Dec. 12, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - DECEMBER 12, 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. 17 --- Brigham Young, 2 p.m. (KCSG-TV)
Utah State women's basketball (5-4) will play one game this week as hosts Brigham Young (9-2) on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m., in a game that will be regionally televised on KCSG-TV. USU is 3-29 all-time against the Cougars.
L, 65-67 --- at Idaho State
Despite coming back from a 12-point deficit with 5:52 left in the game, Utah State fell at Idaho State, 67-65, Saturday as the Bengals Kaela Oakes made a lay up with nine seconds left for the win. USU was led by 15 points from senior forward Ashlee Brown, while junior guard Devyn Christensen scored 13 points and senior guard Brooke Jackson added 10 points. Brown was also the leading rebounder in the game with nine, just shy of her fifth double-double of the season. For the game, the Aggies were out-rebounded by the Bengals, 35-32. Utah State shot 37.3 percent from the field (22-59) and 35.7 percent from three (5-14). Utah State shot 88.9 percent from the free throw line (16-18), which was key to its comeback. Idaho State shot 48.0 percent from the field (24-50) and 38.1 percent from three (8-21). Idaho State shot 84.6 from the free throw line (11-of-13).
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Dec. 17 --- SEATTLE, 7 p.m. (KCSG-TV)
Utah State men's basketball (4-5) will play one game this week as it hosts Seattle (2-5) on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. (MT). USU is 14-13 all-time against the Redhawks including a 9-4 record at home. The game against Seattle will be televised live on KCSG-TV.
W, 63-54 --- UTAH VALLEY
L, 76-83--- at Wichita State
Utah State went 1-1 last week as it defeated Utah Valley (63-54) at home and lost at Wichita State (83-76). Against the Wolverines, sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored 13 points to go along with five rebounds and a career-high six assists, while junior forward Kyisean Reed had 11 points and sophomore guard Danny Berger added 10 points. USU shot 46.0 percent overall (23-50), including 45.5 percent from three-point range (5-11) and 60.0 percent at the free throw line (12-20). UVU shot 39.3 percent (22-56), including 45.5 percent from three (5-11) and 50.0 percent at the line (5-10). Against the Shockers, senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored 18 points, while Medlin scored 15 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and a career-high tying two steals. Reed added 13 points, while Berger scored 12 and sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel added a season-high 10 points. USU shot 53.8 percent overall (28-52), including 33.3 percent from behind the arc (5-15) and 71.4 percent at the charity stripe (15-21). WSU shot 45.6 percent (26-57), including 44.0 percent from three-point range (11-25) and 71.4 percent at the free throw line (20-28).
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