Monday, December 1, 2008

Top Ten in WAC Action (Nov. 26-30)

Check out the latest and greatest in WAC action with our weekly Top Ten picks. We scoured and found the top ten items to highlight for the week....

10. Idaho senior punter T.J. Conley was named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team on Wednesday, Nov. 26, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Conley leads the nation in punting with a 47.4-yard average. He punted a total of 58 times for 2,751 yards this season with a long of 74. He was the only WAC player named to either the first or second team.

9. In women’s basketball news Idaho defeated Cal State Bakersfield 75-62, while New Mexico State outplayed Texas A&M Corpus Christi 74-47. Fresno State walked away with a victory over Sam Houston State (76-73) and San Jose State added another ‘W’ with a victory over Sacramento State, 49-48.

8. In their final games as USU Aggies, seniors LB Jake Hutton and DT Ben Calderwood anchored the USU defense which held NMSU to negative seven yards rushing and 156 yards of total offense. Hutton tied a game-high with 10 tackles while Calderwood only had three tackles, but they were all sacks for a total loss of 30 yards. Calderwood added a fumble recovery to boot.

7. In men’s basketball action, Idaho defeated UC Irvine101 -47, while Boise State topped Southern Utah 62-52. Utah State picked up a ‘W’ over Cal Poly with a 40 point victory, 97-57.

6. Vai Taua ran for a 22-yard touchdown with 3:15 left to cap Nevada’s 35-31 comeback victory over Louisiana Tech. Taua's rush capped a 21-0 run that washed away Louisiana Tech's 31-14 lead with 4:48 left in the third. Nevada's three-touchdown turnaround started late in the third with Colin Kaepernick's 18-yard touchdown connection with Marko Mitchell, continued with Kaepernick's 27-yard toss to Mike McCoy to start the fourth and ended with Taua's game-winner.

5. In more men’s basketball action Utah State wins its 56th –straight non-conference home game, improving to 4-0 on the season.

4. In women’s hoops action Nevada recorded their first-ever victory over a nationally-ranked opponent as they upset No. 7 Louisville in the final game of the 2008 Nugget Classic.

3. University of Hawai’i football team defeated Washington State (24-10) to secure its third straight bowl bid. Following the game, the Warrior football program accepted an invitation to the 2008 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl set for Dec. 24th

2. Both Hawai’i and New Mexico State will represent the WAC in the 2008 NCAA Volleyball Tournament. The seventh seeded Rainbow Wahine will face Belmont at 5pm on Dec. 5, in Los Angeles while the Aggies will travel to Berkeley, Calif., to take on Saint Mary’s at 6pm on Friday.

1. No. 9 Boise State finishes the regular season undefeated, 12-0.

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