Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's winter sports continue this week with men's and women's basketball both in action.
Dec. 11, 2017

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - DECEMBER 11, 2017

FOOTBALL
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

Next Competition
NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl, Tucson, Ariz.
Fri., Dec. 29 --- New Mexico State, 3:30 p.m. (MT) (CBS SN)
• Utah State football (6-6, 4-4 MW) will conclude its 2017 season against New Mexico State (6-6, 4-4 Sun Belt) in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl in Tucson, Ariz., on Friday, Dec. 29 at 3:30 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221). USU is 30-7 all-time against NMSU, which includes a 20-13 loss in the 1960 Sun Bowl, in the only other neutral site meeting between the two teams. Overall, USU and NMSU spent 26 years together as conference foes.

Last Competition
L, 35-38 --- at Air Force
• Utah State rallied twice in the fourth quarter against Air Force. Unfortunately for the Aggies, they needed a third, but didn’t get it. Redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Love completed 17-of-30 passes for 284 yards and a career-high-tying two touchdowns, but the Falcons scored with 1:38 remaining in the game to pull out a wild 38-35 Mountain West home win on Nov. 25, 2017. With the loss, Utah State closed out the regular season with a 6-6 overall mark and 4-4 record in conference play. Air Force ended at 5-7 and 4-4. The two teams finished tied for fourth in league play. Air Force quarterback Isaiah Sanders rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries. His final score of the night was from 10 yards out with 1:38 to go in the fourth quarter, giving the Falcons their final margin of victory. Sophomore wide receiver Gerold Bright led the Aggies in rushing with a career-best 102 yards on nine carries, including a career-long 75-yard touchdown run that gave Utah State a 14-3 lead midway through the opening quarter. Fellow wide receiver, junior Aaren Vaughns, added a career-high 69 yards rushing and one touchdown on two carries. He scored on a 71-yard reverse less than two minutes into the first quarter for the game’s first touchdown. Senior running back LaJuan Hunt produced the Aggies’ third rushing touchdown of the first half on an 11-yard run with 5:56 to go in the second quarter, giving Utah State a 21-10 lead. Junior wide receiver Ron’quavion Tarver led Utah State in receiving with four catches for 86 yards and a career-best two touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Braelon Roberts finished with three receptions for a career-high 64 yards. As a team, the Aggies gained 521 yards of total offense – 284 through the air and 237 on the ground. Conversely, Air Force had 440 yards of offense, the majority of which came on the ground to the tune of 407 yards. Redshirt freshman linebacker David Woodward led USU’s defense with a career-high 13 tackles, including 1.0 tackles for loss. Junior linebacker Suli Tamaivena added 11 stops.

MEN’S BASKETBALL
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Sat., Dec. 16 --- LIFE PACIFIC, 7 p.m.
• Utah State men’s basketball (5-6) continues its 2017-18 season this week with a home game against Life Pacific (6-6) on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network and available to watch live on www.UtahStateAggies.com/watch. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Last Week
W, 62-59 --- UC IRVINE
L, 67-77 --- vs. Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
• Utah State split its games this week, posting a 62-59 home win against UC Irvine before losing against Utah, 77-67, at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City as part of the Beehive Classic. Against the Anteaters, sophomore guard Sam Merrill led the Aggies with 13 points and was followed by five other players that all scored at least eight points, as the team shot 36.2 percent (21-of-58) from the floor, 30.4 percent (7-of-23) from behind the 3-point line and 76.5 percent (13-of-17) at the free throw line. UC Irvine finished the game shooting 36.2 percent (21-of-58) from the floor, 29.4 percent (5-of-17) from behind the 3-point line and 66.7 percent (12-of-18) at the free throw line. Against the Utes, junior guard DeAngelo Isby and junior forward Quinn Taylor both came off the bench and led the Aggies with 24 and 22 points, respectively, as USU finished the game shooting 36.7 percent (22-of-60) from the floor, 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from behind the 3-point line and 78.9 percent (15-of-19) at the free throw line. Utah finished the game shooting 51.1 percent (24-of-47) from the floor, 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from behind the 3-point line and 86.4 percent (19-of-22) at the free throw line.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Contact: Megan McCuistion - (435) 797-5547

This Week
Sat., Dec. 16 --- DENVER, 2 p.m.
• Utah State women’s basketball (2-7) continues its 2017-18 season this week with a home game against Denver (6-5) on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. The game will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network and will be available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/watch. USU is 3-0 all-time against the Pioneers.

Last Week
W, 76-69 --- at BYU
L, 43-61 --- at Utah Valley
• Utah State posted a 1-1 road record last week with a 76-69 win at BYU and a 61-43 loss at Utah Valley. Against the Cougars, junior guard Rachel Brewster matched her season-high with 20 points for her fourth career 20-point game, while sophomore guard Olivia West added 19 points. Sophomore guard/forward Shannon Dufficy recorded her fourth double-double of the season, scoring a season-best 16 points and adding 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Eliza West led the Aggies to a season-high 18 assists, contributing eight for her own season-best performance. Overall, USU shot 51.7 percent (30-of-58) from the floor, 35.0 percent (7-of-20) from behind the arc and 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the free throw line. BYU shot 43.3 percent (26-of-60) from the field, 26.7 percent (4-of-15) from the 3-point line and 68.4 percent (13-of-19) from the free throw line. Against the Wolverines, Olivia West led the team with 16 points, while Brewster tallied a team-high seven rebounds. On the day, USU shot 30.6 percent (15-of-49) from the field, 14.8 percent (4-of-27) from the 3-point line and 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the free throw line. UVU shot 41.8 percent (23-of-55) from the floor, 33.3 percent (6-of-18) from behind the arc and 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the free throw line.

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