LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - DECEMBER 15, 2015
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Tues., Dec. 22 --- vs. Akron, 1:30 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State football (6-6, 5-3 MW) will conclude its 2015 season against Akron (7-5, 5-3 MAC) in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 1:30 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. It is the first-ever meeting between the Aggies and Zips.
L, 28-51 --- BYU
• Redshirt senior QB Chuckie Keeton set a Utah State record for career touchdown passes, but it still wasn’t enough as the Aggies closed out the regular season with a 51-28 home loss to BYU last weekend. Keeton, who completed 20 passes on a career-high 45 attempts for 243 yards, eclipsed Jose Fuentes on the career touchdown list when he hit senior WR Hunter Sharp with a 24-yard touchdown pass to give the Aggies (6-6) a 21-10 lead with exactly three minutes left in the first half. Keeton, who also rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, entered the game tied with Fuentes at 60 career touchdown passes. It was Keeton’s 19th career 200-yard passing game. Sharp finished with a game-best seven receptions for 100 yards, marking his second 100-yard receiving game this year and the sixth of his career. Senior SS Marwin Evans led Utah State with a career-high 14 tackles, including 1.0 tackles for loss. Junior LB Nick Vigil added nine stops for the Aggies, while also carrying the ball two times for five yards, including a 2-yard touchdown run. USU finished the game with 445 total yards (243 passing, 202 rushing), while BYU finished with 358 total yards (284 passing, 74 rushing). The Aggies won the time of possession battle as they had the ball for nearly 33 minutes.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Global Sports Hoops Classic, Sponsored by Gossner Foods
Mon., Dec. 21 --- TEXAS-RIO GRAND VALLEY, 8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 22 --- IDAHO STATE, 8 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 23 --- NORTH DAKOTA STATE, 8 p.m.
• Utah State men’s basketball (5-3) will continue its 2015-16 season with three games next week as it hosts Texas-Rio Grand Valley (1-8), Idaho State (3-5) and North Dakota State (6-3) in the 2015 Global Sports Hoops Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods. The tournament will begin on Monday, Dec. 21 with Idaho State playing North Dakota State at 5:30 p.m., followed by Utah State versus Texas-Rio Grand Valley at 8 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 22, Texas-Rio Grand Valley and North Dakota State will play at 5:30 p.m., and Utah State will play Idaho State at 8 p.m. And on Wednesday, Dec. 23, Texas-Rio Grand Valley and Idaho State will meet at 5:30 p.m., followed by Utah State versus North Dakota State at 8 p.m. USU is 37-13 all-time against ISU, including a 15-2 home record, and 0-0 all-time against both Texas-Rio Grand Valley and North Dakota State. All three USU games will be streamed live on the Aggie Digital Network.
L, 68-80 --- at BYU
L, 63-73 --- UC Irvine
• Utah State posted an 0-2 non-conference road record last week with an 80-68 loss at BYU and a 73-63 home loss to UC Irvine. Against the Cougars, junior wing Jalen Moore had 15 points, while senior guard Chris Smith and junior guard Shane Rector both scored 12 points. USU finished the game shooting 35.4 percent (23-of-65), including 45.0 percent (9-20) from 3-point range and 72.2 percent (13-of-18) at the free throw line. BYU shot 42.9 percent (30-of-70), including 40.0 percent (8-of-20) from behind the arc and 80.0 percent (12-of-15) at the charity stripe. Against the Anteaters, senior guard Darius Perkins had a season-high 17 points and sophomore guard Julion Pearre added a season-best 15 points, while Moore had 10 points and a career-high eight assists. USU finished the game shooting 35.4 percent (23-of-65), including 35.7 percent (10-of-28) from 3-point range and 70.0 percent (7-of-10) at the free throw line. UCI shot 48.3 percent (28-of-58), including 38.9 percent (7-of-18) from behind the arc and 76.9 percent (10-of-13) at the charity stripe.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
This Week/Next Week
Lady Griz Classic, Missoula, Mont.
Sat., Dec. 19 --- vs. Tennessee State, 1 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 20 --- vs. Montana/Florida Atlantic, 1/3:30 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 22 --- UTAH, 1 p.m.
• Utah State women’s basketball (4-4) will conclude its non-conference schedule with three games before the Christmas break. This weekend, USU will compete in the Lady Griz Classic, hosted by Montana. The Aggies will play Tennessee State (4-4) on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. and will play either Montana (5-4) or Florida Atlantic (5-1) on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 1 or 3:30 p.m. USU will then return home and host Utah (5-3) on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. USU is 2-7 all-time against the Grizzlies, 0-0 all-time against both Tennessee State and Florida Atlantic, and 3-32 all-time against the Utes. USU’s home game against the Utes will be streamed live on the Aggie Digital Network.
L, 67-81 --- at Idaho State
W, 76-72 --- at Utah Valley
• Utah State posted a 1-1 road record last week with an 81-67 loss at Idaho State and a 76-72 win at Utah Valley. Against the Bengals, sophomore guard Funda Nakkasoglu was again the leading scorer for the Aggies, ending the night with 24 points, her fifth 20-point game of the season. Senior forward Tijana Djukic was the top rebounder on the night with six. USU shot 31.3 percent (21-of-67) from the field, 31.6 percent (6-of-19) from the 3-point line and 82.6 percent (19-of-23) from the free throw line. ISU shot 52.6 percent (30-of-57) from the field, 50.0 percent (9-of-18) from behind the arc and 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the free throw line. Against the Wolverines, Nakkasoglu led the Aggies with 21 points on the night, the sixth time this season she hit the 20-point mark. Senior forward Julianne Anchling had a career-best 11 points, while Djukic joined them in double figures with 12 points. Anchling also led the Aggies defensively with a career-high nine rebounds. Overall, USU shot 46.2 percent (30-of-65) from the field, 30.8 percent (4-of-13) from the 3-point line and 70.6 percent (12-of-17) from the free throw line. UVU shot 40.7 percent (22-of-54) from the field, 38.1 percent (8-of-21) from behind the arc and 62.5 percent (20-of-32) from the free throw line.
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