Nov. 19, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State senior running back Kerwynn Williams is one of just four nominees for the Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week after his exceptional game in USU's 48-41 overtime win at No. 19 Louisiana Tech this past weekend.
The outcome of the Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week award is determined by a fan vote. Fans are encouraged to vote at Capital One Cup Voting starting Monday, while voting will be tallied through Wednesday at 10 p.m. (MT).
Williams, a 5-8, 189-pound senior running back from Las Vegas, Nevada (Valley HS) had a record-setting night for Utah State rushing for 162 yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns, and added 125 yards receiving on four receptions with another score that came on an 86-yard screen pass from sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton on USU's first offensive play of the game. In all, Williams' 303 all-purpose yards, which included 16 yards on a kickoff return, gives him 6,510 all-purpose yards during his career to set the school record that was previously held by Kevin Robinson who had 6,479 all-purpose yards from 2004-07.
On the season, Williams ranks first in the WAC and 10th in the nation in all-purpose yards (159.1 ypg), first in the WAC and 23rd in the nation in rushing (106.1 ypg), third in the WAC and tied for 42nd in the nation in scoring (8.2 ppg), fifth in the WAC in receiving (56.7 ypg), and seventh in the WAC in total offense (106.1 ypg).
Overall, Williams has rushed for 1,167 yards on 183 carries in 2012 with 11 touchdowns. He also has 39 receptions for 624 yards and four touchdowns. Williams leads the Aggies in rushing, receiving yards, receptions, scoring and all-purpose yards.
Utah State (9-2, 5-0 WAC), who is ranked tied for 25th in the nation in this week's Associated Press Poll, is off to its best start to a season since the 1961 team finished the year with a 9-1-1 record and USU's nine wins thus far this year are tied with the 1960 and 1961 USU teams for the most victories in a single season in school history.
Utah State also claimed a share of its first-ever Western Athletic Conference Championship with its win at nationally ranked Louisiana Tech, which is its 11th conference championship in school history and first since the 1997 team shared the Big West Conference title.
With a win in its regular season finale at home against Idaho (1-10, 1-4 WAC) on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m., USU can win just its third outright league championship in school history (1921, 1936) and its first since the 1936 team won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) title.
In all, Utah State has won a school-record 10-straight WAC games dating back to last season and is 14-3 in its last 17 games, which is its best stretch since 1962-64. USU has also won six-straight WAC road games and is 7-2 in its last nine road games dating back to 2011.
At home, Utah State has won seven straight games inside Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium and will be going for its first undefeated home season since the 1982 team posted a 4-0 record.
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