Utah State Hoping For A Bronco Letdown

Boise State's attention focuses on Utah State. The Aggies are much improved this season, especially on their home turf. Logan will be the site for a nationally-televised game with the Broncos this Friday night.

After celebrating last week's victory, it's time for the Boise State Broncos to focus and prepare for their road trip to Logan, Utah where they face the Utah State Aggies in front of yet another nationally-televised audience.  

Boise State enters their 16th meeting against the Aggies with an 11-4 all-time record.  The last match-up ended in a lopsided 49-14 Bronco win on the blue turf in Boise.  Utah State currently holds onto a fifth-place ranking in the Western Athletic Conference with a 2-4 conference record and sit at 3-7 overall.  As ESPN makes it's way to Logan for the first time ever, the Aggies will be hosting their highest-ranked opponent since a #6 Oregon crew came to town in 2001.  

The 2009 Utah State Aggies are led by first-year head coach Gary Andersen (3-7), who replaced Brent Guy after a dismal 9-38 record over the last four seasons.  Andersen began his coaching journey in 1988 as offensive coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana before stints with Ricks College, Idaho State, Park City High School, Northern Arizona, Southern Utah, and University of Utah.  He spent five years as the Utah defensive line and special teams coach and another four years as defensive coordinator before moving from Salt Lake City to Logan where he accepted the role of head coach at Utah State.   


2009 Utah State Results (before Boise State):


September 3

at No. 19 Utah 

L 35-17

0-1 (0-0)

September 19

at Texas A&M 

L 38-30

0-2 (0-0)

September 26

Southern Utah 

W 53-34

1-2 (0-0)

October 2

at No. 20 Brigham Young 

L 35-17

1-3 (0-0)

October 10

at New Mexico State 

L 20-17

1-4 (0-1)

October 17

Nevada 

L 35-32

1-5 (0-2)

October 24

Louisiana Tech 

W 23-21

2-5 (1-2)

October 31

at Fresno State 

L 31-27

2-6 (1-3)

November 7

at Hawaii 

L 49-36

2-7 (1-4)

November 14

San Jose State 

W 24-9

3-7 (2-4)



2009 Utah State Remaining Schedule (after Boise State):


November 28

at Idaho 

5:00 PM ET 

Tickets



Aggie Gem State Connection:

Coach Gary Andersen attended Ricks College in Idaho where he was a first team All-American in 1984.  He also coached football at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho and Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.  Andersen faced off against Boise State multiple times while coaching at both Utah and Idaho State.  

Boise State linebackers coach Jeff Choate was an assistant at Utah State from 2002-2004.

Utah State LB Adrian Bybee attended Highland High School in Pocatello, Idaho.


Aggie Players to Watch:

Jr. QB, Deondre Borel, has completed 178 of 307 passes for 2,315 yards with 13 touchdowns and 3 interceptions and has 152 carries for 433 yards and 6 touchdowns.  Borel leads the conference in total offense with 274.8 yards per game.

So. RB, Robert Turbin, has carried the ball 169 times for 1,122 yards with 9 touchdowns and has 26 catches for 334 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Turbin is third in the conference and 15th in the nation for rushing. 

So. WR, Stanley Morrision, leads all receivers with 29 catches for 522 yards and two touchdowns.  


Sr. K, Chris Ulinski, is 12 of 17 on field goals and has 20 touchbacks.  Ulinski is second in the conference for field goals. 


So. LB, Bobby Wagner, leads the team in tackles with 93 tackles including 6 tackles for a loss.  Wagner is 2nd in the conference and 30th in the nation in tackles.  

Sr. S, James Brindley, is third in tackles with 63, leads the team with 3 interceptions and 6 pass deflections.  Brindley leads the conference in defended passes. 

Jr. S, Rajric Coleman, has brought in 67 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, and two interceptions.  


Utah State Stadium Info:

Romney Stadium, located in Logan, Utah, was built 41 years ago and sits 4,710 feet above sea level.  The stadium is named after Utah State's all-time winningest coach and former athletic director E.L. "Dick" Romney.  The first ever kickoff at Romney Stadium ended in a Utah State victory over New Mexico State on Sept. 14, 1968.  The stadium seating capacity is 25,513 and the grounds are currently made of SprinTurf.  


Interesting Gametime Facts:

Utah State will be honoring 15 seniors on Senior Night at the game on Friday as they make their last-ever appearance at Romney Stadium in an Aggie uniform.

The Aggies have won their last 3 games held on November 20 and are 6-1 all-time on the date.

Utah State is 1-50 all-time against ranked teams and 1-10 at home against Top 25 opponents. 

After last week's win, Utah State is guaranteed their first home winning record since 2003.  

Friday night's game will be a cold one with a forecast of rain and snow showers and a low of 23 degrees.

After celebrating last week's victory, it's time for the Boise State Broncos to focus and prepare for their road trip to Logan, Utah where they face the Utah State Aggies in front of yet another nationally-televised audience.  

Boise State enters their 16th meeting against the Aggies with an 11-4 all-time record.  The last match-up ended in a lopsided 49-14 Bronco win on the blue turf in Boise.  Utah State currently holds onto a 5th place ranking in the Western Athletic Conference with a 2-4 conference record and sit at 3-7 overall.  As ESPN makes it's way to Logan for the first time ever, the Aggies will be hosting their highest ranked opponent since a #6 Oregon crew came to town in 2001.  

 



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