For the week of Sept. 24, 2012.
Sept. 23, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
Weekly Aggie Update
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Sept. 29 --- UNLV, 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Utah State football (3-1) will continue its 2012 season this week by hosting UNLV (1-3) in its annual Homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. (MT). The game will be streamed live on ESPN3. USU is 12-7 all-time against the Rebels, including a 6-3 record at home.
W, 31-19 --- at Colorado State
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams rushed for a career-high 205 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Utah State to a 31-19 road win at Colorado State Saturday night. Utah State continued its stellar play on defense as it has now out-scored its opponents 51-0 in the first quarter this year after leading 10-0 following the first 15 minutes against the Rams, and has not allowed a first-half touchdown as the Aggies have a 65-9 scoring advantage in the first-half this year. With the win, Utah State improves to 3-1, which is its best start to a season since the 1978 team won its first five games of the year. Williams, who recorded his second-career 100-yard rushing game and his first this year, carried the ball a career-high 21 times highlighted by a career-long 58-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Overall, Williams now has 10 career rushing touchdowns after his first-career multi-touchdown game. Utah State finished the game with 440 yards of total offense (262-rushing, 178-passing) and had 24 first downs that translated into possessing the ball for 31:04 of the game. USU also converted a season-best 10 third downs on 17 attempts. Defensively, Utah State was led by senior safety McKade Brady who tied his season-high with 10 tackles for his fifth-career double-figure tackle outing. Sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil added seven tackles and had career-highs with three tackles for loss and two sacks, while senior cornerback Will Davis had three pass breakups to go along with four tackles. Colorado State finished the game with 331 yards of total offense (224-passing, 107-rushing), most of which came in the second half as USU limited the Rams to just four first downs and 61 yards on 27 plays in the first half.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Fri., Sept. 28 --- at New Mexico State, 4 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 30 --- at Denver, 12 p.m.
Utah State women's soccer (5-2-4, 0-0-0) will begin Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of road matches at New Mexico State (1-7-2, 0-0-0) on Friday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m., and at Denver (8-1-2, 0-0-0) on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 12 p.m. USU is 3-0-0 all-time against NMSU and 1-1-0 all-time against the Pioneers.
L, 0-1 --- #12 BRIGHAM YOUNG
T, 1-1 2OT --- WYOMING
Utah State posted an 0-1-1 record last week as it lost to No. 12 Brigham Young (1-0) and then notched a 1-1 double-overtime tie against Wyoming as senior defender Natalie Norris scored the Aggies only goal of the weekend. Senior goalkeeper Ashlyn Mulford had five saves against the Cougars and five more against the Cowgirls.
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Sept. 27 --- at Louisiana Tech, 6 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 29 --- at UT Arlington, 1 p.m.
Utah State volleyball (8-5, 3-1) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of road matches at Louisiana Tech (3-12, 0-3) on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. (MT), and at UT Arlington (5-10, 1-2) on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. (MT). USU is 13-1 all-time against the Lady Techsters and 7-5 all-time against the Mavericks.
W, 3-2 --- SEATTLE
L, 0-3 --- IDAHO
Utah State posted a 1-1 home record last week in WAC play as it defeated Seattle (3-2) and lost to Idaho (3-0). Against the Redhawks, senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen had 13 kills, 14 digs and six blocks, while senior outside hitter Josselyn White added 10 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff had eight kills and 10 blocks, and sophomore libero Ashlan Rogers recorded 24 digs. USU finished the match hitting .149 (57-31-174) and SU hit .126 (68-42-207). Against the Vandals, Sorensen had eight kills and Rogers had 13 digs. USU hit .096 (32-23-94) in the match and UI hit .352 (40-8-91).
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861
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.
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.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., Sept. 24-25 --- at Boise State Invitational, All Day
Utah State's men's golf team will continue its fall schedule this week as it travels to Boise, Idaho to compete in the Dash Thomas Memorial.
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).
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340
Thur.-Sat., Oct. 11-13 --- at Utah Open, All Day
Utah State's men's tennis will continue its fall season on Thursday, Oct. 11 when it travels to Salt Lake City to compete in the Utah Open. The tournament will conclude on Saturday, Oct. 13.
NTS --- at Weber State Open
Senior Sven Poslusny posted a 3-0 singles record last week at the Weber State Invitational as he won the singles title with a straight-sets win against Oliver Good of Weber State in the semifinals (6-1, 6-4) and a three-sets win against Todd Fought of Weber State in the championship match (6-1, 4-6, 6-4). Other Aggies to compete in the tournament include juniors Fredrik Peterson, Matt Thatcher and Andrew Whiting, sophomores Tanner Dance, Matt Sweet and Curran Wearmouth, and freshmen Zeno Kastelic and Brandon Nielsen
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340
Wed.-Sat., Sept. 26-29 --- at Boise State Open, All Day
Utah State women's tennis will continue its fall season this week at the Boise State Open. Action will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and conclude Saturday, Sept. 29.
NTS --- at Brigham Young Open
Sophomore McKenzie Davis posted a 3-2 singles record last weekend at the BYU Invitational as she advanced to the championship match where she lost to Simona Synkova of Wyoming in straight sets (6-2, 7-5). Other Aggies to compete in the tournament include seniors Julie Tukuafu, Kristina Voytsekhovich and Jaci West, sophomore Hillary Hays, and freshmen Kallie Sperry, Amber Stuhlmann and Ashley Stuhlmann.