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Utah State football: Aggies still ranked high statistically in WAC and FBS

Utah State football: Aggies still ranked high statistically in WAC and FBS

By Doug Hoffman, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Oct. 4, 2011 at 11:05 a.m.



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LOGAN — Utah State's football team continues to be ranked among the nation and conference’s leaders in this week’s Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) statistics, released Sunday.

The Aggies are fifth in the country and first in the conference in rushing offense, with 307.5 yards per game, while ranking 23rd in the nation and first in the league in total offense with 463.5 ypg. USU is 24th in the FBS and first in the WAC in scoring offense, notching 37.5 points per game.

Utah State’s offense is also one of only five teams in the country to have a perfect scoring percentage in the red zone, scoring on all 14 trips inside the opponent's 20-yard line (11 rushing TDs, one passing TD and two field goals).

Defensively, USU is 29th in the FBS and first in the WAC in total defense at 315.0 ypg, as well as ranking 35th in the nation and second in the league in rushing defense, yielding 112.0 ypg. The Aggie defense is also 31st in the country and second in the conference in sacks with 2.5 pg.

On special teams, USU remains tops in the WAC, but slid to fifth in FBS in net punting with 43.0 ypg. Junior punter Tyler Bennett is second in the country and first in the conference in individual punting at 48.1 yards per punt.

Other Aggie individuals among the nation’s leaders include junior running back Robert Turbin, who remains ranked 11th in the FBS and leads the WAC in rushing at 122.0 ypg. Turbin is second in the country and tops in the conference in scoring with 15.0 ppg.

Freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton is 59th in the FBS and third in the WAC in passing efficiency (135.89), while ranking 91st in the country and sixth in the conference in total offense (184.3 ypg).

Junior Kerwynn Williams is 11th in the nation and second in the league in punt returns (15.8 yards per return) while ranking 39th in the country and third in the conference in all-purpose yards (138.5 ypg).

Senior linebacker Bobby Wagner is fourth in the FBS and first in the WAC in tackles with 12.3 pg. Fellow senior linebacker Kyle Gallagher is tied for 52nd in the country and is fifth in the conference in tackles with 8.8 pg.

Senior defensive end Levi Koskan is tied for 61st in the nation and fifth in the league in sacks with .62 pg. Koskan is tied for 35th in the nation and fourth in the league in tackles for loss (1.4 pg).

The Aggies return home to host Wyoming this Saturday at 6 p.m. at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium.

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

Doug Hoffman

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