Weekly Aggie Update – Utah State University Athletics

AGGIE WEEKLY UPDATE – NOVEMBER 21, 2022
Weekly Aggie update

FOOTBALL
Contact: Doug Hoffman – (435) 797-3714

In this week

Fri, Nov 25 — in Boise State, 10 a.m. (CBS)
• Utah State Football (6-5, 5-2 MW) finishes the game at Mountain West this week as they play Boise State (8-3, 7-0 MW) on Friday, November 25 at 10 am EST . USU is 5-21 all-time against BSU, including a 3-10 road record. The game will be televised nationally on CBS.

Last week

W, 35-31 — STATE OF SAN JOSÉ
• Calvin Tyler Jr., former senior running back, scored with a 3-yard run and 2:49 left for Utah State in an exciting 35-31 home win over San Jose State last weekend. The win marks the 10th time the Aggies have bowled in the last 12 years. USU extended their winning streak to 10 straight wins against SJSU and is now 20-20-1 all-time against the Spartans, including 12-8 at home. Tyler led Utah State’s fast offense as he gained 125 yards and a career-high three touchdowns with 30 carries. As a team, the Aggies finished with 186 yards rushing. Junior quarterback Cooper Legas was 23 of 35 for a career-high 244 yards and a touchdown, plus two interceptions. Legas also had career highlights in both degrees and tries. Utah State grad senior wide receiver Brian Cobbs caught 10 passes for 122 yards that clinched his career as the Aggies finished with 430 yards total offense and the Spartans held for 341 yards (257 passing, 84 rushing) . True freshman linebacker Max Alford stepped up the Aggies’ defense with seven tackles, including .5 tackles for losses. Graduated junior defensive end Daniel Grzesiak added six stops, including 2.0 tackles for losses and 1.5 sacks, while senior defensive tackle Hale Motu’apuaka added a career-high 2.0 sacks as part of his five stops total and had 2.5 tackles for losses. Utah State’s defense finished the game with a season-high five sacks accompanied by six pass separations.

MEN’S BASKETBALL
Contact: Ashley Springer – (435) 797-5547

Tue, Nov 22 — ORAL ROBERTS, 7 p.m. (MWN)
• Utah State Men’s Basketball (4-0, 0-0 MW) hosts Oral Roberts (3-2, 0-0 Summit League) on Tuesday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m. The Aggies are always 6-1 against the Golden Eagles. The game will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network and is available at www.utahstateaggies.com/watch.

Last week

W, 96-74 — SANTA CLARA
W, 91-89 (OT) — in San Diego
• Utah State set a 2-0 record last week with a 96-74 home win over Santa Clara and a 91-89 overtime win in San Diego. Against the Broncos, USU shot 51.4 percent (36 of 70) from the field, 38.7 percent (12 of 31) from behind the 3-point line, and 75.0 percent (12 of 16) at the free throw line, while SCU 40.0 percent (26 of 65) shot from the ground, 31.8 percent (7 of 22) from behind the arc, and 71.4 percent (15 of 21) on the charity strip. Graduate forward Taylor Funk led the Aggies with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Three other Aggies hit double digits in junior guard Steven Ashworth (18), graduate forward Dan Akin (13) and senior center Trevin Dorius (11). Against San Diego, USU shot 51.7 percent (31 of 60) from field, 48.3 percent (14 of 29) from behind the arc and 57.7 percent (15 of 26) at the free throw line, while USD shot 41.3 percent (31 of 75) from the floor, 46.4 percent (13 of 28) from behind the 3-point line, and 73.7 percent (14 of 19) at the free-throw line. Akin led USU with 21 points and 15 rebounds while three other Aggies in Funk (20), junior guard Max Shulga (20) and Ashworth (10) scored in double digits.

VOLLEYBALL
Contact: Ashley Springer – (435) 797-5547

In this week

2022 Mountain West Tournament, Fort Collins, Colorado
Wed, Nov 23 — vs. #5 New Mexico, Quarterfinals, 1pm (MWN)
Thu, Nov 24 — vs. #1 UNLV, Semifinals, 1pm (MWN)
Fri, Nov 25 — vs. TBA, Championship, 6:30 p.m. (MWN)
• Utah State Volleyball (19-10, 11-7 MW) will be No. 4 in the Mountain West Tournament taking place Wednesday through Friday, November 23-25 ​​in Colorado Springs, Colorado. USU begins the tournament on Wednesday, November 23 at 1:00 p.m. MT against fifth-placed New Mexico (17-11, 8-10 MW). If USU advances, they would lead UNLV (26-3, 17-1) on Thursday, November 24 at 1:00 p.m. and the championship game will be on Friday, November 25 at 6:00 p.m. 30 o’clock. Every game during the tournament will be streamed on the Mountain West Network, while USU’s games will be available online at www.utahstateaggies.com/watch.

Last week

L, 1-3 — in New Mexico
L, 1-3 — in the Air Force
• Utah State went 2-0 last week, losing 3-1 in New Mexico and the Air Force. Against New Mexico, USU hit .219 (59-26-151) while UNM hit .265 (50-14-136). Three Aggies finished the night with double-digit kills, sophomore Adna Mehmedovic had 15, senior outside hitter Shelby Capllonch 13 and junior outside Tatum Stall 12. Three Aggies recorded double-doubles while Capllonch had 13 digs, freshman setter Leah Wilton-LaBoy had 25 assists and 13 digs and second setter Beatriz Rodrigues had 16 assists and 10 digs. Redshirt sophomore libero Jordi Holdaway added 10 digs, while graduated middle blocker Myrthe Maring led the roster with seven blocks. Against the Air Force, the Aggies hit .218 (64-28-165) while the Falcons hit .324 (61-14-145). Four Aggies recorded double-digit kills as Mehmedovic had a career-high 17, Stall had 15, Capllonch had 11 and senior middle blocker Kennedi Boyd, who hit .588 in the match, had 10. Boyd and Maring led USU by three blocks each. Rodrigues recorded a double-double with 20 assists and 10 digs. Holdaway had the best 25 digs in the match while Wilton-LaBoy had a team high with 26 assists and three aces of serve.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Contact: Ajay Salvesen – (435) 797-2066

In this week

Wed, Nov 23 — BALL STATE, 2 p.m. (MWN)
Sat Nov 26 — at USC, 2pm (MT)
• Utah State Women’s Basketball (1-3, 0-0 MW) continues its 2022-23 season this week as it hosts Ball State (2-1) on Wednesday, November 23 at 2 p.m. and at USC (4-0) on Saturday, Nov 26 at 2 p.m. MT. USU is 0-1 all-time against the Cardinals and 0-3 all-time against the Trojans. All home games will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network and are available at www.utahstateaggies.com/watch.

Last week

L, 57-95 — at Utah Tech
L, 57-63 — in the state of Arkansas
• Utah State set a 2-0 record last week with a 95-57 loss at Utah Tech and a 63-57 loss at Arkansas State. Against the Trailblazers, graduate guard Mayson Kimball led the way for the Aggies with 14 points, while graduate senior guard Maria Carvalho had 13 points and eight rebounds. USU shot 31.0 percent from the field (22 out of 71), 21.2 percent from the 3-point area (7 out of 33) and 60.0 percent from the free-throw line (6 out of 10). The Trailblazers shot 57.4 percent from the field (39 of 68), 50.0 percent from behind the arc (11 of 22), and 60.0 percent from the line (6 of 10). Against the Red Wolves, the Aggies had a pair of double-doubles from junior guards Olivia Wikstrom and Tamiah Robinson as Wikstrom finished team-high with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Robinson had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Graduate guard Maria Carvalho also had 10 points, along with eight rebounds. Utah State shot 31.7 percent from the field (19 of 60), 45.5 percent from 3-point land (10 of 22) and 75.0 percent from the free throw line (9 of 12). The Red Wolves hit 38.7 percent of their shots (24 of 62), including 18.8 percent from the bow (3 of 16) and 70.6 percent on the charity strip (12 of 17).

CROSS-COUNTRY
Contact: Wade Denniston – (435) 797-1361

Last week

M: 26th/31st; W: NTS — at the NCAA Championships, Stillwater, Oklahoma
• The Utah State men’s cross country team ended its 2022 season in 26th place at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, held over the weekend in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The only team not to advance to the finals, the Aggies finished with 618 points, beating five teams in the standings. USU defeated both Alabama (27th; 683 points) and Michigan (29th, 708 points), who finished 25th on Saturday, along with No. 22 Georgetown (31st; 752 points), No. 24 Princeton (30th; 712). points) and No. 27 Colorado State (28th; 704 points). After the closest finish in the 85-year history of the NCAA Cross Country Championships, the No. 2 from Northern Arizona won the men’s title. The Lumberjacks and No. 4 Oklahoma State both scored 83 points, meaning the national champion was crowned in the tiebreak for the first-ever time: a head-to-head match of each team’s scorers, one to five. Junior Yonas Mogos led the Aggies with an 85th place finish and a time of 30:06.3 over the 10K. Senior Camren Todd was the second Aggie to cross the finish line as he finished 125th with a time of 30:25.6. Mogos and Todd were followed by junior Max Wehrli in 147th (30:35.7), senior Mark Crandall in 158th (30:40.6), and sophomore Brennan Benson in 213th (31:13.1). Other Aggie finishers included Senior Caleb Garnica in 214th (31:17.3) and Senior Darren Harman in 218th (31:21.0). Senior Mica Rivera and sophomore Ana Weaver represented Utah State on the women’s side as singles competitors. Weaver placed 53rd in the 6K with a time of 20:17.5 while Rivera placed 201st with a time of 21:21.4.

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