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...
Give the Aggies seven wins in a season for the first time since 1993, when the Aggies' seventh win came in the Humanitarian Bowl.
Earn USU its first seven-win regular-season since 1979 when the Aggies were 7-3-1.
Move USU to 7-5 overall, the Aggies best record since 1993's record, which included the win in the Humanitarian Bowl.
Earn Utah State at least a seven-win season for the 21st time in 113 season of football.
Be USU's fifth-straight win on the season, the Aggies' first five-game win streak since 1993, which is also the last time that the Aggies won a bowl game.
Earn Utah State its fifth WAC win of the year, improving to 5-2, USU's most league wins in its seven seasons in the league, the Aggies' best conference mark since a 4-1 Big West mark in 2000 and first five conference win season since 1993.
Collect the navy Aggies' second-straight win over its maroon brethren, and fourth in the last five meeting.
Improve to 29-7 overall vs. NMSU, including 16-3 at Las Cruces.
Build a 37-18 record against teams from New Mexico.
Move to 19-11 in games played on New Mexico soil.
Earn USU its first win on grass this year, as the Aggies are 0-2 entering Saturday (losses at Auburn and BYU).
Move to 6-12 overall in December.
Even its record on Dec. 3 at 1-1.
Move to 3-8 on the road in the 12th month.
Improve to 6-4 in last 10 season-finales, winning six of the last eight and four of the last five.
Move to 46-65-3 all-time in season-finales.
Turn the "A" Blue, which received an upgrade with new, environmentally-safe LED lights last year.
A USU LOSS WOULD...
Level USU's overall record to 6-6 while ending WAC play with a 4-3 league mark.
Snap the Aggies' four-game streak.
Deal USU its second-straight loss at Las Cruces, sliding to 15-4 there.
Be the Aggies' second-straight season-finale loss and even their mark in the last 10 season-finales at 5-5.
Make USU 45-66-3 all-time in season-finales.
Deal USU its fourth-straight loss in December, falling to 5-13 overall in the 12th month.
Drop the Aggies to 0-2 on Dec. 3.
Slide to 36-19 against teams from New Mexico.
Slip to 18-12 in games played on New Mexico soil.
Leave USU 0-3 in games played on grass.
As always, be not as good as a win.
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.*
RB Robert Turbin Rushed for at least 60 yards in his last 17 games played.*
Scored at least one rushing TD in last eight road games played.*
Tallied at least 16 carries in last seven games.
WR Matt Austin Has at least one catch in last 12 games played.
WR Eric Moats Has at least one catch in last 32 of last 35 games in career.
LB Bobby Wagner Started 38-consecutive games.
Made at least six tackles in 27-straight games.
Logged double-digit tackles in last three games.
LB Kyle Gallagher Started 24-consecutive games. Posted at least five tackles in last 15 games.
Utah State Offense Amassed 240 yards of total offense in last 16 games.
Rushed for at least 31 attempts in 37-straight games.
Scored a rushing TD in 12-straight games, including two rushing scores in five of last games.
Thrown a passing TD in last five contests.
Utah State Defense Kept opponents rushing total to 185 yards or less in last seven games.
Forced at least one turnover in last four games.
Held opposition to one or less run of 20 yards or more in 10 of last 11 games.
Forced opponent to punt at least nine times in last two games and three of last four. * = retro-active to 2009, missed 2010 season with injury
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
BYU - Sept. 28 127 miles
Fresno State - Oct. 15 858 miles
Hawai'i - Nov. 5 3,015 miles
Idaho - Nov. 19 430 miles
New Mexico State - Dec. 3 712 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.
RMAC = Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference PCAA/Big West = Pacific Coast Athletic Association/Big West MSC/Skyline = Mountain States Conference/Skyline
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
USU Tackles List Rk Name, Class Year No. 1. Tony D'Amato, Sr. 1998 170 2. David Gill, Jr. 1995 168 3. Al Smith, Sr. 1986 166 4. David Gill, Sr. 1996 150 5. Brent Passey, Jr. 1999 142 6. Alfred Bettman, Sr. 1975 140 7. Brian Longuevan, Jr. 1974 138 Al Smith, Jr. 1985 138 Donald Miller, Jr. 1987 138 Johndale Carty, So. 1996 138 -- Bobby Wagner, Sr. 2011 134
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
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