Aggies Host Bulldogs Of Louisiana Tech Saturday In First WAC Home Game
Oct. 17, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
LOUISIANA TECH at UTAH STATE Saturday, Oct. 22 - 1 p.m. (MT) ESPN Regional TV - Altitude2 / Streamed on UtahStateAggies.com Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium (25,513) Logan, Utah
QUICKLY -- Utah State (2-4, 0-1 WAC) hosts Louisiana Tech (2-4, 1-1 WAC) on Saturday, Oct. 22 in not only the Aggies' first Western Athletic Conference home game but also their first afternoon home game of the season... Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. (MT) at USU's Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium (25,513)... The Aggies' second-straight battle against a Bulldogs' team will be televised on ESPN Regional TV, airing on Altitude 2 (DirectTV Ch. 682) as well as ESPN GamePlan... It will also be streamed on ESPN3.com, with the Trey and Jay show calling the action for the second-straight week with USU, as Trey Bender will handle play-by-play duties with Jay Taylor providing analysis.
SATURDAY'S STORYLINES -- Things to watch for in Saturday's battle between the Aggies and Bulldogs:
FOLLOWING THE GAME AND THE AGGIES
ON TV -- The Aggies' second-straight battle against a Bulldogs' team will be televised on ESPN Regional TV, airing on Altitude 2 (DirectTV Ch. 681) as well as ESPN GamePlan... It will also be streamed on ESPN3.com, with the Trey and Jay show calling the action for the second-straight week with USU, as Trey Bender will handle play-by-play duties with Jay Taylor providing analysis.
ON THE AIR -- All Utah State football games are carried live on the Aggie Sports Network: KVNU 610 AM, KVNU 102.1 FM (Cache Valley) and KLZX 95.9 FM in Logan; KZNS (97.5 FM only) 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"... Legendary radio voice Al "Elevator Music Is Awesome" Lewis will handle the play-by-play duties, while former Aggie SID Craig "I Love Chili Even When It's Not Chilly" Hislop provides analysis (for the listeners, not Al).
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 month 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 The Copper Mill and Elements Restaurant on Thursday nights (6:05-7 p.m. on 610 AM KVNU) when the Aggies play on Saturday, with some exceptions, including the BYU and Hawai'i weeks... The show gives USU fans an opportunity to ask questions and interact with Coach Andersen and players.
Upcoming Coaches Shows: Oct. 20 at Copper Mill / Nov. 2 (Wed.) at Elements
UP NEXT -- USU has its second bye week of the season before heading to Honolulu to take on Hawai'i on Saturday, Nov. 5 in a 10 p.m. (MT) kickoff.)
UTAH STATE NOTE-ABLES
Only three of USU's 12 games will be played on natural grass this year: at Auburn, at BYU and at New Mexico State.
Seven of USU's 12 games are at night.
Senior LB Bobby Wagner is a candidate for the:
Junior RB Robert Turbin is a candidate for the:
Junior RB/KR Kerwynn Williams is a candidate for the:
Sophomore OC Tyler Larsen is a candidate for the:
Senior WR Eric Moats is a candidate for the:
ABOUT USU -- Utah State brings a 2-4 overall and 0-1 WAC mark into its first home WAC game as well as its first home afternoon game of the season... In their last action, the Aggies suffered a 31-21 loss at Fresno State Saturday night... USU opened the game with a 14-0 first quarter lead, but could not hold on, as Fresno State scored 17 unanswered after the Aggies led 21-14... USU amassed 454 yards of total offense, including 260 on the ground, led by junior RB Robert Turbin's 145 yards rushing with one TD, his fifth-straight 100-yard rushing outing... Senior RB Michael Smith added 71 yards and a TD, while added 52 yards receiving with another score... Freshman QB Chuckie Keeton was 16-of-32 passing for 204 yards with one TD... Senior LB Bobby Wagner totalled eight tackles, his first game this season without double-digit tackles... Fellow senior LB Kyle Gallagher and sophomore CB Nevin Lawson had six stops apiece... Turbin leads the Aggie offense with 744 yards on 109 carries (6.8 ypc/124.0 ypg) with 11 TD's, while Smith adds 372 yards on 44 rushes (8.5 ypc/62.0 ypg) with four TD's... Keeton is 85-of-138 passing for 1,019 yards (169.8 ypg) with 10 TD's and zero INT's... Senior WR Matt Austin has a team-leading 14 catches for 206 yards (14.7 ypc/34.3 ypg) with one TD... Wagner leads the USU defense with 69 total tackles (11.5 pg), while Gallagher adds 46 stops (7.7 pg)... Senior S Walter McClenton adds 28 tackles (4.7 pg)... Senior DE Levi Koskan has a team-best 6.5 tackles for loss with 3.5 sacks... Junior RB/KR Kerwynn Williams has a 23.8 kick return average and a 16.8 punt return average... Junior P Tyler Bennett has a 46.4 ypp average with eight of 50+ and a long of 67 yards, as well as 12 punts inside the 20... Sophomore PK Josh Thompson is 4-of-6 on FG's with a long of 41, and is 30-of-31 on PAT's.
ABOUT LOUISIANA TECH -- The Bulldogs are 2-4 overall and 1-1 in WAC play, coming off a bye week... In its last action, LA Tech beat Idaho, 24-11, at Moscow, Idaho on Oct. 8... Freshman QB Nick Isham was 25-of-39 for 163 yards with one TD while freshman RB Hunter Lee rushed for 134 yards on 28 carries... Junior WR Quinton Patton had nine catches for 34 yards... Senior LB Adrien Cole had eight tackles while fellow senior LB Jay Dudley added six stops... Isham is 145-of-234 passing for 1,394 yards (232.3 ypg) with eight TD's and seven INT's... Creer has 528 yards on 126 carries (4.2 ypc/88.0 ypg) with six TD's while Patton has 46 receptions for 635 yards (13.8 ypc/105.8 ypg) with five TD's... Cole leads the LTU defense with 55 tackles (9.2 pg) with five TFL's, while Dudley has posted 49 stops (8.2 pg)... Senior DE Christian Lacey has a team-bests 5.5 TFL's with three sacks... Junior P Ryan Allen has a 44.3 ypp average with an FBS-best 20 punts inside the 20, with a long of 72 yards, one of 14 punts of 50+ yards... Junior PK Matt Nelson is 6-of-7 on FG's and is 19-of-20 on PAT's.
USU FOOTBALL CONTINUES TO HAVE HIGH MARKS IN FBS AND WAC STATISTICS -- Utah State football continues to have high rankings among the country and conference's leaders in this week's Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) statistics... USU leads the WAC in rushing offense, and rank sixth in the nation for the second-straight week, amassing 298.8 yards per game... The Aggies also lead the league and rank 18th in the nation in scoring offense, posting 39.0 points per game... Utah State also is second in the conference and 19th in the country in total offense (476.0 ypg), posting a second-best passing efficiency in the WAC at 146.73, which ranks 35th in the FBS... The Aggie defense is second in the conference and 33rd in the country in total defense (339.3 ypg), including ranking third in the league and 34th in the nation in rushing defense (118.5 ypg)... USU has the second-best sacks average in the WAC at 2.0 pg, ranking tied for 48th in the FBS... On special teams, Utah State also ranks second in the WAC and 14th in the FBS in net punting at 40.0 ypp... Individually, junior RB Robert Turbin continues to lead the WAC and ranks sixth in the FBS in rushing (125.7 ypg) while also leading the conference and ranking tied for fourth in the country in scoring (13.0 ppg)... Turbin is also fourth in the league and 40th in the nation in all-purpose yards (134.5 ypg)... Freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton is first in the conference and 34th in the country in passing efficiency (147.27 ), while also ranking fifth in the conference and 68th in the country in total offense (201.8 ypg)... Junior RB/KR Kerwynn Williams is third in the league and 20th in the nation in all-purpose yards (155.5 ypg), including ranking fourth in the conference and 48th in the country in kick returns (23.8 ypr)... Defensively, senior LB Bobby Wagner is tops in the WAC and seventh in FBS in tackles at 11.5 per game, while fellow senior LB Kyle Gallagher is tied for 11th in the league and tied for 97th in the nation (7.7 pg)... Senior DE/LB Levi Koskan is fifth in the conference and tied for 54th in the country in sacks with .6 pg, while also ranking fourth in the league and tied for 67th in the country in tackles for loss (1.1 pg)... Junior P Tyler Bennett is second in the WAC and fifth in the FBS in punting at 46.4 ypp... Sophomore PK Josh Thompson is tied for fourth in the league and tied for 88th in the nation in field goals (.7 pg), while ranking tied for third in the conference and tied for 88th in the country in scoring (7.0 ppg).
FRESH FROSH-- Both Utah State and Louisiana Tech feature starting quarterbacks who are true freshmen in Aggie signal-caller Chuckie Keeton and Bulldog QB Nick Isham... USU and LA Tech are two of four teams who opened the 2011 season with a true freshman under center, joined by Marshall and Wyoming... This is USU's second game in its last three against a true frosh QB after facing off with Wyoming's Brett Smith on Oct. 8.
PINNING PUNTERS -- Both Utah State and Louisiana Tech have punters who are good at pinning, not in the wrestling sense, but pinning the opposition inside the 20-yard line, as Bulldogs' punter Ryan Allen is second among the nation's FBS punters with 22 punts inside the 20 while Aggies' punter Tyler Bennett is tied for 19th in the country with 12 punts inside the 20... Nearly half of Bennett's punts (12-of-26, .461) have been inside the 20, while Allen has exactly half of his punts inside the 20 (20-of-40, .500).
Rank Player, School I20 TB 1. Steven Clark, Auburn 22 2 2. Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech 20 2 --- T19. Tyler Bennett, Utah State 12 4RUSHING FOR FIVE -- Utah State scored five rushing TD's in each of its first three games, before being limited to only one in the BYU game, but then scoring four in the Wyoming game, and then two in the Fresno State game, giving the Aggies 2 rushing TD's on the season in six games... That ranks fifth in the FBS, and USU's 3.7 rushing TD's per game is third in the nation behind Georgia Tech's 4.2 TD's pg and Wisconsin with 4.1 pg:
TEAM TD's G AVG PG Georgia Tech 29 7 4.1 Wisconsin 25 6 4.2 Alabama 24 7 3.4 Temple 23 7 3.3 UTAH STATE 22 6 3.7 Army 20 6 3.3 Northern Ill. 20 7 2.9 Nebraska 20 6 3.3 LSU 20 7 2.9 Oregon 19 6 3.2 Air Force 18 6 3.0 Cincinnati 18 6 3.0RED LEADER, RED LEADER -- That title not only is fitting for the Star Wars call sign of the Commander of Red Squadron, but also for the Utah State offense, which leads the WAC and was one of only four teams in the country to score on a perfect 100 percent of its trips to the red zone, converting on 22-of-22 trips before not scoring twice in the Fresno State game... The Aggies have now scored on 92 percent of their trips to the red zone (22-of-24).
RED ZONE OFFENSE Rank Name Gm Drives Scores Points Rush TD Pass TD FG Pct 1 Stanford 6 31 31 192 13 12 6 1.00 1 Western Mich. 6 26 26 158 8 12 6 1.00 1 Ball St. 7 23 23 125 8 6 9 1.00 4 LSU 7 35 34 213 19 9 6 .97 4 Wisconsin 6 33 32 211 19 10 3 .97 4 Texas A&M 6 29 28 166 14 7 7 .97 7 Arkansas 6 26 25 151 11 8 6 .96 7 Iowa 6 23 22 123 9 5 8 .96 7 Southern Miss. 6 23 22 134 9 8 5 .96 10 Toledo 7 22 21 129 10 6 5 .95 10 La.-Lafayette 7 19 18 98 9 2 7 .95 12 Texas Tech 6 33 31 200 11 16 4 .94 12 West Virginia 6 32 30 174 11 10 9 .94 14 Oklahoma St. 6 40 37 222 14 14 9 .93 14 Oregon 6 30 28 179 14 10 4 .93 16 Air Force 6 25 23 134 14 3 6 .92 16 Tennessee 6 25 23 139 7 11 5 .92 16 Pittsburgh 7 24 22 134 13 4 5 .92 16 UTAH STATE 6 24 22 145 15 5 2 .92BURNING THE BARN -- Utah State has been in three games that have been decided by one score or less, losing to Auburn, 42-38, on Sept. 3, losing to Colorado State, 35-34, in 2OT, on Sept. 24 and losing at BYU, 27-24 on Sept. 30... Those three losses by a combined eight points rank the Aggies fourth in the nation for teams in one-score games... Meanwhile, Saturday's opponent, LA Tech is no stranger to close games either, as the Bulldogs have had four one-score games, going 1-3 in them with two going to OT, for a total of 15 points, ranking tied for 14th in the country:
Team Games Total Points Navy 3 (0-3) 5 Rutgers 3 (2-1) 6 Duke 3 (2-1) 7 UTAH STATE 3 (0-3, one OT) 8 Illinois 3 (3-0) 9 Notre Dame 3 (1-2) 10 Texas A&M 3 (1-2) 10 South Carolina 4 (3-1) 11 BYU 4 (2-2) 12 Colorado State 3 (2-1, one OT) 12 Marshall 3 (3-0) 14 Auburn 3 (3-0) 14 San Jose State 3 (2-1) 14 Penn State 3 (3-0) 15 Mississippi State 3 (1-2) 15 Ohio State 3 (1-2) 15 Louisiana Tech 4 (1-3, two OT) 15 Minnesota 3 (1-2) 15BIG CATCHERS -- Utah State is one of 11 teams in the country with at least six players with a minimum of five catches and average at least 10.6 yards per catch:
New Mexico State 7 Arizona State 7 Utah State 7 Central Michigan 7 Louisville 7 Alabama 7 UTAH STATE 7 Florida State 6 West Virginia 6 Tennessee 6 Florida 6BIG BERTHA DRIVING -- Utah State's offense is equipped with a Big Bertha driver in its bag, as the Aggies have five scoring drives of 90+ yards this season, including two of 99-yards, ranking tied for the most in the nation for 90+ yard drives:
5 Texas Tech (91, 95, 92, 92, 91) 5 UTAH STATE (91, 90, 99, 99, 94) 4 Georgia Tech (95, 98, 90, 95) 4 Alabama (98, 94, 92, 92)MORE POSITIVE PUNT RETURNS -- With 117 punt return yards through six games, USU has already surpassed last year's season total of 72 total punt return yards... The Aggies also have five punt returns of 10 or more yards compared to three all of last year, equalling last season's total in the Weber State game alone, part of nearly matching 2010's season total with 69 punt returns in that game.
CONFERENCE HOME OPENERS -- Saturday is Utah State's first Western Athletic Conference home game... USU has won six of its last 10 and nine of its last 14 conference home openers... This is the first time that Louisiana Tech has been Utah State's league home opener during USU's seven seasons in the WAC, as San Jose State and Idaho have each filled that role twice, while Nevada and Fresno State have been once each... Here's a closer look at the Aggies' last 16 overall conference home openers in which they are 9-7:
1993 - L 44-48 vs. Nevada Big West 1994 - L 21-23 vs. UNLV Big West 1995 - W 42-7 vs. Northern Illinois Big West 1996 - W 35-25 vs. Idaho Big West 1997 - W 38-7 vs. New Mexico State Big West 1998 - L 14-26 vs. Idaho Big West 1999 - W 20-14 vs. Arkansas State Big West 2000 - W 31-14 vs. Idaho Big West 2003 - W 28-10 vs. UL-Monroe Sun Belt 2004 - W 14-7 vs. Idaho Sun Belt 2005 - W 24-17 vs. San Jose State WAC 2006 - L 21-41 vs. Idaho WAC 2007 - L 20-23 vs. San Jose State WAC 2008 - W 42-17 vs. Idaho WAC 2009 - L 32-35 vs. Nevada WAC 2010 - L 24-41 vs. Fresno State WAC ** USU was an independent in 2001 and 2002ITS RAINING CATS AND DOGS -- Saturday's match up against the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech is the Aggies' fifth match-up against a dog or a cat in their seven games, facing three feline foes in its first four games... USU faced the Tigers of Auburn on Sept. 3, the Wildcats of Weber State on Sept. 10 and the Cougars of BYU on Sept. 28... The Aggies then faced the Bulldogs of Fresno State last Saturday, Oct. 15.
BACK-TO-BACK BULLDOGS -- USU's game against Louisiana Tech is the second leg of back-to-back against Bulldogs, as the Aggies faced the Californian Bulldogs from Fresno State this past Saturday, Oct. 15.
UTAH STATE-LOUISIANA TECH SERIES -- The USU-LTU series is Utah State's shortest and newest with a WAC opponent, as the teams have only met eight times and first met in 1993... The Aggies won the first two meetings in the series as Big West Conference mates in 1993 (24-13) and 1994 (7-3), but the teams didn't meet again until WAC foes in 2005 and the Bulldogs won four in a row in the series until USU's 23-21 win in 2009... LTU holds a 5-3 advantage overall, winning last season's meeting in Ruston, 24-6... USU is an even 2-2 against LA Tech in Logan, winning in 2009.
USU VS. LOUISIANA TECH Overall: 3-5-0 / Home: 2-2-0 / Away: 1-3-0 11-13-93 W 24-13 H 10-15-94 W 7-3 A 11-5-05 L 17-27 H 10-21-06 L 35-48 A 10-27-07 L 21-31 H 11-15-08 L 38-45 A 10-24-09 W 23-21 H 10-10-10 L 6-24 A
USU VS. PELICAN STATE TEAMS -- Utah State is 5-10 (.333) against schools from the state of Louisiana with a 3-5 mark against Louisiana Tech, 1-1 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 1-2 vs. Louisiana-Monroe and 0-2 vs. Louisiana State... The Aggies are a combined 3-4 against Louisiana teams at home, doing 2-2 vs. LA Tech, 1-0 vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 0-1 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette and 0-1 vs. Troy.
USU IN OCTOBER / ON OCT. 22 -- Utah State has won its first game in October in each of the last two seasons, but USU has lost three of its last six games and seven of its last 11 games in October, as part of the Aggies losing 25 of their last 34 games in the Canadian Thanksgiving month (which was on Monday, Oct. 10)... After having five games in October in 2009 and four in 2010, USU has only three games in the 10th month for the second time in last five years, last doing so in 2007... This is the 24th time since 1912 that the Aggies have had three games in October (2007, 2006, 2002, 2001, 1994, 1991, 1989, 1974, 1972, 1969, 1967, 1951, 1945, 1944, 1941, 1940, 1939, 1933, 1929, 1925, 1924, 1919, 1912).
Saturday is USU's first game on Oct. 22 since 2005, losing, 45-21 vs. Boise State... The Aggies are 2-10 on Oct. 22 since 1904, losing the last five on the 22nd day of the 10th month... USU's two wins came at home against Wyoming (42-0) and Colorado State (21-0) in 1927 and 1960, respectively, on the date, part of the Aggies' 2-5 home record on Oct. 22... Here's a closer look at how USU has fared on Oct. 22:
1904 - L 0-45 at Washington 1921 - L 0-41 vs. Nevada 1927 - W 42-0 vs. Wyoming 1938 - L 0-33 vs. Utah 1949 - L 6-28 vs. Colorado 1955 - L 9-26 at Colorado State 1960 - W 21-0 vs. Colorado State 1966 - L 10-35 at Wyoming 1983 - L 10-28 at UNLV 1988 - L 31-36 at San Jose State 1994 - L 25-27 vs. Southwest Louisiana 2005 - L 21-45 vs. Boise StateAGGIES AND BULLDOGS BATTLING IN OCTOBER -- USU and Louisiana Tech have meet a total of eight times overall, with five of the meetings coming in October... Saturday is the third straight meeting and fifth in last six meetings between the two teams in October with the 2008 meeting being the lone exception (Nov. 15)... USU is 2-3 against LA Tech in October, splitting the last two match-ups... The Aggies are 1-1 against the Bulldogs in Logan in October:
10-15-94 W 7-3 A 10-21-06 L 35-48 A 10-27-07 L 21-31 H 10-24-09 W 23-21 H 10-10-10 L 6-24 AUSU BESTS VS. LA TECH -- Here is a look at some of the top USU statistical individual performances against the Bulldogs over the years: QB Leon Jackson III had the 16th-best passing outing against La Tech in 2005, throwing for a career-best 372 yards, which is the third-best passing total for a sophomore QB... Profail Greer had one of USU's 100-yard rushing games against LTU in 1993 with 104 yards... Anthony Calvillo also had a 300-yard passing game vs. La Tech in 1993 with 308 yards... Cotie McMahon had one of his three career 100-yard receiving games against the Bulldogs in 1994 with 128 yards... Former Aggie WR/KR Kevin Robinson had two of his best games including two of his five career 100-yard receiving outings against LA Tech in 2005 with a 131 yards, which was the third-best receiving total for a sophomore, then followed it up with a career-best 141 yards in 2006... In 2007, Jackson connected with Jacob Actkinson for an 82-yard pass against LA Tech, the 12th-longest pass play in USU history.
EACH OTHER'S LAST TIME LIST -- On Utah State's "Last Time" list, Louisiana Tech is referenced twice: the last Aggie placekicker with three field goals in a game was Chris Ulinski against LA Tech in 2009; the last time that a USU opponent had an interception return for a TD was Louisiana Tech's Dominque Faust in 2008... Utah State is referenced three times on LA Tech's "Last Time" list: the Bulldogs' defense's last time holding an opponent's offense under 250 total yards was last year against USU, limiting the Aggies to 195 yards; the last time the LA Tech defense had multiple defensive TD's was against USU in 2008; the last time that the Bulldogs blocked a field goal was last season against the Aggies.
AGGIE-BULLDOG NOTE-ABLE -- Louisiana Tech linebackers coach Stan Eggan was an assistant coach at Utah State from 1986-90, coaching the Aggies' linebackers and was USU's recruiting coordinator... LTU Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde was also Athletics Director at Utah State in 1998, hiring current head men's basketball coach, Stew Morrill, who has guided the Aggies to 12-straight 23-win seasons and 12-straight postseason appearances (NCAA-8, NIT-4), both of which are school records, and is USU's all-time winningest coach... Utah State quarterbacks coach Matt Wells played for USU, and was a freshman in 1993, when the Aggies and Bulldogs first met, with USU winning 24-13 in Logan, the fourth of USU's five conference wins on the way to a Big West Championship... Aggie defensive administrative assistant Hunter Teafatiller was a freshman TE for Nebraska in that game and tallied not only his first career catch but also his first TD reception of his career against LA Tech, with a 29-yard scoring play for his lone catch of the game... Aggie offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Dave Baldwin was offensive coordinator/tight ends coach at Michigan State, facing Louisiana Tech and losing, 20-19, in 2003... Second-year LTU head coach Sonny Dykes is facing Utah State for the third time in his coaching career, as he was receiver coach at Texas Tech when the Red Raiders beat the Aggies, 38-16 in 2000, and head coach of LA Tech last season for the Bulldogs' 24-6 win.
AD AT BOTH -- Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde was also Athletics Director at Utah State in 1998, hiring current head men's basketball coach, Stew Morrill, who has guided the Aggies to 12-straight 23-win seasons and 12-straight postseason appearances (NCAA-8, NIT-4), both of which are school records, and is USU's all-time winningest coach.
AGGIE-BULLDOGS CONNECTIONS -- Utah State has several players with hometown, high school or junior college connections to Louisiana Tech players:
Hometown/High School/JC USU Player(s) LTU Player(s)CURRENT AGGIE COACHES VS. LA TECH -- A total of four members of Utah State's coaching staff have faced LA Tech in previous positions, either as a coach or a player... Overall, those four members were a combined 3-3 vs. LTU in their previous positions:
Name Utah State Position Other Position Years Dave Baldwin Offensive Coord./WR's Mich. St. Off. Coord./TE 2003-L, 19-20 (0-1 vs. LTU)UTAH STATE-LOUISIANA TECH BY THE NUMB3R5 -- A closer look at note-ables about Saturday's match-up between the Aggies and Bulldogs:
UTAH STATE-LOUISIANA TECH LAST TIME: 2010
RUSTON, La. - Utah State's offense was limited to 195 yards on Oct. 9, 2010, as the Aggies lost to Louisiana Tech, 24-6, in a Western Athletic Conference match-up at LTU's Joe Aillet Stadium. With the loss, USU moved to 2-4 on the season overall and sliding to 0-2 in WAC action. LTU improved to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in WAC play. The Aggies lost to the Bulldogs for the fifth time in the last six meetings, falling to 3-5 in the series. USU is now 1-3 at Ruston. USU's 195 yards of total offense was split with 122 rushing and 73 passing, as senior running back Derrvin Speight had 48 yards, while senior quarterback Diondre Borel totalled 38 yards while passing for 14-of-23 for 73 yards. Defensively, USU was led by junior linebacker Bobby Wagner's game-high 15 tackles while fellow junior linebacker Kyle Gallagher added 11 stops. Sophomore cornerback Quinton Byrd snared an interception, his team-leading third of the season. LTU had 278 rushing and 149 passing for 427 total offense. Lennon Creer rushed for 120 yards with two TD's while Tim Molton added 93 yards. Ross Jenkins was 20-of-32 passing for 149 yards with one TD pass. LA Tech was led by Adrien Cole's 12 tackles. After USU took the opening kick and marched down the field, the Aggies' drive stalled and senior placekicker Peter Caldwell's 40-yard field goal was wide left. It was Caldwell's first appearance in a game since Fresno State on Sept. 18, missing the last two games with an injury. The Bulldogs drove the field and scoring on an 11-yard Jenkins to Molton TD pass for a 7-0 lead and they never looked back. LTU added a 2-yard TD run by Creer to take a 14-0 lead before USU got on the board with a 40-yard field goal by Caldwell. The Bulldogs added a Matt Nelson 38-yard field goal with 36 seconds left in the half for a 17-3 advantage at intermission. Caldwell split the uprights from 22 yards out for a 17-6 margin with 5:35 left in the third quarter, but LTU added a 10-yard run by Creer for the final score with 4:21 to play.
Score By Quarters Louisiana Tech 7 10 0 7 - 24 Utah State 0 3 3 0 - 6AGGIES-BULLDOGS LAST TIME AT LOGAN: 2009
UTAH STATE 23, LOUISIANA TECH 21
October 24, 2009 Logan, Utah Romney Stadium
LOGAN, Utah - Sophomore safety Walter McClenton came off the bench to anchor a resolute Utah State defense in leading the Aggies to a hard-fought 23-21 win over Louisiana Tech on Oct. 24, 2009 in a Western Athletic Conference clash at a cold and damp Romney Stadium. McClenton replaced senior safety James Brindley who left the game with an injury after the first series, and posted a career-high 14 tackles. McClenton had only one career stop prior to the LTU game. He tallied seven solo and seven assists, while posting one pass break-up, a sack and forced fumble, as part of an Aggie defense that held Louisiana Tech to 273 yards. LTU had 165 yards in the fourth quarter, rallying from a 23-7 lead with 14 points to close the gap. The Bulldogs pulled to 23-21 on a 20-yard TD pass from Ross Jenkins to Dennis Morris with 6:15 to go in the game, but LTU's two-point conversion pass attempt was denied by the USU defense, and the Aggies hung on for the win with a fourth-down stop at midfield in the waning minutes. The USU defense logged a season-high four sacks against LA Tech after having just four coming in to Saturday's game, part of posting nine tackles for loss against LTU. Sophomore linebacker Kyle Gallagher posted one and a half sacks as part of his seven tackles, in making his first start of the season. Fellow sophomore linebacker Bobby Wagner matched Gallagher with seven stops and snared an acrobatic interception in the second quarter to set up a 27-yard field goal by senior kicker Chris Ulinski just before half to give USU a 20-7 intermission lead. Ulinski booted a career-high three field goals. Offensively, Utah State was led by sophomore wide receiver Stanley Morrison, matching a season-high with six catches for 72 yards, including a 41-yard TD catch in the second quarter, his second scoring reception of the season, both of over 40 yards. Morrison was one of eight different Aggie receivers, matching USU's season-high from the BYU game on Oct. 2. Junior quarterback Diondre Borel was 17-of-31 passing for 188 yards with the TD pass to Morrison, while sophomore running back Robert Turbin had 94 yards on 22 carries. Junior running back Derrvin Speight had 44 yards on the ground on four carries, including a career-long 44-yard rush for TD. Speight made his first start since 2007 after not seeing any action last season with a foot injury. Utah State jumped out to a 10-0 lead, opening the scoring with the Borel to Morrison TD toss, followed by a 28-yard field goal by Ulinski. LTU's Phillip Livas returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a TD to pull the Bulldogs to 10-7. USU responded with Speight's 44-yard TD run, bursting then swerving through a huge hole created by the offensive line. Ulinski's field goal closed the first half scoring, as the Aggies scored 20 points in the second quarter, a season-high points in a quarter. Ulinski booted his third field goal of the game with his longest of the afternoon, a 40-yarder with 5:21 to play in the third stanza, as USU opened its 23-7 lead. LA Tech's rally began with a 26-yard pass from Jenkins to R.P. Stuart followed by a two-point pass from Jenkins to Livas to pull the Bulldogs within 23-15 at the 10:38 mark of the fourth quarter. After USU went three-and-out, LTU drove down the field, capping the drive with the pass from Jenkins to Morris, but missing the two-point conversion. The Aggies again went three-and-out, and senior punter Peter Caldwell pinned LTU at its own 16-yard line, one of his four punts inside the 20-yard line. The Bulldogs drove to midfield before the drive was thwarted by the Aggie defense on fourth-down. USU took a knee on three plays, running down the clock and starting up the celebration.
Score By Quarters Louisiana Tech 0 7 0 14 - 21 Utah State 0 20 3 0 - 23TURBIN IS EIGHTH AGGIE TO 2,000 FOR CAREER -- Junior RB Robert Turbin became the 20th player in Utah State history to reach the 1,000 career rushing yards milestone in 2009 and just the eighth player in Aggie history to reach the 2,000 mark... Turbin hit the 2K mark as part of his 180-yard performance against Weber State on Sept. 10... Turbin is currently No. 6 on USU's all-time rushing list with 2,592 yards, passing Roger Grant (1990-91) with 2,387 yards... Turbin is 249 yards behind Emmett White (1998-2001) with 2,791 yards for No. 5.
Career Rushing No. Name Years Yds. 1. Demario Brown 1996-1999 4,053 2. Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 3,933 3. Rick Parros 1976-79 3,537 4. Louie Giammona 1973-75 3,499 5. Emmett White 1998-01 2,791 6. Robert Turbin 2007-pres. 2,542 7. Roger Grant 1990-91 2,387 8. Tom Larscheid 1959-61 2,206 9. Altie Taylor 1966-68 1,959 10. Jay Van Noy 1946-49 1,923TOUCHDOWN TIME FOR TURBIN -- Turbin is also climbing USU's career rushing TD list, as he now has 32 career TD's after his rushing score in the BYU game broke a tie with Tom Larscheid (1959-61) with 29 career TD's for sole possession of the No. 3 spot... Turbin needs five more for the No. 2 spot held by Demario Brown (1996-99) with 37 rushing TD's... A closer look at Turbin's career TD climb:
Career Rushing TD's No.Name Years TD 1. Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 40 2. Demario Brown 1996-99 37 3. Robert Turbin 2007-pres 32 4. Tom Larscheid 1959-61 29 5. Emmett White 1998-01 27 6. Rick Parros 1976-79 26 7. Louie Giammona 1973-75 21 8. Roy Shivers 1964-65 18 Diondre Borel 2007-10 18 9. Jack Hill 1956 14 10. Jerry Cox 1973-74 13 Jerry Hughes 1971-72 13 Altie Taylor 1966-68 13OTHER TURBIN MARKS IN TOP 10 CAREER LIST -- With six points scored Saturday at Fresno State, Turbin now has 248 points, moving up to tie Tom Larscheid (1959-61) for the No. 2 spot and the top non-kicker spot, as placekicker Brad Bohn (1997-2000) holds the top spot with 284 career points... Turbin is also moving up USU's career rushing attempts and career rushing average lists:
Career Points Scored No.Name Years Pts. 1. Brad Bohn 1997-2000 284 2. Tom Larscheid 1959-61 248 Robert Turbin 2007-pres 248 4. Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 246 5. Demario Brown 1996-99 234 6. Steve Steinke 1977-80 204 7. Micah Knorr 1993-96 197 8. Emmett White 1998-01 194 9. Kevin Robinson 2004-07 182 10. Willie Beecher 1981-84 172 11. Rick Parros 1976-79 170
TURBIN CLIMBING WAC'S CAREER LISTS -- In addition to moving up on USU's career lists, Turbin is also ascending the WAC's career points scored and rushing TD's lists, while closing in on the conference's career rushing list:
WAC Career Points Scored 1. 439 Kyle Brotzman, BSU, 2007-10 --- 22. 270 Josh Scobee, LTU, 2001-03 23. 256 Ryan Yarborough, UW, 1990-93 24. 255 Mike Brown, CSU, 1988-91 25. 254 Danny Horwedel, LTU, 2004-07 26. 252 Dee Dowis, AFA, 1986-89 27. 250 Davone Bess, UH, 2005-07 28. 248 Robert Turbin, USU, 2007-pres. 29. 246 Lee Pistor, UA, 1974-77 246 Woody Green, ASU, 1971-73 246 Ryan Mathews, FS, 2007-09TURBIN AMONG OTHER BACKS IN THE NATION -- Turbin has 13 career 100-yard rushing games, including five in a row, marks that rank among that nation's best active running backs:
Consecutive 100-Yard Rushing Games (Through games of October 15)WAGNER WAC PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR, MULTI-PRESEASON WATCH LIST MEMBER -- The media of the Western Athletic Conference voted on preseason players of the year, selecting USU senior linebacker Bobby Wagner as the Defensive Player of the Year, while Hawai`i senior quarterback Bryant Moniz was voted the Offensive Player of the Year.
Wagner is the first USU player to earn a preseason WAC honor since the Aggies joined the league in 2005. It is Utah State's first conference preseason honor since 2004 when Ronald Tupea and Robert Watts were named to the Sun Belt preseason first-team all-conference team. The WAC does not have a preseason all-conference team.
Wagner is also on several preseason all-WAC teams as well as several award watch lists, including:
Wagner, a native of Ontario, Calif. (Colony HS) is a two-time first-team all-WAC honoree... Last season, he led the WAC and ranked tied for seventh in FBS with 11.1 tackles per game, ranking second in the WAC with 133 total tackles in 2010 season... In 2010, Wagner also tallied a WAC-best four 15+ tackle outings, including two 17-stop games, a 16-tackle game and a 15-tackle outing... On the season, he logged a total of seven double-digit tackle games, and had at least six stops in all 12 games... Additionally, Wagner added eight tackles for loss with half a sack, as well as four pass breakups and one forced fumble.
WAGNER WRANGLING WAY UP USU AND WAC TACKLE LIST -- Senior LB Bobby Wagner has 348 career tackles, becoming the 14th player in USU history with 300 stops and the first since former teammate Jake Hutton (328 career tackles, 2005-08)... He recently passed Hutton and now holds the No. 6 spot, needing four to catch Kevin Bouwmann (1987-1990) with 372 stops... Wagner broke into the WAC's top 10 Career Tackles list, and now holds the No. 6spot.... Wagner needs 19 more for the No. 5 spot on the WAC list, currently held by former Fresno State player Ben Jacobs (2007-10) with 387 stops.
USU Career Tackles Tackles Years No. (Since 1979) 1. Del Lyles 1988-91 446 2. David Gill 1993-96 425 3. Jesse Busta 1999-2002 392 4. Brent Passey 1997-2000 386 5. Kevin Bouwmann 1987-1990 372 6. Bobby Wagner 2008-pres. (69) 368 7. Pat McKenna 1979-82 359 8. Johndale Carty 1995-98 347 9. Jermaine Younger 1990-93 337 10. Jake Hutton 2005-08 328WILLIAMS NEW USU AND WAC KICK RETURN RECORD HOLDER -- Kick returner/running back Kerwynn Williams became the USU and WAC single-season kick return total yardage record holder, finishing the 2010 season with 1,444 yards, breaking the week-old WAC record of 1,410 by New Mexico State's Taveon Rogers... The previous record was 1,214 yards by Deonce Whitaker of San Jose State in 1998 before both Rogers and Williams broke it.
Williams also broke the WAC's Career Kick Return Yards record in the BYU game on Sept. 30, passing Cedric Johnson of UTEP's record of 2,782 yards from 1993-96.
Williams had 53 kick returns last season, also breaking the WAC and NCAA (FBS) records also set by Rogers last season of 51.
Now with 2,621 career kick return yards, Williams is closing in on the conference record in career kick return yards of Cedric Johnson of UTEP's record of 2,782 yards from 1993-96.
Williams is currently USU's career record holder for kick return average, as well as moving up on USU's single-game kick return average list and the career all-purpose yardage list... Williams joined Kevin Robinson as the only Aggie kick returners to surpass the 1,000-kick return yardage milestone and Williams has now topped the 1k mark twice. USU Single Season Kick Return Yards Year No. Yds. 1. Kerwynn Williams, So. 2010 53 1,444 2. Kevin Robinson, Sr. 2007 43 1,260 3. Kerwynn Williams, Fr. 2009 45 1,131
USU Single Season Kick Return Average Name Year Ret. 1. Overton Curtis, Jr. 1957 30.2 2. Kevin Robinson, Sr. 2007 29.3 Tony Pennyman, Jr. 2005 29.3 4. Jerome Dennis, So. 2002 27.7 5. Kerwynn Williams, So. 2010 27.2 6. Floyd Foreman, Sr. 1991 27.0 7. Brett Payne, So. 1987 26.0 8. Louie Giammona, So. 1973 25.8 9. Dexter Pointer, Jr. 1990 25.6 10. Tony Walker, Fr. 1998 25.3 11. Kerwynn Williams, Fr. 2009 25.1 Kevin Robinson, Fr. 2004 25.1
WILLIAMS NINTH-BEST SINGLE-SEASON ALL-PURPOSE MARK IN WAC -- With 2,042 all-purpose yards last season (1,444 kick return, 451 rush, 110 receiving, 37 punt return), Kerwynn Williams holds the No. 9 spot on the WAC's Single-Season All-Purpose list, the most in the WAC since USU's Kevin Robinson amassed 2,317 all-purpose yards in 2007.
WAC Single-Season All-Purpose No. Yards Name, School, Years 1. 16,916 Timmy Chang, UH, 2000-04 1. 2,591 Bernard Berrian, FS, 2001 2. 2,317 Kevin Robinson, USU, 2007 3. 2,198 LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU, 2000 4. 2,174 Marshall Faulk, SDSU, 1993 5. 2,146 Howard Jackson, UTEP, 2003 6. 2,138 Terance Mathis, UNM, 1989 7. 2,127 Brock Forsey, BSU, 2002 8. 2,086 Charles Pauley, SJSU, 2002 9. 2,042 Kerwynn Williams, USU, 2010 10. 2,036 Carl Monroe, UU, 1982
USU'S BRADY NAMED HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK -- Utah State football player McKade Brady has been recognized by collegefootballperformance.com as an honorable mention national Defensive Back of the Week, for his performance in USU's 31-21 loss at Fresno State on Saturday.
Brady, a junior safety from Cove, Utah (Sky View HS/BYU), had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on two different plays, to go with four tackles, including half a tackle for loss. Brady registered his first career fumble recovery by recovering a FS fumble in the first quarter and his forced fumble in the second quarter was the second of his career.
On the season, Brady now has 26 total tackles, ranking sixth on the team overall and third among defensive backs, and also has one pass break-up.
The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. AGGIES' KEETON NAMED WAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK, NATIONAL RECOGNITION -- Utah State football quarterback Chuckie Keeton was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 10 for his school-record tying performance in USU's 63-19 win over Wyoming on Oct. 8.
Keeton has been recognized with a pair of national honors. Keeton was acknowledged by collegefootballperformance.com as an honorable mention national Quarterback of the Week, while also being named by College Sports Madness as the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his school-record tying performance in USU's 63-19 win over Wyoming Saturday.
In addition to the WAC award, Keeton was also named the Utah State America First Credit Union Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Oct. 9, an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
Keeton, a freshman from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS), completed 16-of-21 passes for 228 yards and a school-record tying five touchdowns in Utah State's 63-19 win against Wyoming. He also added 44 rushing yards on four carries. All five touchdown passes came in the first half as Utah State scored on its first eight possessions of the game.
With the five TD's, Keeton becomes the fourth different Aggie QB to hit the school record, and the sixth time, as Keeton is the first since Anthony Calvillo threw for five scores against BYU in 1993. Calvillo (1993 and 1992) and Tony Adams (1972) had accomplished the feat twice each while Brent Snyder reached it once (1987).
Keeton's five TD's Saturday more than doubled his season-total of four entering Saturday's game. Behind Keeton, the Aggie offense scored on its first eight possessions of the game, on the way to 42 first-half points, the most in an opening half since at least 1991, as part of the 63 total points. The 63 points scored are its most since winning at Idaho, 63-17, on Oct. 25, 1997, while its 44-point margin of victory is its largest since defeating New Mexico State at home, 47-2, on Nov. 29, 2008.
WILLIAMS COLLECTS PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WEEKLY HONOR ROLL ACCOLADE -- Utah State junior football player Kerwynn Williams is one of three players named to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll on Oct. 10. The weekly recognition honors versatile, single-game performances around the nation by FBS student-athletes, and Williams is joined by Eric Page of Toledo and David Wilson of Virginia Tech.
The Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, is awarded annually to the most versatile player in major college football. Fans can now vote online at www.votepaulhornung.com for the finalist for the 2011 award.
All three weekly honorees are members of the Paul Hornung Award Watch List. Page is being honored for the fourth time this season while Williams and Wilson each earned their first Hornung weekly recognition of the year.
Williams, a native of Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS), had a season-high 232 all-purpose yards in Utah State's 63-19 win over Wyoming on Saturday, totalling 125 kick return yards, including a season-best 54-yard return that set up USU's first TD of the night. Williams also had a 22-yard punt return to set up the Aggies' sixth TD of the first half, as well as adding 55 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards.
USU'S TURBIN TABBED HONORABLE MENTION NATIONAL RUNNING BACK OF WEEK BY COLLEGEFOOTBALLPERFORMANCE.COM -- Utah State football player Robert Turbin was recognized by collegefootballperformance.com as honorable mention Running Back of the Week on Oct. 2.
Turbin, a junior from Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS), rushed for 123 yards including an 80-yard touchdown burst on the first offensive play of the game, in USU's 27-24 loss at BYU on Friday night. He added two catches for 22-yards on the night, including a 24-yard TD reception. Turbin now has at least two TD's in all four of USU's games this season, and has at least one rushing TD in last nine games played. Friday was Turbin's third-straight 100-yard game and 11th of his career, one of 14 active players in FBS with at least 10 career 100-yard games.
Turbin's 80-yard first-quarter TD was his fourth-career TD run over 50+ yards and the second-longest of his career behind the 96-yarder at Utah in 2009. Turbin now has 30 career rushing TD's, taking over sole possession of the No. 3 spot on USU's Career Rushing list, breaking a tie with Tom Larscheid (1959-61) and are the most by an Aggie since Demario Brown (1996-99) had 37. Turbin also passed Lascheid's 2,206 career rushing yards, and now has 2,285 with his 123 yards Friday.
This is the third national honorable mention award by collegefootballperformance.com for Turbin this season, also earning it after the Weber State and Colorado State games.
AGGIES' TURBIN AND KOSKAN RECOGNIZED BY COLLEGEFOOTBALLPERFORMANCE.COM -- Utah State football players Robert Turbin and Levi Koskan were recognized by collegefootballperformance.com with honorable mention awards for their respective positions for their performances in USU's heartbreaking, 36-35 double overtime Homecoming loss to Colorado State on Sept. 24. Turbin was tabbed to the honorable mention Running Back of the Week list while Koskan collected honorable mention Defensive End of the Week accolades.
Turbin, a junior from Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS), rushed for a career-high four TD's as part of his 115 yard rushing outing. Turbin scored on a 3-yard scamper in the third-quarter, then a 1-yard plunge in the fourth-quarter with 4:56 left in regulation to give USU a 21-13 lead. After CSU forced overtime, Turbin scored on the Aggies' possession in the first frame on a 9-yard scamper. The Rams scored to force a second extra sessions and opened the scoring in the second frame with a TD and PAT. Turbin darted in from 25-yards out on USU's second possession, but was stopped on the two-point conversion, denying USU the win.
It was Turbin's 10th career 100-yard rushing outing, as he is one of 13 active players in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with double-digit career 100-yard games.
Koskan a senior from Smithfield, Utah (Sky View HS), posted three tackles for loss including two sacks Saturday night, finishing night with five total tackles. His three TFL's were for 29 yards, with 14 of those coming on his two sacks.
USU'S BENNETT AND TURBIN HONORED BY COLLEGEFOOTBALLPERFORMANCE.COM -- Utah State football players Tyler Bennett and Robert Turbin were honored by collegefootballperformance.com with weekly awards for their performances in USU's 54-17 romp of Weber State on Sept. 10. Bennett was named the Co-National Punter of the Week while Turbin was tabbed to the honorable mention Running Back of the Week list.
Bennett, a junior from Phoenix, Ariz. (North Canyon HS/Phoenix CC), punted three times for a 54.3 yards per punt with all three punts pinning Weber State inside its own 20-yard line, including two inside the Wildcats' 10 in the first quarter. Bennett's first punt was a 62-yarder that was downed at the WSU 4-yard line, while his second punt was a 52-yarder that went out of bounds at the Wildcats' 7. In the fourth quarter, Bennett hit a 49-yarder that went out of bounds at WSU's 12-yard line.
Turbin, a junior from Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS), rushed for 180 yards on 18 carries (10.0 ypr), with two TD's Saturday night, and surpassed the 2,000 career yard mark along the way, becoming just the eighth USU running back to reach the 2,000-yard plateau. Turbin scored on a 14-yard run with 53 seconds left in the second quarter to pull USU to 17-17 at the half, the first of the Aggies' 44 unanswered points as the rallied from being down 17-10. At the 8:04 mark of the third quarter, Turbin tiptoed down the sideline and dove inside the pylon to the endzone to cap off a 31-yard scamper that put USU ahead, 30-17.
USU'S KEETON NAMED RIVALS.COM NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK -- Utah State football player Chuckie Keeton has been named the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week for his performance in the season-opener at Auburn on Sept. 3.
Keeton, a native of Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS), was 21-of-30 passing for 213 yards and added two rushing TD's as part of 33 rushing yards in his Aggie debut in USU's hard-fought 42-38 loss at defending national champion No. 23/19 Auburn Saturday. Keeton is believed to be the first Aggie freshman to start a USU season-opener in at least the modern era. Keeton is also the first Aggie freshman to start a game at QB since Riley Nelson in 2006.
"Chuckie is a special player," USU head coach Gary Andersen said in his post-game interview. "I promise you no one is hurt more, even though he has been with us for a short period of time. We are in very good hands at the quarterback position. ... I love Chuckie Keeton. I have loved Chuckie Keeton since I walked into his living room."
AGGIE NOTES FROM LAST GAME
-- USU captains for Saturday were all from California: #4 JR WR Matt Austin (Monrovia, Calif.), #9 SR LB Bobby Wagner (Ontario, Calif.), #43 Kyle Gallagher (Woodland, Calif.) for the coin toss, while #6 JR RB Robert Turbin (Fremont, Calif.), SR CB #10 Chris Harris (Pasadena, Calif.), #37 SR DE Quinn Garner (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and SR OL #68 Philip Gapelu (Lynwood, Calif.) were off to the side.
-- Senior RB Michael Smith scored on his second pass play in as many games after a 53-yarder last week vs. Wyoming.
-- Smith's 46-yard rush gives Smith one rushing TD and one receiving TD in back-to-back games after he had two rushing and one receiving TD's last week vs. Wyoming.
-- Junior S McKade Brady registered his first career fumble recovery by recovering the FS fumble in the first quarter... It was the USU defense's fifth FR of the season... Brady's forced fumble in the second quarter was his second of his career.
-- Senior LB Kyle Gallagher's fumble recovery was not only his first fumble this season but also first of his career.
-- Senior WR Stanley Morrison's first-quarter catch gives him at least one reception in 30-straight games, which leads the WAC.
-- Junior RB Robert Turbin's 59-yard scoring scamper in the first quarter gives him a rushing TD in last 11 games played, and he has now rushed for at least 60 yards in last 12 games played.
-- With six points Saturday, Turbin now has moved into a tie for second on USU's Career Scoring list, moving past Abu Wilson (1992, 94-96) with 246 points and tying Tom Larscheid (1959-61) with 248 points... Turbin is now tied with Larscheid as the highest scoring non-kicker, as placekicker Brad Bohn holds the Aggies' scoring record with 284 points.
-- Turbin also moves up to take sole possession of No. 20 on the WAC's Career Rushing TD's list with 32 career rushing TD's.
-- Turbin's 145 yards are his fifth-straight 100-yard rushing outing and 13th of his career.
-- The 145 yards is Turbin's fourth-highest of his career.
-- The 4-play 94-yard scoring drive was USU's fifth scoring drive of 90+ yards this season (99, 91, 99, 90, and now 94)... Coming into the weekend, USU was tied with Georgia Tech for second-most 90+ yard scoring drives in the country behind Texas Tech's five.
-- The missed field goal in the first quarter was the first time this season that USU did not score in the red zone after converting on its previous 22 trips there this season.
-- It was also sophomore PK Josh Thompson's first FG miss of the season after making his previous four.
-- Junior RB/KR Kerwynn Williams' 52-yard second-quarter kick return was a season-long for the second-straight week after a 50-yarder last week vs. Wyoming.
-- USU led at the half for the fifth time in six games, and are now 1-4.
-- Wagner made his 33rd-consecutive start, along with his 38th start of his career overall, which leads USU in both categories.
-- Senior OL Philip Gapelu made his 29th-straight start and for the 34th time in his career, which ranks second in both departments.
-- Junior RB Robert Turbin started for the 29th time of his career, but sixth since the 2009 season-finale after missing the entire 2010 season with an injury.
-- USU is now:
WHIPPER-SNAPPER -- Nate Needham is one of 16 long snappers in the country who is a freshman, including one of seven who are redshirt-freshmen.
Player School True/Redshirt Marius Burgsmueller Idaho True Joe Cardona Navy True Allan D'Appollonio Arkansas True Will Denny Ole Miss Redshirt Matt Dooley Indiana True Grant Donovan Louisville Redshirt Andrew East Vanderbilt Redshirt Josh Elias Arizona True Zach Ewan Wyoming True Logan Feimster Wake Forest Redshirt Matt Fortin Virginia Redshirt Matt Giampapa Michigan State True Reed Gordon Mississippi State Redshirt Nate Needham Utah State Redshirt Sam Rodgers Syracuse True Scott Thompson NC State TrueROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH -- There are nine Division I schools that are located in cities with an elevation of at least 4,000 feet about sea level... Utah State's home of Logan ranks seventh on the list with an elevation of 4,710 feet... USU is the highest non-Mountain West Conference school, as the top six are all MWC teams... This season the Aggies will play at only one other location on the list, giving USU seven games this season at 4,000 feet above sea level after playing eight in 2006, seven both 2007 and 2008, eight in 2009 and seven last year... USU will play at #7 on the list, BYU (Sept. 30), but will host both No. 1 on the list, Wyoming (Sept. 8), and #4 Colorado State (Sept. 24).
School City, State Elevation 1. Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. 7,220 2. Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. 6,620 3. Colorado Boulder, Colo. 5,360 4. Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. 5,190 5. New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. 5,100 6. UTAH STATE LOGAN, UTAH 4,710 7. Brigham Young Provo, Utah 4,630 8. Nevada Reno, Nev. 4,610 9. Utah Salt Lake City, Utah 4,357
RETURNING FROM INJURY -- Seven players return to action after missing most or all of the 2010 season with injury: junior WR Matt Austin, senior TE Kellen Bartlett, senior OL Robert Hill, senior WR Stanley Morrison, junior CB Jamaine Olson, senior RB Michael Smith, junior RB Robert Turbin and senior LB Reuben Willis.
NEW D SCHEME -- Utah State's defense is changing from a 4-3 alignment to a 3-4 alignment.
WHISTLE SHUFFLE -- USU head coach Gary Andersen shuffled his coaching staff around and had some changes on his staff... Andersen will handle defensive coordinator duties, while Bill Busch will be the associate head coach/special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach... Offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin will shift to tight ends this season after coaching quarterbacks last year... Former Aggie player Matt Wells joined the USU staff in January and will be the quarterbacks coach... T.J. Woods is shifting from tight ends coach to offensive line coach, replacing Alex Gerke, who left the staff... Former Aggie player Frank Maile will be the defensive line coach, moving up from defensive graduate assistant to replace Chad Kauha'aha'a, who joined the Utah staff... Kendrick Shaver joined the USU staff in February and will be the Aggies' cornerbacks coach, replacing Corey Raymond who left for Indiana and later Nebraska... A pair of former University of Utah players Robert Conley and Spencer Toone were added to the staff as graduate assistants... Conley, a four-year starting offensive lineman, will be the offensive graduate assistant while Toone, a two-time all-Mountain West Conference selection and a two-year NFL player, will be the defensive graduate assistant.
BIOS NOT IN 2011 FOOTBALL GUIDE --
50 Jefferson Court
A three-time all-state selection at Alta HS, helping the Hawks to a 13-1 record and the Utah Class 5A state title his senior season... Posted 106 tackles with seven sacks his senior season... Also a two-year starter on the AHS baseball team, driving in 40 RBI as a senior, and a one-year starter in basketball, earning all-state honors his senior season, combining for five total letters in the two sports... A Utah Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete honoree as a senior... Also an academic all-state honoree in baseball and basketball... Son of Daniel and Pamela Court... Has four sisters and one brother... Served LDS Church Mission to Anaheim, Calif. from May 2009-11... Chose USU because of football program... Intends on majoring in exercise science with future aspirations of being a doctor.
13 Tanner Curtis
Earned first-team Utah Class 4A all-state honors at East HS as a quarterback by both the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune, as well as first-team all-region... The dual-threat signal-caller rushed for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns while tossing for 1,113 yards with 13 scores and only two INT's as a senior, in helping the Leopards finish with an 8-3 overall record and a 4-2 record in Region 6, losing in the 4A quarterfinals... Was also named the Utah Blaze Ironman of the Year... Also a four-year letterwinner and starter for the EHS baseball team playing outfield and pitcher, earning second-team all-state honors by both the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune, helping the Leopards to the state semi-finals his senior season... Also a two-year letterwinner and one-year starter on the basketball team... Son of Kyle and Barbara Curtis... Has three brothers... Chose USU because of academic success and the football program.
44 Jacob Haueter
Participated in spring drills at Boise State before transferring to Utah State... A first-team all-Greater Oregon League placekicker and second-team punter in senior season at Ontario HS... Also a first-team all-Argus selection as a kicker by the Argus Observer... Was 6-of-12 on field goals with a long of 40 yards, and made 67 PAT's as a senior, and also booted 92 kickoffs with 29 touchbacks... Also punted 12 times with a 38.0 yards per punt average with a long of 62 yards and with two inside the 20... A three-year letterwinner in basketball, earning all-state honors as well as first-team all-league and the league MVP honors, netting 18.0 points and 3.2 assists per game as a senior, helping OHS to the state tournament... Son of Mark and Cori Haueter... Has two brothers and one sister... Served LDS Church Mission to San Antonio, Texas from 2009-11... Intends on majoring in business or pre-med with future plans to own his own company or be a dentist... Chose USU because of campus and community environment, which will allow him to become his best.
14 Taylor Hughes
Named to the SCFA all-conference team at Orange Coast CC after throwing for 1,992 yards with 17 TD's in nine games played, while also rushing for five scores... Also received Orange Coast CC's Captain Award... Earned all-CIF and Pacific League Offensive Player of the Year honors at Corona del Mar HS after throwing for 2,289 yards on 141 completions with 22 TD's... Set several school records, including most completions in a game (25), most passing yards (2,289), highest completion percentage (59.5) and most total offense yards (2,452)... Son of Joseph and Staci Hughes... Has one sister... Majoring in communication studies at Utah State... Chose USU because of football program.
80 Chuck Jacobs
Led Laney JC with 27 catches for 238 yards with two TD's... Also had six punt returns for 54 yards (9.0 ypr) as well as 13 kick returns for 386 yards (29.7 ypr), leading the Eagles in both kick returns and kick return yardage... Played football at Kennedy HS... Also lettered on the Kennedy basketball team, helping the Eagles to a 27-6 record in senior season... Also lettered in track & field at KHS... Son of Jesse and JoAnn Jacobs... Has seven sisters and five brothers... Chose USU because of coaching staff and the football program.
64 Josh Larmay
Played one season at Minnesota State-Moorhead, starting in one game for the Dragons in 2010... Was a two-year starter and four-year letterwinner at West DePere HS, earning first-team all-Bay Conference honors as a senior and second-team all-Area honors... Played both offensive and defensive line, posting 13 sacks in senior season... Helped lead the Phantoms to three Bay Conference titles... Was team captain in senior season... Also a one-year letterwinner in track & field... Son of Andy and Dyan Larmay... Has three younger brothers... Majoring in criminal justice at Utah State with future plans of being a police officer once his football career is over... Chose USU because of football program and felt was best opportunity for him to reach his goals.