Scores

Final

Utah State 26

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Utah 30

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: FOX Sports 1

8:00 PM ET, August 29, 2013

Rice-Eccles Stadium, SALT LAKE CITY, UT

1 2 3 4 T
USU 3 14 6 326
UTAH 14 0 10 630

Top Performers

Passing: C. Keeton (USU) - 314 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Keeton (USU) - 15 CAR, 85 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Denham (UTAH) - 6 REC, 113 YDS

Wilson leads Utah past Utah State 30-26

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- It's not as easy as it used to be, but Travis Wilson made sure Utah is back to beating Utah State again.

Wilson threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns to help Utah edge Utah State 30-26 in the season-opener on Thursday night.

Wilson, a sophomore who was unexpectedly pressed into the starting lineup because of injuries last year, played error-free while completing 17 of 28 passes and rushed for a key first down on Utah's final drive.

Last season, the Aggies snapped a 12-game skid against the Utes, 27-20 in overtime, and used the game as a springboard to a school-record 11-2 record.

Chuckie Keeton, who completed 31-of-40 passes for 314 yards, scored on a 15-yard run to give the Aggies a 23-14 lead early in the second half and the visiting Aggies fans' cheers echoed in the suddenly quiet stadium. But the Utes roared back.

Andy Phillips kicked a 45-yard field goal and then Karl Williams, who lost a fumble earlier in the third quarter, recovered the ensuing onside kick. Williams finished the drive with a 2-yard touchdown rush and Utah led 24-23.

Keeton led USU on a 68-yard drive that stalled when he had to leave the game for a play near the goal line because of an apparent cramp. Diaz made a 24-yard field goal to put the Aggies ahead 26-24 with 11:20 remaining.

The Utes were hampered by a lack of big-play ability in a 5-7 campaign last season, but in this game Utah thrived on plays like Wilson's 35-yard pass to Denham that led to Phillips kicking a 19-yard field goal with 6:38 to play. Utah led 27-26.

Denham became Wilson's favorite target and set career highs with six receptions for 113 yards after Kenneth Scott was lost for the season, according to the school, with a lower leg injury early in the game.

After finally reining in Keeton on the next drive and forcing a punt, the Utes diverted from their no-huddle, hurry-up offense and rushed nine straight times which caused the Aggies to take all three of their timeouts. Wilson converted a key third-down with a determined keeper up the middle to keep the clock running. Phillips capped the drive with a 38-yard field goal, his third of the night, with 19 seconds left.

The Aggies had time for just two plays and Keeton's final pass fluttered high above his intended receiver and landed harmlessly in the end zone.

The Utes now lead the series 78-29-4 in the FBS's 12th-longest rivalry.

Utah State entered the season on a seven-game winning streak, tied for fourth longest in the nation. In the midst of their best stretch in 50 years, the Aggies have won 16 of their last 20 games and the four setbacks are by a combined 10 points.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USU
UTAH
1st Downs2724
Total Yards487450
Passing314302
Rushing173148
Penalties7-945-30
3rd Down Conversions10-177-16
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers11
Possession32:0427:56

Passing Leaders

Utah StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keeton31/403147.920
UtahC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wilson17/2830210.820

Rushing Leaders

Utah StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Keeton15855.7119
Hill18754.2013
UtahCARYDSAVGTDLG
Poole12473.9016
Williams12453.8117

Receiving Leaders

Utah StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Van Leeuwen510721.4036
Natson9839.2025
UtahRECYDSAVGTDLG
Denham611318.8051
Fitzgerald57915.8026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUSUUTAH
TD11:47Dres Anderson 3 Yd Pass From Travis Wilson (Andy Phillips Kick) 07
FG07:37Nick Diaz 26 Yd 37
TD01:37Jake Murphy 30 Yd Pass From Travis Wilson (Andy Phillips Kick) 314
SECOND QUARTERUSUUTAH
TD14:11Brandon Swindall 15 Yd Pass From Chuckie Keeton (Nick Diaz Kick) 1014
TD00:20Brandon Swindall 4 Yd Pass From Chuckie Keeton (Nick Diaz Kick) 1714
THIRD QUARTERUSUUTAH
TD11:52Chuckie Keeton 15 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 2314
FG02:24Andy Phillips 45 Yd 2317
TD00:54Karl Williams 2 Yd Run (Andy Phillips Kick) 2324
FOURTH QUARTERUSUUTAH
FG10:39Nick Diaz 24 Yd 2624
FG06:38Andy Phillips 19 Yd 2627
FG00:19Andy Phillips 38 Yd 2630