Aggie’s Weekly Update
Contact: Doug Hoffman – (435) 797-3714
Saturday, September 3 — at #1 Alabama, 5:30 p.m. (MT) (SEC Network)
• Utah State football (1-0, 0-0 MW) continues its 2022 season this week at No. 1 Alabama (0-0, 0-0 SEC) on Saturday, September 3 at 5:30 p.m. (MT ) . USU is 0-2 all-time against the Crimson Tide and 0-2 all-time against the No. 1 team in the nation. The game will be televised live on the SEC Network (Xfinity Ch. 285, DirecTV Ch. 611, DISH Ch. 404).
• Utah State graduate senior quarterback Logan Bonner had 20 of 29 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns, while graduate senior running back Calvin Tyler Jr. had a career-high 161 yards on a record 33 carries to lead USU to a 31-20 home win over UConn last weekend. Utah State, which scored an unanswered 24 points to rebound from a 14-point first-quarter deficit, has now won seven games trailing 10 or more points under the head coach. Blake Anderson. USU had seven players start their first career game, while 20 players made their Aggie debuts. Graduated senior wide receiver Brian Cobbs led all receivers with a career-high seven catches for 78 yards and a touchdown. Bonner also threw touchdown passes to junior receiver Kyle Van Leeuwen and senior receiver Justin McGriff as this duo caught three passes each for 54 and 53 yards, respectively. For Van Leeuwen, his receiving yards are a career high. In total, USU amassed 542 total rushing yards, 261 of which were rushing. Junior linebacker MJ Tafisi led the USU in tackles with a career-high 10, including a career-best 2.0 tackle for the loss, while senior cornerback Ajani Cater tied his high in career with seven saves and a forced fumble that was picked up by the graduating junior defensive end. Daniel Grzesiak. Junior linebacker Kaleo Neves also had a career-high seven tackles. USU had a pair of interceptions from graduating senior safety Hunter Reynolds and redshirt freshman safety Ike Larsen. In total, USU racked up 11.0 tackles for loss, 11 rushing quarterbacks and four pass breakups.
Contact: Wade Denniston – (435) 797-1361
Saturday, September 3 — USU SAGEBRUSH GUEST, 9 a.m.
• Utah State’s cross country teams will open the season at home on Saturday, Sept. 3, when they host the Sagebrush Invitational at the Steve and Dona Reeder Cross Country Course, beginning at 9 a.m.
• Utah State was picked to finish second in the 2022 Women’s Cross Country Preseason Poll, while the Aggie Men were picked tied for third with Colorado State. For the Aggie women, this is the highest they have ever been chosen to finish in the MW. In the 2021 season, the Aggie Women qualified for the NCAA Championships for only the second time in program history, placing 28th out of 31 teams. USU received an overall offer for the NCAA Championships after placing seventh at the NCAA Mountain Area Championships. The women also had the program’s top finish at the MW Cross Country Championships, placing second. Aggie’s Men placed third at the MW Championships. Chase Leach earned MW Freshman of the Year honors as the first freshman to cross the line, placing 12th with a time of 23:50.2, and also earning MW second-team honors in the process. .
Contact: Ashley Springer – (435) 797-5547
Thursday, September 1 — at #10 BYU, 7 p.m. (BYUtv)
Friday, Sept. 2 — vs. #6 Pittsburgh, Provo, Utah, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 3 — vs. Cincinnati, Provo, Utah, 4 p.m.
• Utah State volleyball (2-0, 0-0 MW) continues its non-conference program this week at the BYU Invitational. USU opens the tournament against No. 10 BYU (3-0) on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m., before facing No. 6 Pittsburgh (2-1) on Friday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m., followed by a game against Cincinnati (1-2) on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 4 p.m. All-time, the Aggies are 16-41 against the Cougars, 1-0 against the Panthers and 1-0 against the Bearcats. The game against BYU will be broadcast live on BYUtv.
W, 3-1 — CAL POLY
O, 3-1 — #12 UCLA
• Utah State started the 2022 season with home wins over Cal Poly (3-1) and No. 12 UCLA (3-1) to win its own USU Invitational. Against the Mustangs, USU hit .188 (54-25-154), while Cal Poly posted a mark of .219 (55-23-146). Senior oppositeside hitter Kylee Stokes, graduating against Emilee Turner, and junior outside hitter Tatum Stall each finished with double-digit wins with 15, 12 and 10, respectively. Junior middle blocker Inka Mehtola had five blocks, including one solo. Aggie’s two passers finished with double-doubles as rookie Leah Wilton-LaBoy had 23 assists and 10 digs, while second Beatriz Rodrigues had 19 assists and 16 digs. Jordi Holdaway, a second-year redshirt libero, added 12 digs. Against the Bruins, USU hit .184 (57-30-147), while holding UCLA to a .076 mark (46-35-145). Three Aggies finished with double-digit takedowns as Stokes had a record 14, Stall had 11, and senior center blocker Kennedi Boyd had 10. Boyd led USU with eight career blocks, including a record in three solo career. Two Aggies recorded double-doubles as Stall finished with 11 digs, while Wilton-LaBoy posted 25 assists and 10 digs. Holdaway led USU with 13 digs in the game.
Contact: Kyle Cottam – (435) 797-2066
Thursday, September 1 — at UC Riverside, 8:30 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State Soccer (2-0-2, 0-0-0 MW) continues its 2022 season this week with a non-conference game at UC Riverside (2-1-0) on Thursday, September 1 at 8:30 p.m. (MT ). USU is 3-2-2 all-time against the Highlanders, including a road record of 0-2-1. Live stats will be available online at www.utahstateaggies.com.
O, 2-1 — ILLINOIS STATE
T, 3-3 — GRAND CANYON
• Utah State remained undefeated this year with a 2-1 win over Illinois State followed by a 3-3 draw against WAC pre-season favorite Grand Canyon. Against the Redbirds, second-year defenseman Addy Symonds opened the scoring with a 30th-minute corner kick. Freshman forward Kaylie Chambers then secured victory for the Aggies with an 88th-minute penalty kick. Against GCU, USU had goals from seniors Sara Taylor and Sammie Murdock, and junior London Miller. Taylor scored the opening goal in the fifth minute, while Murdock netted the equalizer in the 79th minute. Miller scored his first goal in the 42nd minute to give USU a 2-1 lead before halftime.
Contact: Wade Denniston – (435) 797-1361
Thursday-Friday, September 1-2 — at the Weber State Cup, all day
• The Utah State golf team opens the fall season on Thursday and Friday, September 1 and 2 at Ogden Golf & Country Club against Weber State in a match play.
• Utah State returns five winning letters from last year’s team that placed ninth at the Mountain West championships, including second Esteban Jaramillo, who tied for ninth at the conference championships with a 212-under 4 (74-70-68).