Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's winter sports continue this week with men's and women's basketball both in action.
Nov. 27, 2017

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Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

Next Competition
• Utah State’s football team (6-6, 4-4 MW) will conclude its 2017 season with its 12th bowl game in program history, including its sixth in the last seven seasons. USU’s bowl destination and opponent will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 3.

Last Week
L, 35-38 --- at Air Force
• Utah State rallied twice in the fourth quarter against Air Force. Unfortunately for the Aggies, they needed a third, but didn’t get it. Redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Love completed 17-of-30 passes for 284 yards and a career-high-tying two touchdowns, but the Falcons scored with 1:38 remaining in the game to pull out a wild 38-35 Mountain West home win last weekend. With the loss, Utah State closed out the regular season with a 6-6 overall mark and 4-4 record in conference play. Air Force ended at 5-7 and 4-4. The two teams finished tied for fourth in league play. Air Force quarterback Isaiah Sanders rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries. His final score of the night was from 10 yards out with 1:38 to go in the fourth quarter, giving the Falcons their final margin of victory. Sophomore wide receiver Gerold Bright led the Aggies in rushing with a career-best 102 yards on nine carries, including a career-long 75-yard touchdown run that gave Utah State a 14-3 lead midway through the opening quarter. Fellow wide receiver, junior Aaren Vaughns, added a career-high 69 yards rushing and one touchdown on two carries. He scored on a 71-yard reverse less than two minutes into the first quarter for the game’s first touchdown. Senior running back LaJuan Hunt produced the Aggies’ third rushing touchdown of the first half on an 11-yard run with 5:56 to go in the second quarter, giving Utah State a 21-10 lead. Junior wide receiver Ron’quavion Tarver led Utah State in receiving with four catches for 86 yards and a career-best two touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Braelon Roberts finished with three receptions for a career-high 64 yards. As a team, the Aggies gained 521 yards of total offense – 284 through the air and 237 on the ground. Conversely, Air Force had 440 yards of offense, the majority of which came on the ground to the tune of 407 yards. Redshirt freshman linebacker David Woodward led USU’s defense with a career-high 13 tackles, including 1.0 tackles for loss. Junior linebacker Suli Tamaivena added 11 stops.

Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Tues., Nov. 28 --- at Valparaiso, 6 p.m. (MT) (ESPN3)
Sat., Dec. 2 --- BYU, 7 p.m. (AT&T SportsNet)
• Utah State men’s basketball (4-3) continues its 2017-18 season this week with two games as it plays at Valparaiso (7-0) on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m. (MT) and then hosts BYU (4-2) on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. USU’s game against Valparaiso will be streamed live on ESPN3, while its game against BYU will be televised regionally on AT&T Sports Net (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683). USU is 0-1 all-time against the Crusaders and 92-141 all-time against the Cougars, including a 60-53 home record.

Last Week
L, 79-83 --- at Portland State
W, 71-67 --- vs. Northeastern, Nashville, Tenn.
W, 77-63 --- vs. Northeastern, Nashville, Tenn.
• Utah State posted a 2-1 record last week as it loss at Portland State (83-79), and then recorded a pair of neutral-site victories against Northeastern (71-67) and New Hampshire (77-63) in Nashville, Tenn. Against the Vikings, sophomore guard Sam Merrill led the Aggies with a career-high 23 points and added four rebounds and three assists as USU shot 50.0 percent (28-of-56) from the floor, 38.1 percent (8-of-21) from behind the 3-point line and 57.7 percent (15-of-26) at the free throw line. Freshman guard Brock Miller and sophomore guard Diogo Brito joined Merrill in double figures with 15 and 12 points, respectively, as Portland State finished the game shooting 42.4 percent (25-of-59) from the floor, 40.9 percent (9-of-22) from behind the 3-point line and 70.6 percent (24-of-34) at the free throw line. Against the Huskies, Merrill led the Aggies again with 19 points and added three assists, two rebounds and two steals as USU shot 50.0 percent (23-of-46) from the floor, 28.6 percent (6-of-21) from behind the 3-point line and 61.3 percent (19-of-31) at the free throw line. Junior guard DeAngelo Isby and senior forward Alex Dargenton followed Merrill with 14 and 10 points, respectively, as Northeastern shot 52.2 percent (24-of-46) from the floor, 45.0 percent (9-of-20) from behind the 3-point line and 58.8 percent (10-of-17) at the free throw line. Against the Wildcats, Merrill led the way again with 20 points and added four rebounds, one assist and one steal as USU shot 46.6 percent (27-of-58) from the floor, 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from behind the 3-point line and 80.0 percent (16-of-20) at the free throw line. Isby and Brito followed Merrill with 16 and 12 points, respectively, as UNH shot 40.7 percent (22-of-54) from the floor, 40.0 percent (10-of-25) from behind the 3-point line and 90.0 percent (9-of-10) at the free throw line.

Contact: Megan McCuistion - (435) 797-5547

This Week
Mon., Nov. 27 --- at Idaho State, 7 p.m.
at Maui Classic
Fri., Dec. 1 --- vs. Montana State, Maui, Hawaii, 9 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Dec. 2 --- vs. #18 Oregon State, Maui, Hawaii, 11 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State women’s basketball (1-3) continues its 2017-18 season this week with three games. The Aggies will play at Idaho State (4-1) on Monday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m., and then travels to Maui, Hawaii, to play in the Maui Classic against Montana State (2-2) on Friday, Dec. 1, at 9 p.m. (MT), and against No. 18 Oregon State (3-1) on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 p.m. (MT). All-time, USU is 15-16 against the Bengals, 3-10 against the Bobcats and 1-3 against the Beavers.

Last Week
L, 67-70 --- at Southern Utah
• Utah State posted an 0-1 road record last week with 70-67 loss at Southern Utah. Sophomore guard Olivia West led the team with 22 points, followed by junior guard Rachel Brewster, who tallied a season-high 20 points. Sophomore guard/forward Shannon Dufficy recorded her third double-double of the season, highlighted by a career-best 19 rebounds to go along with 12 points. Those 19 boards tie for eighth all-time in a single game for an Aggie, and are the most by any USU player since 1983. Overall, Utah State shot 43.1 percent (25-of-58) from the field, 36.8 percent (7-of-19) from the 3-point line and a season-high 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the free throw line. Southern Utah shot 34.3 percent (24-of-70) from the floor, 23.5 percent (4-of-17) from behind the arc and 81.8 percent (18-of-22) from the free throw line.

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