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

Oct. 28, 2012

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - OCTOBER 29, 2012

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

This Week
Sat., Nov. 3 --- TEXAS STATE, 1 p.m. (KMYU)
• Utah State football (7-2, 3-0) continues Western Athletic Conference play this weekend at home against Texas State (3-4, 1-1) on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. (MT). The game, which will be the first-ever between the two schools, will be televised live regionally on KMYU.

Last Week
W, 48-17 --- at UTSA
• Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns and senior running back Kerwynn Williams added 90 rushing yards and two more scores to lead Utah State to an easy 48-17 road win at UTSA Saturday. For USU, it marked the first time since 1990 that it has scored at least 40 points in three-straight games. With the win, Utah State is off to its best start since the 1978, while its 3-0 conference start is its best since 2000. Utah State also set a school record with its eighth-straight conference win against UTSA. Overall, USU has now won five-straight WAC road games and six of its last eight overall. Keeton finished the day completing 27-of-36 passes for 340 yards, to go along with three touchdowns in just three quarters of action. For Keeton, those 27 completions are a career-high, while his 340 passing yards are the second-most of his career. Williams finished the game with 90 rushing yards on just 13 carries, which included a 68-yard run on the first play of the third quarter, to go along with three receptions for 68 yards. Utah State also got a pair of touchdowns from sophomore running back Joe Hill who carried the ball seven times for 21 yards and added three receptions for 65 yards. Utah State finished the game with 522 yards of total offense (394-passing, 128 rushing) and held the ball for 32:46. USU was also 10-of-17 on third-down, tying its season-high. Redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell had a game-high seven tackles, along with junior linebacker Jake Doughty to lead Utah State. Fackrell and senior cornerback Will Davis both intercepted their second passes of the season. UTSA finished the game with 299 yards of total offense (248-passing, 51-rushing).

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

This Week
WAC Tournament, Logan, Utah
Thur., Nov. 1 --- Quarterfinals, 12/2:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 2 --- Semifinals, 12/2:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 4 --- Championship, 1 p.m.
• Utah State women's soccer (11-2-6, 6-0-2) is the No. 1 seed in the 2012 WAC Tournament hosted by USU and will play in the second semifinal match on Friday, Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m., against the winner of No. 4 Louisiana Tech and No. 5 Seattle. Denver is the No. 2 seed and will play the winner of No. 3 Texas State and No. 6 Idaho, as both quarterfinals will be played on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The championship match will be on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m.

Last Week
W, 4-0 --- LOUISIANA TECH
• Utah State concluded its regular season with a 4-0 home win against Louisiana Tech as sophomore forward Jade Tarver scored a pair of goals, while sophomore midfielder Lexi Morgan and junior forward Libby Lundquist also scored goals. Senior goalkeeper Ashlyn Mulford added five saves.

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

This Week
Thur., Nov. 1 --- at Denver, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 3 --- at New Mexico State, 7 p.m.
• Utah State volleyball (17-7, 12-2) continues Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of road matches at Denver (13-10, 6-6) on Thursday, Nov. 1 and at New Mexico State (16-7, 9-3) on Saturday, Nov. 3 with both matches beginning at 7 p.m. USU is 2-0 all-time against DU and 27-39 all-time against NMSU.

Last Week
W, 3-0 --- UT ARLINGTON
W, 3-0 --- LOUISIANA TECH
• Utah State posted a 2-0 home record last week with a pair of three-set sweeps against UT Arlington and Louisiana Tech. Against the Mavericks, sophomore outside hitter Rachel Orr tied her career-high with 17 kills, while senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen had 12 kills and senior outside hitter Josselyn White added 13 digs. USU finished the match hitting .206 (47-25-107) and UTA hit .094 (35-25-106). Against the Lady Techsters, Whilte set a school record as she hit .812 on 13 kills with no errors in 16 attacks. Sorensen added 12 kills, while sophomore libero Ashlan Rogers had 10 digs and redshirt freshman middle blocker Elle Brainard had six blocks. USU hit .360 (42-11-86) in the match and LTU hit .127 (32-19-102).

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

Next Week
Fri., Nov. 9 --- at NCAA Regional, Fort Collins, Colo., 11 a.m.
• Utah State's men and women's cross country teams will return to action on Friday, Nov. 9 when it travels to Fort Collins, Colo., to compete in 2012 NCAA Mountain Regional.

Last Week
W: 3/8; M: 2/9 --- at WAC Tournament, Ruston, La.
• Utah State's men finished second and the women finished third at the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Championships in Ruston, La. Individually, four Aggie runners earned first-team all-WAC honors with two each for the USU men and women. Senior Alex Litzsinger and freshman Tylee Newman represented the Utah State women with first-team all-WAC accolades, placing fourth and fifth with times of 17:31.61 and 17:39.56, respectively. Newman was also named the WAC Freshman of the Year. First-team all-WAC honorees for the USU men were junior Kyle McKenna, who led all Aggies with a second-place finish (24:06.90) and sophomore Eric Shellhorn, who crossed the finish line in sixth-place (24:47.79). As a team, the Aggie men finished second with 52 points, just four points behind UT Arlington (48) who claimed their first WAC title. On the women's side, USU finished third (62) behind Idaho who won their third-straight WAC cross country title with 48 points and UTSA (51). Senior Aaron Clements and freshman Chris Martinez rounded out the all-WAC honorees for Utah State as they finished 13th (25:03.52) and 14th (25:04.26), respectively to garner second-team all-WAC accolades.

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Sat., Nov. 3 --- SIMON FRASER, 7 p.m. (Ex.)
• Utah State men's basketball will play its final exhibition game of the 2012-13 season against Simon Fraser on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

Last Week
W, 76-44 --- GRAND CANYON (Ex.)
• Behind 16 points from junior guard Preston Medlin and 15 points from junior center Jarred Shaw, Utah State began its 2012-13 season with a 76-44 exhibition win against Division II Grand Canyon last weekend. Medlin netted 13 of his game-high 16 points in the first half and finished the night 4-of-7 field goal shooting, including hitting both three-point attempts, and was a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line. He was one of five USU players who were perfect at the free throw line, as the Aggies shot 23-of-25 (.920) from the charity stripe. USU shot 44.4 percent (25-54) from the field, including 5-of-14 (.357) behind the arc. Shaw made his first seven free throws before missing his eighth, finishing 7-of-8 from the line, while adding 4-of-8 field goals for his 15 points. He also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds, including six on the offensive glass as USU out-rebounded GCU, 43-26. All 12 Aggie players that were in uniform for Friday's game saw action, including seven newcomers. Of the 12, a total of 11 players scored, and seven of them scored six or more points. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford added eight points as did junior guard TeNale Roland in his first action in a USU uniform, also snaring six rebounds. The Antelopes were led by Barret Robbins with eight points off the bench, while Camyn Boone added six points. Five different GCU players snared three rebounds apiece. GCU made 28.8 percent (15-52) of its field goals, hitting 5-of-17 (.294) from three-point range and were 9-of-12 (.750) at the charity stripe.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Fri., Nov. 2 --- NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS, 7 p.m. (Ex.)
• Utah State women's basketball will play its only exhibition game of the 2012-13 season against New Mexico Highlands on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

Preseason Notes
• Utah State women's basketball is picked to finish first in the Western Athletic Conference by the league's coaches and media, while senior guard Devyn Christensen was named the WAC Preseason Player of the Year. Utah State returns 11 players from the 2011-12 roster, including three starters in Christensen (15.1 ppg), guard Elise Nelson (3.0 ppg) and guard Jenna Johnson (5.8 ppg). USU is coming off one of its most successful seasons, ending the 2011-12 campaign with a 21-10 record, which was the first time that the Aggies reached the coveted 20-win mark. USU also set a school record going 11-3 in WAC play. For the second-straight season, USU advanced to the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), losing in the first round to in-state rival Utah.

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

Last Week
T10th/20 --- at Bill Cullum Invitational, Simi Valley, Calif.
• Utah State concluded its fall schedule last week as freshman Seokwon Jeon recorded his collegiate low 54-hole score with a 2-over 218 and matched his best-ever collegiate finish as he tied for 15th-place at the Cal State Northridge hosted Bill Cullum Invitational held at the Wood Ranch Golf Club. Utah State finished tied for 10th-place in the 20-team field with a 30-over 894 (301-299-294). San Diego won the tournament by nine shots with a 9-under 850 (288-279-283), while Arizona State's Jon Rahm Rodriquez took medalist honors after rounds of 72, 65 and 67 for a 12-under 204. Jeon had rounds of 72 and 71 on Monday before carding a 3-over 75 during his final 18 holes Tuesday to tie for 15th-place with a 2-over 218. Junior Tanner Higham tied for 19th-place with a 4-over 220 (74-78-68) as he fired a season-best 6-under 68 during his final round. Freshman Reed Platke tied for 35th-place with a 7-over 223 (75-72-76), senior Kris Sayer tied for 79th-place with a 17-over 233 (80-78-75), and senior Brendan Dennis finished in 97th-place with a 24-over 240 (81-81-78).

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