Dec. 2, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - DECEMBER 3, 2012
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise, Idaho
Sat., Dec. 15 --- vs. Toledo, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Utah State football (10-2, 6-0), who is ranked 18th in this week's Associated Press Poll, 20th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and 22nd 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 Toledo (9-3, 6-2 MAC) in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. 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., Dec. 5 --- at BYU, 7 p.m. (BYU TV)
Sat., Dec. 8 --- WESTERN OREGON, 7 p.m.
Utah State men's basketball (4-1) will play at BYU (5-3) on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., before hosting Western Oregon (6-2) on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. USU's game against BYU will be televised live on BYUtv. USU is 92-136 all-time against the Cougars including a 32-84 road record, and 1-0 all-time against the Wolves.
W, 80-78 OT --- at Santa Clara
Utah State won its only game of the week with an 80-78 overtime win at Santa Clara. Junior center Jarred Shaw scored 15 points to go along with eight rebounds, while junior guard Preston Medlin had 11 points, five assists and four rebounds. Junior forward Danny Berger had 11 points and five rebounds, and senior forward Kyisean Reed finished the game with 11 points, seven rebounds and a career-best four steals. USU shot a season-best 56.0 percent from the field (28-50), including 41.2 percent from three-point range (7-17) and 73.9 percent at the free throw line (17-23). SCU shot 42.1 percent overall (24-57), including 30.4 percent from behind the arc (7-23) and 69.7 percent at the line (23-33).
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Tues., Dec. 4 --- at BYU, 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 8 --- at #5 Notre Dame, 10 a.m.
Utah State women's basketball (2-5) will play a pair of road games this week at BYU (3-4) on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., and at No. 5 Notre Dame (5-0) on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. USU is 3-30 all-time against the Cougars, while its game against the Irish will be its first-ever in series history.
L, 62-94 --- at Utah
L, 65-71 --- MONTANA STATE
Utah State posted an 0-2 record last week as it lost at Utah (94-62) and lost at home to Montana State (71-65). Against the Utes, senior guard Devyn Christensen scored 18 points, while fellow senior guard Jenna Johnson added 12 points. USU finished the game shooting 37.7 percent (23-61), including 36.8 percent from three-point range (7-19) and 78.6 percent at the free throw line (11-14). UU shot 63.2 percent overall (36-57), including 45.0 percent from three (9-20) and 44.0 percent at the line (11-25). Against the Bobcats, Johnson posted her second double-double of the season as she scored a career-high 20 points, tied her career-high with 10 rebounds and added a career-best eight steals. Christensen added 18 points and six assists, while junior guard Jennifer Schlott scored 13 points and freshman guard Makenlee Williams finished with 10 points. USU shot 37.3 percent from the field (22-59), including 25.9 percent from three-point range (7-27) and 70.0 percent at the free throw line (14-20). MSU shot 44.6 percent overall (25-56), including 27.3 percent from behind the arc (3-11) and 64.3 percent at the charity stripe (18-28).
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