Utah State Football Among FBS And WAC Statistical Leaders

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State football is among the nation and conference’s leaders in this week’s Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) statistics, released Sunday.USU is fourth in the nation and first in the conference in rushing offense, amassing 333.5 yards per game, while ranking fifth in the country and first in the league in total offense with 541.5 ypg. The Aggies are also ninth in the FBS and first in the WAC in scoring offense, posting 46.0 points per game. With a 157.35 passing efficiency rating, Utah State leads the conference and is 31st in the country. USU is also tied for first in the nation and tops in the league in red zone offense, one of 26 teams in the country with a perfect 100 percent scoring, finishing all eight of its drives in the red zone with scores.The Utah State defense leads the league and is sixth in the nation in rushing defense, yielding just 62.0 ypg, while also leading the WAC and ranking 24th in the FBS in total defense at 288.5 ypg. USU is also second in the league and 22nd in the nation in sacks with 3.0 pg.On special teams, USU leads not only the WAC but FBS in net punting at 50.0 ypg. Junior Tyler Bennett would lead the conference and rank second in the country in punting with a 52.2 yards per punt average, but doesn’t meet the minimum of 3.6 punts per game.Other Aggie individuals among the nation’s leaders include junior running back Robert Turbin, who leads the WAC and ranks 11th in the FBS in rushing (125.0 ypg). Turbin also is tops in the league and tied for 14th in the nation in scoring at 12.0 ppg. Freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton leads the WAC and ranks 33rd in FBS in passing efficiency at 154.30, while also ranking fourth in the league and 52nd in the nation in total offense (232.5 ypg). Keeton is tied for fifth in the WAC and tied for 57th in the FBS in scoring at 9.0 ppg.Junior Kerwynn Williams leads the conference and ranked tied for fifth in the country in punt returns at 21.0 ypr. Williams also is fifth in the WAC and 28th in the FBS in all-purpose yards with 155.5 ypg. Senior linebacker Bobby Wagner is first in the WAC and tied for 26th in the FBS in tackles with 10.0 per game. Fellow senior linebacker Kyle Gallagher is seventh in the conference and tied for 71st in the country in tackles with 8.5 stops per outing.Sophomore placekicker Josh Thompson leads the league and is tied for 29th in the nation in field goals with 1.5 pg. Thompson is also tied for second in the conference and tied for 37th in the country in scoring at 10.0 ppg. After the first of two bye weeks on the season this 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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