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Utah State routs Wyoming 35-7, advances to MW title game

Published November 30, 2013 12:12 pm

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Logan • Utah State will play for the Mountain West football championship, thanks to a 35-7 victory over Wyoming on Saturday at Romney Stadium.

The Aggies will visit Fresno State in the title game next Saturday to complete their first season of MW competition.

USU finished the regular season 8-4 overall and 7-1 in the conference, winning the Mountain Division title. Wyoming went 5-7, 3-5.

The Aggie defense extended its scoreless streak to seven quarters before the Cowboys struck with a 60-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter.

USU's defense and special teams set up or scored three of the Aggies' first four touchdowns.

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USU linebacker Jake Doughty's diving interception at the Wyoming 27-yard line led to the Aggies' first touchdown, with tight end Wyatt Houston making a diving catch of Darell Garretson's pass.

JoJo Natson pushed the Aggies' lead to 14-0 with a 64-yard punt return in the second quarter. And with 53 seconds remaining in the half, Joey DeMartino capped a long drive with a 1-yard run to make it 21-0.

In the third quarter, Garretson tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Natson after Wyoming muffed a punt. Garretson added another 6-yarder to Brandon Swindall later in the third period.

This is the third consecutive Thanksgiving weekend that USU has had something celebrate. The Aggies beat Nevada in 2011 to become bowl-eligible for the first time in 14 years and beat Idaho last November to win an outright Western Athletic Conference title.

The Aggies honored 22 seniors in a pregame ceremony.