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Sunday, Sep. 30, 2012

Utah State Aggies End 12-Game Losing Skid to Utah Utes with 27-20 Overtime Victory– Deseret News, Sept. 7

Utah State renewed its rivalry with Utah in a big way Friday night at Romney Stadium. The Aggies defeated the Utes 27-20 in overtime — ending a 12-game skid in a long-running series fresh off a two-year hiatus.

"It's a huge victory for Utah State," said USU coach Gary Andersen, who considered it a group effort. "...It's a huge win for the program and it's something we've had our eyes set on for a long, long time."

Indeed. It was USU's first win over Utah since a 21-14 decision in 1997, which also marked the last time the Aggies opened a season 2-0.

"They outcoached us — both sides of the ball (and) special teams," said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. "They played harder than we did."

Wisconsin Rallies to Top Utah State 16-14 – Chicago Tribune, Sept. 16

Utah State's Josh Thompson missed his first field-goal attempt of the season with less than :10 seconds remaining as No. 16 Wisconsin rallied from a double-digit deficit to defeat the upset-minded Aggies 16-14.

Kenzel Doe returned a punt for a touchdown and Montee Ball added the go-ahead touchdown as the host Badgers (2-1) won their 18th straight home game.

Wisconsin, which attempted just 16 passes, concentrated primarily on the running game after benching quarterback Danny O’Brien as Ball logged 37 carries – one short of a matching a career high – for 139 yards.

After Ball broke loose for a 17-yard TD run midway through the third quarter, neither team could mount much offense until the Aggies (2-1) forced a punt from Wisconsin with just more than two minutes remaining.

Utah State managed to drive the ball 49 yards in 10 plays to set Thompson up for the game-winning field goal, but he pushed his 37-yard attempt to the right in the final seconds.

USU Student Swims Across English Channel – KUTV 2, Sept. 17

A USU student has done something no other woman from Utah has ever done before. 

A little more than 2 years ago, Joelle Beard set a goal to swim across the English Channel – and with a lot of drive and determination, she did just that. 

Beard finished the swim in 12 hours and 17 minutes, faster than the average of 14 hours.

At 4-feet-10-inches tall, Beard struggled to make her mark on her high school swim team. 

“What else can I do that’s great, that’s not breaking a school record?” she said, “so I thought, they say swimming the English Channel is a big thing, so I guess I’ll do that.”

She set her goal more than two years ago – and has been putting in long hours both in the pool and at Bear Lake and Willard Bay. However, her training did not brace her for the cold of the English Channel – where water temperatures are below 62 degrees.

Utah State Dragster Runs on Cheese Waste Biofuel – NBC News, Sept. 25

A dragster powered by biofuel brewed from cheese-making waste has set a blistering land-speed record for a one liter, two cylinder engine of 64.4 miles per hour. 

“That, in that class, is fast,” Lance Seefeldt, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Utah State University, told NBC News on Tuesday.

Since no record existed for that size engine prior to Seefeldt's cruise down the Bonneville Salt Flats earlier this month, the the professor and his colleague first set the  record with petroleum-derived diesel.

“Then we backed it up with the biodiesel we made from the waste cheese process,” Seefeldt said. 

The waste is sugars that a yeast strain converts into oils that are then developed into biodiesel with a patent-pending procedure, he explained.

Natural Resources College at USU Announces New Name, $10M Donation from Quinney Foundation – Deseret News, Aug. 26

Once at risk for a closure or merger, Utah State University's College of Natural Resources was placed on firm footing Wednesday with the announcement of a new name and a $10 million donation by the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation.

USU President Stan Albrecht said that after years of budget cuts following the recession, a merger of the natural resources degree programs with another college was one of several cost-saving options examined by his administration. But he said it was an option that he particularly disliked.

"Of all the proposals that came forward, that is the one I had the most angst about," Albrecht said.

Instead, university officials are celebrating a new chapter for natural resources programs at USU, which include the departments of wildland resources, watershed sciences and environment and society.

The newly-named S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources is the fourth "named" college at USU and one of only a few named colleges of natural resources in the country, said interim dean Chris Luecke.

(Deseret News, 09/07/2012)
(Chicago Tribune, 09/16/2012)
(KUTV 2, 09/17/2012)
(NBC News, 09/25/2012)
(Deseret News, 09/26/2012)
(PR & Marketing, 09/30/2012)

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