USU To Honor Emmett White's 10-Year Anniversary Of NCAA Record Saturday
Nov. 4, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State will honor the 10-year anniversary of Emmett White's NCAA single-game all-purpose yards record on Saturday at halftime of USU's football game against New Mexico State, the same school that White set his record against almost 10 years to the day as Saturday.
On Nov. 4, 2000, White produced one of the greatest single-game performances in NCAA history. The then Aggie junior not only broke the NCAA single-game all-purpose yardage record, he demolished it. The national record of 435 yards held by Brian Pruitt of Central Michigan vs. Toledo in 1994, was broken by an astonishing 143 yards as White accumulated 578 yards against New Mexico State. White rushed 34 times for a school-record 322 yards, added 134 yards on seven receptions (only player in USU history to have 100 yards rushing and receiving in one game), had one punt return for two yards and four kickoff returns for 120 yards. That added up to 578 yards on 46 touches of the football that November night in Las Cruces. Not only did White amass all of those yards, he scored four touchdowns, including the game-winner, a nine-yard run, with just :28 left in the game as USU won the contest, 44-37.
"Number one, Emmett is a tremendous young man. I have known him for a long time. He is a great supporter, he is great for our kids. He still is a mentor for some of the kids in this program, and he is a good sounding board for our kids to get to both young and old," USU head coach Gary Andersen said.
"I coached against him, I know how good of a football player he is, he is a tremendous player but more than that he is a great dad. He is always with his kids, and he takes time for those kids. I have a lot of respect for him, not only what he did on the field but what he does mentoring our kids, and other kids in the Ogden area. He is truly a mentor for many kids, and what he did on the field was tremendous."
White's record still stands today, and he finished his career with 5,872 all-purpose yards, a mark that was USU's record until Kevin Robinson broke it in 2007, finishing with 6,479 yards. White also is No. 5 on USU's career rushing record list with 2,791 yards, ranking fifth in rushing attempts with 517, No. 6 for rushing average (5.4 ypg), No. 4 in rushing TD's (27), No. 4 in total TD's (32) and No. 7 in scoring (194 points). He also is tied for No. 2 in punt return average (10.5 ypr) and No. 6 in kickoff return average (23.9 ypr).
White's collection of accolades includes a third-team All-America in 2000, honorable mention Football News All-America in 2001, Football News Independent Player of the Year, first-team all-Independent in 2001, as well as a two-time all-Big West Conference selection in 1999 and 2000 as running back and second-team all-Big West in 2000 as a return specialist.
Utah State hosts New Mexico State on Saturday, Nov. 6, and the all-Aggie affair is slated for 1 p.m. (MT) at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium.
Fans can use their football ticket stub from Saturday's NMSU-USU game to get free admittance to the USU volleyball match vs. Idaho Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
To purchase tickets, or for more Aggie football ticket information, fans can contact the USU Ticket Office at 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305, in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or on-line 24 hours a day at www.utahstateaggies.com under the "tickets" drop down menu.
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