The Daily Aggie :: 10/23/10

The Aggie football team takes the field today in Moscow, Idaho as they try to win in Moscow for the first time since a 35-31 victory in 2002. Since the year 2000 all of the games have been decided by 15 points or less and seven of the meetings have been decided by eight points or less.

The Idaho offense has been consistently good for the Vandals this season. They're averaging 32.2 points per game and are allowing 23.7 points per game and just 6.7 points per game in their three victories this season.

The Aggie defense will need a strong effort today as Idaho is 4th in the WAC averaging 437.8 yards per game and are second in the league in passing yards per game at 348.3 behind only a resurgent Hawai'i pass game. The Aggies actually average more yards per game on the ground (121 YPG) than the Vandals do (89.5 YPG) and Idaho is allowing 169.3 yards per game on the ground this season.

The Aggie ground game started to get going last week with both Seth Smith and Kenny Turner both rushing for a combined 170 yards.

Also look for Matt Christian to try to get the ball into Taveon Rogers' and Marcus Allen's hands more this week as Coach Walker noted in this week's interview that the offense has to try to find a way to get their playmakers the ball more.

If the defense can have a strong performance like they did against New Mexico and like they did in the second half against Fresno State this will be a very winnable game for the Aggies. However, if they give up big plays like they did against Fresno State in the first half and in their other losses, it will be a long day for the Aggies.

Today's game is scheduled for a 3:00 p.m. MT kickoff and the game will be aired on AggieVision as well as streamed online via Additionally, radio coverage will be available and streaming audio will also be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie volleyball team continues their road trip as they face Utah State tonight at 8:30 p.m. MT. The Aggies and Aggies are doing battle for the first time this season. Utah State is off to their fourth best start in program history at 15-5, however, they are just 3-4 in conference play. Utah State is led by Liz McArthur who is averaging 4.31 kills per set on the season and is hitting .243. Josselyn White and Shay Sorensen are averaging 2.34 and 2.22 kills per set and Sorensen his hitting .254 on the season.

Utah State is another team that has good floor defense. They're averaging 13.65 digs per set and are led by Christine Morrill who is averaging 4.53 digs per set. Morrill became Utah State's all-time digs leader last week. Utah State is also a good blocking team averaging 2.76 blocks per set with Shantell Durrant averaging 1.36 blocks per set and Katie Astle averaging 1.10 blocks per set.

Tonight's match is scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. MT first serve and can be heard on the radio on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required). Live Stats will also be available via the Utah State athletic website.

On to today's links...

Aggie Football
Josh Wright of the Spokesman Review writes that Idaho is happy to be back home.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News writes that the Aggies need to be aware of Idaho's big play ability.

The Idaho athletic website previews this week's game.

Aggie Swimming and Diving
The NM State athletic website recaps the Aggies' season opener.

Aggie Volleyball
The Utah State athletic website previews tonight's match.

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