LOGAN, Utah – Utah State football players Tyler Bennett and Robert Turbin were honored by collegefootballperformance.com with weekly awards for their performances in USU’s 54-17 romp of Weber State Saturday night. Bennett was named the Co-National Punter of the Week while Turbin was tabbed to the honorable mention Running Back of the Week list. Bennett, a junior from Phoenix, Ariz. (North Canyon HS/Phoenix CC), punted three times for a 54.3 yards per punt with all three punts pinning Weber State inside its own 20-yard line, including two inside the Wildcats’ 10 in the first quarter. Bennett’s first punt was a 62-yarder that was downed at the WSU 4-yard line, while his second punt was a 52-yarder that went out of bounds at the Wildcats’ 7. In the fourth quarter, Bennett hit a 49-yarder that went out of bounds at WSU’s 12-yard line. With a 52.2 yards per punt average on the season, Bennett would not only lead the Western Athletic Conference, but the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) as well, but his 3.0 punts per game is below the 3.6 minimum requirement. Turbin, a junior from Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS), rushed for 180 yards on 18 carries (10.0 ypr), with two TD’s Saturday night, and surpassed the 2,000 career yard mark along the way, becoming just the eighth USU running back to reach the 2,000-yard plateau. Turbin scored on a 14-yard run with 53 seconds left in the second quarter to pull USU to 17-17 at the half, the first of the Aggies’ 44 unanswered points as the rallied from being down 17-10. At the 8:04 mark of the third quarter, Turbin tiptoed down the sideline and dove inside the pylon to the endzone to cap off a 31-yard scamper that put USU ahead, 30-17. Turbin is currently second in the WAC and 15th in the FBS in rushing with 125.0 ypg, while also ranking ninth in the conference in total offense (125.0 ypg) as well as 10th in all purpose yards (131.0 ypg). He is also tied for the WAC lead and tied for 15th in the FBS in scoring with 12.0 ppg. Saturday night was Turbin’s ninth career 100-yard outing, and the 180 yards was 10 yards shy of his career-best of 190 vs. San Jose State in 2009. Turbin’s two TD’s give him four for the season and 25 for his career, inching closer to the No. 5 spot on USU’s career rushing TD list, currently held by Rick Parros (1976-79) with 26. Parros was a member of the 2011 USU Hall of Fame induction class, honored at halftime. Turbin now has 194 career points, breaking away from a tie with Kevin Robinson (2004-07) for the No. 8 spot and now tied with Emmett White (1998-2001). After the first of two bye weeks on the season next week, Utah State continues its two-game homestand by hosting border-foe Colorado State for USU’s Homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. (MT) at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. To purchase tickets, or for more Aggie Athletics ticket information, fans can contact the USU Ticket Office at 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305, in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or on-line 24 hours a day at www.utahstateaggies.com by clicking on the “tickets” button. Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on the USU football blog at usufootball.wordpress.com. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics. -USU-
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