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Arguably, the best team in the state of Utah is not a private school with the letter "Y" on its helmets. It is not even a Pac-12 team in its second year in the conference. Rather, the best team's lead athletes are a sophomore quarterback and a senior running back. The Aggies of Utah State now have an 8-2 record (4-0 WAC) after dominating the Bobcats of Texas State, 38-7, Saturday afternoon.
The Aggies did everything right on the field, and lowly Texas State did everything wrong. But with a decisive victory over the Bobcats, USU now looks forward to facing nationally ranked Louisiana Tech in a showdown to likely decide the WAC title. Although it probably won't be as decisive of a decision as this game was, the Aggies made a statement this week and sent it express mail to the Bulldogs.
So what did the statement say exactly? Actions speak louder than words and this is what USU did to Texas State:
Chuckie Keeton followed up his three touchdown game last week with four touchdowns in the first half of the game this week. Keeton also completed over 80 percent of his passes in the first half as well. By the end of the game, Keeton had four touchdowns, 316 passing yards, and completed 76 percent of his passes. Keeton now has a season QB rating of 154.3, 20th in the nation. Unfortunately, his grade dropped slightly because of two picks in the second half.
Running Back: A
Kerwynn Williams had another game with over 100 yards rushing, his fourth of the season. He ended the game (at the end of the third quarter) with 120 yards on 19 carries, averaging 6.1 yards a carry. Although he didn't have a touchdown in the game, Williams set up opportunities for both Keeton, Nick Diaz, and the rest of his team to get on the board.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: A
Keeton distributed the ball generously throughout the game, but targeted one of his many targets multiple times, Matt Austin. Austin has 124 yards on four catches. He also caught a touchdown, joining the other receivers that caught for touchdowns (Bruce Natson, Kelle Bartlett and Travi Reynolds). Chuck Jacobs had a great receiving game as well — 70 yards on just two catches.
Offensive Line: A+
The offensive line did a great job protecting its quarterback as well as its running back. Keeton was not sacked once, although he did throw two interceptions. Williams ran for 120 yards and Keeton also ran for 48 yards of his own with a touchdown. Texas State was not getting in that backfield.
Even when they took the ball away from Keeton and Williams in the fourth (taking them out early) the Aggies continued to drive the ball down the field rather effectively. But overall, the USU offense was on fire on Saturday, at least for the first half. Although it only scored three points in the second half compared to its 35 in the first, Utah State moved the ball constantly and consistently to take advantage of a bad defense in Texas State.
Defensive Line: A
It put the pressure on Texas State's quarterback throughout the game, including three sacks for a loss of 27 yards. The running game couldn't find enough holes to break through, aside from a 3-yard rush for the touchdown by running back Marcus Curry.
Great coverage all throughout the game, limiting Texas State to only 76 yards in the air. There was also a very impressive interception in the end zone by cornerback Will Davis in the first quarter. It was the only interception for USU but one that shifted momentum the rest of the game.
This entire season, USU has always had second-half woes. Although they only allowed seven points in the second half, it was on the eve of playing Louisiana Tech, something the Bulldogs can exploit in two weeks. Overall though, the Aggies did really well holding the Texas State offense to a total of 157 all-purpose yards.
Special Teams: A
Another decent game by the special teams. Senior punter Tyler Bennett had another impressive outing, only punting once, but it was for 57 yards. Nick Diaz was 1-2 on field goal attempts, nailing a 48-yard field goal but barely missing a 50-yarder. Overall, USU's special teams did what it needed to get the victory.
Utah State has a bye-week next week but will then travel to Ruston, La. to take on Louisiana Tech in a battle for the Western Athletic Conference title.
Alex Rivera is the assistant sports editor of the UVU Review. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his Twitter account @A_River_Uh.