Recap: Utah State vs. Wake Forest
Logan, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - The Utah State Aggies overcame an injury to starting quarterback Chuckie Keeton to secure a 36-24 win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Romney Stadium.
Keeton threw for 166 yards and had a touchdown to match an interception for Utah State (2-1) but he missed the final 30 minutes after injuring his knee on a run in the first half. He was replaced by Darell Garretson, who threw for 121 yards and a touchdown, as well as an interception, on 11-of-16 passing. Hunter Sharp finished with 138 yards on 12 catches and JoJo Natson had 78 yards and a score on six grabs.
John Wolford threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns, but completed only 20- of-50 attempts and was intercepted twice for Wake Forest (1-2). Cam Serigne recorded 91 yards on seven catches.
Wake Forest led 7-0 midway through the first quarter after Josh Banks intercepted a pass from Keeton and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown.
Utah State answered with an interception return of its own, with Zach Vigil taking an errant pass from Wolford back 35 yards for a score.
The first offensive score of the game came with 8:21 left in the second quarter when Ronald Butler threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Natson. The ensuing extra point attempt failed, leaving the Aggies with a 13-7 advantage.
The Aggies' defense racked up another score soon after, with Devin Centers recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.
Utah State kept pouring it on as the first half came to a close, with Keeton throwing a six-yard touchdown pass to Jefferson Court with less than five minutes left before intermission and Nick Diaz connecting on a 26-yard field goal as time expired in the half.
Wolford connected with Isaiah Robinson for a three-yard touchdown pass less than two minutes into the second half. The Demon Deacons only needed to drive the ball five yards for the score as they were set up by a 32-yard interception returned from Hunter Williams.
Wolford then threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to E.J. Scott, but the Aggies answered with a five-yard touchdown connection from Garretson to Wyatt Houston.
Wake Forest pulled off a 13-play, 66-yard drive in response, but had to settle for a 30-yard field goal from Mike Weaver.
With neither team scoring in the final frame, the Aggies were able to hold on for the win.
Utah State limited Wake Forest to minus-25 yards rushing.Game Notes