Oct. 29, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
USU Game Notes vs. Texas State
Texas State Game Notes vs. Utah State
TEXAS STATE at UTAH STATE
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GAME TEN INFORMATION
Date: Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012
Kickoff: 1:07 p.m. (MT)
Location: Logan, Utah
Stadium: Merlin Olsen Field at
Romney Stadium (25,513)
Series: First Meeting
Mychal Clanton (Play-by-Play)
Kevin White (Analyst)
Brooks Hansen (Reporter)
Radio: Utah State Sports Network
Al Lewis (Play-by-Play)
Craig Hislop (Analyst)
Live Stats: UtahStateAggies.com
Twitter Updates: /USUFootball
Utah State's 7-2 start to the season is its best since 1978 when that Aggie team also won seven of its first nine games. Furthermore, USU is 3-0 in conference play for the first time since 2000 when that team won its first four Big West games.
Utah State has now won at least seven games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1978 and 1979 campaigns, and for just the eighth time in school history. Overall, it is the 21st time in school history that USU has won at least seven games.
Utah State's 12-3 record in its last 15 games under head coach Gary Andersen is its best stretch since going 12-3 during the 1972-73 seasons as the 1972 team won its final five games and the 1973 squad started the year with a 7-3 record. USU's three losses during its last 15 games have been by a combined six points against Ohio (24-23) in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and at No. 22 Wisconsin (16-14) and at BYU (6-3) this season.
Utah State's eight-straight WAC wins is the most league wins in a row in school history bettering the 1979 and 1980 teams that combined for seven-straight Big West Conference wins. All-time, USU is 21-37 (.362) in WAC play.
Utah State has won each of its last six home games and is 14-7 (.667) at home under Andersen including a 6-6 (.500) conference record. USU's current six-game home winning streak is its longest since the 1966-68 teams combined to win eight-straight home games. All-time, USU is 119-95 (.556) at Romney Stadium.
Utah State has 55 players in its program from the state of Utah, while Texas State has 87 players on its roster from the state of Texas.
Utah State has out-scored its opponents 89-6 in the first quarter this year and 171-45 in the first-half. Overall, USU had led at the half in eight of its nine games this year (trailed BYU, 6-3).
Utah State has won fourth-straight games during the month of November and is 8-3 during the 11th month of the year under Andersen. USU is also 5-6-1 all-time in known games played on Nov. 3.
UTAH STATE CONTINUES WAC PLAY HOSTING TEXAS STATE
Utah State (7-2, 3-0 WAC) continues Western Athletic Conference play this week as it hosts Texas State (3-4, 1-1) on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1:07 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised regionally by KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2) with Mychal Clanton (play-by-play), Kevin White (analyst) and Brooks Hansen (reporter) on the call. Live audio and streaming of the game is also available at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Live stats will be available through GameTracker, while Twitter updates - @USUFootball - will also be a part of Utah State's GameDay coverage.
UTAH STATE RECEIVING VOTES IN ESPN/USA TODAY COACHES' POLL
Following its third straight win, a 48-17 road victory at UTSA in its last game, Utah State received four votes in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll to rank tied for 39th in the nation along with Western Kentucky. It is the second time this year that USU has received top 25 votes, as it garnered one vote in the Associated Press top 25 poll following its 27-20 overtime home win against Utah on Sept. 7. Prior to this season, the last time USU received votes in any top 25 poll was in 1978 when that Aggie team won its first five games to rank 18th in the country in the United Press International Poll (UPI). USU is one of two WAC teams to receive top 25 votes this week as Louisiana Tech (7-1, 2-0 WAC) is ranked 22nd in the AP poll and 23rd in the coaches' poll. USU plays at LTU on Saturday, Nov. 17.
UTAH STATE BOWL-ELIGIBLE FOR SECOND-STRAIGHT SEASON
With its 7-2 record thus far in 2012, Utah State is bowl-eligible for the second time in as many seasons. In all, USU has played in six bowl games in school history (1946 Raisin Bowl, 1960 Sun Bowl, 1961 Gotham Bowl, 1993 Las Vegas Bowl, 1997 Humanitarian Bowl, 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) and has gone to back-to-back bowl games just once playing in the 1960 Sun Bowl and the 1961 Gotham Bowl.
UTAH STATE RECORDS SEVENTH WIN IN OCTOBER FOR THIRD TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY
With its 48-17 win at UTSA, Utah State recorded its seventh win in the month of October for just the third time in school history joining the 1960 and 1965 teams.
UTAH STATE ONE OF 23 TEAMS IN THE NATION WITH SEVEN WINS
Utah State is one of 23 teams in the nation with seven wins on the season after posting a 48-17 road win at UTSA in its last game. Ohio State leads the nation with nine wins, while Alabama, Florida State, Kansas State, Louisville, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Oregon and Toledo all have eight wins. Schools with seven wins thus far this year include, Boise State, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Kent State, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Ohio, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tulsa and Utah State.
ANDERSEN EIGHTH WINNINGEST COACH IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Following Utah State's 48-17 road win at UTSA in its last outing, head coach Gary Andersen is now 22-24 in his fourth year at USU to rank as the eighth-most wins in school history.
UTAH STATE OFFENSIVELY DURING ITS LAST THREE GAMES
Utah State has played very well offensively during its last three games in wins at San Jose State (49-27), at home against New Mexico State (41-7), and at UTSA (48-17). During its last three games, Utah State is averaging 46.0 points and 507.7 yards of total offense per game (309.0-passing, 198.7-rushing). USU is also 23-of-43 (.535) on third downs during its last three games and averaging 7.6 yards per play. Individually, senior running back Kerwynn Williams has 41 carries for 348 yards (116.0 ypg) to go along with 10 receptions for 192 yards (64.0) during his last three games, while scoring seven touchdowns (6-rushing, 1-receiving). Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton is 69-of-97 passing for 870 yards (290.0) with eight touchdowns and one interception during his last three games. Keeton has also carried the ball 19 times for 129 yards (43.0) with three touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Chuck Jacobs has nine receptions for 146 yards (48.7 ypg) with two touchdowns, senior wide receiver Matt Austin has nine receptions for 115 yards (38.3 ypg) with one touchdown, senior wide receiver Cameron Webb has nine receptions for 106 yards (35.3 ypg) with one touchdown, and senior tight end Kellen Bartlett has 12 receptions for 85 yards (28.3 ypg) with one touchdown in USU's last three game.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has had 66 players earn academic all-WAC honors and 84 players have graduated from Utah State University in Gary Andersen's first three years as head coach. In 2011, USU had a WAC-leading 18 academic all-conference honorees.
A LOOK AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 7-2 on the year and 3-0 in WAC play after posting a 48-17 road win at UTSA in its last outing. Offensively, USU is led by sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton who is 197-of-290 passing for 2,355 yards (251.9 ypg) with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. Senior running back Kerwynn Williams leads the team with 885 rushing yards on 144 carries (98.3 ypg) with nine touchdowns, and Williams leads the team with 33 catches for 493 yards (54.8 ypg) and three touchdowns. Defensively, senior safety McKade Brady leads the team with 74 tackles (30-solo, 44-assist), including 1.0 tackles for loss. Sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil has 71 tackles (28-solo, 43-assist) with 8.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, one blocked kick and one fumble recovery. And junior linebacker Jake Doughty has 65 tackles (17-solo, 48-assist) with 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks and one fumble recovery. As a team, USU is averaging 31.3 points and 448.6 yards of total offense per game (270.4-passing, 178.1-rushing) and allowing just 14.2 points and 319.4 yards of total offense (223.4-passing, 96.0-rushing).
UTAH STATE HAS WON SIX OF ITS LAST EIGHT ROAD GAMES
Utah State has won six of its last eight road games dating back to 2011, including a 3-2 record this year as it lost at No. 22 Wisconsin (16-14), won at Colorado State (31-19), lost at BYU (6-3), won at San Jose State (49-27), and won at UTSA (48-17). USU ended the 2011 season with road wins at Hawai`i (35-31), Idaho (49-42 2OT), and New Mexico State (24-21). USU has also won five-straight WAC road games to rank as the longest conference winning streak on the road since the 1995, 1996 and 1997 teams combined to win six-straight Big West road games. Overall, USU is 8-16 (.333) in road games under Andersen.
UTAH STATE SCORES 40-PLUS POINTS IN THREE STRAIGHT GAMES
Following its 48-17 road win at UTSA, Utah State has now scored 40-plus points in three-straight games to go along with its 49-27 road win at San Jose State and its 41-7 home win against New Mexico State. The last time USU scored 40-plus points in three-straight games was during the 1990 season when it defeated New Mexico State (55-10) at home, Cal State Fullerton (45-17) on the road and Pacific (51-45) at home. Furthermore, USU has scored at least 27 points in the first-half of each of its last three games with 28 points against SJSU and NMSU, and 27 points against UTSA. In its previous 113 years of Utah State football, no Aggie team has ever scored 40-plus points in four-straight games.
UTAH STATE SCORING FIRST TOUCHDOWN IN A HURRY IN LAST TWO GAMES
Utah State has scored its first touchdown in each of its last two games in a hurry. Two weeks ago against New Mexico State, USU scored on its first offensive play of the game on a 76-yard screen pass from sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton to senior running back Kerwynn Williams. This past week against UTSA, USU scored on its second offensive play of the game as Keeton threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Kellen Bartlett.
UTAH STATE BLOCKS FIFTH KICK OF THE YEAR AGAINST NEW MEXICO STATE
Utah State blocked its fifth kick of the season in its last game at UTSA as junior cornerback Devonta Glover-Wright blocked a punt on UTSA's first series of the game. USU's first blocked kick of the season was by sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil who blocked a Utah punt that was recovered in the end zone by junior safety Clayton Christensen. The Aggies' second blocked kick of the year was by redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Nielsen who blocked an extra point in the Wisconsin game. USU's third blocked kick of the season was at BYU as junior defensive lineman Paul Piukala blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt. And its fourth blocked kick of the year was against New Mexico State as redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt.
UTAH STATE GIVES UP JUST SECOND RUSHING TOUCHDOWN OF THE SEASON TO UTSA
Utah State allowed just its second rushing touchdown of the season in its last game at UTSA as the Roadrunners' Evans Okotcha scored from seven yards out in the third quarter. Wisconsin's Montee Ball has the only other rushing touchdown against USU this year on a 17-yard run, also in the third quarter.
TEAM NOTABLES AGAINST UTSA
Utah State's 522 yards of total offense are its third-most this year and USU has had 500-plus yards of total offense four times in nine games this season. USU also had 394 passing yards against UTSA, which are its second-most of the season. Utah State tied its season-high with 10 third-down conversions as it was 10-of-17 in the game. USU was also 10-of-17 on third downs at Colorado State. Utah State has now scored on its first possession of the game for the third-straight game and for the fifth time this year joining the Southern Utah and Colorado State games.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has won each of its last three games by at least 22 points with wins against San Jose State (48-27), New Mexico State (41-7) and UTSA (48-17). The last time USU won three games by at least 20 points was in 1990 when that Aggie team recorded home wins against UNLV (31-6) and New Mexico State (55-10), to go along with a road win at Cal State Fullerton (45-17).
KEETON NAMED WAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR THIRD TIME THIS SEASON
For the third time this season, sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton has been named the WAC's Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in leading Utah State to a 48-17 WAC road win at UTSA Saturday afternoon. Keeton was also named College Sports Madness' WAC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Against UTSA, Keeton helped Utah State score 40-plus points in its third-straight game for the first time since 1990 as the Aggies had 522 yards of total offense (394-passing, 128-rushing). Overall, Keeton completed 27-of-36 passes for 340 yards against the Roadrunners, as those 27 completions are a career-high. Keeton also had three touchdowns in the game to go along with one rushing yard on six carries. Overall, it was Keeton's third career 300-yard passing game as his 340 yards Saturday rank as the second-most in his career. Overall, Keeton is the fifth Aggie this year to earn WAC Player of the Week honors for the eighth time joining senior punter Tyler Bennett (9/10), senior running back Kerwynn Williams (9/24), redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell (10/8, 10/15), and redshirt sophomore placekicker Nick Diaz (10/22). Keeton, who was also named the WAC's Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 10 and Oct. 1, becomes the first Aggie to earn conference player of the week honors three times in one season since Aaron Jones was named the Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week three times in 2000. As for the WAC, Keeton is the league's first three-time winner since Hawaii's Bryant Moniz and Boise State's Kellen Moore won Offensive Player of the Week honors, four and three times apiece, respectively, during the 2010 season.
BARTLETT AND FACKRELL EARN COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS
Senior tight end Kellen Bartlett and redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell both earned honorable mention honors at their respective positions from College Football Performance Awards this past week following Utah State's 48-17 road win against at UTSA. Bartlett had five receptions for 39 yards against UTSA, including his second career touchdown reception on a 2-yard pass on USU's first offensive series of the game. Fackrell had a team-high tying seven tackles (2-solo, 5-assist) against UTSA, to go along with his second career interception that he returned two yards. Fackrell also had one tackle for loss in the game.
KEETON COMPLETES CAREER-HIGH 27 PASSES AT UTSA
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton was 27-of-36 passing for 340 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in his last game at UTSA, and those 27 completions are a career-high. Furthermore, those 340 passing yards are the second-most for Keeton in his career and it is the third-time in his career that he has thrown for 300 yards in a game. Overall, Keeton has now thrown for at least 200 yards seven times this season and 10 times in his career. As for touchdown passes, it is the third time this year and fourth time in his career he has thrown at least three touchdown passes in a game. It is also the seventh time this year and 10th time in his career he has thrown at least two touchdown passes in a game.
TWELVE AGGIES CATCH A PASS AGAINST UTSA
Utah State had 12 different players catch at least one pass in its last game at UTSA, which is a season-high, and the most since 13 Aggies caught passes against New Mexico State in 2008. Players with at least one reception against UTSA include: Keegan Andersen, Matt Austin, Kellen Bartlett, Devonta Glover-Wright, Joe Hill, Chuck Jacobs, Kelvin Lee, Travis Van Leeuwen, Bruce Natson, Travis Reynolds, Cameron Webb and Kerwynn Williams.
UTAH STATE RECORDS TWO INTERCEPTIONS AGAINST UTSA
For the first time since its 2011 season finale at New Mexico State, Utah State intercepted a pair of passes in the same game as senior cornerback Will Davis recorded his second interception of the season on the last play of the first half, while redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell recorded his second career interception in the third quarter. Overall, USU now has six interceptions on the season (2-Will Davis, 2-Kyler Fackrell, 1-Terrence Alston, 1-La'Bradford Harold) as compared to just four during the 2011 season.
PLAYER NOTABLES AGAINST UTSA
Junior cornerback Devonta Glover-Wright recorded his first career blocked kick on a punt in the first quarter. Glover-Wright also had a career-high two receptions for a career-best 15 yards. Senior tight end Kellen Bartlett caught his second career touchdown pass, from two yards, in the first quarter. Senior wide receiver Cameron Webb caught his first career touchdown pass, a 29-yard reception in the second quarter. Webb had a career-high five catches for a career-high 59 yards in the game. Freshman wide receiver Bruce Natson had a career-high four catches for a career-high 29 yards. Sophomore running back Joe Hill recorded his fifth rushing touchdown of the season with a 1-yard run in the third quarter. He also tied his career-high with three receptions and had his second career receiving touchdown on a 16-yard pass, also in the third quarter. Freshman running back Kelvin Lee had career-highs in receptions (2) and receiving yards (42). He also had a career-high seven rushes in the game. Sophomore quarterback Craig Harrison was 5-of-6 passing for 54 yards, all of which are career-highs. Senior defensive lineman Al Lapuaho recorded his third sack of the year and fourth of his career. Junior defensive lineman Connor Williams recorded his fifth sack of the season. Junior linebacker Cade Cowdin had a career-high six tackles. Sophomore placekicker Nick Diaz tied his career-high with two field goals (24, 22). Diaz also made a pair of field goals last week versus New Mexico State.
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKS AMONG THE TOP 20 NATIONALLY IN FOUR CATEGORIES
Utah State's defense continues to be among the best in the nation and currently ranks first in the WAC and fifth in the country averaging 3.56 sacks per game. USU also leads the WAC and ranks sixth in the nation in scoring defense (14.2 ppg), first in the WAC and 11th in the nation in rushing defense (96.0 ypg), first in the WAC and 19th in the nation in total defense (319.4 ypg), first in the WAC and 28th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (114.8), and second in the WAC and 50th in the nation in passing defense (223.4 ypg).
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKS 10TH IN THE NATION IN REDZONE EFFICIENCY
Utah State's defense has done a great job of not allowing teams to score once it enters the redzone as USU's opponents are 18-of-27 (.667) inside the 20 this season to lead the WAC and rank 10th in the nation. Of those 25 trips USU's opponents have made to the redzone, they have come away with just nine touchdowns and nine field goals, to go along with two missed field goals, two interceptions, one fumble and a loss on downs four times.
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKS EIGHTH IN THE NATION IN THREE-AND-OUTS
Utah State's defense ranks eighth in the nation with an average of 4.89 three-and-outs per game on the season and has forced a three-and-out by its opposition 44 times on 124 drives, which averages out to 35.5 percent of the time.
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKS 21ST IN THE NATION IN THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY
Utah State's defense is allowing its opponents to convert just 32.69 percent of its third downs (51-156), which leads the WAC and ranks 21st in the nation.
UTAH STATE RANKS SECOND IN THE WAC IN TOTAL OFFENSE
After producing 522 yards of total offense in its last game, Utah State now ranks second in the WAC and 34th in the nation in total offense (448.6 ypg). USU also ranks second in the WAC and 48th in the nation in rushing offense (178.1 ypg), third in the WAC and 21st in the nation in passing efficiency (152.9), third in the WAC and 38th in the nation in passing offense (270.4 ypg), third in the WAC and 50th in the nation in scoring offense (31.3 ppg), and fourth in the WAC and 53rd in the nation in sacks allowed (1.67 pg).
UTAH STATE RANKS 38TH IN THE NATION IN PUNTING
As of Oct. 28, Utah State ranks third in the WAC and 35th in the nation in net punting (38.6 ypk), third in the WAC and 33rd in the nation in punt returns (11.0 ypr), and fourth in the WAC and 63rd in the nation in kickoff returns (21.3 ypr).
UTAH STATE PLAYERS IN THE WAC AND NATIONAL RANKINGS
As of Oct. 28, senior running back Kerwynn Williams ranks first in the WAC and 16th in the nation in all-purpose yards (153.1 ypg), second in the WAC and 32nd in the nation in rushing (98.3 ypg), fourth in the WAC and tied for 57th in the nation in scoring (8.0 ppg), eighth in the WAC in receiving (54.8 ypg), and ninth in the WAC in total offense (98.3 ypg). Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton ranks second in the WAC and 17th in the nation in total offense (301.4 ypg), third in the WAC and 20th in the nation in passing efficiency (154.3), third in the WAC and 29th in the nation in passing (261.7 ypg), and 10th in the WAC in rushing (39.8 ypg). Senior punter Tyler Bennett ranks fifth in the WAC and 44th in the nation in punting (42.0 ypk). Senior wide receiver Cameron Webb ranks third in the WAC and 36th in the nation in punt returns (9.2 ypr). Senior wide receiver Chuck Jacobs ranks fourth in the WAC and 43rd in the nation in kick returns (23.5 ypr). Senior safety McKade Brady ranks fourth in the WAC and tied for 82nd in the nation in tackles (8.2 pg). Sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil ranks fourth in the WAC and tied for 95th in the nation in tackles for loss (0.94 pg), tied for fourth in the WAC and tied for 74th in the nation in sacks (0.56 pg), and sixth in the WAC and tied for 100th in the nation in tackles (7.9 pg). Junior linebacker Jake Doughty ranks eighth in the WAC in tackles (7.2 pg). Redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell ranks tied for ninth in the WAC in interceptions (0.22) and 12th in the WAC in tackles (6.9 pg). Sophomore safety Brian Suite ranks 17th in the WAC in tackles (6.6 pg). Junior cornerback Nevin Lawson ranks 27th in the WAC in tackles (5.4 pg). Senior linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu ranks 34th in the WAC in tackles (5.1 pg). Senior cornerback Will Davis ranks second in the WAC and eighth in the nation in passes defended (1.67 pg), tied for ninth in the WAC in interceptions (0.22), and 39th in the WAC in tackles (4.7 pg). Senior cornerback Terrence Alston ranks seventh in the WAC and tied for 85th in the nation in passes defended (0.89 pg). Junior defensive lineman Connor Williams ranks tied for fourth in the WAC and tied for 74th in the nation in sacks (0.56 pg). And redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Nielsen ranks sixth in the WAC and tied for 100th in the nation in sacks (0.44 pg).
AGGIES DEFENSE RANKS AMONG THE BEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State is allowing just 14.2 points per game which is the fewest by an Aggie defense since the 1963 team allowed 9.9 points per game. In fact, the last Aggie defense to allow fewer than 20 points a game was in 1983 (19.5). Furthermore, USU's defense has not allowed a single team this year to run from more than 160 yards. In fact, USU has held 18 straight opponents to less than 200 yards rushing and the last team to rush for 200 yards against Utah State was BYU (208) in 2011.
DID YOU KNOW?
Junior cornerback Devonta Glover-Wright is the first Utah State player to play on both sides of the ball since redshirt sophomore teammate Rashard Stewart did so during his freshman season in 2010.
WILLIAMS RANKS AMONG BEST ALL-AROUND PLAYERS IN WAC HISTORY
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams ranks as one of the best all-around offensive players in Western Athletic Conference history as he has 6,081 all-purpose yards to rank second all-time at Utah State and fourth all-time in the WAC. Kevin Robinson (2004-07) is USU's all-time leader in all-purpose yardage with 6,479 yards, while New Mexico State's Terance Mathis is the WAC's all-time leader with 6,691 all-purpose yards. Williams is also the WAC's all-time leader in kick return yards with 3,392 and is the conference's active leader in career rushing yards with 1,888.
WILLIAMS RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams now ranks 10th all-time at Utah State with 16 career rushing touchdowns after scoring on a pair of 1-yard runs in his last game against UTSA. Williams is now one rushing touchdown shy of tying Diondre Borel (2007-10) for ninth-place with 17 career rushing touchdowns and the school record is 40 rushing touchdowns set by Robert Turbin (2007-09, 2011) and Abu Wilson (1992, 1994-96). Overall, Williams now has nine rushing touchdowns this year and three multi-touchdown rushing games, to go along with three career receiving touchdowns. He also has three 100-yard rushing games this year and four in his career.
WILLIAMS NEARING UTAH STATE CAREER TOP 10 IN RUSHING
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams has rushed for 1,888 yards during his Aggie career and is now just 35 yards shy of tying Jay Van Noy (1946-49) for 10th all-time in school history with 1,923 career rushing yards. Thus far this year, Williams has rushed for 885 yards and is just 115 yards shy of becoming the 11th Aggie to rush for 1,000 yards in a single-season for the 16th time in school history.
KEETON RANKS FIRST ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN COMPLETION PERCENTAGE
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton is 303-of-464 passing during his brief Utah State career with a completion percentage of 65.3 percent, which ranks first all-time in school history. Keith Myers (1976-77) entered the 2011 season as the school record holder at 60.7 percent. Thus far in 2012, Keeton is completing 67.9 percent of his passes (197-290), which would rank second all-time at USU for a single-season behind Adam Kennedy's mark last year (.691).
KEETON RANKS EIGHTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN TOUCHDOWN PASSES
After throwing three touchdown passes in his last game at UTSA, sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton now ranks among the top 10 quarterbacks all-time in school history in touchdown passes. Through nine games this year, Keeton has thrown 19 touchdown passes to rank tied for sixth all-time at USU for a single-season along with Anthony Calvillo (1993). The school record for touchdown passes in a single season is 24 set by Jose Fuentes in 2001. Keeton also has 30 touchdown passes in his career to rank tied for eighth all-time in school history with John Pappas (1966-68). The school record for career touchdown passes is 60 set by Fuentes (1999-2002). Overall, Keeton is now just one touchdown pass shy of tying Fuentes (2002), Brent Snyder (1987) and Bob Gagliano (1980) for third-place on the USU single-season list with 20 touchdown passes, and one touchdown pass shy of tying Ron Lopez (1990-91) for seventh-place on the USU career list with 31 touchdown passes.
KEETON RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN COMPLETIONS
With his career-high 27 completions in his last game at UTSA, sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton now ranks 10th all-time at Utah State with 303 career completions and is 31 completions shy of tying Matt Sauk (1996-97) for ninth-place with 334 career completions. The school record is 704 completions set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002). Thus far this year, Keeton has completed 197 passes and is just four completions shy of tying Anthony Calvillo (1992) for 10th all-time in school history in a single-season with 201 completions. The single-season school record for completions is 260 set by Fuentes in 2001.
KEETON RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN TOTAL OFFENSE
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton had 341 yards of total offense in his last game against UTSA, and now has 4,206 yards of total offense in his career to rank 10th all-time in school history. The school record for total offense is 8,791 yards by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002) and Keeton is now 638 yards of total offense shy of tying Travis Cox (2001-04) for ninth-place with 4,844 yards. Keeton also has 2,713 yards of total offense thus far in 2012 to rank 10th all-time at Utah State for a single-season and is now just 61 yards of total offense shy of tying Brent Snyder (1987) for ninth-place with 2,774 yards. The school record for total offense is 3,343 yards set by Diondre Borel in 2009.
BENNETT RANKS SECOND ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN PUNTING
Senior Tyler Bennett has a career punt average of 43.0 yards on 105 punts (4,518), which ranks second all-time in school history behind Jerry Arguello (1997-98) who averaged 43.5 yards per punt. In 2012, Bennett has punted 47 times for an average of 42.0 yards. He has also had eight punts of 50-plus yards, while 24 have been downed inside the 20-yardline.
DID YOU KNOW?
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams is the NCAA's active leader in four statistical categories as he leads the nation in all-purpose yards (6,081), all-purpose yards per play (12.04), kickoff return yards (3,392) and kickoff returns (134).
UTAH STATE HAS THREE QUICK SCORING DRIVES AGAINST UTSA
Utah State continued its trend as a quick scoring offense in its last game against UTSA, as it had four scoring drives of five plays or less including a two-play scoring drive on its first offensive series, to go along with a three-play scoring drive, a four-play scoring drive, and a five-play scoring drive. On the season, USU's has had three one-play scoring drives, five two-play scoring drives this year, six three-play scoring drives, four four-play scoring drives, and four five-play scoring drives for a total of 21 drives of five plays or less on the season out of a total of 44 scoring drives.
UTAH STATE HAS HAD EIGHT SCORING DRIVES OF AT LEAST 10 PLAYS THIS YEAR
Utah State had two 10-play scoring drives in its last game against UTSA and now has had eighth scoring drives this year of at least 10 plays. Utah State had 19 scoring drives of at least 10 plays in 2011; 15 scoring drives of at least 10 plays in 2010; and nine scoring drives of at least 10 plays in 2009 for a total of 51 scoring drives of at least 10 plays in Andersen's four years.
UTAH STATE HAS LED FOR MOST OF THE SEASON
Through nine games and 540 minutes of play this season, Utah State has led or been tied for all but 55:40 (90 %). USU began the season by never trailing against Southern Utah in a 34-3 win, and never trailed in its 27-20 overtime win against Utah. Against Wisconsin, USU led for the first 41:54 of that game before the Badgers took the lead late in the third quarter and neither team scored in the fourth quarter. USU then led for the entire game against Colorado State and trailed for just 3:21 during the second quarter against UNLV. Against BYU, USU led for the first 29:57 of the game before BYU scored a touchdown with three seconds remaining in the half. USU then trailed the entire second half. Against San Jose State, the Spartans scored a field goal and led for 4:10 before USU scored a touchdown on its first drive and never trailed the rest of the game. And in its last two games against New Mexico State and UTSA, USU never trailed.
AGGIES IN OVERTIME
With its 27-20 overtime win against Utah on Sept. 7, Utah State improved to 5-4 all-time in overtime, including winning each of its last two as it won a double-overtime game at Idaho (49-42) in 2011. Under Andersen, USU is 2-1 in overtime games with wins against Utah (27-20 OT) and at Idaho (49-42 2OT), and a loss to Colorado State (35-34 2OT). All-time, USU is 3-2 in single-overtime games, 2-1 in double-overtime games, and 0-1 in triple overtime games.
FORMER WALK-ONS PAYING DIVIDENDS AT UTAH STATE
Utah State has had great success with its walk-on program under current head coach Gary Andersen including a pair of middle linebackers who are now starting in junior Jake Doughty and sophomore Zach Vigil. Other former walk-ons who have started this season include senior safety McKade Brady, senior wide receiver Cameron Webb and sophomore safety Frankie Sutera. Other former walk-ons who have made contributions this year include junior defensive lineman B.J. Larsen and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Nielsen, along with junior placekicker Josh Thompson.
THOMPSON SETS SCHOOL RECORDS IN KICKING IN 2011
Junior placekicker Josh Thompson set new Utah State single-season extra point records in 2011 with 57 makes in 58 attempts. Thompson also ranked fifth in school history in extra point percentage (.983). All-time, Thompson ranks fourth at USU in extra point percentage (.971), tied for fifth in extra points made (68) and sixth in extra points attempted (70).
EIGHTH AND FINAL YEAR IN THE WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Utah State is entering its eighth and final year as a member of the Western Athletic Conference as it will officially join the Mountain West Conference on July 1, 2013. In its first seven years in the WAC, USU has posted an 18-37 (.327) mark. Prior to joining the WAC, Utah State was a member of the Sun Belt Conference from 2003-04 and spent two years as a independent (2001-02). USU was also a member of the PCAA/Big West Conference (1978-2000), the Mountain States Conference/Skyline (1938-61), and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (1916-37).
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has eight players on its team who are married (McKade Brady, Clayton Christensen, Nate Needham, Joe Summers, Brad Theurer, Josh Thompson, Kevin Whimpey, Kyle Whimpey), while 17 Aggies have served a two-year LDS Church Mission (Eric Bernston, Clayton Christensen, Jefferson Court, Derek Keller, B.J. Larsen, Jason Luke, Logan Malohifo'ou, Jeff Manning, Alex Marsaw, Nate Needham, Travis Parrish, Eric Schultz, Brad Theurer, Cameron Webb, Kevin Whimpey, Kyle Whimpey and Daniel Wray).
A LOOK AT TEXAS STATE
Texas State is 3-4 on the season and 1-1 in WAC play following its 31-20 road loss at San Jose State last weekend. The Bobcats began the year with a 30-13 road win at Houston, followed by 58-10 home loss to Texas Tech. TSU then recorded a home win against Stephen F. Austin (41-37), followed by a home loss to Nevada (34-21), a road loss at New Mexico (35-14), and a home win against Idaho (38-7), to go along with its road loss at SJSU. Offensively, Texas State is led by senior quarterback Shaun Rutherford who is 100-of-148 passing for 1,149 yards (164.1 ypg) with nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Senior running back Marcus Curry leads the team with 333 rushing yards on 62 carries (55.5 ypg), and junior wide receiver Andy Erickson has 28 catches for 385 yards (55.0 ypg) with three touchdowns. Defensively, senior safety Jason McLean leads the team with 56 tackles (36-solo, 20-assist), while junior linebacker David Mayo has 41 tackles (22-solo, 19-assist). As a team, TSU is averaging 24.9 points and 356.7 yards of total offense per game (193.1-passing, 163.6-rushing) and allowing 30.7 points and 462.4 yards of total offense per game (269.0-passing, 193.4-rushing). Overall, Texas State returns 18 starters (O-8, D-9, ST-1) and 46 lettermen from last year's team that went 6-6 as an FBS Independent. Dennis Franchione is 22-19 in his fourth year as the Bobcats head coach and 196-111 in 27 years as a collegiate head coach.
UTAH STATE AND TEXAS STATE
Utah State and Texas State will be meeting for the first time ever this weekend.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE STATE OF TEXAS
Utah State is 9-15-1 (.380) all-time against teams from the state of Texas including a 5-0 record against West Texas, a 4-3 record against North Texas, a 2-0 record versus UTEP, 1-0 records Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin at UTSA, 0-3 records against Baylor and Texas, an 0-2-1 record against TCU, an 0-2 record versus Texas Tech, and 0-1 records against Houston and Texas A&M.
AGGIES FROM THE STATE OF TEXAS
Utah State has three players on its active roster from the state of Texas in junior running back Robert Marshall (Dallas/A. Maceo Smith HS), sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton (Houston/Cypress Creek HS) and redshirt freshman linebacker La'Bradford Harold (Crowley/Crowley HS).
FIRST TIME STARTERS IN 2012
Eight games into the 2012 season, Utah State has had 11 players make their first career starts at the Division I level. Against Southern Utah, freshman placekicker Brock Warren; senior defensive lineman Havea Lasike; junior offensive guard Kyle Whimpey; junior linebacker Zach Vigil; sophomore safety Frankie Sutera; and redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell all started for the first time. Against Utah, sophomore offensive tackle Kevin Whimpey, sophomore running back Joe Hill and sophomore safety Brian Suite all made their first career starts. At Wisconsin, sophomore defensive lineman Elvis Kamana-Matagi made his first career start. And at Colorado State, senior wide receiver Cameron Webb made his first career start.
YOUNG AGGIES GAINING EXPERIENCE
Of the 66 players that saw action for Utah State in its season opener against Southern Utah, 26 were underclassmen including four true freshmen (K. Lee, L. Malohifo'ou, B. Natson, B. Warren), seven redshirt freshmen (K. Fackrell, T. Fisilau, L. Harold, D. Keller, J. Nielsen, T. Seefeldt, B. Swindall), and 15 sophomores (K. Andersen, J. Bentrude, C. Harrison, J. Haueter, J. Hill, J. Jenkins, E. Kamana-Matagi, C. Keeton, T. McMillian, N. Needham, R. Stewart, B. Suite, F. Sutera, A. Wheat, Jr., Kevin Whimpey). Furthermore, of the 66 players that Utah State played in its season opener against Southern Utah, 22 were playing in their first-ever Division I game, while 11 were playing in their first-ever collegiate game.
AGGIES IN THE NFL
Utah State has eight former football players who are on NFL rosters for the 2012 season including Diondre Borel (Green Bay), Jarrett Bush (Green Bay), John Chick (Jacksonville), Curtis Marsh (Philadelphia), Donald Penn (Tampa Bay), Michael Smith (Tampa Bay), Robert Turbin (Seattle) and Bobby Wagner (Seattle).
Junior defensive lineman Connor Williams (Kanata, Ontario) is one of 46 Canadians currently on Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) rosters.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has had a player rush for at least 100 yards 25 times in the last three-plus years under current head coach Gary Andersen. Prior to that, USU produced a 100-yard rusher 23 times in the previous eight seasons combined. Furthermore, USU has had a player rush for 200 or more yards twice in the past two seasons, but just once in the previous 10 seasons combined.
UTAH STATE SETS SCHOOL RECORD WITH 13 SACKS AT SAN JOSE STATE
Utah State set a school record with 13 sacks in its last game against San Jose State as junior defensive lineman Connor Williams, junior cornerback Nevin Lawson, redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Nielsen all had a career-high two sacks in the game. Aggies with one sack against SJSU included senior linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu, senior defensive lineman Al Lapuaho, junior linebacker Jake Doughty, junior defensive lineman A.J. Pataiali'i, and sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil. USU's previous school record for sacks in a game was eight versus Colorado in 1998 and the NCAA record for sacks in a game is 15 set by TCU in 2000. USU entered its game against the Spartans with 14 sacks on the season.
DIAZ NAMED WAC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore redshirt placekicker Nick Diaz was named the Western Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for the first time in his career following his performance in Utah State's 41-7 home win against New Mexico State. Diaz, who made two field goals and five extra points against NMSU, connected on his first-ever field goal attempt from 53 yards and added a 48-yarder later in the fourth quarter. The 53-yarder was the eighth-longest in school history and the longest for the Aggies since 2008.
FACKRELL FOURTH FRESHMAN IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO EARN WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell was named the WAC's Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 8 and Oct. 15 and is the first Aggie freshman to earn conference player of the week honors in consecutive weeks since Demario Brown was named the Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks during the 1996 season. Overall, Fackrell is just the fourth freshman in school history to earn conference player of the week honors joining current sophomore quarterback teammate Chuckie Keeton who was named the WAC's Offensive Player of the Week in 2011, along with Brown in 1996 and Profail Grier who was named the Big West's Offensive Player of the Week in 1993. Fackrell is also the first player to earn back-to-back WAC Player of the Week honors since Hawaii's Corey Paredes accomplished the feat in 2010. Going back to 1999, no freshman in the WAC has earned back-to-back player of the week honors.
KEETON NAMED WAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AFTER CAREER-HIGH 404 PASSING YARDS
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton was named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in leading Utah State to a 35-13 Homecoming win against UNLV as he completed 21-of-34 passes for a career-high 404 yards against the Rebels. Keeton also had four touchdown passes in the game, the second-most of his career, to go along with four rushing yards on six carries. The 404 passing yards for Keeton rank as the 10th-best in school history and the most by an Aggie quarterback since 2002.
WILLIAMS HAS CAREER NIGHT AGAINST UNLV
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams had a career night against UNLV as he had a career-high seven catches for a career-high 147 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown reception, which is a career-long and the longest play from scrimmage for USU this year. The 147 receiving yards for Williams is the most by an Aggie since Kevin Curtis caught 13 passes for 177 yards against Middle Tennessee in 2002 and the most by a non-receiver since running back Tom Larscheid had 172 receiving yards on three receptions against Hawai`i in 1959. Williams also rushed for 113 yards against the Rebels on 20 carries to become the first Utah State player to have 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game since Robert Turbin rushed for 104 yards on 17 carries and added 116 receiving yards on four receptions against Southern Utah in 2009. For Williams, it was his third career 100-yard rushing game to go along with his first-ever 100-yard receiving game.
WILLIAMS' 205 RUSHING YARDS AGAINST COLORADO STATE AMONG BEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams had one of the best rushing days in school history against Colorado State as his 205 rushing yards on 21 carries ranks tied for the 22nd-best single-game rushing performance in school history and the best since Robert Turbin rushed for 208 yards at Idaho in 2011. Overall, Williams had 227 yards of total offense as he rushed for 205 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns, all career-highs, and added three receptions for 22 yards. Williams had touchdown runs of 26 and 58 yards in the game, with the 58-yarder being a career-long.
WILLIAMS RECORDS EIGHTH-LONGEST RUSH IN SCHOOL HISTORY AGAINST SAN JOSE STATE
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams had his third 100-yard rushing game of the season and the fourth of his career with 176 yards on just 15 carries (11.7 ypc) to go along with a career-high three rushing touchdowns in Utah State's 49-27 road win at San Jose State. Williams had touchdown runs of 50, 86 and 12 yards in the game, and his 86-yard burst in the third quarter ranks as the eighth-longest rush in school history and the longest since Robert Turbin had a school-record 96-yard touchdown run at Utah in 2009.
RECAPPING THE UTSA GAME
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns and senior running back Kerwynn Williams added 90 rushing yards and two more scores to lead Utah State (7-2, 3-0) to an easy 48-17 road win at UTSA (5-3, 1-2) Saturday.
Keeton finished the day completing 27-of-36 passes for 340 yards, to go along with three touchdowns passes in just three quarters of action. For Keeton, those 27 completions are a career-high, while his 340 passing yards are the second-most of his career and his third 300-yard passing game this season.
Williams finished the game with 90 rushing yards on just 13 carries, which included a 68-yard run on the first play of the third quarter. He then scored from 1-yard out two plays later to give USU a 34-3 lead just 51 seconds into the second-half. Williams also scored on a 1-yard run on a fourth down play in the second quarter to cap a 10-play, 71-yard drive to give the visitors a 17-3 advantage. For Williams, it was his third-career multi-touchdown rushing game. Williams also had three receptions for 68 yards in the game.
Utah State also got a pair of touchdowns from sophomore running back Joe Hill who carried the ball seven times for 21 yards and added three receptions for 65 yards. Hill's first score of the game was on a 1-yard run early in the third quarter to give Utah State a 41- 3 advantage, and his second touchdown came late in the third period on a 16-yard reception from Keeton to put the visitors ahead 48-10.
Utah State finished the game with 522 yards of total offense (394-passing, 128 rushing) and held the ball for 32:46. USU was also 10-of-17 on third-down, tying its season-high.
Utah State's special teams made the first big play of the day as junior cornerback Devonta Glover-Wright blocked a UTSA punt that went out of bounds at the 5-yardline on the first series of the game. Two plays later, Keeton hit senior tight end Kellen Bartlett from two yards out to make the score 7-0.
UTSA scored its only points of the first-half on a 29-yard field goal following an interception in the Utah State end zone on a tipped pass from Keeton. In all, the Roadrunners drove 68-yards in 10 plays before stalling at the USU 12.
Utah State increased its lead to 10-3 early in the second quarter on a 22-yard field goal by redshirt sophomore placekicker Nick Diaz. Williams then scored from 1-yard out, senior wide receiver Cameron Webb scored his first career touchdown on a 29 yard pass from Keeton and Diaz added another field goal from 24 yards out to give Utah State a 27-3 halftime lead.
After scoring 20 points in the second quarter, Utah State added 21 more in the third on Williams' second 1-yard run of the game to go along with Hill's two touchdowns as USU scored 34 straight points to put the game away.
UTSA's first touchdown of the game came midway through the third quarter on a 7-yard run from Evans Okotcha and the final points of the game were scored early in the fourth quarter on a 23-yard pass from Ryan Polite to Cole Hicks to make the final score 48-17.
Redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell had a game-high seven tackles, along with junior linebacker Jake Doughty to lead Utah State. Fackrell also intercepted his second pass of the season in the third quarter, while senior cornerback Will Davis also recorded his second interception of the season on the last play of the first-half.
UTSA finished the game with 299 yards of total offense (248-passing, 51-rushing).
HEAD COACH Gary Andersen
Gary Andersen was named Utah State's 26th head coach on Dec. 4, 2008, and since that day Andersen and his staff have worked non-stop to create a culture of accountability and responsibility that would translate into success both on and off the field. And in 2011, Aggie fans saw that plan pay dividends as USU produced a 7-6 record (5-2 Western Athletic Conference) and participated in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the school's first bowl game since 1997.
In his first three years at Utah State, Andersen has compiled a 15-22 (.407) record including a 10-13 (.435) WAC mark as those 15 wins are the most by an Aggie coach in his first three years since John L. Smith went 16-18 (.471) from 1995-97. Furthermore, Andersen has coached 10 players who have earned first or second team all-WAC honors and six players who are currently on NFL rosters, including Michael Smith, Robert Turbin and Bobby Wagner who were all selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. That trio of Aggies drafted in 2012 is the most selections in one year since five USU players were chosen in 1980. Wagner, who was drafted in the second round (47) by the Seattle Seahawks, becomes the highest drafted Aggie since Rulon Jones was the 42nd overall pick in the second round in 1980 by the Denver Broncos.
Along with playing in its first bowl game in over a decade during the 2011 season, Utah State's seven overall wins and five league victories were its most since 1993, while its second-place conference finish was its best since the 2000 team ended the year second in the Big West. Furthermore, those five league wins in 2011 were tied with five other teams (1953, 1960, 1990, 1991, 1993) for the most in school history, while its seven overall wins are tied for the 10th most all-time at Utah State.
Utah State also won its final five games of the regular season in 2011, which is tied for the eighth-longest winning streak in school history and the longest since the 1993 squad won its final six games of the year. USU's three-win turnaround from four wins in 2010 to seven wins in 2011 was among the top 15 in the Football Bowl Subdivision for the year.
During the 2011 season, Andersen's high-octane spread offense was statistically one of the best in the country as it led the WAC and ranked sixth in the nation in rushing offense (282.69 ypg). USU also ranked first in the WAC and 18th in the nation in passing efficiency (151.8), first in the WAC and 23rd in the nation in scoring offense (33.62 ppg), second in the WAC and 20th in the nation in total offense (457.31 ypg), and second in the WAC and 33rd in the nation in fewest sacks allowed per game (1.38 pg).
In 2011, Utah State also established school records for total offense (5,945 yards), rushing yards (3,675), total points (437) and total touchdowns (60).
Highlighting Utah State's offense in 2011 was junior running back Robert Turbin who ended the season as the WAC's Offensive Player of the Year, USU's first in its six years in the league, and just its second such offensive award in school history. During the season, Turbin ranked first in the WAC and eighth in the nation in scoring (10.62 ppg), second in the WAC and 13th in the nation in rushing (116.69 ypg), and sixth in the WAC and 40th in the nation in all-purpose yardage (129.85 ypg). He ended the year setting single-season school records for rushing touchdowns (19), total touchdowns (23) and points scored (138), while his 1,517 rushing yards rank third all-time at USU for a single-season.
Turbin, who was drafted in the fourth round (106) of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, ended his Aggie career ranking first in both total touchdowns (51) and points scored (308), while his 3,315 career rushing yards ranks fifth all-time in school history.
Andersen's defense was also formidable during the 2011 season as it ended the year ranking first in the WAC and 50th in the nation in total defense (366.23), second in the WAC and 31st in the nation in rushing defense (127.70 ypg), second in the WAC and 53rd nationally in tackles for loss (5.92 pg), third in the WAC and 48th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (125.58), and third in the WAC and 59th in the nation in sacks (1.92 pg).
Utah State's top defensive player in 2011 was Wagner who earned first-team all-WAC honors after ranking first in the league and eighth nationally with 11.31 tackles per game. Wagner, who is one of just eight players in school history to be a three-time first-team all-conference selection, ended his career with 446 career tackles to rank first all-time in WAC and tied for first all-time in school history.
Along with all of his Utah State accolades, Wagner also received some national exposure after being named the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Senior Bowl, leading the North to a 23-13 win. Smith was also recognized for his performance in the Players Classic All-Star Game as he was named the North's Offensive MVP.
Other Aggies to earn first-team all-WAC honors under Andersen's tutelage include offensive linemen Philip Gapelu (2011) and Tyler Larsen (2011), while those who have been named to the league's second-team include defensive end Levi Koskan (2011), tight end Tarren Lloyd (2011), defensive back Curtis Marsh (2010) and Turbin (2009).
Along with all of Utah State's success on the field under Andersen, there has been just as much success in the classroom as 66 Aggies have earned academic all-WAC honors, while another 84 have graduated from the University. Furthermore, Utah State had 18 football players earn academic all-WAC honorees this past year to rank first in the conference.
Andersen came to Utah State after five seasons as the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Utah, where he helped guide the Utes to a 13-0 record in 2008. Utah finished the season ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press poll after winning the BCS Sugar Bowl with a dominating 31-17 victory against Alabama.
In 2008, Andersen was named a finalist for the Broyles Award, honoring the top assistant coach in college football. He was also named a Rivals.com top 10 non-BCS recruiter in 2008 and tabbed as the No. 1 non-BCS recruiter by Rivals.com in 2005.
Overall, Andersen spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Utah after coaching for the Utes from 1997-2002 before becoming the head coach at Southern Utah in 2003 and then returning to Utah in 2004. During his tenure at Utah, Andersen was a part of seven winning bowl teams, including two BCS Bowls as Utah went 12-0 in 2004 and won the Fiesta Bowl, along with its perfect record and Sugar Bowl win in 2008.
During his tenure at Utah, Andersen coached 14 first-team all-conference players (three in 2008), including two Mountain West Conference Defensive Players of the Year in John Frank (1999) and Eric Weddle (2005 and 2006), as well as a consensus All-American in Weddle in 2006. Andersen also coached 10 Ute players drafted in the NFL in Richard Seals, John Frank, Lauvale Sape, Sione Pouha, Jonathan Fanene, Eric Weddle, Paul Soliai, Sean Smith, Brice McCain and Paul Kruger, in addition to several other players who made NFL rosters as free agents.
Andersen's coaching career began in 1988 as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana, where he coached for one season before going to Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) from 1989-92 as the offensive line coach. His other coaching stints include Idaho State (1992-94, defensive line), Park City HS (1994-95, head coach) and Northern Arizona (1995-96, assistant head coach/defensive line/special teams).
A 1986 graduate of Utah, Andersen earned his bachelor's degree in political science. He played center for Utah from 1985-86 after garnering first-team junior college All-American honors in 1984 at Ricks College.
Andersen is married to the former Stacey Lambert, and they have three sons: Keegan (21) and twins Chasen and Hagen (17). Keegan is currently a sophomore tight end on Utah State's football team, while Chasen and Hagen are both seniors at Logan High School. Andersen's brother, Mark, is USU's director of football operations.