USU football: USU routs UNLV, 35-13, Saturday for Homecoming victory
UNLV countered on its ensuing drive, on the 3-yard TD toss from Sherry to Johnson with 10:45 on the clock, for the Aggies' first TD yielded in the first half and a 7-3 Rebels' lead, only the second time this season that USU has trailed.
The Aggies responded by marching down the field, with Keeton capping the drive with a 1-yard toss to junior tight end D.J. Tialavea in the back corner of the end zone and Thompson's PAT made it 10-7 Aggies with 7:24 until half. After the USU defense forced a three-and-out, the home team took over at midfield and on the second play, Keeton hit Jacobs down the middle for a 50-yard catch and run to the end zone play for a 17-7 lead.
With 31 ticks on the clock, USU took over at its own 18 and four plays later, Thompson split the uprights from 31-yards out as time expired in the half, making the scoreboard read 20-7 in the Aggies' favor to start the halftime festivities.
The Aggies fumbled on their first play in the second half at their own 22, but the USU defense held strong, forcing a UNLV field goal for a 20-10 deficit with 12:44 to go in the third quarter. The Rebels were also the next team to score, with Nolan Kohorst drilling his second field goal of the game, cutting the USU gap to 20-13 with 1:21 left in the frame.
Just like they opened the second quarter, the Aggies started the fourth quarter scoring on Williams' 74-yard scoring pass play from Keeton. On USU's next possession, Keeton hit Jacobs across the middle in the end zone for a 17-yard toucheown toss to put the Aggies ahead, 33-13 with 10:47 remaining in the game. Fackrell and Doughty's safety capped the scored with 5:10 to go.
Utah State has a short week, as the Aggies head south to Provo, Utah, to take on in-state foe BYU on Friday, Oct. 4 at 8:15 p.m. in a nationally televised game on ESPN.
USU continues action on the road, opening up Western Athletic Conference play at San Jose State on Saturday, Oct. 13 before returning home to host New Mexico State on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.
Utah State football tickets are available by contacting the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.
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