Weekly Aggie Update
Sept. 23, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - Sept. 23, 2007
Football Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066 Utah State (0-4) will play its first of two straight road games at in-state rival Utah (1-3) on Saturday Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. The game will be televised live on The Mtn., (Ch. 37). USU is 28-74-4 all-time against Utah, which includes a 17-50-4 road record. Utah has won nine straight games against the Aggies and the last time USU defeated the Utes was on Aug. 30, 1997 in Salt Lake City, 21-14. Utah is 1-3 on the season after losing at UNLV 27-0 on Saturday. The Utes began the season with losses at Oregon State (24-7) and against Air Force (20-12), before defeating 11th-ranked UCLA (44-6) at home. Utah State is coming off a 23-20 loss to San Jose State at home on Saturday as the Spartans scored on a 31-yard pass play with :53 seconds remaining to notch the win. Utah State was led by senior wide receiver/kick returner Kevin Robinson who recorded 276 all-purpose yards in the game, including an 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter to get the Aggies on the board. Utah State took its first lead of the game with 6:12 remaining on a one-yard touchdown run by freshman Derrvin Speight as the Aggies drove 92 yards on 18-plays, taking 8:23 off the clock. Junior cornerback Caleb Taylor then intercepted San Jose State's Adam Tafralis at the USU 25 with 2:22 remaining in the game, but the Aggie offense was unable to pick up a first down, giving the ball back to the Spartans at its own 17 with 1:49 to play. Tafralis then directed the game-winning six-play, 83-yard drive in just :56 seconds. Utah State had a chance to at least tie the game, but SJSU recovered the following kickoff at the 50 yard line to preserve the win. San Jose State finished with 524 yards of total offense (426 passing, 98 rushing), while Utah State had 253 total yards (78 passing, 175 rushing).
CROSS COUNTRY Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will return to action this week as it participates in the Oregon Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Eugene, Ore. Utah State competed in its second meet of the season on Sept. 15 in Bozeman, Mont., at the Montana State Invitational as the women placed first out of 13 teams, while the men finished third out of 11 teams. Senior Amy Egan led the women's team as she finished eighth overall in the three-mile race with a time of 17:28. Senior Stacie (Lifferth) Dorius finished 11th for USU (17:37), while sophomore Erin Stratton was 13th (17:41) and junior Caroline Berry was 14th (17:42). On the men's side, junior Seth Wold led the Aggie men as he finished second individually with a time of 24:36 in the five-mile race, while sophomore Jason Holt was 13th (25:25) and freshman Chio Lopez finished 16th (25:29). In two races this year Wold has a first and second-place finish, while Dorius has a seventh and 11th-place finish.
VOLLEYBALL Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714 Utah State (6-7, 3-1) will continue Western Athletic Conference action this weekend as it plays at San Jose State (6-6, 0-1) on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. (MT), and at Fresno State (4-10, 2-2) on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. (MT). USU is 5-14-1 all-time against San Jose State and 5-5 all-time against Fresno State. USU defeated the Spartans earlier this year in Logan in four games. Last weekend, Utah State recorded a 1-1 record with a four-game loss at 25th-ranked New Mexico State, followed by a three-game win at Louisiana Tech. Senior opposite side hitter Amanda Nielson led USU in both matches as she recorded her second career triple-double against NMSU with 19 kills, 10 digs and a career-high tying 10 block assists. She then added 16 kills, five digs and four blocks against LTU as the Aggies hit a season-high .360 in the match. Overall, Nielson is hitting .183 on the season and averaging 5.66 points, 4.49 kills, 2.07 digs, 1.00 blocks and 0.63 service aces per game. As a team, Utah State is hitting .142 on the year as compared to a .189 hitting percentage for its opponents.
SOCCER Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's soccer team (3-6) will return home this week as it hosts Montana on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. at Chuck and Gloria Bell Soccer Field. USU is 0-2 all-time against the Grizzlies, which includes a 2-1 loss at Montana during the 2005 season. The Aggies are 1-1 at home this year defeating Idaho State (1-0) and losing to Oregon (2-1). Last weekend, Utah State lost a pair of matches on the road at Gonzaga (2-1) and at Eastern Washington (2-1). Senior forward Dana Peart scored the Aggies lone goal against Gonzaga on Friday off an assist from sophomore midfielder Alysa Adams, while freshman forward Lauren Hansen hit the back of the net against EWU as junior forward Kiersten Nilsson recorded the assist. Peart now has five goals this year and 15 in her career to lead Utah State, while Hansen has two goals on the season.
MEN'S GOLF Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714 Utah State's men's golf team will continue its fall schedule this week as it competes in the Purple and Red Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, co-hosted by Weber State and Utah at the Valley View Golf Club in Layton, Utah. In its first competition of the fall season, Utah State finished in 18th-place at the 2007 Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Junior Devin Daniels led Utah State as he tied for 51st overall with a nine-over par 225. As a team, Utah State finished with a score of 919. Daniels was tied for 30th with a three-over par 147 after shooting a 73 and 74 in the first two rounds, but shot a six-over par 78 during the final 18 holes to finish tied for 51st. Other Aggies who competed include junior Alex Putnam who tied for 76th with a 15-over par 231, junior Brandon Broadhead and freshman Dan Heath who tied for 89th with 19-over par 235s, and junior Jeremy Pack who finished 96th with a 22-over par 238.
MEN'S TENNIS Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's men's tennis team began its fall schedule at the Utah Fall Tennis Classic hosted by Brigham Young University on Sept. 13-15. Freshman Jakob Asplund led USU during the open tournament with a 2-2 record as he defeated Matthew Cowley (6-0, 7-6) in the round of 64 and then defeated Jake Beherns (6-1, 6-2) in the round of 36 before losing to top-seeded James Ludlow (7-5, 6-3). Asplund also teamed with USU sophomore Oscar Ericsson to go 1-1 in doubles action. Other Aggies to compete in the tournament included senior Fernando Gallegos, junior Jonas Tyden and sophomores Matt Searle and Alex Thatcher. Utah State will conclude its fall schedule in the middle of October as it competes in the ITA Regionals in Las Vegas, Nev., from Oct. 17-21.
WOMEN'S TENNIS Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's women's tennis team began its fall schedule in Provo, Utah last weekend at the BYU Invitational. Freshman Hailey Swenson led USU with a 2-1 record as she defeated Alyssa Pyne (NS) in the first round of the consolation finals and then defeated Jocelyn Jenson (7-6, 6-3) in the second round before losing to Greer Satherlie in the semifinals (6-4, ret.). Other Aggies who competed during the tournament include junior Bridgette Strickland and sophomores Brianna Harris and Britney Watts who all lost in the second round of the consolation finals. Utah State will conclude its fall schedule in the middle of October as it competes in the ITA Regionals in Las Vegas, Nev., from Oct. 17-21.