Oct. 22, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - OCTOBER 22, 2012
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Oct. 27 --- at UTSA, 12 p.m. (ESPN3)
Utah State football (6-2, 2-0) continues Western Athletic Conference play this weekend at UTSA (5-2, 1-1) on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 12 p.m. (MT). The game, which will be the first-ever between the two schools, will be available to watch live via the internet on ESPN3.
W, 41-7 --- NEW MEXICO STATE
Utah State became bowl eligible for the second-straight year with a 41-7 rout against New Mexico State last weekend. Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton was 16-of-26 passing for 257 yards and two touchdowns, the first on a 76-yard screen pass to senior running back Kerwynn Williams on USU's first play from scrimmage. Williams ended the day with three catches for 94 yards, while adding 13 carries for 82 yards with a touchdown. Keeton also rushed seven times for 81 yards with two touchdowns, including a career-long 76 yard run on USU's first possession of the second quarter to give the home team a 21-0 lead as USU amassed 256 rushing yards with three touchdowns. Utah State also totaled 260 yards through the air as sophomore quarterback Craig Harrison completed his lone pass of the afternoon for three yards. Senior wide receiver Chuck Jacobs had four catches for 94 yards, with 49 yards coming on a scoring strike from Keeton for USU's second touchdown of the first quarter. Junior linebacker Jake Doughty led the USU defense with 10 tackles, while senior cornerback Will Davis tallied eight stops, including two tackles for loss and also snared his first career interception that he returned out of NMSU's endzone for 35 yards. Freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell also had eight tackles and blocked a 42-yard New Mexico State field goal attempt, USU's fourth blocked kick this season. Utah State connected on two field goals, as sophomore placekicker Nick Diaz boomed a career-long 53-yarder early in the third quarter and added a 48-yarder at the start of the fourth stanza. The 53-yard field goal was USU's longest since a 56-yarder by Chris Ulinski in 2008, which also came at home against New Mexico State. Diaz's field goal is tied for the eighth-longest in school history. New Mexico State finished with 321 yards of total offense (189-passing, 132-rushing).
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Sun., Oct. 28 --- LOUISIANA TECH, 12 p.m.
Utah State women's soccer (10-2-6, 5-0-2) will conclude its regular season by hosting Western Athletic Conference foe Louisiana Tech (12-2-4, 3-1-2) on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 12 p.m. (MT). USU 7-0-0 all-time against the Lady Techsters.
W, 1-0 --- SAN JOSE STATE
Utah State won its only match of the week as it defeated San Jose State at home, 1-0. Junior midfielder Jennifer Flynn scored USU's only goal of the match in the 55th minute and senior goalkeeper Ashlyn Mulford had three saves.
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Oct. 25 --- UT ARLINGTON, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 27 --- LOUISIANA TECH, 7 p.m.
Utah State volleyball (15-7, 10-2) continues Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of home matches against UT Arlington (8-15, 4-7) on Thursday, Oct. 25 and Louisiana Tech (3-20, 0-11) on Saturday, Oct. 27 with both matches beginning at 7 p.m. USU is 8-5 all-time against UTA and 14-1 all-time against LTU.
L, 0-3 --- UTSA
W, 3-2 --- at Idaho
W, 3-0 --- at Seattle
Utah State posted a 2-1 record last week as it lost at home to UTSA (3-0) before notching a pair of road wins at Idaho (3-2) and Seattle (3-0). Against the Roadrunners, senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen had 15 kills and 11 digs for her ninth double-double of the season, while sophomore outside hitter Rachel Orr had 10 kills. USU finished the match hitting .175 (38-17-120) and UTSA hit .238 (48-18-126). Against the Vandals, Sorensen had 18 kills and 17 digs, while senior outside hitter Josselyn White added 17 kills and 16 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. USU hit .227 (64-23-181) in the match and UI hit .194 (62-23-201). Against the Redhawks, Sorensen had 13 kills and Orr added 10 kills. USU hit .305 (40-8-105) in the match and SU hit .065 (34-26-123).
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861
Sat., Oct. 27 --- at WAC Championships, Ruston, La., 8 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 WAC Championships in 2006 and 2008.
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.
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Fri., Oct. 26 --- GRAND CANYON, 7 p.m.
Utah State men's basketball will play its first exhibition game of the 2012-13 season on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., against Grand Canyon.
Utah State returns three starters (Danny Berger, Preston Medlin, Kyisean Reed) and two other lettermen (Ben Clifford, Jordan Stone) from last year's team that finished the season with a 21-16 record, advancing to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). In addition to the five returning lettermen, the Aggies have two redshirts and eight newcomers on the 2012-13 roster. One of the returners is junior guard Preston Medlin, who is entering his fourth year with the team after redshirting the 2010-11 season. Forward Kyisean Reed is the lone senior on the Aggies' squad, which includes seven juniors, but Medlin is just one of three that were with the team last year, as four players came to USU from the junior college ranks. In addition to three sophomores, the Aggies also have four freshmen on the roster. Joining Utah State's five returning lettermen are two redshirts, junior center Jarred Shaw and sophomore center Matt Lopez, as well as eight newcomers. The newcomers are evenly split of four junior college players in junior forward/guard Spencer Butterfield, junior forwards Sean Harris and Marvin Jean along with junior guard TeNale Roland, and a four-player freshman class consisting of forwards Quincy Bair and Quinn Taylor, along with guards Riley Bradshaw and Marcel Davis.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., Oct. 22-23 --- at CS Northridge Invitational, All Day
Utah State's men's golf team will conclude its fall schedule on Monday, Oct. 22 as it travels to Simi Valley, Calif., to compete in the CS Northridge hosted Bill Cullum Invitational.
T12th/14 --- at Bill Ross Intercollegiate, Overland Park, Kan.
Freshman Seokwon Jeon finished tied for 35th-place with a 10-over 226 at the UMKC hosted Bill Ross Intercollegiate held last week at the Milburn Golf and Country Club in Overland Park, Kan. Utah State finished tied for 12th-place in the 14-team field with a 46-over 910 (301-298-311). UMKC won the tournament by two shots with a 6-over 870 (285-287-298), while Arkansas State's Easton Key took medalist honors after rounds of 69, 71 and 70 for a 6-under 210. Jeon had rounds of 71, 75 and 80 to tie for 35th-place with a 10-over 226. Senior Brendan Dennis tied for 52nd-place with a 13-over 229 (76-73-80), freshman Reed Platke tied for 62nd with a 15-over 231 (78-75-78), junior Tanner Higham tied for 68th with a 16-over 232 (76-81-75), and junior Kris Sayer also tied for 68th-place with a 16-over 232 (79-75-78).
Contact: Megan Allen - (303) 707-5340
NTS --- at ITA Regionals, Las Vegas, Nev.
Sophomore Curran Wearmouth posted a 2-2 singles record and teamed with freshman Zeno Kastelic as the duo advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles consolation bracket at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Region Championships this past weekend in Las Vegas, Nev. Other Aggies to compete in the tournament include juniors Brandon Nielsen, Fredrik Peterson, Matt Thatcher and Anderw Whiting, sophomores Tanner Dance and Matt Sweet, and freshman Zeno Kastelic.
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