Nov. 25, 2013
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GAME TWELVE INFORMATION Date: Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 Kickoff: 12 p.m. (MT) Location: Logan, Utah Stadium: Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium (25,513) Series: USU leads, 35-24-4 TV: ROOT Sports Tom Glasgow (Play-by-Play) Sed Bonner (Analyst) Tori Holt (Reporter) Radio: Utah State Sports Network Al Lewis (Play-by-Play) Craig Hislop (Analyst) Live Stats: UtahStateAggies.com Twitter Updates: /USUFootball YouTube: /USUAthletics Facebook: /USUFootball Tickets: 1-888-USTATE-1
With a victory against Wyoming in its regular season finale, Utah State will win the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference and advance to the inaugural Mountain West Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. (MT), in a game that will be televised nationally on CBS Sports. The location of the championship game is to be announced.
With a victory against Wyoming, Matt Wells will tie Tony Knap for most wins in school history by a first-year head coach as Knap's Aggies went 8-2 in 1963. USU coaches with seven wins in their first season include Fred M. Walker (1907), Chuck Mills (1967), Phil Krueger (1973) and Wells.
Utah State is bowl eligible for the third-straight year and has assured itself of back-to-back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1978-80. USU has never gone to three-straight bowl games and has played in back-to-back bowl games just three times in school history (1946-47, 1960-61, 2011-12).
Utah State has won 17 of its last 18 league games dating back to 2011, and won a school record 13 straight conference games before falling to Boise State, 34-23, on Oct. 12, 2013.
Utah State has won 11 of its last 13 home games overall and seven of its last eight home games against conference foes. Overall, USU is 123-98 (.557) all-time at Romney Stadium.
Utah State has won 23 of its last 30 games overall and those seven losses during its last 30 games have been by a combined 41 points as it lost to Ohio (24-23) in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, at No. 22 Wisconsin (16-14) and at BYU (6-3) in 2012, and at Utah (30-26), at USC (17-14), against BYU (31-14) and against Boise State (34-23) in 2013.
Utah State has won nine straight games and 11 of its last 12 overall during the month of November. The last time USU lost a game in November was in 2010 at home to Idaho, 28-6.
True freshman quarterback Darell Garretson will make his fifth career start against Wyoming and is one of just 21 true freshmen at the FBS level to start at quarterback this year. Garretson is the first freshman quarterback in USU history to win his first four starts, and is tied with Adam Kennedy (2011) for the most wins to ever start a career.
Senior linebacker Jake Doughty ranks third in the Mountain West and tied for seventh in the nation with an average of 10.9 tackles per game, while junior linebacker Zach Vigil ranks sixth in the Mountain West and 37th in the nation with 9.2 tackles per game.
Senior cornerback Nevin Lawson ranks first in the Mountain West and fifth in the nation with an average of 1.55 passes defended per game.
UTAH STATE CONCLUDES REGULAR SEASON AGAINST WYOMING
Utah State (7-4, 6-1 MW) will conclude its 2013 regular season with a Mountain West home game against Wyoming (5-6, 3-4 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 12 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683) and available to watch live on the internet via the Mountain West Network with Tom Glasgow (play-by-play), Sed Bonner (analyst) and Tori Holt (reporter) on the call. Live audio of the game is also available on www.UtahStateAggies.com. Live stats will also be available through GameTracker, while Twitter updates - @USUFootball - will also be a part of Utah State's Game Day coverage.
UTAH STATE ON ROOT SPORTS
Utah State will be making its second appearances on ROOT Sports this weekend against Wyoming as its first game on the network was a 45-10 win at New Mexico on Oct. 19, 2013. In all, USU had nine nationally televised games on ABC, ESPN, CBS Sports Network and Fox Sports 1 in 2013, along with its two regional broadcasts on ROOT SPORTS.
UTAH STATE ON SENIOR DAY
Prior to kickoff of its home and regular season finale against Wyoming, Utah State will honor its 22 seniors (S Maurice Alexander, CB Quinton Byrd, S Clayton Christensen, RB Joey DeMartino, LB Jake Doughty, CB Tay Glover-Wright, C Tyler Larsen, CB Nevin Lawson, OG Jamie Markosian, RB Robert Marshall, NG AJ Pataiali'i, DE Paul Piukala, WR Travis Reynolds, S Cameron Sanders, OT Eric Schultz, OG Sini Tauauve'a, PK Josh Thompson, LB Terrell Thompson, TE D.J. Tialavea, WR Travis Van Leeuwen, OG Kyle Whimpey and DE Connor Williams) in a pre-game ceremony. USU is 66-37-3 (.623) all-time on Senior Day.
UTAH STATE IN FIRST SEASON IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
Utah State is in its first year as a member of the Mountain West and has been a Division I-A/Bowl Championship Series football playing school in each of its 116 seasons of competition. USU joined the Mountain States/Skyline Conference in 1938 until 1961. USU then played as an independent from 1962-77 when it became members of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association in 1978. The PCAA changed its name to the Big West Conference in 1988. Following the 2000 season when the Big West no longer sponsored football, USU spent two years as an independent (2001-02) and two years in the Sun Belt Conference (2003-04) before joining the Western Athletic Conference in 2005 for eight seasons.
UTAH STATE ONE OF THE MOST EXPERIENCED TEAMS IN THE NATION
Utah State entered this season tied with Army and trailing South Alabama as the second most experienced team at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level according to Phil Steele's College Football Preview as USU returned 13 seniors and seven juniors who have started games, in addition to three seniors and 12 juniors listed on its depth chart.
UTAH STATE ENTERED 2013 WITH FOURTH-MOST EXPERIENCED OFFENSIVE LINE IN THE NATION
Utah State entered the 2013 season returning all five of its starters on the offensive line from a year ago and had the fourth-most experienced offensive line in the nation according to Phil Steele's College Football Preview before losing senior guard Kyle Whimpey to a knee injury against San Jose State. Overall, USU's current offensive line has 147 career starts between senior center Tyler Larsen (49), senior tackle Eric Schultz (43), senior guard Jamie Markosian (26), junior tackle Kevin Whimpey (23) and senior guard Sini Tauauve'a (6), while Kyle Whimpey had started 18 straight games before his injury.
WELLS IS THE 11TH-YOUNGEST HEAD COACH AT THE FBS LEVEL
First-year Utah State head football coach Matt Wells is the 11th-youngest head coach at the FBS level at 40 years of age (8-10-73). Wells is also just the second USU graduate to be appointed its head football coach joining Chris Pella who graduated from USU in 1965 and coached the Aggies from 1983-85. Wells was a three-year letterwinner at quarterback/safety for USU from 1994-96.
WELLS IS ONE OF 12 HEAD COACH AT THE FBS LEVEL WHO PLAYED AT SAME SCHOOL
First-year Utah State head coach Matt Wells is one of just 12 coaches at the FBS level who played college football at the same school he is currently the head coach at joining Troy Calhoun (Air Force), Ruffin McNeill (East Carolina) Paul Haynes (Kent State), Don Treadwell (Miami, Ohio), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State), David Shaw (Stanford), Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech), Bill Blankenship (Tulsa), Sean Kugler (UTEP) and Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech).
A LOOK AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 7-4 on the season and 6-1 in Mountain West play following its 13-0 home win against Colorado State last weekend. Offensively, USU is led by senior running back Joey DeMartino who has carried the ball 160 times for 912 yards (82.9 ypg/5.7 ypc) with 11 touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Travis Reynolds has 51 catches for 832 yards (75.6 ypg/16.3 ypc) with four touchdowns, and freshman quarterback Darell Garretson is 77-of-125 passing for 971 yards (194.2 ypg) with six touchdowns and three interceptions. Defensively, senior linebacker Jake Doughty leads the team with 120 tackles (31-solo, 89-assist) including 9.0 for loss, while junior linebacker Zach Vigil has 101 tackles (37-solo, 64-assist) with 10.0 for loss, and sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell has 72 tackles (33-solo, 39-assist) with 10.5 for loss. As a team, Utah State is averaging 33.8 points and 441.6 yards of total offense per game (248.9-passing, 192.7-rushing) and allowing 17.6 points and 333.4 yards of total offense per game (214.2-passing, 119.2-rushing). All-time, Utah State has a 513-512-31 (.500) record in 116 seasons.
UTAH STATE NOTABLES AT ROMNEY STADIUM
Utah State has had three sellouts this year, marking the first time in the 46-year history of Romney Stadium that it has recorded three-straight sellouts. Prior to 2013, USU had never recorded three sellouts in the same season at Romney Stadium. USU's attendance figure of 21,428 against Hawai'i was the largest crowd during a November home game since 1985 when it hosted BYU (29,024) and was the third-largest November home crowd in Romney Stadium history behind the 21,594 fans when USU hosted BYU in 1975. On the season, USU had drawn 118,251 fans in five home games (23,650) and needs just 10,955 fans during its last home game to tie the single-season record from 1996 when 129,206 fans attended six games at Romney Stadium for an average of 21,534 per game.
INJURY BUG HITS UTAH STATE
The injury bug hit Utah State hard during a two-week period in September and October as starting senior offensive guard Kyle Whimpey and junior starting running back Joe Hill both suffered season-ending knee injuries against San José State (9/27/13), while junior starting quarterback Chuckie Keeton (knee) and senior starting tight end D.J. Tialavea (foot) suffered season-ending injuries against BYU (10/4/13). Between Whimpey, Hill, Keeton and Tialavea, the foursome had combined for 69 career starts and 102 career games played in while at Utah State.
UTAH STATE DURING ITS FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK
During its current four-game winning streak, Utah State is averaging 33.2 points and 414.2 yards of total offense (216.5-passing, 197.8-rushing), while converting 48.5 percent of its third downs (32-66) and averaging 22.0 first downs per game. Defensively, USU is allowing just 11.0 points during its last four games and limiting its opponents to just 301.5 yards of total offense (199.8-passing, 101.8-rushing), while allowing its opponents to convert just 30.4 percent of its third downs (21-69) and average just 17.3 first downs per game. Furthermore, USU's opponents have scored just four touchdowns in 13 red zone opportunities (.308) during its last four games and have scored just seven times (.538) overall. USU has also out-scored its opponents 71-23 in the first-half during its last four game.
UTAH STATE'S RECORD WHEN IT HAS A PLAYER RUSH FOR 100 YARDS
Utah State has had five 100-yard rushers this season and a 100-yard rusher 35 times in the last five years, a span of 61 games. Prior to its current run, USU produced a 100-yard rusher just 23 times in its previous eight seasons. Overall, USU has won 13 straight games when it has had a 100-yard rusher with its last loss coming against Ohio in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Furthermore, Utah State is 7-0 this year when it rushes at least 40 times in a game and 0-4 when it has less than 40 rushing attempts in a game.
UTAH STATE COMING OFF BACK-TO-BACK BOWL APPEARANCES
Utah State played in consecutive bowl games for just the third time in school history in 2012 after appearing in each of the last two Famous Idaho Potato Bowls, including just its second-ever bowl win in 2012 as it defeated Toledo, 41-15. USU's only other bowl win was at the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl when it defeated Ball State, 42-33. USU has never played in three-straight bowl games.
UTAH STATE BOWL HISTORY
Following its 41-15 win against Toledo in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Utah State now has a 2-6 bowl record all-time as it lost to San Jose State, 20-0, in the 1946 Raisin Bowl (Fresno, Calif.); lost to Pacific, 35-21, in the 1947 Grape Bowl (Lodi, Calif.); lost to New Mexico State, 20-13, in the 1960 Sun Bowl (El Paso, Texas); lost to Baylor, 24-9, in the 1961 Gotham Bowl (New York City); defeated Ball State, 42-33, in the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl II; lost to Cincinnati, 35-19, in the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl; and lost to Ohio, 24-23, in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, along with its win in 2012 against Toledo.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State's senior class now has 29 wins over the last four years (2010-13) to rank first all-time in school history. The previous school record was 26 set in 1962 and 2012.
UTAH STATE RECORDS FIRST SHUTOUT IN A DECADE WITH 13-0 WIN AGAINST COLORADO STATE
Utah State recorded its first shutout in a decade with its 13-0 home win against Colorado State last weekend. The last time USU shutout an opponent was on Oct. 25, 2003 when it posted a 49-0 home win against Arkansas State.
UTAH STATE SHUTS DOWN COLORADO STATE'S KAPRI BIBBS
Utah State's defense limited Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs to 54 yards on 18 carries. Bibbs entered the game ranking first in the Mountain West and eighth in the nation with an average of 130.8 yards per game, while leading the nation with 25 rushing touchdowns. In his previous two games, Bibbs had scored 10 touchdowns on the ground and rushed for 603 yards. Furthermore, Colorado State entered the game averaging 214.8 rushing yards per game, but was held to just 38 yards on the ground on 34 attempts for an average of 1.1 yards per carry, which is the fewest rushing yards allowed by USU since San José State had just four rushing in 2012. CSU also had 147 passing yards on the day and finished the game with just 185 yards of total offense.
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO STOP THE RUN
Utah State continues to do a great job stopping the run this season as Boise State's Jay Ajayi (22-109) and UNLV's Tim Cornett (29-115) are the only running backs to rush for 100 yards against the Aggies, while USU has allowed just eight rushing touchdowns in 11 games this year. Furthermore, USU has only allowed six rushes of 20 or more yards on the season as BYU had three, UNLV two and New Mexico one, with its longest rush allowed being 44 yards against BYU. Also, USU's longest rushing touchdown allowed this year was from seven yards against Boise State.
UTAH STATE OFFENSE PRODUCES SEASON-LOWS IN WIN AGAINST COLORADO STATE
Utah State had a season-low 191 yards of total offense and a season-low 11 first downs in its 13-0 home win against Colorado State. USU also had season-lows in completions (8) and attempts (18), while its 43 passing yards are its fewest since passing for 41 yards at Boise State in 2010. USU's 191 total yards of offense are its fewest since recording 181 yards of total offense against Hawai'i in 2010.
UTAH STATE HAS INTERCEPTED 13 PASSES IN ITS LAST SEVEN GAMES
After not intercepting a pass in each of its first four games of the season, Utah State has intercepted 13 passes in its last seven games. Against Colorado State, junior linebacker Zach Vigil and redshirt freshman linebacker Nick Vigil each intercepted a pass. At UNLV, senior cornerback Nevin Lawson intercepted a pass. Against Hawai'i, junior safeties Brian Suite and Frankie Sutera each intercepted a pass, along with sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell. Against Boise State, Lawson intercepted two passes, while Suite had one interception. Against BYU, senior cornerback Quinton Byrd intercepted a pass. And at San José State, senior safety Maurice Alexander, junior cornerback Jeremy Morris and Lawson each intercepted a pass.
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO OUT-SCORE OPPONENTS IN THE FIRST HALF
Utah State has a 208-111 scoring advantage in the first 30 minutes of play this year. Last season, USU had a 254-60 scoring advantage in the first half.
UTAH STATE AT THE HALF
Utah State has led at the half in 21 of its last 26 games dating back to 2011 and is 18-3 in those contests, including a 6-1 record this year. USU has also led or been tied at the end of the first quarter in 18 of its last 26 games and is 16-2 in those contest, but 1-4 during its last 26 games when trailing at the end of the first period and at the end of the first half.
UTAH STATE HAS HELD 21 OF LAST 27 OPPONENTS WITHOUT A FIRST QUARTER TOUCHDOWN
Utah State has not allowed a first quarter touchdown in 21 of its last 27 games dating back to the 2011 season as USU was the only Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team in the nation not to allow a first quarter touchdown during the 2012 season. This year, USU has held five opponents (Weber State, San José State, New Mexico, Hawai'i, Colorado State) without a first quarter touchdown. Furthermore, USU has held five opponents this year (Weber State, San José State, New Mexico, Hawai'i, Colorado State) and 15 of its last 24 opponents without a first-half touchdown, while five of those 24 opponents have been held scoreless in the first-half.
UTAH STATE HAS BLOCKED EIGHT KICKS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS
Utah State redshirt freshman cornerback Devin Centers has blocked two punts this year in games against BYU and Boise State, giving USU eight blocked kicks during the last two years as the Aggies had two blocked punts, three blocked field goals and one blocked extra point in 2012. Current Aggies who blocked kicks a year ago include junior linebacker Zach Vigil, senior defensive lineman Paul Piukala, sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell, senior cornerback Tay Glover-Wright, and sophomore defensive tackle Jordan Nielsen who blocked two kicks.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State extended its own school record by notching its 11th straight conference road win with its 28-24 victory at UNLV on Nov. 9, 2013. The previous school record was six straight league road wins from 1995-97 in the Big West. USU's last road loss in conference play was on Oct. 15, 2011 at Fresno State, 31-21. Overall, USU has won 11 of its last 16 road games against all opponents, which includes a 4-2 record this year.
DEMARTINO HAS RUSHED FOR 100 YARDS THREE TIMES IN HIS LAST FOUR GAMES
Senior running back Joey DeMartino recorded his third 100-yard rushing game in his last four outings as he had a career-high 35 carries for 127 yards with one touchdown against Colorado State giving him five 100-yard rushing games this season. In his previous game at UNLV (11/9), DeMartino rushed for 75 yards on 19 carries and scored one touchdown. Against Hawai'i (11/2), he carried the ball 20 times for 104 yards and scored one touchdown. At New Mexico (10/19), DeMartino rushed for a career-high 144 yards on just 12 carries and tied his career-high with three rushing touchdowns (32, 38, 8). DeMartino also caught a career-high three passes for a career-best 41 yards against the Lobos, including a career-long 21 yard reception for his first career receiving touchdown. DeMartino was also the first Aggie to score four touchdowns in a game (vs. UNM) since Robert Turbin did so against Colorado State in 2011. Overall, DeMartino has 11 rushing touchdowns this year and 12 in his career.
DEMARTINO RECORDS CAREER-HIGH 35 CARRIES AGAINST COLORADO STATE
Senior running back Joey DeMartino had a career-high 35 carries for 127 yards in his last game against Colorado State, which are the most rushing attempts by an Aggie since Emmett White (1998-2001) had 38 carries against Weber State on Nov. 17, 2001. DeMartino's previous career-high for carries was 20 against Hawai'i (11/2/13).
DOUGHTY NAMED COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior linebacker Jake Doughty was named the College Sports Madness Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week following his performance against Colorado State as he recorded 12 tackles (12-assist) for his seventh double-digit tackle outing this year and 11th of his career. Doughty, who had 0.5 tackles for loss against the Rams, also had a career-high two pass breakups to go along with one quarterback hurry. Overall, it is the second time in as many games that Doughty has been named the College Sports Madness Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week.
REYNOLDS HAS CAUGHT AT LEAST ONE PASS IN EACH OF HIS LAST 20 GAMES
Senior wide receiver Travis Reynolds extended his streak of catching a pass to 20 games in a row during his last outing against Colorado State as he caught two passes for 14 yards. The last time Reynolds did not catch a pass in a game was at Wisconsin on Sept. 15, 2012. Overall, Reynolds' streak is the longest by an Aggie since wide receiver Stanley Morrison (2008-11) caught at least one pass in all 37 games he played in.
REYNOLDS HAS THREE 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES IN HIS LAST FIVE OUTINGS
Senior wide receiver Travis Reynolds has recorded 100-yards receiving in three of his last five games as he had seven catches for 129 yards against UNLV (11/9), a career-high 152 receiving yards on a career-high tying eight receptions against Hawai'i (11/2), and five catches for 142 yards against Boise State (10/12). Overall, Reynolds is the first Aggie to record back-to-back 100-yard receiving games since Kevin Curtis had five-straight 100-yard receiving games to end the 2002 season. Furthermore, Reynolds' 152 receiving yards against Boise State are the most by an Aggie since Curtis had 177 receiving yards against Middle Tennessee in 2002. Overall, Reynolds has four touchdown receptions this season and five in his career.
BENTRUDE HAS CAREER GAME AGAINST COLORADO STATE
Junior punter Jaron Bentrude received honorable mention honors from College Football Performance Awards for National Punter of the Week following his career-game against Colorado State as he had a career-high eight punts downed inside the 20, with three of them downed inside the 10. Those eight punts downed inside the 20 resulted in CSU having an average starting field position of its own 16 during the game, while USU's average starting field position was its own 49. Overall, Bentrude punted nine times in the game for an average of 37.9 yards per kick with a long of 53 yards. On the season, Bentrude now has 23 punts downed inside the 20 and 11 downed inside the 10.
NOTABLES FROM THE COLORADO STATE GAME
Utah State did not score a first-half touchdown for the first time in its last 19 games dating back to Oct. 5, 2011 when it lost at BYU, 6-3... Freshman tight end Wyatt Houston caught a career-high two passes... Junior linebacker Zach Vigil intercepted his first career pass and had 0.5 sacks to give him 2.0 sacks this year and 7.5 sacks in his career... Redshirt freshman linebacker Nick Vigil intercepted his first career pass... Senior cornerback Tay Glover-Wright recorded his first career sack... Senior nose guard AJ Pataiali'i tied his career-high with five tackles... Freshman defensive tackle Ricky Ali'ifua had 0.5 sacks to give him 1.5 sacks this season... Sophomore nose guard Travis Seefeldt recorded his second sack of the season and his career... Senior safety Maurice Alexander had 1.0 sacks to give him 2.5 sacks this year and 5.5 sacks in his career... Freshman quarterback Darell Garretson had a career-long rush of 22 yards... Junior placekicker Nick Diaz was 2-of-3 on field goals as he connected from 24 and 44 yards, and had a 33-yard field goal blocked.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has gone 23-7 during its last 30 games and those 23 wins during that time ranks tied for the third-most among any team in the Rocky Mountains or on the West Coast. Oregon has the most wins in the last 30 games among Western teams with 26, followed by Stanford (24), Utah State (23), Boise State (23), Fresno State (21), USC (20), BYU (20), San Diego State (20), San Jose State (19), UCLA (18), Arizona State (18), Arizona (18), Oregon State (17), Washington (16) and Utah (14).
REYNOLDS RANKS 25TH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN RECEIVING YARDS
Senior wide receiver Travis Reynolds has 1,176 career receiving yards on 88 career receptions (13.4 ypc) to rank 25th all-time in school history. Reynolds is now just five yards shy of tying Mike Lee (1992-93) for 24th-place with 1,181 career receiving yards, 65 yards shy of tying Steve Smith for 23rd-place with 1,241 career receiving yards, 77 yards shy of tying Matt Austin (2010-12) for 22nd-place with 1,248 career receiving yards, 79 yards shy of tying Chris Cooley (2000-03) for 21st-place with 1,255 career receiving yards, and 81 yards shy of tying Jimmy Bryant (1977-78) for 20th-place with 1,257 career receiving yards. Overall, Reynolds is one of just 31 players in school history to record 1,000 career receiving yards. The school record for career receiving yards is 2,943 set by Kendal Smith (1985-88).
DEMARTINO RANKS 25TH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN RUSHING YARDS
Senior running back Joey DeMartino became the 26th player in school history to rush for 1,000 career yards in his last game against Colorado State (11/23) as he has now rushed 189 times for 1,069 yards (5.7 ypc) to rank 25th all-time in school history. DeMartino is now just five rushing yards shy of tying Melvin Blue (1958-59) for 24th-place with 1,074 career rushing yards, 30 yards shy of tying teammate Chuckie Keeton (2011-pres.) for 23rd-place with 1,099 career rushing yards, 34 yards shy of tying Marc White (1983-84) for 22nd-place with 1,103 career rushing yards, 75 yards shy of tying Jerry Hughes (1971-72) for 21st-place with 1,144 career rushing yards, and 124 yards shy of tying David Fiefia (2000-03) for 20th-place with 1,193 career rushing yards. The school record for career rushing yards is 3,933 set by Abu Wilson (1992-96).
DEMARTINO RANKS EIGHTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN RUSHING AVERAGE
Senior running back Joey DeMartino has a career rushing average of 5.7 yards per carry (1,069 yards on 189 attempts) to rank eighth all-time in school history. The school record for career rushing average is 7.1 yards per carry set by Michael Smith (2009-11).
VAN LEEUWEN RANKS 28TH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN RECEIVING YARDS
Senior wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen became the 31st player in school history to record 1,000 career receiving yards against UNLV (11/9) as he now has 81 receptions for 1,069 career receiving yards (13.2 ypr) to rank 28th all-time in school history. Van Leeuwen is now 87 yards shy of tying Eric McPherson (1980-82) for 27th-place with 1,156 career receiving yards. The school record for career receiving yards is 2,943 set by Kendal Smith (1985-88).
DOUGHTY RANKS 18TH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN TACKLES
Senior linebacker Jake Doughty has recorded 277 tackles (91-solo, 186-assist) during his career to rank 18th all-time in school history. Doughty is now 14 tackles shy of tying Kyle Gallagher (2007-11) for 17th-place all-time at USU with 275 tackles. The school record for tackles is 446 set by Bobby Wagner (2008-11) and Del Lyles (1988-91).
NATSON RANKS FIFTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN PUNT RETURN AVERAGE
Sophomore wide receiver Bruce Natson has returned 27 punts for 258 yards this season, and that average of 9.6 yards per return ranks fifth all-time in school history. The school record for career punt return average is 14.1 yards per return set by Kevin Robinson (2004-07).
FACKRELL RANKS TIED FOR NINTH ALL-TIME IN CAREER INTERCEPTION RETURN YARDS
Sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell has intercepted four passes in his Utah State career for 125 yards, which ranks tied for ninth all-time in school history along with Rob Fuhriman (1972-74). Fackrell is also the only linebacker among USU's top 10 career leaders in this category. The school record for career interception return yards is 373 set by Henry King (1965-66).
DIAZ RANKS THIRD ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
Junior placekicker Nick Diaz is 24-of-32 (.750) on field goals during his Utah State career and that percentage ranks third all-time in school history behind Russ Moody (1988-89) who was 22-of-26 (.846) on field goal attempts and behind Doug Beach (1990-92) who was 22-of-29 (.759) on field goal attempts
DIAZ RANKS EIGHTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN FIELD GOALS MADE
Junior placekicker Nick Diaz is 24-of-32 (.750) in field goals during his Utah State career and those 24 career field goals made rank eighth all-time in school history. Diaz is now two made field goals shy of tying Al Knapp (1973-74) for seventh all-time with 26 made field goals. The school record for made field goals in a career is 59 set by Brad Bohn (1997-2000). Diaz also ranks ninth all-time in school history with 32 field goal attempts and is two attempts shy of tying Michael Doyle (1970-72) for eighth all-time in school history in that category with 34. The school record for field goal attempts is 89 set by Brad Bohn (1997-2000).
DIAZ RANKS TIED FOR THIRD ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN PAT PERCENTAGE
Junior placekicker Nick Diaz is 83-of-84 on extra points during his Aggie career and his career PAT percentage of 98.8 percent ranks tied for third all-time in school history along with Peter Caldwell (2007-10), while his 83 extra points made rank fourth all-time and his 84 extra point attempts rank tied for fourth all-time along with Micah Knorr (1993-96). Senior placekicker Josh Thompson is 70-of-72 on career extra points and that career percentage of .972 ranks fifth all-time at USU, while his 70 extra points made ranks sixth and his 72 extra point attempts ranks seventh. The school record for extra points made is 107 set by Brad Bohn (1997-2000), and Bohn also holds the school record for extra point attempts with 119.
DEMARTINO CLOSING IN ON 1,000 RUSHING YARDS FOR A SINGLE-SEASON
Senior running back Joey DeMartino has rushed for 912 yards on 160 attempts (5.7 ypc) thus far in 2013 and is 88 yards shy of becoming just the 17th player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single-season. Overall, USU has had a 1,000 yard rusher in each of the last two seasons as Kerwynn Williams rushed for 1,512 yards in 2012 and Robert Turbin rushed for 1,517 yards in 2011, while Turbin also rushed for 1,296 yards in 2009 giving USU a 1,000-yard rusher in three of the last four years. All-time, USU has only had back-to-back-to-back 1,000 yard rushers twice in school history from 1973-75 and again from 1999-2001. In 1973, Archie Gibson rushed for 1,150 yards, while Louie Giammona had 1,534 rushing yards in 1974 and 1,454 rushing yards in 1975. In 1999, Demario Brown rushed for a single-season school record 1,534 yards, while Emmett White rushed for 1,322 yards in 2000 and 1,361 yards in 2001.
REYNOLDS CLOSING IN ON 1,000 RECEIVING YARDS FOR A SINGLE-SEASON
Senior wide receiver Travis Reynolds has caught 51 passes for 832 yards (16.3 ypr) thus far in 2013 and is 168 receiving yards shy of becoming just the 12th player in school history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a single-season and the first since Kevin Curtis (2001-02) had back-to-back 1,000 yard receiving seasons with a school record 1,531 yards in 2001 and 1,258 yards in 2002.
DEMARTINO RANKS NINTH ALL-TIME IN YARDS PER CARRY FOR A SINGLE SEASON
Senior running back Joey DeMartino has carried the ball 160 times for 912 yards thus far in 2013 for an average of 5.7 yards per attempt, which ranks ninth all-time in school history for a single-season. The school record for rushing yards per attempt for a single season is 8.4 set by Tom Larscheid in 1960.
DOUGHTY RECORDS 100-PLUS TACKLES IN BACK-TO-BACK SEASONS
Senior linebacker Jake Doughty has recorded 120 tackles (31-solo, 89-assist) thus far in 2013 marking the 59th time in school history that a player has recorded 100 or more tackles in a single-season. Overall, Doughty is 18 tackles shy of entering USU's single-season top 10. Doughty concluded the 2012 season with 109 tackles and is one of just 15 players in school history to record multiple season with at least 100 tackles. Aggies with three seasons of 100-plus tackles include Bobby Wagner (2008-11), Jesse Busta (1999-2002), Brent Passey (1997-2000) and Del Lyles (1988-91), while Aggies with two seasons of 100-plus tackles includes Zach Vigil (2011-pres.), Jake Hutton (2005-08), Blake Eagal (1997-2000), Tony D'Amato (1997-98), Johndale Carty (1995-98), David Gill (1993-96), Jermaine Younger (1990-93), Al Smith (1984-86), James Jenkins (1983-85), Chuck Detwiler (1966-68) and Doughty. Overall, Doughty has seven double-digit tackle games this year and 11 in his career.
VIGIL RECORDS 100-PLUS TACKLES IN BACK-TO-BACK SEASONS
Junior linebacker Zach Vigil has recorded 101 tackles (37-solo, 64-assist) thus far in 2013 marking the 60th time in school history that a player has recorded 100 or more tackles in a single-season. Vigil concluded the 2012 season with 105 tackles and is one of just 15 players in school history to record 100 or more tackles multiple times during a career. Overall, Vigil has six double-digit tackle outings this year and 11 in his career.
DIAZ RANKS SECOND IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN SINGLE-SEASON PAT'S MADE AND ATTEMPTED
Junior placekicker Nick Diaz is currently 43-of-44 on extra points this season to rank second all-time in school history in both categories for a single season. Current senior placekicker Josh Thompson holds the single-season school records for extra points made (57) and attempted (58) set during the 2011 season. Diaz's extra point percentage of .977 this year is currently ninth all-time in school history for a single-season.
DIAZ RANKS TIED FOR NINTH IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN SINGLE-SEASON FIELD GOALS MADE
Junior placekicker Nick Diaz is 14-of-19 (.737) on field goals thus far in 2013 and those 14 made field goals are tied with Dane Kidman (2002), Brad Bohn (2000) and Doug Beach (1999) for eighth all-time at USU for a single season. Diaz is also one field goal attempt shy of tying Bohn (2000), Micah Knorr (1994) and Dene Garner (1985) for ninth all-time with 20 attempts in a single-season.
FACKRELL RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME IN SINGLE SEASON INTERCEPTION RETURN YARDS
Sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell currently ranks 10th all-time at Utah State in interception return yards for a single-season following his 99-yard interception return for a touchdown against Hawai'i (11/2). The single-season school record for interception return yards is 193 set by Henry King in 1965.
GARRETSON SETS FRESHMAN SCHOOL RECORD FOR PASSING YARDS AGAINST HAWAI'I
Freshman quarterback Darell Garretson had a career-game against Hawai'i as he set the freshman school record for passing yards with 370 as he was 28-of-41 passing with three touchdowns, all of which are career-highs, to go along with one interception. He also rushed six times for 22 yards against UH. Garretson's 370 passing yards against Hawai'i are also the most by an Aggie quarterback this year and ranks as the 20th-most in a single-game in school history. The previous freshman record for passing yards was held by Brett Stevens who threw for 340 yards against Fresno State in 1985. Overall, Garretson is the first Aggie true freshman to start at quarterback since Chuckie Keeton started his first ever USU game at defending national champion Auburn in 2011. Furthermore, Garretson is the first USU true freshman to win his initial start (at New Mexico on Oct. 19) since Riley Nelson helped USU to a 13-12 win against Fresno State on Oct. 7, 2006.
UTAH STATE RANKS TIED FOR 39TH IN THE NATION IN SCORING OFFENSE
Utah State is averaging 33.8 points per game to rank fourth in the Mountain West and 39th in the nation. USU also ranks fourth in the MW and 37th in the nation in passing efficiency (142.1), fifth in the MW and 37th in the nation in completion percentage (.630), sixth in the MW and 40th in the nation in rushing offense (192.7 ypg), sixth in the MW and 43rd in the nation in total offense (441.6 ypg), seventh in the MW and 45th in the nation in passing offense (248.9 ypg), and tied for sixth in the MW and tied for 59th in the nation in sacks allowed (1.7 pg).
UTAH STATE RANKS SEVENTH IN THE NATION IN SCORING DEFENSE
Utah State's defense is allowing just 17.6 points per game to rank first in the Mountain West and seventh in the nation. USU also ranks first in the MW and 12th in the nation in total defense (333.4 ypg), first in the MW and 14th in the nation in passing efficiency defense (109.4), first in the MW and 15th in the nation in rushing defense (119.2 ypg), second in the MW and 35th in the nation in passing defense (214.2 ypg), and third in the MW and tied for 41st in the nation in sacks (2.3 pg).
UTAH STATE RANKS 19TH IN THE NATION IN TURNOVER MARGIN
Utah State currently ranks first in the Mountain West and 19th in the nation with a turnover margin of plus 0.73 as it has 21 takeaways and 13 turnovers on the season, which ranks 18th nationally. USU also ranks fifth in the MW and 38th in the nation in kickoff returns (22.8 ypr), fourth in the MW and 53rd in the nation in punt returns (9.0 ypr), and sixth in the MW and 51st in the nation in net punting (37.5 ypk).
UTAH STATE RANKS FIRST IN THE NATION IN PUNT RETURN DEFENSE
Utah State ranks first in the nation in punt return defense as it is allowing -0.60 yard per punt return. USU also ranks first in the Mountain West and 14th in the nation in kickoff return defense as it is allowing 18.06 yards per kick return.
UTAH STATE'S DEFENSE RANKS 10TH IN THE NATION IN THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS
Utah State's defense is limiting its opponents to just 58 first downs on 184 third-down attempts (.315) to rank first in the Mountain West and 10th in the nation. In 2012, USU held its opponents to just 32.9 percent conversions (73-of-222) on third downs.
UTAH STATE RANKS 24TH IN THE NATION IN THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY
Utah State has converted 86-of-183 third downs (.470) to rank second in the Mountain West and 24th in the nation. In 2012, USU converted 45.3 percent of its third downs (82-of-181).
UTAH STATE RANKS TIED FOR 11TH IN THE NATION IN FORCING THREE-AND-OUTS
Utah State ranks tied for 11th in the nation in forcing three-and-outs on the year as it has forced 60 three-and-outs on 135 drives, which averages out to 44.4 percent of the time and 5.45 per game.
UTAH STATE RANKS 13TH IN THE NATION IN RED ZONE DEFENSE
Utah State has allowed 25-of-34 (.735) scoring opportunities in the red zone this year to rank first in the Mountain West and 13th nationally. Overall, USU has allowed only 14 touchdowns on 34 trips into the red zone (.412), while its opponents have converted 11-of-12 field goals, while forcing four turnovers and taking the ball over on downs three times and having the half end once.
UTAH STATE RANKS TIED FOR 48TH IN THE NATION IN RED ZONE OFFENSE
Utah State is 43-for-50 (.860) on red zone opportunities to rank fifth in the Mountain West and 48th nationally. Overall, USU has scored 33 touchdowns and converted 10-of-14 field goals in the red zone, while turning it over on downs once and having the half end once.
MORE NATIONAL RANKINGS FOR UTAH STATE
Utah State ranks third in the Mountain West and 15th in the nation with an average of 7.5 tackles for loss per game, and fourth in the MW and 18th in the nation with its 13 turnovers lost.
AGGIE SAFETIES AMONG TOP TACKLERS IN MOUNTAIN WEST AT POSITION
Senior free safety Maurice Alexander is averaging 6.3 tackles per game and junior strong safety Brian Suite is averaging 5.0 tackles per game and the duo ranks first and third, respectively, for tackles among safeties in the Mountain West.
UTAH STATE PLAYERS IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST AND NATIONAL RANKINGS
Senior cornerback Nevin Lawson ranks first in the Mountain West and fifth in the nation in passes defended (1.55 pg), and tied for fifth in the MW and tied for 35th in the nation in interceptions (0.36 pg). Senior linebacker Jake Doughty ranks third in the MW and tied for seventh in the nation in tackles (10.9 pg). Junior linebacker Zach Vigil ranks tied for third in the MW and tied for 71st in the nation in fumbles recovered (0.18 pg), sixth in the MW and 37th in the nation in tackles (9.2 pg), and tied for ninth in the MW in fumbles forced (018 pg). Sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell ranks ninth in the MW in tackles for loss (0.95 pg), tied for ninth in the MW in fumbles forced (0.18 pg), and tied for 28th in the MW in tackles (6.5 pg). Senior running back Joey DeMartino ranks fifth in the MW and 32nd in the nation in rushing touchdowns (1.0 pg), and seventh in the MW and 50th in the nation in rushing (82.9 ypg). Senior safety Maurice Alexander ranks tied for ninth in the MW in fumbles forced (0.18 pg) and 31st in the MW in tackles (6.3 pg). Sophomore wide receiver Bruce Natson ranks third in the MW and 26th in the nation in punt returns (9.6 ypr). Junior placekicker Nick Diaz ranks third in the MW and tied for 33rd in the nation in field goals (1.27 pg), fifth in the MW in extra point percentage (97.7), sixth in the MW and 61st in the nation in field goal percentage (73.7), and ninth in the MW and 59th in the nation in scoring (7.7 ppg). And junior punter Jaron Bentrude ranks 11th in the MW and 86th in the nation in punting (39.2 yak).
KEETON RANKS FIRST ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN COMPLETION PERCENTAGE
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton is 517-of-777 passing during his Utah State career with a completion percentage of 66.5 percent, which ranks first all-time in school history. Keith Myers (1976-77) ranks second all-time at 60.7 percent.
KEETON RANKS SECOND ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton ranks second all-time in school history with 56 touchdown passes and is just four touchdown passes shy of tying the school record of 60 touchdown passes set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).
KEETON RANKS THIRD ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN TOTAL OFFENSE
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton has 7,114 yards of total offense (5,961-passing, 1,153-rushing) in his career to rank third all-time in school history. The school record for total offense is 8,791 yards by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002) and Keeton is now 982 yards of total offense shy of tying Diondre Borel (2007-10) for second-place with 8,096 yards of total offense.
KEETON RANKS TIED FOR SECOND ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN COMPLETIONS
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton ranks tied for second all-time at Utah State with 517 career completions along with Diondre Borel (2007-10). The school record is 704 completions set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).
KEETON RANKS SIXTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN PASSING YARDS
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton has thrown for 5,961 yards to rank sixth all-time in school history and is now 112 yards shy of tying Eric Hipple (1976-79) for fifth-place with 6,073 passing yards, 144 yards shy of tying Brent Snyder (1987-88) for fourth-place with 6,105 passing yards, and 265 yards shy of tying Tony Adams (1970-72) for third-place with 6,226 passing yards. The school record for passing yards is 9,168 set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).
KEETON RANKS SEVENTH ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN PASSING ATTEMPTS
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton has attempted 777 passes during his career to rank seventh all-time in school history and is now 52 pass attempts shy of tying Anthony Calvillo (1992-93) for sixth-place with 829 career pass attempts. The school record for pass attempts is 1,270 set by Jose Fuentes (1999-2002).
KEETON RANKS 21ST ALL-TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN RUSHING
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton has rushed for 1,153 yards (252 carries, 4.6 ypc) during his Aggie career to rank 21st all-time in school history. Keeton is now 40 yards shy of tying current USU offensive graduate assistant David Fiefia for 20th-place with 1,193 yards rushing. The school record for rushing yards is 3,933 set by Abu Wilson (1992, 1994-96). Overall, Keeton is just the 25th player in school history to rush for 1,000 career yards and just the second quarterback along with Diondre Borel (2007-10) who holds the school record with 1,398 yards by a quarterback.
KEETON'S 18 TOUCHDOWN PASSES RANKS TIED FOR NINTH IN SCHOOL HISTORY FOR A SEASON
Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton threw 18 touchdown passes in 2013 to rank tied for ninth all-time at USU, while his completion percentage of 69.4 percent ranks first all-time. Keeton set numerous single-season school records in 2012 including touchdown passes (27), passing yards (3,373), total offense (3,992), completion percentage (.676) and completions (275), while ranking seventh in passing attempts (407). The previous school record for touchdown passes was 24 set by Jose Fuentes in 2001. Fuentes also had the previous school record for passing yards of 3,268 set in 2002 and completions of 260 set in 2001. The previous record for total offense was 3,343 yards set by Diondre Borel in 2009, while Leon Jackson III held the previous school record for completion percentage at 65.4 percent set in 2007.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has started three different quarterbacks this year in juniors Chuckie Keeton and Craig Harrison, along with freshman Darell Garreston, which ranks tied for the second-most in the nation along with Hawai'i, Nevada, Temple, Western Kentucky and West Virginia. Air Force leads the nation in most quarterbacks started with four. Of those seven schools who have started at least three quarterbacks this year, Utah State and Western Kentucky have the best record at 7-4, while West Virginia is 4-7, Nevada is 4-7, Air Force is 2-9, Temple is 1-10 and Hawai'i is 0-11.
A LOOK AT WYOMING
Wyoming is 5-6 overall and 3-4 in Mountain West play following its 59-56 overtime home win against Hawai'i last weekend. Offensively, UW is lead by junior quarterback Brett Smith who is 277-of-438 passing for 3,213 yards (292.1 ypg) with 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Sophomore running back Shaun Wick has rushed for 939 yards on 154 carries (85.4 ypg/6.1 ypc) with nine touchdowns, and junior wide receiver Dominic Rufran has 71 receptions for 868 yards (78.9 ypg/12.2 ypr) with seven touchdowns. Defensively, junior linebacker Jordan Stanton leads the team with 123 tackles (68-solo, 55-assist), while senior safety Marqueston Huff has 107 tackles (68-solo, 39-assist). As a team, Wyoming is averaging 33.5 points and 498.5 yards of total offense per game (293.4-passing, 205.2-rushing) and allowing 36.8 points and 497.6 yards of total offense per game (271.5-passing, 226.2-rushing). Overall, UW returns 15 starters (O-7, D-7, S-1) and 37 lettermen from last year's team that went 4-8 overall and finished in a tie for sixth-place in the Mountain West with a 3-5 mark. Dave Christensen is 27-34 in his fifth year as the Cowboys head coach.
UTAH STATE-WYOMING SERIES HISTORY
Utah State is 35-24-4 all-time against Wyoming, including a 23-10-1 record at home, as USU won 20 of the first 23 meetings. USU also won the last meeting, 63-19, in Logan on Oct. 8, 2011. Prior to that win, UW won the previous four games between the two teams. The first-ever game played in the series was in 1903 with USU winning in Logan, 46-0, and the two teams played one another 58 times through the 1978 season. The series resumed in 2001 and the two teams have played one another five times since then.
AGGIES AND COWBOYS HAVE STORIED HISTORY
Utah State and Wyoming have a storied history dating back to the early 1900s as both schools were members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) from 1916-37 and later members of the Mountain States/Skyline Conference from 1938-61 for a total of 47 years as league foes. As members of the RMAC, USU won league championships in 1921 and 1936, and later won league titles in the Mountain States/Skyline Conference in 1946, 1960 and 1961. UW won conference championships in the Mountain States/Skyline Conference in 1949, 1950, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1961.
UTAH STATE-WYOMING SERIES FOURTH-MOST PLAYED IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Utah State and Wyoming will be meeting for the 64th time in series history this weekend in what is the fourth-most played rivalry in school history. USU's most played rivalry is Utah (111), followed by Brigham Young (83), Colorado State (70) and Wyoming (63).
TOP AGGIE PERFORMERS VERSUS WYOMING
Rushing Yards: Emmett White (2001), 274
Passing Yards: Tony Adams (1971), 389
Receiving Yards: Mike O'Shea (1968), 155
FROM THE RECORD BOOKS
Utah State's school record for offensive yards per play was 10.7 against Wyoming in 1948 with 471 yards on 44 plays. The Aggies' single-game high of 14 punts was against Wyoming in 1970, and USU's school record for fewest pass attempts allowed of three was done twice, once against Wyoming in 1955.
Matt Wells VERSUS WYOMING
Matt Wells will be facing Wyoming for the first time as a head coach and for the fifth time overall as he faced the Cowboys once as an assistant coach at USU in 2011, and three times as an assistant at New Mexico (2007-08, 2010).
ALL-TIME AGGIE GREATS FROM THE STATE OF WYOMING
Utah State has had several notable football players from the state of Wyoming including defensive end Ben Crosland (Kemmerer) who was named the 1997 Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American by The Sporting News. Defensive end John Chick (Gillette) earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2005; offensive guard Joe Crum (Rawlins) earned first-team all-Big West Conference honors in 1981 and second-team honors in 1982; and defensive back Paul Gustafson (Casper) earned second-team all-Big West honors in 1994. In men's basketball, Jaycee Carroll (Evanston) was a two-time Associated Press All-American (2007, 2008) and the 2008 WAC Player of the Year, and is USU's all-time leading scorer with 2,522 career points, while ranking first all-time in school history in nine other categories. And in women's soccer, Jayme Gordy (Cheyenne) earned first-team all-Big West honors in 1999 and 2000, while earning second-team honors in 1998 and honorable mention honors in 1997, and ranks second all-time in school history in goals in a season (13) and career (35).
Utah State has 59 players in its program from the state of Utah, while Wyoming has eighth players on its roster from the Cowboy State.
DID YOU KNOW?
Wyoming has one player on its roster from the state of Utah in junior defensive tackle Dan Crook who is from Brigham City (Box Elder HS).
UTAH STATE AND WYOMING SERIES TO BE REFERRED TO AS "BRIDGER'S BATTLE"
Utah State University and the University of Wyoming announced Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 that both schools have adopted a rivalry series in football that will begin this weekend and be referred to as "Bridger's Battle" in reference to celebrated Wyoming/Utah mountain man Jim Bridger. USU officially joined the Mountain West this past summer and as members of the Mountain Division will play Wyoming every season on the gridiron. The winner of the annual contest will take home the traveling "Bridger Rifle", a .50 caliber Rocky Mountain Hawken rifle that was popular among mountain men and widely considered to be what Bridger carried. Each year's game score will be notched into the maple stock.
UTAH STATE CONNECTIONS WITH WYOMING
Utah State and Wyoming both have a coach on its staff that played and graduated from the other school as Aggie wide receivers coach Jovon Bouknight played at UW from 2003-06 and is a 2006 alum of Wyoming, while Cowboy Director of Player Personnel Danilo Robinson played for the Aggies from 1993-96 and is a 1997 USU graduate. Robinson was also a defensive line coach for USU from 2005-08, while Bouknight was a graduate assistant at Wyoming in 2008.
DANILO THE AGGIE
Wyoming's Director of Player Personnel Danilo Robinson graduated from Utah State in 1997 after playing for the Aggies from 1993-96. Robinson was teammates with current USU head coach Matt Wells, who played quarterback for the Aggies from 1993-96. Robinson was also an assistant coach for the Aggies, serving as USU's strength and conditioning coach in 1997, and then returning from 2005-08, coaching the USU tight ends and kickoff return unit in 2005, and defensive line from 2006-08. During Robinson's playing time at USU, he helped the Aggies to two Big West Conference titles in 1993 and 1996, and earned second-team all-Big West honors as a senior in 1996 after recording 103 tackles and 7.5 sacks. He still owns school records for single-game sacks with five against San José State in 1995 and tackles for loss in a game with six against the Spartans that day. Robinson's wife is the former Shelley Grupe, who won back-to-back Big West Conference 400 meter titles while running on the USU track team.
Utah State wide receivers coach Jovon Bouknight is a 2006 alum of Wyoming, playing for the Cowboys from 2002-05. Bouknight is in his fifth season at USU, joining the Aggies after one season at his alma mater, where he was offensive graduate assistant in 2008, working with the Cowboys' wide receivers. Bouknight concluded his college career ranked No. 20 in NCAA history in both career receiving yards (3,626) and career receptions (250). During his senior season, Bouknight was one of only 15 semifinalists for the 2005 Biletnikoff Award, which honors the nation's top college receiver each season. He also earned honorable mention All-American honors from College Football News in 2005 and earned first-team all-Mountain West honors. During his senior season, he ranked No. 9 in the NCAA in receiving yards per game (101.45 ypg), No. 15 in total receiving yards (1,116), No. 10 in all-purpose yards (160.45), No. 12 in receptions per game (7.00 rpg) and No. 11 in kickoff returns (27.75 ypr). He currently ranks No. 2 in Mountain West history in receiving yards (3,626) and third in receptions (250), while ranking tied for first all-time in consecutive games with a reception (47). In Wyoming school history, Bouknight ranks No. 3 in career receiving yards (3,626) behind former All-Americans Marcus Harris (4,518) and Ryan Yarborough (4,446). Bouknight also ranks No. 2 in school history in career receptions (250), trailing only Harris with 259. Bouknight also completed his career as Wyoming's all-time all-purpose yardage leader (5,921) and career kickoff return leader (2,016). He caught at least one pass in 47 consecutive games, which was also every game of his college career and is the UW school record. Bouknight actually caught at least two passes in each of those 47 career games.
UTAH STATE PLAYING SIX HOME GAMES IN 2013
Utah State's 2013 schedule marks the fourth-straight season, the fifth time in the last six years, and the sixth time in the last 17 years that it will play six home games. Overall, the Aggies have had six home games on the slate a total of only just 10 times: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1978, 1952.
UTAH STATE FINISHING 2013 REGULAR SEASON WITH CONSECUTIVE HOME GAMES
Utah State will conclude its 2013 regular season with back-to-back home games against Colorado State (Nov. 23) and Wyoming (Nov. 30). The last time USU finished its regular season with consecutive home games was in 1998 and this year marks just the 12th time in school history that USU has had at least its last two games of the season at home along with the 1901, 1903, 1905, 1906, 1909, 1916, 1944, 1972, 1978, 1996 and 1998 teams.
AGGIES IN NOVEMBER
Utah State is playing three home games in the month of November for just the fifth time in school history along with the 1935, 1974 and 1978 teams, while the 1972 team played a school record four home games in November. USU is 0-4-0 all-time in known games played on Nov. 30.
LAST MEETING AGAINST WYOMING
LOGAN, Utah - Freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton threw for 228 yards and a school-record tying five touchdowns and junior running back Robert Turbin rushed for 111 yards and added two more scores as Utah State scored the final 42 points in a dominating 63-19 home win against Wyoming on Oct. 8, 2011. In all, USU scored touchdowns on its first eight possessions of the game.
With the five touchdown passes, Keeton becomes the fourth different Aggie quarterback to hit the school record, and the sixth time, and the first since Anthony Calvillo threw for five scores against BYU in 1993. Calvillo and Tony Adams had accomplished the feat twice each, while Brent Snyder reached it once.
Keeton finished the game completing 15-of-20 passes and added 44 rushing yards on four carries, while Turbin posted his fourth-straight 100-yard rushing game. Senior running back Michael Smith added a career-best three touchdowns during the game as he finished with 36 rushing yards on seven carries and two receptions for 68 yards. Smith's three touchdowns are the most since Turbin had five total scores in the Idaho game in 2009.
Senior linebacker Bobby Wagner led Utah State's defense with 12 tackles and added his third career interception late in the second quarter. Wagner's oskie was the first interception of the season for the Aggie defense.
Wyoming took the opening kickoff and drove 77-yards on seven plays to take a 6-0 lead after its two-point conversion attempt failed. On the ensuing kickoff, USU junior running back Kerwynn Williams was unable to gain possession of the ball and UW recovered it in the end zone for a 12-0 lead just 2:54 into the game after missing the extra point.
Williams followed up his miscue with a 50-yard return on Wyoming's next kickoff, leading to a 1-yard touchdown run by Turbin for Utah State's first score of the night. USU took its first lead of the game on its next possession as it went 80-yards in just six plays, culminating with a 53-yard screen pass from Keeton to Smith giving the home team a 14-12 lead.
From there on it was all Aggies, as Utah State scored the final 21 points of the first half on touchdown passes of 18 yards to sophomore tight end D.J. Tialavea, eight yards to senior wide receiver Stanley Morrison and six yards to senior tight end Tarren Lloyd to make the score 42-19 at intermission. Both teams traded touchdowns early on in the second quarter as Utah State went 99-yards in just seven plays and Wyoming answered with a five-play, 60-yard drive to make the score 21-19 Utah State with 12:54 remaining in the first half.
Utah State opened the second half just as it ended the first as Smith scored on a 14-yard rush to cap a three-play, 33-yard drive. Smith scored his second touchdown of the quarter and third of the game on USU's next possession from 1-yard out to cap an 11-play, 82-yard drive.
Following a fumble recovery by sophmore nose guard Tevita Vaifoou in the fourth quarter, Utah State scored its final touchdown of the night on a 4-yard run by sophomore running back Robert Marshall with 2:53 remaining in the game.
Utah State finished the game with 548 yards of total offense (318-rushing, 230-passing) and Wyoming produced 394 yards (129-rushing, 265-passing).USU, who averaged 6.0 yards per play on the night, finished with 29 first downs and converted its first eight third downs. UW won the time-of-possession battle, 31:06 to 28:54.
RECAPPING THE COLORADO STATE GAME
LOGAN, Utah - Senior running back Joey DeMartino had a career-high 35 carries for 127 yards and Utah State's defense limited Colorado State (6-6, 4-3 MW) to just 38 yards rushing for its first shutout since 2003 with a 13-0 home win on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.
With the win, Utah State (7-4, 6-1 MW) assured itself of three-straight winning seasons for the first time since 1978-80.
Colorado State entered the game averaging 214.8 rushing yards per game, but was held to just 38 yards on the ground on 34 attempts for an average of 1.1 yards per carry. CSU also had 147 passing yards on the day and finished the game with just 185 yards of total offense.
The Utah State defense limited Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs to 54 yards on 18 carries. Bibbs entered the game ranking first in the Mountain West and eighth in the nation with an average of 130.8 yards per game, while leading the nation with 25 rushing touchdowns. In his previous two games, Bibbs had scored 10 touchdowns on the ground and rushed for 603 yards.
Utah State finished the game with a season-low 191 yards of total offense as it had 148 rushing yards and a season-low 43 passing yards, which are its fewest since 2010.
DeMartino, who scored the game's only touchdown on a 1-yard run in the third quarter, recorded his third 100-yard rushing game in his last four outings and his fifth of the season and his career. He also went over 1,000 yards for his career, becoming just the 26th player in school history to accomplish that feat. Furthermore, DeMartino's 35 carries were the most by an Aggie since 2001 when Emmett White had 38 carries against Weber State.
Senior linebacker Jake Doughty posted a team-high 12 tackles for his seventh double-digit tackle outing of the season and 11th of his career to lead a Utah State defense that posted four sacks and two interceptions on the afternoon as senior safety Maurice Alexander, senior cornerback Tay Glover-Wright and sophomore nose guard Travis Seefeldt each had 1.0 sacks, while junior linebacker Zach Vigil and freshman defensive tackle Ricky Ali'ifua each had 0.5 sacks. Zach Vigil and redshirt freshman linebacker Nick Vigil each recorded their first career interceptions in the contest.
Utah State also performed well on special teams as junior punter Jaron Bentrude boomed a career-high eight punts inside the 20 as part of his nine punts on the day as Colorado State's average starting field position was its own 16 yard-line, while Utah State's average starting field position was its own 49. USU was also 2-of-3 on field goals during the game.
After a defensive battle kept the game scoreless for the first 29:34 seconds, Utah State broke through with a 24-yard field goal by junior placekicker Nick Diaz with 26 seconds left for a 3-0 Aggie lead that they took into halftime.
Utah State then took the second half kickoff and marched down the field, with DeMartino scoring from a yard out for a 10-0 Aggie advantage with 10:21 to go in the third quarter. During its only touchdown drive of the day, USU went 69 yards in 11 plays and used 4:34 off the clock.
Early in the fourth quarter, Nick Vigil intercepted a Garrett Grayson pass, setting Utah State up at the CSU 29. Four plays later, Diaz drilled a 44-yard field goal for a 13-0 USU lead with 9:59 left in the game. The Aggies' defense kept the shutout in tact by registering all four of its sacks in the final period to seal the win.
UTAH STATE WEEKLY PLAYER HONORS
Sept. 7 (W, 52-20 at Air Force)
Chuckie Keeton - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Quarterback of the Week; Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award Honorable Mention Honors; one of eight Manning Award Stars of the Week, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week.
Zach Vigil - College Sports Madness Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week.
Sept. 14 (W, 70-6 vs. Weber State)
Joey DeMartino - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Running Back of the Week.
Chuckie Keeton - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Quarterback of the Week.
D.J. Tialavea - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Tight End of the Week.
Sept. 21 (L, 14-17 at USC)
Kyler Fackrell - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Linebacker of the Week.
Sept. 27 (W, 40-12 at San José State)
Nick Diaz - College Football Performance Awards National Specialist of the Week; one of three Lou Groza Award Stars of the Week.
Kyler Fackrell - College Sports Madness Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week.
Oct. 4 (L, 31-14 vs. BYU)
Keegan Andersen - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Tight End of the Week.
Oct. 12 (L, 34-23 vs. Boise State)
Nevin Lawson - Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week; College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Defensive Back of the Week.
Oct. 19 (W, 45-10 at New Mexico)
Bruce Natson - Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week; College Football Performance Awards Punt Returner of the Week.
Joey DeMartino - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Running Back of the Week.
Nov. 2 (W, 47-10 vs. Hawai'i)
Kyler Fackrell - Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week; College Sports Madness Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week; College Football Performance Awards National Linebacker of the Week.
Nick Diaz - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Placekicker of the Week.
Jake Thompson - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Specialist of the Week.
Nov. 9 (W, 28-24 at UNLV)
Nevin Lawson - Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week.
Jake Doughty - College Sports Madness Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week; College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Linebacker of the Week.
Nov. 23 (W, 13-0 vs. Colorado State)
Jaron Bentrude - College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention National Punter of the Week.
Jake Doughty - College Sports Madness Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week.
RUNNING BACK UNIVERSITY
Utah State is the only school in the nation who has had three running backs selected in the NFL Draft during the last two seasons as Robert Turbin (Seattle, 4/111) and Michael Smith (Tampa Bay, 7/212) were both chosen in 2012, while Kerywnn Williams (Indianapolis, 7/230) was selected in 2013. Linebacker Bobby Wagner (Seattle, 2/47) was also taken in the 2012 NFL Draft and cornerback Will Davis (Miami, 3/93) was selected in 2013 giving Utah State five NFL Draft picks during the past two years.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH
There are nine Division I schools that are located in cities with an elevation of at least 4,000 feet about sea level and Utah State ranks sixth on the list with an elevation of 4,710 feet. USU is the fifth-highest Mountain West Conference school. This season the Aggies will play at three other locations on the list (Air Force, New Mexico and Utah), giving USU nine games this season at 4,000 feet above sea level.
School Location Elevation 1. Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. 7,220 2. Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo. 6,620 3. Colorado Boulder, Colo. 5,360 4. Colorado State Fort Collins, Colo. 5,190 5. New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. 5,100 6. UTAH STATE LOGAN, UTAH 4,710 7. BYU Provo, Utah 4,630 8. Nevada Reno, Nev. 4,610 9. Utah Salt Lake City, Utah 4,357FACKRELL HAS SCORED AN OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWN IN 2013
Sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell has now scored an offensive and defensive touchdown this season following his 99-yard interception return for a score against Hawai'i. Fackrell also had an offensive touchdown on a 4-yard pass from junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton against Weber State on his first career reception. Overall, Fackrell is the first Aggie to score an offensive and defensive touchdown in the same season since 1964 when Earsell Mackbee had four receiving touchdowns and two interception returns for touchdown in the same season.
UTAH STATE OFFENSIVE NOTABLE
Utah State has recorded at least 500 yards of total offense four times this year and in nine of its last 17 games dating back to last season. USU has also passed for at least 300 yards four times this year and in seven of its last 16 games dating back to last season.
AGGIES IN OVERTIME
With its 48-41 overtime win at No. 19 Louisiana Tech on Nov. 17, 2012, Utah State improved to 6-4 all-time in overtime, including winning each of its last three. All-time, USU is 4-2 in single-overtime games, 2-1 in double-overtime games, and 0-1 in triple overtime games.
AGGIES WHO ARE MARRIED AND HAVE BEEN ON MISSIONS
Utah State has 12 players on its team who are married (Clayton Christensen, Craig Harrison, Tyler Larsen, Logan Malohifo'ou, Jeff Manning, Nate Needham, AJ Pataiali'i, Bridger Peck, Joe Summers, Josh Thompson, Kevin Whimpey, Kyle Whimpey), while 24 Aggies have served a two-year LDS Church Mission (Ricky Ali'ifua, Jarom Baldomero, Eric Bernston, Brock Bird, Jordan Brown, Clayton Christensen, Jefferson Court, Dayton DeLoach, Jarom Ioane, Derek Keller, B.J. Larsen, Logan Malohifo'ou, Jeff Manning, Alex Marsaw, Nate Needham, Travis Parrish, Eric Schultz, Brayden Stembride, Joe Summers, Brandon Taukeiaho, Tyler Weese, Kevin Whimpey, Kyle Whimpey and Daniel Wray).
Utah State had 21 football players earn academic all-WAC honors during the 2012-13 academic year, which ranked first in the WAC. Over the past four years, USU has had 87 players earn academic all-WAC honors and 94 players have graduated from Utah State University.
AGGIES IN THE NFL
Eight former Utah State football players are currently on NFL rosters including Jarrett Bush (Green Bay), Will Davis (Miami), Chuck Jacobs (San Francisco), Curtis Marsh (Philadelphia), Donald Penn (Tampa Bay), Robert Turbin (Seattle), Bobby Wagner (Seattle), and Kerwynn Williams (San Diego).
Senior defensive end Connor Williams (Kanata, Ontario, Canada/Holy Trinity HS) is one of just 32 players from Canada currently playing college football at the FBS level. Overall, USU is one of just 18 FBS teams with a Canadian player on its roster.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State has thrown a total of just five interceptions thus far in 2013 to rank fourth in the Mountain West and 12th in the nation. Freshman quarterback Darell Garretson has thrown three interceptions in 125 attempts, junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton threw two picks in 196 attempts, and junior quarterback Craig Harrison has not thrown a pick in 65 attempts.
DID YOU KNOW?
Utah State freshman quarterback Darell Garretson is from the same high school (Chandler (Ariz.) HS) as UCLA sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley. Also, Garretson's grandfather, Darell Garretson, was a referee in the National Basketball Association, while his uncle Rick Garretson is currently a referee in the National Basketball Association.
HEAD COACH Matt Wells
Aggie alumnus Matt Wells was named Utah State's 27th head football coach on Dec. 20, 2012 after serving as the team's offensive coordinator in 2012, and quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator in 2011.
The 39-year old Wells, who is now the 11th-youngest head coach at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level, replaces Gary Andersen who accepted the head coaching position at the University of Wisconsin. Dating back to 1919, Wells is just the second Utah State graduate to be appointed its head football coach joining Chris Pella who graduated from USU in 1965 and coached the Aggies from 1983-85.
Wells, a former Aggie quarterback and three-year letterwinner from 1994-96, was a member of two conference championship teams as a student-athlete as he was a redshirt freshman in 1993 when Utah State tied for first in the Big West Conference and defeated Ball State, 42-33, in the Las Vegas Bowl for its first-ever bowl win. As a senior in 1996, Wells helped USU to another share of the Big West Conference title.
Wells has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Utah State, including serving as the team's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach during the 2012 campaign. In 2011, Wells coached USU's quarterbacks and was the team's recruiting coordinator.
Utah State concluded its most successful season in school history in 2012 as it went 11-2 and set school records for wins (11) and home wins (6), while being nationally ranked in the Associated Press poll for three-straight weeks for the first time in school history. USU also won its first outright conference championship since 1936 during the 2012 campaign and just its third in school history joining the 1921 and 1936 teams that both won Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles. All-time, Utah State has won or shared 11 league championships.
During his two years at Utah State, Wells has been part of a Utah State team that went to back-to-back bowl games for just the third time in school history, while posting an 18-8 record. Furthermore, USU's 41-15 win against Toledo in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was the school's second-ever bowl victory.
As offensive coordinator this past season, Wells directed an Aggie offense that set single-season school records for total points (454), total offense (6,108 yards), completions (285) and total yards per game (469.8), while ranking second in points per game (34.9) and total passing yards (3,445).
Nationally, Utah State's 2012 offense ranked second in the Western Athletic Conference and 23rd in the country in total offense (469.8 ypg), second in the WAC and 18th in the nation in passing efficiency (153.21), second in the WAC and 25th in the nation in rushing offense (204.8 ypg), third in the WAC and 31st in the nation in sacks allowed (1.38 pg), third in the WAC and 33rd in the nation in scoring offense (34.9 ppg), and third in the WAC and 39th in the nation in passing offense (265.0 ypg).
Under Wells, Utah State finished the 2012 season scoring 38 or more points in each of its final seven games, bettering the previous school record of 38-plus points in three-straight games accomplished six times and most recently in 2000.
Utah State also finished the 2012 season winning its final seven games, which is tied for the fourth-longest active winning streak in the nation and tied for the third-longest winning streak in school history.
In 2012, Wells coached current Aggie junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton who earned first-team all-WAC honors after setting single-season school records for touchdown passes (27), passing yards (3,373), completion percentage (.676), completions (275) and total offense (3,992 yards). Keeton also earned WAC Offensive Player of the Week honors four times in 2012, which is a single-season school record.
As the quarterbacks coach in 2011, Wells helped Utah State's offense establish then-school records for total offense (5,945 yards), rushing yards (3,675), total points (437) and total touchdowns (60).
Under Wells' tutelage during his first two seasons at Utah State, Keeton has emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation and currently ranks first in school history in career completion percentage (.656), fourth in career touchdown passes (38), seventh in career total offense (5,485 yards), and ninth in career passing yards (4,573) and completions (381).
In 2012, Utah State had four offensive players earn first-team all-conference honors, while two others were named to the league's second-team.
Utah State, who officially joined the Mountain West Conference on July 1, 2013, will return 18 starters (8-offense, 7-defense, 3-special teams) and 49 letterwinners (23-offense, 22-defense, 4-special teams) from a group that has won 16 of its last 19 games.
Wells, who has been a part of six bowl teams and two conference championships during his coaching career, came to Utah State after two coaching stints at New Mexico, serving as the Lobos' wide receivers and kickoff return unit coach in 2010 and its wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator from 2007 to 2008. In 2009, Wells served as the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator at Louisville.
Prior to his first stint at New Mexico, Wells spent five years (2002-06) as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Tulsa and five years at the U.S. Naval Academy (1997-2001) as its quarterbacks coach, fullbacks coach and wide receivers coach, while also serving as the junior varsity head coach and offensive coordinator for three years.
Wells, a native of Sallisaw, Okla., received his bachelor's degree in business marketing from Utah State in 1996, graduating cum laude. He and his wife Jen have two daughters, Jadyn (10) and Ella (7), and one son Wyatt (4). His brother, Luke, is Utah State's co-offensive coordinator, tight ends coach, and recruiting coordinator.
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