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Midnight links: A look at Utah State, plus a recap of how NFL Huskies fared

Huskies coach Chris Petersen will hold his weekly 11:30 a.m. press conference today to recap the Sacramento State game and look ahead to Utah State. Speaking of looking ahead to Utah State, that’s what we did in today’s newspaper. Our weekly opponent box is posted below, followed by a recap of a big day for Huskies in the NFL.



COACH: Matt Wells (20-10 in third year at Utah State and overall)

AGAINST THE HUSKIES: The Huskies lead the all-time series 2-0.

SCOUTING REPORT: The face of Utah State’s program is fifth-year senior quarterback Chuckie Keeton, whose knee injuries have marred what began as a promising career. Keeton was a first-team all-conference selection as a sophomore in 2012, but played only six games in 2013 before injuring his knee, then reinjured the same knee in his third game of the 2014 season. He received a medical hardship waiver and is back as a fifth-year senior. … Keeton has struggled a bit in two games this season, completing 38 of 68 passes (55.9 percent) for 366 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. And the rest of the Aggies’ offense has struggled alongside him, scoring a combined 26 points against Southern Utah and Utah (the Utes beat Utah State last week, 24-14, and the Aggies scratched out a win in their opener over Southern Utah, 12-9). … Utah State finished 10-4 last season in its second year under Wells, beating UTEP, 21-6, in the New Mexico Bowl. The Aggies have won at least seven games in each of the past four seasons after going 13 years without a bowl appearance. They moved to the Mountain West in 2013 after spending 2005-12 in the Western Athletic Conference. … UW coach Chris Petersen, who coached against the Aggies while at Boise State, said Saturday. “I think the two best teams — there’s debate on this — but I think on paper, we’ve known Utah State for a long time, I think going in, Utah State and Boise State are the two better teams in the Mountain West. There’s probably a team or two that could make an argument, but we know that from the last handful of years.” … The Aggies have eight former players on NFL rosters, including Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner. … Utah State’s defense ranked 13th in the country last season in yards-per-play allowed (4.76). … Washington won the two meetings between the schools: 45-0 in 1904 and 53-12 in 1998.

DID YOU KNOW: Utah State committed 19 penalties against UW when the teams played in 1998, a single-game record for a Huskies opponent. The Huskies also had 13 sacks that day, which is still tied for the most in a game in school history.

2015 schedule

Sept. 3 W, 12-9, vs. Southern Utah

Sept. 11 L, 24-14, at Utah

Sept. 19 at Washington

Oct. 3 vs. Colorado State

Oct. 10 at Fresno State

Oct. 16 vs. Boise State

Oct. 23 at San Diego State

Oct. 30 vs. Wyoming

Nov. 7 at New Mexico

Nov. 14 at Air Force

Nov. 21 vs. Nevada

Nov. 28 vs. BYU



--- First, check out our weekly “Three up, Three down” feature taking a deeper look at UW’s win over Sacramento State on Saturday.

--- Former Huskies tailback Bishop Sankey scored two touchdowns in the Tennessee Titans’ 42-14 over Tampa Bay. Sankey caught a touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter, and finished with 74 yards rushing.

--- In the same game, former UW tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught two touchdown passes from rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, including the first touchdown pass of Winston’s career (not counting the interception Tennessee returned for a touchdown on Winston’s first pass attempt). Seferian-Jenkins finished with five catches for 110 yards.

--- Another ex-Husky found the end zone on Sunday, too, as Marcel Reece caught touchdown passes of 11 and nine yards from Matt McGloin late in the Oakland Raiders’ 33-13 loss to Cincinnati.

--- Hau’oli Kikaha forced a fumble and finished with five tackles as New Orleans lost 33-19 to Arizona.

--- Danny Shelton had two tackles in his debut for the Cleveland Browns.

--- Jermaine Kearse led the Seahawks with eight catches for 76 yards.

--- Now with the Houston Texans, Chris Polk carried five times for 22 yards.

--- Desmond Trufant and the Atlanta Falcons are in action tomorrow night against Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles.

--- Utah State isn’t interested in moral victories.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple