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UTAH STATE at SAN DIEGO STATE Saturday, Sept. 25 - 6 p.m. (MT) Qualcomm Stadium (54,000) San Diego, Calif.
QUICKLY -- For the first time since 1977, Utah State (1-2, 0-1 WAC) will face San Diego State (2-1, 0-0 MWC) in football when the Aggies battle the Aztecs on Saturday, Sept. 25... Kickoff from Qualcomm Stadium (54,000) in San Diego, Calif., is slated for 6 p.m. (MT)... Saturday's game is not televised, but it is SDSU's Skyshow, with a large fireworks show following the game.
SATURDAY'S STORYLINES -- Things to watch for in Saturday's battle between the Aggies and Aztecs:
-- Utah State seeking 2-2 start for first time since 2005.
-- USU is meeting SDSU for first time since 1977.
-- Aggies looking to snap seven-game losing skid to Aztecs, including losing five in a row at San Diego, as SDSU leads the series 9-1 overall and 6-1 in San Diego.
-- USU making first of two trips to state of California, returning on Nov. 13 at San Jose State, the first time that the Aggies have played in the Golden State twice in the same since 1992 when USU played at Cal State Fullerton and Pacific.
-- Aggies are 18-35-1 (.343) in games played on California soil... USU has lost its last nine games played in California since 1992.
-- Utah State facing second of three California opponents, marking the first time that three foes from California are on USU's schedule since 1992 when Aggies faced San Jose State, Cal State Fullerton and Pacific.
-- USU is 146-208-14 (.416) vs. current members of the Mountain West Conference... USU has lost 11 straight against the MWC, as the Aggies' last win vs. a MWC team was a 31-24 win over UNLV in 2005.
-- Aggie head coach Gary Andersen was 7-3 vs. SDSU as assistant coach at Utah, and 1-1 vs. the Aztecs as a player for Utah.
-- USU offensive coordinator/QB coach Dave Baldwin along with tight ends coach T.J. Woods were both at New Mexico prior to USU, where they coached under then head coach Rocky Long, who is SDSU's defensive coordinator.
-- USU senior QB Diondre Borel is one pass completion from 400 for his career, at which time he would become the seventh USU QB to reach the 400 completions plateau.
-- Borel also is seven pass attempts from 700 for his career, and he would also become the seventh Aggie signal-caller to have 700 attempts.
-- The AFCA will hold its third annual Coach to Cure MD effort with this weekend's games... More than 5,000 coaches at more than 350 NCAA schools will be wearing a Coach to Cure MD patch to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research... Both the USU and SDSU coaching staffs will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches.
FOLLOWING THE GAME AND THE AGGIES
ON TV -- Saturday's battle between the Aggies and Aztecs will not be televised.
ON THE AIR -- All Utah State football games are carried live on KVNU 610 AM, KVNU 102.1 FM (Cache Valley) and KLZX 95.9 FM in Logan; 1230 or 1320 AM in Salt Lake City; on KLZX 105.3 FM in Montpelier, Idaho... All Aggie football games are also on the Internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com by clicking on "Listen Live"... Al Lewis handles the play-by-play duties, while Craig Hislop provides analysis.
ON THE INTERNET -- USU home football games are also streamed on the Internet through "Aggies All Access," by clicking on the "Live Aggies Video" link on the home page of www.UtahStateAggies.com... Fans can register and purchase single-game or season packages to watch... Saturday's USU-SDSU game will not be on the Internet.
GAMETRACKER -- Fans can follow all USU Aggie home games through the USU web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com via GameTracker, a free service, which updates play-by-play and statistics throughout the game...Live Stats for Saturday's USU-SDSU game will be available by clicking on the "Live Stats" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
COACHES SHOW ON THE ROAD -- The Gary Andersen radio show will rotate between Bajio Mexican Grill and Firehouse Pizza on Thursday nights (6:05-6:45 p.m. on 610 AM KVNU) when the Aggies play on Saturday and Wednesday when USU plays on Friday... The show gives USU fans an opportunity to ask questions and interact with Coach Andersen and players.
Upcoming Coaches Shows: Sept. 23 Firehouse Pizza / Sept. 29 Bajio Mexican Grill
UP NEXT -- Utah State returns home to host in-state foe BYU on Friday, Oct. 1 in a nationally-televised game on ESPN, the second-straight year that the ESPN network has visited Logan after broadcasting the USU-Boise State game last season.
UTAH STATE NOTE-ABLES
NEW HOME UNIFORMS/NEW LOOK HELMETS/HELMET STICKERS -- When the Utah State football team took to the turf of newly named Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium on Sept. 11 for its home opener against Idaho State, the Aggies were donning new home uniforms.
Head coach Gary Andersen and selected players helped choose the design for the jerseys. The jerseys and pants are made by Nike and feature a navy blue base with white letters and numbers with black piping around the numbers along with white and black trim on the sides of the jerseys and pants. USU will be able to wear the navy blue jersey with either navy blue or white pants for home games and the white jersey with either white or navy blue pants for road games.
Utah State's helmets got an new look this summer, as the white helmet with larger navy blue metallic paint flakes is an upgrade from the white helmet with small black metallic flakes last year, while the navy blue facemasks replace white masks that have adorned the white helmet with U-State logo since the mid-90's.
Additionally, helmet stickers will be awarded to players, with a "Block A" for academic achievement and community service and a bull head for athletic recognition. All helmets will also have a "71" sticker on the back, honoring USU legend Merlin Olsen, who passed away March 11, 2010.
UTAH STATE NAMES FIELD AT ROMNEY STADIUM 'MERLIN OLSEN FIELD' -- To honor one of its greatest alumnus and the most decorated football player in school history, Utah State University is naming the playing field inside Romney Stadium `Merlin Olsen Field.'
An official dedication ceremony will take place during the end of the 2010 football season in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Utah State's 1960 Sun Bowl Team, led by Olsen. During the official dedication of Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, a larger-than-life-size bronze statue of Olsen, which will be sculpted by nationally renowned artist Blair Buswell, will be unveiled in the southeast corner of the stadium.
Olsen was a three-year lettermen on the offensive and defensive lines for Utah State's football team from 1959-61, earning All-American honors during both his junior and senior seasons. During his senior season in 1961, he won the Outland Trophy as the nation's outstanding interior defensive lineman. Olsen also was a three-time academic All-American at Utah State and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Kappa Phi in 1962 with a degree in finance. NFL Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, the greatest athlete in Utah State University history, passed away at City of Hope Hospital near Los Angeles on March 11, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer.
COACH TO CURE MD -- The Utah State coaching staff will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches this week to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research... Fans are encouraged to donate online at www.CoachtoCureMD.org or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.
USU IN SEPTEMBER / ON SEPT. 25 -- Utah State has lost 15 of its last 19 games in the calendar's ninth month... USU is 9-30 during September in the 2000's... This is the third-straight season that the Aggies have three games in September, going 1-2 in the ninth month the last two seasons, after dropping all four of its September games in 2007 and all five games in September in 2006... Saturday is USU's first game on Sept. 25 since beating UNLV, 31-21 in 2004, which is also a Mountain West Conference team and on the road, both variables that match Saturday's game at SDSU... USU is 5-3 on Sept. 25, winning two of its last three on the date overall... The Aggies are 5-2 on the road on Sept. 25, also winning two of the last three... Here's a closer look at how USU has fared on Sept. 25:
1948 - W 18-7 at Montana 1954- L 7-32 at Wichita State 1965- W 13-0 at Arizona State 1971- W 27-7 vs. UNLV 1976- L 3-20 at Wyoming 1982- W 19-0 at CS Fullerton 1993 - L 14-30 at Fresno State 2004 - W 31-21 at UNLV
USU VS. GOLDEN STATE TEAMS -- Utah State is 51-64-2 (.444) overall against schools from the state of California, going 1-9 vs. San Diego State, 10-15-1 vs. Fresno State, 11-20-1 vs. San Jose State, 8-6 against Cal State Fullerton, 1-0 vs. Cal State Northridge, 21-7 against Pacific, 0-4 vs. USC, 0-1 vs. St. Vincent's, 0-1 against Stanford and 0-1 vs. UCLA. USU IN CALIFORNIA -- Utah State is 18-35-1 (.343) in games played on California soil... The Aggies' last win in the Golden State was in 1992, when USU won both of its games in California, a 26-7 win on Oct. 31, 1992 against Cal State Fullerton, who was so depressed by the loss that the Titans discontinued football following that season, and then a 38-35 win on Nov. 21, 1992 against Pacific, in which USU won on a field goal with 18 seconds left... Since then, the Aggies have lost their last nine games on California soil.
STATE THREE -- Saturday marks USU's third-straight "State" school opponent, after facing Idaho State on Sept. 11, Fresno State on Sept. 18 and San Diego State on Saturday... USU has three other "State" foes ahead, hosting New Mexico State on Nov. 6, at San Jose State on Nov. 13 and at Boise State on Dec. 4... This is the first time that USU has faced six "State" opponents since 1982, after facing five in 1983, 1985, 1997, 2000 and were scheduled to play five in 2005, but the game against Nicholls State was cancelled due to Hurricane Katrina... The three "State" foes in a row is the most since four in a row in 2000, playing Arkansas State, New Mexico State, Boise State and Idaho State in the last four games on the ledger.
TRIO OF CALI OPPONENTS -- Saturday marks the second of three California opponents on the USU 2010 ledger, as after Fresno State, USU will play at San Diego State on Sept. 25 and at San Jose State on Nov. 13... It is the first time that the Aggies have faced three teams from California since 1992 when USU faced San Jose State, Cal State Fullerton and Pacific... Utah State will be making two trips to California this season to play at San Diego State on Sept. 25 and at San Jose State on Nov. 13... It is the first time that the Aggies have traveled to the Golden State twice in the same season since 1992 when USU played at Cal State Fullerton and at Pacific... It also marks the first time that USU has played in the same state outside of Utah twice in the same season since 2008 when the Aggies played at UNLV and at Nevada.
USU BESTS VS. SAN DIEGO STATE -- Here is a look at some of the top USU statistical individual performances against the Aztecs over the years: The 1971 USU defense held SDSU to -22 yards rushing, ranking as the No. 3 spot on the Aggies' rushing defense performance list while the 1967 USU defense has the No. 7 spot with -5 yards of rushing against San Diego State... San Diego State holds the 20th longest winning streak in NCAA history, winning 25 in a row from 1965-67 until USU won 31-25 to end the streak.
UTAH STATE-SAN DIEGO STATE SERIES -- USU is meeting SDSU for the first time since 1977, after the teams played eight times from 1967-77... San Diego State has won the last seven meetings in the series and holds a 9-1 all-time series lead, including 8-1 at San Diego... The teams first played in 1947, with the Aztecs winning that game 24-19, and the next year, 28-19, before taking a 19-year hiatus, resuming the series in 1967 with the Aggies collecting a 31-25 win at San Diego, which snapped SDSU's 25-game winning streak, which is tied for the 20th longest winning streak in NCAA history from 1965-67 until USU beat SDSU to end the streak... The Aztecs have won the last seven since and by an average of 26-10.
Utah State vs. San Diego State Overall: 1-9-0 / Home: 0-3-0 / Away: 1-6-0 9-20-47 L 19-24 H 12-4-48 L 19-28 A 11-25-67 W 31-25 A 11-30-68 L 19-30 A 10-23-71 L 20-36 A 9-22-73 L 7-35 H 11-30-74 L 6-34 A 9-27-75 L 10-19 H 11-13-76 L 6-7 A 10-1-77 L 0-19 A
AGGIE-AZTEC NOTE-ABLE -- USU has 28 players on its roster from the state of California, the second-most from any state behind the 41 from Utah... One of those players' hometown is San Diego, in sophomore RB Joey DeMartino, who went to Mt. Carmel HS before going to Grossmont JC for a season and then transferred to USU prior to this season... SDSU has 10 players from San Diego, but none of them went to Mt. Carmel HS... There are several California high school teammates and fellow hometown natives on opposite sides Saturday: USU injured senior LB Matt Ah You is from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., while Aggie senior DE Devin Johnson is from nearby Glandora, Calif., but went to Rancho Cucamonga HS, while SDSU senior WR Vincent Brown is from Rancho Cucamonga and went to Rancho Cucamonga HS... USU junior LB Reuben Willis and SDSU freshman LB Josh Gavert are both from Lakewood, Calif., and went to Mayfair HS... There is also a pair of players from the same hometown but different high schools: USU senior QB Jeff Fischer and SDSU freshman WR Ezell Ruffin are both from Long Beach, Calif., but Fischer went to Lakewood HS, while Ruffin went to Woodrow Wilson HS... The same hometown but different high schools match-ups are limited to California, as Aggie sophomore RB Kerwynn Williams and Aztec sophomore LB Colin Shumate as well as junior DL Neil Spencer are all from Las Vegas, Nev., but Williams went to Valley HS while Shumate went to Las Vegas HS and Spencer went to Cimmarron-Memorial HS... USU senior DT Daniel Gurrolla and SDSU senior tight end Alston Umuolo are both from Phoenix, Ariz., but Gurrolla went to Washington HS while Umuolo went to Centennial HS... USU offensive coordinator/QB coach Dave Baldwin along with tight ends coach T.J. Woods were both at New Mexico prior to USU, where they coached under then head coach Rocky Long, who is SDSU's defensive coordinator... SDSU assistant director of academics services is a 1994 Utah State graduate, earning her two bachelor's degrees from USU and was an academic coordinator at USU for seven years (1993-2000), and is in her 11th year at SDSU...There is one person on USU Athletics' staff that was in attendance of USU's last visit to San Diego State, Senior Athletic Director/Head Athletic Trainer Dale Mildenberger was in his third year at Athletic Trainer, now in his 36th season.
WHAT HAPPENED IN 1977? -- Besides USU and SDSU last playing in 1977, here's a look at some of the other happenings of 1977:
-- Jimmy Carter becomes 39th President of the United States -- The Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. -- Astronomers discover rings around the planet Uranus -- Apple introduces the Apple II computer -- Elvis Presley dies in his Graceland bathroom -- New York Yankees win the World Series -- Oakland Raiders win Superbowl XI -- Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup -- Swedish music group ABBA passes The Beatles as having most records sold -- Star Wars is the top grossing film -- "The Shining" by Stephen King is published -- "You Light Up My Life" by Debby Boone spends the most time at the top of the US charts -- Three's Company premieres
HOW MUCH DID THINGS COST IN 1977? ``` Average Cost of new house $49,300.00 Average Income per year $15,000.00 Average Monthly Rent $240.00 Minimum Wage $2.30 Cost of a gallon of Gas 65 cents First Class Stamp 13 cents Bikini $9.00 BMW 320i $7990.00
CURRENT AGGIE COACHES VS. SAN DIEGO STATE -- While it is USU's first time facing San Diego State, nine members of Utah State's coaching staff have faced San Diego State, either as a coach or a player, or both, as is the case for USU head coach Gary Andersen, who coached against SDSU as an assistant coach at Utah and played against the Aztecs as an offensive lineman for Utah... Overall, those nine members are a combined 23-16 (.590) vs. San Diego State in their other positions.
Name Utah State Position Other Position Years-Results <a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/andersen_gary00.html">Gary Andersen</a> Head Coach Utah D Tackles 1998-L, 20-21 (OT) (8-4 vs. SDSU) 1999-W, 38-16 2000-W, 21-7 Utah Asst. HC/D-Tackles 2001-W, 17-3 Utah Asst. HC/D-Line 2002-L, 17-36 Utah D-Line 2004-W, 51-28 Utah Def. Coord. 2005-L, 19-28 2006-W, 38-7 2007-W, 23-7 2008-W, 63-14 Utah Player O-Lineman 1985-W, 39-37 1986-L, 30-37 <p><a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/baldwin_dave00.html">Dave Baldwin</a> Offensive Coord./QB's Stanford WR Coach 1988-W, 31-10 (3-2 vs. SDSU) San Jose St. Head Coach 1997-L, 21-48 1998-L, 6-34 New Mexico Off. Coord. 2007-W, 20-17 2008-W, 70-7 </p><p><a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/busch_bill00.html">Bill Busch</a> Defensive Coord./S's Utah Safeties 2001-W, 17-3 (2-1 vs. SDSU) 2002-L, 17-36 2003-W, 27-6 </p><p> </p><p><a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/bouknight_jovon00.html">Jovon Bouknight</a> Wide Receivers Wyoming Player-WR 2002-L, 20-24 (1-3 vs. SDSU) 2003-L, 20-25 2004-W, 20-10 2005-L, 21-34 </p><p><a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/clune_kevin00.html">Kevin Clune</a> Linebackers Utah Grad. Asst. 2001-W, 17-3 (1-1 vs. SDSU) 2002-L, 17-36 </p><p><a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/gerke_alex00.html">Alex Gerke</a> Offensive Line Utah Grad. Asst. 1998-L, 20-21 (OT) (2-2 vs. SDSU) 1999-W, 38-16 Utah Off. Tack./TE 2001-W, 17-3 2002-L, 17-36 </p><p><a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/kauhaahaa_chad00.html">Chad Kauha'aha'a</a> Defensive Line Utah Player-LB 1993-W, 45-41 (2-1 vs. SDSU) 1994-W, 38-22 1995-L, 21-24 </p><p><a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/woods_tj00.html">T.J. Woods</a> Tight Ends/Spec. Teams New Mexico Tight Ends 2007-W, 20-17 (2-0 vs. SDSU) 2008-W, 70-7 </p><p><a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/sitake_tj00.html">T.J. Sitake</a> Off. Admin. Asst. BYU Player-RB/DL 1999-W, 30-7 (2-2 vs. SDSU) 2000-L, 15-16 2004-W, 49-16 2005-L, 10-31 </p><p> </p>
UTAH STATE-SAN DIEGO STATE BY THE NUMB3R5 -- A closer look at notables about Saturday's match-up between the Aggies and the Aztecs: ``` -22 Rushing yards total by the USU defense against SDSU in 1971, the No. 3 spot on the Aggies' rushing defense performance list. -5 Rushing yards total by the Aggie defense against SDSU in 1967, the No. 7 spot on USU's rushing defense performance list. 0 Players from the state of Utah on San Diego State's roster. 1 Pass completion needed by senior QB Diondre Borel to reach 400 for his career, at which time he would become the seventh USU QB to reach the 400 completions plateau. 1 Win by USU in the series. 1 Person on USU Athletics' staff that was in attendance of USU's last visit to San Diego State, Senior Athletic Director/Head Athletic Trainer Dale Mildenberger was in his third year at Athletic Trainer, now in his 36th season. 2 Coaching staffs who will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research for the Coach to Cure MD effort with this weekend's games. 7 Consecutive wins by SDSU in the series. 9 Wins by SDSU in the series. 9 USU coaches who have faced SDSU before, either as a coach or player, or both, as is the case of USU head coach Gary Andersen. 14 Straight games that junior WR Eric Moats has at least one reception. 18 USU wins on California soil. 20 Rank of SDSU's 25-game win streak in NCAA history that USU snapped with a 31-25 win over SDSU in 1967. 28 Players from the state of California on Utah State's roster. 36 Borel's current ranking on WAC's Career Total Offense list. 50 Number of wins by USU over a school from California. 88 Players from the state of California on San Diego State's roster. 96 Yards passing by Borel to move up to No. 6 on USU's career passing list. 104 More tackles needed by USU junior LB Bobby Wagner to crack the WAC's Top 10 Career Tackles list, currently with 201 for his career. 827 Miles from USU's Romney Stadium to SDSU's Qualcomm Stadium. 1977 Last time that USU and SDSU faced each other. 1992 Year of the Aggies' last win on California soil. 6,472 Borel's current career total offense yardage, needing just 115 to move up to No. 2 on USU's career list.
BOREL 7TH AGGIE QB TO 5K PASSING -- USU senior QB Diondre Borel topped the 5,000 career passing yard plateau in the Idaho State game on Sept. 11... Borel became just the seventh Aggie QB to reach the 5,000-yard passing milestone and the first since Jose Fuentes reached it in the 2001 season, finishing his career in 2002 with 9,168 yards, the No. 1 spot on USU's career passing list... Now with 5,292 yards, Borel is just 96 yards from Matt Sauk (1996-97) at No. 6 on USU's career passing list with 5,385 yards, and 350 from Anthony Calvillo (1992-93) with 5,642 yards at No. 5. ``` Career Passing No. Name Years Yds.
- Jose Fuentes 1999-2002 9,168
- Tony Adams 1970-72 6,226
- Brent Snyder 1987-88 6,105
- Eric Hipple 1976-79 6,073
- Anthony Calvillo 1992-93 5,642
- Matt Sauk 1996-97 5,385
- Diondre Borel 2007-pres. 5,292
- Travis Cox 2001-04 4,722
- Leon Jackson III 2004-07 4,221
- Ron Lopez 1990-91 4,182
BOREL SCHOOL RECORD HOLDER -- Quarterback Diondre Borel holds four school records, as he is the USU record holder for single-season total offense (3,343 yards, 2009), single-season rushing yards by a QB (632 in 2008) and career rushing yards for a QB (1,098 yards, 2007-pres.), as well as fewest INT thrown (four in 2009)... Borel's 105 rushing yards in 2009 vs. Fresno State (Oct. 31),was just shy of the single-game rushing record by a QB of 121 yards held by Tony Adams vs. Colorado State in 1972.
Rushing Yards by a Quarterback Game: 121, Tony Adams (12 attempts) vs. Colorado State, 1972 105, <a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/borel_diondre00.html">Diondre Borel</a> (12 attempts) vs. Idaho, 2008 Season: 632, <a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/borel_diondre00.html">Diondre Borel</a> (179 att.), 2008 Career: 1,180, <a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/borel_diondre00.html">Diondre Borel</a> (351 att.), 2007-pres.
BOREL RECORD WATCH -- Now with 6,472 career total offense yards, Borel leapt to No. 3 on USU's career total offense list, needing just 115 to reach Tony Adams (1970-72) with 6,587 at No. 2 ... Borel needs 2,319 yards to reach USU's career total offense record holder Jose Fuentes (1999-2002) at No. 1 with 8,791 yards... Borel has also cracked the WAC's Career Top 40 list, climbing to No. 36, needing 10 for the No. 35 spot of 6,482 by Dee Downs from Air Force (1986-89), 132 from No. 34 of 6,604 by Trent Dilfer of Fresno State (1992-93). ``` USU Career Total Offense No. Name Years Yds.
- Jose Fuentes 1999-2002 8,791
- Tony Adams 1970-72 6,587
- Diondre Borel 2007-pres. 6,472
- Eric Hipple 1976-79 6,121
- Brent Snyder 1987-88 5,928
- Anthony Calvillo 1992-93 5,838
- Matt Sauk 1996-97 5,466
- Leon Jackson III 2004-07 5,035
- Travis Cox 2001-04 4,844
- Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 3,933
USU Career Rushing No. Name Years Yds.
- Demario Brown 1996-1999 4,053
- Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 3,933
- Rick Parros 1976-79 3,537
- Louie Giammona 1973-75 3,499
- Emmett White 1998-01 2,791
- Roger Grant 1990-91 2,387
- Tom Larscheid 1959-61 2,206
- Altie Taylor 1966-68 1,959
- Jay Van Noy 1946-49 1,923
- Jack Hill 1952,55-56 1,820
- Robert Turbin 2008-pres. 1,798
- Maurice Turner 1979-82 1,549
- Roy Shivers 1964-65 1,468
- John Strycula 1969-71 1,412
- Demetrius Brown 1986-89 1,252
- Archie Gibson 1972-73 1,235
- David Fiefia 2000-03 1,193
- Mac Lane 1966-67 1,182
- Diondre Borel 2007-pres. 1,180
- Jerry Hughes 1971-72 1,144
- Buddy Allen 1958-59 1,062
WAC Career Total Offense No. Yards Name, School, Years
- 16,916 Timmy Chang, UH, 2000-04
- 14,740 Colt Brennan, UH, 2005-07
- 14,665 Ty Detmer, BYU, 1988-91
- 11,570 Chase Holbrook, NMSU, 2006-08 5. 11,079 Colin Kaepernick, NEV, 2007-pres.
- 10,651 Stoney Case, UNM, 1991-94
- 10,513 Todd Santos, SDSU, 1984-87
- 10,216 Luke McCown, LTU, 2001-03
- 10,145 Paul Pinegar, FS, 2002-05
9,786 Ryan Dinwiddie, BSU, 2001-03
- 7,559 Mike McCoy, UU, 1992-94 23. 7,552 Kellen Moore, BSU, 2008-pres.
- 7,398 Tom Corontzos, UW, 1988-91
- 7,253 Steve Sarkisian, BYU, 1995-96 26. 7,207 Nathan Enderle, UI, 2007-pres.
- 7,147 Anthoney Hill, CSU, 1991-94
- 7,087 Dan McGwire, SDSU, 1989-90
- 7,045 David Carr, FS, 1997-98, 00-01
- 7,009 Tom Brandstater, FS, 2005-08
- 6,753 Josh Wallwork, UW, 1995-96
- 6,680 Kelly Stouffer, CSU, 1983-86
- 6,627 Beau Morgan, AFA, 1994-96
- 6,604 Trent Dilfer, FS, 1992-93
- 6,482 Dee Dowis, AFA, 1986-89 36. 6,472 Diondre Borel, USU, 2007-pres.
- 6,443 Moses Moreno, CSU, 1994-97
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BOREL EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR OKLAHOMA PERFORMANCE -- Utah State senior quarterback Diondre Borel earned national recognition for his performance on Sept. 4 in the Aggies' near-upset of No. 7 Oklahoma before falling, 31-24, by receiving a helmet sticker from ESPN.com. He was the lone Western Athletic Conference player to earn a helmet sticker among the non-BCS conferences list.
Borel was 17-of-36 for 341 yards (20.1 yards per completion) with two touchdowns. It was Borel's sixth career 300-yard passing outing, his 17th career game with at least one TD pass and ninth career game with multi-TDs and Borel now has 30 career TD passes.
Borel was joined on the list by Troy kicker Michael Taylor, the TCU rushing offense, Houston quarterback Case Keenum and Utah safety Brian Blechen.
ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE -- The Aztecs are 2-1 overall after nearly upsetting No. 25 Missouri on Saturday, falling 27-24, as the Tigers scored the game-winning TD with 51 seconds left on a 68-yard TD pass. SDSU had rallied from down 17-7 and taken a 24-20 lead with 2:03 left in the game.
SDSU is ninth in the nation in total offense (511.3 ypg), ranking 17th in rushing (237.3 ypg) and 23rd in passing (274.0 ypg)... The Aztecs are 43rd in the country in total defense (313.0 ypg), ranking 27th in rushing defense (94.0 ypg) and 72nd in pass defense (219.0 ypg)... SDSU is 22nd in the scoring offense (37.3 ppg) and tied for 24th in scoring defense (16.0 ppg).
Individually, junior QB Ryan Lindley leads the Mountain West in total offense, ranking 30th in the nation (268.7 ypg), and is 78th in the country in passing efficiency (118.85)... Freshman RB Ronnie Hillman is first in the MWC and sixth in the country in rushing (147.7 ypg)... Senior WR DeMarco Sampson is first in the conference and 10th in the country in receiving yards per game (111.0 ypg) while ranking tied for first in the league and tied for 33rd in the nation in receptions per game (5.7).
Defensively, junior LB Miles Burris and senior DB Andrew Preston lead SDSU with 16 tackles each (5.3 pg)... Sophomore CB Leon McFadden and senior DB Darryn Lewis have one interception each.
Junior P Brian Stahovich is sixth in the nation in punting (47.7 ypp) while junior PK Abel Perez is tied for 19th in field goals (1.7 pg).
ABOUT UTAH STATE -- The Aggies are 1-2 after getting overtaken by Fresno State, relinquishing the lead and FS reeled of 24 consecutive points.
USU is 36th in the nation in total offense (424.7 ypg), ranking 40th in passing offense (238.0 ypg) and 41st in rushing offense (188.7 ypg)... The Aggie defense is 71st in the country in total defense (358.7 ypg), ranking 63rd in pass defense (200.7 ypg) and 70th in rushing defense (158.0 ypg).
Individually, senior QB Diondre Borel is 31st in the nation in total offense (260.7 ypg), ranking 53rd in passing efficiency (135.5)... The Aggie rushing attack is balanced and split, as the senior duo of Dervin Speight (56.7 ypg) and Michael Smith (51.0 ypg) share the majority of the work load... Through the air, sophomore WR Dontel Watkins is 82nd in the nation in receiving yards per game (63.7 ypg) and tied for 86th in receptions per game (4.3).
Defensively, junior LB Bobby Wagner is second in the WAC and tied for ninth in the nation in tackles (11.7 pg)... Four players have one interception each while senior DT Daniel Gurrola has 0.8 tackles for loss per game, including .5 sacks per game.
Senior P/PK Peter Caldwell leads the WAC and is 16th in the nation in punting (44.92 ypp), and is one of six placekickers in the league with a perfect PAT percentage, while tying for the longest field goal in the WAC so far this season with his 50-yarder on Saturday, matched by Idaho's Trey Farquhar.
Sophomore RB/KR Kerwynn Williams is 47th in the nation in all-purpose running (133.0 ypg), including leading the WAC and ranking 33rd in the country in kick returns (25.6 ypr).
UTAH STATE POST-GAME NOTES FROM FRESNO STATE GAME --
-- Senior QB Diondre Borel started for the 24th-consecutive game, which leads USU, as well as Borel's 24th career start... Junior LB Bobby Wagner made his 18th-straight start, which is second on the team.
-- Senior OL Spencer Johnson made his 34th career start, which leads the team, and his 15th-straight start... Joining Johnson for third on the team-best list in making their 15th-consecutive starts was the senior CB duo of Chris Randle and Rajric Coleman.
-- With his first quarter reception, junior WR Eric Moats now has at least one reception in 15-straight games.
-- USU's fourth-down conversion in the first quarter was the first time that the Aggies have gone for it on fourth down.
-- Borel capped that same drive with an 8-yard TD pass to sophomore WR Dontel Watkins... It was Borel's fourth TD pass of the season and Watkins' second TD catch.
-- Borel now has at least one TD pass in four-straight games dating back to the 2009 finale and 19 career games overall... Borel now has 32 TD tosses for his career.
-- USU scored first for the first time this season and is now 3-7 under Gary Andersen when scoring first, and 7-10 since 2007.
-- Senior PK/P Peter Caldwell's 50-yard FG in the second quarter was a career-long, topping his previous long of 47-yards from his freshman year of 2007.
-- That is USU's first 50-yard field goal since Chris Ulinski's 56-yarder vs. New Mexico State in 2008.
-- USU has now made at least one FG in 14 of the last 15 games... The Aggies did not have a field goal against Boise State on Nov. 20, 2009.
-- Sophomore RB Kerwynn Williams' 38-yard rush in the second quarter was a new career-long, topping his 27-yard TD run vs. Idaho State on Sept. 11.
-- On USU's 9-play, 77-yard scoring drive that ended with Michael Smith's 3-yard TD rush, eight of the nine plays were rushes.
-- That was Smith's second scoring rush of the season and sixth of his career.
-- USU was tied at half for just the third time in the last four years (0-1 in 2009, 10-10 at NMSU, L 20-17; 1-0 in 2008, 7-7 vs Idaho, W 42-17; 0-0 in 2007).
-- Junior DE Quinn Garner snared his first career INT.
-- Borel's third-quarter rushing TD was his second of the season and 13th of his career, giving him at least one in two-straight games.
-- Freshman PK/P Braeden Loveless made his first career punt in the fourth quarter.
-- Junior LB Bobby Wagner led the team in tackles for the second-straight game with a career-high 17 tackles give him two double-digit tackle outings in a row and nine for his career.
-- The 41-24 final score with a scoring margin of 17 points was the largest in the USU-FS series since the Bulldogs' 53-21 win in 2005, after the last three meetings in Logan with a total differential of four points (USU 20-19 in 1991, USU 13-12 in 2006, FS 30-28 in 2008).
USU is now:
-- 10-15-1 all-time vs. Fresno State, losing four in a row -- 8-4 vs. FS at Logan, losing two in a row -- 1-5 in WAC openers -- 2-4 in WAC home openers -- 9-7 in conference openers since 1993 -- 9-7 in conference home openers since 1993 -- 0-2 vs. FS in conference openers (1978 Big West) -- 2-6 on Sept. 18 <p>UTAH STATE-SAN DIEGO STATE LAST TIME SAN DIEGO STATE 19, UTAH STATE 0 October 1, 1977 • San Diego, Calif. • San Diego Stadium </p><p>*** SEE PGs 10-11 OF NOTES </p><p>UTAH STATE 2010 PRESEASON AWARD COLLECTION </p><p>#17 JR WR <a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/austin_matt00.html">Matt Austin</a> </p><p> • Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook Preseason WAC Newcomer of the Year </p><p>#12 SR QB <a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/borel_diondre00.html">Diondre Borel</a> • Manning Award Preseason Watch List • USA Today Preseason WAC Players To Watch List • Sporting News College Football Preview Preseason Best Athlete in WAC • Third-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC </p><p>#8 SR P/PK <a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/caldwell_peter00.html">Peter Caldwell</a> • Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List • Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook Preseason All-WAC • First-Team Lindy's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC • Second-Team Athlon College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC • Second-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC </p><p>#68 SR OG <a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/gapelu_philip00.html">Philip Gapelu</a> • Yahoo! Sports College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC </p><p>#52 SR OT SPENCER JOHNSON • Second-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC </p><p>#11 JR WR <a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/morrison_stanley00.html">Stanley Morrison</a> </p><p> • Second-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC </p><p>#7 SR CB <a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/randle_chris00.html">Chris Randle</a> • Third-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC </p><p>#34 SR RB <a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/smith_michael00.html">Michael Smith</a> • Second-Team Athlon College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC </p><p>#6 JR RB <a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/turbin_robert00.html">Robert Turbin</a> • Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook Preseason All-WAC • USA Today Preseason WAC Players To Watch List • First-Team Lindy's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC • Yahoo! Sports College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC • Second-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC </p><p>#9 JR LB <a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/wagner_bobby00.html">Bobby Wagner</a> • Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook Preseason All-WAC • First-Team Lindy's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC • Yahoo! Sports College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC • First-Team Athlon College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC • First-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC </p><p> </p>
PERSONNEL BREAKDOWN -- FROM NEAR AND FAR -- USU's roster consists of players from 15 different states and from two countries in the United States and Canada. The states represented on the Aggies' roster are Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington.
VETERAN EXPERIENCE -- The Aggies have 22 seniors in 2010. Of the 22, 11 are at least two-year letterwinners, including seven who are three-year lettermen, in QB Diondre Borel, OL Spencer Johnson, CB Curtis Marsh, CB Chris Randle, DT Nathan Royster, P/PK Peter Caldwell and LS Patrick Scales.
THE TALL OF IT -- USU has six players who are 6'5" or taller, 6'8" freshman OL Bryce Walker, 6'7" senior OL Spencer Johnson, 6'7" junior TE Tarren Lloyd, 6'6" junior OL Tanner Richins, 6'5" sophomore OL Brooks Abel and 6'5" sophomore OL Oscar Molina-Sanchez.
THE SHORT OF IT -- Junior running back Josh Flores is the shortest player on Utah State's 2010 roster at 5'5"... Overall, Flores is one of 15 players on the Aggies' roster under 5'10" tall.
SMART AGGIES -- Utah State had 15 academic all-WAC selections for football, part of USU's 41 fall academic all-conference honors, which was second in the WAC... Overall, USU had 194 student-athletes recognized by the league office for academic achievements during the 2009-10 academic year, as Utah State has led the WAC in academic all-conference honors all five years that it has been in the league.
ROAD BOOK-ENDS -- Utah State will open and close the regular-season on the road for the second-straight season, kicking off the season at Oklahoma on Sept. 4 and playing its regular-season finale at Boise State on Dec. 4... Last year USU opened at Utah and closed at Idaho... The last time that the Aggies book-ended the season's schedule with home games was 1998 when they hosted Utah in the season-opener and hosted North Texas in the finale.
NO WILLIE -- USU will not hear Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again" this season as the Aggies do not have consecutive road games on the 2010 schedule, marking only the third time that has happened in the last 100 years, joining the 1920 and 2005 ledgers.
NAME GAME -- USU could form its own legal company of `Johnson, Johnson and Johnson' for the medical company of Johnson & Johnson, as the Aggies have three players with the last name of Johnson on their 2010 roster and even though all three are from California, none of them are related: senior OL Spencer Johnson (Lancaster), senior DL Devin Johnson (Glendora) and freshman WR Shaan Johnson (Cerritos).
UTAH STATE'S Diondre Borel TABBED TO MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST -- Utah State senior quarterback Diondre Borel was announced as a member of the Manning Award Watch List on Saturday, as he is the fifth player named by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in its daily release of honorees.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances. Ten finalists will be selected in late-November and the winner will be announced after the bowls in January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans.
The award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, will release one name each day from mid-July through early August, on its website, allstatesugarbowl.org/ManningAward and via facebook and twitter. Votes will be tabulated following the completion of every bowl game in January.
Borel, a native of Oakley, Calif. (Freedom HS), enters his senior season with hopes of continuing last season's breakout and record-setting year and continue his ascent up the USU record books. He also enters his senior season with six school records in his pocket, as he is the USU record holder for single-season total offense (3,343 yards, 2009), single-season rushing yards by a QB (632 in 2008), career rushing yards for a QB (1,098 yards, 2007-pres.), single-season fewest interceptions thrown (four in 2009), consecutive passes without an interception (228 in 2009) and single-game passing yards per completion (21.1 on 316 yards on 15 completions vs. Southern Utah, 2009).
Last season, Borel led the WAC and ranked 15th in the FBS in total offense at 278.6 ypg, setting the USU record for single-season total offense with 3,343 yards. Borel was also third in the conference in passing average per game (204.4 ypg) as well as fifth in the league and 35th in the nation in passing efficiency (137.83). Additionally, Borel set the school record for fewest interceptions thrown with four, a mark that tied for second-fewest in FBS. Last season, he threw for 2,885 yards on 214-of-366 passing and threw 17 TD passes on the year.
Borel's 3,343 yards of total offense last year is a USU single-season record, topping the previous mark of 3,260 yards by Anthony Calvillo in 1993. Entering this season with 21 consecutive starts, Borel is ranked sixth in school history for career total offense (5,690 yards), needing 3,101 to reach the No. 1 mark of 8.791 yards by Jose Fuentes from 1999-2002.
The preseason Watch List recognizes some of the top quarterbacks in the nation based on previous collegiate performance, however, every quarterback in the nation remains eligible for the honor. Additional quarterbacks may be added to the Watch List after the start of the season. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Monday, Nov. 29. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 19.
The winner is selected by a panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings. Past winners of the award include Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, Matt Ryan, JaMarcus Russell, Vince Young and Matt Leinart.
USU's Peter Caldwell NAMED TO PRESEASON RAY GUY AWARD WATCH LIST -- Utah State senior punter Peter Caldwell was named to the Preseason Ray Guy Award, which identifies the nation's top collegiate punter, announced Wednesday by the Augusta Sports Council.
Caldwell, a Kaysville, Utah (Davis HS), native, is one of seven players on the preseason list, joining Drew Butler from Georgia, Ryan Donahue from Iowa, Johnny Hekker from Oregon State, Chas Henry from Florida, Jeff Locke from UCLA and Rob Long from Syracuse. All seven are returning Ray Guy Award semi-finalists from 2009.
In 2009, Caldwell led the WAC and ranked 37th in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in punting with a 42.2 yards per punt average with 69 punts for 2,914 yards. Caldwell had 17 punts of 50+ yards, highlighted by a season and career long 62-yarder. He tallied 27 punts inside the 20-yard line and forced the opposition's returner to call for a fair catch on 16 punts.
HEAD COACH COACHING POSITION -- In addition to his head coaching duties, USU head coach Gary Andersen is also the position coach for the defensive tackles... Andersen is one of 12 Division I (FBS) coaches doing so, and one of nine non-special teams related position:
Arkansas State Steve Roberts Special Teams Ball State Stan Parrish Quarterbacks BYU Bronco Mendenhall Defensive Tackles UConn Randy Edsall Safeties Kent State Doug Martin Quarterbacks Louisiana Rickey Bustle PK, LS and PR Louisiana-Monroe Todd Berry Quarterbacks Nevada Chris Ault Quarterbacks San Diego State Brady Hoke Defensive Line Tulsa Todd Graham Safeties UTAH STATE <a href="http://utahstateaggies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/andersen_gary00.html">Gary Andersen</a> Defensive Tackles Virginia Tech Frank Beamer Kickers
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN -- Utah State football head coach Gary Andersen announced the six Aggie captains for the 2010 season, after a vote by the team. Five of the six are seniors, as offensive captains will be senior quarterback Diondre Borel, senior offensive lineman Spencer Johnson and senior running back Michael Smith. Captaining the defense will be senior defensive lineman Sean Enesi, senior cornerback Chris Randle and junior linebacker Bobby Wagner.
FOOTBALL ISN'T JUST AMERICA'S GAME -- USU has four players who were born internationally... Senior LB Jerome Barbour (Germany), senior OL Tariq Polley (England), sophomore WR Emmanual Ojeriakhi (Nigeria) and freshman LB Connor Williams (Canada) all were born outside of the United States.
TRANSFER-MERS -- USU has 21 junior college transfers, as well as nine players who transferred from another four-year school on the 2010 roster... Three players on the roster came to USU from Snow College: senior DT Casey Davis, senior LB Joey Schrader, junior LB Gavin Jones... Three were teammates at El Camino JC: senior DT's Sean Enesi and Kamaloni Vainikola and junior LB Reuben Willis... Two were teammates at Grossmont JC: junior WR Xavier Martin and sophomore RB Joey DeMartino.
112 / 118 -- USU is taking the field for the 112th season of football in 118 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.