WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 9, 2015
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Nov. 7 --- at Air Force, 12 p.m. (ESPN3)
• Utah State’s football team (5-4, 4-2) continues its 2015 season this weekend with a Mountain West road game at Air Force (6-3, 4-1) on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 12 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3. USU is 2-1 all-time against the Falcons, including a 1-1 road record.
L, 13-14 --- at New Mexico
• Sophomore QB Kent Myers was 13-of-24 passing for 213 yards and a touchdown, but missed opportunities proved to be Utah State’s undoing in a 14-13 loss at New Mexico last weekend. The Aggies (5-4, 4-2 Mountain West) had a golden opportunity to possibly win the game at the end, but junior PK Brock Warren’s 41-yard field goal attempt was wide right with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter. Earlier in the fourth, he hit a career-long 41-yarder to pull Utah State within 14-13. Sophomore RB LaJuan Hunt had two catches for 67 yards, including a career-best 63-yard reception on a first-quarter screen. Senior WR Hunter Sharp had five catches for 38 yards for Utah State, which was held to 294 yards of offense, including a season-low 78 yards rushing. Defensively, Utah State limited New Mexico to only 236 yards of offense and 10 first downs, both season-lows for the Lobos. Junior LB Nick Vigil had nine tackles, including 1.0 tackles for loss, to lead the Aggies, who had won two straight against UNM. Playing in his first game back since suffering a knee injury against Boise State, senior NG David Moala recorded two tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble on back-to-back plays in the second quarter. Moala finished with five total tackles, to go along with his first career pass breakup. USU’s defense also forced one turnover in the game as junior FS Devin Centers returned a fourth quarter pick 44 yards, to set up USU’s final points of the game on a field goal.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Nov. 12 --- NEVADA, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 14 --- SAN DIEGO STATE, 7 p.m.
• Utah State’s volleyball team (5-22, 1-12) continues its 2015 season this week with a pair of Mountain West home matches against Nevada (11-15, 6-8) on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. and against San Diego State (9-18, 6-8) on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. USU is 19-21 all-time against the Wolf Pack and 5-9-1 all-time against the Aztecs.
L, 0-3 --- at San José State
• Utah State posted an 0-1 Mountain West road record last week with a 3-0 loss at San José State. Against the Spartans, sophomore opposite side hitter Kayla DeCoursey had a career-high 11 kills and hit a career-best .579 (11-0-19). For the match, USU hit .260 (39-14-96) and SJSU hit .411 (52-8-107).
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Fri., Nov. 13 --- at Weber State, 7 p.m. (KJZZ)
• Utah State men’s basketball (0-0) begins its 2015-16 season at in-state rival Weber State (0-0) on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on KJZZ. USU is 41-26 all-time against the Wildcats, including a 15-17 road record.
L, 60-77 --- CS MONTEREY BAY (Ex.)
• Utah State suffered a rare 77-60 exhibition defeat against Cal State Monterey Bay last weekend, snapping a streak of 16 consecutive exhibition victories by the Aggies dating back to the 2007 season. USU was its own worst enemy during the game, committing 19 turnovers on the night and shooting just 20.6 percent (7-of-34) in the first half. Sophomore forward David Collette led USU with 22 points, shooting 8-of-13 from the floor and 6-of-9 from the charity stripe. Senior guard Chris Smith was the only other Aggie with double digits, turning in 10 points. Junior wing Jalen Moore led both teams with eight rebounds, adding six points, two steals and one assist. Overall, USU shot 33.3 percent (20-of-60) from the floor, including 18.2 percent (4-of-22) from behind the 3-point line, while shooting 66.7 percent (16-of-24) from the free throw line. Cal State Monterey Bay was led by four double-digit scorers and shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) from the floor, 38.9 percent (7-of-18) from behind the 3-point line and 85.7 percent (12-of-14) from the free throw line.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Sat., Nov. 14 --- SACRAMENTO STATE, 2 p.m.
• Utah State women’s basketball (0-0) will begin its 2015-16 season at home against Sacramento State (0-0) on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. USU is 0-1 all-time against the Hornets.
W, 109-76 --- DIXIE STATE (Ex.)
• Utah State closed the exhibition portion of its season last weekend, topping in-state Division II foe Dixie State, 109-76. Freshman guard Rachel Brewster had the first unofficial double-double of her career, scoring 22 points and adding 10 rebounds. She was also the team’s co-leader in assists with six. Joining Brewster in double-figure scoring was sophomore guard Funda Nakkasoglu with 22 points, while freshman guards Katie Toole and Victoria Price had 19 and 13 points, respectively. Overall, Utah State shot 52.9 percent (36-of-68) from the field, 45.5 percent (5-of-11) from the 3-point line and 69.6 percent (32-of-46) from the free throw line. Dixie State shot 37.5 percent (27-of-72) from the field, 26.7 percent (8-of-30) from 3-point range and 70.0 percent (14-of-20) from the free throw line.
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361
Fri., Nov. 13 --- at NCAA Regionals, Albuquerque, N.M., 10 a.m.
• Utah State’s men and women’s cross country teams will return to action on Friday, Nov. 13 when they travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the 2015 NCAA Mountain Regional. At last year’s NCAA Mountain Regional Championship, the Aggie men finished in 11th place and the women finished in 16th place.
W: 6th/11; M: 8th/8 --- at Mountain West Championships, Reno, Nev.
• Utah State’s women’s cross country team placed sixth with 144 points, while the Aggie men finished eighth with 220 points, at the 2015 Mountain West Championships held last weekend in Reno, Nev. USU freshman Kashley Carter placed 14th with a time of 23:41.68, good enough to earn second-team all-conference honors. New Mexico took home the crown on the women’s side, while Air Force captured the top spot in the men’s championship race. Behind Carter was junior Jacqueline Winterton, who placed 24th with a time of 24:23.92. Following Winterton was sophomore Kelsey Yamuachi, who placed 29th with a time of 24:39.57, while junior Tori Parkinson placed 37th with a time of 24:59.15 and sophomore Jackie Heaps crossed the line 45th with a time of 25:15.76. The Aggie men were led to an eighth-place finish by sophomore Dillon Maggard, who finished 41st, recording a time of 28:23.63. Junior Colby Wilson crossed the line 48th with a time of 29:10.95. Following Wilson was freshman Jon Stutz, who placed 49th with a time of 29:12.05, sophomore Justin Sheets, who finished 50th with a time of 29:12.05, and sophomore Tyler Roberts, who placed 53rd with a time of 29:23.13.
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