WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - OCTOBER 19, 2015
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Fri., Oct. 23 --- at San Diego State, 8:30 p.m. (MT) (ESPN2)
• Utah State’s football team (4-2, 3-0) continues its 2015 season this weekend with a Mountain West road game at San Diego State (4-3, 3-0) on Friday, Oct. 23 at 8:30 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. USU is 1-10 all-time against the Aztecs, including a 1-7 road record.
W, 52-26 --- BOISE STATE
• Behind a stellar defensive showing, Utah State remained undefeated in Mountain West play as it rolled to a 52-26 victory over 21st-ranked Boise State on Oct. 16, 2015 on Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium. The Aggies (4-2, 3-0 MW) forced a school-record-tying eight turnovers, including seven in the first half, with five interceptions and three fumbles, turning them into 35 points. This was the Aggies’ first home win against an Associated Press-ranked team since defeating No. 25 Fresno State 20-19 in 1991. However, USU is 3-3 against top-25 opponents over the past three years under head coach Matt Wells. Sophomore QB Kent Myers completed 17-of-24 passes for 157 yards and a career-high-tying three touchdowns as the Aggies extended their home winning streak to 12 in a row. Myers also tied for the team high in rushing with 63 yards and a score on 14 carries. Redshirt senior RB Kelsey Young rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries for Boise State (5-2, 2-1), while freshman QB Brett Rypien completed 25-of-50 passes for 299 yards and three interceptions. Junior RB Devante Mays also rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown for the Aggies, who outgained the Broncos 334 to 333. Senior WR Hunter Sharp caught seven passes for 42 yards and two touchdowns to help Utah State snap a 12-game losing streak to Boise State dating back to the 1997 season. Junior LB Nick Vigil led the Aggies on defense with 14 tackles, including 2.0 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. He also had two quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery and forced fumble. Senior LB Kyler Fackrell added 11 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. Sophomore CB Jalen Davis and senior LB Torrey Green also had interceptions for the Aggies and USU finished with 10.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Oct. 22 --- WYOMING, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 24 --- #20 COLORADO STATE, 7 p.m.
• Utah State’s volleyball team (5-17, 1-7) continues its 2015 season this week with a pair of Mountain West matches as it hosts Wyoming (15-5, 5-3) on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., and 20th-ranked Colorado State (15-3, 8-0) on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. USU is 16-15 all-time against the Cowgirls and 14-22 all-time against the Rams.
L, 0-3 --- at San Diego State
L, 0-3 --- at Nevada
• Utah State posted an 0-2 Mountain West road record last week with 3-0 losses at both San Diego State and Nevada. Against the Aztecs, junior outside hitter Kaylie Kamalu had 11 kills as USU hit .255 (38-12-102) and SDSU hit .354 (44-9-99). Against the Wolf Pack, sophomore outside hitter Rachel Gale had 14 kills as USU hit .172 (29-13-93) and UN hit .321 (49-15-106).
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Fri., Oct. 23 --- at Colorado State, 3 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 25 --- at Wyoming, 1 p.m.
• Utah State’s soccer team (9-7-1, 4-4-0) continues its 2015 season this week with a pair of Mountain West road matches at Colorado State (3-12-2, 0-7-1) on Friday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m., and at Wyoming (7-5-4, 3-4-1) on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. USU is 2-0-0 all-time against the Rams and 4-3-2 all-time against the Cowgirls.
W, 2-0 --- AIR FORCE
W, 3-2 --- COLORADO COLLEGE
• Utah State posted a 2-0-0 Mountain West home record last week with a 2-0 win against Air Force and a 3-2 victory against Colorado College. Junior forward Jessica Brooksby led the team through the weekend, scoring three goals and adding one assist between the two matches. Junior midfielder Jayne Robison also scored against the Falcons, while sophomore midfielder Wesley Hamblin added a goal and an assist against the Tigers. Senior goalkeeper Jeannie Woller played the entirety of both matches for the Aggies, tallying 13 saves with a .867 save percentage. Overall, the Aggies took 27 shots on the weekend to the opponents’ 23.
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361
Fri., Oct. 30 --- at MW Championships, Reno, Nev., 11 a.m. (MT)
• Utah State’s men and women’s cross country teams will return to action on Friday, Oct. 30 when they travel to Reno, Nev., to compete in the 2015 Mountain West Championships. The Aggie men finished fifth at last year’s MW Championships, while the women placed seventh.
M: 15th/31; W: 27th/45 --- at Pre-Nationals, Louisville, Ky.
• Utah State’s women’s cross country team fared well in a seeded race against eight nationally-ranked opponents. The Aggies were spurred on by freshman Kashley Carter, who placed 24th with a time of 20:30.5, to help Utah State record 676 points and place 27th out of 45 teams at the Pre-Nationals meet held at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park last weekend. Finishing behind Carter was senior Jacqueline Winterton, who came in 151st with a time of 21:28.3. Following Winterton came a herd of Aggies, including sophomore Kelsey Yamauchi, who crossed the line 171st (21:34.6), junior Tori Parkinson, who placed 173rd (21:36.1), and a 175th-place finish by sophomore Jackie Heaps (21:36.8). On the men’s side, Utah State was led by junior Colby Wilson, who placed 35th overall in the men’s unseeded 8,000m race with a time of 24:48.8 to help the Aggie men finish 15th out of 31 teams. Following Wilson was junior Ben Johnston, who placed 40th by recording a time of 24:50.4. Others in the front five were sophomore Justin Sheets, finishing 53rd (24:59.8), sophomore Dillon Maggard, crossing the line 70th (25:11.3), and freshman Kody Gould placing 164th (26:09.3).
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., Oct. 19-20 --- at CS Northridge Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s men’s golf team will conclude its 2015 fall season on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 19-20 when it travels to Simi Valley, Calif., to compete in the Cal State Northridge-hosted Bill Cullum Invitational.
2nd/13 --- at Utah Invitational
• Utah State senior Seokwon Jeon shot a final-round 6-under-par 65 to win the OGIO Utah Invitational with a collegiate-best 12-under 201 (66-70-65) last week. For Jeon, it is the third time in his collegiate career that he has claimed medalist honors as he also won the OGIO Utah Invitational in 2013 with a 7-under 206 (67-71-68) and tied for first at the BYU-hosted Cougar Classic in the spring of 2015 with a 5-under 211 (71-70-70). The three tournament titles by Jeon are the second-most in Utah State history, trailing Jay Don Blake’s school-record 15 tournament wins from 1979-81. Furthermore, Jeon’s 12-under 201 (66-70-65) is the lowest 54-hole score for an Aggie since Blake shot a school-best 18-under 195 (67-65-63) at the USU-hosted Ev Thorpe Classic in the fall of 1979. Utah State finished the 13-team Utah Invitational in second-place with a school-record 15-under-par 837 (278-279-280). During the final round, USU’s 4-under 280 was the best team score in the tournament field. For Utah State, it is its best tournament finish since winning the Weber State-hosted Battle in the Tetons in Victor, Idaho to start its 2014 fall season. USU has now finished in the top 10 in all four tournaments it has competed in this fall, including a pair of top-five finishes. Jeon began the Utah Invitational by shooting a 5-under 66 and followed that up with a 1-under 70. He then concluded the tournament with a season-best 6-under 65 for his 12-under 201, winning the tournament by two strokes. For Jeon, he now has 30 rounds under par and 13 rounds in the 60s during his Utah State career. Joining Jeon at the top of the leaderboard was junior Tanner Jenson, who shot a collegiate-best 9-under 204 (68-66-70) to finish third for his second-best tournament finish. For Jenson, it is the first time in his collegiate career that he has carded back-to-back rounds in the 60s, giving him three such rounds this year and five in his career, which included his season-low 5-under 66 during his second 18 holes. Sophomore Braxton Miller finished the tournament tied for 18th at 1-under 212 (71-69-72), while junior McCoy Willey placed 39th at 7-over 220 (73-74-73) and freshman Keifer Higham finished tied for 59th at 17-over 230 (79-77-74). Miller’s 2-under 69 during his second 18 holes was his season-best round, while his 1-under 212 is his best-ever tournament finish.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Sat., Jan. 17 --- vs. Gonzaga, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 am
• Utah State women’s tennis will begin its 2016 spring schedule with a match in Salt Lake City against Gonzaga on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m.
NTS --- at ITA Regionals, Las Vegas, Nev.
• Utah State concluded its fall schedule at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Region Tournament last weekend in Las Vegas, Nev. In singles, junior Nini Guensler went 2-1, junior Lexi Turley went 1-0, freshman Jenna Kane went 1-1, freshman Sabrina Demerath went 1-2, and junior Ekaterina Tugarinova, sophomore Maggie O'Meara, and freshmen Monika Van de Vondel and Alice Patch all went 0-1. In doubles, the tandem of Turley and Patch went 1-1, while the teams of Kane and O’Meara, Demerath and Van de Vondel, and Tugarinova and Guensler all went 0-1.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Wed.-Sun., Oct. 21-25 --- at ITA Regionals, Albuquerque, N.M., All Day
• Utah State men’s tennis will conclude its 2015 fall season this week when it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the ITA Regionals from Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 21-25.
NTS --- at Boise State Invitational
• Utah State competed at the Boise State-hosted Dar Walters Fall Classic last weekend and was led by sophomore Jaime Barajas, who advanced to the singles finals before losing in three sets to the tournament’s top seed. Overall in singles, Barajas went 5-1, freshman Jonas Maier went 4-1, freshman Samuel Serrano went 3-1, juniors Daniel Echeverry and Jack Swindells, and freshmen Javier Araya, Romai Ugarte all went 2-1, freshman Luis Lopez went 1-1 and freshman Dylan Ihmels went 0-2. In doubles, Lopez and Nakajima went 3-2, Barajas and Swindells went 2-1, Echeverry and Maier went 2-2 and the teams of Ihmels and Serrano, and Araya and Ugarte went 0-2.
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