Nov. 24, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Nov. 30 --- WYOMING, 12 p.m. (ROOT Sports)
Utah State's football team (7-4, 6-1) will conclude its 2013 regular season with a Mountain West home game against Wyoming (5-6, 3-4) on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 12 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised regionally on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683) and live streaming will be available via the Mountain West Network. USU is 35-24-4 all-time against the Cowboys, including a 23-10-1 home record.
W, 13-0 --- COLORADO STATE
Senior running back Joey DeMartino had a career-high 35 carries for 127 yards and Utah State's defense limited Colorado State to just 38 yards rushing for its first shutout since 2003 with a 13-0 home win last weekend. With the win, Utah State assured itself of three-straight winning seasons for the first time since 1978-80. Colorado State entered the game averaging 214.8 rushing yards per game, but was held to just 38 yards on the ground on 34 attempts for an average of 1.1 yards per carry. CSU also had 147 passing yards on the day and finished the game with just 185 yards of total offense. The Utah State defense limited Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs to 54 yards on 18 carries. Bibbs entered the game ranking first in the Mountain West and eighth in the nation with an average of 130.8 yards per game, while leading the nation with 25 rushing touchdowns. In his last two games, Bibbs had scored 10 touchdowns on the ground and rushed for 603 yards. Utah State finished the game with a season-low 191 yards of total offense as it had 148 rushing yards and a season-low 43 passing yards, which are its fewest since 2010. DeMartino, who scored the game's only touchdown on a 1-yard run in the third quarter, recorded his third 100-yard rushing game in his last four outings and his fifth of the season and his career. He also went over 1,000 yards for his career, becoming just the 26th player in school history to accomplish that feat. Furthermore, DeMartino's 35 carries were the most by an Aggie since 2001 when Emmett White had 38 carries against Weber State. Senior linebacker Jake Doughty posted a team-high 12 tackles for his seventh double-digit tackle outing of the season and 11th of his career to lead a Utah State defense that posted four sacks and two interceptions on the afternoon as senior safety Maurice Alexander, senior cornerback Tay Glover-Wright and sophomore nose guard Travis Seefeldt each had 1.0 sacks, while junior linebacker Zach Vigil and freshman defensive tackle Ricky Ali'ifua each had 0.5 sacks. Zach Vigil and redshirt freshman linebacker Nick Vigil each recorded their first career interceptions in the contest. Utah State also performed well on special teams as junior punter Jaron Bentrude boomed a career-high eight punts inside the 20 as part of his nine punts on the day as Colorado State's average starting field position was its own 16 yard-line, while Utah State's average starting field position was its own 49. USU was also 2-of-3 on field goals during the game.
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Mon., Nov. 25 --- AIR FORCE, 7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 27 --- NEVADA, 7 p.m.
Utah State's volleyball team (18-11, 11-7) will conclude its 2013 season with two Mountain West home matches this week against Air Force (6-23, 3-14) on Monday, Nov. 25 and against Nevada (4-26, 2-16) on Wednesday, Nov. 27 with both matches beginning at 7 p.m. USU is 1-0 all-time against the Falcons and 16-20 all-time against the Wolf Pack.
L, 2-3 --- at UNLV
L, 0-3 --- at San Diego State
Utah State posted an 0-2 Mountain West road record last week with a five-set loss at UNLV and a three-set loss at San Diego State. Against the Rebels, junior outside hitter Rachel Orr had 16 kills and 12 digs for her 12th double-double of the season, while senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani had 12 kills and 10 digs for her 13th double-double this year. Sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard also had 16 kills, while junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court had a match-high 28 digs. USU hit .167 (57-26-186) in the match and UNLV hit .183 (64-29-191). Against the Aztecs, Orr posted her 13th double-double of the season with 14 kills and 11 digs. USU hit .216 (38-14-111) in the match and SDSU hit .345 (53-13-116).
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Tues., Nov. 26 --- at Weber State, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 30 --- vs. BYU, Salt Lake City, Utah, 7 p.m. (BYU TV)
Utah State men's basketball (4-0) will continue its 2013-14 season this week with a road game at Weber State (0-2) on Tuesday, Nov. 26 and a neutral site game against BYU (4-1) in Salt Lake City at Energy Solutions Arena on Saturday, Nov. 30 with both games beginning at 7 p.m. The game against BYU will be televised live on BYU TV. USU is 39-26 all-time against the Wildcats, including a 14-17 road record, and 92-137 all-time against the Cougars, including a 0-1 record at neutral sites.
W, 87-68 --- MISSISSIPPI STATE
Senior guard Preston Medlin led three players in double-figures with a game-high 21 points to pace Utah State to an 87-68 home win against Mississippi State last weekend. Senior center Jarred Shaw added 17 points and eight rebounds, including scoring the Aggies' first six points of the night. Fellow senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield tallied 16 points and six boards, hitting 3-of-5 from three-point range. Freshman forward Jalen Moore nearly posted his first career double-double, logging nine points and eight rebounds off the bench, helping USU to a 24-19 bench points edge. Junior center Jordan Stone registered four points and a career-high two steals to go with six rebounds, helping USU to a controlling 41-23 rebounding advantage. Medlin also dished out a season-high six assists, while sophomore guard Marcel Davis distributed four helpers, part of USU's 19 assists on the night. USU shot 28-of-54 (.519) from the field and hit a season-high 11 three-pointers to finish 47.8 percent (11-23) from behind the arc. USU was also 20-of-27 (.741) at the free throw line. MSU made 45.6 percent (26-57) of its field goals, including 31.3 percent from three-point range (5-16). The Bulldogs were also 64.7 percent (11-17) at the charity stripe.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Fri., Nov. 29 --- vs. Hampton, Northridge, Calif., 6 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Nov. 30 --- vs. TBA, Northridge, Calif., TBA
Utah State women's basketball (4-0) will continue its 2013-14 season this week as it competes in the Cal State Northridge Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30. USU will begin the tournament against Hampton (3-1) on Friday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. (MT) and then play its final game against Santa Clara (0-4) or host Cal State Northridge (2-3) on Saturday, Nov. 30. USU is 0-0 all-time against the Lady Pirates, 1-2 all-time against the Broncos and 3-1 all-time against the Matadors.
W, 77-61 --- UTAH
W, 78-66 --- IDAHO STATE
Utah State posted a 2-0 record last week with home wins against Utah (77-61) and Idaho State (78-66). Against the Utes, senior guard Jennifer Schlott scored a career-high 37 points to go along with seven assists and six rebounds, while sophomore guard Makenlee Williams had 17 points. Junior guard Elise Nelson added a career-high 10 rebounds, and freshman forward Ingrida Strikas had nine points and nine rebounds. For the game, Utah State shot 44.6 percent from the field (29-65), including 57.7 percent in the second half. The Aggies were 7-of-16 from beyond the arc overall, which was good for 43.8 percent, while shooting 70.6 percent from the charity stripe (12-17). Utah shot 39.7 percent from the field (23-58), 33.3 percent from three (8-24) and 58.3 percent at the free throw line (7-12). Against the Bengals, Schlott scored 20 points to go along with five rebounds, five steals and four assists, while Williams had 24 points and Strikas scored 15 points. For the game, Utah State shot 41.4 percent from the field (24-58), including 55.9 percent in the first half. The Aggies were 7-of-20 from beyond the arc for the game, which was good for 35.0 percent, while shooting 71.9 percent from the charity stripe (23-32). Idaho State shot 30.3 percent from the field (20-66), 17.2 percent from three (5-29), and 67.7 percent at the free throw line (21-31).
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