Weekly Football Release (11-6-00)
Nov. 5, 2000
Nov. 5, 2000
Game #10 at Boise State Sat., Nov. 11, 1:05 p.m. (MST) Bronco Stadium (30,000) Boise, Idaho Radio: KVNU (610 AM), Logan KVFX (94.5 FM), Logan KWLW (700 AM), SLC Internet: www.UtahStateAggies.com TV: SportsWest (KSL ch. 5) USU Tickets: 1-888-U-STATE-1 or (435) 797-0305
USU SID: Mike Strauss (435) 797-1361 BSU SID: Max Corbet (208) 426-1515
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2000 Utah State (5-4, 4-0) Sept. 2 at Texas Tech L 16-38 Sept. 9 SO. UTAH W 30-14 Sept. 23 at Ariz. State L 20-44 Sept. 30 UTAH L 14-35 Oct. 6 (Fri) at BYU L 14-38 Oct. 14 at No. Texas* W 17-12 Oct. 21 IDAHO* W 31-14 Oct. 28 ARK. ST.* W 44-31 Nov. 4 at N.M. State* W 44-37 Nov. 11 at Boise State* 1:05 Nov. 18 IDAHO STATE 3:05 (All times are Mountain)
2000 Boise State (7-2, 3-0) Sept. 2 at New Mexico W 31-14 Sept. 9 NO. IOWA W 42-17 Sept. 16 at Arkansas L 31-38 Sept. 23 at C. Michigan W 47-10 Oct. 7 at Wash. State L 35-42 Oct. 14 E. WASH. W 41-23 Oct. 21 N. TEXAS W 59-0 Oct. 28 at N.M. State W 34-31 Nov. 4 at Ark. State W 42-14 Nov. 11 UTAH STATE Nov. 18 IDAHO
QUICKLY -- Utah State (5-4, 4-0) heads to Boise State (7-2, 3-0) in a game that will be key in determining the Big West Championship as a USU win guarantees the Aggie the bowl game and a Boise State win puts them a victory away from the game... Utah State has won four straight games for the first time since 1997 and has not won more than four straight games since winning six straight to close the 1993 season... USU is 2-3 on the road this year... USU has won four straight Big West road games... USU has won six straight Big West Conference games as well as nine of its last 13 league games... USU's five wins are its most since going 6-6 in 1997... USU is playing its second of three games this year against schools from the state of Idaho... USU is 10-5 in its last 15 games played in the month of November.
ON THE AIR -- All Utah State football games are carried on the Aggie Radio Network with Al "Boise To Men" Lewis handling the play-by-play chores and Chris "Boise will be Boise" Tunis providing analysis. The games are carried on KVNU (610 AM) and KVFX (94.5 FM) in Logan and KWLW (700 AM) in Salt Lake City as well as on USU's web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Saturday's game will be televised by SportsWest Productions (KSL channel 5 in Salt Lake City).
MEDIA SERVICES -- All Utah State player and coach interview requests should be made through the Athletic Media Relations Office by calling Mike Strauss at (435) 797-1361. Interviews should be completed by Wednesday each week. Information about Utah State football can be obtained in several ways, including the internet (www.UtahStateAggies.com), Fax-on-Demand, e-mail, fax, or simply by calling us. Information will be updated as quickly as possible on all of the systems each week. See the left column on page two for information on USU's weekly press conferences.
LAST TIME OUT -- Emmett White established an NCAA single-game all-purpose yardage record with 578 yards in leading Utah State to a thrilling 44-37 victory at New Mexico State on Saturday. White rushed for a school record 322 yards and scored four touchdowns, including the game-winner with :28 left in the game. Quarterback Jose Fuentes was also impressive as he completed 24-of-39 passing attempts for 297 yards and two touchdowns. The high-scoring affair saw USU leading 14-10 after the first quarter, 23-17 at halftime and 29-24 at the end of the third quarter. USU led 37-24 before NMSU tied the game at 37 with on two consecutive P.J. Winston touchdown receptions. The second came with :55 left in the game and left the score tied after a missed PAT. USU moved 65 yards in four plays, including a 52-yard reception and a nine-yard touchdown run by White to win the game for USU with :28 left. The teams combined for 81 points and 1,214 yards (619 by USU and 595 by NMSU). USU's 619 yards were the sixth most in school history.
SURPRISE TEAM? -- Utah State was picked to finish last in the league race by the coaches (the media tabbed the Aggies fourth) in the preseason, but with one conference game left, USU finds itself one league win away from its second Humanitarian Bowl appearance.
COACH MICK DENNEHY -- In his first year at Utah State is Mick Dennehy (Montana, 1973), who was hired on Dec. 3, 1999. He compiled a 39-12 record in four years at Montana and his 76.5 winning percentage is the best at the school for coaches with more than two years. His 66.2 winning percentage in seven years of head coaching entering the year was third among active division I head coaches with less than five years at this level. Dennehy played safety at Montana in 1971 and 1972. Prior to assuming the head coaching role at Montana, he served as the school's offensive coordinator for five seasons, producing one of the nation's top offenses. Before going to Montana, Dennehy revived the program at Western Montana, which had dropped football in 1987. In three years he improved the team from a 1-6 record to a 5-3 mark.
Year School Overall Pct. Conf. Pct. Notes 1988 West. Montana 1-6 .143 1-5/5th .167 Revived Program 1989 West. Montana 4-4 .500 2-4/4th .333 1990 West. Montana 5-3 .625 3-3/3rd .500 1996 Montana 14-1 .933 8-0/1st 1.00 3-1 (2nd in I-AA) 1997 Montana 8-4 .667 6-2/2nd .750 0-1 in playoffs 1998 Montana 8-4 .667 6-2/1st .750 0-1 in playoffs 1999 Montana 9-3 .750 7-1/1st .875 0-1 in playoffs 2000 Utah State 5-4 .556 4-0 1.00 24th head coach Western Montana (3 yrs.) 10-13 .435 6-12 .333 Revived Program Montana (4 yrs.) 39-12 .765 27-5 .844 Four playoffs Utah State (1st yr.) 5-4 .556 4-0 1.00 50th career win Totals (8th year) 54-29 .651 37-17 .685 3-4 in playoffs
THE USU-BSU SERIES -- Boise State leads the all-time series by a narrow 5-4 margin, thanks to two consecutive wins. The teams first met in 1975 when USU won 42-19 at Boise. Since the Broncos joined the Big West ahead of the 1996 season, the teams are even at 2-2 as USU won 39-14 at Boise in 1996 and 24-20 in Logan in 1997. However, BSU posted a 30-16 win at Boise in 1998 and a 33-27 win in Logan last year. USU has not lost three straight games to a league opponent since actually losing five straight to Nevada from 1992 through 1996.
USU-BSU LAST YEAR -- Demario Brown ran for a career-high 239 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough in a back and forth game that Boise State won 33-27. BSU led 10-0 in the first quarter and 16-7 at halftime before USU scored 20 points in the third quarter to lead 27-23. USU's defense recorded six sacks. However, the Aggies also allowed 485 yards, while the offense recorded 342 yards. USU committed three turnovers which BSU converted into 10 points. USU's 27 points came after the Aggies had scored just 23 points in the three previous games combined.
LAST TIME AT BOISE -- Utah State built up a 13-7 lead at the end of the first half and extended that to a 16-7 advantage through three periods and appeared headed for a victory, before seeing Boise State score 23 fourth-quarter points as USU fell 30-16 at Bronco Stadium. BSU kicked a go-ahead field goal with 6:32 left which gave the Broncos a 17-16 lead. USU then saw the Broncos return two interceptions for touchdowns in the final 2:09 for the final score. USU out-gained BSU 319 to 203 yards, but had four turnovers, including three in the final 2:15 of the game. The USU defense limited BSU to 99 yards rushing with one-third of that coming on a 33-yard run.
USU-BSU CONNECTIONS -- USU has three players on its roster from the state of Idaho in Joe and Jared Solosabal (Glenns Ferry) and Jim Walker (Rigby)... BSU defensive coordinator Brent Guy coached at USU from 1992-94 and had to work with current USU SID Mike Strauss at Oklahoma State.
DENNEHY LIKES CONFERENCE CALLS -- Utah State head coach Mick Dennehy is 4-0 in conference games at Utah State and is 37-17 all-time in games against conference foes in his eighth year as a head coach. Dennehy was 6-12 in league play at Western Montana, 27-5 at Montana and now 4-0 at Utah State.
PLAYING FOR A (POSSIBLE) TITLE -- Utah State will attempt to win or share the final Big West Championship and could do that with a win against Boise State. USU has finished first in the league five times (1978, 79, 93, 96, and 97). All time USU has won eight conference championships as the Aggies won three while competing in the Mountain States and Skyline Conferences from 1938-61.
BIG WEST'S FINAL YEAR -- This is the final football season for the Big West Conference and here is a look at some of USU's conference success as the league enters its 32nd and final season:
Years In The Conference 1. 27, San Jose State and Pacific 3. 23, UTAH STATE, Long Beach State
Conference Games Played 1. 151, Pacific 2. 149, San Jose State 3. 137, UTAH STATE
Conference Wins 1. 100, San Jose State (100-45-4) 2. 82, UTAH STATE (82-53-2) 3. 78, Fresno State (78-49-1)
Conference Championships (won or shared) 1. 9, San Jose State 2. 6, Fresno State 3. 5, UTAH STATE, Nevada, San Diego State
Conference Records of Current Schools 82-53-2 UTAH STATE (23rd year) 22-82-0, New Mexico State (17th year) 15-9-0, Idaho (5th year) 14-10-0, Boise State (5th year) 9-15-0, North Texas (5th year) 7-21-0, Arkansas State (5th year)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEES -- Here is a look at Utah State's nominees for Big West Player of the Week honors this season (winners in all caps - announced on Monday after this release is printed):
Opponent Offense Defense Special Teams Texas Tech Emmett White Jesse Busta None Southern Utah A. JONES Cade Smith Steve Mullins Arizona State Emmett White Brent Passey BRAD BOHN Utah Aaron Jones B. PASSEY Steve Mullins Brigham Young Emmett White Brent Passey Emmett White North Texas Emmett White Cade Smith None Idaho JONES/FUENTES Brent Passey STEVE MULLINS Arkansas State E. WHITE Blake Eagal Brad Bohn New Mexico State Emmett White TBA TBA
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (There is no crying in Big West Football) -- In the last 10 years Utah State has had great success in Big West play as opposed to non-conference play. In the decade of the 1990s, USU was 38-20-1 in Big West play after going through difficult non-conference schedules with a 10-43-0 mark. This year USU has gone 1-4 in non-Big West games (will play Idaho State in the season finale) and is 4-0 in league action.
STATS DON'T LIE (or they would write a country song about them) -- Utah State has had a lot of individual success, which has led to team success this year. Here is a look at where some Aggies rank in the NCAA statistics this week:
Emmett White Aaron Jones Jose Fuentes 1. All Purpose 27. Receiving Yards 25. Total Offense 8. Rushing 30. Receptions 48. Passing 13. Kickoff Returns 18. Scoring Brad Bohn Steve Mullins 15. Field Goals 35. Punting
FOUR SCORE AND SEVEN YEARS AGO (with apologies to Abraham Lincoln) -- Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play? (and more apologies to Honest Abe). Utah State has some interesting (and some not so interesting) streaks of four heading into this week's game at Boise State. Here is a look: * USU has won four straight games (last time to win five was actual six-game win streak in 1993). * USU has won four straight Big West games on the road dating back to last year (last time to win five was 1995-97). * USU has just four losses this year and if the Aggies could win their last two games, that would mark the fewest losses in a season since 1979 (7-3-1). * USU has posted four conference wins in seven of the eight years they have played only five Big West games. * USU has finished first or second in the Big West four times in the last six years (12 times in 23 years in the league). * USU streaks have come in fours in the last few years as USU won four in a row during this season, 1997 and 1996, while losing four in a row in 1999, 1998, 1997, and 1996. The last time USU had a winning or losing streak longer than four games was a five-game losing streak to open the 1995 season.
OFFENSE CLICKING (their heels and not returning to Kansas, where on their last visit the Aggies were shutout by Kansas State in 1999, but enough about me already) -- Utah State's offense has absolutely exploded in the last three weeks as after averaging 287.5 yards and 18.5 points in the first six games of the year, the Aggies have averaged 557.0 yards and 39.7 yards in the last three contests. Here is a quick look at USU's offensive efforts in the last three weeks:
vs. Idaho * 569 yards of total offense was the eighth best in school history (now ninth). * 439 passing yards were the third most in school history. * USU produced a 300-yard passer, 200-yard receiver and 100-yard rusher in the same game for the first time since 1998 against Sam Houston State. * QB Jose Fuentes' 421 passing yards were the fourth most in school history. * WR Aaron Jones' 233 receiving yards were the third most in school history.
vs. Arkansas State * 236 rushing yards were a season best by 80 yards (now second best). * 483 total yards were second best this season (now third). * 44 points were most against a division I opponent since scoring 48 at North Texas in 1997 season finale (lost that UNT game 51-48). * RB Emmett White produced the 21st 200-yard rushing game in USU history.
vs. New Mexico State * USU's 619 yards of total offense was the sixth-best day in USU history. * RB Emmett White set a school record and rushed for the second-most yards in Big West history with 322 yards. * White became the first player in USU history with 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game. He also became the first running back to record 100 yards receiving in a game as well. * QB Jose Fuentes threw for 297 yards, his second best day this year.
Three Weeks * USU has averaged 557 yards of offense in the last two games (287.5 in first six games). The Aggies gained 1,671 yards in last three games and 1,725 in first six contests. * USU has scored 119 points in last three games (39.7) and 111 in first six games (18.5). * USU has scored 30-plus points in three straight games for the first time since 1996. * USU scored 40-plus points in two straight games for the first time since 1992.
CHANGING OF THE GUARD -- Prior to last Saturday's game at New Mexico State, USU had produced three solid defensive efforts in consecutive games against North Texas, Idaho and Arkansas State. Saturday against NMSU, the Aggies allowed 595 yards and 37 points. As Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Dick Halterman once told his team, "If you get tired of watching, go ahead and guard someone." Here is a look at USU's defensive effort in the three games prior to last week: * Limited North Texas to just 141 yards of total offense and only 12 points. * In back-to-back games against North Texas (12 points) and Idaho (14), USU allowed just 26 points for the fewest allowed in back-to-back games since 1997 when NMSU scored seven and Idaho 17. * Held Idaho to 17.8 points below its scoring average (UI scored just 14 points). * Held Idaho to 49.3 yards below its total offense average (406 yards). * Idaho gained 75 yards on 35 rushing attempts and 80 yards on one attempt. * Held Arkansas State to 68 yards rushing and just 299 yards of total offense. * Allowed Arkansas State just 165 yards through the first three quarters.
ADDING COLOR TO WHITE -- While Emmett White is garnering most of the attention for his incredible season (see two full pages on White later in this release), many members of the team are accomplishing things in a quiet manner. Among them are quarterback Jose Fuentes, who has started seven games in his Aggie career. Fuentes has quietly been a key factor for USU's success this year. He has completed 55.8 percent of his passing attempts this year and enters the week ranked 25th in the NCAA in total offense and 48th in passing. Since throwing six interceptions in games against Arizona State and Utah (his first two collegiate starts), Fuentes has thrown just one pass to the wrong team in the last five contests. He has just one interception in his last five games (108-of-183) and has attempted 128 consecutive passes without an interception (the USU record is 150 by Anthony Calvillo in 1993). His top two passing games this year have been 421 yards against Idaho and 297 vs. New Mexico State last week when he hit on 24-of-39 attempts.
JONES STILL THERE -- WR Aaron Jones continues to have a successful senior season as he leads the team with 50 receptions for 770 yards. Jones is 27th in the NCAA in receiving yards and 30th in receptions. He has caught at least one pass in 18 consecutive games and has at least three catches in every game this year.
TRIPLETS (but their mothers can tell them apart) -- Utah State is looking to boast a 2,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard receiver in the same season for the first time since 1995 when Patrick Mullins threw for 2,774, Abu Wilson rushed for 1,476 and Kevin Alexander had 1,400 yards in receptions. This year, Emmett White has already reached 1,190 yards rushing, Jose Fuentes needs nine yards passing for 2,000 and Aaron Jones needs 230 yards receiving. USU has two games remaining.
QUICK STARTS -- Utah State has started 36 different players this season. Among that group are 10 seniors, 12 juniors, eight sophomores and six freshmen. Only four Aggies have started at least 10 straight games and only 11 players have started all nine games this season.
A WINNING RECORD? -- While George Strait has 30-some number one records as our athletic director constantly points out, Utah State enters its final two games with a 5-4 record and would need to win one of the final two contests to post its first regular season winning record since 1997 when the Aggies were 6-5 overall (lost bowl game for an actual 6-6 mark). If the Aggies could accomplish that feat, Mick Dennehy would become the first USU coach to post a winning record in his first season in Logan since Phil Krueger went 7-4 back in 1973 (Dennehy is the seventh coach since then).
SHARING (and why can't my kids do more of that?) -- Utah State has had a lot of players touch the ball this season as through nine games, seven different Aggies have thrown a pass, 15 have receptions, 10 have a rush, 10 have scored and six have interceptions (only one Aggie has punted).
JUST PLAY 45 (and let's go home) -- Fourth quarters in Utah State games this season have not really been necessary as in each of the previous nine games, the team that was winning after three quarters has gone on to victory.
GETTING OUT OF THE GATES -- In the first seven games, USU's offense struggled early. The Aggies had three field goals in the first period combined and the opponent had scored first in six of those seven games. In the last two games the Aggies have got untracked early scoring 17 first quarter points and then adding 10 more points in the second period against Arkansas State and then posting 14 in the first quarter and nine in the second against New Mexico State. USU's 27 first half points against ASU were more than it had scored in five full games this season.
THREE AND THREE (and then my math isn't so good) -- Utah State is playing three games from schools from the same state twice this season with three games against Utah schools (Southern Utah, Utah and Brigham Young) and against Idaho schools (Idaho, Boise State and Idaho State). USU went 1-2 against the schools from Utah and is presently 1-0 against schools from the Gem State. The last time USU won three games in a season against schools from the same state was 1997 when USU beat Idaho State, Idaho and Boise State.
DID YOU KNOW? -- WR Aaron Jones had his first career 100-yard receiving game (has seven in his career) against Boise State in 1998 when he had four catches for 101 yards and one touchdown.
DID YOU KNOW? -- LB Brent Passey did not play against Boise State as a freshman, but had 12 tackles against the Broncos as a sophomore and 13 last year as a junior.
OFFENSIVE NOTES -- Utah State's 28 touchdowns through nine games matches last year's total and are four more than 1998's total... USU needs just four more points to match last year's total of 234 points... USU has scored 15 touchdowns in the last three games compared to 13 in the first six games... USU has rushed for eight touchdowns in the last two games after recording five rushing touchdowns in the first seven games... USU has had two or fewer turnovers in five straight games... Emmett White is producing 132.2 yards rushing per game while the rest of the team is averaging a combined minus 0.8... Seven different Aggies have attempted a pass this year, the most since seven hurled the pig in 1984... USU has scored on 23-of-28 trips into the redzone this year, including 23 touchdowns... USU has scored 11 touchdowns on 11 goal-to-go opportunities this year... USU has scored points in 10 of its last 11 quarters as well as in 12 of its last 14... Utah State is seven-of-eight on fourth-down conversions this year.
DEFENSIVE NOTES -- USU's defense has not allowed any points off the last four turnovers by the Aggie offense and in fact have allowed just one touchdown after the last six turnovers... USU allowed New Mexico State to rush for 322 yards after entering the game allowing just 159.0 per game on the ground, including just 97.3 in the three previous games... USU allowed three passing touchdowns by New Mexico State after giving up just two aerial scores in the previous five games combined... USU has allowed 30 or more points in six of nine games this year.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES -- Utah State's average field position against New Mexico State was its own 32, while NMSU started on its own 25... USU averaged 28.5 yards on its six kickoff returns (White had four for 120 and Walker had two for 51 yards)... USU leads the Big West in net punting and is ranked 24th in the NCAA... PK Brad Bohn leads the Big West and is 15th in the NCAA in field goals... P Steve Mullins is 35th in the NCAA in punting and second in the Big West... Emmett White is 13th in the NCAA in kickoff returns... Mullins has placed 16 of his 55 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line and has recorded at least one 50-yard punt in seven of nine games this year.
USU NOTE-ABLE -- USU's last four games of the season are against schools with "State" in their names... USU played four games this year against teams that received votes in the Associated Press poll at some point in the season... USU has played 58 different players this season, including 13 freshmen, 12 sophomores, 17 juniors and 16 seniors... USU has just six active players that have started at least 10 games in their careers... The opponent has scored first in six of nine games this year... USU tied for first place in its final year in the Skyline Conference in 1961 with a 4-0-1 record and is in its final year in the Big West this season.
SUPPORTING THE AGGIES -- Through four home games (and with one remaining) Utah State has drawn 85,672 fans for an average of 21,418 per game. USU needs to draw 14,328 against Idaho State on Nov. 18 to reach the 100,000 plateau for just the second time in school history (USU had 129,206 in six games in 1996 - an average of 21,534). USU's current average of 21,418 per game is second only to that 1996 figure of 21,534.
EMMETT WHITE SHATTERS NCAA ALL-PURPOSE RECORD
Utah State junior running back Emmett White established an NCAA record for all-purpose yardage in a single game with 578 yards against New Mexico State on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000. Here is a look at White and his record-setting day and where he ranks statistically in the NCAA and in the record books.
* NCAA record for single-game all-purpose yards (578), shattering the old mark of 435 yards by Brian Pruitt of Central Michigan against Toledo in 1994 by 143 yards.
NCAA All-Purpose Single-Game Highs 1. 578, EMMETT WHITE vs. New Mexico St., 2000 2. 435, Brian Pruitt, Central Michigan vs. Toledo, 1994 3. 429, Moe Williams, Kentucky vs. S. Carolina, 1999
White's Day In Chronological Order (R=Rush, P=Pass Reception, K=Kickoff Return, PR=Punt Ret., *=First Down, TD=Touchdown, /=end of possession)
1st Quarter R21*, P15*, R13*, P22*/K30, R12*, R16*, R5*, R6* (TD)/P10*, R8/ 2nd Quarter K45, R-3/R29*, R9, R8*, R18, R10*, R5/R3, P7*, P17*/ 3rd Quarter K13/K32, P11*, R-1, R1/PR2, R43*, R17*, R5, R3 (TD)/ 4th Quarter R4, R-2, R42* (TD)/R0/R10*, R17*, R5, R3, R2*, R4, R4/P52*, R9 (TD)
Breakdown Rushing 34-322, 4 TD Receiving 7-134 Kickoff Returns 4-120 Punt Returns 1-2 Totals 46-578, 4 TD
* 41 plays from scrimmage * 22 First Downs * 4 Touchdowns * 12 runs of 10-plus yards, including four 20-plus * Six receptions of 10-plus yards, including two 20-plus
"I am running out of adjectives to describe this kid. He does the type of things that amaze you and leave you with your mouth open. He has a great attitude and it carries onto the team. It was really neat to be a part of him breaking the all-purpose yardage record." -- Utah State Head Coach Mick Dennehy.
* Set a Utah State school record with 322 yards rushing, the 29th best rushing day in NCAA history. It was also tied for the second best rushing day in Big West Conference history behind Mike Pringle of Cal State Fullerton's 357 yards against New Mexico State in 1989 (also on Nov. 4).
Big West Rushing Highs 1. 357, Mike Pringle, CS Fullerton vs. N.M. State, 1989 2. 322, EMMETT WHITE vs. New Mexico State, 2000 2. 322, LeShon Johnson, No. Illinois vs. So. Illinois, 1993
* His 322 yards rushing marked the second 300-yard rushing game this year in the NCAA.
* His current 254.9 all-purpose yards per game average is on pace for the second-best average in NCAA history as Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State averaged 295.5 in 1988.
NCAA All-Purpose Yards Per Game Average 1. 295.5, Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, 1988 *2. 254.9, EMMETT WHITE, UTAH STATE, 2000 3. 249.6, Ryan Benjamin, Pacific, 1991 * Current average through nine games
* Had a career-high 134 receiving yards on seven receptions to mark the first time in Utah State history a player had 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game.
* Became the first USU running back with 100 yards receiving in a game as well.
* Through nine games has produced 1,190 rushing yards to rank seventh on the USU season rushing list (needs 347 yards in the last two games to break the school record of 1,536 set by Demario Brown last year).
* Already owns school record for season all-purpose yards with 2,294 as Louie Giammona had old mark with 2,045 when he led the nation in 1975. His current 2,294 ranks sixth in Big West Conference history with two games remaining (record is 2,996 by Ryan Benjamin of Pacific in 1991).
* Is one of just four players in the top 50 of the NCAA all-Purpose Yardage list this season with at least 100 yards in each of the four categories that make up all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, punt returns, and kickoff returns). The others are J.J. Moses of Iowa State, Deuce McCallister of Mississippi and Domanick Davis of LSU.
1st in All-Purpose 8th in Rushing 13th in Kickoff Returns 18th in Scoring
NCAA All-Purpose Leaders (as of Nov. 5) 1. 254.9, EMMETT WHITE, UTAH STATE 2. 189.2, Robert Kilow, Arkansas State 3. 185.3, LaDainian Tomlinson, Texas Christian
NCAA Rushing Leaders (as of Nov. 5) 1. 181.0, LaDainian Tomlinson, Texas Christian 2. 178.1, Damien Anderson, Northwestern 3. 168.9, Deonce Whitaker, San Jose State 4. 158.5, Michael Bennett, Wisconsin 5. 146.7, Anthony Thomas, Michigan 6. 143.1, Ken Simonton, Oregon State 7. 137.6, Rudi Johnson, Auburn 8. 132.2, EMMETT WHITE, UTAH SATE 9. 131.1, Robert Sanford, Western Michigan 10. 130.6, Chester Taylor, Toledo ? * Ranks in the top six of the Big West Conference in eight different statistical categories (1st in rushing, all-purpose and scoring, third in kickoff returns, fourth in punt returns and receptions, sixth total offense and receiving yards).
* Ranks second in the NCAA in receptions per game by a running back.
* Utah State has had 14 individual NCAA stiastical leaders in its history, including four all-purpose leaders. No Aggie has led the nation in a statistical category since Louie Giammona led the country in all-purpose yardage in 1975.
2000 * USAToday.com Big West Player-of-the-Week vs. North Texas, Arkansas State and New Mexico State. * Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week vs. Arkansas State (shared) and vs. New Mexico State.
1999 * First-team all-Big West kick return specialist.
* The Aggies (5-4 overall, 4-0 Big West) will play at Boise State (7-2, 3-0) on Saturday, Nov. 11 with the winner more than likely earning the conference championship and the right to go to the Humanitarian Bowl.
* Utah State was picked to finish last in the six-team Big West Conference by the coaches and fourth by the media in the preseason.
Emmett White Game-By-Game All-Purpose Yardage The Nation's Leader
Opponent Rush. Rec. PR KOR Total at Texas Tech 20-143 2-8 2-21 0-0 24-172 Southern Utah 10-25 2-5 4-28 1-46 17-104 at Arizona State 22-113 2-85 1-0 2-39 27-237 Utah 15-43 7-80 1-2 1-12 24-137 at Brigham Young 19-61 6-40 3-52 4-124 32-277 at North Texas 32-153 4-53 5-32 0-0 41-238 Idaho 29-128 2-84 1-5 2-45 34-262 Arkansas State 26-202 5-41 1-21 2-25 34-289 at New Mexico State 34-322 7-134 1-2 4-120 46-578 Totals 207-1190 37-530 19-163 16-411 279-2294 Average 132.2 58.9 18.1 45.6 254.9
2000 Utah State Season Note-Able
* Utah State's 2000 schedule includes eight teams with winning records in 1999, as well as four schools, which went to bowl games (Arizona State, Brigham Young, Boise State and Utah)... The Aggies will meet teams from the Pac-10 (Arizona State), Big XII (Texas Tech) and Mountain West (Brigham Young and Utah) as well as Southern Utah and Idaho State in non-conference action... The 2000 opponents combined for a 68-57 (.544) record in 1999... USU will end its season with a non-conference game (Idaho State) for the first time since 1990 (Brigham Young)... No USU first-year head coach has had a winning record in his first season at Logan since Phil Krueger went 7-4 in 1973 (six coaches since then). * USU is playing three instate schools in the same season for the first time since 1982 (beat Weber State and BYU and lost to Utah). * USU's starting offensive tackles are the two tallest players in USU history (Jim Newton, 6-10 and Jeff Long, 6-9). In comparison, USU's NCAA-Tournament basketball team in 2000 started a frontline of 6-11, 6-6 and 6-2. * USU head coach Mick Dennehy entered the year 1-2 against division I opponents in his career (beat Oregon in 1996, lost to Wyoming in 1997 and lost to Idaho in 1999 while at Montana). .* USU lost 1999 second-team all-Big West LB Tony Newson before the season to a shoulder injury that never healed properly. * SS Aminifu Johnson, a projected starter at strong safety, tore his ACL in practice before the season opener and is lost for the season. * WR Adam Colbert broke his hand in the final fall scrimmage. * RB coach Craig Dickenson left USU for a position with the San Diego Chargers the week of the season opener. He was quickly replaced by Eric Kiesau (key-saw) a former quarterback under USU offensive coordinator Bob Cole at Portland State. Kiesau was at Oregon, where he was the school's recruiting coordinator. * P Steve Mullins is a candidate for the Ray Guy Award (national punter of the year). * LB Brent Passey is a candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Award (national defensive player of the year). * The 99 degree kickoff temperature at Texas Tech was the second hottest known kickoff temperature in USU history (103 at Arizona State in 1983). * USU played 54 of the 60 players that traveled to Texas Tech, including 12 freshmen (eight true freshmen). * USU had six different players with receptions in the season opener. Aaron Jones (did not play in last two games last year), David Fiefia (was not in school last fall), Emmett White (fourth and fifth career receptions), Casey Poppinga (redshirted last year), Steve Mullins (punter last year), Joe Solosabal (linebacker last year). * RB Emmett White's 143 yards against Texas Tech was the third-best by an Aggie in his first start at running back in the 1990s (Abu Wilson 157 vs. New Mexico State in 1992 and Demario Brown 166 vs. Boise State in 1996). * FB Joe Solosabal scored a touchdown (five yard reception against Texas Tech) the first time he touched the ball as an Aggie. * USU head coach Mick Dennehy recorded his 50th career victory and his first at Utah State against Southern Utah. * Mick Dennehy's first USU win in USU's second game marked the fastest an Aggie coach has put his name on that side of the ledger since Phil Krueger won in his debut in 1973 (Dennehy is the seventh coach since then). * USU's home crowd of 26,715 against Southern Utah was the eighth largest in school history and the most for a non-Utah or BYU game. * QB Jeff Crosbie suffered a season-ending injury in practice on Sept. 12, tearing a ligament in his throwing hand. He had started 17 consecutive games. * Texas Tech and Arizona State were both receiving votes in the AP poll when USU played against them. * Against Arizona State RB Emmett White became the first Aggie to score a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game since Demario Brown accomplished that feat against Brigham Young in 1997. * QB Jose Fuentes made his first career start against Arizona State. * USU has drawn two 25,000-plus home crowds for the first time since 1996 as the Aggies had 26,715 on hand for Southern Utah and 29,814 for Utah. * USU started three freshmen defensive linemen against Utah (Tapia, Solosabal, Putnam). * USU made back-to-back trips to North Texas (played there in 1999 and this year), marking the first time the Aggies have traveled to the same opponent in consecutive years since playing back-to-back games at Brigham Young in 1991 and 1992. * USU and North Texas played the 1999 conference finale and the conference opener in 2000 marking the first time USU played two straight games against a league opponent since playing New Mexico State in 1991 and 1992. * Against North Texas USU did not allow an offensive touchdown for the first time in 41 games (UNT scored on a blocked punt). * DE Nick Onaindia was lost for the season after the third game of the year due to a "stinger" in his shoulder and he will apply for a medical hardship. * QB Jose Fuentes became the first USU quarterback to score on a reception since Matt Wells vs. New Mexico State in 1994 when he caught a touchdown pass against Idaho. * PK Brad Bohn became USU's career scoring leader against Idaho. * Against Idaho USU had a 300-yard passer (421 by Jose Fuentes), 200-yard receiver (233 by Aaron Jones), and 100-yard rusher (128 by Emmett White) against Idaho for the first time since 1998 against Sam Houston State. * USU's 569 yards against Idaho were the eighth most in school history, while the Aggies' 439 passing yards were the third most. * QB Jose Fuentes threw for 421 yards against Idaho for the fourth best passing game in school history. * WR Aaron Jones had 233 receiving yards against Idaho for the third best receiving day in school history and just 10 yards shy of the school record. * USU produced two 90-plus yard scoring drives against Idaho (99 yards on 10 plays and 93 yards on five plays). * RB Emmett White had a career high 202 yards rushing against Arkansas State. * RB Emmett White set an NCAA record for single-game all-purpose yardage with 578 against New Mexico State. * RB Emmett White set a school record with 322 yards rushing against New Mexico State. * RB Emmett White became the first player in USU history to record 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game against New Mexico State. * RB Emmett White became the first running back to have 100 yards in receptions in a game against New Mexico State. * USU's 619 yards against New Mexico State were the sixth most in school history.
2001 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED -- Here is a look at Utah State's 2001 football schedule that was released on Oct. 12, 2000:
Date Opponent Series Last Meeting Sept. 1 at Utah 28-68-4 2000 Sept. 8 at Louisiana State 0-1-0 1993 Sept. 15 at Fresno State 9-9-1 1993 Sept. 22 WYOMING 34-20-4 1978 Sept. 29 OREGON 0-2-0 1976 Oct. 5 (Fri.) at Brigham Young 33-38-3 2000 Oct. 13 Bye Oct. 20 IDAHO STATE 9-1-0 2000 Oct. 27 CENTRAL FLORIDA First Meeting Nov. 3 Bye Nov. 10 at Connecticut First Meeting Nov. 17 WEBER STATE 10-1-0 1982 Nov. 24 at South Florida First Meeting
Home games in all caps. Schedule is subject to change.
Weekly Press Conferences
Logan -- Mondays, 11:30 a.m. at the Coppermill Restaurant
Salt Lake City (Big Five Huddle) Tues., Green Street, 11:30 a.m. * * * * *
USU On The Air
Play-by-Play - Al Lewis Analysis - Chris Tunis KVNU (610 AM) Logan KVFX (94.5 FM), Logan KWLW (700 AM), Salt Lake City Web: www.utahstateaggies.com * Mick Dennehy Radio Show (KVNU), Thursday, 6 p.m. Web: www.utahstateaggies.com * Aggie Update Radio Show (KVNU), Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. Web: www.utahstateaggies.com * * * * *
USU On The Web
www.UtahStateAggies.com * * * * *
Preseason Big West Polls
Big West Coaches Poll 1. Boise State 25 (5) 2. Idaho 18 (1) 3. New Mexico State 18 4. Arkansas State 15 5. North Texas 8 6. UTAH STATE 6
Big West Media Poll 1. Boise State 169 (26) 2. New Mexico State 131 (2) 3. Idaho 124 (1) 4. UTAH STATE 66 5. Arkansas State 63 6. North Texas 53 * * * * *
2000 Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl Big West Champion vs. Western Athletic Conf. selection Boise, Idaho, Dec. 28, 1 p.m.
2000 Big West/NCAA Rankings Team Big West (NCAA) Total Offense 4th (55th) Rushing Offense 4th (70th) Passing Offense 3rd (28th) Scoring Offense 4th (63rd) Total Defense 5th (104th) Rushing Defense 4th (89th) Passing Defense 4th (10st) Scoring Defense 3rd (81st) Kickoff Returns 3rd (28th) Punt Returns 4th (65th) Net Punting 1st (24th) TO Margin 4th (81st)
Individual Big West (NCAA) BRAD BOHN Field Goals 1st (15th) Scoring 5th JESSE BUSTA Interceptions 5th BLAKE EAGAL Interceptions 5th DAVID FIEFIA Receptions 10th JOSE FUENTES Passing 2nd (48th) Total Offense 3rd (25th) AARON JONES Receiving Yards 2nd (27th) Receptions 2nd (30th) Scoring 6th All-Purpose 8th STEVE MULLINS Punting 2nd (35th) EMMETT WHITE All-Purpose 1st (1st) Rushing 1st (8th) Scoring 1st (18th) Kickoff Returns 3rd (13th) Punt Returns 4th Receptions 4th Receiving Yards 6th Total Offense 6th
2000 Big West Standings School Conf. Overall UTAH STATE 4-0 5-4 Boise State 3-0 7-2 New Mexico State 1-2 3-6 Idaho 2-1 4-5 North Texas 0-3 2-7 Arkansas State 0-4 0-10
Sat., Nov. 11 North Texas at Arkansas State New Mexico State at Idaho Utah State at Boise State
Sat., Nov. 18 New Mexico State at North Texas Idaho at Boise State Idaho State at Utah State
Thur., Dec. 28 Humanitarian Bowl at Boise, Idaho
Utah State's 600-Yards of Total Offense Games
1. 684 vs. Nevada, 1992 2. 662 vs. Idaho, 1997 3. 654 vs. Brigham Young, 1993 4. 649 vs. CS Northridge, 1996 5. 632 vs. Utah, 1972 6. 619 VS. N.M. STATE, 2000
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Best Punting Seasons
1. 44.8, Jerry Arguello, 1997 2. 44.5, Guy McClure, 1981 2. 44.5, Lamont Miller, 1959 4. 43.0, Guy McClure, 1978 5. 42.0, Dale Money, 1982 6. 42.9, Herik Mandel, 1986 6. 42.9, Rudy Curinga, 1965 8. 42.8, Louie Aguiar, 1987 9. 42.7, Rusty Carlsen, 1991 10. 42.4, Louie Aguiar, 1988 11. 42.3, Steve Mullins, 1999 12. 42.2, Jerry Arguello, 1998 12. 42.2, Rusty Carlsen, 1990 14. 41.9, Jess Garcia, 1969 15. 41.6, STEVE MULLINS, 2000
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NCAA 300-Yard Rushing Games In The Last Three Years (1998-pres.)
406, LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU vs. Texas-El Paso, 1999 376, Travis Prentice, Miami (Ohio) vs. Akron, 1999 350, Ricky Williams, Texas vs. Iowa State, 1998 322, EMMETT WHITE, USU vs. New Mexico State, 2000 319, Devin West, Missouri vs. Kansas, 1998 318, Ricky Williams, Texas vs. Rice, 1998 311, Dwone Hicks, Mid. Tenn. St. vs. Louisiana Tech, 2000 306, Lamont Jordan, Maryland vs. Virginia, 1999 300, LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU vs. San Jose State, 1999
USU RECORD BOOK
Rushing Yards 8. Maurice Turner 1549 (needs 252) 9. Roy Shivers 1468 (needs 171) 10. John Strycula 1412 (needs 115) NR Emmett White 1298
Receptions 5. Pat Newman 145 (needs 14) 6. James Murphy 133 (needs 10) 7. Aaron Jones 132
Receiving Yards 6. James Murphy 2132 (needs 188) 7. Tracy Jenkins 2070 (needs 126) 8. Aaron Jones 1945
Touchdown Receptions 2. Tracy Jenkins 22 (needs 5) 3. Ken Thompson 19 (needs 2) 4. Aaron Jones 18
Scoring 1. Brad Bohn 270 2. Tom Larscheid 248
Touchdowns 9. Three with 19 (needs 2) NR Aaron Jones 18
Field Goals Made 1. Brad Bohn 57 2. Micah Knorr 39
Field Goals Attempted 1. Brad Bohn 87 2. Micah Knorr 62
Field Goal Percentage 5. Dene Garner .660 6. Micah Knorr .659 7. Brad Bohn .655
Extra Points Made 1. Brad Bohn 99 2. Steve Steinke 90
Extra Points Attempted 1. Brad Bohn 111 2. Steve Steinke 95
Extra Point Percentage 7. Tom Mayes .925 8. Brad Bohn .892
Tackles 1. Del Lyles 446 (needs 97) 2. David Gill 425 (needs 76) 3. Pat McKenna 359 (needs 10) 4. Brent Passey 350 ---------------------------------- 9. James Jenkins 311 (needs 30) 10. Tony D'Amato 294 (needs 13) NR Blake Eagal 282 (tackle totals are before NMSU)
Rushing Yards 1. Demario Brown 1536 (needs 347) 2. Louie Giammona 1534 (needs 345) 3. Abu Wilson 1476 (needs 287) 4. Louie Giammona 1454 (needs 265) 5. Roger Grant 1370 (needs 181) 6. Rick Parros 1236 (needs 47) 7. Emmett White 1190
Rushing Touchdowns 1. Abu Wilson 16 (needs 5) 2. Two with 15 (needs 4) 4. Three with 14 (needs 3) 8. Emmett White 12
Passing Yards 9. Bob Gagliano 2365 (needs 375) 10. Ron Lopez 2221 (needs 231) NR Jose Fuentes 1991
Passing Attempts 9. Bob Gagliano 345 (needs 70) 10. Ron Lopez 314 (needs 39) NR Jose Fuentes 276
Completion Percentage 3. Tony Adams .581 4. Jose Fuentes .558
Total Offense 10. Tony Adams 2195 (needs 280) NR Jose Fuentes 1916
Receptions 10. Rod Moore 60 (needs 11) NR Aaron Jones 50
Receiving Yards 10. Rod Moore 944 (needs 175) NR Aaron Jones 770
Receiving Touchdowns 5. Two with 10 (needs 3) 7. Aaron Jones 8
Touchdowns 1. Two with 16 (needs 3) 3. Six with 15 (needs 2) 9. Emmett White 14
Field Goals Made 7. Micah Knorr 15 (needs 4) 8. Doug Beach 14 (needs 3) 9. Russ Moody 13 (needs 2) 10. Brad Bohn 12
Field Goals Attempted 8. Two with 20 (needs 3) 10. Two with 19 (needs 2) NR Brad Bohn 18
Rushing Yards 1. Emmett White vs. New Mexico St. 322 22. Emmett White vs. Arkansas State 202
Passing Yards 4. Jose Fuentes vs. Idaho 421
Receiving Yards 3. Aaron Jones vs. Idaho 233
All Purpose Yards 1. Emmett White vs. New Mexico St. 578
Passing 21. Jose Fuentes to Emmett White vs. Idaho 74
Utah State Depth Chart
LT 79 Jim Newton (6-10, 294, So., 1L) 76 Eric Gwilliam (6-5, 257, Jr., JC)
LG 67 JESS SCHUCK (6-2, 305, Jr., 2L) 52 Ed Powell (6-3, 300, Jr., JC)
OC 53 JUNIOR PUTUTAU (6-1, 300 Sr., 2L) 63 Matt Jenkins (6-3, 306, Sr., 1L)
WR 9 AARON JONES (5-11, 180, Sr., 3L) (X) 80 Michael Brignac (6-2, 190, Fr., HS)
WR 39 David Fiefia (5-8, 189, Fr., HS) (H)
WR 15 Chris Stallworth (6-3, 190, Fr., HS) (Z) 3 KY ODAY (6-2, 183, Sr., 1L)
TB 32 Emmett White (5-11, 199, Jr., 2L) 31 John Roberts (5-9, 195, Jr., 2L)
LT 90 Jared Solosabal (6-1, 246, Fr., RS)
Hero 44 BRENT PASSEY (6-1, 227, Sr., 3L) 40 Justin Oswald (5-8, 206, Sr., 1L)
Mac 47 BLAKE EAGAL (6-2, 231, Sr., 3L) 21 Nathan Barber (6-2, 220, Jr., JC)
RC 1 TONY WALKER (5-11, 183, Jr., 2L) 29 Shaun Healy (5-7, 167, Sr., 1L)
P 12 STEVE MULLINS (6-4, 226, So., 1L) 18 Brian Benza (6-2, 205, Sr., 1L)
PK 26 BRAD BOHN (5-7, 178, Sr., 3L) 87 Dane Kidman (5-10, 178, So., SQ)
PR 32 Emmett White (5-11, 199, Jr., 2L) 1 Tony Walker (5-11, 183, Jr., 2L)
KOR 1 Tony Walker (5-11, 183, Jr., 2L) 32 Emmett White (5-11, 199, Jr., 2L)
1999 Starters in ALL CAPS
1L = one varsity letter, HS= High School experience, JC=Junior College, RS= Redshirt, SQ=Squad, TR=Transfer