Sept. 5, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 5, 2011
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Sat., Sept. 10 --- WEBER STATE, 6 p.m.
Utah State's football team (0-1) will open its home season on Saturday, Sept. 10 against Weber State (0-1) at 6 p.m. USU is 11-1 all-time against the Wildcats with its last meeting during the 2001 season.
L, 38-42 --- at #19 Auburn
Utah State had the defending national champions, No. 23/19 Auburn, on the ropes Saturday afternoon, taking a 38-28 lead with 3:38 left, but the Aggies' upset bid came up short with a 42-38 loss on a hot and humid Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton was 21-of-30 passing for 213 yards and added two rushing TD's as part of 33 rushing yards in his Aggie debut. Junior running back Robert Turbin rushed for 70 yards on 22 carries with two TD's while junior running back Kerwynn Williams had 69 yards on the ground, including a 43-yard TD run to open USU's scoring. Junior wide receiver Matt Austin had six catches for 67 yards, both career-highs. Senior wide receiver Stanley Morrison also returned to action after missing the 2010 season with an injury, and had two catches, extending his career streak with at least one catch to 25-straight games, and also threw an 8-yard pass on a fake field goal to set up USU's final TD. Senior linebacker Bobby Wagner led the USU defensive unit with 10 tackles, including two for loss with one being a sack. Fellow senior linebacker Kyle Gallagher notched seven stops and junior safety McKade Brady logged six tackles. USU had 227 yards rushing and 221 passing yards for 448 yards of total offense. The Aggie defense held Auburn to just 78 rushing yards, while the Tigers threw for 286 yards, finishing with 364 total offensive yards.
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861
Sat., Sept. 17 --- 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. 17 when it travels to Bozeman, Mont., to compete in the Montana State Invitational.
M: 2/3; W: 4/4 --- UTAH STATE OPEN
Senior Brian McKenna was Utah State's highest finisher, placing fifth (21:06.7), at the Utah State Cross Country Open to lead the Aggie men to a second-place finish Saturday at the American West Heritage Center south of Logan. The Aggie women, who were led by sophomore Hannah Williams in 11th-place (18:05.8), placed fourth overall in the season opening meet for both teams. The women ran a 5k race, while the men ran a 7k race. Joining McKenna in the men's top 10 for the Aggies were sophomore Kyle McKenna in sixth (21:06.9) and senior Daniel Howell in seventh (21:09.1). Junior Stephanie Burt joined Williams in the women's top 15 with a 15th-place finish in a time of 18:12.3.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Thur., Sept. 8 --- RICE, 4 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 11 --- IDAHO STATE, 1 p.m.
Utah State's soccer team (6-0-0) will play a pair of home matches this week as it hosts Rice (4-1-0) on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 4 p.m., and Idaho State (3-3-0) on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. USU's match against the Owls will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams, while USU is 5-5-1 all-time against the Bengals.
W, 1-0 --- UTAH
W, 1-0 (2OT) --- CAL STATE FULLERTON
Utah State won both of its home matches last week as it defeated Utah (1-0) and Cal State Fullerton (1-0, 2OT). The only goal of the match against the Utes was scored in the 85th minute by sophomore forward Mari Miyashiro, while senior goalkeeper Molli Merrill fought off seven Utah shots, making six saves. Against the Titans, sophomore midfielder Kendra Pemberton scored in double-overtime from 23 yards out and Merrill had a season-best eight saves in the win.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Tues., Sept. 6 --- at Weber State, 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 9 --- vs. Oregon State, Long Beach, Calif., 6 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 10 --- at Long Beach State, 12 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 10 --- vs. SMU, Long Beach, Calif., 6 p.m.
Utah State's volleyball team (3-3) will compete in four matches this week as it plays at Weber State (0-5) on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m., and then travels to Long Beach, Calif., to compete in the Long Beach State Baden Classic over the weekend. During the tournament, USU will face Oregon State (3-2) on Friday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. (MT), and then play host Long Beach State (2-3) and SMU (3-3) on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. (MT), respectively.
L, 2-3 --- IDAHO STATE
W, 3-1 --- SYRACUSE
W, 3-2 --- TEXAS STATE
Utah State went 2-1 last week to win its own Utah State Invitational as it lost to Idaho State (3-2) and defeated Syracuse (3-1) and Texas State (3-2). Against the Bengals, junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen tied her career-high with 16 kills and had a career-high eight blocks, while senior outside hitter Liz McArthur had 11 kills and 11 digs, and junior outside hitter Josselyn White had 11 kills and 13 digs. Junior libero Laurel Bodily also had a career-high in the match with 26 digs. USU hit .188 (51-22-154) in the match and ISU hit .117 (63-40-196). Against the Orange, McArthur finished with 13 kills and 11 digs, while White had 12 kills and a career-high 15 digs. USU hit .076 (40-27-170) in the match and SU hit .059 (48-37-186). Against the Bobcats, White notched a career-high 20 kills and tied her career-high with seven blocks, while McArthur added 17 kills and Bodily finished with 21 digs. USU hit a season-best .265 (56-20-136) in the match and TSU hit .183 (61-30-169). White was named the MVP of the tournament, while McArthur and Sorensen were both named to the all-tournament team.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., Sept. 5-6 --- at Battle in the Tetons, Victor, ID, All Day
Utah State's men's golf team will begin its 2011 fall season on Monday, Sept. 5 at the inaugural 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. Nine teams are scheduled to compete in this week's tournament, including Army, Hartford, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State, Southern Utah, Utah State, Utah Valley, Wyoming and host Weber State. Scheduled to compete for the Aggies are seniors Austin French (Idaho Falls, Idaho) and Chanse Godderidge (Smithfield, Utah), junior Brendan Dennis (Roosevelt, Utah), sophomore Tanner Higham (Shelley, Idaho) and freshman Brennan Coburn (Layton, Utah). Freshman Tanner Jensen (Parker, Colo.) will also compete for USU as an individual. Dennis played 25 rounds for Utah State last season and finished with a stroke average of 75.72, while Godderidge played 27 rounds and had a stroke average of 75.85. French also played 27 rounds a year ago for USU and had a stroke average of 78.26. Higham played 25 rounds during the 2009-10 season as a freshman and finished the year with a stroke average of 74.80.
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