With his first run of the game — a 30-yarder — Chuckie Keeton reached another milestone in his illustrious Aggie career.
The junior quarterback became the 12th different player in Utah State history to rush for 1,000 career yards and just the second Aggie signal caller to do so (Diondre Borel was the first).
“That means I’m scrambling too much and our guys are opening up some big holes,” Keeton said. “It’s something I know this offense kind of expects out of the quarterback, so even if it was Craig (Harrison), they’d expect him to be able to still carry the load.
“Honestly, I’m honored to get that milestone, but it’s not much without a win. Luckily, we were able to get the win today so it's a good feeling.”
During his career with USU, Borel set a school record for most rushing yards by a QB with 1,398.
For Matt Wells, the Aggies’ first-year head coach, he expects Keeton will surpass many more milestones by the time his collegiate career is over.
“There’s going to be a lot of milestones if he keeps playing well,” Wells said. “The kid deserves everything he has coming his way. He’s very humble, he continues to work hard, he continues to process a lot of information that we give him.
“His successes will continue to lead to those honors and those awards, and there will be more to be broken.”
With their 52-20 win over Air Force on Saturday, the Aggies won their school-record 12th consecutive conference game dating back to the 2011 campaign.
On top of that, USU also won its seventh straight league game on the road dating back to 2011 to set another record.
Overall, the Aggies are 8-3 in their last 11 road tilts.
Get your tickets
With the recent success on the gridiron and the Aggies’ move to the Mountain West Conference, USU has enjoyed a significant increase in football ticket sales.
Through the combined efforts of the ticket office, outbound telephone sales, on-line ticket sales and walk-up sales, USU athletics — as of Friday — has already set an all-time record with 8,556 season tickets sold.
Of those nearly 9,000 season tickets, 2,639 were purchased by new ticket holders. Last season, 6,765 season tickets were sold for the entire year.
The Aggies host Weber State in their home opener on Sept. 14, and USU Director of Athletics Scott Barnes expects the trend of season ticket sales to continue upward.
“We are very pleased with the continued growth in our season ticket base and there is plenty of room for more,” Barnes said. “A combination of the outstanding product on the field, coupled with an investment in professionalizing our outbound sales effort, has contributed to these record numbers.
“I appreciate the priority our ticket office has on customer service. I’m confident our fans will really enjoy their game day experience with all of the improvements in fan services we’ve made.”
In addition to season tickets, as of Friday the USU ticket office had already sold 1,994 two-game ticket packages in 14 different combinations.
To thank those who purchased tickets, members of the athletics staff and coaches from various sports within the department hand-delivered west side season tickets to fans’ homes in Cache Valley.
Three Aggies made their first career starts Saturday in sophomore wide receiver Brandon Swindall, senior defensive lineman Paul Piukala and linebacker Terrell Thompson.
Piukala finished with five tackles, while Thompson added four stops.
Offensively, Swindall had a career-high five receptions and a career-best 63 yards receiving.