Utah State Football Ranks 31st In The Nation In Total Defense
Following the seventh week of college football, Utah State ranks among the top 40 teams in the nation in eight different statistical categories, including ranking 31st in the nation in total defense.

 
Following the seventh week of college football, Utah State ranks among the top 40 teams in the nation in eight different statistical categories, including ranking 31st in the nation in total defense.
 
 

Oct. 13, 2013

LOGAN, Utah - Following the seventh week of college football, Utah State ranks among the top 40 teams in the nation in eight different statistical categories, including ranking 31st in the nation in total defense.

Defensively, Utah State is limiting its opponents to just 351.6 yards of total offense per game to rank first in the Mountain West and 31st in the nation. USU also ranks first in the MW and 29th in the nation in rushing defense (129.1 ypg), first in the MW and 31st in the nation in scoring defense (21.4 ppg), second in the MW and 47th in the nation in passing efficiency defense (120.3), fourth in the MW and 56th in the nation in passing defense (222.4 ypg), and tied for fourth in the MW and tied for 85th in the nation in sacks (1.6 pg).

Furthermore, Utah State's defense is limiting its opponents to just 37 first downs on 115 third-down attempts (.322) to rank first in the Mountain West and 24th in the nation. USU also ranks sixth in the nation in forcing three-and-outs on the year as it has forced 45 three-and-outs on 96 drives, which averages out to 46.9 percent of the time and 6.43 per game.

Offensively, Utah State is averaging 457.3 yards of total offense per game to rank fourth in the Mountain West and 38th in the nation. USU also ranks third in the MW and 40th in the nation in passing efficiency (143.6), fifth in the MW and tied for 42nd in the nation in scoring (34.1 ppg), sixth in the MW and 35th in the nation in completion percentage (.639), sixth in the MW and 40th in the nation in passing offense (267.4 ypg), sixth in the MW and 46th in the nation in rushing offense (189.9 ypg), and ninth in the MW and tied for 68th in the nation in sacks allowed (1.9 pg).

Utah State is also averaging 24.0 first downs per game thus far this year to rank first in the Mountain West and sixth in the nation, while converting 54-of-117 third downs (.462) to rank fourth in the MW and tied for 39th in the nation. In red zone opportunities, USU is 30-for-33 (.909) on the season to rank sixth in the MW and 20th nationally. Overall, USU has scored 24 touchdowns and converted 6-of-8 field goals in the red zone, while turning it over on downs once and having one field goal blocked.

 

 

On special teams, Utah State currently ranks third in the Mountain West and 40th in the nation averaging 22.9 yards per kick return. USU also ranks third in the MW and tied for 38th in the nation in turnover margin (+0.6), ninth in the MW and 59th in the nation in net punting (37.5 ypk), and ninth in the MW and tied for 94th in the nation in punt returns (4.8 ypr). USU also ranks among the top five 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 16.2 yards per kickoff return to rank first in the MW and third nationally. Utah State also ranks 12th in the nation with its two blocked kicks on the season, and ranks 11th in the nation with seven recovered fumbles thus far this year.

Individually, junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton still ranks third in the nation with 18 touchdowns passes despite missing the last two games with a season-ending knee injury. Keeton also ranks second in the Mountain West and eighth in the nation in points responsible for (20.0 pg), first in the MW and 21st in the nation in passing efficiency (157.1), third in the MW and 10th in the nation in completion percentage (.694), fourth in the MW and 15th in the nation in completions (22.7), fifth in the MW and 35th in the nation in total offense (271.5 ypg), and seventh in the MW and 44th 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 fifth in the nation in tackles (11.9 pg); junior linebacker Zach Vigil who ranks tied for third in the MW and tied for 25th in the nation in tackles (9.7 pg), tied for seventh in the MW and tied for 74th in the nation in fumbles forced (0.3 pg), and 10th in the MW and 67th in the nation in fumbles recovered (0.3 pg); sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell who ranks tied for seventh in the MW and tied for 74th in the nation in fumbles forced (0.3 pg), ninth in the MW in tackles for loss (1.1 pg), 10th in the MW and 73rd in the nation in sacks (0.6 pg), and 29th in the MW in tackles (6.6 pg); senior cornerback Nevin Lawson who ranks fifth in the MW and tied for 43rd in the nation in interceptions (0.43 pg) and ninth in the MW in passes defended (1.1 pg); senior running back Joey DeMartino who ranks seventh in the MW and 61st in the nation in rushing touchdowns (0.7 pg), and 10th in the MW and 83rd in the nation in rushing (66.0 ypg); senior safety Maurice Alexander who ranks tied for seventh in the MW and tied for 74th in the nation in fumbles forced (0.3 pg), and tied for 24th in the MW in tackles (6.9 pg); junior safety Brian Suite who ranks 48th in the MW in tackles (5.4 pg); sophomore wide receiver Bruce Natson who ranks fourth in the MW and 60th in the nation in punt returns (4.7 ypr); sophomore wide receiver Brandon Swindall who ranks eighth in the MW and 47th in the nation in receiving touchdowns (0.6 pg); senior wide receiver Travis Reynolds who ranks eighth in the MW and 70th in the nation in receiving (70.7 ypg); senior cornerback Tay Glover-Wright who ranks sixth in the MW and tied for 46th in the nation in kickoff returns (23.1 ypr); junior placekicker Nick Diaz who ranks eighth in the MW and 55th in the nation in field goals (1.1 pg), eighth in the MW and 68th in the nation in field goal percentage (72.7), and eighth in the MW in extra point percentage (96.4); and junior punter Jaron Bentrude who ranks 11th in the MW and 84th in the nation in punting (39.4 ypk).

Utah State (3-4, 2-1 MW) continues its 2013 season this weekend playing at Mountain West foe New Mexico (2-4, 0-2 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised regionally by ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683) and available to watch live streaming on the internet via the Mountain West Network

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