Oct. 30, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State football continues to hold high national and conference statistical rankings in this week's Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) statistics, which were released Sunday, after USU's second and final bye week of the season.
The Aggies remain the WAC rushing leaders as well as continuing to rank sixth in the FBS in rushing offense, averaging 278.4 yards per game. USU is also first in the league in addition to 24th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 35.9 ppg. In total offense, USU is second in the conference and 26th in the country with 450.0 ypg.
Defensively, Utah State is tops in the WAC and 20th in the FBS in total defense (324.0 ypg), including also leading the league and ranking 47th in the nation in pass defense (210.1 ypg), as well as ranking third in the league and 27th in the nation in rushing defense (113.9 ypg). Additionally, the Aggie defense has the second-best sacks average in the WAC at 2.1 pg, ranking 46th in the FBS.
On special teams, Utah State also leads the WAC and ranks seventh in the FBS in net punting at 40.9 ypp.
Individually, junior RB Robert Turbin is second in the WAC and 13th in the FBS in rushing (117.9 ypg), while also leading the conference and ranking tied for fifth in the country in scoring (12.0 ppg). Turbin is also sixth in the conference and 47th in the country in all-purpose yards (131.1 ypg).
Freshman QB Chuckie Keeton is second in the WAC and 40th in the FBS in passing efficiency (140.96), in addition to ranking sixth in the league and 74th in the nation in total offense (196.6 ypg).
Junior RB/KR Kerwynn Williams is third in the conference and 23rd in the country in all-purpose yards (152.6 ypg), including ranking fourth in the league and 48th in the nation in kick returns (24.3 ypr).
Defensively, senior LB Bobby Wagner is tops in the WAC and fourth in FBS in tackles at 12.7 per game, fresh of his career-best 20 tackles in the Louisiana Tech game on Oct. 22. Fellow senior LB Kyle Gallagher is 13th in the conference (7.6 pg). Senior DE/LB Levi Koskan is fifth in the league and tied for 53rd in the nation in sacks with .6 pg, while also ranking fourth in the WAC and tied for 65th in the FBS in tackles for loss (1.1 pg). Junior LB Maurice Alexander is tied for seventh in the league and tied for 75th in the nation in sacks (.5 pg)
Junior P Tyler Bennett is second in the WAC and seventh in the FBS in punting at 46.1 ypp. Sophomore PK Josh Thompson is fifth in the league and tied for 87th in the nation in field goals (.7 pg), while ranking tied for fifth in the conference in scoring (6.7 ppg).
Utah State is coming off its second and final bye of the season and returns to WAC play on Saturday, Nov. 5 when it plays at Hawai'i at 10 p.m. (MT).
The Aggies return home to the friendly confines of Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium to host San Jose State on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. (MT).
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