Turbin Gets National Recognition For Milestone Performance
Nov. 15, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - Sophomore running back Robert Turbin has earned national recognition for his milestone performance Saturday in leading USU to victory, collecting a helmet sticker from ESPN.com and earning honorable mention running back of the week accolades from collegefootballperformance.com.
Turbin is the lone Western Athletic Conference individual to earn a helmet sticker from ESPN.com, while the Boise State defense and the Nevada offensive line were also recognized among the non-BCS conferences, while three other individuals were on the honorable mention list for a helmet sticker. Turbin was joined by Nevada running backs Vai Taua and Luke Lippincott on collegefootballperformance.com's national list.
On Saturday, Turbin rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the Aggies' 24-9 win over San Jose State. The 190 yards is the best individual rushing total for an Aggie running back since USU legend Emmett 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.
Turbin's 190 yards push him over the 1,000 yard mark for the season, becoming the first USU running back since 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. Saturday was Turbin's sixth 100-yard rushing outing this season, the most since White had eight in 2001.
The two rushing TD's by Turbin give him nine for the season, the most since White had 13 in 2001, and within two of USU's single-season rushing TD list, as Louie Giammona (1975) and Tom Larscheid (1961) are tied for 10th with 11 each. Turbin now has 17 rushing TD's for his career, currenty No. 8 on USU's career rushing TD list and within one of Roy Shivers' No. 7 spot with 18 TD's from 1964-65. This season Turbin has a rushing average of 6.6, currently tied for Jack Hill (1956) for the No. 2 spot behind the 8.4 ypc average by Tom Larscheid in 1960 on the Aggies' single-season rushing average list. For his career, Turbin has a 5.8 ypc average, ranking fifth on USU's career rushing average list.
Utah State's home finale is Friday, Nov. 20, hosting Boise State, currently ranked No. 6 in the AP and BCS Polls, who improved to 10-0 overall and 5-0 in WAC play with a 63-25 win over Idaho Saturday. Boise State will be the highest-ranked team to visit Romney Stadium since No. 6 Oregon played USU on Sept. 29, 2001.
Friday's game will be nationally-televised on ESPN2 and will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. It will be the first-ever visit to Logan by the ESPN network for a football game.
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