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Utah State's Kennedy collects pair of national awards

Utah State's Kennedy collects pair of national awards

By Doug Hoffman, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Dec. 4, 2011 at 11:23 p.m.



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LOGAN — Utah State football player Adam Kennedy collected a pair of national accolades for his performance in helping USU to a thrilling 24-21 win over New Mexico State on Saturday.

The Aggies’ junior quarterback was named the College Sports Madness Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, while College Football Performance Awards tabbed Kennedy an honorable mention quarterback of the week.

Kennedy, a junior from Elk Grove, Calif. (Franklin HS/San Joaquin Delta College) had 12-of-16 passing for 123 yards with career-high three TDs, and added a career-best 95 yards rushing on 15 carries, in leading USU to another nail-biting victory with a 24-21 thriller at New Mexico State on Saturday.

Kennedy nearly matched his rushing total of the season entering Saturday, as he had 133 yards rushing in his previous action. Three of his rushes came on USU’s game-winning drive, including a 2-yard run on a fourth-and-1 from the NMSU 14-yard line on an option play that he made the first down by inches to keep the drive and USU’s chances for a win alive.

Two plays later, he hit junior wide receiver Matt Austin for the second time on the day with an 8-yard TD toss with 35 seconds left for the game-winning score. Kennedy’s three TD passes marks his fourth multi-TD passing outing in the last five games.

On the season, Kennedy is now 65 of 92 (.707) for 909 yards with 10 TDs and four INTs, with a QB efficiency rating of 180.82.

Kennedy and 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. at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho.

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is the second game of the entire 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 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, or in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Fans can follow the Aggie football program on Twitter (@USUFootball) or on the USU football blog at usufootball.wordpress.com. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program on Twitter (@USUAthletics) or on Facebook at facebook.com/USUAthletics.

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

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