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USU-BYU report card: Aggies struggle without Chuckie Keeton while BYU's Taysom Hill shines

Published: Wednesday, July 29 2015 8:00 a.m. MDT

Utah State Aggies quarterback Chuckie Keeton (16) walks back to the locker room after an injury in the first half against BYU at Romney Stadium on Friday, October 4, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News) Utah State Aggies quarterback Chuckie Keeton (16) walks back to the locker room after an injury in the first half against BYU at Romney Stadium on Friday, October 4, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Perhaps Adam Kennedy left too soon.

In 2011, the former Utah State quarterback relieved an injured Chuckie Keeton and led the Aggies to a bowl game. Keeton took back the starting job last season — but Friday night, he left USU’s game against BYU in the first quarter, remaining on crutches the rest of the way.

With backup Craig Harrison, the Aggies were unable to generate firepower, losing to the Cougars 31-14. BYU beat USU for the third straight season and 12th time in the past 14 contests. The Aggies’ nine-game home winning streak also came to an end. USU suffered its worst loss since a 50-14 decision to Boise State on Dec. 4, 2010.

Here's how the Cougars and Aggies graded out Friday night.

Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (4) flips a pass against USU during NCAA football game in Logan Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. BYU won 31-14. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (4) flips a pass against USU during NCAA football game in Logan Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. BYU won 31-14. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Rhett Wilkinson is a project manager for UtahPolicy.com and hails the true-blooded Aggies from Utah. The co-founder of magazine Aggie BluePrint.com, he's been an intern for the Deseret News and other publications. rhett.wilkinson@usu.edu | @wilklogan

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