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Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's fall sports continue this week with men's and women's cross country, soccer and volleyball all in action, while men's basketball begins its season with an exhibition game.
Utah State's fall sports continue this week with men's and women's cross country, soccer and volleyball all in action, while men's basketball begins its season with an exhibition game.

Oct. 23, 2011

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - OCTOBER 23, 2011

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

Next Week
Sat., Nov. 5 --- at Hawai'i, 10 p.m.
• Utah State's football team (2-5, 0-2) will return to Western Athletic Conference action on Saturday, Nov. 5 when it travels to Honolulu to face Hawai'i (4-3, 2-1) at 10 p.m. (MT). USU is 5-6 all-time against the Warriors including a 2-4 record on the road.

Last Week
L, 17-24 --- LOUISIANA TECH
• Freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton threw for 128 yards and added 27 yards on the ground and senior linebacker Bobby Wagner posted a career-high 20 tackles, but Utah State was out-scored 10-0 in the fourth quarter leading to a 24-17 home loss to Louisiana Tech Saturday. Utah State, who entered the game as the sixth-best rushing offense in the nation averaging 297.2 yards per game, was held to a season-low 166 rushing yards. USU also ranked 19th in the country in total offense entering Saturday's game averaging 476.0 yards per game, but was held to a season-low 294 yards as it finished with 128 passing yards. Utah State's 17 points were also a season-low after entering the week ranking 18th in the nation with an average of 39.0 points per game. Louisiana Tech had just 232 yards of total offense in the game (86-rushing, 146-passing) and lost the time of possession battle, 31:11 to 28:49, but converted a USU interception and illegal kicking penalty deep in its own end of the field for 10 points. Junior running back Robert Turbin entered Saturday's game with five-straight 100-yard outings, but finished with just 81 yards on 16 carries, marking the first time since the season-opener at Auburn that he didn't rush for a 100 yards. Turbin did score on a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, giving him 12 TD's this season and 33 in his career. He also moved into second-place all-time at USU with 254 career points, and is the highest scoring non-kicker, as placekicker Brad Bohn (1997-2000) holds the No. 1 spot with 284 career points.

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

This Week
Fri., Oct. 28 --- SAN JOSE STATE, 3 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 30 --- FRESNO STATE, 1 p.m.
• Utah State's soccer team (12-4-1, 4-1-0) will conclude Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of home matches against San Jose State (4-10-1, 2-1-1) on Friday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m., and against Fresno State (9-4-3, 3-1-0) on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. USU is 3-2-2 all-time against the Spartans and 2-6-2 all-time against the Bulldogs.

Last Week
W, 3-0 --- at Idaho
• Utah State posted a 3-0 road win at Idaho in its only match of the week. Sophomore midfielder Jennifer Flynn lead Utah State as she scored two of the Aggies' three goals, including the game-winner, her second of the season. The sophomore connected on two of her four shots on the day, including scoring two goals in less than three minutes to put USU up 2-0. The Aggies stretched their lead to 3-0 in the 77th minute when freshman midfielder Taryn Rose scored her first goal of the season. Senior goalkeeper Molli Merrill and the Aggie defense earned their second-straight shutout, its third in the last four matches and seventh of the season, in addition to being the third in WAC action. Merril ended the match with two saves.

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

This Week
Thur., Oct. 27 --- NEW MEXICO STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 29 --- LOUISIANA TECH, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's volleyball team (9-13, 4-5) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of home matches against New Mexico State (18-5, 7-1) on Thursday, Oct. 27 and Louisiana Tech (9-16, 0-8) on Saturday, Oct. 29 with both matches beginning at 7 p.m. USU is 25-39 all-time against NMSU and 12-1 all-time against LTU.

Last Week
L, 1-3 --- at San Jose State
L, 0-3 --- at #8 Hawai'i
• Utah State lost a pair of road matches last week at San Jose State (3-1) and at No. 8 Hawai'i (3-0). Against the Spartans, senior outside hitter Liz McArthur had 17 kills, eight digs and four block assists, while junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen added 11 kills and a career-high nine digs, while freshman middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff tied her career-high with seven kills to go along with five total blocks. USU hit .103 (43-29-136) in the match and SJSU hit .171 (49-23-152). Against the Rainbow Wahine, Sorensen had a team-best seven kills and McArthur finished with six kills and 10 digs. Junior libero Laurel Bodily added 16 digs. USU hit a negative .045 (19-23-89) in the match and UH hit .144 (34-19-104).

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

This Week
Fri., Oct. 29 --- at WAC Championships, Honolulu, 1 p.m.
• Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 29 when it travels to Honolulu to compete in the Western Athletic Conference Championships. The Aggie women finished second at last year's championships and the men placed third. Overall, USU's men has won five WAC titles (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) and the Aggie women have won two WAC titles (2006, 2008).

Last Competition
M: 4/32; W: 14/34 --- at Arkansas Chile Pepper Festival
• Senior Brian McKenna led the Utah State men's cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the University of Arkansas hosted Chile Pepper Festival on Saturday as he finished 15th out of 288 runners with a time of 30:09.5. USU's women took home a 14th-place finish with sophomore Hannah Williams leading the charge as she crossed the finish line in 81st-place (22:16.1). The men ran a 10-kilometer race while the women competed in a six-kilometer race. Other Aggie men finishing in the top 100 included sophomore Kyle McKenna (35th, 30:37.4) along with seniors Daniel Howell (40th, 30:47.0), Hunter Nelson (58th, 31:07.7), Eric Larson (64th, 31:12.9) and Nick Bolinder (94th, 31:50.1). Junior Kaylee Campbell finished the women's race with a time of 22:21.3, which was good enough for 85th-place. Joining Williams and Campbell in the top 100 was senior Jessie Chugg (92nd, 22:30.1) and redshirt junior Ruth Hilton (99th, 22:33.6). Other finishers for the Aggie men include sophomore Devin Lang (121st, 32:10.0), and freshmen Eric Shellhorn (127th, 32:15.2), Austin Neuner, (159th, 32:56.5) and Corey Kimzey (230th, 34:58.9). Other finishers for the Aggie women include junior Stephanie Burt (122nd, 22:54.7), sophomores Brittany Fisher (126th, 23:02.6) and Cherice Chugg (179th, 24:01.9), and freshmen Brittany Bushman (125th, 23:01.2) and Tessa Brown (194th, 24:22.3).

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

This Week
Wed., Oct. 26 --- BLUE VS. WHITE SCRIMMAGE, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 28 --- UC SAN DIEGO (Ex.), 7 p.m.
• Utah State's men's basketball team will hold its annual Blue-White Scrimmage on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., followed by its first exhibition game of the 2011-12 season on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., against UC San Diego.

Preseason Notes
• Utah State, who is picked to finish first by the media and third by the coaches in the WAC's preseason polls, returns one starter and four letterwinners from last year's team that advanced to its 20th NCAA Tournament all-time, including its eighth in the last 12 years under Morrill as it lost to Kansas State, 73-68, in the second round. USU finished the 2010-11 season with a 30-4 record and went 15-1 in WAC play to claim its fourth-straight regular season league championship, which is a school record. Utah State also won the WAC Tournament title in 2011, its second in the past three year. Over the last four years, USU has a combined record of 111-28 (.799) including a 55-9 (.859) WAC mark. Leading the way for Utah State during the 2011-12 season will be senior guard Brockeith Pane who earned first-team all-WAC honors as a junior as he averaged 11.8 points, 3.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game, while ranking fourth in the league in free throw shooting (.802), fifth in assists and sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.32). Pane, who was also named the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 WAC Tournament, finished the season shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 21.1 percent from three-point range. Utah State's most experienced player is senior forward Brady Jardine who has played in 91 games with seven starts during his first three years at USU. As a junior, Jardine averaged 7.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in 21.4 minutes and shot 54.1 percent from the field and 64.7 percent at the free throw line. Pane was named the WAC's Preseason Player of the Year by the media and a preseason first-team all-WAC selection by both the coaches and media, while Jardine was named preseason second-team all-WAC by the coaches. Other returners from last season's WAC Championship team include senior forward Morgan Grim and junior guard E.J. Farris. Grim played in 32 games during his first year at Utah State and averaged 2.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in 8.7 minutes, while shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 62.9 percent at the free throw line. Farris played in 21 games in his first year as an Aggie and averaged 1.9 points in 7.3 minutes.

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

Last Week
13/13 --- at Bill Cullum Invitational, Simi Valley, Calif.
• Utah State finished in 13th-place in the 13-team Bill Cullum Invitational hosted by Cal State Northridge with a 53-over 917 (305-302-310). Senior Chanse Godderidge was Utah State's top finisher as he tied for 48th with an 11-over 227 (73-77-77). Freshman Brennan Coburn finished the tournament tied for 52nd with a 12-over 228 (77-78-73), freshman Andrew Paulson finished tied for 70th with an 18-over 234 (79-79-76), junior Brendan Dennis tied for 76th with a 21-over 237 (80-73-84), and freshman Tanner Jenson tied for 78th with a 23-over 239 (76-74-89).

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

Last Week
NTS --- at ITA Regional, Las Vegas
• Utah State's men's tennis team concluded its fall schedule at the ITA Regional Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., last weekend as sophomore Fredrik Peterson posted a 1-2 record in singles play and teamed with freshman Marcus Fritz for a 2-2 doubles mark at the ITA Regional Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. Junior Sven Poslusny, and freshmen Matt Sweet and Andrew Whiting also posted a first round win in singles action. Other Aggies to compete in the tournament include seniors Nate Ballam and Lenny Whiting, and freshmen Jordan Barlow, Brandon Neilson and Curran Wearmouth.

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