Utah State report card: Aggies come up short — again — against BCS road opponent

Published: Saturday, Sept. 21 2013 7:29 p.m. MDT

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In a battle between the eighth-best scoring offense and eighth-best scoring defense, the latter prevailed.

Chuckie Keeton (21 of 39, 179 yards, two touchdowns) and other offensive players often looked frustrated and/or confused. Several plays fizzled, with Keeton’s passes going one way and the intended receiver going the other. With an ambiguity as to when and how many it would be rushing at Keeton, USC’s defense proved difficult to navigate. The Aggies had to punt on six of seven possessions entering the fourth quarter.

A 55-yard run by Joey DeMartino (nine carries, 72 yards) set up a second-quarter touchdown, but overall, USU couldn’t establish a ground game because Keeton was so often hurried. Utah State gained 106 yards on 27 carries.

A first-down conversion on fourth-and-inches was the brightest USU highlight in the final stanza. But seconds later Keeton came up several yards short running the ball on fourth down, one of the few times all day where he earnestly took off to try and make the Trojans respect his legs.

In bottling a Heisman candidate, the USC defense proved stout.

Offense: C
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West Valley, UT

I think USU defense did pretty good against USC, since USC had great field advantage during the whole game. USU punter is at fault and the offense by not moving the ball. I know USC offense was not playing that good, but still to hold USC from scoring more than two touchdowns with their field advantage means the defense did pretty good, or USC offense is really bad. But USU has an overall defense ranking of 13th in the nation.

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