Weekly Aggie Update

Sept. 27, 2009

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Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Fri., Oct. 2 --- at Brigham Young, 7 p.m.
• Utah State (1-2) will return to the road this week and play its final non-conference game of the season at No. 20 Brigham Young (3-1) on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on the Mtn. USU is 33-42-3 all-time against the Cougars, which includes a 16-24-1 road record. BYU has won nine straight games in the series and the last USU win was on Oct. 30, 1993 in Logan, 58-56.

Last Week
W, 53-34 --- SOUTHERN UTAH
• Utah State erupted for 53 points en route to a 53-34 Homecoming win over Southern Utah Saturday night at Romney Stadium. USU amassed 604 yards of total offense, the most since 2001 and the ninth-most in school history and reached many other milestones along the way. Most noteable was the running back tandem of sophomore Robert Turbin (17 carries, 104 yards) and junior Michael Smith (eight carries, 100 yards), who became the first pair of Aggie backs to both rush for 100 yards since 1989 when Demetrius Brown (22-131) and Brett Payne (28-166) both did so at Pacific. With 108 receiving yards, Turbin also became the first USU running back to have 100-yards receiving and rushing in the same game since Emmett White in 2000. Additionally, Turbin became the first Aggie back to have three-straight 100-yard rushing outings since White in 2001. Sophomore quarterback Diondre Borel completed his first five pass attempts on the way to 15-of-21 passing for 316 yards with a career-best three TD's. Borel is the first Aggie QB to throw for 300 yards in back-to-back games since Jose Fuentes in 2002. USU had a balanced 302 yards of total offense in each half for its 604 yard output, on 259 rushing and 345 passing. SUU had 367 total offense yards (262 passing, 105 rushing), getting just 145 after halftime, as the Aggie defense held the Thunderbirds' scoreless in the fourth quarter and only 10 points in the third. Sophomore linebacker Bobby Wagner and senior cornerback Kejon Wagner had seven tackles each to lead the USU defense with Wagner notching two tackles for loss. Senior safety James Brindley and junior cornerback Chris Randle both snagged an interception.

Contact: Kara Irving - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Thur., Oct. 1 --- IDAHO STATE, 4 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 4 --- at Nevada 2 p.m.
• Utah State (5-5-1, 0-0) will play two matches this week as it hosts Idaho State (4-4) on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m, followed by its Western Athletic Conference opener at Nevada (3-8, 0-0) on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. USU is 5-4-0 all-time against the Bengals and 6-2-0 all-time against the Wolf Pack.

Last Week
W, 2-1 OT--- UTAH, Salt Lake City
L, 0-3 --- at Brigham Young
• Utah State went 1-1 last week as it defeated Utah, 2-1 in overtime, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, and then lost at No. 18 Brigham Young, 3-0. Against the Utes, sophomore forward Shantel Flanary scored the game-winning goal with less than two minutes remaining in the first overtime. USU's first goal of the match was scored by junior midfielder Stefani Shiozaki in the 54th minute.

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Thur., Oct. 1 --- SAN JOSE STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 3 --- BOISE STATE, 7 p.m.
• Utah State (8-6, 0-2) will play its first home Western Athletic Conference matches of the season this weekend when it hosts San Jose State (0-12, 0-2) on Thursday, Oct. 1 and Boise State (1-11, 1-1) on Saturday, Oct. 3 with both matches beginning at 7 p.m. USU is 8-16-1 all-time against SJSU and 13-16 all-time against BSU.

Last Week
L, 0-3 --- at New Mexico State
L, 2-3 --- at Louisiana Tech
• Utah State went 0-2 last week as it lost a pair of Western Athletic Conference matches at New Mexico State (3-0) and at Louisiana Tech (3-2). Against NMSU, junior outside hitter Lori Wilson-Beckstrom had a team-high seven kills and tied her career-high with five blocks. USU hit .073 (31-23-109) in the match as compared to a .145 (44-26-124) hitting percentage for NMSU. Against Louisiana Tech, sophomore outside hitter Liz McArthur recorded a career-high 24 kills and tied her career-high with 12 digs, while junior middle blocker Katie Astle had a career-high 12 kills and freshman libero Laurel Bodily tied her season-high with 11 digs. USU hit .177 (63-30-186) in the match and LTU hit .189 (62-28-180).

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Mon.-Tues., Sept. 28-29 --- at Utah/Weber St. Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's golf team will continue its fall schedule this week as it competes in the Purple & Red Invitational co-hosted by Utah and Weber State at the Valley View Golf Club in Layton, Utah. Teams will play 36 holes on Monday, followed by the final 18 holes on Tuesday.

Last Week
W, 6.5-5.5 --- SOUTHERN UTAH
• Junior Tyson McFarland recorded a 2&1 win against Southern Utah's Jeff Evans in the final match of the day to lead Utah State's men's golf team to a 6.5-5.5 win against Southern Utah in its annual Ryder Cup-style match held here at the Logan Golf & Country Club. Utah State won two of the three four-man best ball matches on Friday as junior Benjamin Schilleman and freshman Tanner Higham recorded a 4&3 win against Jeff Evans and Raymond Gillip. Senior Thad Truman and freshman Brendan Dennis also notched a victory for USU as they posted a 3&2 win against SUU's tandem of Denny Job and Brad Millard. USU scored ½ point in the other match as McFarland and freshman Austin French finished all square with the Thunderbirds team of Tai Reynolds and John Lindsay. Utah State began Saturday by winning two of the three alternate shot matches as the tandem of Schilleman and Higham posted a 3&2 win against Gillip and Job, and McFarland and French teamed up to post a 3&2 win against Millard and Evans. Southern Utah rallied in individual match play as it scored points in each of the first five matches with three wins and two ties to even the score at 5.5 apiece with one match to play. In that final match, McFarland registered a 2&1 win against SUU's Evans to give the Aggies the one-point win.

Contact: Keiley Baldwin - (435) 797-8584

Next Week
Thur.-Sat., Oct. 8-10 --- UTAH STATE OPEN, All Day
• Utah State's women's tennis team will return to action on Thursday, Oct. 8 when it hosts the Utah State Open. The tournament will run from Thursday through Saturday.

Last Competition
NTS --- at BYU Invitational
• Senior Britney Watts led Utah State at the BYU Invitational last weekend as she won the silver feed-in bracket with a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Weber State's Brittiny Moore in the championship match. Watts finished the tournament with a 4-1 record in singles play. Other Aggies who competed in the tournament included junior Hailey Swenson who went 1-1 in the `A' bracket, freshman Jenny Phillips who went 1-1 in the `B' bracket, junior Taylor Perry and freshman Jaclyn West who went 1-1 in the silver feed-in bracket, freshman Kristina Voytsekhovich who went 2-1 in the `A' bracket, sophomore Carla Limon who went 0-1 in the silver feed-in, and freshman Sadi Wilkins who also went 0-1 in the silver feed-in bracket

Contact: Jackie Banda - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Sat., Oct. 3 --- at Notre Dame Invitational, 9 a.m.
• Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will return to action this weekend when it travels to South Bend, Ind., to compete in the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Last Competition
M-1st/12; W-4th/13 --- at Montana State Open
• Utah State men's cross country team won the Montana State Invitational last weekend, while the women finished fourth. Sophomore Brian McKenna led the Aggie men finishing fourth overall in the five-mile course clocking in at 25:11.00. The next finisher for the Aggies was freshman Daniel Howell clocking in at 25:20.00 in sixth place. Senior Steve Strickland finished ninth overall crossing the finish line at 25:25.00 and sophomore Steve Atkinson placed 11th finishing at 25:32.00. Following close behind Atkinson was senior Jason Holt in 12th place clocking in at 25.37.00. Other finishers for the men were junior Chio Lopez (25:47.00) in 15th place, junior Casey Snider (26:17.00) in 26th place, junior Nick Bolinder (26:21.00) in 28th place, freshman Kyle Moffett (26:52.00) in 40th place, freshman Morgan Empey (27:50.00) in 57th place and freshman Devin Person (28.04.00) in 63rd place. Utah State's men's team finished first with 42 points while host Montana State came in second with 53 points. Weber State finished third with a total 70 points, followed closely by fourth-place finisher Montana with 76 points. Rounding out the top five teams was Utah Valley University with 104 points. Utah State's women's team was led by sophomore Jessie Chugg who finished 10th overall clocking in at 17:42.00 in the three-mile race. The next Aggie finisher was junior Justine Baugh (18:04.00) in 14th place. Freshman Kaylee Campbell finished in 16th place clocking in at 18:08.00. Other finishers for the USU women include senior Erin Stratton (18:26.00) in 26th place, junior Kim Quinn (18.32.00) in 28th place, junior Alica Holt (18:47.00) in 34th place, freshman Stephanie Burt (19:06.00) in 42nd place, freshman Marissa Floodman (19:14.00) in 46th place, freshman Talina Nelson (19:17.00) in 48th place, sophomore Alisa Sheffer (19:24.00) in 52nd place, freshman Amber Rasmussen (19:29.00) in 56th place, freshman Sarah Olson (19.46.00) in 67th place, sophomore Aimee Haertel (19:46.00) in 68th place, freshman Jessi Timothy (20:22.00) in 86th place, freshman Jessi Baird (20:34.00) in 91st place and redshirt-freshman Brittni Hopkin (22:49.00) in 127th place. Weber State won the women's race with 36 points followed by Utah Valley University with 50 points. Montana finished third with 64 points while Utah State came in fourth with 94 points. Montana State finished in fifth-place with 146 points.

Contact: Keiley Baldwin - (435) 797-8584

Next Competition
Wed.-Sat., Oct. 14-17 --- at Utah Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's men's tennis team will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 14 when it competes in the Utah Invitational in Salt Lake City.

Last Week
• Utah State had several individuals advance in both singles and doubles play at its own Utah State Open last weekend. USU had two teams advance to the finals in doubles play as juniors Jakob Asplund and Bryan Marchant lost, 8-3, while the tandem of junior Nikita Ryashchenko and freshman Sven Poslunsy lost in the finals of the consolation round, 9-7. In singles play, Marchant lost in the final round in three sets (2-6, 6-1, 6-2) to Simon Unger of Weber State. Other Aggies who competed during the weekend include senior Amit Maharaj, juniors Jose Limon and Alex Thatcher, sophomore Nate Ballam, and freshman Alex Daines.

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