Dec. 21, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Thur., Dec. 26 --- vs. #24 Northern Illinois, 7:30 p.m. (MT) (ESPN)
Utah State's football team (8-5, 7-1) will conclude its 2013 season in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl against No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-1, 8-0) on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. USU is 1-0 all-time against the Huskies.
Mountain West Championship
L, 17-24 --- at #24 Fresno State
Utah State forced four turnovers and recovered an on-side kick in an attempt to win the inaugural Mountain West Football Championship game last weekend, but fell at 24th-ranked Fresno State, 24-17. Utah State trailed 24-7 early in the fourth quarter before scoring 10 points in 2:55 to get within one score at 24-17 and was driving inside the Bulldogs' 40 yard-line in the final minute before getting intercepted at the FS 8 yard-line to end the game. Utah State had its five-game winning streak snapped with the loss and is now 8-5 on the season. USU also fell to 2-50 all-time against ranked teams, including a 1-40 road record. Fresno State improved to 11-1 with the win. Junior wide receiver Ronald Butler led Utah State as he had a career-high five receptions for a career-best 145 yards, while senior wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen tied his career-high with six receptions for 52 yards and sophomore wide receiver Bruce Natson had four receptions for 50 yards, to go along with two rushes for 11 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown run. Senior running back Joey DeMartino finished the game with 54 yards on 18 carries, while freshman quarterback Darell Garretson was 12-of-26 passing for 198 yards with one interception and junior quarterback Craig Harrison was 4-of-9 passing for 55 yards and one interception. Derek Carr led Fresno State as he was 36-of-53 passing for 404 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, while Isaiah Burse had 17 receptions for 132 yards and one touchdown, and Davante Adams added nine receptions for 168 yards with another score. Utah State finished the game with 304 yards of total offense as it had 253 yards passing and a season-low 51 yards rushing. Fresno State had 460 yards of total offense with 404 passing and 56 rushing. Senior linebacker Jake Doughty led Utah State's defense with 10 tackles for his ninth double-digit tackle outing this year and the 13th of his career. Doughty also had 0.5 tackles for loss and recovered his second career fumble that he returned 86 yards for a touchdown. Junior safety Brian Suite added nine tackles and a career-high two interceptions to give him four interceptions on the season and five in his career.
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Sat., Dec. 28 --- SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN, 7 p.m.
Utah State men's basketball (9-2) will continue its 2013-14 season this week with a home game against San Diego Christian (3-4) on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m., in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
BASKETBALL TRAVELERS CLASSIC, sponsored by Gossner Foods
W, 68-52 --- WESTERN ILLINOIS
W, 77-71 OT --- UC SANTA BARBARA
W, 71-50 --- TROY
Utah State posted a 3-0 home record last week with wins against Western Illinois (68-52), UC Santa Barbara (77-71 OT) and Troy (71-50) to win its own Basketball Travelers Classic. Against the Fighting Leathernecks, sophomore forward Kyle Davis recorded his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while senior guard Preston Medlin and senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield each scored 14 points. USU shot 52.8 percent (19-36), including a season-high 71.4 percent from three (5-7) and 73.5 percent at the line (25-34). WIU shot 39.6 percent (21-53), including 20.0 percent from three (3-15) and 77.8 percent at line (7-9). Against the Gauchos, Butterfield scored a career-high 31 points to go along with 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and the eighth of his career. Medlin added 14 points, while junior forward Ben Clifford tied his season-high with 10 points and sophomore guard Marcel Davis tied his career-high with eight assists. USU shot 46.0 percent (23-50), including 40.0 percent from three (8-20) and 79.3 percent at the line (23-29). UCSB shot 39.3 percent (24-61), including 42.9 percent from three (9-21) and 82.4 percent at the line (14-17). Against the Trojans, junior forward Danny Berger tied his career-high with 17 points and freshman forward Jalen Moore scored a career-high 11 points. USU shot 55.1 percent (27-49), including 61.5 percent from three (8-13) and 75.0 percent at the line (9-12), while TU shot just 29.2 percent (14-48), including just 10.5 percent from three (2-19) and 83.3 percent at the line (20-24).
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Sat., Dec. 28 --- COLLEGE OF IDAHO, 2 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (6-4) will continue its 2013-14 season this week with a home game against the College of Idaho (6-6) on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m., in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
W, 81-70 --- at UC Santa Barbara
L, 74-84 --- at BYU
Utah State posted a 1-1 road record last week with an 81-70 win at UC Santa Barbara, followed by an 84-74 road loss at BYU. Against the Gauchos, senior guard Jennifer Schlott scored a school-record 44 points, while junior guard/forward Ingrida Strikas and junior center Franny Vaaulu each scored 12 points, and sophomore guard Makenlee Williams added 10 points. USU shot 49.1 percent (26-53), including 35.7 percent from three (5-14) and 92.3 percent at the line (24-26). UCSB shot 41.4 percent overall (24-58), including 27.8 percent from three (5-18) and 85.0 percent at the line (17-20). Against the Cougars, Schlott scored 22 points, Strikas had 14 points, and Williams and senior guard Cristal Turner each scored 12 points. USU shot 38.4 percent overall (28-73), including 29.4 percent from three (5-17) and 76.5 percent at the line (13-17). BYU shot 46.3 percent (25-54), including 47.4 percent from three (9-19) and 65.8 percent at the line (25-38).
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