Utah State Tops Louisiana Tech In OT, Clinches Share Of WAC Title
Nov. 17, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton had 461 yards of total offense with four touchdowns and senior running back Kerwynn Williams had 303 all-purpose yards with three touchdowns including the game-winner in overtime to lead Utah State to a 48-41 victory at No. 19 Louisiana Tech Saturday.
With the win, Utah State (9-2, 5-0 WAC) recorded its first-ever road victory against a ranked opponent and just its second-ever win versus a top 25 team. USU also claimed at least a share of its first-ever Western Athletic Conference title. Louisiana Tech, who had won 10-straight WAC games, falls to 9-2 overall and 4-1 in WAC play with the loss.
Keeton finished the game 20-of-34 passing for 340 yards with two touchdowns to go along with 121 rushing yards on 17 carries and two more scores as he set single-season school records for touchdown passes (25) and total offense (3,538) in the game. For Keeton, it was his third-straight 300-yard passing game, while his 121 yards on the ground ties the USU single-game school record for rushing yards by a quarterback set by Tony Adams set in 1972.
Williams also had a record-setting night for Utah State as he had 162 rushing yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns, and added 125 yards receiving on four receptions with another score that came on an 86-yard screen pass from Keeton on USU's first offensive play of the game. In all, Williams' 303 all-purpose yards, which included 16 yards on a kickoff return, gives him 6,510 all-purpose yards during his career to set the school record.
For the game, Utah State produced 646 yards of total offense, which is a season-high and the eighth-most in school history as it had a season-high 306 rushing yards to go along with 340 yards passing. Louisiana Tech finished the game with 629 yards of total offense, including 233 rushing yards and 396 passing yards.
Junior linebacker Jake Doughty led Utah State's defense as he recorded a career-high 18 tackles to go along with his first career interception in the USU end zone in the fourth quarter. Sophomore linebacker Zach Vigil tied his career-high in tackles for the fifth time this year with 10 stops, and senior cornerback Will Davis recorded his fourth interception in as many games as he picked off LTU's Colby Cameron in the end zone late in the second quarter.
Following its 86-yard touchdown on its first offensive play of the game, Utah State increased its lead to 14-0 late in the first quarter on a 3-yard pass from Keeton to senior tight end Kellen Bartlett. Both teams exchanged field goals in the second quarter, a 36-yarder by LTU's Matt Nelson and a 38-yarder by USU's Nick Diaz, giving the visitors a 17-3 lead at halftime.
After scoring a combined 20 points in the first-half, the two teams combined for 45 third quarter points as USU scored 24 points on touchdown runs of 13 and 25 yards by Keeton, to go along with a 1-yard run by Williams and a 30-yard field by Diaz. LTU's offense scored two touchdowns and then scored on a 98-yard kickoff return to make the score 41-24 heading into the final 15 minutes.
Louisiana Tech cut the deficit to 10 at 41-31 early in the fourth quarter and then scored 10 points in the final 1:54 of the game, including a 32-yard field goal on the final play of regulation to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, Utah State scored on three plays as Williams accounted for all 25 yards with a 13-yard rush, an 8-yard reception, and a 4-yard touchdown run. On Louisiana Tech's possession it ran for two yards on first down, passed for five yards on second down, threw an incomplete pass on third down, and was stopped on a fourth down rush for no gain by Doughty to end the game.