LOGAN, Utah -
AGGIES HOST COLORADO STATE IN MOUNTAIN WEST PLAY SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Game will be televised regionally on AT&T Sports.
COLORADO STATE (3-2, 1-0 MW) vs. UTAH STATE (3-2, 1-0 MW)
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 2:30 p.m. (MT) Logan, Utah Maverik Stadium (25,100)
GAME 6 INFORMATION
TV: AT&T Sports
Play-by-Play: Ari Wolfe
Analyst: Sed Bonner
Reporter: Brad Thompson
Comcast (Utah): Ch. 52/693HD
DISH: Ch. 414
DirecTV: Ch. 683
RADIO: Aggie Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Scott Garrard
Analyst: Kevin Whimpey
Online: 1280thezone.com / Tunein.com
National: Sirius 132 / XM 201
SOCIAL MEDIA: #AggiesAllTheWay
Live Stats: UtahState.Statbroadcast.com
AGGIE RADIO NETWORKS
Every Utah State football game can be heard live on the Aggie Radio Network. Scott Garrard serves as the play-by-play announcer, while former USU all-conference offensive lineman Kevin Whimpey (2012-14) will provide color analysis. Games can also be heard on the Internet (www.UtahStateAggies.com) by clicking on the `Listen Live' link, as well as on the TuneIn App.
Salt Lake City: KZNS (1280 AM/97.5 FM)
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Cache Valley: KACH (1340 AM/105.5 FM)
Price: KRPX (95.3 FM)
Green River: KRPX (102.7 FM)
Moab: KRPX (100.3 FM)
Orangeville: KRPX (95.9 FM)
Utah State resumes Mountain West play this weekend by hosting Colorado State on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2:30 p.m. USU is 33-38-2 all-time against the Rams, including an 18-19-1 home record.
Utah State will be looking to start a season 4-2 for the third time in five years under head coach Matt Wells, and for the fourth time in the last six years overall. USU will also be looking to start Mountain West play 2-0 for the third time in this, its fifth year in the league.
Utah State is playing an afternoon home game for just the eighth time in the past five seasons under Wells, going 6-1 in its previous seven games. This will be USU's first afternoon game in October since 2014, when it hosted UNLV on Oct. 25.
Utah State is 20-13 (.606) all-time in the Mountain West, including a 12-4 (.750) home record, and has won 31 of its last 44 (.705) league games dating back to 2011.
Utah State has won 28 of its last 34 home games (.824), including 17 of its last 21 conference home games (.810). Under Wells, USU is 20-6 (.769) at home, including a 12-4 (.800) Mountain West record. All-time, USU is 140-102 (.579) at Maverik Stadium, which includes a 2-0 record this season.
Utah State senior QB Kent Myers set a single game school record for rushing yards by a quarterback at home against Colorado State in 2015 as he gained 191 yards on 16 carries. This season, Myers is one of just two FBS quarterbacks to have multiple touchdowns rushing and passing in the same game at least twice, joining Nick Fitzgerald of Mississippi State. Myers had two rushing and two passing touchdowns against both Idaho State and San José State.
Utah State leads the nation with four defensive touchdowns and 16 forced turnovers this season. USU also ranks second nationally in fumbles recovered with nine and 10th in the nation with its seven interceptions. USU has forced 12 turnovers in its last two games (7 vs. BYU, 5 vs. San José State) as compared to 10 all of last season.
UTAH STATE HOSTS COLORADO STATE IN MOUNTAIN WEST PLAY SATURDAY
Utah State (3-2, 1-0 MW) resumes Mountain West play this weekend as it hosts Colorado State (3-2, 1-0 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on AT&T Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683) with Ari Wolfe (play-by-play), Sed Bonner (analyst) and Brad Thompson (reporter) on the call. Live audio of the game is available at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
AGGIES IN OCTOBER
Utah State has won 14 of its last 25 (.560) games played during the month of October, including six of its last seven at home, and is 9-2-1 all-time in known games played on Oct. 7.
A LOOK AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 3-2 on the season following its 40-24 non-conference home win against BYU last weekend. Offensively, USU is led by senior QB Kent Myers, who is 92-of-141 (.652) passing for 953 yards (190.6 ypg) with six touchdowns and seven interceptions. Junior RB Eltoro Allen leads the team in rushing with 219 yards on 58 carries (3.8 ypc) with one touchdown, and junior WR Ron'quavion Tarver has a team-best 25 receptions for 236 yards (9.4 ypr) with three touchdowns. Defensively, junior LB Suli Tamaivena leads the team with 40 tackles, which includes 1.5 tackles for loss, to go along with two fumble recoveries, while fellow junior LB Chase Christiansen has 38 tackles, which includes 1.0 tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles. As a team, Utah State is averaging 34.4 points and 408.8 yards of total offense (246.4 passing, 162.4 rushing), and allowing 30.4 points and 385.4 yards of total offense (194.2 passing, 191.2 rushing).
UTAH STATE PLAYING THREE-STRAIGHT HOME GAMES
Utah State is playing its second of three-straight home games this weekend as it hosts Mountain West foe Colorado State. USU then hosts Wyoming in another Mountain West game on Saturday, Oct. 14. USU began its three-game home stretch with a 40-24 non-conference win against BYU last weekend. The last time USU had three-straight home games was in 1997.
Utah State began the season by playing three of its first four games away from home and was the only team in the nation to have played in all four time zones in the contiguous United States during its first four weeks as the Aggies began the year at No. 9 Wisconsin (central time zone), then hosted Idaho State (mountain time zone), followed by road games at Wake Forest (eastern time zone) and at San José State (pacific time zone).
UTAH STATE WITH SIX HOME GAMES ONCE AGAIN IN 2017
Utah State's 2017 schedule marks the eighth-straight season, the ninth time in the last 10 years, and the 10th time in the last 21 years that it will play six home games. Overall, the Aggies have had six home games on the slate just 14 times: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1978, 1952.
UTAH STATE HAS SUCCESS WHEN IT CAN RUN THE BALL
Utah State has won 19 of its last 22 games when it has a 100-yard rusher and 25 of its last 27 contests when rushing at least 40 times in a game, as it carried the ball 44 times for 112 yards last weekend against BYU.
Utah State has won 38 of its last 39 games dating back to 2011 when scoring at least 30 points, following its 40-24 home win against BYU last weekend. In fact, USU had won 35 straight games when scoring at least 30 points before losing at Nevada, 38-37, last season.
UTAH STATE RANKS FIFTH IN THE NATION IN FIRST-TIME STARTERS
During the first five weeks of the 2017 season, Utah State had 18 first-time starters, which ranks tied for fifth in the nation with LSU and behind Baylor (21), Ball State (19), Illinois (19) and UAB (19). USU had 12 players make their first career at No. 9 Wisconsin in senior TE Damion Hobbs, junior OL Roman Andrus, junior OL Rob Castaneda, junior OL Quin Ficklin, redshirt junior OL Sean Taylor, junior LB Suli Tamaivena, junior NG Gasetoto Schuster, junior BS Aaron Wade, sophomore OL Moroni Iniguez, sophomore DE Jacoby Wildman, redshirt freshman DE Ritisoni Fata and redshirt freshman WR Jordan Nathan. USU then had four more players get their first career start against Idaho State in junior DE Adewale Adeoye, redshirt sophomore TE Dax Raymond, sophomore LB Dalton Baker and redshirt freshman CB Ja'Marcus Ingram. And two more Aggies made their first career start at San José State in junior RB Eltoro Allen and freshman LB Maika Magalei.
THIRTY-SEVEN AGGIES PLAY FIRST UTAH STATE GAME IN FIRST THREE WEEKS
Utah State has had 37 players play in their first-ever Aggie game during the first three weeks of the 2017 season. Twenty-four Aggies saw their first-ever action at No. 9 Wisconsin three weeks ago in redshirt junior OL Sean Taylor, junior RB Eltoro Allen, junior OL Roman Andrus, junior OL Rob Castaneda, junior LB Louy Compton, junior OL Quin Ficklin, junior CB Deante Fortenberry, junior LB Ofa Latu, junior LB Suli Tamaivena, sophomore DE Devon Anderson, sophomore OL Moroni Iniguez, sophomore S Chance Parker, redshirt freshman OL Demytrick Ali'ifua, redshirt freshman DE Ritisoni Fata, redshirt freshman S Baron Gajkowski, redshirt freshman CB Braxton Gunther, redshirt freshman CB Ja'Marcus Ingram, redshirt freshman LB Kevin Meitzenheimer, redshirt freshman WR Jordan Nathan, redshirt freshman LB David Woodward, freshman LB Maika Magalei, freshman WR Savon Scarver, freshman TE Carson Terrell and freshman DE Nami Tuitu'u. Twelve more Aggies played in their first-ever USU game two weeks ago against Idaho State in senior WR Connor McGuire, junior WR Aaren Vaughns, junior TE Emerson Woods, sophomore LB Mason Gajkowski, sophomore LB Braden Harris, sophomore P Zach Lee, sophomore PK Michael Smith, redshirt freshman WR Taylor Compton, redshirt freshman QB Jordan Love, redshirt freshman OL Viliamu McMoore, redshirt freshman DE Jake Pitcher and freshman PK Connor Coles. And one more Aggie played in his first game last weekend at Wake Forest in redshirt freshman DE Logan Lee.
FIRST TIME PLAYERS ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE FOR UTAH STATE
All five of Utah State's starting offensive linemen -- OC Quin Ficklin, RT Sean Taylor, LG Moroni Iniguez, RG Rob Castaneda, LT Roman Andrus -- played in their first career games at USU in the first three weeks of the season. In fact, Taylor is the only member of this group who was on the team last year, as he redshirted. This is the first time in school history that it has started five offensive linemen who had never played a game at USU, minus the Aggies' first-ever team in 1892. Furthermore, Andrus and Ficklin did not even play offensive line at their previous schools, as Andrus was a defensive end at Snow (Utah) JC and Ficklin was a fullback at BYU.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Utah State has out-scored its opponents 48-21 in the first quarter this year and has held three of its five opponents scoreless in the first 15 minutes of play. USU also holds a 110-66 scoring advantage in the first half this season.
Utah State has controlled the time of possession three times this season, all in wins against Idaho State (31:40), San José State (39:41) and BYU (31:11), despite running an up-tempo offense. Last year, USU won the time of possession battle just once, against Arkansas State (30:43). On the season, USU is controlling the ball for 30:39 on average through its first five games as compared to just 26:45 last season. In fact, the last time USU finished a season winning the time of possession battle was in 2013, when it controlled the ball on average for 31:13.
Utah State's defense has allowed just one drive into its red zone in the last two games at San José State and against BYU. In those two games, the Spartans and Cougars combined for 32 drives and BYU had one drive enter the red zone, but settled for a field goal.
Utah State's 172 points in its first five games of 2017 are its most since the 2013 team scored 202 points in its first five games. That team played in the Mountain West Championship game.
SCOUTING COLORADO STATE
Colorado State is 3-2 on the season and 1-0 in Mountain West play following its 51-21 road win at Hawai'i last weekend. The Rams are led by senior QB Nick Stevens, who is 114-of-186 (.613) passing for 1,578 yards (315.6 ypg) with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. Senior RB Dalyn Dawkins leads the team in rushing with 372 yards on 68 carries (5.5 ypc/74.4 ypg) with three touchdowns, and senior WR Michael Gallup has caught 39 passes for 597 yards (15.3 ypr/119.4 ypg) with two touchdowns. Defensively, junior LB Josh Watson has a team-best 35 tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss, while fellow sophomore CB Anthony Hawkins has 24 tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss. As a team, Colorado State is averaging 34.6 points and 505.6 yards of total offense per game (315.6 passing, 190.0 rushing), and allowing 23.2 points and 426.6 yards of total offense (277.4 passing, 149.2 rushing). Colorado State returns 14 starters (O-6, D-8) and 43 lettermen from last year's team that went 7-6 overall and 5-3 in Mountain West play to finish tied for fourth in the Mountain Division. CSU concluded its season with a 61-50 loss to Idaho in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The Rams are coached by Mike Bobo, who is 17-14 in his third season as a collegiate head coach.
AGGIES AND RAMS SERIES HISTORY
Utah State is 33-38-2 all-time against Colorado State, including an 18-19-1 home record. CSU won the last meeting between the two teams, 31-24, a year ago in Fort Collins and USU won the last meeting between the two team in Logan, 33-18, in 2015. Overall, USU has won three of the last five games played in the series, including two straight at home. The first-ever game played in the series was in 1902 with CSU winning in Logan, 24-5.
AGGIES AND RAMS HAVE STORIED HISTORY
Utah State and Colorado State have spent 51 years as league foes and have a storied history dating back to the early 1900s as both schools were members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) from 1916-37 and members of the Mountain States/Skyline Conference from 1938-61. CSU then was a charter member of the Mountain West in 1999, while USU joined the conference in 2013. As members of the RMAC, USU won league championships in 1921 and 1936, and later won league titles in the Mountain States/Skyline Conference in 1946, 1960 and 1961. CSU won team championships in the RMAC in 1915, 1916, 1919, 1920, 1925, 1927, 1933 and 1934, and in the Mountain States Conference in 1955. Overall, the Aggies and Rams faced each other in every season from 1911-1979 except in 1912, 1918, 1921, 1943-44 (war), and 1968, even after CSU joined the Western Athletic Conference in 1968. After 1979, the two teams didn't play again until 1994.
AGGIES AND RAMS ARE THE THIRD-MOST PLAYED SERIES IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Colorado State will be meeting for the 74th time in series history this weekend in what is the third-most played rivalry in school history. USU's most played rivalry is Utah (112), followed by Brigham Young (87), Colorado State (73) and Wyoming (67).
Matt Wells VERSUS COLORADO STATE
Utah State's Matt Wells is 2-2 all-time against Colorado State as a head coach, and he's faced the Rams four times as an assistant coach, including once while at USU in 2012 and three times as an assistant at New Mexico (2007-08, 2010).
UTAH STATE AND COLORADO STATE CONNECTIONS
Utah State outside receivers coach Jovon Bouknight spent two (2004-05) of his four seasons at Wyoming with Colorado State assistant football strength & conditioning coach Michael Ray. CSU defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Marty English and running backs coach Bryan Applewhite were both assistant coaches at Wyoming from 2003-08 during Bouknight's sophomore, junior and senior seasons (2003-05). USU offensive line coach Steve Farmer was an assistant coach at Louisiana-Monroe with CSU running backs coach Bryan Applewhite from 2010-14.
PLAYER CONNECTIONS BETWEEN UTAH STATE AND COLORADO STATE
There are 26 connections between Utah State and Colorado State players. USU senior CB Wesley Bailey and CSU senior WR Detrich Clark both attended Eastern Arizona JC. USU senior WR Jaren Colston-Green and CSU sophomore TE Conrad Harker both began their collegiate careers at Oklahoma State. USU senior WR Connor McGuire, junior OL Roman Andrus, junior BS Gaje Ferguson, junior LB Ofa Latu, junior TE Emerson Woods, sophomore OL Moroni Iniguez and freshman QB Zach Larson all attended Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, as did CSU junior TE Dalton Fackrell. USU junior OL Rob Castaneda and junior LB Louy Compton both attended Ellsworth (Iowa) CC, as did CSU sophomore DL Jamori Fox. USU junior CB Deante Fortenberry and CSU junior LB Anthony Giusti both attended City College of San Francisco. USU junior LB Suli Tamaivena and junior WR Aaren Vaughns both attended Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) JC, as did CSU senior S Levi Osborn. USU sophomore LB Justus Te'i and CSU senior LB Kiel Robinson both attended Mission Hills HS in San Marcos, Calif. USU redshirt freshman QB Jordan Love and CSU junior S Braylin Scott both attended Liberty HS in Bakersfield, Calif. USU redshirt freshman DE Connor Meyers and CSU junior LB Justin Falls both began their collegiate careers at Southern Utah.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE STATE OF COLORADO
Utah State is a combined 70-75-6 (.483) against teams from the state of Colorado, with a 33-38-2 mark versus Colorado State, a 13-19-3 ledger against Denver, a 6-11-1 record against Colorado, a 7-0 mark versus Western State, a 5-4 record against Colorado Mines, a 3-0 record versus Colorado College, a 1-0 mark versus Regis, and a 2-3 record against Air Force.
STATS FOR CURRENT AGGIES VERSUS COLORADO STATE
The following is a look at what current Utah State players have done against Colorado State in at least two games played. Senior CB Jalen Davis has 15 tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks, one interception, three pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and one kickoff return for 18 yards in three games. Senior RB LaJuan Hunt has 68 yards rushing and one touchdown on 17 carries (4.0 ypc), to go along with four receptions for 38 yards, in three games. Senior DE Ian Togiai has three tackles in three games. Senior TE Damion Hobbs is 1-of-1 passing for zero yards and has five yards rushing on two carries in two games. Senior LB Alex Huerta has six tackles in two games. Senior RB Tonny Lindsey Jr. has 137 yards rushing on 17 carries (8.1 ypc), to go along with three receptions for 16 yards, in two games. Senior QB Kent Myers is 30-of-54 passing for 342 yards and one touchdown, to go along with 241 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 31 carries (7.7 ypc), in two games. Myers' 191 yards rushing against Colorado State in 2015 set a school record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game. Junior P Aaron Dalton has 11 punts for 448 yards (40.7 ypp), including a long of 58, and three downed inside the 20-yard line in two games. Junior RB Justen Hervey has one catch for zero yards in two games. Junior FS Jontrell Rocquemore has 13 tackles, one forced fumble and a pass breakup in two games. His 10 tackles against the Rams in 2016 were a career high. Junior NG Gasetoto Schuster has two tackles in two games.
AGGIES FROM THE STATE OF COLORADO
Utah State redshirt freshman WR Dylan Spradling is from Parker, Colo. (Ponderosa HS), while USU outside receivers coach Jovon Bouknight is from Denver, Colo. (Manual HS).
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE MOUNTAIN WEST
Utah State is 147-175-8 (.458) all-time against current members of the Mountain West with a 38-25-4 record vs. Wyoming, a 33-38-2 record vs. Colorado State, a 15-7 record vs. UNLV, a 17-20-1 record vs. San José State, a 12-17-1 record vs. Fresno State, a 10-13 record vs. New Mexico, an 8-6 record vs. Hawai`i, a 6-18 record vs. Nevada, a 5-16 record vs. Boise State, a 2-3 record vs. Air Force, and a 1-12 record vs. San Diego State.
UTAH STATE ENTERING FIFTH SEASON IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST
Utah State is entering its fifth 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 119 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 for eight seasons from 2005-12.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State head coach Matt Wells played quarterback against Colorado State in both 1994 and 1995, as a sophomore and junior, respectively.
Utah State outside receivers coach Jovon Bouknight played in four games against Colorado State at wide receiver during his career at Wyoming from 2002-05. Against CSU, Bouknight caught 24 passes for 378 yards and four touchdowns, including 12 receptions for 187 yards and three touchdowns as a senior.
Utah State Assistant AD for Football Operations Waqa Damuni played tight end against Colorado State as a junior in 1997.
Utah State offensive administrative assistant Fahu Tahi played in four games against Colorado State at running back during his career at BYU from 1999, 2003-05.
Utah State has 38 players in its program from the state of Utah, while Colorado State has 36 players on its roster from the Centennial State.
SERIES NOTABLES BETWEEN UTAH STATE AND COLORADO STATE
The following are series notables between Utah State and Colorado State dating back to 1994 and encompassing the last nine meetings.
Utah State is 3-2 when leading at the half, while Colorado State is 2-0. USU is also 3-2 when scoring first, while CSU is 4-0. USU has scored first and led at the half in four of the last six games.
Utah State has rushed for more yards in five of the last six meetings, but is just 3-3 in those games. USU has also had more yards of offense in four of the last six games.
The team that has had more first downs has lost five of the last eight games.
The winning team has not committed a turnover in each of the last four games, and the team that has fewer turnovers has won six of the last eight games.
Neither team has recorded 500 yards of total offense in the last nine meetings.
Neither team has had a 300-yard passer in the last nine meetings, while CSU has had a 100-yard rusher three times and a 100-yard receiver four times. USU has had a 100-yard rusher six times, and a 100-yard receiver twice.
Utah State has had a 100-yard rusher in seven of the last eight games played in the series, with the only exception being in the 2014 meeting.
The winning team has scored at least 30 points in seven of the last nine meetings, while there have been 29 games where the winning team has scored less than 20 points. There has also been 24 shutouts in series history, 15 by USU's defense and nine by CSU's defense.
FROM THE RECORD BOOKS
Here is a look at some of the top Utah State individual and team statistical performances against Colorado State over the years.
Louie Giammona rushed for 242 yards against CSU in 1975, which ranks tied for the eighth-most all-time in school history.
Kerwynn Williams rushed for 205 yards against CSU in 2012, which ranks tied for the 24th-most all-time in school history.
Fred Allen had an 82-yard rush against CSU in 1975, which ranks tied for the 10th-longest in school history.
Roy Shivers hit Dave Clark on an 89-yard pass against CSU in 1965, to rank tied for the fourth-longest pass play in school history.
Earsell Mackbee hit Grant Martinsen on an 81-yard pass against CSU in 1964, to rank tied for the 13th-longest pass play in school history.
Rick Parros had a 94-yard kickoff return against CSU in 1978, which ranks tied for the ninth-longest in school history.
Micah Knorr made a 54-yard field goal against CSU in 1994, which ranks tied for the sixth-longest in school history.
Steve Steinke made a 52-yard field goal against CSU in 1979, which ranks tied for the 10th-longest in school history.
Utah State limited Colorado State to 90 yards of total offense (seventh-fewest in school history) in 1961 in a 49-3 win in Fort Collins, while rushing for 389 yards, the most in series history by a USU team and 12th-most in school history.
Utah State held Colorado State to 115 yards of total offense in 1960, tied for the 14th fewest in school history.
Utah State held Colorado State to one passing yard in 1976. USU held CSU to a school-record zero completions and three pass attempts in 1949.
Utah State held Colorado State to 15 passing yards in 1961 and 18 passing yards in 1963, the fifth- and eighth-fewest in school history, respectively.
Utah State has had 12 100-yard rushers and nine 100-yard receivers all-time against Colorado State, the fourth- and sixth-most against any opponent in school history, respectively.
Utah State has never had a 300-yard passer against Colorado State.
LAST MEETING at COLORADO STATE
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Junior RB Tonny Lindsey, Jr. rushed for a career-high 137 yards and junior QB Kent Myers rushed for two touchdowns -- both in the first half -- but Utah State came up short in a 31-24 loss at Colorado State on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016.
The Aggies fell to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in Mountain West play heading into their one and only bye week. With the win, the Rams improved to 3-3 and 1-1.
Utah State finished the game with 456 yards of offense (251 rushing, 205 passing) and Colorado State had 464 yards (240 passing, 224 rushing). For USU, those 456 yards are its second-most in a game this season. However, the 464 yards by Colorado State are the most by an Aggie opponent this season, as are the 224 rushing yards.
Utah State also committed two turnovers in the game with one fumble and one interception, and did not force a Colorado State turnover, marking the second time in the last three games that USU's defense has not recorded a takeaway.
Myers rushed for 50 yards and the two scores on 15 carries, while redshirt freshman WR Gerold Bright scored on a 41-yard run to give Utah State a 7-3 lead with 11:28 remaining in the first quarter.
After Colorado State QB Collin Hill threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Olabisi Johnson to give the Rams a 10-7 lead, Myers scored from four yards out to put the Aggies back on top, 14-10 with 1:25 remaining in the first.
Utah State increased its lead to 21-10 with 11:15 left in the second quarter following a 14-yard touchdown run by Myers. Senior PK Brock Warren made it 24-10 at the break when he made a 36-yard field goal into the wind with 1:09 remaining on the clock. Sophomore WR Ron'quavion Tarver helped set up the score with a 36-yard catch down the east sideline.
However, the Rams erased the Aggies' two-touchdown deficit in the third quarter as Michael Gallup caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from Hill and Izzy Matthews scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to knot the game at 24-apiece.
Colorado State went ahead for good courtesy of another touchdown run by Matthews, this time from 10 yards out, to make it 31-24 with 10:33 remaining in the game.
Matthews finished with 73 yards rushing on 23 carries. Hill was 14-of-25 for 203 yards and two touchdowns before leaving with an injury in the second half.
Freshman WR Rayshad Lewis led the Aggies in receiving with a career-high-tying seven catches for a career-best 106 yards. Senior TE Wyatt Houston caught three passes for 23 yards and has now caught a pass in a team-leading 12 straight games.
Sophomore FS Jontrell Rocquemore led Utah State defensively with a career-high 10 tackles and redshirt senior NG Travis Seefeldt added nine stops and 2.0 tackles for loss, both career highs. Senior DE Siua Taufa also recorded a career high in tackles with five, which included 1.0 tackles for loss. Junior CB Jalen Davis added three tackles and a team-high two pass breakups as the Aggies posted five pass breakups overall.
Colorado State finished the game controlling the time of possession, 32:18 to 27:42. CSU was also 5-of-17 on third downs as compared to 7-of-16 for the Aggies.
LAST HOME MEETING vs. COLORADO STATE
LOGAN, Utah - Sophomore Kent Myers set a single-game rushing record for a quarterback at Utah State with 191 yards in a 33-18 Homecoming victory against Colorado State on Oct. 3, 2015 at Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium.
Myers, making his first start of the season, carried the ball a career-high 16 times and averaged a stellar 11.9 yards per rush to help the Aggies (2-2, 1-0 Mountain West) snap a two-game losing streak. He broke the old record of 121 yards, which was held by Tony Adams and redshirt senior QB Chuckie Keeton, who missed his first game of the season after injuring his knee at Washington the previous week.
Myers' 26-yard touchdown run with 56 seconds left in the second quarter gave Utah State the lead for good at 17-10. One play earlier, he rushed for 34 yards on third-and-4 from the Colorado State 45-yard line.
Sophomore QB Nick Stevens was 21-of-46 passing for 252 yards with one touchdown and one interception for the Rams (2-3, 0-1). Stevens' favorite target on the night was junior WR Rashard Higgins, who caught 10 passes for 114 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown early in the second quarter that gave Colorado State a 10-3 lead.
Myers, who improved to 6-1 as the Aggies' starter, was 12-of-21 passing for 137 yards and a touchdown. Senior WR Hunter Sharp led Utah State with four catches for 63 yards and a touchdown, a 42-yarder that tied the score at 10-all with 11:47 left in the second quarter.
The Aggies recorded a season-high 435 yards of total offense, including 298 yards on the ground. Junior RB Devante Mays had 10 carries for 60 yards, both career highs, while sophomore RB LaJuan Hunt scored on a 33-yard touchdown run, one of eight explosive plays Utah State had on the night.
After falling behind 10-3, the Aggies scored 23 unanswered points to move in front for good.
Senior LB LT Filiaga led Utah State with 10 tackles, while junior LB Nick Vigil added nine stops and a career-best two pass breakups. Senior LB Kyler Fackrell had an unforgettable Homecoming night as he recorded six tackles, including a career-best 3.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks, to go along with a fumble recovery that he returned 12 yards and an eye-popping six quarterback hurries, which doubled his previous career high.
Special teams play also shined for the Aggies, who were a perfect 4-for-4 on field goal attempts. Junior PK Jake Thompson opened the game's scoring with a 48-yard field goal, while fellow junior PK Brock Warren made all three of his tries from 23, 40 and 34 yards, respectively. In addition, redshirt freshman P Aaron Dalton punted four times for an average of 45.0 yards, including a career-best 58-yarder.
After Utah State opened its largest lead of the night, 26-10, following Warren's third field goal early in the fourth quarter, Colorado State pulled within 26-18 with 11:37 to go following a 15-yard touchdown run by Stevens and successful two-point conversion.
However, Hunt's 33-yard touchdown run with 2:18 remaining gave the Aggies their final margin of victory.
GAME 5 RECAP vs. BRIGHAM YOUNG
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State senior CB Jalen Davis intercepted a career-high three passes and returned two of them for touchdowns as USU closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 40-24 home win over BYU on Friday, Sept. 29, at Maverik Stadium.
Davis, who set a school record with his two pick-sixes, now has five interceptions on the season and 11 in his career, which is tied with three other players for the fourth-most in school history. Furthermore, the three picks tied a Mountain West record.
Senior QB Kent Myers was 16-of-27 passing for 176 yards and two touchdowns, to go along with 33 yards rushing, including a 19-yard touchdown run that gave the Aggies (3-2, 1-0 Mountain West) a 33-21 lead with 14:52 to go in the fourth quarter.
Utah State, which rallied from 14 points down, regained possession of the Old Wagon Wheel, the traveling trophy between the two schools. That 14-point deficit overcome is USU's largest since rallying from 20 points down (27-7) against Nevada in 2015.
Davis' three interceptions were a part of seven takeaways by the Aggies, including fumble recoveries by junior linebackers Derek Larsen and Suli Tamaivena, and redshirt freshman CB Ja'Marcus Ingram. Additionally, senior BS Dallin Leavitt, who began his collegiate career at BYU, had an interception, seven tackles and a pass breakup.
Freshman RB Ula Tolutao led BYU (1-4) with 102 yards rushing on 21 carries, while quarterbacks Koy Detmer Jr. and Beau Hoge combined to go 12-of-29 for 186 yards and two touchdowns, to go along with four interceptions.
Junior WR Ron'quavion Tarver led all receivers in the game with six receptions for 76 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown pass from Myers that tied the game at 21-all with 1:11 remaining in the first half.
Senior RB LaJuan Hunt led Utah State's ground game with 65 yards on 18 carries.
Tamaivena recorded a career- and game-high 13 tackles for the Aggies, while fellow junior LB Chase Christiansen added a career-best 10 stops, including 1.0 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble.
Utah State took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in nine plays, scoring on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Myers to redshirt sophomore TE Dax Raymond and the Aggies led 7-0 with 11:40 left in the first quarter.
However, the tide turned in favor of the Cougars after Micah Hannemann intercepted a pass by Myers and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown. BYU ended up reeling off 21 unanswered points to open a 21-7 lead with 13:30 left in the second quarter.
But, just as soon as the Cougars grabbed the momentum, the Aggies got it back - courtesy of their own pick-six. Davis intercepted a pass by Hoge and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown, brining USU to within 21-14 with 11:02 left in the second.
After Leavitt intercepted a pass by Detmer, the Aggies turned the pick into three more points. Sophomore PK Dominik Eberle connected from 32 yards out to send Utah State into the locker room with a 24-21 lead.
BYU turned it over again on its very first drive of the second half. USU senior DE Ian Togiai forced the fumble and Ingram recovered it. The Aggies then scored on a 40-yard field goal by Eberle to make it 27-21 with 12:56 to go in the third.
After BYU pulled within 33-24 following a 37-yard field goal with 12:28 to go, Davis sealed it for the Aggies with 50-yard interception return for a touchdown with 3:00 to go.
DAVIS NAMED CBSSPORTS.COM NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Utah State senior CB Jalen Davis was named CBSSports.com's National Player of the Week and the Mountain West's Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in Utah State's 40-24 home win against BYU last weekend. Against the Cougars, Davis intercepted a career-high three passes and returned two of them for touchdowns from 30 and 50 yards, respectively. Davis also had a season-high five tackles, to go along with one pass breakup. Davis was also named the MW Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. For Davis, it is his first career Player of the Week honor from the conference.
Those three interceptions for Davis are tied with New Mexico State's Shamad Lomax for the most in a game at the FBS level this year, and tied for a Mountain West record as it is the 11th time in conference history a player has had three picks in a game. The last time an FBS player had more than three interceptions in a game was in 2006 when Middle Tennessee's Damon Nickson had four picks against Louisiana-Lafayette. Furthermore, Davis' three interceptions are the second-most in a game in school history, trailing Henry King, who had four picks against Pacific in 1966.
Davis' two interception returns for touchdowns are a single-game school record and the most at the FBS level this season, and tied with four other players for the most in Mountain West history. In fact, it is just the 18th time in conference history that a team has had two interceptions returned for a touchdown in a game.
Davis is the first FBS player to have three interceptions and return two of them for touchdowns since 2012, when Fresno State's Phillip Thomas accomplished the feat against Colorado.
UTAH STATE FORCES SEVEN TURNOVERS IN BYU WIN
Utah State forced seven turnovers (4 interceptions, 3 fumbles) in its 40-24 home win against BYU last weekend. Those seven turnovers are tied for the fifth-most in school history and most since it forced a school-record-tying eight turnovers in a 52-26 home win against No. 21 Boise State in 2015. Those seven turnovers are the most at the FBS level this year and the most since North Texas forced seven Army turnovers last October. The last time an FBS team forced more than seven turnovers in a game was back in 2015, when Utah State forced eight turnovers against the Broncos. In fact, there has only been four other FBS games between USU's game against Boise State in 2015 and its game against BYU last weekend where a team has forced at least seven turnovers.
Six of BYU's seven turnovers occurred in the second and third quarters over a span of nine possessions. Due to those seven turnovers, Utah State started six drives in BYU territory, its most since its 2013 game against Colorado State.
Along with Davis' career-high three interceptions, Utah State had an interception from senior BS Dallin Leavitt, in addition to fumble recoveries by junior LB Derek Larsen, junior LB Suli Tamaivena and redshirt freshman CB Ja'Marcus Ingram. Aggies who forced those three fumbles were senior DE Ian Togiai, junior LB Chase Christiansen and sophomore LB Mason Tobeck.
MYERS ACCOUNTS FOR THREE TOUCHDOWNS IN BYU WIN
Utah State senior QB Kent Myers accounted for three touchdowns in Utah State's 40-24 home win against BYU last weekend. Myers had touchdown passes of 32 and 43 yards, to go along with a 19-yard touchdown run. For Myers, it is the ninth time in his career he has had a passing and rushing touchdown in the same game.
TAMAIVENA AND CHRISTIANSEN BOTH RECORD CAREER-HIGH TACKLES
Utah State junior linebackers Suli Tamaivena and Chase Christiansen both recorded their first career double-digit tackle outings last weekend against BYU as Tamaivena had a career-best 13 stops, while Christiansen finished the game with a career-high 10 tackles. Tamaivena also recovered a fumble and had 0.5 tackles for loss, while Christiansen had 1.0 tackles for loss and forced a fumble.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTABLES FROM THE BYU GAME
Junior P Aaron Dalton had three 50-yard punts (54, 55, 50) and now has five 50-yard punts this year and 22 in his career. Dalton also had one punt downed inside the 20-yard line, giving him 10 punts this year and 56 in his career downed inside the 20-yard line.
Sophomore PK Dominik Eberle was 2-of-3 on field goal attempts as he was good from 32 and 40 yards and had a 38-yarder blocked. Eberle is now 10-of-11 on the season and 13-of-16 in his career on field goal attempts, including 2-of-3 this season and in his career from 30-39 yards, and 2-of-2 this year and 3-of-5 in his career from 40-49 yards.
MYERS RANKS 19TH ALL-TIME IN RUSHING
Senior QB Kent Myers has rushed for 1,332 yards on 303 carries (4.4 ypc) during his career to rank 18th all-time in school history, including third all-time among quarterbacks, trailing Chuckie Keeton (2011-15), who ranks 14th all-time with 1,415 yards and Diondre Borel (2007-10), who ranks 16th all-time with 1,398 rushing yards. Myers has one career 100-yard rushing game as he set a school record for quarterbacks with 191 yards on 16 carries against Colorado State in 2015.
MYERS HAS 19 CAREER RUSHING TDs
Senior QB Kent Myers has 19 rushing touchdowns in his career, to rank ninth all-time in school history.
Myers has five games with multiple rushing touchdowns as he had a career-high three against San José State in 2014 and two against both Colorado State and Nevada in 2016, and two against both Idaho State and San José State this year.
HUNT RANKS 22ND ALL-TIME IN RUSHING
Senior RB LaJuan Hunt has rushed for 1,229 yards on 314 carries (3.9 ypc) to rank 22nd all-time in school history. Hunt has one 100-yard rushing game in his career as he set a true freshman school record with 34 carries for 145 yards against Hawai'i in 2014.
MYERS RANKS AMONG TOP 10 QBS ALL-TIME IN GAMES PLAYED AND STARTED
Senior QB Kent Myers started his 31st career game and played in his 33rd last weekend, both of which rank tied for fifth and sixth all-time in school history for quarterbacks, respectively. Chuckie Keeton (2011-15) holds the school record for games started by a quarterback with 35, while Diondre Borel (2007-10) holds the school record for games played by a quarterback with 44.
MYERS THIRD ALL-TIME IN COMPLETION PERCENTAGE
Senior QB Kent Myers is 503-of-820 (.613) passing for 5,801 yards with 37 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in his career, and that completion percentage ranks third all-time in school history behind Darell Garretson (.631) and Chuckie Keeton (.629).
For his career, Myers has an interception percentage of just 0.026, which ranks third all-time in school history behind Chuckie Keeton (.022) and Anthony Calvillo (0.023), with his 37 touchdowns and 21 interceptions on 820 career attempts. Myers has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 18 of his last 25 games and multiple touchdowns nine times in his career, which includes five games with three or more touchdown passes. In his career, Myers has 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions at home, and 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions on the road.
MYERS AMONG ACTIVE QUARTERBACK LEADERS IN THE NATION
Senior QB Kent Myers ranks among the top active quarterbacks in the nation in several categories and is one of just six Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterbacks with 5,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a career, along with Ohio State's J.T. Barrett (7,622 passing, 2,728 rushing), Louisville's Lamar Jackson (7,019 passing, 2,968 rushing), Appalachian State's Taylor Lamb (8,043 passing, 1,556 rushing), South Florida's Quinton Flowers (6,153 passing, 2,989 rushing) and Ball State's Riley Neal (5,476 passing, 1,006 rushing). Myers has passed for 5,801 yards and rushed for 1,332 yards in his career. Myers is also one of just 12 active FBS quarterbacks with 1,200 career rushing yards.
Other categories where Myers ranks among the top active FBS quarterbacks in the nation include being 14th in completion percentage (.613), 18th in touchdowns responsible for (56), 19th in total offense (7,133) and 24th in passing yards (5,801).
DAVIS SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR PASSES BROKEN UP
Senior CB Jalen Davis recorded the 27th pass breakup of his career last weekend against BYU to pass Donald Toomer (1991-94, 26) for the most in school history. Davis also has 11 interceptions in his career, which is tied with Travis Clark (1987, `89), Chuck Detwiler (1966-68) and Ronnie McCloud (1974, `76-78) for the fourth-most in school history. Furthermore, his 227 career interception return yards ranks second all-time in school history behind Henry King (1965-66), who holds the school record for interceptions in a career with 18 and interception return yards in a career with 373.
DAVIS AMONG ACTIVE DEFENSIVE BACK LEADERS IN THE NATION
Senior DB Jalen Davis ranks among the top active defensive backs in the nation in several categories as he ranks sixth nationally with his 38 career pass breakups (27 passes defended, 11 interceptions), and seventh in the nation with his 11 career interceptions.
UTAH STATE RANKS THIRD IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST IN SCORING OFFENSE
Through the first five games of the season, Utah State is averaging 34.4 points per game to rank third in the Mountain West and 47th in the nation. USU also ranks fourth in the MW and 56th nationally in passing offense (246.4 ypg), fifth in the MW and 56th in the nation in completion percentage (.613), sixth in the conference and 69th in the nation in total offense (408.8 ypg), seventh in the MW and 67th in the nation in rushing offense (162.4 ypg), ninth in the MW and 87th in the nation in passing efficiency (124.3), and tied for ninth in the conference and tied for 97th in the nation in sacks allowed (2.60 pg).
AGGIES RANK 37TH NATIONALLY IN PASSING DEFENSE
Utah State's defense is allowing 194.2 passing yards per game to rank fourth in the Mountain West and 37th in the nation, and is leading the conference and ranks 54th in the nation in passing efficiency defense (122.7). USU also ranks sixth in the MW and 77th nationally in sacks (1.80 pg), seventh in the MW and 73rd in the nation in total defense (385.4 ypg), eighth in the conference and 95th in the nation in scoring defense (30.4 ppg), and ninth in the MW and 97th in the nation in rushing defense (191.2 ypg).
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKS FIRST NATIONALLY IN TURNOVERS FORCED
Utah State's defense has forced 16 turnovers (9 fumbles, 7 interceptions) this season to lead the nation. In fact, USU has forced 12 turnovers in its last two games with seven against BYU and five at San José State. Last year, USU forced just 10 turnovers the entire season.
Along with ranking first nationally in turnovers forced, Utah State also ranks second in the nation with its nine fumble recoveries, trailing only Bowling Green (10). Furthermore, USU ranks second in the Mountain West and 10th in the nation with its seven interceptions on the season, and third in the conference and 18th nationally in turnover margin (+1.00).
With its 16 turnovers thus far this year, Utah State has now forced 126 turnovers in its last 67 games, including at least one turnover in 52 of its last 67 games. USU has also recorded 60 interceptions in its last 54 games, including at least one pick in 29 of its last 54 games and multiple interceptions in 18 of its last 54 games. Overall, USU has forced three or more turnovers in 14 of its last 43 games.
UTAH STATE LEADS THE NATION WITH ITS FOUR DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS
Utah State's defense has already scored four touchdowns this year to rank tied for first nationally along with Texas. Senior CB Jalen Davis has scored three of those touchdowns as he had a 30- and a 50-yard interception return against BYU, and a 25-yard interception return against Idaho State, while freshman LB Maika Magalei returned a fumble 38 yards for a score against San José State. Overall, USU has now scored 15 defensive touchdowns in its last 51 games.
UTAH STATE RANKS SIXTH IN THE NATION IN KICKOFF RETURN DEFENSE
Utah State ranks second in the Mountain West and sixth in the nation in kickoff return defense (14.4 ypr), fifth in the conference and 41st in the nation in punt returns (9.5 ypr), sixth in the MW and 88th in the nation in net punting (36.5 ypp), and ninth in the conference in kickoff returns (18.0 ypr).
DAVIS LEADS THE NATION WITH HIS FIVE INTERCEPTIONS
Senior CB Jalen Davis leads the nation with his five interceptions this season, while his 10 passes defended (5 pass breakups, 5 interceptions) ranks second in the nation, as he is averaging 2.0 passes defended per game. Davis also ranks first nationally with his three defensive touchdowns.
MYERS RANKS SECOND IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST IN COMPLETION PERCENTAGE
Senior QB Kent Myers ranks second in the Mountain West and 31st in the nation in completion percentage (.652). Myers also ranks third in the conference and 31st in the nation with his five rushing touchdowns, third in the MW and 50th in the nation in completions (18.4 pg), third in the MW and 70th in the nation in passing yards (190.6 ypg), fourth in the MW and 62nd in the nation with his six passing touchdowns, fourth in the MW and 64th in the nation in total offense (234.0 ypg), and sixth in the MW and 79th in the nation in passing efficiency (126.1).
OTHER AGGIES IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST AND NCAA RANKINGS
Junior LB Louy Compton ranks first nationally with his two blocked kicks. Junior LB Suli Tamaivena ranks tied for first in the MW and tied for third nationally with his two fumble recoveries, and tied for 11th in the MW and tied for 86th in the nation in tackles (8.0 pg). Junior LB Chase Christiansen ranks tied for second in the MW and tied for 23rd nationally with his two fumble recoveries, and 16th in the conference in tackles (7.6 pg). Redshirt freshman WR Jordan Nathan ranks third in the MW and 25th in the nation in punt returns (10.2 ypr). Junior WR Ron'quavion Tarver ranks seventh in the MW and 60th in the nation in receptions (5.0 pg). Junior BS Gaje Ferguson ranks tied for 25th in the MW in tackles (6.4 pg). Senior BS Dallin Leavitt ranks tied for 30th in the MW in tackles (5.8 pg). Sophomore PK Dominik Eberle ranks first in the MW and sixth in the nation in field goals made (2.0 pg), third in the MW and 13th in the nation in field goal percentage (.909), and third in the MW and 22nd in the nation in scoring (9.8 ppg). And, junior P Aaron Dalton ranks fifth in the MW and 50th in the nation in punting (42.2 ypp).
WHAT'S RETURNING IN 2017
Utah State returns 14 starters (O-6, D-8) and 38 letterwinners (O-16, D-20, S-2) from last year's team that went 3-9 and finished in sixth place in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with a 1-7 record. Highlighting Utah State's returners in 2017 is senior quarterback Kent Myers, who earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors as a sophomore in 2015. Utah State returns five other starters on offense in senior OT Preston Brooksby, senior RB Tonny Lindsey Jr., junior WR Ron'quavion Tarver, junior OG KJ Uluave and junior WR Zach Van Leeuwen. USU also returns eight starters on defense in senior CB Wesley Bailey, senior CB Jalen Davis, senior LB Alex Huerta, senior BS Dallin Leavitt, senior DE Ian Togiai, junior BS Gaje Ferguson, junior LB Derek Larsen and junior FS Jontell Rocquemore, to go along with two specialists returning in senior LS Emmett Odegard and junior P Aaron Dalton.
WHAT UTAH STATE MUST REPLACE FROM 2016
Utah State must replace six players who earned various all-Mountain West honors in 2016, including NG Travis Seefeldt, who earned second-team honors, and OL Austin Albrecht, DE Ricky Ali'ifua, TE Wyatt Houston, OL Jake Simonich and OC Austin Stephens, who were all named to the honorable mention team. Other offensive starters lost include OL Jude Hockel, WR Andrew Rodriquez and WR Rayshad Lewis, and other defensive starters lost include LB Brock Carmen, FS Devin Centers, DE Edmund Faimalo, CB Daniel Gray and LB Anthony Williams.
AGGIES IN OVERTIME
Utah State is 6-5 all-time in overtime, winning three of its last four. All-time, USU is 4-2 in single-overtime games, 2-2 in double-overtime games, and 0-1 in triple-overtime games. USU's last overtime game was a 21-14 loss at Arkansas State on Sept. 20, 2014.
DID YOU KNOW?
Of Utah State's seven Mountain West losses in 2016, five were by a combined 29 points (5.8 ppg) as USU lost at home to Air Force by seven points (27-20), at No. 24 Boise State by 11 points (21-10), at Colorado State by seven points (31-24), to New Mexico by three points (24-21), and at Nevada by one point (38-37). Furthermore, USU surrendered three double-digit leads in the second half of the 2016 season at Colorado State (14 points), against New Mexico at home (15 points), and at Nevada (13 points), not to mention a seven-point second-quarter lead at home against Air Force.
UTAH STATE COACHING CHANGES FOR 2017
Utah State's coaching staff had two changes during the offseason as fifth-year head coach Matt Wells hired David Yost as the offensive coordinator working with the quarterbacks, and Mark Tommerdahl as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach. Coaches who left the USU program following the 2016 season include assistant head coach/running backs/tight ends coach Mike Canales, who went to Tennessee, and linebackers coach David Kotulski, who went to Mercyhurst University.
UTAH STATE THE ONLY PROGRAM WITH NEW OFFENSIVE COORDINATORS FOUR YEARS IN A ROW WITH SAME HEAD COACH
Utah State is the only FBS program to have a new offensive coordinator in each of the past four seasons under the same head coach. In 2014, Kevin McGiven was the offensive coordinator. In 2015, Josh Heupel was the offensive coordinator. In 2016, Jovon Bouknight and Luke Wells were co-offensive coordinators. And in 2017, David Yost is the offensive coordinator. Kansas has had a new offensive coordinator in each of the past five seasons under different head coaches and Pittsburgh has had new offensive coordinators in each of the last four seasons under different head coaches.
WELLS' 31 WINS TIED FOR FOURTH-MOST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State head coach Matt Wells' 31 wins rank tied for the fourth-most all-time in school history along with John Ralston (1959-62), while his 53.4 winning percentage (31-27) ranks seventh all-time with a minimum of 15 games coached.
MORE ON UTAH STATE'S HEAD COACH Matt Wells
Utah State head coach Matt Wells is in his fifth season in charge of the Aggie football program and is the longest tenured head coach since Mick Dennehy (2000-04) also spent five years at USU. In fact, Wells is tied with Dennehy and George P. Campbell (1902-06) as the sixth-longest tenured head coaches in 120 seasons of Utah State football.
Matt Wells coached in his third bowl game in 2015 to set the school record for most bowl games by a head coach. E. Lowell `Dick' Romney (1946, 1947), John Ralston (1960, 1961) and Gary Andersen (2011, 2012) all coached the Aggies in two bowl games, while Charlie Weatherbie (1993) and John L. Smith (1997) each coached one bowl game at USU.
Matt Wells, the 2013 Mountain West Coach of the Year, is one of just 21 coaches to lead his alma mater. He is also 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 ONE OF 21 FBS HEAD COACHES AT HIS ALMA MATER
Utah State head coach Matt Wells is one of the 21 current FBS head coaches who are the head coaches at their alma mater, joining John Bonamego (Central Michigan), Troy Calhoun (Air Force), Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State), Jim Harbaugh (Michigan), Bryan Harsin (Boise State), Paul Haynes (Kent State), Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech), Sean Kugler (UTEP), Tim Lester (Western Michigan), Mike Neu (Ball State), Barry Odum (Missouri), Mark Richt (Miami), Nick Rolovich (Hawai'i), Scott Satterfield (Appalachian State), David Shaw (Stanford), Kalani Sitake (BYU), Kirby Smart (Georiga) and Jeff Tedford (Fresno State).
Of the 21 head coaches listed above who are currently at their alma mater, the Mountain West leads all conferences with five.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State head coach Matt Wells is the first Aggie coach to win multiple games against BYU since Bruce Snyder (1976-82) posted wins against the Cougars in 1978 and 1982, which is a span of 10 head coaches.
HEAD COACH Matt Wells
Matt Wells has wasted little time putting his stamp on the Aggie football program in his first five seasons as head coach, as USU is 31-27, including a 20-13 Mountain West record. USU also played in its fifth-straight bowl game in 2015.
In his five years as head coach, Wells has led Utah State to three wins against top 25 opponents, one more than USU had overall prior to his tenure.
During the 2015 season, Wells mentored 12 players who earned all-Mountain West honors, which were the third-most in the conference. Wells also coached Kyler Fackrell, who was named a fourth-team All-American by Phil Steele.
Wells coached three players who participated in the 2016 NFL Combine in Fackrell, Hunter Sharp and Nick Vigil, while 10 players from the 2015 roster were invited to NFL camps, including Vigil (Cincinnati Bengals) and Fackrell (Green Bay Packers), who were both selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Wells led Utah State to 10 wins in 2014 to rank as the second-most in school history behind the 2012 team that finished with an 11-2 record, including its third-straight bowl win with a 21-6 victory against UTEP in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
During the 2014 season, Wells mentored 15 players who earned 16 all-Mountain West honors, which were the most in the league and tied for the third-most in school history. Wells also coached two All-Americans as Zach Vigil was named a second-team All-American by USA Today Sports, while Jalen Davis was named a True Freshman All-American by 247Sports. Vigil was also named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.
Wells was named the 2013 Mountain West Coach of the Year as he set the school record for wins by a first-year head coach as the Aggies went 9-5.
Wells led Utah State to the inaugural Mountain West Championship game after winning the Mountain Division with a 7-1 record in 2013. He also led USU to just its third-ever bowl victory as it posted a 21-14 win against No. 24 Northern Illinois in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
During his first year as USU's head coach, Wells mentored 14 Aggies who earned various all-Mountain West honors, including three All-Americans as Tyler Larsen was named a second-team All-American by USA Today Sports, Nevin Lawson was named a third-team All-American by College Sports Madness, and Kyler Fackrell was named an honorable mention Sophomore All-American by College Football News.
Wells coached a school-record four players who participated in the 2014 NFL Combine in Larsen, Lawson, Maurice Alexander and D.J. Tialavea, while 11 players from the 2013 roster were invited to NFL camps, including Alexander (Los Angeles Rams) and Lawson (Detroit Lions), who were both selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Overall, Wells is the second USU coach and fifth in school history to garner conference coach of the year honors along with Bruce Snyder (1978), Chuck Shelton (1991), John L. Smith (1997) and Gary Andersen (2012). Wells is also the fourth individual to earn MW Coach of the Year honors in his first season, along with BYU's Gary Crowton (2001), Utah's Urban Meyer (2003) and Air Force's Troy Calhoun (2007).
Wells is one of just 19 FBS coaches to lead his alma mater and 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.
Prior to being named the head coach at his alma mater, Wells spent the previous two seasons as an assistant at Utah State, including serving as the team's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2012. In 2011, Wells coached USU's quarterbacks and was the team's recruiting coordinator.
During his six years at Utah State, Wells has been part of a USU program that played in five straight bowl games for the first time in school history, and won three-straight bowl games for the first time ever.
As offensive coordinator in 2012, Utah State concluded its most successful season in program history with a school-best 11-2 record. USU also won its first outright conference championship since 1936.
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