Utah State Football Ranks Among Top 30 Teams In The Nation In Seven Different Statistical Categories
Following its 40-12 Mountain West road win at San José State last weekend, Utah State football now ranks among the top 30 teams in the nation in seven different statistical categories.
 
Following its 40-12 Mountain West road win at San José State last weekend, Utah State football now ranks among the top 30 teams in the nation in seven different statistical categories.
 
 

Sept. 29, 2013

LOGAN, Utah - Following its 40-12 Mountain West road win at San José State last weekend, Utah State football now ranks among the top 30 teams in the nation in seven different statistical categories.

Offensively, Utah State is averaging 40.4 points per game to rank third in the Mountain West and 25th in the nation. USU also ranks first in the MW and 15th in the nation in passing efficiency (164.2), third in the MW and 24th in the nation in total offense (491.2 ypg), fourth in the MW and 28th in the nation in passing offense (288.0 ypg), fourth in the MW and 45th in the nation in rushing offense (203.2 ypg), and tied for eighth in the MW and 68th in the nation in sacks allowed (1.8 pg).

Utah State is also averaging 26.4 first downs per game thus far this year to rank third in the Mountain West and fourth in the nation, and has converted 41-of-79 third downs (51.9) to rank second in the MW and 15th in the nation. USU is also 25-for-27 (.926) on red zone opportunities to rank tied for fourth in the MW and 24th nationally.

Defensively, Utah State is limiting its opponents to just 315.4 yards of total offense per game to rank first in the Mountain West and 22nd in the nation. USU also ranks first in the MW and 23rd in the nation in scoring defense (17.0 ppg), second in the MW and 27th in the nation in passing efficiency defense (109.8), second in the MW and 38th in the nation in rushing defense (126.6 ypg), third in the MW and 32nd in the nation in passing defense (188.8 ypg), and eighth in the MW and 92nd in the nation in sacks (1.4 pg).

Furthermore, Utah State's defense is limiting its opponents to just 25 first downs on 81 third-down attempts and that conversion percentage of 30.9 percent ranks first in the Mountain West and 28th in the nation.

On special teams, Utah State currently ranks second in the Mountain West and 21st in the nation averaging 25.4 yards per kick return. USU also ranks second in the MW and 22nd in the nation in turnover margin (+1.0), fourth in the MW and 65th in the nation in punt returns (8.1 ypr), and ninth in the MW and 74th in the nation in net punting (36.2 ypk). USU also ranks among the top five teams in the nation in both kickoff return and punt return defense as it is allowing 0.0 yards per punt return to rank third in the MW and fourth in the nation, and just 16.5 yards per kickoff return to rank first in the MW and fifth nationally.

 

 

Individually, junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton ranks second in the nation with 17 touchdowns passes, trailing Oregon State's Sean Mannion who leads the nation with 21 touchdowns. Keeton also ranks first in the Mountain West and second in the nation in points responsible for (22.8 pg), second in the MW and 22nd in the nation in passing efficiency (161.6), third in the MW and eighth in the nation in completions (26.4), third in the MW and 11th in the nation in completion percentage (.710), third in the MW and 18th in the nation in total offense (317.2 ypg), and fourth in the MW and 25th in the nation in passing (272.4 ypg).

Other Aggies who rank among the statistical leaders in the Mountain West and in the nation include senior linebacker Jake Doughty who ranks third in the MW and tied for 21st in the nation in tackles (10.0 pg); sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell who ranks tied for third in the MW and tied for 21st in the nation in fumbles forced (0.4 pg), fourth in the MW and 25th in the nation in sacks (0.8 pg), eighth in the MW in tackles for loss (1.20 pg), and 46th in the MW in tackles (5.6 pg); junior linebacker Zach Vigil who ranks tied for third in the MW and tied for 41st in the nation in fumbles forced (0.4 pg), fourth in the MW and 35th in the nation in fumbles recovered (0.4 pg), and fifth in the MW and 42nd in the nation in tackles (9.2 pg); senior running back Joey DeMartino who ranks seventh in the MW and 51st in the nation in rushing touchdowns (0.8 pg), and eighth in the MW and 84th in the nation in rushing (69.0 ypg); senior safety Maurice Alexander who ranks 31st in the MW in tackles (6.4 pg); sophomore wide receiver Bruce Natson who ranks third in the MW and 42nd in the nation in punt returns (9.1 ypr); sophomore wide receiver Brandon Swindall who ranks fourth in the MW and 15th in the nation in receiving touchdowns (0.8 pg); senior wide receiver Travis Reynolds, senior tight end D.J. Tialavea and junior tight end Keegan Andersen who all rank tied for eighth in the MW and tied for 47th in the nation in receiving touchdowns (0.6 pg); junior placekicker Nick Diaz who ranks fourth in the MW and 31st in the nation in field goals (1.4 pg), fourth in the MW and 34th in the nation in field goal percentage (87.5), fifth in the MW and 53rd in the nation in scoring (8.8 ppg), and sixth in the MW in extra point percentage (95.8); and junior punter Jaron Bentrude who ranks 10th in the MW and 86th in the nation in punting (37.9 ypk).

Utah State (3-2, 2-0 MW) continues its 2013 season with its final non-conference game of the regular season as it hosts in-state rival BYU (2-2) on Friday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221). USU finishes the regular season by playing five of its final seven games at home.

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