Source: CVDaily Feed
LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s Zach Vigil has set the school record for career tackles for loss after officials from the Gildan New Mexico Bowl corrected his defensive stats following Utah State’s 21-6 win against UTEP on Dec. 20, 2014.
Vigil, a 6-2, 240-pound senior linebacker from Clearfield, Utah (Clearfield HS) was originally credited with nine tackles following USU’s win against UTEP. However, bowl officials changed his final stats to include two assisted tackles for loss, giving him 11 total tackles in the game, including 1.0 tackle for loss. Vigil, who was named the game’s Defensive Most Valuable Player, also had one quarterback hurry and one pass breakup against the Miners.
With the updated statistics, Vigil ends his Utah State career with 43.5 tackles for loss breaking Jermaine Younger’s record of 43.0 tackles for loss set from 1990-93. Vigil also ends his Aggie career with 389 total tackles to rank fifth all-time in school history.
During his senior season, Vigil recorded 20.5 tackles for loss with the changes made from the bowl game, tying the Mountain West single-season record, which was set just a year ago by Boise State’s Demarcus Lawrence and Colorado State’s Shaquil Barrett. Overall, Vigil finished his senior season with 156 tackles to rank third all-time in Mountain West history and fourth all-time in USU history.
Aggie fans can watch Vigil play in the 90th East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., this weekend on Saturday Jan. 17, 2015 at 2 p.m. (MT) in a game that will be televised nationally on the NFL Network and aired internationally on EWSG Radio Network hosted by Tunein Radio.
Vigil will be the 30th Aggie to play in the East-West Shrine Game and the third in as many years joining Kerwynn Williams (2013) and Nevin Lawson (2014).
As a senior, Vigil was named a second-team All-American by USA Today Sports, a third-team All-American by Phil Steele, a fourth-team All-American by Athlon Sports and an honorable mention All-American by SI.com, along with being named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.
During his senior season, Vigil led Utah State in tackles (156), tackles for loss (20.5), sacks (9.0) and QB hurries (6). He also had four pass breakups and one interception. He also ranked second in the Mountain West and seventh in the nation in tackles (11.1 pg), second in the MW and 13th in the nation in tackles for loss (1.46 pg), and tied for third in the MW and tied for 39th in the nation in sacks (0.64 pg).
Vigil ends his career a part of the winningest senior class in Utah State history with 37 victories, as well as a member of the group of Aggies who have participated in four-straight bowl games and won three-straight bowl games, both of which are school records.
Utah State (10-4, 6-2 MW) concluded its 2014 season with a 21-6 win against UTEP in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl as it won six of its final seven games. Overall, it was USU’s third-straight bowl win in its fourth-straight bowl game, both of which are school records. USU’s 10 wins are also the second-most in school history behind the 2012 team that finished 11-2.
Utah State ended the year ranking 32nd nationally in the final Associated Press poll with 11 votes, marking the third time in as many years that USU has concluded the season ranked among the top teams in the nation as the 2012 team was ranked 16th in the final AP poll, 17th in the final coaches’ poll and 22nd in the final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings, while the 2013 team was tied for 37th nationally after receiving two votes in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ polls.
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