Weekly Aggie Update

Nov. 15, 2009

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 15, 2009

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

This Week
Fri., Nov. 20 --- BOISE STATE, 7:30 p.m.
• Utah State (3-7, 2-4) will play its final home game of the 2009 season on Friday, Nov. 20 as it hosts No. 6 Boise State (10-0, 5-0) at 7:30 p.m. (MT), in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPN2. USU is 4-11 all-time against the Broncos, which includes a 2-5 record at home.

Last Week
W, 24-9 --- SAN JOSE STATE
• Sophomore RB Robert Turbin rushed for a career-high 190 yards and reached two milestones along with way to lead Utah State to a 24-9 win over San Jose State Saturday. Turbin's 190 yards push him over the 1,000 yard mark for the season, becoming the first USU running back since Aggie legend Emmett White did so in 2001. The 190 yards is the best individual rushing total for a Aggie running back since White's 233 yards vs. Weber State in 2001. Junior QB Diondre Borel added 73 rushing yards and sophomore RB Derrvin Speight logged 70 yards on the ground and a TD, as Utah State finished with 381 yards rushing on the day, the 14th-most in school history and the most since 1999 when USU had 388 vs. Nevada. The Aggies ended with 431 yards of total offense. The Spartans had 301 yards of total offense, but the USU defense limited SJSU to 56 yards rushing, Utah State's best defensive rushing outing since 2007. Defensively, sophomore LB Bobby Wagner made a team-leading 10 tackles, while junior S Rajric Coleman logged nine stops to go with a fumble recovery. Turbin's 190 yards was accompanied by two touchdowns, a 6-yard dart in the first quarter and a 35-yard scamper in the second quarter, putting USU ahead 14-0 at halftime. The Aggies' opening drive nearly stalled, as they lined up for a 48-yard field goal, but senior WR Xavier Bowman successfully executed a fake, running 25 yards for a first down. On the next play, Turbin scored his first TD of the day.

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

This Week
Mon., Nov. 16 --- No. 3 HAWAI'I, 7 p.m.
Thur., Nov. 19 --- NEVADA, 7 p.m.
• Utah State (14-13, 5-9) will conclude its regular season this week with a pair of WAC matches as it hosts No. 3 Hawai'i (25-2, 15-0) on Monday, Nov. 16 and Nevada (11-18, 7-8) on Thursday, Nov. 19 with both matches beginning at 7 p.m. USU is 8-37 all-time against the Rainbow Wahine and 10-19 all-time against the Wolf Pack.

Last Week
W, 3-1 --- at San Jose State
L, 0-3 --- at No. 3 Hawai'i
• Utah State went 1-1 on the road last week as it defeated San Jose State in four sets and lost at third-ranked Hawai'i in three sets. Against the Spartans, sophomore outside hitter Liz McArthur had 20 kills and hit .304 (20-6-46) in the match, while junior middle blocker Shantell Durrant had seven kills and four block assists, and hit .538 (7-0-13). Junior libero Christine Morrill added a career-high tying 29 digs. USU hit .229 (50-18-140) in the match as compared to a .210 (58-25-157) hitting percentage for SJSU. Against the Rainbow Wahine, McArthur had seven kills, while junior middle blocker Katie Astle had six kills and three block assists, and hit .500 (6-1-10). USU hit .153 (24-11-85) in the match and UH hit .426 (52-12-94).

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

This Week
Wed., Nov. 18 --- at Utah, 6 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 21 --- at Northeastern, 10 a.m.
• Utah State (1-0) will play a pair of road games this week at Utah (0-1) on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m., and at Northeastern (0-0) on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. (MT). USU's game against Utah will be televised live on the Mtn. USU is 92-129 all-time against the Utes and 0-1 all-time against the Huskies.

Last Week
W, 66-60 --- at Weber State
• Utah State had four players score in double-figures led by junior guard Tyler Newbold's 15 points in its season-opening 66-60 win at Weber State Friday. Junior forward Nate Bendall had 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go along with five rebounds, while senior guard Jared Quayle added 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Junior guard Brian Green finished with 10 points in his first career game at USU. Utah State had more turnovers (10) than field goals (9) in the first-half as it shot 40.9 percent overall (9-22), but still led 28-21. Weber State shot 30.0 percent in the first-half (9-30), including just 1-of-9 (.111) from behind the arc. Newbold led the Aggies with 10 first-half points, while Bendall and Quayle each had seven.Utah State began the second-half on an 8-1 run to extend its lead to 36-23 following a baseline jumper from Green and extended its margin to 15 on a layup by Quayle with 12:29 to play. Weber State went on a late 7-1 run to cut the lead to four at 60-56 with :26 seconds to play, but Green hit four straight free throws down the stretch to secure the win. USU finished the game shooting 47.7 percent from the field (21-44), 33.3 percent from three-point range and 87.0 percent from the free throw line (20-23). Weber State shot just 33.3 percent overall (21-63), including just 10.0 percent from behind the arc (2-20). WSU did make 16-of-19 (.842) free throws.

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

This Week
Mon., Nov. 16 --- at Portland, 8 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 22 --- at San Francisco, 3 p.m.
• Utah State (1-0) will play a pair of road games at Portland (0-1) on Monday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. (MT) and at San Francisco (0-0) on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. (MT). USU is 1-2 all-time against the Pilots and 0-1 all-time against the Dons.

Last Week
W, 64-56 --- MONTANA TECH (Ex.)
W, 68-57 --- UTAH
• Utah State won both of its games last week as it defeated Montana Tech, 64-56, in an exhibition game and then beat Utah, 68-57, in its season-opener on Friday. Against the Utes, junior forward Amber White led all scorers with a career-high 25 points, while junior guard Alice Coddington also tallied a new career-high with 18 points. Junior forward Stacey Howard also notched a career-best with seven points, while senior forward Lydia Whitehead topped USU with nine rebounds. USU scorched the nets to the tune of 62.1 percent (18-of-29) in the first half and ended at 54.2 percent (26-of-48) from the field. The Aggies hit 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) from three-point range and was 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) at the free throw line. Utah shot 38.2 percent (21-of-55) from the field, including 4-of-13 (30.8 percent) three-point shooting. The Utes were 12-of-16 (75.0 percent) at the free throw line.

CROSS COUNTRY
Contact: Jackie Banda - (435) 797-8584

Last Week
M-7th/17; W-14th/20 --- at NCAA Regionals, Albuquerque, N.M.
• Utah State's men's cross country team finished seventh at the NCAA Mountain Regional Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M., while the Aggie women placed 14th in its final team competition of the season. Sophomore Brian McKenna led the Aggie men as he finished the 10k course in 19th-place with a time of 30:57.5. Freshman Alex Litzsinger was the top finisher for the Aggie women as she competed the 6k course in 22:18.5 to place 41st. Following McKenna for Utah State was junior Nick Bolinder who finished 23rd overall with a time of 31:07.0. Also doing well for the Aggies was sophomore Daniel Howell who finished 27th in 31:12.7. Other Aggie finishers for the men included Steve Atkinson (32:04.2) who placed 49th and senior Jason Holt (32:10.1) who came in 53rd. Senior Steve Strickland (32:19.4) took 61st and junior Chio Lopez (32:57.3) rounded out the USU finishers tabbing 83rd. Brigham Young won the men's team championship with 54 points and was followed closely by Colorado with 55 points. Host New Mexico took third with 77 points. On the women's side, sophomore Jessie Chugg (22:44.9) finished 67th-place, while junior Alicia Holt (23:01.7) finished in 82nd-place. Following Holt was junior Justine Baugh (23:10.5) in 91st place and junior Kim Quinn (23:22.5) tabbed 100th. Following close behind was freshman Kaylee Campbell (23:25.3) in 103rd while senior Erin Stratton (23:29.3) came in 104th. Colorado took first overall on the women's side with 48 points while Texas Tech finished second with 53 points. BYU finished in third-place with 114 points. The top two teams in each region receive automatic bids to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 24th.

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