<strong>SAN ANTONIO—</strong> Playing his first game in his home state as a collegiate player, Chuckie Keeton looked right at home as he threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns as Utah State blasted the University of Texas-San Antonio, 48-17.
Keeton did most of his damage in the first half where the Aggies rolled out to a 27-3 halftime lead. Keeton completed 18-of-25 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns in the first 30 minutes of action.
Utah State’s defense was equally impressive, shutting down the Roadrunners offense for the most part, causing multiple three-and-outs, and even blocking a punt. The blocked punt came on the first UTSA possession, and set the Aggie offense up inside the Roadrunners 10 yard line.
Following the block, Keeton connected with Kellen Bartlett from two yards out on the second play from scrimmage to put USU on the board.
After another quick defensive stop, the Aggies quickly moved down into UTSA territory again. However, a tipped ball intended for Devonta Glover-Wright at the goal line was intercepted by Triston Wade.
That turnover led to a UTSA field goal, and that’s where things would stay for the first quarter with USU leading only by four, 7-3.
That’s about as good as things would get for the Roadrunners.
Utah State exploded in the second quarter with 20 points as Kerwynn Williams scored the first of his two rushing touchdowns on a 1-yard plunge on fourth down. A few minutes later, Cam Webb scored his first TD of the season on a 29-yard catch and run. Nick Diaz also added two field goals.
The Aggies kept the foot on the gas in the third quarter as USU started with the ball. Williams broke loose on the first play for a 68-yard gain down inside the UTSA five yard line. Two plays later, he took it in. Following that score, Williams took the rest of the game off.
His absence didn’t slow the Aggie offense down. USU got the ball right back when Ryan Polite threw his second pick of the game and Kyler Fackrell recorded his second INT of the season for the Aggies.
Fully back from injury, Joe Hill took over and scored from 1-yard out on third down. That score gave Utah State its biggest lead of the game at 41-3 with 11:14 still remaining in the third quarter.
The Roadrunners were able to find some success in the second half as Evans Okotcha scored on an 8-yard run and Cole Hicks 23-yard TD score. Hicks reception in the end zone came during a battle with USU corner Willie Davie who was trying to record his second pick of the day.
Along with his rushing score, Hill also had a receiving touchdown as he hauled in a 16-yard score on a wheel route out of the backfield. That finished off the scoring for the Aggies, though USU could have added more but elected to kneel the ball inside the UTSA five yard line and turn it over on downs with just seconds left.
Utah State (7-2) is now off to its best start since 1978, and will return home next week to host Texas State. Following that game, USU will have its bye week before its big showdown with Louisiana Tech.