Weekly Aggie Update
Nov. 19, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOV. 19, 2007
Utah State (1-10, 1-6) will conclude the 2007 season with a Western Athletic Conference game at Idaho (1-10, 0-7) on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 1:30 p.m. (MT) in a contest that will be televised live on Altitude Sports (Comcast Ch. 61). USU is 15-16-2 all-time against the Vandals, which includes an 8-9-2 road record. Idaho has won two straight games against the Aggies as it won in Logan, 41-21, last year and in Moscow, 27-13, during the 2005 season. Idaho, who is 1-4 at home this year, is coming off a 58-14 loss at 18th-ranked Boise State last weekend, while Utah State is coming off its first win of the season with a 35-17 victory at New Mexico State. Against the NewMags, USU was led by senior quarterback Leon Jackson III who was 14-of-20 passing for 189 yards with two touchdowns, while junior tight end Rob Myers caught four passes for a career-high 117 yards and two touchdowns. Redshirt freshman running back Derrvin Speight led the Aggies' ground attack with 78 yards on 17 carries, while junior linebacker Jake Hutton had a career-high 16 tackles. As a team, Utah State registered 355 yards of total offense (166 rushing, 189 passing) as compared to 455 yards of total offense for New Mexico State (88 rushing, 367 passing). Senior wide receiver/kick returner Kevin Robinson had 202 all-purpose yards in the game (121 kick returns, 49 punt returns, 32 receiving), including an 82-yard kick return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and a 35-yard punt return in the fourth quarter to set up USU's final score of the game.
VOLLEYBALL Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714 Utah State (17-13, 11-5) concluded its regular season with a five-game loss to San Jose State in the first-round of the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Tournament last weekend in Las Cruces, N.M. Senior opposite side hitter Amanda Nielson led USU with 27 kills in the match, while Melissa Osterloh had 13 kills and 10 digs. The Aggies ended the match by hitting .265 as compared to a .221 hitting percentage for the Spartans. Utah State finished the regular season in third-place in the WAC after being picked seventh in the preseason polls and second-year head coach Grayson DuBose was named the WAC's Coach of the Year. USU also had four players honored by the league as Nielson was named to the first-team, while Osterloh and sophomore middle blocker Danielle Taylor were both named to the second-team. Freshman setter Chelsea Fowles was the fourth Aggie honored as she was named the WAC's Freshman of the Year. During the season, Utah State was led by Nielson who averaged 6.03 points, 5.17 kills, 2.33 digs and 0.95 blocks, and Osterloh who averaged 3.83 points, 3.16 kills, 2.88 digs and 0.75 blocks per game. As a team, Utah State hit .184 overall as compared to a .189 hitting percentage for its opponents.
MEN'S BASKETBALL Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Utah State (2-3) will play three games this week as it hosts Austin Peay (1-1) on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and then travels to South Padre Island, Texas to compete in the 2007 South Padre Island Invitational. USU will open the tournament against Vanderbilt (2-0) on Friday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. (MT) and then face either Bradley (2-1) or Iowa (3-0) on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 4:00 or 6:30 p.m. (MT). The game against the Commodores will be televised by College Sports TV (CSTV). Utah State is 0-1 all-time against Austin Peay and Vanderbilt, 1-2 all-time against Bradley and 0-2 all-time against Iowa. Utah State recorded a 1-2 record last week at it defeated Montana-Western at home, 77-58, and lost a pair of road games at Cal Poly, 83-69, and at UC Irvine, 70-51. Senior guard Jaycee Carroll led the Aggies during the week as he scored 31 points against Montana-Western, 18 against Cal Poly and 21 against UC Irvine. On the year, Carroll is averaging 21.4 points and 6.8 rebounds, while shooting 49.3 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from three-point range and 90.9 percent from the free throw line. As a team, USU is averaging 65.6 points and shooting 44.0 percent from the field, 38.4 percent from three-point range and 79.6 percent from the free throw line, while its opponents are averaging 67.6 points and shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 39.8 percent from three-point range and 71.7 percent from the free throw line.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State (0-3) will play just one game this week as it hosts Utah Valley (4-0) on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU is 2-1 all-time against the Wolverines. Last week, Utah State lost a pair of road games at Portland State, 61-59, and at Portland, 68-55. Senior guard Taylor Richards led the Aggies in both games as she had 12 points, two rebounds and a steal against PSU, and 16 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists against the Pilots. On the year, Taylor is leading the team with 15.3 points per game, while junior guard Danyelle Snelgro is averaging 10.7 points per game. As a team, USU is scoring 60.0 points and shooting 35.4 percent from the field, 21.6 percent from three-point range and 78.0 percent from the free throw line, while its opponents are scoring 65.3 points and shooting 42.0 percent from the field, 42.6 percent from three-point range and 65.1 percent from the free throw line.