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Utah State Football: WAC Conference Clipboard

Utah State Football: WAC Conference Clipboard

By Matt Harris, Contributor | Posted - Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:43 p.m.

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LOGAN -- The schools of the WAC conference compiled a 3-4 record during the past week. Nevada was the only team with the week off.

This week, there are three conference games: Fresno State visits New Mexico State, Hawaii travels to Nevada, and Utah State hosts San Jose State.

Two non-conference games are on the docket as Louisiana Tech plays at Ole Miss and the Idaho Vandals hit the road for a game against the BYU Cougars.

Here is a look at this week's WAC Conference news:

Fresno State: The Bulldogs were throttled at home 41-21 at the hands of Louisiana Tech.

Derek Carr completed 39 of 49 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns, but also gave up two interceptions.

Robbie Rouse ran for 98 yards on 24 carries. Devon Wylie caught 13 passes for 149 yards and one touchdown while Jalen Saunders caught eight balls for 69 yards and a score.

Fresno State gave up 550 yards of total offense.

Wylie was given an honorable mention for WAC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.

As of this week, Fresno State ranks 41st nationally in the passing game with a 252.2 yards per game average while ranking 75th in the run game at 140.9 yards per game. The Bulldogs average 27.8 points per game, good enough for 62nd nationally. However, the scoring defense ranks among the bottom of all FBS college football at 36.2 points against per game which is 113th nationally.

The Bulldogs' record stands at 3-6 on the season, including a 2-2 record in WAC conference play. Even with the loss, Fresno State rises up one spot in the WAC standings to fourth overall. Fresno State has wins against Idaho, Utah State and FCS North Dakota and losses against Nebraska, California, Ole Miss, Boise State, Nevada, and Louisiana Tech.

Fresno State will be on the road this week as they travel to Las Cruces to play the New Mexico State Aggies.

Hawaii: The Warriors couldn't stop the second half collapse as they fell 35-31 at home to Utah State.

Bryant Moniz completed 27 of 43 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns before getting shut down by the Utah State defense in the second half.

Joey Iosefa ran 14 times for 74 yards for the Warriors. Moniz also rushed 12 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

Moniz was given an honorable mention for WAC Offensive Player of the Week.

The Warriors passing attack ranks 9th in the nation at 317.9 yards per game. The scoring offense continues to be a strength as the Warriors average 33.9 points per game, a ranking of 30th overall. Hawaii's rushing attack struggles overall as they average 110.0 yards per game on the ground, which is 103rd nationally. Hawaii's defense continues to sit in the middle of the pack, giving up 27.6 points per game for a ranking of 68th overall.

Hawaii drops to a 5-4 overall record with the victory, including a 3-2 mark in conference play while ranking third overall in the WAC. The Warriors have wins over UC- Davis, Colorado, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, and Idaho with losses coming against San Jose State, Washington, UNLV, and Utah State.

The Warriors will be on the road this week as they face the Nevada Wolf Pack in Reno.

Idaho: The Vandals surprised the upstart San Jose State Spartans with a 32-29 victory on the road.

Taylor Davis completed 13 of 20 passes for 162 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Kama Bailey stole the show with 163 yards rushing on 19 attempts and two touchdowns. Princeton McCarty gained 36 yards on 11 carries.

The Idaho defense allowed only 68 yards rushing on the night.

Bailey, Tre'Shawn Robinson, and Trey Farquhar were all given an honorable mention for the WAC Offensive, Defensive, and Special Teams Player of the Week award, respectively.

The Vandals passing game continues to struggle as it now ranks 87th overall with a 195.1 yards per game average. The rushing attack continues to be a major problem as Idaho ranks 111th nationally at 96.1 yards per game, ninth worst in FBS college football. The offense ranks near the bottom in scoring at 21.2 points per game, which is a ranking of 103rd overall, while the defense is slightly higher at 28.0 points against per game, a ranking of 72nd overall.

Idaho's record stands at 2-7 on the season, including 1-4 in WAC conference play and a ranking of dead last in the conference. The Vandals have losses to New Mexico State, Bowling Green, Fresno State, Texas A&M, Virginia, Louisiana Tech, and Hawaii with victories coming against FCS North Dakota and San Jose State.

The Vandals will now travel to Provo this weekend for a date with the BYU Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Louisiana Tech: The Bulldogs have now won four straight games after hammering Fresno State 41-21 on the road this past Saturday.

Colby Cameron had a career day as he completed 18 of 32 passes for 358 yards and four touchdowns.

Lennon Creer ran 17 times for 113 yards and one touchdown while Myles White led the receivers with two receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown.

Quinton Patton caught six passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

Cameron was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance against Fresno State. Linebacker Jay Dudley and punter Ryan Allen were both given honorable mentions for WAC Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively.

Louisiana Tech continues to be fairly consistent in the major statistical categories and have improved every week. The Bulldogs rank 49th overall in passing yards at 243.9 yards per game while collecting 154.9 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 65th. Louisiana Tech averages 30.2 points per game on offense, a mark of 47th overall while the defense allows 27.0 points per game, a ranking of 64th overall.

Louisiana Tech's record stands at 5-4, including a 4-1 mark in conference play, good enough for second place overall in the WAC. The Bulldogs have losses to Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Houston, and Hawaii with wins against Idaho, Utah State, Central Arkansas, San Jose State, and Fresno State.

The Bulldogs will be on the road this week as they face the Ole Miss Rebels of the SEC.

Nevada: The Wolf Pack had the week off as they prepared to face the Hawaii Warriors this Saturday at home.

Nevada has climbed up the national rankings with their stellar performances week in and week out. Nevada ranks 35th overall in passing yards at 257.4 yards per game while the rushing attack moves to 7th overall, averaging 266.9 yards per game. The Wolf Pack also ranks 36th overall in scoring offense at 32.5 points per game. The lone lower ranking comes as a result of their scoring defense, which stands at 76th overall with a 28.4 points against average.

Nevada sits to 5-3 on the season, including 3-0 in conference play, which ranks first overall within the WAC. The Wolf Pack has losses against Oregon, Texas Tech, and Boise State and wins against New Mexico, San Jose State, UNLV, Fresno State, and New Mexico State.

New Mexico State: The Aggies couldn't handle Georgia's 42-point second quarter as they fell 63-16 on the road.

Matt Christian completed 12 of 24 passes for 156 yards and one interception.

Kenny Turner gained 94 yards rushing on 23 carries with one touchdown while also leading the receiving corps with eight catches for 127 yards and one touchdown.

The Aggies gave up 627 yards of total offense to Georgia.

Turner was given an honorable mention for WAC Offensive Player of the Week for his individual performance.

New Mexico State's still sits in the Top 20 nationally in passing yards as they now rank 17th overall at 294.9 yards per game. The rushing game, however, continues to struggle as it ranks 93rd overall at 121.8 yards per game. The Aggies average 27.0 points per game, a ranking of 64th in the nation while the defense struggles to stop teams from scoring points as they rank 110th overall at 35.9 points against per game.

The Aggies record drops to 3-6 on the season, including a 1-3 mark in WAC conference play. New Mexico State has losses to San Jose State, Ohio, UTEP, Hawaii, Nevada, and Georgia with victories coming against Idaho, Minnesota and New Mexico. NMSU ranks seventh in the WAC standings currently.

New Mexico State will welcome Fresno State to Las Cruces this Saturday.

San Jose State: The Spartans couldn't hang onto a 20-point lead and fell to Idaho 32-29 at home.

Matt Faulkner completed 29 of 41 passes for 289 yards and one touchdown.

The rushing attack was ineffective as the Spartans combined for only 68 yards on the ground. Brandon Rutley led SJSU with 38 yards on 16 carries.

Defensive end Travis Johnson was named WAC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts. Johnson tied a school record with four sacks in the game against the Vandals. He also recorded the school's first safety in seven years. He finished with 10 tackles and one fumble recovery.

The Spartans continue to do well in the passing game as they rank 40th overall at 252.7 yards per game through the air. However, SJSU ranks 104th nationally in rushing yards at 109.7 yards per game. San Jose State averages only 23.0 points per game overall, a 90th overall ranking while giving up 31.3 points per game, a ranking of 92nd overall.

San Jose State record falls to 3-6 on the season, including a 2-3 mark in conference play, good enough for fifth overall in the WAC. SJSU has wins against Hawaii, New Mexico State, and Colorado State and losses to UCLA, Nevada, Stanford, BYU, Louisiana Tech, and Idaho.

SJSU will be on the road this week to face the Utah State Aggies at Romney Stadium this Saturday.

Utah State: The Aggies completed the comeback victory and restored some confidence in the Aggie faithful with a 35-31 win at Hawaii this past Saturday.

Backup quarterback Adam Kennedy led the charge with 163 yards passing on 8-of-12 completions with two touchdowns.

Robert Turbin finished with 15 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with just 14 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Stanley Morrison caught two passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in the win. Matt Austin had three receptions for 51 yards and a score.

Utah State endured a scary moment late in the second quarter when Chuckie Keeton lay motionless on the ground for several minutes after taking an awkward hit to the head and neck area. Keeton was taken off the field on a stretcher and sent to Queen's hospital. He will most likely be out of this weekend's game against San Jose State.

Kennedy and safety McKade Brady were given honorable mentions for WAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.

Morrison was named the WAC Special Teams Player of the Week for his work with the Utah State trick plays. He executed two fake punts on fourth down perfectly, including an 8-yard gain on 4th and 4 and 23-yard pass play on 4th and 5. Morrison added a 71-yard touchdown early in the 4th quarter to help complete the Aggies comeback.

The Aggies rank 6th overall nationally in rushing yards at 267.9 yards per game. The passing game still ranks near the bottom at 180.0 yards per game, a ranking of 97th overall. Utah State knows how to score as they average 35.8 points per game, a ranking of 22nd overall. The defense sports a 74th overall ranking, allowing 28.3 points per game.

Utah State's record stands at 3-5, including a 01-2 mark in conference play which places them in sixth place in the WAC standings. The Aggies have beaten FCS Weber State, Wyoming, and Hawaii and have losses against Fresno State, Auburn, Colorado State, BYU, and Louisiana Tech.


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