Weekly Aggie Update

Nov. 1, 2010

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 1, 2010

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

This Week
Sat., Nov. 6 --- NEW MEXICO STATE, 1 p.m.
• Utah State's football team (2-6, 0-4) hosts New Mexico State (2-6, 1-3) on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. (MT). The game will not be televised. USU is 27-7 all-time against NMSU, which includes a 12-3 record at home. NMSU won the last meeting between the two teams, 20-17, on Oct. 10, 2009 in Las Cruces.

Last Week
L, 42-56 --- at Nevada
• Utah State rallied from a 35-0 halftime deficit but came up short, falling at No. 24 Nevada, 56-42. Senior quarterback Diondre Borel threw for a career-high 399 yards, the 10th-best passing outing in USU history as he was 24-of-38 for the 399 yards with two touchdown passes, bettering his previous career-best of 369 at Idaho in 2009. Sophomore kick returner/running back Kerwynn Williams added a 92-yard kick return for his first career kick return TD, which is tied for the 10th-best in USU history. Williams ended the night with a career-best 228 all-purpose yards, on 158 kick return yards, as well as a career-best 63 receiving yards and seven rushing yards. Junior tight end Kellen Bartlett snared a career-best 121 yards on five catches, becoming USU's first 100-yard receiver of the season. Sophomore wide receiver Dontel Watkins added 82 yards on a game-high six catches. The Aggie defense was led by junior linebacker Bobby Wagner with nine tackles while freshman linebacker Jake Doughty added seven stops and sophomore safety McKade Brady added six tackles in making his first career start. Utah State finished the game with 490 yards of total offense (399 passing, 91 rushing) and Nevada had 596 total yards (387 rushing, 209 passing).

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

This Week
WAC Tournament, Ruston, La.
Fri., Nov. 5 --- vs. Fresno State/Idaho, 11:30 a.m.
Sun., Nov. 7 --- vs. TBA, 12 p.m.
• Utah State's soccer team (9-6-5, 5-2-1) is the No. 2 seed in the 2010 WAC Tournament hosted by Louisiana Tech and will play either third-seeded Idaho (14-6-0, 5-3-0) or sixth-seeded Fresno State (7-8-4, 3-3-2) in one semifinal match on Friday, Nov. 5 at 11:30 a.m. (MT). The championship match of the WAC Tournament is on Sunday, Nov. 7 at Noon (MT).

Last Week
W, 4-0 --- HAWAI'I
• Utah State concluded its regular season with a 4-0 home win against Hawai'i to win a share of the 2010 regular season WAC Championship along with San Jose State. Against Hawai'i, senior forward Lauren Hansen scored three goals and assisted on the fourth goal scored by junior forward Shantel Flanary. Hansen also become the all-time leader in points scored (84) and goals scored (37) in school history in the match. Junior goalkeeper Molli Merrill logged her eighth shutout of the season with three saves, including her fifth blanking in WAC action. USU had a 23-9 shots advantage, including eight on goal compared to three for UH. The Aggies also had a 9-1 edge in corner kicks.

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

This Week
Fri., Nov. 5 --- GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY (Ex.), 7 p.m.
• Utah State (0-0) will play its final exhibition game this week as it hosts Grand Canyon University on Friday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.

Last Week
W, 93-51 --- UNIVERSITE LAVAL (Ex.)
• Junior guard Brockeith Pane led six Utah State players in double-figure scoring with 16 points and junior forward Brady Jardine posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in an easy 93-51 exhibition win against Universite Laval Saturday night. Pane was 5-of-8 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range and a perfect 4-of-4 at the free throw line. And Jardine finished 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-5 at the free throw line. Senior guard Brian Green added 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, while fellow senior guard Pooh Williams scored 14 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Senior forward Tai Wesley had 11 points, four rebounds and three assists, junior forward Morgan Grim had 11 points and four boards, and freshman guard James Walker III had six points and a game-high seven assists. USU finished the game shooting 56.7 percent from the field (34-60), 42.1 percent from three-point range (8-19) and 68.0 percent at the free throw line (17-25). Laval shot 34.6 percent overall (18-52), but was held to just 25.0 percent (6-24) in the final 20 minutes. The Red and Gold were also 7-of-24 from behind the arc (.292) and a perfect 8-of-8 at the free throw line. USU out-rebounded Universite Laval by 17 (40-23) and finished the game with 20 assists, eight turnovers, seven steals and three blocks.

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

This Week
Thur., Nov. 4 --- BOISE STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 6 --- IDAHO, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's volleyball team (17-7, 5-6) returns home for a pair of WAC matches this week as it hosts Boise State (17-10, 4-7) on Thursday, Nov. 4 and Idaho (10-11, 5-5) on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.

Last Week
L, 0-3 --- No. 5 HAWAI'I
W, 3-0 --- at San Jose State
W, 3-2 --- at Fresno State
• Utah State went 2-1 last week as it lost to No. 5 Hawai'i (3-0) at home and defeated San Jose State (3-0) and Fresno State (3-2) on the road. Senior middle blocker Katie Astle led USU against UH with six kills and five blocks, while fellow senior middle blocker Shantell Durrant had seven kills and four blocks. Astle hit .417 (6-1-12) in the match and Durrant hit .462 (7-1-13). USU finished the match with a .061 (29-22-115) hitting percentage and Hawai'i hit .159 (39-22-107). Junior outside hitter Liz McArthur had 12 kills against SJSU, while sophomore outside hitter Josselyn White had 11 kills. Astle and Durrant each added five kills and five blocks. USU finished the match with a .230 (38-12-113) hitting percentage and SJSU hit .079 (37-28-114). Senior setter Chelsea Fowles had a career-high 17 digs and added a career-high tying eight blocks against FSU, while Astle added six kills and a career-high tying 10 blocks. McArthur led the team with 16 kills, and senior libero Christine Morrill posted 30 digs. USU hit .195 (49-18-159) in the match and FSU hit .110 (57-37-181).

CROSS COUNTRY
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

Next Week
Sat., Nov. 13 --- at NCAA Regionals, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 a.m.
• Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 13 when it travels to Salt Lake City, Utah to compete in the 2010 NCAA Regionals.

Last Week
W, 2/9; M, 3/7 --- at Pre-Nationals, Terre Haute, Ind.
• Sophomore Ruth Hilton placed fifth individually at the 2010 WAC Championships to lead Utah State's women's team to a second-place finish, while junior Brian McKenna finished second in helping the Aggie men to a third-place team finish. Idaho won the women's team title, while Boise State took top honors on the men's side. Hilton earned first-team all-WAC honors with her fifth-place finish in the 5K race (17:50.84), while sophomore Kaylee Campbell finished 13th (18:11.56) to earn second-team all-WAC. Other Aggie women to compete include junior Jessie Chugg who finished 15th (18:13.59), sophomore Alex Litzsinger who placed 16th (18:16.94), sophomore Stephanie Burt who was 16th (18:16.94), senior Kim Quinn who was 23rd (18:29.92), senior Alicia Wilkins who was 24th (18:34.93), freshman Ashley Robison who was 29th (18:45.26) and freshman Hannah Williams who was 41st (19:03.33). McKenna also earned first-team all-WAC honors for finishing second in the 8K race (24:37.45) as did junior Daniel Howell who placed fifth (24:43.83). Sophomore Aaron Clements earned second-team honors for finishing 13th (25:17.99). Other Aggie men to compete include junior Hunter Nelson who finished 22nd (25:47.59), junior Steven Atkinson who placed 25th (25:49.62), senior Eric Larson who was 27th (25:54.39), freshman Kyle McKenna who placed 29th (26:09.37), senior Chio Lopez who finished 32nd (26:27.02) and freshman Jacob Barton who was 36th (26:43.48).

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

Last Week
T8th/15 --- at Bill Cullum Invitational, Simi Valley, Calif.
• Utah State's men's golf team concluded its fall schedule by finishing tied for eight-place out of 15 teams at the Cal State Northridge hosted Bill Cullum Invitational last week. Utah State shot an eight-over 296 during its final round to finish with a 29-over 893 after beginning the tournament with a 21-over 309, followed by an even-par 288. Senior Tyson McFarland shot a final round 73 to finish tied for sixth-place with a one-under 215. McFarland began the tournament with a one-over 73 and then carded a three-under 69 during his second 18-holes. Overall, McFarland was four-under on the par 5's during the tournament to go along with 38 pars. Sophomore Brendan Dennis finished tied for 22nd for Utah State with a five-over 221 (74-72-75), while junior Chanse Godderidge tied for 30th with a seven-over 223 (79-71-73). Senior Benjamin Schilleman tied for 71st with a 21-over 237 (84-78-75) and junior Austin French was 82nd with a 26-over 242 (83-76-83). Senior Thad Truman also competed for Utah State as an individual and tied for 88th with a 29-over 245 (80-82-83).

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Fri., Nov. 5 --- UNIVERSITY OF MARY, 5 p.m.
• Utah State's women's basketball team will play its only exhibition game of the preseason on Friday, Nov. 5 when it hosts University of Mary at 5 p.m.

Preseason Notes
• Utah State returns two starters, in senior guards Alice Coddington and Amber White, and six other letterwinners from last year's team that went 13-17 overall and 5-11 in WAC action. USU is picked to finish seventh in the WAC this year according to the media and eighth as picked by the league's coaches, while White was named to the preseason second-team by the media.

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