LOGAN Matt Asiata scored three touchdowns rushing and Brian Johnson threw for two more and No. 22 Utah defeated Utah State 58-10 on Saturday night.
After a lackluster second half in their win at Michigan and a sputtering first half last week against UNLV, the Utes were looking for a quality performance from start to finish.
The Utes (3-0) overcame mistakes early in each half to dominate their neighbors to the north and claim their 11th consecutive victory in the series.
The Utes overcame mistakes early in each half to dominate their neighbors to the north and claim their 11th consecutive victory in the series. Utah's 58 points was the most they have scored since twice racking up 63 points in their undefeated 2004 BCS-busting campaign.
Johnson completed 22 of 31 passes for 204 yards before sitting out most of the fourth quarter as the Utes combined an effective rushing attack with a short passing game to wear down the overmatched Aggies (0-3).
The Utes outgained Utah State 445-116 and nearly doubled their opponents in time of possession. While three rushers gained more than 50 yards for Utah, led by Darrell Mack s 75 yards, the Aggies didn t surpass 100 yards of total offense until the final three minutes.
After the game, demoralized Aggies left their home field quickly while the Utes lingered to pay tribute to their fans, who made the 67-mile drive north and red shirts comprised nearly half the crowd of 19,061.
Utah State's Sean Setzer threw a touchdown pass on a fade route to Otis Nelson, four plays after Geno Odong recovered a muffed punt return by John Peel on Utah's 24.
On Utah's first offensive possession, Asiata took a direct snap on fourth down and twisted his way 4 yards into the end zone to knot the game 7-7.
Louie Sakoda kicked a 48-yard field goal on the Utes' next drive. On the ensuing kickoff, Trevor Moss stripped returner Curtis Marsh. Utah's Elijah Wesson picked up the fumble and ran 20 yards for a touchdown and the rout was on.
Because of a sack and forced fumble by Paul Kruger, one of his four quarterback drops in the game, Sakoda hit two more field goals in a 1:30 span early in the second quarter.
Sakoda, who is also Utah s punter, faked a punt and threw a 9-yard pass to R.J. Stanford to keep a drive alive and set up a Johnson-to-Freddie Brown 10-yard touchdown reception.
On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Utah State's Paul Igboeli intercepted Johnson's underthrown out route, which led to Peter Caldwell's 20-yard field goal. But the Aggies could never sustain any drives and had just eight first down compared to the Utes 29.
Johnson threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Colt Sampson and Asiata scored twice more on direct snaps in an empty backfield in the second half.
Utah State has lost 21 straight against ranked opponents and has only won once in 47 games against Top 25 foes.