Aggies Tangle With Bulldogs Saturday
Oct. 22, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
Game #8 vs. Louisiana Tech Saturday, Oct. 27, 1:05 p.m. (MT) Romney Stadium (25,513) - Logan, Utah
QUICKLY -- Utah State (0-7, 0-3 WAC) plays the second half of its two-game homestand when the Aggies host Louisiana Tech (2-5, 1-3 WAC) in a Western Athletic Conference game on Saturday, Oct. 27, the 300th day of 2007... Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. at Romney Stadium (25,513)... Saturday's game will be broadcast regionally on Altitude Sports (Comcast Ch. 61 in Cache Valley) and on ESPN GamePlan... This is only the second time under head coach Brent Guy that the Aggies have had consecutive home games (last season's 41-21 loss to Idaho and 13-12 win over Fresno State) and Utah State is 10-5 in its last 15 games that were the second half of back-to-back home games... Saturday will feature two of the nation's top 10 punt returners in Utah State's Kevin Robinson (second - 21.4 ypr) and La Tech's Phillip Beck (10th - 16.1 ypr).
ON THE AIR -- All Utah State football games are carried on KVNU 610 AM and KLZX 95.9 FM in Logan; 1230 AM in Salt Lake City; on KLZX 105.3 FM in Montpelier, Idaho, and at www.UtahStateAggies.com through Yahoo! Sports with Al "Museum of a Memory" Lewis calling the play-by-play and Craig "I Love A Parade" Hislop providing analysis this week. Home USU games can be accessed via GameTracker for updated play-by-play and statistics as they happen.
ON TV/INTERNET -- Saturday's game will be televised regionally on Altitude Sports (Comcast Ch. 61 in Cache Valley) and part of ESPN's GamePlan package - Trey Bender will be the play-by-play announcer with Rene Nadeau handling analyst duties... It is also available on the Internet through UtahState.tv.
COACHES SHOW ON THE ROAD -- For the third straight year the Brent Guy radio show on Thursday nights (6:05-6:45 p.m. on 610 AM KVNU), will be held at different locations on campus. The show gives USU students an opportunity to ask questions and interact with Coach Guy and players. Food will be available at each show at a reduced rate from University Food Services. Here is a look at the schedule for next week: Nov. 1 - USU Taggart Student Center Marketplace.
UP NEXT -- Utah State heads to Kevin Robinson's hometown of Fresno, Calif., to take on Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. (MT).
USU IN OCTOBER -- Utah State has a four-game losing streak in October and has lost 15 of its last 18 games in the Canadian Thanksgiving month... USU won its first game of October last season, edging Fresno State, 13-12, on Oct. 7... Saturday is the Aggies' first game on Oct. 27 since 2001, when USU beat Central Florida, 30-27... Overall, USU is 4-2 on Oct. 27, currently on a three-game win streak with all three at home and overall USU is 4-1 on Oct. 27 at home... Here's a look at how USU has fared on Oct. 27:
1962 - W 27-21 vs. BYU 1984 - W 41-14 vs. Pacific 1973 - L 16-27 vs. Kent State 1990 - W 31-6 vs. UNLV 1979 - L 14-28 at Arizona State 2001 - W 30-27 vs. Central Florida
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN -- Each week Utah State will select game captains. Those selected for the Louisiana Tech game are #56 junior center Ryan Tonnemacher for the offense, #13 senior DE and New Orleans, La. native Carl Singleton for the defense and #6 senior WR/KR Kevin Robinson for special teams.
ROBINSON IN ELITE COMPANY -- Utah State's Kevin Robinson is one of three players in the country with two kick returns for a touchdown this season joining Felix Jones of Arkansas and Marcus Herford of Kansas... With three combined punt (one) and kick returns (two) for TD's, Robinson joins Leodis McKelvin of Troy (three punt returns) as the only two players in the nation with three returns for scores.
LOOK OUT FOR NO. 1 -- With 5,620 career all-purpose yards, Robinson is currently sitting at No. 2 on the USU career all-purpose list... The No. 1 spot is held by Emmett White (1998-2001) with 5,872 yards, meaning that Robinson needs just 253 yards to take over the No. 1 spot.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN -- Robinson's 5,620 career all-purpose yards, a mark that would rank him fifth on the WAC career all-purpose yards, recently passing Marshall Faulk of San Diego State (1991-93) at No. 6... However, since USU was not in the WAC during Robinson's freshman season of 2004, those stats cannot be applied toward that mark... A double however is that of the three years of Robinson's career that the Aggies have been in the WAC he has 4,310 all-purpose yards, which are just out of the top 15 (Ryan Yarborough of Wyoming - 1990-93 with 4,357 yards at No. 15)... With Robinson's current pace of 208.3 all-purpose ypg, he will have 6,662 career all-purpose yards, a mark that would put him at No. 2, topping LaDainian Tomlinson of TCU (1997-2000) with 6,337 yards and just behind the No. 1 spot of Terance Mathis of New Mexico (1985-87, 89) with 6,691 yards... As it is, Robinson's current average would give him 5,352 career all-purpose yards in his three years in the WAC, putting him at No. 10.
ROBINSON/JACKSON MAKING MILESTONES -- Senior WR/KR Kevin Robinson topped the 2,000 yard receiving mark at Oklahoma, becoming the 10th receiver in USU history to reach the 2,000 yard milestone... Fellow senior, QB Leon Jackson III surpassed the 3,000 yard passing plateau vs. San Jose State, becoming the 10th Aggie in school history to reach that milestone.
SWEET HOME? -- Utah State has just one home win in its last 10 home games, currently on a five-game home losing skein... The Aggies are 3-10 at home under head coach Brent Guy.
ROAD WOE-IORS -- Life on the road has been tough for the Aggies, who are currently on a 10-game road losing skid, last winning on the road in the 2005 season finale at New Mexico State, 24-21.
ABOUT UTAH STATE -- Senior WR/KR Kevin Robinson leads not only the WAC but the NCAA with 208.3 all-purpose yards per game... Robinson also leads the league and is second in the nation in punt returns (21.4 ypr) as well as second in the conference and 12th in the country in kick returns (29.8 ypr)... Robinson is averaging a team-leading 4.7 catches per game for an 11.4 ypc average with two TD's on the season... Fellow senior, QB/P Leon Jackson III is 92-of-143 for 833 yards passing (119.0 ypg) with three TD's and four INT... Jackson also leads the team lead with 82 carries, and is second on the team with 230 yards (2.8 ypc) with four rushing TD's... Freshman TB Derrvin Speight is second with 76 rushes and has a team-leading 265 yards (3.5 ypc) with three TD's... Defensively, the LB trio of sophomore Paul Igboeli and juniors De'von Hall and Jake Hutton lead the Aggies, as Igboeli has a team-leading 54 stops, while Hutton matches his jersey number with 53 tackles and Hall has 52 stops... Igboeli leads the team with 6.5 TFL's, while Hall and Hutton have three each and both also have an interception, with Hutton nabbing his first career INT in the Utah game... The junior S duo of Roy Hurst and Caleb Taylor have a team-leading two interceptions each... Freshman K Peter Caldwell is tied for the conference lead in field goals (10-of-12) and is second in field goal percentage (.833)... In the WAC team statistics, USU is eighth in the league in scoring offense (20.0 ppg) and seventh in scoring defense (35.6 ppg)... The Aggies are second in the conference and seventh in the country in kickoff returns (26.8 ypr) and rank second in the league and fourth in the nation in punt returns (20.4 ypr)... USU also is sixth in the WAC in rushing offense (119.4 ypg) and ninth in passing offense (134.4 ypg) to rank ninth in total offense (253.9 ypg)... Defensively, the Aggies are seventh in both rushing defense (185.1 ypg) and passing defense (262.4 ypg) to rank ninth in total defense (447.6 ypg).
ABOUT LOUISIANA TECH-- For the second week in a row, Utah State's opponent played Boise State the week before, as the Bulldogs of La Tech were beaten by the Broncos of Boise State, 45-31, Saturday night at Ruston, La... LTU tied the game at 24-all early in the third quarter before Boise State scored 21 unanswered points to pull away... Despite only having two fewer yards of total offense than the Broncos (465-463), the Bulldogs were hampered by three interceptions and one fumble... La Tech senior QB Zac Champion was 24-of-42 passing for 255 yards and one TD but did have the three INT's as well as being sacked three times... Champion hit nine different receivers... Sophomore RB Daniel Porter had a game-high 131 rushing yards, highlighted by a 74-yard TD scamper... Defensively, senior DB Mark Dillard led the Bulldogs with 15 tackles, while sophomore DB's Antonio Baker and Deon Young had one INT each... In the WAC stats, Champion is seventh in passing per game (171.4 ypg) with eight TD's and five INT's on the season... Junior RB Patrick Jackson, who had 68 yards on 14 carries Saturday, is currently fifth in the WAC in rushing (71.3 ypg) as well as second in all-purpose yards (152.9 ypg)... Defensively Baker is third in the league in tackles (10.7 pg) while junior DB Weldon Brown leads the conference in passes defended with seven break-ups and four INT's... Senior DL Chris Pugh leads the WAC with 8.5 TFL's on the year... In the team stats, La Tech is seventh in scoring offense (20.4 ppg) and fourth in scoring defense (28.7 ppg)... The Bulldogs are fifth in rushing offense (155.7 ypg) and eighth in passing offense (181.1 ypg) to rank seventh in total offense (336.9 ypg)... Defensively LTU is second in rushing defense (115.6 ypg) and ninth in passing defense (280.0 ypg) to rank fourth in total defense (395.6 ypg)... La Tech head coach Derek Dooley has a 1-0 record against USU as a coach, as he was an assistant coach on the 2001 LSU squad that beat Utah State, 31-14, at LSU on Sept. 8, 2001.
UTAH STATE-LA TECH COMMON FOES -- The Aggies and Bulldogs have one common opponent this season, Hawai'i... Utah State lost at then 16th-ranked Hawai'i on Oct. 6, 52-37, while the Bulldogs nearly upset the then 20th-ranked Warriors, falling 45-44 in OT at Ruston on Sept. 8, having the winning two-point conversion attempt intercepted.
USU-LTU SERIES -- The series is tied, 2-2, with the Bulldogs winning the last two meetings, 48-35 at Ruston last season and 27-17 in Logan in 2005. The Aggies posted a 24-13 win at Logan in 1993 and a 7-3 win at Ruston in 1994 in the other two meetings when both were members of the Big West Conference.
AGGIE-BULLDOG NOTE-ABLE -- USU is 4-7 against schools from the state of Louisiana with a 2-2 mark against Louisiana Tech, 1-1 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 1-2 vs. Louisiana-Monroe and 0-2 vs. Louisiana State... USU head coach Brent Guy is 8-5 as a head/assistant coach against schools from the state all-time... USU defensive line coach Danilo Robinson coached in the state serving as the linebackers coach at UL-Monroe under former Aggie head coach Charlie Weatherbie in 2003-04... USU tight ends coach Tracy Smith is an LSU graduate and was the offensive graduate assistant at LSU in 2005... USU offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey was 0-2 vs. Louisiana Tech while head coach at North Texas, losing 40-14 in 2005 and 34-31 in 2006... USU senior DE Carl Singleton is a native of New Orleans (Carver HS)... Aggie safety Caleb Taylor and his brother cornerback Joshua Taylor, were both born in Baton Rouge, La. and lived there until the age of 12... La Tech junior LB Quin Harris is a native of Visalia, Calif., the same hometown as USU Senior Associate Athletic Director Jana Doggett and USU Academic Advisor/ Life Skills Coordinator Amy Crosbie, wife of former USU QB and current USU Asst. AD/Business Manager Jeff Crosbie.
USU BESTS VS. LA TECH -- Here is a look at some of the top USU statistical individual performances against the Bulldogs over the years: Current 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... Current 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 last season.
USU-LTU LAST TIME -- Utah State fell behind 17-0 in the first quarter before responding with a season-high 35 points in a losing effort at Louisiana Tech on Oct. 21, 2006. The Aggies dropped to 1-7 overall and 1-3 in the WAC with the 48-35 loss. Louisiana Tech improved to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the WAC. A field goal and two long passes of 66 and 35 yards by the Bulldogs, put the home team up 17-0 in the first quarter. USU scored two of the game's next three touchdowns to pull within 24-14 at halftime. LTU opened the third quarter with consecutive touchdowns and led 38-14 en route to the victory. USU produced a season-best 373 yards in the game, but allowed Louisiana Tech 570 yards. Aggie quarterback Riley Nelson threw for a career-best 249 yards as he hit 12 of 28 attempts, but he was intercepted for the first time of the year. On USU's first play Nelson threw the first of his two interceptions in the game. Marcus Cross rushed for 70 yards and two scores, while Kevin Robinson recorded a career-best 141 yard receiving day. Robinson had six catches, including two touchdowns as he eclipsed his previous best yardage game of 131 which he set against Louisiana Tech in 2005.
AGGIES-BULLDOGS LAST TIME AT LOGAN -- Utah State rolled up 478 yards of total offense for its most yards since 2003, but four fumbles stopped the Aggies as Louisiana Tech posted a 27-17 win at Logan on Nov. 5, 2005. Louisiana Tech netted just 276 yards of total offense, but took advantage of USU's fumbles as the Bulldogs needed just 22, 40, 50, 43 and 21 yards for their five scoring drives. The visiting Bulldogs kicked two first quarter field goals to lead 6-0. USU then scored the only other points of the first half on a 35-yard field goal by Justin Hamblin as the second quarter expired. Louisiana Tech pushed its lead to 13-3 early in the third quarter before USU's Ryan Bohm scored his first of two rushing touchdowns to pull the Aggies within 13-10 with 4:21 left in the third quarter. However, Tech scored on a three-yard run to start the fourth quarter and then found the end zone less than 1:30 later after capitalizing on a fumbled kickoff return. USU quarterback Leon Jackson threw for a career high 372 yards, the most passing yards by an Aggie quarterback since 2002. He also rushed for a team-best 57 yards en route to setting a new single-season quarterback rushing record. Kevin Robinson caught nine of Jackson's passes for 131 yards. Defensively Antonio Taylor recorded nine tackles and forced one fumble, while John Chick made seven stops, including four for loss, and forced another fumble.
CURRENT AGGIE HIGHLIGHTS VS. LA TECH -- Here is a look at how some current Aggies have fared against La Tech in their careers: WR/KR Kevin Robinson has had two of his best games including two of his five career 100-yard receiving outings against La Tech, with 131 yards on a career-best nine catches in 2005, which was the third-best receiving total for a sophomore, then followed it up with a career-best 141 yards last season on six catches including two TD's, one of only two multiple receiving TD outings... QB/P Leon Jackson III had the 16th-best passing outing in USU history against La Tech in 2005, throwing for a career-best 372 yards, which is the third-best passing total for a sophomore QB and the most for an Aggie QB since 2002... Jackson did not see any action at QB in the La Tech game last season, but did have five punts for a 39.0 ypp average... LB Paul Igboeli had a career-best 17 tackles in last year's meeting, while fellow LB's Derrick Cumbee and De'von Hall had nine and eight stops, respectively, while DE Darby Golden made six tackles to go with a 46-yard fumble recovery for a TD.
ROBINSON/JACKSON/CALDWELL RANKED -- Senior WR/KR Kevin Robinson leads not only the WAC but NCAA in all-purpose yards with 208.3 ypg... Robinson also leads the league and is second in the nation in punt returns (21.4 ypr) as well as second in the conference and 12th in the country in kick returns (29.8 ypr)... Senior QB/P Leon Jackson III is second in the league and 38th in the nation in punting (42.3 ypp)... Freshman K Peter Caldwell is tied for leading the WAC and is tied for 27th in the NCAA in field goals (1.4 per game), as well as tied for second in the conference in field goal percentage (.833, 10-of-12).
RECORD SETTING AGGIES -- Senior WR/KR Kevin Robinson and fellow senior, QB Leon Jackson III enter their final seasons as Aggies in hot pursuit of several school career lists... Robinson is climbing up the all-purpose, career receptions, receiving yards, touchdown receptions, points scored and total touchdown lists... Jackson is pursuing the career passing percentage, passing completions, passing attempts, passing yards and total offense lists... See Pg 8 for record watch.
VS NEVADA NOTEABLE
TD'S FOR QB -- Senior QB Leon Jackson III's two rushing TD's in the first and fourth quarters now give him four for the season and five for his career... Jackson's four rushing TD's this year are the most for a USU QB since Travis Cox had four in 2003.
ROBINSON'S RETURNS -- Senior WR/KR Kevin Robinson's 70-yard punt return for TD was his third special teams TD of the season (two kick returns, one punt return) and his fourth punt return of his career... Robinson now takes sole possession of the USU career record for punt returns, surpassing John Strycula (1969-71) and Bob Wicks (1969-71) with three each... Robinson already holds the school record for special teams returns with seven (four career punt returns, three career kick returns)... Robinson now has 26 career TD's, one shy of Rick Parros' 27 TD's (1976-79) on the USU Career TD list... The 70-yard return was Robinson's longest punt return since an 87-yarder his sophomore season of 2005.
LEADING AT THE HALF -- Utah State led at halftime for just the second time this season (game one vs. UNLV 10-3).
FIVE FOR 100 -- With Nevada's Luke Lippincott topping the 100-yard rushing mark, it was the fourth time and the fifth individual to have 100-yards rushing on the USU defense.
DOUBLE CENTURY MARK -- By Lippincott surpassing the 200-yard rushing mark, he becomes the first opposing player to reach 200-yards rushing on the USU defense since Jamario Brown of North Texas had 256 yards in 2004... Current USU offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey was head coach of the Mean Green at the time. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
MAKING HIS MARK -- Senior WR Kevin Robinson is one of only two USU players to lead the team in scoring for three-straight seasons, matching Tom Larscheid from 1959-61. If Robinson leads the Aggies in scoring again, he will become the first player in school history to lead four seasons in a row. Robinson will also be looking to match Kendal Smith (1986-88) as the only Aggies to lead the team in receiving three times, as Robinson led USU his freshman and junior seasons of 2004 and `06, respectively.
HEAD COACH Brent Guy -- Brent Guy (Oklahoma State, 1983) is in his third year as head coach after coming to Utah State from Arizona State where he was the defensive coordinator for four years. Guy was an assistant coach (linebackers) at Utah State from 1992-94 under then head coach Charlie Weatherbie. During that time, USU posted its only bowl victory in school history, claiming the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl. Guy was involved in eight bowl games in 19 years as a collegiate assistant coach. Previous stops include Oklahoma State (1986-91 - graduate assistant 1986-87, recruiting coordinator 1988, linebackers 1989-91), Utah State (1992-94 - linebackers), Oklahoma State (1995-97 - linebackers), Boise State (1998-2000 - defensive coordinator) and Arizona State (2001-04 - defensive coordinator) before being named the Aggies' 25th head coach in December of 2004. In his first year at USU, the Aggies were 3-8 overall and 2-6 in the Western Athletic Conference.
Utah State Head Coach All WAC 2005 3-8 2-6 2006 1-11 1-7 2007 0-7 0-3 Total 4-26 3-16
DID YOU KNOW? -- Utah State head coach Brent Guy is 2-3 all-time vs. Louisiana Tech, currently 0-2 as head coach, 2-0 as an assistant coach at Utah State and 0-1 as an assistant at Boise State.
GUY VS. LA TECH -- Aggie head coach Brent Guy has coached against Louisiana Tech five times in his career. Here is a closer look:
1993 (USU Assistant) - W 24-13 at Logan 2005 (USU Head Coach) - L 17-27 at Logan 1994 (USU Assistant) - W 7-3 at Ruston 2006 (USU Head Coach) - L 35-48 at Ruston 1998 (Boise State Asst) - L 28-63 at Ruston
DID YOU KNOW? -- Utah State offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey was 0-2 vs. Louisiana Tech while head coach at North Texas, losing 40-14 in 2005 and 34-31 in 2006.
AGGIE ASSISTANT COACHES -- Utah State had two changes on its coaching staff from last year, as Darrell Dickey and Eric Sanders joined the staff.
Tight Ends - Tracy Smith (LSU, 2003, 2nd Year)... Worked with LSU quarterbacks last year. Is son of former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Carl Smith.
DID YOU KNOW? -- USU head coach Brent Guy and offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey played against each other when Guy was a linebacker at Oklahoma State and Dickey was a quarterback at Kansas State... Oklahoma State won all four meetings during Guy and Dickey's tenures, winning 42-15 in 1979, 10-0 in 1980, 31-10 in '81 and 24-16 in '82... Oct. 20 marked the 25th anniversary of Guy and Dickey's last meeting of 1982 when Oklahoma State hosts Kansas State... In the 1982 Cowboy-Wildcat clash, Guy had 18 tackles, including one TFL and two pass break-ups while Dickey was 17-of-35 passing for 185 yards with two TD's and one INT.
DID YOU KNOW? - TAKE 2 -- Four of the seven offensive coordinators in the WAC, including USU's Darrell Dickey are in their first years in the conference... Dickey is joined by Fresno State's Jim McElwain, Idaho's Steve Axman and Louisiana Tech's Frank Scelfo - Hawai'i head coach June Jones and New Mexico State head coach Hal Mumme are their own offensive coordinators.
OFFENSIVE NOTES -- USU's three rushing TD's against Nevada were the most since having three against Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 27, 2003... By leading USU in receiving Saturday with 41 yards on three catches, junior TE Rob Myers became the first TE to lead the Aggies in receiving since current Washington Redskins' TE Chris Cooley did so against Idaho, Nov. 22, 2003 with 10 catches for 125 yards... Senior QB Leon Jackson III's two rushing TD's in the first and fourth quarters now give him four for the season and five for his career... Jackson's four rushing TD's this year are the most for a USU QB since Travis Cox had four in 2003... Jackson also became the first non-running back to lead the Aggies in rushing this season on Saturday... The 212 yards of total offense in the Nevada game was USU's second-lowest this season behind the 153 at Oklahoma... USU was flagged a season-low three times in the Nevada game... The Aggies' 22:47 of possession against Nevada was the lowest this season and the lowest since 21:43 at Nebraska on Sept. 6, 2003... USU's starting position of its own 44-yard line at Hawai'i was the best field position on its opening drive this season... It was also the longest opening drive this year, as the Aggies had gone three-and-out in four of the previous five opening drives... The field goal on its first possession marked USU's first score on the opening drive in a span of 13-games, dating back to the Idaho game last season (Sept. 30, 2006)... By scoring 37 points, USU scored the most points not only against Hawai'i in the modern day series, but the most at Hawai'i since 1966 when the Aggies won 48-0... USU scored 23 in a 50-23 loss in 2005 and 10 last season in a 63-10 loss... The 37 points scored by the Aggies is a season-high and the most since 41 with a 41-20 win against Middle Tennessee on Nov. 1, 2003... USU's 370 yards of total offense is a season-high and the most since 373 at Louisiana Tech last season (Oct. 21, 2006)... The Aggies' 247 yards passing is also a season-high and the most also since that same game at La Tech... A total of nine different receivers caught a pass in the Hawai'i game, the most since 10 different players caught a pass in the 2004 season finale against New Mexico State (Nov. 20, 2004)... The 77-yard pass play for a TD at Hawai'i from senior QB/P Leon Jackson III to Robinson in the third quarter was USU's longest play from scrimmage this season and the longest since a 79-yard pass play from Travis Cox to Barry Tolli against New Mexico on Oct. 4, 2003... Jackson's 161 passing yards at Hawai'i were a season-high and the most for Jackson since 372 yards his sophomore season against La Tech (Nov. 5, 2005)... Robinson's 96 receiving yards at Hawai'i were also a season-high and his most since 101 in last season's finale against New Mexico State (Nov. 25, 2006)... Freshman Derrvin Speight's 71 rushing yards at Hawai'i were his second-highest output, behind the 99 against San Jose State earlier this season (Sept. 22)... Utah State's 175 rushing yards against San Jose State was a season-high... USU's 18 play, 92-yard scoring drive against San Jose State, took 8:23, all season-highs, and were all the longest drives since at least 2004... Of the 18 plays, 17 were rushes... 10 of those rushes were by Speight, who had career-high 22 carries for 99 yards and his first career TD on a 1-yard plunge... USU has spread its passing around by hitting at least six receivers in all seven games (six vs. UNLV, eight at Wyoming, seven at Oklahoma, eight vs San Jose State, seven at Utah, nine at Hawai'i, six vs Nevada)... The 153 yards of total offense at Oklahoma was the fewest since 98 yards against Utah last season... USU's 66 yards rushing in the OU game was also the fewest since 34 in that same game against Utah... USU's 78 yards passing against San Jose State were the fewest since 64 yards, also against Utah last season... Robinson's eight catches at Oklahoma were the most since his career-high of nine catches vs. La Tech his sophomore season of 2005... Freshman TB Curtis Marsh led USU in rushing in its first three games before Speight led the team the next three games, against San Jose State, at Utah and at Hawai'i and then Jackson led against Nevada... Robinson has led the Aggies in receptions in the first six games until junior TE Rob Myers led the team against Nevada with three catches for 41 yards... Leon Jackson's 147 yards passing against Wyoming were the most for him since 372 yards vs. La Tech on Nov. 5, 2005, a span of 10 games played... Leon Jackson's 68.4 percent completion percentage (13-of-19) against UNLV was his highest since completing 76.0 of his passes (19-of-25) against UNLV in 2005... Jackson's rushing TD against UNLV was his first since his sophomore season on Oct. 15, 2005 against Fresno State... By scoring an offensive TD in the first game, USU got on the board early in the season compared to not scoring an offensive TD until the fifth game of the year last season.
DEFENSIVE NOTES -- With Nevada's Luke Lippincott topping the 100-yard rushing mark, it was the fourth time and the fifth individual to have 100-yards rushing on the USU defense... By Lippincott surpassing the 200-yard rushing mark, he becomes the first opposing player to reach 200-yards rushing on the USU defense since Jamario Brown of North Texas had 256 yards in 2004... Current USU offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey was head coach of the Mean Green at the time... USU's defense did not record an interception against Nevada, only the second time this season they haven't had an oskie (game one vs UNLV), stopping the consecutive games with a pick streak at five... The Aggie defense did log a sack for the third game in a row and the fifth time this year as well as the 18th time in last 24 games... The 170 yards passing by Nevada is the fewest since holding UNLV to 137 in game one... Utah State's defense posted a season-low by only yielding 47 rushing yards to Hawai'i, the fewest since giving up 45 yards on the ground to Louisiana Monroe on Sept. 27, 2003... The 465 yards passing by Hawai'i is a season-high allowed by the USU defense and the most since the Aggies gave up 486 yards through the air to Hawai'i last season ... Junior FS Caleb Taylor's interception in the fourth quarter at Hawai'i was the Aggie defense's eighth INT of the season, the most since 13 in 2004... It was the fifth straight game that the Aggie defense logged an oskie, topping a four-game stretch from Sept. 11-Oct. 2, 2004 and the most since at least 2003... USU's defense held San Jose State scoreless in the third quarter, marking the first time this season that they have not given up a score in that stanza this season... The second quarter is the Aggie defense's toughest quarter, allowing 72 points, the highest scoring quarter, while allowing 60 points in the third quarter... Junior FS Roy Hurst's INT against SJSU was his second in as many games, becoming the first Aggie since Terrance Washington did it in back-to-back games on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 2003... However, Robert Watts and Antonio Taylor both had two interceptions in the same game vs. UNLV on Sept. 22, 2004... Sophomore S James Brindley nabbed his first career interception at Utah and returned it 64 yards... Brindley's 64-yard return was USU's longest INT return this season and longest since Robert Watts had a 90-yard INT return vs. UNLV on Sept. 25, 2004... USU has had two INT's in a game three times this season (at Wyoming on Sept. 6, vs San Jose State Sept. 22 and Sept. 29 at Utah)... The 54 points allowed at Oklahoma was the most since Hawai'i posted 63 last year and the 51 point margin was the 14th-largest losing margin in school history... OU's Patrick Allen and DeMarco Murray became the first pair of teammates to both rush for 100 yards on USU since Alabama on Sept. 4, 2004... OU's 617 yards of total offense was the first time an opponent gained over 600 yards since 654 at Louisiana-Monroe in 2002... LB De'von Hall's 38-yard INT return for a touchdown was USU's second in as many seasons at Wyoming (Antonio Taylor's 45-yard INT return) and was Hall's second career TD, as he had a 65-yard fumble return for score last season at Boise State (Nov. 18)... The 314 yards allowed against UNLV was the fewest yards allowed by the Aggie defense since holding Louisiana Tech to 276 yards in 2005... Last season's lowest yards allowed was 316 against Idaho... LB Jake Hutton tied a career-high by logging 12 tackles at Wyoming, his first double-digit tackle outing since making 10 stops against Utah last year, his last complete game before being injured in the next game at BYU.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES -- Utah State has shown to have one of the top special teams units in the WAC this year... The Aggies are averaging almost 27 yards on kickoff returns to rank second the conference and seventh in the nation... On punt returns, Utah State averages more than 20 yards a punt return... The Aggies are second in the WAC and fourth in the nation in that category... USU's high kick return average is more impressive if you look at the number of returns the Aggies have had... The Aggies have 42 kickoff returns on the season - 17 more than their opponents... Only Toledo (47), Nebraska (46), Florida International (46), Duke (44), North Texas (44), Syracuse (44), Central Florida (43) and UL-Lafayette (43) have more kickoff returns. Of those eight, only Syracuse and Duke rank in the top 25 in kickoff return average... Saturday marked the first time this season that Utah State did not have a field goal... Senior WR/KR Kevin Robinson's 70-yard punt return for TD against Nevada was his third special teams TD of the season (two kick returns, one punt return) and his fourth punt return of his career... Robinson now takes sole possession of the USU career record for punt returns, surpassing John Strycula (1969-71) and Bob Wicks (1969-71) with three each... Robinson already holds the school record for special teams returns with seven (four career punt returns, three career kick returns)... The 70-yard return was Robinson's longest punt return since an 87-yarder his sophomore season of 2005... Robinson's 183 all-purpose yards against Nevada was his lowest output since a season-low 117 at Oklahoma... With 266 all-purpose yards at Hawai'i, senior WR/KR Kevin Robinson had at least 200 yards of all-purpose yards for the fourth time this season... Robinson's 100-yard kick return was the third longest in school history and the longest in the modern era since the NCAA statistics counted all returns in end zone as 100-yard returns... The school record is 105 by Altie Taylor vs West Texas State (now West Texas A&M) in 1967 and No. 2 is Tom Larsheid's 102-yard return vs. BYU in 1960... Robinson breaks the school record for career kick returns with his third career kick return (second in three games - vs. San Jose State on Sept. 22)... The 87-yard kick return by Malcolm Lane of Hawai'i was the first kick return against USU since North Texas' Broderick McGrew in 1998... USU offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey was in his first season as head coach of North Texas that year... Robinson had a previous season-long 82-yard return for a TD vs. SJSU, his first kick return since 2004, his freshman season when he had a 94-yard return for a TD vs. Louisiana-Monroe... Robinson's return was his second in as many home games vs. SJSU, as he had an 87-yard punt return in the match-up on Oct. 8, 2005, which resulted in a 21-14 USU victory... Senior RB Aaron Lesue's 50-yard kick return in the second quarter against San Jose State was a career-long... Freshman K Peter Caldwell's 47-yard field goal at Hawai'i was his career-long... Caldwell made his first career punt with the 40-yard punt in the fourth quarter of the Hawai'i game... With a 38-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, Caldwell gave USU its first field goal of the season in game one... Last season, the Aggies were the last team in the NCAA to make a field goal, finally splitting the uprights in week nine against Hawai'i... Caldwell's 29-yard field goal in the second quarter at Wyoming was USU's second FG of the season, matching last season's total and his 31-yarder in the third stanza topped last year's... Utah's Derrick Richards' 75-yard punt return for a touchdown was the first punt return for a TD against Utah State since Darren Toney of Arkansas State on Nov. 11, 2004.
A CHANGE IN ALTITUDE -- 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. This season the Aggies will play at two of those other locations giving USU seven games this season at 4,000 feet above sea level after playing eight last year. USU will play at Laramie, Wyo. (#1 at 7,220 feet) and Salt Lake City, Utah (#9 at 4,262).
NUMBER CHANGES -- Utah State had a couple of jersey number changes prior to this season:
Xavier Bowman from 82 to 17 Derrick Cumbee from 40 to 12 to 5 Kejon Murphy from 10 to 9 Carl Singleton from 49 to 13
VETERAN EXPERIENCE -- USU has 18 seniors on its roster which makes up the biggest senior class in head coach Brent Guy's three seasons at USU and the largest Aggie senior class since 1999's 21 seniors.
THREE "A" AGGIES -- Out of the 18 seniors on the roster, 11 of them are three-year letterwinners.
TIME TRAVELERS -- Utah State will play in four different time zones this season: Central (at Oklahoma on Sept. 15), Mountain (all home games, at Wyoming on Sept. 8, at Utah on Sept. 29, at New Mexico State on Nov. 17) Pacific (at Fresno State on Nov. 3, at Idaho on Nov. 24) and Hawaii Aleutian (at Hawai'i on Oct. 6).
BEEHIVE BUNCH -- Utah State has 22 players from the state of Utah on its roster plus six walk-ons.
BIG POPPA PACE -- At 335 pounds, senior offensive guard Pace Jorgensen is the heaviest player and one of five players on USU's roster who are at least 300 pounds.
TALL HOKE -- Junior offensive tackle Derek Hoke is the tallest player on USU's roster at 6'9" - Hoke is one of seven players on the Aggie roster listed at 6'5" or taller.
JUNIOR, JR. -- While senior QB Leon Jackson III is the only "third" on the team, USU has five Jr.'s: redshirt freshman TE Doug Barbour, redshirt freshman WR Tony Harkey, junior S Roy Hurst, freshman RB Curtis Marsh and sophomore CB Kejon Murphy. The Aggies also have one "Junior" in freshman DE Junior Keiaho and 16 juniors on their roster.
BIRTHDAY BOYS -- In all 22 Aggie players have birthdays during the season, with junior LB De'von Hall (Sept. 8 at Wyoming) and freshman kicker Peter Caldwell (Sept. 15 at Oklahoma) as the only players to have a birthday on a football game day.
USU NOTE-ABLE -- Utah State played four schools that finished the 2006 season ranked in the top 25 and will meet three in 2007 in Boise State (5th), Oklahoma (11th) and Hawai'i (24th)... This season Utah State will meet six teams (including five straight) that played in bowl games in 2006: Oklahoma-Fiesta Bowl; San Jose State-New Mexico Bowl; Utah-Armed Forces Bowl; Hawai'i-Hawai'i Bowl ; Nevada-Humanitarian Bowl; Boise State-Fiesta Bowl; after playing seven that reached bowl games in 2005.