WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 10, 2014
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Nov. 15 --- NEW MEXICO, 2 p.m. (ESPNews)
Utah State's football team (7-3, 4-1 MW) will continue Mountain West play this weekend hosting New Mexico (3-6, 1-4 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNews. USU is 9-11 all-time against the Lobos, including a 5-3 home record.
W, 20-3 --- at Wyoming
Junior WR JoJo Natson scored a pair of touchdowns and Utah State's defense intercepted two fourth quarter passes in the red zone as the Aggies (7-3, 4-1 MW) notched a 20-3 road win against Wyoming (4-6, 2-4) last weekend. With the win, Utah State becomes bowl eligible for the fourth-straight year, a first in program history. USU took the opening kickoff and drove down to the UW 3-yard line before settling for a 20-yard field goal from senior PK Nick Diaz to take and early 3-0 lead. After holding Wyoming to a three-and-out on its opening possession of the game, Natson returned the ensuing punt 80 yards for his second punt return for a touchdown this season and the fourth of his career to give the visitors a 10-0 lead just 5:27 into the game. After forcing another Wyoming punt on its next series, Natson struck again as he ran 66 yards for a touchdown to give Utah State a commanding 17-0 lead just 9:48 into the game. Wyoming got its only points of the game late in the second quarter on a 37-yard field, and Utah State scored the only points of the second half on a 28-yard Diaz field goal to make the final score, 20-3. During the fourth quarter, Utah State intercepted a pair of passes in the red zone as junior CB Deshane Hines picked off Wyoming's Colby Kirkegaard in the end zone and returned it 38 yards. On UW's next series, senior DE B.J. Larsen intercepted a Kirkegaard pass that was tipped by senior LB Zach Vigil at the USU 20-yard line. Utah State finished the game with 356 yards of total offense (206-rushing, 150-passing) and Wyoming had 363 yards of total offense (212-passing, 151-rushing). The Cowboys finished the game running 25 more plays (75-50) and dominated the clock, 34:54 to 25:06. However, UW also had 10 penalties for 95 yards as compared to six penalties for 75 yards for USU. Natson ended the contest with 181 all-purpose yards as he had a career-high 99 rushing yards on three carries, to go along with his one punt return for 80 yards and three receptions for two yards. Freshman QB Kent Myers had another efficient game for USU in his second career start as he was 13-of-16 passing for 150 yards, and junior WR Hunter Sharp had five receptions for 79 yards. Defensively, senior SS Frankie Sutera and Vigil each had eight tackles, while freshman CB Jalen Davis tied his career-high with seven stops. Sutera also added 1.5 tackles for loss.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Mountain West Championships, San Diego, Calif.
L, 1-3 --- vs. Colorado College
Utah State women's soccer (10-8-2, 6-4-1 MW) concluded its 2014 season with a 3-1 loss to fourth-seeded Colorado College in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Championships. USU, the fifth-seed in the tournament, scored the first goal of the match in the 22nd minute by sophomore midfielder Lauren Harmon. Colorado College then scored three unanswered second-half goals for the win.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Fri., Nov. 14 --- WEBER STATE, 7 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 16 --- at Illinois State, 3 p.m. (MT)
Utah State men's basketball (0-0) will begin the 2014-15 season hosting in-state rival Weber State (0-0) on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., before playing at Illinois State (0-0) on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. (MT). USU is 40-26 all-time against the Wildcats including a 24-8 home record, and 3-3 all-time against the Redbirds including a 1-3 road record.
W, 64-57 --- ARKANSAS-FORT SMITH (Ex.)
Utah State posted a 64-57 victory over Arkansas-Fort Smith last weekend in the final exhibition contest for the Aggies this season. Redshirt freshman forward David Collette led USU in scoring for the second consecutive game, finishing with 18 points as the Aggies ran their exhibition winning streak to 15. Sophomore wing Jalen Moore was the only other Aggie to score in double figures as he had 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 39.3 percent (24-61), including 16.7 percent from three-point range (3-18) and 65.0 percent at the free throw line (13-20). Arkansas-Fort Smith shot 32.3 percent overall (19-59), including 10.0 percent from behind the arc (2-10) and 73.9 percent at the charity stripe (17-23).
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Mon., Nov. 10 --- at Utah Valley, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 15 --- at Fresno State, 5 p.m. (MT)
Utah State's volleyball team (12-12, 8-6 MW) will play a non-conference match at Utah Valley (12-16) on Monday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m., before continuing Mountain West play at Fresno State (6-22, 1-13 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. (MT). USU is 6-5 all-time against the Wolverines and 14-10 all-time against the Bulldogs.
W, 3-1 --- at Nevada
W, 3-0 --- at San José State
Utah State posted a 2-0 Mountain West road record last week with a 3-1 win at Nevada and a 3-0 win at San José State. Against the Wolf Pack, senior MB Kaitlyn VanHoff had 13 kills and tied her career-high with three service aces, while senior LIB Ashlan Rogers-Court had 18 digs, and sophomore DS Hannah Gleason had a career-high five service aces. USU hit .138 (39-23-116) in the match and UN hit .098 (40-27-133), and the Aggies had a season-high 13 service aces. Against the Spartans, VanHoff had 12 kills and hit .440 (12-1-25), while Gleason and senior OH Rachel Orr each added 11 digs, while redshirt freshman MB Hannah Smith had a career-high 10 blocks to go along with six kills and a .625 (6-1-8) hitting percentage. USU finished the match hitting .235 (41-15-115) and SJSU hit .065 (28-21-108).
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Fri., Nov. 14 --- at Oregon, 1 p.m. (MT)
Sun., Nov. 16 --- at Oregon State, 3 p.m. (MT)
Utah State women's basketball (0-0) will begin the 2014-15 season with a pair of road games against Pac-12 opponents as it plays at Oregon (0-0) on Friday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. (MT) and at Oregon State (0-0) on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. (MT). USU is 0-1 all-time against the Ducks and 1-3 all-time against the Beavers.
W, 87-66 --- WESTERN NEW MEXICO (Ex.)
Utah State posted an 87-66 home exhibition victory over Western New Mexico last week, using a strong rebounding and defensive effort to collect the win. The Aggies out rebounded the Mustangs 52 to 33, including 22 offensive rebounds, and picked up 16 steals, leading to 18 WMNU turnovers. Senior guard/forward Ingrida Strikas led the Aggies with 15 points, eight rebounds and five steals, while junior guard/forward Stephanie Bairstow also had 15 points. Freshman guard Funda Nakkasoglu joined the duo in double figures, finishing with 11 points and led the team with five assists. As a team, USU shot 44.7 percent from the floor (34-76), 21.4 percent from three-point range (3-14) and 59.3 percent at the free throw line (16-27). Western New Mexico shot 37.9 percent (22-58), including 37.0 percent from behind the arc (10-27) and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe (12-18).
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Thur., Jan. 22 --- WEBER STATE, 11 a.m.
Utah State women's tennis will return to action on Thursday, Jan. 22 when it begins its spring season by hosting Weber State at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club at 11 a.m.
NTS --- at USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Flushing, N.Y.
Senior McKenzie Davis became the first tennis player in school history to compete at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships last week. Davis fell to the Oklahoma State's Viktoriya Lushkova, the No. 26 ranked player in the country, in straight sets in the opening round (6-4, 6-1) before falling in straight sets (6-3, 6-0) to USC's Zoe Scandalis, the No. 15 ranked player in the country, in the consolation round.
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Nov. 14 --- at NCAA Regional, Albuquerque, N.M., 10 a.m.
Utah State's men and women's cross country teams will return to action on Friday, Nov. 14 when it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the 2014 NCAA Mountain Regional. At last year's NCAA Mountain Regional Championship, both the Aggie men and women finished in 11th-place.
M: 5th/8; W: 7th/11 --- at Mountain West Championships, Fresno, Calif.
Utah State cross country showed great effort in a competitive finish at the Mountain West Championships in Fresno, Calif., last weekend as the men's team improved one spot from the recent coaches' poll to finish fifth with 152 points, while the women's team placed seventh, recording 180 points. The Aggie effort was sparked by men's senior Eric Shellhorn and sophomore Tori Parkinson on the women's side. Shellhorn placed 15th with a time of 24:14.80, while Parkinson finished 22nd, clocking in at 21.22.50. New Mexico captured the top spots in both the men and the women's championship races for the sixth and seventh-straight seasons, respectively. Behind Shellhorn was sophomore Colby Wilson who placed 25th, recording a time of 24:31.60, followed by senior Mike Bills who placed 33rd with a time of 24:43.00. Junior Kade Jensen finished 36th, posting a time of 24:50.80, while freshman J.D. Thorne finished off the Utah State top five, placing 50th with a time of 25:22.00. Trailing Parkinson was a herd of Aggies, starting with freshman Kelsey Yamauchi, finishing 37th with a time of 21:58.00. Just behind her was freshman Hannah Malone crossing the line in 38th, recording a time of 21:59.00, while junior Karlee Deeter placed 40th with a time of 22:03.70. Rounding out the Utah State women's top five was junior Amanda Stoudt, finishing 52nd and clocking in at 22:21.60.
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