Nov. 26, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 26, 2012
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL, Boise, Idaho
Sat., Dec. 15 --- vs. TBA, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Utah State football (10-2, 6-0), who is ranked 20th in this week's Associated Press Poll, 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and 24th in the BCS Standings, will play in its second-straight Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. (MT) against an opponent yet to be announced. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
W, 45-9 --- IDAHO
Utah State capped its milestone season with its first 10-win campaign in school history and clinched its first outright conference championship since 1936 with a 45-9 drubbing of Idaho Saturday. The Aggies improved to 10-2, their first 10-win season in school history, and won just their third outright conference championship with a 6-0 WAC record joining the 1921 and 1936 teams that won Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) titles. Overall, USU has now won or shared 11 league titles in school history (1921, 1936, 1946, 1960, 1961, 1978, 1979, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2012), while recording its first-ever 6-0 conference record. Idaho ends its season at 1-11, 1-5 in WAC play. Saturday was the Aggies' fifth win in the last six meetings with the Vandals, and USU now leads the all-time series, 20-17-2. Utah State totaled just 250 total yards of offense, getting 133 on the ground and 117 through the air, but took advantage of several short fields set up by USU's stalwart defense, creating four turnovers on the day. Utah State held Idaho to 210 yards of total offense, including 158 on the ground and just 52 in the air as those 52 passing yards by UI are the fewest by an Aggie opponent since 1998 when North Texas passed for just 45 yards. Senior running back Kerwynn Williams had 149 all-purpose yards with 110 rushing and a touchdown, which was his third-straight 100-yard rushing game and sixth 100-yard rushing performance of the season. Williams also had four receptions for 39 yards with another touchdown, and set USU's single-season record for receiving yards by a running back in the game as he now has 663 yards on the season to lead the team. Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton ended the day 17-of-25 passing for 133 yards with two touchdowns, marking the 10th time this year and 13th time in his career he has thrown multiple touchdown passes in a game. Utah State had a season-high three interceptions on the day. Senior linebacker Bojay Filimoetu had the team's first pick to set up USU's first score, while junior defensive lineman B.J. Larsen had USU's second pick to set up another score. Senior defensive back Will Davis then delivered a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown to give the Aggies a 21-0 advantage midway through the second quarter. Junior linebacker Jake Doughty had a game-high 12 tackles for his fourth double-figure tackle outing of the season, while redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell tied his career-high with 11 stops for his fourth double-figure tackle game this year.
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Wed, Nov. 28 --- at Santa Clara, 8 p.m.
Utah State men's basketball (3-1) will play its first road game of the season tat Santa Clara (5-0) on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. (MT). USU is 4-3 all-time against the Broncos including a 2-2 road record.
W, 65-55 --- WEBER STATE
Junior center Jarred Shaw had 16 points and 12 rebounds for his second career double-double and Utah State used a 12-2 run during the final five minutes of the game to post a 65-55 home win against in-state rival Weber State Saturday. In all, there were 24 lead changes and the game was tied 16 times during the night. With the win, Utah State improves to 3-1 on the season and 29-1 at home against in-state opponents under 15th-year head coach Stew Morrill as the Aggies have now won 27-straight home games against teams from the Beehive State. Utah State also continued its trend of remaining nearly unbeatable when allowing less than 60 points as it has now won 115 of its last 120 games under Morrill when accomplishing that feat. Shaw, who also had a career-high three blocks in the game, was 7-of-12 from the field and 2-for-2 at the free throw line for his 16 points. Junior guard Preston Medlin added 17 points as he was 4-of-8 from the field, 1-of-2 from three-point range and 8-for-12 at the free throw line. Medlin also tied his career-high with nine rebounds to go along with four assists and a career-high three steals in 38 minutes. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford was the third Aggie to score in double-figures as he finished with a season-high 11 points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field and 7-for-8 at the charity stripe. Senior forward Kyisean Reed added eight points, seven rebounds and a career-high tying three blocks, while junior forward Danny Berger also had eight points to go along with four boards. Utah State finished the game shooting 45.7 percent (21-46), including 20.0 percent from three-point range (1-5) and 68.8 percent at the free throw line (22-32) as the Aggies converted 20-of-27 (.741) free pitches in the second half. Weber State shot just 34.0 percent overall (18-53), including 23.1 percent from three (3-13) and just 55.2 percent at the line (16-29). For the fourth time this year, Utah State dominated the glass as it out-rebounded Weber State by 13 (43-30). USU also had five more blocked shots (7-2) and three more assists (15-12) in the game, while WSU had four more steals (7-3) and four fewer turnovers (12-8).
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
WAC TOURNAMENT, San Antonio, Texas
W, 3-1 --- vs. #8 UT Arlington
L, 0-3 --- vs. #4 New Mexico State
Utah State volleyball (21-9, 15-3) finished its 2012 season with a 1-1 record in the WAC Tournament as it defeated eighth-seeded UT Arlington (3-1) in the quarterfinals before losing to fourth-seeded and eventual tournament champion New Mexico State (3-0) in the semifinals. Against the Mavericks, sophomore outside hitter Rachel Orr had 12 kills and senior outside hitter Josselyn White had 10 kills and a career-high 25 digs. USU hit .054 (48-39-166) in the match and UTA hit .053 (43-34-171). Against NMSU, senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen had seven kills and seven digs. USU hit .102 (26-19-98) in the match and NMSU hit .243 (47-20-111).
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Tues., Nov. 27 --- at Utah, 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 1 --- MONTANA STATE, 2 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (2-3) will begin its week with a road game at in-state rival Utah (5-0) on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m., before hosting Montana State (3-1) in its first home game of the year on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. USU is 2-30 all-time against the Utes and 2-9 all-time against the Bobcats.
GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT, Anchorage, Alaska
W, 67-66 --- vs. Prairie View A&M
W, 67-57 --- at Alaska Anchorage
Utah State recorded wins against Prairie View A&M (67-66) and Alaska Anchorage (67-57) to win the 2012 Great Alaska Shootout. Against the Panthers, senior guard Devyn Christensen scored 24 points, including the game winning three-pointer with eight seconds to play. She also had five rebounds, four steals and a career-high eight assists in the game. Sophomore center Franny Vaaulu added 13 points, while senior guards Jenna Johnson and Cristal Turner each scored 10 points. USU shot 43.3 percent from the field (26-60), 28.6 percent from three-point range (8-28) and 58.3 percent at the free throw line (7-12). PVA&M shot 45.2 percent (28-62), including 41.2 percent from three (7-17) and 42.9 percent at the line (3-7). Against the Seawolves, Christensen was the only Aggie in double-figures as she scored a career-high 32 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and four steals. USU shot 44.9 percent overall (22-49), including 28.0 percent from three (7-25) and 88.9 percent at the line (16-18). UAA shot 31.3 percent from the field (21-67), including 27.8 percent from behind the arc (10-36) and 71.4 percent at the line (5-7). For the tournament, Christensen was named the tournaments Most Valuable Player, while Vaaulu was named to the all-tournament team.
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