DeMartino’s big day leads USU past New Mexico
Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 00:10
Running back Joey DeMartino’s career night highlighted a blowout win for the Utah State football team against New Mexico, 45-10 Saturday in Albuquerque. The senior scored four touchdowns in the win.
"First of all, I thought it was a tremendous team effort by all three sides,” said USU head coach Matt Wells. “We had big plays in the kicking game and almost had another one. I thought the defense shut the run game down and were dominant. We ran the ball. That's what we said before the game, the front seven on both sides of the ball had to play well.”
DeMartino scored three times on the ground and added a fourth through the air and scored on his first touch, going eight yards on USU’s first offensive play for a 7-0 lead.
Five minutes later DeMartino scored on a 21-yard reception from freshman quarterback Darell Garretson. After the Lobos got on the board with a field goal in the second quarter, DeMartino answered with two carries for 74 yards and a touchdown to give the Aggies a 24-3 lead.
The San Diego native finished with 144 yards on 12 carries.
Lost in DeMartino’s big night was the performance of Garretson, who made his first start at quarterback. The true freshman went 15-of-23 for 144 yards and one touchdown.
“I thought that Darell played really efficient, spread the ball around, was stingy with the ball and went through his reads. I thought he did well," Wells said.
Special teams also played a big role for the Aggies, who got two touchdowns on a 65-yard punt return by Bruce Natson and a 72-yard run from punter Jaron Bentrude.