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Aggies capture WAC football title in thrilling fashion

By Shawn Harrison, Logan Herald Journal

With the Western Athletic Conference football title on the line Saturday at Ruston, La., Utah State rose up to the occasion and seized it.

The Aggies jumped out to a 27-3 lead early in the third quarter and held on for dear life. No. 19 Louisiana Tech forced overtime with a 32-yard field goal as regulation expired.

Kerwynn Williams scored in the first overtime from four yards out for USU (9-2, 5-0 WAC), and the Aggie defense held the Bulldogs (9-2, 4-1) out of the end zone for a thrilling 48-41 win. It was just the second-ever win against a ranked team for USU.

USU has only won nine games in a season one other time, and that was 1961, when the Aggies went 9-1-1.

Aggie quarterback Chuckie Keeton passed for 340 yards on 20 of 34 pass attempts and two touchdowns. The signal caller also ran for 121 yards on 17 carries and two more scores.

Williams rushed for 162 yards on 20 rushes and scored a pair of TDs. The running back also caught four passes for 125 yards and a score.

Bulldog quarterback Colby Cameron only had 83 yards passing at halftime, but finished with 396 yards on 35 of 60 passes. He only had one TD and was picked off twice. Those were his first interceptions of the season as his NCAA record of 445 pass attempts without an interception ended. Will Davis and Jake Doughty picked off those passes for the Aggies.

USU, winners of five straight, rolled up 646 yards of total offense, while LTU had 629.


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