LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Fri., Sept. 29 --- BYU, 6 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
• Utah State’s football team (2-2, 1-0 MW) continues its 2017 season this weekend as it hosts in-state rival BYU (1-3) on Friday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221). USU is 35-48-3 all-time against the Cougars, including an 18-17-2 home record.
W, 61-10 --- at San José State
• Senior QB Kent Myers accounted for 265 yards of total offense and a career-high-tying four touchdowns as Utah State (2-2, 1-0 MW) opened Mountain West play with a dominating 61-10 win at San José State (1-4, 0-1 MW) last weekend. Myers completed 18-of-24 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns, to go along with 84 rushing yards and two more scores. He scored on a career-long 68-yard run in the third quarter to give the Aggies their largest lead of the game, 55-0. Thirteen different Aggies caught a pass in the game, led by junior WR Ron’quavion Tarver, who had five receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt freshman WR Jordan Nathan also caught five passes for 34 yards. Senior WR Braelon Roberts and sophomore WR Gerold Bright were on the receiving end of Myers’ touchdown passes. Roberts hauled in a 19-yarder, while Bright went for 43 yards on a fourth-and-3 play. Junior RB Eltoro Allen led Utah State’s ground game with 89 yards and 18 carries. As a team, the Aggies finished with 318 yards on 57 carries, averaging 5.6 yards per rush. Senior RB LaJuan Hunt added 63 yards on 10 carries, including a 29-yard touchdown run to open the game’s scoring with 9:26 to go in the first quarter. Utah State racked up 589 yards of total offense, including 307 in the first half alone, on an eye-popping 98 plays. The Aggies led 38-0 at intermission. Even the defense got into the scoring act as senior CB Jalen Davis sacked Josh Love, causing the Spartans’ quarterback to fumble. Freshman LB Maika Magalei scooped up the ball and returned it 38 yards, making it 28-0 for the Aggies with 10:26 left in the second. On the ensuing kickoff, SJSU fumbled a pooch kick by Utah State sophomore PK Dominik Eberle and Tarver recovered it at the Spartans’ 28-yard line. Eight plays later, the Aggies were in the end zone again as redshirt freshman QB Jordan Love threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Tarver, giving the visitors a 35-0 lead. Another special teams play set up Utah State’s final score of the half as junior LB Louy Compton blocked a punt, which junior QB DJ Nelson recovered. The Aggies cashed in on the block as Eberle connected on a 23-yard field goal. Later in the third quarter, Eberle drilled a career-long 52-yarder that gave USU a 48-0 lead. Eberle was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals as he made good on a 20- and 27-yarder in the fourth quarter. His 19 points set a school record for points in a game by a kicker. Defensively, the Aggies limited the Spartans to just 162 yards of total offense on 59 plays. Junior LB Chase Christiansen led Utah State with eight tackles, to go along with a forced fumble. Redshirt freshman S Baron Gajkowski had three tackles, including 1.0 sacks, to go along with one forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception. The Aggies forced five turnovers in the game, the most since the eight they had against Boise State during the 2015 season.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Sept. 28 --- at UNLV, 7 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Sept. 30 --- at New Mexico, 12 p.m.
• Utah State’s volleyball team (10-4, 2-0 MW) continues its 2017 season this week with a pair of Mountain West road matches at UNLV (4-11, 0-2 MW) on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. (MT) and at New Mexico (9-5, 1-1 MW) on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. USU is 2-8 all-time against the Lady Rebels and 12-16 all-time against the Lobos. Both matches will be steamed live on the Mountain West Network and are available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/watch.
W, 3-1 --- SAN DIEGO STATE
W, 3-1 --- FRESNO STATE
• Utah State opened its 2017 Mountain West slate with a pair of home wins against San Diego State (3-1) and Fresno State (3-1). Against the Aztecs, senior outside Lauren Anderson recorded a career-high-tying 23 kills and added 12 digs for her sixth double-double of the year, as four Aggies recorded double-digit digs in the same match for the first time this season. Overall, USU hit .233 (56-21-150) to SDSU’s .103 (46-30-155). Against the Bulldogs, Anderson recorded her seventh double-double of the year with a team-best 13 kills and added 11 digs and a career-high four blocks. USU hit .188 (52-23-154) to FS’s .132 (44-25-144) as both of USU’s middles, freshman Bailey Downing and junior Lauren O’Brien, hit over .300 with a .353 (9-3-17) and .312 (8-3-16) clip, respectively.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Sept. 29 --- at Lehigh Invitational, 7:30 a.m. (MT)
• Utah State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams continue their 2017 season on Friday, Sept. 29, at the Lehigh-hosted Paul Short Run at 7:30 a.m. (MT).
W: 1/5; M: 2/5 --- at BYU Autumn Classic
• Utah State cross country continued its 2017 season at the BYU-hosted Autumn Classic last week. The No. 30-ranked women’s team placed first with 23 points, upsetting No. 10 BYU and finishing ahead of Weber State, Dixie State and Westminster. The men’s team placed second behind No. 6 BYU and ahead of Weber State, Dixie State and Westminster. On the women’s side, junior Alyssa Snyder won her second race in a row, finishing the 3-mile run in 16:28.0. Senior Kashley Carter took third (16:54.8) and junior Cierra Simmons placed fourth (16:55.2). Seniors Tori Parkinson and Kelsey Yamauchi-Richins placed sixth (16:59.9) and ninth (17:10.0), respectively, to round out USU’s top-10 finishers. On the men’s side, senior Dillon Maggard placed second in the 4-mile run with a time of 19:26.8. Also finishing in the top-20 were a trio of sophomores. Luke Beattie placed 14th (19:53.7), J.D. Thorne took 15th (19:54.2) and James Withers placed 20th (20:03.0).
Contact: Megan McCuistion - (435) 797-5547
Fri., Sept. 29 --- SAN DIEGO STATE, 12 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 1 --- NEW MEXICO, 1 p.m.
• Utah State’s soccer team (6-3-1, 1-1-0 MW) continues Mountain West play this weekend with a pair of home matches. The Aggies will host San Diego State (4-6-0, 1-1-0 MW) on Friday, Sept. 29, at noon, and New Mexico (7-3-0, 2-0-0 MW) on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m. All-time, USU is 0-5-1 against the Aztecs and 1-3-2 against the Lobos. Both matches will be streamed on the Mountain West network, available at utahstateaggies.com/watch.
L, 1-2 (2 OT) --- at San José State
W, 1-0 --- at Fresno State
• Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West road record last week, as it fell to San José State, 2-1, in double overtime, and defeated Fresno State, 1-0. Against the Spartans, freshman midfielder Amber Marshall scored her first collegiate goal, finding the back of the net in the 64th minute. Senior goalkeeper Sara Cobb tallied seven saves in her 105 minutes in the net. Against the Bulldogs, senior forward Bailee Hammond scored the team’s sole goal, doing so in the ninth minute of play. Cobb recorded a career-high nine saves in the shutout victory. On the week, USU took 17 shots, eight of which were on goal, while the Aggies’ opponents combined for 41 shots with 18 on goal. Cobb ended the weekend with 16 saves and two goals allowed.
Contact: Ashley Springer - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sun., Sept. 29-1 --- at Idaho State Invitational, All Day
• Utah State men’s tennis continues its 2017 fall season this weekend at the Idaho State Invitational from Friday through Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1.
NTS --- at Midland (Texas) Invitational
• Utah State men’s tennis competed at the Midland (Texas) Invitational last weekend and was led by senior Jaime Barajas, who won the singles consolation bracket with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over junior teammate Samuel Serrano. With the win, Barajas moved to the No. 1 spot all-time in school history in singles wins with 68. During the tournament, Barajas went 4-1 in singles play, Serrano went 3-1 in singles play, sophomore Sergiu Bucur went 3-2 in singles and senior Andrew Nakajima posted a 2-3 singles record. Barajas and Nakajima advanced to the doubles semifinals, where they lost 6-4 and had a tournament record of 2-1. Serrano and Bucur went 0-1 in doubles play.
Contact: Ashley Springer - (435) 797-8584
Wed.-Sun., Oct. 11-15 --- at ITA Regionals, Salt Lake City, UT, All Day
• Utah State women’s tennis continues its 2017 fall season in two weeks as it competes in the ITA Regionals in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 11-15.
NTS --- at ITA Milwaukee Classic
NTS --- at Idaho State Invite
• Utah State women’s tennis competed at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic and Idaho State Invitational last weekend. In Milwaukee, sophomore Lucy Octave finished 0-1 in singles and 1-1 in doubles with freshman Sasha Pisareva. Pisareva was 1-1 in singles, losing to Arkansas’ Ana Oparenovic, who was ranked No. 36 in the ITA’s preseason national singles rankings. At Idaho State, senior Maggie O’Meara and sophomore Sophia Haleas finished first in the doubles bracket, with a 4-0 record. Haleas also placed second in the black singles draw with a 2-1 finish, while O’Meara finished third with a 3-1 record. Senior Sabrina Demerath finished first in the orange draw’s consolation bracket with a 3-1 singles record. Demerath and sophomore Rhoda Tanui finished 1-1 in doubles, and Tanui went 1-1 in singles. Junior Jenna Kane was a perfect 3-0 in singles and finished third in the consolation doubles bracket with freshman Alexandra Taylor, finishing with a 2-2 record.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., Sept. 25-26 --- at Colorado Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s golf team continues its fall schedule on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 25-26, when it competes in the Colorado Invitational.
16th/19 --- at Air Force Invitational
• Utah State finished the Air Forced-hosted Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational in 16th place at 21-over 885 (292-300-293). Wyoming won the 19-team tournament with a 29-under 835 (284-270-281) and the Cowboys’ John Murdock took medalist honors at 14-under 202 (67-65-70). For USU, senior Braxton Miller led the Aggies as he tied for 56th place at 5-over 221 (72-74-75). Freshman Colten Cordingley had the best round of the day for Utah State on Sunday with a 2-under 70 to finish the tournament tied for 74th place at 8-over 224 (78-76-70). Sophomore Hayden Eckert tied for 79th place at 9-over 225 (77-75-73), and sophomore Brock Stanger (76-75-75) and sophomore Andy Hess (67-78-81) both tied for 84th place at 10-over.
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