Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's fall sports continue this week with football, men's golf, soccer, volleyball and men's and women's cross country all in action.

Sep 9, 2013

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - September 9, 2013

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Sat., Sept. 14 --- WEBER STATE, 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
• Utah State's football team (1-1, 1-0 MW) will continue its 2013 season this weekend as it hosts Weber State (1-1) in its annual Homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. (MT). USU is 12-1 all-time against the Wildcats. The game will be available nationally on ESPN3.

Last Week
W, 52-20 --- at Air Force
• Paced by a career day from junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton, Utah State flew past Air Force, 52-20, last weekend in the Aggies' Mountain West debut. Keeton tied his own school record with five touchdown passes, as well as posting a new career-high with 32 completions on a 32-of-40 passing effort for 360 yards, getting intercepted once. The junior signal-caller also rushed for 77 yards on eight carries, going over 1,000 yards for his career, becoming the 25th player in school history and the second quarterback to do so, joining Diondre Borel. Overall, Keeton had 437 yards of total offense on the day. The quarterbacks efforts led USU's offense that amassed 577 total yards, with 360 through the air and 217 on the ground. Senior wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen led 10 different Aggie players with a reception, snaring a career-high six catches for 70 yards with one touchdown. Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Swindall had a career-best five receptions for a career-high 63 receiving yards. The five touchdown catches were all caught by different receivers, including two with their first career touchdowns in junior wide receiver Ronald Butler and junior tight end Keegan Andersen. The Aggies were 11-of-15 on third-down conversions, punting just twice in the game, while the USU defense held the Falcons to 2-of-15 on third-downs, forcing six punts. Senior linebacker Jake Doughty spearheaded an Aggie defense that limited Air Force to 270 yards of total offense, posting 11 stops on the game. Junior linebacker Zach Vigil tallied nine tackles, including 1.5 for a loss and forced a fumble on the Falcons' first play from scrimmage that sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell recovered.

Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Fri., Sept. 13 --- ARKANSAS, 4 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 15 --- at Cal State Fullerton, 2 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State's soccer team (4-0-1) continues its 2013 season with a pair of matches this week as it hosts Arkansas (6-0) on Friday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m., and plays at Cal State Fullerton (2-2-1) on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. (MT). USU has never faced the Razorbacks and is 4-6-0 all-time against the Titans.

Last Week
T, 2-2 (2OT) --- NEBRASKA
W, 3-2 --- at Idaho State
• Utah State posted a 1-0-1 record last week with a 2-2 double-overtime tie at home against Nebraska and a 3-2 win at Idaho State. Against the Huskers, junior forward Lauren Roundy scored in the 56th minute and junior midfielder Lexie Morgan scored in the 63rd minute. Against the Bengals, senior forward Jennifer Flynn scored in the 61st minute, senior midfielder Shay Haddow scored in the 65th minute, and junior defender Taryn Rose scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the 88th minute.

Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Tues., Sept. 10 --- at Weber State, 7 p.m.
Fri.-Sat., Sept. 13-14 --- at Duke Invitational
Fri., Sept. 13 --- vs. South Carolina, 8 a.m. (MT)
Fri., Sept. 13 --- at Duke, 5 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Sept. 14 --- vs. Liberty, 9:30 a.m. (MT)
• Utah State's volleyball team (4-2) will continue its 2013 season with four matches this week as it plays at Weber State (3-5) on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m., before traveling to Durham, N.C. to compete in the Duke Invitational during the weekend. USU will start the tournament by playing South Carolina (3-3) and host Duke (4-2) on Friday, Sept. 13 at 8 a.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (MT), before concluding the tournament on Saturday, Sept. 7 against Liberty (1-6) at 9:30 a.m. (MT). USU will be playing each of the three schools for the first time ever.

Last Week
at Portland Invitational
L, 2-3 --- vs. Wichita State
W, 3-2 --- vs. Pacific
W, 3-1 --- at Portland
• Utah State posted a 2-1 record at the Portland Invitational last weekend with a five-set loss to Wichita State, followed by a five-set win against Pacific and a four-set win against the host Pilots. Against the Shockers, junior outside hitter Rachel Orr had 19 kills and 11 digs, while sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard had a career-high 15 kills and senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani had 13 kills. USU hit .219 (60-26-155) in the match and WSU hit .322 (65-18-146). Against the Tigers, Orr had a career-high 20 kills, while Etimani had 13 kills and Brainard added 11. USU hit .232 (51-18-142) in the match and UOP hit .281 (68-25-153). Against the Pilots, Orr had 18 kills and 13 digs, while junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court had a match-high 18 digs. USU hit .200 (45-17-140) in the match and UP hit .124 (53-33-161). Orr and junior setter Paige Neves were both named to the all-tournament team.

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Sun.-Mon., Sept. 8-9 --- at Air Force Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's men's golf team will continue its 2013 fall season this week as it competes in the 45th annual U.S. Air Force Academy hosted Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 8-9.

Last Week
4th/8 --- at Battle In The Tetons, Victor, Idaho
• Utah State finished fourth out of eight teams at the Weber State hosted Battle In The Tetons with a 16-over 880 (310-286-284). Junior Tanner Higham finished tied for sixth-place with an even par 216 (75-73-68) for his sixth career top 10 finish. Sophomore Seokwon Jeon finished tied for 10th with a 1-over 217 (75-70-72), which is his career-low 54-hole score and career-best finish. Freshman Eli Rogers finished the tournament tied for 22nd at 7-over 223 (82-70-71). Sophomore Reed Platke tied for 42nd at 20-over 236 (78-81-77), and junior Grahm Schmaltz also tied for 42nd-place at 20-over 236 (90-73-73).

Contact: Mitch Praxl - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Fri., Sept. 13 --- at Utah Valley Invitational, 11 am
• Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will continue its 2013 season on Friday, Sept. 13 when it competes in the Utah Valley Invitational at 11 a.m.

Last Competition
• Utah State men's cross country senior Kyle McKenna (20:52.17) and women's freshman Tori Parkinson (19:33.71) each took the title in their respective races at the Aggie Invitational, ran at the Innovation Campus Wellness Park last weekend. The men ran a four-mile race, while the women's course consisted of five-kilometers. Utah State won both the men and women's team titles at USU's newly redesigned home course with 24 and 25 points, respectively. Utah Valley's Jason Lynch finished second after leading the way for the majority of the men's race before being passed by McKenna at the finish, with Aggie junior Eric Shellhorn (21:04.82) rounding out the top three. In the women's race, Parkinson was followed by UVU's Bridget Hazel (19:37.80) and Ivie Gonsalves (19:38.04), respectively. Several other USU men finished in the top-10 for the Aggies, including fifth-place finisher sophomore Kade Jensen (21:19.42) as well as freshman Colby Wilson (21:24.16) and junior Jacob Barton (21:27.47), who finished eighth and ninth, respectively. On the women's side, Utah State took the fourth through sixth spots with senior Alex Litzsinger (19:40.97), junior Ashley Robison (19:41.30) and sophomore Jacqueline Winterton (19:50.50). Freshman Cierra Simmons (19:57.03) rounded out the top-10 for the Aggies with a ninth-place finish.

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