WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 16, 2015
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Nov. 21 --- NEVADA, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
• Utah State’s football team (5-5, 4-3) continues its 2015 season this weekend with a Mountain West home game against Nevada (6-4, 4-2) on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3. USU is 5-17 all-time against the Wolf Pack, including a 3-9 home record.
L, 28-35 --- at Air Force
• Utah State’s struggles on the road continued as Air Force used a surprising passing attack in a 35-28 victory against the Aggies last weekend at Falcon Stadium. The Falcons (7-3, 5-1 Mountain West) racked up 580 yards in beating the Aggies (5-5, 4-3). The loss spoiled a career day by Utah State’s Kent Myers. The sophomore QB was 25-of-47 for 364 yards and four touchdowns. His completions, attempts, yards and touchdown passes were all career highs. Myers’ favorite target was senior WR Hunter Sharp, who caught 13 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns, all career highs. Sharp’s receptions are the most by an Aggie since Kevin Curtis also caught 13 passes against Middle Tennessee in 2002. Junior LB Nick Vigil led the Aggies, who fell to 1-5 on the road this season, with 20 tackles, which is tied for the third-most stops by a Football Bowl Subdivision player this season. Redshirt freshman P Aaron Dalton punted seven times for an average of 50.3 yards, including a long of 57, and had two punts downed inside the 20-yard line.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Wed., Nov. 18 --- at New Mexico, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 21 --- AIR FORCE, 8:30 p.m.
• Utah State’s volleyball team (6-23, 2-13) continues its 2015 season this week with a pair of Mountain West matches as it plays at New Mexico (15-13, 8-7) on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. and hosts Air Force (11-19, 4-11) on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 8:30 p.m. USU is 10-15 all-time against the Lobos and 4-0 all-time against the Falcons.
W, 3-1 --- NEVADA
L, 2-3 --- SAN DIEGO STATE
• Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West home record last week with a 3-1 win against Nevada and a 3-2 loss to San Diego State. Against the Wolf Pack, sophomore outside hitter Rachel Gale hit a career-high .368 with a match-high 24 kills on 57 attempts with only three errors, while junior outside hitter Kaylie Kamalu also recorded double-digit kills, finishing the match with 16 while hitting .286 (16-6-35). USU hit .275 (59-18-149) in the match and UN hit .208 (58-25-159). Against the Aztecs, Kamalu had 15 kills, while redshirt sophomore middle blocker Carly Lenzen, sophomore opposite side hitter Kayla DeCoursey and Gale each had 14 kills. USU finished the match hitting .232 (65-26-168) and SDSU hit .180 (65-35-167).
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Tues., Nov. 17 --- ADAMS STATE, 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 20 --- UNION (Tenn.), 7 p.m.
• Utah State men’s basketball (1-0) continues its 2015-16 season this week with a pair of non-conference home games as it hosts Adams State (0-2) on Tuesday, Nov. 17 and Union (Tenn.) (2-0) on Friday, Nov. 20 with both games beginning at 7 p.m. and streamed live on the Aggie Digital Network. It will be the first-ever meeting for USU against both the Grizzlies and Bulldogs.
W, 73-70 --- at Weber State
• Utah State began its 2015-16 season with a 73-70 road win at Weber State last weekend as senior guard Chris Smith led the Aggies with 19 points and seven rebounds. Redshirt junior forward Lew Evans added 17 points and five rebounds off the bench, while junior guard Shane Rector scored 15 points, to go along with five assists and three steals off the bench. Utah State shot 45.9 percent (28-of-61) from the floor, including 40.0 percent (8-of-20) from behind the 3-point line, to Weber State’s 45.8 percent (22-of-48), including a 42.1 percent (8-of-19) clip from long range. USU also shot 60.0 percent (9-of-15) at the free throw line as compared to 78.3 percent (18-of-23) for Weber State. USU also won the rebounding battle, 35-30, while committing two more turnovers, 13-11.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Mon., Nov. 16 --- WESTMINSTER, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 21 --- PACIFIC, 6 p.m.
• Utah State women’s basketball (0-1) continues its 2015-16 season this week with a pair of non-conference games as it hosts Westminster (1-1) on Monday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., and Pacific (1-0) on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m., with both games being streamed live on the Aggie Digital Network. USU is 1-0 all-time against the Griffins and 3-5 all-time against the Tigers.
L, 86-95 --- SACRAMENTO STATE
• Utah State began its 2015-16 campaign at home last weekend, falling to Sacramento State, 95-86. Freshman guard Katie Toole was the leading scorer for the Aggies with 22 points in her collegiate debut. Freshman guard Victoria Price scored 13 points, while fellow freshman guard Rachel Brewster had eight points, eight assists and a team-leading 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Funda Nakkasoglu also scored in double digits with 11 points. Overall, Utah State shot 52.2 percent (36-of-69) from the field, 30.0 percent (3-of-10) from the 3-point line and 55.0 percent (11-of-20) from the free throw line. Sacramento State shot 34.7 percent (34-of-98) from the field, 27.8 percent (10-of-36) from the 3-point line and 68.0 percent (17-of-25) from the free throw line.
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361
W: 11th/19; M: 16th/16 --- at NCAA Regionals, Albuquerque, N.M.
• Utah State’s cross country teams concluded their seasons at the 2015 NCAA Mountain Region Championships last weekend in Albuquerque, N.M. Junior Tori Parkinson paved the way for the Aggie women by placing 43rd with a time of 22:13.40. Parkinson led the Aggies to an 11th-place finish out of 19 teams. Colorado captured both titles in the men’s and women’s championship races. Behind Parkinson was junior Jacqueline Winterton, who placed 58th, recording a time of 22:30.79. Finishing just after Winterton was sophomore Kelsey Yamauchi, who finished 59th (22:30.79). Freshman Kashley Carter capped off a stellar season by placing 75th (22:51.76), while sophomore Hannah Malone crossed the line 80th (22:58.07). The Aggies’ effort on the men’s side was led by junior Colby Wilson, who placed 43rd with a time of 31:39.28. Utah State went on to place 16th to conclude the 2015 season. Finishing off the men’s front five was sophomore Tyler Roberts, who placed 73rd (32:43.59), and freshman Kody Gould, who captured 94th (32:43.59). They were followed by sophomore Justin Sheets, who finished 96th (33:58.64), and junior Ben Johnston, who placed 102nd (34:12.64).
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