Utah State Going For Fourth-Straight Win When Hosting Nevada In Home Finale Saturday
Nov. 21, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
NEVADA at UTAH STATE Saturday, Nov. 26 - Noon (MT) WAC Sports Network / KCSG Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium (25,513) Logan, Utah
QUICKLY -- In its home finale, Utah State (5-5, 3-2 WAC) will put its three-game win streak on the line in going for its first six-win season since 1997 and bowl eligibility for the first time since the same season when the Aggies host Nevada (6-4, 4-1 WAC) on Saturday, Nov. 26 in USU's Senior Day... The Aggie-Wolf Pack battle will kick off at high Noon (MT) at USU's Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium (25,513) and the Aggies will be honoring their 2011 seniors in a pre-game ceremony... The game will be televised on the WAC Sports Network, airing throughout the region on KCSG (Comcast Ch. 116/DirectTv Ch. 44/Dish Network Ch. 37) with Barry Tompkins handing play-by-play duties while former Wyoming, Montana and Northern Colorado coach Joe Glenn will provide analysis... There will also be Internet video and radio streamed through www.UtahStateAggies.com.
SATURDAY'S STORYLINES -- Things to watch for in Saturday's match-up between the Aggies and Wolf Pack:
FOLLOWING THE GAME AND THE AGGIES
ON TV -- Saturday's game will be televised on the WAC Sports Network, airing throughout the region on KCSG (Comcast Ch. 116/DirectTv Ch. 44/Dish Network Ch. 37) with Barry Tompkins handing play-by-play duties while former Wyoming, Montana and Northern Colorado coach Joe Glenn will provide analysis.
ON THE AIR -- All Utah State football games are carried live on the Aggie Sports Network: KVNU 610 AM, KVNU 102.1 FM (Cache Valley) and KLZX 95.9 FM in Logan; KZNS (97.5 FM only) in Salt Lake City; on KLZX 105.3 FM in Montpelier, Idaho... All Aggie football games are also on the Internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com by clicking on "Listen Live"... Legendary radio voice Al "Poi Boi" Lewis will handle the play-by-play duties, while former Aggie SID Craig "I Eat Hawaiian Style" Hislop will be providing analysis (for the listeners, not Al)... Former Aggie QB great John "The Greek Rifle" Pappas is the fill in whenever Lewis or Craig are covering USU men and women's basketball games, respectively.
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 on the home page of www.UtahStateAggies.com... Fans can register and purchase month or season packages to watch.
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 Copper Mill and Elements Restaurant on Thursday nights (6:05-7 p.m. on 610 AM KVNU) when the Aggies play on Saturday, with some exceptions, including the BYU and Hawai'i weeks, as well as this week when there will not be a show due to Thanksgiving... The show gives USU fans an opportunity to ask questions and interact with Coach Andersen and players.
Upcoming Coaches Shows: Dec. 1 at Copper Mill
UP NEXT -- USU will conclude the 2011 regular season schedule at Las Cruces, N.M. against New Mexico State in an all Aggie clash on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1:30 p.m. (MT).
UTAH STATE NOTE-ABLES
Only three of USU's 12 games will be played on natural grass this year: at Auburn, at BYU and at New Mexico State.
Seven of USU's 12 games are at night.
Senior LB Bobby Wagner is a candidate for the:
Junior RB Robert Turbin is a candidate for the:
Junior RB/KR Kerwynn Williams is a candidate for the:
Sophomore OC Tyler Larsen is a candidate for the:
Senior WR Eric Moats is a candidate for the:
ABOUT USU -- Utah State is on its first three-game win streak since 2001, and the Aggies registered their third-straight game-winning TD in the final minute or with no time on the clock with a wild 49-42 double-overtime win over Idaho Saturday... The victory evens USU's record at 5-5, the Aggies' first season with five wins since 2000 and best record through 10 games since that same 2000 season... Utah State has also won three in a row for the first time since 2001, in addition to being the Aggies' first three-game conference and FBS win streak since 2000... The Aggies improve to 3-2 in Western Athletic Conference action, their best WAC mark through five games in its seven years in the league and best conference ledger through five games since a 3-2 Big West record in 2003... Junior RB Robert Turbin rushed for a career-high 208 yards with three rushing TD's, two coming in overtime while senior LB Bobby Wagner gathered in a deflection and collected an interception at the goalline to seal the win... Junior S 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... USU had 310 total rushing yards as part of 492 yards of total offense, as junior QB Adam Kennedy was 13-of-18 passing for 182 yards with two TD's.
On the season, USU averages 461.6 ypg total offense, gaining 273.9 ypg on the ground and 187.7 ypg through the air... Overall, USU has 2,739 yards rushing with 34 rushing TD's, while passing for 1,877 yards with 17 TD's and four INT's... The Aggie defense yields just 351.9 ypg, including 120.6 ypg rushing and 231.3 ypg passing... USU averages 36.9 ppg while allowing 30.1 ppg.
Kennedy is now 46-of-62 (.742) for 646 yards on the season with six TD's and two INT's... Freshman QB Chuckie Keeton is 106-of-174 (.609) for 1,200 yards with 11 TD's and two INT's... Turbin has gained his 1,273 yards off 186 carries (6.8 ypc/125.7 ypg) with 19 rushing TD's... Junior WR Matt Austin leads the team with 27 receptions for 372 yards (37.2 ypg/13.8 ypc) with three TD's... Senior LB Bobby Wagner anchors the USU defense with 119 total tackles (11.9 pg) with nine TFL's... Fellow senior LB Kyle Gallager adds 75 stops (7.5 pg)... Wagner and junior LB/DE Bojay Filimoeatu lead USU with nine tackles for loss each while senior DE/LB Levi Koskan has a 8.5 TFL's with a team-best 5.5 sacks... Junior RB/KR Kerwynn Williams has a 23.5 kick return average and a 14.0 punt return average, part of his 125.7 ypg all-purpose... Junior P Tyler Bennett has a 45.1 ypp average with 12 of 50+ and a long of 67 yards, as well as 15 punts inside the 20... Sophomore PK Josh Thompson is 5-of-8 on FG's with a long of 43, and has booted a school-record 48 PAT's (48-of-49).
ABOUT NEVADA -- The Wolf Pack bring a 6-4 overall ledger and 4-1 WAC mark into Saturday's showdown, after suffering their first league loss of the season on Saturday with a 24-20 home loss to Louisiana Tech... Nevada, which could have clinched at least a share of the WAC title with a victory, led 20-3 early in the fourth quarter before LA Tech rallied with three TD's including the game-winner with 51 seconds left, capping a 92-yard drive in seven plays... Wolf Pack redshirt-freshman QB Cody Fajardo rushed for 110 yards and passed for 212 and a touchdown... Senior RB Lampford Mark rushed for 109 yards on 28 carries while senior WR Rishard Mathews had eight catches for 87 yards and a TD... Junior SS Duke Williams posted 10 tackles.
Nevada averages a WAC-leading 518.7 ypg total offense, while 261.1 ypg rushing and 257.6 ypg passing, scoring an average of 32.2 ppg... The Wolf Pack defense yields 378.5 ypg with 236.7 ypg passing and 141.8 ypg rushing, allowing 27.9 ppg.
Fajardo is 123-of-174 (.707) passing for 1,467 yards (183.4 ypg) with six TD's and five INT's while senior QB Tyler Lantrip is 73-of-129 (.566) passing for 1,021 yards (127.6 ypg)with five TD's and six INT's... Fajardo also has 635 rushing yards with a team-leading 11 rushing TD's.. Junior RB Mike Ball has a team-tops 704 yards on 135 carries with three TD's while Mark has 513 yards on 84 carries (team-best 102.6 ypg) with six TD's... Matthews has 1,045 yards receiving on 67 catches with six TD's... Senior LB James-Michael Johnson leads the NEV defense with 76 tackles while fellow senior LB Brandon M. Marshall added 75 stops... Senior DT Brett Roy has 17.5 TFL's with 10 sacks, both of which lead the WAC... Senior PK/P Jake Hurst has a 41.9 punting average and has 11 PAT's and two FG's, while junior PK Allen Hardison has 19 PAT's and seven FG's... Matthews has a 15.0 ypr punt return average with one TD return while freshman KR Kendall Brock has a 22.8 ypr kick return average.
AGGIE FOOTBALL HOLDS STEADY IN FBS AND WAC STATISTICAL RANKINGS -- After Utah State football's wild 49-42 double OT win at Idaho Saturday, the Aggies held steady in this week's Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) statistics, released Sunday... USU leads the WAC in four categories, including rushing offense, in which the Aggies remain sixth in FBS for the seventh-straight week, now with a 273.9 yards per game... Utah State also leads the league in total defense, ranking 36th in the nation by yielding just 351.9 ypg... In scoring offense, USU is first in the conference and 15th in the country, hanging 36.9 ppg on the board. The fourth category that Utah State is tops in the WAC is passing efficiency, ranking 24th in the FBS at 150.50... In total offense, Utah State ranks second in the conference and 24th in the country at 461.6 ypg, trailing league-leader and this week's opponent Nevada, who leads the conference and ranks fifth in the nation at 518.7 ypg... The Aggies' offense is also second in the WAC and 42nd in the FBS in sacks allowed, yielding 1.5 pg... The Aggie defense is second in the WAC and 21st in the FBS in rushing defense (120.6 ypg), as well as remaining second in the conference and 65th in the country in pass defense (231.3 ypg)... Additionally, USU is third in the league and 44th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (122.62)... Utah State is also third in the conference and 40th in the country in sacks with 2.1 pg... On special teams, USU is second in the WAC and 19th in the FBS in kickoff returns (24.1 ypr), as well as third in the conference and 22nd in the country in net punting (38.6 ypp)... Individually, junior RB Robert Turbin's career-best 208 yards Saturday re-gained the WAC rushing lead for him, as last week he trailed Fresno State's Robby Rouse by .4 yards per game, and Turbin is now first in the WAC and sixth in FBS in rushing with 125.7 ypg. Turbin is also tops in the WAC and fourth in FBS in scoring at 12.6 ppg... Additionally, Turbin is fifth in the league and 33rd in the nation in all-purpose yards (136.4 ypg)... Freshman QB Chuckie Keeton is third in the WAC and 48th in the FBS in passing efficiency (137.4), in addition to ranking fifth in the league and 77th in the nation in total offense (185.4 ypg). Junior QB Adam Kennedy has not met the minimum requirement of playing in 75 percent of team's games to be ranked... Junior RB/KR Kerwynn Williams is seventh in the conference and 44th in the country in all-purpose yards (127.5 ypg), including ranking fifth in the league and 58th in the nation in kick returns (23.4 ypr)... Defensively, senior LB Bobby Wagner is tops in the WAC and ranks sixth in FBS in tackles at 11.9 per game... Fellow senior LB Kyle Gallagher is tied for 12th in the conference (7.5 pg). Senior DE/LB Levi Koskan is fifth in the league and 37th in the nation in sacks with .6 pg, while also ranking eight in the WAC in tackles for loss (.9 pg)... Junior P Tyler Bennett is third in the WAC and 10th in the FBS in punting at 45.0 ypp... Sophomore PK Josh Thompson is sixth in the league in field goals (.5 pg), while also ranking eighth in the conference in scoring (6.3 ppg)... Thompson has also connected on a league-leading 48 extra points this season.
PINNING PUNTERS -- Utah State punter Tyler Bennett and Nevada punter Jake Hurst are both good at pinning, not in the wrestling sense, but pinning the opposition inside the 20-yard line, as Hurst is tied for 21st among the nation's FBS punters with 18 punts inside the 20, while Bennett is tied for 35th with 15 punts inside the 20... Over a third of Bennett's punts (14-of-42, .357) have been inside the 20.
Rank Player, School I20 TB 1. Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech 36 5 --- T21. Jake Hurst, Nevada 18 1 T33. Tyler Bennett, Utah State 15 5TD RUSHING -- Utah State scored five rushing TD's in each of its first three games, before being limited to only one in the BYU game, but then scoring four in the Wyoming game, then two each in the next three games (Fresno State, LA Tech and Hawai`i) before scoring three in the SJSU game and then five in the Idaho game, giving the Aggies 34 rushing TD's on the season in 10 games... That ranks fourth in the FBS, and USU's 3.4 rushing TD's per game is third in the nation behind Georgia Tech with 3.8 pg and Wisconsin with 3.5 pg... USU is the only team over 26 rushing TD's to only play in 10 games, as the other 20 teams have all played in 11 contests:
TEAM TD's G AVG PG Georgia Tech 42 11 3.8 Wisconsin 39 11 3.5 Air Force 36 11 3.3 UTAH STATE 34 10 3.4 Army 33 11 3.0 Oregon 32 11 2.9 Temple 32 11 2.9 Alabama 32 11 2.9 Navy 31 11 2.8 Northern Ill. 31 11 2.8 Kansas St. 31 11 2.8 Toledo 30 11 2.7 Houston 30 11 2.7 Oklahoma St. 30 11 2.7 Nebraska 29 11 2.6 TCU 29 11 2.6 LSU 29 11 2.6 Stanford 29 11 2.6 Texas A&M 27 11 2.5 Missouri 26 11 2.4 Michigan 26 10 2.6 Nevada 25 10 2.5 South Carolina 25 11 2.3 Cincinnati 25 10 2.5
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK, WE'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE -- USU made LL Cool J proud for two-straight Saturday's, as the Aggies rallied from a double-digit deficit for the fourth time in the last two years with comeback wins over Hawai`i and San Jose State... It was not only USU's second game in a row in rallying from down double digits and scoring the game-winning TD in the final minute, but it was also the second year in a row that the Aggies rallied from down double digits and scored in the final minute against San Jose State, as last year at San Jose, Derrvin Speight scored a 15-yard TD run with 34 seconds left to give USU a 38-34 win over SJSU, rallying from down 10-0... On Nov. 12 of this season at Hawai'i, USU rallied from down 28-7 late in the first half to win, 35-31... Last year, at San Jose State, the Aggies rallied from down 10-0 at San Jose State and winning, 38-34, a week after being down 14-0 to New Mexico State before rallying to win, 27-22... Saturday's 28-7 comeback was the largest against an FBS team since at least 1990 and the second-largest since then, behind the 27-0 rally against Idaho State in 2001, rallying to win, 28-27... Ironically, seven of USU's eight comebacks have been in November, including two on Nov. 2, while New Mexico State and San Jose State have each been the victim twice.
Deficit Winning Score Opponent Date 27-0 28-27 vs. Idaho State Oct. 20, 2001 28-7 35-31 AT HAWAI`I NOV. 5, 2011 14-0 27-22 vs. New Mexico State Nov. 6, 2010 13-0 21-13 vs. North Texas Nov. 2, 1996 33-21 34-33 VS. SAN JOSE STATE NOV. 12, 2011 12-0 34-25 vs. New Mexico State Nov. 20, 2004 10-0 20-19 vs. Fresno State Nov. 2, 1991 10-0 38-34 at San Jose State Nov. 13, 2010LAST MINUTE GAME-WINNING SCORES -- Saturday's OT win over Idaho was USU's third-straight game-winning score with less then a minute or no time on the clock, as was the case with the double OT win... It was USU's second double-OT win since 1991, and the fourth overall in that time with :00 on the clock... In the Aggies' last-minute win on Nov. 12 over San Jose State, USU scored with 47 seconds left, the Aggies' second in a row after and No. 9 on USU's last-minute game-winning scores list since 1991... The TD at Hawai'i with 14 seconds left ranks No. 5 in USU's last-minute game-winning scores since 1991... Just like its double-digit comebacks, a majority of USU's last minute game-winning scores have come in November, with nine of the 12 in the final minute happening in November.
Time Result Date Play :00 USU 19, Troy 16 Nov. 16, 2002 36 FG to force OT / 34 FG to win :00 USU 45, New Mexico 44 OT Oct. 19, 2002 32 TD pass to force OT/8 run to win :00 USU 29, NMSU 26 2OT Oct. 31, 1998 11 run in 2nd OT :00 USU 49, IDAHO 42 Nov. 19, 2011 2 TD RUN IN 2ND OT :05 USU 28, North Texas 27 Nov. 14, 1998 30 FG :14 USU 35, HAWAI`I 31 NOV. 5, 2011 1 TD RUN :18 USU 38, Pacific 35 Nov. 21, 1992 40 FG :28 USU 44, NMSU 37 Nov. 4, 2000 9 TD run :34 USU 38, SJSU 34 Nov. 13, 2010 15 TD run :47 USU 34, SJSU 33 Nov. 12, 2011 21 TD pass :51 USU 20, Fresno State 19 Nov. 2, 1991 45 FG :55 USU 13, Fresno State 12 Oct. 7, 2006 30 TD pass 1:00 USU 37, Nevada 35 Nov. 20, 1999 1 TD runBIG CATCHERS -- Utah State is one of 21 teams in the country with at least six players with a minimum of five catches and average at least 10.5 yards per catch, and one of four that have eight or more players, ranking tied for third in the country:
Oregon 11 Florida State 10 New Mexico State 8 Utah State 7 Central Michigan 7 Arizona State 7 Oklahoma State 7 West Virginia 7 Louisville 7 BYU 7 Alabama 7 Tennessee 7 Northwestern 6 Oklahoma 6 North Texas 6 Texas Tech 6 San Diego State 6 Arkansas 6 Florida 6 Idaho 6 Southern Mississippi 6
RED LEADER, RED LEADER -- That title not only is fitting for the Star Wars call sign of the Commander of Red Squadron, but also for the Utah State offense, which leads the WAC and ranks sixth in the FBS... USU converted on 22-of-22 trips before not scoring twice in the Fresno State game on Oct. 15, and then once in the SJSU game on Nov. 12... The Aggies have now scored on 91 percent of their trips to the red zone (33-of-36).
RED ZONE OFFENSE Rank Name Gm Drives Scores Points Rush TD Pass TD FG Pct 1 Stanford 11 62 61 374 24 24 13 .98 2 LSU 11 51 49 298 26 12 11 .96 3 Wisconsin 11 59 56 371 31 20 5 .95 3 Western Mich. 10 43 41 255 12 21 8 .95 5 Texas A&M 11 54 51 303 22 16 13 .94 5 La.-Lafayette 11 31 29 164 13 7 9 .94 6 UTAH STATE 10 36 33 204 20 8 3 .92 7 Oklahoma 10 53 48 278 19 15 14 .91 7 Toledo 11 47 43 268 23 12 8 .91 7 Ball St. 11 44 40 224 14 12 14 .91 7 Pittsburgh 10 35 32 200 18 8 6 .91 7 Rice 11 33 30 164 11 8 11 .91 7 Kent St. 11 23 21 116 8 6 7 .91BURNING THE BARN -- Utah State has been in seven games that have been decided by one score or less: losing to Auburn, 42-38, on Sept. 3, losing to Colorado State, 35-34, in 2OT, on Sept. 24, losing at BYU, 27-24 on Sept. 30 and losing to Louisiana Tech, 24-17, on Oct. 22, before breaking through with the 35-31 win at Hawai`i on Nov. 5 and following it up with a wild 34-33 win over San Jose State on Nov. 12 and another wild win with a 49-42 double OT victory at Idaho... Those seven games are tied for the second-most one-score games in the nation... The seven games are tied for second in the nation while the 27 point differential is the fewest for seven or more games... Overall, the 27 point differential rank the Aggies 17th for point differential... USU and Nevada are two of 33 teams in the country who have had four or more one-score games... The Aggies are also one of eight teams with four losses by eight points or less:
GAMES DECIDED BY ONE SCORE - BY PTS Team Games Total Points Buffalo 3 (1-2) 5 Rutgers 4 (2-2) 8 Cincinnati 3 (2-1) 9 TCU 3 (1-2) 10 Arizona State 4 (1-3) 11 Western Kentucky 4 (3-1) 11 BYU 4 (2-2) 12 Duke 5 (2-3) 12 Baylor 5 (4-1) 14 Florida 3 (1-2) 14 Marshall 3 (3-0) 14 Auburn 3 (3-0) 14 Mississippi State 3 (1-2) 15 Nevada 4 (2-2) 15 Wyoming 4 (4-0) 15 Minnesota 4 (2-2) 16 Middle Tennessee 4 (1-3) 16 South Carolina 5 (4-1) 16 USC 3 (2-1) 17 Navy 6 (1-5, one OT) 18 Colorado State 5 (2-3, one OT) 18 Hawai`i 5 (1-4) 18 Illinois 5 (3-2) 19 Indiana 4 (0-4) 19 Notre Dame 5 (3-2) 19 Idaho 5 (1-4) 20 Texas A&M 5 (1-4) 20 UConn 4 (1-3) 20 San Jose State 6 (3-3) 21 Boston College 5 (1-4) 22 Central Michigan 5 (2-3) 22 New Mexico State 4 (3-1) 23 Louisiana Tech 6 (3-3, two OT) 26 UTAH STATE 7 (3-4, TWO OT) 27 Penn State 6 (5-1) 27 Wake Forest 6 (3-3) 30 Syracuse 6 (4-2, three OT) 30 Ohio State 6 (2-4 one OT) 30 Central Florida 6 (0-6) 31 Kansas State 7 (6-1) 32 Louisville 7 (2-5) 37BIG BERTHA DRIVING -- Utah State's offense is equipped with a Big Bertha driver in its bag, as the Aggies have five scoring drives of 90+ yards this season, including two of 99-yards, ranking tied for second-most in the nation for 90+ yard drives as well as tied for the most 99-yard scoring drives:
90+ Yard Scoring Drives 7 Georgia Tech (95, 98, 90, 95, 92, 94, 91) 5 UTAH STATE (91, 90, 99, 99, 94) 5 Texas Tech (91, 95, 92, 92, 91) 5 Southern Miss (94, 95, 96, 98, 99) 5 California (92, 91, 91, 91, 96) 5 BYU (99, 97, 96, 91, 90) 5 Alabama (98, 94, 92, 92, 92) 4 Illinois (95, 95, 97, 90) 4 Louisiana Tech (94, 93, 90, 92) 4 Middle Tennessee (95, 95, 94, 98) 4 New Mexico State (90,92,90,93) 4 Oregon (90, 94, 93, 90) 4 Central Michigan (93, 91, 96, 94)2011 RUSHING ATTACK AMONG USU ELITE -- This season's Utah State rushing attack has amassed 2,739 rushing yards, the third-straight season over 2,000 yards after a 34-year hiatus from 1975-2009... With 310 rushing yards at Idaho, this year's rushing attack vaulted from No. 5 to No. 3 in the program's history, needing just 69 rushing yards to tie the 1961 attack for No. 2 and needing 381 more to tie the school-record holder 1960 rushing attack... USU's 34 rushing TD's are currently the second-most in school-history, behind 39 rushing TD's in 1961:
Year G No Yds Avg TD 1960 10 553 3120 312 29 1961 10 534 2808 280.8 39 2011 10 457 2739 273.9 34 1974 11 681 2701 245.5 15 2010 12 528 2442 168.7 24 1959 11 534 2371 215.5 17 1962 10 538 2364 236.4 28 1973 11 609 2277 207.0 20 2009 12 496 2311 192.6 25 1963 10 428 2101 210.0 32 1967 10 512 2029 202.9 -- 1975 11 550 2028 184.4 16 1965 10 474 2025 202.5 --RUSH, RUSH, RUSH -- Utah State's offense is not rocking out to the hair band, but is doing a lot of rushing, to the tune of 273.9 yards per game... The 273.9 ypg average this season is on pace to be the Aggies' highest rushing average since 1961 when USU amassed 280.8 ypg... USU's total offense average of 461.6 ypg is on pace to be the second-best in school history behind 468.5 ypg in 1996... Additionally, the Aggies' 36.9 points per game is the highest scoring average since 1961's 38.7 ppg.
USU's Top Offensive Averages Rushing Avg. Total Offense Avg. Scoring Avg. 312.0, 1960 468.5, 1996 38.7, 1961 280.8, 1961 461.6, 2011 36.9, 2011 273.9, 2011 449.4, 1997 33.6, 1997 245.5, 1974 442.1, 1993 31.7, 1963 236.4, 1962 439.3, 2009 31.5, 1979 215.5, 1959 434.8, 1972 30.0, 1996TENACIOUS D -- The Aggies' defense has been much improved this season, as their 351.9 ypg total defense yardage is on pace to be the best since 1998's 319.9 ypg... USU's rushing defense average of 120.6 ypg is on pace to be the lowest since 1981:
Rushing Avg. 50.8, 1961 82.8, 1966 83.9, 1965 84.7, 1960 93.2, 1963 115.0, 1985 115.6, 1997 116.2, 1981 120.6, 2011 123.4, 1998MORE POSITIVE PUNT RETURNS -- With 114 punt return yards through 10 games, USU has already surpassed last year's season total of 72 total punt return yards... The Aggies also have five punt returns of 10 or more yards compared to three all of last year, equalling last season's total in the Weber State game alone, part of nearly matching 2010's season total with 69 punt returns in that game.
UTAH STATE-NEVADA SERIES -- In Utah State's oldest series with a WAC opponent, dating back to 1904, Nevada leads the all-time series with a 17-4 advantage... The Wolf Pack has won the last six in a row and 12 of the last 14 meetings, as the Aggies' last win in the series was a 37-35 victory in 1999... Nevada has also won the last seven meetings at Logan, as USU's last home win over the Wolf Pack was in 1950 and Nevada holds a 9-2 advantage in Logan... Nevada also has an 8-2 edge in Reno, as the Wolf Pack have won the last three meetings at Reno after USU had won the previous two match-ups there, the Aggies' only two wins there, as Nevada holds an 8-2 advantage at Reno... The visiting team has won eight of the last 11 meetings, with Nevada's 2006, 2008 and 2010 wins the only home victories in that stretch... The series dates back to 1904 and the schools met six times before playing in the Big West from 1992-99... In that time frame the schools had eight meetings and one of the two schools claimed or shared the league title in each of the first six years (1992-97)... In fact, the two programs shared the Big West regular season title in 1996 and 1997 with identical 4-1 records both years... In 1996 the teams played for the conference title in the final week of the year and Nevada posted a 54-27 win at Logan... In 1997, USU clinched the league title against a then-undefeated Wolf Pack team in the second to last game of the year with a 38-19 win at Nevada.
USU vs. NEVADA Overall: 4-17-0 / Home: 2-9-0 / Away: 2-8-0 11-9-04 L 5-24 A 10-16-15 W 26-0 H 10-28-16 L 7-9 A 11-6-20 L 0-21 A 11-22-21 L 0-41 H 10-21-44 L 7-13 H 9-16-50 W 7-6 H 11-14-92 L 47-48 A 11-16-93 L 44-48 H 11-12-94 L 28-56 A 11-4-95 L 25-30 H 11-9-96 L 27-54 H 11-15-97 W 38-19 A 11-7-98 L 21-26 H 11-20-99 W 37-35 A 11-19-05 L 24-30 H 11-11-06 L 0-42 A 10-20-07 L 28-31 H 10-18-08 L 17-44 A 10-17-09 L 32-35 H 10-30-10 L 42-56 AUTAH STATE VS. SILVER STATE TEAMS -- Utah State is 16-24 (.400) all-time against teams from the Silver State, with a 4-17 record against Nevada and 12-7 vs. UNLV... The Aggies' last win over a team from Nevada was Sept. 24, 2005 over UNLV, 31-24... USU has lost eight in a row to a Silver State opponent since, losing to Nevada in 2005, '06, '07, '08, '09 and '10, and losing to UNLV in 2007 and '08.
USU IN NOVEMBER -- Utah State has won 11 of its last 16 games in the month of November... During its six years in the WAC, USU is 12-14 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... Saturday is one of USU's four games in November, marking the sixth time in the last seven years that the Aggies have had four games in the 11th month.
26th OF NOVEMBER -- Saturday is USU's first game on Nov. 26 since 2005, winning 24-21 at New Mexico State... The Aggies are 4-6 on Nov. 26 since 1914, winning three of the last five on the 26th day of the 11th month... This marks the first time USU and Nevada have squared off on Nov. 26 and is also the first time Utah State has hosted a game on the date... Here's a closer look at how USU has fared on Nov. 26:
1914 - L 2-20 at Utah 1925 - W 10-6 at Utah 1931 - L 0-34 at Utah 1932 - L 0-33 at Idaho 1941 - L 21-33 at Utah 1942 - W 21-13 at Wichita State 1953 - L 14-20 at Pacific 1966 - W 48-0 at Hawai'i 1977 - L 10-13 at Colorado State 2005 - W 24-21 at New Mexico StateAGGIES AND WOLF PACK BATTLING IN NOVEMBER -- After four-straight October meetings, Saturday's meeting is the 14th overall match-up between USU and Nevada taking place in November... The teams made it an annual occurance to meet in the 11th month for 10-straight meetings from 1992-2006, before meeting in October in the last four contests...USU is 2-12 against Nevada in November, including 0-6 at home against the Wolf Pack in the 11th month... Nevada has won the last two November meetings and three of the last four:
11-9-04 L 5-24 A 11-6-20 L 0-21 A 11-22-21 L 0-41 H 11-14-92 L 47-48 A 11-16-93 L 44-48 H 11-12-94 L 28-56 A 11-4-95 L 25-30 H 11-9-96 L 27-54 H 11-15-97 W 38-19 A 11-7-98 L 21-26 H 11-20-99 W 37-35 A 11-19-05 L 24-30 H 11-11-06 L 0-42 A
AGGIE-WOLF PACK NOTE-ABLE -- USU has two players and one radio announcer from the Silver State, junior RB/KR Kerwynn Williams, who is from Las Vegas (Valley HS), and freshman CB Ladale Jackson, who is also from Las Vegas (Silverado HS), and is redshirting this season, as well as the voice of the Aggies, Al Lewis, who is also a Valley HS alum... Nevada doesn't have any players from the state of Utah, but the Wolf Pack has one player who played at the University of Utah in senior WR Corbin Louks, who played at Utah in 2008 and sat out the 2009 season after transferring to Nevada... USU offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin was head coach at San Jose State from 1997-2000, where Nevada defensive tackles coach Barry Sacks was the defensive line coach at SJSU from 1998-2000.
USU BESTS VS. NEVADA -- Here is a look at some of the top USU statistical individual performances against the Wolf Pack over the years: Anthony Calvillo threw five TD passes vs. Nevada in 1992, which is tied for the single-game school record (done five times overall, twice by Calvillo)... Calvillo threw for 428 yards in the 1992 match-up with Nevada, which is the No. 6 spot on the single-game passing list... Demario Brown holds the No. 4 single-game rushing mark with 253 yards vs. the Wolf Pack in 1999... Kevin Alexander had 236 receiving yards in 1995, the fourth-best single-game outing... In 1992, the Aggies rang up 684 yards of total offense, tied for the single-game record for total offense (2001 vs. Weber State)... The No. 19 spot on the single-game total offense list of 547 yard came against Nevada in 1993... The 428 passing yards in the 1992 meeting is seventh on the single-game passing list, while 372 passing yards in 2005 is No. 22... In 1999, USU tallied 388 rushing yards vs. Nevada, the No. 11 spot on the rushing list... In last year's wild 56-42 game, RB/KR Kerwynn Williams had a 92-yard kickoff return, tied for No. 10 on USU's longest kickoff returns, while QB Diondre Borel threw for a career-high 399 yards, the No. 10 passing single-game mark in school history and TE Kellen Bartlett had his first 100-yard receiving outing with 121 yards on five catches... USU's 399 passing yards are the 10th-best passing offense mark.
CURRENT AGGIE COACHES VS. NEVADA -- Utah State has nine members of its coaching staff that have faced Nevada in previous positions as either a coach or a player or both, as is the case for Aggie offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin, who coached against Nevada as an assistant at New Mexico, San Jose State and Cal State Northridge, as well as a player at Cal State Northridge, and USU quarterbacks coach Matt Wells, who coached against Nevada as an assistant coach at both New Mexico and Tulsa in addition to playing against them as an Aggie QB... Overall, those nine members were a combined 8-15 vs. Nevada in their prior positions before being Utah State coaches.
Name Utah State Position Other Position Years Gary Andersen Head Coach Southern Utah Head Coach 2003-L, 23-24 (0-1 vs. NEV)EACH OTHER'S LAST TIME LIST -- On Utah State's "Last Time" list, Nevada is referenced eight times, and would have been nine except last week's 49-point scoring output at Idaho was USU's first 40-point scoring game since last year at Nevada with 42:
-- USU's last individual to score a two-point conversion was current junior RB Robert Turbin, who caught the two-point conversion pass from former QB Diondre Borel against Nevada on Oct. 17, 2009.
USU is on Nevada's "Last Time" list three times:
-- The last time Nevada score 50 points was last year vs. USU with the 56 points.
UTAH STATE-NEVADA BY THE NUMB3R5 -- A closer look at note-ables about Saturday's match-up between the Aggies and Wolf Pack:
0 Times that USU has beaten Nevada when Chris Ault has been head coach,
as the Wolf Pack veteran head coach is 9-0 vs. USU, including 4-0 at Reno.
UTAH STATE-NEVADA LAST TIME: 2010
RENO, Nev. - Utah State rallied from a 35-0 halftime deficit but the Aggies' rally came up short, falling at Nevada, the 24th-ranked team in the BCS standings, 56-42, on Oct. 30 in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU at a cold, windy Mackay Stadium. Senior quarterback Diondre Borel threw for a career-high 399 yards, the 10th-best passing outing in USU history. Borel was 24-of-38 for the 399 yards with two TD passes, bettering his previous career-best of 369 last season at Idaho. The 399 passing yards is also No. 10 on USU's single-game passing list and the most since Jose Fuentes had 426 in 2002. Sophomore kick returner/running back Kerwynn Williams added a 92-yard kick return for his first career kick return TD and Utah State's first kick return for a TD since Kevin Robinson's 92-yard return in 2007. The 92-yard return by Williams is tied for the 10th-best in USU history, tying Tony Pennyman's 92-yard return in 2005. Williams ended the night with a career-best 228 all-purpose yards, on 158 kick return yards, as well as a career-best 63 receiving yards and seven rushing yards. Junior tight end Kellen Bartlett snared a career-best 121 yards on five catches, becoming USU's first 100-yard receiver since Nnamdi Gwacham had 140 yards on four catches last year which also came against Nevada. Sophomore wide receiver Dontel Watkins added 82 yards on a game-high six catches as he has now has at least three receptions in all eight of USU's games this season. Junior tight end Tarren Lloyd caught a 15-yard TD pass for USU's first score of the night and his first since his freshman season of 2008. The Aggie defense was led by junior linebacker Bobby Wagner with nine tackles while freshman linebacker Jake Doughty added seven stops and sophomore safety McKade Brady added six tackles in making his first start of his USU career. Nevada scored on its first three possessions, jumping out to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter, and added two more scores in the final 2:18 of the half to go up 35-0 at intermission. The Wolf Pack amassed 212 yards in the first half while the Aggies had just 71 total yards. USU took the second half kick and marched down the field, as Borel was 5-of-5 passing, capping the 11-play, 84-yard drive with a 15-yard scoring strike to Lloyd to put USU on the board. Nevada countered with a 35-yard rush by Ball for a TD, but USU responded with a 1-yard scoring scamper by Borel to close to 42-14, with the big play of the drive coming on a 63-yard pass, catch and run play by Bartlett. However, the Wolf Pack scored on a 20-yard pass from Kaepernick to Nick Hale before USU freshman running back Robert Marshall charged in from 3-yards out for a 49-21 score with six ticks on the third quarter clock, capping a frenzied scoring stanza with USU putting 21 points on the board while NEV added 14. After the Aggie defense forced a NEV punt, Borel spearheaded the USU drive, capping it with a 15-yard pass to Watkins to pull USU within, 49-28. Again the USU defense held strong, forcing another punt and Williams scored on a 7-yard scamper to make it 49-35 with 2:23 to play. However, the Aggies' onside kick attempt went out of bounds, and the Wolf Pack took over, with Courtney Randall scored from a yard out to put Nevada ahead 56-35. Yet USU wasn't done as Williams returned the ensuing kickoff 92-yards to payturf, pulling the Aggies within 56-42 with 55 seconds on the clock. USU's onside kick attempt was recovered by Nevada and the Wolf Pack ran out the clock to seal the win.
Score By Quarters Utah State 0 0 21 21 - 42 Nevada 14 21 14 7 - 56AGGIES-WOLF PACK LAST TIME AT LOGAN: 2009
NEVADA 35, UTAH STATE 32
October 17, 2009 Logan, Utah Romney Stadium
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's frenzied rally came up short, losing 35-32 to Nevada on Oct. 17, 2009 in USU's Western Athletic Conference home opener at a clear and sunny Romney Stadium. USU is now 1-5 overall and 0-2 in WAC action on the season, with both losses by three points after the previous week's 20-17 loss at New Mexico State on a last-second field goal. Nevada improves to 2-0 in league play and evening its overall mark at 3-3. The Aggies are now 4-16 against the Wolf Pack, losing the last five in a row. Junior quarterback Diondre Borel threw for a career-high 353 yards on 25-of-42 passing with three TD's, his second three TD outing this season. Four of his passes went to senior wide receiver Nnamdi Gwacham for a career-high 140 yards, including a career-long 77-yard reception in the first quarter to set up USU's first TD of the game. The Aggies had a total of 427 yards of total offense, while the Wolf Pack tallied 502 yards, including 313 on the ground, with Vai Taua (147) and Luke Lippincott (104) combining for 251 of that with one TD each. Lippincott's 69-yard scamper with 4:08 left proved to be the winning score as it gave Nevada a 35-24 lead. USU cut it to 35-32 with 2:35 to go on a 14-yard pass from Borel to Gwacham, followed by a two-point conversion from Borel to sophomore running back Robert Turbin. The Aggies went for the on-side kick and initially recovered it, but were called for offsides. On the re-kick, Nevada recovered and ran out the clock for the win. Senior safety James Brindley led USU with a game-high nine tackles, including one for a loss and snared his team-leading third interception of the season. It was also his ninth of his career as he needs one more to reach USU's career top 10 list. The sophomore linebacker tandem of Bobby Wagner and Kyle Gallagher had eight stops each. The Aggies opened the scoring with a 1-yard plunge from Turbin at the 6:41 mark of the first quarter and USU went ahead 14-0 with 12:25 to go in the second stanza after an 8-yard pass from Borel to sophomore wide receiver Eric Moats, for Moats' first career TD catch. Nevada sandwiched a pair of TD passes from Colin Kaepernick, the first an 11-yarder to Lippincott, and a 44-yarder to Virgil Green around a 32-yard scoring strike from Borel to Turbin to make it 21-14 in USU's favor at halftime. Kaepernick finished the game 10-of-24 passing for 189 yards with three TD tosses, while also rushing for 77 yards. On the Aggies' opening possession of the second half, junior punter Peter Caldwell's punt bounced off Nevada's returner Jonathon Amaya and USU sophomore wide receiver Stanley Morrison recovered at the Nevada 13-yard line. A penalty and sack stalled USU's drive and senior kicker Chris Ulinski booted a season-long 48-yard field goal for a 24-14 USU lead with 10:23 in the third quarter. The Wolf Pack reeled off 21-straight points on a Taua 5-yard run, a 49-yard TD pass from Kaepernick to Brandon Wimberly, and Lippincott's 69-yard run to open its 35-24 lead that USU couldn't counter.
Score By Quarters Nevada 0 14 7 14 - 35 Utah State 7 14 3 8 - 32TURBIN NEW USU TOTAL TD RECORD HOLDER -- Junior RB Robert Turbin became Utah State's total touchdowns record holder with a TD in the LA Tech game, giving him 42 career TD's, passing Abu Wilson's 41 career total scores from 1992, 1994-96... Turbin is now just building on the record... Turbin has also broken into the WAC's Top 10 Total TD's list.
USU Career Touchdowns No. Name Years No. 1. Robert Turbin 2007-pres. 49 2. Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 41 3. Tom Larscheid 1959-61 40 4. Demario Brown 1996-99 37 5. Emmett White 1998-01 32 6. Kevin Robinson 2004-07 29 7. Kendal Smith 1985-88 28 8. Rick Parros 1976-79 27 9. Tracy Jenkins 1988-91 22 10. Aaron Jones 1997-2000 21 Louie Giammona 1973-75 21 Roy Shivers 1964-65 21TURBIN IS NEW USU CAREER POINTS SCORED RECORD HOLDER -- With 18 points scored in the Idaho game, Turbin broke former placekicker Brad Bohn's school record of 284 career points from 1997-2000...
Career Points Scored No.Name Years Pts. 1. Robert Turbin 2007-pres 296 2. Brad Bohn 1997-2000 284 3. Tom Larscheid 1959-61 248 4. Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 246 5. Demario Brown 1996-99 234 6. Steve Steinke 1977-80 204 7. Micah Knorr 1993-96 197 8. Emmett White 1998-01 194 9. Kevin Robinson 2004-07 182 10. Willie Beecher 1981-84 172 11. Rick Parros 1976-79 170TURBIN IS EIGHTH AGGIE TO 2,000 FOR CAREER / FIFTH TO 3K -- Junior RB Robert Turbin became the 20th player in Utah State history to reach the 1,000 career rushing yards milestone in 2009, and only the eighth player in Aggie history to reach the 2,000 mark... Turbin hit the 2K mark as part of his 180-yard performance against Weber State on Sept. 10, 2011... Turbin became just the fifth Aggie running back with 3,000 career yards, reaching the 3K plateau in the Idaho game on Nov. 19, 2011... He is the first to 3,000 since Demario Brown (1996-99), who is the school-record holder with 4,053 rushing yards.
USU 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. Robert Turbin 2007-pres. 3,055 6. Emmett White 1998-01 2,791 7. Roger Grant 1990-91 2,387 8. Tom Larscheid 1959-61 2,206 9. Altie Taylor 1966-68 1,959 10. Jay Van Noy 1946-49 1,923TURBO-ING TO 1,000 YARDS RUSHING AND BEYOND -- Turbin is also climbing up several USU single-season marks, including the single-season 1,000-yard mark, a milestone he reached against San Jose State on Nov. 12 - Turbin also hit the 1,000-yard mark in 2009 against SJSU... He now has 1,296 for the season, marking the 15th time that an Aggie running back has reached the 1,000-yard mark... Turbin is the 10th different USU running back to reach the four-digit yardage mark... Turbin becomes just the fifth Aggie back to reach 1,000 yards in two seasons, joining Louie Giammona (1974, 1975), Emmett White (2000, 2001), Rick Parros (1977, 1979) and Roger Grant (1990, 1991).
Single-Season Rushing Yardage 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. 1,296 2009 Robert Turbin, So. 207 6.3 13 9. 1,257 2011 Robert Turbin, JR. 186 6.8 19 10. 1,236 1979 Rick Parros, Sr. 259 4.8 15 11. 1,150 1973 Archie Gibson, Sr. 216 5.3 3 12. 1,138 1965 Roy Shivers, Jr. 189 6.0 14 13. 1,135 1977 Rick Parros, So. 261 4.3 4 14. 1,044 1960 Tom Larscheid, Jr. 124 8.4 13 15. 1,017 1991 Roger Grant, Sr. 218 4.7 4 16. 971 1997 Demario Brown, So. 184 5.3 10 17. 967 2003 David Fiefia, Sr. 206 4.7 7 18. 966 1978 Rick Parros, Jr. 221 4.3 7 19. 947 1993 Profail Greer, So. 190 5.0 10 20. 929 1968 Altie Taylor, Sr. 203 4.6 8 21. 920 1956 Jack Hill, Sr. 140 6.6 14TOUCHDOWN TIME FOR TURBIN -- Turbin is also climbing USU's career rushing TD list, as he now has 40 career TD's after his rushing score in the BYU game broke a tie with Tom Larscheid (1959-61) with 29 career TD's for sole possession of the No. 3 spot... Turbin is now tied for the No. 1 spot of 40, tying Abu Wilson (1992-94-96).
Career Rushing TD's No.Name Years TD 1. Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 40 Robert Turbin 2007-pres 40 3. Demario Brown 1996-99 37 4. Tom Larscheid 1959-61 29 5. Emmett White 1998-01 27 6. Rick Parros 1976-79 26 7. Louie Giammona 1973-75 21 8. Roy Shivers 1964-65 18 Diondre Borel 2007-10 18 9. Jack Hill 1956 14 10. Jerry Cox 1973-74 13 Jerry Hughes 1971-72 13 Altie Taylor 1966-68 13OTHER TURBIN MARKS IN TOP 10 CAREER LIST -- Turbin is also moving up USU's career rushing attempts and career rushing average lists:
Career Rushing Attempts No.Name Years Pts. 1. Demario Brown 1996-99 792 Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 792 3. Rick Parros 1976-79 782 4. Louie Giammona 1973-75 756 5. Emmett White 1998-01 517 6. Robert Turbin 2007-pres. 502 7. Roger Grant 1990-91 484 8. Altie Taylor 1966-68 415 9. Maurice Turner 1979-82 404 10. John Strycula 1969-71 401 11. Demetrius Brown 1986-89 383TURBIN CLIMBING WAC'S CAREER LISTS -- In addition to moving up on USU's career lists, Turbin is also ascending the WAC's career points scored and rushing TD's lists, while closing in on the conference's career rushing list:
WAC Career Points Scored 1. 439 Kyle Brotzman, BSU, 2007-10 --- 6. 363 Kevin Goessling, FS, 2008-pres. 7. 356 Ian Johnson, BSU, 2005-08 8. 338 Andy Trakas, SDSU, 1989-92 9. 335 Dan Kelly, UH, 2005-08 10. 324 LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU, 1997-00 11. 320 Vai Taua, NEV, 2007-10 12. 319 Sean Fleming, UW, 1988-91 13. 306 John Harvey, UTEP, 1985-88 14. 302 Peter Holt, SDSU, 1993-96 15. 301 Cory Wedel, UW, 1994-97 16. 296 Robert Turbin, USU, 2007-pres.TURBIN AMONG OTHER BACKS IN THE NATION -- Turbin has 15 career 100-yard rushing games, and had a streak of five in a row snapped in the LA Tech game, which was his longest streak of his career... Turbin's 15 career 100-yard games ranks among that nation's best active running backs:
Career 100-Yard Rushing Games (active players through Nov. 19):WAGNER WAC PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR, MULTI-PRESEASON WATCH LIST MEMBER -- The media of the Western Athletic Conference voted on preseason players of the year, selecting USU senior linebacker Bobby Wagner as the Defensive Player of the Year, while Hawai`i senior quarterback Bryant Moniz was voted the Offensive Player of the Year.
Wagner is the first USU player to earn a preseason WAC honor since the Aggies joined the league in 2005. It is Utah State's first conference preseason honor since 2004 when Ronald Tupea and Robert Watts were named to the Sun Belt preseason first-team all-conference team. The WAC does not have a preseason all-conference team.
Wagner is also on several preseason all-WAC teams as well as several award watch lists, including:
Wagner, a native of Ontario, Calif. (Colony HS) is a two-time first-team all-WAC honoree... Last season, he led the WAC and ranked tied for seventh in FBS with 11.1 tackles per game, ranking second in the WAC with 133 total tackles in 2010 season... In 2010, Wagner also tallied a WAC-best four 15+ tackle outings, including two 17-stop games, a 16-tackle game and a 15-tackle outing... On the season, he logged a total of seven double-digit tackle games, and had at least six stops in all 12 games... Additionally, Wagner added eight tackles for loss with half a sack, as well as four pass breakups and one forced fumble.
WAGNER WRANGLING WAY UP USU AND WAC TACKLE LIST -- Senior LB Bobby Wagner has 407 career tackles, becoming the 14th player in USU history to top the 300 stops mark and the first since former teammate Jake Hutton (328 career tackles, 2005-08)... He recently passed Hutton and now holds the No. 3 spot on the USU list and No. 4 on the WAC list, to become the third Aggie and the fourth WAC player since 1979 to reach the 400 tackle milestone:
USU Career Tackles Tackles Years No. (Since 1979) 1. Del Lyles 1988-91 446 2. David Gill 1993-96 425 3. Bobby Wagner 2008-pres. (119) 418 4. Jesse Busta 1999-2002 392 5. Brent Passey 1997-2000 386 6. Kevin Bouwmann 1987-1990 372 7. Pat McKenna 1979-82 359 8. Johndale Carty 1995-98 347 9. Jermaine Younger 1990-93 337 10. Jake Hutton 2005-08 328WILLIAMS NEW USU AND WAC KICK RETURN RECORD HOLDER -- Kick returner/running back Kerwynn Williams became the USU and WAC single-season kick return total yardage record holder, finishing the 2010 season with 1,444 yards, breaking the week-old WAC record of 1,410 by New Mexico State's Taveon Rogers... The previous record was 1,214 yards by Deonce Whitaker of San Jose State in 1998 before both Rogers and Williams broke it.
Williams also broke the WAC's Career Kick Return Yards record in the BYU game on Sept. 30, passing Cedric Johnson of UTEP's record of 2,782 yards from 1993-96.
Williams had 53 kick returns last season, also breaking the WAC and NCAA (FBS) records also set by Rogers last season of 51.
Now with 3,349 career kick return yards, Williams established a new conference record in career kick return yards, passing Cedric Johnson of UTEP's record of 2,782 yards from 1993-96.
Williams is currently USU's career record holder for kick return average, as well as moving up on USU's single-game kick return average list and the career all-purpose yardage list... Williams joined Kevin Robinson as the only Aggie kick returners to surpass the 1,000-kick return yardage milestone and Williams has now topped the 1k mark twice.
USU Single Season Kick Return Yards Year No. Yds. 1. Kerwynn Williams, So. 2010 53 1,444 2. Kevin Robinson, Sr. 2007 43 1,260 3. Kerwynn Williams, Fr. 2009 45 1,131
WILLIAMS NINTH-BEST SINGLE-SEASON ALL-PURPOSE MARK IN WAC -- With 2,042 all-purpose yards last season (1,444 kick return, 451 rush, 110 receiving, 37 punt return), Kerwynn Williams holds the No. 9 spot on the WAC's Single-Season All-Purpose list, the most in the WAC since USU's Kevin Robinson amassed 2,317 all-purpose yards in 2007.
WAC Single-Season All-Purpose No. Yards Name, School, Years 1. 16,916 Timmy Chang, UH, 2000-04 1. 2,591 Bernard Berrian, FS, 2001 2. 2,317 Kevin Robinson, USU, 2007 3. 2,198 LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU, 2000 4. 2,174 Marshall Faulk, SDSU, 1993 5. 2,146 Howard Jackson, UTEP, 2003 6. 2,138 Terance Mathis, UNM, 1989 7. 2,127 Brock Forsey, BSU, 2002 8. 2,086 Charles Pauley, SJSU, 2002 9. 2,042 Kerwynn Williams, USU, 2010 10. 2,036 Carl Monroe, UU, 1982
THOMPSON KICKING TO SINGLE-SEASON PAT RECORD -- Sophomore PK Josh Thompson set a new USU single-season PAT record with his record-tying and record-setting PAT's coming in the San Jose State game and he continues to build on his record:
USU Single Season Extra Points Made No. Name, Class Year No. 1. Josh Thompson, So. 2011 48 2. Brad Bohn, Fr. 1997 39 Steve Steinke, Jr. 1979 37 4. Micah Knorr, Sr. 1996 36 5. Dane Kidman, Jr. 2001 35 Doug Beach, So. 1990 35 7. Dane Kidman, Sr. 2002 33 Michael Doyle, Sr. 1972 33 Nathan Morreale, Fr. 1993 33 10. James Turner, Jr. 1961 30 11. Peter Caldwell, Sr. 2010 28 Brad Bohn, Sr. 2000 28 Sean Jones, Sr. 1992 28 Chris Pella, Sr. 1964 28TURBIN EARNS SEVERAL NATIONAL AWARDS FOR SATURDAY'S PERFORMANCE -- Utah State football player Robert Turbin's performance in USU's wild 49-42 double overtime win over Idaho Saturday garnered several national honors for the junior running back. Turbin was named the National Running Back of the Week by collegefootballperformance.com, the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness and was nominated for the Running Back Performance of the Year by Intersport.
Turbin, a native of Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS), rushed for a career-high 208 yards with three TD's, including two in OT, with the second being the game-winner in USU's wild 49-42 double OT win at Idaho Saturday. The 208 is the second-most in the most in the WAC this season, one yard behind the top spot, and Turbin now has two of the top five rushing outings on the year. Turbin scored his first TD on an 80-yard scamper on USU's fourth possession of the game, giving the Aggies a 21-7 lead. After Idaho forced OT and scored first, Turbin scored his second TD of the day on a 1-yard plunge on fourth-and-goal to force the second OT. USU got the ball first in the second extra session and Turbin hit the endzone from 3-yards out and USU's defense intercepted Idaho's fourth-and-goal play to seal the win.
Turbin went over 3,000 yards for his career and broke USU's single-season rushing TD, single-season total TD, single-season scoring and the Aggies' career scoring records. The 208 rushing yards made Turbin the Aggies' first 200-yard rusher since Emmett White had 233 vs. Weber State in 2001.
TURBIN TABBED WAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK -- Utah State football player Robert Turbin was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in USU's wild 49-42 double overtime win over Idaho Saturday, an honor selected and announced by the conference office Monday. The junior running back was also selected as the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Nov. 20, an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
On Sunday, Turbin garnered several national honors for his performance. Turbin was named the National Running Back of the Week by collegefootballperformance.com, the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness and was nominated for the Running Back Performance of the Year by Intersport.
Turbin, a native of Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS), rushed for a career-high 208 yards with three TD's, including two in OT, with the second being the game-winner in USU's wild 49-42 double OT win at Idaho Saturday. The 208 is the second-most in the most in the WAC this season, one yard behind the top spot, and Turbin now has two of the top five rushing outings on the year. Turbin scored his first TD on an 80-yard scamper on USU's four possession of the game, giving the Aggies a 21-7 lead. After Idaho forced OT and scored first, Turbin scored his second TD of the day on a 1-yard plunge on fourth-and-goal to force the second OT. USU got the ball first in the second extra session and Turbin hit the endzone from 3-yards out and USU's defense intercepted Idaho's fourth-and-goal play to seal the win.
Turbin went over 3,000 yards for his career and broke USU's single-season rushing TD, single-season total TD, single-season scoring and the Aggies' career scoring records. The 208 rushing yards made Turbin the Aggies' first 200-yard rusher since Emmett White had 233 vs. Weber State in 2001. Turbin's 208 yards is tied for No. 18 on USU's top rushing outings, matching Rick Parros who had 208 yards against Weber State on Nov. 17, 1979.
This is Turbin's second career WAC Offensive Player of the Week honor, earning the accolade on Nov. 30, 2009, also after a record performance at Idaho, as he scored five TD's in USU's 52-49 shootout win over Idaho, snapping the Aggies' 12-game road losing streak. The five TD's tied a USU record, last done by Jack Hill with five rushing TD's vs. Drake in 1956.
FILIMOEATU NAMED HONORABLE MENTION COLLEGEFOOTBALLPERFORMANCE.COM DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK -- Utah State football's Bojay Filimoeatu was named an honorable mention national Defensive Lineman of the Week by collegefootballperformance.com for his performance in USU's wild 49-42 double OT win over Idaho on Nov. 19.
Filimoeatu, a native of West Valley City, Utah (Granger HS/Mt. San Antonio JC) had a forced fumble and recovered the ball, registering his first forced and recovered fumble of his USU career.
KOSKAN GARNERS NATIONAL RECOGNITION FROM COLLEGEFOOTBALLPERFORMANCE.COM -- Utah State football player Levi Koskan was named an honorable mention national Defensive Lineman of the Week by collegefootballperformance.com for his performance in USU's 34-33 comeback win over San Jose State on Nov. 12.
Koskan, a senior from Smithfield, Utah (Sky View HS), recorded a defensive trifecta, with a sack, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble all on the same play, on San Jose State quarterback Matt Faulkner, giving USU the ball at its own 11. The Aggies punched it in to pull within 20-14 with 9:45 left in the third quarter as USU rallied from down 33-21 to win 34-33. It was USU's second win in as many weeks in rallying from down double digits and scoring the game-winner in the final minute of the game.
MORRISON NAMED WAC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK -- Utah State football player Stanley Morrison was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in USU's comeback win at Hawai`i, on Nov. 5, as selected and announced Nov. 7 by the conference office... Morrison's honor is Utah State's first conference special teams award since kick returner Kevin Robinson on Sept. 24, 2007... Overall, it is the Aggies' fifth WAC special teams honor, including getting three in 2005, as kick and punt returner Tony Pennyman earned the award twice, on Sept. 26 and Nov. 21 of 2005, sandwiched around Robinson collecting the accolade on Oct. 10, 2005... Morrison, a senior wide receiver from Denison, Texas (Denison HS), successfully executed not one, but two fake punts to keep drives alive for USU, one of which resulted in a TD as part of the Aggies' 28 second-half points to overcome a 28-7 first half deficit for a wild 35-31 win over the Warriors of Hawai`i for USU's first win at Honolulu since 1966... On a 4th-and-4 play in the second quarter, Morrison had an eight-yard gain to keep USU's drive alive, but it later stalled... However, in the third quarter, Morrison again was the key cog in a fake punt, passing to Joe Hill for a 23-yard gain on 4th-and-5, on a tipped pass by teammate Bobby Wagner that Hill corralled for the first down... Three plays later, USU scored a TD to pull within 31-21 with 2:16 left in the third frame... Morrison also had his first 100-yard receiving outing of the season with two catches for 105 yards, including a 71-yard TD catch in which he made a spectacular catch between two UH defenders, and then dashed to the endzone... It was Morrison's second career 100-yard outing. Morrison's 105 yards receiving was his first 100-yard receiving outing of the season, becoming USU's first 100-yard receiver this season and the Aggies' first since TE Kellen Bartlett had five catches for 121 yards last year at Nevada... It was Morrison's second career 100-yard game, joining his career-best 126-yard receiving outing at Texas A&M in 2009... The 71-yard TD catch was the second-longest of Morrison's career, behind a 75-yarder at Idaho in 2009... The 71-yard TD catch was his second scoring catch of the season and fifth of his career... Morrison now has at least one catch in 32-straight games, which leads the WAC... This is Morrison's first WAC Player of the Week award of his career, and is the Aggies' second this season, as freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton garnered the Offensive Player of the Week honor on Oct. 10.
USU FOOTBALL'S WAGNER AND HAUETER EARN NATIONAL RECOGNITION FROM COLLEGEFOOTBALLPERFORMANCE.COM -- Utah State football players Bobby Wagner and Jacob Haueter were both recognized by collegefootballperformance.com for their performance in the Aggies' 24-17 loss to Louisiana Tech on Oct. 22. Wagner was named an honorable mention national Linebacker of the Week, while Haueter was tabbed an honorable mention Kickoff Specialist of the Week.
Both Wagner and Haeuter's hometowns are Ontario, with Wagner being from Ontario, Calif., while Haueter hails from Ontario, Ore.
Wagner, a senior linebacker from Ontario, Calif. (Colony HS), posted a career-high 20 tackles, which included two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. Wagner also had two quarterback hurries in the game. It was Wagner's sixth double-digit tackle outing in the Aggies' seven games and he now has 20 career games with double-figure stops. Wagner's 20 stops gives him 388 for his career, moving up to No. 4 on USU's Career Tackles list and No. 5 on the WAC's Career Tackles list. On the season, Wagner is tops in the WAC and third in FBS in tackles at 12.7 per game.
Haueter, a freshman placekicker from Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS/Boise State), booted four kickoffs for a 69.5 ypko average, with two touchbacks.
USU'S BRADY NAMED HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK -- Utah State football player McKade Brady has been recognized by collegefootballperformance.com as an honorable mention national Defensive Back of the Week, for his performance in USU's 31-21 loss at Fresno State on Oct. 15.
Brady, a junior safety from Cove, Utah (Sky View HS/BYU), had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on two different plays, to go with four tackles, including half a tackle for loss. Brady registered his first career fumble recovery by recovering a FS fumble in the first quarter and his forced fumble in the second quarter was the second of his career.
AGGIES' KEETON NAMED WAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK, NATIONAL RECOGNITION -- Utah State football quarterback Chuckie Keeton was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 10 for his school-record tying performance in USU's 63-19 win over Wyoming on Oct. 8.
Keeton has been recognized with a pair of national honors. Keeton was acknowledged by collegefootballperformance.com as an honorable mention national Quarterback of the Week, while also being named by College Sports Madness as the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his school-record tying performance in USU's 63-19 win over Wyoming.
In addition to the WAC award, Keeton was also named the Utah State America First Credit Union Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Oct. 9, an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
Keeton, a freshman from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS), completed 16-of-21 passes for 228 yards and a school-record tying five touchdowns in Utah State's 63-19 win against Wyoming. He also added 44 rushing yards on four carries. All five touchdown passes came in the first half as Utah State scored on its first eight possessions of the game.
With the five TD's, Keeton becomes the fourth different Aggie QB to hit the school record, and the sixth time, as Keeton is the first since Anthony Calvillo threw for five scores against BYU in 1993. Calvillo (1993 and 1992) and Tony Adams (1972) had accomplished the feat twice each while Brent Snyder reached it once (1987).
Keeton's five TD's in the game more than doubled his season-total of four entering the game. Behind Keeton, the Aggie offense scored on its first eight possessions of the game, on the way to 42 first-half points, the most in an opening half since at least 1991, as part of the 63 total points. The 63 points scored are its most since winning at Idaho, 63-17, on Oct. 25, 1997, while its 44-point margin of victory is its largest since defeating New Mexico State at home, 47-2, on Nov. 29, 2008.
WILLIAMS COLLECTS PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WEEKLY HONOR ROLL ACCOLADE -- Utah State junior football player Kerwynn Williams is one of three players named to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll on Oct. 10. The weekly recognition honors versatile, single-game performances around the nation by FBS student-athletes, and Williams is joined by Eric Page of Toledo and David Wilson of Virginia Tech.
The Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, is awarded annually to the most versatile player in major college football. Fans can now vote online at www.votepaulhornung.com for the finalist for the 2011 award.
All three weekly honorees are members of the Paul Hornung Award Watch List. Page is being honored for the fourth time this season while Williams and Wilson each earned their first Hornung weekly recognition of the year.
Williams, a native of Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS), had a season-high 232 all-purpose yards in Utah State's 63-19 win over Wyoming on Saturday, totalling 125 kick return yards, including a season-best 54-yard return that set up USU's first TD of the night. Williams also had a 22-yard punt return to set up the Aggies' sixth TD of the first half, as well as adding 55 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards.
USU'S TURBIN TABBED HONORABLE MENTION NATIONAL RUNNING BACK OF WEEK BY COLLEGEFOOTBALLPERFORMANCE.COM -- Utah State football player Robert Turbin was recognized by collegefootballperformance.com as honorable mention Running Back of the Week on Oct. 2.
Turbin, a junior from Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS), rushed for 123 yards including an 80-yard touchdown burst on the first offensive play of the game, in USU's 27-24 loss at BYU on Friday night. He added two catches for 22-yards on the night, including a 24-yard TD reception. Turbin now has at least two TD's in all four of USU's games this season, and has at least one rushing TD in last nine games played. Friday was Turbin's third-straight 100-yard game and 11th of his career, one of 14 active players in FBS with at least 10 career 100-yard games.
Turbin's 80-yard first-quarter TD was his fourth-career TD run over 50+ yards and the second-longest of his career behind the 96-yarder at Utah in 2009. Turbin now has 30 career rushing TD's, taking over sole possession of the No. 3 spot on USU's Career Rushing list, breaking a tie with Tom Larscheid (1959-61) and are the most by an Aggie since Demario Brown (1996-99) had 37. Turbin also passed Lascheid's 2,206 career rushing yards, and now has 2,285 with his 123 yards Friday.
This is the third national honorable mention award by collegefootballperformance.com for Turbin this season, also earning it after the Weber State and Colorado State games.
AGGIES' TURBIN AND KOSKAN RECOGNIZED BY COLLEGEFOOTBALLPERFORMANCE.COM -- Utah State football players Robert Turbin and Levi Koskan were recognized by collegefootballperformance.com with honorable mention awards for their respective positions for their performances in USU's heartbreaking, 36-35 double overtime Homecoming loss to Colorado State on Sept. 24. Turbin was tabbed to the honorable mention Running Back of the Week list while Koskan collected honorable mention Defensive End of the Week accolades.
Turbin, a junior from Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS), rushed for a career-high four TD's as part of his 115 yard rushing outing. Turbin scored on a 3-yard scamper in the third-quarter, then a 1-yard plunge in the fourth-quarter with 4:56 left in regulation to give USU a 21-13 lead. After CSU forced overtime, Turbin scored on the Aggies' possession in the first frame on a 9-yard scamper. The Rams scored to force a second extra sessions and opened the scoring in the second frame with a TD and PAT. Turbin darted in from 25-yards out on USU's second possession, but was stopped on the two-point conversion, denying USU the win.
It was Turbin's 10th career 100-yard rushing outing, as he is one of 13 active players in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with double-digit career 100-yard games.
Koskan a senior from Smithfield, Utah (Sky View HS), posted three tackles for loss including two sacks Saturday night, finishing night with five total tackles. His three TFL's were for 29 yards, with 14 of those coming on his two sacks.
USU'S BENNETT AND TURBIN HONORED BY COLLEGEFOOTBALLPERFORMANCE.COM -- Utah State football players Tyler Bennett and Robert Turbin were honored by collegefootballperformance.com with weekly awards for their performances in USU's 54-17 romp of Weber State on Sept. 10. Bennett was named the Co-National Punter of the Week while Turbin was tabbed to the honorable mention Running Back of the Week list.
Bennett, a junior from Phoenix, Ariz. (North Canyon HS/Phoenix CC), punted three times for a 54.3 yards per punt with all three punts pinning Weber State inside its own 20-yard line, including two inside the Wildcats' 10 in the first quarter. Bennett's first punt was a 62-yarder that was downed at the WSU 4-yard line, while his second punt was a 52-yarder that went out of bounds at the Wildcats' 7. In the fourth quarter, Bennett hit a 49-yarder that went out of bounds at WSU's 12-yard line.
Turbin, a junior from Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS), rushed for 180 yards on 18 carries (10.0 ypr), with two TD's Saturday night, and surpassed the 2,000 career yard mark along the way, becoming just the eighth USU running back to reach the 2,000-yard plateau. Turbin scored on a 14-yard run with 53 seconds left in the second quarter to pull USU to 17-17 at the half, the first of the Aggies' 44 unanswered points as the rallied from being down 17-10. At the 8:04 mark of the third quarter, Turbin tiptoed down the sideline and dove inside the pylon to the endzone to cap off a 31-yard scamper that put USU ahead, 30-17.
USU'S KEETON NAMED RIVALS.COM NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK -- Utah State football player Chuckie Keeton has been named the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week for his performance in the season-opener at Auburn on Sept. 3.
Keeton, a native of Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS), was 21-of-30 passing for 213 yards and added two rushing TD's as part of 33 rushing yards in his Aggie debut in USU's hard-fought 42-38 loss at defending national champion No. 23/19 Auburn Saturday. Keeton is believed to be the first Aggie freshman to start a USU season-opener in at least the modern era. Keeton is also the first Aggie freshman to start a game at QB since Riley Nelson in 2006.
"Chuckie is a special player," USU head coach Gary Andersen said in his post-game interview. "I promise you no one is hurt more, even though he has been with us for a short period of time. We are in very good hands at the quarterback position. ... I love Chuckie Keeton. I have loved Chuckie Keeton since I walked into his living room."
AGGIE NOTES FROM LAST GAME at IDAHO - Nov. 19 --
-- Saturday's win gives USU five wins in a season for the first time since 2000, as USU is now 5-5, the Aggies' best record through 10 games since 2000.
-- USU is on its first three-game win streak overall since 2001 when the Aggies won four in a row, but two were FCS (I-AA) and is the Aggies' first three-game FBS win streak as well as three-straight conference win streak since 2000.
-- USU's 3-2 WAC record is its best WAC mark through five games in its seven years in the league, and its best conference record through five games since 2003 in the Big West.
-- 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 OT, and USU's seventh game this season decided by one score, tying Louisville for the second-most in the country... Kansas State's 17-13 win over Texas was KSU's eighth game this year decided by one score, now with a total point total of 36 points... USU's combined point total of 27 is the fewest for seven games in the country.
-- Utah State's last three meetings with Idaho at Moscow have all be decided by one score, and all USU wins, as the Aggies won 24-14 in 2007, 52-49 in 2009.
-- USU scored on its opening possession for third time this season, also doing so in the BYU and Fresno State games, and are now 1-2 when doing so.
-- The Aggies scored first for the seventh time this season and are now 3-4.
-- Senior RB Michael Smith's two TD's Saturday give him seven rushing TD's for the season and 13 for his career, breaking into a four-way tie for 10th on USU's Career Rushing TD list.
-- After no TD's in his first 18 games played, sophomore WR Travis Van Leeuwen now has a TD catch in back-to-back games after his first career scoring catch last week vs. San Jose State and his 3-yard TD catch in the second quarter.
-- Turbin's 80-yard TD was his second 80-yard TD run this season, also doing so on USU's opening first offensive play from scrimmage of the BYU game... Turbin now has five career TD runs over 50+ yards and the 80-yarders are the second-longest of his career behind the 96-yarder at Utah in 2009.
-- The TD run tied USU's Career Points records, with former placekicker Brad Bohn (1997-2000) with 284 points, and his two OT TD's give him a total of 296 points.
-- Turbin also broke USU's Single-Season Rushing TD record, as his three on Saturday give him 19 on the year, breaking away from a tie with Abu Wilson (1996) who had the previous record of 16.
-- The three TD's also set a new USU Single-Season Total TD's record, as Turbin now has 21 on the season, breaking his own record of 18 he set in 2009, which included a school-record tying five scores in USU's last game at Idaho as part of USU's 52-49 shootout at the Kibbie Dove
-- Furthermore, Turbin also broke his own USU Single-Season Scoring record, now with 126 points, breaking his 2009 record of 110.
-- With his 54-yard gain in the third quarter, Turbin became just the fifth Aggie RB to rush for over 3,000 career yards, and the first since Demario Brown (1996-99), who is the school rushing record holder with 4,053.
-- Turbin is the 26th WAC running back to reach the 3,000 yard plateau, and he has now broken into the top 25 on the WAC's rushing list.
-- With a career-high 208 yards Saturday, Turbin now has seven 100-yard rushing games this season and 15 for his career, now tied for eighth among the nation's active running backs.
-- Senior WR Stanley Morrison snared a reception in his 34th-straight game in his career, which leads the WAC.
-- Morrison also punted for the first time in his USU career, with his kick late in the second quarter.
-- Morrison's 63-yard TD pass from Kennedy was Morrison's third TD catch this season and seventh of his career... It was also his second in the Kibbie Dome, as he had a 75-yard scoring reception in 2009, as part of USU's 52-49 shootout win.
-- Junior QB Adam Kennedy now has two TD passes in each of last three games.
-- The 78-yard INT return for TD by Idaho's Quin Ashley was the second pick six by a USU opponent, as Louisiana Tech's Terry Carter had a 22-yard INT return on Oct. 22.
-- With 11 tackles Saturday, senior LB Bobby Wagner now has 418 career stops, maintaining his spot at No. 3 on USU's Career Tackles list and No. 4 on the WAC's Career Tackles list.
-- It was Wagner's eighth double-digit tackle outing of the season and 22nd of his career.
-- Wagner's game-sealing interception was his second INT of the season, doubling his career total to four.
-- Junior LB/DE Bojay Filimoeatu's fumble force and recovery were both the first of his Aggie career.
-- It was the Aggie defense's third-straight game with a fumble recovery and eighth game this season with a recovery and ninth of the season.
-- Senior LB Bobby Wagner started for the 37th game of his career, and it was his 42nd start overall, which leads USU in both departments.
-- Senior OL Philip Gapelu made his 33rd-straight start and 38th of his career overall, ranking second on the team in both.
-- Junior RB Robert Turbin started for the 33rd time of his career, but 10th since the 2009 season-finale after missing the entire 2010 season with an injury.
-- USU is now:
WHIPPER-SNAPPER -- Nate Needham is one of 19 long snappers in the country who is a freshman, including one of eight who are redshirt-freshmen.
Player School True/Redshirt John Broussard Louisiana True Marius Burgsmueller Idaho True Joe Cardona Navy True Allan D'Appollonio Arkansas True Will Denny Ole Miss Redshirt Matt Dooley Indiana True Grant Donovan Louisville Redshirt Andrew East Vanderbilt Redshirt Josh Elias Arizona True Zach Ewan Wyoming True Logan Feimster Wake Forest Redshirt Matt Fortin Virginia Redshirt Matt Giampapa Michigan State True Reed Gordon Mississippi State Redshirt Mike Molinari West Virginia Redshirt Nate Needham UTAH STATE REDSHIRT Ben Risenhoover Louisiana-Monroe True Sam Rodgers Syracuse True Scott Thompson NC State TrueRETURNING FROM INJURY -- Seven players return to action after missing most or all of the 2010 season with injury: junior WR Matt Austin, senior TE Kellen Bartlett, senior OL Robert Hill, senior WR Stanley Morrison, junior CB Jamaine Olson, senior RB Michael Smith, junior RB Robert Turbin and senior LB Reuben Willis.
NEW D SCHEME -- Utah State's defense is changing from a 4-3 alignment to a 3-4 alignment.
WHISTLE SHUFFLE -- USU head coach Gary Andersen shuffled his coaching staff around and had some changes on his staff... Andersen will handle defensive coordinator duties, while Bill Busch will be the associate head coach/special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach... Offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin will shift to tight ends this season after coaching quarterbacks last year... Former Aggie player Matt Wells joined the USU staff in January and will be the quarterbacks coach... T.J. Woods is shifting from tight ends coach to offensive line coach, replacing Alex Gerke, who left the staff... Former Aggie player Frank Maile will be the defensive line coach, moving up from defensive graduate assistant to replace Chad Kauha'aha'a, who joined the Utah staff... Kendrick Shaver joined the USU staff in February and will be the Aggies' cornerbacks coach, replacing Corey Raymond who left for Indiana and later Nebraska... A pair of former University of Utah players Robert Conley and Spencer Toone were added to the staff as graduate assistants... Conley, a four-year starting offensive lineman, will be the offensive graduate assistant while Toone, a two-time all-Mountain West Conference selection and a two-year NFL player, will be the defensive graduate assistant.
BIOS NOT IN 2011 FOOTBALL GUIDE --
50 Jefferson Court
A three-time all-state selection at Alta HS, helping the Hawks to a 13-1 record and the Utah Class 5A state title his senior season... Posted 106 tackles with seven sacks his senior season... Also a two-year starter on the AHS baseball team, driving in 40 RBI as a senior, and a one-year starter in basketball, earning all-state honors his senior season, combining for five total letters in the two sports... A Utah Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete honoree as a senior... Also an academic all-state honoree in baseball and basketball... Son of Daniel and Pamela Court... Has four sisters and one brother... Served LDS Church Mission to Anaheim, Calif. from May 2009-11... Chose USU because of football program... Intends on majoring in exercise science with future aspirations of being a doctor.
13 Tanner Curtis
Earned first-team Utah Class 4A all-state honors at East HS as a quarterback by both the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune, as well as first-team all-region... The dual-threat signal-caller rushed for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns while tossing for 1,113 yards with 13 scores and only two INT's as a senior, in helping the Leopards finish with an 8-3 overall record and a 4-2 record in Region 6, losing in the 4A quarterfinals... Was also named the Utah Blaze Ironman of the Year... Also a four-year letterwinner and starter for the EHS baseball team playing outfield and pitcher, earning second-team all-state honors by both the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune, helping the Leopards to the state semi-finals his senior season... Also a two-year letterwinner and one-year starter on the basketball team... Son of Kyle and Barbara Curtis... Has three brothers... Chose USU because of academic success and the football program.
44 Jacob Haueter
Participated in spring drills at Boise State before transferring to Utah State... A first-team all-Greater Oregon League placekicker and second-team punter in senior season at Ontario HS... Also a first-team all-Argus selection as a kicker by the Argus Observer... Was 6-of-12 on field goals with a long of 40 yards, and made 67 PAT's as a senior, and also booted 92 kickoffs with 29 touchbacks... Also punted 12 times with a 38.0 yards per punt average with a long of 62 yards and with two inside the 20... A three-year letterwinner in basketball, earning all-state honors as well as first-team all-league and the league MVP honors, netting 18.0 points and 3.2 assists per game as a senior, helping OHS to the state tournament... Son of Mark and Cori Haueter... Has two brothers and one sister... Served LDS Church Mission to San Antonio, Texas from 2009-11... Intends on majoring in business or pre-med with future plans to own his own company or be a dentist... Chose USU because of campus and community environment, which will allow him to become his best.
14 Taylor Hughes
Named to the SCFA all-conference team at Orange Coast CC after throwing for 1,992 yards with 17 TD's in nine games played, while also rushing for five scores... Also received Orange Coast CC's Captain Award... Earned all-CIF and Pacific League Offensive Player of the Year honors at Corona del Mar HS after throwing for 2,289 yards on 141 completions with 22 TD's... Set several school records, including most completions in a game (25), most passing yards (2,289), highest completion percentage (59.5) and most total offense yards (2,452)... Son of Joseph and Staci Hughes... Has one sister... Majoring in communication studies at Utah State... Chose USU because of football program.
80 Chuck Jacobs
Led Laney JC with 27 catches for 238 yards with two TD's... Also had six punt returns for 54 yards (9.0 ypr) as well as 13 kick returns for 386 yards (29.7 ypr), leading the Eagles in both kick returns and kick return yardage... Played football at Kennedy HS... Also lettered on the Kennedy basketball team, helping the Eagles to a 27-6 record in senior season... Also lettered in track & field at KHS... Son of Jesse and JoAnn Jacobs... Has seven sisters and five brothers... Chose USU because of coaching staff and the football program.
64 Josh Larmay
Played one season at Minnesota State-Moorhead, starting in one game for the Dragons in 2010... Was a two-year starter and four-year letterwinner at West DePere HS, earning first-team all-Bay Conference honors as a senior and second-team all-Area honors... Played both offensive and defensive line, posting 13 sacks in senior season... Helped lead the Phantoms to three Bay Conference titles... Was team captain in senior season... Also a one-year letterwinner in track & field... Son of Andy and Dyan Larmay... Has three younger brothers... Majoring in criminal justice at Utah State with future plans of being a police officer once his football career is over... Chose USU because of football program and felt was best opportunity for him to reach his goals.