BYU Thurs., Sept. 3, 2009 L 17-35 at #19 Utah Fri., Oct. 2, 2009 L 17-35 at #20 BYU
USU VS. UN-RANKED BYU -- Friday marks the first time in the last three meetings that Utah State has faced BYU when the Cougars haven't been ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll, last doing so in 2006, when BYU won 38-0... BYU has been ranked or among others receiving votes in the poll in seven of the last 10 meetings with USU, only un-ranked and un-listed among others receiving votes in 2000 (BYU 38-14), 2002 (BYU 35-34) and 2006 (BYU 38-0).
USU VS. THE MOUNTAIN WEST -- Utah State is playing the second of back-to-back games against a member of the Mountain West Conference this season as the Aggies played at San Diego State on Saturday, losing 41-7... It is the first time that USU has had consecutive games against MWC teams since playing UNLV and Wyoming in the first two games of the 2007 season... After playing three MWC teams in 2006, 2007 and 2008, this is the second-straight season that USU is only playing two league teams (Utah and BYU in 2009)... All-time USU is 146-209-14 (.415) vs. current members of the league... USU has lost 12 straight against the MWC, as the Aggies' last win vs. a MWC team was a 31-24 win over UNLV in 2005... In its last 20 games against MWC teams, USU is 3-17.
BYU VS. THE WAC -- Utah State is one of seven Western Athletic Conference opponents that BYU has played... The Cougars' 43-33-3 series advantage over USU is only one of three WAC opponents that BYU has a winning record against: Boise State (0-2), Fresno State (4-5), Hawai'i (19-8), Idaho (1-2), Nevada (4-2-2), San Jose State (5-9), as BYU is 76-61-5 (.553) vs. the current WAC schools.
USU VS. FELLOW BEEHIVE STATE TEAMS -- The Aggies are a combined 74-121-7 (.384) vs. teams from the state of Utah, with a 28-77-4 mark vs. Utah, a 2-0 ledger against Southern Utah, a 33-43-3 mark vs. BYU and an 11-1 mark against Weber State... This is the first time since 2007 that Utah State has only played one in-state foe in a season when the Aggies tangled with Utah... Overall, USU has had five seasons in the last 10 which it faced only one in-state foe: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010.
USU IN OCTOBER / ON OCT. 1 -- USU has lost 23 of its last 28 games in the Canadian Thanksgiving month (which is on Monday, Oct. 11)... After having five games in October last season, USU has four games in the 10th month for the second time in three years... Friday is USU's first game on Oct. 1 since losing, 27-13 at Idaho in 2005... USU is 4-6 on Oct. 1, but is due for a win, as the Aggies have lost two in a row on the date for the third time in history, but have never lost three in a row on Oct. 1, snapping the other pair of two-game losing skids on the date... This is the second time that USU and BYU have played on Oct. 1, with the Cougars winning 34-31 in OT in 1999... The Aggies are 4-3 at home on Oct. 1.... Here's a closer look at how USU has fared on Oct. 1:
1932 - W 26-0 vs. Montana State 1938 - W 44-6 vs. Idaho College 1949 - L 13-16 vs. Montana 1955 - L 13-21 at Wyoming 1960 - W 31-8 vs. Denver 1966 - L 7-23 vs. New Mexico State 1977 - L 0-19 at San Diego State 1983 - W 20-12 vs. Fresno State 1999 - L 31-34 vs. BYU (OT) 2005 - L 13-27 at IdahoFAMILIAR FOES -- Friday marks the 80th meeting between Utah State and BYU, both school's second-longest series history, both trailing their respective meetings with Utah (109 meetings between USU and UU / 85 meetings between BYU and UU).
USU BESTS VS. BYU -- Here is a look at some of the top USU statistical individual performances against the Cougars over the years: Anthony Calvillo threw for 472 yards in 1993 (third best in USU history)... Bob Gagliano threw for 358 yards in 1980 (now 25th best)... Aaron Jones had 195 receiving yards in 1999 (No. 17 on single-game bests list) and Nakia Jenkins had 194 yards in 1997 (No. 18)... James Samuel had a 73-yard run in 2002 (16th-longest)... Jeff Crosbie hit Aaron Jones on an 87-yard pass in 1999 (sixth-longest pass play in school history)... Tom Larscheid returned a kickoff 102 yards in 1960 (No. 2 in school history)... Rusty Carlsen had a 70-yard punt in 1989 (tied for 11th-best)... Brad Bohn kicked a 55-yard field goal in 1999, the fifth-longest in school history.
AGGIE-COUGAR NOTE-ABLE -- Utah State's 33 wins against BYU are its second most against any opponent, behind only the Aggies' 34 victories against Wyoming... The USU-BYU series is the second-most played in USU history as this week's 80th meeting trails only USU's 109 games played against Utah... USU and BYU began their series in 1922 and have played every year except 1943, 1944, 1945, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
AGGIE-COUGAR CONNECTIONS -- Utah State has several players with connections to BYU players:
Hometown/High School USU Player(s) BYU Player(s) UTAH Kaysville/Davis HS Peter Caldwell SR PK/P Bryan Kariya JR RBBOTH SIDES OF BEEHIVE BATTLE -- BYU's namesake for its stadium, LaVell Edwards, is a 1952 Utah State alum, and was a three-year letterman at quarterback for the Aggies from 1949-51, collecting unanimous all-Skyline Six conference honors in 1950 at linebacker... Edwards was BYU's head football coach from 1972 to 2000, leading the Cougars to the 1984 national championship... Prior to Edwards' final game, the football stadium at Brigham Young University was renamed LaVell Edwards Stadium in his honor.
USU senior LB Matt Ah You played for BYU in 2003, 2004 and 2008 around an LDS Church Mission, transferred to Central Washington for one season but suffered a season-ending foot injury in the first game, he then transferred to USU but got hurt with a season-ending shoulder injury during preseason camp.
Utah State offensive administrative assistant T.J. Sitake was a four-year letterwinner at BYU, playing running back and defensive line for the Cougars, lettering in 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2005, around an LDS Church Mission... Sitake posted 21 career stops, including 2.5 tackles for loss with 1.5 sacks... At BYU, Sitake played under three coaches, LaVell Edwards, Gary Crowton and Bronco Mendenhall.
BYU inside LB coach Paul Tidwell's hometown is Logan and he played fullback at USU from 1973-76, lettering 1974-76, rushing for 149 yards with two TD's in 1976... BYU defensive coaching intern Jason Walker played defensive back at USU in 2004-2005.
Cougar defensive graduate assistant Kelly Poppinga was a USU linebacker in 2003-04.
BYU ticket manager Clark Livesy worked in the same capacity as well as the less funnier of the co-office comedians at USU from 2002 - 2005.
USU Compliance Coordinator Jake Garlock earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from BYU in 2002.
Utah State University President Stan Albrecht was at BYU for 18 years (1974-92), including three years as academic vice president and associate provost.
Aggie women's volleyball coach Grayson DuBose graduated from BYU with a degree in history in 1993 and then received his teaching certificate from Utah State in 1995... DuBose was an assistant coach on BYU's men's volleyball team for four seasons pent four seasons (2003-06) and has been head coach for the Aggie women's program since 2007.
UTAH STATE-BYU BY THE NUMB3R5 -- A closer look at note-ables about Friday's match-up between the Aggies and Cougars:
0 Players with the name of Provo on USU's roster. 1 Players with the name of Logan on BYU's roster - senior DB Brian Logan. 1 BYU full-time coach with ties to USU (Inside LB coach Paul Tidwell's hometown is Logan and he played fullback at USU from 1973-76, lettering 1974-76, rushing for 149 yards with two TD's in 1976. 2 Players from Logan on BYU's roster (redshirt-freshman WR JD Falslev and junior QB Riley Nelson). 3 Players from Provo on USU's roster (junior WR Austin Alder, junior OL Funaki Asisi and redshirt-freshman WR Travis Van Leeuwen). 10 USU's consecutive losses to BYU. 32 Players from the state of Utah on BYU's travel roster. 45 Players from the state of Utah on Utah State's roster. 80 Number of times USU and BYU have played entering Friday. 127 Miles from USU's Romney Stadium to BYU's LaVell Edwards Stadium. 1922 First year USU and BYU played football.CURRENT AGGIE COACHES VS. BYU -- A total of six members of Utah State's coaching staff have faced BYU in previous positions, either as a coach or a player... Overall, those six members are a combined 14-15 vs. BYU.
Name Utah State Position Other Position Years Gary Andersen Head Coach Utah Def. Coord. 2008-W,47-24 (6-5 vs. BYU) 2007-L, 10-17 2006-L, 31-33 2005-W, 41-34(ot) Utah Defensive Line 2004-W,52-21 Utah Asst. Head Coach/D-Line 2002-W, 13-6 Utah Asst. H Coach/D-Tackles 2001-L, 21-24 Utah Def. Tackles/SS Ends 2000-L, 27-34 1999-W, 20-17 1998-L, 24-26 1997-W, 20-14
EACH OTHER'S LAST TIME LIST -- On Utah State's "Last Time" list, BYU is referenced once: the last two USU individuals with 100 yards passing was against BYU in 1996 with Patrick Mullins (11-16, 105) and Matt Sauk (12-25, 169)... Utah State is referenced once on BYU's "Last Time" list: BYU's last 100+ penalty yards outing was at Utah State in 2008 as well.
BOREL ONE OF SIX QB'S IN COUNTRY IN CAREER 1,000 RUSH/5,000 PASS CLUB -- USU senior QB Diondre Borel is one of six active quarterbacks in the country with 1,000 career rushing yards and 5,000 career passing yards.
QB SCHOOL RUSH YDS PASS YDS Colin Kaepernick Nevada 3,357 8,000 Andy Dalton TCU 1,332 8,255 Jake Locker Washington 1,654 6,000 Tyrod Taylor Virginia Tech 1,738 5,020 Austen Arnaud Iowa State 1,084 5,664 Diondre Borel Utah State 1,185 5,422BOREL AMONG NATION'S ACTIVE LEADERS FOR CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE -- Borel is also among the nation's leaders for career total offense, currently No. 14 with 6,607 yards.
TD RES PLAYS YARDS YARDS Rnk Player, School YR POS GM PLAYS YARDS FOR PER GM PER GM PER PLYSTARTING STREAKERS -- Borel is one of nine QB's in the country to have all of their career starts in consecutive order with more than 10 games and one of only four with more than 20:
QB - SCHOOL CAREER STARTS / CONSECUTIVE STARTS Adam Weber - Minnesota 42 / 42 Trevor Vittatoe - UTEP 40 / 40 Jerrod Johnson - Texas A&M 26 / 26 Diondre Borel - Utah State 25 / 25 Brian Anderson - Marshall 18 / 18 Robert Griffin III - Baylor 18 / 18 G.J. Kinne, Tulsa 16 / 16 Chris Masson - Louisiana 15 / 15 Austyn Carta-Samuels - Wyoming 13 / 13BOREL 7TH AGGIE QB TO 5K PASSING -- USU senior QB Diondre Borel topped the 5,000 career passing yard plateau in the Idaho State game on Sept. 11... Borel became just the seventh Aggie QB to reach the 5,000-yard passing milestone and the first since Jose Fuentes reached it in the 2001 season, finishing his career in 2002 with 9,168 yards, the No. 1 spot on USU's career passing list... Now with 5,422 yards, Borel passed Matt Sauk's 5,385 yards (1996-97) for the No. 6 spot on USU's career passing list... Borel is 220 yards from Anthony Calvillo (1992-93) with 5,642 yards at No. 5.
Career Passing No. Name Years Yds. To Tie 1. Jose Fuentes 1999-2002 9,168 3,746 2. Tony Adams 1970-72 6,226 804 3. Brent Snyder 1987-88 6,105 683 4. Eric Hipple 1976-79 6,073 651 5. Anthony Calvillo 1992-93 5,642 220 6. Diondre Borel 2007-pres. 5,422 7. Matt Sauk 1996-97 5,385 8. Travis Cox 2001-04 4,722 9. Leon Jackson III 2004-07 4,221 10. Ron Lopez 1990-91 4,182BOREL SCHOOL RECORD HOLDER -- Quarterback Diondre Borel holds four school records, as he is the USU record holder for single-season total offense (3,343 yards, 2009), single-season rushing yards by a QB (632 in 2008) and career rushing yards for a QB (1,098 yards, 2007-pres.), as well as fewest INT thrown (four in 2009)... Borel's 105 rushing yards in 2009 vs. Fresno State (Oct. 31),was just shy of the single-game rushing record by a QB of 121 yards held by Tony Adams vs. Colorado State in 1972.
Rushing Yards by a Quarterback Game: 121, Tony Adams (12 attempts) vs. Colorado State, 1972 105, Diondre Borel (12 attempts) vs. Idaho, 2008 Season: 632, Diondre Borel (179 att.), 2008 Career: 1,180, Diondre Borel (351 att.), 2007-pres.BOREL RECORD WATCH -- Now with 6,607 career total offense yards, Borel has taken over sole possession of No. 2 on USU's career total offense list, passing Tony Adams (1970-72) with 6,587... Borel needs 2,184 yards to reach USU's career total offense record holder Jose Fuentes (1999-2002) at No. 1 with 8,791 yards... Borel has also cracked the WAC's Career Top 40 list, climbing to No. 34, needing 20 for the No. 33 spot of 6,627 by Beau Morgan from Air Force (1994-96), 73 from No. 32 of 6,680 yards by Kelly Stouffer from Colorado State (1983-86), and 146 yards from No. 31 of 6,753 yards by Josh Wallwork of Wyoming (1995-96).
USU Career Total Offense No. Name Years Yds. To Tie 1. Jose Fuentes 1999-2002 8,791 2,184 2. Diondre Borel 2007-pres. 6,607 3. Tony Adams 1970-72 6,587 4. Eric Hipple 1976-79 6,121 5. Brent Snyder 1987-88 5,928 6. Anthony Calvillo 1992-93 5,838 7. Matt Sauk 1996-97 5,466 8. Leon Jackson III 2004-07 5,035 9. Travis Cox 2001-04 4,844 10. Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 3,933
BOREL EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR OKLAHOMA PERFORMANCE -- Utah State senior quarterback Diondre Borel earned national recognition for his performance on Sept. 4 in the Aggies' near-upset of No. 7 Oklahoma before falling, 31-24, by receiving a helmet sticker from ESPN.com. He was the lone Western Athletic Conference player to earn a helmet sticker among the non-BCS conferences list.
Borel was 17-of-36 for 341 yards (20.1 yards per completion) with two touchdowns. It was Borel's sixth career 300-yard passing outing, his 17th career game with at least one TD pass and ninth career game with multi-TDs and Borel now has 30 career TD passes.
Borel was joined on the list by Troy kicker Michael Taylor, the TCU rushing offense, Houston quarterback Case Keenum and Utah safety Brian Blechen.
ABOUT BYU -- The Cougars are 1-3 overall and 0-1 in Mountain West Conference... As the Aggies are facing their second-straight Mountain West team, BYU is facing its second Western Athletic Conference team in as many games after losing to Nevada, 27-13, on Saturday.
BYU's 1-3 record is its worst since 2005, while the Cougars' three-game losing skid in their longest since 2004... BYU has scored only 60 points in four games, the fewest amount through four games since 2003, when the Cougars scored 66 points.
Freshman QB Jake Heaps, started for the first time this season and was 24-of-45 passing for 229 yards with no TD's and no INT's... Junior RB JJ Di Luigi recorded 123 all-purpose yards, including 15 rushes for 67 yards and eight catches for 56 yards, scoring BYU's lone TD of the day with a 2-yard rush.
Defensively, senior DB Andrew Rich tied a career-high with 14 tackles, including nine solo stops.
BYU is 98th in the nation in total offense (307.0 ypg), ranking 77th in rushing offense (133.5 ypg) and 95th in passing offense (173.5 ypg), and the Cougars rank 116th in the country in scoring offense (15.0 ppg)... Defensively, BYU is 102nd in total defense (433.3 ypg), ranking 118th in rushing defense (263.5 ypg) and 28th in pass defense (169.8 ypg), and also rank 86th in scoring defense (28.3 ppg).
Individually, Di Luigi is 32nd in all-purpose yards (141.8 ypg), ranking 49th in rushing (83.0 ypg) and tied for 81st in receptions per game (4.50)... Rich is tied for ninth in the nation in tackles (11.8 pg) while sophomore DT Jordan Pendleton is tied for 92nd in sacks (0.5 pg).
Sophomore P Riley Stephenson is 71st in punting (38.7 ypp) while senior PK Mitch Payne is tied for 43rd in field goals (1.3 pg).
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall is in his sixth season at the leash of the Cougars and has a 50-18 mark... Mendenhall is 5-0 vs. USU.
ABOUT UTAH STATE -- The Aggies bring a 1-3 overall record into Friday's match-up, after losing at San Diego State, 41-7, on Saturday.
USU totalled 245 yards, with 115 rushing and 130 passing, as senior QB Diondre Borel was 14-of-31 for 130 yards... Senior RB Derrvin Speight had 11 carries for 51 yards and scored the Aggies' lone TD of the night with a 7-yard scamper in the third quarter after USU recovered a muffed punt return... Sophomore WR Dontel Watkins had five receptions for 51 yards.
Utah State is 60th in the nation in total offense (379.8 ypg), ranking 49th in rushing offense (168.8 ypg) and 69th in passing offense (211.0 ypg)... The Aggie defense 88th in total defense (395.0 ypg), ranking 67th in rushing defense (154.0 ypg) and 87th in pass defense (241.0 ypg)... USU is 76th in scoring offense (23.3 ppg) and 101st is scoring defense (32.5 ppg).
Individually, senior QB Diondre Borel is tied for 57th in total offense (229.3 ypg) and ranks 83rd in passing efficiency (119.0)... Sophomore WR Dontel Watkins is tied for 81st in receptions per game (4.5 pg) and tied for 91st in receiving yards per game (60.5 ypg)... Sophomore RB/KR Kerwynn Williams is 24th in all-purpose (152.0 ypg) and is 40th in kickoff returns (25.1 ypr).
Defensively, junior LB Bobby Wagner is tied for ninth in the country in tackles (11.8 pg).
Senior P/PK Peter Caldwell is 17th in punting (44.9 ypp) and is tied for 54th in field goals (1.0 pg).
USU head coach Gary Andersen is his second season at the helm of the Aggie program and has a 5-11 mark... Andersen is 0-1 vs. BYU as USU head coach, but was 6-5 vs. the Cougars as an assistant coach at Utah.
FRESH-FISH -- The Aggies had three freshmen see their first action of the season on Saturday, giving USU eight true freshmen in action this season: #6 CB Nevin Lawson, #13 QB Jeremy Higgins, #18 WR/CB Rashard Stewart #32 PK/P Braeden Loveless, #42 RB Robert Marshall, #80 WR Travis Reynolds, #90 DT Jason Fanaika and #99 PK Nick Diaz.
UTAH STATE POST-GAME NOTES FROM SAN DIEGO STATE GAME --
-- Senior QB Diondre Borel started for the 25th-consecutive game, which leads USU, as well as Borel's 25th career start... Junior LB Bobby Wagner made his 19th-straight start, ranking second on the team.
-- Senior OL Spencer Johnson made his team-leading 35th career start, and his 16th-straight start... Joining Johnson for third on the team-best list in making their 16th-consecutive starts was the senior CB duo of Chris Randle and Rajric Coleman.
-- Freshman RB Robert Marshall made his Aggie debut by not only playing in his first game this season but starting as well.
-- Three freshmen saw their first action as an Aggie Saturday night, giving USU eight true freshmen in action this season: #6 CB Nevin Lawson, #13 QB Jeremy Higgins, #18 WR/CB Rashard Stewart #32 PK/P Braeden Loveless, #42 RB Robert Marshall, #80 WR Travis Reynolds, #90 DT Jason Fanaika and #99 PK Nick Diaz.
-- USU's scoreless first quarter was the second time this season that the Aggies' were held scoreless in the opening stanza, also doing so at Oklahoma on Sept. 4... The 21 points scored by SDSU were the most yielded by the USU defense in a quarter this season and the most since Boise State scored 28 points in the second quarter on Nov. 20, 2009... It was the most in an opening quarter since BYU hung 24 on the scoreboard on Oct. 3, 2008.
-- With his first quarter reception, junior WR Eric Moats now has at least one reception in 16-straight games.
-- Senior QB Diondre Borel has now surpassed the 400 career competion and 700 career pass attempts milestones, becoming the seventh USU QB to do so for both categories.
-- USU was held scoreless in a half for the first time this season and the first since San Jose State game on Oct. 11, 2008.
-- Sophomore CB Quinton Byrd snared his second interception of the season, which now leads the team.
-- Senior RB Derrvin Speight tallied his second TD of the season and seventh of his career.
-- Freshman PK Braeden Loveless tallied his first USU career point with his third-quarter PAT.
-- Saturday was the first meeting between USU and SDSU since 1977 and the Aztecs have now won eight in a row over the Aggies and lead the all-time series, 10-1, including 7-1 at San Diego, winning six straight there.
PROVO, Utah - Utah State battled but came up short, falling to No. 20 Brigham Young, 35-17, on Oct. 2 at a brisk, sold-out LaVell Edwards Stadium. The game completed non-conference play for Utah State, and the Aggies enter Western Athletic Conference action with a 1-3 mark. BYU improved to 4-1 on the season with the win, its 10th in a row over USU. The Cougars now lead the all-time series, 43-33-3. Utah State tallied 322 yards of total offense, its 10th-consecutive game of 300 yards of total offense. Junior quarterback Diondre Borel was 20-of-28 passing for 213 yards with a TD to senior wide receiver Xavier Bowman in the waning seconds. Borel also had 38 yards rushing and another score, marking the third-straight game and fifth of his career that Borel has rushed and thrown for a TD in the same game. Senior wide receiver Omar Sawyer had a team-leading four catches for 58 yards, one of a season-high 12 different players with a catch. BYU posted 431 yards of total offense, led by Max Hall's 218 yards passing on 16-of-23 with three TD's, but the Aggies intercepted him twice, the second two-pick game for the USU defense. Harvey Unga also ran for 118 yards with a TD. Luke Ashworth had a game-best 91 yards and a TD while Dennis Pitta had 83 yards and two TD's, each catching five passes. Junior cornerback Rajric Coleman posted a career-high 13 tackles to go with his first career interception. Sophomore linebacker Bobby Wagner, who entered the game leading the WAC and ranking tied for 14th in the country in tackles with 11 per game, was one stop above his average with 12 tackles. Wagner, who added a fumble recovery Friday, registered his third double-digit tackle outing in four games this season. Senior safety James Brindley added 11 stops to go with USU's lone sack of the game, while senior cornerback Kejon Murphy posted his first interception of the season. After junior cornerback Chris Randle's fumble recovery on BYU's opening possession, USU took over and drove down the field before Borel scored on a 6-yard scamper. That would be the Aggies' lone lead of the game. The Cougars then reeled off 21 unanswered points on a 6-yard pass from Hall to Pitta, a 48-yard pass from Hall to Ashworth and a 3-yard run by Manase Tonga, which came with 29 seconds left in the half after a costly USU fumble. Coleman's interception set up a 20-yard field goal by senior placekicker Chris Ulinski to pull the Aggies within 21-10, but that would be the closest USU would get. BYU scored on an 8-yard TD by Unga and a 13-yard pass from Hall to Pitta for a 35-10 lead before Bowman's TD catch for the final score. Junior punter Peter Caldwell had a career day, booming five punts for a 49.2 ypg average, including a career-best three punts of over 50 yards and pinning BYU inside the 5-yard line twice.
Score By Quarters Utah State 7 0 3 7 - 17 BYU 7 14 0 14 - 35LOGAN, Utah - Utah State outscored No. 8 Brigham Young 14-10 in the second half. However the Aggies were down 24-0 at halftime and lost to the Cougars in a closer than the score reflects contest, 34-14, on Oct. 3 at a packed and rowdy Romney Stadium. USU slides to 1-4 on the year while BYU improves to 5-0 overall, extending the nation's longest winning streak to 15 in a row. Aggie redshirt freshman running back Robert Turbin led USU for the second game in a row on the ground with 74 yards on eight carries. Sophomore quarterback Diondre Borel added 40 yards rushing to go with 10-of-15 passing for 114 yards and one TD, a five-yard strike to redshirt freshman tight end Tarren Lloyd for his first career TD catches. Senior wide receiver Otis Nelson had 72 yards on six receptions. Defensively, the senior tandem of linebacker Jake Hutton and linebacker/safety De'von Hall led USU with a game-high 10 tackles each while junior cornerback Kejon Murphy and fellow cornerback, senior Roy Hurst had an interception each. Murphy's came in the endzone to thwart a BYU drive after the Cougars took over at the USU 20 following an Aggie fumble. After BYU scored on its first offensive series of the game, the Aggies then coughed up three costly turnovers in the first quarter. USU's two fumbles and one interception were converted into 17 more points by BYU for a 24-0 first quarter lead. Neither team scored in the second quarter and the Cougars tacked on 10 points in the third quarter before the Aggies rallied with 14 fourth-quarter points. Turbin scored on a 40-yard running, spinning dash to cap a seven-play, 80-yard drive with 13:47 left in the game. After the Aggie defense held the Cougars to a three-and-out, Borel led USU's march down the field and capped the drive by hitting Lloyd in the back of the endzone. Utah State attempted an onside kick following the score but could not recover. At the end of BYU's ensuing drive, redshirt freshman defensive end Junior Keiaho burst through the line and blocked the field goal attempt. The Aggies drove to the BYU 7-yard line, but could not get the ball in the endzone before the game ended.
Score By Quarters BYU 24 0 10 0 - 34 Utah State 0 0 0 14 - 14
UTAH STATE 2010 PRESEASON AWARD COLLECTION
#17 JR WR Matt Austin Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook Preseason WAC Newcomer of the Year
PERSONNEL BREAKDOWN -- FROM NEAR AND FAR -- USU's roster consists of players from 15 different states and from two countries in the United States and Canada. The states represented on the Aggies' roster are Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington.
VETERAN EXPERIENCE -- The Aggies have 22 seniors in 2010. Of the 22, 11 are at least two-year letterwinners, including seven who are three-year lettermen, in QB Diondre Borel, OL Spencer Johnson, CB Curtis Marsh, CB Chris Randle, DT Nathan Royster, P/PK Peter Caldwell and LS Patrick Scales.
THE TALL OF IT -- USU has six players who are 6'5" or taller, 6'8" freshman OL Bryce Walker, 6'7" senior OL Spencer Johnson, 6'7" junior TE Tarren Lloyd, 6'6" junior OL Tanner Richins, 6'5" sophomore OL Brooks Abel and 6'5" sophomore OL Oscar Molina-Sanchez.
THE SHORT OF IT -- Junior running back Josh Flores is the shortest player on Utah State's 2010 roster at 5'5"... Overall, Flores is one of 15 players on the Aggies' roster under 5'10" tall.
SMART AGGIES -- Utah State had 15 academic all-WAC selections for football, part of USU's 41 fall academic all-conference honors, which was second in the WAC... Overall, USU had 194 student-athletes recognized by the league office for academic achievements during the 2009-10 academic year, as Utah State has led the WAC in academic all-conference honors all five years that it has been in the league.
ROAD BOOK-ENDS -- Utah State will open and close the regular-season on the road for the second-straight season, kicking off the season at Oklahoma on Sept. 4 and playing its regular-season finale at Boise State on Dec. 4... Last year USU opened at Utah and closed at Idaho... The last time that the Aggies book-ended the season's schedule with home games was 1998 when they hosted Utah in the season-opener and hosted North Texas in the finale.
NO WILLIE -- USU will not hear Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again" this season as the Aggies do not have consecutive road games on the 2010 schedule, marking only the third time that has happened in the last 100 years, joining the 1920 and 2005 ledgers.
NAME GAME -- USU could form its own legal company of `Johnson, Johnson and Johnson' for the medical company of Johnson & Johnson, as the Aggies have three players with the last name of Johnson on their 2010 roster and even though all three are from California, none of them are related: senior OL Spencer Johnson (Lancaster), senior DL Devin Johnson (Glendora) and freshman WR Shaan Johnson (Cerritos).
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances. Ten finalists will be selected in late-November and the winner will be announced after the bowls in January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans.
Borel, a native of Oakley, Calif. (Freedom HS), enters his senior season with hopes of continuing last season's breakout and record-setting year and continue his ascent up the USU record books. He also enters his senior season with six school records in his pocket, as he is the USU record holder for single-season total offense (3,343 yards, 2009), single-season rushing yards by a QB (632 in 2008), career rushing yards for a QB (1,098 yards, 2007-pres.), single-season fewest interceptions thrown (four in 2009), consecutive passes without an interception (228 in 2009) and single-game passing yards per completion (21.1 on 316 yards on 15 completions vs. Southern Utah, 2009).
Last season, Borel led the WAC and ranked 15th in the FBS in total offense at 278.6 ypg, setting the USU record for single-season total offense with 3,343 yards. Borel was also third in the conference in passing average per game (204.4 ypg) as well as fifth in the league and 35th in the nation in passing efficiency (137.83). Additionally, Borel set the school record for fewest interceptions thrown with four, a mark that tied for second-fewest in FBS. Last season, he threw for 2,885 yards on 214-of-366 passing and threw 17 TD passes on the year.
Borel's 3,343 yards of total offense last year is a USU single-season record, topping the previous mark of 3,260 yards by Anthony Calvillo in 1993. Entering this season with 21 consecutive starts, Borel is ranked sixth in school history for career total offense (5,690 yards), needing 3,101 to reach the No. 1 mark of 8.791 yards by Jose Fuentes from 1999-2002.
The preseason Watch List recognizes some of the top quarterbacks in the nation based on previous collegiate performance, however, every quarterback in the nation remains eligible for the honor. Additional quarterbacks may be added to the Watch List after the start of the season. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Monday, Nov. 29. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 19.
The winner is selected by a panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings. Past winners of the award include Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, Matt Ryan, JaMarcus Russell, Vince Young and Matt Leinart.
USU's Peter Caldwell NAMED TO PRESEASON RAY GUY AWARD WATCH LIST -- Utah State senior punter Peter Caldwell was named to the Preseason Ray Guy Award, which identifies the nation's top collegiate punter, announced Wednesday by the Augusta Sports Council.
Caldwell, a Kaysville, Utah (Davis HS), native, is one of seven players on the preseason list, joining Drew Butler from Georgia, Ryan Donahue from Iowa, Johnny Hekker from Oregon State, Chas Henry from Florida, Jeff Locke from UCLA and Rob Long from Syracuse. All seven are returning Ray Guy Award semi-finalists from 2009.
In 2009, Caldwell led the WAC and ranked 37th in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in punting with a 42.2 yards per punt average with 69 punts for 2,914 yards. Caldwell had 17 punts of 50+ yards, highlighted by a season and career long 62-yarder. He tallied 27 punts inside the 20-yard line and forced the opposition's returner to call for a fair catch on 16 punts.
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 12 Division I (FBS) coaches doing so, and one of nine non-special teams related position:
Arkansas State Steve Roberts Special Teams Ball State Stan Parrish Quarterbacks BYU Bronco Mendenhall Defensive Tackles UConn Randy Edsall Safeties Kent State Doug Martin Quarterbacks Louisiana Rickey Bustle PK, LS and PR Louisiana-Monroe Todd Berry Quarterbacks Nevada Chris Ault Quarterbacks San Diego State Brady Hoke Defensive Line Tulsa Todd Graham Safeties UTAH STATE Gary Andersen Defensive Tackles Virginia Tech Frank Beamer KickersOH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN -- Utah State football head coach Gary Andersen announced the six Aggie captains for the 2010 season, after a vote by the team.
Five of the six are seniors, as offensive captains will be senior quarterback Diondre Borel, senior offensive lineman Spencer Johnson and senior running back Michael Smith. Captaining the defense will be senior defensive lineman Sean Enesi, senior cornerback Chris Randle and junior linebacker Bobby Wagner.
FOOTBALL ISN'T JUST AMERICA'S GAME -- USU has four players who were born internationally... Senior LB Jerome Barbour (Germany), senior OL Tariq Polley (England), sophomore WR Emmanual Ojeriakhi (Nigeria) and freshman LB Connor Williams (Canada) all were born outside of the United States.
TRANSFER-MERS -- USU has 21 junior college transfers, as well as nine players who transferred from another four-year school on the 2010 roster... Three players on the roster came to USU from Snow College: senior DT Casey Davis, senior LB Joey Schrader, junior LB Gavin Jones... Three were teammates at El Camino JC: senior DT's Sean Enesi and Kamaloni Vainikola and junior LB Reuben Willis... Two were teammates at Grossmont JC: junior WR Xavier Martin and sophomore RB Joey DeMartino.
112 / 118 -- USU is taking the field for the 112th season of football in 118 years... The Aggies beat Utah, 12-0, in 1892, but then did not field a team until 1896, when they again only played one game but then played every year since with the exceptions of 1918 when to World War I and influenza cancelled the season and 1943 due to World War II.