Scores

Final

Utah State 52

(1-1, 1-0 MW)

Air Force 20

(1-1, 0-1 MW)

Coverage: CBS Sports Network

3:30 PM ET, September 7, 2013

Falcon Stadium, Usaf Academy, CO

1 2 3 4 T
USU 14 10 21 752
AFA 6 7 0 720

Top Performers

Passing: C. Keeton (USU) - 360 YDS, 5 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Awini (AFA) - 11 CAR, 48 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Van Leeuwen (USU) - 6 REC, 70 YDS, 1 TD

Keeton bombards Air Force, leads Utah St. 52-20

Associated Press

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Chuckie Keeton matched his own school record by throwing for five touchdowns, including three in the third quarter, and Utah State routed Air Force 52-20 Saturday to give Aggies coach Matt Wells his first win in the school's Mountain West Conference debut.

Keeton completed 32 of 40 for 360 yards passing, the fifth time in seven games he has thrown for at least 300 yards dating to last season. Keeton also threw for five touchdowns as a freshman in a 63-19 win over Wyoming in 2011.

Each of Keeton's scoring passes went to a different receiver. He started by completing a 30-yard touchdown to Travis Van Leeuwen. He then added a 23-yarder to Ronald Butler, 20-yarder to Joe Hill, 36-yarder to Travis Reynolds and finally a 1-yard scoring pass to Keega Andersen.

Joe Hill and Joey DeMartino each added short touchdown runs for Utah State (1-1, 1-0 Mountain West), which made the move to the new conference from the Western Athletic Conference.

Jaleel Awini had a rough outing in his first career start at quarterback for Air Force (1-1, 0-1).

Playing in place of injured Kale Pearson (knee), Awini fumbled on his first play from scrimmage and finished 4 of 12 for 61 yards. Awini had a 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and with Air Force down by 32 points late in the third quarter, was replaced by Karson Roberts.

Leading 24-13 at halftime, Utah State's Keeton opened the third quarter by guiding the Aggies on an 89-yard touchdown drive, finishing it off with the scoring pass to a wide-open Butler.

Trying to quickly get back in the game on its ensuing possession, Air Force faked a punt on a fourth-and-3 play from its own 32-yard line. But the scheme backfired. Punter David Baska was run out of bounds for no gain, and moments later, Keeton threw his third touchdown pass of the day, this one to Hill, and Utah State had pulled out to a 38-13 lead.

Before the end of the third, Keeton had teamed up with Reynolds on his fourth touchdown pass and hooked up for a final one with Andersen early in the fourth quarter before being given the rest of the game off.

Roberts threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Jale Robinette midway through the final quarter for Air Force. Will Conant had field goals of 33 and 34 yards for the Falcons.

Nick Diaz kicked a 41-yard field goal for Utah State just before halftime.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USU
AFA
1st Downs3216
Total Yards577270
Passing360108
Rushing217162
Penalties8-707-43
3rd Down Conversions11-152-15
4th Down Conversions1-13-4
Turnovers21
Possession32:0327:57

Passing Leaders

Utah StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keeton32/403609.051
Air ForceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Awini4/12615.100

Rushing Leaders

Utah StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Keeton8779.6030
Marshall13493.809
Air ForceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Awini11484.417
Hart7243.4011

Receiving Leaders

Utah StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Van Leeuwen67011.7130
Swindall56312.6024
Air ForceRECYDSAVGTDLG
MacArthur34916.3034
Robinette13737.0137

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSUAFA
TD12:50Travis Van Leeuwen 30 Yd Pass From Chuckie Keeton (Nick Diaz Kick) 70
TD11:17Joe Hill 1 Yd Run (Nick Diaz Kick) 140
FG08:07Will Conant 33 Yd 143
FG03:19Will Conant 34 Yd 146
SECOND QUARTERUSUAFA
TD09:16Joey DeMartino 2 Yd Run (Nick Diaz Kick) 216
TD03:20Jaleel Awini 3 Yd Run (Will Conant Kick) 2113
FG00:12Nick Diaz 41 Yd 2413
THIRD QUARTERUSUAFA
TD09:44Ronald Butler 23 Yd Pass From Chuckie Keeton (Nick Diaz Kick) 3113
TD06:38Joe Hill 20 Yd Pass From Chuckie Keeton (Nick Diaz Kick) 3813
TD02:56Travis Reynolds 36 Yd Pass From Chuckie Keeton (Nick Diaz Kick) 4513
FOURTH QUARTERUSUAFA
TD11:53Keegan Andersen 1 Yd Pass From Chuckie Keeton (Nick Diaz Kick) 5213
TD08:04Jale Robinette 37 Yd Pass From Karson Roberts (Briceton Cannada Kick) 5220