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Utah State football: Aggies feeling optimistic after big win
College football » Victory over Air Force is tonic for loss to Utah.
First Published Sep 08 2013 07:10 pm • Last Updated Sep 12 2013 06:39 pm

With a win this week, it seems the Aggies can finally put two games behind them.

Utah State was focused on Air Force coming into Saturday, but there was no doubt a loss to Utah the week before helped drive them.

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"It definitely gave us a lot of motivation," quarterback Chuckie Keeton said. "We tried to take it out a little bit on them."

After a 52-20 thrashing of the Falcons, the Aggies have their first win of the season, and a 1-0 start in Mountain West play. Coach Matt Wells has his first career win as a head coach. After a season-opening disappointment to the Utes, Utah State is once again back on track for a season the Aggies hope can net them another conference championship.

It’s a moment to collectively exhale.

That might also sum up Utah State’s next week as the team takes on Weber State. The Wildcats were stomped by Utah on Saturday,, 70-7, while allowing 628 yards of offense in a game that was all but over by halftime.

Opponent aside, the Aggies were feeling good about the rest of the season after topping the Falcons. Utah State now sits at 24th nationally in total offense, and the defense looked improved in a strong second half against Air Force.

Keeton is playing even better than last season through two games, ranked at No. 3 nationally in total offense while scoring eight total touchdowns to start the season.

"Lots of good feelings all the way around," Wells said. "We’re always about team, it’s not just about me it’s all of our guys. I’m happy with all three phases."

The Aggies will look for another decisive win ahead of two big road games on its schedule: USC and San Jose State. Weber State will be the team’s home opener, but also the last home game before facing back-to-back games against BYU and Boise State to begin October.


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So while Weber may be far from Utah State’s toughest opponent this year, the Aggies will need to take care of business and stay healthy heading into their toughest stretch.

kgoon@sltrib.com

Twitter: @kylegoon



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