BYU, USU football: Breaking down the Aggie offense vs. the Cougar defense

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2 2013 3:30 p.m. MDT

Brandon Gurney, who covers BYU, and Kraig Williams, who covers Utah State, break down the matchups when Utah State has the football this Friday. This is the first part of a two-part preview.

Overview of Utah State rushing

By Williams

Utah State has gotten the rep of a run-heavy school after sending Robert Turbin, Michael Smith and Kerwynn Williams to the NFL the last two years. This year the Aggies have been good but not great on the ground, averaging just over 200 yards a game on the ground. Junior Joe Hill was pegged to be the guy in the preseason but has been battling through injuries early in the season and has yet to hit full stride. He is currently day-to-day and a question mark against BYU.

Joey DeMartino has stepped into the void and preformed pretty well. In his last three games, DeMartino has racked up 34 carries for 297 yards (8.7 yards per carry). DeMartino might not have the same game-breaking speed that Hill posseses, but has been able to break off his fair share of big plays.

After Hill and DeMartino, the Aggies' third leading rusher is quarterback Chuckie Keeton. The junior signal caller is always a threat on the read option and is equally capable of turning a broken passing play into a long run if the defense doesn’t keep containment.

Email: bgurney@desnews.comTwitter: @BrandonCGurney, @KraigW

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Gorum The Old
Madison, AL

The auther seems to have a serious misconception of BYU's ability to deal with running QBs. Let me put down some numbers to enlighten him:

Against Teams not named BYU, David Ash is averaging 7.9 ypc. Against BYU he averaged 2.1.
Against Teams not named BYU, Travis Wilson is averaging 10.2 ypc. Against BYU he averaged 0.9.

Keaton will doubtless have at least some success moving the ball through the air, but he isn't going to get much on the ground against these Cougars.

Woods Cross, UT

It will be a tight game with both sides really battling for every yard. BYU's defense will play Keeton nearly as tough as USC's defense did. But Keeton and company will see the end zone several times. They are good. The bottom line is this: IF BYU is able to move the ball effectively and not stall or fumble in the "blue zone," and put 28 points on the board, they will win this one. If they don't score effectively, this one could easily go to the Aggies.

Either way, it is fun to have an in-state rivalry game without the bitterness and hate that the "Holy War" entails. Enjoy this one!

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