Nov. 1, 2009
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 1, 2009
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Sat., Nov. 7 --- at Hawai'i, 8 p.m.
Utah State (2-6, 1-3) will continue WAC play on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Hawai'i (2-6, 0-5) at 8 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised live on CW30. USU is 5-4 all-time against the Warriors, which includes a 2-3 road record.
L, 27-31 --- at Fresno State
For the fourth game in a row, Utah State's final score was a difference of four or fewer points after the Aggies were edged 31-27 by Fresno State on Halloween Saturday. Junior QB Diondre Borel became the first Aggie signal-caller to rush for 100 yards since 2005 with a career-best 105 and a TD while throwing for 240 yards and another TD on 20-of-31 passing. It was the fourth time this season that Borel ran and threw for a TD in the same game. Sophomore RB Robert Turbin rushed for 138 yards and a TD, as he and Borel became the second Aggie duo this season to both run for 100 yards. Borel completed passes to a season-high nine different receivers, led by senior WR Xavier Bowman's career-best seven catches for 65 yards and a TD while junior WR Eric Moats had 59 yards on four catches. The Aggies had 503 yards of total offense, while the Bulldogs had 466. Junior P Peter Caldwell, a Ray Guy Award finalist for the top collegiate punter, booted five punts for a 42.8 average with two inside the 20-yard line and a long of 54 yards. Junior CB Rajric Coleman led USU with eight tackles, including an interception that set up an Aggie field goal right before the half to give the visitors a 27-17 lead at the break.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Thur., Nov. 5 --- at San Jose State, 8 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 8 --- at No. 3 Hawai'i, 8 p.m.
Utah State (13-12, 4-8) will continue WAC play this week with a pair of road matches at San Jose State (1-20, 1-9) on Thursday, Nov. 5 and at No. 3 Hawai'i (20-2, 10-0) on Sunday, Nov. 8 with both matches beginning at 8 p.m. (MT). USU is 9-16-1 all-time against the Spartans and 8-36 all-time against the Rainbow Wahine.
W, 3-0 --- LOUISIANA TECH
L, 0-3 --- NEW MEXICO STATE
Utah State went 1-1 at home last week as it defeated Louisiana Tech (3-0) and lost to New Mexico State (3-0). Against the Lady Techsters, sophomore outside hitter Liz McArthur had a career-high 25 kills and hit .296 (25-9-54) in the match, while junior middle blocker Shantell Durrant tied her career-high with 11 kills and hit .733 (11-0-15). McArthur also set a school-record for kills in a three-set match, while junior libero Christine Morrill tied a school-record with 20 digs in a three-set match. USU hit .323 (60-17-133) overall and LTU hit .206 (40-14-126). Against NMSU, junior middle blocker Danielle Taylor came off the bench and led the team with eight kills, while hitting .412 (8-1-17). USU hit just .058 (35-27-137) in the match as compared to a .236 (47-17-127) hitting percentage for the New Mags.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Nov. 7 --- TRINITY WESTERN (Ex.), 7 p.m.
Utah State's men's basketball team will play its final exhibition game of the 2009-10 season on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., against Trinity Western. The game will not be televised and there will not be a radio broadcast due to USU's football game at Hawai'i.
W, 85-51 --- NORTHWEST NAZARENE
Junior forwards Nate Bendall and Tai Wesley connected on 15-of-16 field goals and combined for 34 points to lead Utah State to an easy 85-51 exhibition win against Division II Northwest Nazarene in front of 8,641 fans Friday night. Wesley, who was 8-of-9 from the field and 1-of-3 from the free throw line, finished with 17 points, three blocks, three assists, two rebounds and two steals in just 20 minutes. Bendall was a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe, and had 17 points and six rebounds in just 17 minutes. Freshman guard Preston Medlin added 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, while freshman forward Tyrone White had 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting. Senior guard Jared Quayle finished the game with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting, to go along with six rebounds, four steals and three assists.Utah State, the defending WAC champions, opened the game on a 12-0 run and lead by as many as 25 points in the first-half before taking a 48-26 lead into the locker room. Eight players scored for USU in the first-half, including 14 points by Wesley, who was 7-of-7 from the field. Medlin added nine points in the first-half as he was 4-of-4 from the field, including 1-of-1 from three-point range. Utah State shot a blistering 65.5 percent from the field (19-29) during the first 20 minutes and held Northwest Nazarene to 28.1 percent shooting (9-32). Redshirt sophomore center Modou Niang scored a layup and added the free throw after being fouled with 14:07 remaining to give Utah State its first 30-point lead of the game at 62-32. USU's largest lead came with 3:48 to play at 84-44 following a free throw by White. Utah State finished the game by shooting 60.8 percent from the field (31-51), 50.0 percent from three-point range (6-12) and 68.0 percent from the free throw line (17-25). Northwest Nazarene shot 29.0 percent overall (18-62), including 5-of-14 (.357) from behind the arc and 10-of-15 (.667) at the charity stripe. USU also had 25 assists, 15 turnovers and 13 steals in the game, while NNU had 18 turnovers and 10 steals. The Aggies also out-rebounded the Crusaders by a slim 38-36 advantage.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
14th/17 --- at Cal State Northridge Invitational, All Day
Freshman Tanner Higham shot a final round 75 to finish tied for 15th with an even-par 216 at the Cal State Northridge hosted Bill Cullum Invitational last week. As a team, Utah State finished in 14th-place with a 29-over 893 (293-297-303). Higham had his best collegiate finish for USU as he carded rounds of 70 and 71 before shooting a final round 75. Junior Benjamin Schilleman was the Aggies second finisher as he tied for 41st with an eight-over 224 (74-71-79). Senior Thad Truman tied for 50th with a nine-over 225 (76-77-72), and junior Chanse Godderidge tied for 70th with a 14-over 230 (73-78-79). Junior Tyson McFarland was Utah State's fifth golfer and finished tied for 84th at 18-over 234 (78-78-77), while freshmen Austin French competed as an individual and finished in 87th-place with a 19-over 235 (83-74-78). Utah State concluded its fall schedule with the Bill Cullum Invitational.
Contact: Jackie Banda - (435) 797-8584
Sat., Nov. 14 --- at NCAA Regionals, Albuquerque, N.M.., 10 a.m.
Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 14 when it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the NCAA Regionals. The Aggie women finished eighth at last year's regional meet, while the men placed 10th.
M-1st/7; W-2nd/9 --- at WAC Championships, Reno, Nev.
Utah State's men's cross country team won the 2009 Western Athletic Championships Saturday for the fifth-straight year as sophomore Brian McKenna was named WAC Athlete of the Year for tabbing first-place overall on the 8k course in 26:00.1. The Aggie women finished in second place behind New Mexico State. Following close behind McKenna was sophomore Daniel Howell (26:04.4), finishing in third-place overall and earning first-team all-WAC accolades. The Aggie men all finished in the top 25 runners of the race with senior Steve Strickland tabbing sixth and earning first-team all-WAC honors as he clocked in at 26:34.5. Junior Nick Bolinder (26:36.8) took seventh and was also named first-team all-WAC. Sophomore Steve Atkinson (26:39.0) was eighth and earned second-team all-WAC honors along with senior Jason Holt (26:51.8) who finished 12th. Junior Chio Lopez (27:15.4) finished 18th overall. Juniors Eric Larson (27:20.9) and Casey Snider (27:35.9) rounded out the Aggie finishers tabbing 19th and 23rd, respectively. Utah State took first with 25 points, while Fresno State came in second with 67 points and Boise State followed close behind with 69 points. In fourth place was New Mexico State (87 points), followed by Idaho in fifth (123 points) and San Jose State in sixth (190 points). Louisiana Tech (208 points) finished in seventh-place. Leading for the Aggie women was sophomore Jessie Chugg who finished the 5k course in 19:34.5, tabbing fourth-place overall and earning first-team all-WAC honors. The next USU finisher was junior Alicia Holt, clocking in at 20:06.6 in 13th-place earning second-team all-WAC honors. Freshman Alex Litzsinger (20:13.9) took 16th, and freshman Kaylee Campbell (20:23.1) finished 18th. Juniors Kim Quinn (20:23.8) and Justine Baugh (20:27.7) finished 19th and 23rd, respectively. Freshman Amber Rasmussen (20:55.9) placed 25th and fellow Aggie freshman Stephanie Burt (20:59.6) was 38th. Rounding out the Aggie finishers was senior Erin Stratton (21:02.0) in 39th place. On the women's side, New Mexico State took the title with 29 points, while Utah State followed with 70 points. Nevada took third with 76 points, and Idaho followed with 99 points. Fresno (135 points) finished fifth, followed by Boise State (151 points) in sixth and Hawai'i (170 points) in seventh. San Jose State (216 points) finished eighth and Louisiana Tech was ninth (295 points). USU head coach Gregg Gensel earned WAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year honors. It is the fifth time Gensel has earned the honor in the WAC and the eighth time in his career. The men's streak of five-straight WAC titles is the longest since former WAC member UTEP captured the title from 1973-83. It is also the longest streak of any current WAC member. The five total titles is the third-most ever, as UTEP won 17 total titles and BYU won seven.
Contact: Kara Irving - (435) 797-1361
WAC Championships, Reno, Nev.
Fri., Nov. 6 --- vs. Boise State/Fresno State, 3 p.m.
Utah State (10-8-2, 5-2-1) will be the second-seed in the 2009 WAC Tournament, which will be held in Boise, Idaho, and play the winner of the Boise State vs. Fresno State match on Friday, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. USU won at BSU, 1-0, and defeated FSU at home, 1-0, this season. The Aggies are a 9-2 all-time against the Broncos and 2-4-2 all-time against the Bulldogs. In WAC Tournament play, USU is 1-0 against Boise State and 0-2 against Fresno State.
W, 2-1 --- LOUISIANA TECH
W, 3-0 --- NEW MEXICO STATE
Utah State went 2-0 at home last week as it defeated Louisiana Tech, 2-1, and New Mexico State, 3-0. Against the Lady Techsters, sophomore forward Shantel Flanary scored the first goal of the game in the 38th minute and freshman forward Jamee Dyches scored the game-winning goal in the 77th minute. Against NMSU, Utah State scored a pair of goals in the first three minutes of play. Flanary scored the first goal for USU just 18 seconds in the match. Junior midfielder Heather Pond then scored the Aggies' second goal in the third minute to give the home team a quick 2-0 lead. USU's third and final goal of the contest came from junior forward Lauren Hansen in the 57th minute.
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