USU Heads To Honolulu For Saturday Match-Up With Hawai`i
Oct. 31, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
UTAH STATE at HAWAI`I Saturday, Nov. 5 - 10 p.m. (MT) Oceanic PPV Hawaii TV "Watch Live" Link on UtahStateAggies.com Aloha Stadium (50,000) Honolulu, Hawaii
QUICKLY -- Utah State (2-5, 0-2 WAC) will take its longest road trip of the season in traveling to take on Hawai`i (5-3, 3-1 WAC) on Saturday, Nov. 5... The Aggies and Warriors' final match-up as fellow Western Athletic Conference foes kicks off at 10 p.m. (MT) from UH's Aloha Stadium (50,000)... The game will be televised on Oceanic PPV TV in Hawaii, and streamed online by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at UtahStateAggies.com... The WAC battle, which takes place on National College Football Day, can also be followed on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network as well as streamed online by clicking on the "Listen Live" link at UtahStateAggies.com.
SATURDAY'S STORYLINES -- Things to watch for in Saturday's battle between the Aggies and Warriors:
* USU is seeking its first win at Honolulu since 1966, losing its last three visits to the islands.
NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL DAY -- National College Football Day, observed on the first Saturday of November, was created by the AT&T Cotton Bowl six years ago as a way to pay tribute to a significant moment in our nation's history. On Nov. 6, 1869, Rutgers defeated Princeton, 6-4. More importantly, those college athletes left a lasting legacy that would evolve into the great spectacle of football. In 2007, the holiday took on added significance when the Classic teamed up with The V Foundation for Cancer Research.
FOLLOWING THE GAME AND THE AGGIES
ON TV -- Saturday's game between the Aggies and Warriors will be televised on Oceanic PPV TV in Hawaii, and streamed online by clicking on the "watch live" link at UtahStateAggies.com... The WAC battle, which takes place on National College Football Day, can also be followed on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network as well as streamed online by clicking on the "listen live" link at UtahStateAggies.com.
ON THE AIR -- All Utah State football games are carried live on the Aggie Sports Network: KVNU 610 AM, KVNU 102.1 FM (Cache Valley) and KLZX 95.9 FM in Logan; KZNS (97.5 FM only) in Salt Lake City; on KLZX 105.3 FM in Montpelier, Idaho... All Aggie football games are also on the Internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com by clicking on "Listen Live"... Legendary radio voice Al "Elevator Music Is Awesome" Lewis will handle the play-by-play duties, while former Aggie SID Craig "I Love Chili Even When It's Not Chilly" Hislop provides analysis (for the listeners, not Al).
ON THE INTERNET -- USU home football games are also streamed on the Internet through "Aggies All Access," by clicking on the "Live Aggies Video" link on the home page of www.UtahStateAggies.com... Fans can register and purchase month or season packages to watch.
GAMETRACKER -- Fans can follow all USU Aggie home games through the USU web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com via GameTracker, a free service, which updates play-by-play and statistics throughout the game.
COACHES SHOW ON THE ROAD -- The Gary Andersen radio show will rotate between The Copper Mill and Elements Restaurant on Thursday nights (6:05-7 p.m. on 610 AM KVNU) when the Aggies play on Saturday, with some exceptions, including the BYU and Hawai'i weeks... The show gives USU fans an opportunity to ask questions and interact with Coach Andersen and players.
Upcoming Coaches Shows: Nov. 2 (Wed.) at Elements / Nov. 10 at Copper Mill
UP NEXT -- USU returns 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).
UTAH STATE NOTE-ABLES
Only three of USU's 12 games will be played on natural grass this year: at Auburn, at BYU and at New Mexico State.
Seven of USU's 12 games are at night.
Senior LB Bobby Wagner is a candidate for the:
Junior RB Robert Turbin is a candidate for the:
Junior RB/KR Kerwynn Williams is a candidate for the:
Sophomore OC Tyler Larsen is a candidate for the:
Senior WR Eric Moats is a candidate for the:
ABOUT USU -- Utah State takes a 2-5 overall and 0-2 WAC record to the islands for Saturday's match-up at Hawai'i in USU's final meeting with UH as WAC foes... USU is coming off its second and final bye of the season, which was on the heels of a 24-17 home loss to Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Oct. 22... Freshman QB Chuckie Keeton threw for 128 yards and added 27 yards on the ground and senior LB Bobby Wagner posted a career-high 20 tackles, but Utah State was out-scored 10-0 in the fourth quarter leading to the loss... All five off USU's losses have been by 10 points or less, including four by one score... Utah State, who entered the game as the sixth-best rushing offense in the nation averaging 297.2 yards per game, was held to a season-low 166 rushing yards... USU also ranked 19th in the country in total offense entering Saturday's game averaging 476.0 yards per game, but was held to a season-low 294 yards as it finished with 128 passing yards... Utah State's 17 points were also a season-low after entering the week ranking 18th in the nation with an average of 39.0 points per game... On the season, junior RB Robert Turbin leads the USU offense with 825 yards rushing on 125 carries (6.6 ypc/117.9 ypg) with 12 TD's... Turbin adds eight catches for 93 yards (11.6 ypc) with two scores... Keeton is 101-of-162 (.623) passing for 1,147 yards (163.9 ypg) with 10 TD's, throwing his first INT of the season in the LA Tech game... Junior WR Matt Austin leads the team with 17 catches for 227 yards (13.4 ypc) with one TD... Wagner anchors the Aggie defense with 89 tackles (12.7 pg), while fellow senior LB Kyle Gallagher has posted 53 stops (7.6 pg)... Senior DE/LB Levi Koskan has a team-best 6.5 tackles for loss with 3.5 sacks... Junior RB/KR Kerwynn Williams has a 24.2 kick return average and a 14.0 punt return average, part of his 152.6 ypg all-purpose... Junior P Tyler Bennett has a 46.1 ypp average with 10 of 50+ and a long of 67 yards, as well as 14 punts inside the 20... Sophomore PK Josh Thompson is 5-of-7 on FG's with a long of 43, and is 32-of-33 on PAT's.
ABOUT HAWAI`I -- The Warriors hold a 5-3 overall and 3-1 WAC record after a thrilling, 16-14 win at Idaho Saturday, as senior PK Kenton Chun hit a 35-yard field goal with 32 seconds left for the win... Chun's field goal capped a dramatic final three minutes in which UH rallied for the win... Trailing 14-13 late in the fourth quarter, senior LB Aaron Brown's INT gave UH the ball back for one final possession.... Senior QB Bryant Moniz engineered a 60-yard drive to set-up the game-winning kick... The Vandals did have one final opportunity to win in the final moments but Trey Farquhar's 53-yard FG attempt as time expired was wide left... The 16 points was not only a season-low for UH, but also the Warriors' lowest point total in a win since a 13-10 victory at San Jose State in 2003... Moniz was 32-of-53 passing for 338 yards with one TD and one INT, while senior WR Royce Pollard had 151 yards receiving on a career-high 10 catches... Brown led the UH defense with nine tackles... On the season, Moniz leads the WAC and is sixth in FBS in total offense (338.4 ypg), with 310.4 ypg passing on 218-of-347 (.628) with 20 TD's and five INT's... Moniz adds 224 yards rushing on 68 carries (3.3 ypc/28.0 ypg) with six TD's... Pollard leads the UH receivers with 56 catches for 834 yards (14.9 ypc/104.2 ypg) with seven TD's... Freshman RB Joey Iosefa anchors the Warriors' rushing attack with 343 yards on 67 carries (5.1 ypc/42.9 ypg) with four TD's... Brown has a team-best 62 tackles (8.9 pg) with seven TFL's, ranking second on team behind sophomore LB Art Laurel's 8.5 TFL's... Laurel also leads UH with 7.0 sacks.
USU FOOTBALL CONTINUES TO BE HIGHLY RANKED STATISTICALLY IN FBS AND WAC AFTER BYE WEEK -- 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... 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).
PINNING PUNTER -- Utah State punter Tyler Bennett is good at pinning, not in the wrestling sense, but pinning the opposition inside the 20-yard line, as he is tied for 21st among the nation's FBS punters with 14 punts inside the 20... Nearly half of Bennett's punts (14-of-34, .412) have been inside the 20.
Rank Player, School I20 TB 1. Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech 29 3 --- T21. Tyler Bennett, Utah State 14 4RUSHING FOR FIVE -- Utah State scored five rushing TD's in each of its first three games, before being limited to only one in the BYU game, but then scoring four in the Wyoming game, then two each in the Fresno State and LA Tech games, giving the Aggies 24 rushing TD's on the season in seven games... That ranks eight in the FBS, and USU's 3.4 rushing TD's per game is fourth in the nation behind Georgia Tech's 3.8 TD's pg and both Army and Wisconsin with 3.5 pg each:
TEAM TD's G AVG PG Georgia Tech 9 34 3.8 Army 8 28 3.5 Wisconsin 8 28 3.5 Air Force 8 27 3.4 (3.375) Alabama 8 27 3.4 (3.375) Nebraska 8 25 3.1 Oklahoma St. 8 25 3.1 UTAH STATE 7 24 3.4 (3.429) Temple 8 24 3.0 Northern Ill. 8 24 3.0 Stanford 8 24 3.0 Oregon 8 23 2.9 Nevada 8 22 2.8 TCU 8 22 2.8 UCF 8 22 2.8 LSU 8 21 2.6RED LEADER, RED LEADER -- That title not only is fitting for the Star Wars call sign of the Commander of Red Squadron, but also for the Utah State offense, which leads the WAC and ranks tied for ninth in the FBS... USU converted on 22-of-22 trips before not scoring twice in the Fresno State game on Oct. 15... The Aggies have now scored on 92 percent of their trips to the red zone (24-of-26).
RED ZONE OFFENSE Rank Name Gm Drives Scores Points Rush TD Pass TD FG Pct 1 Stanford 8 47 46 282 19 17 10 .98 2 LSU 8 39 38 237 20 11 7 .97 2 Western Mich. 8 32 31 189 11 13 7 .97 4 Wisconsin 8 40 38 249 21 13 4 .95 5 Air Force 8 35 33 195 22 3 8 .94 6 Texas A&M 8 41 38 224 16 12 10 .93 6 Pittsburgh 8 28 26 162 15 6 5 .93 6 La.-Lafayette 9 27 25 138 12 4 9 .93 9 Nebraska 8 37 34 198 20 4 10 .92 9 UTAH STATE 7 26 24 155 16 5 3 .92BURNING THE BARN -- Utah State has been in four games that have been decided by one score or less, losing to Auburn, 42-38, on Sept. 3, losing to Colorado State, 35-34, in 2OT, on Sept. 24, losing at BYU, 27-24 on Sept. 30 and losing to Louisiana Tech, 24-17, on Oct. 22... Those four losses by a combined 15 points rank the Aggies tied for 15 in the nation for teams in one-score games... USU is one of 18 teams in the country who have had four or more one-score games... The Aggies are also one of five teams with four losses by eight points or less:
GAMES DECIDED BY ONE SCORE - BY PTS Team Games Total Points Navy 3 (0-3) 5 Buffalo 3 (1-2) 5 Navy 4 (0-4, 1 OT) 8 Rutgers 4 (2-2) 8 Idaho 3 (0-3) 10 Notre Dame 3 (1-2) 10 Texas A&M 3 (1-2) 10 South Carolina 4 (3-1) 11 Nevada 3 (2-1) 11 Hawai`i 3 (1-2) 11 BYU 4 (2-2) 12 Colorado State 3 (2-1, one OT) 12 Duke 5 (2-3) 12 Marshall 3 (3-0) 14 Auburn 3 (3-0) 14 San Jose State 3 (2-1) 14 UTAH STATE 4 (0-4, one OT) 15 Mississippi State 3 (1-2) 15 Minnesota 3 (1-2) 15BIG CATCHERS -- Utah State is one of 14 teams in the country with at least six players with a minimum of five catches and average at least 10.5 yards per catch:
UTAH STATE 8 Texas Tech 8 Central Michigan 8 New Mexico State 7 Arizona State 7 Oklahoma State 7 Louisville 7 Alabama 7 Florida State 7 Oklahoma 6 West Virginia 6 North Texas 6 Arkansas 6BIG BERTHA DRIVING -- Utah State's offense is equipped with a Big Bertha driver in its bag, as the Aggies have five scoring drives of 90+ yards this season, including two of 99-yards, ranking tied for the most in the nation for 90+ yard drives:
90+ Yard Scoring Drives 5 UTAH STATE (91, 90, 99, 99, 94) 5 Texas Tech (91, 95, 92, 92, 91) 5 Utah State (91, 90, 99, 99, 94) 4 Georgia Tech (95, 98, 90, 95) 4 Alabama (98, 94, 92, 92) 4 BYU (99, 97, 96, 91) 4 New Mexico State (90,92,90,93) 4 Illinois (95, 95, 97, 90) 4 Middle Tennessee (95, 95, 94, 98)
RUSH, RUSH, RUSH -- Utah State's offense is not rocking out to the hair band, but is doing a lot of rushing, to the tune of 278.4 yards per game... The season total of 1,949 yards through seven games is nearly as much as last year's season total of 2,311 yards... The 278.4 ypg average is on pace to be the Aggies' highest rushing average since 1961 when USU amassed 280.8 ypg... USU's total offense average of 450.0 ypg is on pace to be the second-best in school history behind 468.5 ypg in 1996... Additionally, the Aggies' 35.9 points per game is the highest scoring average since 1961's 38.7 ppg.
USU's Top Offensive Averages Rushing Avg. Total Offense Avg. Scoring Avg. 312.0, 1960 468.5, 1996 38.7, 1961 280.8, 1961 450.0, 2011 35.9, 2011 278.4, 2011 449.4, 1997 33.6, 1997 245.5, 1974 442.1, 1993 31.7, 1963 236.4, 1962 439.3, 2009 31.5, 1979 215.5, 1959 434.8, 1972 30.0, 1996TENACIOUS D -- The Aggies' defense has been much improved this season, as their 324.0 ypg total defense yardage is on pace to be the best since 1998's 319.9 ypg... USU's rushing defense average of 113.9 ypg is on pace to be the lowest since at least 1968
Rushing Avg. 50.8, 1961 82.8, 1966 83.9, 1965 84.7, 1960 93.2, 1963 113.9, 2011MORE POSITIVE PUNT RETURNS -- With 114 punt return yards through seven games, USU has already surpassed last year's season total of 72 total punt return yards... The Aggies also have five punt returns of 10 or more yards compared to three all of last year, equalling last season's total in the Weber State game alone, part of nearly matching 2010's season total with 69 punt returns in that game.
UTAH STATE-HAWAI'I SERIES -- The Warriors hold a 6-5 series advantage, winning the last two in a row and five of the last six meetings with USU's 30-14 win at home in 2008 the lone Aggie victory in that stretch... UH holds a 4-2 lead in Honolulu, winning the last three meetings... USU's last win on the island was in 1966, in the last of a four-game Aggie winning streak... USU lost its first visit to the islands in 1927 (21-20) before winning in its 1959 (48-6) and 1966 (48-0) visits there... After meeting in 1966, the teams didn't meet each other until 2005's match-up at Hawai'i, with the Warriors winning 50-23, their first meeting as fellow WAC foes, and have met every season since.
USU VS. HAWAI`I Overall: 5-6-0 / Home: 3-1-0 / Away: 2-4-0 12-17-27 L 20-21 A 9-14-57 W 26-12 H 12-11-59 W 48-6 A 9-11-65 W 31-12 H 11-26-66 W 48-0 A 11-12-05 L 23-50 A 11-4-06 L 10-63 H 10-6-07 L 37-52 A 11-1-08 W 30-14 H 11-7-09 L 36-49 A 10-23-10 L 7-45 HUSU OFF THE MAINLAND -- Historically, Utah State has had success off the mainland, as the Aggies are a combined 5-4 in games on non-lower 48 state soil, but is just 2-4 at Hawai'i and 3-0 in Japan (W, 50-6 vs. All-Japan in the Silk Bowl in Tokyo, Japan on Dec. 19, 1971; W, 46-6 vs. Japanese All-Stars in Osaka, Japan on Dec. 26, 1971; W, 10-0 vs. Idaho State in Osaka, Japan on Sept. 3, 1978).
USU IN NOVEMBER -- Utah State has won eight of its last 13 games in the month of November... During its six years in the WAC, USU is 9-14 in the American Thanksgiving month, also referred to as "Movember," as males in the United States and Australia grow moustaches and other facial hair in support of men's health issues... Saturday is one of USU's four games in November, marking the sixth time in the last seven years that the Aggies have had four games in the 11th month.
REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER -- Saturday is USU's first game on Nov. 5 since 2005, losing, 27-17 vs. Louisiana Tech... The Aggies are 11-3 on Nov. 5 since 1921, losing the last two on the 5th day of the 11th month, including 6-0 on the road on Guy Fawkes Night,... USU had a nine-game win streak from 1932 to 1988 on the date... Here's a closer look at how USU has fared on Nov. 5:
1921 - W 23-7 at Colorado Mines 1925 - W 26-13 vs. Wyoming 1927 - L 0-6 vs. Colorado State 1932 - W 13-12 vs. Colorado State 1938 - W 3-0 at BYU 1949 - W 22-3 at BYU 1955 - W 47-21 at BYU 1960 - W 17-13 vs. Wyoming 1966 - W 47-9 at Pacific 1977 - W 23-14 at Weber State 1983 - W 22-15 vs. San Jose State 1988 - W 17-10 vs. UNLV 1994 - L 31-49 vs. Eastern Washington 2005 - L 17-27 vs. Louisiana TechAGGIES AND WARRIORS BATTLING IN NOVEMBER -- Nearly half of the 11 meetings between USU and Hawai'i have occurred during November, as Saturday's meeting will be the third in the last four years and the sixth overall... USU is 2-3 vs. UH in November, including 1-2 at Honolulu:
11-26-66 W 48-0 A 11-12-05 L 23-50 A 11-4-06 L 10-63 H 11-1-08 W 30-14 H 11-7-09 L 36-49 AUSU BESTS VS. HAWAI`I -- Here is a look at some of the top USU statistical individual performances against the Warriors over the years: MacArthur Lane had an 84-yard rush against Hawai'i in 1966, the eighth-longest rush in school history... Merrill Johnson and Tom Larscheid connected for a 76-yard pass play against the Warriors in 1959 for what was then the second-longest pass play in USU history (now tied for No. 27)... Jim Swindle had a 90-yard interception return in 1959, USU's fourth-longest INT return... Altie Taylor had what was then the third-longest (now tied for sixth) punt return in 1966 with an 82-yarder... USU piled up 428 rushing yards on Hawai'i in 1966, the seventh-most in USU history... In 1965, the Aggie defense yielded only 115 yards of total offense to Hawai'i, the 13th-lowest total... The next season, the USU defense limited UH to 20 rushing yards, which was the fourth-lowest rushing total at the time (currently 18th)... The 48-0 win in 1966 is the 19th largest winning margin, while the 2006 63-10 loss is the 12th-largest losing margin... The 100-yard kickoff return by Kevin Robinson in 2007 at Hawai'i was the third-longest in school history and the longest in the modern era since the NCAA statistics counted all returns in the end zone as 100-yard returns.
EACH OTHER'S LAST TIME LIST -- On Utah State's "Last Time" list, Hawai`i is referenced twice the last Aggie opponent with 600 yards of total offense was the Warriors in 2010 with 605 yards; the last USU opponent with three players totalling 100 yards receiving, and the only time in school history, was Hawai'i in 2007 with C.J. Hawthorne (9-116 TD), Jason Rivers (7-130, TD) and Ryan Grice-Mullen (5-113) doing so... Utah State is referenced five times on UH's "Last Time" list: the last Hawai`i player with four rushing TD's as well as four all-purpose TD's was Alex Green against USU in 2010; the last time two UH players rushed for 100+ yards was Leon Wright-Jackson (167) and Alex Green (110) vs. USU in 2009; the last UH defensive player with 20+ tackles was Solomon Elimimian with 20 against USU in 2007; the last Warrior 50+ yard field goal was by Dan Kelly with a 54-yarder in 2007; the last time UH rushed for 300+ yards was 360 against USU in 2009.
AGGIE-WARRIOR NOTE-ABLE -- USU has three players and one coach from Hawaii on its roster in redshirt-freshmen DL Elvis Kaman-Matagi (Maui/King Kekaulike HS) and DL Tevita Vaifoou (Hauula/Kahuku HS), along with sophomore S Brian Suite (Makiki/Punahou HS), who is out for the season with an injury, as well as running backs coach Ilaisa Tuiaki (pronounced E-lye-sa Too-ee-ah-kee), who was born in Kahuku, Hawaii... While Hawai`i doesn't have any players from Utah, they have one player who went to Utah State in sophomore QB Jeremy Higgins, who was an Aggie in 2010, seeing action in two games his freshman season before transferring to Hawai`i last spring... USU offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin was a graduate assistant at Cal State Northridge in 1979, where he coached with UH offensive line coach Gordy Shaw, who was the defensive line coach at Cal State Northridge... Travis LaBoy, who redshirted the 1999 season at Utah State, transferred to Hawai'i where he earned WAC Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-WAC honors in 2003 as a defensive end.
UTAH STATE-HAWAI'I CONNECTIONS -- Utah State has several players with hometown or high school connections to Hawai'i players:
Hometown/High School USU Player(s) UH Player(s)CURRENT AGGIE COACHES VS. HAWAI'I -- Utah State has five members of its coaching staff that have faced Hawai'i in previous coaching positions... Due to USU offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin's involvement in the game, Saturday could be a shootout, as his teams averaged 43.5 points vs. Hawai'i in six meetings as either San Jose State head coach (1997-2000) or Michigan State offensive coordinator (2004-'05)... Overall, those five members were a combined 6-7 vs. Hawai'i in their previous roles:
Name Utah State Position Other Position Years Gary Andersen Head Coach Utah Def. Coord. 1998-W, 30-19 (1-0 vs. UH)
UTAH STATE-HAWAI'I BY THE NUMB3R5 -- A closer look at note-ables about Saturday's clash of the Aggies and Warriors:
UTAH STATE-HAWAI`I LAST TIME: 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Hawai'i pulled away from a 7-7 second-quarter tie with 38 unanswered points and joined Mother Nature in raining on Utah State's Homecoming festivities with a 45-7 win on Oct. 23 at a cold, wet Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. Senior quarterback Diondre Borel scored the Aggies' lone points on a 35-yard scamper in the first quarter, becoming just the second Utah State QB to reach the 7,000 career total offense yards milestone, joining Jose Fuentes (1999-2002), who is the school record holder with 8,791 total yards. Borel now has 7,078 yards for his career. USU falls to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in Western Athletic Conference action, while UH won its fifth-straight game to improve to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in WAC play. It was the Warriors' second win in a row over the Aggies and fifth in the last six meetings, taking a 6-5 lead in the all-time series. Utah State's offense was limited to 181 total yards, including 123 passing and 58 rushing. Sophomore running back Kerwynn Williams had 39 yards rushing while sophomore wide receiver Dontel Watkins had three receptions for 59 yards, as he has had at least three catches in all seven USU games this season. Hawai'i amassed 389 yards through the air on Byrant Moniz's 25-of-41 passing with one TD, but was intercepted by the USU defense twice. Greg Salas had nine catches for 158 yards and a TD while Kealoha Pilares had seven receptions for 98 yards. Alex Green had career highs of 172 rushing yards and four TD's on 14 carries, as the Warriors ended the game with 605 yards of total offense. Corey Paredes led the UH defense with game highs of 10 tackles and two interceptions. Junior linebacker Kyle Gallagher led USU with eight tackles, while junior safety Walter McClenton and junior linebacker Bobby Wagner added six stops each. Senior safety Rajric Coleman and senior cornerback Curtis Marsh each snared an interception. It was Coleman's team-lead tying third INT of the season, while it was Marsh's first of the season. Hawai'i took a 7-0 lead at the 4:40 mark of the first quarter, capping a 12-play, 91-yard drive that ate up 7:36 of the clock after senior punter Peter Caldwell had pinned the Warriors at their own 9-yard line following a career-long 66-yard punt. The score would remain 7-0 in the Warriors' favor until 10 seconds into the second stanza, as Borel scored on his 35-yard scamper, breaking through a hole created by the offensive line, and outrunning the Hawai'i defense to the endzone. Hawai'i took the lead for good with a 17-yard TD run by Green with 9:27 in the first half, and UH led, 14-7, at intermission. The rain began to fall harder at the end of the first half, but it didn't slow Hawai'i down, as David Graves scored on a 6-yard fumble recovery, and Green scored on a 36-yard scamper, and it was quickly 28-7. Scott Enos hit a 22-yard field goal with 2:14 left in the third frame and Moniz hit Salas with an 18-yard TD pass to open the fourth-quarter scoring. Green capped the scoring with a 60-yard dash to the endzone with 11:07 on the clock.
Score By Quarters Hawai'i 7 7 17 14 - 45 Utah State 0 7 0 0 - 7AGGIES-WARRIORS LAST TIME AT HONOLULU: 2010
HAWAI'I 49, UTAH STATE 36
November 7, 2009 Honolulu, Hawaii Aloha Stadium
HONOLULU - After Utah State scored first, Hawai'i erupted for 35 unanswered points and went on to beat the Aggies, 49-36, on Nov. 7 at a humid Aloha Stadium. USU is now an even 5-5 all-time vs. Hawai'i, but is 2-4 in Honolulu, losing in its last four visits. The Aggies rang up 446 yards of total offense, but allowed 697 to Hawai'i, including 431 in the first half. Junior QB Diondre Borel was 23-38 passing for 344 yards and two TD's, but threw two interceptions, snapping his streak of passes without an INT at 228, the longest active streak in the nation entering Saturday, leaving Saturday as the third-longest of the year. Sophomore RB Robert Turbin had 60 yards rushing on 13 carries with two TD's, while senior WR Omar Sawyer had six catches for 86 yards and Turbin had six catches for 51 yards total. Hawai'i was led by Bryant Moniz on 21-37 passing for 337 yards with four TDs, two to Greg Salas, part of his 10 catches for 187 yards. Leon Wright-Jackson had 15 rushes for 167 yards and three TDs, while Alex Green added 110 yards rushing. Defensively, sophomore LB Bobby Wagner led the Aggies with nine tackles. Senior CB Kejon Murphy snared his third interception of the season on the first Hawai'i pass of the game, setting up USU's opening score on a 7-yard Turbin run, and the PAT by senior K Chris Ulinski gave USU an early 7-0 lead. But then flood gates opened and Hawai'i erupted for 35 unanswered points, taking a 35-7 lead into halftime. The Warriors opened with a 57-yard TD pass from Moniz to Jon Medeiro, then a 1-yard run by Wright-Jackson, closing the first quarter with a 14-7 lead. Jovonte Taylor caught a 35-yard scoring pass from Moniz, then a Wright-Jackson 9-yard scamper followed by a 10-yard pass from Moniz to Salas. Hawai'i could have had more, closing the half with a field goal attempt, but junior DT Devin Johnson broke through the line to block the kick. UH rang up 431 yards of offense (216 rushing, 215 passing), which was one yard shy of its season-average per game entering the game. USU took the second half kick and charged down the field before Turbin capped the drive with a 3-yard plunge by Turbin, closing to 35-14. After Hawai'i missed a 42-yard field goal, Utah State again marched down the field, finishing the charge with a 16-yard TD toss from Borel to senior TE Jeremy Mitchell, the first tight end catch for a TD of the season, pulling the Aggies within 34-21. Hawai'i's ensuing drive was thwarted by sophomore S Walter McClenton's first career interception and return gave the Aggies the ball back at the UH 6-yard line, but a missed FG left USU without any points. A 5-yard TD scamper by Wright-Jackson capped UH's next possession, opening a 42-21 lead, but USU cut it to 42-28 with a 31-yard catch and run for a TD by junior RB Michael Smith from Borel. That would be the closest the Aggies would get as the Warriors added another TD pass from Moniz to Salas made it 49-28. Borel scored on a 1-yard scamper and hit Sawyer with the two-point conversion with 1:06 left in the game, but Hawai'i recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock for the final margin of 49-36.
Score By Quarters Utah State 7 0 14 15 - 36 Hawai`i 14 21 7 7 - 49
TURBIN NEW USU TOTAL TD RECORD HOLDER -- Junior RB Robert Turbin became Utah State's total touchdowns record holder with his TD in the LA Tech game, giving him 42 career TD's, passing Abu Wilson's 41 career total scores from 1992, 1994-96... Turbin has also broken into the WAC's Top 10 Total TD's list.
Career Touchdowns No. Name Years No. 1. Robert Turbin 2007-pres. 42 2. Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 41 3. Tom Larscheid 1959-61 40 4. Demario Brown 1996-99 37 5. Emmett White 1998-01 32 6. Kevin Robinson 2004-07 29 7. Kendal Smith 1985-88 28 8. Rick Parros 1976-79 27 9. Tracy Jenkins 1988-91 22 10. Aaron Jones 1997-2000 21 Louie Giammona 1973-75 21 Roy Shivers 1964-65 21TURBIN IS EIGHTH AGGIE TO 2,000 FOR CAREER -- Junior RB Robert Turbin became the 20th player in Utah State history to reach the 1,000 career rushing yards milestone in 2009 and just the eighth player in Aggie history to reach the 2,000 mark... Turbin hit the 2K mark as part of his 180-yard performance against Weber State on Sept. 10... Turbin is currently No. 6 on USU's all-time rushing list with 2,592 yards, passing Roger Grant (1990-91) with 2,387 yards... Turbin is 249 yards behind Emmett White (1998-2001) with 2,791 yards for No. 5.
Career Rushing No. Name Years Yds. 1. Demario Brown 1996-1999 4,053 2. Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 3,933 3. Rick Parros 1976-79 3,537 4. Louie Giammona 1973-75 3,499 5. Emmett White 1998-01 2,791 6. Robert Turbin 2007-pres. 2,623 7. Roger Grant 1990-91 2,387 8. Tom Larscheid 1959-61 2,206 9. Altie Taylor 1966-68 1,959 10. Jay Van Noy 1946-49 1,923TOUCHDOWN TIME FOR TURBIN -- Turbin is also climbing USU's career rushing TD list, as he now has 33 career TD's after his rushing score in the BYU game broke a tie with Tom Larscheid (1959-61) with 29 career TD's for sole possession of the No. 3 spot... Turbin needs four more for the No. 2 spot held by Demario Brown (1996-99) with 37 rushing TD's... A closer look at Turbin's career TD climb:
Career Rushing TD's No.Name Years TD 1. Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 40 2. Demario Brown 1996-99 37 3. Robert Turbin 2007-pres 33 4. Tom Larscheid 1959-61 29 5. Emmett White 1998-01 27 6. Rick Parros 1976-79 26 7. Louie Giammona 1973-75 21 8. Roy Shivers 1964-65 18 Diondre Borel 2007-10 18 9. Jack Hill 1956 14 10. Jerry Cox 1973-74 13 Jerry Hughes 1971-72 13 Altie Taylor 1966-68 13OTHER TURBIN MARKS IN TOP 10 CAREER LIST -- With six points scored Saturday at Fresno State, Turbin now has 248 points, moving up to tie Tom Larscheid (1959-61) for the No. 2 spot and the top non-kicker spot, as placekicker Brad Bohn (1997-2000) holds the top spot with 284 career points... Turbin is also moving up USU's career rushing attempts and career rushing average lists:
Career Points Scored No.Name Years Pts. 1. Brad Bohn 1997-2000 284 2. Robert Turbin 2007-pres 254 3. Tom Larscheid 1959-61 248 4. Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 246 5. Demario Brown 1996-99 234 6. Steve Steinke 1977-80 204 7. Micah Knorr 1993-96 197 8. Emmett White 1998-01 194 9. Kevin Robinson 2004-07 182 10. Willie Beecher 1981-84 172 11. Rick Parros 1976-79 170
TURBIN CLIMBING WAC'S CAREER LISTS -- In addition to moving up on USU's career lists, Turbin is also ascending the WAC's career points scored and rushing TD's lists, while closing in on the conference's career rushing list:
WAC Career Points Scored 1. 439 Kyle Brotzman, BSU, 2007-10 --- 22. 270 Josh Scobee, LTU, 2001-03 23. 256 Ryan Yarborough, UW, 1990-93 24. 255 Mike Brown, CSU, 1988-91 25. 254 Danny Horwedel, LTU, 2004-07 254 Robert Turbin, USU, 2007-pres. 27. 252 Dee Dowis, AFA, 1986-89 28. 250 Davone Bess, UH, 2005-07 29. 246 Lee Pistor, UA, 1974-77 246 Woody Green, ASU, 1971-73 246 Ryan Mathews, FS, 2007-09TURBIN AMONG OTHER BACKS IN THE NATION -- Turbin has 13 career 100-yard rushing games, and had a streak of five in a row snapped in the LA Tech game, which was his longest streak of his career... Turbin's 13 career 100-yard games ranks among that nation's best active running backs:
Career 100-Yard Rushing Games (active players through Oct. 15):WAGNER WAC PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR, MULTI-PRESEASON WATCH LIST MEMBER -- The media of the Western Athletic Conference voted on preseason players of the year, selecting USU senior linebacker Bobby Wagner as the Defensive Player of the Year, while Hawai`i senior quarterback Bryant Moniz was voted the Offensive Player of the Year.
Wagner is the first USU player to earn a preseason WAC honor since the Aggies joined the league in 2005. It is Utah State's first conference preseason honor since 2004 when Ronald Tupea and Robert Watts were named to the Sun Belt preseason first-team all-conference team. The WAC does not have a preseason all-conference team.
Wagner is also on several preseason all-WAC teams as well as several award watch lists, including:
Wagner, a native of Ontario, Calif. (Colony HS) is a two-time first-team all-WAC honoree... Last season, he led the WAC and ranked tied for seventh in FBS with 11.1 tackles per game, ranking second in the WAC with 133 total tackles in 2010 season... In 2010, Wagner also tallied a WAC-best four 15+ tackle outings, including two 17-stop games, a 16-tackle game and a 15-tackle outing... On the season, he logged a total of seven double-digit tackle games, and had at least six stops in all 12 games... Additionally, Wagner added eight tackles for loss with half a sack, as well as four pass breakups and one forced fumble.
WAGNER WRANGLING WAY UP USU AND WAC TACKLE LIST -- Senior LB Bobby Wagner has 348 career tackles, becoming the 14th player in USU history with 300 stops and the first since former teammate Jake Hutton (328 career tackles, 2005-08)... He recently passed Hutton and now holds the No. 6 spot, needing four to catch Kevin Bouwmann (1987-1990) with 372 stops... Wagner broke into the WAC's top 10 Career Tackles list, and now holds the No. 6spot.... Wagner needs 19 more for the No. 5 spot on the WAC list, currently held by former Fresno State player Ben Jacobs (2007-10) with 387 stops.
USU Career Tackles Tackles Years No. (Since 1979) 1. Del Lyles 1988-91 446 2. David Gill 1993-96 425 3. Jesse Busta 1999-2002 392 4. Bobby Wagner 2008-pres. (89) 388 5. Brent Passey 1997-2000 386 6. Kevin Bouwmann 1987-1990 372 7. Pat McKenna 1979-82 359 8. Johndale Carty 1995-98 347 9. Jermaine Younger 1990-93 337 10. Jake Hutton 2005-08 328WILLIAMS NEW USU AND WAC KICK RETURN RECORD HOLDER -- Kick returner/running back Kerwynn Williams became the USU and WAC single-season kick return total yardage record holder, finishing the 2010 season with 1,444 yards, breaking the week-old WAC record of 1,410 by New Mexico State's Taveon Rogers... The previous record was 1,214 yards by Deonce Whitaker of San Jose State in 1998 before both Rogers and Williams broke it.
Williams also broke the WAC's Career Kick Return Yards record in the BYU game on Sept. 30, passing Cedric Johnson of UTEP's record of 2,782 yards from 1993-96.
Williams had 53 kick returns last season, also breaking the WAC and NCAA (FBS) records also set by Rogers last season of 51.
Now with 2,621 career kick return yards, Williams is closing in on the conference record in career kick return yards of Cedric Johnson of UTEP's record of 2,782 yards from 1993-96.
Williams is currently USU's career record holder for kick return average, as well as moving up on USU's single-game kick return average list and the career all-purpose yardage list... Williams joined Kevin Robinson as the only Aggie kick returners to surpass the 1,000-kick return yardage milestone and Williams has now topped the 1k mark twice.
USU Single Season Kick Return Yards Year No. Yds. 1. Kerwynn Williams, So. 2010 53 1,444 2. Kevin Robinson, Sr. 2007 43 1,260 3. Kerwynn Williams, Fr. 2009 45 1,131WILLIAMS NINTH-BEST SINGLE-SEASON ALL-PURPOSE MARK IN WAC -- With 2,042 all-purpose yards last season (1,444 kick return, 451 rush, 110 receiving, 37 punt return), Kerwynn Williams holds the No. 9 spot on the WAC's Single-Season All-Purpose list, the most in the WAC since USU's Kevin Robinson amassed 2,317 all-purpose yards in 2007.
WAC Single-Season All-Purpose No. Yards Name, School, Years 1. 16,916 Timmy Chang, UH, 2000-04 1. 2,591 Bernard Berrian, FS, 2001 2. 2,317 Kevin Robinson, USU, 2007 3. 2,198 LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU, 2000 4. 2,174 Marshall Faulk, SDSU, 1993 5. 2,146 Howard Jackson, UTEP, 2003 6. 2,138 Terance Mathis, UNM, 1989 7. 2,127 Brock Forsey, BSU, 2002 8. 2,086 Charles Pauley, SJSU, 2002 9. 2,042 Kerwynn Williams, USU, 2010 10. 2,036 Carl Monroe, UU, 1982USU FOOTBALL'S WAGNER AND HAUETER EARN NATIONAL RECOGNITION FROM COLLEGEFOOTBALLPERFORMANCE.COM -- Utah State football players Bobby Wagner and Jacob Haueter were both recognized by collegefootballperformance.com for their performance in the Aggies' 24-17 loss to Louisiana Tech on Oct. 22. Wagner was named an honorable mention national Linebacker of the Week, while Haueter was tabbed an honorable mention Kickoff Specialist of the Week.
Both Wagner and Haeuter's hometowns are Ontario, with Wagner being from Ontario, Calif., while Haueter hails from Ontario, Ore.
Wagner, a senior linebacker from Ontario, Calif. (Colony HS), posted a career-high 20 tackles, which included two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. Wagner also had two quarterback hurries in the game. It was Wagner's sixth double-digit tackle outing in the Aggies' seven games and he now has 20 career games with double-figure stops. Wagner's 20 stops gives him 388 for his career, moving up to No. 4 on USU's Career Tackles list and No. 5 on the WAC's Career Tackles list. On the season, Wagner is tops in the WAC and third in FBS in tackles at 12.7 per game.
Haueter, a freshman placekicker from Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS/Boise State), booted four kickoffs for a 69.5 ypko average, with two touchbacks.
USU'S BRADY NAMED HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK -- Utah State football player McKade Brady has been recognized by collegefootballperformance.com as an honorable mention national Defensive Back of the Week, for his performance in USU's 31-21 loss at Fresno State on Oct. 15.
Brady, a junior safety from Cove, Utah (Sky View HS/BYU), had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on two different plays, to go with four tackles, including half a tackle for loss. Brady registered his first career fumble recovery by recovering a FS fumble in the first quarter and his forced fumble in the second quarter was the second of his career.
On the season, Brady now has 26 total tackles, ranking sixth on the team overall and third among defensive backs, and also has one pass break-up.
The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
AGGIES' KEETON NAMED WAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK, NATIONAL RECOGNITION -- Utah State football quarterback Chuckie Keeton was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 10 for his school-record tying performance in USU's 63-19 win over Wyoming on Oct. 8.
Keeton has been recognized with a pair of national honors. Keeton was acknowledged by collegefootballperformance.com as an honorable mention national Quarterback of the Week, while also being named by College Sports Madness as the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his school-record tying performance in USU's 63-19 win over Wyoming Saturday.
In addition to the WAC award, Keeton was also named the Utah State America First Credit Union Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Oct. 9, an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
Keeton, a freshman from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS), completed 16-of-21 passes for 228 yards and a school-record tying five touchdowns in Utah State's 63-19 win against Wyoming. He also added 44 rushing yards on four carries. All five touchdown passes came in the first half as Utah State scored on its first eight possessions of the game.
With the five TD's, Keeton becomes the fourth different Aggie QB to hit the school record, and the sixth time, as Keeton is the first since Anthony Calvillo threw for five scores against BYU in 1993. Calvillo (1993 and 1992) and Tony Adams (1972) had accomplished the feat twice each while Brent Snyder reached it once (1987).
Keeton's five TD's in the game more than doubled his season-total of four entering the game. Behind Keeton, the Aggie offense scored on its first eight possessions of the game, on the way to 42 first-half points, the most in an opening half since at least 1991, as part of the 63 total points. The 63 points scored are its most since winning at Idaho, 63-17, on Oct. 25, 1997, while its 44-point margin of victory is its largest since defeating New Mexico State at home, 47-2, on Nov. 29, 2008.
WILLIAMS COLLECTS PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WEEKLY HONOR ROLL ACCOLADE -- Utah State junior football player Kerwynn Williams is one of three players named to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll on Oct. 10. The weekly recognition honors versatile, single-game performances around the nation by FBS student-athletes, and Williams is joined by Eric Page of Toledo and David Wilson of Virginia Tech.
The Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, is awarded annually to the most versatile player in major college football. Fans can now vote online at www.votepaulhornung.com for the finalist for the 2011 award.
All three weekly honorees are members of the Paul Hornung Award Watch List. Page is being honored for the fourth time this season while Williams and Wilson each earned their first Hornung weekly recognition of the year.
Williams, a native of Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS), had a season-high 232 all-purpose yards in Utah State's 63-19 win over Wyoming on Saturday, totalling 125 kick return yards, including a season-best 54-yard return that set up USU's first TD of the night. Williams also had a 22-yard punt return to set up the Aggies' sixth TD of the first half, as well as adding 55 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards.
USU'S TURBIN TABBED HONORABLE MENTION NATIONAL RUNNING BACK OF WEEK BY COLLEGEFOOTBALLPERFORMANCE.COM -- Utah State football player Robert Turbin was recognized by collegefootballperformance.com as honorable mention Running Back of the Week on Oct. 2.
Turbin, a junior from Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS), rushed for 123 yards including an 80-yard touchdown burst on the first offensive play of the game, in USU's 27-24 loss at BYU on Friday night. He added two catches for 22-yards on the night, including a 24-yard TD reception. Turbin now has at least two TD's in all four of USU's games this season, and has at least one rushing TD in last nine games played. Friday was Turbin's third-straight 100-yard game and 11th of his career, one of 14 active players in FBS with at least 10 career 100-yard games.
Turbin's 80-yard first-quarter TD was his fourth-career TD run over 50+ yards and the second-longest of his career behind the 96-yarder at Utah in 2009. Turbin now has 30 career rushing TD's, taking over sole possession of the No. 3 spot on USU's Career Rushing list, breaking a tie with Tom Larscheid (1959-61) and are the most by an Aggie since Demario Brown (1996-99) had 37. Turbin also passed Lascheid's 2,206 career rushing yards, and now has 2,285 with his 123 yards Friday.
This is the third national honorable mention award by collegefootballperformance.com for Turbin this season, also earning it after the Weber State and Colorado State games.
AGGIES' TURBIN AND KOSKAN RECOGNIZED BY COLLEGEFOOTBALLPERFORMANCE.COM -- Utah State football players Robert Turbin and Levi Koskan were recognized by collegefootballperformance.com with honorable mention awards for their respective positions for their performances in USU's heartbreaking, 36-35 double overtime Homecoming loss to Colorado State on Sept. 24. Turbin was tabbed to the honorable mention Running Back of the Week list while Koskan collected honorable mention Defensive End of the Week accolades.
Turbin, a junior from Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS), rushed for a career-high four TD's as part of his 115 yard rushing outing. Turbin scored on a 3-yard scamper in the third-quarter, then a 1-yard plunge in the fourth-quarter with 4:56 left in regulation to give USU a 21-13 lead. After CSU forced overtime, Turbin scored on the Aggies' possession in the first frame on a 9-yard scamper. The Rams scored to force a second extra sessions and opened the scoring in the second frame with a TD and PAT. Turbin darted in from 25-yards out on USU's second possession, but was stopped on the two-point conversion, denying USU the win.
It was Turbin's 10th career 100-yard rushing outing, as he is one of 13 active players in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with double-digit career 100-yard games.
Koskan a senior from Smithfield, Utah (Sky View HS), posted three tackles for loss including two sacks Saturday night, finishing night with five total tackles. His three TFL's were for 29 yards, with 14 of those coming on his two sacks.
USU'S BENNETT AND TURBIN HONORED BY COLLEGEFOOTBALLPERFORMANCE.COM -- Utah State football players Tyler Bennett and Robert Turbin were honored by collegefootballperformance.com with weekly awards for their performances in USU's 54-17 romp of Weber State on Sept. 10. Bennett was named the Co-National Punter of the Week while Turbin was tabbed to the honorable mention Running Back of the Week list.
Bennett, a junior from Phoenix, Ariz. (North Canyon HS/Phoenix CC), punted three times for a 54.3 yards per punt with all three punts pinning Weber State inside its own 20-yard line, including two inside the Wildcats' 10 in the first quarter. Bennett's first punt was a 62-yarder that was downed at the WSU 4-yard line, while his second punt was a 52-yarder that went out of bounds at the Wildcats' 7. In the fourth quarter, Bennett hit a 49-yarder that went out of bounds at WSU's 12-yard line.
Turbin, a junior from Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS), rushed for 180 yards on 18 carries (10.0 ypr), with two TD's Saturday night, and surpassed the 2,000 career yard mark along the way, becoming just the eighth USU running back to reach the 2,000-yard plateau. Turbin scored on a 14-yard run with 53 seconds left in the second quarter to pull USU to 17-17 at the half, the first of the Aggies' 44 unanswered points as the rallied from being down 17-10. At the 8:04 mark of the third quarter, Turbin tiptoed down the sideline and dove inside the pylon to the endzone to cap off a 31-yard scamper that put USU ahead, 30-17.
USU'S KEETON NAMED RIVALS.COM NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK -- Utah State football player Chuckie Keeton has been named the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week for his performance in the season-opener at Auburn on Sept. 3.
Keeton, a native of Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS), was 21-of-30 passing for 213 yards and added two rushing TD's as part of 33 rushing yards in his Aggie debut in USU's hard-fought 42-38 loss at defending national champion No. 23/19 Auburn Saturday. Keeton is believed to be the first Aggie freshman to start a USU season-opener in at least the modern era. Keeton is also the first Aggie freshman to start a game at QB since Riley Nelson in 2006.
"Chuckie is a special player," USU head coach Gary Andersen said in his post-game interview. "I promise you no one is hurt more, even though he has been with us for a short period of time. We are in very good hands at the quarterback position. ... I love Chuckie Keeton. I have loved Chuckie Keeton since I walked into his living room."
AGGIE NOTES FROM LAST GAME
-- Saturday was USU's fourth loss by one-score this season for a total of 15 points.
-- The Aggies are now 2-5 in WAC home openers, and 9-8 in their last 17 home conference openers.
-- Saturday was the fifth meeting between USU and LA Tech that was decided by one score in the nine total match-ups, and third in the last four (L 45-38 in 2008, W 23-21 in 2009, L 24-17 Saturday)... Last season's 24-6 LA Tech win was not only the lone non-one score game in that stretch, but also the largest in the series.
-- Junior RB Robert Turbin's first-quarter TD gives him 254 career points breaking a tie for the No. 2 spot on USU's Career Points List, taking over sole possession as the Aggies' highest scoring position player as placekicker Brad Bohn (1997-2000) holds the No. 1 spot with 284 career points.
-- It was Turbin's 33rd career rushing TD, closing in on the No. 2 spot on USU's Career Rushing TD's list held by Demario Brown (1996-99) with 37.
--Turbin's 254 points move him up to tie for No. 25 on the WAC's Career Points Scored list, tying LA Tech's Danny Horwedel (2004-07)... The 33 rushing TD's moves Turbin up to tie for No. 19 on the WAC Career Rushing TD list.
-- Saturday was the second time this season that USU was tied after the first quarter, as the Aggies' game against Colorado State was 0-0 after the first frame.
-- The 43-yard field goal by sophomore PK Josh Thompson in the second quarter was Thompson's career-long, bettering the 41-yarder from the Weber State game... Thompson is now 5-of-7 on FG's for the season.
-- USU led at the half for the sixth time in six games, and are now 1-5.
-- USU's 10 points in the first half Saturday were its second-lowest of the season, as the Aggies had seven points in the first half of the CSU game on Sept. 24.
-- The third-quarter INT thrown by freshman QB Chuckie Keeton was his first of the season, breaking a streak of 149-straight passes without an INT.
-- The INT return for a TD was the first by a USU opponent since LA Tech's Dominique Faust in 2008 at Ruston.
-- Keeton's 29-yard third-quarter TD run was a career long and was his fourth rushing TD of the season.
-- Senior WR Stanley Morrison now has one catch in 31-straight games, which leads the WAC.
-- Wagner started for the 34th-straight time in his career, making his 39th career start overall, both of which lead USU.
-- Senior OL Philip Gapelu made his 30th-consecutive start and his 35th overall of his career, ranking second on the team in both categories.
-- Junior RB Robert Turbin started for the 30th time of his career, but seventh since the 2009 season-finale after missing the entire 2010 season with an injury.
-- Utah State is now 24-of-26 (.923) in the red zone, scoring on both of its chances Saturday and have been perfect in six of the seven games this season, missing twice last week in the Fresno State game.
-- USU is now:
WHIPPER-SNAPPER -- Nate Needham is one of 16 long snappers in the country who is a freshman, including one of seven who are redshirt-freshmen.
Player School True/Redshirt Marius Burgsmueller Idaho True Joe Cardona Navy True Allan D'Appollonio Arkansas True Will Denny Ole Miss Redshirt Matt Dooley Indiana True Grant Donovan Louisville Redshirt Andrew East Vanderbilt Redshirt Josh Elias Arizona True Zach Ewan Wyoming True Logan Feimster Wake Forest Redshirt Matt Fortin Virginia Redshirt Matt Giampapa Michigan State True Reed Gordon Mississippi State Redshirt Mike Molinari West Virginia Redshirt Nate Needham Utah State Redshirt Sam Rodgers Syracuse True Scott Thompson NC State TrueROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH -- 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 4,710 feet... USU is the highest non-Mountain West Conference school, as the top six are all MWC teams... This season the Aggies will play at only one other location on the list, giving USU seven games this season at 4,000 feet above sea level after playing eight in 2006, seven both 2007 and 2008, eight in 2009 and seven last year... USU will play at #7 on the list, BYU (Sept. 30), but will host both No. 1 on the list, Wyoming (Sept. 8), and #4 Colorado State (Sept. 24).
School City, State Elevation 1. Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. 7,220 2. Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. 6,620 3. Colorado Boulder, Colo. 5,360 4. Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. 5,190 5. New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. 5,100 6. UTAH STATE LOGAN, UTAH 4,710 7. Brigham Young Provo, Utah 4,630 8. Nevada Reno, Nev. 4,610 9. Utah Salt Lake City, Utah 4,357
RETURNING FROM INJURY -- Seven players return to action after missing most or all of the 2010 season with injury: junior WR Matt Austin, senior TE Kellen Bartlett, senior OL Robert Hill, senior WR Stanley Morrison, junior CB Jamaine Olson, senior RB Michael Smith, junior RB Robert Turbin and senior LB Reuben Willis.
NEW D SCHEME -- Utah State's defense is changing from a 4-3 alignment to a 3-4 alignment.
WHISTLE SHUFFLE -- USU head coach Gary Andersen shuffled his coaching staff around and had some changes on his staff... Andersen will handle defensive coordinator duties, while Bill Busch will be the associate head coach/special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach... Offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin will shift to tight ends this season after coaching quarterbacks last year... Former Aggie player Matt Wells joined the USU staff in January and will be the quarterbacks coach... T.J. Woods is shifting from tight ends coach to offensive line coach, replacing Alex Gerke, who left the staff... Former Aggie player Frank Maile will be the defensive line coach, moving up from defensive graduate assistant to replace Chad Kauha'aha'a, who joined the Utah staff... Kendrick Shaver joined the USU staff in February and will be the Aggies' cornerbacks coach, replacing Corey Raymond who left for Indiana and later Nebraska... A pair of former University of Utah players Robert Conley and Spencer Toone were added to the staff as graduate assistants... Conley, a four-year starting offensive lineman, will be the offensive graduate assistant while Toone, a two-time all-Mountain West Conference selection and a two-year NFL player, will be the defensive graduate assistant.
BIOS NOT IN 2011 FOOTBALL GUIDE --
50 Jefferson Court
A three-time all-state selection at Alta HS, helping the Hawks to a 13-1 record and the Utah Class 5A state title his senior season... Posted 106 tackles with seven sacks his senior season... Also a two-year starter on the AHS baseball team, driving in 40 RBI as a senior, and a one-year starter in basketball, earning all-state honors his senior season, combining for five total letters in the two sports... A Utah Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete honoree as a senior... Also an academic all-state honoree in baseball and basketball... Son of Daniel and Pamela Court... Has four sisters and one brother... Served LDS Church Mission to Anaheim, Calif. from May 2009-11... Chose USU because of football program... Intends on majoring in exercise science with future aspirations of being a doctor.
13 Tanner Curtis
Earned first-team Utah Class 4A all-state honors at East HS as a quarterback by both the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune, as well as first-team all-region... The dual-threat signal-caller rushed for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns while tossing for 1,113 yards with 13 scores and only two INT's as a senior, in helping the Leopards finish with an 8-3 overall record and a 4-2 record in Region 6, losing in the 4A quarterfinals... Was also named the Utah Blaze Ironman of the Year... Also a four-year letterwinner and starter for the EHS baseball team playing outfield and pitcher, earning second-team all-state honors by both the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune, helping the Leopards to the state semi-finals his senior season... Also a two-year letterwinner and one-year starter on the basketball team... Son of Kyle and Barbara Curtis... Has three brothers... Chose USU because of academic success and the football program.
44 Jacob Haueter
Participated in spring drills at Boise State before transferring to Utah State... A first-team all-Greater Oregon League placekicker and second-team punter in senior season at Ontario HS... Also a first-team all-Argus selection as a kicker by the Argus Observer... Was 6-of-12 on field goals with a long of 40 yards, and made 67 PAT's as a senior, and also booted 92 kickoffs with 29 touchbacks... Also punted 12 times with a 38.0 yards per punt average with a long of 62 yards and with two inside the 20... A three-year letterwinner in basketball, earning all-state honors as well as first-team all-league and the league MVP honors, netting 18.0 points and 3.2 assists per game as a senior, helping OHS to the state tournament... Son of Mark and Cori Haueter... Has two brothers and one sister... Served LDS Church Mission to San Antonio, Texas from 2009-11... Intends on majoring in business or pre-med with future plans to own his own company or be a dentist... Chose USU because of campus and community environment, which will allow him to become his best.
14 Taylor Hughes
Named to the SCFA all-conference team at Orange Coast CC after throwing for 1,992 yards with 17 TD's in nine games played, while also rushing for five scores... Also received Orange Coast CC's Captain Award... Earned all-CIF and Pacific League Offensive Player of the Year honors at Corona del Mar HS after throwing for 2,289 yards on 141 completions with 22 TD's... Set several school records, including most completions in a game (25), most passing yards (2,289), highest completion percentage (59.5) and most total offense yards (2,452)... Son of Joseph and Staci Hughes... Has one sister... Majoring in communication studies at Utah State... Chose USU because of football program.
80 Chuck Jacobs
Led Laney JC with 27 catches for 238 yards with two TD's... Also had six punt returns for 54 yards (9.0 ypr) as well as 13 kick returns for 386 yards (29.7 ypr), leading the Eagles in both kick returns and kick return yardage... Played football at Kennedy HS... Also lettered on the Kennedy basketball team, helping the Eagles to a 27-6 record in senior season... Also lettered in track & field at KHS... Son of Jesse and JoAnn Jacobs... Has seven sisters and five brothers... Chose USU because of coaching staff and the football program.
64 Josh Larmay
Played one season at Minnesota State-Moorhead, starting in one game for the Dragons in 2010... Was a two-year starter and four-year letterwinner at West DePere HS, earning first-team all-Bay Conference honors as a senior and second-team all-Area honors... Played both offensive and defensive line, posting 13 sacks in senior season... Helped lead the Phantoms to three Bay Conference titles... Was team captain in senior season... Also a one-year letterwinner in track & field... Son of Andy and Dyan Larmay... Has three younger brothers... Majoring in criminal justice at Utah State with future plans of being a police officer once his football career is over... Chose USU because of football program and felt was best opportunity for him to reach his goals.