Nov. 25, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's Will Davis has been named College Sports Madness' Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this month following his performance in Utah State's 45-9 home win against Idaho Saturday afternoon.
Davis also earned honorable mention national defensive back performer of the week honors from College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) following the Idaho game. For Davis, it is the second time this year he has been honored by CFPA.
Georgia's Bacarri Rambo, Middle Tennessee's Kevin Byard and San Jose State's Bene Benwikere all earned co-national performer of the week honors at defensive back from CFPA, while Davis joined Eddie Lackey (Baylor), Keon Lyn (Syracuse), David Amerson (North Carolina State), Johnny Adams (Michigan State), Matt Elam (Florida), Chibuikem Okoro (Wake Forest), Adrian McDonald (Houston), Xavier Brewer (Clemson), Eric Eiland (Houston), Jonathan Dowling (Western Kentucky), Antone Exum (Virginia Tech), Lyle Dankenbring (UCF), Luke Wollet (Kent State), Sam Carter (TCU), Najja Johnson (Buffalo) and John Hardy-Tuliau (Hawaii) as honorable mention award winners.
Davis, a 6-0, 186-pound senior defensive back from Spokane, Wash. (Central Valley HS/De Anza College) had four tackles (3-solo) and an interception against Idaho that he returned 59 yards for his first career touchdown, which is USU's first pick-six since 2007.
Against Idaho, Davis helped Utah State hold the Vandals to 210 yards of total offense (158-rushing, 52-passing), and the 52 passing yards allowed by USU are its fewest since limiting North Texas to just 45 passing yards in 1998.
Davis has now intercepted a pass in five-straight games for Utah State, marking the first time that feat has been accomplished since 1973. Davis' five interceptions on the season are also the most by an Aggie since Terrence Washington also had five in 2003.
On the season, Davis leads the nation in passes defended (1.75 pg) and ranks second nationally in passes broken up (1.33 pg). Davis also ranks second in the WAC and tied for 11th in the nation in interceptions (0.42 pg), and tied for 39th in the WAC in tackles (4.7 pg).
Overall, Davis ranks first on the team in both interceptions (5), passes broken up (16) and passes defended (21), and is eighth on the team with 56 tackles (39-solo), to go along with 4.5 tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries.
Utah State (10-2, 6-0 WAC) just completed its most successful regular season in school history as it set single-season records for wins (10) and home wins (6), while recording its first outright league championship since 1936 and its 11th in school history as it became the first team in USU history to post a 6-0 conference record.
Utah State, who officially joins the Mountain West Conference on July 1, 2013, concludes WAC play with an 11-game winning streak. Overall, USU has won each of its last six games this year to rank tied for the fifth-longest winning streak in school history and tied for the sixth-longest active winning streak in the nation. In all, Utah State has now won 15 of its last 18 games to rank as the best 18-game stretch in school history since the 1962-64 teams also won 15 of 18 games.
Nationally, Utah State is one of just 18 teams with 10 or more wins on the season and USU is one of just four teams across the country who have not lost a league game joining Ohio State (8-0) from the Big Ten and Kent State (8-0) and Northern Illinois (8-0) from the Mid-American Conference.
Utah State, who is ranked 20th in the nation in this week's Associated Press top 25 and 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll, will conclude its 2012 season at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. (MT) against a team yet to be announced from the Mid-American Conference.
Utah State, who also played in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, is appearing in back-to-back bowl games for just the third time in school history joining the 1946 Raisin Bowl and 1947 Grape Bowl teams, and the 1960 Sun Bowl and 1961 Gotham Bowl teams. Overall, it is USU's eighth bowl appearance in school history.
Tickets for the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl are available at www.Idahotickets.com, by phone at (208) 426-4737, or at the Bronco Stadium ticket office.
For USU football ticket information, contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305. Tickets can also be purchased 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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