WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - DECEMBER 15, 2014
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Gildan New Mexico Bowl Sat., Dec. 20 --- vs. UTEP, 12:25 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 12:25 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
World Vision Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods
Thur., Dec. 18 --- CSU BAKERSFIELD, 8 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 19 --- IDAHO STATE, 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 20 --- SOUTH DAKOTA STATE, 8 p.m.
Utah State men's basketball (4-4) will continue its 2014-15 season with three games this week as it hosts CSU Bakersfield (1-8), Idaho State (3-5) and South Dakota State (6-3) in the 2014 World Vision Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods. The tournament will begin on Thursday, Dec. 18 with Idaho State playing South Dakota State at 5:30 p.m., followed by Utah State versus CSU Bakersfield at 8 p.m. On Friday, Dec. 19, CSU Bakersfield and South Dakota State will play at 5:30 p.m., and Utah State will play Idaho State at 8 p.m. And on Saturday, Dec. 20, CSU Bakersfield and Idaho State will meet at 5:30 p.m., followed by Utah State versus South Dakota State at 8 p.m. USU is 7-0 all-time against CSUB, 36-13 all-time against ISU, and 4-0 all-time against SDSU.
W, 50-47 --- at Utah Valley
Utah State posted a 1-0 record last week with a 50-47 road win at Utah Valley. Sophomore wing Jalen Moore led USU with 14 points and seven rebounds, while junior guard Chris Smith had 13 points and freshman guard Julion Pearre scored 11 points. Redshirt freshman forward David Collette finished the game with six points, six rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots. USU shot 29.8 percent (14-47), including 28.6 percent from three-point range (4-14), and 72.0 percent at the free throw line (18-25). UVU shot 29.4 percent (15-51), including 31.3 percent from behind the arc (5-16) and 60.0 percent at the charity stripe (12-20).
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Tues., Dec. 16 --- at Pacific, 8 p.m. (MT)
Fri., Dec. 19 --- at Sacramento State, 8 p.m. (MT)
Utah State women's basketball (3-6) continues its 2014-15 season this week with a pair of road games at Pacific (6-2) on Tuesday, Dec. 16 and at Sacramento State (1-8) on Friday, Dec. 19 with both games starting at 8 p.m. (MT). USU is 3-4 all-time against Pacific and will be facing Sacramento State for the first time ever.
W, 65-61 --- NORTHERN COLORADO
Utah State posted a 65-61 home win against Northern Colorado in its only game last week. Freshman guard Funda Nakkasoglu scored a career-high 24 points and senior guard Elise Nelson added eight points to go along with a season-high 10 rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 43.2 percent (19-44), including 20.0 percent from three-point range (1-5) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (26-39). UNC shot 35.5 percent (22-62), including 34.8 percent from behind the arc (8-23) and 60.0 percent at the charity stripe (9-15).
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