Utah State Football Supplemental Game Day Notes at New Mexico State
Dec. 2, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State (6-5, 4-2) will be going for its first seven-win season, its first five-game win streak and its first five conference-win season all since 1993, when USU takes on New Mexico State (4-8, 2-4 WAC) on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Las Cruces, N.M... Kickoff from NMSU's Aggie Memorial Stadium is slated for 1:30 p.m. (MT).
POSTGAME -- Utah State's locker room is closed to the media. After a brief cooling off period, head coach Gary Andersen and selected players will be available at a designated area. All player requests should be made to Zach Fisher prior to the five-minute mark of the fourth quarter.
ON TV -- Saturday's all-Aggie match-up will be televised by NMSU's Aggie Vision, airing locally throughout the region on KCSG (Comcast Ch. 116/DirectTv Ch. 44/Dish Network Ch. 37) with Glen Cerny as the play-by-play announcer with analysis from Danny Knee... An update from earlier release, the game will not be on ESPN GamePlan, due to ESPN network scheduling conflicts with the Football Championship Series (FCS) playoffs.
ON THE AIR -- Beginning this fall, in addition to KVNU 610 AM in Logan, all Utah State football games are carried live on KZNS 97.5 FM (Salt Lake City), KZNU 1450 AM (St. George), KVEL 920 AM (Vernal), KRPX 95.3 FM (Price) and KCPX 1490 AM (Moab)... The Aggie Sports Network will also carry the one-hour pregame and postgame shows for every Aggie football in addition to the 50-minute weekly coaches shows... All Aggie football games are also on the Internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com by clicking on "Listen Live"... Former Aggie SID Craig "I Eat Hawaiian Style" Hislop will handle the play-by-play duties, while former Aggie QB John "Greek Rifle" Pappas provides analysis.
GAMETRACKER -- Live stats for Saturday's game are available by clicking on the "Live Stats" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
`NET WATCHING -- Saturday's game between the Aggies and Aggies will also be streamed on the Internet through WatchESPN.com (formerly known as ESPN3. com)... It will also be streamed online by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at UtahStateAggies.com.
113 / 119 -- USU is taking the field for the 113th season of football in 119 years. The Aggies beat Utah, 12-0, in 1892, but then did not field a team until 1896, when they again only played one game but then played every year since with the exceptions of 1918 when to World War I and influenza cancelled the season and 1943 due to World War II.
A USU WIN WOULD...
A USU LOSS WOULD...
WE'RE GOING STREAKING -- Several Utah State players and the Aggie team take streaks into Saturday's game:
WR Stanley Morrison Has at least one catch in 35-straight games played,
which leads the WAC.*
ROAD SCORE-IOR -- USU junior RB Robert Turbin has scored at least one TD in each of USU's last eight road games... Saturday Turbin is returning the scene of the last time he did not score a TD on the road... A TD Saturday would complete Turbin's road TD set of the current WAC, as NMSU is the only team that he has not score a road TD on, doing so in the other six current teams in the WAC union.
TIME TRAVELERS -- Saturday's game is the Aggies' final road trip of the regular-season and is USU's second road game played in the Mountain West Time Zone, also doing so at BYU on Sept. 30... USU has played on the road in four different time zones this season... The Aggies opened the season in the Central Time Zone at Auburn on Sept. 3, then played in the Mountain Time Zone at BYU on Sept. 30... The Aggies then made the first of two trips to the Pacific Time Zone for the game at Fresno State on Oct. 15, before playing in the Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone at Hawai'i on Nov. 5... In its last road game, USU played in the Pacific Time Zone at Idaho on Nov. 19.
ROAD TRIPPIN' -- Saturday's game at New Mexico State is Utah State's third-shortest road trip of the season for the optimists and fourth-longest for the pessimists:
Auburn - Sept. 3 1,862 miles
FIVE CONFERENCE WINS -- A win Saturday would give the navy Aggies their fifth WAC win this season, which would be USU's best WAC mark in its seven years in the league... It would also be the best conference mark since a 4-1 Big West Conference record in 2000, and first five-win conference ledger since 1993, when USU was 5-1 in sharing the Big West title... Overall, this is the 31st time in USU's 113 seasons of football in 119 years that the Aggies' have won four conference games, but a win Saturday would mark USU's 12th five-conference win season... A Utah State win would also guarantee the Aggies' best conference finish in the WAC and also best conference placing since second in the Big West in 2000... A closer look at USU's four+ conference win seasons, and conference finishes:
CONF CONF YEAR CONFERENCE REC FINISH 1917 RMAC 4-0 2nd 1923 RMAC 4-2 4th 1925 RMAC 5-1 T-2nd 1926 RMAC 5-1-2 3rd 1928 RMAC 4-2-1 4th 1931 RMAC 5-2 2nd 1933 RMAC 4-3 6th 1934 RMAC 5-1-1 4th 1935 RMAC 5-1-1 2nd 1936 RMAC 6-0-1 1st 1946 MSC/Skyline 4-1-1 T 1st 1953 MSC/Skyline 5-2 2nd 1954 MSC/Skyline 4-3 3rd 1960 MSC/Skyline 5-1 T 1st 1961 MSC/Skyline 4-0-1 T 1st 1978 PCAA/Big West 4-1 T 1st 1979 PCAA/Big West 4-0-1 T 1st 1980 PCAA/Big West 4-1 2nd 1981 PCAA/Big West 4-1 2nd 1987 PCAA/Big West 4-3 T 2nd 1988 PCAA/Big West 4-3 T 3rd 1989 PCAA/Big West 4-3 4th 1990 PCAA/Big West 5-1-1 T 2nd 1991 PCAA/Big West 5-2 3rd 1992 PCAA/Big West 4-2 T 2nd 1993 PCAA/Big West 5-1 T 1st 1995 PCAA/Big West 4-2 T 2nd 1996 PCAA/Big West 4-1 T 1st 1997 PCAA/Big West 4-1 T 1st 2000 PCAA/Big West 4-1 2ndENDING ON THE ROAD -- Saturday marks USU's third-straight year to finish up regular-season action on the road, but this is the first time that USU's didn't end the year in the state of Idaho as the Aggies played at Idaho in 2009, at Boise State last year... Overall, USU has completed regular-season play on the road in five of the last seven, and eight of the last 11... Ironically, the Aggies finished regular-season action in each of their last two bowl trips, and the regular-season finale matched the bowl outcome, winning final game of 1993 regular-season action and then winning the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl, before losing the last game of the 1997 regular-season and then losing the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl.
WAGNER THE WRANGLER -- Besides wrangling his way up Utah State's and the WAC's Career Tackles lists (left), senior LB Bobby Wagner is also ascending both USU's and the WAC's Single-Season Tackles list, as he now has 134 tackles on the season, bettering his career-best mark of 133 stops last season:
WAC Tackles List Rk No. Name, School, Season 1. 179 Jimmy Cottrell, NMSU, 2005 2. 169 Jeff Ulbrich, UH, 1999 3. 165 Matt Castelo, SJSU, 2006 4. 151 Corey Paredes, UH, 2010 5. 149 Matt Griebel, NMSU, 2005 6. 148 David Vobora, UI, 2007 7. 141 Matt Castelo, SJSU, 2007 141 Solomon Elimimian, UH, 2007 9. 139 Cole Snyder, UI, 2005 10. 137 Robert Rodriguez, UTEP, 2001 137 Derrick Richardson, NMSU, 2008 -- 134 Bobby Wagner, USU, 2011
NICE SPREAD -- USU's passing game is of the giving sort, distributing the passing around to different receivers... At least 10 different receivers have caught a pass in three games this season, led by 11 at Auburn in the season-opener, as well as 10 each in the Wyoming and San Jose State games.
11 Auburn 10 San Jose State 10 Wyoming 8 BYU 8 Fresno State 8 Louisiana Tech 8 Hawai'i 7 Idaho 7 Weber State 6 Nevada 5 Colorado State