USU Football Holding Solid In FBS And WAC Statistical Rankings

LOGAN, Utah – For the sixth week in a row, Utah State football is ranked sixth in the country in rushing, highlighting the Aggies’ rankings in this week’s Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) statistics, released Sunday. The Aggies are ranked sixth in the FBS and lead the WAC in rushing with 269.9 yards per game. In addition to rushing offense, USU also leads the conference in three other categories, including scoring offense, ranking 22nd in the country at 35.6 ppg. Utah State is also tops in the WAC and ranking 25th in the FBS in passing efficiency (147.91). USU’s defense leads the league and ranks 29th in the nation in total defense, allowing 341.0 ypg. In total offense, Utah State ranks second in the conference and 23rd in the country at 458.2 ypg. In sacks allowed, USU is second in the conference and 35th in the country, yielding 1.4 pg. The Aggie defense second in the league and 63rd in the country in pass defense (226.4 ypg), as well as third in the league and 43rd in the nation in pass efficiency defense (121.51). Utah State is also third in the conference and 44th in the country in sacks with 2.1 pg. On special teams, USU is third in the WAC and 26th in the FBS in net punting (38.6 ypp), as well as third in the league and 36th in the nation in kickoff returns (23.3 ypr) Individually, junior RB Robert Turbin is second in the WAC in rushing, trailing Fresno State’s Robby Rouse by .4 yards per game, as Turbin has a 116.56 ypg average while Rouse has a 116.60 ypg. Turbin is also 11th in the FBS in rushing. Turbin is tops in the WAC and fifth in FBS in scoring at 12.0 ppg. Additionally, Turbin is tied for seventh in the league and tied for 41st in the nation in all-purpose yards (128.4 ypg). Freshman QB Chuckie Keeton is third in the WAC and 45th in the FBS in passing efficiency (137.4), in addition to ranking fifth in the league and 76th in the nation in total offense (185.4 ypg). Junior RB/KR Kerwynn Williams is sixth in the conference and 40th in the country in all-purpose yards (128.6 ypg), including ranking fifth in the league and 75th in the nation in kick returns (22.4 ypr). Defensively, senior LB Bobby Wagner is tops in the WAC and tied for fourth in FBS in tackles at 12.0 per game. Fellow senior LB Kyle Gallagher is 13th in the conference (7.4 pg). Senior DE/LB Levi Koskan is fourth in the league and 24th in the nation in sacks with .7 pg, while also ranking sixth in the WAC and tied for 70th in the FBS in tackles for loss (1.1 pg). Junior P Tyler Bennett is third in the WAC and ninth in the FBS in punting at 45.0 ypp. Sophomore PK Josh Thompson is sixth in the league and tied for 97th in the nation in field goals (.6 pg), while ranking seventh in the conference in scoring (6.2 ppg). Utah State will head to Moscow, Idaho to take on Idaho on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. (MT). The Aggies return home to the friendly confines of Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium to host Nevada on Saturday, Nov. 26 at Noon (MT). 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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