Utah State went on the road over the weekend to San Jose State for their second Mountain West encounter of the year. We saw the Chuckie Keeton we know and love again, after a rough outing against a very good USC defense. Keeton threw for 260 yards and 3 touchdowns, along with rushing for 52 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Keeton now has 17 touchdowns to 1 interception with 1362 yards on the year. Comparing that to Heisman hopefuls like Tajh Boyd who has 9 touchdowns and 994 yards, Aaron Murry with 11 touchdowns, 3 interceptions and 1338 yards and Johnny Manziel with 14 touchdowns 4 interceptions and 1489 yards through the air. Let me tell you right now if USU can pull 9 more points out of somewhere between the Utah game and the USC game, Chuckie Keeton might be the number one candidate for the Heisman in the country. That set aside though football is not an individual sport; it is a team sports (besides the Heisman).
Utah State went on the road and laid a beat down on San Jose State, outscoring the Spartans 40 to 12. The biggest take away from this game was that of the secondary. They went up against David Fales whom a lot of people have as a possible pro prospect for the spring. Now San Jose did play without their best offensive weapon in Noel Grigsby who was the FCS reception leader. That aside though Utah State was able to come up with 3 interceptions on the night coming from Maurice Alexander, Nevin Lawson and Jeremy Morris and held held False to a quarterback rating of 38.1 on the night. Also, Kyler Fackrell together with Zack Vigil lead the Aggies with 11 tackles apiece between the two of them. Along with a great game from Chuckie Keeton the Aggies amassed 120 yards on the ground with the help of Joey DeMartino who had his best game of the season.
This week the Aggies will yet again get a great test of what they are capable of going up against the Cougars of BYU. The Cougars are 4th in the nation in rushing averaging 307.3 yards on the ground, and are 27th in the country for points against with 17.5. The Aggies are 23rd in the country for scoring averaging 40.4 points a game. The Cougars are coming of a win against Middle Tennessee State after losing to the Utes 20-13 the previously week.