Utah State Faces Fresno State Saturday
Oct. 29, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
Game #9 at Fresno State Saturday, Nov. 3, 3 p.m. (MT) Bulldog Stadium (41,031) - Fresno, Calif.
QUICKLY -- To honor National College Football Day, Utah State (0-8, 0-4 WAC) will take on Fresno State (5-3, 4-1 WAC) Saturday, Nov. 3 in Western Athletic Conference action at Fresno, Calif... Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. (MT) at Bulldog Stadium (41,031)... Saturday is National College Football Day, celebrating the anniversary of the birth of an American institution... On the first Saturday in November of 1869, Rutgers and Princeton staged college football's first game... Ever since, the sport has become ingrained in American culture... Saturday will feature two of not only the conference's but the country's best kick returners in Fresno State's A. J. Jefferson, ranked second in the NCAA (32.9 ypr) and Utah State's Kevin Robinson, ranked 12th in the NCAA (30.5 ypr)... The match-up will also highlight the only two WAC players on the Hendricks Award Watch List for college's best defensive lineman in Utah State junior Ben Calderwood and Fresno State senior Tyler Clutts... Fresno is the hometown two Aggies, Robinson and sophomore CB Kejon Murphy.
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. Saturday's game at Fresno State can also be followed via GameTracker.
ON TV/INTERNET -- Saturday's game will not be televised, USU's only non-TV game this season.
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 two weeks:
Nov. 1 - USU LDS Institute / Nov. 8 - USU Taggart Student Center Marketplace.
UP NEXT -- Utah State's home finale is on Saturday, Nov. 10 when the Aggies host Boise State in a 1:05 p.m. match-up.
USU IN THE 11th MONTH -- Utah State has a four-game losing streak in November and has lost 10 of its last 15 games in the American Thanksgiving month... USU has lost its first game of November in each of the last three seasons... Saturday is the Aggies' first game on Nov. 3 since 1990, when USU beat New Mexico State, 55-10... Overall, USU is 3-2 on Nov. 3, including 0-2 on the road but Saturday is the Aggies' first game played on the road outside of the state of Arizona on Nov. 3... Here's a look at how USU has fared on Nov. 3:
1962 - L 15-34 at Arizona State 1984 - L 10-45 at Arizona 1973 - W 31-20 vs. Wyoming 1990 - W 55-10 vs. New Mexico State 1979 - W, 35-7 vs. Cal State Fullerton
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN -- Each week Utah State will select game captains. Those selected for the Fresno State game will be announced prior to the game.
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 5,799 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 73 yards to take over the No. 1 spot.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN ON WAC LIST -- Robinson's 5,799 career all-purpose yards are 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... Robinson's 4,489 all-purpose yards in his three years that the Aggies have been in the WAC ranks Robinson 12th on the league's all-purpose yards list, passing Jamal Willis of BYU (1991-94) with 4,435, Monty Gilbreath of San Diego State (1986-89) with 4,409, Ron Rivers of Fresno State (1991-93) with 4,388 and Ryan Yarborough of Wyoming (1990-93) with 4,357 yards... With Robinson's current pace of 204.6 all-purpose ypg, he will have 6,617 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 5,308 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 11 home games, currently on a six-game home losing skein... The Aggies are 3-11 at home under head coach Brent Guy.
ROAD WOE-IORS -- Life on the road has been tough for the Aggies, who are currently on an 11-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 the WAC and ranks third in the NCAA with 204.6 all-purpose yards per game... Robinson also leads the league and is second in the nation in punt returns (19.6 ypr) as well as third in the conference and 12th in the country in kick returns (30.5 ypr)... Robinson is averaging a team-leading 4.9 catches per game for an 11.2 ypc average with three TD's on the season... Fellow senior, QB/P Leon Jackson III is 101-of-155 for 960 yards passing (120.0 ypg) with four TD's and four INT... Jackson also leads the team with 90 carries, and is second on the team with 248 yards (2.8 ypc) with four rushing TD's... Redshirt freshman TB Derrvin Speight is second with 80 rushes and has a team-leading 286 yards (3.6 ypc) with three TD's... Defensively, the LB trio of juniors De'von Hall and Jake Hutton as well as sophomore Paul Igboeli along with junior S Caleb Taylor lead the Aggies, as Hutton has a team-leading 62 stops, while Igboeli, Taylor and Hall all have 58 tackles... Taylor leads USU with 7.0 TFL's while Igboeli has 6.5, 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... Jackson leads the WAC and is 34th in the NCAA in punting with a 42.3 average... Freshman K Peter Caldwell is third in the conference in both field goals (10-of-14) and field goal percentage (.714)... In the league team statistics, USU is eighth in the WAC in scoring offense (20.1 ppg) and tied for sixth in scoring defense (35.0 ppg)... The Aggies lead the conference and rank fifth in the country in kickoff returns (27.1 ypr) and rank second in the league and fourth in the nation in punt returns (18.8 ypr)... USU is sixth in rushing defense (117.8 ypg) and seventh in rushing defense (198.0 ypg) to rank ninth in total defense (262.9 ypg)... Defensively, the Aggies are seventh in rushing defense (198.0 ypg) and sixth in passing defense (258.4 ypg) to rank ninth in total defense (456.4 ypg).
ABOUT FRESNO STATE -- For the third week in a row, Utah State's opponent played Boise State the week before, as the Bulldogs of Fresno State lost to the Broncos of Boise State, 34-21, Friday night at Fresno... Fresno State took a 14-7 lead after Clifton Smith returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown before Boise State responded by scoring 24 straight points which included three touchdowns from its tandem of running backs... Junior QB Tom Brandstater was 21-of-39 passing for 239 yards with one TD and one INT, hitting five different receivers, led by sophomore WR Marlon Moore who had six catches for 79 yards with one TD... Smith ended with 219 all-purpose yards... Defensively, senior LB Marcus Riley had a game-high 12 tackles including three TFL's and one pass break-up... In the WAC stats, Brandstater is fifth in passing average per game (188.9 ypg) with seven TD's and four INT's, as well as sixth in passing efficiency (125.1)... Freshman RB Ryan Mathews leads FS and ranks fourth in the WAC in rushing with 80.6 ypg and 6.0 ypc with 10 TD's... Defensively, Riley is sixth in the conference in tackles (10.0 tpg) and tied for fourth in TFL's with 8.0... Senior DE Tyler Clutts is second in sacks with 5.5 and junior DT Jon Monga is tied for third with 5.0 sacks... Sophomore CB/PR A.J. Jefferson leads the league and ranks second in the nation in kick returns (32.9 ypr) but does not have a return for a TD yet this season... As a team, Fresno State is fourth in the league in scoring offense (30.5 ppg) and third in scoring defense (25.9 ppg)... Fresno State's offense is third in rushing offense (190.0 ypg) and sixth in passing offense (196.1 ypg) to rank fifth in total offense (386.1 ypg)... The Bulldogs are second in passing defense (190.1 ypg) and eighth in rushing defense (210.2 ypg) to rank fourth in total defense (400.4 ypg)... Fresno State head coach Pat Hill is 10-3 all-time vs. Utah State, going 5-1 as an assistant coach at Fresno State (1984-89), 3-1 as assistant coach at Utah (1977-80) and 2-1 as head coach of Fresno State (1997-present).
UTAH STATE-FRESNO STATE COMMON FOES -- USU and FS have three common opponents this season in Louisiana Tech, Nevada and San Jose State, with USU hosting all three of them and losing all three, losing to La Tech, 31-21, on Saturday, dropping a 31-28 game to Nevada on Oct. 20 and losing 23-20 to SJSU on Sept. 22... Meanwhile Fresno State was 3-0 against those three, hosting and beating La Tech, 17-6, on Sept. 29, winning 49-41 at Nevada on Oct. 6 and hosting and routing San Jose State, 30-0 on Oct. 20.
USU-FS SERIES -- Last year's 13-12 Utah State win snapped a three-game losing skid to Fresno State, as the Bulldogs lead the all-time series by a 11-10-1 count and had claimed the previous three meetings since Utah State posted a 20-19 win against then 25th-ranked Fresno State in 1991... That victory is USU's only win against an AP ranked team in school history... After meeting four straight seasons from 1952-55, the teams played every year from 1978-91 and 1993 when both programs were members of the Big West Conference... The teams met in a non-conference game in 2001, before meeting in 2005 and last year as members of the WAC... The 2001 meeting was scheduled for Sept. 15, but the 9-11 tragedy happened on the Tuesday of that week so the Bulldogs and Aggies agreed to postpone the game until Dec. 1, where FS won 70-21, USU's 15th-largest losing margin (49 points) in school history... The Aggies are 2-9-1 vs. the Bulldogs at Fresno, last winning there on Oct. 25, 1980... Overall, USU has been outscored 33.1-17.5 at Fresno.
AGGIE-BULLDOG NOTE-ABLE -- USU has 40 players on its roster from the state of California, the most from any state on the roster... Two of those players' hometown is Fresno, in senior WR/KR Kevin Robinson (Hoover HS) and sophomore CB Kejon Murphy (Edison HS)... Robinson was high school teammates with Fresno State senior LB Ahijah Land while Murphy was high school teammates with the Bulldogs' senior RB Clifton Smith and redshirt freshman DT Cornell Banks... The Utah State sophomore trio of S James Brindley, OT Brennan McFadden and K Chris Ulinski were high school teammates with Fresno State's redshirt freshman OT Andrew Jackson at Nevada Union HS in Grass Valley, Calif... Other California high school teammates and fellow hometown natives are: Aggie freshman LB Jordan Glass and FS redshirt freshman OT Kenny Wiggins of Elk Grove (Elk Grove HS), USU redshirt freshman DE Nathan Royster and FS redshirt freshman LB Nico Herron and freshman WR Jamel Hamler of San Leandro (San Leandro HS), USU freshman TB Curtis Marsh (Royal HS) and FS redshirt frosh SS Lorne Bell (Simi Valley HS) of Simi Valley, Aggie freshman LB Kyle Gallagher (Douglass HS) and FS sophomore NT Wilson Ramos (Woodland HS) of Woodland and USU freshman DE Steven Clark and FS redshirt frosh PK Dustin Abrams of Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos HS)... Fresno State senior PK/P Kyle Zimmerman and redshirt freshman QB Ryan Colburn are natives of Visalia, Calif., the same hometown as USU Senior Assoc. Athletic Director Jana Doggett and USU Academic Advisor/ Life Skills Coord. Amy Crosbie, wife of former USU QB and current USU Asst. AD/Business Manager Jeff Crosbie... USU offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey was 0-1-1 vs. Fresno State while an assistant coach at UTEP (1994-96)... In the last 12 meetings, Utah State is 3-8-1 vs. Fresno State... The three wins have been by a combined six points (13-12 in 2006, 20-19 in 1991 and 17-13 in 1987) and all three have been at home... Seven of those losses were at Fresno with the Aggies getting outscored by a total of 285-115, an average of 40.7-16.4.
USU BESTS VS. FRESNO STATE -- Here is a look at some of the top USU statistical individual performances against the Bulldogs over the years: Rick Parros had the fifth-highest single-game rushing outing in USU history with 252 yards against Fresno State in 1978... In 1980, Marvin Jackson had an 88-yard rush, tied for the fourth-longest rushing play in school history... Richard Gwynn holds the 10th-longest rush mark with an 80-yard run against FS in 1984... Jack Hill had a 90-yard kick return against Fresno State in 1955, tied for the 12th-longest kick return... Utah State's 70-21 loss at Fresno State in 2001 is the 15th-largest losing margin (49 points)... In addition to the 252 outing Parros had another one of his 14 career 100-yard rushing outings with 168 yards against Fresno State in 1979... Gwynn had the first of two career 100-yard games with 144 yards in 1984... Roger Grant logged one of his 11 100-yard games with 197 yards in 1990... In 1993, James Dye recorded his only 100-yard outing with 112 yards against FS... David Fiefia had the first of four 100-yard games with 116 yards in the Fresno State game in 2001... Brett Stevens had his only 300-yard passing game with 326 yards against the Bulldogs in 1984... The next year, Brent Snyder had the first of his school-record 10 300-yard outings with 335 yards against FS... In 1978, Jimmy Bryany had 125 receiving yards against the Bulldogs... Kendal Smith had 142 receiving yards against Fresno State in 1987, the single-game receiving mark for a USU freshman and the first of the 15 century-yard receiving games he would have, adding another one in 1988 with 101 against the Bulldogs... Kevin Curtis tallied one of his school-record 16 100-yard receiving games with 110 against Fresno State in 2001.
USU-FS LAST TIME -- Freshman quarterback Riley Nelson guided Utah State to a thrilling 13-12 come from behind victory in his first collegiate start on Oct. 7, 2006 at Logan. Nelson found Fresno native Kevin Robinson on a 30-yard touchdown pass with just :55 left in the game to boost the Aggies to just their second victory in their last 13 games. The Aggies drove 80 yards in 11 plays on the game-winning drive just after Fresno State extended its 9-7 lead to 12-7 with a field goal at the 3:56 mark. Nelson was 9-of-19 passing for 120 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Nelson had played the last two series in USU's previous game against Idaho. Nelson was 6-of-6 passing for 57 yards, while rushing three times for 34 more yards on the final drive. He had rushes of 16 and 21 yards on the final series and converted three third-down plays on the drive. Utah State took an early 7-0 lead as Marcus Cross scored on a 54-yard reception late in the first quarter. The Aggies held Fresno State scoreless in the first half, marking the first time the opponents did not score before the break since 2003. Fresno State evened the score at the 9:04 mark of the third quarter on a 60-yard pass to Chastin West. Fresno State took the lead on a safety when an errant Utah State punt snap sailed back 30 yards into the endzone early in the fourth quarter. Leading 9-7, the visiting Bulldogs added a 29-yard field goal with 3:56 left in the game before USU's final drive. On the night Fresno State outgained Utah State 319 yards to 267 behind 138 rushing yards from Dwayne Wright. The Aggies countered with 93 rushing yards by Cross, as well as 76 on the ground by Nelson.
AGGIES-BULLDOGS LAST TIME AT FRESNO -- Fresno State used a balanced offensive attack and controlled the clock for 34:39 en route to a 53-21 victory against Utah State in 2005. USU struck first after Terrance Washington recorded an interception on Fresno State's first play of the game. The Aggies took over on the Bulldog's 36-yard line and scored five plays later on a Chris Forbes one-yard touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead just three minutes into the game. However, the Bulldogs responded by scoring the game's next 46 points. The Aggies finally got on the board again early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Leon Jackson scored on a one-yard sneak to bring the score to 46-14. The Aggies committed three turnovers in the first half which led to 17 Bulldog points. One of USU's turnovers took place on its own one-yard line. Jackson finished the day hitting 12 of 19 passes for 128 yards and one interception. Fresno native Kevin Robinson had four catches for 99 yards, while Jake Hutton led the team with nine tackles.
CURRENT AGGIE HIGHLIGHTS VS. THE BULLDOGS -- Here is a look at how some current Aggies have fared against Fresno State in their careers: WR/KR Kevin Robinson has 144 yards receiving against FS with 99 yards on four catches and one TD in 2005 and three receptions for 45 yards including the game-winning 30-yard catch for TD with :55 last season... QB/P Leon Jackson III was 12-of-19 passing for 128 yards with one INT in 2005 and did not play QB last year... DE Ben Calderwood had a team and career-high nine tackles last season, the most by an Aggie lineman since 2003, earning WAC Player of the Week honors... LB Jake Hutton had a team-leading nine stops in 2005 but missed last year's meeting with an injury... LB's Derrick Cumbee and Paul Igboeli had seven tackles apiece a year ago against the Bulldogs.
ROBINSON/JACKSON/CALDWELL RANKED -- Senior WR/KR Kevin Robinson leads the WAC and ranks third in the NCAA with 204.6 all-purpose yards per game... Robinson also leads the league and is second in the nation in punt returns (19.6 ypr) as well as third in the conference and 12th in the country in kick returns (30.5 ypr)... Senior QB/P Leon Jackson III leads the WAC and is 34th in the NCAA in punting with a 42.3 average... Freshman K Peter Caldwell is third in the conference in both field goals (10-of-14) and field goal percentage (.714).
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 LA TECH NOTEABLE
ERASING A CURRENT EAGLE FROM RECORD BOOK -- The 82-yard pass play for TD was the longest in USU history since an 80-yard pass from Jose Fuentes to Kevin Curtis (currently of the Philadelphia Eagles) vs. New Mexico in 2002.
LONG DRIVE -- The 97-yard drive was USU's longest of the season and the longest since at least 2002, topping a 96-yard drive vs. Idaho on Nov. 22, 2003.
OSKIE OSKIE -- Junior S Joshua Taylor's interception at the end of the first half was his second of his career and first since his freshman season of 2005... Taylor's INT gave the Aggie defense a pick in six of the eight games.
HALFTIME TRAILERS -- Utah State trailed at halftime for the sixth time this season.
BLANKED IN THE THIRD -- USU was held scoreless in the third quarter for the second game in a row and the sixth time this season.
TWO FOR 100 -- With La Tech's Daniel Porter (22-139) and Patrick Jackson (14-101) both rushing for over 100 yards, they became the second tandem to accomplish that feat on the USU defense this season (Oklahoma).
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 0-8 0-4 Total 4-27 3-17DID YOU KNOW? -- Utah State head coach Brent Guy is 2-2 all-time vs. Fresno State, currently 1-1 as head coach, 1-0 as an assistant at Oklahoma State and 0-1 as an assistant at Utah State.
GUY VS. LA TECH -- Aggie head coach Brent Guy has coached against Fresno State four times in his career. Here is a closer look:
1993 (Utah State Assistant) - L 14-30 at Fresno 1997 (Oklahoma State Assistant) - W 35-0 at Stillwater, Okla. 2005 (Utah State Head Coach) - L 21-53 at Fresno 2006 (Utah State Head Coach) - W 13-12 at LoganDID YOU KNOW? -- Utah State offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey was 0-1-1 vs. Fresno State as an assistant coach at UTEP (1994-96), tying 30-30 in 1004 and losing 47-14 in 1995.
AGGIE ASSISTANT COACHES -- Utah State had two changes on its coaching staff from last year, as Darrell Dickey and Eric Sanders joined the staff.
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 220 passing yards against La Tech is the second-most this season and a season-high at home... The 326 yards of total offense is also the second-most this year and the most at home... After scoring in the first quarter in its previous three games, Utah State did not score in the opening stanza Saturday against La Tech... It was the fifth time this season that the Aggies were scoreless in the first quarter... Senior QB Leon Jackson III's 82-yard pass play to redshirt-freshman Jacob Actkinson was a career-long pass for Jackson and a career-long catch for Actkinson as well as his first career TD... Actkinson had eight catches for only 61 yards on the season prior to that catch... The 82-yard pass play for TD was the longest in USU history since an 80-yard pass from Jose Fuentes to Kevin Curtis (currently of the Philadelphia Eagles) vs. New Mexico in 2002... The 97-yard drive was USU's longest of the season and the longest since at least 2002, topping a 96-yard drive vs. Idaho on Nov. 22, 2003... 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 in the Nevada game 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... Jackson'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 against Nevada and then sophomore QB Jase McCormick led the team in rushing Saturday vs. La Tech... 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 USU's first possession of the Hawai'i game 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 had scored a combined 33 points in the previous two seasons vs UH, scoring 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 at Hawai'i 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)... 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 eight 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, eight vs La Tech)... 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 and McCormick in the La Tech game... 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 and then Robinson with six catches for 58 yards in the La Tech game... 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 -- Louisiana Tech's score on its opening drive was the third game in a row and the fifth time this season that the opposition scored on its opening drive on the USU defense this season... Junior S Joshua Taylor's interception at the end of the first half was his second of his career and first since his freshman season of 2005... Taylor's INT gave the Aggie defense a pick in six of the eight games... Taylor became the seventh different player with an oskie... With La Tech's Daniel Porter (22-139) and Patrick Jackson (14-101) both rushing for over 100 yards, they became the second tandem to accomplish that feat on the USU defense this season (Oklahoma)... La Tech's 518 yards of total offense marked the fourth time this year that the USU defense has yielded over 500 yards of offense to its opponent... 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... 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 ... 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 -- Freshman K Peter Caldwell's 50-yard missed field goal attempt against La Tech was a career-long attempt... 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).
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 4,262NUMBER 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.