WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - DECEMBER 22, 2014
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Gildan New Mexico Bowl
W, 21-6 --- vs. UTEP
Freshman QB Kent Myers rushed a career-high 15 times for 70 yards with one touchdown and Utah State (10-4) gained 279 yards on the ground en route to its 21-6 Gildan New Mexico Bowl win against UTEP (7-6) last weekend. Myers was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the Game as he was 5-of-12 passing for 68 yards to go along with his 70 rushing yards and one touchdown. Senior LB Zach Vigil was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player as he finished with nine tackles, while adding one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry. With his nine tackles, Vigil ends his career with 387 tackles to rank fifth all-time in school history, while his 154 tackles this season are the fourth-most in school history. With the win, Utah State has now won a school-record three-straight bowl games, and finished the season with a 10-4 record for the second-most wins in a single-season in school history. USU was playing in its fourth-straight bowl game, which is also a school-record. Utah State finished the game with 347 yards of total offense, as its 279 rushing yards are its third-most in a game this season, while its 68 passing yards are a season-low. Senior WR Ronald Butler rushed for a career-high 69 yards on just two carries, which included a career-long rush of 61 yards. Senior RB Joe Hill added 50 yards on six carries and one touchdown, while junior WR JoJo Natson had 40 rushing yards on five carries, and sophomore LB Nick Vigil gained 34 yards on eight carries with one touchdown. Utah State had just two players make receptions in the game as junior WR Hunter Sharp caught three passes for 21 yards, while Natson had two receptions for 47 yards. With his three receptions, Sharp finished the season tied for ninth all-time in school history for a single-season with 66 receptions, while Natson become the 32nd player in school history with 1,000 career receiving yards as he now has 1,031 receiving yards in his career. UTEP was limited to just 275 yards of total offense, the third-fewest allowed by USU this season. The Miners finished the game with just 126 passing yards, which is the second-fewest allowed by Utah State this year. Aaron Jones led the Miners with 88 rushing yards on 25 carries. Senior FS Brian Suite led Utah State's defense with 10 tackles for his fourth-career double-digit tackle outing. Junior CB Deshane Hines added a career-high six tackles, while fellow junior CB Tyler Floyd had a career-high four tackles and recorded his first career interception.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Sat., Dec. 27 --- WAYLAND BAPTIST, 7 p.m.
Utah State men's basketball (6-5) will continue its 2014-15 season with its final non-conference game of the season as it hosts Wayland Baptist (11-1) on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m., in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
World Vision Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods
W, 57-56 --- CSU BAKERSFIELD
W, 69-56 --- IDAHO STATE
L, 65-68 OT --- SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
Utah State posted a 2-1 record at its own World Vision Classic, sponsored by Gossner Foods, last week as it posted wins against CSU Bakersfield (57-56) and Idaho State (69-56), before losing to South Dakota State (68-65 OT). Against the Roadrunners, redshirt freshman forward David Collette had 18 points, junior guard Chris Smith scored 15 points and sophomore wing Jalen Moore had 12 points. USU finished the game shooting 40.5 percent (17-42), including 33.3 percent from three-point range (5-15) and 69.2 percent at the free throw line (18-26). CSUB shot 35.8 percent (19-53), including 26.7 percent from behind the arc (4-15) and 58.3 percent at the charity stripe (14-24). Against the Bengals, Moore tied his career-high with 20 points, sophomore guard JoJo McGlaston had a career-high 14 points, and Collette and junior guard Darius Perkins each scored 13 points. USU finished the game shooting 43.8 percent (21-48), including 38.1 percent from three-point range (8-21) and 79.2 percent at the free throw line (19-24). ISU shot 35.0 percent (21-60), including 6.7 percent from behind the arc (1-15) and 68.4 percent at the charity stripe (13-19). Against the Jackrabbits, Collette scored 19 points and Moore had 14 points. USU finished the game shooting 38.2 percent (21-55), including 7.1 percent from three-point range (1-14) and 71.0 percent at the free throw line (22-31). SDSU shot 37.3 percent (25-67), including 30.0 percent from behind the arc (9-30) and 56.3 percent at the charity stripe (9-16). Both Collette and Moore were named to the all-tournament team.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Mon., Dec. 22 --- BYU, 7 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (3-8) continues its 2014-15 season this week with a home game against in-state rival BYU (7-3) on Monday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. USU is 3-32 all-time against the Cougars.
L, 62-70 --- at Pacific
L, 92-102 --- at Sacramento State
Utah State went 0-2 last week with road losses at Pacific (70-62) and at Sacramento State (102-92). Against the Tigers, freshman guard Funda Nakkasoglu scored 21 points, freshman center Hannah Hutchins had 12 points, and senior center Franny Vaaulu had 10 points and 11 rebounds for her third career double-double. USU finished the game shooting 33.3 percent (17-51), including 14.3 percent from three-point range (1-7) and 87.1 percent at the free throw line (27-31). Pacific shot 31.7 percent (19-60), including 12.0 percent from behind the arc (3-25) and 70.7 percent at the charity stripe (29-41). Against the Hornets, Hutchins scored a career-high 25 points, freshman guard Tilar Clark had a career-high 16 points, junior forward Tijana Djukic had a career-high 14 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double, and junior guard Jasmine Porter had a season-high 11 points. USU finished the game shooting a school record 70.7 percent (41-58), including 0.0 percent from three-point range (0-3) and 76.9 percent at the free throw line (10-13). SSU shot 39.8 percent (35-88), including 35.1 percent from behind the arc (20-57) and 63.2 percent at the charity stripe (12-19).
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