USC vs Utah State: Trojans and Aggies By the Numbers

Sep 14, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans tailback Tre Madden (23) scores on a 30-yard touchdown run in the third quarter against the Boston College Eagles at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

USC has a chance to end what has been an up-and-down three game homestead on a high as they prepare to face the Utah State Aggies Saturday at the Coliseum. The Trojan defense looks to continue their new-found dominance against one of the most exciting players in college football. Meanwhile, Cody Kessler and the offense hope to build on the improvement seen against Boston College as Lane Kiffin gets another chance to cool his hot seat in front of the Los Angeles faithful.

Now it is time to begin the countdown to game day with some numbers of note.

10

Games since Utah State has played on grass. The Aggies last played on a grass surface at BYU on October 5, 2012. The Coliseum is the only venue where they will play on grass all season.

9

Number of Aggies who received carries last week. With Joey DeMartino and Joe Hill leading the charge, Utah State rushed for 267 yards against Weber State and averages 219 yards per game this season.

8

Utah State’s national rank for scoring offense and USC’s national rank for scoring defense this season. The key match up in this game is strength versus strength. The Aggies average 49 points a game while the Trojans have given up an average of ten.

7

Sep 14, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) during the first half against Boston College at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Lee had 2 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. The Trojans beat Boston College 35-7. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Number of ten reception or more games Marqise Lee had in 2012. The Biletnikoff Award winner has 17 catches this season, nearly half of which came against Hawaii. He broke out of his scoring drought with an 80-yard touchdown against Boston College but has yet to put in the prolific performances that made him a Heisman candidate.

6

Passes intercepted by the USC defense and their national rank for doing so. Led by Dion Bailey, the Trojan secondary has made meals of quarterbacks who have been harried by the aggressive pass rush.

5

Number of returning starters for Utah State on the offensive line. With 125 career starts between them, the Aggies’ o-line is among the most experienced in the country.

4

Number of wins USC has over the Aggies in the series. Meetings in 1989, 1984, 1930, and 1928 were all in Los Angeles and all ended in blowout fashion. The average margin of victory in those games was 46.

3

Aug 29, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah State Aggies quarterback Chuckie Keeton (16) drops back to pass during the first half against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 29, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah State Aggies quarterback Chuckie Keeton (16) drops back to pass during the first half against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Games Tre Madden has rushed for over 100 yards, putting him in the elite company of Marcus Allen who is the only Trojan to do the same. Madden’s 362 yards this season have him ranked 10th in the nation in yards on the ground.

2

USC’s national rank in rushing defense. The Trojans have allowed an average of 43 yards rushing thus far for an average of 1.7 yards per rush.

1

Chuckie Keeton’s national rank for passing touchdowns and points scored. He has thrown 12 touchdowns this season and is responsible for 78 of the Aggies 148 points this season. An early dark horse for the Heisman, Keeton could be one of USC’s stiffest tests at quarterback all season.

 

 

 

Topics: Dion Bailey, Marqise Lee, Tre Madden, USC Trojans

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  • disqus_5mzWKSTg3O

    Given what we’ve seen of USC the last 10 or so games, I feel that we should be worried about Utah state.

    • Matthew Moreno

      The defense is vastly improved since games dating back to last season. Utah State should be respected, but it’s not as though USC is outclassed by them

      • disqus_5mzWKSTg3O

        Good point. This should be the best defense Utah state faces all year. I guess my concern is to what kind of offense USC shows up with.

        • Matthew Moreno

          Yes, that is definitely the wild card

        • http://fansided.com/ Michael Castillo

          Yeah, the last thing that SC wants is to be in a position where they have to out-score USU, whether that be in a high OR low scoring game. The offense has to get going at least moderately, while the defense its job. If not, the Trojans are in for a rude awakening.

    • PenguinOfTroy

      Utah State is a test, but remember that they got beat by Utah, a middling Pac-12 team and a lot of their stats are padded by games against Air Force and Weber State. I think both teams are going to have a better idea of where they stand for real after this game.

      • disqus_5mzWKSTg3O

        Very true. I also noticed Utah also beat up Weber, similar to how Utah state did.