Nov. 18, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State (4-5, 2-2 WAC) will be seeking its fifth win of the season on Saturday, Nov. 19, heading to Moscow, Idaho to take on Idaho (2-8, 1-4 WAC) in a 3 p.m. (MT) kickoff from UI's Kibbie Dome... A win would give USU its first five-win season since 2000 and its first three-game conference win streak since the same season... Saturday is also USU's first return to Moscow since 2009's 52-49 shootout at the Kibbie Dome corral.
POSTGAME -- Utah State's locker room is closed to the media. After a brief cooling off period, head coach Gary Andersen and selected players will be available at a designated area. All player requests should be made to Zach Fisher prior to the five-minute mark of the fourth quarter.
ON TV -- Saturday's Aggies-Vandals match-up will be televised on ESPN Regional, airing on Altitude (Comcast Ch 61/Direct TV Ch 681/Dish Network Ch 410), with the "Trey and Jay Show" calling the action, as Trey Bender will handle play-by-play duties with Jay Taylor providing analysis... It is the fourth time this season that Bender and Taylor have been the talent crew for a USU game, joining Weber State, Fresno State and Louisiana Tech games.
ON THE AIR -- Beginning this fall, in addition to KVNU 610 AM in Logan, all Utah State football games are carried live on KZNS 97.5 FM (Salt Lake City), KZNU 1450 AM (St. George), KVEL 920 AM (Vernal), KRPX 95.3 FM (Price) and KCPX 1490 AM (Moab)... The Aggie Sports Network will also carry the one-hour pregame and postgame shows for every Aggie football in addition to the 50-minute weekly coaches shows... All Aggie football games are also on the Internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com by clicking on "Listen Live"... Legendary radio voice Al "Poi Boy" Lewis will handle the play-by-play duties, while former Aggie QB John "Greek Rifle" Pappas provides analysis.
GAMETRACKER -- Live stats for Saturday's game are available by clicking on the "Live Stats" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
`NET WATCHING -- Saturday's game between the Aggies and Vandals will also be streamed on the Internet through WatchESPN.com (formerly known as ESPN3. com)... It will also be streamed online by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at UtahStateAggies.com.
113 / 119 -- USU is taking the field for the 113th season of football in 119 years. The Aggies beat Utah, 12-0, in 1892, but then did not field a team until 1896, when they again only played one game but then played every year since with the exceptions of 1918 when to World War I and influenza cancelled the season and 1943 due to World War II.
A USU WIN WOULD...
Give the Aggies five wins in a season for the first time since 2000, evening their season ledger at 5-5, Utah State's best record through 10 games since 2000, when USU was 5-4 before losing its last two games of the season to finish 5-6, ironically with the 10th game of the season also being played in the state of Idaho, at Boise State.
Earn USU its first three-game win streak overall since 2001.
Be USU's third-straight conference win for the first time since 2000, as well as the Aggies' first three-game win streak over FBS teams since 2000.
Give USU a 3-2 WAC record, its best WAC mark through five games in seven years in the league, and best conference mark through five games since 2003.
Collect the Aggies' third-straight win over Idaho in Moscow, evening the overall record there at 8-8-1.
Be USU's fourth win over Idaho in the last five meetings, improving to 19-17-2 overall.
Improve Utah State's record against schools from the state of Idaho at 37-32-2.
Nearly even USU's record in games played on Idaho soil at 17-18-2.
Earn USU its second-straight road victory, the Aggies' first back-to-back wins under Gary Andersen and USU's first two-game road win streak since the last two games of the 2007 season, with the second also coming at Idaho after a win at New Mexico State the week before.
Move to 12-14 in November during USU's six years in the WAC.
Improve to 5-6 on Nov. 19 since 1904, winning four of the last six on the 19th day of the 11th month, as well as even USU's record vs. Idaho on Nov. 19 at 1-1 after the Vandals won on Nov. 19, 1938, 14-0, which was also in Moscow.
Turn the "A" Blue, which received an upgrade with new, environmentally-safe LED lights last year.
A USU LOSS WOULD...
Slide USU's overall record to 4-6 and 2-3 in WAC play.
Be the Aggies' second-straight loss to the Vandals and even the series vs. Idaho at 18-18-2.
Halt USU's two-game win streak at Moscow, falling to 7-9-1 there.
Slide USU to 11-15 in November in its six years in the WAC.
As always, be not as good as a win.
WE'RE GOING STREAKING -- Several Utah State players and the Aggie team take streaks into Saturday's game:
WR Stanley Morrison Has at least one catch in 33-straight games played,
which leads the WAC.*
RB Robert Turbin Rushed for at least 60 yards in his last 15 games played.*
Scored at least one rushing TD in last 14 games played.*
Tallied at least 16 carries in last five games.
OL Philip Gapelu Logged 32-straight starts.
WR Eric Moats Has at least one catch in last nine games and 31 of last 33 games in career.
WR Matt Austin Has at least one catch in last 10 games played.
Utah State Offense Amassed 240 yards of total offense in last
Rushed for at least 31 attempts in 35-straight games.
Scored a rushing TD in 10-straight games, including two rushing scores in last five games.
Utah State Defense Kept opponents rushing total to 180 yards or less in last five games.
Held opposition to one or less run of 20 yards or more in eight of last nine games. * = retro-active to 2009, missed 2010 season with injury
TIME TRAVELERS -- Saturday's game is the Aggies' second and final trip to the Pacific Time Zone, making the first for the game at Fresno State on Oct. 15... USU has played on the road in four different time zones this season... The Aggies opened the season in the Central Time Zone at Auburn on Sept. 3, then played in the Mountain Time Zone at BYU on Sept. 30... The Aggies then made the first of two trips to the Pacific Time Zone for the game at Fresno State on Oct. 15, before playing in the Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone at Hawai'i on Nov. 5... USU closes out the season in the Mountain Time Zone at New Mexico State on Dec. 3.
ROAD TRIPPIN' -- Saturday's game at Idaho is Utah State's second-shortest road trip of the season for the optimists and fourth-longest for the pessimists:
Auburn - Sept. 3 1,862 miles
BYU - Sept. 28 127 miles
Fresno State - Oct. 15 858 miles
Hawai'i - Nov. 5 3,015 miles
Idaho - Nov. 19 430 miles
New Mexico State - Dec. 3 712 miles
+.500 CONFERENCE RECORD -- A win Saturday would push USU to 3-2 in WAC play, the Aggies' best WAC mark through five games in their seven years in the league... It would be the best conference mark through five games since a 3-2 Big West Conference mark through five league games in 2003, losing the last two to finish with a 3-4 BWC ledger.
WILL THE THRILL -- While USU does not have any players from the state of Idaho on the travel roster, as the Aggies' lone Idaho native is redshirting freshman WR Jordan Storrs, who is from Boise, but junior CB Will Davis is from nearby Spokane, Wash... Davis is expected to have a nearly 50-member personal cheering section in the Kibbie Dome.
Davis was a second-team all-Greater Spokane League selection in only year of football at Central Valley HS, logging seven INT's, while also tallying 33 tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery... He also played wide receiver, making 16 catches for 135 yards and four touchdowns... Besides the one year of football, Davis also earned three letters in basketball and four in track & field... He earned honorable mention all-league and team MVP honors as a senior in basketball and was a two-year starter... As a sophomore, he played on team that was Class 4A state runner-up... In track & field, David placed third in triple jump at state meet as a senior and was regional champion as junior, posting a personal record triple jump of 46-0... Off the field, Davis was an Associated Student Body President at CVHS.
BOOM GOES THE PUNTS -- Both USU and Idaho have strong punters in Aggies' punter Tyler Bennet and Vandals' punter Bobby Cowan, both of whom were on the Ray Guy Award Watch List, for the top punter in college football... While Bennett did not advance to the semifinal list, but Cowan was one of the 10 punters on the semifinal list... Cowan leads not only the WAC, but FBS in punting with a 47.0 yards per punt average, while Bennett is third in the WAC and nine in the FBS with a 45.0 ypp average... Cowan also leads the nation in punts, with 79 punts on the season while Bennett has 40 punts.
WATCH LISTERS TO WATCH -- Both Utah State and Idaho have several players who are on the same Watch Lists:
Ray Guy Award - Top Punter In College
USU - Tyler Bennett, JR, P
UI - Bobby Cowan, SR, P
Paul Hornung Award - Most Versatile Player In Major College Football
USU - Kerwynn Williams, JR, RB/KR
UI - Justin Veltung, SR, WR/KR
NICE SPREAD -- USU's passing game is of the giving sort, distributing the passing around to different receivers... At least 10 different receivers have caught a pass in three games this season, led by 11 at Auburn in the season-opener, as well as 10 each in the Wyoming and San Jose State games.
10 San Jose State
8 Fresno State
8 Louisiana Tech
7 Weber State
5 Colorado State
WHAT HAPPENED IN 2001 -- USU hasn't won three-straight games since 2001, putting together several two-game spurts, but not a three-game spurt since... Besides USU's last three-game win streak in 2001, here are some other tidbits and happenings of `01:
-- Average price of gas was $1.46
-- First class postage stamp was 34 cents
-- USU associate media relations director Zach Fisher earned his bachelor's degree from Carroll College, the same college that Idaho offensive line coach John McDonell graduated from in 1981.
-- Apple Computer releases the iPod.
-- Wikipedia, a Wiki free content encyclopedia, goes online
-- Gladiator takes five Oscars, including those for Best Picture and Best Actor (Russell Crowe).
-- Duke beats Arizona, 82-72, for NCAA Men's Basketball Championship
-- Miami completed a perfect 12-0 season, which culminated in a 37-14 win over Nebraska in the Rose Bowl BCS National Championship Game.
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