Recap: Utah State 52, Air Force 20
Utah State 52, Air Force 20: Chuckie Keeton passed for 360 yards and five touchdowns as the Aggies made their Mountain West Conference debut a memorable one with a rout of the host Falcons.
Utah State (1-1, 1-0) outgained the Air Force, 577-270, including an edge of 252 yards through the air. Ten different Aggies caught passes, led by Travis Van Leeuwen, who had six receptions for 70 yards and a score.
The Falcons (1-1, 0-1) tried three different quarterbacks against the Aggies' defense, with none having much success. Air Force finished 6-of-18 through the air for 108 yards.
The game was somewhat close throughout the first half, even after Utah State jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead on Keeton's 30-yard touchdown strike to Van Leeuwen and Joe Hill's 1-yard run. A pair of field goals and Jaleel Awini's 3-yard touchdown run pulled the Falcons within 21-13 in the second, and Air Force trailed by just 11 at halftime.
But the second half belonged to the Aggies, with Keeton throwing three touchdowns in the third quarter to open up a 45-13 advantage. Keeton connected with Keegan Andersen from 1 yard out early in the fourth to put the game away.