Offensive first half leads Aggies past Wildcats in homecoming game

LOGAN – Playing in front of a (near) sellout crowd for Homecoming, the Utah State football team put on a clinic for fans in a 70-6 win over Weber State on Saturday at Romney Stadium.

Chuckie Keeton threw five first half touchdown passes to four different receivers, and the USU defense allowed just one Weber State first down in the game’s first 30 minutes.

Keeton and the offense scored seven touchdowns on eight first half drives, with the lone drive being ended by the clock at the half.

DJ Tialavea got the scoring started for the Aggies, capping a 6-play, 60-yard drive that was highlighted by a 40-yard pass from Keeton to Travis Van Leeuwen. Five minutes later, Joey DeMartino scored his first of two touchdowns on an 11-yard run.

DeMartino’s second touchdown made it 42-0, and Keeton connected with Tialavea for the second time to cap the first half scoring.

DeMartino completed the trifecta with a career-long 60-yard scamper in the third quarter and backup quarterback Craig Harrison tossed his first career touchdown pass on a 56-yard pitch-and-catch to Keegan Andersen.

The Aggies recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and Robert Marshall gave the Aggies a 70-0 lead on the next play with a 2-yard rushing touchdown.

Utah State improved to 2-1 overall this season, while Weber State fell to 1-2. The Aggies return to the road for a 2-game trip starting Sept. 21 at USC.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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