Sept. 2, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2, 2012
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Fri., Sept. 7 --- UTAH, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Utah State's football team (1-0) will continue its 2012 season at home against Utah (1-0) on Friday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. (MT). USU trails in the all-time series, 77-28-4, and the Aggies are 11-25-0 at home all-time against the Utes. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
W, 34-3 --- SOUTHERN UTAH
Utah State used a pair a 90+ yard scoring drives on its first three possessions to jump out to a 21-0 lead and cruised to a 34-3 home win against Southern Utah Thursday night. Sophomore running back Joe Hill ran for a career-best 116 yards and three touchdowns as USU won its sixth-straight regular-season game. The Aggies amassed 569 yards of total offense, the 13th-most in school history and the most since last season when USU put up 635 yards on Weber State in its home-opener. The Aggies totaled 265 total rushing yards, as senior running back Kerwynn Williams added 15 carries for 63 yards. Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton was 22-of-25 passing for 304 yards, with two touchdowns, one to senior wide receiver Chuck Jacobs for 48-yards to cap USU's opening scoring drive that ate up 97 yards. Keeton added a 35-yard touchdown toss to senior wide receiver Matt Austin on the Aggies' next possession after a 30-yard punt return by Jacobs gave USU the ball at the SUU 45. Keeton's 22 completions and 304 passing yards were both career-highs. On the Aggies' third possession, Hill dashed in from 27-yards out, capping a 98-yard drive for a 21-0 USU lead with 1:01 on the first quarter clock. Austin led USU with five catches for a career-high 119 yards and the one touchdown, while Jacobs tallied four receptions for 64 yards with another score. The Aggie defense held its opposition to single-digits for the first time since a 24-9 win against San Jose State on Nov. 7, 2009, and the fewest under head coach Gary Andersen. Senior safety McKade Brady, senior cornerback Terrence Alston and junior linebacker Zach Vigil all posted five tackles. Overall, the 209 yards of total offense allowed by USU was its fewest since New Mexico State had just 156 total yards during the 2008 season.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Fri., Sept. 7 --- at Eastern Washington, 7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 9 --- at Portland State, 2 p.m.
Utah State women's soccer (4-1-1) will continue its 2012 season on the road this weekend as it plays at Eastern Washington (0-3-1) on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m., followed by a match at Portland State (0-4-0) on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. USU is 2-3 all-time against EWU and 1-1-2 all-time against PSU.
L, 0-1 --- NORTHERN COLORADO
W, 2-1 OT --- at Utah Valley
Utah State posted a 1-1 record last week as it lost at home to Northern Colorado (1-0) and then defeated Utah Valley on the road in overtime. Against UVU, junior midfielder Kendra Pemberton had an assist and the game-winning goal in overtime. USU's first goal of the match came in the 28th minute from sophomore forward Jade Tarver. Senior goalkeeper Ashlyn Mulford had three saves against UVU.
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Fri., Sept. 7 --- vs. St. Mary's, 4 p.m., Manhattan, Kan.
Sat., Sept. 8 --- at Kansas State, 6 p.m.
Utah State's volleyball team (5-2) will continue its 2012 season this week with its final preseason tournament of the year as it travels to Manhattan, Kan., to compete in the Kansas State Invitational. USU will begin the tournament against St. Mary's (4-2) on Friday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. (MT), and then play host Kansas State (6-0) on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. (MT). USU is 0-5-1 all-time against the Gaels and 0-4-0 all-time against the Wildcats.
W, 3-2 --- vs. Montana, San Diego, Calif.
W, 3-1 --- vs. Sacred Heart, San Diego, Calif.
L, 1-3 --- at San Diego State
Utah State finished in second-place at the San Diego State hosted Aztec Challenge last weekend as it defeated Montana (3-2) and Sacred Heart (3-1), and lost to host SDSU (3-1). Overall, USU had two players named to the all-tournament team in redshirt freshman middle blocker Elle Brainard and sophomore outside hitter Rachel Orr. Against the Grizzlies, senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen had 17 kills and a career-high 16 digs, while Orr also had 17 kills, a career-high. Senior outside hitter Josselyn White added 10 kills and Brainard finished with eight kills, six blocks and a .471 (8-0-17) hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Paige Neves added a career-best 58 assists. As a team, USU hit .292 (68-23-154) and UM hit .205 (54-24-146). Against SHU, freshman outside hitter Candace Richins had a career-high 13 kills and Orr added 12 more, while sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff had career-highs with nine kills and 12 total blocks. Brainard hit .615 (8-0-13) in the match with eight kills and eight block assists, while sophomore libero Ashlan Rogers notched 21 digs. USU hit .241 (51-18-137) in the match and SHU hit .124 (53-34-153). Against the Aztecs,Orr, Richins and Sorensen all posted 12 kills, while Brainard added seven kills and five block assists. USU hit .212 (47-19-132) in the match and SDSU hit .295 (66-22-149).
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861
Sat., Sept. 15 --- at Montana State Invitational, 9 a.m.
Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 15 when it travels to Bozeman, Mont., to compete in the Montana State Invitational.
W: 3/4; M: 4/4 --- AGGIE INVITATIONAL
Utah State men's cross country junior Kyle McKenna placed third overall (18:49.73), while USU women's senior Alex Litzsinger finished fifth (17:58.79) at the Aggie Invitational held at the Innovation Campus Wellness Park Saturday. The men ran a four-mile race, while the women ran a five-kilometer race. As a team, the USU women placed third (81) and the men finished the day in fourth-place (99). Litzsinger was joined in the top 25 by freshmen Tylee Newman and Jacqueline Winterton who crossed the finish line in 10th (18:10.68) and 18th-place (18:40.52), respectively. Freshman Tyler Roberts placed 25th overall (19:50.84) on the men's side to round out the Aggie top-25 finishes.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., Sept. 3-4 --- at Weber State Invitational, All Day
Utah State's men's golf team will begin its 2012 fall season on Monday, Sept. 3 at the second-annual Battle in the Tetons hosted by Weber State University. The two-day, 54-hole tournament, will be held at the Headwaters Golf Club at Teton Springs Resort in Victor, Idaho. The tournament, which gets underway at 8 a.m. Monday morning, will play at par-72 over the 7,373-yard layout. Teams will play two rounds Monday and the final round Tuesday. Scheduled to compete for the Aggies is senior Brendan Dennis, juniors Tanner Higham and Zach Waxler, and freshmen Seokwon Jeon and Reed Platke. Higham played 23 rounds for Utah State last season and finished with a stroke average of 74.83, while Dennis played 17 rounds and had a stroke average of 77.82. At last year's inaugural Battle in the Tetons, Utah State finished tied for eighth with a 39-over 903 (308-297-298), while Dennis tied for 30th with an 11-over 227 (79-72-76) and Higham tied for 36th with a 14-over 230 (76-76-78).
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