2008 Utah State Aggies Season

Posted Feb 8, 2009

2008 Utah State Aggies Season, Game Recaps, Scores and Reviews

2008 Utah State Aggies

Nov. 29
Utah State 47 … New Mexico State 2
Utah State dominated on both sides of the ball holding NMSU to 156 yards of offense while the Aggie attack got up 38-0 helped by a 64-yard touchdown run from Ronald Scott and short touchdown runs from Robert Turbin, Diondre Borel, Marquis Butler and Curtis Marsh. NMSU got its only points on a fourth quarter tackle of Marsh in the end zone, but that was if for the Aggies' fun. NMSU missed on four fourth down tries and finished with -7 rushing yards. Chris Ulinski nailed a 56-yard field goal for Utah State.
Player of the game: Utah State DE Ben Calderwood made three sacks and three tackles
Stat Leaders: New Mexico State - Passing: Chase Holbrook, 25-37, 163 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Tonny Glynn, 6-21. Receiving: A.J. Harris, 6-53
Utah State - Passing: Diondre Borel, 14-25, 118 yds
Rushing: Ronald Scott, 2-73, 1 TD. Receiving: Stanley Morrison, 4-8
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... With the Brent Guy era coming to a close, the team chose a good time to come up with the best performance in his time. The defense dominated New Mexico State as it didn't allow any yards after the catch and it generated decent pressure. Diondre Borel and the offense did enough to get by with the offensive line shoving around NMSU for 241 rushing yards. It was a nice end, and now it's time to find something that'll work to make the long suffering program competitive on a regular basis.

- 2008 Utah St Preview
- 2007 Utah St Season

2008 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 1-11
2008 Record: 3-9

Aug. 30 at UNLV L 27-17
Sept. 6 at Oregon L 66-24
Sept. 13 Utah L 58-10
Sept. 20 Idaho W 42-17
Sept. 27 OPEN DATE
Oct. 3 BYU L 34-14
Oct. 11 at San Jose State L 30-7
Oct. 18 at Nevada L 44-17
Oct. 25 Fresno State L 30-28
Nov. 1 Hawaii W 30-14
Nov. 8 at Boise State L 49-14
Nov. 15 at La Tech L 45-38
Nov. 29 New Mexico St W 47-2

2007 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 0-12
2007 Record: 2-10

Aug. 30 UNLV L 23-16
Sept. 8 at Wyoming L 32-14
Sept. 15 at Oklahoma L 54-3
Sept. 22 San Jose St L 23-20
Sept. 29 at Utah L 34-18
Oct. 6 at Hawaii L 52-37
Oct. 20 Nevada L 31-28
Oct. 27 Louisiana Tech L 31-21
Nov. 3 at Fresno St L 38-27
Nov. 10 Boise State L 52-0
Nov. 17 at N
MSU  W 35-17
Nov. 24 at Idaho W 24-19

Nov. 15
Louisiana Tech 45 … Utah State 38
Down three in the fourth, Louisiana Tech took the lead on a 22-yard Daniel Porter run and put it away on a 22-yard Brad Oestriecher field goal with just over two minutes to play. Utah State put up a great fight with Robert Turbin running for scores from one, 48 and two yards out, but mistakes were a killer. The Aggies' Diondre Borel ran for two scores, but he threw three picks with Matt Broha taking one back for a 40-yard score and Dominique Faust returning one 60 yards for a touchdown on the way to an early 21-10 lead. But Tech also turned the ball over three times and was outgained 360 yards to 345.
Player of the game: Louisiana Tech RB Daniel Porter ran 24 times for 114 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Utah State - Passing: Diondre Borel, 12-18, 204 yds, 3 INT
Rushing: Robert Turbin, 17-99, 3 TD. Receiving: Nnamdi Gwacham, 3-76
Louisiana Tech - Passing: Ross Jenkins, 12-17, 145 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Daniel Porter, 24-114, 1 TD. Receiving: Shane Womack, 3-39
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... And thus ends the Brent Guy era. Fired after the game, Guy will hang on until the end of the year just after his team plays one of its best offensive games of the season. Diondre Borel cranked out the yards and the defense wasn't awful, but the two pick-sixes allowed put the team behind the eight-ball early. Borel fought back, but the offense couldn't come up with a big drive late. Moving the chains in key moments was a problem. There's a week off to deal with the firing before closing out against New Mexico State.

Nov. 8
Boise State 49 … Utah State 14
Kellen Moore connected with Austin Pettis for a seven-yard touchdown and Vinny Perretta for a 38-yard score, but he was one of five players to throw touchdown passes for Boise State. Perretta threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Childs, Austin Pettis caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Michael Coughlin, and Tanyon Bissell connected with Childs for a 57-yard touchdown. The defense also got into the act with a four-yard fumble recovery for a score from Ellis Powers in the first quarter. The Broncos got up 28-0 before Utah State finally got on the board with a 51-yard Doug Barbour touchdown grab followed up by a 29-yard Robert Turbin touchdown catch. Boise State outgained Utah State 563 yards to 305.
Player of the game: Boise State QB Kellen Moore completed 27-of-36 passes for 362 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.
Stat Leaders: Utah State - Passing: Sean Setzer, 19-33, 226 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Sean Setzer, 3-18. Receiving: Omar Sawyer, 4-37
Boise State - Passing: Kellen Moore, 27-36, 362 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Ian Johnson, 10-35, 1 TD. Receiving: Jeremy Childs, 7-135, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Boise State is playing well enough to go to the BCS, but it would've been nice if Utah State could've done a bit more to stay in the game. Sean Setzer came in and did what he could to keep the game alive with the passing game, and he was able to get the Aggies within two scores, but there wasn't any running game with just 44 yards, and the consistency was gone in the passing game in the second half. Beating Louisiana Tech on the road will be tough next week, but with time to prepare, the Aggies should be able to get by New Mexico State in the season finale.

Nov. 1
Utah State 30 … Hawaii 14
Diondre Borel hooked up with Nnamdi Gwacham for a 62-yard touchdown in the second quarter and Peter Caldwell hit three field goals as Utah State shocked Hawaii. The Warriors outgained the Aggies 374 yards to 368, but the defense couldn't hold late after a nine-yard Greg Alexander cut the Utah State lead to 20-14 with seven minutes to play. The Aggies got a 21-yard Caldwell field goal and a six-yard Robert Turbin run, while the D stopped the Warriors on the 10-yard line to hold on.
Player of the game: Utah State QB Diondre Borel completed 14-of-19 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns, and ran 14 times for 87 yards.
Stat Leaders: Hawaii - Passing: Greg Alexander, 13-27, 186 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Daniel Libre, 7-59. Receiving: Greg Salas, 6-71
Utah State - Passing: Diondre Borel, 14-19, 223 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Diondre Borel, 14-87. Receiving: Marquis Butler, 3-30
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... All of a sudden, Utah State is starting to play well with a close call against Fresno State before beating Hawaii with a solid performance. The defense is starting to do just enough to get by, while Diondre Borel has been a spark for the offense. There are still issues, the team isn't good enough to survive on Peter Caldwell field goals instead of touchdowns, but considering the season has been yet another downer, coming up with a win before going on the road to Boise State and Louisiana Tech was a must.

Oct. 25
Fresno State 30 … Utah State 28
Kevin Goessling nailed a 58-yard bomb of a field goal as time ran out to save Fresno State from a major upset. Set up by an 18-yard catch by Rashad Evans as time was running out, and Goessling came in to nail his third kick of the quarter after connecting from 43 and 44 yards away. Utah State hung around thanks to Diondre Borel, who ran for a three-yard score and threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Bowman, and he led the way to what appeared to be the game winning score when Marquis Butler ran for a one-yard score with 38 seconds to play, followed by the extra point for the lead. Utah State ran for 206 yards but Fresno State outgained the Aggies 411 yards to 399.
Player of the game: Fresno State PK Kevin Goessling hit three field goals from 43, 44 and the game winner from 58 yards out.
Stat Leaders: Utah State - Passing: Diondre Borel, 15-24, 193 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Diondre Borel, 12-74, 1 TD. Receiving: Otis Nelson, 4-39
Fresno State - Passing: Tom Brandstater, 25-36, 257 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Lonyae Miller, 12-67, 1 TD. Receiving: Seyi Ajirotutu, 6-58

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Way overdue for a big break, Utah State can't seem to get anything to go its way. The offense was brilliant against Fresno State. The running game was working, Diondre Borel was on, and the defense did a good job of holding up against the Bulldog ground attack. But one big pass and a monster field goal were needed to keep the downward trend going. If possible, the Aggies have to see this as a positive. They hung around with Fresno State, and should've won. Can the team gear it up for Hawaii? If it plays as well as it did this week, this could be the second win of the year.

Oct. 18
Nevada 44 … Utah State 17
Colin Kaepernick sat in the first quarter but came out to hit Marko Mitchell on a 75-yard touchdown pass and run for two touchdowns. Utah State stayed alive in the first half with a 15-yard Otis Nelson catch, but the Wolf Pack attack proved to be too much, despite four turnovers, cranking out 523 yards of total offense. Nelson caught a 52-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, but it was far too little, too late. The two teams combined for 20 penalties.
Player of the game: Nevada RB Vai Taua ran 17 times for 122 yards and a score and caught four passes for 66 yards
Stat Leaders: Utah State - Passing: Diondre Borel, 19-38, 262 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Diondre Borel, 21-50. Receiving: Otis Nelson, 4-86, 2 TD
Nevada - Passing: Colin Kaepernick, 10-20, 197 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Vai Taua, 17-122, 1 TD. Receiving: Marko Mitchell, 4-122, 1 TD

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Diondre Borel is the Utah State offense, but he wasn't able to break free and bust off any big runs against Nevada. He and Otis Nelson hooked up for the two big scores, but the offense failed to keep moving with 11 penalties and two turnovers proving to be a problem.

Oct. 11
San Jose State 30 … Utah State 7
San Jose State rolled easily over a punchless Utah State as Kyle Reed threw three touchdown passes including a 53-yarder to Terrance Williams as part of a 30-0 run to start the game. The defense helped out with a 43-yard interception return for a score from Duke Ihenacho. Utah State managed just 190 yards of total offense with Ronald Scott catching a two-yard touchdown pass in the final few minutes.
Player of the game: San Jose State QB Kyle Reed completed 28-of-40 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns with an interception, and he ran three times for 22 yards
Stat Leaders: Utah State - Passing: Diondre Borel, 8-21, 66 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Diondre Borel, 17-43. Receiving: Marquis Butler, 3-29
San Jose State - Passing: Kyle Reed, 28-40, 300 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Yonus Davis, 11-24. Receiving: David Richmond, 8-89, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Diondre Borel tried to come in to help the cause against San Jose State, but the Aggies just don't have the firepower to make comebacks on a regular basis. There isn't much of a running game considering the team is in scramble mode, and 119 passing yards isn't much to mount a comeback with. Even so, Borel is a playmaker who at least gives defenses something to worry about.

Oct. 3
BYU 34 ... Utah State 14
BYU rolled out 24 points in the first quarter and was up 34-0 after three quarters before Utah State finally scored. The Cougars had gone almost three full games without allowing a point until Robert Turbin tore off a 40-yard scoring dash early in the fourth. Austin Collie got the scoring started with a 76-yard touchdown catch early in the first quarter, and he caught a 12-yard touchdown pass late in the third. Harvey Unga scored on an 11-yard run and the defense got a 38-yard Brandon Bradley fumble return for a score. The game got sloppy with the two teams combining for 20 penalties and six turnovers.
Player of the game:
.BYU WR Austin Collie caught eight passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: BYU
- Passing: Max Hall, 23-37, 303 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Harvey Unga, 22-89, 1 TD. Receiving: Austin Collie, 8-122, 2 TD
Utah State
- Passing: Diondre Borel, 10-15, 114 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Robert Turbin, 8-74, 1 TD. Receiving: Otis Nelson, 6-72
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
is blowing away everyone, so there can't be too much of a concern that the Aggies weren't in the game after the first quarter, but the team kept fighting. It could've given up and been obliterated by 50, but the offense kept fighting and the defense mixed things up to cross up the Cougars. Four turnovers and eight penalties were a problem, and against San Jose State, everything has to be perfect.

Sept. 20
Utah State 42 … Idaho 17
Down 17-14 late in the third quarter, Utah State scored 28 unanswered points starting off with a 15-yard Jeremy Mitchell catch late in the third and punctuated by a sack and a recovered fumble from Ben Calderwood early in the fourth. Robert Turbin ran for a 26-yard touchdown and Curtis Marsh tore off a 41-yard touchdown dash to seal the win. The Aggies outgained the Vandals 5-0 yards to 271, but they allowed two short Nathan Enderle touchdown passes.
Player of the game: Utah State QB Diondre Borel completed 12-of-21 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, and he ran 12 times for 93 yards..
Stat Leaders: Utah State
- Passing: Diondre Borel, 12-21, 191 yds, 2 TD, 1INT
Rushing: Robert Turbin, 15-123, 1 TD. Receiving: Stanley Morrison, 3-69
- Passing: Nathan Enderle, 20-35, 161 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Deonte Jackson, 14-52. Receiving: Preston Davis, 6-52, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Has Utah State had an offensive explosion like the one it came up with over the last 16 minutes of the win over Idaho? The Aggies were sluggish and couldn't close on drives, and all of a sudden the team woke up and dominated the Vandals. This wasn't exactly a watershed win, but considering the problems over the last few years, this was an important game going into the likely blasting from BYU.

Sept. 13
Utah 58 … Utah State 10
Utah State scored on its first drive of the game with Otis Nelson catching a nine-yard touchdown pass. That would be it for the fun. Utah rolled up 446 yards to Utah State's 116 with Matt Asiata running for three short touchdown runs and Freddie Brown and Colt Sampson each caching short scoring passes. The Ute defense that held the Aggies to 27 rushing yards got into the scoring act with a 20-yard fumble recovery for a score form Elijah Wesson as part of a 30-point first half run. Utah held on to the ball for 39:30.
Player of the game:
Utah QB Brian Johnson completed 22-of-31 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, and he ran for 21 yards.
Stat Leaders: Utah State
- Passing: Diondre Borel, 5-134, 62 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Diondre Borel, 11-23. Receiving: Curtis Marsh, 3-51
Utah - Passing: Brian Johnson, 22-31, 204 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Darrell Mack, 14-75. Receiving: Bradon Godfrey, 6-57
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Utah might be a BCS buster, so there's no reason to get too upset about a blowup blowout loss, but Utah State needs to be far more competitive. 2-of-12 on third down conversions, seven penalties, and three turnovers proved to be too costly, while the mere 27 rushing yards didn't help. The offense has to be far more explosive and there have to be a few chances and shots taken down the field, but that's been a problem for the last few years.

Sept. 6
Oregon 66 ... Utah State 24
Oregon set a school-record with 688 yards of total offense and six different Ducks ran for a touchdown in the blowout. Oregon got up to a 21-0 lead before Utah State got on the board with a 15-yard Curtis Marsh touchdown catch, and then
LeGarrette Blount answered with his second touchdown run of the first half. Oregon finished with 408 yards on the ground and averaged 7.7 yards per carry. Oregon hung up 24 points in the second and 21 in the second.
Player of the game: Oregon RB
LeGarrette Blount ran 18 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Utah State - Passing: Diondre Borel, 16-24, 157 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Diondre Borel, 11-31. Receiving: Otis Nelson, 7-72, 1 TD
Oregon - Passing: Justin Roper, 13-18, 173 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
LeGarrette Blount, 18-132, 2 TD. Receiving: Ed Dickson, 6-70
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Oregon's offense might be special, but that doesn't mean much for a veteran Utah State defense that should be at least more than a slight breeze to run through. The offense will be an issue all year, but it wasn't horrible against the Ducks. It just couldn't keep up the pace. Things might stay bad next week against Utah before the Idaho battle on September 20th.

Aug. 30
UNLV 27 ... Utah State 17
UNLV had no problems with Utah State as Omar Clayton and Ryan Wolfe hooked up on touchdown passes from nine and 32 yards out and Phillip Payne caught a seven-yard scoring strike for a 24-7 Rebel lead. Utah State managed a one-yard Robert Turbin touchdown run in the second quarter and pulled within ten on a six-yard Nmandi Gwacham catch with just over two minutes to play, but the Aggies never threatened over the final 35 minutes.
Player of the game: UNLV QB Omar Clayton completed 17 of 29 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Utah State - Passing: Sean Setzer, 10-17, 123 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Diondre Borel, 15-70. Receiving: Doug Barbour, 4-41
UNLV - Passing: Omar Clayton, 17-29, 192 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Frank Summers, 14-87. Receiving: Ryan Wolfe, 7-103, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The offense simply wasn't effective enough against UNLV. The defense wasn't much of a prize, either, when it came to getting off the field and stopping drives, but the big issue was the lack of a consistent attack. Now there's even more of a quarterback issue than before after Sean Setzer struggled to make things happen. Playing Oregon next week isn't going to cure any ills, but the team has to find something early on it can work around or the season will go in the tank in a big hurry.

2008 Recruiting Class

Star of the Class

Robert Fuller, QB, 6-2, 195, FR, HS, San Bernardino, Calif. (Arroyo Valley HS)
He finished his senior season with 2,775 yards passing for 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions... Also rushed for 880 yards and 10 TD's... Earned CIF Central Division Offensive Player of the Year honors... An all-San Andreas league selection as well as all-county honors... As a junior he passed for 3,027 yards with 24 TD's, earning League Player of the Year honors and second-team all-county honors... Threw for 604 yards in one game during his junior season, the second-most in United States high school history, throwing eight TD's and running for another score... Named to the academic honor roll.

Potential Instant Impact Players

Exavier Johnson, ATH/QB, 6-2, 200, FR, HS, Van Nuys, Calif. (Birmingham HS)
Had 988 yards passing with three TD's and 211 yards rushing with one TD... Led Birmingham HS to 13-1 mark and the CIF city section title... Earned first-team all-West Valley League honors... A three-time all-city honoree as well as a three-time LA Daily News all-area selection... As a junior at Taft HS, Johnson threw for 1,900 yards with 15 TD's and he also rushed for 250 yards... Threw for 3,071 yards with 39 TD's as a sophomore.

Emmanual Ojeriakhi
, WR, 6-3, 185, FR, HS, Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield HS)
Had 44 receptions for 927 yards his senior season with 12 TD's... Also had two rushes for 26 yards... Defensively he made 25 tackles (17 solo, eight assists) with three INT's... Also had two kick returns and one punt return... Had five 100-yard receiving outings including each of the last three games, highlighted by season-high 123 yards on season-high nine catches in season finale... Had three TD catches in one game... A third-team all-state selection as a senior, earning first-team all-area accolades as both wide receiver and defensive back... Earned first-team all-league and first-team all-area as a cornerback as a junior... A first-team all-league and first-team all-area at wide receiver his sophomore season.

Rest of the Class
Sheldon Armstrong , DB, 6-0, 180, FR, HS, Long Beach, Calif. (Poly HS)
Kellen Bartlett, TE, 6-3, 235, FR, HS, Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs HS)
Marquis Butler, RB, 6-0, 185, FR, HS, Los Angeles, Calif. (Locke HS)
Casey Davis, DL, 6-3, 285, JR, JC, Riverton, Utah (Riverton HS/Snow JC)
Patrick Dvoracek, OL, 6-4, 295, FR, HS, Arlington, Texas (Timberview HS)
Quinn Garner, LB, 6-3, 230, FR, HS, Santa Cruz, Calif. (Santa Cruz HS)
Chris Harris, ATH/RB, 5-10, 185, FR, HS, Pasadena, Calif. (Duarte HS)
Alfred Kikau, DB, 6-0, 180, FR, HS, Sacramento, Calif. (Rio Americano HS)
Tremel Kline, WR, 6-3, 200, JR, JC, Beaufort, S.C. (Battery Creek HS/Los Medanos JC)
Magnum Mauga, DL, 6-0, 285, JR, JC, La Mesa, Calif. (Helix HS/Grossmont JC)
Jeremy Mitchell, TE, 6-5, 255, JR, JC, Benicia, Calif. (Benicia HS/Laney JC)
Harold Moleni, TE, 6-3, 230, FR, HS, West Valley City, Utah (Hunter HS)
Oscar Molina, DL, 6-4, 245, FR, HS, Baldwin Park, Calif. (Baldwin Park HS)
Joe Moreno, TE, 6-3, 230, FR, HS, Mission Hills, Calif. (Mission Hills HS)
Tanner Richins, OL, 6-6, 310, FR, HS, Logan, Utah (Logan HS)
Robert Tidwell, DL, 6-3, 235, FR, HS, Humble, Texas (Atascocita HS)
Bobby Wagner, LB, 6-3, 210, FR, HS, Ontario, Calif. (Colony HS)
Christopher Williams, DB, 6-3, 190, JR, JC, Torrance, Calif. (Leuzinger HS/El Camino JC)

2007 Recap

Well, at least the Aggies will have momentum heading into next season.  After losing its first 10 games, a number in excruciating fashion, Utah State closed with two road wins for the first time since 1999, a significant accomplishment for a program that hasn't finished over .500 in more than a decade.  The past year marked the end of the career of WR Kevin Robinson, an all-time great Aggie and All-WAC first teamer that holds the NCAA record for all-purpose yards per play.

Offensive Player of the Year:
WR Kevin Robinson

Defensive Player of the Year: LB Jake Hutton

Biggest Surprise: On Nov. 17, Utah State mercifully ended its 16-game losing, traveling to Las Cruces to blow past New Mexico State with a 21-point fourth quarter.  The Aggies got two touchdown catches from TE Rob Myers and a back-breaking 82-yard kickoff return from Robinson to taste victory for the first time in more than 13 months.  

Biggest Disappointment: Utah State should have ended its futility much earlier in the season, such as against San Jose State on Sept. 22.  The Aggies took a rare lead into the fourth quarter, but allowed an Adam Tafralis to David Richmond touchdown hook-up with 53 seconds remaining to let the game slip away.       

Looking Ahead: Utah State will spend much of the offseason looking for a new quarterback, a few capable linemen, and an every-down back that can take some pressure off the new man behind center.  Freshman RB Derrvin Speight looks capable of answering the call after rushing for 504 yards in limited action.