Aggie Football Looking For Outright WAC Championship As It Hosts Idaho Saturday Afternoon In Senior Day
Nov. 20, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
USU Game Notes vs. Idaho
Idaho Game Notes vs. USU
The Last Meeting
November 19, 2011
IDAHO at #25 UTAH STATE
GAME TWELVE INFORMATION
Date: Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012
Kickoff: 1:05 p.m. (MT)
Location: Logan, Utah
Stadium: Merlin Olsen Field at
Romney Stadium (25,513)
Series: USU leads, 19-17-2
TV: ESPN Regional/Altitude Sports
Trey Bender (Play-by-Play)
Jay Taylor (Analyst)
Radio: Utah State Sports Network
Al Lewis (Play-by-Play)
Craig Hislop (Analyst)
Live Stats: UtahStateAggies.com
Twitter Updates: /USUFootball
WHAT TO WATCH FOR...
With a victory against Idaho, Utah State will win its first outright league championship since the 1936 team won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) with a 6-0-1 record, and just its third in school history joining the 1921 team that also won the RMAC title with a 3-0 league record. Overall, USU has won or shared 11 league titles in school history (1921, 1936, 1946, 1960, 1961, 1978, 1979, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2012).
With a victory against Idaho, Utah State will set the school record for single season wins with 10, bettering the previous mark of nine victories set by the 1960 (9-2-0) and 1961 (9-1-1) teams. USU's current 9-2 record is its best start to a season since 1961.
With a victory against Idaho, Utah State will improve to 6-0 at Romney Stadium for its first undefeated home season since 1982 (4-0) and just its fourth in the 45 years of the facility along with the 1968 (4-0) and 1972 (5-0) teams. USU will also set the single-season school record for home wins with a victory against UI as the current record is five set by the 1931, 1935 and 1972 teams.
Utah State has won seven-straight home games and is 15-7 (.682) at home under head coach Gary 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, which ranks as the seventh-longest home winning streak in school history. The school record for consecutive home wins is 17 set from 1959-63. All-time, USU is 119-95 (.556) at Romney Stadium.
Utah State is 5-0 in conference play for the first time since 1960 and the only Aggie team to win six league games was in 1936 (6-0-1 RMAC). Overall, it is the 12th time in school history that USU has won at least five conference games (1925, 1931, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1953, 1960, 1990, 1991,1993, 2011, 2012) and no Aggie team has gone 6-0 in league play.
Utah State's current five-game winning streak is tied with Florida State, Ball State, Georgia, Nebraska, San Jose State, Stanford UCLA and Vanderbilt for the eighth-longest active winning streak in the nation behind Notre Dame (11), Ohio State (11), Northern Illinois (10), Kent State (9), Clemson (7), Arkansas State (6) and San Diego State (6). That five-game winning streak also ranks tied for the seventh-longest in school history and the longest since the 2011 team won five-straight games. The school record for consecutive wins is nine set in 1960, while the 1907, 1963 and 1965 teams all won seven straight, and the 1953 and 1961 teams won six-straight.
NO. 25 UTAH STATE CONCLUDES 2012 REGULAR SEASON AT HOME AGAINST IDAHO
Utah State (9-2, 5-0 WAC), who is tied for 25th in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll, will conclude its 2012 regular season with a Western Athletic Conference home game against Idaho (1-10, 1-4) on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 1:05 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised regionally by ESPN and broadcast live on Altitude Sports (Comcast, Ch. 61, DirecTV Ch. 681, DISH Network Ch. 410) with Trey Bender (play-by-play) and Jay Taylor (analyst) on the call. Live audio and streaming of the game is 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 ON SENIOR DAY
Prior to kickoff of its home and regular season finale against Idaho, Utah State will honor its 19 seniors (CB-Terrence Alston; WR-Matt Austin; TE-Kellen Bartlett; P-Tyler Bennett; FS-McKade Brady; CB-Quinton Byrd; LB-Forrest Dabb; CB-Will Davis; LB-Bojay Filimoeatu; WR-Chuck Jacobs; CB-Isaiah Jones; QB-Adam Kennedy; DE-Al Lapuaho; DT-Havea Lasike; OT-Oscar Molina-Sanchez; CB-Jumanne Robertson; OL-Stetson Tenney; WR-Cameron Webb; RB-Kerwynn Williams) in a pre-game ceremony. USU is 1-2 on Senior Day under current head coach Gary Andersen and 65-37-3 (.633) all-time on Senior Day.
UTAH STATE RANKED 25TH IN ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL
Following its 48-41 overtime win at No. 19 Louisiana Tech, Utah State climbed into the Associated Press (AP) Top 25 as the Aggies are ranked tied for 25th in the nation along with Mississippi State. In the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, USU received 74 votes and is ranked 26th overall and just 12 votes outside the top 25. Last week, Utah State was ranked 31st in the nation in the coaches' poll with 20 votes and tied for 36th in the nation in the AP poll with four votes. Utah State garnered 82 votes in this week's AP poll to be nationally ranked for the first time since 1978 when that Aggie team started the year with a 5-0 record and was 18th in the country in the United Press International (UPI) poll. As for the AP poll, it is the first time USU has been nationally ranked since finishing the 1961 season 10th in the country. Overall, it is just the fourth time in school history that USU has been nationally ranked in the AP poll as it was listed 18th and 19th in consecutive weeks during the 1960 season. Utah State has slowly been climbing up the national polls this year as it received its first AP vote following its 27-20 overtime home win against Utah in the second week of the year. Three weeks ago, USU received four votes in the coaches' poll to rank 39th in the nation following its 48-17 road win at UTSA. Two weeks ago, USU garnered 13 votes in the coaches' poll to rank 35th nationally and four votes in the AP poll to rank 40th following a 38-7 home win against Texas State. And following a bye last week, USU received 20 votes in the coaches' poll to rank 31st nationally and four votes in the AP poll to rank tied for 36th. 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.
UTAH STATE'S RECORD AS AN ASSOCIATED PRESS NATIONALLY RANKED TEAM
Utah State is nationally ranked in the Associated Press (AP) poll for just the fourth time in school history joining the 1960 team that was ranked 18th and 19th in consecutive week on Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, and the 1961 team that was ranked 10th on Dec. 4. All-time, USU is 2-1 when ranked in the AP poll as it defeated Wyoming (17-13) and Pacific (45-6) in 1960, and lost to Baylor (24-9) in the 1961 Gotham Bowl.
UTAH STATE BOWL-ELIGIBLE FOR SECOND-STRAIGHT SEASON
With its 9-2 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'S SENIOR CLASS HAS 24 WINS TO RANK THIRD ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY
With its 48-41 overtime win at No. 19 Louisiana Tech, Utah State's senior class now has 24 wins over the last four years (2009-12) to rank as the third-winningest senior class in school history. 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.
A LOOK AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 9-2 on the year and 5-0 in WAC play after posting a 48-41 overtime win at No. 19 Louisiana Tech in its last outing. Offensively, USU is led by sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton who is 237-of-351 passing for 3,011 yards (273.7 ypg) with 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Senior running back Kerwynn Williams leads the team with 1,167 rushing yards on 183 carries (106.1 ypg) with 11 touchdowns, and Williams leads the team with 39 catches for 624 yards (56.7 ypg) and four touchdowns. Defensively, junior linebacker Jake Doughty leads the team with 89 tackles (28-solo, 61-assist), including 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, one interception and one fumble recovery. Sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil has 87 tackles (29-solo, 58-assist) with 9.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, one blocked kick and one forced fumble. And senior safety McKade Brady has 87 tackles (35-solo, 52-assist) with 2.0 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. As a team, USU is averaging 33.5 points and 479.6 yards of total offense per game (281.7-passing, 197.9-rushing) and allowing just 16.0 points and 332.9 yards of total offense (225.7-passing, 107.2-rushing).
UTAH STATE OFFENSIVELY DURING ITS LAST FIVE GAMES
Utah State has played very well offensively during its last five games in wins at San Jose State (49-27), at home against New Mexico State (41-7), at UTSA (48-17), at home against Texas State (38-7), and at No. 19 Louisiana Tech. During its last five games, Utah State is averaging 44.8 points and 552.4 yards of total offense per game (318.4-passing, 234.0-rushing). USU is also 35-of-70 (.500) on third downs during its last five games and averaging 7.8 yards per play. Individually, senior running back Kerwynn Williams has 80 carries for 630 yards (126.0 ypg) to go along with 16 receptions for 323 yards (64.6 ypg) during his last five games, while scoring 10 touchdowns (8-rushing, 2-receiving). Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton is 109-of-158 passing for 1,526 yards (305.2 ypg) with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions during his last five games, and has also carried the ball 46 times for 298 yards (59.6 ypg) with six touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Matt Austin has 16 receptions during his last five games for 301 yards (60.2 ypg) with two touchdowns, while senior tight end Kellen Bartlett has 16 receptions for 99 yards (19.8 ypg) with three touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Chuck Jacobs has 15 receptions in his last five games for 298 yards (59.6 ypg) with two touchdowns, while fellow senior wide receiver Cameron Webb has 13 receptions for 162 yards (32.4 ypg) with one touchdown.
UTAH STATE DOMINATING THE FIRST-HALF IN ITS LAST FOUR GAMES
Utah State has been dominating the first-half of its last four games as it held a 28-0 lead against New Mexico State, a 27-3 lead at UTSA, a 35-0 lead against Texas State, and a 17-3 lead at No. 19 Louisiana Tech. During its last four games, USU is averaging 26.8 points in the first half to go along with 305.3 yards of total offense (207.3-passing, 98.0-rushing). Defensively, USU is allowing just 1.5 points and 160.6 yards of total offense (89.3-passing, 70.8-rushing) in the first half during its last four games.
UTAH STATE HAS NOT TRAILED IN ITS LAST FOUR GAMES
Through 11 games and 660 minutes of play this season, Utah State has led or been tied for all but 55:40 (91.6 %). 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 four games against New Mexico State, UTSA, Texas State and Louisiana Tech, USU never trailed.
UTAH STATE IN THE WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Utah State has won 10 straight WAC games, which is a school record. The previous record for consecutive conference wins was seven in the Big West Conference during the 1979 and 1980 seasons. All-time, USU is 23-37 (.383) in WAC play.
UTAH STATE HAS WON 14 OF ITS LAST 17 GAMES
Utah State is 14-3 in its last 17 games under head coach Gary Andersen, which is USU's best stretch since going 14-3 during the 1962-64 seasons. USU's three losses during its last 17 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. Prior to its current run, USU was 5-12 in its previous 17 games.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has out-scored its opponents 117-6 in the first quarter this year allowing only field goals by San Jose State and UTSA. USU also has a 223-48 scoring advantage in the first-half this season. In all, USU has held nine of its 11 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). Furthermore, USU and Penn State are the only two teams in the nation who have not allowed a first quarter touchdown this season.
UTAH STATE WINS FIRST-EVER ROAD GAME AGAINST RANKED OPPONENT
Utah State won its first-ever road game against a ranked opponent in its last outing with a 48-41 overtime win at No. 19 Louisiana Tech. In fact, the win against LTU is USU's second-ever against a ranked team joining its 20-19 victory against No. 25 Fresno State on Nov. 2, 1991 in Logan. Prior to its win at Louisiana Tech, Utah State had lost 29 straight games to ranked opponents and was 0-39 all-time on the road against ranked teams. All-time, Utah State is now 2-50 versus Associated Press ranked teams.
AGGIES WIN THIRD-STRAIGHT OVERTIME GAME
With its 48-41 overtime win at No. 19 Louisiana Tech in its last game, Utah State improved to 6-4 all-time in overtime, including winning each of its last three. Under Andersen, USU is 3-1 in overtime games with wins against Louisiana Tech (48-41 OT) and Utah (27-20 OT) this year, and at Idaho (49-42 2OT) last year, and a loss to Colorado State (35-34 2OT) last year. All-time, USU is 4-2 in single-overtime games, 2-1 in double-overtime games, and 0-1 in triple overtime games.
UTAH STATE'S OFFENSE PRODUCES SEASON-HIGHS AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
Utah State's offense had its best game of the season statistically for the second time in as many games in its last outing at No. 19 Louisiana Tech as it had a season-high 646 yards of total offense, which also ranks as the eighth-most in school history. USU also had a season-high in rushing yards for the second-straight game as it accumulated 306 yards on the ground to go along with 340 passing yards. Overall, Utah State has now produced at least 500 yards of total offense six times this year, including in each of its last four games.
UTAH STATE SCORES 38-PLUS POINTS IN FIVE STRAIGHT GAMES
With its 48-41 overtime win at No. 19 Louisiana Tech, Utah State extended its own school record by scoring 38-plus points in five-straight games. During the first half of its last five games, USU has scored on 21 of its 29 possessions (.724) with 18 touchdowns and three field goals, while punting six times, missing a field goal and throwing one interception.
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO START GAMES WITH TOUCHDOWNS
For the fifth time in as many games and for the seventh time this year, Utah State scored a touchdown on its opening series of a game with its 1-play, 86-yard touchdown pass at No. 19 Louisiana Tech. USU also had a 6-play, 51-yard drive on its first series against Texas State, 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 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 SCORES AGAIN ON FIRST PLAY OF THE GAME AT LOUISIANA TECH
For the second time in four games, Utah State scored a touchdown on its first offensive play as sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton hit senior running back Kerwynn Williams on an 86-yard screen pass. Keeton and Williams also connected for a 76-yard touchdown pass on USU's first offensive play against New Mexico State. On the season, USU's has had four one-play scoring drives, five two-play scoring drives, seven three-play scoring drives, six four-play scoring drives, and seven five-play scoring drives for a total of 28 drives of five plays or less on the season out of a total of 58 scoring drives.
UTAH STATE HAS HAD 10 SCORING DRIVES OF AT LEAST 10 PLAYS THIS YEAR
Along with having 28 scoring drives of five plays or less, Utah State has also been able to control the clock at times and put together lengthy drives. In fact, USU had a 16-play, 86-yard touchdown drive in its last game at No. 19 Louisiana Tech, which is its second-longest drive of the season in terms of plays. On the season, Utah State has now had 10 scoring drives 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 53 scoring drives of at least 10 plays in Andersen's four years.
UTAH STATE BLOCKS SIXTH KICK OF THE YEAR AT LOUISIANA TECH
Utah State blocked its sixth kick of the season at No. 19 Louisiana Tech as redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Nielsen blocked a 43-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter. 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 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. USU's fourth blocked kick of the year was against New Mexico State as redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt. And its fifth blocked kick of the year was at UTSA as junior cornerback Devonta Glover-Wright blocked a punt on UTSA's first series of the game.
UTAH STATE GIVES UP THREE RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS AT LOUISIANA TECH
Utah State allowed three rushing touchdowns in its last game at No. 19 Louisiana Tech after allowing just three rushing touchdowns in its first 10 games of the season. LTU's Kenneth Dixon also became the second back this year to rush for 100 yards against USU as he had 109 yards on 22 carries (5.0 ypg). Wisconsin's Montee Ball is the other back who rushed for 100 yards against the Aggies as he had 139 yards on 37 carries (3.8 ypc).
KEETON Named WAC OFFENSIVE Player of the Week FOR FOURTH TIME THIS SEASON
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton was named the WAC's Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this year and fifth time in his career following his performance against No. 19 Louisiana Tech as he completed 20-of-34 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 86-yard pass for a score on USU's first offensive play of the game. Keeton also tied his career-high with 17 rushing attempts and ran for a career-high 121 yards, tying the USU single-game school record by a quarterback. Keeton also tied his career-high with two rushing touchdowns. In the game, Keeton set new single-season school records for touchdown passes (25) and total offense (3,538). Keeton was also named College Sports Madness' WAC Offensive Player of the Week following the Louisiana Tech game and was one of eight quarterbacks nationally to earn Manning Award Stars as he helped USU's offense produce season-highs in total offense (646) and rushing offense (306). Overall, Keeton is one of six Aggie this year to earn WAC Player of the Week honors 10 times joining senior punter Tyler Bennett (9/10), senior running back Kerwynn Williams (9/24), redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell (10/8, 10/15), redshirt sophomore placekicker Nick Diaz (10/22), and senior defensive back Will Davis (11/5). Keeton was also named WAC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 10, Oct. 1 and Oct. 29 and is the first player to be named WAC Player of the Week four times in a single season since Hawaii's Bryant Moniz accomplished the feat in 2010. As for Utah State, Keeton is the first player in school history to earn conference player of the week honors four times in a single season. The school record for player of the week honors by a team is 11 set during the 1997 season.
KEETON AND WILLIAMS EARN COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton and senior running back Kerwynn Williams both earned honorable mention honors at their respective positions from College Football Performance Awards following Utah State's 48-41 overtime win at No. 19 Louisiana Tech last weekend. Keeton was 20-of-34 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 86-yard pass for a score on USU's first offensive play of the game. Keeton also tied his career-high with 17 rushing attempts and ran for a career-high 121 yards, tying the USU single-game school record by a quarterback. Keeton also tied his career-high with two rushing touchdowns. Williams rushed 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 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.
WILLIAMS HAS 100 YARDS RUSHING AND RECEIVING AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams recorded his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season and the sixth of his career in his last outing against No. 19 Louisiana Tech as he carried the ball 20 times for 162 yards with two touchdowns for his fourth multi-touchdown game of the season on the ground. Williams also had his second 100-yard receiving game of the season and his career with 125 yards on four receptions, including an 86-yard touchdown which is a career-long. For Williams, it is the second time this year he has recorded 100-yards rushing and receiving in the same game as he also accomplished the feat against UNLV. Overall, it is the first time in school history that a player has recorded multiple 100-yard rushing and receiving games, and Williams is just the third player in school history to accomplish the feat as Robert Turbin did so in 2009 and Emmett White did so in 2000.
KEETON TIES SINGLE-GAME RECORD FOR RUSHING YARDS BY A QUARTERBACK
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton rushed for a career-high 121 yards on a career-high tying 17 carries in his last game at No. 19 Louisiana Tech, tying the single-game school record for rushing yards by a quarterback that was set by Tony Adams against Colorado State during the 1972 season. For Keeton, it was his first career 100-yard rushing game, while he also tied his career-high with two rushing touchdowns for the third time in his career. Overall, Keeton now has six rushing touchdowns this year and 10 in his career.
KEETON THROWS FOR 300 YARDS FOR THIRD-STRAIGHT GAME
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton was 20-of-34 passing for 340 yards with two touchdowns in his last game at No. 19 Louisiana Tech, marking the third time in as many games and fifth time in his career that he has thrown for 300 yards in a game. Overall, it is the ninth time this year and 12th time in his career he has thrown multiple touchdown passes in a game.
DAVIS HAS INTERCEPTIONS IN EACH OF HIS LAST FOUR GAMES
Senior cornerback Will Davis has now intercepted a pass in each of his last four games after picking off Louisiana Tech's Colby Cameron in the second quarter snapping a streak of 444 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, which was a single-season NCAA record. Prior to his current run, Davis did not have a single interception in his first 20 games at Utah State. For Davis, he is the first Aggie to intercept a pass in four-straight games since Robert Fuhriman intercepted a pass in five-straight games during the 1973 season. Davis' four interceptions this year are the most by an Aggie since Terrence Washington had five during the 2003 season.
AGGIES HAVE PAIR OF 100-YARD RUSHERS AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
For the first time since the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Ohio, Utah State had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game as senior running back Kerwynn Williams rushed for 162 yards on 20 carries, while sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton rushed for a career-high 121 yards on a career-high tying 17 carries. Against Ohio in 2011, running backs Michael Smith (157) and Robert Turbin (101) both rushed for over 100 yards. Overall, Utah State has now had a player rush for at least 100 yards 28 times in the last three-plus years under current head coach Gary Andersen, including seven times this season. 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.
DOUGHTY RECORDS CAREER-HIGH 18 TACKLES AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
Junior linebacker Jake Doughty recorded a career-high 18 tackles (11-solo) in his last game at No. 19 Louisiana Tech, which are the most tackles by a USU player since Bobby Wagner had 20 tackles against LTU during the 2011 season. Doughty, who had one tackle for loss in the game, also recorded his first career interception against Louisiana Tech in the end zone in the fourth quarter and made the final tackle of the game in overtime to preserve the USU win.
VIGIL TIES CAREER-HIGH WITH 10 TACKLES AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
Sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil tied his career-high with 10 tackles (1-solo) in his last game at No. 19 Louisiana Tech, marking the fifth time this year he has record double-figure tackles.
PLAYER NOTABLES AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
Senior tight end Kellen Bartlett caught his fourth touchdown pass of the season and his career in the first quarter. Senior linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu recorded a sack in the first quarter and now has 3.5 sacks this year and 6.5 sacks in his career. Junior safety Cameron Sanders recorded his first career fumble recovery in the third quarter. Junior tight end D.J. Tialavea had a career-high three receptions.
UTAH STATE ONE OF 24 TIMES IN THE NATION WITH AT LEAST NINE WINS
Following its 48-41 overtime win at No. 19 Louisiana Tech, Utah State is now one of 24 teams in the nation with at least nine wins. Notre Dame and Ohio State have the most wins in the nation with 11, while Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas State, Kent State, Northern Illinois and Oregon all have 10 wins. Teams win nine wins thus far this year include Boise State, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Louisville, Nebraska, Rutgers, San Jose State, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas A&M, Tulsa, UCLA and Utah State.
UTAH STATE ONE OF SIX TEAMS IN THE NATION WITHOUT A CONFERENCE LOSS
Heading into its final regular season game, Utah State is 5-0 in WAC play and one of just six teams nationally who are undefeated in league play along with Kent State and Northern Illinois who are both 7-0 in the Mid-American Conference, Ohio State who is 7-0 in the Big Ten Conference, Rutgers who is 5-0 in the Big East Conference, and Tulsa who is 7-0 in Conference USA.
UTAH STATE ON THE ROAD
Utah State has won seven of its last nine road games dating back to 2011, including a 4-2 record this year. USU has also won six-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 9-16 (.360) in road games under Andersen.
UTAH STATE WINS ANOTHER CLOSE GAME
With its 48-41 overtime win at No. 19 Louisiana Tech, Utah State improved to 2-2 this season and has won seven of its last 10 games decided by seven or fewer points.
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.
ANDERSEN NOW RANKS TIED FOR SEVENTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE WITH 24 WINS
Following Utah State's 38-7 home win against Texas State, head coach Gary Andersen is now 24-24 in his fourth year at USU and those 24 victories are tied for the seventh-most in school history along with Clayton T. Teetzel (1909-15).
DID YOU KNOW?
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton is averaging 321.6 yards of total offense per game this year which is more than 12 teams at the FBS level. Overall, Keeton is averaging more yards of total offense per game than Connecticut (320.60), Iowa (320.45), Temple (320.20), Auburn (317.91), Tulane (313.18), Memphis (307.55), Kentucky (306.18), Illinois (301.64), Wake Forest (300.55), Colorado (292.27), Hawai'i (281.90) and Maryland (273.91).
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKS AMONG THE TOP 21 NATIONALLY IN FIVE CATEGORIES
Utah State's defense continues to be listed with the best in the nation and currently ranks among the top 21 defenses in the nation in five different statistical categories, including being ranked first in the WAC and eighth in the nation in scoring defense (16.0 ppg). USU also ranks second in the WAC and seventh nationally in sacks (3.27 pg), first in the WAC and 10th in the country in rushing defense (107.2 ypg), first in the WAC and 18th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (111.3), first in the WAC and 21st in the nation in total defense (332.9 ypg), and second in the WAC and 47th in the nation in passing defense (225.7 ypg).
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKS SIXTH IN THE NATION IN RED ZONE EFFICIENCY
Utah State's defense leads the WAC and ranks sixth in the nation in red zone efficiency as its opponents have scored on 24-of-38 (.632) red zone possessions this year. Of those 38 trips USU's opponents have made to the red zone, they have come away with just 13 touchdowns and 11 field goals, to go along with two missed field goals, five interceptions, one fumble and a loss on downs five times.
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKS 14TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-AND-OUTS
Utah State's defense ranks 14th in the nation with an average of 4.73 three-and-outs per game on the season and has forced a three-and-out by its opposition 52 times on 150 drives, which averages out to 34.7 percent of the time.
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKS 24TH IN THE NATION IN THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY
Utah State's defense is allowing its opponents to convert just 32.8 percent of its third downs (61-186), which ranks second in the WAC and 24th in the nation.
UTAH STATE THIRD IN THE NATION IN SACK DIFFERENTIAL
Utah State has 36 sacks thus far this year and has given up only 16 sacks, and that differential of 20 sacks ranks third in the nation behind Tulsa (36) and Stanford (29).
UTAH STATE RANKS SECOND IN THE WAC IN TOTAL OFFENSE
After producing a season-high 646 yards of total offense in its last game at No. 19 Louisiana Tech, Utah State now ranks second in the WAC and 21st in the nation in total offense (479.6 ypg). USU also ranks second in the WAC and 13th in the nation in passing efficiency (157.8), second in the WAC and 35th in the nation in rushing offense (197.9 ypg), third in the WAC and 31st in the nation in passing offense (281.7 ypg), third in the WAC and 36th in the nation in scoring offense (33.5 ppg), and third in the WAC and 36th in the nation in sacks allowed (1.45 pg).
UTAH STATE RANKS 33RD IN THE NATION IN PUNT RETURNS
As of Nov. 18, Utah State ranks third in the WAC and 33rd in the nation in punt returns (10.6 ypr), third in the WAC and 39th in the nation in net punting (38.2 ypk), and fifth in the WAC and 66th in the nation in kickoff returns (21.1 ypr).
UTAH STATE PLAYERS IN THE WAC AND NATIONAL RANKINGS
As of Nov. 18, senior running back Kerwynn 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). Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton ranks second in the WAC and 11th in the nation in total offense (321.6 ypg), second in the WAC and 13th in the nation in passing efficiency (159.1), third in the WAC and 25th in the nation in passing (273.3 ypg), and seventh in the WAC in rushing (47.9 ypg). Senior wide receiver Matt Austin ranks seventh in the WAC in receiving (55.5 ypg). Senior cornerback Will Davis ranks first in the WAC and second in the nation in passes defended (1.82 pg), tied for second in the WAC and tied for 19th in the nation in interceptions (0.36 pg), and tied for 36th in the WAC in tackles (4.7 pg). Sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil ranks third in the WAC in tackles for loss (0.82 pg), tied for fifth in the WAC and tied for 86th in the nation in tackles (7.9 pg), and tied for sixth in the WAC and tied for 98th in the nation in sacks (0.45 pg). Junior linebacker Jake Doughty ranks fourth in the WAC and tied for 78th in the nation in tackles (8.1 pg). Senior safety McKade Brady ranks tied for fifth in the WAC and tied for 86th in the nation in tackles (7.9 pg). Redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell ranks tied for eighth in the WAC in interceptions (0.18) and tied for 10th in the WAC in tackles (6.6 pg). Sophomore safety Brian Suite ranks 19th in the WAC in tackles (6.3 pg). Junior cornerback Nevin Lawson ranks tied for 28th in the WAC in tackles (5.5 pg). Senior linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu ranks tied for ninth in the WAC in sacks (0.32 pg) and tied for 36th in the WAC in tackles (4.7 pg). Senior cornerback Terrence Alston ranks eighth in the WAC and tied for 96th in the nation in passes defended (0.82 pg). Junior defensive lineman Connor Williams ranks tied for sixth in the WAC and tied for 98th in the nation in sacks (0.45 pg). Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Nielsen ranks eighth in the WAC in sacks (0.41 pg). Senior punter Tyler Bennett ranks fifth in the WAC and 40th in the nation in punting (42.1 ypk). Senior wide receiver Cameron Webb ranks second in the WAC and 37th in the nation in punt returns (8.9 ypr). And senior wide receiver Chuck Jacobs ranks fourth in the WAC and 45th in the nation in kick returns (23.2 ypr), and ninth in the WAC in all-purpose yards (89.0 ypg).
Junior defensive lineman Connor Williams (Kanata, Ontario) is one of 46 Canadians currently on Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) rosters.
WILLIAMS SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR ALL-PURPOSE YARDS IN A CAREER
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams became Utah State's career leader in all-purpose yards in his last game against No. 19 Louisiana Tech as he had 303 all-purpose yards against the Bulldogs giving him 6,510 all-purpose yards in his career (2,170-rushing, 797-receiving, 3,408-kick returns, 135-punt returns) to break the school record of 6,479 all-purpose yards set by Kevin Robinson (2004-07). Williams also ranks second all-time in the history of the WAC in all-purpose yards and is just 181 yards shy of tying New Mexico's Terance Mathis (1985-87, '89) for the WAC's all-time record with 6,691 all-purpose yards. Williams is also the WAC's all-time leader in kick return yards with 3,408 and is the conference's active leader in career rushing yards with 2,170.
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 (6,510), all-purpose yards per play (12.04), kickoff return yards (3,408) and kickoff returns (135).
WILLIAMS RANKS NINTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN RUSHING
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams has rushed for 2,170 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 36 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 1,167 yards becoming the 11th Aggie to rush for 1,000 yards in a single-season for the 16th time in school history.
WILLIAMS RANKS EIGHTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams ranks tied for eighth all-time at Utah State with 18 career rushing touchdowns along with Roy Shivers (1964-65) and is now three rushing touchdowns shy of tying Louie Giammona (1973-75) for seventh-place with 21 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 23 touchdowns (18-rushing, 4-receiving, 1-kickoff return) to rank ninth all-time in school history and is now four touchdowns shy of tying Rick Parros (1976-79) for eighth all-time with 27 career touchdowns. Overall, Williams has 11 rushing touchdowns this year and four multi-touchdown rushing games, to go along with four receiving touchdowns.
KEETON RANKS FIRST ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN COMPLETION PERCENTAGE
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton is 343-of-525 passing during his brief Utah State career with a completion percentage of 65.3 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 FOURTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN TOUCHDOWN PASSES
After throwing two touchdown passes in his last game at No. 19 Louisiana Tech, sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton now ranks tied for fourth all-time in school history with 36 touchdown passes along with Diondre Borel (2007-10). Keeton is now three touchdown passes shy of tying Brent Snyder (1987-88) for third all-time with 39 career touchdown passes. The school record for career touchdown passes is 60 set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).
KEETON RANKS NINTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN COMPLETIONS
With his 20 completions in his last game at No. 19 Louisiana Tech, sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton now ranks ninth all-time at Utah State with 343 career completions and is 39 completions shy of tying Leon Jackson III (2004-07) for eighth-place with 382 career completions. The school record is 704 completions set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).
KEETON RANKS NINTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN TOTAL OFFENSE
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton had 461 yards of total offense in his last game at No. 19 Louisiana Tech, and now has 5,031 yards of total offense in his career to rank ninth all-time in school history. The school record for total offense is 8,791 yards by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002) and Keeton is now four yards of total offense shy of tying Leon Jackson III (2004-07) for eighth-place with 5,035 yards.
KEETON RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN PASSING YARDS
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton has thrown for 4,211 yards to rank 10th all-time in school history and is now 10 yards shy of tying Leon Jackson III for ninth-place with 4,221 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 43.0 yards on 111 punts (4,775), which ranks second all-time in school history behind Jerry Arguello (1997-98) who averaged 43.5 yards per punt.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has had 59 explosive plays this year (plays of 20-plus yards), including six rushes and eight passes of at least 50 yards. Senior running back Kerwynn Williams leads the team with 22 explosive plays (15-rushing, 7-receiving) and each of his last three receiving explosives have been for at least 50 yards (74, 76, 86).
KEETON RANKS FIRST IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN SINGLE-SEASON COMPLETION PERCENTAGE
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton is completing 67.5 percent of his passes in 2012 as he is 237-of-351 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 SETS SINGLE-SEASON SCHOOL RECORDS FOR TOUCHDOWN PASSES AND TOTAL OFFENSE
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton set single-season school records for touchdown passes (25) and total offense (3,538) in his last game at No. 19 Louisiana Tech breaking the previous record of 24 touchdown passes set by Jose Fuentes (2001) and the previous record of 3,343 yards of total offense set by Diondre Borel (2009).
KEETON RANKS FIFTH IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN SINGLE-SEASON COMPLETIONS
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton is 237-of-351 passing thus far in 2012 and those 237 completions rank fifth all-time at Utah State for a single-season. Overall, Keeton is now nine completions shy of tying Jose Fuentes (2002) and Brent Snyder (1988) for third all-time with 246 completions, and the single-season school record for completions is 260 set by Fuentes in 2001. Keeton is also 10 pass attempts shy of entering the single-season top 10 at USU.
KEETON RANKS FIFTH IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN SINGLE-SEASON PASSING YARDS
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton has passed for 3,011 yards thus far in 2012 to rank fifth all-time at Utah State for a single season. Overall, Keeton is now 89 yards shy of tying Jose Fuentes (2001) for fourth-place with 3,100 passing yards. The school record for single-season passing yards is 3,268 set by Fuentes in 2002 and Keeton is 257 yards shy of that mark.
WILLIAMS RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY FOR SINGLE-SEASON RUSHING AVERAGE
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams is averaging 6.38 yards per carry in 2012 to rank fourth all-time in school history for a single-season. On the year, Williams has carried the ball 183 times for 1,167 yards. The school record for rushing average is 8.4 yards per carry set by Tom Larscheid in 1960.
WILLIAMS RANKS TIED FOR SIXTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY FOR SINGLE-SEASON TOUCHDOWNS
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams has 15 total touchdowns (11-rushing, 4-receiving) thus far in 2012, which is tied with Emmett White (2000), Demario Brown (1999), Rick Parros (1979), Abu Wilson (1995), Tom Larscheid (1960, 1961) and Jack Hill (1956) for eighth all-time at USU for a single season.
WILLIAMS CLOSE TO RANKING AMONG SINGLE-SEASON TOP 10 IN RUSHING YARDS AND TOUCHDOWNS
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams has rushed for 1,167 yards on 183 carries thus far in 2012 and is now just 69 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. Williams is also just two rushing touchdowns shy of entering the single-season top 10 in that category as well.
WILLIAMS LEADING UTAH STATE IN RECEPTIONS AND RECEIVING YARDS AS WELL
Along with leading the team in rushing attempts (183) and rushing yards (1,167), senior running back Kerwynn Williams has a team-leading 39 receptions on the season, which are the second-most by a running back in a single-season in school history behind Emmett White's 48 receptions in 2001. Williams also leads the team with 624 receiving yards this season, and the school record for receiving yards by a running back in a single-season is 639 set by Jerry Hughes in 1972.
BENNETT RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY FOR SINGLE-SEASON PUNTING AVERAGE
Senior punter Tyler Bennett is averaging 42.1 yards per kick thus far in 2012 to rank 10th all-time in school history for a single-season. In 2012, Bennett has punted 53 times for 2,233 yards. He has also had 10 punts of 50-plus yards, while 26 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 479.6 yards of total offense per game (281.7-passing, 197.9-rushing), which currently ranks first all-time in school history for a single-season ahead of the 1996 team that averaged 468.5 yards of total offense per game. Furthermore, USU's scoring average of 33.5 points per game in 2012 currently ranks fourth all-time in school history for a single-season trailing the 1961 (38.7 ppg), 1997 (33.6 ppg) and 2011 (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 246-of-363 passes for 3,099 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 24 completions and just 394 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 16.0 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).
A LOOK AT IDAHO
Idaho is 1-10 on the season and 1-4 in WAC play following its 34-27 home loss to UTSA last weekend. The Vandals began the year with losses to Eastern Washington (20-3) at home, at Bowling Green State (20-13), at LSU (63-14), to Wyoming (40-37) at home in overtime, and at North Carolina (66-0), before winning its only game of the season at home against New Mexico State (26-18). Since that win, UI has lost at Texas State (38-7), at Louisiana Tech (70-28), to San Jose State (42-13) at home, at BYU (52-13), and to UTSA at home. Offensively, Idaho is led by senior quarterback Logan Bushnell who is 53-of-104 passing for 635 yards (79.4 ypg) with two touchdowns and five interceptions. Senior running back Ryan Bass leads the team with 389 rushing yards on 108 carries (35.4 ypg) with zero touchdowns, and senior wide receiver Mike Scott has 58 catches for 660 yards (60.0 ypg) with four touchdowns. Defensively, senior free safety Gary Walker leads the team with 90 tackles (56-solo, 34-assist), while senior linebacker Su'a Tuala has 73 tackles (34-solo, 39-assist). As a team, UI is averaging 16.5 points and 325.1 yards of total offense per game (240.7-passing, 84.4-rushing) and allowing 42.2 points and 493.3 yards of total offense per game (289.5-passing, 203.7-rushing). Overall, Idaho returns 11 starters (O-5, D-4, ST-2) and 43 lettermen from last year's team that went 2-10 overall and finished in eighth-place in the WAC with a 1-6 league mark. Jason Gesser is 0-4 this year as the Vandals interim head coach.
UTAH STATE AND IDAHO SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and Idaho will be meeting for the 38th time in series history this weekend with the Aggies holding a 19-17-2 advantage, including an 8-7 record at home. USU has won four of the last five games played in the series including a 49-42 double-overtime win in Moscow last year. The last time the two teams played in Logan was on Nov. 20, 2010 with Idaho posting a 28-6 win. The first game played in the series was on Nov. 25, 1916 in Logan with Idaho winning, 27-15.
UTAH STATE-IDAHO SERIES FIFTH-LONGEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Idaho will be meeting for the 38th time in series history this weekend in what is the fifth-most played series in school history trailing Utah (110), BYU (82), Colorado State (69) and Wyoming (63).
TOP AGGIE PERFORMERS VERSUS IDAHO
Rushing Yards: Louie Giammona (1974), 247
Passing Yards: Jose Fuentes (2000), 421
Receiving Yards: Bob Wicks (1971), 211
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE STATE OF IDAHO
Utah State is a combined 37-32-2 (.535) against teams from the state of Idaho, with a 14-2 record against Idaho State, a 19-17-2 record against Idaho, and a 4-13 record against Boise State.
Gary Andersen VERSUS IDAHO
Gary Andersen is 2-1 against Idaho as Utah State's head coach, defeating the Vandals, 52-49 on the road in 2009 and 49-42 on the road last year in double overtime. In 2010, Idaho posted a 28-6 road win against USU. Andersen never faced UI as an assistant at Utah.
UTAH STATE-IDAHO CONNECTIONS
Idaho defensive coordinator Mark Criner was a graduate assistant at Utah State from 1991-92 and an assistant coach for the Aggies from 1992-93. John L. Smith coached at both schools, leading Utah State to a 16-18 (.471) record from 1995-97, while coaching the Vandals from 1989-94, amassing a 53-21 (.716) ledger at Idaho, and is UI's winningest coach for wins and No. 2 in winning percentage.
UTAH STATE AND IDAHO AS CONFERENCE FOES
Utah State and Idaho will play their final conference game against one another for the foreseeable future as USU joins the Mountain West Conference on July 1, 2013. Both teams were members of the Big West Conference from 1996-2000, followed by a two-year stint in the Sun Belt Conference from 2003-04, and then conference members in the Western Athletic Conference for the past eight years (2005-12). In the Big West Conference, USU held a 3-2 series advantage against UI, while the two teams split its two games as members of the Sun Belt. Since joining the WAC, USU has a 4-3 series advantage against Idaho.
UTAH STATE-IDAHO IN-STATE PLAYERS
Utah State has 55 players in its program from the state of Utah, while Idaho has 20 players on its roster from the state of Idaho.
DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER
Utah State has won six-straight games during the month of November and is 10-3 in November under Andersen. USU is also 3-6-1 all-time in known games played on Nov. 24. This will also be the 20th meeting against Idaho in the month of November including the fifth time in the last six years. Overall, Utah State is 9-11 against Idaho during the month of November.
LAST MEETING AGAINST IDAHO - (USU 49, UI 42 - 2OT)
November 19, 2011 Moscow, Idaho The Kibbie Dome
Utah State (5-5, 3-2) registered its third-straight game-winning touchdown in the final minute or with no time on the clock with a wild 49-42 double-overtime victory at Idaho (2-9, 1-6) on Nov. 19, 2011. Junior running back Robert Turbin rushed for a career-high 208 yards with three rushing touchdowns, two coming in overtime, while senior linebacker Bobby Wagner gathered in a deflection and collected an interception at the goalline to seal the win. Saturday was USU's third-straight game in which the Aggies scored in the final minute or with no time on the clock as in overtime, and was also USU's seventh game this season decided by one score. Turbin went over 3,000 yards for his career and broke USU's single-season rushing touchdown, single-season total touchdown, single-season scoring and the Aggies' career scoring records. USU had 310 total rushing yards as part of 492 yards of total offense, as junior quarterback Adam Kennedy was 13-of-18 passing for 182 yards with two touchdowns. Idaho had 450 yards of total offense with 275 passing and 175 rushing. The Aggies opened a 21-10 lead in the first half, but Idaho rallied with 18 third-quarter points and another touchdown in the fourth, knotting the game at 35-all with 9:14 left in regulation, forcing overtime. Junior safety McKade Brady had a career-best 16 tackles, his second double-digit tackle outing in the last three games, while Wagner posted 11 stops, his eighth double-digit tackle outing of the season and 22nd of his career. Junior cornerback Will Davis posted a career-high 10 tackles. Senior running back Michael Smith rushed for two touchdowns and sophomore placekicker Josh Thompson was 7-of-7 on extra points extending his USU single-season PAT record.
LAST MEETING AGAINST IDAHO IN LOGAN - (UI 28, USU 6)
November 20, 2010 Logan, Utah Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium
Utah State's final home game for its seniors was spoiled by Idaho, as the Vandals pulled away from a 7-6 game with 21 unanswered points for a 28-6 victory on Nov. 20, 2010. One of the Aggie seniors, placekicker Peter Caldwell put USU on the board first, with a 44-yard field goal at the 4:29 mark of the first quarter. Caldwell's kick capped a drive that was kept alive with a fake punt play featuring an 11-yard pass from senior quarterback Diondre Borel to junior linebacker Bobby Wagner on fourth-and-seven at the Idaho 29. The Vandals took the ensuing kick and marched down the field, with Nathan Enderle hitting Eric Greenwood with a 10-yard touchdown pass for a 7-3 UI lead with eight seconds left on the first quarter clock. Caldwell split the uprights from 24-yards out to pull USU within 7-6 with 12:52 left in the second stanza. That would be the final Aggie points put on the board, as Enderle and Greenwood connected from 28-yards out with just 1:18 to go in the half giving UI a 14-6 halftime lead. Neither team scored in the third frame before Idaho's Deonte' Jackson darted in from 4-yards out with 8:50 to go and then sealed the Vandal victory with a 10-yard pass from Enderle with 5:20 left in the game. UI's first scoring drive was its only scoring drive less than 70 yards, as the Vandals marched out drives of 74 yards (10 plays), 79 yards (15 plays) and 76 yards (seven plays). Idaho also converted 10 of its 18 third-downs and both of its fourth-down tries. USU was 6-of-18 on third-down and 2-of-3 on fourth-down, finishing the game with 242 yards of total offense, as Borel was 14-of-35 passing for 103 yards. The Aggies had a total of 139 rushing yards, getting a game-high 80 yards from senior running back Derrvin Speight. Sophomore wide receiver Dontel Watkins had four catches for 32 yards. Idaho totalled 355 yards of total offense, as Enderle was 20-of-32 passing for 243 yards with three touchdowns and one interception, while the Vandals totalled 112 yards on the ground. Greenwood tallied 114 yards receiving on four catches with two touchdowns, while Jackson had 62 yards with one touchdown rushing and one receiving. The Aggie defense was led by Wagner's game-high 16 stops. Junior linebacker Kyle Gallagher totalled 11 stops. Senior cornerback Curtis Marsh snared his second interception of the season.
DAVIS ACCEPTS INVITATION TO SENIOR BOWL
For the third time in the last four years, Utah State has had a player selected to participate in the Senior Bowl as Will Davis has accepted an invitation to play in the annual All-Star game. The 64th Senior Bowl will be played on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., and the game and all practices will be televised by the NFL Network (Comcast Ch. 180, Dish Network Ch. 154, DirectTV Ch. 212). Overall, Davis is the 17th Utah State player selected to the Senior Bowl since 1962 and the third in the past four years under current head coach Gary Andersen as linebacker Bobby Wagner was named the North's Most Outstanding Player a year ago, while defensive back Curtis Marsh was selected in 2010. Marsh began his Aggie career at running back before moving to the defensive backfield in Andersen's first season at USU.
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 (Tampa 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).
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.
RECAPPING THE LOUISIANA TECH GAME
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton had 461 yards of total offense with four touchdowns and senior running back Kerwynn Williams had 303 all-purpose yards with three touchdowns including the game-winner in overtime to lead Utah State to a 48-41 victory at No. 19 Louisiana Tech Saturday.
With the win, Utah State (9-2, 5-0 WAC) recorded its first-ever road victory against a ranked opponent and just its second-ever win versus a top 25 team. USU also claimed at least a share of its first-ever Western Athletic Conference title. Louisiana Tech, who had won 10-straight WAC games, falls to 9-2 overall and 4-1 in WAC play with the loss.
Keeton finished the game 20-of-34 passing for 340 yards with two touchdowns to go along with 121 rushing yards on 17 carries and two more scores as he set single-season school records for touchdown passes (25) and total offense (3,538) in the game. For Keeton, it was his third-straight 300-yard passing game, while his 121 yards on the ground ties the USU single-game school record for rushing yards by a quarterback set by Tony Adams set in 1972.
Williams also had a record-setting night for Utah State as he had 162 rushing 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 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.
For the game, Utah State produced 646 yards of total offense, which is a season-high and the eighth-most in school history as it had a season-high 306 rushing yards to go along with 340 yards passing. Louisiana Tech finished the game with 629 yards of total offense, including 233 rushing yards and 396 passing yards.
Junior linebacker Jake Doughty led Utah State's defense as he recorded a career-high 18 tackles to go along with his first career interception in the USU end zone in the fourth quarter. Sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil tied his career-high in tackles for the fifth time this year with 10 stops, and senior cornerback Will Davis recorded his fourth interception in as many games as he picked off LTU's Colby Cameron in the end zone late in the second quarter.
Following its 86-yard touchdown on its first offensive play of the game, Utah State increased its lead to 14-0 late in the first quarter on a 3-yard pass from Keeton to senior tight end Kellen Bartlett. Both teams exchanged field goals in the second quarter, a 36-yarder by LTU's Matt Nelson and a 38-yarder by USU's Nick Diaz, giving the visitors a 17-3 lead at halftime.
After scoring a combined 20 points in the first-half, the two teams combined for 45 third quarter points as USU scored 24 points on touchdown runs of 13 and 25 yards by Keeton, to go along with a 1-yard run by Williams and a 30-yard field by Diaz. LTU's offense scored two touchdowns and then scored on a 98-yard kickoff return to make the score 41-24 heading into the final 15 minutes.
Louisiana Tech cut the deficit to 10 at 41-31 early in the fourth quarter and then scored 10 points in the final 1:54 of the game, including a 32-yard field goal on the final play of regulation to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, Utah State scored on three plays as Williams accounted for all 25 yards with a 13-yard rush, an 8-yard reception, and a 4-yard touchdown run. On Louisiana Tech's possession it ran for two yards on first down, passed for five yards on second down, threw an incomplete pass on third down, and was stopped on a fourth down rush for no gain by Doughty to end the game.
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.