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

Oct. 27, 2013

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Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Sat., Nov. 2 --- HAWAI'I, 2 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
• Utah State's football team (4-4, 3-1) will continue its 2013 season this weekend with a Mountain West home game against Hawai'i (0-7, 0-5) on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m., in a contest that will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221). USU is 6-6 all-time against the Rainbow Warriors, including a 3-2 record at home.

Last Competition
W, 45-10 --- at New Mexico
• Senior running back Joey DeMartino rushed for a career-high 144 yards and scored four touchdowns, and the Aggie defense held the nation's second-ranked rushing offense to less than half of its season average, in Utah State's 45-10 Mountain West road win at New Mexico Saturday night. Utah State evens its record at 4-4 with the win and improves to 3-1 in MW play, while New Mexico falls to 2-5 on the season and 0-3 in the league with the loss. USU also won its 10th-straight conference game on the road, extending its school record. Utah State finished the game with a season-high 337 rushing yards as part of its 492 yards of total offense as it also passed for 155 yards. Utah State's defense limited New Mexico to just 300 yards of total offense, including a season-low 160 yards on the ground. UNM entered the game ranking second in the nation with an average of 349.3 rushing yards per game. True freshman quarterback Darell Garretson finished the game 15-of-23 passing for 144 yards with one touchdown in his first career start, while DeMartino recorded his third-career 100-yard rushing game as he finished the contest with 144 yards on just 12 carries and tied his career-high with three rushing touchdowns. DeMartino also had a career-high three receptions for a career-best 41 yards, including his first career touchdown reception. Senior wide receiver Travis Reynolds finished with four receptions for 42 yards and extended his streak with at least one reception to 17 straight games. Defensively, senior cornerback Nevin Lawson and senior linebacker Jake Doughty each had six tackles, while senior defensive tackle Connor Williams had a team-high 1.5 sacks as USU notched a season-high six sacks against the Lobos.

Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Fri., Nov. 1 --- BOISE STATE, 3 p.m.
• Utah State's soccer team (9-6-3, 5-3-1) will conclude its 2013 regular season this week as it hosts Boise State (10-6-2, 5-3-0) in a Mountain West match on Friday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. USU is 9-3-2 all-time against BSU.

Last Week
W, 2-0 --- AIR FORCE
T, 0-0 --- NEW MEXICO
• Utah State posted a 1-1-1 Mountain West home record last week as it defeated Air Force (2-0), tied New Mexico (0-0, 2 OT) and lost to San Diego State (2-0). Against the Falcons, junior midfielder Lexi Morgan scored in the 13th minute and fellow junior midfielder Kylie Dibb scored in the 58th minute. Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Natalie Stoven allowed only two goals in 290 minutes during the week for a 0.62 goals against average as she made 12 saves, facing 29 shots for a .889 save percentage.

Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Thur., Oct. 31 --- WYOMING, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 2 --- #12 COLORADO STATE, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's volleyball team (14-7, 7-3) will continue its 2013 season with two Mountain West matches this week as it hosts Wyoming (14-10, 4-6) on Thursday, Oct. 31 and No. 12 Colorado State (19-0, 9-0) on Saturday, Nov. 2 with both matches beginning at 7 p.m. USU is 14-13 all-time against the Cowgirls and 14-18 all-time against the Rams.

Last Week
W, 3-1 --- UNLV
• Utah State posted a 2-0 Mountain West record last week with home wins against San Diego State (3-0) and UNLV (3-1). Against the Aztecs, senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani had 10 kills, while junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court had 16 digs. USU hit .269 (37-9-104) in the match and SDSU hit .138 (43-26-123). Against the Rebels, sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard had a career-high 21 kills, while junior outside hitter Rachel Orr added 14 kills and junior setter Paige Neves tied her career-high with 58 assists. USU also got 12 kills from Etimani and 10 kills from junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff. USU hit .242 (65-25-165) in the match and UNLV hit .173 (56-26-173).

Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Fri., Nov. 1 --- ADAMS STATE (Ex.), 7 p.m.
• Utah State men's basketball will play its final exhibition game of the 2013-14 season on Friday, Nov. 1 against Adams State at 7 p.m.

Last Week
W, 108-88 --- CENTRAL METHODIST (Ex.)
• Senior guard Preston Medlin led five Utah State players in double-figure scoring with 22 points as USU defeated Central Methodist, 108-88, in the Aggies' first exhibition game of the preseason last weekend. Medlin, who missed the final 15 games last year with a broken wrist, finished the night shooting 9-of-15 from the field, to go along with a game-high six assists and no turnovers. Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield added 20 points for USU, hitting 4-of-4 behind the three-point arc, while senior center Jarred Shaw had 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Junior forward Danny Berger added 10 points off the bench in his first action since late November of 2012 after collapsing in practice on Dec. 4 and going into full cardiac arrest. Freshman forward Jalen Moore also scored 10 points off the bench as USU had a dominating 42-16 scoring advantage by its reserves. Central Methodist was led by Melvin Tillman's game-high 28 points. USU finished the game shooting 63.8 percent overall (44-of-69), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (10-of-20) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (10-of-15). CMU shot 56.3 percent in the game (27-of-48), including 61.9 percent from behind the arc (13-of-21) and 61.8 percent at the charity stripe (21-of-34). USU dominated the glass as it out-rebounded Central Methodist by 16 (36-20). USU also had 11 more assists (25-14), three more blocks (4-1) and two more steals (6-4), while CMU committing two more turnovers (12-10).

Contact: Mitch Praxl - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Fri., Nov. 1 --- at Mountain West Championships, C.S., Colo., 9 a.m.
• Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will continue its 2013 season on Friday, Nov. 1 when it travels to Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete in the Mountain West Championships at 9 a.m.

Last Competition
M: 33/52; W: 43/49--- at Indiana State Pre-Nationals
• Facing their largest and deepest field this season, Utah State's men and women's cross country teams performed well at the Indiana State-hosted NCAA Pre-National Meet last weekend. Senior Kyle McKenna led the USU men's team with a time of 24:29.83 to finish 84th out of 359 runners in the eight-kilometer Men's Blue Race. Behind McKenna, the Aggie men claimed the 33rd position out of 52 teams. Senior Alex Litzsinger was the top finisher for the women's team, taking home a 122nd-place finish out of 340 runners with a time of 21:38.15 in the six-kilometer Women's Blue Race. Overall, the USU women finished in 43rd-place out of 49 teams. Junior Eric Shellhorn joined McKenna among the top-100 finishers in the Men's Blue Race, garnering the 95th position with a time of 24:32.68. Freshman Colby Wilson (25:04.56) and sophomore Chris Martinez (25:04.69) finished back-to-back in 177th and 178th, respectively, to round out the top-200 for Utah State. They were joined among the top-300 finishers by sophomore Kade Jensen (25:47.87) and junior Jacob Barton (25:51.65), who finished in 289th and 295th, respectively. On the women's side, freshman Tori Parkinson joined Litzsinger in the top-150 with a time of 21:43.47 and a 137th-place finish. Sophomore Jacqueline Winterton (22:13.88), and juniors Ashley Robison (22:19.14) and Brittany Bushman (22:29.46) also performed strongly, placing 230th, 241st and 259th, respectively.

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

Next Competition
Mon.-Tues., Feb. 10-11 --- at Southern Utah Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's men's golf team will return to action on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 10-11 when it begins its spring season at the Southern Utah hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational in St. George, Utah.

Last Week
17th/20 --- at CS Northridge Invitational
• Junior Tanner Higham shot a final round 4-under 68 to finish tied for 35th with a 4-over par 220 at the Cal State Northridge hosted Bill Cullum Invitational last week. Utah State finished the tournament in 17th-place out of 20 teams with a 41-over 905 (301-311-293). Cal State Fullerton won the team title with a 15-under 849 (288-280-281), while Long Beach State's Daniel Chian took medalist honors with a 10-under 206 (72-68-66). Higham began the tournament with a 7-over 79, before fighting back with a 1-over 73 during his second round and a 4-under 68 during his final round. Sophomore Seokwon Jeon also shot a 4-under 68 during his final round to finish tied for 43rd with a 5-over 221 (74-79-68). Junior Grahm Schmaltz and redshirt freshman Eli Rogers both tied for 91st at 20-over 236 as Schmaltz had rounds of 78, 78 and 80, while Rogers had rounds of 71, 81 and 84. Sophomore Brennan Coburn also competed for USU and tied for 93rd-place at 21-over 237 (78-82-77).

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