|FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL - Bronco Stadium - Boise, ID|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-2.3||1-2||0-3||28.7||17.3||460.3||(6.3)||2.3||29.3||13.7||458.0||(6)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||32.9||16.5||23.0||31:07||40-197||(4.9)||21-33||62.9%||259||(7.7)||74-456||(6.2)||(13.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||29.5||14.8||21.5||31:56||39-176||(4.5)||20-33||60.7%||238||(7.2)||73-414||(5.7)||(14)|
|Offense Road Games||31.5||15.5||24.3||32:00||41-211||(5.1)||20-35||58.3%||263||(7.5)||77-474||(6.2)||(15.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||27.3||12.7||23.8||28:53||34-168||(4.9)||24-39||61.3%||295||(7.5)||74-463||(6.3)||(16.9)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||29.1||14.6||22.3||29:26||37-167||(4.5)||21-36||59.5%||256||(7.1)||73-423||(5.8)||(14.5)|
|Defense Road Games||28.3||11.3||25.0||27:59||38-213||(5.6)||22-36||60.6%||312||(8.6)||74-524||(7)||(18.5)|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+1||2-1||1-2||43.7||24.3||496.3||(7.1)||1.7||19.0||3.0||332.3||(4.2)||2.7|
|Offense (All Games)||34.4||20.3||20.7||28:19||37-193||(5.2)||22-32||67.6%||268||(8.3)||69-461||(6.7)||(13.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||30.6||16.7||21.5||30:36||38-175||(4.6)||20-32||61.5%||245||(7.6)||71-420||(6)||(13.7)|
|Offense Road Games||32.2||17.7||20.2||28:11||34-179||(5.2)||23-36||65.6%||261||(7.3)||70-441||(6.3)||(13.7)|
|Defense (All Games)||15.4||4.5||18.5||31:41||38-111||(2.9)||20-36||54.6%||211||(5.8)||74-323||(4.3)||(20.9)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||27.3||14.5||20||31:35||36-146||(4.1)||20-34||60.4%||235||(7)||69-381||(5.5)||(14)|
|Defense Road Games||21.0||5.8||21.2||31:49||40-116||(2.9)||24-40||61.2%||275||(6.9)||80-391||(4.9)||(18.6)|
|Average power rating of opponents played: TOLEDO 26.1, UTAH ST 24.8|
|11/14/2012||@ N ILLINOIS||24-31||L||10||W||69.5||U||38-131||22-33-265||4||42-189||25-36-407||3|
|12/15/2012||*UTAH ST|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/20/2012||NEW MEXICO ST||41-7||W||-29.5||W||56.5||U||36-256||17-27-260||0||34-132||20-38-189||2|
|11/17/2012||@ LOUISIANA TECH||48-41||W||-3||W||73.5||O||45-306||20-34-340||0||47-233||35-61-396||3|
|12/15/2012||*TOLEDO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|TOLEDO: Toledo is going to be sporting one of the most unique offenses in college football that features two very talented quarterbacks. Austin Dantin (1,404 pass yds, 15 TD) is the more traditional pocket passer, while Terrance Owens (2,022 pass yds, 18 TD) is a threat to run as well as throw. The quarterbacks switch off based on different situations, but these Rockets have an explosive offense and that shouldn't change in 2012, even with new head coach Matt Campbell taking over for Tim Beckman, who left for the Illinois job. Toledo has a quality RB in David Fluellen and if the offensive line can create holes and protect the pass, the Rockets offense should be no different than last year. On the defensive end, they'll need to do a better job. Last season the Rockets struggled to stay healthy and it caught up with them, as they were often involved in high-scoring affairs. They'll need to be at full strength in order to win the MAC, otherwise they'll just be an exciting team to watch lose. They do have hope with the arrival of Michigan transfer Vladimir Emilien, who will play LB for Campbell, and LB Dan Molls, who was out for half of the 2011 season after a huge 2010 campaign. |
|UTAH ST: Utah State got hot at the end of last season, winning its final five regular-season games, all by seven points or less. The defense loses its top two tacklers, but their depth will come in handy. There should be no glaring weaknesses on an Aggies defense that led the WAC with 366 YPG allowed. Offensively, sophomore QB Chuckie Keeton (1,200 pass yds, 11 TD) is back after a year in which he threw only two interceptions in eight games. The RB position loses its two leading rushers, including 1,517-yard back Robert Turbin. In steps senior RB Kerwynn Williams (542 rush yds, 6.7 YPC), who should excel as the main ball carrier in an offense that averaged a WAC-best 33.6 PPG last season. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW (TOLEDO-UTAH ST) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Toledo-Utah St. Preview* =========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Toledo (9-3) at No. 22 Utah State (10-2), 4:30 p.m. EDT
Coming off the most successful regular season in school history, Utah State hopes this trip to the blue turf in Boise goes better than last year's experience.
Standing in the way of its first postseason victory in 19 years is a Toledo team seeking its first 10-win season in more than a decade.
Riding a six-game winning streak, the No. 18 Aggies look for some redemption in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against the Rockets on Saturday.
A year ago, Utah State won its last five regular-season games to earn its first bowl trip since losing to Cincinnati in the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl in Boise. The location was the same last Dec. 17 as the Aggies were in good position for their second-ever bowl victory, leading Ohio by 13 late in the third quarter, but they lost 24-23 on a touchdown with 13 seconds to play.
Utah State (10-2) used that defeat as motivation, and after setting a school record for victories while winning its first outright conference title since 1936, the team returns to the Potato Bowl looking to close the deal.
"I feel like it's a good opportunity for us to go back to Boise," said receiver Matt Austin, who set career highs with 42 receptions and 652 yards in 2012. "It's going to be even better. We just need to win. That's our goal. It's a great bowl, we just didn't come out on top last year."
Winners in 15 of 18, the Aggies went 6-0 in league play to win the Western Athletic Conference championship in their final season before joining the Mountain West. Utah State's two losses were 16-14 at Wisconsin and 6-3 at BYU.
"These kids have come so far," coach Gary Andersen said. "They put high expectations on themselves at the beginning of the year."
Though Utah State's only bowl victory in seven tries came over Ball State in the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl, it has reason to be confident heading into this contest. Looking to win seven straight in a season for the first time since 1965, the Aggies have outscored their last six opponents 269-108.
"It's our chance to finish off the year right," senior linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu said.
Senior Kerwynn Williams has averaged 7.6 yards per carry during the six-game win streak and led the WAC with 1,277 rushing yards while scoring 17 touchdowns - 12 on the ground. He's recorded three straight 100-yard games, averaging 130.7 during that stretch.
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton ran for 527 yards and seven TDs while finishing as the 13th-rated passer in the FBS. He completed 67.7 percent of his throws for 3,144 yards with 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Keeton was sacked just six times over the final six games while the Utah State defense totaled 25, including 13 in a 49-27 win over No. 24 San Jose State on Oct. 13. The Aggies finished among the national leaders in sacks (39), points allowed (15.4 per game) and total defense (322.7 ypg).
They'll need to be at their defensive best in this first meeting with Toledo (9-3), which averages 32.9 points and was ranked as high No. 23 this season.
"It's a good matchup - they're talented," Rockets safety Jermaine Robinson said. "They have a good running back and an athletic quarterback. Those two put together with their defense makes it a great challenge, but we're going to do what we have to do to win this game."
The preseason favorite to win the Mid-American Conference West title, Toledo beat then-No. 21 Cincinnati 29-23 on Oct. 20 as part of an eight-game winning streak. That run ended with consecutive losses to Ball State and Orange Bowl-bound Northern Illinois as the Rockets settled for third place in the West.
However, a win Saturday will give the program its first season of double-digit victories since going 10-2 in 2001.
Coach Matt Campbell guided the Rockets to a 42-41 victory over Air Force in last season's Military Bowl in his first game after replacing Tim Beckman, who left to take the Illinois job. Toledo is 9-3 in bowl games.
Campbell expects David Fluellen, who ranks 12th in the nation with 1,460 rushing yards, to return after missing a 35-23 win over Akron on Nov. 20 with a sprained ankle. It's uncertain if versatile quarterback Terrance Owens will play after missing the regular-season finale with an ankle injury.
Owens threw for a career-high 2,677 yards and ran for 381. Senior backup Austin Dantin was 29 of 35 for 327 yards and five TDs versus Akron.
Junior Bernard Reedy ranks among the national leaders with 82 receptions for 1,051 yards and six touchdowns.
The Rockets, however, have given up an average of 30.4 points over their last seven games and rank 108th in the FBS in total defense at 464.1 yards per game.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 9:00:18 PM EST|