Weekly Aggie Update

Nov. 7, 2010

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 7, 2010

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

This Week
Sat., Nov. 13 --- at San Jose State, 6 p.m.
• Utah State's football team (3-6, 1-4) plays at San Jose State (1-8, 0-4) on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. (MT). The game will not be televised, but will be aired live on KVNU 610 AM in Cache Valley. USU is 22-20-1 all-time against SJSU, which includes a 3-11-1 road record. USU won the last meeting between the two teams, 24-9, on Nov. 14, 2009 in Logan.

Last Week
W, 27-22 --- NEW MEXICO STATE
• A collection of career-best performances sparked Utah State's rally from a 17-10 halftime deficit and USU won the all-Aggie battle with New Mexico State, 27-22. Utah State rallied for its first second-half comeback for a win since 2007, when it rallied from a 10-7 halftime deficit at New Mexico State. Senior QB Diondre Borel became USU's No. 2 career passer, while a career-best 230 all-purpose yards by sophomore KR/RB Kerwynn Williams set up Utah State's TD's, one of which was scored by senior RB Derrvin Speight as part of his career-high 114 yards. Junior LB Bobby Wagner tied a career-high with 17 tackles, giving him 105 on the season, marking his second-straight season with at least 100 stops after 115 last season. Speight becomes USU's first 100-yard rusher of the season and the first since Robert Turbin last season at Idaho. The senior logged his first 100-yard outing of the season, topping his previous career-high of 99 yards from his freshman season of 2007. Williams' 230 all-purpose yards topped his career-best for the second-straight week, bettering his 228 yards last week at Nevada. While he didn't have a kick return for a TD like he did at Nevada, Williams did have returns of 84 and 68 yards, both of which set up USU TD's, the later of which put the home Aggies ahead for the first time and gave them the lead for good at 24-20 midway through the third quarter. Utah State ended with 296 yards of total offense, as Williams' returns set up USU in short-field drives. Borel was 11-of-22 for 110 yards while the navy Aggies had 186 rushing yards. New Mexico State totalled 346 total offense yards, with 155 on the ground and 191 through the air. Besides Wagner, senior S Rajric Coleman logged a season-high 12 tackles while junior DE Quinn Garner registered a career-best 11 tackles, including one sack as part of his 1.5 tackles for loss. Fellow junior DE Levi Koskan also had two TFL's, including one sack, as part of his seven stops, which was fifth for USU behind junior LB Kyle Gallagher's nine tackles.

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

Last Week
L, 0-1--- vs. Fresno State, WAC Tournament, Ruston, La.
• Utah State's soccer team ended its season with a 9-7-5 record as it lost to sixth-seeded Fresno State, 1-0, in the semifinals of the 2010 WAC Tournament. USU entered the tournament as the number two seed as it shared the regular season WAC title with San Jose State as both teams had 5-2-1 league marks. Junior forward Shantel Flanary led the Aggies with three shots, including one on goal, against the Bulldogs.

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

This Week
Sat., Nov. 13 --- WEBER STATE (CW30), 7 p.m.
• Utah State (0-0) will begin the 2010-11 season with a home game against Weber State (0-0) on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on CW30 and aired live on KLGN 1390 AM in Cache Valley. USU is 37-25 all-time against the Wildcats including a 22-8 home record.

Last Week
W, 76-46 --- GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY (Ex.)
• While it was only an exhibition game, Utah State's defense was in top form Friday as the Aggies routed Grand Canyon, 76-46. Utah State had 10 different players get into the scoring action, led by senior forward Tai Wesley with 23 points. Junior forward Brady Jardine logged a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, leading the Aggies to a 40-21 rebounding advantage. Senior guard Pooh Williams and junior forward Morgan Grim added nine points apiece, while junior guard Brockeith Pane tossed in eight points to go with dishing out a game-best 10 assists. The Aggie defense limited the Antelopes to 29.6 percent (16-of-54) shooting from the field, as GCU hit 6-of-19 (31.6 percent) from three-point range. Utah State scorched the nets to the tune of 62.0 percent (31-of-50) from the field, hitting 5-of-13 (38.5 percent) behind the arc. There were a total of 31 fouls called in the game, as USU was 9-of-17 (52.9 percent) from the free throw line while GCU was 8-of-12 (66.7 percent). Utah State took a double-digit lead at 19-9 on a Grim jumper at the 12:16 mark, and the lead swelled to 21 at 37-16 after a pair of Pane free throws with 2:35 on the first half clock. USU took a 39-18 halftime lead and stretched the lead to 30 at 52-22 with 13:17 to go after Grim hit two free throws. After the Antelopes lopped the lead down to 54-31 on a three-pointer by Morin, the Aggies regained control with a 19-6 spurt, capped by a Wesley dunk for a 73-37 lead with 4:50 left and USU coasted to the victory.

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

This Week
Fri., Nov. 12 --- DIXIE STATE, 4 p.m.
• Utah State's women's basketball team (0-0) begins the 2010-11 season with a home game against Dixie State (0-0) on Friday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m.

Last Week
W, 84-50 --- UNIVERSITY OF MARY (Ex.)
• Utah State used several runs to pull away from the University of Mary in its only exhibition game, 84-50, Saturday. The Aggies were led by two starters, junior Ashlee Brown and senior Amber White, who both scored in double figures with 20 and 16 points, respectively, while sophomore Banna Diop had 14 rebounds. The Aggies would end the game shooting 40.2 percent (33-of-83) from the field, nearly doubling their opponents 25.4 (16 of 63) percent. USU also dominated from the free-throw line notching 12-of-16 (75.0 percent), while the Marauders only sunk 13-of-22 (59.1 percent).

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

This Week
Fri., Nov. 12 --- NEVADA, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's volleyball team (18-8, 6-7) will play its final home match of the season on Friday, Nov. 12 when it hosts Nevada (13-13, 7-6) at 7 p.m. Prior to the match, USU will honor seniors Katie Astle, Shantell Durrant, Chelsea Fowles and Christine Morrill.

Last Week
W, 3-0 --- BOISE STATE
L, 2-3 --- IDAHO
• Utah State went 1-1 last weekend as it defeated Boise State (3-0) and lost to Idaho (3-2) at home. Against the Broncos, senior libero Christine Morrill set a school-record for digs in a three-set match with 24, while sophomore outside hitter Josselyn White tied her career-high with 13 digs. Junior outside hitter Liz McArthur had 11 kills and eight digs, while sophomore opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen added 10 kills and a career-high six blocks. Senior middle blocker Katie Astle had eight kills and five blocks, and hit .800 (8-0-10) in the match, while fellow senior middle blocker Shantell Durrant added six kills and six blocks. USU hit .234 (46-17-124) in the match and BSU hit .119 (38-22-134). Against the Vandals, McArthur had 21 kills and nine digs, while White had a career-high 16 kills. Astle added 10 kills and hit .529 (10-1-17) in the match, while Morrill had 20 digs. USU hit .262 (77-29-183) in the match and UI hit .281 (73-26-167).

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

This 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 Competition
W, 2/9; M, 3/7 --- at WAC Championships, Moscow, Idaho
• 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).

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