Weekly Aggie Update

Nov. 23, 2009

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 23, 2009

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

This Week
Sat., Nov. 28 --- at Idaho, 3 p.m.
• Utah State (3-8, 2-5) will play its final game of the 2009 season on Saturday, Nov. 28 at Idaho (7-4, 4-3) at 3 p.m. (MT), in a game that will be televised live on Altitude. USU is 17-16-2 all-time against the Vandals, which includes an 8-9-1 record in Moscow.

Last Week
L, 21-52 --- #6 BOISE STATE
• Utah State kept it close with sixth-ranked Boise State for a quarter and a half, until the Broncos pulled away with 21 points in the final five minutes of the first half and won, 52-21, Friday night in a nationally-televised game from USU's Romney Stadium. Sophomore RB Robert Turbin topped USU's single-season rushing record for a sophomore on a 24-yard scoring run, as he now has 1,183 yards on the season, topping the previous sophomore mark of 1,135 by Rick Parros in 1977. Junior RB Michael Smith scored on a 22-yard run to tie it at 7-7 with 5:52 in the first quarter. After a Boise State TD, Utah State countered with the 24-yard TD rush from Turbin to knot the score at 14-all with 6:28 remaining in the first half. The Broncos then scored 21 points in the final five minutes of the half to take a 35-14 halftime lead and never looked back, amassing 572 yards of total offense in the process, led by 121 rushing yards and four TD's from RB Doug Martin while fellow RB Jeremy Avery added 116 yards and two TD's. QB Kellen Moore was 15-of-29 for 233 yards and one TD, hitting WR Titus Young for five passes for 102 yards. Utah State was led by Turbin with 61 yards rushing while junior QB Diondre Borel was 18-of-30 passing for 201 yards. Smith ended the game with 44 rushing yards on two TD's and had 48 yards receiving on two catches, including 25 on a fake punt pass play from junior WR Stanley Morrison. Junior WR Eric Moats had a team-high 70 yards on three catches while senior WR Xavier Bowman added four catches for 23 yards. Sophomore LB Bobby Wagner led USU with 13 tackles, while BSU was led by Jeron Johnson's 14 stops.

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

Last Week
L, 1-3 --- #3 HAWAI'I
W, 3-1 --- NEVADA
• Utah State finished the 2009 season with a 15-14 record and in seventh-place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 6-10 league mark. Sophomore outside hitter Liz McArthur was honored by the WAC as she earned second team all-conference honors after finishing the year ranking fourth in league in both points (4.29) and kills (3.80) per set. USU went 1-1 during the final week of the season as it lost to No. 3 Hawai'i in four sets (19-25, 25-22, 19-15, 13-25) and defeated Nevada in four sets (24-26, 26-24, 25-16, 25-19). Against the Rainbow Wahine, junior middle blocker Shantell Durrant recorded a career-high 12 kills and hit .429 (12-3-21) in the match, while fellow junior middle blocker Katie Astle added eight kills and five blocks, and hit .412 (8-1-17). Against the Wolf Pack, McArthur had a match-high 21 kills to go along with eight digs, and hit .302 (21-8-43), while sophomore opposite side hitter Emily Kortsen added nine kills and hit .333 (9-1-24). Astle also played well against UN as she had nine kills and seven blocks, and hit .353 (9-3-17).

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

This Week
Tues., Nov. 24 --- IDAHO STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 28 --- SOUTHERN UTAH, 7 p.m.
• Utah State (1-2) will begin a season-long five-game homestand on Tuesday, Nov. 24 when it hosts Idaho State (1-3) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 7 p.m. USU will then host Southern Utah (3-2) on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. The game against the Thunderbirds will be televised live on CW30. Utah State is 32-13 all-time against the Bengals which includes a 13-2 record at home, while it is 3-0 all-time against SUU including a 1-0 mark in Logan.

Last Week
L, 67-68 --- at Utah
L, 61-64 --- at Northeastern
• Utah State went 0-2 last week as it dropped a pair of road games at Utah (68-67) and at Northeastern (64-61). Against the Utes, senior guard Jared Quayle scored a career-high 27 points and tied his career-high with 11 rebounds as he notched the fourth double-double of his career. Junior forward Nate Bendall posted his first-ever double-double as he finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and fellow junior forward Tai Wesley had 14 points and eight boards. USU shot 45.5 percent from the field (25-55), 35.3 percent from three-point range (6-17) and 84.6 percent from the free throw line (11-13). Utah shot 42.9 percent (24-56), including 34.6 percent from behind the arc (9-26) and 78.6 percent at the charity stripe (11-14). Against the Huskies, Bendall had a career-high 15 points to along with nine rebounds, while Wesley had 16 points and four boards. Junior forward Tyler Newbold added 10 points, while Quayle had six points and 10 rebounds. Utah State finished the game shooting a season-low 40.4 percent from the field (23-57), but did make 43.8 percent of its three-pointers (7-16) and 80.0 percent of its free throws (8-10). Northeastern shot 42.9 percent overall (21-49) and 79.2 percent from the free throw line (19-24). NU was just 3-of-14 (.214) behind the arc.

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

This Week
Sat., Nov. 28 --- MONTANA-WESTERN, 3 p.m.
• Utah State (2-1) will play just one game this week as it hosts Montana-Western (4-5) on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 3 p.m.

Last Week
W, 63-57 --- at Portland
L, 48-57 --- at San Francisco
• Utah State went 1-1 on the road last week as it defeated Portland (63-57) and loss to San Francisco (57-48). Against the Pilots, freshman guard Trisha Jo Goddard had 17 points, while senior center Lydia Whitehead and junior guard Alice Coddington each scored 11. For the game, the Aggies shot 46.2 percent from the field (24-of-52) and 36.4 percent from the three-point line (4-of-11). USU shot 68.8 percent from the free throw line (11-of-16). Portland shot 31.7 percent from the field (20-of-63) and 26.7 percent from the three-point line (4-of-15). The Pilots shot 86.7 percent from the free throw line (13-of-15). Against the Dons, Whitehead had her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Coddington had 12 points and six boards. For the game, the Aggies shot 33.9 percent (19-of-56) from the field and 36.4 percent from three (4-of-11). USF shot 37.5 percent from the field (18-of-48) and 37.5 from three (3-of-8).

CROSS COUNTRY
Contact: Jackie Banda - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Mon., Nov. 23 --- NCAA Championships, 11 a.m.
• Sophomore Brian McKenna will compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Monday, Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind. Indiana State University will host the championships at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center. The men's race will begin at approximately 11:08 p.m. (MT) and will be broadcast live on Versus Network and streamed online via NCAA.com. McKenna earned the automatic spot after finishing the 10k regional course in 30:57.5 as he was one of the top runners to finish that was not a member of the first four teams at the regional race.

Last Competition
M-7th/17; W-14th/20 --- at NCAA Regionals, Albuquerque, N.M.
• Utah State's men's cross country team finished seventh at the NCAA Mountain Regional Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M., while the Aggie women placed 14th in its final team competition of the season. Sophomore Brian McKenna led the Aggie men as he finished the 10k course in 19th-place with a time of 30:57.5. Freshman Alex Litzsinger was the top finisher for the Aggie women as she competed the 6k course in 22:18.5 to place 41st. Following McKenna for Utah State was junior Nick Bolinder who finished 23rd overall with a time of 31:07.0. Also doing well for the Aggies was sophomore Daniel Howell who finished 27th in 31:12.7. Other Aggie finishers for the men included Steve Atkinson (32:04.2) who placed 49th and senior Jason Holt (32:10.1) who came in 53rd. Senior Steve Strickland (32:19.4) took 61st and junior Chio Lopez (32:57.3) rounded out the USU finishers tabbing 83rd. Brigham Young won the men's team championship with 54 points and was followed closely by Colorado with 55 points. Host New Mexico took third with 77 points. On the women's side, sophomore Jessie Chugg (22:44.9) finished 67th-place, while junior Alicia Holt (23:01.7) finished in 82nd-place. Following Holt was junior Justine Baugh (23:10.5) in 91st place and junior Kim Quinn (23:22.5) tabbed 100th. Following close behind was freshman Kaylee Campbell (23:25.3) in 103rd while senior Erin Stratton (23:29.3) came in 104th. Colorado took first overall on the women's side with 48 points while Texas Tech finished second with 53 points. BYU finished in third-place with 114 points. The top two teams in each region receive automatic bids to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 24th.

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