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

Dec. 18, 2011

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - DECEMBER 18, 2011

FOOTBALL
Contact: Zach Fisher (435) 797-2066

Last Week
L, 23-24 --- vs. Ohio, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise, Idaho
• In a season full of close finishes, the outcome at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was no different for Utah State as Ohio University scored with 13 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to earn a 24-23 win over the Aggies Saturday at Bronco Stadium in Boise. The loss was USU's fifth this season by one score or less, and was the Aggies' 10th game decided by one score this season, the most in the nation. In the Aggies' first bowl game since 1997, senior running back Michael Smith ran for a career-high and USU bowl record 157 yards, scoring both of Utah State's rushing touchdowns. Junior running back Robert Turbin recorded his eighth 100-yard game of the season with 101 yards. Utah State ends its historic season with a 7-6 record, which is its first seven-win season since 1993. The loss snaps the Aggies' five-game winning streak. The Aggies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter after Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton fumbled in the end zone. USU expanded its lead to 9-0 later in the first quarter when junior quarterback Adam Kennedy connected with senior tight end Tarren Lloyd for a three-yard touchdown pass. Ohio cut that lead to 9-7 early in the second quarter when Derek Roback scored on a 26-yard pass from Tettleton with 4:40 left. It would be the only score of the second quarter as USU entered the locker room with a 9-7 advantage. Smith and the Aggies wasted no time getting on the board in the second-half when Smith broke off a 63-yard run with 12:19 remaining in the third quarter to put USU up 16-7. Less than three minutes later, the USU defense was able to hold the Bobcats to three points when Matt Weller drilled a 32-yard field goal to cut the Blue and White lead to 16-10. The high-scoring third quarter continued with Smith scoring his second touchdown of the game with an 11-yard scamper and sophomore placekicker Josh Thompson booted his third PAT of the night to put USU up 23-10 with 5:51 left in the third stanza. The frenzied third-quarter scoring wasn't done as Tettleton hit Ohio's MVP LaVon Brazill with a 44-yard scoring strike to pull the Bobcats within 23-17 at the 3:45 mark of quarter number three. Ohio then concluded the scoring with a 1-yard run by Tettleton with 13 seconds remaining in the game to give the Bobcats the come-from-behind win. USU finished the game with 441 yards of total offense (345 rushing, 96 passing) and Ohio had 345 total yards (125 rushing, 220 passing). USU also won the time of possession battle, 33:12 to 26:48.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Kara Fisher (435) 797-1361

This Week
Mon., Dec. 19 --- NORTHERN ARIZONA, 12 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 22 --- at Boise State, 3:30 p.m.
• Utah State women's basketball (5-5) will play two games this week as it hosts Northern Arizona (5-6) on Monday, Dec. 19 at 12 p.m., and plays at Boise State (7-4) on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 3:30 p.m. USU is 14-4 all-time against the Lumberjacks and 6-16 all-time against the Broncos.

Last Week
L, 65-73 --- BRIGHAM YOUNG
• Junior guard Devyn Christensen scored a season-high 18 points and added a season-best six rebounds in Utah State's 73-65 loss to Brigham Young last weekend. Freshman guard Elise Nelson also had a season-high in points with 10, while senior forward Ashlee Brown finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. Senior guard Brooke Jackson was the fourth Aggie in double-figures as she had 10 points. Brigham Young shot 51.6 percent in the second-half (16-31) and was 8-of-17 (.471) from three-point range as it out-scored Utah State, 49-31, in the final 20 minutes. BYU was also 9-of-12 (.750) from the free throw line after half-time as it made 5-of-7 free throws in the final 43 seconds. Utah State finished the game shooting 43.6 percent (42-55), including 40.0 percent from three-point range (6-15) and 68.8 percent at the free throw line (11-16). Brigham Young shot 39.7 percent overall (25-63), while making 11-of-30 (.367) three-pointers and 12-of-16 (.750) free throws. BYU also out-rebounded USU by 15 (45-30), while recording five more assists (21-16). The Cougars ended the game with three more turnovers (16-13), but also recorded five more steals (12-7).

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Doug Hoffman (435) 797-3714

This Week
Tues., Dec. 20 --- UT ARLINGTON, 8 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 21 --- SAINT PETER'S, 8 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 22 --- KENT STATE, 8 p.m.
• Utah State men's basketball (5-5) will play three games this week as it hosts UT Arlington (4-4), Saint Peter's (2-7) and Kent State (7-1) in the 2011 Athletes in Action Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods. The tournament will begin on Tuesday, Dec. 20 with Saint Peter's playing Kent State at 5:30 p.m., followed by Utah State versus UT Arlington at 8 p.m. On Wednesday, Dec. 21, Kent State and UT Arlington will play at 5:30 p.m., and Utah State will play Saint Peter's at 8 p.m. On Thursday, Dec. 22, UT Arlington and Saint Peter's will meet at 5:30 p.m., followed by Utah State versus Kent State at 8 p.m. USU is 2-0 against KSU, 1-1 against SPU, and will be playing UTA for the first time ever.

Last Week
W, 78-53 --- SEATTLE
• Sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored a game-high 22 points in leading Utah State to an easy 78-53 home win against future Western Athletic Conference member Seattle (2-7) Saturday to even its ledger at 5-5 on the season. For Utah State, its 78 points were a season-high and its 25-point win was its largest of the year. USU also shot 50 percent from the field for the second time in as many games and for the third time this season. Medlin, who was 6-of-12 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range and a perfect 7-for-7 at the free throw line, has now scored in double-figures in each of his last six games as he reached the 20-point plateau for the second time this year. Junior forward Kyisean Reed added 13 points for Utah State as he has now scored in double-figures in four-straight games, while sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger hit double-figures for the third-straight game with 11 points, while adding season-highs with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in a season-best 29 minutes. Overall, Utah State's bench scored 31 points as compared to 28 for Seattle as junior guard E.J. Farris had a career-high nine points and sophomore forward Ben Clifford added eight points and five rebounds. Utah State finished the game shooting 50.0 percent (22-44), including 54.5 percent from three-point range (6-11) and 75.7 percent at the free throw line as it had season-highs in both free throws made (28) and attempted (37). Seattle shot just 29.2 percent overall (19-65), a season-low for a Utah State opponent. The Redhawks were also just 3-of-23 (.130) from three-point range and converted on 12-of-18 (.667) free throws. SU did out-rebound USU by eight (43-35) as it grabbed 21 offensive boards. Sterling Carter and Prince Obasi each scored eight points for Seattle as the Redhawks did not have a single player score in double-figures.

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