Nov. 4, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's Tyler Bennett and Chuckie Keeton both earned national honorable mention honors from College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) following its 38-7 Western Athletic Conference home win against Texas State this past weekend.
It is the third time that Bennett has been honored by CFPA this year as he has now earned honorable mention honors twice to go along with his National Punter of the Week award on Oct. 1 following USU's win against UNLV. For Keeton, it is the third time this season he has earned honorable mention honors from CFPA.
Bennett, a 5-11, 218-pound senior punter from Phoenix, Ariz. (North Canyon HS/Phoenix CC) earned honorable mention punter of the week honors from CFPA as his only punt of the game was a 57-yarder.
Louisiana Tech's Ryan Allen was named the national punter performer of the week by CFPA, while Bennett joined Richie Hogan (Central Michigan), Andrew Shapiro (Fresno State), Collin Barber (Georgia), Dylan Breeding (Arkansas), Seamus McMorrow (San Diego State), Brad Wing (LSU), Jeff Locke (UCLA), Hunter Mullins (UAB), Justin Manton (Louisiana-Monroe), Chase Lansford (UNLV), Anthony Melchiori (Kent State) and Sean Sellwood (Utah) as honorable mention award winners.
On the season, Bennett ranks fourth in the WAC and tied for 31st in the nation in punting (42.4 ypk). Overall, he has punted 48 times for 2,033 yards with nine 50-yard punts. He has also had 24 punts downed inside the 20 and just two of his punts have been touchbacks.
Keeton, a 6-1, 200-pound sophomore quarterback from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS) earned honorable mention quarterback performer of the week honors from CFPA as he was 20-of-27 passing for 316 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Keeton also rushed 10 times for 48 yards with another score. Overall, it was his fourth 300-yard passing game this season, and he has now thrown at least four touchdown passes in a game three times in his career.
Tennessee's Tyler Bray and Georgia's Aaron Murray were named national co-quarterback performers of the week by CFPA, while Keeton joined Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Derek Carr (Fresno State), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), Matt Barkley (USC), Brett Smith (Wyoming), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), David Ash (Texas), Brett Hundley (UCLA) and Rakeem Cato (Marshall) as honorable mention award winners.
On the season, Keeton ranks second in the WAC and 16th in the nation in total offense (307.7 ypg), third in the WAC and 17th in the nation in passing efficiency (158.8), third in the WAC and 27th in the nation in passing (267.1 ypg), and eighth in the WAC in rushing (40.6 ypg).
Overall, Keeton is 217-of-317 passing for 2,671 yards with 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. In all, his 23 touchdown passes rank second at USU for a single-season, while his 217 completions rank seventh, and his 68.5 completion percentage ranks second. Furthermore, he has 3,077 yards of total offense on the year to rank fifth all-time in school history for a single-season.
Utah State (8-2, 4-0 WAC) is off to its best start to a season since the 1974 team also won eight of its first 10 games, while its 4-0 league record is its best since the 2000 team won its first four Big West Conference games. Its eight wins this year is also the most since 1974 and it is just the 10th time in school history USU has won at least eight games.
In all, Utah State has won a school-record nine-straight WAC games dating back to last season and is 13-3 in its last 16 games, which is its best stretch since the 1971, 1972 and 1973 teams combined to win 13 of 16 games as well.
Utah State will have its only bye of the season this week, before playing its final road game of 2012 at nationally ranked Louisiana Tech (8-1, 3-0 WAC) on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m., in a game that will be available to watch live via the internet on ESPN3.com.
Overall, USU has won six of its last eight road games dating back to last season, including each of its last five.
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