WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Fri., Oct. 3 --- at #21 BYU, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Utah State's football team (2-2) will continue its 2014 season at No. 21 BYU (4-0) on Friday, Oct. 3 at 8:15 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. USU is 34-46-3 all-time against the Cougars, including a 16-27-1 road record.
L, 14-21 (OT) --- at Arkansas State
Utah State had a 38-yard field goal blocked at the end of regulation and failed to score in overtime as it lost on the road to Arkansas State, 21-14, last weekend. USU had a chance to win the game in regulation as the Aggies' defense forced its fourth turnover of the game late in the fourth quarter as junior LB LT Filiaga recovered his second fumble of the night at the ASU 38-yard line with 0:47 second remaining. USU then drove the ball down to the ASU 21-yard line with 0:03 seconds to play, but had its 38-yard field goal blocked to send the game into overtime. During the extra period, ASU had the ball first and scored on its second play from scrimmage on a 24-yard pass from Fredi Knighten to Dijon Paschal for the Red Wolves first lead of the game. USU then got the ball and had a fourth-and-seven at the ASU 22-yard line and was unable to pick up the first down, losing the game as the Aggies are now 6-5 all-time in overtime. USU finished the game with 413 yards of total offense (268-passing, 145-rushing) as compared to 316 yards (190-passing, 126-rushing) for ASU. USU also won the time of possession, 31:56 to 28:04 as well as the turnover battle as the Aggies forced three fumbles and one interception for four total turnovers, and committed just one turnover. Sophomore QB Darell Garretson was 27-of-46 passing for USU for 268 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, while junior WR Hunter Sharp had nine receptions for 130 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown reception from Garretson, which is tied for the 13th-longest pass play in school history. USU's defense was led by senior LB Zach Vigil who had a career-high 14 tackles, and tied his career-high with 3.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. Sophomore S Devin Centers added a career-high 11 tackles, while Filiaga tied his career-high with 10 stops to go along with his two fumble recoveries.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Fri., Sept. 26 --- at Colorado College, 4 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 28 --- at Air Force, 12 p.m.
Utah State's soccer team (4-3-1, 0-0 MW) will continue its 2014 season this weekend as it begins Mountain West play with a pair of road matches at Colorado College (4-2-2, 0-0 MW) on Friday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m., and at Air Force (3-4-0, 0-0 MW) on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 12 p.m. USU is 1-0-1 all-time against the Tigers and 3-0-1 all-time against the Falcons.
L, 0-3 --- UTAH
W, 1-0 --- UC RIVERSIDE
Senior midfielder Lexie Morgan scored Utah State's only goal of the weekend as the Aggies posted a 1-1 home record with a 1-0 win against UC Riverside and a 3-0 loss to Utah. Junior goalkeeper Jeannie Woller had six saves against the Highlanders and one save against the Utes.
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Sept. 25 --- #8 COLORADO STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 27 --- WYOMING, 7 p.m.
Utah State's volleyball team (4-6, 0-0 MW) will continue its 2014 season this weekend as it begins Mountain West play with a pair of home matches against No. 8 Colorado State (12-1, 0-0 MW) and Wyoming (11-2, 0-0 MW) on Thursday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., respectively. USU is 14-19 all-time against the Rams and 15-13 all-time against the Cowgirls.
L, 0-3 --- UTAH
Utah State lost its only match of the week to in-state rival Utah, 3-0. Sophomore outside hitter Kaylie Kamalu posted a career-high 14 kills. Senior setter Paige Neves dished out 28 assists, senior outside hitter Rachel Orr added nine kills, while also notching a team-high 13 digs, and senior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court had 11 digs. Senior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff logged three block assists, while five other Aggies posted one block assist each. USU posted a .159 attack percentage (36-19-107), while UU logged a .311 attack percentage (45-12-106), a season-high percentage for a USU opponent.
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sun., Sept. 26-28 --- at Air Force Invitational, All Day
Sat., Sept. 27- Sun., Oct. 5 --- at ITA Champs., Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Utah State's women's tennis team will continue its 2014 fall season this weekend at the Air Force Invitational, which begins on Friday, Sept. 26 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 28. USU will also compete at the ITA Regionals in Pacific Palisades, Calif., from Saturday Sept. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 5.
NTS --- at BYU Fall Invitational
Utah State competed at the BYU Fall Invitational against student-athletes from BYU and Wyoming last weekend. In singles play, senior McKenzie Davis made her way to the semifinals with a 2-1 record. Freshman Sabrina Demerath also posted a 2-1 record, while junior Kallie Sperry and sophomore Nini Guensler both posted 1-1 records, and sophomore Lexi Turley posted a 1-2 record. In doubles play, Demerath and freshman Maggie O'Meara posted a 1-1 record, junior Amber Stuhlmann and sophomore Katie Sweet posted a 1-1 record, and Guensler and Turley teamed up for a 1-1 record.
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. 27 --- at Minnesota Invitational, 11 a.m.
Utah State's men and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 27 when it competes in the University of Minnesota hosted Roy Griak Invitational.
M: 3/4; W: 5/5 --- at Montana State Invitational
Utah State men's cross country senior Eric Shellhorn placed fourth with a time of 25:10 in the college men's five-mile race at the 35th running of the Montana State Invitational last weekend. Going up against several schools and fellow Mountain West foe Wyoming, the USU men placed third out of four Division I schools with 50 points. The USU women placed fifth in the Division I race with 105 points. Wyoming claimed the top spot in both the men and women's race. Shellhorn found himself in a crowded finishing group, with the top seven runners finishing within 14 seconds of each other. Sophomore Colby Wilson also had a strong showing, placing 11th with a time of 25:46. Sophomore Tori Parkinson led the way for the women's team, placing 16th in the women's three-mile race with a time of 17:47 with her freshman teammate, Kelsey Yamauchi finishing 20th with a time of 17:53. Freshman Hannah Malone placed 23rd posting a time of 18:00, junior Karlee Deeter finished 26th with a time of 18:09, and junior Amanda Stoudt finished just behind Deeter recording a time of 18:10 to round out the USU women's top five. Also for the USU men's team, senior Mike Bills finished 15th with a time of 26:04, while junior Tom Derr came in 18th, timing out at 26:17. Freshman teammate Justin Sheets finished close behind, placing 21st with a time of 26:27.
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sun., Oct. 3-5 --- at Boise State Invitational, All Day
Utah State's men's tennis team will continue its 2014 fall season at the Boise State hosted Dar Walters Tennis Classic, which begins on Friday, Oct. 3 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 5.
NTS --- at Weber State Invitational
Utah State competed at the Weber State Invitational in a compass-style tournament against student-athletes from Weber State. Sophomore Tomas Cosmai won the championship of the singles bracket as he won all three of his singles matches in straight sets and partnered with freshman Andrew Nakajima for a three-sets win in their lone doubles match of the weekend. Nakajima posted a 1-1 mark in singles, while going undefeated in doubles with a 2-0 mark teaming up with fellow freshman Jaime Barajas for his other match. Barajas earned a 2-1 mark in singles play and a 1-0 mark in doubles competition.
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