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Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's fall and winter sports continue this week with football, men's cross country, men's and women's basketball and volleyball all in action.
Utah State's fall and winter sports continue this week with football, men's cross country, men's and women's basketball and volleyball all in action.

Nov. 20, 2011

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 20, 2011

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

This Week
Sat., Nov. 26 --- NEVADA, 12 p.m. (KCSG-TV)
• Utah State's football team (5-5, 3-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference action on Saturday, Nov. 26 when it hosts Nevada (6-4, 4-1) at 12 p.m. (MT). USU is 14-17 all-time against the Wolf Pack including a 2-9 record at home. The game will be televised live on KCSG-TV by the WAC Sports Network.

Last Week
W, 49-42 (2 OT) --- at Idaho
• Utah State football did it again. The Aggies registered their third-straight game-winning touchdown in the final minute or with no time on the clock with a wild 49-42 double-overtime victory at Idaho Saturday. Junior running back Robert Turbin rushed for a career-high 208 yards and tied a career-best with three rushing touchdowns, two coming in overtime while senior linebacker Bobby Wagner gathered in a deflection and collected an interception at the goalline to seal the win in the second overtime. Turbin went over 3,000 yards for his career and broke USU's single-season rushing touchdown, single-season total touchdown, single-season scoring and the Aggies' career scoring records. USU had 310 rushing yards as part of 492 yards of total offense, as junior quarterback Adam Kennedy was 13-of-18 passing for 182 yards with two touchdowns. Idaho had 450 yards of total offense with 275 passing and 175 rushing. The Aggies opened a 21-10 lead in the first-half, but Idaho rallied with 18 third-quarter points and another touchdown in the fourth, knotting the game at 35-all with 9:14 left in regulation, forcing overtime. Junior safety McKade Brady had 16 tackles while Wagner posted 11 stops and junior cornerback Will Davis had 10 tackles.

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

This Week
Wed., Nov. 23 --- BOISE STATE, 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 25 --- UC RIVERSIDE, 7 p.m.
• Utah State women's basketball (3-1) will play a pair of home games this week as it hosts Boise State (2-1) on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and UC Riverside (1-3) on Friday, Nov. 25 with both games beginning at 7 p.m. USU is 6-16 all-time against the Broncos and 2-2 all-time against the Highlanders.

Last Week
W, 73-63 --- WEBER STATE
W, 69-64 --- at UC Irvine
• Utah State posted a 2-0 record last week as it defeated Weber State at home (73-63) and won at UC Irvine (69-64). Against the Wildcats, senior forward Ashlee Brown had 21 points, nine rebounds and four steals, while senior guard Brooke Jackson scored 14 points and sophomore guard Jennifer Schlott added 10 points. USU shot 47.2 percent overall (25-53), including 36.4 percent from three-point range (4-11) and 76.0 percent at the free throw line (19-25). Weber State shot 40.0 percent (22-55), including 31.8 percent from three (7-22) and 80.0 percent at the line (12-15). Against the Anteaters, Brown notched her third double-double of the season with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while senior forward Maddy Plunkett and Jackson each scored 12 points. USU shot 43.4 percent from the field (23-53), including 25.0 percent from three (1-4) and 81.5 percent at the line (22-27). UCI finished the game shooting 47.5 percent (28-59), but was just 1-of-10 (.100) from three-point range and just 7-for-16 (.438) at the free throw line.

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

This Week
Tues., Nov. 22 --- at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 26 --- at Idaho State, 7 p.m.
• Utah State men's basketball (2-1) will play a pair of road games this week as it travels to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (0-2) on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m. (MT), followed by a game at Idaho State (1-2) on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. USU is 34-13 all-time against the Bengals including a 6-4 record in known road games, while its meeting with the Islanders will be the first-ever between the two teams.

Last Week
L, 63-73 --- at Weber State
W, 65-62 --- SOUTHERN UTAH
• Utah State posted a 1-1 record last week as it lost at Weber State (73-63) and defeated Southern Utah at home (65-62). Against the Wildcats, senior forward Morgan Grim scored a career-high 19 points and tied his career-high with seven rebounds, while senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored 14 points and senior forward Brady Jardine had a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with nine points. USU shot 45.1 percent in the game (23-51), including 60.9 percent from the free throw line (14-23) and 33.3 percent from three-point range (3-9). WSU shot just 37.0 percent overall (20-54), but was 12-of-23 (.522) from behind the arc and 21-for-27 (.778) at the free throw line. Against the Thunderbirds, junior forward Kyisean Reed scored a season-best 13 points and tied his season-high with five rebounds, while freshman guard Steven Thornton also scored a season-best 13 points and grabbed a season-high five rebounds. Pane added 11 points in the game, while Grim finished with eight points and five boards. USU shot 46.3 percent (25-54), but shot just 50.0 percent from the free throw line (12-24) and just 21.4 percent from three-point range (3-14). SUU shot 44.7 percent for the game (21-47), including 46.2 percent from behind the arc (6-13) and 70.0 percent from the line (14-20).

CROSS COUNTRY
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

This Week
Mon., Nov. 21 --- at NCAA Championships, Terre Haute, Ind., 10 a.m.
• Utah State senior Brian McKenna received an at-large selection to compete in the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday, Nov. 21. This will be McKenna's second time competing at nationals as he also qualified in 2009, finishing 69th out of 250 runners. Additionally, McKenna is only the fifth USU cross country runner to make it to the championships since 2000, joining Trevor Ball (2005), Tiffany Strickland (2005), Mike Nielson (2003) and Ashley Johnson (2003), and is the first two-time selection during that span.

Last Competition
M: 7/17; W: 18/19 --- at NCAA Mountain Regional, Provo, Utah
• Utah State men's cross country senior Brian McKenna placed 10th on the 10-kilometer course with a time of 30:43.3 at the 2011 NCAA Mountain Region Championships Saturday in Provo leading the men to a seventh-place finish. USU's women finished in 18th-place. McKenna, who competed against 114 other runners, earned all-Region honors. Redshirt junior captain Ruth Hilton was the top finisher for the USU women, as she came in 56th-place with a time of 22:43.5 on the six-kilometer course. Juniors Kaylee Campbell and Stephanie Burt placed 90th (23:36.5) and 104th (23:55.3), respectively, while freshman Brittany Bushman finished at 97th (23:43.6). Sophomores Brittany Fisher and Hannah Williams ended the day in 98th (23:44.3) and 108th (24:08.8). Other finishers for the Aggie men included seniors Daniel Howell (32nd, 31:25.9), Hunter Nelson (52nd, 32:04.0) and Eric Larson (60th, 32:52.2). Sophomores Kyle McKenna and Devin Lang finished 37th (31:36.0) and 82nd (32:58.9), respectively, while freshman Austin Neuner crossed the finish line in 69th place with a time of 32:39.1.

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

This Week
WAC Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
Mon., Nov. 21 --- vs. Fresno State, 8:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 22 --- vs. Hawai'i, 8:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 23 --- vs. TBA, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's volleyball team (12-16, 7-7) will return to action on Monday, Nov. 21 when it travels to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete in the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament. USU will be the fourth-seed in the tournament and face fifth-seeded Fresno State (13-14, 7-7) on Monday, Nov. 21 at 8:30 p.m. (MT). The winner of that match will face top-seeded Hawai'i (26-1, 14-0) on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 8:30 p.m. (MT), and the championship match will be on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. USU, the defending WAC Tournament Champions, was 1-1 against Fresno State this year as it won in Logan in four sets and lost at Fresno State in five sets. USU is 12-8 all-time against the Bulldogs including a 1-0 record in the WAC Tournament.

Last Competition
W, 3-1 --- at Nevada
L, 2-3 --- at Fresno State
• Utah State went 1-1 last week as it won at Nevada (3-1) and lost at Fresno State (3-2). Against the Wolf Pack, junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen had 14 kills and six block assists, while senior outside hitter Liz McArthur added 13 kills and 10 digs for her 12th double-double of the season and 24th of her career. Junior outside hitter Josselyn White finished with 10 kills, seven digs and four block assists, and freshman middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff tied her career-high with seven kills to go along with six total blocks. USU hit .260 (47-15-123) in the match and UN hit .141 (51-30-149). Against the Bulldogs, McArthur had 18 kills, nine digs, three service aces and a career-high seven block assists, while Sorensen had 14 kills and four block assists, and White added 10 kills and six digs. Junior middle blocker Alyssa Everett tied her career-high with nine total blocks and VanHoff had seven block assists. USU hit .167 (47-23-144) in the match and FS hit .218 (69-33-165).

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