Sept. 19, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Sat., Sept. 24 --- COLORADO STATE, 6 p.m. (KCSG-TV)
Utah State's football team (1-1) will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 24 when it hosts Colorado State (2-1) in its annual Homecoming game at 6 p.m. The contest will be regionally televised live on KCSG-TV (Comcast Ch. 116). USU is 30-34-2 all-time against the Rams, but playing its first game against CSU since the 1997 season.
W, 54-17 --- WEBER STATE
Junior running back Robert Turbin rushed for a season-high 180 yards on 18 carries becoming the eighth Aggie to rush for 2,000 career yards and Utah State rolled up 635 yards of total offense as the Aggies scored the final 44 points in a 54-17 blowout win against Weber State in USU's home opener Saturday. I n all, Utah State scored on six-straight possessions in the second and third quarters, including four-straight TD's in posting its largest margin of victory under third-year head coach Gary Andersen. The 54 points scored by USU are its most since defeating Weber State, 56-43, on Nov. 17, 2001, the last meeting between the two teams. USU's 635 total yards rank as the sixth-most in school history and the most since racking up a school-record 684 yards against the Wildcats in 2001. The Aggies also grounded out 440 rushing yards in the game to rank as the fourth-most in school history and the most since running for 467 yards against Denver during the 1960 campaign. Freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton finished the game completing 10-of-15 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns, for his first TD passes of his Aggie career. The freshman added 53 rushing yards on nine carries and another TD. Senior linebackers Bobby Wagner and Kyle Gallagher each had 10 tackles to lead Utah State's defense, while junior defensive tackle Al Lapuaho finished with one sack and six total stops. Overall, Wagner now has 319 career tackles to rank 10th all-time in the history of the Western Athletic Conference and is just eight tackles shy of entering USU's top 10 for career stops.
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861
Fri., Sept. 30 --- at Notre Dame Invitational, 12 p.m.
Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Friday, Sept. 30 when it travels to South Bend, Ind., to compete in the Notre Dame Invitational.
M: 2/5; W: 2/5 --- at Montana State Invitational
Senior Brian McKenna took first-place at the Bozeman Running Company Montana State Cross Country Invitational with a time of 24:27.00 in the seven-kilometer race, leading the Utah State men to a second-place team finish. Joining McKenna in the men's top-15 included sophomore Kyle McKenna, who finished fourth with a time of 24:40.00, while seniors Daniel Howell and Hunter Nelson finished eighth (25:06.00) and 12th (25:19.00), respectively. For the USU women, senior Ruth Hilton led the way with a sixth-place finish with a time of 17:31.00 in the five-kilometer race, while sophomore Hannah Williams and junior Kaylee Campbell placed 13th (17:51.00) and 15th (17:55.00), respectively. The Aggie women also garnered second-place team accolades. Overall, USU had 11 men and 11 women compete in the race.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Thur., Sept. 22 --- at Brigham Young, 7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 25 --- at Boise State, 1 p.m.
Utah State's soccer team (8-2-0) will continue its season-long five-match road swing as it plays at in-state rival Brigham Young (4-3-2) on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., and then plays at former Western Athletic Conference member Boise State (4-6-0) on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. USU is 0-8-0 all-time against the Cougars and 9-3-1 all-time against the Broncos.
L, 0-1 --- at Tulsa
L, 0-3 --- at #2 Oklahoma State
Utah State dropped a pair of road matches last week, losing at Tulsa (1-0) and No. 2 Oklahoma State (3-0). Against the Golden Hurricane, senior forwards Shantel Flanary and Marissa Sanchez had USU's only two shots of the match, while senior goalkeeper Molli Merrill kept USU in the match with six saves. Against the Cowgirls, USU finished the match with seven shots to 16 by Oklahoma State. The Aggies were led by two shots from both freshman forward Lauren Roundy and freshman defender Taryn Rose.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Thur., Sept. 22 --- SAN JOSE STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 24 --- #11 HAWAI'I, 2 p.m.
Utah State's volleyball team (5-8, 0-0) will begin Western Athletic Conference play this week as it hosts San Jose State (5-7, 0-0) on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., and No. 11 Hawai'i (10-1, 0-0) on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m., as part of Homecoming Weekend.
L, 0-3 --- BRIGHAM YOUNG
L, 1-3 --- at UC Irvine
W, 3-1 --- at Cal State Fullerton
Utah State went 1-2 last week as it lost at home to Brigham Young (3-0), and then lost at UC Irvine (3-1) before winning at Cal State Fullerton (3-1). Against the Cougars, junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen had 11 kills, while junior outside hitter Josselyn White finished with 10 kills and 10 digs. USU hit .085 (34-23-130) in the match and BYU hit .181 (41-18-127). Against the Anteaters, senior outside hitter Liz McArthur had 17 kills, while freshman libero Ashlan Rogers finished with 18 digs a season-best three service aces. USU hit .176 (45-21-136) in the match and UCI hit .277 (59-15-159). Against the Titans, White posted her sixth double-double of the season and the eighth of her career with 13 kills and 15 digs, to go along with six blocks. Freshman middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff added a season-high nine blocks, while freshman setter Paige Neves had a season-best five kills to go along with 16 digs, five blocks and 37 assists. USU hit .175 (44-16-160) in the match and CSF hit .140 (65-37-200).
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sun.-Mon., Sept. 18-19 --- at Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, All Day
Utah State's men's golf team will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 18 when it travels to Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete in the U.S. Air Force Academy hosted Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational.
T8th/9 --- at Battle in the Tetons, Victor, Idaho
Utah State finished tied for eighth-place in the nine-team Battle in the Tetons field, hosted by Weber State University, with a 39-over 903 (308-297-298). Freshman Brennan Coburn finished his first collegiate tournament tied for 24th-place with a 9-over 225 as he shot a final round 3-over 75 after carding rounds of 76 and 74. Junior Brendan Dennis tied for 30th at 11-over 227 (79-72-76), while senior Austin French tied for 36th with a 14-over 230 (78-75-77). Sophomore Tanner Higham also tied for 36th with an 14-over 230 (76-76-78) and senior Chanse Godderidge tied for 39th with a 15-over 231 (78-83-70) after firing a team-best 2-under 70 during his final round. Utah State freshman Tanner Jenson also competed in the tournament as an individual and finished tied for 24th at 9-over 225 (74-77-74).
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007
Fri.-Sun., Sept. 30-Oct. 2 --- at Boise State Classic, All Day
Utah State's women's tennis team will return to action on Friday, Sept. 30 when it travels to Boise, Idaho to compete in the Boise State Classic.
NTS --- at BYU Invitational
Utah State juniors Kristina Voytsekhovich and Jaclyn West advanced to the doubles finals at the BYU Invitational last weekend, losing 8-5 in the championship match. Along with Voytsekhovich and West, Utah State had three other double teams advance past the first round in senior Romina Nedakovich and freshman Kimberly Watts, freshman McKenzie Davis and senior Brianna (Harris) Rowland, as well as senior Monica Abella and junior Mersadi Wilkins. USU also had five players advance into the singles round of 16 and three into the quarterfinals during the weekend, as it competed against in-state foes from Weber State and BYU. In singles play, West advanced to the quarterfinals before losing, as did Voytsekhovich and Davis.
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007
Thur.-Sat., Sept. 22-24 --- at Weber State Open, All Day
Utah State's men's tennis team will begin its fall season on Thursday, Sept. 22 when it travels to Ogden, Utah to compete in the Weber State Open. The tournament will conclude on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Aggies return two seniors in Nate Ballam and Lenny Whiting this year, along with junior Sven Poslunsy and sophomore Fredrik Peterson.
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