Recap: Utah State vs. Air Force
Logan, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Darell Garretson threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns, adding another score on the ground, as the Utah State Aggies shot down the Air Force Falcons, 34-16, in Mountain West Conference action at Romney Stadium.
Garretson converted 20-of-29 passing and survived four sacks as the Aggies (4-2, 1-0 MWC) won for the fourth time in the last five outings. Hunter Sharp registered 12 catches for 164 yards and two scores, all of which were game highs.
The Falcons (4-2, 1-2), who saw a three-game win streak come to an end, got three field goals from kicker Will Conant on as many chances, while the passing combination of Kale Pearson and Nate Romine converted 15-of-29 for 224 yards and a pair of interceptions, the latter also losing a fumble.
On the very first play from scrimmage, Garretson went over the top and found Sharp for a 75-yard TD pass play, a mere 14 seconds into the contest. Just three minutes later the same combination struck again, this time on a 23- yard TD, giving the hosts a 14-0 advantage.
The Falcons eventually landed on the scoreboard courtesy of a 27-yard field goal by Conant at the 3:18 mark of the first. The kicker added a 34-yard field goal minutes into the second, finishing off a nine-play, 53-yard drive.
The Aggies made it into the end zone for a third time on the night when Nick Vigil took a handoff and ran eight yards to the left, untouched for the score and a 21-6 advantage with 4:04 to play in the half. Not only did Vigil score for the Aggies, he also made 11 tackles on defense, second only to Zach Vigil who set a new MWC season high with a staggering 22 stops.
After forcing a fourth Air Force turnover in the first half, Utah State was in a perfect position to add yet another TD to the arsenal, but the squad failed to gain any yards and had to settle for a 46-yard field goal by Nick Diaz.
Following the second punt of the night by the Falcons, USU needed a mere 46 seconds to move the ball 56 yards on six plays, culminating with a 17-yard TD run by Garretson, giving the Aggies a commanding 31-6 lead at the break.
The only points of the third quarter came from Air Force as the Academy watched Shayne Davern make it into the end zone on an eight-yard run, capping a lengthy 14-play, 60-yard drive in the process.
On their first possession of the fourth quarter, the Falcons ran seven plays and earned only 10 yards, forcing them to turn to Conant once again, this time for a 22-yard field goal. With the conversion, Air Force trailed by 15 points, 31-16.
Diaz and the Aggies eventually countered the effort by Conant as the USU kicker knocked through a 35-yard field goal with 8:15 remaining to give the hosts the 18-point margin of victory.
The Aggies won convincingly despite running 21 fewer plays than Air Force on the night.Game Notes