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Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's fall sports continue this week with football, soccer, volleyball and tennis all in action.
Utah State's fall sports continue this week with football, soccer, volleyball and tennis all in action.

Sept. 17, 2012

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 17, 2012

FOOTBALL
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Sat., Sept. 22 --- at Colorado State, 5 p.m. (KTVD)
• Utah State football (2-1) will continue its 2012 season with its second road game in as many weeks as it plays at Colorado State (1-2) on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised live regionally on KTVD Ch. 20 in Colorado. USU is 30-36-2 all-time against the Rams, including a 13-17-1 road record.

Last Week
L, 14-16 --- at #22 Wisconsin
• Just like in two of its three games this season and 12 of its last 16 games dating back to last year, Utah State football found itself in a one-score game, but came up short as the Aggies lost 16-14 at No. 22 Wisconsin Saturday. Utah State had its seven-game regular-season win streak halted with the loss after a 37-yard field goal missed wide right by junior placekicker Josh Thompson with six seconds left. The Aggie defense limited Wisconsin to 234 total yards (156-rushing, 78-passing) and the USU offense totaled 308 yards, with sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton completing 18-of-34 passes for 181 yards, while rushing for 75 yards on 15 carries, part of USU's 127 total yards on the ground. Senior running back Kerwynn Williams had a career-night receiving with six catches for 78 yards with one touchdown, all career-highs. Senior wide receiver Chuck Jacobs matched Williams with a career-high six receptions for 41 yards. Fellow senior wide receiver Cameron Webb added a career-best three receptions for a career-high 41 yards with 36 coming on an amazing catch down the sideline to set the Aggies up with a 1st-and-10 at the UW 15 on its last drive of the game. Sophomore safety Brian Suite led the Aggie defense with a career-high 13 tackles, while senior safety McKade Brady added eight stops and junior linebacker Zach Vigil tallied seven stops, including two tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble.

SOCCER
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Thur., Sept. 20 --- #17 BRIGHAM YOUNG, 4 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 23 --- WYOMING, 1 p.m.
• Utah State women's soccer (5-1-3) will continue its 2012 season this week with a pair of home matches against No. 17 Brigham Young (8-1) on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m., and against Wyoming (7-3) on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. USU is 0-9-0 all-time against the Cougars and 2-3-1 all-time against the Cowgirls.

Last Week
T, 1-1 2OT --- #23 WASHINGTON
• Utah State posted a 1-1 double-overtime tie in its only match last week as it hosted No. 23 Washington. USU took the lead in the 58th minute as junior forward Jennifer Flynn scored. Washington then tied the match in the 84th minute on a penalty kick. USU finished the match with three saves and UW had nine.

VOLLEYBALL
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Thur., Sept. 20 --- SEATTLE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 22 --- IDAHO, 7 p.m.
• Utah State volleyball (7-4, 2-0) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week as it hosts Seattle (6-6, 1-1) on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., and Idaho (3-9, 1-1) on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. USU is 1-0 all-time against the Redhawks and 17-20 all-time against the Vandals.

Last Week
W, 3-1 --- at UTSA
W, 3-0 --- at Texas State
• Utah State began Western Athletic Conference play with a pair of road wins as it defeated UTSA (3-1) and Texas State (3-0) last weekend. Against the Roadrunners, sophomore outside hitter Rachel Orr had a career-high 18 kills, senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen had 15 kills and 11 digs, and senior outside hitter Josselyn White had 10 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore libero Ashlan Rogers tied her career-high with 27 digs, and redshirt freshman middle blocker Elle Brainard had seven blocks. USU finished the match hitting .177 (53-25-158) and UTSA hit .108 (47-29-166). Against the Bobcats, Sorensen had another double-double with 15 kills and 12 digs, while Orr and White each had nine kills. Brainard added eight kills and eight block assists, and hit .389 (8-1-18). USU finished the match hitting .286 (45-11-119) and TSU hit .154 (48-27-136).

CROSS COUNTRY
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

Next Competition
Sat., Sept. 29 --- at Minnesota Invitational, 9 a.m.
• Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams return to action on Saturday, Sept. 29 when it travels to Minneapolis, Minn., to compete in the 27th annual Roy Griak Invitational.

Last Week
W: 3/10; M: 4/9 --- at Montana State Invitational
• For the second-straight week, junior Kyle McKenna and senior Alex Litzsinger crossed the finish line as top finishers for Utah State. McKenna placed second overall in the Montana State hosted Bozeman Running Company Invitational men's five-mile run with a time of 24:51 at the Bridger Creek Golf Course, while Litzsinger also finished second-place overall in the women's three-mile run with a time of 17:19. As a team, the USU women tied for third-place with Wyoming with 75 points, while the Aggie men garnered fourth-place with 74 points. Host Montana State won the women's team title, while the Weber State men won top honors. Aggie freshman Tylee Newman ran her best race as a collegiate runner, collecting fourth-place with a time of 17:34, while fellow freshman Jacqueline Winterton rounded out the Utah State women's top-20 finishes by clocking in at 18:15, which was good enough for 19th-place. Senior Aaron Clements, sophomore Eric Shellhorn and freshman Tyler Roberts joined McKenna in the men's top-20 placing 17th, 18th and 19th with times of 26:08, 26:10 and 26:11, respectively.

MEN'S GOLF
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

Next Week
Mon.-Tues., Sept. 24-25 --- at Boise State Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's men's golf team will continue its fall schedule next week as it travels to Boise, Idaho to compete in the Boise State Invitational.

Last Week
8/16 --- at U.S. Air Force Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational
• For the second tournament in a row, junior Tanner Higham recorded his best-ever collegiate finish after shooting a 6-under 210 to place second at the U.S. Air Force Academy hosted Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational. Utah State finished the invitational in eighth-place in the 16-team field with a 19-over 883 following rounds of 299, 297 and 287. USU began the final round tied for 11th, but climbed to eighth following the third-best team outing of the day. Colorado finished first with a 12-under 852 (281-286-285), while the Buffaloes' Jason Burstyn led the individual finishers, shooting a 9-under 207 (68-71-68). Higham shot 2-under 70 in all three rounds to record Utah State's best individual finish since 2007 when then sophomore Devin Daniels placed second at the Western Athletic Conference Championship. Higham's 6-under 210 (70-70-70) is USU's best 54-hole score since Daniels carded an 8-under 208 (71-68-69) to place third at the CS Northridge hosted Bill Cullum Invitational during the 2008-09 season. Other Utah State finishers at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational include freshman Reed Platke who finished tied for 31st at 5-over 221 (74-75-72), freshman Seokwon Jeon who ended the tournament tied for 49th with a 9-over 225 (79-73-73), senior Kris Sayer who finished tied for 55th with an 11-over 227 (76-79-72), and freshman Will Higham who concluded play in 84th-place with a 27-over 243 (81-82-80).

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340

This Week
Thur.-Sat., Sept. 20-22 --- at Weber State Open, All Day
• Utah State's men's tennis will begin its fall season on Thursday, Sept. 22 when it travels to Ogden to compete in the Weber State Invitational. The tournament will conclude on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Aggies return just one senior in Sven Poslusny who earned second-team all-WAC honors last season. Other returners for USU include juniors Brandon Nielsen, Fredrik Peterson and Andrew Whiting, and sophomores Tanner Dance, Matt Sweet and Curran Wearmouth.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340

This Week
Wed.-Sat., Sept. 19-22 --- at Brigham Young Open, All Day
• Utah State women's tennis will begin its fall season by traveling to Provo to compete in the BYU Invitational. Action will get underway Wednesday, Sept. 19 and will conclude Saturday, Sept. 22. The Aggies return four seniors in Jaci West, Julie Tukuafu, Mersadi Wilkins and Krisitina Voystekhovich, as well as sophomore all-WAC honoree McKenzie Davis.

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