Dec. 4, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - DECEMBER 4, 2011
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise, Idaho
Sat., Dec. 17 --- vs. Ohio, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Utah State's football team (7-5, 5-2 WAC) will conclude the 2011 season with its first postseason action since 1997 as it plays Ohio (9-4, 6-2 MAC) in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. USU is 1-0 all-time against the Bobcats as it posted a 5-0 road win in 1994. Utah State is 7-1 overall against the Mid-American Conference and hasn't played a MAC opponent since 1995, when it beat Northern Illinois at home, 42-7.
W, 24-21 --- at New Mexico State
For the first time since 1979, Utah State football has seven regular-season wins as the navy Aggies won another thriller with a 24-21 win at New Mexico State Saturday as junior quarterback Adam Kennedy hit junior wide receiver Matt Austin with an 8-yard touchdown toss with 35 seconds left for the winning score. For USU, it marks the first seven win season since 1993, when the Aggies won the Las Vegas Bowl. Overall, it is just the 21st time in 113 seasons of football that USU has won seven games. It was also USU's fifth WAC win of the season and the Aggies' most victories in their seven years in the league. Overall, it is Utah State's best conference mark since a 4-1 Big West record in 2000 and first five conference win season since 1993. Saturday was also Utah State's fifth win in a row, including third-straight on the road and its first three-game road win streak since 1989. The five-game win streak is the best since 1993. Utah State's offensive line plowed the way for the visiting Aggies' rushing attack to amass 392 rushing yards, as USU rushed for its season-high against a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent, and second-highest of the season behind 440 yards vs. Weber State, and Saturday was USU's 11th-best rushing output in the program's history. The 392 rushing yards gives USU 3,330 rushing yards on the season, a new school record, bettering the previous mark of 3,120 set in 1960. USU ended the day with 515 yards of total offense, as Kennedy was 12-of-16 passing for 123 yards with a season-high three touchdown's, his fourth multi-TD passing outing since seeing his first action four-and-a-half games ago. Senior running back Michael Smith had a career-best outing with 121 yards on 18 carries, while junior running back Robert Turbin had 98 yards on 25 rushes and Kennedy added a career-high 95 yards on 15 carries. Junior running back Kerwynn Williams also had 68 yards rushing. Austin ended the game with 32 yards receiving on five catches, while senior wide receiver Stanley Morrison had four receptions for 60 yards, extending his WAC-leading receptions streak to 36-straight games. NMSU totalled 397 yards of total offense with 252 yards passing.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Sat., Dec. 10 --- at Idaho State, 2 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (5-3) will play one game this week as it travels to Idaho State (5-3) on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. USU is 13-15 all-time against the Bengals.
L, 60-61 --- at Montana
L, 61-78 --- at Montana State
Utah State suffered a pair of road losses last week at Montana (61-60) and at Montana State (78-61). Against the Grizzles, senior forward Ashlee Brown had 14 points and 12 rebounds, while senior guard Brooke Jackson also scored 14 points and junior guard Devyn Christensen added 12 points. USU shot 36.2 percent overall (21-58), including 38.5 percent from three-point range (5-13) and 72.2 percent at the free throw line. UM shot 36.2 percent as well (21-58), including 26.3 percent from three (5-19) and 70.0 percent at the line (14-20). Against the Bobcats, senior forward Maddy Plunkett scored a career-high 14 points, while Christensen also scored 14 and Brown added eight points, 11 rebounds, four steals and three assists. USU shot 35.3 percent overall (24-68), including 23.5 percent from three-point range (4-17) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (9-12). MSU shot 50.8 percent (32-63), including 33.3 percent from behind the arc (8-24) and 85.7 percent at the charity stripe (6-7).
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Tues., Dec. 6 --- UTAH VALLEY, 7 p.m. (KCSG-TV)
Sat., Dec. 10 --- at Wichita State, 6 p.m.
Utah State men's basketball (3-4) will play a pair of games this week as it hosts Utah Valley (5-4) on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., followed by a road game at Wichita State (5-2) on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. (MT). USU is 6-0 all-time against the Wolverines including a 3-0 record at home, and 6-4 all-time against the Shockers including a 2-4 record on the road. The game against Utah Valley will be televised live on KCSG-TV.
L, 54-67 --- DENVER
L, 57-65 --- at Pacific
Utah State posted an 0-2 record last week as it lost to Denver at home, 67-54, snapping its 33-game home winning streak which was the second-longest in school history and the third-longest active streak in the nation, followed by a 65-57 road loss at Pacific to give USU its first back-to-back losses since the end of the 2009-10 season. Against the Pioneers, sophomore guard Preston Medlin had 13 points, senior guard Brockeith Pane scored 12 and senior forward Morgan Grim added 11. USU shot 46.3 percent in the game (19-41), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (2-4) and 73.7 percent from the free throw line (14-19). Denver shot 52.1 percent (25-48), including 40.0 percent from behind the arc (8-20) and 81.8 percent at the line (9-11). Against the Tigers, Medlin finished with 15 points and a career-high eight rebounds, while junior forward Kyisean Reed scored 13 points. USU shot a season-low 32.8 percent (20-61), including a season-low 16.7 percent from three (3-18) and 70.0 percent at the line (14-20). UOP shot 38.2 percent for the game (21-55), including 26.1 percent from three-point range (6-23) and 85.0 percent at the free throw line (17-20).
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