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Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's fall sports continue this week with football, men's golf, women's soccer, men's tennis and volleyball all in action.
Utah State's fall sports continue this week with football, men's golf, women's soccer, men's tennis and volleyball all in action.

Oct. 14, 2012

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FOOTBALL
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Sat., Oct. 20 --- NEW MEXICO STATE, 1 p.m. (KMYU)
• Utah State football (5-2, 1-0) continues Western Athletic Conference play this weekend hosting New Mexico State (1-5, 0-2) on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on KMYU. USU is 29-7 all-time against NMSU, including a 13-3 home record.

Last Week
W, 49-27 --- at San Jose State
• Nine Aggies combined for a school-record 13 sacks, senior running back Kerwynn Williams scored three rushing touchdowns and sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton had four total touchdowns (3-pass, 1-rush) in leading Utah State to a 49-27 WAC road win at San Jose State. Overall, the Aggies scored touchdowns on its first four possessions of the game to record its largest road win since a 34-7 victory at North Texas in 1999. USU's defense set the tone for the game on the very first play as junior linebacker Jake Doughty sacked Spartan quarterback David Fales. Junior defensive lineman Connor Williams, junior cornerback Nevin Lawson, redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Nielsen all had a career-high two sacks in the game. Williams finished the contest with 176 rushing yards on just 15 carries (11.7 ypc) as he had scoring runs of 50, 86 and 12 yards. For Williams, it was his third 100-yard rushing game of the season. Keeton was 26-of-35 passing for 273 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions as those 26 completions are a career-high. Keeton also had 47 yards rushing on six carries including a 28 yard touchdown run. Senior wide receiver Matt Austin had a team-high six catches for 93 yards, including his fourth touchdown of the season. In all, 10 Aggies caught passes in the contest. Overall, USU had 485 yards of total offense (273-passing, 212-rushing) and averaged 8.2 yards per play, despite possessing the ball for just 21:36 and running just 59 offensive plays. The Spartans finished with 471 yards of total offense (467-passing, 4-rushing), ran 92 plays and controlled the ball for 38:24. Along with its school-record 13 sacks, USU also limited SJSU to four net yards rushing to rank tied for the 14th-fewest in a game in school history.

SOCCER
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Fri., Oct. 19 --- SAN JOSE STATE, 3 p.m.
• Utah State women's soccer (9-2-6, 4-0-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a home match against San Jose State (4-10-1, 2-4-0) on Friday, Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. (MT). USU 4-2-2 all-time against the Spartans.

Last Week
W, 2-1 OT --- at Seattle
W, 3-1 --- at Idaho
• Utah State posted an 2-0 record last week with road wins at Seattle (2-1 OT) and at Idaho (3-1). Against the Redhawks, junior defender Jackie Tillotson scored in the 39th minute and freshman forward Maris Hamblin scored the game-winning goal in the 99th minute. Senior goalkeeper Ashlyn Mulford had one save. Against the Vandals, USU got goals from junior forward Jade Tarver (34:31), sophomore defender Ambryn McCallson (75:49) and junior forward Mari Miyashio (86:08). Mulford added five saves in the match.

VOLLEYBALL
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Mon., Oct. 15 --- UTSA, 7 p.m.
Thur., Oct. 18 --- at Idaho, 8 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 20 --- at Seattle, 8 p.m.
• Utah State volleyball (13-6, 8-1) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with three matches as it hosts UTSA (12-7, 5-4) on Monday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., before playing at Idaho (9-10, 7-2) on Thursday, Oct. 18 and at Seattle (7-12, 2-7) on Saturday, Oct. 20 with both matches beginning at 8 p.m. (MT). USU is 3-0 all-time against the Roadrunners, 17-21 all-time against the Vandals and 2-0 all-time against the Redhawks.

Last Week
L, 2-3 --- UTAH VALLEY
W, 3-0 --- SAN JOSE STATE
• Utah State posted a 1-1 home record last week as it lost to Utah Valley (3-2) and defeated San Jose State (3-0). Against the Wolverines, senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen had a career-high 22 kills to go along with 10 digs, while sophomore outside hitter Rachel Orr added 15 kills and redshirt freshman middle blocker Elle Brainard had nine kills and nine blocks. USU hit .375 (62-17-120) in the match and UVU hit .273 (72-30-154). Against the Spartans, Orr had a team-high 12 kills and Brainard added seven kills and six blocks. USU hit .290 (41-12-100) in the match and SJSU hit .039 (33-28-128).

CROSS COUNTRY
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

Next Week
Sat., Oct. 27 --- at WAC Championships, Ruston, La., 10 a.m.
• Utah State's men and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 27 when it travels to Ruston, La., to compete in 2012 WAC Championships. The Aggie men have won six of the last seven WAC titles, including in 2011. The Aggie women finished third in 2011 and won the WAC Championship in 2006 and 2008.

Last Week
W: 4/26; M: 30/40 --- at Pre-Nationals, Louisville, Ky.
• Utah State's men and women's cross country teams had solid performances at the NCAA Pre-National meet in Louisville, Ky., last weekend. Junior Kyle McKenna crossed the finish line in 51st-place in the men's seeded 8K race with a time of 24:03.9, which would have been good enough for second-place in the unseeded men's race. senior Alex Litzsinger finished the women's unseeded race with a time of 21:15.4 to claim third-place as the time would have claimed 68th-place in the women's seeded race. McKenna and Litzsinger also represented the best times for the WAC. As a team, the USU women finished fourth out of 26 teams in the unseeded race with 188 points, while the USU men tallied 732 points in the seeded race to finish 30th out of the top 40 teams. Freshman Tylee Newman joined Litzsinger in the top 25 with a 24th-place finish (21:56.7), while fellow freshman Jacqueline Winterton ended the day in 59th-place (22:25.4). Junior Hannah Williams and freshman Kelsey Girardelli rounded out the top 100 finishes for the Utah State women as they placed 63rd (22:29.4) and 93rd (22:50.2), respectively. Sophomores Eric Shellhorn and Kade Jensen crossed the finish line with times of 24:54.3 and 24:58.3, respectively, which was good enough for 156th and 161st. Senior Aaron Clements placed 162nd with a time of 24:58.6.

MEN'S GOLF
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Mon.-Tues., Oct. 15-16 --- at UMKC Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's men's golf team will continue its fall schedule on Monday, Oct. 15 as it travels to Kansas City, Mo., to compete in the UMKC Invitational.

Last Competition
T7/13 --- at Dash Thomas Memorial
• Freshman Reed Platke finished tied for 15th-place with a 1-over 214 at the Boise State hosted Dash Thomas Memorial. Utah State ended the tournament tied for seventh-place in the 13-team field with a 19-over 871 (297-284-290). Washington State won the tournament with a 9-under 843 (286-275-282) and Utah Valley's Mason Casper took medalist honors with a 7-under 206 (66-69-71). Platke began the tournament with a 3-over 74 and then carded a season-best 2-under 69 during his second 18 holes Monday before finishing with an even-par 71 Tuesday. Freshman Seokwon Jeon tied for 43rd with a 9-over 222 (78-67-77), including a 67 during his second round which is the lowest round by an Aggie golfer this year. Senior Kris Sayer also tied for 43rd with a 9-over 22 (78-73-71), as did fellow senior Brendan Dennis who had rounds of 75, 75 and 72. Junior Tanner Higham was USU's fifth competitor and finished tied for 52nd with a 12-over 225 (70-79-76).

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340

This Week
Wed.-Sat., Oct. 17-21 --- at ITA Regionals, Las Vegas, Nev., All Day
• Utah State's men's tennis will conclude its fall season this week as it travels to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regionals from Wednesday, Oct. 17 through Sundday, Oct. 21.

Last Week
NTS --- at Utah Open
• Senior Sven Poslusny advanced to the quarterfinals of the singles main draw of the Utah Intercollegiate Tournament in Salt Lake this past weekend as he defeated BYU's Travis Fillmore in three sets (6-1, 4-6, 6-2) and USU sophomore teammate Curran Wearmouth in straight sets (6-2, 6-3). Poslusny also advanced to the second round of the doubles draw with sophomore teammate Matt Sweet as the duo defeated Weber State's Dylan Hansel and Georgi Kvernardes, 8-2. Other Aggies to compete in the tournament include juniors Brandon Nielsen, Fredrik Peterson, Matt Thatcher and Anderw Whiting, and freshman Zeno Kastelic.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340

Last Week
NTS --- at ITA Regionals, Las Vegas, Nev.
• Utah State concluded its fall schedule this past weekend at the ITA Mountain Regionals Championship tournament held in Las Vegas, Nev., as senior Jaci West posted a 2-1 singles record to lead the team. West advanced to the third round by defeating New Mexico's Jodi Williams in straight sets (6-1, 6-2) and Air Force's Mary Meyers in three sets (4-6, 6-4, 6-4). West also advanced to the quarterfinals of doubles play with sophomore teammate McKenzie Davis defeating Charlotta Hjarlmarson and Iva Parapunova of Montana State, 8-4, and Heather Davidson and Laurence Pelchant of Montana, 8-2. Other Aggies to compete in the tournament include seniors Julie Tukuafu and Kristina Voytsekhovich, sophomore Hillary Hays, and freshmen Kallie Sperry, Amber Stuhlmann and Ashley Stuhlmann.

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