Chuckie Keeton passed for two touchdowns, Kerwynn Williams rushed for 110 yards, and senior Will Davis, a graduate of Spokane’s Central Valley High, returned an interception 59 yards for a score as No. 25 Utah State beat Idaho, 45-9, on Saturday in Logan, Utah, to secure its first outright conference title in 76 years.
The Western Athletic Conference champion Aggies (10-2, 6-0 WAC) also earned their first 10-win season.
The Aggies intercepted Taylor Davis three times in the first half and forced him to fumble. Williams’ 52-yard run set up Keeton’s 3-yard TD pass to Kellen Bartlett early in the third quarter for a 28-9 advantage over the Vandals (1-11, 1-5).
The Aggies accepted an invitation to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl for the second consecutive year after the game.
Idaho, meanwhile, will spend the offseason searching for a coach.
Robb Akey was fired after the Vandals allowed 70 points in a loss to Louisiana Tech. Former Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser, also an assistant coach at Federal Way (2006), Franklin Pierce (2007-08) and Eastside Catholic high schools (2009-10), took over as interim coach the final four games.
At Fresno State 48, Air Force 15: Derek Carr passed for 452 yards and four touchdowns, two of them to Davante Adams, as the Bulldogs (9-3, 7-1 Mountain West) thrashed the Falcons (6-6, 5-3) for a share of the conference title with San Diego State.
Boise State can make it a three-way split by defeating Nevada this weekend.
San Diego State 42, at Wyoming 28: Adam Muema rushed for a career-high 255 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Aztecs (9-3, 7-1 Mountain West) past the Cowboys (4-8, 3-5) for at a piece of the conference title.
BYU 50, at New Mexico State 14: James Lark was 34-for-50 passing for 384 yards and six touchdowns, five to Cody Hoffman, as the Cougars (7-5) overcame a slow start to beat the Aggies (1-10).
At Colorado State 24, New Mexico 20: Conner Smith threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass, and Kevin Pierre-Louis batted away a last-play pass in the end zone as the Rams (4-8, 3-5 Mountain West) held on to defeat the Lobos (4-9, 1-7). Donnell Alexander ran for 112 yards to lead Colorado State.