Aggies Seeking Second-Straight Win Hosting Spartans Saturday
Nov. 7, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
SAN JOSE STATE at UTAH STATE Saturday, Nov. 12 - 1 p.m. (MT) KCSG / Streamed on UtahStateAggies.com Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium (25,513) Logan, Utah
QUICKLY -- Fresh off a wild comeback win, Utah State (3-5, 1-2 WAC) will host San Jose State (3-6, 2-3 WAC) on Saturday, Nov. 12... Kickoff from USU's Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium (25,513) is slated for 1 p.m. (MT)... The clash between the Aggies and Spartans will be televised throughout the region on KCSG (Comcast Ch. 116/DirectTv Ch. 44/Dish Network Ch. 37) with Mychal Clanton handling play-by-play duties while Kevin White will handle analysis and Brooks Hansen on the sideline... It will also be streamed through www.UtahStateAggies.com by clicking on the "Watch Live" link.
SATURDAY'S STORYLINES -- Things to watch for in Saturday's clash between the Aggies and Spartans:
FOLLOWING THE GAME AND THE AGGIES
ON TV -- Saturday's clash between the Aggies and Spartans will be televised throughout the region on KCSG (Comcast Ch. 116/DirectTv Ch. 44/Dish Network Ch. 37) with Mychal Clanton handling play-by-play duties while Kevin White will handle analysis and Brooks Hansen on the sideline... It will also be streamed through www.UtahStateAggies.com by clicking on the "Watch Live" link.
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 "Poi Boi" Lewis will handle the play-by-play duties, while former Aggie QB great John Pappas will be providing analysis, filling in for Aggie SID Craig "I Eat Hawaiian Style" Hislop, who will be doing the USU WBB broadcast on the road this weekend in Laramie, Wyoming and Brookings, S.D.
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. 10 at Copper Mill / Nov. 17 at Elements
UP NEXT -- USU heads to the Palouse to take on Idaho on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Moscow, Idaho... Kickoff from Moscow, Idaho is slated for 3 p.m. (MT).
UTAH STATE NOTE-ABLES
ABOUT USU -- Utah State brings a 3-5 overall and 1-2 WAC mark into Saturday's home game, fresh off a wild, come-from-behind 35-31 win at Hawai`i last Saturday... Junior QB Adam Kennedy, coming in as an injury replacement and rallying USU from a 28-7 halftime deficit for the 35-31 win for USU's first win at Honolulu since 1966, dealing Hawai'i its first first home loss in its last nine regular season home games and was its first WAC loss since 2009, losing to Boise State, snapping a seven-game home WAC unbeaten streak... Kennedy replaced freshman starting QB Chuckie Keeton, who suffered a neck injury and was carted off the field and taken to the hospital at the end of the first half... The junior was 8-of-12 passing for 163 yards in one half of action with his first two TD passes of his Aggie career, including a 71-yard strike to senior wide receiver Stanley Morrison to pull USU within 31-28 with 12:39 left in the fourth quarter... His first pass of the game was a 25-yard pass to Matt Austin, setting up USU's first TD after halftime, pulling within 28-14... The Kennedy-led Aggie offense also guided the winning drive, making several key scrambles to get positive yardage, including a John Elway-like helicopter dive to the endzone, but was stopped at the goal line. After a USU time out with 17 seconds left, junior RB Robert Turbin bulled through a hole created by the offensive line into the endzone for the game-winning score.
On the season, USU averages 447.9 yards of total offense per game, including 267.9 ypg on the ground and 180.0 ypg through the air... The Aggie defense yields just 334.4 ypg, including 122.1 ypg rushing and 212.2 ypg passing... USU averages 35.8 ppg while allowing 28.3 ppg.
Junior RB Robert Turbin leads the USU offense with 921 yards, needing 79 more to reach the 1,000 yard mark in a season for the second time in his career, joining the 1,296 in 2009.... Turbin has 140 carries (6.6 ypc/115.1 ypg) with 14 TD's... Keeton is 106-of-174 for 1,200 yards (150.0 ypg) with 11 TD's and two INT's... Kennedy is 12-of-17 for 209 yards (69.7 ypg)with two TD's and zero INT's... Junior WR Matt Austin leads the team with 20 catches for 278 yards (34.8 ypg/13.9 ypc) with two TD's... Senior LB Bobby Wagner anchors the USU defense with 96 total tackles (12.0 pg) with six TFL's... Fellow senior LB Kyle Gallager adds 59 stops (7.4 pg)... Senior DE/LB Levi Koskan has a team-best 7.5 tackles for loss with 4.5 sacks... Junior RB/KR Kerwynn Williams has a 22.6 kick return average and a 14.0 punt return average, part of his 142.8 ypg all-purpose... Junior P Tyler Bennett has a 45.1 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 37-of-38 on PAT's.
ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE -- The Spartans are 3-6 overall and 2-3 in WAC action after a heartbreaking 32-29 home loss to Idaho on Saturday... SJSU scored a season-high 17 points in the first quarter, led 20-0 and took a 22-10 lead into halftime, but the Vandals scored 22 unanswered fourth quarter points en route to the 32-29 win... Through three quarters the Spartans had out gained the Idaho 268-to-126 yards, but in the fourth the Vandals put up 219 yards of offense to San Jose State's 89... Idaho scored on drives of 79, 84 and 85 yards to erase the 12-point Spartans lead and take a 32-22 advantage with 1:49 left to play... Matt Faulkner, who went 29-of-41 for 289 yards, connected with Ryan Otten on a 47-yard scoring strike to narrow the score to 32-29 with 1:08 to play, but the on-side kick attempts failed for San Jose State and Idaho ran out the clock... The teams combines for 702 yards of offense with San Jose State holding a small 357-to-345 advantage.
SJSU averages 362.3 ypg of total offense, with 252.7 ypg passing and 109.7 ypg rushing, scoring an average of 23.0 ppg... The Spartan defense allows 419.3 ypg, with 226.1 ypg passing and 193.2 rushing, while giving up 31.3 ppg.
Senior QB Matt Faulkner leads SJSU's offense with 187-of-287 passing for 2,101 yards (262.6 ypg) with nine TD's and 11 INT's... Sophomore Noel Grigsby has 70 catches for 649 yards (72.1 ypg/9.3 ypc) with one TD, while junior TE Ryan Otten leads the team with five TD catches, as well as a team-best 15.3 ypc... Senior RB Brandon Rutley has 146 carries for 650 yards (4.5 ypc/81.2 ypg) with eight rushing scores... Sophomore LB Keith Smith leads the Spartans' defense with 74 tackles (8.2 pg) while junior S James Orth adds 62 stops (6.9 pg) with a team-best four INT's... Senior PK Jens Alvernik is 10-of-15 on FG's with a long of 43 yards and is 17-of-17 on PAT's... Sophomore P Harrison Waid average 43.4 ypp with a long of 72 yards, with 13 inside the 20.
FBS AND WAC FOOTBALL STATISTICS CONTINUE TO FEATURE UTAH STATE HIGHLY RANKED -- This week's Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) statistics continue to showcase Utah State highly ranked, including leading the conference in five categories, as the statistics were released Sunday... USU are once again the WAC's leaders in rushing offense, ranking sixth in the FBS with 267.9 yards per game. USU is also tops in the conference and 22nd in the country in scoring offense, hanging 35.8 points per game on the scoreboard... The Aggie defense leads the league in total defense, ranking 26th in the nation at 334.4 ypg... USU is also first in the conference and 40th in the country in pass efficiency defense at 121.68, as well as leading the league and ranking 47th in the nation in pass defense at 212.3 ypg... Additionally, Utah State is second in the WAC and 25th in the FBS in total offense at 447.9 ypg, and second in the league and 33rd in the nation in passing efficiency at 144.30... The USU defense is also third in the conference and 29th in the country in rushing defense at 122.1 ypg, as well as second in the WAC and 38th in the FBS in sacks (2.3 pg)... On special teams, Utah State is now third in the conference and 21st in the country in net punting at 38.9 ypp... Individually, junior RB Robert Turbin is second in the WAC and 14th in the FBS in rushing (115.1 ypg), while also leading the conference and ranking tied for fifth in the country in scoring (12.0 ppg)... Turbin is also eighth in the conference and 49th in the country in all-purpose yards (126.8 ypg)... Freshman QB Chuckie Keeton is second in the WAC and 44th in the FBS in passing efficiency (137.4), in addition to ranking sixth in the league and 77th in the nation in total offense (185.4 ypg)... Junior RB/KR Kerwynn Williams is third in the conference and 30th in the country in all-purpose yards (142.8 ypg), including ranking fifth in the league and 78th in the nation in kick returns (22.6 ypr)... Defensively, senior LB Bobby Wagner is tops in the WAC and sixth in FBS in tackles at 12.0 per game... Fellow senior LB Kyle Gallagher is tied for 13th in the conference (7.4 pg)... Senior DE/LB Levi Koskan is fifth in the league and 39th in the nation in sacks with .6 pg, while also ranking fifth in the WAC and 66th in the FBS in tackles for loss (1.1 pg)... Junior P Tyler Bennett is third in the WAC and 10th in the FBS in punting at 45.1 ypp... Sophomore PK Josh Thompson is fifth in the league and tied for 94th in the nation in field goals (.6 pg), while ranking sixth in the conference in scoring (6.5 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 26th among the nation's FBS punters with 14 punts inside the 20... Over a third of Bennett's punts (14-of-38, .368) have been inside the 20.
Rank Player, School I20 TB 1. Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech 32 4 --- T26. Tyler Bennett, Utah State 14 4TD RUSHING -- 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 last three games (Fresno State, LA Tech and Hawai`i), giving the Aggies 26 rushing TD's on the season in eight games... That ranks tied for sixth in the FBS, and USU's 3.3 rushing TD's per game is fourth in the nation behind Georgia Tech and Wisconsin's 3.8 TD's pg and Army with 3.3 pg... USU is the only team with 23 or more rushing TD's to only play in eight games, as the other 14 teams have all played in nine contests:
TEAM TD's G AVG PG Georgia Tech 34 9 3.8 Wisconsin 34 9 3.8 Army 30 9 3.3 (3.33) Air Force 29 9 3.2 Alabama 27 9 3.0 Oregon 26 9 2.9 UTAH STATE 26 8 3.3 (3.25) Nebraska 26 9 2.9 TCU 26 9 2.9 Stanford 26 9 2.9 Navy 25 9 2.8 Temple 25 9 2.8 Northern Ill. 25 9 2.8 Kansas St. 24 9 2.7 UCF 23 9 2.6DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK, WE'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE -- USU made LL Cool J proud on Saturday, as the Aggies rallied from a double-digit deficit for the third time in the last two years, coming back from down 28-7 late in the first half to win, 35-31... Last year, at San Jose State, the Aggies rallied from down 10-0 at San Jose State and winning, 38-34, a week after being down 14-0 to New Mexico State before rallying to win, 27-22, last season... Saturday's 28-7 comeback was the largest against an FBS team since at least 1990 and the second-largest since then, behind the 27-0 rally against Idaho State in 2001, rallying to win, 28-27... Ironically, six of USU's seven comebacks have been in November, including two on Nov. 2, while New Mexico State has been the victim twice.
Deficit Winning Score Opponent Date 27-0 28-27 vs. Idaho State Oct. 20, 2001 28-7 35-31 AT HAWAI`I NOV. 5, 2011 14-0 27-22 vs. New Mexico State Nov. 6, 2010 13-0 21-13 vs. North Texas Nov. 2, 1996 12-0 34-25 vs. New Mexico State Nov. 20, 2004 10-0 20-19 vs. Fresno State Nov. 2, 1991 10-0 38-34 at San Jose State Nov. 13, 2010LAST MINUTE GAME-WINNING SCORES -- The Aggies' last-minute win at Hawai`i scoring the game-winning TD with 14 seconds left ranks No. 5 in USU's last-minute game-winning scores since 1991... Just like its double-digit comebacks, a majority of USU's last minute game-winning scores have come in November, with eight of the 11 in the final minute happening in November.
Time Result Date Play :00 USU 19, Troy 16 Nov. 16, 2002 36 FG to force OT / 34 FG to win :00 USU 45, New Mexico 44 OT Oct. 19, 2002 32 TD pass to force OT/8 run to win :00 USU 29, NMSU 26 2OT Oct. 31, 1998 11 run in 2nd OT :05 USU 28, North Texas 27 Nov. 14, 1998 30 FG :14 USU 35, HAWAI`I 31 NOV. 5, 2011 1 TD RUN :18 USU 38, Pacific 35 Nov. 21, 1992 40 FG :28 USU 44, NMSU 37 Nov. 4, 2000 9 TD run :34 USU 38, SJSU 34 Nov. 13, 2010 15 TD run :51 USU 20, Fresno State 19 Nov. 2, 1991 45 FG :55 USU 13, Fresno State 12 Oct. 7, 2006 30 TD pass 1:00 USU 37, Nevada 35 Nov. 20, 1999 1 TD runRED 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 seventh 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 93 percent of their trips to the red zone (26-of-28).
RED ZONE OFFENSE Rank Name Gm Drives Scores Points Rush TD Pass TD FG Pct 1 Stanford 9 52 52 320 22 19 11 1.00 2 LSU 9 42 41 246 20 11 10 .98 3 Western Mich. 8 32 31 189 11 13 7 .97 4 Wisconsin 9 48 46 301 26 15 5 .96 5 Air Force 9 39 37 216 24 3 10 .95 6 Pittsburgh 9 31 29 179 16 7 6 .94 7 Texas A&M 9 43 40 239 17 13 10 .93 7 Toledo 9 40 37 230 18 12 7 .93 7 La.-Lafayette 10 30 28 157 13 6 9 .93 7 UTAH STATE 8 28 26 169 17 6 3 .93BURNING THE BARN -- Utah State has been in five 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, before breaking through with the 35-31 win at Hawai`i on Nov. 5... Those five games are tied for the second-most one-score games in the nation... The five games by a combined 19 points rank the Aggies tied for 21st in the nation for teams in one-score games, with the 12th-most point differential... USU is one of nine teams in the country who have had four or more one-score games... The Aggies are also one of six teams with four losses by eight points or less:
GAMES DECIDED BY ONE SCORE - BY PTS Team Games Total Points Buffalo 3 (1-2) 5 Wyoming 3 (3-0) 7 Navy 4 (0-4, 1 OT) 8 Rutgers 4 (2-2) 8 Texas A&M 3 (1-2) 10 South Carolina 4 (3-1) 11 Nevada 3 (2-1) 11 Western Kentucky 4 (3-1) 11 BYU 4 (2-2) 12 Duke 5 (2-3) 12 Idaho 4 (1-3) 13 Marshall 3 (3-0) 14 Auburn 3 (3-0) 14 Colorado State 4 (2-2, one OT) 15 Hawai`i 4 (1-3) 15 Mississippi State 3 (1-2) 15 Minnesota 4 (2-2) 16 Boston College 3 (0-3) 16 Middle Tennessee 4 (1-3) 16 USC 3 (2-1) 17 Notre Dame 4 (3-1) 17 San Jose State 4 (2-2) 17 Penn State 4 (4-0) 18 UTAH STATE 5 (1-4, one OT) 19 Illinois 5 (3-2) 19 Indiana 4 (0-4) 19 UConn 4 (1-3) 20 New Mexico State 3 (2-1) 20
BIG 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:
Texas Tech 8 Central Michigan 8 UTAH STATE 7 New Mexico State 7 Arizona State 7 Oklahoma State 7 Louisville 7 Alabama 7 Florida State 7BIG 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 Georgia Tech (95, 98, 90, 95, 92) 4 Alabama (98, 94, 92, 92) 4 BYU (99, 97, 96, 91) 4 Illinois (95, 95, 97, 90) 4 Middle Tennessee (95, 95, 94, 98) 4 New Mexico State (90,92,90,93) 4 Southern Miss (94, 95, 98, 99)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 267.9 yards per game... The season total of 2,313 yards through eight games surpassed 2009's season total of 2,311 yards and closing in on last year's total of 2,442... The 267.9 ypg average this season is on pace to be the Aggies' highest rushing average since 1961 when USU amassed 280.8 ypg... USU's total offense average of 447.9 ypg is on pace to be the third-best in school history behind 468.5 ypg in 1996 and 449.4 in 1997... Additionally, the Aggies' 35.8 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 449.4, 1997 35.8, 2011 267.9, 2011 447.9, 2011 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 334.4 ypg total defense yardage is on pace to be the best since 1998's 319.9 ypg... USU's rushing defense average of 122.1 ypg is on pace to be the lowest since 1997
Rushing Avg. 50.8, 1961 82.8, 1966 83.9, 1965 84.7, 1960 93.2, 1963 115.0, 1985 115.6, 1997 116.2, 1981 122.1, 2011 123.4, 1998MORE POSITIVE PUNT RETURNS -- With 114 punt return yards through eight 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.
BALDWIN BITS -- USU offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin served as head coach and offensive play-caller at San Jose State for four years (1997-2000), where he compiled an 18-27 record, including three straight wins over Stanford (1998-2000)... In 2000, SJSU beat Stanford as well as ninth-ranked TCU to end the nation's longest winning streak at 12 games... The Spartans featured the nation's fourth-leading rusher in Deonce Whitaker, who averaged 157.7 ypg... Baldwin's 1999 SJSU team knocked off Rose Bowl-bound Stanford, 44-39... SJSU again finished among the national leaders in passing offense, ranking No. 30 at 249.0 yards per game... San Jose State opened the 1998 season with a 35-23 victory at Stanford - its first win over a Pac-10 opponent in eight years... In 1997, SJSU posted its first win over a ranked opponent since 1990, upsetting No. 24 Air Force, 25-22... He spent 10 years as an assistant coach under Jack Elway, first as a graduate assistant at Cal State Northridge in 1979 and then as receivers coach at San Jose State for four years (1981-84) and Stanford for four seasons (1985-88)... While coaching at San Jose State, he also worked alongside offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dennis Erickson.
UTAH STATE-SAN JOSE STATE SERIES -- First meeting back in 1940, San Jose State leads the all-time series by a 20-12-1 count, but USU has won the last two match-ups... The series is even 8-all in games at Logan, with USU winning two of the last three meetings, but SJSU has won five of the last seven meetings on the Aggies' home turf... Overall, USU has lost 11 of the last 14 vs. SJSU... The two teams concluded the 1946 season with a match-up in the Raisin Bowl in Fresno, Calif., with the Spartans blanking the Aggies, 20-0... The two programs had not met on the football field for 10 years prior to the 2005 WAC meeting... The Aggies claimed that contest in Logan 24-17 after San Jose State had won eight-straight from 1986-95 when both were members of the Big West Conference.
USU vs. SJSU Overall: 12-20-1 / Home: 8-8-0 / Away: 4-11-1 / Neutral: 0-1-0
AGGIES VS. SPARTANS = CLOSE CLASH -- If history is on the side of both teams, Saturday is expected to be a close game, with six of the last eight meetings between USU and SJSU being decided by one score, including last year's thriller at San Jose, in which USU rallied from down 10-0 early and winning 38-34 by scoring the game-winning TD with 34 seconds left... SJSU won the 2007 meeting in Logan, 23-20, scoring the game-winning TD with 53 seconds remaining... Only 2008's 30-7 SJSU win at San Jose and the Aggies' 24-9 win at Logan in 2009 haven't been decided by seven points or less during that span.
USU VS. GOLDEN STATE TEAMS -- Utah State has played against a school from the state of California in 120 games, posting a 52-66-2 (.442) overall record against schools from the Golden State, going 1-10 vs. San Diego State, 10-16-1 vs. Fresno State, 12-20-1 vs. San Jose State, 8-6 against Cal State Fullerton, 1-0 vs. Cal State Northridge, 21-7 against Pacific, 0-4 vs. USC, 0-1 vs. St. Vincent's, 0-1 against Stanford and 0-1 vs. UCLA.
Utah State's percentage is much higher in games at Logan against California teams, entering Saturday with a 34-20 (.630) ledger, including 8-4 vs. Fresno State, 8-8 against San Jose State, 4-3 vs. Cal State Fullerton, 1-0 against Cal State Northridge, 13-2 vs. Pacific and 0-3 against San Diego State.
USU IN NOVEMBER -- Utah State has won nine of its last 14 games in the month of November... During its six years in the WAC, USU is 10-14 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.
8, 9, 10, 11/12-- Saturday is USU's first game on Nov. 12 since 2005, losing, 50-23 at Hawai'i... The Aggies are 7-5 on Nov. 12 since 1921, losing the last three on the 12th day of the 11th month, as well as going 6-2 at home... This marks the second time USU and San Jose State have squared off on Nov. 12, as they also met in 1966 with the Aggies winning 27-7... Here's a closer look at how USU has fared on Nov. 12:
1921 - W 20-0 vs. College of Idaho 1923 - W 40-0 vs. BYU 1938 - L 12-27 vs. Wyoming 1949 - W 19-14 vs. Montana State 1955 - L 6-39 at Denver 1960 - W 45-6 at PacificAGGIES AND SPARTANS BATTLING IN NOVEMBER -- A total of seven of the previous 33 meetings between USU and SJSU have occurred in November, and Saturday will be the third straight November meeting between the Aggies and Spartans... USU is 5-2 against SJSU in November, including 3-1 at Logan:
11-12-66 W 27-7 H 11-22-80 W 44-38 A 11-20-82 L 26-49 A 11-5-83 W 22-15 H 11-11-89 L 7-33 H 11-14-09 W 24-9 H 11-13-10 W 38-34 A
FAMILIAR CONFERENCE FOES -- Utah State and San Jose State have been in two different conferences together, as they were fellow Big West Conference members from 1978-92:
Conference Yrs. Together Series History Big West 1978-1992 USU 4, SJSU 10, Tie 1 WAC 2005-Present USU 3, SJSU 3AGGIE-SPARTAN NOTE-ABLE -- USU offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin was head coach at San Jose State from 1997-2000, compiling an 18-27 (.400) mark at SJSU... Baldwin was also SJSU's receivers coach from 1981-84... SJSU defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Kent Baer was born in Logan and was an assistant coach at Utah State from 1977-85, serving as the Aggies' outside LB's coach from 1977-82 and defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach from 1983-85 - The 2009 trip to USU by SJSU season was Baer's first return to Logan as an assistant coach since 1985... Utah State has 21 players from the state of California, the second-most from any state, behind the 43 from Utah... San Jose State has two players on its roster from Utah in the Tuitupou brothers of Orem, Utah in junior TE Peter Tuitupou (Mountain View HS/Washington State/Snow College/Utah) and junior DE David Tuitupuo (Mountain View HS/Snow College/BYU)... The 1979 USU-SJSU game, which ended in a 48-48 tie, is the second-highest scoring tie game in NCAA history behind only a 52-52 tie between San Diego State and BYU in 1991... Current USU video coordinator Bill Garren was video coordinator at San Jose State in 2002... Former Aggie head coach John Ralston (1959-62), was the head coach at San Jose State (1993-96) and was an assistant athletics director at the Bay area school before becoming special assistant for the football program... Chuck Bell was USU athletics director from 1993-97 before taking the same post at SJSU until retiring in 2004 but then became the AD at Delaware State in 2005, retiring again at the end of 2006... John Glass worked with Bell as associate athletics director at both USU and SJSU.
USU BESTS VS. SJSU -- Louie Aguiar has the longest punt in school history with an 85-yarder in 1988 against San Jose State... Dene Garner has the second-longest field goal in USU history with a 58-yarder in 1985... In the 1988 meeting, Brent Snyder threw for 412 yards vs. San Jose State, ranking eighth on USU's single-game passing list... Snyder also has the 14th-best mark with 384 yards against SJSU the previous season... Bob Gagliano had 366 yards against the Spartans in 1980 for the 21st-best passing mark, while Eric Hipple has the No. 22 ranking with 364 yards passing vs. SJSU in 1979... Robert Scott had 208 receiving yards in the 1988 match-up to rank 12th on the single-game receiving yards list... Kevin Robinson has the third-longest punt return in school history with an 87-yarder in the 2005 meeting with SJSU... Guy McClure has the ninth-longest punt with a 73-yarder vs. San Jose State in 1978... As a team, USU logged its ninth-best passing performance with 412 yards vs. SJSU in 1988 and the 16th-best mark with 384 in 1987... In 1966, the Aggie defense held the Spartans to 119 yards of total offense, ranking as the 15th-best total defense mark... The 1985 USU defense held SJSU to -15 yards rushing for the fourth-best rushing defense total.
CURRENT AGGIE COACHES VS. SJSU -- Including Coach Baldwin's familiarity with San Jose State, a total of five members of Utah State's coaching staff have faced San Jose State, either as a coach or a player, in their previous positions, or both as is the case for USU QB's coach Matt Wells, who faced SJSU as Tulsa's tight ends coach as well as facing them while as a player for Utah State, however Wells did not see an action in SJSU's 32-30 win over USU in 1995... Overall, those five members were a combined 8-5 vs. SJSU.
Name Utah State Position Other Position Years Gary Andersen Head Coach Utah Defensive Tackles 1998-W, 49-17 (1-0 vs. SJSU)EACH OTHER'S LAST TIME LIST -- On Utah State's "Last Time" list, San Jose State is referenced twice:
-- USU's last opponent individual with 300 yards passing was SJSU's Jordan La Secla with 331 yards last year on 19-of-37 passing with two TD's and one INT. -- USU's last opponent individual with 400 yards passing was SJSU's Adam Tafralis with 426 yards in 2007 on 35-of-48 passing with three TD's and two INT's.
Utah State is also referenced twice on San Jose State's "Last Time" list, with both references in relation to the same game:
-- The last Spartan with two or more INT's in a game was current senior S Duke Ihenacho with two oskies against USU in 2008. -- In that same game in 2008, Ihenacho returned one INT for a TD and had another the next game against New Mexico State, becoming the last Spartan to have an INT returned for a TD in consecutive games.
UTAH STATE-SAN JOSE STATE BY THE NUMB3R5 -- A closer look at note-ables about Saturday's match-up between the Aggies and Spartans:
UTAH STATE-SAN JOSE STATE LAST TIME: 2010
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Derrvin Speight's 15-yard TD run with 34 seconds left put Utah State ahead and Nevin Lawson's interception in the end zone with nine ticks left sealed the Aggies' 38-34 wild victory at San Jose State on Nov. 13. Utah State won at San Jose for the first time since 1980, snapping an eight-game losing streak on the Spartans' home turf, and the Aggies' won back-to-back games for the first time since 2007. It was USU's second-straight rally for a win after being down double-digits to zero in the early going, trailing 10-0 against SJSU and 14-0 on Nov. 6vs. New Mexico State. Speight had a career-high for the second-straight game with 125 yards, going over the 100-yard mark for the second time in as many weeks after his 114-yard outing last week. Speight's game-winning TD was also his third of the game. Senior QB Diondre Borel was 20-of-29 passing for 259 yards, as Utah State added 261 yards on the ground to finish with 520 yards of total offense, as the Aggies had a dominating 38:20-21:40 time of possession edge. SJSU had 449 yards of total offense with 331 yards passing and 118 rushing. Spartan QB Jordan La Secla was 19-of-37 passing for the 331 yards with two TD's and the one INT by Lawson. Senior CB Chris Randle and junior LB Kyle Gallagher led the USU defense with eight tackles each. After San Jose State got out to a 10-0 lead on a 3-yard run by Brandon Rutley and a 42-yard field goal by Harrison Waid, USU got on the board for the first time with a 19-yard Speight TD run and the PAT by senior PK/P Peter Caldwell. It was the Aggies' first points in the first quarter on the road this season. The drive's big play was a 41-yard pass from Borel to junior WR Xavier Martin. The Aggies took the lead for the first time at 14-10 on a 8-yard pass from Borel to sophomore WR Dontel Watkins and Caldwell's upright split. The key play on the drive was a 16-yard pass from Borel to junior TE Tarren Lloyd on a fake field goal. Caldwell drilled a 30-yard field goal to put USU ahead 17-10, but SJSU countered with a 46-yard field goal by Waid to pull the Spartans within 17-13 at the half. The Spartans took a 20-17 lead on a 13-yard TD run by La Secla with 6:09 left in the third quarter. Utah State re-took the lead on a 37-yard TD run by sophomore RB/KR Kerwynn Williams, but the Spartans went ahead on a 7-yard pass from La Secla to Kyle Nunn for a 27-24 SJSU five seconds into the fourth stanza. Speight's second TD of the game came from 4-yards out with 8:56 to go, capping a 15-play, 82-yard drive. The Spartans marched down the field, getting a 4-yard pass from La Secla to Jalal Beauchman to a 34-31 lead with 5:25 left, setting up Speight and Lawson's dramatics for the Aggies' win.
Score By Quarters Utah State 14 3 7 14 - 38 San Jose State 10 3 7 14 - 34AGGIES-SPARTANS LAST TIME AT LOGAN: 2009
UTAH STATE 24, SAN JOSE STATE 9
November 14, 2009 Logan, Utah Romney Stadium
LOGAN, Utah - Sophomore running back Robert Turbin rushed for a career-high 190 yards and reached two milestones along with way to lead Utah State to a 24-9 win over San Jose State at a cold and snowy Romney Stadium in Western Athletic Conference action on Nov. 14. Turbin's 190 yards push him over the 1,000 yard mark for the season, becoming the first USU running back since Aggie legend Emmett White did so in 2001. Turbin now has 1,122 on the season, jumping up to No. 12 on USU's single-season rushing list. Turbin now has 1,624 yards for his career, becoming the first Aggie since White (1998-2001) to reach 1,500 career rushing yards. The 190 yards is the best individual rushing total for a Aggie running back since White's 233 yards vs. Weber State in 2001 and is the most vs. a FBS opponent since White's 274 vs. Wyoming in 2001. It was Turbin's sixth 100-yard rushing outing this season, the most since White had eight in 2001. Junior QB Diondre Borel added 73 rushing yards and sophomore RB Derrvin Speight logged 70 yards on the ground and a TD, as Utah State finished with 381 yards rushing on the day, the 14th-most in school history and the most since 1999 when USU had 388 vs. Nevada. The Aggies ended with 431 yards of total offense, behind the play-calling of USU offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin, who was SJSU's head coach from 1997-2000. The Spartans had 301 yards of total offense, but the USU defense limited SJSU to 56 yards rushing, Utah State's best defensive rushing outing since 2007. With the win, the Aggies improve to 3-1 at home this season, guaranteeing the Aggies a winning season at home, USU's first winning season since 2003, going 3-2. Not to be outdone by his backfield mate, Borel topped the 4,000 career passing yards milestone, giving him 4,020 for his career, the 10th Aggie signal-caller to reach that mark. Borel also surpassed the 5,000 yards of total offense milestone, as his 123 yards in the game give him 5,095 for his career, the eighth Aggie to reach the 5,000 yard plateau and vaulting to No. 7 on the USU career total offense list. Defensively, sophomore LB Bobby Wagner made a team-leading 10 tackles, while junior S Rajric Coleman logged nine stops to go with a fumble recovery. The Spartans were led by Jordan La Secla's 18-of-34 passing for 216 yards, while Lamon Muldrow had 46 yards rushing, and scored SJSU's lone TD on the day, a 2-yard run in the third quarter. Turbin's 190 yards was accompanied by two touchdowns, a 6-yard dart in the first quarter and a 35-yard scamper in the second quarter, putting USU ahead 14-0 at halftime. The Aggies' opening drive nearly stalled, as they lined up for a 48-yard field goal, but senior WR Xavier Bowman successfully executed a fake, running 25 yards for a first down and nearly a touchdown. On the next play, Turbin scored his first TD of the day. Muldrow's TD run pulled the Spartans within 14-6 after the two-point conversion failed, and Tyler Cope later hit a 31-yard field goal to close the gap to 14-9. On USU's ensuing possession, the Aggies faced a fourth-and-one at midfield, but the offensive line created a hug hole for junior RB Michael Smith to burst through for the first down and more, ending with a 23-yard gain. After a penalty slowed the drive, senior PK Chris Ulinski booted a 40-yard field goal for a 17-9 USU lead with 13:42 left in the game. After the Aggie defense held SJSU, the USU offense marched down the field, getting a career-long 47-yard run by Speight along the way, and Speight later capped the drive with a 6-yard TD scamper and Ulinski's upright split gave USU the final scoring margin of 24-9 with 9:35 to play. The Spartans' next possession saw them reach midfield before the Aggie defense held them, and later denied any rally, with sophomore DE Levi Koskan sacking La Secla on SJSU's fourth-down attempt. It was USU's first win over SJSU since 2005, but the Aggies have won the last two of three at Logan. The Spartans still lead the all-time series 20-11-1 and with the series now even at 8-8 at Logan.
Score By Quarters San Jose State 0 0 9 0 - 9 Utah State 7 7 0 10 - 24TURBIN NEW USU TOTAL TD RECORD HOLDER -- Junior RB Robert Turbin became Utah State's total touchdowns record holder with a 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 is now just building on the record... 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. 44 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 2,719 yards, passing Roger Grant (1990-91) with 2,387 yards... Turbin is 72 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. 2,719 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 1,923TURBO-ING TO 1,000 YARDS RUSHING AND BEYOND -- Turbin is also climbing up several USU single-season marks, as he broke into the top 20 single-season rushing list, now with 921 yards on the season, needing 79 more to mark the 15th time an Aggie running back has reached the 1,000-yard mark... Turbin would become the fifth Aggie back to reach 1,000 yards in two seasons, joining Louie Giammona, Emmett White, Rick Parros and Roger Grant... Turbin is the 10th different USU running back to reach the four digit yardage mark...
Single-Season Rushing Yardage No. Yds. Year Name, Class No. Avg. TD 1. 1,536 1999 Demario Brown, Sr. 279 5.5 14 2. 1,534 1974 Louie Giammona, Jr. 329 4.7 8 3. 1,476 1995 Abu Wilson, Jr. 275 5.4 15 4. 1,454 1975 Louie Giammona, Sr. 303 4.8 11 5. 1,370 1990 Roger Grant, Jr. 266 5.2 8 6. 1,361 2001 Emmett White, Sr. 250 5.4 13 7. 1,322 2000 Emmett White, Jr. 242 5.5 13 8. 1,296 2009 Robert Turbin, So. 207 6.3 13 9. 1,236 1979 Rick Parros, Sr. 259 4.8 15 10. 1,150 1973 Archie Gibson, Sr. 216 5.3 3 11. 1,138 1965 Roy Shivers, Jr. 189 6.0 14 12. 1,135 1977 Rick Parros, So. 261 4.3 4 13. 1,044 1960 Tom Larscheid, Jr. 124 8.4 13 14. 1,017 1991 Roger Grant, Sr. 218 4.7 4 15. 971 1997 Demario Brown, So. 184 5.3 10 16. 967 2003 David Fiefia, Sr. 206 4.7 7 17. 966 1978 Rick Parros, Jr. 221 4.3 7 18. 947 1993 Profail Greer, So. 190 5.0 10 19. 929 1968 Altie Taylor, Sr. 203 4.6 8 20. 921 2011 Robert Turbin, JR. 140 6.6 14 21. 920 1956 Jack Hill, Sr. 140 6.6 14
TOUCHDOWN TIME FOR TURBIN -- Turbin is also climbing USU's career rushing TD list, as he now has 35 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 two 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 35 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 at in the Louisiana Tech game, Turbin broke a tie with 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 266 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 170TURBIN 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 --- 18. 294 Steve Bartalo, CSU, 1983-86 294 Tyler Jones, BSU, 2001-04 20. 288 Brock Forsey, BSU, 2001-02 21. 279 Damon Fine, NEV, 2000-04 22. 270 Josh Scobee, LTU, 2001-03 23. 266 Robert Turbin, USU, 2007-pres. 24. 256 Ryan Yarborough, UW, 1990-93 25. 255 Mike Brown, CSU, 1988-91TURBIN 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. 29):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: Butkus Award - nation's top linebacker Rotary Lombardi Award - nation's top college lineman Bronko Nagurski Award - nation's best defensive player
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. 3 spot on the USU list and No. 4 on the WAC list, needing five to become the third Aggie and the fourth WAC player since 1979 to reach the 4,000 tackle milestone:
USU Career Tackles Tackles Years No. (Since 1979) 1. Del Lyles 1988-91 446 2. David Gill 1993-96 425 3. Bobby Wagner 2008-pres. (96) 395 4. Jesse Busta 1999-2002 392 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 1,131
WILLIAMS 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, 1982
THOMPSON KICKING WAY UP SINGLE-SEASON PAT LIST -- Sophomore PK Josh Thompson is rapidly climbing USU's single-season PAT lists:
USU Single Season Extra Points Made No. Name, Class Year No. 1. Brad Bohn, Fr. 1997 39 2. Josh Thompson, So. 2011 37 Steve Steinke, Jr. 1979 37 4. Micah Knorr, Sr. 1996 36 5. Dane Kidman, Jr. 2001 35 Doug Beach, So. 1990 35 7. Dane Kidman, Sr. 2002 33 Michael Doyle, Sr. 1972 33 Nathan Morreale, Fr. 1993 33 10. James Turner, Jr. 1961 30 11. Peter Caldwell, Sr. 2010 28 Brad Bohn, Sr. 2000 28 Sean Jones, Sr. 1992 28 Chris Pella, Sr. 1964 28
USU 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 at HAWAI`I - Nov. 5 --
-- USU's comeback from a 28-7 deficit was its largest since 2001, rallying from a 27-0 deficit vs. Idaho State and was the Aggies' largest comeback against an FBS team since at least 1990.
-- Saturday was USU's first win at Hawai'i since 1966, losing in its previous three trips to Hawai'i.
-- USU is now 6-6 against UH overall, breaking a two-game losing slide.
-- Saturday was Utah State's first road win of the season, breaking a four-game road losing streak, last winning at San Jose State last season, which the Aggies also won in dramatic fashion, also rallying from down double digits and scoring late to win, after being down 10-0 and winning 38-34 by scoring the game-winning TD with 34 seconds left.
-- USU trailed at the half for the first time this season after leading at intermission in six of the seven games played this season with the exception being the Weber State game that USU was tied at 17-all at the break.
-- The Aggies were behind entering the fourth quarter for just the second time this season, joining the season-opener at Auburn, after holding six fourth quarter leads this season, going 2-4 in those six games.
-- USU captains for Saturday were all Polynesian players, including the lone Hawaiian on the travel roster, #95 RS-FR DL Tevita Vaifoou (Hauula, Hawaii), as well as #68 SR OL Philip Gapelu, #55 JR LB/DE Bojay Filimoeatu, and #57 JR DL Havea Lasike, for the coin toss, while #5 SO LB Jason Fanaika, #76 SR OL Funaki Asisi, #77 JR DL Al Lapuaho and #91 SO TE D.J. Tialavea were off to the side.
-- Senior WR Stanley Morrison now has at least one catch in 32-straight games, which leads the WAC.
-- Morrison's 105 yards receiving was his first 100-yard receiving outing of the season, becoming USU's first 100-yard receiver this season and the Aggies' first since TE Kellen Bartlett had five catches for 121 yards.
-- It was Morrison's second career 100-yard game, joining his career-best 126-yard receiving outing at Texas A&M in 2009.
-- Morrison's 71-yard TD catch was the second-longest of his career, behind a 75-yarder at Idaho in 2009... The 71-yard TD catch was his second scoring catch of the season and fifth of his career.
-- Senior WR Eric Moats also now has at least one catch in last eight games and 30 of 32 career games played.
-- Freshman QB Chuckie Keeton threw his 11th TD pass of the season with the first-quarter scoring toss.
-- Junior WR Matt Austin snared his second TD catch of the season with the first-quarter catch for the Aggies' first score of the game.
-- USU scored first for sixth time this season and is now 2-4 on the season when doing so.
-- Junior RB Robert Turbin's two TD's Saturday give him 44 total TD's for his career, maintaining his school record for total TD's that he set last game vs. LA Tech.
-- Saturday was Turbin's fourth multiple rushing TD outing of the season and eighth of his career.
-- Turbin's 44 total TD's moves him up to sole possession of the No. 9 spot on the WAC's Career TD list, breaking a three-way tie with Wyoming's Ryan Yarborough (1990-93) and Air Force's Beau Morgan (1994-96).
-- Turbin now has 35 career rushing TD's, maintaining No. 3 on USU's Career Rushing TD list, as well as moving up to a tie for No. 14 on the WAC's Career Rushing TD chart, with a three-way tie with Nevada's Chance Kretschmer (2001-04) and BYU's Jamal Willis (1991-94).
-- Now with 266 career points, Turbin is closing in on the top spot in the USU record books, needing just 18 more points to tie former placekicker Brad Bohn (1997-2000).
-- The 266 points moves Turbin up to No. 23 on the WAC's Career Points Scored list.
-- That was the longest pass of his Aggie career until the 71-yard scoring play to Stanley Morrison in the fourth quarter.
-- Kennedy had seen limited action prior to Saturday's game, playing in the Weber State and Wyoming games, completing 4-of-5 passing for 46 yards with a long of 26 yards.
-- Junior S McKade Brady's game-high 13 tackles were not only a career-best but also the first time in double-digit stops.
-- Wagner also moved up to No. 4 on the WAC's Career Tackles list, passing Boise State's Korey Hall (2003-06) with 394 stops.
-- Wagner needs five more tackles to become just the third player in USU history and the fourth in the WAC (since 1979) to reach the 400-tackle milestone.
-- Senior LB Bobby Wagner made his 35th-consecutive start and 40th overall of his career, leading the Aggies in both categories.
-- Senior OL Philip Gapelu started for the 31st-straight game and 36th game of his career overall, ranking second on the team in both.
-- Junior RB Robert Turbin started for the 31st time of his career, but eighth since the 2009 season-finale after missing the entire 2010 season with an injury.
-- 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 TrueRETURNING 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.