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Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's fall and winter sports continue this week with men's and women's basketball, and football all in action.
Utah State's fall and winter sports continue this week with men's and women's basketball, and football all in action.

Nov. 14, 2011

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 14, 2011

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

This Week
Sat., Nov. 19 --- at Idaho, 3 p.m. (Altitude-TV)
• Utah State's football team (4-5, 2-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference action on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Idaho (2-8, 1-4) at 3 p.m. (MT). USU is 18-17-2 all-time against the Vandals including a 9-9-1 record on the road. The game will be televised live on Altitude Sports.

Last Week
W, 34-33 --- SAN JOSE STATE
• Junior quarterback Adam Kennedy threw a pair of late fourth quarter touchdowns to sophomore wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen and senior wideout Matt Austin rallying Utah State to a come-from-behind victory for the second time in as many weeks with a 34-33 win against San Jose State Saturday. The Aggies scored the final 13 points Saturday to erase a late 12-point deficit. Kennedy finished the game with 255 passing yards and two touchdowns as he was 21-for-27 with one interception. Junior running back Robert Turbin added 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries giving him 1,049 yards on the season marking the 15th time in school history that a USU player has hit the century mark in a single-season and just the fifth to do it twice in a career. Senior linebacker Bobby Wagner also had a milestone game for Utah State as he finished with 12 tackles for his 21st-career double-digit tackle game giving him 407 career stops to rank third all-time in school history and fourth all-time in the WAC. Utah State finished the game with 541 yards of total offense (286-rushing, 255-passing) and San Jose State had 394 total yards (54-rushing, 340-passing). USU also converted 9-of-14 third downs, but also lost four fumbles and have five total turnovers in the game.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Wed., Nov. 16 --- WEBER STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 19 --- at UC Irvine, 3 p.m.
• Utah State women's basketball (1-1) will play a pair of games this week as it hosts in-state rival Weber State (0-1) on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., followed by a game at UC Irvine (0-1) on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. (MT). USU is 15-22 all-time against the Wildcats and 2-6 all-time against the Anteaters.

Last Week
W, 62-56 --- at Wyoming
L, 73-84 --- at South Dakota State
• Utah State began its 2011-12 season with a 1-1 record on the road as it defeated Wyoming (62-56) and lost at South Dakota State (84-73). Against the Cowgirls, senior forward Ashlee Brown had 18 points and 13 rebounds, while senior forward Maddy Plunkett and sophomore guard Jennifer Schlott each scored 12 points. USU finished the game shooting 33.9 percent from the field (20-59), 27.3 percent from three-point range (3-11) and 82.6 percent at the free throw line (19-23). UW shot 33.3 percent (18-54), including 29.2 percent from behind the arc (7-24) and 68.4 percent at the charity stripe (13-19). Against the Jackrabbits, Brown scored a career-high 31 points to go along with 11 rebounds and a career-high six steals as she was 8-of-11 from the field and 15-for-19 at the free throw line. Senior guard Brooke Jackson added 13 points in the game as USU shot 36.0 percent overall (18-50), including 18.2 percent from three (2-11) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (35-40). SDSU shot 52.0 percent in the game (26-50), including 33.3 percent from behind the arc (7-21) and 75.8 percent at the free throw line (25-33).

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

This Week
Tues., Nov. 15 --- at Weber State, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 19 --- SOUTHERN UTAH (KCSG-TV), 7 p.m.
• Utah State men's basketball (1-0) will play a pair of in-state games this week as it travels to Weber State (1-0) on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., and then hosts Southern Utah (2-1) on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m., in a game that will be televised live on KCSG-TV. USU is 38-25 all-time against the Wildcats including a 14-16 record on the road, and 5-0 all-time against the Thunderbirds including a 2-0 record at home.

Last Week
W, 69-62 --- BRIGHAM YOUNG
• Senior guard Brockeith Pane netted 17 second-half points and spearheaded an 11-0 Utah State run to lead the Aggies to a 69-62 home win against Brigham Young Friday. During its second-half run, the Aggie defense held BYU without a field goal from the 15:51 mark until the 6:02 mark, as the Cougars missed 11 straight shots. The Aggies have now won six of the last nine and seven of the last 11 over the Cougars, including six straight at home. Pane finished with a game-high 21 points and was one of three Aggies in double-digits, while sophomore guard Preston Medlin added 15 points and senior forward Brady Jardine chipped in 12 points to go with a game-high eight rebounds. Pane and Medlin each dished out five assists, while Pane swiped a game-best three steals. The 21 points by Pane was his 23rd career game in double-figures, including 20-plus points for the fourth time in his career. The Aggies shot 22-of-48 (.458) from the field, hitting 5-of-15 (.333) behind the arc, while netting 69.0 percent (20-29) at the free throw line. BYU was 22-of-47 (.468) field goal shooting, but were just 3-of-14 (.214) from three-point range and made 68.2 percent (15-22) at the charity stripe. USU had a slight, 31-29, rebounding edge. The Aggie defense forced 20 Cougar turnovers, while committing 18 miscues themselves, leading to a 21-15 points off turnovers edge. The physical game had 47 fouls called, but BYU's Stephen Rogers was the only player to foul out. There were 10 ties and the lead changed hands nine times.

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

Last Week
NCAA Tournament - First Round, Auburn, Ala.
L, 1-2 --- at Auburn
• Utah State's soccer team (15-5-2, 5-1-1) ended its record-setting season with a 2-1 loss at third-seeded Auburn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday. Auburn took the early lead in the 17th minute which was senior goalkeeper Molli Merrill's first goal allowed since the Aggies, 2-1, loss at Hawai`i on Sept. 30. Auburn increased its lead to 2-0 in the 58th minute before sophomore midfielder Kendra Pemberton scored in the 64th minute to cut the deficit to 2-1. The Tigers out-shot USU 18-2 for the match and had 12 corner kicks to six by the Aggies.

CROSS COUNTRY
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

Next Week
Mon., Nov. 21 --- at NCAA Championships, Terre Haute, Ind., 10 a.m.
• Utah State senior Brian McKenna received an at-large selection to compete in the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday, Nov. 21. This will be McKenna's second time competing at nationals as he also qualified in 2009, finishing 69th out of 250 runners. Additionally, McKenna is only the fifth USU cross country runner to make it to the championships since 2000, joining Trevor Ball (2005), Tiffany Strickland (2005), Mike Nielson (2003) and Ashley Johnson (2003), and is the first two-time selection during that span.

Last Week
M: 7/17; W: 18/19 --- at NCAA Mountain Regional, Provo, Utah
• Utah State men's cross country senior Brian McKenna placed 10th on the 10-kilometer course with a time of 30:43.3 at the 2011 NCAA Mountain Region Championships Saturday in Provo leading the men to a seventh-place finish. USU's women finished in 18th-place. McKenna, who competed against 114 other runners, earned all-Region honors. Redshirt junior captain Ruth Hilton was the top finisher for the USU women, as she came in 56th-place with a time of 22:43.5 on the six-kilometer course. Juniors Kaylee Campbell and Stephanie Burt placed 90th (23:36.5) and 104th (23:55.3), respectively, while freshman Brittany Bushman finished at 97th (23:43.6). Sophomores Brittany Fisher and Hannah Williams ended the day in 98th (23:44.3) and 108th (24:08.8). Other finishers for the Aggie men included seniors Daniel Howell (32nd, 31:25.9), Hunter Nelson (52nd, 32:04.0) and Eric Larson (60th, 32:52.2). Sophomores Kyle McKenna and Devin Lang finished 37th (31:36.0) and 82nd (32:58.9), respectively, while freshman Austin Neuner crossed the finish line in 69th place with a time of 32:39.1.

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

Next Week
WAC Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
Mon., Nov. 21 --- vs. Fresno State, 8:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 22 --- vs. Hawai'i, 8:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 23 --- vs. TBA, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's volleyball team (12-16, 7-7) will return to action on Monday, Nov. 21 when it travels to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete in the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament. USU will be the fourth-seed in the tournament and face fifth-seeded Fresno State (13-14, 7-7) on Monday, Nov. 21 at 8:30 p.m. (MT). The winner of that match will face top-seeded Hawai'i (26-1, 14-0) on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 8:30 p.m. (MT), and the championship match will be on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. USU, the defending WAC Tournament Champions, was 1-1 against Fresno State this year as it won in Logan in four sets and lost at Fresno State in five sets. USU is 12-8 all-time against the Bulldogs including a 1-0 record in the WAC Tournament.

Last Week
W, 3-1 --- at Nevada
L, 2-3 --- at Fresno State
• Utah State went 1-1 last week as it won at Nevada (3-1) and lost at Fresno State (3-2). Against the Wolf Pack, junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen had 14 kills and six block assists, while senior outside hitter Liz McArthur added 13 kills and 10 digs for her 12th double-double of the season and 24th of her career. Junior outside hitter Josselyn White finished with 10 kills, seven digs and four block assists, and freshman middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff tied her career-high with seven kills to go along with six total blocks. USU hit .260 (47-15-123) in the match and UN hit .141 (51-30-149). Against the Bulldogs, McArthur had 18 kills, nine digs, three service aces and a career-high seven block assists, while Sorensen had 14 kills and four block assists, and White added 10 kills and six digs. Junior middle blocker Alyssa Everett tied her career-high with nine total blocks and VanHoff had seven block assists. USU hit .167 (47-23-144) in the match and FS hit .218 (69-33-165).

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