Utah, Utah State report card: Keeton shines in 1st half, defense weak on both sides

Published: Friday, Aug. 30 2013 12:23 a.m. MDT

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Utah: Travis Wilson was steady enough throughout the evening, going 17 of 28 for 302 yards and two touchdowns. He showed savvy in tearing down the field when his team trailed in the second half. Anthony Denham (six receptions, 113 yards) proved to be a prime target for Wilson, something the Utes sorely needed after Kenneth Scott’s early exit due to injury.

Kelvin York (10 carries, 47 yards) didn’t fare well enough to convince anyone that he should be the long-term starter. In fact, James Poole (12 carries, 47 yards) and Karl Williams (12 carries, 46 yards) got more touches. GRADE: B+

Utah State: Chuckie Keeton was hardly contained in the first half, when he threw for 202 of his 314 yards with two touchdowns. It was much the same after intermission, when Keeton’s scrambling prowess paralleled a passing groove so deep that the junior broke his own completions record, going 31 of 40. With two touchdown passes, Keeton now ranks third in USU history with 40 career tosses.

He did fumble once in the second quarter when his team was in scoring position.

Sophomore receiver Brandon Swindall became the first Aggie with multiple touchdown receptions in the same game since Matt Austin had two against New Mexico State on Dec. 3, 2011. Swindall got his in the first half — though he did fade after halftime.

Joe Hill proved valuable in his first game as a starter, rushing for 79 yards on 18 carries. GRADE: B
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