Utah State Football Plays At 19th-Ranked Louisiana Tech This Weekend With WAC Championship At Stake
Nov. 12, 2012
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USU Game Notes vs. Louisiana Tech
LTU Game Notes vs. Utah State
UTAH STATE at #19 LOUISIANA TECH
GAME ELEVEN INFORMATION
Date: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012
Kickoff: 2:04 p.m. (MT)
Location: Ruston, La.
Stadium: Joe Aillet Stadium (30,600)
Series: Utah State trails, 3-6
Trey Bender (Play-by-Play)
John Bunting (Analyst)
Radio: Utah State Sports Network
Al Lewis (Play-by-Play)
John Pappas (Analyst)
Live Stats: UtahStateAggies.com
Twitter Updates: /USUFootball
WHAT TO WATCH FOR...
The Last Meeting
October 22, 2011
Utah State Topped By Louisiana Tech, 24-17, Saturday
Freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton threw for 128 yards and added 27 yards on the ground and senior linebacker Bobby Wagner posted a career-high 20 tackles, but Utah State was out-scored 10-0 in the fourth quarter leading to a 24-17 home loss to Louisiana Tech Saturday on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. USU falls to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in Western Athletic Conference play with the loss, while LA Tech improves to 3-4 on the season and 2-1 in league play with the win. All five off USU's losses have been by 10 points or less, including four by one score.
Utah State's 8-2 start to the season is its best since 1974 when that Aggie team also won eight of its first 10 games. Furthermore, USU is 4-0 in conference play for the first time since 2000 when that team won its first four Big West Conference games.
Utah State's eight wins are its most since the 1974 team posted an 8-3 record. Overall, it is just the 10th time in school history that USU has won at least eight games. Furthermore, USU has now won at least seven games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1978 and 1979 campaigns, and for just the eighth time in school history.
Utah State's 13-3 record in its last 16 games under head coach Gary Andersen is its best stretch since going 13-3 during the 1971-73 seasons. USU's three losses during its last 16 games have been by a combined six points against Ohio (24-23) in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and at No. 22 Wisconsin (16-14) and at BYU (6-3) this year.
Utah State's nine-straight WAC wins is the most league wins in a row in school history bettering the 1979 and 1980 teams that combined for seven-straight Big West Conference wins. The last WAC opponent to beat Utah State was Louisiana Tech, 24-17, on Oct. 22, 2011 in Logan. All-time, USU is 22-37 (.373) in WAC play.
Utah State has won six of its last eight road games dating back to 2011, including a 3-2 record this year. USU has also won five-straight WAC road games to rank as the longest winning streak on the road since the 1995-1997 teams combined to win six-straight Big West Conference road games. Overall, USU is 8-16 (.333) in road games under Andersen.
Utah State has out-scored its opponents 103-6 in the first quarter this year allowing only field goals by San Jose State and UTSA. USU also has a 206-45 scoring advantage in the first-half this season. In all, USU has held eight opponents scoreless in the first quarter and three opponents scoreless in the first half this season. Overall, USU had led at the half in all but one game this year (trailed BYU, 6-3), and has scored first in every game except at San Jose State (FG).
Utah State and Penn State are the only two teams in the nation who have not allowed a first quarter touchdown this season.
UTAH STATE CONTINUES WAC PLAY AT LOUISIANA TECH
Utah State (8-2, 4-0 WAC) continues Western Athletic Conference play this week at 19th-ranked Louisiana Tech (9-1, 4-0) on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2:04 p.m. (MT). The game will be available to watch live via the internet at ESPN3.com with Trey Bender (play-by-play) and John Bunting (analyst) on the call. Live audio and streaming of the game is also available at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Live stats will be available through GameTracker, while Twitter updates - @USUFootball - will also be a part of Utah State's GameDay coverage.
UTAH STATE RECEIVING VOTES IN BOTH AP AND COACHES' POLLS
Utah State received votes in both national polls for the second week in a row as it garnered 20 votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll to rank 31st nationally and four votes in the Associated Press Poll to rank tied for 36th in the nation with Tulsa and San Jose State. Last week, USU garnered 13 votes in the coaches poll to rank 35th nationally and four votes in the AP poll to rank 40th. USU also received four votes in the coaches' poll two weeks ago to rank tied for 39th in the nation. Overall, it is the fourth time this year that USU has received top 25 votes, as it got one vote in the AP poll following its 27-20 overtime win at home against Utah on Sept. 7 to improve to 2-0 on the season. Prior to this season, the last time Utah State received votes in any poll was at the end of the 1993 campaign when it garnered one vote in the final AP poll after defeating Ball State, 42-33, in the Las Vegas Bowl II to finish the year with a 7-5 record. The last time a USU team was nationally ranked was in 1978 when that Aggie team won its first five games of the year to rank 18th in the country in the United Press International Poll (UPI).
UTAH STATE BOWL-ELIGIBLE FOR SECOND-STRAIGHT SEASON
With its 8-2 record thus far in 2012, Utah State is bowl-eligible for the second time in as many seasons. In all, USU has played in six bowl games in school history (1946 Raisin Bowl, 1960 Sun Bowl, 1961 Gotham Bowl, 1993 Las Vegas Bowl, 1997 Humanitarian Bowl, 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) and has gone to back-to-back bowl games just once playing in the 1960 Sun Bowl and the 1961 Gotham Bowl.
UTAH STATE VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS
Utah State is 1-50 all-time against Associated Press ranked teams, including an 0-39 road record. Overall, USU has lost each of its last 29 games against ranked teams and its only win against a top 25 opponent was on Nov. 2, 1991 when it defeated then 25th-ranked Fresno State, 20-19, in Logan. The last time USU played a ranked team was its first game of the 2011 season when it lost at defending National Champion and 23rd-ranked Auburn, 42-38, after leading 38-28 with 3:38 to play in the game.
UTAH STATE'S SENIOR CLASS HAS 23 WINS TO RANK THIRD ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY
With its 38-7 win against Texas State, Utah State's senior class now has 23 wins over the last four years (2009-12) to rank as the third-winningest senior class in school history along with the 1961, 1973, 1974, and 1982 classes. The school record for wins by a senior class is 26 set in 1962 as that group won nine games in 1960 and 1961, and eight in 1962, and the second-most wins by a senior class is 25 set in 1963. Prior to the 1979 season, freshman were not eligible to play, meaning that seniors prior to 1982 only played three seasons.
UTAH STATE OFFENSIVELY DURING ITS LAST FOUR GAMES
Utah State has played very well offensively during its last four games in wins at San Jose State (49-27), at home against New Mexico State (41-7), at UTSA (48-17), and at home against Texas State (38-7). During its last four games, Utah State is averaging 44.0 points and 529.0 yards of total offense per game (313.0-passing, 216.0-rushing). USU is also 29-of-55 (.527) on third downs during its last four games and averaging 7.7 yards per play. Individually, senior running back Kerwynn Williams has 60 carries for 468 yards (117.0 ypg) to go along with 12 receptions for 198 yards (49.5 ypg) during his last four games, while scoring seven touchdowns (6-rushing, 1-receiving). Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton is 89-of-124 passing for 1,186 yards (296.5 ypg) with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions during his last four games. Keeton has also carried the ball 29 times for 177 yards (44.2 ypg) with four touchdowns. Senior tight end Kellen Bartlett leads the team with 15 receptions during the last four games for 96 yards (24.0 ypg) with two touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Matt Austin has 13 receptions for 239 yards (59.8 ypg) with two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Cameron Webb also has 13 receptions in the last four games for 162 yards (40.5 ypg) with one touchdown, while fellow senior wide receiver Chuck Jacobs has 11 receptions for 216 yards (54.0 ypg) with two touchdowns.
A LOOK AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 8-2 on the year and 4-0 in WAC play after posting a 38-7 home win against Texas State in its last outing. Offensively, USU is led by sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton who is 217-of-317 passing for 2,671 yards (267.1 ypg) with 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Senior running back Kerwynn Williams leads the team with 1,005 rushing yards on 163 carries (100.5 ypg) with nine touchdowns, and senior wide receiver Matt Austin leads the team with 35 catches for 549 yards (54.9 ypg) and five touchdowns. Defensively, senior safety McKade Brady leads the team with 81 tackles (33-solo, 48-assist), including 2.0 tackles for loss. Sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil has 77 tackles (28-solo, 49-assist) with 9.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, one blocked kick and one fumble recovery. And junior linebacker Jake Doughty has 71 tackles (17-solo, 54-assist) with 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks and one fumble recovery. As a team, USU is averaging 32.0 points and 463.0 yards of total offense per game (275.9-passing, 187.1-rushing) and allowing just 13.5 points and 303.3 yards of total offense (208.7-passing, 94.6-rushing).
UTAH STATE HAS WON SEVEN STRAIGHT HOME GAMES
With its 38-7 home win against Texas State, Utah State has now won each of its last seven home games and is 15-7 (.682) at home under Andersen including a 7-6 (.538) WAC record. USU's current seven-game home winning streak is its longest since the 1966-68 teams combined to win eight-straight home games. All-time, USU is 120-95 (.558) at Romney Stadium.
UTAH STATE'S OFFENSE PRODUCES SEASON-HIGHS AGAINST TEXAS STATE
Utah State's offense had its best game of the season statistically in its last game against Texas State as it had a season-high 593 yards of total offense, which also ranks as the 12th-most in school history. USU also had a season-high 268 yards rushing to go along with 325 passing yards, not to mention scoring a season-high 35 points in the first-half. Overall, Utah State has now produced at least 500 yards of total offense five times this year.
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE LIMITS TEXAS STATE TO 158 YARDS OF TOTAL OFFENSE
Utah State had one of its best defensive games of the season statistically in its 38-7 win against Texas State in its last outing as it held the Bobcats to just 158 yards of total offense, which is a season-low for a USU opponent and the fewest allowed by an Aggie team since 2008. Furthermore, Texas State had just 76 passing yards in the game, which is the fewest allowed by USU since 2000. The Bobcats only touchdown of the game covered 6-yards in 2-plays following an interception. In the second half, Texas State managed just 30 yards of total offense (19-rushing, 11-passing).
UTAH STATE SCORES 38-PLUS POINTS IN FOUR STRAIGHT GAMES
Following its 38-7 win against Texas State, Utah State has now scored 38-plus points in four-straight games for the first time in school history. Furthermore, USU has scored at least 27 points in the first-half of each of its last four games with 28 points against SJSU and NMSU, 27 points against UTSA and 35 points against TSU. During the first half of its last four games, USU is averaging 29.5 points and has scored on 18 of its 24 possessions (.750) with 16 touchdowns and two field goals, while punting five times and throwing one interception.
UTAH STATE DOMINATING THE FIRST-HALF IN ITS LAST THREE GAMES
Utah State has been dominating the first-half of its last three games as it held a 28-0 lead against New Mexico State, a 27-3 lead at UTSA, and a 35-0 halftime lead against Texas State. During its last three games, USU is averaging 29.5 points in the first half to go along with 296.0 yards of total offense (208.3-passing, 87.8-rushing). Defensively, USU is allowing just 1.0 points and 152.7 yards of total offense (68.5-passing, 61.3-rushing) in the first half during its last three games.
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO START GAMES WITH TOUCHDOWNS
For the fourth time in as many games and for the sixth time this year, Utah State scored a touchdown on its opening series of a game with its 6-play, 51-yard drive against Texas State. USU also had a 2-play, 5-yard touchdown drive on its first series at UTSA, a 1-play, 76-yard touchdown drive on its first series against New Mexico State, and a 13-play, 86-yard touchdown drive on its first series at San Jose State. USU has also scored a touchdown on its first drive of the game against both Southern Utah (11-plays, 97-yards) and Colorado State (8-plays, 77-yards).
UTAH STATE GIVES UP JUST THIRD RUSHING TOUCHDOWN OF THE SEASON TO TEXAS STATE
Utah State allowed just its third rushing touchdown of the season in its last game against Texas State as the Bobcats' Marcus Curry scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter. UTSA's Evans Okotcha scored on a 7-yard run in the third quarter, and Wisconsin's Montee Ball scored on a 17-yard run, also in the third quarter. Furthermore, Ball is the only back this year to run for 100 yards against the Aggies as he had 139 yards on 37 carries (3.8 ypc).
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has won each of its last four games by at least 22 points with wins against San Jose State (48-27), New Mexico State (41-7), UTSA (48-17) and Texas State (31-7). The last time USU won four games by at least 20 points was during the 1963 season when that team posted six-straight wins by at least 20 points.
DAVIS Named WAC DEFENSIVE Player of the Week FOLLOWING TEXAS STATE GAME
Senior cornerback Will Davis was named the WAC's Defensive Player of the Week following his performance against Texas State as he had five tackles (4-solo), one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry, to go along with his third interception in as many weeks in the Bobcats end zone on their first drive of the game. Overall, Davis helped USU's defense limit Texas State to 158 yards of total offense (82-rushing, 76-passing), which are the fewest allowed by USU since 2008. Furthermore, the Bobcat's 76 passing yards are the fewest allowed by an Aggie defense since 2000. Davis was also named College Sports Madness' WAC Defensive Player of the Week following the Texas State game. Overall, Davis becomes the sixth Aggie this year to earn WAC Player of the Week honors for the ninth time joining sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton (9/10, 10/1, 10/29), senior punter Tyler Bennett (9/10), senior running back Kerwynn Williams (9/24), redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell (10/8, 10/15), and redshirt sophomore placekicker Nick Diaz (10/22). For Davis, it is his first career WAC honor. The school record for players of the week is 11 set during the 1997 season.
DAVIS HAS INTERCEPTIONS IN EACH OF HIS LAST THREE GAMES
Senior cornerback Will Davis has intercepted a pass in each of his last three games, after not intercepting a pass in his first 20 games at Utah State. For Davis, he is the first Aggie to intercept a pass in three-straight games since Johndale Carty intercepted five passes in a three-game stretch during the 1997 season.
BENNETT AND KEETON EARN COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS
Senior punter Tyler Bennett and sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton both earned honorable mention honors at their respective positions from College Football Performance Awards last week following Utah State's 38-7 home win against Texas State. Bennett had just one punt in the game, but it went 57 yards for his ninth 50 yard punt of the season. Keeton was 20-of-27 passing for 316 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Keeton also rushed 10 times for 48 yards with another score.
WILLIAMS REACHES RUSHING MILESTONES AGAINST TEXAS STATE
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams reached a pair of milestones in his last game against Texas State as he had 120 yards on 19 carries to give him 1,005 rushing yards on the season, becoming the 11th Aggie to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, a feat that has now been accomplished 16 times. Williams also became the ninth player in school history to rush for 2,000 yards in a career in the same game against Texas State as he now has 2,008 yards in his career. Overall, Williams now has four 100-yard rushing games this year and five in his career.
KEETON THROWS FOR 300 YARDS AND FOUR TOUCHDOWNS AGAINST TEXAS STATE
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton was 20-of-27 passing for 316 yards with four touchdowns in his last game against Texas State, as all four of those scoring strikes were in the first half. For Keeton, it is the fourth time in his career and second time in as many games that he has thrown for 300 yards. It is also the second time this year and third time in his career that he has thrown at least four touchdown passes in a single game. Keeton also had a rushing touchdown against the Bobcats, which is his fourth of the season and the eighth of his career.
AUSTIN RECORDS SECOND CAREER 100-YARD RECEIVING GAME
Senior wide receiver Matt Austin recorded his second career 100-yard receiving game in his last outing against Texas State as he caught four passes for a career-high 124 yards, with one touchdown. Overall, Austin has two 100-yard receiving games on the season and the last Aggie to accomplish that feat was Kevin Robinson who also had a pair of 100-yard receiving games in 2006.
PLAYER NOTABLES AGAINST TEXAS STATE
Junior wide receiver Travis Reynolds recorded his first career touchdown reception in the first quarter on a 4-yard pass. Junior defensive end B.J. Larsen recorded his second sack of the season in the first quarter. Senior cornerback Will Davis recorded his team-leading third interception in the first quarter. Senior tight end Kellen Bartlett caught his third career touchdown in the first quarter on a 2-yard pass. Sophomore linebacker Tavaris McMillian recorded his second career sack in the first quarter. Redshirt freshman defensive end Jordan Nielsen recorded a half of a sack in the second quarter. Nielsen finished the game with a career-high six tackles. Sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil recorded half of a sack in the second quarter. Senior punter Tyler Bennett's 57 yard punt in the second quarter was his ninth 50-yard punt of the season and the 24th of his career. Freshman wide receiver Bruce Natson recorded his first career touchdown reception, a 23-yard catch in the second quarter. Senior wide receiver Chuck Jacobs' 64-yard reception in the second quarter is a career long. Senior wide receiver Matt Austin recorded his fifth touchdown reception of the season and the 11th of his career with a 4-yard catch in the second quarter. Austin also had a career-long 61 yard reception twice in the game. Junior wide receiver Lars Gunderson had his first career reception. Junior cornerback Devonta Glover-Wright completed his first career pass and tied his career-high with five rushing attempts. He also had a career-high three tackles.
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKS AMONG THE TOP 20 NATIONALLY IN FIVE CATEGORIES
Utah State's defense continues to be listed with the best in the nation and currently ranks among the top 20 defense in the nation in five different statistical categories. As of Nov. 11, Utah State ranks first in the WAC and fifth in the country in rushing defense (94.6 ypg). USU also ranks first in the WAC and sixth nationally in sacks (3.50 pg), first in the WAC and sixth in the nation in scoring defense (13.5 ppg), first in the WAC and 12th in the nation in total defense (303.3 ypg), first in the WAC and 20th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (111.3), and second in the WAC and 38th in the nation in passing defense (208.7 ypg).
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKS NINTH IN THE NATION IN RED ZONE EFFICIENCY
Utah State's defense leads the WAC and ranks ninth in the nation as its opponents have scored on 19-of-29 (.655) red zone possessions this year. Of those 29 trips USU's opponents have made to the red zone, they have come away with just 10 touchdowns and nine field goals, to go along with two missed field goals, three interceptions, one fumble and a loss on downs four times.
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKS TIED FOR NINTH IN THE NATION IN THREE-AND-OUTS
Utah State's defense ranks tied for ninth in the nation with an average of 5.00 three-and-outs per game on the season and has forced a three-and-out by its opposition 50 times on 135 drives, which averages out to 37.0 percent of the time.
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKS 22ND IN THE NATION IN THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY
Utah State's defense is allowing its opponents to convert just 32.0 percent of its third downs (54-169), which ranks second in the WAC and 22nd in the nation.
UTAH STATE THIRD IN THE NATION IN SACK DIFFERENTIAL
Utah State has 35 sacks thus far this year and has given up only 15 sacks, and that differential of 20 sacks ranks third in the nation behind Tulsa (32) and Stanford (28).
UTAH STATE RANKS SECOND IN THE WAC IN TOTAL OFFENSE
After producing a season-high 593 yards of total offense in its last game against Texas State, Utah State now ranks second in the WAC and 28th in the nation in total offense (463.0 ypg). USU also ranks second in the WAC and 42nd in the nation in rushing offense (187.1 ypg), third in the WAC and 15th in the nation in passing efficiency (157.3), third in the WAC and 34th in the nation in passing offense (275.9 ypg), third in the WAC and 38th in the nation in sacks allowed (1.50 pg), and third in the WAC and 42nd in the nation in scoring offense (32.0 ppg).
UTAH STATE RANKS 31ST IN THE NATION IN PUNT RETURNS
As of Nov. 11, Utah State ranks third in the WAC and 31st in the nation in punt returns (10.6 ypr), third in the WAC and 34th in the nation in net punting (38.7 ypk), and fifth in the WAC and 70th in the nation in kickoff returns (21.1 ypr).
UTAH STATE PLAYERS IN THE WAC AND NATIONAL RANKINGS
As of Nov. 11, senior running back Kerwynn Williams ranks first in the WAC and 19th in the nation in all-purpose yards (150.4 ypg), second in the WAC and 34th in the nation in rushing (100.5 ypg), fifth in the WAC and tied for 80th in the nation in scoring (7.2 ppg), and eighth in the WAC in total offense (100.5 ypg). Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton ranks second in the WAC and 15th in the nation in total offense (307.7 ypg), third in the WAC and 16th in the nation in passing efficiency (158.8), third in the WAC and 28th in the nation in passing (267.1 ypg), and ninth in the WAC in rushing (40.6 ypg). Senior wide receiver Matt Austin ranks sixth in the WAC in receiving (54.9 ypg). Senior cornerback Will Davis ranks first in the WAC and tied for fourth in the nation in passes defended (1.70 pg), tied for fifth in the WAC and tied for 39th in the nation in interceptions (0.30 pg), and tied for 39th in the WAC in tackles (4.7 pg). Sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil ranks tied for second in the WAC and tied for 98th in the nation in tackles for loss (0.90 pg), tied for fifth in the WAC and tied for 79th in the nation in sacks (0.50 pg), and tied for fifth in the WAC in tackles (7.7 pg). Senior safety McKade Brady ranks third in the WAC and tied for 76th in the nation in tackles (8.1 pg). Junior linebacker Jake Doughty ranks 10th in the WAC in tackles (7.1 pg). Redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell ranks tied for seventh in the WAC in interceptions (0.20) and 12th in the WAC in tackles (6.6 pg). Sophomore safety Brian Suite ranks tied for 18th in the WAC in tackles (6.2 pg). Junior cornerback Nevin Lawson ranks tied for 31st in the WAC in tackles (5.3 pg). Senior linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu ranks tied for 34th in the WAC in tackles (5.0 pg). Senior cornerback Terrence Alston ranks tied for seventh in the WAC in passes defended (0.80 pg). Junior defensive lineman Connor Williams ranks tied for fifth in the WAC and tied for 79th in the nation in sacks (0.50 pg). Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Nielsen ranks seventh in the WAC and tied for 100th in the nation in sacks (0.45 pg). Senior punter Tyler Bennett ranks fourth in the WAC and 37th in the nation in punting (42.4 ypk). Senior wide receiver Cameron Webb ranks second in the WAC and 41st in the nation in punt returns (8.8 ypr). And senior wide receiver Chuck Jacobs ranks fourth in the WAC and 46th in the nation in kick returns (23.5 ypr).
DID YOU KNOW?
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton is averaging 307.7 yards of total offense per game this year which is more than 10 teams at the FBS level. Overall, Keeton is averaging more yards of total offense per game than Colorado (307.40), Southern Mississippi (305.40), Memphis (305.0), Auburn (298.50), Illinois (298.50), Hawai'i (298.22), Temple (293.0), Kentucky (291.30) and Maryland (284.30).
WILLIAMS RANKS AMONG BEST ALL-AROUND PLAYERS IN WAC HISTORY
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams ranks as one of the best all-around offensive players in Western Athletic Conference history as he has 6,207 all-purpose yards to rank second all-time at Utah State and third all-time in the WAC. Kevin Robinson (2004-07) is USU's all-time leader in all-purpose yardage with 6,479 yards, while New Mexico State's Terance Mathis is the WAC's all-time leader with 6,691 all-purpose yards, while TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson ranks second in the WAC with 6,337 all-purpose yards. Williams is also the WAC's all-time leader in kick return yards with 3,392 and is the conference's active leader in career rushing yards with 2,008. Overall, Williams is now 130 all-purpose yards away from tying Tomlinson for second all-time in WAC history with 6,337 yards, 272 all-purpose yards away from tying Robinson for the school record of 6,479 yards, and 484 all-purpose yards away from tying Mathis for the WAC record with 6,691 all-purpose yards.
WILLIAMS IS NCAA'S ACTIVE LEADER IN FOUR CATEGORIES
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams is the NCAA's active leader in four statistical categories as he leads the nation in all-purpose yards (6,207), all-purpose yards per play (12.04), kickoff return yards (3,392) and kickoff returns (134).
WILLIAMS RANKS NINTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN RUSHING
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams has rushed for 2,008 yards during his Aggie career to rank ninth all-time in school history as he is just the ninth player in school history to rush for 2,000 yards. Williams is now 198 yards shy of tying Tom Larscheid (1959-61) for eighth-place with 2,206 yards. The school record for rushing yards is 4,053 set by Demario Brown (1996-99). Thus far this year, Williams has rushed for 1,005 yards becoming the 11th Aggie to rush for 1,000 yards in a single-season for the 16th time in school history.
WILLIAMS RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams ranks 10th all-time at Utah State with 16 career rushing touchdowns and is now one rushing touchdown shy of tying Diondre Borel (2007-10) for ninth-place with 17 career rushing touchdowns. The school record for rushing touchdowns is 40 set by Robert Turbin (2007-09, 2011) and Abu Wilson (1992, 1994-96). For his career, Williams has 20 touchdowns (16-rushing, 3-receiving, 1-kickoff return) and is just one touchdown shy of tying Aaron Jones (1997-2000), Louie Giammona (1973-75) and Roy Shivers (1964-65) for 10th all-time in school history with 21 career touchdowns. Overall, Williams has nine rushing touchdowns this year and three multi-touchdown rushing games, to go along with three receiving touchdowns.
KEETON RANKS FIRST ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN COMPLETION PERCENTAGE
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton is 323-of-491 passing during his brief Utah State career with a completion percentage of 65.8 percent, which ranks first all-time in school history. Keith Myers (1976-77) entered the 2011 season as the school record holder at 60.7 percent.
KEETON RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN TOUCHDOWN PASSES
After throwing four touchdown passes in his last game against Texas State, sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton now ranks tied for sixth all-time in school history with 34 touchdown passes along with Eric Hipple (1976-79). Keeton is now just one touchdown pass shy of tying Anthony Calvillo (1992-93) for fifth all-time, and two touchdown passes shy of tying Diondre Borel (2007-10) for fourth all-time. The school record for career touchdown passes is 60 set by Fuentes (1999-2002).
KEETON RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN COMPLETIONS
With his 20 completions in his last game against Texas State, sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton now ranks 10th all-time at Utah State with 323 career completions and is 11 completions shy of tying Matt Sauk (1996-97) for ninth-place with 334 career completions. The school record is 704 completions set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).
KEETON RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN TOTAL OFFENSE
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton had 364 yards of total offense in his last game against Texas State, and now has 4,570 yards of total offense in his career to rank 10th all-time in school history. The school record for total offense is 8,791 yards by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002) and Keeton is now 274 yards of total offense shy of tying Travis Cox (2001-04) for ninth-place with 4,844 yards.
KEETON CLOSE TO RANKING AMONG TOP 10 ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN PASSING YARDS
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton has thrown for 3,871 yards in his career and is just 311 passing yards shy of tying Ron Lopez (1990-91) for 10th-place all-time in school history with 4,182 career passing yards. The school record for passing yards is 9,168 set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).
BENNETT RANKS SECOND ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN PUNTING
Senior Tyler Bennett has a career punt average of 43.2 yards on 106 punts (4,575), which ranks second all-time in school history behind Jerry Arguello (1997-98) who averaged 43.5 yards per punt.
DID YOU KNOW?
Following Utah State's 38-7 home win against Texas State, head coach Gary Andersen is now 23-24 in his fourth year at USU and those 23 victories rank as the eighth-most in school history.
KEETON RANKS FIRST IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN SINGLE-SEASON COMPLETION PERCENTAGE
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton is completing 68.5 percent of his passes in 2012 as he is 217-of-317 passing and that completion percentage ranks first all-time in school history. The previous school record was held by Leon Jackson III who completed 65.4 percent of his passes in 2007 as he was 151-of-231 passing. In 2011, Keeton completed 60.9 percent of his passes (106-174) to rank third all-time at USU for a single-season.
KEETON CLOSING IN ON SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORDS
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton is closing in on a pair of single-season school records as he has thrown 23 touchdown passes and has 3,077 yards of total offense thus far in 2012. Overall, Keeton currently ranks second all-time at USU for touchdown passes in a single-season with 23 and trails Jose Fuentes who set the school record in 2001 with 24 touchdown passes. Keeton also ranks fifth all-time at Utah State in total offense for a single-season with 3,077 yards and is now just 77 yards shy of tying Brent Snyder (1988) for fourth-place with 3,154 yards, and just 366 yards shy of tying Diondre Borel's school record of 3,343 yards set in 2009.
KEETON RANKS SEVENTH IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN SINGLE-SEASON COMPLETIONS
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton is 217-of-317 passing thus far in 2012 and those 217 completions rank seventh all-time at Utah State for a single-season. Overall, Keeton is now nine completions shy of tying Brent Snyder (1987) for sixth all-time with 226 completions, and the single-season school record for completions is 260 set by Jose Fuentes in 2001.
KEETON CLOSE TO RANKING AMONG TOP 10 IN PASSING YARDS FOR A SINGLE SEASON
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton has passed for 2,671 yards thus far in 2012 and now is just 103 passing yards shy of tying Patrick Mullins (1995) for 10th-place all-time at USU with 2,774 passing yards in a single season. The school record for single-season passing yards is 3,268 set by Jose Fuentes in 2002 and Keeton is 597 yards shy of that mark.
WILLIAMS RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY FOR SINGLE-SEASON RUSHING AVERAGE
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams is averaging 6.2 yards per carry in 2012 to rank sixth all-time in school history for a single-season. On the year, Williams has carried the ball 163 times for 1,005 yards. The school record for rushing average is 8.4 yards per carry set by Tom Larscheid in 1960.
WILLIAMS CLOSE TO RANKING AMONG SINGLE-SEASON TOP 10 IN RUSHING YARDS
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams has rushed for 1,005 yards on 163 carries thus far in 2012 and is now just 231 rushing yards shy of tying Rick Parros (1979) for 10th-place all-time in school history for single-season rushing yards with 1,236. The single-season school record for rushing yards is 1,536 set by Demario Brown in 1999.
BENNETT RANKS NINTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY FOR SINGLE-SEASON PUNTING AVERAGE
Senior punter Tyler Bennett is averaging 42.4 yards per kick thus far in 2012 to rank tied for ninth all-time in school history for a single-season along with Louie Aguiar (1988). In 2012, Bennett has punted 48 times for 2,033 yards. He has also had nine punts of 50-plus yards, while 24 have been downed inside the 20-yardline. As a junior in 2011, Bennett averaged 43.8 yards per punt to rank fifth all-time at Utah State for a single-season.
UTAH STATE'S 2012 OFFENSE RANKS AMONG THE BEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State's offense has emerged in 2012 as one of the best in school history as it is currently averaging 463.0 yards of total offense per game (275.9-passing, 187.1-rushing), which ranks second all-time in school history for a single-season trailing only the 1996 team that averaged 468.5 yards of total offense per game. Furthermore, USU's scoring average of 32.0 points per game in 2012 currently ranks fourth all-time in school history for a single-season trailing the 1961 (38.7 ppg), 2011 (33.6 ppg) and 1997 (33.6 ppg) teams.
UTAH STATE'S 2012 PASSING OFFENSE AMONG BEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State's passing offense in 2012 currently ranks among the best in school history completing 226-of-329 passes for 2,759 yards. The single-season school record for completions is 270 set in 2001, while the single-season school record for passing yards is 3,493 set in 1996. For USU in 2012, it is now just 44 completions and just 734 passing yards shy of tying the school record in each of those categories.
AGGIES DEFENSE RANKS AMONG THE BEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State is allowing just 13.5 points per game in 2012, which is the fewest by an Aggie defense since the 1963 team allowed 9.9 points per game and currently ranks as the fourth-fewest points allowed in a single-season in school history trailing the 1960 (6.5 ppg), 1961 (7.8 ppg) and 1963 (9.9 ppg) teams. In fact, the last Aggie defense to allow fewer than 20 points a game was in 1983 (19.5). Furthermore, USU's defense has not allowed a single team this year to run from more than 160 yards. In fact, USU has held 19 straight opponents to less than 200 yards rushing and the last team to rush for 200 yards against Utah State was BYU (208) in 2011.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has had 52 explosive plays this year (plays of 20-plus yards), including six rushes and seven passes of at least 50 yards. Senior running back Kerwynn Williams leads the team with 19 explosive plays (13-rushing, 6-receiving) and each of his last five rushing explosives have been at least 50 yards (50, 58, 60, 68, 86), as has his last two receiving explosives (74, 76).
LOOKING INSIDE UTAH STATE'S DEFENSIVE NUMBERS
Through 10 games in 2012, Utah State's defense is putting up some impressive numbers as it is allowing just 303.3 yards of total offense per game (208.7-passing, 94.6-rushing), not to mention allowing just 2.6 yards per rush and just three rushing touchdowns on the season. Historically, those defensive numbers rank among the best in school history. Overall, the last time a USU defense allowed less than 100 yards rushing per game was in 1966 when that team allowed just 82.8 rushing yards per game, a span of 47 years. The last time a USU defense allowed under 310 yards of total offense per game was also in 1966 when that team allowed just 236.3 yards per game. And finally, the last time a USU team allowed just three rushing touchdowns was in 1961, and the last time a USU defense allowed fewer than 10 was in 1971 when that team gave up just eight rushing touchdowns.
UTAH STATE HAS TWO QUICK SCORING DRIVES AGAINST TEXAS STATE
Utah State continued its trend as a quick scoring offense in its last game against Texas State, as it had two scoring drives of five plays or less. On the season, USU's has had three one-play scoring drives, five two-play scoring drives, six three-play scoring drives, five four-play scoring drives, and five five-play scoring drives for a total of 23 drives of five plays or less on the season out of a total of 50 scoring drives.
UTAH STATE HAS HAD NINE SCORING DRIVES OF AT LEAST 10 PLAYS THIS YEAR
Utah State had one 10-play scoring drive in its last game against UTSA and now has had nine scoring drives this year of at least 10 plays. Utah State had 19 scoring drives of at least 10 plays in 2011; 15 scoring drives of at least 10 plays in 2010; and nine scoring drives of at least 10 plays in 2009 for a total of 52 scoring drives of at least 10 plays in Andersen's four years.
UTAH STATE HAS LED FOR MOST OF THE SEASON
Through 10 games and 600 minutes of play this season, Utah State has led or been tied for all but 55:40 (90.1 %). USU began the season by never trailing against Southern Utah in a 34-3 win, and never trailed in its 27-20 overtime win against Utah. Against Wisconsin, USU led for the first 41:54 of that game before the Badgers took the lead late in the third quarter and neither team scored in the fourth quarter. USU then led for the entire game against Colorado State and trailed for just 3:21 during the second quarter against UNLV. Against BYU, USU led for the first 29:57 of the game before BYU scored a touchdown with three seconds remaining in the half. USU then trailed the entire second half. Against San Jose State, the Spartans scored a field goal and led for 4:10 before USU scored a touchdown on its first drive and never trailed the rest of the game. And in its last three games against New Mexico State, UTSA and Texas State, USU never trailed.
UTAH STATE BLOCKS FIFTH KICK OF THE YEAR AGAINST UTSA
Utah State blocked its fifth kick of the season at UTSA as junior cornerback Devonta Glover-Wright blocked a punt on UTSA's first series of the game. USU's first blocked kick of the season was by sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil who blocked a Utah punt that was recovered in the end zone by junior safety Clayton Christensen. The Aggies' second blocked kick of the year was by redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Nielsen who blocked an extra point in the Wisconsin game. USU's third blocked kick of the season was at BYU as junior defensive lineman Paul Piukala blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt. And its fourth blocked kick of the year was against New Mexico State as redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt.
UTAH STATE SETS SCHOOL RECORD WITH 13 SACKS AT SAN JOSE STATE
Utah State set a school record with 13 sacks at San Jose State on Oct. 13 as junior defensive lineman Connor Williams, junior cornerback Nevin Lawson, redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Nielsen all had a career-high two sacks in the game. Aggies with one sack against SJSU included senior linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu, senior defensive lineman Al Lapuaho, junior linebacker Jake Doughty, junior defensive lineman A.J. Pataiali'i, and sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil. USU's previous school record for sacks in a game was eight versus Colorado in 1998 and the NCAA record for sacks in a game is 15 set by TCU in 2000. USU entered its game against the Spartans with 14 sacks on the season.
AGGIES IN OVERTIME
With its 27-20 overtime win against Utah on Sept. 7, Utah State improved to 5-4 all-time in overtime, including winning each of its last two as it won a double-overtime game at Idaho (49-42) in 2011. Under Andersen, USU is 2-1 in overtime games with wins against Utah (27-20 OT) and at Idaho (49-42 2OT), and a loss to Colorado State (35-34 2OT). All-time, USU is 3-2 in single-overtime games, 2-1 in double-overtime games, and 0-1 in triple overtime games.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has had a player rush for at least 100 yards 26 times in the last three-plus years under current head coach Gary Andersen. Prior to that, USU produced a 100-yard rusher 23 times in the previous eight seasons combined. Furthermore, USU has had a player rush for 200 or more yards twice in the past two seasons, but just once in the previous 10 seasons combined.
Redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell was named the WAC's Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 8 and Oct. 15 and is the first Aggie freshman to earn conference player of the week honors in consecutive weeks since Demario Brown was named the Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks during the 1996 season. Overall, Fackrell is just the fourth freshman in school history to earn conference player of the week honors joining current sophomore quarterback teammate Chuckie Keeton who was named the WAC's Offensive Player of the Week in 2011, along with Brown in 1996 and Profail Grier who was named the Big West's Offensive Player of the Week in 1993. Fackrell is also the first player to earn back-to-back WAC Player of the Week honors since Hawaii's Corey Paredes accomplished the feat in 2010. Going back to 1999, no freshman in the WAC has earned back-to-back player of the week honors.
FACKRELL AND NIELSEN NAMED TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS NATIONAL FRESHMAN PERFORMER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
Redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Nielsen were both named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) 2012 National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List, which consists of 32 players. Overall, Fackrell and Nielsen were one of just three players at their respective positions to be named to the watch list.
BRADY EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
Senior safety McKade Brady is one of six players from the Western Athletic Conference and one of seven players from the state of Utah to be named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District VIII team. Brady has a cumulative 3.57 grade-point average in human movement science and has earned academic all-conference honors three times in her career.
FORMER WALK-ONS PAYING DIVIDENDS AT UTAH STATE
Utah State has had great success with its walk-on program under current head coach Gary Andersen including a pair of middle linebackers who are now starting in junior Jake Doughty and sophomore Zach Vigil. Other former walk-ons who have started this season include senior safety McKade Brady, senior wide receiver Cameron Webb and sophomore safety Frankie Sutera. Other former walk-ons who have made contributions this year include junior defensive lineman B.J. Larsen and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Nielsen, along with junior placekicker Josh Thompson.
AGGIES IN THE NFL
Utah State has eight former football players who are on NFL rosters for the 2012 season including Diondre Borel (Green Bay), Jarrett Bush (Green Bay), John Chick (Jacksonville), Curtis Marsh (Philadelphia), Donald Penn (Tampa Bay), Michael Smith (Tampa Bay), Robert Turbin (Seattle) and Bobby Wagner (Seattle).
AROUND THE NATION
Utah State head coach Gary Andersen is one of six head coaches across the country who have a son playing on his team in sophomore tight end Keegan Andersen. Andersen joins Army's Rich Ellerson, Iowa's Kirk Ferentz, Miami of Ohio's Don Treadwell, New Mexico State's DeWayne Walker and Texas Tech's Tommy Tuberville as the only other head coaches in the nation at the FBS level to have sons on their teams. Overall, there are 25 coaches at the FBS level who have sons playing on their respective teams.
AGGIES WHO ARE MARRIED AND HAVE BEEN ON MISSIONS
Utah State has nine players on its team who are married (McKade Brady, Clayton Christensen, Havea Lasike, Nate Needham, Joe Summers, Brad Theurer, Josh Thompson, Kevin Whimpey, Kyle Whimpey), while 17 Aggies have served a two-year LDS Church Mission (Eric Bernston, Clayton Christensen, Jefferson Court, Derek Keller, B.J. Larsen, Jason Luke, Logan Malohifo'ou, Jeff Manning, Alex Marsaw, Nate Needham, Travis Parrish, Eric Schultz, Brad Theurer, Cameron Webb, Kevin Whimpey, Kyle Whimpey and Daniel Wray).
Junior cornerback Devonta Glover-Wright is the first Utah State player to play on both sides of the ball since redshirt sophomore defensive back and current teammate Rashard Stewart did so during his freshman season in 2010.
Junior defensive lineman Connor Williams (Kanata, Ontario) is one of 46 Canadians currently on Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) rosters.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has had 66 players earn academic all-WAC honors and 84 players have graduated from Utah State University in Gary Andersen's first three years as head coach. In 2011, USU had a WAC-leading 18 academic all-conference honorees
A LOOK AT LOUISIANA TECH
Louisiana Tech is 9-1 on the season, 4-0 in WAC play and ranked 19th in the nation following its 62-55 road win at Texas State last weekend. The Bulldogs began the year with a 56-49 road win at Houston, followed by a 56-37 home win against Rice. LTU then recorded a pair of road wins at Illinois (52-24) and at Virginia (44-38), followed by a home win against UNLV (58-31). The Bulldogs only loss of the season was against then No. 22 Texas A&M (59-57) in Shreveport, La. Since that loss, LTU has recorded a 70-28 home win against Idaho, a 28-14 road win at New Mexico State, a 51-27 home win against UTSA, and its 62-55 road win at Texas State. Offensively, Louisiana Tech is led by senior quarterback Colby Cameron who is 286-of-403 passing for 3,283 yards (328.3 ypg) with 27 touchdowns and no interceptions. Freshman running back Kenneth Dixon leads the team with 1,052 rushing yards on 170 carries (105.2 ypg) with 24 touchdowns, and senior wide receiver Quinton Patton has 83 catches for 1,086 yards (108.6 ypg) with 11 touchdowns. Defensively, senior linebacker Antonio Mitchum leads the team with 63 tackles (20-solo, 43-assist), while senior defensive back Jamel Johnson has 61 tackles (36-solo, 25-assist). As a team, LTU is averaging 53.4 points and 576.5 yards of total offense per game (333.0-passing, 243.5-rushing) and allowing 36.2 points and 505.7 yards of total offense per game (337.8-passing, 167.9-rushing). Overall, Louisiana Tech returns 16 starters (O-8, D-6, ST-2) and 50 lettermen from last year's team that went 8-5 overall and won the WAC with a 6-1 mark. The Bulldogs concluded its season with a 31-24 loss to No. 15 TCU in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. Sonny Dykes is 22-13 in his third year as the Bulldogs head coach.
UTAH STATE AND LOUISIANA TECH SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Louisiana Tech will be meeting for the 10th time in series history this weekend, with the Bulldogs holding a 6-3 advantage including a 3-1 record in Ruston. LTU has won the last two games played in the series as it notched a 24-17 road win last year, to go along with a 24-6 win in Ruston on Oct. 9, 2010 in the last game between the two teams in Louisiana. The Aggies won the first two meetings in the series as Big West Conference mates in 1993 (24-13) and 1994 (7-3), but the teams didn't meet again until WAC foes in 2005 and the Bulldogs won four in a row in the series until USU's 23-21 win in 2009.
TOP AGGIE PERFORMERS VERSUS LOUISIANA TECH
Rushing Yards: Profail Greer (1993), 104
Passing Yards: Leon Jackson III (2005), 372
Receiving Yards: Kevin Robinson (2006), 141
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE STATE OF LOUISIANA
Utah State is 5-11 (.313) against schools from the state of Louisiana with a 3-6 mark against Louisiana Tech, a 1-1 record against Louisiana-Lafayette, a 1-2 mark versus Louisiana-Monroe, and an 0-2 record against LSU.
UTAH STATE-LOUISIANA TECH CONNECTIONS
Louisiana Tech defensive line coach Stan Eggan was an assistant coach at Utah State from 1986-90, coaching the Aggies' linebackers and was USU's recruiting coordinator. LTU Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde was also Athletics Director at Utah State in 1998.
UTAH STATE-LOUISIANA TECH IN-STATE PLAYERS
Utah State has 55 players in its program from the state of Utah, while Louisiana Tech has 51 players on its roster from the state of Louisiana.
DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER
Utah State has won five-straight games during the month of November and is 9-3 in November under Andersen. USU is also 8-3-0 all-time in known games played on Nov. 17.
UTAH STATE AND LOUISIANA TECH AMONG 30 TEAMS WITH AT LEAST EIGHT WINS
Utah State and Louisiana Tech are among the 30 teams nationally with at least eight wins on the season. Kansas State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oregon led the nation with 10 wins, while Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kent State, Louisville, Northern Illinois and Louisiana Tech all have nine wins. Schools with eight wins thus far this year include Boise State, Fresno State, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio, Rutgers, San Diego State, San Jose State, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, Toledo, Tulsa, UCF, UCLA and Utah State.
LAST MEETING AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH - (LTU 24, USU 17)
October 22, 2011 Logan, Utah Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium
Freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton threw for 128 yards and added 27 yards on the ground and senior linebacker Bobby Wagner posted a career-high 20 tackles, but Utah State (2-5, 0-2) was out-scored 10-0 in the fourth quarter leading to a 24-17 home loss to Louisiana Tech (3-4, 2-1) on Oct. 22, 2011. Utah State, who entered the game as the sixth-best rushing offense in the nation averaging 297.2 yards per game, was held to a season-low 166 rushing yards. USU also ranked 19th in the country in total offense entering Saturday's game averaging 476.0 yards per game, but was held to a season-low 294 yards as it finished with 128 passing yards. Utah State's 17 points were also a season-low after entering the week ranking 18th in the nation with an average of 39.0 points per game. Louisiana Tech had just 232 yards of total offense in the game (86-rushing, 146-passing) and lost the time of possession battle, 31:11 to 28:49, but converted a USU interception and illegal kicking penalty deep in its own end of the field into 10 points. Junior running back Robert Turbin finished with just 81 yards on 16 carries, marking the first time since the season-opener at Auburn that he didn't rush for a 100 yards. Turbin did score on a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Wagner added two sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, and two quarterback hurries to go along with his 20 stops. Louisiana Tech was led by Lennon Creer's 62 yards rushing on 17 carries with one touchdown, while quarterback Nick Isham was 10-of-22 passing for 63 yards before being relieved by Colby Cameron, who finished 4-of-6 passing for 38 yards. Adrien Cole led the Bulldogs' defense with 14 tackles. Louisiana Tech got on the scoreboard first with its initial drive of the game, going 87-yards in 10 plays that was capped with a 3-yard touchdown run by Creer. Utah State scored the next 10 points on Turbin's 1-yard run late in the first quarter and a career-long 43-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Josh Thompson in the second to make the score 10-7 at halftime. Both teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter as LTU's Terry Carter intercepted Keeton and returned it 22-yards to make it 14-10 visitors. It was Keeton's first interception of the season. On the ensuing possession, USU drove 87-yards in nine plays, culminating with a career-long 29-yard touchdown run by Keeton. Trailing 17-14, Louisiana Tech marched 58-yards in eight plays on its first possession of the fourth quarter that resulted in an 8-yard touchdown run by Hunter Lee to give the Bulldogs a 21-17 advantage. LTU added three more points late in the quarter on a 24-yard field goal by Matt Nelson after Aggie punter Tyler Bennett fumbled the snap on a fourth-and-one and was penalized for an illegal kick, giving the Bulldogs the ball at the USU 11 yard-line with just under five minutes to play in the game. USU had one last chance to drive the field and score the tying touchdown after junior kick returner Kerwynn Williams returned LTU's kickoff back to the USU 41 with 2:39 to play, but the Aggies were stopped just four plays later on a fourth-and-six, turning it over on downs.
LAST MEETING AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH IN RUSTON - (LTU 24, USU 6)
October 9, 2010 Ruston, La. Joe Aillet Stadium
Utah State (2-4, 0-2) was limited to 195 yards as the Aggies lost to Louisiana Tech (2-4, 1-1), 24-6, on Oct. 9, 2010 in Ruston, La. USU's 195 yards of total offense was split with 122 rushing and 73 passing, as senior running back Derrvin Speight had 48 yards, while senior quarterback Diondre Borel totalled 38 yards, while completing 14-of-23 passes for 73 yards. Defensively, USU was led by junior linebacker Bobby Wagner's game-high 15 tackles, while fellow junior linebacker Kyle Gallagher added 11 stops. Sophomore cornerback Quinton Byrd snared an interception, his team-leading third of the season. LTU had 278 rushing and 149 passing for 427 yards of total offense. Lennon Creer rushed for 120 yards with two touchdowns, while Tim Molton added 93 yards. Ross Jenkins was 20-of-32 passing for 149 yards with one touchdown pass. Louisiana Tech was led by Adrien Cole's 12 tackles. After USU took the opening kick and marched down the field, the Aggies' drive stalled and senior placekicker Peter Caldwell's 40-yard field goal was wide left. The Bulldogs drove the field and scored on an 11-yard Jenkins to Molton touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead and they never looked back. LTU added a 2-yard touchdown run by Creer to take a 14-0 lead before USU got on the board with a 40-yard field goal by Caldwell. The Bulldogs added a Matt Nelson 38-yard field goal with 36 seconds left in the half for a 17-3 advantage at intermission. Caldwell split the uprights from 22 yards out for a 17-6 margin with 5:35 left in the third quarter, but LTU added a 10-yard run by Creer for the final score with 4:21 to play.
RECAPPING THE TEXAS STATE GAME
Behind a season-high 593 yards of total offense, Utah State won its eighth game in a season for the first time since 1974 as it blasted the Bobcats of Texas State, 38-7, Saturday afternoon at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. USU also set a school-record Saturday as it has now scored 38-plus points in each of its last four games.
The Aggies, who lead 35-0 at the half, improved to 8-2 overall and 4-0 in Western Athletic Conference play, winning their last nine WAC games to extend its own school record. USU also won its seven-straight home game and notched its fifth-straight win in November. Texas State fell to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in WAC play with the loss.
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton accounted for all five of Utah State's scores as he was 20-of-27 passing for 316 yards and four touchdowns, throwing scoring strikes to junior wide receiver Travis Reynolds, senior tight end Kellen Bartlett, freshman wide receiver Bruce Natson and senior wide receiver Matt Austin all in the first half. Keeton also had 10 rushes for 48 yards and another touchdown on a 3-yard run in the second quarter to give the home team a 21-0 lead.
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams rushed for 120 yards on 19 carries and went over 1,000 yards for the season, becoming the 11th player in Utah State history to reach the milestone for the 16th time. Williams also went over the 2,000 yard rushing milestone for his career in the game and now ranks ninth all-time at USU with 2,008 yards.
Austin finished the game with four receptions for 124 yards, a new career high, with one touchdown on a 4-yard pass from Keeton. Austin had a pair of 61-yard receptions in the game, both of which are career-longs.
Senior safety McKade Brady led the Utah State defense with seven tackles, while junior linebacker Jake Doughty and redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Jordan Nielsen had six stops apiece, as those six tackles by Nielsen are a career-high. Senior cornerback Will Davis also intercepted a pass in his third-straight game on Texas State's first offensive series in the end zone to stop the Bobcats scoring threat.
The Aggie defense limited Texas State to 158 yards of total offense (82-rushing, 76-passing), which is a season-low and the fewest yards allowed since the 2008 season. Furthermore, the 76 passing yards by the Bobcats are the fewest by an Aggie opponent since 2000.
Marcus Curry rushed for 46 yards on nine carries and had the Bobcats' only touchdown on the day, with a 3-yard plunge early in the third quarter after Texas State had a short field following an interception.
Utah State got on the board on their first drive, as Keeton hit Reynolds from 4-yards out for his first career touchdown. Keeton then added a 2-yard touchdown toss to Bartlett with 3:53 left in the first frame.
After using his arm for the Aggies' first two scores, Keeton used his legs for their third, on a 3-yard scamper with 11:09 to go in the second quarter. Natson scored his first touchdown of his Aggie career with a 23-yard catch from Keeton with 6:52 left until halftime. And Austin caught his touchdown pass on a 4-yard toss by Keeton with 46 seconds left until halftime, giving USU a 35-0 intermission advantage.
For Utah State, its 593 yards of total offense (325-passing, 268-rushing) rank as the 12th-most in school history as it also had a season-high 268 yards rushing. For USU, it has now produced at least 500 yards of total offense five times on the season.
HEAD COACH Gary Andersen
Gary Andersen was named Utah State's 26th head coach on Dec. 4, 2008, and since that day Andersen and his staff have worked non-stop to create a culture of accountability and responsibility that would translate into success both on and off the field. And in 2011, Aggie fans saw that plan pay dividends as USU produced a 7-6 record (5-2 Western Athletic Conference) and participated in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the school's first bowl game since 1997.
In his first three years at Utah State, Andersen has compiled a 15-22 (.407) record including a 10-13 (.435) WAC mark as those 15 wins are the most by an Aggie coach in his first three years since John L. Smith went 16-18 (.471) from 1995-97. Furthermore, Andersen has coached 10 players who have earned first or second team all-WAC honors and six players who are currently on NFL rosters, including Michael Smith, Robert Turbin and Bobby Wagner who were all selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. That trio of Aggies drafted in 2012 is the most selections in one year since five USU players were chosen in 1980. Wagner, who was drafted in the second round (47) by the Seattle Seahawks, becomes the highest drafted Aggie since Rulon Jones was the 42nd overall pick in the second round in 1980 by the Denver Broncos.
Along with playing in its first bowl game in over a decade during the 2011 season, Utah State's seven overall wins and five league victories were its most since 1993, while its second-place conference finish was its best since the 2000 team ended the year second in the Big West. Furthermore, those five league wins in 2011 were tied with five other teams (1953, 1960, 1990, 1991, 1993) for the most in school history, while its seven overall wins are tied for the 10th most all-time at Utah State.
Utah State also won its final five games of the regular season in 2011, which is tied for the eighth-longest winning streak in school history and the longest since the 1993 squad won its final six games of the year. USU's three-win turnaround from four wins in 2010 to seven wins in 2011 was among the top 15 in the Football Bowl Subdivision for the year.
During the 2011 season, Andersen's high-octane spread offense was statistically one of the best in the country as it led the WAC and ranked sixth in the nation in rushing offense (282.69 ypg). USU also ranked first in the WAC and 18th in the nation in passing efficiency (151.8), first in the WAC and 23rd in the nation in scoring offense (33.62 ppg), second in the WAC and 20th in the nation in total offense (457.31 ypg), and second in the WAC and 33rd in the nation in fewest sacks allowed per game (1.38 pg).
In 2011, Utah State also established school records for total offense (5,945 yards), rushing yards (3,675), total points (437) and total touchdowns (60).
Highlighting Utah State's offense in 2011 was junior running back Robert Turbin who ended the season as the WAC's Offensive Player of the Year, USU's first in its six years in the league, and just its second such offensive award in school history. During the season, Turbin ranked first in the WAC and eighth in the nation in scoring (10.62 ppg), second in the WAC and 13th in the nation in rushing (116.69 ypg), and sixth in the WAC and 40th in the nation in all-purpose yardage (129.85 ypg). He ended the year setting single-season school records for rushing touchdowns (19), total touchdowns (23) and points scored (138), while his 1,517 rushing yards rank third all-time at USU for a single-season.
Turbin, who was drafted in the fourth round (106) of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, ended his Aggie career ranking first in both total touchdowns (51) and points scored (308), while his 3,315 career rushing yards ranks fifth all-time in school history.
Andersen's defense was also formidable during the 2011 season as it ended the year ranking first in the WAC and 50th in the nation in total defense (366.23), second in the WAC and 31st in the nation in rushing defense (127.70 ypg), second in the WAC and 53rd nationally in tackles for loss (5.92 pg), third in the WAC and 48th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (125.58), and third in the WAC and 59th in the nation in sacks (1.92 pg).
Utah State's top defensive player in 2011 was Wagner who earned first-team all-WAC honors after ranking first in the league and eighth nationally with 11.31 tackles per game. Wagner, who is one of just eight players in school history to be a three-time first-team all-conference selection, ended his career with 446 career tackles to rank first all-time in WAC and tied for first all-time in school history.
Along with all of his Utah State accolades, Wagner also received some national exposure after being named the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Senior Bowl, leading the North to a 23-13 win. Smith was also recognized for his performance in the Players Classic All-Star Game as he was named the North's Offensive MVP.
Other Aggies to earn first-team all-WAC honors under Andersen's tutelage include offensive linemen Philip Gapelu (2011) and Tyler Larsen (2011), while those who have been named to the league's second-team include defensive end Levi Koskan (2011), tight end Tarren Lloyd (2011), defensive back Curtis Marsh (2010) and Turbin (2009).
Along with all of Utah State's success on the field under Andersen, there has been just as much success in the classroom as 66 Aggies have earned academic all-WAC honors, while another 84 have graduated from the University. Furthermore, Utah State had 18 football players earn academic all-WAC honorees this past year to rank first in the conference.
Andersen came to Utah State after five seasons as the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Utah, where he helped guide the Utes to a 13-0 record in 2008. Utah finished the season ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press poll after winning the BCS Sugar Bowl with a dominating 31-17 victory against Alabama.
In 2008, Andersen was named a finalist for the Broyles Award, honoring the top assistant coach in college football. He was also named a Rivals.com top 10 non-BCS recruiter in 2008 and tabbed as the No. 1 non-BCS recruiter by Rivals.com in 2005.
Overall, Andersen spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Utah after coaching for the Utes from 1997-2002 before becoming the head coach at Southern Utah in 2003 and then returning to Utah in 2004. During his tenure at Utah, Andersen was a part of seven winning bowl teams, including two BCS Bowls as Utah went 12-0 in 2004 and won the Fiesta Bowl, along with its perfect record and Sugar Bowl win in 2008.
During his tenure at Utah, Andersen coached 14 first-team all-conference players (three in 2008), including two Mountain West Conference Defensive Players of the Year in John Frank (1999) and Eric Weddle (2005 and 2006), as well as a consensus All-American in Weddle in 2006. Andersen also coached 10 Ute players drafted in the NFL in Richard Seals, John Frank, Lauvale Sape, Sione Pouha, Jonathan Fanene, Eric Weddle, Paul Soliai, Sean Smith, Brice McCain and Paul Kruger, in addition to several other players who made NFL rosters as free agents.
Andersen's coaching career began in 1988 as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana, where he coached for one season before going to Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) from 1989-92 as the offensive line coach. His other coaching stints include Idaho State (1992-94, defensive line), Park City HS (1994-95, head coach) and Northern Arizona (1995-96, assistant head coach/defensive line/special teams).
A 1986 graduate of Utah, Andersen earned his bachelor's degree in political science. He played center for Utah from 1985-86 after garnering first-team junior college All-American honors in 1984 at Ricks College.
Andersen is married to the former Stacey Lambert, and they have three sons: Keegan (21) and twins Chasen and Hagen (17). Keegan is currently a sophomore tight end on Utah State's football team, while Chasen and Hagen are both seniors at Logan High School. Andersen's brother, Mark, is USU's director of football operations.