Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's fall and winter sports continue this week with football, and men's and women's basketball all in action.

Nov. 28, 2011

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 28, 2011

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

This Week
Sat., Dec. 3 --- at New Mexico State, 1:30 p.m. (KCSG-TV)
• Utah State's football team (6-5, 4-2) will conclude its regular season with a Western Athletic Conference game at New Mexico State (4-8, 2-4) on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1:30 p.m. (MT). USU is 28-7 all-time against the Southern Aggies including a 15-3 record on the road. The game will be televised live on KCSG-TV.

Last Week
W, 21-17 --- NEVADA
• Senior wide receiver Stanley Morrison's touchdown pass to junior running back Robert Turbin as time expired in the third quarter pushed the Utah State football team over Nevada 21-17 as the Aggies celebrated Senior Day by becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 1997 with their sixth win of the season. The Aggies also captured their fourth-straight win to improve to 6-5 overall and 4-2 in WAC action. This is USU's first six-win season since 1997, its first four-game win streak since 2001, and the first time in its seven years in the WAC that it has won four league games, which is its first four-game conference winning streak since 2000 in the Big West Conference. The home win over the Wolf Pack was also the first for the Aggies since 1950, snapping a seven-game home losing streak to Nevada. Overall, it is its first win against UN since 1999. USU ended with 373 yards of total offense, with 199 rushing and 174 passing, while Nevada accumulated an even 500 yards with 315 passing and 185 rushing, dominated the time of possession to the tune of 34:37-25:23. Junior running back Kerwynn Williams had 71 yards on nine carries with one touchdown, while Turbin had 18 rushes for 61 yards, including a 4-yard gain on a crucial 4th-and-1 from the USU 44 with 1:41 left in the game. Turbin also had two catches for 36 yards, including the game-winning 34-yard touchdown. Junior wide receiver Matt Austin also had a touchdown catch, on a 21-yard snag in the back of the end zone. Junior quarterback Adam Kennedy was 7-of-14 passing for 140 yards with one touchdown pass. With a game-high 15 tackles, senior linebacker Bobby Wagner moved up to second on the USU career tackles list with 433. Wagner is also now tied for third all-time in career tackles in the WAC. Fellow senior linebacker Kyle Gallagher added 11 tackles and junior safety McKade Brady posted 10 tackles.

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

This Week
Wed., Nov. 30 --- at Montana, 7 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 2 --- at Montana State, 7 p.m.
• Utah State women's basketball (5-1) will play a pair of road games this week at Montana (2-2) on Wednesday, Nov. 30 and at Montana State (4-2) on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. USU is 2-6 all-time against the Grizzlies and 2-8 all-time against the Bobcats.

Last Week
W, 97-86 --- BOISE STATE
W, 71-68 --- UC RIVERSIDE
• Utah State recorded a pair of home wins last week as it defeated Boise State (97-86) and UC Riverside (71-68). Against the Broncos, senior guard Brooke Jackson scored a career-high 27 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and three steals as she was 9-of-11 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range and 6-for-8 at the free throw line. Sophomore guard Jennifer Schlott added 17 points and five assists, while senior forward Ashlee Brown scored 14 points. Junior guard Devyn Christensen finished the game with 12 points and senior forward Maddy Plunkett had 11 points. USU shot 56.9 percent overall (33-58), including 56.3 percent from three-point range (9-16) and 91.7 percent at the free throw line (22-24). BSU shot 46.5 percent (33-71), including 30.3 percent from three (10-33) and 76.9 percent at the line (10-13). Against the Highlanders, Christensen scored a game-high 15 points, while Brown added 13 and Jackson finished with 11 points and six assists. USU shot 43.4 percent (23-53), including 50.0 percent from behind the arc (6-12) and 73.1 percent at the free throw line (19-26). UCR shot 42.2 percent overall (27-64), including 60.0 percent from three (3-5) and 78.6 percent at the free throw line (11-14).

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

This Week
Wed., Nov. 30 --- DENVER, 7 p.m. (KCSG-TV)
Sat., Dec. 3 --- at Pacific, 8 p.m.
• Utah State men's basketball (3-2) will play a pair of games this week as it hosts Denver (4-1) on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., followed by a road game at Pacific (2-2) on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. (MT). USU is 54-34 all-time against the Pioneers including a 19-3 record at home, and 44-22 all-time against the Tigers including a 10-17 record on the road. The game against Denver will be televised live on KCSG-TV.

Last Week
L, 55-58 OT --- at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
W, 75-62 --- at Idaho State
• Utah State posted a 1-1 record last week as it lost at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (58-55 OT) and won at Idaho State (75-62). Against the Islanders, senior forward Morgan Grim recorded his first-ever double-double with a career-high 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in a career-high 42 minutes. Senior guard Brockeith Pane also scored in double-figures as he finished with 15 points. USU shot a season-low 33.3 percent (19-57), including 44.4 percent from three-point range (4-9) and 72.2 percent at the free throw line (13-18). TAMCC shot 37.9 percent (22-58), including just 11.8 percent from behind the arc (2-17) and 54.5 percent at the charity stripe (12-22). Against the Bengals, sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored a career-high 26 points to go along with a career-best six rebounds as he was 9-of-13 from the field and 8-of-11 from three-point range to rank tied for the third-most three-pointers made in a single game in school history. Freshman guard Adam Thoseby added a career-best 16 points, while Grim scored 11 points to go along with six rebounds. Pane added 10 points and tied his career-high with nine assists, while freshman forward Ben Clifford had his best game as an Aggie with career-highs in points (10), rebounds (7), assists (2), blocks (2) and minutes played (37). USU finished the game shooting a season-best 57.8 percent (26-45), including a season-best 68.4 percent from three (13-19) and 62.5 percent from the free throw line (10-16). The 13 made treys by USU are tied for the second-most in a game in school history. ISU finished the game by shooting just 32.7 percent (17-52), including just 16.7 percent from behind the arc (3-18), but did convert 25-of-30 (.833) free throws.

CROSS COUNTRY
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

Last Week
NTS --- at NCAA Championships, Terre Haute, Ind.
• Utah State cross country senior captain Brian McKenna capped off his Aggie cross country career by placing 63rd out of 252 runners at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. Monday. McKenna improved his season-best 10,000-meter time by nearly 14 seconds as he crossed the finish line in 30:29.6. McKenna is a two-time Western Athletic Conference individual champion, winning the title in 2009 and 2011. He also earned first-team all-WAC honors twice and was named Male Athlete of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011. This was McKenna's second time competing at nationals as he also qualified in 2009, finishing 69th out of 250 runners. Additionally, McKenna is only the fifth USU cross country runner to make it to the championships since 2000, joining Trevor Ball (2005), Tiffany Strickland (2005), Mike Nielson (2003) and Ashley Johnson (2003), and is the first two-time selection during that span. McKenna received an at-large invitation to compete in the championships after finishing in 10th-place with a time of 30:43.3 at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships on Nov. 12 in Provo, Utah. He also earned all-Region honors for the second time in his career.

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

Last Week
WAC Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
L, 0-3 --- at Fresno State
• Utah State's volleyball team (12-17, 7-7) ended its 2011 season with a three-set loss (25-18, 25-19, 25-10) to fifth-seed Fresno State in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament. Senior All-American Liz McArthur led USU with seven kills and five digs, while junior outside hitter Josselyn White had six kills and four digs. Junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen added five kills and four block assists. USU finished the match hitting .100 (24-15-90) and FS hit .381 (51-14-97).

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