Nov. 7, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 7, 2011
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Sat., Nov. 12 --- SAN JOSE STATE, 1 p.m. (KCSG-TV)
Utah State's football team (3-5, 1-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference action on Saturday, Nov. 12 when it hosts San Jose State (3-6, 2-3) at 1 p.m. (MT). USU is 12-20-1 all-time against the Spartans including an 8-8 record at home. The game will be televised live on KCSG-TV (Comcast Ch. 116, DirecTV Ch. 44, Dish Network Ch. 37).
W, 35-31 --- at Hawai'i
Junior quarterback Adam Kennedy rallied Utah State from a 28-7 halftime deficit for a wild 35-31 win at Hawai`i Saturday. USU's comeback from the 21-point deficit was its largest since 2001, rallying from a 27-0 deficit against Idaho State and was the Aggies' largest comeback against an FBS team since at least 1990 according to available records. Kennedy replaced freshman starting quarterback Chuckie Keeton, who suffered a neck injury at the end of the first half. The junior was 8-of-12 passing for 163 yards with his first two TD passes of his Aggie career, including a 71-yard strike to senior wide receiver Stanley Morrison to pull USU within 31-28 with 12:39 left in the fourth quarter. The Kennedy-led Aggie offense also guided the winning drive, making several key scrambles to get positive yardage, including a John Elway-like helicopter dive to the endzone, but was stopped at the goal line. After a USU time out with 17 seconds left, junior running back Robert Turbin scored the game-winning touchdown from 1-yard out. Turbin scored two rushing TD's as part of his 96 yards on the ground, as his 1-yard game-winning TD was joined by a 48-yard dash to open USU's second-half scoring. Morrison finished with 105 yards, one of three Aggie receivers to snare a TD catch. Senior Matt Austin had a 9-yard catch from Keeton on USU's second possession of the game that gave the Aggies a 7-0 lead. Austin finished with three receptions for 51 yards. Junior wideout Chuck Jacobs had three catches for 50 yards. Junior cornerback McKade Brady posted a game-high 13 tackles (nine solo, four assists). After Turbin's 48-yard run made the score 28-14, UH added a 24-yard field goal with 5:28 left in the third quarter. Kennedy hit Jacobs for the 37-yard scoring strike with 2:16 remaining in the third frame, setting up the final drama. USU finished with 433 yards of total offense (194 rushing, 239 passing) and UH had 407 total yards (180 rushing, 227 passing).
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
NCAA Tournament, TBA
Fri.-Sun, Nov. 11-13 --- vs. TBA
Utah State's soccer team (15-4-2, 5-1-1) will found out Monday, Nov. 7 who it will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, which begins on Friday, Nov. 11 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 13.
WAC Tournament, Fresno, Calif.
W, 1-0 --- Idaho
W, 1-0 --- at FRESNO STATE
Utah State won its first-ever WAC Tournament as it defeated Idaho (1-0) in the semifinals and Fresno State (1-0) in the championship match. Against the Vandals, sophomore midfielder Kendra Pemberton scored in the 74th minute. Against the Bulldogs, freshman forward Jade Tarver scored in the 83rd minute. Senior goalkeeper Molli Merrill was named the MVP of the tournament, while Pemberton, Tarver and junior defender Natalie Norris were all named to the tournament team.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Thur., Nov. 10 --- at Nevada, 8 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 12 --- at Fresno State, 8 p.m.
Utah State's volleyball team (11-15, 6-6) will conclude its regular season this week with a pair of Western Athletic Conference road matches at Nevada (5-19, 2-10) and at Fresno State (12-13, 6-6) on Thursday Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 12, with both contests beginning at 8 p.m. (MT).
L, 0-3 --- at Utah Valley
L, 2-3 --- IDAHO
Utah State went 0-2 last weekend as it lost at Utah Valley (3-0) and lost to Idaho (3-2) at home. Against the Wolverines, junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen recorded her first-ever double-double with 10 kills and a career-high 12 digs, while junior outside hitter Josselyn White had 10 kills and six digs. Senior outside hitter Liz McArthur added nine kills and nine digs as USU hit .173 (35-16-110) in the match and UVU hit .252 (50-18-127). Against the Vandals, McArthur posted a career-high 26 kills, while White had 18 kills and Sorensen added 13. Freshman libero Ashlan Rogers notched a career-high 27 digs and freshman setter Paige Neves tied her career-high with 50 assists. USU hit .212 (64-26-179) in the match and UI hit .259 (69-25-170).
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861
Sat., Nov. 12 --- at NCAA Mountain Regional, Orem, Utah, 11 a.m.
Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 12 when it travels to Orem, Utah to compete in the 2011 NCAA Mountain Regional.
M: 1/6; W: 3/8 --- at WAC Championships, Honolulu
Utah State senior Brian McKenna claimed his second Western Athletic Conference individual title Saturday, crossing the finish line at 24:46.5 to lead the Aggie men to their sixth WAC Championship in seven years, while USU's women finished third. McKenna was named the men's WAC Athlete of the Year for the second time in his career, while USU's veteran head coach Gregg Gensel was named the WAC Cross Country Coach of the Year for the sixth time in the last seven years. Joining McKenna in the men's top 10 was senior Daniel Howell and sophomore Kyle McKenna who finished fourth and fifth overall with times of 25:32.5 and 25:43.8 respectively, as all three earned first-team all-WAC honors. Senior Hunter Nelson earned second-team all-WAC honors after finishing in ninth-place (26:06.8). For the Utah State women, redshirt junior Ruth Hilton and junior Kaylee Campbell placed ninth (18:59.3) and 10th (19:02.6), respectively. Senior Jessie Chugg ended the day in 12th-place (19:06.6) and freshman Brittany Bushman clocked in at 19:15.3, which was good enough for 14th-place. Hilton, Campbell, Chugg and Bushman all earned second-team all-WAC honors. Other finishers for the Aggie men included senior Eric Larson in 16th-place (26:25.0), sophomore Devin Lang in 18th-place (26:36.4), freshman Austin Neuner in 24th-place (27:18.5), senior Nick Bolinder in 29th-place (27:43.9) and freshman Eric Shellhorn in 39th-place (28:35.5). Other finishers for the Utah State women included juniors Brittany Fisher and Stephanie Burt in 15th and 33rd-place with times of 19:15.8 and 20:00.9, respectively, with sophomore Cherice Chugg finishing in 45th-place (20:44.7).
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Fri., Nov. 11 --- BRIGHAM YOUNG (KCSG-TV), 7 p.m.
Utah State men's basketball (0-0) will begin the 2011-12 season with a home game against Brigham Young (0-0) on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on KCSG-TV (Comcast Ch. 116, DirecTV Ch. 44, Dish Network Ch. 37) and aired live on KVNU 610 AM in Cache Valley and KZNS 97.5 FM in Salt Lake City. USU is 91-136 all-time against the Cougars including a 59-51 home record.
W, 73-63 --- ADAMS STATE (Ex.)
Senior forward Brady Jardine had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Utah State used a solid second-half effort in its 73-63 exhibition win against Division II Adams State Saturday. Tied 29-29, Utah State began the second-half on a 10-0 run to go ahead 39-29 with 14:25 to play following a pair of free throws from freshman guard Steven Thornton. USU increased its lead to 15 at 53-38 with 6:40 remaining following a layup from senior forward Morgan Grim and the Aggies took its largest lead of the night at 59-41 with 4:28 left following a pair of free throws from sophomore guard Preston Medlin. Adams State, who got 18 points and nine rebounds from Kaimyn Pruitt, scored eight of the final 11 points in the last 60 seconds to make the final score 73-63. Senior point guard Brockeith Pane finished with 12 points, four assists and two steals for Utah State as he was 5-of-11 from the field and 2-for-2 at the free throw line, and Grim had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go along with three rebounds. Thornton added six points, nine rebounds and three steals, while Medlin and junior guard E.J. Farris each scored eight points. Jardine, who was 6-of-10 from the field and 1-for-3 at the free throw line, added two blocked shots, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes. Utah State finished the game shooting 45.0 percent from the field (27-60) and 70.4 percent at the free throw line (19-27), but was 0-of-8 from three-point range. Adams State shot 43.1 percent (25-58), including 62.5 percent at the free throw line (10-16), but was just 3-of-16 (.188) from behind the arc. Utah State dominated the glass as it out-rebounded the Grizzlies by 11 (43-32), including a 16-10 advantage on the offensive end. Adams State did finish the game with three more assists (15-12) and three more steals (12-9), while USU had four fewer turnovers (21-17).
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Fri., Nov. 11 --- at Wyoming, 7 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 13 --- at South Dakota State, 1 p.m.
Utah State's women's basketball (0-0) will begin the 2011-12 season with a pair of road games at Wyoming (0-0) on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m., and at South Dakota State (0-0) on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. (MT). USU is 4-14 all-time against the Cowgirls and 1-0 all-time against the Jackrabbits.
W, 89-44 --- WESTERN NEW MEXICO (Ex.)
Twelve different Aggies scored as Utah State won its only exhibition of the season, 89-44, against Western New Mexico Friday. Senior forward Ashlee Brown led all scorers with 15 points, while adding seven rebounds. Junior guard Devyn Christensen scored 10 points. WNMU was led by 10 points from Kassie Scott. Brown scored the first four points of the game as the Aggies jumped out to an early 10-0 lead before the Mustangs got on the board. Senior guard Brooke Jackson, a transfer from Arizona, made her presence known early scoring four points in the first three minutes. Utah State took its biggest lead of the half with 1:19 remaining on a layup from junior center Banna Jiop and USU went into the locker room with a commanding 20-point lead. USU was 18-of-40 (.450) from the floor in the first half, including 2-of-6 from three-point range, while WNMU made 8-of-16 (.500) from the field, hitting a pair of treys. The Aggies were huge on the boards with 21 first-half boards, including 14 offensive rebounds. Utah State added 12 steals in the first 20 minutes. For the game, USU out-rebounded WNMU 44-28. The Aggies shot 48.0 percent from the field (36-of-75) and 35.7 percent from three (5-of-14). Utah State shot 63.2 percent from the free throw line (12-of-19). The Mustangs shot 32.6 percent from the field (15-of-46) and 20.0 percent from three (5-of-25). WNMU shot 81.8 from the free throw line (9-of-11).
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