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USU football: Chuckie Keeton named College Sports Madness’ WAC Offensive Player of the Week

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, Nov. 18 2012 6:48 p.m. MST

Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton (16) carries the ball for a 76-yard touchdown against New Mexico State during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Logan, Utah.

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Utah State’s Chuckie Keeton has been named the College Sports Madness’ Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week following his performance in Utah State’s 48-41 overtime win against 19th-ranked Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

It is the third time this season Keeton has been named the College Sports Madness’ WAC Offensive Player of the Week, as he also earned the accolade after wins against UTSA and UNLV.

Against Louisiana Tech, Keeton had 461 yards of total offense with four touchdowns, two through the air and two on the ground, including a career-long 86-yard pass to senior running back Kerwynn Williams for a score on USU’s first offensive play of the game. Keeton finished the game 20-of-34 passing for 340 yards, along with a career-high 121 rushing yards on 17 carries, which ties his career-high rushing attempts.

Keeton, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound sophomore quarterback from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS), set single-season school records for touchdown passes (25) and total offense (3,538) in the game. It was also the third-straight 300-yard passing game for Keeton, while his 121 yards on the ground ties the USU single-game school record for rushing yards by a quarterback.

On the season, Keeton ranks second in the WAC and 11th in the nation in total offense (321.6 ypg), second in the WAC and 13th in the nation in passing efficiency (159.1), third in the WAC and 25th in the nation in passing (273.3 ypg), and seventh in the WAC in rushing (47.9 ypg).

Keeton is 237-of-351 passing on the year for 3,011 yards with 25 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He has also carried the ball 113 times for 527 yards with six touchdowns.

Utah State (9-2, 5-0 WAC), who is ranked tied for 25th in the nation in this week’s Associated Press Poll, is off to its best start to a season since the 1961 team finished the year with a 9-1-1 record. USU's nine wins thus far this year are tied with the 1960 and 1961 USU teams for the most victories in a single season in school history.

Utah State also claimed a share of its first-ever Western Athletic Conference Championship with its win at nationally ranked Louisiana Tech.

For USU football ticket information, contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or call 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305. Tickets can also be purchased online.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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