Utah State Football Ranks 25th In The Nation In Total Defense
Following the sixth week of college football, Utah State ranks among the top 40 teams in the nation in 11 different statistical categories, including ranking 25th in the nation in total defense.

 
Following the sixth week of college football, Utah State ranks among the top 40 teams in the nation in 11 different statistical categories, including ranking 25th in the nation in total defense.
 
 

Oct. 6, 2013

LOGAN, Utah - Following the sixth week of college football, Utah State ranks among the top 40 teams in the nation in 11 different statistical categories, including ranking 25th in the nation in total defense.

Defensively, Utah State is limiting its opponents to just 335.8 yards of total offense per game to rank first in the Mountain West and 25th in the nation. USU also ranks first in the MW and 26th in the nation in scoring defense (19.3 ppg), second in the MW and 40th in the nation in passing efficiency defense (117.7), first in the MW and 38th in the nation in rushing defense (132.2 ypg), third in the MW and 28th in the nation in passing defense (203.7 ypg), and tied for fourth in the MW and tied for 88th in the nation in sacks (1.5 pg).

Furthermore, Utah State's defense is limiting its opponents to just 30 first downs on 98 third-down attempts (.306) to rank first in the Mountain West and 24th in the nation. USU also ranks 12th in the nation in forcing three-and-outs on the year as it has forced 38 three-and-outs on 81 drives, which averages out to 46.9 percent of the time and 6.3 per game.

Offensively, Utah State is averaging 475.5 yards of total offense per game to rank fourth in the Mountain West and 31st in the nation. USU also ranks third in the MW and 34th in the nation in passing efficiency (148.0), fifth in the MW and tied for 36th in the nation in scoring (36.0 ppg), sixth in the MW and 37th in the nation in passing offense (275.2 ypg), fifth in the MW and 41st in the nation in rushing offense (200.3 ypg), and tied for eighth in the MW and 50th in the nation in sacks allowed (1.5 pg).

Utah State is also averaging 25.3 first downs per game thus far this year to rank second in the Mountain West and second in the nation. In 2012, USU averaged 20.9 first downs per game, and has converted 51-of-102 third downs (.500) to rank third in the Mountain West and tied for 19th in the nation. And in red zone opportunities, Utah State is 27-for-29 (.931) to rank fifth in the MW and 21st nationally as it has scored 22 touchdowns and converted 5-of-6 field goals in the red zone this year, while turning it over on downs once.

 

 

On special teams, Utah State currently ranks third in the Mountain West and 31st in the nation averaging 23.6 yards per kick return. USU also ranks fourth in the MW and tied for 39th in the nation in turnover margin (+0.7), eighth in the MW and 43rd in the nation in net punting (38.3 ypk), and eighth in the MW and tied for 79th in the nation in punt returns (6.0 ypr). USU also ranks among the top 10 teams in the nation in both kickoff return and punt return defense as it is allowing -0.33 yards per punt return to rank second in the Mountain West and third in the nation, and just 16.7 yards per kickoff return to rank second in the MW and eighth nationally.

Individually, junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton still ranks third in the nation with 18 touchdowns passes despite playing less than a quarter in his last game against BYU before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Keeton also ranks second in the Mountain West and ninth in the nation in points responsible for (20.0 pg), second in the MW and 28th in the nation in passing efficiency (157.1), fourth in the MW and 12th in the nation in completion percentage (.694), fourth in the MW and 18th in the nation in completions (22.7), fifth in the MW and 37th in the nation in total offense (271.5 ypg), and sixth in the MW and 46th in the nation in passing (231.3 ypg).

Other Aggies who rank among the statistical leaders in the Mountain West and in the nation include senior linebacker Jake Doughty who ranks second in the MW and 10th in the nation in tackles (10.5 pg); sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell who ranks fifth in the MW and tied for 32nd in the nation in tackles for loss (1.33 pg), tied for fifth in the MW and tied for 50th in the nation in sacks (0.7 pg), tied for sixth in the MW and 57th in the nation in fumbles forced (0.3 pg), and tied for 22nd in the MW in tackles (6.8 pg); junior linebacker Zach Vigil who ranks second in the MW and tied for ninth in the nation in fumbles forced (0.5 pg), tied for third in the MW and tied for 29th in the nation in tackles (9.5 pg), and fifth in the MW and tied for 42nd in the nation in fumbles recovered (0.3 pg); senior running back Joey DeMartino who ranks eighth in the MW and 69th in the nation in rushing (70.8 ypg), and ninth in the MW and 71st in the nation in rushing touchdowns (0.7 pg); senior safety Maurice Alexander who ranks tied for 27th in the MW in tackles (6.5 pg); sophomore wide receiver Bruce Natson who ranks sixth in the MW and 54th in the nation in punt returns (6.1 ypr); sophomore wide receiver Brandon Swindall who ranks tied for seventh in the MW and tied for 31st in the nation in receiving touchdowns (0.7 pg); senior wide receiver Travis Reynolds, senior tight end D.J. Tialavea, junior tight end Keegan Andersen and junior wide receiver Ronald Butler who all rank tied for eighth in the MW and tied for 72nd in the nation in receiving touchdowns (0.5 pg); senior cornerback Tay Glover-Wright who ranks fifth in the MW and tied for 43rd in the nation in kickoff returns (24.0 ypr); junior placekicker Nick Diaz who ranks tied for sixth in the MW and tied for 51st in the nation in field goals (1.2 pg), tied for sixth in the MW and 54th in the nation in field goal percentage (77.8), seventh in the MW in extra point percentage (96.2), and 10th in the MW and 72nd in the nation in scoring (7.7 ppg); and junior punter Jaron Bentrude who ranks ninth in the MW and 80th in the nation in punting (39.5 ypk).

Utah State (3-3, 2-0 MW) continues its 2013 season this weekend as it hosts Mountain West foe Boise State (3-2, 1-1 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m., in its second-annual `White Out' as all Aggie fans are encouraged to `Wear Your Fighting White to the Game'. 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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