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Football: Williams, Aggies stomp Rebels

staff writer

Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 12:10

USU Football vs. UNLV

A HOST OF UTAH STATE DEFENDERS drag Rebel ball carrier Marcus Sullivan to the turf in Utah State’s 35-13 win over UNLV on Saturday. The Aggie defense scored its first points of the season with a safety late in the game. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

In front of a white-clad crowd at home, the Utah State football team put a beating on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas 35-13 Saturday.


But it didn’t come without a few bumps.


“We started off with some very positive plays and we kind of shot ourselves in the foot with penalties,” sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton said. “That is something we need to work on this week and get under control. That is the biggest thing.”


The Aggies committed 123 yards worth of penalties and two turnovers in 60 minutes of football. It’s a difficult task to win a football game with that kind of a hurdle, much less win by 21. It’s a testament to the performance of the team.


Senior running back Kerwynn Williams finished with 260 all-purpose yards, 147 through the air and 113 on the ground, while Keeton threw for more than 400 yards. It’s no wonder the Rebels got trounced.


But miscues remain a concern with several high-profile games looming ahead.


Against a team such as UNLV, the Aggies were able to overcome the penalties and turnovers, but against higher-caliber teams like Louisiana Tech, San Jose State and BYU, it could do Utah State in. Back-to-back weeks against Colorado State and UNLV, the Aggies opened the second half with back-to-back turnovers.


That’s just turnovers — penalties are a whole different issue.


“We have to get rid of the unforced errors and the penalties or it will cost us a football game,” head coach Gary Andersen said.


Against the Rebels, the Aggies emotions got the better of them. USU was penalized 123 yards on nine penalties. Seven of those penalties were of the 15-yard variety. That means 103 of the 123 penalty yards came from personal fouls, pass interference and illegal blocks.


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