Aggies remain highly ranked among leaders in FBS, WAC football statistics

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Dec. 5 2011 10:00 a.m. MST

Utah State quarterback Adam Kennedy, right, hands the ball off to running back Robert Turbin during the Aggies' 24-21 win.

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LOGAN — Even with 392 rushing yards Saturday, Utah State football remains ranked sixth in the Football Bowl Subdivision statistics for the ninth week in a row, as well as leading the Western Athletic Conference when this week’s statistics were released Sunday.

Now with a 277.5 rushing yards per game, USU is sixth in FBS and leading the WAC — one of four categories that the Aggies are tops in the league in. Utah State continues to tote the top total defense in the WAC statistically, ranking 50th in the FBS, yielding 368.0 ypg. In scoring offense, Utah State leads the conference and is 21st in the country at 34.5 ppg. USU also leads the league and ranks 16th in the nation in passing efficiency at 153.95.

In total offense, USU is second in the WAC and 20th in FBS at 458.7 ypg, while also ranking second in the conference and tied for 36th in the country in sacks allowed (1.4 pg).

The Aggies’ defense is also second in the league and 32nd in the country in rushing defense (128.0 ypg). USU’s defense is also second in the conference and 57th in the nation in tackles for loss (5.8 pg), while ranking third in the league and 56th in the country in sacks (1.9 pg). Utah State is also third in the conference and 42nd in the nation in pass efficiency defense (123.06).

On special teams, the Aggies are second in the league and 28th in the nation in kickoff returns at 23.5 ypr, while ranking fourth in the conference and 29th in the country in net punting (38.2 ypp).

Individually, junior RB Robert Turbin is second in the WAC and 10th in the FBS in rushing (118. ypg), while leading the league and ranking tied for fifth in the FBS in scoring (11.5 ppg). Turbin is also sixth in the league and 42nd in the nation in all-purpose yards (131.7 ypg).

Junior RB/KR Kerwynn Williams is fifth in the conference and 73rd in the country in kick returns (22.7 ypr), part of his 121.5 all-purpose yards per game, ranking eighth in the league and 58th in the nation.

Defensively, senior LB Bobby Wagner is still tops in the WAC and ranks eighth in FBS in tackles at 11.7 per game. Fellow senior LB Kyle Gallagher is 12th in the conference in tackles (7.6 pg). Senior DE/LB Levi Koskan is tied for sixth in the league and tied for 70th in the nation in sacks with .5 pg, while also ranking ninth in the WAC in tackles for loss (0.9 pg).

Junior P Tyler Bennett is third in the WAC and 11th in the FBS in punting at 44.7 ypp. Sophomore PK Josh Thompson is sixth in the league in field goals (.5 pg), while also ranking tied for eighth in the conference in scoring (6.0 ppg). Thompson has also connected on a league-leading 54 extra points this season.

The Aggies will face Ohio University from the Mid-American Conference in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 3:30 p.m. (MT) at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho, announced Sunday afternoon by the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is the second game of the bowl calendar and the only one in its timeslot. The Bowl will be telecast nationally on ESPN and broadcast on ESPN Radio. Five of the previous seven games have been decided on the last drive, with an average score of 38-25 over the past 14 Bowls.

For more Aggie Football Famous Idaho Potato Bowl ticket information, fans can contact the USU Ticket Office at 1-888-USTATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) or 435-797-0305, in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University.

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