USU Football Team To Visit New Mexico State

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Oct. 29, 2000

LOGAN, Utah - Oct. 29, 2000

Game #9 at New Mexico State Sat., Nov. 4, 6:05 p.m. (MST) Aggie Memorial Stadium (30,343) Las Cruces, N.M. Radio: KVNU (610 AM), Logan KVFX (94.5 FM), Logan KWLW (700 AM), SLC Internet: TV: None USU Tickets: 1-888-U-STATE-1 or (435) 797-0305

USU SID: Mike Strauss (435) 797-1361 NMSU SID: David Hardee (505) 646-3929

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2000 Utah State (4-4, 3-0) Sept. 2 at Texas Tech L 16-38 Sept. 9 SO. UTAH W 30-14 Sept. 23 at Ariz. State L 20-44 Sept. 30 UTAH L 14-35 Oct. 6 (Fri) at BYU L 14-38 Oct. 14 at No. Texas* W 17-12 Oct. 21 IDAHO* W 31-14 Oct. 28 ARK. ST.* W 44-31 Nov. 4 at N.M. State* 6:00 Nov. 11 at Boise State* 1:05 Nov. 18 IDAHO STATE 3:05 (All times are Mountain)

2000 N.M. State (3-5, 1-1) Sept. 2 at S. Carolina L 0-31 Sept. 16 NEW MEXICO L 13-16 Sept. 23 at Georgia L 0-37 Sept. 30 at UTEP L 31-41 Oct. 7 ARMY W 42-23 Oct. 14 TULSA W 42-28 Oct. 21 at Ark. State W 35-29ot Oct. 28 BOISE STATE L 31-34 Nov. 4 UTAH STATE Nov. 11 at Idaho Nov. 18 at North Texas

QUICKLY -- Utah State (4-4, 3-0) heads to Las Cruces, N.M. to play at New Mexico State (3-5, 1-1) in a 6 p.m. start... USU has won three straight games for the first time since winning four straight in 1997... USU has won five straight Big West games dating back to last year and has won eight of its last 12 league games... USU's four wins with three games remaining, matches last year's win total... USU is 1-3 on the road this year (won last road game at North Texas)... USU is 1-3 in night games this season... USU's 4-4 record is its best through eight games since an identical 4-4 mark in 1997.

ON THE AIR -- All Utah State football games are carried on the Aggie Radio Network with Al "I like when the Aggies El Paso" Lewis handling the play-by-play chores and Chris "Keep it on the ground with El Run" Tunis providing analysis. The games are carried on KVNU (610 AM) and KVFX (94.5 FM) in Logan and KWLW (700 AM) in Salt Lake City as well as on USU's web site at Saturday's game will not be televised.

MEDIA SERVICES -- All Utah State player and coach interview requests should be made through the Athletic Media Relations Office by calling Mike Strauss at (435) 797-1361. Interviews should be completed by Wednesday each week. Information about Utah State football can be obtained in several ways, including the internet (, Fax-on-Demand, e-mail, fax, or simply by calling us. Information will be updated as quickly as possible on all of the systems each week. See the left column on page two for information on USU's weekly press conferences.

LAST TIME OUT -- Emmett White rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns and accumulated 289 yards of all-purpose yardage to lead Utah State to a 44-31 victory against Arkansas State on Saturday. The Aggies exploded with 17 first-quarter points before the Indians managed a field goal early in the second quarter. USU built up a 37-10 advantage before ASU came back to make the score respectable. Jose Fuentes completed 23-of-40 passes for 245 yards with five passes going to Aaron Jones, who gained 85 yards and scored once. In all, four different Aggies attempted passes and nine different USU players caught passes as USU's 44 points were its most against a division I opponent since losing 51-48 at North Texas in the 1997 season finale. USU produced 483 yards of total offense with 247 passing and 236 rushing, while holding ASU to 299 yards, including just 165 in the first three quarters.

SURPRISE TEAM? -- Utah State was picked to finish last in the league race by the coaches (the media tabbed the Aggies fourth) in the preseason, but with two league games remaining (both on the road), USU finds itself 3-0 and in first place in the conference race. USU will play at New Mexico State and at Boise State to complete league play. Those two teams are a combined 3-1 in league play, while the three teams USU has played are a combined 1-6.

DID YOU KNOW? -- Utah State has accumulated 81 Big West Conference wins in its 23 years in the league, while New Mexico State has 81 losses in its 17 years of league play.

COACH MICK DENNEHY -- In his first year at Utah State is Mick Dennehy (Montana, 1973), who was hired on Dec. 3, 1999. He compiled a 39-12 record in four years at Montana and his 76.5 winning percentage is the best at the school for coaches with more than two years. His 66.2 winning percentage in seven years of head coaching entering the year was third among active division I head coaches with less than five years at this level. Dennehy played safety at Montana in 1971 and 1972. Prior to assuming the head coaching role at Montana, he served as the school's offensive coordinator for five seasons, producing one of the nation's top offenses. Before going to Montana, Dennehy revived the program at Western Montana, which had dropped football in 1987. In three years he improved the team from a 1-6 record to a 5-3 mark.

Year School Overall Pct. Conf. Pct. Notes 1988 West. Montana 1-6 .143 1-5/5th .167 Revived Program 1989 West. Montana 4-4 .500 2-4/4th .333 1990 West. Montana 5-3 .625 3-3/3rd .500 1996 Montana 14-1 .933 8-0/1st 1.00 3-1 (2nd in I-AA) 1997 Montana 8-4 .667 6-2/2nd .750 0-1 in playoffs 1998 Montana 8-4 .667 6-2/1st .750 0-1 in playoffs 1999 Montana 9-3 .750 7-1/1st 1.00 0-1 in playoffs 2000 Utah State 4-4 .500 3-0 1.00 24th head coach Western Montana (3 yrs.) 10-13 .435 6-12 .333 Revived Program Montana (4 yrs.) 39-12 .765 27-5 .844 Four playoffs Utah State (1st yr.) 4-4 .500 3-0 1.00 50th career win Totals (8th year) 53-29 .646 36-17 .679 3-4 in playoffs

THE USU-NMSU SERIES -- Utah State holds a commanding 21-4 advantage in the series, which dates back to 1960 and had won 19 consecutive games before NMSU won 14-6 at Las Cruces last season. NMSU had not beaten the Aggies of Utah State since 1967 (10-9 at Las Cruces) before last year. USU's 21 wins against NMSU are tied for its seventh-most victories against any opponent (the Aggies hold a 21-7 mark against the now defunct Pacific Tigers) and are tied for the most wins (with Pacific again) against any school that has been associated with the Big West Conference. Mick Dennehy has never coached against New Mexico State.

USU-NMSU LAST YEAR -- Utah State's defense was outstanding, but the offense managed just six points as the Aggies closed out the home season with a 14-6 loss in the ninth game of last year. The Aggie defense came up with two big goal line stands and limited NMSU to just two touchdown passes. Brent Passey was credited with 23 tackles, while Donald Dicko had 18, Vaea Fiefia and Eddie Badibanga each had 14 (only Passey is back among that group). However the offense gained just 279 total yards as Demario Brown rushed for 93 yards on just 15 carries. Nine different Aggies caught passes, but USU turned the ball over four times and allowed NMSU to control the ball for 37:47.

GOING SOUTH -- Utah State and New Mexico State have several ties. NMSU president Jay Gouge was the provost at Utah State from 1995 until this past summer, NMSU SID David Hardee was an assistant SID at Utah State from 1994-96, NMSU volleyball coach Mike Jordan was an assistant at Utah State, and NMSU assistant volleyball coach Tricia Wright served in a similar capacity at USU. In addition, NMSU baseball coach Gary Ward had to work with USU SID Mike Strauss at Oklahoma State.

DENNEHY LIKES CONFERENCE CALLS -- Utah State head coach Mick Dennehy is 3-0 in conference games at Utah State and is 36-17 all-time in games against conference foes in his eighth year as a head coach. Dennehy was 6-12 in league play at Western Montana, 27-5 at Montana and now 3-0 at Utah State. BIG WEST'S FINAL YEAR -- This is the final football season for the Big West Conference and here is a look at some of USU's conference success as the league enters its 32nd and final season:

Years In The Conference 1. 27, San Jose State and Pacific 3. 23, UTAH STATE, Long Beach State

Conference Games Played 1. 151, Pacific 2. 149, San Jose State 3. 136, UTAH STATE

Conference Wins 1. 100, San Jose State (100-45-4) 2. 81, UTAH STATE (81-53-2) 3. 78, Fresno State (78-49-1)

Conference Championships (won or shared) 1. 9, San Jose State 2. 6, Fresno State 3. 5, UTAH STATE, Nevada, San Diego State

Conference Records of Current Schools 81-53-2 UTAH STATE (23rd year) 22-81-0, New Mexico State (17th year) 14-9-0, Idaho (5th year) 13-10-0, Boise State (5th year) 9-14-0, North Texas (5th year) 7-20-0, Arkansas State (5th year)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEES -- Here is a look at Utah State's nominees for Big West Player of the Week honors this season (winners in all caps - announced on Monday after this release is printed):

Opponent Offense Defense Special Teams Texas Tech Emmett White Jesse Busta None Southern Utah A. JONES Cade Smith Steve Mullins Arizona State Emmett White Brent Passey BRAD BOHN Utah Aaron Jones B. PASSEY Steve Mullins Brigham Young Emmett White Brent Passey Emmett White North Texas Emmett White Cade Smith None Idaho JONES/FUENTES Brent Passey STEVE MULLINS Arkansas State

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN -- In the last 10 years Utah State has had great success in Big West play as opposed to non-conference play. In the decade of the 1990s, USU was 38-20-1 in Big West play after going through difficult non-conference schedules with a 10-43-0 mark. This year USU has gone 1-4 in non-Big West games (will play Idaho State in the season finale) and is 3-0 in league action.

AGGIE INDIVIDUALS RANK HIGH -- Utah State has five different players (nine times) that are ranked in the top 50 in the NCAA statistics this week. Emmett White leads the country in all-purpose yardage and ranks 17th in rushing, 24th in kickoff returns and 41st in scoring. Brad Bohn is 11th in field goals, Aaron Jones is 23rd in receiving yards and 38th in receptions, while Jose Fuentes is 30th in total offense and Steve Mullins is 39th in punting.

DID YOU KNOW? -- Utah State likes short conference seasons as in the seven years when the Aggies have played just five Big West games, Utah State has won at least four games in six of those seasons.

AGGIES STILL OFFENSIVE -- In the last two weeks against Idaho and Arkansas State, USU has produced its best offensive efforts of the season. Here is a look:

vs. Idaho * 569 yards of total offense was the eighth best in school history. * 439 passing yards were the third most in school history. * USU produced a 300-yard passer, 200-yard receiver and 100-yard rusher in the same game for the first time since 1998 against Sam Houston State. * QB Jose Fuentes' 421 passing yards were the fourth most in school history. * WR Aaron Jones' 233 receiving yards were the third most in school history.

vs. Arkansas State * 236 rushing yards were a season best by 80 yards. * 483 total yards were second best this season. * 44 points were most against a division I opponent since scoring 48 at North Texas in 1997 season finale (lost that UNT game 51-48). * RB Emmett White produced the 21st 200-yard rushing game in USU history.

Two Weeks * USU has averaged 526 yards of offense in the last two games (287.5 in first six games). The Aggies gained 1,052 yards in last two games and 1,725 in first six contests. * USU has scored 75 points in last two games (37.5) and 111 in first six games (18.5).

THE DEFENSE DID NOT REST -- Here is a look at USU's defensive effort in the last two games as well: * Held Idaho to 17.8 points below its scoring average (UI scored just 14 points). * Held Idaho to 49.3 yards below its total offense average (406 yards). * Idaho gained 75 yards on 35 rushing attempts and 80 yards on one attempt. * Held Arkansas State to 68 yards rushing and just 299 yards of total offense. * Allowed Arkansas State just 165 yards through the first three quarters.

WHITE STILL ON TOP OF THE CHARTS -- RB Emmett White enters the week as the national leader in all-purpose yardage with 214.5 per game. He leads Heisman Trophy candidate LaDainian Tomlinson of TCU (189.0) by 25.5 yards per game. And while it is still early, Utah State has had 14 national statistical champions in its history, including four all-purpose yardage leaders. Jack Hill led the country in that category in 1956, Overton Curtis in 1957 and Louie Giammona in 1974 and 1975. Giammona in 1975 was USU's last national leader in any category.

Emmett White Game-By-Game All-Purpose Yardage Opponent Rush. Rec. PR KOR Total Texas Tech 143 8 21 0 172 Southern Utah 25 5 28 46 104 Arizona State 113 85 0 39 237 Utah 43 80 2 12 137 BYU 61 40 52 124 277 North Texas 153 53 32 0 238 Idaho 128 84 5 45 262 Arkansas State 202 41 21 25 289 Totals 868 396 161 291 1716 Average 108.5 49.5 20.1 36.4 214.5

WHITE SHOWING HIS COLORS -- Emmett White enters the week not only ranked first in the NCAA in all-purpose yardage, but 17th in rushing, 24th in kickoff return average and 41st in scoring. He is just 0.1 yards away from being ranked 50th in punt returns. He is listed in the top 10 of the Big West in eight different statistical categories (add receptions, receiving yards and total offense to those already listed).

WHITE ADDS NAME TO 200-YARD RUSHING LIST -- With his 202 yard effort, the 21st best rushing day in USU history, against Arkansas State, RB Emmett White became the 10th USU player to ever run for 200 yards in a game.

JOSE CAN YOU SEE -- QB Jose Fuentes has come on strong since taking over the starting quarterback position in the third game of the year. After throwing a combined six interceptions in his first two collegiate starts against Arizona State and Utah, the sophomore has thrown just one pick in the last four games. In the last four games he has completed 84-of-144 attempts (58.3 percent) for 1,026 yards and has four touchdown passes to just one interception. He enters the NMSU game having attempted 89 consecutive passes without an interception. Fuentes' current 54.9 season completion percentage ranks as the sixth best on the USU season list.

HE IS A FOOTBALL JONES -- WR Aaron Jones is having a very good senior year as he ranks 23rd in the nation in receiving yards and 38th receptions per game. Jones has caught at least one pass in 17 consecutive games and has moved into eighth place on the USU career receiving yardage list. His 124 career receptions are eighth in USU history and his 17 career touchdowns rank fourth on the school list.

START ME UP (with apologies to the Rolling Stones) -- This season 36 different players have started a game for Utah State. Included in that list are six freshmen in wide receivers David Fiefia and Chris Stallworth, defensive linemen Jorge Tapia, Nate Putnam and Jared Solosabal and free safety Derrek Shank. The Aggies started five freshman last week against Arkansas State.

IT'S EARLY BUT... -- Utah State enters its final three games with a 4-4 record and would need to win two of the final three contests to post its first regular season winning record since 1997 when the Aggies were 6-5 overall (lost bowl game for an actual 6-6 mark). If the Aggies could accomplish that feat, Mick Dennehy would become the first USU coach to post a winning record in his first season in Logan since Phil Krueger went 7-4 back in 1973 (Dennehy is the seventh coach since then).

STREAKING -- As mentioned earlier Utah State has won three straight games for the first time since 1997 and will be looking to extend that streak to four consecutive wins Saturday against New Mexico State. The Aggies have had five four-plus win streaks since 1978, including four in 1997, four in 1996, six in 1993, four in 1991 and four in 1990.

HOT POTATO -- Utah State has had a lot of players touch the ball this season as through eight games, seven different Aggies have thrown a pass, 15 have receptions, 10 have a rush, nine have scored and six have interceptions (only one Aggie has punted).

JUST PLAY 45 (and I'm not referring to old records) -- Fourth quarters in Utah State games this season have not really been necessary as in each of the previous eight games, the team that was winning after three quarters has gone on to victory.

GETTING OUT OF THE GATES -- In the first seven games, USU's offense struggled early. The Aggies had three field goals in the first period combined and the opponent had scored first in six of those seven games. Against Arkansas State last Saturday, the Aggies finally got untracked early scoring 17 first quarter points and then adding 10 more points in the second period. USU's 27 first half points against the Indians were more than it had scored in five full games this season.

OFFENSIVE NOTES -- USU rushed for one touchdown in the first four games combined, but has scored eight rushing touchdowns in the last four contests... USU had 11 turnovers in the first four games and has committed just five miscues in the last four games... USU has owned the time of possession advantage in each of the last three games and just four times on the year... USU has scored on 17-of-20 trips into the redzone, including 11 consecutive opportunities... USU did not have a big play touchdown against Arkansas State as all five touchdowns were 11 yards or less (USU had scored 11 touchdowns on plays longer than 20 yards in the first seven games)... Utah State is seven-of-eight on fourth-down conversions this year.

DEFENSIVE NOTES -- USU has held the opponent to less than 70 yards rushing in two of the last three games (69 by North texas and 68 by Arkansas State)... Three of USU's best four defensive efforts in terms of yardage allowed have come in the last three games... Six different USU players have recorded USU's eight interceptions... After allowing a play of at least 40 yards in six of the first seven games, Arkansas State's longest gain against the Aggies was a 25-yard pass.

SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES -- Utah State leads the Big West in net punting and ranks 24th in the NCAA in that category... USU has an outstanding kicking duo in Brad Bohn (11th in NCAA in field goals) and Steve Mullins (39th in NCAA in punting)... Bohn hit three-of-three attempts (all from outside 40 yards) against Arkansas State and has made six-of-10 attempts from outside 40 yards... Bohn's last seven attempts have all be 40 yards or longer (made four of those)... Mullins has 13 50-plus yard punts this season, including four 60-plus yarders... He has dropped 14 of his 51 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line.

USU NOTE-ABLE -- USU's last four games of the season are against schools with "State" in their names... USU played four games this year against teams that received votes in the Associated Press poll at some point in the season... USU has played 58 different players this season, including 13 freshmen, 12 sophomores, 17 juniors and 16 seniors... USU has just six active players that have started at least 10 games in their careers... The opponent has scored first in six of eight games this year.

SUPPORTING THE AGGIES -- Through four home games (and with one remaining) Utah State has drawn 85,672 fans for an average of 21,418 per game. USU needs to draw 14,328 against Idaho State on Nov. 18 to reach the 100,000 plateau for just the second time in school history (USU had 129,206 in six games in 1996 - an average of 21,534). USU's current average of 21,418 per game is second only to that 1996 figure of 21,534.

2000 Utah State Season Note-Able

* Utah State's 2000 schedule includes eight teams with winning records in 1999, as well as four schools, which went to bowl games (Arizona State, Brigham Young, Boise State and Utah)... The Aggies will meet teams from the Pac-10 (Arizona State), Big XII (Texas Tech) and Mountain West (Brigham Young and Utah) as well as Southern Utah and Idaho State in non-conference action... The 2000 opponents combined for a 68-57 (.544) record in 1999... USU will end its season with a non-conference game (Idaho State) for the first time since 1990 (Brigham Young)... No USU first-year head coach has had a winning record in his first season at Logan since Phil Krueger went 7-4 in 1973 (six coaches since then). * USU is playing three instate schools in the same season for the first time since 1982 (beat Weber State and BYU and lost to Utah). * USU's starting offensive tackles are the two tallest players in USU history (Jim Newton, 6-10 and Jeff Long, 6-9). In comparison, USU's NCAA-Tournament basketball team in 2000 started a frontline of 6-11, 6-6 and 6-2. * USU head coach Mick Dennehy entered the year 1-2 against division I opponents in his career (beat Oregon in 1996, lost to Wyoming in 1997 and lost to Idaho in 1999 while at Montana). .* USU lost 1999 second-team all-Big West LB Tony Newson before the season to a shoulder injury that never healed properly. * SS Aminifu Johnson, a projected starter at strong safety, tore his ACL in practice before the season opener and is lost for the season. * WR Adam Colbert broke his hand in the final fall scrimmage. * RB coach Craig Dickenson left USU for a position with the San Diego Chargers the week of the season opener. He was quickly replaced by Eric Kiesau (key-saw) a former quarterback under USU offensive coordinator Bob Cole at Portland State. Kiesau was at Oregon, where he was the school's recruiting coordinator. * P Steve Mullins is a candidate for the Ray Guy Award (national punter of the year). * LB Brent Passey is a candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Award (national defensive player of the year). * The 99 degree kickoff temperature at Texas Tech was the second hottest known kickoff temperature in USU history (103 at Arizona State in 1983). * USU played 54 of the 60 players that traveled to Texas Tech, including 12 freshmen (eight true freshmen). * USU had six different players with receptions in the season opener. Aaron Jones (did not play in last two games last year), David Fiefia (was not in school last fall), Emmett White (fourth and fifth career receptions), Casey Poppinga (redshirted last year), Steve Mullins (punter last year), Joe Solosabal (linebacker last year). * RB Emmett White's 143 yards against Texas Tech was the third-best by an Aggie in his first start at running back in the 1990s (Abu Wilson 157 vs. New Mexico State in 1992 and Demario Brown 166 vs. Boise State in 1996). * FB Joe Solosabal scored a touchdown (five yard reception against Texas Tech) the first time he touched the ball as an Aggie. * USU head coach Mick Dennehy recorded his 50th career victory and his first at Utah State against Southern Utah. * Mick Dennehy's first USU win in USU's second game marked the fastest an Aggie coach has put his name on that side of the ledger since Phil Krueger won in his debut in 1973 (Dennehy is the seventh coach since then). * USU's home crowd of 26,715 against Southern Utah was the eighth largest in school history and the most for a non-Utah or BYU game. * QB Jeff Crosbie suffered a season-ending injury in practice on Sept. 12, tearing a ligament in his throwing hand. He had started 17 consecutive games. * Texas Tech and Arizona State were both receiving votes in the AP poll when USU played against them. * Against Arizona State RB Emmett White became the first Aggie to score a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game since Demario Brown accomplished that feat against Brigham Young in 1997. * QB Jose Fuentes made his first career start against Arizona State. * USU has drawn two 25,000-plus home crowds for the first time since 1996 as the Aggies had 26,715 on hand for Southern Utah and 29,814 for Utah. * USU started three freshmen defensive linemen against Utah (Tapia, Solosabal, Putnam). * USU made back-to-back trips to North Texas (played there in 1999 and this year), marking the first time the Aggies have traveled to the same opponent in consecutive years since playing back-to-back games at Brigham Young in 1991 and 1992. * USU and North Texas played the 1999 conference finale and the conference opener in 2000 marking the first time USU played two straight games against a league opponent since playing New Mexico State in 1991 and 1992. * Against North Texas USU did not allow an offensive touchdown for the first time in 41 games (UNT scored on a blocked punt). * DE Nick Onaindia was lost for the season after the third game of the year due to a "stinger" in his shoulder and he will apply for a medical hardship. * USU limited North Texas to 12 points and Idaho to 14 points in back-to-back weeks. USU had allowed 14 or fewer points just two times in 32 games leading up to that feat. * QB Jose Fuentes became the first USU quarterback to score on a reception since Matt Wells vs. New Mexico State in 1994 when he caught a touchdown pass against Idaho. * PK Brad Bohn became USU's career scoring leader against Idaho. * Against Idaho USU had a 300-yard passer (421 by Jose Fuentes), 200-yard receiver (233 by Aaron Jones), and 100-yard rusher (128 by Emmett White) against Idaho for the first time since 1998 against Sam Houston State. * USU's 569 yards against Idaho were the eighth most in school history, while the Aggies' 439 passing yards were the third most. * QB Jose Fuentes threw for 421 yards against Idaho for the fourth best passing game in school history. * WR Aaron Jones had 233 receiving yards against Idaho for the third best receiving day in school history and just 10 yards shy of the school record. * USU produced two 90-plus yard scoring drives against Idaho (99 yards on 10 plays and 93 yards on five plays). * RB Emmett White had a career high 202 yards rushing against Arkansas State.

2001 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED -- Here is a look at Utah State's 2001 football schedule that was released on Oct. 12, 2000:

Date Opponent Series Last Meeting Sept. 1 at Utah 28-68-4 2000 Sept. 8 at Louisiana State 0-1-0 1993 Sept. 15 at Fresno State 9-9-1 1993 Sept. 22 WYOMING 34-20-4 1978 Sept. 29 OREGON 0-2-0 1976 Oct. 5 (Fri.) at Brigham Young 33-38-3 2000 Oct. 13 Bye Oct. 20 IDAHO STATE 9-1-0 2000 Oct. 27 CENTRAL FLORIDA First Meeting Nov. 3 Bye Nov. 10 at Connecticut First Meeting Nov. 17 WEBER STATE 10-1-0 1982 Nov. 24 at South Florida First Meeting

Home games in all caps. Schedule is subject to change.

Weekly Press Conferences

Logan -- Mondays, 11:30 a.m. at the Coppermill Restaurant

Salt Lake City (Big Five Huddle) Tues., Green Street, 11:30 a.m. * * * * *

USU On The Air

Play-by-Play - Al Lewis Analysis - Chris Tunis KVNU (610 AM) Logan KVFX (94.5 FM), Logan KWLW (700 AM), Salt Lake City Web: * Mick Dennehy Radio Show (KVNU), Thursday, 6 p.m. Web: * Aggie Update Radio Show (KVNU), Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. Web: * * * * *

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Preseason Big West Polls

Big West Coaches Poll 1. Boise State 25 (5) 2. Idaho 18 (1) 3. New Mexico State 18 4. Arkansas State 15 5. North Texas 8 6. UTAH STATE 6

Big West Media Poll 1. Boise State 169 (26) 2. New Mexico State 131 (2) 3. Idaho 124 (1) 4. UTAH STATE 66 5. Arkansas State 63 6. North Texas 53 * * * * *

2000 Humanitarian Bowl Big West Champion vs. Western Athletic Conf. selection Boise, Idaho, Dec. 28, 1 p.m.

2000 Big West/NCAA Rankings

Team Big West (NCAA) Total Offense 4th (77th) Rushing Offense 6th (89th) Passing Offense 3rd (35th) Scoring Offense 4th (71st) Total Defense 4th (92nd) Rushing Defense 2nd (70th) Passing Defense 4th (103rd) Scoring Defense 3rd (78th) Kickoff Returns 3rd (46th) Punt Returns 4th (58th) Net Punting 1st (24th) TO Margin 4th (74th)

Individual Big West (NCAA) BRAD BOHN Field Goals 2nd (11th) Scoring 5th DAVID FIEFIA Receptions 9th JOSE FUENTES Total Offense 3rd (30th) Passing 3rd AARON JONES Receiving Yards 2nd (23rd) Receptions 2nd (38th) Scoring 7th All-Purpose 8th STEVE MULLINS Punting 2nd (39th) EMMETT WHITE All-Purpose 1st (1st) Rushing 2nd (17th) Kickoff Returns 3rd (24th) Scoring 3rd (41st) Punt Returns 4th Receptions 6th Receiving Yards 6th Total Offense 7th

2000 Big West Standings

School Conf. Overall UTAH STATE 3-0 4-4 Boise State 2-0 6-2 New Mexico State 1-1 3-5 Idaho 1-1 3-5 North Texas 0-2 2-6 Arkansas State 0-3 0-9

Sat., Nov. 4 Boise State at Arkansas State Idaho at North Texas Utah State at New Mexico State

Sat., Nov. 11 North Texas at Arkansas State New Mexico State at Idaho Utah State at Boise State

Depth Chart


LT 79 Jim Newton (6-10, 294, So., 1L) 76 Eric Gwilliam (6-5, 257, Jr., JC)

LG 67 JESS SCHUCK (6-2, 305, Jr., 2L) 52 Ed Powell (6-3, 300, Jr., JC)

OC 53 JUNIOR PUTUTAU (6-1, 300 Sr., 2L) 63 Matt Jenkins (6-3, 306, Sr., 1L)

RG 72 Jim Walker (6-3, 293, Jr., RS) OR 78 Luis Trujillo (6-2, 310, So., RS)

RT 75 Jeff Long (6-9, 309, Sr., 1L) 61 Steve Canidate (6-4, 333, Sr., 1L)

TE 81 Casey Poppinga (6-5, 247, So., RS) 88 Scott Collins (6-6, 243, Jr., RS)

WR 9 AARON JONES (5-11, 180, Sr., 3L) (X) 80 Michael Brignac (6-2, 190, Fr., HS)

WR 39 David Fiefia (5-8, 189, Fr., HS) (H)

WR 5 Marshall Sanders (5-8, 160, Jr., JC) (Y) 12 Steve Mullins (6-4, 226, So., 1L)

WR 15 Chris Stallworth (6-3, 190, Fr., HS) (Z) 3 KY ODAY (6-2, 183, Sr., 1L)

QB 13 Jose Fuentes (6-3, 188, So., SQ) 18 Brian Benza (6-2, 205, Sr., 1L)

TB 32 Emmett White (5-11, 199, Jr., 2L) 31 John Roberts (5-9, 195, Jr., 2L)

FB 31 John Roberts (5-9, 195, Jr., 2L) OR 86 J.R. Suguturaga (6-3, 220, Jr., JC) 41 Joe Solosabal (5-11, 221, Jr., 2L)


LE 91 Nate Putnam (6-7, 224, Fr., HS) 95 Jaron Fano (6-0, 257, Fr. RS)

LT 92 Nate Larsen (6-3, 265, Sr., 3L) 90 Jared Solosabal (6-1, 246, Fr., RS)

RT 73 Jorge Tapia (6-2, 277, Fr., RS) 64 Tyler Olsen (6-1, 220, So., SQ)

RE 96 Ryan Duncan (6-2, 245, Jr., 2L) 89 Chris Cooley (6-4, 215, Fr., HS)

Hero 44 BRENT PASSEY (6-1, 227, Sr., 3L) 40 Justin Oswald (5-8, 206, Sr., 1L)

Mike 42 Cade Smith (6-4, 232, Sr., 2L) 56 Jesse Busta (6-2, 232, So., 1L)

Mac 47 BLAKE EAGAL (6-2, 231, Sr., 3L) 21 Nathan Barber (6-2, 220, Jr., JC)

LC 10 Adebola Jimoh (6-1, 185, So., 1L) 29 Shaun Healy (5-7, 167, Sr., 1L)

SS 4 Jamar Glasper (6-0, 189, So., 1L) 21 Nathan Barber (6-2, 220, Jr., JC)

FS 25 Derrek Shank (5-10, 182, Fr., HS) 11 Scott Goss (6-2, 195, Jr., JC)

RC 1 TONY WALKER (5-11, 183, Jr., 2L) 29 Shaun Healy (5-7, 167, Sr., 1L)

Special Teams

P 12 STEVE MULLINS (6-4, 226, So., 1L) 18 Brian Benza (6-2, 205, Sr., 1L)

PK 26 BRAD BOHN (5-7, 178, Sr., 3L) 87 Dane Kidman (5-10, 178, So., SQ)

H 18 Brian Benza (6-2, 205, Sr., 1L) 39 David Fiefia (5-8, 189, Fr., HS)

LS 96 Ryan Duncan (6-2, 245, Jr., 2L) 50 K.C. Littlewood (6-2, 272, Fr., RS)

SS 53 Junior Pututau (6-1, 300, Sr., 2L) 50 K.C. Littlewood (6-2, 272, Fr., RS)

PR 32 Emmett White (5-11, 199, Jr., 2L) 1 Tony Walker (5-11, 183, Jr., 2L)

KOR 1 Tony Walker (5-11, 183, Jr., 2L) 32 Emmett White (5-11, 199, Jr., 2L)

1999 Starters in ALL CAPS 1L = one varsity letter, HS= High School experience, JC=Junior College, RS= Redshirt, SQ=Squad, TR=Transfer



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