Air Force's best offensive performance of the 2012 season, adjusted for the opponent, was the 17…
Air Force Opponent Preview: Utah State
Opponent: Utah State
2012 record: 11-2 (6-0 WAC)
# 2012 final Sagarin: 82.41 (No. 19)
Game Date: Sept. 7, 2013
Site: Colorado Springs, Colo.; Falcon Stadium
Last meeting: 2013
Head coach: Matt Wells (first year)
Offensive starters returning: 8
Defensive starters returning: 7
Special teams starters returning: 3
2012 VITAL STATS OFFENSE
Points scored per game: 34.92 (No. 26 in FBS) Passing yards per game: 265.00 (No. 40 in FBS) Rushing yards per game: 204.08 (No. 26 in FBS)
2012 VITAL STATS DEFENSE
Points allowed per game: 15.38 (No. 7 in FBS) Passing yards allowed per game: 208.31 (No. 32 in FBS) Rushing yards allowed per game: 113.77 (No. 13 in FBS)
OTHER VITAL STATS
Turnover ratio: -.08, No.63 in FBS; Pass efficiency defense 104.43, No. 8 in FBS; Sacks 3.23 per game, tied for No. 6 in FBS.
Utah State had a banner year in 2012 finishing No. 1 in the WAC and winning 11 of 13 ball games. Although the Aggies lost their head coach, they retain the offensive coordinator, Matt Wells, who is a 1996 graduate of USU. Wells is positioned for success in his first season as the Aggies return the bulk of starters on both sides of the ball. On offense USU returns quarterback Chuckie Keeton, senior center Tyler Larsen and senior offensive tackle Eric Schutlz who each earned All-WAC honors last season. Defensively the Aggies return an incredible six all-league players to an unit that ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense.
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