WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - DECEMBER 8, 2014
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Gildan New Mexico Bowl Sat., Dec. 20 --- vs. UTEP, 12:20 p.m. (MT)
Utah State football (9-4, 6-2 MW) will conclude its 2014 season against UTEP (7-5, 5-3 C-USA) in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 12:20 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. USU is 2-0 all-time against the Miners with the last meeting being in 1961.
L, 19-50 --- at #25 Boise State
Jay Ajayi rushed for a career-high 229 yards and scored five touchdowns in leading 25th-ranked Boise State (10-2, 7-1 MW) to a 50-19 home win against Utah State (9-4, 6-2 MW) last weekend to claim the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference. Utah State, who had its five-game winning streak snapped, is now 4-52 all-time against Associated Press ranked teams, including a 2-2 record under current head coach Matt Wells. USU also lost its 12th-straight game to Boise State, including its seventh-straight in Boise. Boise State finished the game with 498 yards of total offense, including 283 on the ground, both of which are season-highs for a Utah State opponent. USU had just 268 yards of total offense, with 159 yards passing and 109 yards rushing. Ajayi rushed 27 times for his 229 yards and is the first back to rush for 200 yards against Utah State since Oklahoma's DeMarco Murray in 2010. In all, the 283 rushing yards allowed by the Aggies are its most since Nevada rushed for 394 yards in 2010. Freshman QB Kent Myers led Utah State as he was 16-of-28 passing for 159 yards with one interception as he recorded season-highs in both pass attempts and completions. Myers also rushed a season-high 11 times for 43 yards and scored USU's only offensive touchdown of the game on a 9-yard run in the first quarter. Senior SS Frankie Sutera led Utah State's defense with a career-high 15 tackles, including 1.0 sack, while sophomore LB Nick Vigil had 13 tackles, which included 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack, to go along with a forced fumble. Senior LB Zach Vigil added 12 stops and 1.0 sack, while senior DE B.J. Larsen and junior NG Travis Seefeldt also registered sacks in the game.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Sat., Dec. 13 --- at Utah Valley, 7 p.m.
Utah State men's basketball (3-4) will continue its 2014-15 season with one game this week as it plays at Utah Valley (3-4) on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. USU is 9-0 all-time against the Wolverines, including a 4-0 road record.
L, 81-91 --- BYU
L, 84-89 --- at USC
Utah State went 0-2 last week with a 91-81 home loss to BYU and an 89-84 road loss to USC. Against the Cougars, junior guard Chris Smith scored a career-high 25 points, while fellow junior guard Darius Perkins scored a career-high 21 points. Sophomore wing Jalen Moore posted his first career double-double with 15 points and a career-best 11 rebounds, while redshirt freshman forward David Collette added 12 points. USU finished the game shooting 45.6 percent (26-57), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (8-16) and 70.0 percent at the free throw line (21-30). BYU shot 39.4 percent (26-66), including 20.0 percent from behind the arc (5-25) and 87.2 percent at the charity stripe (34-39). Against the Trojans, Collette scored a USU freshman record 32 points to go along with a career-high 14 rebounds for his first-ever double-double, while Moore had 18 points and nine boards, and Perkins added 11 points, while freshman guard Julion Pearre scored a career-high 15 points off the bench. USU finished the game shooting 47.5 percent (28-59), including 35.7 percent from three-point range (10-28) and 69.2 percent at the free throw line (18-26). USC shot 50.0 percent (31-62), including 46.2 percent from behind the arc (12-26) and 55.6 percent at the charity stripe (15-27).
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Sun., Dec. 14 --- NORTHERN COLORADO, 7 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (2-6) continues its 2014-15 season this week with a home game against Northern Colorado (5-2) on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. USU is 6-3 all-time against the Bears.
L, 57-63 --- at Utah
W, 60-51 --- WESTMINSTER
Utah State posted a 1-1 record last week with a 63-57 loss at Utah and a 60-51 home win against Westminster. Against the Utes, freshman guard Funda Nakkasoglu scored a career-high 19 points to go along with a career-best eight assists. USU finished the game shooting 41.4 percent (24-58), including 30.8 percent from three-point range (4-13) and 50.0 percent at the free throw line (5-10). UU shot 38.6 percent (22-57), including 22.7 percent from behind the arc (5-22) and 70.0 percent at the charity stripe (14-20). Against the Griffins, Nakkasoglu scored 17 points, while freshman forward Hannah Hutchins scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds, and junior forward Tijana Djukic tied her career-high with 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 41.8 percent (23-55), including 27.3 percent from three-point range (3-11) and 55.0 percent at the free throw line (11-20). Westminster shot 34.5 percent (19-55), including 30.0 percent from behind the arc (9-30) and 57.1 percent at the charity stripe (4-7).
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