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Utah State’s impossible upset bid is looking good, in more ways than one

Matt Hinton
Dr. Saturday

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Meet Utah State running back Kerwynn Williams, a 5-foot-9, 184-pound junior from Las Vegas who improbably found himself at the center of the college football universe during the day's first round of games for two reasons. The first: Well, obviously. The neon high-top fade is a headliner under any circumstances, and the man is committed.

But Williams also broke a 43-yard touchdown early in the first quarter of the Aggies' trip to Auburn, defending BCS champion and 23-point favorite, the first of three consecutive Utah State touchdowns en route to a stunning 21-14 halftime lead. Through two quarters, the Aggies have held the ball for nearly 20 minutes to Auburn's ten, run twice as many plays, outgained the Tigers by nearly 100 total yards and earned 15 first downs to Auburn's three. Utah State's true freshman quarterback, Chuckie Keaton, is 15-of-18 passing, has two clutch fourth-down completions to extend a pair of clock-zapping scoring drives and added another touchdown rushing on fourth-and-goal in the first quarter.  If not for a 97-yard kickoff return by true freshman Tre Mason, the defending champs may be even further in the hole.

Then again, maybe a slow start was inevitable for a team that lost the Heisman Trophy winner and just about everyone else from last year's title run. There's a long, long way to go in the second half. But at least the Aggies are looking the part. And this guy must be going crazy.

UPDATE, 3:13 p.m. ET. It's a final: Auburn comes from behind to beat Utah State in incredible fashion, 42-38. But it's not going to feel good about it in the morning.

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Hat tip: @Andrew_Gribble
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