Nov. 30, 2009
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 30, 2009
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
W, 52-49 --- at Idaho
Sophomore running back Robert Turbin's school-record tying five touchdowns led Utah State to a 52-49 shootout win over Idaho Saturday at UI's Kibbie Dome, snapping USU's 12-game road losing streak.It was USU's first road win since two years ago on the very field as Saturday, last winning on Nov. 24, 2007 at Idaho. The Aggies finish head coach Gary Andersen's first year at the helm of the USU program with a 4-8 mark, USU's most wins since 2002 and a progressive win total since 2006's one win. Utah State finished 3-5 in Western Athletic Conference action, matching last season for top conference record in USU's five seasons in the league. It was USU's third-straight win over Idaho and fourth in the last six meetings, taking an 18-16-2 series lead and leveling the series ledger at Moscow at 9-9-1. Turbin scored five total touchdowns, three rushing and two receiving, tying career-highs in both, to tie the USU record for single-game TD's with Jack Hill vs. Drake in 1956. Turbin had 113 yards rushing, his seventh 100-yard outing this season to go with 70 yards receiving. Junior QB Diondre Borel was 18-of-29 passing for 369 yards and four TD's, both career-bests. He had an 85-yard TD pass to senior WR Xavier Bowman in the first quarter that is tied for the eighth-longest pass play in school history. USU had its second-best offensive outing of the year with 539 yards of total offense, on a season-high 376 passing and 163 rushing. Idaho had 530 yards of total offense. The Aggie defense was led by junior CB Chris Randle's career-high 11 tackles, while senior S James Brindley added nine stops and a fumble recovery, which set up Turbin's final TD of the day and was USU's insurance and difference TD. The WAC leader in tackles, junior LB Bobby Wagner, posted eight tackles and snared the game's lone interception. USU jumped out to a 21-7 first quarter lead, and built a 31-7 advantage before Idaho rallied to take a 42-38 lead, only to see the Aggies storm back and hang on for the monumental road victory, sending USU's 15 seniors out in style.
Contact: Jackie Banda - (435) 797-8584
NTS --- at NCAA Championships, Terre Haute, Ind.
Utah State's men's cross country team concluded its 2009 season at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday, Nov. 23 as sophomore Brian McKenna finished the 10k course in 30:36.8, tabbing 69th-place out of 250 runners. It was the highest finish for a USU runner at the NCAA Championships since Trever Ball placed 47th in 2005.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Wed., Dec. 2 --- BRIGHAM YOUNG, 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 5 --- ST. MARY'S, 7 p.m.
Utah State (3-2) will continue its season-long five-game homestand this week as it hosts Brigham Young (5-0) on Wednesday, Dec. 2 and St. Mary's (4-1) on Saturday, Dec. 5 with both games beginning at 7 p.m. USU is 90-135 all-time against the Cougars, which includes a 58-51 home record, and 4-2 all-time against the Gaels including a 2-0 mark at home. Both games will be televised live on CW30.
W, 77-44 --- IDAHO STATE
W, 89-49 --- SOUTHERN UTAH
Utah State went 2-0 last week as it defeated Idaho State (77-44) and Southern Utah (89-49). Against the Bengals, junior forward Tai Wesley had a season-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, to go along with five rebounds and four assists. Junior guard Brian Green also scored in double-figures for USU as he finished with a career-high 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting. For the game, Utah State shot 45.6 percent (26-57), including 35.0 percent from three-point range (7-20) and 81.8 percent at the free throw line (18-22). ISU shot 32.7 percent overall (16-49), including 21.4 percent from behind the arc (3-14) and 81.8 percent at the charity stripe (9-11). Against the Thunderbirds, junior guard Pooh Williams tied his career-high with 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting, while freshman guard Preston Medlin also scored a career-high 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 5-of-6 from three. Utah State shot over 50 percent from the field for the first time this year as it finished the game at 53.3 percent (32-60), including 45.8 percent from three-point range (11-24) and 77.8 percent from the free throw line (14-18). Southern Utah shot just 26.4 percent (14-53), including 27.8 percent from behind the arc (5-18). SUU did make 16-of-17 free throws (.941).
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Fri., Dec. 4 --- vs. Pepperdine, Tempe, Ariz., 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 5 --- at Arizona State / vs. Idaho State, TBA
Utah State (3-1) will travel to Tempe, Ariz., this weekend to compete in the Arizona State Classic and play Pepperdine (4-3) on Friday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. (MT), and the face either Arizona State (4-1) or Idaho State (1-4) on Saturday, Dec. 4.
W, 71-34--- MONTANA-WESTERN
Behind career nights from redshirt freshman center Banna Diop and junior forward Stacey Howard, Utah State halted a one-game losing skid with a convincing 71-34 win over Montana-Western on Saturday. Diop scored a career-high 13 points, while junior guard Amber White led all scorers with 16 points and Howard had a career-high nine rebounds to lead both teams. For the game, USU shot 41.5 percent (27-65) from the field. The free throw line continues to be a tough spot for the Aggies, shooting 64.3 percent (9-14) for the game. From the three-point line, USU shot 30.8 percent (8-26). Montana Western shot 27.8 percent (10-36) from the field, while shooting 65.0 percent from the free throw line (13-20). The Bulldogs shot 20 percent from three (1-5).
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