WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Sept. 13 --- WAKE FOREST, 5 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Utah State's football team (1-1) will continue its 2014 season as it hosts Wake Forest (1-1) on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised live by CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221). It is the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
W, 40-20 --- IDAHO STATE
Utah State scored 27-straight points spanning the second and third quarter to pull away from a 6-6 tie and open up a 33-6 lead en route to a 40-20 home win against Idaho State last weekend. USU finished with 427 yards of total offense (rushing - 311, passing - 116) and ISU had 408 yards of total offense (passing - 307 through, rushing - 101).Senior QB Chuckie Keeton threw for 116 yards on 13-of-30 passing, while rushing for a team-high 74 yards on eight carries with a 10-yard scoring scamper. Junior RB Rashad Hall rushed for a career-best 69 yards on 11 carries with a 5-yard touchdown run, and senior RB Joe Hill also ran for 69 yards on 15 carries with a 1-yard score. Sophomore WR JoJo Natson led Utah State's receiving corps with 59 yards on six catches, adding a 29-yard rush that would have been a touchdown but was called back due to a penalty. Natson did find the end zone on a 52-yard punt return. USU's defense was led by sophomore S Devin Centers and junior LB LT Filiaga with 10 tackles apiece, with Centers posting one sack, while Filiaga was in on half of a tackle for loss. Freshman CB Jalen Davis snared two interceptions, including returning one 44 yards for a touchdown. Senior FS Brian Suite also added an interception.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Fri., Sept. 12 --- at Sam Houston State, 5:30 p.m. (MT)
Sun., Sept. 14 --- at Houston, 12 p.m. (MT)
Utah State's soccer team (2-2-0) will continue its 2014 season this weekend with a pair of road matches at Sam Houston State (1-4-0) on Friday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. (MT) and at Houston (1-3-2) on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 12 p.m. (MT). USU will be playing both programs for the first time ever this weekend.
W, 4-2 --- IDAHO STATE
Four different Aggies scored as Utah State doubled up border-foe Idaho State, 4-2, at home last weekend. USU wasted no time getting on the board, taking the 1-0 lead in the 13th minute as sophomore midfielder Jayne Robison knocked in her first goal of the season. Sophomore forward Jessica Brooksby scored her third goal in the last two matches in the 17th minute to give USU a 2-0 lead, and senior midfielder Lexie Morgan scored the eventual game winning goal in the 33rd minute. USU out-shot Idaho State, 13-4, in the first half with junior goalkeeper Jeannie Woller making three saves. Following an ISU goal to make the score, 3-1, sophomore forward Katie Flynn scored her first goal as an Aggie in the 78th minute for a 4-1 lead. For the match, USU out-shot ISU, 23-13, as Woller concluded the match with six saves.
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
at Hawai'i Outrigger Challenge
Thur., Sept. 11 --- at No. 20 Hawai'i, 11:30 p.m. (MT)
Fri., Sept. 12 --- vs. San Francisco, 9 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Sept. 13 --- vs. UCLA, 6 p.m. (MT)
Utah State's volleyball team (3-3) will travel to Honolulu this weekend to compete in the Hawai'i Outrigger Challenge. USU will begin the tournament against host Hawai'i (4-2) on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 11:30 p.m. (MT). USU will then face San Francisco (5-1) on Friday, Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. (MT) and conclude the tournament against UCLA (3-2) on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. (MT). USU is 9-42 all-time against the Rainbow Wahine, 0-2 against the Dons and 4-6 all-time against the Bruins.
at UC Irvine Invitational
L, 2-3 --- vs. Pepperdine
W, 3-1 --- vs. Idaho
W, 3-2 --- at UC Irvine
Utah State posted a 2-1 record last weekend to win the UC Irvine Invitational as it lost to Pepperdine (3-2), and defeated Idaho (3-1) and the host Anteaters (3-2). Against the Wave, senior OH Rachel Orr had 20 kills and 17 digs, while senior MB Kaitlyn VanHoff added 12 kills and six blocks. USU hit .208 (52-21-149) and PU hit .194 (61-28-170). Against the Vandals, Orr had 17 kills and 12 digs, while VanHoff added 12 kills and five blocks, and senior OH Jamaica Alisa had a career-high 10 kills. USU hit .257 (52-15-144) and UI hit .175 (52-27-143). Against the Anteaters, Orr had a career-high 21 kills, VanHoff had 13 kills and seven blocks, and sophomore OH Kaylie Kamalu added a career-high 11 kills. USU hit .271 (66-21-166) and UCI hit .203 (65-28-182). Overall, Orr was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and VanHofff was named to the all-tournament team.
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Thur.-Sat., Sept. 18-20 --- at BYU Fall Invitational, All Day
Utah State's women's tennis team will continue its 2014 fall season next week at the BYU Fall Invitational, which begins on Thursday, Sept. 18 and runs through Saturday, Sept. 20.
NTS --- at Colorado State Invitational
Utah State kicked off its 2014-15 campaign at the Colorado State Invitational last weekend against student-athletes from Colorado State, Northern Colorado and Weber State. Competing for USU were freshmen Sabrina Demerath, Erin Freeman, Meghan Lyall and Maggie O'Meara. Freeman posted a perfect 4-0 record in singles play, while going 2-2 in doubles competition with Lyall. Lyall compiled a 1-3 singles record, while Demerath ended the weekend with a 2-2 record in singles play and a 3-1 record in doubles action with O'Meara, who recorded a 1-3 ledger in singles play.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., Sept. 29-30 --- at Colorado Invitational, All Day
Utah State's men's golf team will continue its 2014 fall season on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 29-30 when it competes in the Colorado Invitational.
1st/6 --- at Weber State Invitational, Victor, Idaho
9th/16 --- at Air Force Invitational
Utah State shot a final round 1-under 287 to finish with a 7-under 857 (294-276-287) to win the Weber State hosted Battle in the Tetons held in Victor, Idaho. Overall, it is Utah State's first tournament win since Oct. 17, 2009 when it won the Utah Collegiate Shootout held in St. George, Utah. USU posted a seven-shot win over second-place Utah Valley who finished with an even par 864 (295-293-276). The Aggies sat in fourth-place in the six team field following its first round 6-over 294, before shooting the team low round of the tournament Monday afternoon with its 12-under 276. Individually, USU sophomore Tanner Jenson finished the tournament in second-place with a 6-under 210 (74-64-72) for his best-ever collegiate finish. Jenson, who shot a course-record and collegiate low 8-under 64 during his second round, was just one shot away from tying for medalist honors as Southern Utah's Fidel Concepcion carded a 7-under 209 (66-71-72). Both Jenson and Concepcion had even par rounds of 72 on Tuesday. Junior Seokwon Jeon also finished in the top five for USU as he shot a final round 4-under 68 to finish fourth overall with a 4-under 212 (72-72-68). Other Aggie finishers included sophomore McCoy Willey who finished seventh with a 1-under 215 (74-69-72), while senior Grahm Schmaltz placed 23rd with a 7-over 223 (74-71-78) and sophomore Eli Rogers finished tied for 28th with a 12-over 228 (77-76-75).
Utah State finished ninth in the 16-team Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy, over the weekend with an 18-over 882 (293-288-301). Jenson shot an even-par 72 during his final round to finish tied for seventh with a 4-under 212 (70-70-72). For Jenson, it is his second-straight top-seven finish after he finished second at the Weber State hosted Battle in the Tetons earlier in the week. Schmaltz finished tied for 32nd with a 4-over 220 (73-68-79), while Jeon tied for 58th at 10-over 226 (75-76-75). Senior Zach Waxler finished 61st, shooting an 11-over 227 (75-77-75) and Willey finished tied for 62nd at a 12-over 228 (75-74-79).
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Sat., Sept. 20 --- at Montana State Invitational, 9 a.m.
Utah State's men and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 20 when it travels to Bozeman, Mont., to compete in the Montana State Invitational.
M: 2/4; W: 3/4 --- AGGIE INVITATIONAL
Senior Eric Shellhorn led the way for the Utah State cross country teams as he crossed the finish line in 20:55.34, good for third at the Aggie Invitational held on Aug. 30. Sophomore Tori Parkinson was the top finisher for the women at the Aggie Invitational for the second-consecutive year, placing ninth with a time of 19:50.86. In the team standings, the Aggie men finished in second-place behind Wyoming, while the Utah State women garnered the third spot behind Wyoming and Utah Valley, respectively. Sophomore Colby Wilson finished closest to Shellhorn in the men's four-mile race, snagging fifth-place with a time of 21:11.97. The third-fastest Aggie in the men's race was junior Tom Derr, who placed 10th with a time of 21:36.88. Three-straight Aggie's finished 15th, 16th and 17th, as senior Mike Bills (21:52.39), freshman Justin Sheets (22:00.80) and junior Kade Jensen (22:11.58) crossed the finish line in respective order to round out the top-20 for the Utah State men. In the women's five-kilometer race, freshman Kelsey Yamauchi finished right behind Parkinson in 10th, crossing the finish line in 19:52.32. Fellow freshman Hannah Malone was close behind, recording a time of 20:01.48 to take 12th. Also placing in the top-20 for Utah State was junior Amanda Stoudt (20:18.61), sophomore Elizabeth Winters (20:21.74) and junior Karlee Deeter (20:27.11), garnering the 18th, 19th and 20th spots.
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