Nov. 17, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 18, 2013
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Nov. 23 --- COLORADO STATE, 1:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Utah State's football team (6-4, 5-1) will continue its 2013 season with a Mountain West home game against Colorado State (6-5, 4-2) on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1:30 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221). USU is 31-36-2 all-time against the Rams, including a 16-19-1 home record.
W, 28-24 --- at UNLV
Sophomore wide receiver Bruce Natson had two rushing touchdowns, including the game-winner with 3:56 to play, and Utah State's defense held UNLV out of the end zone with four-straight incomplete passes from its own 16-yardline in the final minute to cap a hard-fought 28-24 road win Saturday night. With the win, Utah State improves to 6-4 on the season including a 5-1 mark in the Mountain West, to become bowl eligible for the third-straight year as the Aggies have never played in three-straight bowl games. UNLV falls to 5-5 on the season and 3-3 in league play with the loss. Natson finished the game with a career-high eight rushes for a career-best 61 yards, including two touchdown runs, to go along with three receptions for 40 yards. Senior wide receiver Travis Reynolds recorded his third 100-yard receiving game in his last four outings for Utah State as he finished with seven receptions for 129 yards, while fellow senior wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen added a career-best 112 receiving yards on four receptions. Freshman quarterback Darell Garretson improved to 3-0 as Utah State's starter and finished 16-of-28 passing for 288 yards to go along with one touchdown pass, while senior running back Joey DeMartino added 75 rushing yards on 19 carries and his 10th rushing touchdown of the season. The linebacker tandem of senior Jake Doughty and junior Zach Vigil each recorded 11 tackles for USU, as Doughty added a career-high tying 2.5 tackles for loss. Senior cornerback Nevin Lawson added four tackles and three passes defended in the game, including his fourth interception of the year in the end zone early in the third quarter. Utah State finished the game with 441 yards of total offense (288 passing, 153 rushing) as compared to 402 yards of total offense for UNLV (252 passing, 150 rushing).
Contact: Mitch Praxl - (435) 797-8584
W: 11/20; M: 11/17 --- at NCAA Regionals, Riverdale, Utah
Utah State's men and women's cross country teams finished the 2013 season last weekend at the NCAA Mountain Regional in Riverdale, Utah as the women placed 11th out of 20 teams, while the men finished 11th out of 17 teams. Senior Alex Litzsinger led the Aggie women with a 27th-place finish in the six-kilometer race with a time of 21:21.8. Junior Ashley Robison finished 59th with a time of 21:54.2. Freshman Tori Parkinson (21:58.7) and junior Brittany Bushman (22:10.4) rounded out the top 75 for USU with finishes of 66th and 74th, respectively. Junior Eric Shellhorn led the Aggie men in the 10-kilomter race as he finished 43rd with a time of 30:30.9. Senior Kyle McKenna (30:56.2) and freshman Colby Wilson (30:56.4) finished 56th and 57th, respectively. Sophomores Chris Martinez (31:13.9) and Kade Jensen (31:41.8) rounded out the top 75 for the Aggie men, finishing 62nd and 74th, respectively.
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Nov. 21 --- at UNLV, 8 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Nov. 23 --- at San Diego State, 2 p.m. (MT)
Utah State's volleyball team (16-9, 9-5) will continue its 2013 season with two Mountain West road matches this week at UNLV (15-11, 10-6) on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. (MT) and at San Diego State (13-13, 8-8) on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. (MT). USU is 2-2 all-time against the Rebels and 5-6-1 all-time against the Aztecs.
W, 3-0 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE
W, 3-0 --- FRESNO STATE
Utah State posted a 2-0 Mountain West home record last week with a pair of three-set wins against San José State and Fresno State. Against the Spartans, junior outside hitter Rachel Orr had 12 kills, while sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard had 11 kills and senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani added 10 kills, while junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court had a match-high 14 digs. USU hit .420 (48-11-88) in the match and SJSU hit .194 (36-17-98). Against the Bulldogs, Orr had 15 kills and junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff set a school record for hitting percentage in a three-set match as she hit .818 with nine kills on 11 attacks with zero errors. Brainard added eight kills and Rogers-Court finished with 14 digs and a career-high four service aces. USU hit .232 (42-16-112) in the match and FS hit .080 (32-23-113).
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Sat., Nov. 23 --- MISSISSIPPI STATE, 7 p.m. (Mountain West Network)
Utah State men's basketball (3-0) will continue its 2013-14 season this week with a home game against Mississippi State (2-0) on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. Live streaming will be available via the Mountain West Network. USU is 0-1 all-time against the Bulldogs.
W, 90-57 --- SOUTHERN UTAH
W, 71-64 --- at UC Santa Barbara
Utah State posted a 2-0 record last week with a 90-57 home win against Southern Utah and a 71-64 road win at UC Santa Barbara. Against the Thunderbirds, senior center Jarred Shaw had 24 points and 10 rebounds for his 10th career double-double, while senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield added 11 points and senior guard TeNale Roland finished with 10 points. USU shot 58.3 percent overall (28-48), including 62.5 percent from three-point range (5-8) and 76.3 percent at the free throw line (29-38). SUU shot just 30.2 percent overall (16-53), including just 20.0 percent from behind the arc (3-15) and 84.6 percent at the charity stripe (22-26). Against the Gauchos, senior guard Preston Medlin had 18 points to become the 36th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Butterfield added 16 points and seven rebounds, while junior forward Ben Clifford scored 10 points. Shaw finished the game with nine points and nine rebounds. USU shot 42.3 percent (22-52), including 47.6 percent from three-point range (10-21) and 89.5 percent at the free throw line (17-19). UCSB finished the game shooting 48.0 percent (24-50), including 33.3 percent from three-point range (6-18) and 55.6 percent at the free throw line (10-18).
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Tues., Nov. 19 --- UTAH, 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 22 --- IDAHO STATE, 7 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (2-0) will continue its 2013-14 season this week with home games against Utah (1-1) on Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Idaho State (2-1) on Friday, Nov. 22 as both games will begin at 7 p.m. USU is 2-31 all-time against the Utes and 13-16 all-time against the Bengals.
W, 100-58 --- LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Senior guard Cristal Turner came off the bench to net four three-pointers on the way to a career-high 14 points in helping Utah State to a 100-58 home win against Loyola Marymount last week, marking the first time since the 1978-79 season that USU has scored 100 or more points in back-to-back games. Junior guard/forward Jasmine Porter also posted a career-high with 12 points, her first time in double-digits. Stephanie Bairstow, a sophomore guard/forward, pulled down a career-best 13 rebounds, while junior guard Elise Nelson swiped a career-high eight steals, tying for seventh in school history for single-game steals. Sophomore guard Makenlee Williams netted a game-high 19 points, while senior guard Jennifer Schlott scored 16 points. Junior guard/forward Ingrida Strikas netted 10, as 10 different Aggies scored. USU finished the game shooting 44.3 percent (35-79), including 42.1 percent from three-point range (8-19) and 78.6 percent at the free throw line (22-28). LMU shot just 26.2 percent (22-84), including just 9.5 percent from behind the arc (2-21) and 60.0 percent at the charity stripe (12-20).
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