Utah State Hosts Hawai'i Saturday For Homecoming 2010

Oct. 18, 2010

LOGAN, Utah -

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Saturday, Oct. 23 - 3 p.m. (MT)
Merlin Olsen Field at
Romney Stadium (25,513)
Logan, Utah

QUICKLY -- For its Homecoming 2010 game, Utah State (2-4, 0-2 WAC) will host Hawai'i (5-2, 3-0 WAC), who leads the nation in passing offense and is atop the league standings, in a Western Athletic Conference match-up that is also USU's Homecoming game... Kickoff for USU's first home afternoon game is slated for 3 p.m. at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium (25,513)... Saturday's game is part of the Homecoming festivities that include the official dedication of Merlin Olsen Field, as well as the unveiling of the larger-than-lifesize Merlin Olsen statue on the south plaza of Romney Stadium... The battle between the Aggies and Warriors televised by ESPN-Regional on Altitude (Comcast Ch. 61 in Cache Valley)... The Trey and Jay show features Trey Bender handling play-by-play duties and Jay Taylor providing analysis.

SATURDAY'S STORYLINES -- Things to watch for in Saturday's battle between the Aggies and Warriors:

-- USU looking to win two in a row vs. Hawai'i for first time since 1965-66 and take a 6-5 series lead.
-- Aggies trying to win back-to-back Homecoming games for first time since 2005-06, as USU currently has a 49-28-2 (.633) record when celebrating the navy and white tradition of Homecoming.
-- Utah State is seeking to win back-to-back home games for the second-straight season, as well as improve to 2-1 at home for the second year in a row.
-- Saturday's game features top two tacklers in the WAC in USU junior LB Bobby Wagner, who leads the league with 12.2 tackles per game while UH junior LB Corey Paredes is second at 11.7 tpg... Wagner is third in the FBS while Paredes is seventh.
-- USU senior QB Diondre Borel needs:
-- 20 yards of total offense to reach 7,000 career yards, becoming just the second USU QB to reach the milestone.
-- 313 passing yards for the 6,000-yard milestone, becoming just the fifth USU QB to reach that plateau, as well as needing 386 passing yards to crack the top four on USU's Career Passing list.
-- 29 total offense yards to reach the WAC's Career Top 30 list, as the No. 30 spot is currently held by Fresno State's Tom Brandstater (2005-08).
-- USU KR/RB Kerwynn Williams needs 23 all-purpose yards to reach 2,000 for his career.


ON TV -- Saturday's match-up of the Aggies and Warriors will be televised on ESPN-Regional TV, and will be aired on Altitude (Comcast Ch. 61 in Cache Valley)... Trey Bender will be handle play-by-play duties while Jay Larson will provide analysis.

ON THE AIR -- All Utah State football games are carried live on KVNU 610 AM, KVNU 102.1 FM (Cache Valley) and KLZX 95.9 FM in Logan; 1230 or 1320 AM 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"... Al Lewis handles the play-by-play duties, while Craig Hislop provides analysis.

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 single-game 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 Bajio Mexican Grill and Firehouse Pizza on Thursday nights (6:05-6:45 p.m. on 610 AM KVNU) when the Aggies play on Saturday... The show gives USU fans an opportunity to ask questions and interact with Coach Andersen and players.

Upcoming Coaches Shows: Oct. 14 Bajio Mexican Grill / Oct. 21 Firehouse Pizza

UP NEXT -- Utah State heads to Reno, Nev., to take on Nevada on Saturday, Oct. 30... Kickoff has been changed to 8:30 p.m. (MT), as it will now be televised by ESPNU.


NEW HOME UNIFORMS/NEW LOOK HELMETS/HELMET STICKERS -- The Utah State football team debuted its new home uniforms on Sept. 11 vs. Idaho State.

Head coach Gary Andersen and selected players helped choose the design for the jerseys. The jerseys and pants are made by Nike and feature a navy blue base with white letters and numbers with black piping around the numbers along with white and black trim on the sides of the jerseys and pants. USU will be able to wear the navy blue jersey with either navy blue or white pants for home games and the white jersey with either white or navy blue pants for road games.

Utah State's helmets got an new look this summer, as the white helmet with larger navy blue metallic paint flakes is an upgrade from the white helmet with small black metallic flakes last year, while the navy blue facemasks replace white masks that have adorned the white helmet with U-State logo since the mid-90's.

Additionally, helmet stickers will be awarded to players, with a "Block A" for academic achievement and community service and a bull head for athletic recognition. All helmets will also have a "71" sticker on the back, honoring USU legend Merlin Olsen, who passed away March 11, 2010.

UTAH STATE NAMES FIELD AT ROMNEY STADIUM 'MERLIN OLSEN FIELD' -- To honor one of its greatest alumnus and the most decorated football player in school history, Utah State University is naming the playing field inside Romney Stadium `Merlin Olsen Field.'

An official dedication ceremony will take place during the end of the 2010 football season in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Utah State's 1960 Sun Bowl Team, led by Olsen. During the official dedication of Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, a larger-than-life-size bronze statue of Olsen, which will be sculpted by nationally renowned artist Blair Buswell, will be unveiled in the southeast corner of the stadium.

Olsen was a three-year lettermen on the offensive and defensive lines for Utah State's football team from 1959-61, earning All-American honors during both his junior and senior seasons. During his senior season in 1961, he won the Outland Trophy as the nation's outstanding interior defensive lineman. Olsen also was a three-time academic All-American at Utah State and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Kappa Phi in 1962 with a degree in finance. NFL Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, the greatest athlete in Utah State University history, passed away at City of Hope Hospital near Los Angeles on March 11, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer.

HOMECOMING 2010: LEAVING YOUR LEGACY-ONCE AN AGGIE, ALWAYS AN AGGIE -- Utah State has won 63.3 percent of its games celebrating the navy and white tradition... After having its second-earliest Homecoming date last season of Sept. 26, the 2010 Homecoming contest on Oct. 23 is back to the norm for celebrating Homecoming in October, and the second time in the last three years for an Oct. 20-something Homecoming game, hosting Fresno State on Oct. 25, 2008... Despite hosting Homecoming 62 times in October, this is only the second Oct. 23 occasion, and the first since 1948, when USU beat BYU, 20-7... This is the first time that Hawai'i has been Utah State's Homecoming opponent, but it is the fifth time in six years that USU has hosted a WAC foe for Homecoming... The Aggies are 49-28-2 (.633) all-time in their Homecoming game... After beating Southern Utah, 53-34, last season, USU is seeking to win back-to-back Homecoming games for the first time since 2005-06... Before last year's blowout win, the scoring margin for Utah State's previous three Homecoming games had been a combined six points (W, 13-12 in 2006; L, 20-23 in 2007; L, 28-30 in 2008)... USU is an even 5-5 in its last 10 Homecoming games, winning three of the last five... Here is a closer look at USU's Homecoming games:

Utah State Homecoming Results

Date    Opponent    Attn.    W/L    Score
11/2/29    Colorado College    8,000    W     10-0
10/11/30    Colorado    5,000    T     0-0
10/17/31    Denver    8,000    W     12-6
11/11/32    Colorado State    5,000    W     13-12
11/18/33    Brigham Young    7,000    W     14-0
11/10/34    Colorado State    10,000    T     21-21
11/2/35    Colorado State    7,000    W     13-0
10/24/36    Utah    14,000    W     12-0
10/31/37    Colorado State    6,000    W     7-0
10/22/38    Utah    9,500    L     0-33
10/28/39    Colorado State    7,000    L     0-9
10/12/40    Colorado    8,000    L     0-26
10/25/41    Colorado State    5,000    L     6-7
10/17/42    Utah    4,000    L     7-34
11/11/44    Idaho State    1,000    W     8-7
10/20/45    Colorado State    3,000    W     13-0
10/19/46    Colorado State    8,000    W     48-0
11/8/47    Colorado    8,000    W     35-12
10/23/48    Brigham Young    12,000    W     20-7
10/1/49    Montana    10,000    L     13-16
10/14/50    Wyoming    10,000    L     7-40
11/3/51    Utah    11,000    L     20-28
10/25/52    Colorado State    9,400    L     7-21
10/31/53    Montana    9,500    W     33-14
10/30/54    Brigham Young    11,000    W     45-13
10/15/55    Montana    10,000    W     32-6
10/27/56    Brigham Young    8,000    W     33-7
10/19/57    Montana    7,100    L     25-35
10/25/58    Colorado State    8,495    W      15-0
10/24/59    Montana State    7,729    W     22-13
10/29/60    Brigham Young    10,183    W     34-0
10/28/61    Idaho    6,934    W     69-0
10/27/62    Brigham Young    13,372    W     27-21
10/26/63    Pacific    11,453    W     40-14
10/24/64    Colorado State    12,565    W     42-13
10/16/65    Montana    11,853    W     54-21
10/15/66    Colorado State    12,678    L     7-10
10/14/67    Pacific    14,662    W     7-6
10/26/68    West Texas State    14,367    W     20-10
10/25/69    Memphis State    14,505    L     0-40
11/14/70    Idaho    9,285    L     14-42
10/16/71    Memphis State    5,041    W     7-6
11/11/72    Utah    19,434    W     44-16
11/3/73    Wyoming    11,792    W     31-20
10/26/74    West Texas State    12,355    W     21-16
11/8/75    Brigham Young    21,594    L     7-24
10/16/76    Utah    18,322    W     28-17
10/29/77    Boise State    6,216    L     16-23
10/28/78    San Jose State    18,226    W     31-21
11/3/79    CS-Fullerton    16,600    W     35-7
11/1/80    Pacific    15,128    W     21-7
10/24/81    San Jose State    16,071    L      24-27
10/30/82    BYU    25,688    W     20-17
10/15/83    Boise State    16,476    W     10-7
10/27/84    Pacific    8,597    W     41-14
10/26/85    Fresno State    10,702    L     19-38
10/25/86    UNLV    11,270    W     7-6
10/31/87    San Jose State    15,117    L     14-24
10/29/88    Pacific    13,147    W     23-20
10/14/89    Fresno State    13,137    L     7-34
10/27/90    UNLV    15,273    W     31-6
11/2/91    Fresno State    9,814    W     20-19
10/24/92    San Jose State    18,185    L     25-27
10/16/93    Nevada    20,263    L     44-48
10/22/94    Southwestern La.    20,016    L     25-27
10/14/95    Northern Illinois    17,188    W     42-7
10/26/96    Idaho    13,712    W    35-28
10/18/97    New Mexico St.    17,251    W    38-7
10/17/98    Idaho    14,206    L     14-26
10/9/99    Arkansas State    18,147    W    20-14
9/30/00    Utah    29,814    L    14-35
10/20/01    Idaho State    20,875    W    28-27
10/19/02    New Mexico (ot)    15,942    W    45-44
10/11/03    Wyoming    26,594    L    21-48
10/9/04    North Texas    17,895    L    23-31
10/08/05    San Jose State    12,542    W    24-17
10/07/06    Fresno State    10,701    W    13-12
9/22/07    San Jose State    13,685    L    20-23
10/25/08    Fresno State    14,071    L    28-30
9/26/09    Southern Utah    18,472    W    53-34
All-Time Homecoming Record: 49-28-2 (.633)

UTAH STATE-HAWAI'I SERIES -- The Aggies' series with Hawai'i is tied at 5-5, as the Warriors have won four of the last five meetings, with USU's 30-14 win at home in 2008 the lone Aggie victory in that stretch... Overall, USU is 3-1 vs. UH in Logan, winning in 1957, 26-12, in 1965, 31-12 and the aforementioned 30-14 triumph in 2008, while the lone loss came in 2006, 63-10... USU lost its first visit to the islands in 1927 (21-20) before winning in its 1959 (48-6) and 1966 (48-0) visits there... After meeting in 1966, the teams didn't meet each other until 2005's match-up at Hawai'i, with the Warriors winning 50-23, their first meeting as fellow WAC foes, and have met every season since.

Overall:  5-5-0 / Home:  3-1-0 / Away:  2-4-0
12-17-27    L    20-21    A
9-14-57    W    26-12    H
12-11-59    W    48-6    A
9-11-65    W    31-12    H
11-26-66    W    48-0    A
11-12-05    L    23-50    A
11-4-06    L    10-63    H
10-6-07    L    37-52    A
11-1-08    W    30-14    H
11-7-09    L    36-49    A
AGGIE-WARRIOR NOTE-ABLE -- USU has five players and two coaches from Hawaii on its roster in junior DT Kamaloni Vainikolo (pronounced Comma-lone-ee Vi-inny-kolo), who is from Kihei (Maui HS/El Camino JC), along with four freshmen in QB Jeremy Higgins (Hawai'ii Kai/St. Louis HS), S Brian Suite (Makiki/Punahou HS), DL Elvis Kaman-Matagi (Maui/King Kekaulike HS) and DL Tevita Vaifoou (Hauula/Kahuku HS), as well as defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a (pronounced Cow-ha-a-ha-a), who was born in Wailuku, Maui and running backs coach Ilaisa Tuiaki (pronounced E-lye-sa Too-ee-ah-kee), who was born in Kahuku, Hawaii... Kauha'aha'a was head coach at Baldwin High School on the island of Maui, Hawai'i from 2002-04, where he posted a 25-5-2 record in three seasons, winning two Maui Interscholastic League championships... His teams finished ranked among the top five in the state each of those three seasons... Kauha'aha'a became head coach at Baldwin after five seasons as an assistant coach there... Utah State offensive line coach Alex Gerke was the offensive line/running backs coach at Hawai'i in 2008... Hawai'i has one player from the state of Utah in sophomore CB Lewis Walker, who is from Salt Lake City and went to Judge Memorial HS... Both USU and UH each have a Canadian on their roster in Aggie redshirt-freshman DL Connor Williams, who is from Kanata, Ontario while Warrior senior LB Joseph Malabuyoc is from Vancouver, British Columbia... USU offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin was a graduate assistant at Cal State Northridge in 1979, where he coached with UH offensive line coach Gordy Shaw, who was the defensive line coach at Cal State Northridge... Travis LaBoy, who redshirted the 1999 season at Utah State, transferred to Hawai'i where he earned WAC Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-WAC honors in 2003 as a defensive end.

UTAH STATE-HAWAI'I CONNECTIONS -- Utah State has several players with hometown or high school connections to Hawai'i players:

Hometown/High School    USU Player(s)    UH Player(s)

Cerritos, Calif./Gahr HS Shaan Johnson FR WR Corey Nielsen RS-FR QB

Carson, Calif./Carson HS Sean Enesi SR DT Jeramy Bryant SR DB

Kuhuku HS Tevita Vaifoou FR DL Aulola Tonga SO LB (Hauula, Hawaii) (La'ie, Hawaii) Richard Torres S JR (Kahuku, Hawaii) Kamalani Alo RS-FR S (Hau'ula, Hawaii) Paipai Falemalu SO LB (Hau'ula, Hawaii) Alema Tachibana RS-FR LB (Kahuku, Hawaii) Brysen Ginlack SR OL (Kailua, Hawaii)

St. Louis HS Jeremy Higgins FR QB Geordon Hanohano SO DL (Hawaii Kai, Hawaii) (Wai'anae, Hawaii) Ho'oikaika Cavaco-Amoy SO DL (Waimanalo, Hawii) Moses Samia FR DL ('Ewa Beach, Hawaii) Elliott Purcell SR DL ('Ewa Beach, Hawaii)

Scottsdale, Ariz. Chris Fox FR DE Kevin Spain FR QB (Chaparral HS) (Paradise Valley HS)

Long Beach, Calif. Jeff Fischer SR QB George Daily-Lyles RS-FR LB (Lakewood HS/Cerritos CC) (Long Beach Poly HS)

San Diego, Calif. Joey DeMartino SO RB Royce Pollard JR WR (Mt. Carmel HS/Grossmont CC) (University City HS)

UTAH STATE AFTER BYE WEEK -- Utah State is coming off its first bye of the season, last playing on Oct. 9 at Louisiana Tech... USU is 2-4 in its last five games immediately after bye weeks, having defeated UNLV in 2005, losing to Hawai'i in 2006, losing to Nevada in 2007, losing to No. 8 BYU on Oct. 3 of 2008, and then beating New Mexico State on Nov. 29, 2008, as USU had a rare two byes on the schedule, and losing at Texas A&M last year, 38-30... In the decade of the 2000's, USU is 7-7 after an off-week.

USU IN OCTOBER / ON OCT. 23 -- USU has won two of its last four games in October, but the Aggies have lost 23 of their last 30 games in the Canadian Thanksgiving month (which was on Monday, Oct. 11)... After having five games in October last season, USU has four games in the 10th month for the second time in three years... Saturday is USU's first game on Oct. 23 since 1999, losing, 31-3 at Idaho... This is USU's first home game on Oct. 23 since 1954, and the Aggies are 3-0 at home on Oct. 23, while posting a 6-4-2 overall record on the date, losing three of the last four after a five-game win streak on the 23rd of Oct... Here's a closer look at how USU has fared on Oct. 23:

1915 - L 0-59 at Colorado State
1920 - T 0-0 at Montana State
1926 - T 6-6 at Wyoming
1937 - W 34-7 vs. Wyoming
1942 - W 49-7 at Fort Douglas
1948 - W, 20-7 vs. BYU (Homecoming)
1954 - W 20-14 vs. Colorado State
1965 - W 41-20 at Colorado State
1971 - L 20-36 at San Diego State
1976 - L 14-45 at BYU
1993 - W 33-26 at UNLV
1999 - L 3-31 at Idaho
USU VS. HAWAI'I IN OCTOBER -- While Saturday is the 11th meeting overall between the Aggies and Warriors, it is just the second time they have meet in October, with the Warriors, 52-37, on Oct. 6, 2007.

EACH OTHER'S LAST TIME LIST -- On Utah State's "Last Time" list, Hawai'i is referenced twice times, while USU is on UH's list nine times:

-- USU's last 400-yard rushing outing came against Hawai'i in 1966, amassing 428 yards on the ground, a mark that ranks No. 6 in school history.
-- The last USU opponent with three players totalling 100 yards receiving, and the only time in school history, was Hawai'i in 2007 with C.J. Hawthorne (9-116 TD), Jason Rivers (7-130, TD) and Ryan Grice-Mullen (5-113) doing so... All three signed NFL free agent contracts, while Hawthorne on the Buffalo Bills' roster for one season, while Grice-Mullen and Rivers did not see any action, but Grice-Mullen is currently playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League.

-- USU senior QB Diondre Borel was the last Hawai'i opposition QB to throw for 300+ yards, with his 344 passing yards outing last year.
-- The 344 passing yards is the last time that the UH defense yielded 300+ passing yards.
-- Borel is also the last UH opponent with a 60+ rush with his 61-yard scamper in 2008, which upgraded Borel to YouTube all-star status (search Borel + Hawai'i to re-live).
-- USU senior DL Devin Johnson is the last Hawai'i opponent to block a field goal, with his swat last year at UH.
-- The last time that two Hawai'i players rushed for 100+ yards was against USU last year when Leon Wright-Jackseon (167) and Alex Green (110) did so.
-- Warrior LB Solomon Eliminian was the last UH player with 20+ tackles, logging 20 stops against Utah State in the 2007 UH-USU match-up.
-- UH DT David Veikune was the last UH defender with three+ tackles for loss with his 3.5 TFL's vs. USU in 2008.
-- Hawai'i PK Dan Kelly was the last UH player with a field goal of 50+ yards with a 54-yard boot against Utah State in 2007.
-- The last time that Hawai'i topped the 200+ and 300+ rushing yards benchmarks was last year against Utah State with 344 yards.

USU BESTS VS. HAWAI'I -- Here is a look at some of the top USU statistical individual performances against the Warriors over the years: MacArthur Lane had an 84-yard rush against Hawai'i in 1966, the eighth-longest rush in school history... Merrill Johnson and Tom Larscheid connected for a 76-yard pass play against the Warriors in 1959 for what was then the second-longest pass play in USU history (now tied for No. 27)... Jim Swindle had a 90-yard interception return in 1959, USU's fourth-longest INT return... Altie Taylor had what was then the third-longest (now tied for sixth) punt return in 1966 with an 82-yarder... USU piled up 428 rushing yards on Hawai'i in 1966, the sixth-most in USU history... In 1965, the Aggie defense yielded only 115 yards of total offense to Hawai'i, the 13th-lowest total... The next season, the USU defense limited UH to 20 rushing yards, which was the fourth-lowest rushing total (currently 18th)... The 48-0 win in 1966 is the 19th largest winning margin, while the 2006 63-10 loss is the 12th-largest losing margin... The 100-yard kickoff return by Kevin Robinson in 2007 at Hawai'i was the third-longest in school history and the longest in the modern era since the NCAA statistics counted all returns in the end zone as 100-yard returns.

CURRENT AGGIE COACHES VS. HAWAI'I -- Besides having one coach who coached at Hawai'i in offensive line coach Alex Gerke (UH offensive line/running backs coach, 2008) Utah State has five members of its coaching staff that have faced Hawai'i, either as a coach or a player or both, as is the case for Gerke, who coached against UH as an assistant at Utah in 1998 and as a player at Utah in 1982 and `83, as well as USU defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a who coached against Hawai'i as an assistant at Weber State and played against the Warriors during his playing days at Utah... Due to USU offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin's involvement in the game, Saturday could be a shootout, as his teams averaged 43.5 points vs. Hawai'i in six meetings as either San Jose State head coach (1997-2000) or Michigan State offensive coordinator (2004-'05)... Overall, those five members are a combined 7-6 vs. Hawai'i.

Name    Utah State Position    Other Position    Years
Gary Andersen     Head Coach     Utah Def. Coord.     1998-W, 30-19
(1-0 vs. UH)

Dave Baldwin Offensive Coord./QB's San Jose St. Head Coach 1997-W, 38-14 (4-2 vs. UH / avg. 43.5 pts offense) 1998-W, 45-17 1999-L, 41-62 2000-W, 57-48 Michigan St. Off. Coord. 2004-L, 38-41 2005-W, 42-14

Kevin Clune Linebackers Weber State Def. Coord. 2008-L, 17-36 (0-1 vs. UH)

Alex Gerke Offensive Line Utah Off. GA/O Line 1998-W, 30-19 (2-1 vs. UH) Utah Player-OL 1982-L, 7-10 1983-W, 28-25

Chad Kauha'aha'a Defensive Line Weber State Def. Line 2008-L, 17-36 (0-2 vs. UH) Utah Player-LB 1994-L, 3-14

UTAH STATE-HAWAI'I BY THE NUMB3R5 -- A closer look at note-ables about Saturday's clash of the Aggies and Warriors:
1    Player from the state of Utah on the Hawai'i roster in sophomore CB
    Lewis Walker, who is from Salt Lake City (Judge Memorial HS).
1    Coach who has been on both coaching staffs in Alex Gerke, the Aggies'
    offensive line coach, who was the Warriors' offensive line/running backs
    coach in 2008.
2    USU coaches who were born in Hawaii in defensive line coach Chad
    Kauha'aha'a (pronounced Cow-ha-a-ha-a), who was born in Wailuku,
    Maui and running backs coach Ilaisa Tuiaki (pronounced E-lye-sa Too-ee-
    ah-kee), who was born in Kahuku, Hawaii.
2    Members of the 1979 Cal State Northridge coaching staff - USU offensive
    coordinator Dave Baldwin was a graduate assistant at CSUN while UH
    offensive line coach Gordy Shaw was the defensive line coach there.
5    USU losses in the series.
5    Aggie wins in the series.
5    Times the USU has played at Hawai'i, posting a 2-3 record there.
5    Players from the state of Hawaii on the Utah State roster in senior DT Kamaloni
    Vainikolo (pronounced Comma-lone-ee Vi-inny-kolo), who is from Kihei
    (Maui HS/El Camino JC), along with four freshmen in QB Jeremy Higgins
    (Hawai'ii Kai/St. Louis HS), S Brian Suite (Makiki/Punahou HS), DL Elvis Kaman-
    Matagi (Maui/King Kekaulike HS) and DL Tevita Vaifoou (Hauula/Kahuku HS)
84    Yard rush by MacArthur Lane against Hawai'i in 1966, the eighth-longest
    rush in school history.
76    Yard pass play from Merrill Johnson to Tom Larscheid vs. UH in 1959 for what
    was then the second-longest pass play in USU history (now tied for 22nd).
82    Yard punt return by Altie Taylor in 1966 vs. UH, what was then the third-
    longest (now tied for sixth).
90    Yard interception return by Jim Swindle vs. UH, the fourth-longest INT return
    in USU history.
100    Yard kickoff return by USU's Kevin Robinson in 2007 at Hawai'i, which is the
    third longest in school history and the longest in the modern era since the
    NCAA statistics counted all returns in the end zone as 100-yard returns.
428    Rushing yards by USU vs. UH in 1966, the sixth-most in school history.
1927    First meeting between USU and UH.
3,011    Miles from Logan, Utah to Honolulu, Hawaii.
BOREL ONE OF SIX QB'S IN COUNTRY IN CAREER 1,000 RUSH/5,000 PASS CLUB -- USU senior QB Diondre Borel is one of six active quarterbacks in the country with 1,000 career rushing yards and 5,000 career passing yards.
Colin Kaepernick    Nevada    3,575    8,556
Andy Dalton    TCU    1,457      8,907
Jake Locker    Washington    1,830    6,805
Austen Arnaud    Iowa State    1,131    6,134
Tyrod Taylor    Virginia Tech    2,017      5,596
Diondre Borel    Utah State    1,293        5,687
Some noteable QB's are among those in the wings:
Terrelle Pryor    Ohio State    1,820    4,910
Dwight Dasher    Middle Tennessee    1,938    4,438
Jerrod Johnson    Texas A&M    849    7,872
Russell Wilson    North Carolina State    848    7,106
Christian Ponder    Florida State    771    6,015
Austin Davis    Southern Mississippi    816    5,773
Omar Clayton    UNLV    702    5,683
BOREL AMONG NATION'S ACTIVE LEADERS FOR CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE -- Borel is also among the nation's leaders for career total offense, currently No. 15 with 6,980 yards.
                            TD RES    PLAYS    YARDS    YARDS
Rnk    Player, School    YR    POS    GM    PLAYS    YARDS    FOR    PER GM    PER GM    PER PLY
1    Case Keenum, Houston    SR    QB    43    1869    14448    127    43.5    336.0    7.73
1    Case Keenum, Houston    SR    QB    43    1869    14448    127    43.5    336.0    7.73
2    Colin Kaepernick, Nevada    SR    QB    44    1612    12131    123    36.6    275.7    7.53
3    Trevor Vittatoe, UTEP    SR    QB    43    1635    11285    90    38.0    262.4    6.90
4    Adam Weber, Minnesota    SR    QB    45    1819    10723    76    40.4    238.3    5.89
5    Andy Dalton, TCU    SR    QB    44    1554    10364    76    35.3    235.5    6.67
6    Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M    SR    QB    36    1409    8721    82    39.1    242.2    6.19
7    Jake Locker, Washington    SR    QB    34    1421    8635    75    41.8    254.0    6.08
8    Kellen Moore, Boise St.    JR    QB    33    1057    8543    82    32.0    258.9    8.08
9    Nathan Enderle, Idaho    SR    QB    39    1372    8280    67    35.2    212.3    6.03
10    Russell Wilson, North Carolina St.    JR    QB    30    1235    7954    76    41.2    265.1    6.44
11    Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech    SR    QB    43    1133    7613    53    26.3    177.0    6.72
12    Austen Arnaud, Iowa St.    SR    QB    39    1258    7265    51    32.3    186.3    5.78
13    T.J. Yates, North Carolina    SR    QB    38    1207    7166    55    31.8    188.6    5.94
14    Ryan Lindley, San Diego St.    JR    QB    29    1122    7161    51    38.7    246.9    6.38
15    Diondre Borel, Utah St.    SR    QB    37    1191    6980    47    32.2    188.6    5.86
16    Christian Ponder, Florida St.    SR    QB    30    1101    6786    49    36.7    226.2    6.16
17    Terrelle Pryor, Ohio St.    JR    QB    33    1017    6730    63    30.8    203.9    6.62
18    Austin Davis, Southern Miss.    JR    QB    28    1109    6589    56    39.6    235.3    5.94
19    Omar Clayton, UNLV    SR    QB    34    1079    6385    47    31.7    187.8    5.92
20    Dwight Dasher, Middle Tenn.    SR    QB    34    1096    6376    54    32.2    187.5    5.82
TD RES FOR = TD's Responsible For
STARTING STREAKERS -- Borel is one of 10 QB's in the country to have all of their career starts in consecutive order with more than 10 games and one of only four with more than 25:
Adam Weber - SR - Minnesota    45 / 45
Trevor Vittatoe - SR - UTEP     43 / 43
Jerrod Johnson - SR - Texas A&M     28 / 28
Diondre Borel - SR - Utah State     27 / 27
Robert Griffin III - SR - Baylor    22 / 22
Brian Anderson - SR - Marshall     21 / 21
Greg McElroy - SR - Alabama    21 / 21
BOREL SCHOOL RECORD HOLDER -- Quarterback Diondre Borel holds four school records, as he is the USU record holder for single-season total offense (3,343 yards, 2009), single-season rushing yards by a QB (632 in 2008) and career rushing yards for a QB (1,098 yards, 2007-pres.), as well as fewest INT thrown (four in 2009)... Borel's 105 rushing yards in 2009 vs. Fresno State (Oct. 31),was just shy of the single-game rushing record by a QB of 121 yards held by Tony Adams vs. Colorado State in 1972.
Rushing Yards by a Quarterback
Game:    121, Tony Adams (12 attempts) vs. Colorado State, 1972
     105, Diondre Borel (12 attempts) vs. Idaho, 2008
Season:    632, Diondre Borel (179 att.), 2008
Career:    1,293, Diondre Borel (431 att.), 2007-pres.
BOREL 7TH AGGIE QB TO 5K PASSING -- USU senior QB Diondre Borel topped the 5,000 career passing yard plateau in the Idaho State game on Sept. 11... Borel became just the seventh Aggie QB to reach the 5,000-yard passing milestone and the first since Jose Fuentes reached it in the 2001 season, finishing his career in 2002 with 9,168 yards, the No. 1 spot on USU's career passing list... Now with 5,687 yards, Borel passed Anthony Calvillo (1992-93) with 5,642 yards for No. 5... Borel needs as well as 386 from Eric Hipple (1976-79) at No. 4 with 6,073 yards.
USU Career Passing
No. Name    Years    Yds.    To Tie
1.    Jose Fuentes    1999-2002    9,168    3,481
2.    Tony Adams    1970-72    6,226    539
3.    Brent Snyder    1987-88    6,105    418
4.    Eric Hipple    1976-79    6,073    386
5.    Diondre Borel    2007-pres.    5,687
6.    Anthony Calvillo    1992-93    5,642
7.    Matt Sauk    1996-97    5,385
BOREL CLOSING IN ON NO. 1 TOTAL OFFENSE -- Now with 6,980 career total offense yards, Borel has taken over sole possession of No. 2 on USU's career total offense list, passing Tony Adams (1970-72) with 6,587... Borel needs just 20 yards to become just the second Aggie QB with 7,000 career yards... He also has cut the gap to No. 1 to less than 2,000 yards at 1,811 yards to reach USU's career total offense record holder Jose Fuentes (1999-2002) at No. 1 with 8,791 yards.
USU Career Total Offense
No. Name    Years    Yds.    To Tie
1.    Jose Fuentes    1999-2002    8,791    1,811
2.    Diondre Borel    2007-pres.    6,980
3.    Tony Adams    1970-72    6,587
4.    Eric Hipple    1976-79    6,121
5.    Brent Snyder    1987-88    5,928
6.    Anthony Calvillo    1992-93    5,838
7.    Matt Sauk    1996-97    5,466
8.    Leon Jackson III    2004-07     5,035
9.    Travis Cox    2001-04    4,844
10.    Abu Wilson    1992, 94-96    3,933
MOVIN' UP USU CAREER RUSHING / WAC TOTAL OFFENSE LIST TOO -- Borel vaulted from No. 18 to 15 on USU's Career Rushing list, edging past Demetrius Brown (1986-89) with 1,252... John Strycula (1969-71) is at No. 14 with 1,412 yards.

Borel has also cracked the WAC's Career Top 40 list, vaulting from No. 34 to No. 31, needing 142 for the No. 30 spot of Tom Brandstater (Fresno State, 2005-08) with 7,009 yards.

USU Career Rushing
No. Name    Years    Yds.    To Tie
1.    Demario Brown    1996-1999    4,053    2,760
11.    Robert Turbin    2008-pres.    1,798    505
12.    Maurice Turner    1979-82    1,549    256
13.    Roy Shivers    1964-65    1,468    175
14.    John Strycula    1969-71    1,412    119
15.    Diondre Borel    2007-pres.    1,293
16.    Demetrius Brown    1986-89    1,252
17.    Archie Gibson    1972-73    1,235
18.    David Fiefia    2000-03    1,193
19.    Mac Lane    1966-67    1,182
20.    Jerry Hughes    1971-72    1,144

WAC Career Total Offense No. Yards Name, School, Years To Tie 1. 16,916 Timmy Chang, UH, 2000-04 9,936 2. 14,740 Colt Brennan, UH, 2005-07 7,760 3. 14,665 Ty Detmer, BYU, 1988-91 6,867 4. 14,448 Colin Kaepernick, NEV, 2007-pres. 7,468 5. 11,570 Chase Holbrook, NMSU, 2006-08 4,590 6. 10,651 Stoney Case, UNM, 1991-94 7. 10,513 Todd Santos, SDSU, 1984-87 8. 10,216 Luke McCown, LTU, 2001-03 9. 10,145 Paul Pinegar, FS, 2002-05 10. 9,786 Ryan Dinwiddie, BSU, 2001-03 ------ 16. 8,543 Kellen Moore, BSU, 2008-pres. 1,563 ------ 19. 8,280 Nathan Enderle, UI, 2007-pres. 1,300 ------ 24. 7,559 Mike McCoy, UU, 1992-94 579 25. 7,398 Tom Corontzos, UW, 1988-91 418 26. 7,253 Steve Sarkisian, BYU, 1995-96 273 27. 7,147 Anthoney Hill, CSU, 1991-94 167 28. 7,087 Dan McGwire, SDSU, 1989-90 107 29. 7,045 David Carr, FS, 1997-98, 00-01 65 30. 7,009 Tom Brandstater, FS, 2005-08 29 >31. 6,980 Diondre Borel, USU, 2007-pres. 32. 6,753 Josh Wallwork, UW, 1995-96 33. 6,680 Kelly Stouffer, CSU, 1983-86 34. 6,627 Beau Morgan, AFA, 1994-96 35. 6,604 Trent Dilfer, FS, 1992-93

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ABOUT HAWAI'I -- Bryant Moniz was 26-of-36 for 287 yards and three TD's in Hawai`i's 27- 21 win over 19th-ranked Nevada... Greg Salas caught 11 passes for 153 yards, while Kealoha Pilares had eight receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns for the Warriors... Nevada trailed 27-14 late in the fourth quarter before a 10-yard touchdown reception by Mike Ball... The Wolf Pack recovered the ensuing onside kick, but Mana Silva intercepted a tipped pass to seal the win for the Warriors.

The Warriors won their fourth straight game to improve to 5-2 overall while remaining perfect in WAC play with a 3-0 record.

Hawai'i leads not just the WAC but the country in passing offense (402.4 ypg), as well as ranking 11th in the nation in total offense with 475.1 ypg, a mark that ranks third in the league... However, UH is last in the conference at ninth in rushing offense, ranking 117th in the nation at 72.7 ypg... Defensively, Hawai'i is third in the league and 58th in the country in total defense (359.4 ypg), ranking third in the WAC and 37th in the FBS in pass defense (193.0 ypg) along with fifth in the conference and 81st in the nation in rushing defense (166.4 ypg)... The Warriors are third in the WAC and 12th in the FBS is scoring offense (37.6 ppg) while ranking fourth in the conference and 70th in the country in scoring defense (26.3 ppg).

Individually, Moniz, a junior, leads the WAC and FBS in total offense (371.6 ypg) while ranking second in the league and 13th in the nation in passing efficiency (162.54) as well as leading the conference in passing (361.7 ypg)... Salas, a senior, is first in the WAC and second in the FBS in receiving yards per game (130.0) as well as leading the league and ranking fourth in the nation in receptions per game (8.7) to rank fifth in the conference and 36th in the country in all-purpose (130.6 ypg).

Junior LB Corey Paredes ranks second in the WAC and seventh in the FBS is tackles (11.7 per game) with 82 total tackles (43 solo, 39 assists), while junior LB Aaron Brown is tied for eighth in the league in sacks (three), and senior CB Jeramy Bryant and senior FS Silva are tied for leading the WAC and are tied for ninth in the FBS with four INT's, while Bryant is tied for sixth in the WAC and tied for 73rd in the country in passes defended (six on two pass break-ups and four INT's).

Senior PK Scott Enos leads the WAC and is 20th in the FBS in field goals (1.57 pg) with 11-of-14, ranking fourth in the league in FG pct. (786)... Enos is also one of three WAC kickers with a perfect PAT percentage (32-of-32).

UH head coach Greg McMackin is in his third season as the helm of the Warrirs, and has an 18-16 record... McMackin is 1-1 vs. USU, losing in his first meeting with the Aggies and first visit to Logan as head coach in 2008, 30-14, before beating USU, 49-36 last season at Honolulu.

ABOUT UTAH STATE -- The Aggies are 2-4 overall and 0-2 in WAC play, and are coming off their first bye of the season after losing at Louisiana Tech, 24-6, on Oct. 9... Utah State's offense was limited to 195 yards.

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.

USU is seventh in the WAC and 74th in FBS in total offense (358.0 ypg), ranking third in the league and 43rd in the country in rushing offense (173.2 ypg) while ranking seventh in the conference and 86th in the nation in passing offense (184.8 ypg)... Defensively, Utah State is sixth in the league and 84th in the nation in total defense (390.3 ypg), ranking fourth in the conference and 77th in the country in rushing defense (160.2 ypg) and fifth in the WAC and 84th in FBS in pass defense (230.2 ypg).

The Aggies are seventh in the conference and 90th in the country in scoring offense (21.7 ppg) while ranking seventh in the league and 81st in the nation in scoring defense (28.3 ppg).

Individually, senior QB Diondre Borel is sixth in the league and 62nd in the nation in total offense (215.0 ypg), as well as ranking seventh in the conference and 71st in the country in pass efficiency (123.45)... Speight is fifth in the WAC and 90th in FBS in rushing (60.0 ypg), ranking 14th in the league in total offense (60.0 ypg)... Sophomore WR Dontel Watkins is tied for eighth in the conference and tied for 93rd in the country in receptions per game (4.2), ranking 12th in the league in receiving yards per game (47.0 ypg).

Defensively, junior LB Bobby Wagner leads the league and is tied for third in the nation in tackles (12.2 pg) with 73 total stops (35 solo, 38 assists)... Sophomore CB Quinton Byrd is tied for third in the conference and tied for 15th in the country in interceptions (three), while seniors CB Chris Randle and S Rajric Coleman are tied for fifth in the league and tied for 59th in the nation with two each.... Senior CB Curtis Marsh is second in the conference and 19th in the country in passes defended with seven pass break-ups while Rankled is tied for third in the league and tied for 39th in the nation with six on four pass break-ups and the two aforementioned INT's.

Senior P/PK Peter Caldwell would rank second in the league in punting (42.3 ypp) and fifth in the conference in field goals (1.2 pg), but doesn't reach the minimum qualifying mark due to missing two games with an injury... His fill-in, freshman Breaden Loveless is ninth in the league in field goals (1-of-2) and is a perfect 5-of-5 on PAT's, one of three placekickers in conference with a 1.000 PAT pct.

Sophomore RB/KR Kerwynn Williams is third in the WAC and tied for 42nd in kickoff returns (25.5 ypr) as well as ranking fourth in the conference and 29th in the country in all-purpose (139.3 ypg).

USU head coach Gary Andersen is his second season at the helm of the Aggie program and has a 6-12 mark... Andersen is 0-1 vs. Hawai'i, losing 49-36 last season.

FRESH-FISH -- The Aggies had three freshmen see their first action of the season at San Diego State, giving USU eight true freshmen in action this season: #6 CB Nevin Lawson, #13 QB Jeremy Higgins, #18 WR/CB Rashard Stewart #32 PK/P Braeden Loveless, #42 RB Robert Marshall, #80 WR Travis Reynolds, #90 DT Jason Fanaika and #99 PK Nick Diaz... The eight freshmen playing ranks second in the WAC behind San Jose State with nine.


-- Utah State is now 3-5 all-time vs. Louisiana Tech, losing five of the last six meetings overall since winning the first two.

-- USU is 1-3 at Ruston, losing in its last three visits.

-- The Aggies are now 5-10 against teams from the state of Louisiana, including 2-7 in games played on Louisiana soil.

-- With a seven-yard pass to Derrvin Speight in the second quarter senior QB Diondre Borel moved into the top five on USU's Career Passing List, moving past Aggie legend Anthony Calvillo (1992-93) who had 5,642 yards for his USU career.

-- Borel now has 6,980 yards of career total offense, needing 20 more to become just the second QB in USU history to reach the 7,000 yard milestone.

-- Junior LB Bobby Wagner's game-high 15 stops is his second-most of the season and of his career, behind the 17 stops in the Fresno State game on Sept. 18.

-- Wagner now has had double-digit stops in five-straight games and seven of the last nine, with a total of 12 times in his career.

-- The 15 stops is the third-highest in the WAC this season, behind his conference-best 17, while two players have 16.

-- Senior QB Diondre Borel made his team-leading 27th-consecutive start and his 27th career start... Borel is just one of four QB's in the country to have all of their career starts in consecutive order with more than 25 games, currently fourth (Adam Weber-Minnesota 43/43; Trevor Vittatoe-UTEP 41/41; Jerrod Johnson-Texas A&M 28/28; Borel 27/27).

-- Junior LB Bobby Wagner made his 21st-straight start, ranking second on the team, and it was his 26th career start.

-- The senior duo of CB Chris Randle and S Rajric Coleman are third on the team with 18-straight starts, with Randle making his 22nd career start and Coleman made his 18th start of his USU career.

-- Freshman DE Jason Fanaika made his first career start, the second straight game that an Aggie freshman has started for the first time (D.J. Tialavea vs. BYU).

-- USU was held scoreless in the first quarter for the second time in three games and the third time this season (Oklahoma, San Diego State and LA Tech), all three on the road.

-- USU now has at least one field goal in five of the six games this season (none at San Diego State).

-- The Aggies now have at least one FG in 16 of the last 18 games... USU did not have a field goal against Boise State on Nov. 20, 2009 and at San Diego State on Sept. 25, 2010.

-- Caldwell's two field goals Saturday is USU's first multi-FG this season and the first since Chris Ulinski split the upright twice at Fresno State on Oct. 31, 2009.

-- It is Caldwell's first multi-FG game since Hawai'i on Nov. 1, 2008, and the seventh of his career (once this season, twice in 2008 and four times in 2007).

-- Senior DT Nathan Royster's fourth quarter field goal block is the second this season for the USU defense, marking the third straight season with multiple field goal blocks (three each in 2009 and 2008).

ROCKY 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 4,534 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, giving USU seven games this season at 4,000 feet above sea level after playing eight in 2006, seven both 2007 and 2008, and eight last year... USU will play at #8 Nevada (Oct. 30), as well as hosting #6 BYU (Oct. 2).

School City, State Elevation 1. Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. 7,220 2. Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. 6,010 3. Colorado Boulder, Colo. 5,328 4. Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. 5,003 5. New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. 4,957 6. Brigham Young Provo, Utah 4,550 7. UTAH STATE LOGAN, UTAH 4,534 8. Nevada Reno, Nev. 4,505 9. Utah Salt Lake City, Utah 4,262

November 7, 2009 • Honolulu, Hawaii • Aloha Stadium
HONOLULU - After Utah State scored first, Hawai'i erupted for 35 unanswered points and went on to beat the Aggies, 49-36, on Nov. 7 at a humid Aloha Stadium. USU is now an even 5-5 all-time vs. Hawai'i, but is 2-4 in Honolulu, losing in its last four visits. The Aggies rang up 446 yards of total offense, but allowed 697 to Hawai'i, including 431 in the first half. Junior QB Diondre Borel was 23-38 passing for 344 yards and two TD's, but threw two interceptions, snapping his streak of passes without an INT at 228, the longest active streak in the nation entering Saturday, leaving Saturday as the third-longest of the year. Sophomore RB Robert Turbin had 60 yards rushing on 13 carries with two TD's, while senior WR Omar Sawyer had six catches for 86 yards and Turbin had six catches for 51 yards total. Hawai'i was led by Bryant Moniz on 21-37 passing for 337 yards with four TDs, two to Greg Salas, part of his 10 catches for 187 yards. Leon Wright-Jackson had 15 rushes for 167 yards and three TDs, while Alex Green added 110 yards rushing. Defensively, sophomore LB Bobby Wagner led the Aggies with nine tackles. Senior CB Kejon Murphy snared his third interception of the season on the first Hawai'i pass of the game, setting up USU's opening score on a 7-yard Turbin run, and the PAT by senior K Chris Ulinski gave USU an early 7-0 lead. But then flood gates opened and Hawai'i erupted for 35 unanswered points, taking a 35-7 lead into halftime. The Warriors opened with a 57-yard TD pass from Moniz to Jon Medeiro, then a 1-yard run by Wright-Jackson, closing the first quarter with a 14-7 lead. Jovonte Taylor caught a 35-yard scoring pass from Moniz, then a Wright-Jackson 9-yard scamper followed by a 10-yard pass from Moniz to Salas. Hawai'i could have had more, closing the half with a field goal attempt, but junior DT Devin Johnson broke through the line to block the kick. UH rang up 431 yards of offense (216 rushing, 215 passing), which was one yard shy of its season-average per game entering the game. USU took the second half kick and charged down the field before Turbin capped the drive with a 3-yard plunge by Turbin, closing to 35-14. After Hawai'i missed a 42-yard field goal, Utah State again marched down the field, finishing the charge with a 16-yard TD toss from Borel to senior TE Jeremy Mitchell, the first tight end catch for a TD this season, pulling the Aggies within 34-21. Hawai'i's ensuing drive was thwarted by sophomore S Walter McClenton's first career interception and return gave the Aggies the ball back at the UH 6-yard line, but a missed FG left USU without any points. A 5-yard TD scamper by Wright-Jackson capped UH's next possession, opening a 42-21 lead, but USU cut it to 42-28 with a 31-yard catch and run for a TD by junior RB Michael Smith from Borel. That would be the closest the Aggies would get as the Warriors added another TD pass from Moniz to Salas made it 49-28. Borel scored on a 1-yard scamper and hit Sawyer with the two-point conversion with 1:06 left in the game, but Hawai'i recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock for the final margin of 49-36.
Score By Quarters
Utah State       7      0      14      15      - 36
Hawai`i       14      21      7      7      - 49

Scoring Summary 1st 12:57 USU - Robert Turbin 7 yd run (Chris Ulinski kick) 10:06 UH - Medeiros,J. 57 yd pass from Moniz,B. (Enos,S. kick) 00:01 UH - Wright-Jackson 1 yd run (Enos,S. kick) 2nd 12:41 UH - Taylor,J. 35 yd pass from Moniz,B. (Enos,S. kick) 09:41 UH - Wright-Jackson 9 yd run (Enos,S. kick) 02:25 UH - Salas,G. 10 yd pass from Moniz,B. (Enos,S. kick) 3rd 13:20 USU - Robert Turbin 3 yd run (Ulinski kick) 06:35 USU - Jeremy Mitchell 16 yd pass from Borel (Ulinski kick) 01:49 UH - Wright-Jackson 5 yd run (Enos,S. kick) 4th 14:54 USU - Michael Smith 31 yd pass from Borel (Ulinski kick) 10:25 UH - Salas,G. 4 yd pass from Moniz,B. (Enos,S. kick) 01:06 USU - Borel 1 yd run (Omar Sawyer pass from Borel)

Attn: 31,499

Team Statistics USU UH First Downs 23 28 Rushing 102 360 Passing 344 337 Total Offense 446 697 Fumbles: Number-Lost 2-0 0-0 Penalties: Number-Yards 6-51 7-64 Punts-Yards/Avg. 4-105/26.2 1-31/31.0 Kickoff Returns: No-Yds-TD/Avg. 8-206-0/25.8 4-66-0/16.5 Interceptions: No-Yds-TD 2-27-0 2-13-0 Fumble Returns: No-Yds-TD 0-0-0 0-0-0 Possession Time 25:48 34:12 Third-Down Conversions 7-of-15 8-of-12

Individual Rushing USU: Turbin 13-60 2 TDs, Smith 4-22, Borel 19-18 TD, Speight 1-6, Sawyer 1-(-2), Team 1-(-2) UH: Wright-Jackson 15-167 3 TDs

Individual Passing (A-C-I, Yds, TD) USU: Borel 25-38-2, 344, 2 UH: Moniz 21-37-2, 337, 4

Individual Receiving USU: Sawyer 6-86, Turbin 6-51, Moats 2-49, Bowman 2-48, Smith 2-32 TD, Alder 2-24, M.Morgan 2-17, Morrison 1-17, Mitchell 1-16, Bartlett 1-4 UH: Salas 10-187 2TDs

USU Punt Returns: None USU KO Returns: K.Williams 6-166 USU Interception Returns: McClenton 1-27, Murphy 1-0 USU Tackle Leaders: Wagner 9, Gallagher 6, Schrader 5, Coleman 5, Actkinson 5

November 1, 2008 • Logan, Utah • Romney Stadium
LOGAN, Utah - Behind sophomore QB Diondre Borel's 310 yards of total offense and some pivotal turnovers by the defense, Utah State knocked off defending Western Athletic Conference champion Hawai'i, 30-14, on Nov. 1 at Romney Stadium. Borel helped the Aggies celebrate National College Football Day and USU Military Appreciation Day by passing for 223 yards on a 14-of-19 effort with two TD's while rushing for 87 yards on 14 carries to give USU its first WAC win over Hawai'i in four tries. Utah State now leads its series with Hawai'i, 5-4, as the Aggies' last win over the Warriors was in 1966, as the two teams did not play from 1966 until 2005, USU's first season in the WAC. The USU defense and special teams played a huge role in the Aggies' success, blocking two field goals, recovering a fumble inside the five, as well as forcing and recovering a fumble on a kickoff return following USU's final score. USU amassed 368 yards of total offense, as Borel led USU in both rushing and passing for the fourth game in a row and the sixth time this season. The Aggies had 145 rushing yards to go with the 223 passing yards. UH had 374 total offense yards with 141 rushing and two different QB's combining for 233 yards. Sophomore PK/P Peter Caldwell made all three of his field goal attempts as well as all three of extra points. It was a total team effort on defense as four players: senior CB Roy Hurst, junior LB Paul Igboeli, junior S James Brindley and senior LB Jake Hutton, shared honors for leading tackles with six each. Igboeli had the first blocked field goal of the game and also recovered the Hawai'i fumble inside the five, thwarting the Warriors' third-quarter opening drive with USU holding its 13-7 lead. The Aggies scored first on a 34-yard field goal from Caldwell on USU's opening drive of the game, marking the second time in as many games to score on its initial possession after failing to do so in the previous 14 games. On the Warriors' ensuing possession, Igboeli ended the drive by blocking the field goal. Early in the second quarter, Hurst sped around the edge to block UH's next field goal attempt. USU went up 10-0 on the very next play on a 62-yard scoring strike from Borel to junior WR Nnamdi Gwacham. On its very next possession, UH scored on a 34-yard pass from starting QB Greg Alexander to Michael Washington to pull within, 10-7. That would be the closest the Warriors would get as Caldwell booted another 34-yard field goal on the first half's final play to send USU into intermission with a 13-7 lead, the Aggies' first halftime lead of the season and just the sixth in the last three seasons. Hawai'i closed to 20-14 with seven minutes remaining in the game on a 9-yard run by Alexander but USU tacked on a 21-yard Caldwell field goal to take a 23-14 advantage. Facing a fourth-and-10 from the USU 20, Hawai'i went for it, but senior S De'von Hall broke up his second-straight pass and third of the day. The Aggies punched it in from there, with a six-yard rumble by Turbin and Caldwell's PAT capped the scoring at 30-14. The scoring wasn't almost done though, as Malcolm Lane had a 91-yard kickoff return, but a gutsy effort by USU senior CB Joshua Taylor denied Lane, as Taylor forced the fumble. Redshirt freshman WR Austin Alder scooped the ball and ran it out to the USU 22 where the Aggies ran out the clock and sparked the celebration.
Score By Quarters
Hawai'i    0    7    0    7      - 14
Utah State    3    10    7    10    - 30

Scoring Summary USU - 1st 09:12 - Caldwell, Peter 34 yd field goal USU - 2nd 08:48 - Gwacham, Nnamdi 62 yd pass from Borel, Diondre (Caldwell kick) UH - 2nd 06:20 - Michael Washington 34 yd pass from Greg Alexander (Dan Kelly kick) USU - 2nd 00:00 - Caldwell 34 yd field goal USU - 3rd 01:26 - Turbin, Robert 23 yd pass from Borel (Caldwell kick) UH - 4th 07:00 - Alexander 9 yd run (Kelly kick) USU - 4th 04:08 - Caldwell 21 yd field goal USU - 4th 02:00 - Turbin 6 yd run (Caldwell kick) Attn: 12,112

Team Statistics UH USU First Downs 21 17 Rushing 141 145 Passing 233 223 Total Offense Yards 374 368 Fumbles: Number-Lost 3-2 2-0 Penalties: Number-Yards 9-66 2-30 Punts-Yards 3-128 4-189 Punt returns: No-Yds-TD/Avg. 3-12-0/4.0 1-14-0/14.0 Kickoff Returns: No-Yds-TD/Avg. 3-154-0/51.3 1-21-0/21.0 Interceptions: No-Yds-TD 1-5-0 0-0-0 Fumble Returns: No-Yds-TD 0-0-0 1-17-0 Possession Time 28:52 31:08 Third-Down Conversions 6-of-13 5-of-15

Individual Rushing UH: Libre 7-59 USU: Borel 14-87, Scott 4-27, Turbin 5-15 TD, Butler 9-15, Morrison 2-8, Flores 1-2, Marsh 3-(-4), Team 2-(-5)

Individual Passing C-A-I, Yds, TD UH: Alexander 13-27-0, 186, 1 USU: Borel 14-19-0, 223, 2, Setzer 0-1-1, 0, 0

Individual Receiving UH: Lane 7-77 USU: Butler 3-30, Bowman 3-24, Turbin 2-31 TD, Nelson 2-26, Gwacham 1-62 TD, Morrison 1-22, Mitchell 1-20, Marsh 1-8

USU Punt Returns: Murphy 1-14 / USU KO Returns: Murphy 1-21 / USU Interception Returns: None USU Tackle Leaders: Hutton 6, Brindley 6, Igboeli 6, Hurst 6

#17 JR WR Matt Austin
• Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook Preseason WAC Newcomer of the Year

#12 SR QB Diondre Borel • Manning Award Preseason Watch List • USA Today Preseason WAC Players To Watch List • Sporting News College Football Preview Preseason Best Athlete in WAC • Third-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC

#8 SR P/PK Peter Caldwell • Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List • Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook Preseason All-WAC • First-Team Lindy's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC • Second-Team Athlon College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC • Second-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC

#68 SR OG Philip Gapelu • Yahoo! Sports College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC

#52 SR OT SPENCER JOHNSON • Second-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC

#11 JR WR Stanley Morrison • Second-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC

#7 SR CB Chris Randle • Third-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC

#34 SR RB Michael Smith • Second-Team Athlon College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC

#6 JR RB Robert Turbin • Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook Preseason All-WAC • USA Today Preseason WAC Players To Watch List • First-Team Lindy's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC • Yahoo! Sports College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC • Second-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC

#9 JR LB Bobby Wagner • Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook Preseason All-WAC • First-Team Lindy's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC • Yahoo! Sports College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC • First-Team Athlon College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC • First-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC

BOREL EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR OKLAHOMA PERFORMANCE -- Utah State senior quarterback Diondre Borel earned national recognition for his performance on Sept. 4 in the Aggies' near-upset of No. 7 Oklahoma before falling, 31-24, by receiving a helmet sticker from ESPN.com. He was the lone Western Athletic Conference player to earn a helmet sticker among the non-BCS conferences list.

Borel was 17-of-36 for 341 yards (20.1 yards per completion) with two touchdowns. It was Borel's sixth career 300-yard passing outing, his 17th career game with at least one TD pass and ninth career game with multi-TDs and Borel now has 30 career TD passes.

Borel was joined on the list by Troy kicker Michael Taylor, the TCU rushing offense, Houston quarterback Case Keenum and Utah safety Brian Blechen.

FROM NEAR AND FAR -- USU's roster consists of players from 15 different states and from two countries in the United States and Canada. The states represented on the Aggies' roster are Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington.

VETERAN EXPERIENCE -- The Aggies have 22 seniors in 2010. Of the 22, 11 are at least two-year letterwinners, including seven who are three-year lettermen, in QB Diondre Borel, OL Spencer Johnson, CB Curtis Marsh, CB Chris Randle, DT Nathan Royster, P/PK Peter Caldwell and LS Patrick Scales.

THE TALL OF IT -- USU has six players who are 6'5" or taller, 6'8" freshman OL Bryce Walker, 6'7" senior OL Spencer Johnson, 6'7" junior TE Tarren Lloyd, 6'6" junior OL Tanner Richins, 6'5" sophomore OL Brooks Abel and 6'5" sophomore OL Oscar Molina-Sanchez.

THE SHORT OF IT -- Junior running back Josh Flores is the shortest player on Utah State's 2010 roster at 5'5"... Overall, Flores is one of 15 players on the Aggies' roster under 5'10" tall.

SMART AGGIES -- Utah State had 15 academic all-WAC selections for football, part of USU's 41 fall academic all-conference honors, which was second in the WAC... Overall, USU had 194 student-athletes recognized by the league office for academic achievements during the 2009-10 academic year, as Utah State has led the WAC in academic all-conference honors all five years that it has been in the league.

ROAD BOOK-ENDS -- Utah State will open and close the regular-season on the road for the second-straight season, kicking off the season at Oklahoma on Sept. 4 and playing its regular-season finale at Boise State on Dec. 4... Last year USU opened at Utah and closed at Idaho... The last time that the Aggies book-ended the season's schedule with home games was 1998 when they hosted Utah in the season-opener and hosted North Texas in the finale.

NO WILLIE -- USU will not hear Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again" this season as the Aggies do not have consecutive road games on the 2010 schedule, marking only the third time that has happened in the last 100 years, joining the 1920 and 2005 ledgers.

NAME GAME -- USU could form its own legal company of `Johnson, Johnson and Johnson' for the medical company of Johnson & Johnson, as the Aggies have three players with the last name of Johnson on their 2010 roster and even though all three are from California, none of them are related: senior OL Spencer Johnson (Lancaster), senior DL Devin Johnson (Glendora) and freshman WR Shaan Johnson (Cerritos).

UTAH STATE'S Diondre Borel TABBED TO MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST -- Utah State senior quarterback Diondre Borel was announced as a member of the Manning Award Preseason Watch List.

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances. Ten finalists will be selected in late-November and the winner will be announced after the bowls in January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans.

Borel, a native of Oakley, Calif. (Freedom HS), enters his senior season with hopes of continuing last season's breakout and record-setting year and continue his ascent up the USU record books. He also enters his senior season with six school records in his pocket, as he is the USU record holder for single-season total offense (3,343 yards, 2009), single-season rushing yards by a QB (632 in 2008), career rushing yards for a QB (1,098 yards, 2007-pres.), single-season fewest interceptions thrown (four in 2009), consecutive passes without an interception (228 in 2009) and single-game passing yards per completion (21.1 on 316 yards on 15 completions vs. Southern Utah, 2009).

Last season, Borel led the WAC and ranked 15th in the FBS in total offense at 278.6 ypg, setting the USU record for single-season total offense with 3,343 yards. Borel was also third in the conference in passing average per game (204.4 ypg) as well as fifth in the league and 35th in the nation in passing efficiency (137.83). Additionally, Borel set the school record for fewest interceptions thrown with four, a mark that tied for second-fewest in FBS. Last season, he threw for 2,885 yards on 214-of-366 passing and threw 17 TD passes on the year.

Borel's 3,343 yards of total offense last year is a USU single-season record, topping the previous mark of 3,260 yards by Anthony Calvillo in 1993. Entering this season with 21 consecutive starts, Borel is ranked sixth in school history for career total offense (5,690 yards), needing 3,101 to reach the No. 1 mark of 8.791 yards by Jose Fuentes from 1999-2002.

The preseason Watch List recognizes some of the top quarterbacks in the nation based on previous collegiate performance, however, every quarterback in the nation remains eligible for the honor. Additional quarterbacks may be added to the Watch List after the start of the season. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Monday, Nov. 29. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

The winner is selected by a panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings. Past winners of the award include Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, Matt Ryan, JaMarcus Russell, Vince Young and Matt Leinart.

USU's Peter Caldwell NAMED TO PRESEASON RAY GUY AWARD WATCH LIST -- Utah State senior punter Peter Caldwell was named to the Preseason Ray Guy Award, which identifies the nation's top collegiate punter, announced Wednesday by the Augusta Sports Council.

Caldwell, a Kaysville, Utah (Davis HS), native, is one of seven players on the preseason list, joining Drew Butler from Georgia, Ryan Donahue from Iowa, Johnny Hekker from Oregon State, Chas Henry from Florida, Jeff Locke from UCLA and Rob Long from Syracuse. All seven are returning Ray Guy Award semi-finalists from 2009.

In 2009, Caldwell led the WAC and ranked 37th in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in punting with a 42.2 yards per punt average with 69 punts for 2,914 yards. Caldwell had 17 punts of 50+ yards, highlighted by a season and career long 62-yarder. He tallied 27 punts inside the 20-yard line and forced the opposition's returner to call for a fair catch on 16 punts.

HEAD COACH COACHING POSITION -- In addition to his head coaching duties, USU head coach Gary Andersen is also the position coach for the defensive tackles... Andersen is one of 12 Division I (FBS) coaches doing so, and one of nine non-special teams related position:

Arkansas State    Steve Roberts    Special Teams
Ball State    Stan Parrish    Quarterbacks
BYU     Bronco Mendenhall     Defensive Tackles
UConn    Randy Edsall    Safeties
Kent State    Doug Martin    Quarterbacks
Louisiana    Rickey Bustle    PK, LS and PR
Louisiana-Monroe    Todd Berry    Quarterbacks
Nevada    Chris Ault    Quarterbacks
San Diego State    Brady Hoke    Defensive Line
Tulsa    Todd Graham    Safeties
UTAH STATE    Gary Andersen    Defensive Tackles
Virginia Tech     Frank Beamer     Kickers
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN -- Utah State football head coach Gary Andersen announced the six Aggie captains for the 2010 season, after a vote by the team.

Five of the six are seniors, as offensive captains will be senior quarterback Diondre Borel, senior offensive lineman Spencer Johnson and senior running back Michael Smith. Captaining the defense will be senior defensive lineman Sean Enesi, senior cornerback Chris Randle and junior linebacker Bobby Wagner.

FOOTBALL ISN'T JUST AMERICA'S GAME -- USU has four players who were born internationally... Senior LB Jerome Barbour (Germany), senior OL Tariq Polley (England), sophomore WR Emmanual Ojeriakhi (Nigeria) and freshman LB Connor Williams (Canada) all were born outside of the United States.

TRANSFER-MERS -- USU has 21 junior college transfers, as well as nine players who transferred from another four-year school on the 2010 roster... Three players on the roster came to USU from Snow College: senior DT Casey Davis, senior LB Joey Schrader, junior LB Gavin Jones... Three were teammates at El Camino JC: senior DT's Sean Enesi and Kamaloni Vainikola and junior LB Reuben Willis... Two were teammates at Grossmont JC: junior WR Xavier Martin and sophomore RB Joey DeMartino.

112 / 118 -- USU is taking the field for the 112th season of football in 118 years... The Aggies beat Utah, 12-0, in 1892, but then did not field a team until 1896, when they again only played one game but then played every year since with the exceptions of 1918 when to World War I and influenza cancelled the season and 1943 due to World War II.



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