Nov. 18, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 19, 2012
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Nov. 24 --- IDAHO, 1 p.m. (Altitude)
Utah State football (9-2, 5-0) will conclude its regular season this weekend with a WAC home game against Idaho (1-10, 1-4) on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. (MT). The game will be broadcast regionally by ESPN and televised live on Altitude Sports (Comcast, Ch. 61, DirecTV Ch. 681, DISH Network Ch. 410). USU is 19-17-2 all-time against the Vandals including an 8-7 home record.
W, 48-41 OT --- at #19 Louisiana Tech
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton had 461 yards of total offense with four touchdowns and senior running back Kerwynn Williams had 303 all-purpose yards with three touchdowns including the game-winner in overtime to lead Utah State to a 48-41 victory at No. 19 Louisiana Tech Saturday. With the win, Utah State (9-2, 5-0 WAC) recorded its first-ever road victory against a ranked opponent and just its second-ever win versus a top 25 team. USU also claimed at least a share of its first-ever Western Athletic Conference title. Louisiana Tech, who had won 10-straight WAC games, falls to 9-2 overall and 4-1 in WAC play with the loss. Keeton finished the game 20-of-34 passing for 340 yards with two touchdowns to go along with 121 rushing yards on 17 carries and two more scores as he set single-season school records for touchdown passes (25) and total offense (3,538) in the game. For Keeton, it was his third-straight 300-yard passing game, while his 121 yards on the ground ties the USU single-game school record for rushing yards by a quarterback set by Tony Adams in 1972. Williams also had a record-setting night for Utah State as he had 162 rushing yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns, and added 125 yards receiving on four receptions with another score that came on an 86-yard screen pass from Keeton on USU's first offensive play of the game. In all, Williams' 303 all-purpose yards, which included 16 yards on a kickoff return, gives him 6,510 all-purpose yards during his career to set the school record. For the game, Utah State produced 646 yards of total offense, which is a season-high and the eighth-most in school history as it had a season-high 306 rushing yards to go along with 340 yards passing. Louisiana Tech finished the game with 629 yards of total offense, including 233 rushing yards and 396 passing yards. Junior linebacker Jake Doughty led Utah State's defense as he recorded a career-high 18 tackles to go along with his first career interception in the USU end zone in the fourth quarter. Sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil tied his career-high in tackles for the fifth time this year with 10 stops, and senior cornerback Will Davis recorded his fourth interception in as many games as he picked off LTU's Colby Cameron in the end zone late in the second quarter.
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
WAC TOURNAMENT, San Antonio, Texas
Mon., Nov. 19 --- vs. UT Arlington, 6:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 20 --- vs. TBA, 5:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 21 --- vs. TBA, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
Utah State volleyball (20-8, 15-3) will return to action on Monday, Nov. 19 when it travels to San Antonio, Texas to compete in the 2012 WAC Tournament. USU is the top-seed in the tournament and will face eighth-seeded UT Arlington (9-21, 5-13) on Monday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. (MT). USU's semifinal match would be on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. (MT), and the championship match will be on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. (MT) and televised live on ESPNU. USU is 9-5 all-time against the Mavericks including a 2-0 record this year.
W, 3-0 --- TEXAS STATE
Utah State finished the regular season with a three-set sweep at home against Texas State as senior outside hitter Josselyn White and sophomore outside hitter Rachel Orr each had 12 kills. Senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen added 10 kills, while sophomore setter Paige Neves had 12 digs. USU finished the match with a .347 (43-8-101) hitting percentage, while Texas State hit .184 (41-18-125).
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Sat., Nov. 24 --- WEBER STATE, 7 p.m. (KMYU)
Utah State men's basketball (2-1) will host in-state foe Weber State (1-1) on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m., in a game that will be televised regionally on KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2). USU is 38-26 all-time against the Wildcats including a 23-8 home record.
L, 58-67 --- SAINT MARY'S
W, 77-68 --- TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI
Utah State posted a 1-1 home record last week as it lost to Saint Mary's (67-58) and defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (77-68). Against the Gaels, junior center Jarred Shaw recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds, both of which are career-highs. Senior forward Kyisean Reed added 16 points, eight rebounds and a career-high four steals, while junior forward Danny Berger had 10 points. USU finished the game shooting just 32.3 percent (20-62), including just 18.8 percent from three-point range (3-16) and 62.5 percent at the free throw line (15-24). SMC shot 45.7 percent overall (21-46), including 40.9 percent from behind the arc (9-22) and 69.6 percent at the charity stripe (16-23). Against the Islanders, Shaw scored 17 points to go along with seven rebounds, while Reed had 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Junior guard Preston Medlin also scored 17 points to go along with four assists, four rebounds and two steals, while junior guard TeNale Roland had nine points and seven assists. USU finished the game shooting 56.8 percent from the field (25-44), 36.4 percent from three-point range (4-11) and 74.2 percent at the free throw line (23-31). Texas A&M-Corpus Christi shot 44.4 percent overall (24-54), including 47.6 percent from three (10-21) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (10-15).
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT, Anchorage, Alaska
Tues., Nov. 20 --- vs. Prairie View A&M, 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 21 --- vs. North Dakota St./Alaska-Anchorage, 4:30/7 p.m. Utah State women's basketball (0-3) will travel to Anchorage, Alaska this week to compete in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout and face Prairie View A&M (0-2) on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. (MT). USU will then play North Dakota State (2-2) or Alaska-Anchorage (2-1)on Wed., Nov. 21 at either 4:30 or 7 p.m. (MT). USU has never faced the Panthers, and is 2-3 all-time against the Seawolves and is 1-1 all-time against the Bison.
L, 62-78 --- at Utah Valley
L, 90-94 OT --- at UC Riverside
L, 81-98 --- at Loyola Marymount
Utah State posted an 0-3 record on the road last week with losses at Utah Valley (78-62), at UC Riverside (94-90 OT) and at Loyola Marymount (98-81). Against the Wolverines, senior guard Devyn Christensen had 16 points and fellow senior guard Jenna Johnson had 14 points. USU shot just 29.1 percent in the game (23-79), including just 17.2 percent from three-point range (5-29) and 84.6 percent at the free throw line (11-13). UVU shot 50.9 percent overall (29-57), including 23.1 percent from three (3-13) and 63.0 percent at the line (17-27). Against the Highlanders, sophomore center Franny Vaaulu scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, for her first career double-double. Christensen added 22 points to go along with six rebounds and six steals, while Johnson added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Cristal Turner also scored in double-figures with 11 points, while junior guard Jennifer Schlott had 10 points. USU shot 39.0 percent overall (30-77), including 25.9 percent from three-point range (7-27) and 85.2 percent at the free throw line (23-27). UCR shot 41.8 percent overall (33-79), including 33.3 percent from three (8-24) and 74.1 percent from the line (20-27). Against the Lions, Christensen scored a career-high 31 points to go along with seven rebounds and six steals, while Vaaulu had 18 points and Johnson scored 12 points to go along with nine rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 44.8 percent from the field (26-58), 25.0 percent from three-point range (5-20) and 85.7 percent at the free throw line (24-28). LMU shot 48.6 percent (36-74), including 41.7 percent from behind the arc (5-12) and 84.0 percent at the line (21-25).
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