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USU wins whiteout

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Published: Sunday, September 30, 2012

Updated: Sunday, September 30, 2012 17:09

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USU fans cheer during the Homecoming game against UNLV. Coach Andersen asked fans to wear all white for the Sept. 29 game. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

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Aggie Football players tackle a UNLV ball carrier during the Homecoming game Sept. 29, 2012 at Romney Stadium. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

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Joe Hill breaks a long run after a pass during the Homecoming game against UNLV on Sept. 29 at Romney Stadium. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo


Running back Kerwynn Williams had 260 yards of total offense as Utah State rolled over UNLV 35-13 in front of a nearly-sold out crowd at Romney Stadium on Saturday.

Williams, a Las Vegas native, had the most receiving yards by an Aggie non-receiver since 1959 against his hometown team.

“I feel like if it were any other team I would have come out with the same intensity,” Williams said. “That didn’t add anything to it, but I am excited to play and for the way it turned out tonight, just to go out there and get the victory.”

The senior was also the first player since Robert Turbin in 2009 to have 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game with 20 carries for 113 yards and seven receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown.

Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton also had a career-high 402 yards for four scores through the air.

“Our offensive line had an amazing game today. They gave me a lot of time to just stand back there and throw and opened up some huge holes for Kerwynn,” Keeton said. “They’re really the heroes of this game, the O-line.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Utah State’s first of the season, Aggie kicker Josh Thompson hit a 32-yard field goal to go up by three.

“We kind of shot ourselves in the foot when it comes to penalties,” Keeton said. “It definitely killed us. We had 33 plays in the first three series and we only came out with three points. That is definitely due to penalties.”

Utah State was flagged nine times for 123 yards in the game.

UNLV’s only touchdown --- and only lead --- came on a 3-yard pass from freshman quarterback Nick Sherry to junior tight end Max Johnson with 10:45 left to play in the half.

Then Utah State turned on the scoring switch and put up 17-straight points, the final three from a 31-yard field goal as time expired to make it 20-7, capping off an six-play, 82-yard drive spawned by an interception from senior cornerback Terrance Alston.

“It’s kind of just a gut call,” Andersen said about the decision to drive with 31 seconds left instead of kneeling to end the first half. “I feel like we had a bit of flow on the offensive side of the ball and we were able to make a play and then make another play.”

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