For the week of Nov. 5, 2012.
Nov. 4, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
Weekly Aggie Update
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 5, 2012
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Nov. 17 --- at Louisiana Tech, 5 p.m. MT (ESPN3)
Utah State football (8-2, 4-0) will have a bye before returning to WAC play at Louisiana Tech (8-1, 3-0) on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. (MT). The game will be available to watch live via the internet on ESPN3. USU is 3-6 all-time against the Bulldogs including a 1-3 road record.
W, 38-7 --- TEXAS STATE
Behind a season-high 593 yards of total offense, Utah State won its eighth game in a season for the first time since 1974 as it blasted the Bobcats of Texas State, 38-7, Saturday. Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton accounted for all five of USU's scores as he was 20-of-27 passing for 316 yards and four touchdowns, throwing scoring strikes to junior wide receiver Travis Reynolds, senior tight end Kellen Bartlett, freshman wide receiver Bruce Natson and senior wide receiver Matt Austin all in the first half. Keeton also had 10 rushes for 48 yards and another touchdown. Senior running back Kerwynn Williams rushed for 120 yards on 19 carries and went over 1,000 yards for the season, becoming the 11th player in USU history to reach the milestone, for the 16th time. Williams also went over the 2,000 yard rushing milestone for his career and now ranks ninth all-time at USU with 2,008 yards. Austin finished the game with four receptions for 124 yards, a new career high, with one touchdown. Senior safety McKade Brady led the USU defense with seven tackles, while junior linebacker Jake Doughty and redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Jordan Nielsen had six stops apiece. Senior cornerback Will Davis also intercepted a pass in his third-straight game. The Aggie defense limited Texas State to 158 yards of total offense (82-rushing, 76-passing), which is a season-low and the fewest yards allowed since the 2008 season. Furthermore, the 76 passing yards by the Bobcats are the fewest by an Aggie opponent since 2000. For USU, its 593 yards of total offense (325-passing, 268-rushing) rank as the 12th-most in school history as it also had a season-high 268 yards rushing.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
NCAA Tournament, TBA
Fri.-Sun., Nov. 9-11 --- vs. TBA
Utah State women's soccer (13-2-6, 6-0-2) will found out Monday, Nov. 5 who it will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, which begins on Friday, Nov. 9 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 11.
WAC Tournament, Logan, Utah
W, 2-1 --- SEATTLE
W, 1-0 --- #19 DENVER
Utah State won its second-straight WAC Tournament as it defeated No. 5 Seattle (2-1) in the semifinals and second-seeded and 19th-ranked Denver (1-0) in the championship match. Against the Redhawks, USU got goals from senior defender Natalie Norris and junior midfielder Jennifer Flynn. Against the Pioneers, USU scored on an own goal in the fourth minute. Norris was named the MVP of the tournament, while junior defender Jackie Tillotson and sophomore defender Taryn Rose joined senior goalkeeper Ashlyn Mulford and Flynn on the all-tournament team.
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Sat., Nov. 10 --- IDAHO STATE, 7 p.m. (KMYU)
Utah State men's basketball (0-0) will play its first regular season game of the 2012-13 season against Idaho State (0-0) on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m., in a game that will be televised regionally on KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2). USU is 35-13 all-time against the Bengals including a 15-2 record at home.
W, 92-56 --- SIMON FRASER (Ex.)
Junior guard Preston Medlin led a quartet of double-figure scores with a game-high 18 points as Utah State routed Simon Fraser, 92-56, in the Aggies' final exhibition game of the preseason last weekend. Medlin finished the night shooting 6-of-10 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range and 4-for-4 at the free throw line in just 24 minutes of action, to go along with four assists. Junior center Jarred Shaw added 12 points for Utah State, while senior forward Kyisean Reed and junior forward Marvin Jean each had 11. Reed also had a game-high seven rebounds, while junior point guard TeNale Roland finished the night with nine points, three steals and a game-high nine assists with just one turnover in 26 minutes. Utah State finished the game shooting 60.0 percent overall (33-55), including 50.0 percent from three-point range(8-16) and 64.3 percent at the free throw line (18-28). Simon Fraser shot just 32.8 percent in the game (20-61), including just 29.4 percent from behind the arc (7-24) and 64.3 percent at the charity stripe (9-14). Utah State also dominated the glass as it out-rebounded Simon Fraser by 20 (45-25). USU also had five more assists (19-14), four more blocks (4-0) and three more steals (9-6), while committing two more turnovers (15-13).
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Sat., Nov. 10 --- at San Jose State, 8 p.m.
Utah State volleyball (19-7, 14-2) continues WAC play this week with its final road match of the regular season at San Jose State (12-14, 8-8) on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. (MT). USU is 13-18-1 all-time against the Spartans.
W, 3-2 --- at Denver
W, 3-1 --- at New Mexico State
Utah State posted a 2-0 road record last week with five-set win at Denver and a four-set win at New Mexico State. Against the Pioneers, sophomore outside hitter Rachel Orr had 13 kills, while senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen had 13 kills and 13 digs for her 11th double-double of the season. Senior outside hitter Josselyn White added 11 kills, while sophomore libero Ashlan Rogers had 20 digs. USU hit .183 (60-30-164) in the match and DU hit .189 (57-26-164). Against NMSU, White had 13 kills, while Orr and Sorensen each finished with 12 kills, while sophomore setter Paige Neves added 10 digs, six blocks and four kills to go along with 36 assists. USU hit .256 (49-18-121) in the match and NMSU hit .129 (49-32-132).
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861
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.
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.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
This Week/Next Week
Thur., Nov. 8 --- BLUE VS. WHITE SCRIMMAGE, 7 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 12 --- at Utah Valley, 7 p.m.
Following its Blue vs. White Scrimmage on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., Utah State women's basketball (0-0) will officially begin the 2012-13 season at Utah Valley on Monday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. USU is 5-3 all-time against the Wolverines.
W, 81-72 --- NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS (Ex.)
Senior guard Devyn Christensen led all scorers with 32 points, while junior guard Jennifer Schlott added 13 points in leading Utah State to an 81-72 home exhibition win against New Mexico Highlands last weekend. Senior guard Jenna Johnson ended the game with six points and six rebounds to lead USU on the boards. Christensen also added a team-high seven steals as the Aggies ended with 27. For the game, USU was 28-of-75 (.373) from the field, hitting 9-of-32 (.281) behind the three-point arc. The Aggies were also 16-of-22 (.727) at the free throw line. New Mexico Highlands was 41.8 percent (21-30) field goal shooting, making 5-of-12 (.417) from three-point range, and the Cowgirls were 21-of-30 (.700) at the charity stripe.