Dec. 9, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - DECEMBER 10, 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
Sat., Dec. 15 --- at Utah Valley, 7 p.m. (KMYU)
Utah State men's basketball (5-1) will play one game this week at Utah Valley (5-6) on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on KMYU TV. USU is 7-0 all-time against the Wolverines including a 3-0 road record.
W, 86-57 --- WESTERN OREGON
Utah State won its only game of the week with an 86-57 victory at home against Western Oregon. Freshman guard Marcel Davis scored a career-high 21 points to go along with a career-high five rebounds and a career-high tying three assists. Junior guard Preston Medlin added 18 points, junior center Jarred Shaw had 15 points and eight rebounds, junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield added 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, all of which are career-highs, and senior forward Kyisean Reed scored 10 points and added nine rebounds, three steals, three assists and two blocked shots. Utah State finished the game shooting a season-high 57.4 percent (35-61), including 42.1 percent from three-point range (8-19). USU also shot a season-high 88.9 percent at the free throw line (8-9). Western Oregon shot just 36.2 percent (21-58), including 33.3 percent from three-point range (8-24) and 87.5 percent at the free throw line (7-8).
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Tues., Dec. 18 --- UC IRVINE, 7 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 20 --- SOUTH DAKOTA, 12 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (2-7) returns to action next week with a pair of home games against UC Irvine (2-7) on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., and against South Dakota (4-6) on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 12 p.m. USU is 3-6 all-time against the Anteaters and has never faced the Coyotes.
L, 77-81 --- at BYU
L, 70-109 --- at #5 Notre Dame
Utah State posted an 0-2 record last week as it lost at BYU (81-77) and at fifth-ranked Notre Dame (109-70). Against the Cougars, senior guard Jenna Johnson had 18 points, five rebounds and five steals, while fellow senior guard Devyn Christensen had 17 points, four rebounds and four steals. Junior guard Jennifer Schlott added 16 points, while freshman guard Makenlee Williams had 15 points and six rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 48.2 percent (27-56), including 42.9 percent from three-point range (9-21) and 82.4 percent at the free throw line (14-17). BYU shot 44.1 percent (26-59), including 44.8 percent from three (13-29) and 84.2 percent at the line (16-19). Against the Fighting Irish, Christensen had 21 points and Schlott finished with 14 points. USU shot 33.8 percent overall (23-68), including 30.8 percent from three-point range (8-26) and 84.2 percent at the free throw line (16-19). UND shot 52.0 percent (39-75), including 31.3 percent from behind the arc (5-16) and 83.9 percent at the charity stripe (26-31).
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