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Utah State vs. Air Force final score: Early touchdowns propel Aggies past Falcons

Two quick first quarter touchdowns and four forced turnovers help lead the Aggies to their first conference win of the year.

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A little over a week after their win against BYU down in Provo, Utah, the Utah State Aggies returned home to host the Air Force Falcons in their first conference game on Homecoming night in Logan. The Aggies sent a message early that this was going to be a long night for the Falcons.

Sixteen seconds into the game, quarterback Darell Garretson connected on a 75-yard touchdown pass to receiver Hunter Sharp to make the score 7-0. On the next possession, Air Force running back D.J. Johnson fumbled the ball and the Aggies then connected on their possession for a touchdown.

On the offensive side of the ball, USU had another great game. Garretson had another solid outing, throwing for 298 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He also had a rushing touchdown, bringing his total to three on the night. Hunter Sharp also had a night, hauling in 12 catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Sharp has now caught for 100 yards or more for the fourth straight game.

The defense for Utah State also held strong all night against a very good Air Force option attack. The Aggie defense held the Air Force offense to 155 yards rushing on the night. The defense also forced four turnovers on the night, which lead to easy scores for USU. Linebacker Zach Vigil had a terrific game, recording a career high 22 tackles, eight of those for a loss.

The Aggies will travel to Fort Collins next week to take on Colorado State in what will be the team's toughest test so far this year. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. MT and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.