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USU football: Utah State ranks 12th nationally in passing defense

Through the first 12 weeks of the college football season, Utah State is allowing 182.9 passing yards per game, which ranks third in the Mountain West and 12th nationally.

Overall, the Aggies rank among the top 50 nationally in seven different statistical categories.

Utah State also ranks fourth in the MW and 47th in the nation in total defense (382.1 ypg), fourth in the conference and 75th in the nation in passing efficiency defense (133.0), fifth in the MW and 72nd nationally in scoring defense (29.5 ppg), seventh in the MW and 86th nationally in sacks per game (1.73) and seventh in the MW and 87th in the nation in rushing defense (199.2 ypg).

Offensively, the Aggies are sixth in the Mountain West and 83rd nationally in passing offense (215.5 ypg), fifth in the conference and 69th in the nation in completion percentage (.581), eighth in the MW and 66th nationally in rushing offense (177.2 ypg), eighth in the MW and 81st nationally in total offense (392.7 ypg), eighth in the MW and 90th in the nation in scoring offense (25.2 ppg), 10th in the MW and 86th in the nation in sacks allowed (2.36 pg) and 10th in the conference in passing efficiency (118.1).

Utah State has converted 67-of-163 third downs this season and that percentage of 41.1 ranks eighth in the Mountain West and 66th nationally. Last year, USU converted 35.8 percent (66-184) of its third downs.

The Aggies are allowing 20.0 yards per kickoff return to rank fifth in the Mountain West and 54th nationally. USU also ranks eighth in the MW and 87th in the nation in punt returns (6.3 ypr).

With its 13 turnovers this season (eight interceptions, five fumbles), Utah State ranks fifth in the Mountain West and 25th nationally in turnovers lost, not to mention being fifth in the conference and 23rd in the nation in fumbles lost with five.

The Aggies have eight takeaways and 13 turnovers this season and rank ninth in the Mountain West in turnover margin (-0.45).

Junior QB Kent Myers ranks second in the Mountain West and 50th in the nation in completions per game (18.2), third in the MW and 57th nationally in total offense (245.3 ypg), fourth in the conference and 67th in the nation in passing (208.3 ypg), fifth in the MW and 64th nationally in completion percentage (.590), sixth in the MW and 83rd in the nation with 10 touchdown passes, seventh in the MW and 85th nationally in passing efficiency (121.4) and ninth in the MW in points responsible for (8.7 pg).

Senior WR Andrew Rodriguez ranks fifth in the MW and 56th nationally in punt returns (5.8 ypr), while sophomore WR Ron’quavion Tarver ranks 10th in the MW in receptions (4.1 pg).

Senior CB Austin Cheney ranks tied for first in the MW and tied for sixth nationally with one punt return for a touchdown.

Redshirt senior LB Anthony Williams ranks 16th in the MW in tackles (7.6 pg), senior FS Devin Centers ranks 35th in the MW in tackles (5.3 pg) and senior LB Brock Carmen ranks tied for 36th in the MW in tackles (5.2 pg).

Senior PK Brock Warren ranks eighth in the MW and 67th in the nation in field goal percentage (.727) and 10th in the conference in field goals per game (0.73).

The Aggies conclude their season on Saturday, Nov. 26, when they take on BYU at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. The game is slated to kick off at 8:15 p.m., and will be televised live on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.