LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 20, 2017
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Nov. 25 --- at Air Force, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
• Utah State’s football team (6-5, 4-3 MW) concludes its 2017 regular season this weekend with a Mountain West road game at Air Force (4-7, 3-4 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 8:15 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 (Comcast Ch. 36, DirecTV Ch. 209, DISH Network Ch. 143). USU is 2-3 all-time against the Falcons, including a 1-2 road record.
W, 38-0 --- HAWAI’I
• With bowl eligibility on the line, Utah State (6-5, 4-3 MW) played its best game of the season and recorded its first shutout in four years with a 38-0 drubbing of Hawai’i (3-8, 1-7 MW) at home last weekend. With the win, Utah State is bowl eligible for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. Utah State was dominant on both sides of the ball as it recorded 475 yards of total offense, including 311 rushing yards, its second-most in a game this season. USU was also 5-of-11 on third down and scored 30-plus points for the fifth time this season, despite possessing the ball for just 21:35, its second-lowest possession time this season. Defensively, Utah State limited Hawai’i to just 318 yards, 104.8 under its season average, as it had 172 rushing yards and 146 passing yards. USU also held UH scoreless on three trips inside its red zone as the Rainbow Warriors missed a 41-yard field goal, turned it over on downs and fumbled on USU’s 1-yard line. Hawai’i was also just 5-of-19 on third down and 1-of-5 on fourth down in the game. Senior running back LaJuan Hunt led Utah State as he gained 111 yards on just 13 carries and one touchdown for his second-straight 100-yard rushing game. Sophomore wide receiver Gerold Bright added 93 rushing yards on just eight carries and a touchdown, while senior wide receiver Braelon Roberts had a career-best 55 receiving yards on two receptions and a touchdown on a 49-yard catch. Redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Love finished the game 10-of-15 passing for 110 yards with one touchdown and one interception and junior wide receiver Ron’quavion Tarver had two catches for 14 yards and a score. Senior quarterback Kent Myers also had a touchdown pass in the game, from 49 yards. Defensively, Utah State recorded 4.0 sacks, 7.0 tackles for loss and six pass breakups in the game. Junior safety Gaje Ferguson led the Aggie defense with eight stops and a forced fumble, while senior safety Dallin Leavitt had seven tackles. Junior defensive end Adewale Adeoye recorded a career-high six tackles and forced his first career fumble, while senior cornerback Jalen Davis had a career-high four pass breakups, to go along with one sack as part of his three tackles.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Mon., Nov. 20 --- at Portland State, 8 p.m. (MT)
Fri., Nov. 24 --- vs. Northeastern, Nashville, Tenn., 1 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Nov. 25 --- vs. New Hampshire, Nashville, Tenn., 11 a.m. (MT)
• Utah State men’s basketball (2-2) continues its 2017-18 season with three non-conference games this week as it plays at Portland State (3-0) on Monday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. (MT), followed by two games in Nashville, Tenn., as part of the PK 80 Tournament as it faces Northeastern (2-1) on Friday, Nov. 24, at 1 p.m. (MT) and New Hampshire (1-2) on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m. (MT). USU is 3-1 all-time against the Vikings, including a 1-1 road record, 1-2 all-time against the Huskies, including an 0-1 neutral record, and a 0-0 record all-time against the Wildcats. A live video link for the Portland State game will be available online at www.utahstateaggies.com, with live stat links for all three games also available online.
W, 81-73 --- MONTANA STATE
W, 83-45 --- MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE
L, 66-79 --- at #17 Gonzaga
• Utah State went 2-1 last week with home victories against Montana State (81-73) and Mississippi Valley State (83-47), followed by a 79-66 road loss at No. 17 Gonzaga. Against the Bobcats, sophomore guard Koby McEwen scored a season-high 20 points and junior guard DeAngelo Isby scored 18, all in the second half, as Utah State shot 56.0 percent (28-of-50) from the floor, 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from behind the 3-point line and 57.7 percent (15-of-26) at the free throw line. Senior forward Alex Dargenton logged his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds as MSU finished the game shooting 42.9 percent (27-of-63) from the floor, 34.6 percent (9-of-26) from behind the 3-point line and 76.9 percent (10-of-13) at the free throw line. Against the Delta Devils, Isby led the Aggies with 17 points and was joined in double figures by McEwen with 11, sophomore guard Sam Merrill with 10 and redshirt freshman forward Daron Henson with a career-high 12. USU shot 46.4 percent (26-of-56) from the floor and attempted a school-record 35 treys, connecting on 13, the third-most in USU history for a 37.1-percent clip, along with shooting 72.0 percent (18-of-25) at the free throw line. Against the Bulldogs, USU led for 12:18 of the first 20 minutes, but fell behind after shooting 39.0 percent (23-of-59) from the floor, 40.7 percent (11-of-27) from behind the 3-point line and 69.2 percent (9-of-13) at the free throw line. Merrill led the Aggies with a season-high 19 points, and he was followed by Isby with 13 and sophomore guard Diogo Brito with career highs of 11 points and seven rebounds in a career-high 24 minutes. Gonzaga finished the game shooting 43.8 percent (28-of-64) from the floor, 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from behind the 3-point line and 90.0 percent (18-of-20) at the free throw line.
Contact: Megan McCuistion - (435) 797-5547
Tues., Nov. 21 --- at Southern Utah, 5 p.m.
• Utah State women’s basketball (1-2) continues its 2017-18 season this week with a road game at Southern Utah (0-3) on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m. USU is 5-3 all-time against the Thunderbirds.
W, 92-72 --- DIXIE STATE
L, 49-65 --- ARIZONA
• Utah State posted a 1-1 home record last week with a 92-72 win against Dixie State and a 65-49 loss against Arizona. Against the Trailblazers, sophomore guard Eliza West led the Aggies with a career-high 19 points. She was one of five Utah State players to score in double figures, joined by sophomore guard/forward Hailey Bassett with 15, sophomore guard Olivia West with 12 and junior guard Rachel Brewster and sophomore guard/forward Shannon Dufficy with 10 apiece. Dufficy recorded her second double-double in as many games, leading the team with 10 rebounds. Additionally, Dufficy led the Aggies with a career-high five steals. Overall, USU shot 47.3 percent (35-of-74) from the field, 16.7 percent (2-of-12) from the 3-point line and 66.7 percent (20-of-30) from the free throw line. Dixie State shot 41.9 percent (26-of-62) from the floor, 31.8 percent (7-of-22) from behind the arc and 81.3 percent (13-of-16) from the free throw line. Against the Wildcats, Olivia West was the leading scorer for the Aggies with 13 points, as she scored in double figures for the third-straight game, while Brewster joined her in double digits with 11 points. Brewster and Dufficy led the team with eight rebounds each. On the night, USU shot 33.9 percent (20-of-59) from the field, 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from the 3-point line and 33.3 percent (2-of-6) from the free throw line. Arizona shot 40.7 percent (24-of-59) from the floor, 36.7 percent (11-of-30) from behind the arc and 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from the free throw line.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
W: 14/31; M: 27/31 --- at NCAA Championships, Louisville, Ky.
• Utah State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams concluded its 2017 season at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky., last weekend as the Aggie women finished 14th out of 31 teams with 395 points, and the Aggie men placed 27th out of 31 teams with 603 points. Both programs were making their first-ever appearances at the national championships. Maggard, a senior from Kirkland, Wash., capped his stellar cross country career by placing sixth with a personal-best 10k time of 29:16.20 to earn All-American accolades (given to the top 40 finishers). Maggard is the first two-time All-American in Utah State cross country history, as he placed 12th with a time of 30:03.09 at the 2016 national championships, which were held in Terre Haute, Ind. Junior Alyssa Snyder led the way for the Aggie women, as she placed 25th with a time of 20:03.39 to earn All-American honors. Snyder is just the second Utah State runner on the women’s side to garner All-American honors, joining Alissa Nicodemus, who placed 14th at the 1992 national championships. Utah State had two women finish in the top 100 as senior Tori Parkinson placed 96th with a time of 20:39.89. Rounding out the top-five placers for the Aggies were juniors Kashley Carter (110th, 20:47.05), Cierra Simmons (112th, 20:48.60) and Presli Hutchison (173rd, 21:17.46). Seniors Kelsey Yamauchi-Richins and Tylee Skinner capped their USU cross country careers by placing 173rd and 174th with times of 21:17.66 and 21:44.88, respectively. Rounding out the top-five placers for the men were sophomores James Withers (149th, 31:07.14), J.D. Thorne (161st, 31:14.17), Darren Harman (194th, 31:33.34) and Luke Beattie (199th, 31:36.40). Another sophomore, Adam Hendrickson, placed 209th with a time of 31:44.89 and redshirt freshman Brody Smith, who was injured during the race, finished with a time of 34:50.04 for 249th place. New Mexico’s Ednah Kurgat captured the women’s individual championship with a time of 19:19.42. She helped lead the Lobos to their second team title in the last three years as UNM took first with 90 points, bettering San Francisco (105), Colorado (139), Stanford (165) and Oregon (203). Northern Arizona won the men’s team title with 74 points, making this championship the first in NCAA cross country history that two non-Power Five schools won the men’s and women’s team titles. Justyn Knight of Syracuse captured the men’s individual title with a time of 29:00.11. Maggard was the top male finisher from both the Beehive State and Mountain West.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
L, 1-3 --- NEVADA
W, 3-1 --- at San José State
• Utah State’s volleyball team (16-14, 8-10 MW) concluded its 2017 season last weekend with a 1-1 Mountain West record with a 3-1 home loss to Nevada and a 3-1 road win at San José State. Against the Wolf Pack, senior outside Lauren Anderson recorded a double-double with a team-best 22 kills and added 12 digs as USU hit .243 (57-22-144) to Nevada’s .265 (64-21-162) on Senior Night. All four seniors contributed during the night with Anderson leading the way offensively, and senior opposite Kayla DeCoursey and senior outside Rachel Gale-Hammond each recording 11 digs apiece. Utah State’s final senior, middle Carly Lenzen, served the first ball of the match despite having sustained a season-ending knee injury earlier in the year. Against the Spartans, Anderson tied a career high with 23 kills and brought her single-season total to 446, good for ninth all-time in USU history. Junior libero Tasia Taylor led both sides with 23 digs, bringing her single-season total to 525, good for fourth all-time in USU history as Utah State hit .276 (52-17-127) to SJSU’s .268 (61-23-142).
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