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Chuckie Keeton shines as Utah State grounds Air Force


Chuckie Keeton tossed five touchdowns as Utah State picked up a road win in Mountain West Conference play at Air Force. Behind Keeton’s fine outing, Utah State took home a 52-20 victory after coming up short on the road last week at Utah.

Keeton ended his day with 360 passing yards, five touchdowns and 77 rushing yards. He completed 32 of 40 pass attempts to 10 different receivers. Utah State’s defense also put in a god effort, holding Air Force to just two third down conversions out of 15 and 270 yards of offense.

This is a pretty big win for Utah State, as they win their first game in the Mountain West Conference. Program and conference milestone victories aside, it was important for Utah State to bounce back the way they did this week.  If Utah State would have lost this game who knows what their fortunes would have been this year, one filled with optimism.

Utah State plays FCS Weber State next week and travels to USC the following week. There is still plenty of time to take advantage of opportunities this season for the Aggies.

Nike goes full Lewis & Clark on Oregon’s latest uniforms

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You never know what direction Oregon is going to go with their uniforms. Fortunately, they will have a uniform with the Oregon trail printed on it this week just in case they get lost.

Yes, that is right. Oregon’s uniforms this week will have a topographical map of the state of Oregon with the Oregon trail etched into the fabric of the football jersey to be worn this week against Washington State.Each player’s uniform will be unique as well with each uniform comprising of a different area of the map, thus defying the definition of the word “uniform.”  The helmet will feature a silhouette of historic explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, along with the Oregon Duck, of course.

“We have many discussions with the Oregon athletes, equipment staff and coaches,” says Todd Van Horne, Creative Director for Nike Football. “For this inspiring new uniform, we want to celebrate the state and its great founders and innovators.”

Oregon sure did that with this uniform. You can read more about the details of the uniform, from head to toe and top to bottom, on Nike’s release.

Expect Oregon’s quarterback rotation to continue for the next two weeks

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Oregon touched the ball 15 times in its 41-24 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Jeff Lockie played seven of them, including the first. Taylor Alie played eight.

As long as Vernon Adams nurses his broken finger, this appears to be the plan for the Ducks.

“They’d both done enough good things in practice last week to merit playing,” head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian. “We just felt looking at the game plan we could parcel out aspects with each.”

“Of course you want to get into a better rhythm but that’s how it goes,” Lockie said. “We’re just going to play the best we can and as long as we’re winning games, there’s no problem with me.”

Lockie completed 8-of-11 throws for 54 yards with an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards. Alie connected on 4-of-9 throws for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding 22 yards on five carries. Not quite Marcus Mariota numbers from either signal caller.

“It’ll just depend on the game plan,” Helfrich said of Alie and Lockie. “I think those guys they have differences. There are some strengths and weaknesses to different areas of their game and so we’ll think about that going forward of just how the Washington State game plan comes out.”

With Oregon playing Washington and Washington State (combined Pac-12 wins thus far: zero) before a tough closing stretch, Helfrich and company have time to alternate signal callers.