LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 14, 2016
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Nov. 19 --- at Nevada, 2 p.m. (MT) (ESPN3)
Utah State's football team (3-7, 1-6 MW) continues its 2016 season this week with its final Mountain West game of the year at Nevada (3-7, 1-5 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3. USU is 6-17 all-time against the Wolf Pack, including a 2-8 road record.
L, 21-24 --- NEW MEXICO
New Mexico's Jason Sanders kicked three field goals, including the game-winner from 40 yards out with 1:06 to go, to give the Lobos a 24-21 victory at Utah State last weekend. Sanders' third field goal of the night capped an 11-play, 76-yard drive that began inside the Lobos' 1-yard line after a goal-line stand by the New Mexico defense. With the win, the Lobos (7-3, 5-1 Mountain West) won their fifth straight game. The Aggies dropped to 3-7 overall and 1-6 in league play. Junior QB Kent Myers was 21-of-27 passing for 263 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Sophomore WR Ron'Quavion Tarver finished with six catches for 84 yards -- both game highs -- and a touchdown. Ten different Aggies caught at least one pass, including senior TE Wyatt Houston, who has now caught a pass in 16 straight games. Defensively, Utah State limited the top rushing team in the nation to 249 yards -- almost 110 yards below the Lobos' season average of 358.8. Senior LB Anthony Williams tied his career high with 13 tackles, including 1.0 tackles for loss, while redshirt sophomore BS Gaje Ferguson added a career-best 11 stops.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Wed., Nov. 16 --- at Fresno State, 8 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Nov. 19 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE, 1 p.m.
Utah State's volleyball team (12-15, 7-9 MW) continues its 2016 season this week with a pair of Mountain West matches as it plays at Fresno State (13-14, 4-12 MW) on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. (MT), and hosts San José State (12-16, 5-11 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. Live streaming of both matches is available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos. USU is 14-13 all-time against the Bulldogs and 18-20-1 all-time against the Spartans.
L, 0-3 --- at UNLV
W, 3-2 --- at New Mexico
Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West road record last week with a 3-0 loss at UNLV and a 3-2 come-from-behind victory at New Mexico. Against the Rebels, junior outside Lauren Anderson led the Aggies with 13 kills as USU hit .247 (38-15-93) to UNLV's .330 (41-12-88). Against the Lobos, senior outside Kaylie Kamalu-Smith (26 kills/12 digs) and senior setter Erica Moscoso (54 assists/13 digs) each recorded double-doubles as USU hit .283 (67-16-180) to UNM's .238 (77-32-189).
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Mon., Nov. 14 --- NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE, 6 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 16 --- BRISTOL, 7 p.m. (Ex.)
Sat., Nov. 19 --- IDAHO STATE, 7 p.m.
Utah State men's basketball (1-0) continues its 2016-17 season with three home games this week as it hosts New Jersey Institute (1-0) on Monday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m., Bristol (0-0) on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., in an exhibition game, and Idaho State (0-1) on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. Live streaming of all three games is available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos. USU is 38-13 all-time against the Bengals, including a 17-2 home record, and is 0-0 all-time against both NJIT and Bristol.
W, 72-56 --- at UC Irvine
Utah State posted a 72-56 road victory at UC Irvine in its 2016-17 season opener last weekend. Senior wing Jalen Moore led the Aggies with 22 points, moving into No. 26 all-time in career scoring (1,141) and passing Bert Cook (1,133). Freshman guard Koby McEwen followed Moore with 11 points and senior guard Shane Rector and sophomore Norbert Janicek were just behind with 10 points apiece. USU shot 47.2 percent (25-of-53), including 36.8 percent (7-of-19) from behind the 3-point line and 71.4 percent (15-of-21) from the free throw line. UCI shot 29.5 percent (18-of-61), including 27.6 percent (8-of-29) from behind the 3-point line and 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the free throw line.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Mon., Nov. 14 --- MONTANA STATE, 8:15 p.m.
Thur., Nov. 17 --- UC IRVINE, 11 a.m.
Utah State women's basketball (1-0) continues its 2016-17 season this week with a pair of non-conference games as it hosts Montana State (0-1) on Monday, Nov. 14 at 8:15 p.m., and UC Irvine (0-1) on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. Live streaming of both matches is available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos. USU is 2-10 all-time against the Bobcats and 3-7 all-time against the Anteaters.
W, 72-49 --- WESTMINSTER
Utah State opened its 2016-17 campaign last week with a 72-49 home win over Westminster. Freshman forward Shannon Dufficy led the team in both scoring and rebounds, finishing the game with 14 points and nine boards. USU had two other players in double-figures, as sophomore guard Rachel Brewster tallied 11 points and freshman guard Eliza West added 10. Overall, Utah State shot 39.2 percent (29-of-74), including 41.0 percent (5-of-12) from the 3-point line and was 60.0 percent (9-of-15) from the free throw line. Westminster shot 38.8 percent (19-of-49), including 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from behind the arc and 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from the free throw line.
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Sat., Nov. 19 --- at NCAA Championships, Terre Haute, Ind., 9 a.m. (MT)
Utah State will be represented at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., this weekend as junior Dillon Maggard qualified as an individual after placing eighth at the NCAA Mountain Region. The NCAA Championships will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, and begin at 9 a.m. (MT).
M: 8th/17; W: 8th/20 --- NCAA MOUNTAIN REGIONAL
Utah State's cross country teams concluded their seasons, while junior Dillon Maggard individually qualified for the national championships last weekend at the 2016 NCAA Mountain Region Championships. In the men's championship race, No. 1 Northern Arizona and No. 2 Colorado automatically qualified their teams for the national championships by finishing first and second, respectively, at regionals. On the women's side, No. 1 Colorado advanced to nationals by finishing first, while No. 6 New Mexico joined the Buffaloes as the Lobos came in second. Both of Utah State's cross country teams placed eighth in the team standings as the men tallied 230 points, with the women recording 232 points. Maggard led the Aggie men up front, earning all-region honors by placing in the top 25. The native of Kirkland, Wash., was the top male finisher from the Mountain West Conference as he crossed the line eighth in the 10-kilometer race with a time of 31:02.20. This will mark Maggard's first time competing at nationals, where he will become the seventh Aggie to compete at nationals since 2000, joining Eric Shellhorn (2014), Brian McKenna (2011) Trever Ball (2005), Tiffany Strickland (2005), Mike Nielson (2003) and Ashley Johnson (2003). Sophomore Kashley Carter just missed heading to nationals as she earned all-region honors by placing 15th with a time of 20:28.50 in the women's six-kilometer race. In other men's action, senior Colby Wilson concluded his Utah State career by placing 54th (32:19.00). A trio of underclassmen rallied just behind Wilson as sophomore Adam Hendrickson placed 55th (32:19.40), freshman Darren Harman finished 56th (32:21.80) and freshman Luke Beattie came in 57th (32:22.10) to round out the first five. Utah State's women exceeded expectations as they were slated to finish 10th, but came in eighth. After Carter, freshman Bailee Parker led the charge with a 37th-place finish (21:14.60). The final three were sophomore Cierra Simmons in 51st (21:35.30), junior Kelsey Yamauchi in 54th (21:38.30) and sophomore Tavia Dutson in 75th (22:06.70).
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Jan. 27 --- NORTH DAKOTA, 10 a.m.
Utah State women's tennis will return to action on Friday, Jan. 27, when it begins its spring season with a home match against North Dakota at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club at 10 a.m..
NTS --- at CS Northridge Invitational
Utah State women's tennis completed its 2016 fall season at the Cal State Northridge Inivte last weekend by winning two flight titles. Freshman Sophia Haleas won the flight C title with a perfect 4-0 record, while Haleas and freshman Hannah Jones posted a 3-0 record in doubles to win the flight B doubles title. In other doubles action, senior Ekaterina Tugarinova and junior Sabrina Demerath went 1-1, sophomore Monika Van de Vondel and freshman Lucy Octave went 2-1, and senior Nini Guensler and junior Maggie O'Meara went 1-2. In singles, Jones and Guensler went 3-1, O'Meara went 2-2, Demerath posted a 2-3 mark, Van de Vondel and Octave went 1-1, and Tugarinova went 1-2.
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