Sept. 26, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Fri., Sept. 30 --- at Brigham Young, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Utah State's football team (1-2) will return to action on Friday, Sept. 30 when it plays at Brigham Young (2-2) at 6 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. USU is 34-43-3 all-time against the Cougars including a 16-25-1 record in Provo.
L, 34-35 (2OT) --- COLORADO STATE
Junior running back Robert Turbin scored a career-high four rushing touchdowns, including a 25-yard burst in the second overtime to bring Utah State within one, but he was stopped on his two-point conversion and USU dropped a heartbreaker to Colorado State, 35-34. Utah State had four turnovers on the night including two muffed punts. USU appeared to be on its way to a fourth-quarter win as it lead 21-13 with just over two minutes remaining and Colorado State punting, but the Aggies muffed the punt and the Rams recovered the ball at Utah State's 15-yardline. Four plays later, CSU's Chris Nwoke scored on a 1-yard rush and quarterback Pete Thomas hit Crockett Gillmore for the two-point conversion with 36 seconds to play, sending the game into overtime. Turbin finished the night with 115 yards on 24 carries for his 10th-career 100-yard rushing game and Utah State ended the game with 281 rushing yards on 52 carries. Senior running back Michael Smith added 77 rushing yards on nine carries, including a 51-yard scamper in the second quarter highlighting a 3-play, 68-yard drive that was capped off with a 14-yard run from junior running back Kerwynn Williams for the Aggies first score of the night. Freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton was 9-of-15 passing for 86 yards and added 44 yards on the ground on 13 carries as Utah State finished the game with 367 total yards. Senior linebacker Bobby Wagner finished the game with 17 tackles, tying his career-high for the third time, while fellow senior linebacker Kyle Gallagher added 10 stops. Senior defensive end Levi Koskan added two sacks, and senior safety Alfred Bowden registered the team's first turnover of the year with a fumble recovery. Colorado State, who won the time of possession battle 34:19 to 25:41, had 232 yards of total offense as it rushed for 168 yards and passed for 108. CSU also won the turnover battle as it forced USU into four miscues and committed just one of its own, a fumble in the fourth quarter that resulted into an eight-play, 27-yard drive that Turbin capped with a 1-yard run to give the home team a 21-13 advantage.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Fri., Sept. 30 --- at Hawai'i, 10 p.m.
Utah State's soccer team (8-3-1, 0-0-0) will begin Western Athletic Conference play this week as it travels to Honolulu to face Hawai'i (1-8-0, 0-0-0) on Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 p.m. (MT). USU is 5-2-0 all-time against the Rainbow Wahine.
L, 0-1 --- at Brigham Young
T, 1-1 (2OT) --- at Boise State
Utah State went 0-1-1 last week as it lost at Brigham Young (1-0) and forced a double-overtime tie at Boise State (1-1). Against the Cougars, BYU out-shot Utah State, 12-7, as USU only had one shot on goal. Senior goalkeeper Molli Merrill did lead the match with three saves. Against the Broncos, freshman midfielder Lexie Morgan scored her first collegiate goal in the 50th minute. For the match, Utah State out-shot Boise State, 17-14, delivering six shots on goal to five by the Broncos.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Thur., Sept. 29 --- at Louisiana Tech, 6 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 1 --- at New Mexico State, 7 p.m.
Utah State's volleyball team (6-9, 1-1) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of road matches as it plays at Louisiana Tech (8-8, 0-1) on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. (MT), and at New Mexico State (11-4, 1-0) on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. USU is 11-1 all-time against the Lady Techsters and 25-38 all-time against NMSU.
W, 3-0 --- SAN JOSE STATE
L, 1-3 --- #11 HAWAI'I
Utah State went 1-1 last weekend at home to begin Western Athletic Conference play as it defeated San Jose State (3-0) and lost to No. 11 Hawai'i (3-1). Against the Spartans, senior outside hitter Liz McArthur posted her eighth double-double of the season and 20th of her career with 17 kills and 12 digs, while freshman setter Paige Neves added three kills and six digs, to go along with a season-high two service aces. USU hit a season-high .290 (43-12-107) in the match and SJSU hit .149 (39-20-101). Against the Rainbow Wahine, McArthur had 16 kills on a career-high 74 attempts, while junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen added 11 kills and four block assists, and junior libero Laurel Bodily finished with a match-best 21 digs for her fifth-career 20-plus dig outing. USU finished the match by hitting .091 (45-31-154) and UH hit .231 (55-22-143).
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: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tue., Sept. 26-27--- at Dash Thomas Memorial, Boise, All Day
Utah State's men's golf team will return to action on Monday, Sept. 26 when it travels to Boise, Idaho, to compete in the Dash Thomas Memorial.
18/19 --- at Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational
Utah State finished in 18th-place in the 19-team Battle at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, hosted by U.S. Air Force Academy with a 38-over 902 (296-296-310). Freshman Brennan Coburn was USU's top finisher for the second-straight tournament as he finished tied for 56th with an 8-over 224 (75-73-76). Senior Chanse Godderidge tied for 70th with an 11-over 227 (75-73-79), while junior Brendan Dennis also tied for 70th (75-72-80). Freshman Tanner Jenson tied for 91st with a 16-over 232 (71-78-83), and senior Austin French finished in 100th-place with a 22-over 238 (81-82-75).
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., Oct. 13-15 --- at Utah Intercollegiate, All Day
Utah State's men's tennis team will return to action on Thursday, Oct. 13 when it travels to Salt Lake City to compete in the Utah Intercollegiate.
NTS --- at Weber State Open
Freshman Marcus Fritz led Utah State at the Weber State Fall Open last week as he defeated Idaho State's Nate Gross in straight sets (6-3, 6-3) to win the flight two singles championship title. After winning by default in the quarterfinals, Fritz defeated Weber State's Caio Poitena in three sets (4-6, 6-3, 6-3) to advance to the finals. Other Aggies to compete during the weekend include senior Nate Ballam, sophomore Fredrik Peterson, freshmen Jordan Barlow, Matt Sweet, Curran Wearmouth and Andrew Whiting, and junior Sven Poslusny who advanced to the flight one finals.
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