Aggies Host No. 6 Boise State On ESPN2 Friday On USU's Senior Night
Nov. 16, 2009
LOGAN, Utah -
No. 6 BOISE STATE at UTAH STATE Friday, Nov. 20 - 7:30 p.m. (MT) Romney Stadium (25,513) Logan, Utah
QUICKLY -- Utah State (3-7, 2-4 WAC) welcomes the ESPN network to Logan for the first time ever for the Aggies' battle with No. 6 Boise State (10-0, 5-0 WAC), on Friday, Nov. 20... Kickoff for USU's home finale is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Romney Stadium (25,513)... Friday is USU's Senior Night, as the Aggies will be honoring their 15 seniors.
SENIOR NIGHT -- USU will recognize 15 seniors Friday night who will be making their final Romney Stadium appearance in an Aggie uniform... That group includes DT Alan Bishop, WR Xavier Bowman, S James Brindley, LB Adrian Bybee, WR Chase Griffiths, WR Nnamdi Gwacham, LB Paul Igboeli, DE Antonio May, C Brennan McFadden, TE Jeremy Mitchell, CB Kejon Murphy, WR Omar Sawyer, PK Chris Ulinski, LB Chris Williams and TE Zac Zimmerman.
FRIDAY'S STORYLINES -- Things to watch for in Friday's battle between the Aggies and Broncos:
-- ESPN2's broadcast is the first-ever visit to Logan by the network for a football game... It is the first time that USU has been on national television since the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl game in Boise, Idaho, which was also televised on ESPN2.
FOLLOWING THE GAME
ON TV -- Friday's battle between the Aggies and Broncos will be nationally televised on ESPN2, the first-ever visit to Logan by the ESPN family of network for a football game... Joe Tessitore will handled play-by-play duties with analysis from Rod Gilmore.
ON THE AIR -- All Utah State football games are carried live on KVNU 610 AM and KLZX 95.9 FM in Logan; 1320 AM in Salt Lake City; on KLZX 105.3 FM in Montpelier, Idaho, and on the Internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com by clicking on "Listen Live"... Al Lewis normally handles the play-by-play duties while Craig Hislop provides analysis, but Al will be with the men's basketball team in Boston, so Hislop will do play-by-play while former Aggie player John Pappas will handle analysis.
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 in the right hand column on the home page of www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Friday's battle between the Aggies and Broncos will also be available live online via ESPN360.com -- ESPN's signature broadband sports TV network. The game is available completely free to any student on campus (in fact, to any student on any U.S. college campus -- nearly 18 million people).
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 A&W Restaurant and Firehouse Pizza on Thursday nights (6:05-6:45 p.m. on 610 AM KVNU) when the Aggies play on Saturday... The final show will be on Tuesday, Nov. 17 of the Boise State game week... The show gives USU fans an opportunity to ask questions and interact with Coach Andersen and players.
Nov. 17 - Firehouse Pizzeria (880 S Main, Logan, UT)
UP NEXT -- Utah State concludes regular-season action against Idaho at Moscow, Idaho on Saturday, Nov. 28 in a 3 p.m. (MT) kickoff.
UTAH STATE NOTE-ABLES
BRRRRR-ING YOUR LONG JOHNS -- Friday's forecast is calling for rain and snow showers with a low temperature of 23 degrees... The average temperature for Logan on Nov. 20 is 33 degrees with a record high of 66 in 2007 and a record low of 6 in 1994... The average high is 43 while the average low is 23... If the temperature is below the freezing point of 32 degrees, it will be USU's second game in a row with below-freezing weather as last Saturday's game-time temperature was 28 degrees.
USU VS. THE TOP 25 -- USU will be playing its 52nd game all-time against a ranked team (Boise State is No. 6 in this week's AP poll) and is just 1-50 against teams in the AP poll... The Aggies are 1-10 at home vs. a top 25 team... The Aggies' lone win against a ranked team was a 20-19 upset of 25th-ranked Fresno State in 1991... Since then, USU has lost 25 straight games against ranked team... Friday marks the 19th time during the 2000's decade that USU has faced a ranked team - here is a look at those games:
Sept. 8, 2001 - L 14-31 at #13 LSU Sept. 29, 2001 - L 21-38 vs #6 Oregon Oct. 5, 2001 - L 34-54 at #18 BYU Dec. 1, 2001 - L 21-70 at #21 Fresno State Sept. 7, 2002 - L 13-44 at #9 Nebraska Sept. 6, 2003 - L 7-31 at #23 Nebraska Sept. 18, 2004 - L 6-48 #15 Utah Oct. 29, 2005 - L 3-35 at #5 Alabama Nov. 18, 2006 - L 10-49 at #18 Boise State Sept. 15, 2007 - L 3-54 at #3 Oklahoma Oct. 6, 2007 - L 37-52 at #16 Hawai'i Nov. 10, 2007 - L 0-52 vs #19 Boise State Sept. 6, 2008 - L 24-66 at #18 Oregon Sept. 13, 2008 - L, 10-58 vs #22 Utah Oct. 3, 2008 - L, 14-34 vs #8 BYU Nov. 8, 2008 - L, 14-49 at #9 Boise State Sept. 3, 2009 - L, 17-35 at #19 Utah Oct. 2, 2009 - L, 17-35 at #20 BYUAGGIES VS. NO. 6 -- The Aggies will be playing a No. 6 ranked team for the second time ever, as the only other time was Sept. 29, 2001, when Heisman Trophy candidate Joey Harrington helped Oregon pull away for a 38-21 win over USU, after the score was 24-21 after three quarters.
USU VS. RANKED BOISE STATE -- Friday is not just the 189th anniversary of an 80-ton whale attack that inspired the novel Moby Dick, but it also marks the fourth year in a row that Utah State has faced Boise State when the Broncos are ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll... USU has been out-scored in the three previous meetings 150-24, an average of 50-8... In Boise State's last visit to Logan in 2007, the 19th-ranked Broncos bucked the Aggies, 52-0.
THREE RANKED OPPONENTS -- Friday's match-up with No. 6 Boise State marks the third-straight season that USU has played at least three ranked opponents in the same season after playing No. 19 Utah on Sept. 3 and No. 20 BYU on Oct. 2, losing both by identical 35-17 scores, and sixth-ranked Boise State on Friday... Overall, it is the fifth time since 1957 that the Aggies have faced at least three ranked opponents in the same season, with last year's four as the most... The five times that USU has faced at least three ranked opponents:
1991 Sept. 7 - L, 28-59 at #14 Nebraska Sept. 21 - L, 21-55 at #7 Oklahoma Nov. 2 - W, 20-19 vs. #25 Fresno StateUSU IN NON-SATURDAY GAMES -- Ironically, all three of USU's games this season vs. a ranked opponent are also on a non-Saturday... Utah State has lost 15 straight non-Saturday games since winning the Las Vegas Bowl against Ball State on Friday, Dec. 17, 1993... Seven of those last 15 games have been against BYU on Friday nights (all losses), with a Monday appearance in the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl (lost 33-19 to Cincinnati) and a Friday 42-33 win against Ball State in the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl... Here is a look at USU's last 10 non-Saturday games, including its two others from this season, believed to be the Aggies' most non-Saturday games in school history:
Date Score Opponent Fri., Oct. 6, 2000 L 14-38 at BYU Fri., Oct. 5, 2001 L 34-54 at BYU Fri., Oct. 4, 2002 L 34-35 BYU Thurs., Aug. 28, 2003 L 20-40 at Utah Thurs., Nov. 6, 2003 L 21-26 at New Mexico State Thurs., Nov. 11, 2004 L 7-16 at Arkansas State Thurs., Aug. 30, 2007 L 16-23 UNLV Fri., Oct. 3, 2008 L 14-34 BYU Thurs., Sept. 3, 2009 L 17-35 at #19 Utah Fri., Oct. 2, 2009 L 17-35 at #20 BYUAGGIES AGAINST RANKED WAC FOES -- This is the seventh time in USU's five years in the WAC that USU has played a fellow conference foe that is ranked in the AP Top 25 or receiving votes, with Boise State being ranked four times, while Hawai'i was ranked once and among others receiving votes once, as was Fresno State:
Oct. 15, 2005 - L, 21-53 at RV Fresno State Nov. 4, 2006 - L, 10-63 vs RV Hawai'i Nov. 18, 2006 - L, 10-49 at #13 Boise State Oct. 6, 2007 - L, 37-52 at #16 Hawai'i Nov. 10, 2007 - L, 0-52 vs #19 Boise State Nov. 8, 2008 - L, 14-39 at #9 Boise StateUTAH STATE IN HOME FINALES -- Last year's 47-2 win over New Mexico State in USU's home finale snapped a three-game losing skein for the Aggies in their final home game of the season...This is the second time in the last three years that Boise State has been USU's final home game, with the then 19th ranked Broncos bucked the Aggies, 52-0... Utah State is 5-6 in its last 11 home finales:
Nov. 14, 1998 - W, 28-27 vs North Texas Nov. 6, 1999 - L, 6-14 vs New Mexico State Nov. 18, 2000 - L, 24-27 vs Idaho State Nov. 17, 2001 - W, 56-43 vs Weber State Nov. 9, 2002 - W, 32-30 vs New Mexico State Nov. 15, 2003 - L, 21-26 vs Troy State Nov. 20, 2004 - W, 34-25 vs New Mexico State Nov. 19, 2005 - L, 24-30 vs Nevada Nov. 25, 2006 - L, 20-42 vs New Mexico State Nov. 10, 2007 - L, 0-52 vs #19 Boise State Nov. 29, 2008 - W, 47-2 vs New Mexico State
BOREL AT 2,000 PASSING YARDS, 2,500 TOTAL OFFENSE AND COUNTING -- Junior QB Diondre Borel recently topped the 2,000 passing yard plateau, becoming the 18th Aggie QB to reach that milestone... Borel currently has 2,315, sitting 14th on the single-season passing list, exactly 500 yards from the No. 13 spot, held by Bob Gagliano's 2,365 yards in 1980... Borel reached 2,000 yards with the fewest attempts and the second-best for completions... Borel also has 2,748 yards of total offense, ranking No. 9 on USU's single-season list... Here's a closer look at the Aggies' single-season passing and total offense lists:
2,000 Passing Yards Single-Season List No. Yds. Name, Class Year Att. Com. Pct. TD 1. 3,268 Jose Fuentes, Sr. 2002 454 246 .542 20 2. 3,218 Brent Snyder, Sr. 1988 447 246 .550 19 3. 3,148 Anthony Calvillo, Sr. 1993 469 247 .527 19 4. 3,100 Jose Fuentes, Jr. 2001 437 260 .595 24 5. 2,896 Matt Sauk, Sr. 1997 378 190 .503 16 6. 2,887 Brent Snyder, Jr. 1987 427 226 .529 20 7. 2,797 Tony Adams, Sr. 1972 351 204 .581 22 8. 2,791 Travis Cox, Jr. 2003 415 235 .566 18 9. 2,774 Patrick Mullins, Sr. 1995 383 209 .546 12 10. 2,709 Jose Fuentes, So. 2000 368 194 .527 16 11. 2,494 Anthony Calvillo, Jr. 1992 360 201 .558 16 12. 2,489 Matt Sauk, Jr. 1996 286 154 .538 8 13. 2,365 Bob Gagliano, Sr. 1980 345 184 .533 20 14. 2,315 Diondre Borel, Jr. 2009 307 178 .580 13 15. 2,221 Ron Lopez, Sr. 1991 314 153 .487 17 16. 2,088 Eric Hipple, Jr. 1978 287 150 .522 9 17. 2,035 Tony Adams, Jr. 1971 284 144 .570 14 18. 2,007 Jeff Crosbie, So. 1999 361 169 .468 10BOREL CLIMBING CAREER PASSING AND TOTAL OFFENSE LISTS -- Borel's single-season marks have helped him climb USU's career lists too, as he is No. 10 on the Aggies' career passing list and No. 8 on the total offense list... Borel became the 10th Aggie QB to reach the 4,000 career passing plateau and he currently has 4,020 career yards, needing 160 to move up to No. 9... He also has 5,095 yards of total offense, becoming the eighth USU player to hit that makr and Borel currently holds the No. 7 spot on the Aggies' career total offense list... Here's a closer look at Borel's ascensions:
Career Passing No. Name Years Yds. 1. Jose Fuentes 1999-2002 9,168 2. Tony Adams 1970-72 6,226 3. Brent Snyder 1987-88 6,105 4. Eric Hipple 1976-79 6,073 5. Anthony Calvillo 1992-93 5,642 6. Matt Sauk 1996-97 5,385 7. Travis Cox 2001-04 4,722 8. Leon Jackson III 2004-07 4,221 9. Ron Lopez 1990-91 4,182 10. Diondre Borel 2007-pres. 4,020
BOREL SCHOOL RECORD FOR RUSHING YARDS BY QB -- Borel now has 1,075 rushing yards (336 att.) for his career, setting a new USU career record for rushing yards by a quarterback, topping the old mark of 814 yards held by Leon Jackson III (355 att., 2004-07)... Borel also is the single-season record holder with his 632 yards in 2008... Borel's 105 rushing yards earlier this season vs. Fresno State (Oct. 31), is closing in on the single-game rushing record by a QB of 121 yards held by Tony Adams vs. Colorado State in 1972.
Rushing Yards by a Quarterback Game: 121, Tony Adams (12 attempts) vs. Colorado State, 1972 105, Diondre Borel (12 attempts) vs. Idaho, 2008 Season: 632, Diondre Borel (179 att.), 2008 Career: 1,075, Diondre Borel (336 att.), 2007-pres.TURBO-ING PAST 1,000 YARDS RUSHING -- Sophomore RB Robert Turbin currently has 1,122 rushing yards this season, becoming the 14th Aggie running back with 1,000 rushing yards in a season... Turbin becomes the first 1,000 yard rusher since Emmett White in 2001... Turbin is currently No. 12 on USU's single-season rushing list, but needs just 16 yards to reach the top 10, as Roy Shivers has the No. 10 spot with 1,138 yards (1965)... Demario Brown is also the school's single-season rushing record holder with 1,536 in 1999.
Single-Season Rushing 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. 1,236 1979 Rick Parros, Sr. 259 4.8 15 9. 1,150 1973 Archie Gibson, Sr. 216 5.3 3 10. 1,138 1965 Roy Shivers, Jr. 189 6.0 14 11. 1,135 1977 Rick Parros, So. 261 4.3 4 12. 1,122 2009 Robert Turbin, So. 169 6.6 9 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. 920 1956 Jack Hill, Sr. 140 6.6 14TURBIN, BOREL 20th AND 21st AGGIES TO 1,000 FOR CAREER -- Turbin and Borel became the 20th and 21st players, respectively in Utah State history to reach the 1,000 career rushing yards milestone and the first since David Fiefia (2000-03), who finished with 1,193... Turbin is currently No. 13 on USU's all-time rushing list with 1,624 yards, needing 196 more to crack the top 10, as Jack Hill (1952, 55-56), currently holds the No. 10 spot with 1,820 yards... Junior QB Diondre Borel presently has 1,075 career rushing yards, needing 69 yards to reach the No. 19 spot, currently held by Jerry Hughes (1971-72) with 1,144 yards... Borel is the USU career record holder for rushing yards by a QB.
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. Roger Grant 1990-91 2,387 7. Tom Larscheid 1959-61 2,206 8. Altie Taylor 1966-68 1,959 9. Jay Van Noy 1946-49 1,923 10. Jack Hill 1952,55-56 1,820 11. Robert Turbin 2008-pres. 1,624 12. Maurice Turner 1979-82 1,549 13. Roy Shivers 1964-65 1,468 14. John Strycula 1969-71 1,412 15. Demetrius Brown 1986-89 1,252 16. Archie Gibson 1972-73 1,235 17. David Fiefia 2000-03 1,193 18. Mac Lane 1966-67 1,182 19. Jerry Hughes 1971-72 1,144 20. Diondre Borel 2007-pres. 1,075 21. Buddy Allen 1958-59 1,062
TOUCHDOWN TIME FOR TURBIN AND BOREL -- Turbin is also climbing USU's career TD list, currently at No. 8 with 17 career TD's, including nine this season... He needs one more to reach the No. 7 spot, held by Roy Shivers (1964-65) with 18... Borel has 11 career rushing TD's, needing two more to tie three other Aggies with 13, most recently done by Jerry Cox (1973-74)... A closer look at Turbin and Borel's climbs:
Career Rushing TD's No.Name Years TD 1. Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 40 2. Demario Brown 1996-99 37 3. Tom Larscheid 1959-61 29 4. Emmett White 1998-01 27 5. Rick Parros 1976-79 26 6. Louie Giammona 1973-75 21 7. Roy Shivers 1964-65 18 8. Robert Turbin 2008-pres (9) 17 9. Jack Hill 1956 14 10. Jerry Cox 1973-74 13 Jerry Hughes 1971-72 13 Altie Taylor 1966-68 13 -- Diondre Borel 2007-pres (6) 11BOREL GOES 228 PASS ATTEMPTS WITHOUT INT -- In the Hawai'i game, Borel was intercepted for the first time since the Utah game in the season-opener... Between interceptions, Borel attempted 228 passes, the longest active streak entering the game at Hawai'i, but leaving as the third-longest this season:
Player School Attempts Levi Brown Troy 265 Christian Ponder Florida State 250 Diondre Borel UTAH STATE 228 Jerrod Johnson Texas A&M 225 (242 back to 2008) Rusty Smith Fla. Atlantic 187 Ryan Lindley San Diego State 151 Jimmy Clausen Notre Dame 150 Jimmy Clausen Notre Dame 147 Jameel Sewell Virginia 145 Greg McElroy Alabama 141 Ryan Mallett Arkansas 141 Kellen Moore Boise State 135 Russell Wilson N.C. State 130 (NCAA record 379 back to 2008) Thaddeus Lewis Duke 130 Dan LeFevour C. Michigan 129 Stephen Garcia South Carolina 124 Case Keenum Houston 116 Daryll Clark Penn State 115 * = active streak
NOT MANY THREE AND OUTS FOR UTAH STATE OFFENSE -- Utah State is 14th in the country for least amount of offensive three and outs per game with a 2.8average, totaling 28 three and outs in its 10 games... USU's season-low is one three and out done twice, at Fresno State (Oct. 31) and vs. San Jose State (Saturday), while the Aggies has a season-high six at New Mexico State (Oct. 10)... The WAC and NCAA leader is Idaho with 1.18 per game (13 in 11 games).
Team Per Gm Total/Gms Idaho 1.18 13/11 Notre Dame 1.22 11/9 Nevada 1.22 11/9 Florida 1.33 12/9 Texas Tech 1.33 12/9 Arizona 1.38 11/8 Northwestern 1.70 17/10 Georgia Tech 1.75 14/10 Houston 1.80 18/10 UCLA 2.22 20/9 TCU 2.33 21/9 Texas A&M 2.38 19/8 East Carolina 2.67 24/9 UTAH STATE 2.80 28/10 USC 2.89 26/9 Southern Miss 3.11 28/9 Troy 3.44 31/9
QUICK STRIKE OFFENSE -- The Aggies' offense doesn't need much time to score, as USU is among the national leaders for two minute scoring drives for both just TD's (14) and both TD's and FG's (17), ranking tied for 15th in TD's only and tied for ninth for both TD's and FG's... USU is second in the WAC in both categories, behind Nevada:
Two Minute Scoring Drives (TDs only) 23 Houston 21 Auburn 20 Middle Tennessee 20 Nevada 19 Tulsa 18 Troy 17 California 17 Arkansas 17 Texas Tech 16 Texas A&M 15 Florida 15 Miami (Fla.) 15 Ohio State 15 TCU 14 Cincinnati 14 Colorado 14 UTAH STATE 13 Kent State 12 Georgia Tech 12 Southern Miss
PASS FOR 50 OR LESS AND STILL WIN -- Utah State had only 50 passing yards in Saturday's win over San Jose State... The Aggies are one of seven teams in the country to pass for 50 or less yards and win, and one of two in the WAC, as Nevada also did it Saturday with 45 passing yards in a win over Fresno State:
50 - Utah State (vs. San Jose State, 11/14 - W, 24-9) 45 - Nevada (vs. Fresno State, 11/14 - W, 52-14)* 39 - Nebraska (vs. Oklahoma, 11/7 - W, 10-3) 36 - Navy (vs. Air Force, 10/3 - W, 16-13 (OT)) 23 - UAB (vs. Southern Miss, 10/1 - W, 30-17)* 2 - Air Force (vs. Wyoming, 10/17 - W, 10-0)* 0 - Navy (vs. Wake Forest, 10/24 - W, 10-0)*ABOUT USU -- Utah State's 24-9 win over San Jose State on Saturday pushed the Aggies to 3-7 overall and 2-4 in WAC play... USU is led by the backfield duo of junior QB Diondre Borel and sophomore RB Robert Turbin... Borel is 178-of-307 passing (58.0 pct) for 2,315 yards with 13 TD's and three INT's... Turbin topped the 1,000 yard mark for the season and currently has 1,122 yards on 169 carries (112.2 ypg/6.6 ypc) with nine TD's... Borel adds 433 yards rushing on 152 carries (43.3 ypg/2.8 ypc) with six TD's... Sophomore WR Stanley Morrison leads USU's receiving corps with 29 catches for 522 yards (52.2 ypg/18.0 ypc) with two TD's... Senior WR Omar Sawyer adds 27 receptions for 301 yards (30.1 ypg/11.1 ypc) and two TD's, while Turbin has 26 catches for 334 yards (33.4 ypg/12.8 ypg) with three TD's, sharing the team lead with three TD catches with senior WR Xavier Bowman (17 catches/225 yards/20.5 ypg/13.2 ypc)... Junior Eric Moats adds 22 receptions for 292 yards (29.2 ypg/13.3 ypc) with one TD... Defensively, sophomore LB Bobby Wagner has a team-best 93 tackles (9.3 pg), including a team-leading six for loss... Junior S Rajric Coleman is second on the team with 67 tackles (6.7 pg) with three TFL's and two INT's... Senior S James Brindley is third on the team with 63 stops (7.9 pg), snaring a team-leading three interceptions and six pass break-ups... Junior P Peter Caldwell has a 42.0 ypp average with 16 punts of 50+ yards and 25 inside the 20-yard line... Senior K Chris Ulinski is 12-of-17 (70.6 pct) on field goals and has 20 touchbacks on kickoffs.
IN THE STAT RANKINGS -- USU has several players amongst the WAC and NCAA statistical leaders, as well as in the team stats:
-- Utah State is third in the WAC and 18th in the NCAA in rushing offense (201.1 ypg), while ranking fourth in the conference and 42nd in the country in passing offense (235.9 ypg) to rank sixth in the league and 20th in the nation in total offense (437.0 ypg).
-- USU's defense is eighth in the league and 110th in the nation in rushing defense (200.8 ypg) as well as seventh in the conference and 81st in the country in pass defense (235.1 ypg), to rank eighth in the WAC and 106th in the NCAA in total defense (435.9 ypg).
-- Junior QB Diondre Borel leads the WAC and is 17th in the NCAA in total offense (274.8 ypg), as well as ranking fifth in the league and 48th in the nation in passing efficiency (133.3)... He is also third in the WAC in passing avg/game (231.5 ypg).
-- Sophomore RB Robert Turbin is third in the WAC and 15th in the NCAA in rushing (112.2 ypg)... Turbin also is second in the WAC and 23rd in the country in all-purpose yards (145.6 ypg), as well as 11th in the league in total offense (112.2 ypg) and tied for eighth in the conference and tied for 62nd in the nation in scoring (7.2 ppg).
-- Sophomore LB Bobby Wagner is second in the WAC and ranks tied for 30th in the NCAA in tackles (9.3 pg).
-- Senior S James Brindley is fifth in the conference and 83rd in the country in tackles (7.9 pg) as well as tied for the third in the WAC and tied for 37th in the nation in interceptions with three (0.4 pg)... Brindley also leads the WAC and ranks 17th in the NCAA in passes defended with nine off three interceptions and six pass break-ups.
-- Junior P Peter Caldwell is third in the WAC and is 43rd in the NCAA in punting (42.0 ypp).
-- Senior K Chris Ulinski is tied for second in the league and tied for 42nd in the nation in field goals (1.2 pg) as well as fourth in the conference in field goal percentage (70.6, 12-of-17)... Ulinski also leads the WAC with 20 touchbacks.
ABOUT BOISE STATE -- The sixth-ranked Broncos are 10-0 overall and 5-0 in WAC play... BSU has won 13 straight WAC games... Boise State is tied with USC for the most wins over the last seven seasons (2003-present) with 78... Sophomore QB Kellen Moore leads the WAC and NCAA in passing efficiency (172.5) as well as leading the conference in passing average/game (255.8 ypg), ranking third in the league and 27th in the nation in total offense (255.1 ypg) on 203-of-300 passing for 2,558 yards with 32 TD's and only three INT's... Junior RB Jeremy Avery is fifth in the WAC and 40th in the NCAA in rushing (89.2 ypg) on 892 yards on 151 carries with three TD's... Junior WR Austin Pettis is second in the WAC and 32nd in the NCAA in receptions/game (5.8) and third in the league and 32nd in the nation in receiving yards/game (78.1), while fellow junior WR Titus Young is fourth in the conference and 39th in the county in receptions/game (5.5) and fifth in the league and 43rd in the nation in receiving yards/game (70.6)... Defensively, junior S Jeron Johnson has 59 tackles (5.9 pg) with four INT's and five PBU's... Junior DE Ryan Winterswyk is second in the WAC in tackles for loss (12.0/1.2 pg)... Junior PK Kyle Brotzman leads the WAC and is 19th in the NCAA in field goals (15-of-21, 71.4 pct) and third in the league in FG pct... Young also is third in the conference and 16th in the country in kick returns (27.9 ypg).
UTAH STATE TID-BITS
GOOD TO BE HOME -- Utah State has played six road games so far this season while Friday is USU's fifth and final home game this season, with the Aggies' final road game next week at Idaho... Saturday is the second of back-to-back home games, USU's second two-game homestand this season.
USU IN NOVEMBER / ON NOV. 20 -- Utah State has won five of its last eight games in the November... During its four years in the WAC, USU is 6-12 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... Friday is the Aggies' first game on Nov. 20 since a 2004 34-25 win over New Mexico State... USU has won three in a row on Nov. 20 and is 6-1 overall on the date, including 2-0 at home on Nov. 20... Here's a closer look at USU's history on Nov. 20:
1919 W 6-0 at Wyoming 1965 W 14-7 at Utah 1976 W 31-17 vs. Pacific 1982 L 26-49 at San Jose State 1993 W 20-17 at New Mexico State 1999 W 37-35 at Nevada 2004 W 34-25 vs. New Mexico St.USU VS. BSU IN NOVEMBER -- Friday marks the fourth-straight November meeting between the Aggies and Broncos... Overall, USU and BSU have met seven other times in November, with Utah State 2-5 vs. Boise State in November: (W, 42-19 on Nov. 15, 1975; L, 10-30 on Nov. 13, 1982; W, 24-20 on Nov. 1, 1997; L, 38-66 on Nov. 11, 2000; L, 10-49 on Nov. 18, 2006; L, 0-52 on Nov. 10, 2007; L, 14-49 on Nov. 8, 2008).
UTAH STATE-BOISE STATE SERIES -- Boise State has dominated the series with Utah State, as the Broncos holding an 11-4 advantage... The Broncos have won eight straight games in the series after USU won consecutive games in 1996 (W 39-14 at Boise) and 1997 (W 24-20 at Logan)... Since those two USU victories, BSU has won the last eight games by a combined score of 387 to 164 (average of 48.4 to 20.5)... The Aggies are 2-6 vs. the Broncos at Logan, losing the last three in a row on their home turf... USU's last home win and series win was 1997, with a 24-20 triumph, capping a three-win in four meetings stretch.
Boise State Overall: 4-11-0 / Home: 2-5-0 / Away: 2-6-0 11-15-75 W 42-19 A 10-29-77 L 16-23 H 11-13-82 L 10-30 A 10-15-83 W 10-7 H 9-9-95 L 14-38 H 10-19-96 W 39-14 A 11-1-97 W 24-20 H 10-25-98 L 16-30 A 10-30-99 L 27-33 H 11-11-00 L 38-66 A 9-28-02 L 38-63 A 10-22-05 L 21-45 H 11-18-06 L 10-49 A 11-10-07 L 0-52 H 11-8-08 L 14-49 A
AGGIE-BRONCO NOTE-ABLE -- BSU linebackers coach Jeff Choate was an assistant at Utah State from 2002-04 (safeties)... Bronco defensive line coach Pete Kwiatkowski coached at Montana State (defensive coordinator 1999-2005) (where current USU FB SID Zach Fisher's brother Eric, is the punter and kicker for the Bobcats)... Former BSU Head Athletic Trainer Gary Craner (who retired in June, 2008 after 36 years at ATC) graduated from Utah State... The Aggies only have one player from the state of Idaho in senior LB Adrian Bybee (Pocatello/Highland HS)... The Broncos do not have anyone from Utah on their roster... USU junior S Rajric Coleman and BSU junior S Winston Venable were teammates at Glendale (Ariz.) CC... Aggie junior RB Michael Smith and Bronco sophomore LB Aaron Tevis are both from Tucson, Ariz., but Smith went to Sunnyside HS while Tevis went to Canyon Del Oro HS... USU junior reserve LB Jordan Glass and BSU sophomore OL Zach Waller and junior CB Brandyn Thompson are all from Elk Grove, Calif, with Glass going to Elk Grove HS while Waller and Thompson went to Franklin HS... Aggie freshman RB/KR Kerwynn Williams (Valley HS) and Bronce sophomore DT Billy Winn (Las Vegas HS) are both from Las Vegas, Nev... USU senior WR Xavier Bowman (Pasadena Dobie HS) and BSU sophomore S George Iloka (Kempner HS) and freshman OG Brenel Myers (Westfield HS) are all from Houston, Texas... Aggie freshman CB Quinton Byrd (Miramar HS) and Bronco sophomore DB Jerrell Gavins (South Miami HS) are both from Miami, Fla... USU redshirting freshman LB Connor Williams is from Kanata, Ontario (Holy Trinity HS) and BSU redshirt-freshman DT Michael Atkinson is from Windsor, Ontario (Catholic Central HS).
USU BESTS VS. BOISE STATE -- Here is a look at some of the top USU statistical individual performances against the Broncos over the years: Aaron Jones had a school-record 297 receiving yards against Boise State on Nov. 11, 2000... Jose Fuentes had 509 yards passing against the Broncos in 2000, the second-best passing total in USU history... Demario Brown had 239 yards rushing against Boise State in 1999, the 10th-best single-game rushing output... In 1997, Matt Sauk connected with Steve Smith for a 76-yard pass play, tied for the 23rd-longest pass play in school history... Dale Money had a 75-yard punt against Boise State in 1982, tied for the fourth-longest punt... In 1998, Brad Bohn hit a 51-yard field goal, tied for No. 13 on USU's longest field goals... As a team, USU's 509 passing yards against BSU in 2000 is the second-most, while the 595 yards of total offense in that game is the ninth-most.
UTAH STATE-BOISE STATE BY THE NUMB3R5 -- A closer look at note-ables about Friday's battle between the Aggies and Broncos:
UTAH STATE-BOISE STATE LAST TIME
BOISE, Idaho - Utah State was bucked by the ninth-ranked Broncos of Boise State, 49-14, on Nov. 8 at BSU's Bronco Stadium, dealing the Aggies their second loss to a Top 10 team this season. USU falls to 2-8 overall and 2-4 in Western Athletic Conference play while the Broncos remain undefeated at 9-0 overall and 5-0 in WAC action. The Aggies have lost their last five trips to Boise and eight in a row to the Broncos overall in falling to 4-11 vs. Boise State. It marked just the second time ever and the first since 1972 that USU has played two top 10 teams in the same season. Boise State was USU's fourth top 25 opponent this year, marking the first time since 2001 and just the second time since 1957 that the Aggies have faced that many top 25 ranked teams. USU had 305 yards of total offense, but six turnovers and a season-high 13 penalties thwarted any chance the Aggies had of an upset. Boise State amassed 458 passing yards on the way to 563 yards of total offense. Senior QB Sean Setzer came off the bench to throw for a career-best 226 yards with two TD's on 19-of-33 passing, including a 51-yard scoring strike to sophomore TE Doug Barbour late in the second half. That pass sent USU into halftime trailing, 28-7. Barbour was one of a season-high 12 different receivers to catch a pass for a total of 261 yards, USU's second-best passing total behind 262 at Nevada on Oct. 18. It was Barbour's first career TD. USU now has 10 different receivers with a TD catch, doubling last year's total and the most since at least 1978. Junior WR Omar Sawyer had a team-high four catches for 37 yards while redshirt freshman RB Robert Turbin added three receptions for 51 yards, including a career-long 29-yard TD catch from Setzer. Turbin's TD catch on the Aggies' opening drive of the second half pulled USU within 28-14 with 13:41 to go in the third quarter, but did not score again as BSU pulled away with 21 unanswered points. USU recovered a BSU fumble on the Broncos' next drive at the Aggies' 27. After driving out to midfield, a USU fumble gave the ball back to Boise State. The Broncos capitalized six plays later on a 17-yard end-around TD pass. Kellen Moore threw for 362 yards on 27-of-36 passing for Boise State, tossing two TD's passes, as four different players had TD throws, including a two wide receivers and the back-up QB, part of the Broncos' traditional bag of razzle-dazzle trick plays. Jeremy Childs had two TD catches as part of his seven receptions for 135 yards, while Ian Johnson led the Boise State rushing attack with 10 carries for 35 yards and a TD. Defensively, Utah State was led by senior LB Jake Hutton's season-high 14 tackles, two off his career-best. It was Hutton's fifth double-digit tackle outing this season and the seventh in the last 13 games, as well as the 12th of his career. Senior DT Ben Calderwood and senior LB Paul Igboeli added eight stops each, with Calderwood recording a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery while Igboeli notched a pass break-up. Junior S James Brindley tallied seven stops and had his second interception of the season.
Score By Quarters Utah State 0 7 7 0 - 14 Boise State 7 21 14 7 - 49AGGIES-BRONCOS LAST TIME AT LOGAN
#19 BOISE STATE 52, UTAH STATE 0
November 10, 2007 Logan, Utah Romney Stadium
Boise State, ranked No. 19 in the country, nearly matched their first quarter points with its ranking in cruising to a 52-0 win over Utah State on Nov. 10, 2007 at Romney Stadium. The Broncos scored 17 first-quarter points in dealing the Aggies their first shutout loss of the season. It was Senior Day, as Utah State honored its 15 seniors with a pre-game ceremony prior to USU's final home game of the year. Boise State won its 16th-straight WAC game in improving to 50-3 all-time in the WAC. The Broncos have won the last seven in a row against the Aggies and now lead the all-time series, 10-4, including 6-2 in games played at Logan. Boise State has won those last seven games by a combined score of 338-150, an average of 48.3-21.4. The 52 points is the third-most ever scored in the series (BSU 66 in 2000 and 63 in 2002) and Saturday was the first shutout in the series by either team. Utah State had 236 total offense yards, with 82 rushing and 154 passing. It was just the third time this season that the Aggies did not reach the 100-yard rushing mark. Senior QB/P Leon Jackson III was 7-of-15 for 95 yards, while sophomore QB Jase McCormick was 4-of-8 for 57 yards, but threw three interceptions. Junior QB Sean Setzer saw his first action of the season, completing his only pass attempt for two yards. McCormick led USU with 32 rushing yards, while junior TE Rob Myers had five catches for 66 yards, as both led the team in their respective categories for the second time this season. Senior WR/KR Kevin Robinson was held to a season-low 77 all-purpose yards and did not have a reception, snapping a 16-game streak of having at least one catch, dating back to the Idaho game on Sept. 30, 2006. Defensively, sophomore S James Brindley led USU with a career-high 14 tackles, while freshman LB Kyle Gallagher also had a career-high with 11 stops. Senior DE Frank Maile tallied a career and game-high two tackles for loss. Boise State ended with 484 yards of total offense, marking the sixth time this season that the USU defense has allowed more than 400 yards of total offense. The Broncos had 294 yards passing and 190 yards rushing. Ian Johnson had 110 yards rushing in three quarters of action and Taylor Tharp was a scorching 26-of-29 passing for 283 yards and two TD's. The Broncos scored on their opening drive on a 8-yard run by Titus Young, the first of his three TD's on the day. At the end of the Aggies' first drive of the game, BSU blocked the punt and Ia Falo scooped up the ball and scampered 16 yards to the end zone to put BSU up 14-0 in just over six minutes into the game.
Score By Quarters Boise State 17 14 14 7 - 52 Utah State 0 0 0 0 - 0
LAST GAME NOTES -- Utah State vs. San Jose State - Sat., Nov. 14
-- Utah State's 381 rushing yards is No. 14 on USU's single-game best and most since 388 in 1999 vs. Nevada.
-- The 56 rushing yards by SJSU is the fewest for the USU defense since 47 at Hawai'i on Oct. 6, 2007.
-- Saturday was USU's first win over SJSU since 2005, winning the last two of three at Logan... SJSU now leads the all-time series 20-11-1 and the series is even at 8-8 at Logan.
-- USU improves 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.
-- Utah State scored on its opening possession for the third game in a row after a streak of three games without doing so... Overall, it was the Aggies' seventh game this season in getting on the scoreboard on their opening drive.
-- Sophomore RB Robert Turbin scored his 16th career rushing TD... It was his fourth consecutive game with a rushing TD as well as seventh game this season and 13th game of his career.
-- It was Turbin's second-straight multi-TD outing this season and the third of his career, but the first coming at home, as his other two times were last week at Hawai'i and his career-best three at LA Tech last season (Nov. 15).
- USU scored first for the eighth time this season and the Aggies are now 2-6 when hanging a point on the scoreboard first.
-- With a 5-yard rush in the second quarter, Turbin topped the 1,000 yard single-season milestone, becoming the first USU running back to reach the 1,000 yard plateau since Emmett White in 2001... Turbin now has 1,122 for the season, jumping up to No. 12 on USU's single-season list, closing in on No. 11 Rick Parros (1,135 yards in 1977) and No. 10 of Roy Shivers (1,138 in 1965).
-- Turbin's rushing total also puts him over 1,500 yards for his career, becoming the first Aggie since White (1998-2001) and the 12th all-time... Turbin now has 1,624 yards for his career, vaulting to No. 11 on USU's career rushing list, needing 196 to tie Jack Hill's 1,820 yards (1952, 55-56).
-- Saturday was Turbin's sixth 100-yard rushing outing this season and seventh of his career... The six 100-yard games is the most since White had eight in 2001.
-- Junior QB Diondre Borel topped the 4,000 career passing yards, becoming the 10th USU QB to do so... He now has 4,020 yards, needing 162 to catch Ron Lopez (1990-91) with 4,182 yards at No. 9.
-- Borel has also surpassed the 5,000 yards of total offense milestone, becoming the eighth Aggie to reach that mark and moving to No. 7 on the career total offense list with 5,095 yards.
-- USU has scored in the first quarter in eight of its 10 games... With the Aggies' seven points, they now have a 76-73 edge in the opening stanza, the only quarter that they've outscored the opposition.
-- Utah State led at halftime for the fifth time this season and the Aggies are now 3-2 when leading at the break.
-- Senior PK Chris Ulinski has at least one field goal in nine of USU's 10 games after his streak of eight in row ended last week at Hawai'i.
-- This is USU's second-straight season with 12 field goals and the third in a row with at least 12 (13 in 2007)... USU's single-season record is 19 in 1993.
-- Junior RB Derrvin Speight's 47-yard rush in the fourth quarter is a new career-long, eclipsing the 44-yard dash that he had earlier this season vs. LA Tech.
-- Speight scored his second rushing TD of the season and fifth of his career.
-- Borel's 50 passing yards give him 2,315 for the season, keeping him at No. 14 on USU's single-season list, needing 50 more to reach Bob Gagliano at No. 13 with 2,365 yards.
-- Borel now has 2,748 yards of total offense this season, No. 9 on USU's single-season list and the most since Travis Cox's 2,844 in 2003.
TURBO TURBIN JOINING ELITE COMPANY -- With his career-high 148 yards vs. Utah, sophomore running back Robert Turbin logged his second-career 100-yard outing, joining the 123 total vs. Idaho last season as a freshman... Turbin became the seventh Aggie running back to post 100 yards as a freshman... However, he joined rare company with his 100-yard outing as a sophomore, becoming just the fourth Aggie to do so... The other three: Demario Brown (4,053 yards), Abu Wilson (3,933) and Rick Parros (3,537), are numbers 1-2-3 on USU's career rushing list, respectively.
USU's FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE 100-YARD RUSHERS SINCE 1976: Rick Parros (1976-77), Abu Wilson (1992-94*), Demario Brown (1996-97), Robert Turbin (2008-09). * - Wilson redshirted in 1993 with injury
HEAD COACH COACHING POSITION -- In addition to his head coaching duties, USU head coach Gary Andersen is also the position coach for the defensive tackles... Andersen is one of six Division I (FBS) coaches doing so:
Ball State Stan Parrish Quarterbacks Colorado Dan Hawkins Receivers Kent State Doug Martin Quarterbacks Nevada Chris Ault Quarterbacks San Diego State Brady Hoke Defensive Line UTAH STATE Gary Andersen Defensive TacklesOH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN -- Utah State football head coach Gary Andersen announced the Aggies' 2009 captains, after a vote by the team... All three of the defensive captains are seniors, while the offensive captains consist of a senior, a junior and a sophomore... Representing the defense will be the senior trio of safety James Brindley, linebacker Paul Igboeli and cornerback Kejon Murphy... The offensive captains are senior center Brennan McFadden, junior quarterback Diondre Borel and sophomore running back Robert Turbin.