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USU football: Utah State ranks 20th nationally in passing defense

Through the first 10 weeks of the college football season, Utah State is allowing 192.3 passing yards per game, which ranks fourth in the Mountain West and 20th nationally.

The Aggies also rank fourth in the MW and 45th in the nation in total defense (384.3 ypg), sixth in the league and 76th nationally in scoring defense (29.1 ppg), seventh in the MW and 81st nationally in sacks per game (1.89), seventh in the conference and 85th in the nation in passing efficiency defense (137.3) and eighth in the league and 85th in the nation in rushing defense (192.0 ypg).

Overall, Utah State ranks among the top-50 teams nationally in 10 different statistical categories.

The Aggies have recorded 52 tackles for loss this season, and that average of 5.8 TFLs per game ranks seventh in the Mountain West and 74th nationally.

Utah State has converted 58-of-139 third downs through its first nine games, and that percentage of .417 ranks sixth in the Mountain West and 55th nationally. Last year, USU converted 35.8 percent (66-184) of its third downs.

Offensively, the Aggies rank fifth in the Mountain West and 77th nationally in passing offense (220.1 ypg), seventh in the conference and 89th in the nation in completion percentage (.565), ninth in the MW and 90th in the nation in scoring offense (24.3 ppg), ninth in the MW and 92nd nationally in total offense (378.4 ypg), 10th in the MW and 86th nationally in rushing offense (158.3 ypg), 10th in the conference in passing efficiency (115.0) and 11th in the MW in sacks allowed (2.78 pg).

Utah State has committed 59 penalties for 466 yards this season, and that average of 51.8 penalty yards per game ranks sixth in the Mountain West and 53rd in the nation.

The Aggies are allowing 19.55 yards per kickoff return to rank fifth in the Mountain West and 46th nationally. USU also ranks second in the MW and 71st in the nation in punt returns (7.4 ypr).

With its 10 turnovers this season (six interceptions, four fumbles), Utah State ranks third in the league and 19th nationally in turnovers lost, not to mention being fourth in the conference and 23rd in the nation in fumbles lost with four.

The Aggies have seven takeaways and 10 turnovers this season and rank eighth in the Mountain West and 90th nationally in turnover margin (-0.33).

Junior QB Kent Myers ranks second in the Mountain West and 47th in the nation in completions per game (18.8), second in the conference and 59th in the nation in passing (211.2 ypg), third in the MW and 53rd nationally in total offense (244.4 ypg), seventh in the MW and 79th in the nation with nine touchdown passes, seventh in the MW and 83rd nationally in completion percentage (.575) and seventh in the MW and 94th nationally in passing efficiency (118.5).

Senior WR Andrew Rodriguez ranks fourth in the MW and 48th nationally in punt returns (6.9 ypr).

Senior CB Austin Cheney ranks tied for first in the MW and tied for sixth nationally with one punt return for touchdown, sophomore FS Jontrell Rocquemore ranks tied for 10th in the MW with his two interceptions and tied for 49th in the MW in tackles (4.9 pg) and senior DE Siua Taufa ranks tied for sixth in the MW and tied for 98th in the nation in fumbles recovered with one.

Sophomore WR Ron’quavion Tarver and freshman WR Rayshad Lewis rank tied for 10th in the MW in receptions (4.0 pg).

Redshirt senior LB Anthony Williams ranks tied for 18th in the MW in tackles (6.7 pg), senior LB Leki Uasike ranks tied for 27th in the MW in tackles (6.1 pg) and senior FS Devin Centers and junior LB Alex Huerta rank tied for 41st in the MW in tackles (5.0 pg).

Senior PK Brock Warren ranks seventh in the MW and 33rd in the nation in field goal percentage (.800) and seventh in the conference and 77th nationally in field goals per game (0.89).

The Aggies (3-6, 1-5 Mountain West) return to action on Saturday, Nov. 12, when they welcome New Mexico to Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium. The Senior Night game is slated to kick off at 8:15 p.m., and can be seen live on ESPN2.