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Utah State infographic: Aggies' Keeton outperformed by Tennessee quarterback Worley

By Brandon Judd, Deseret News

Published: Sun, Aug. 31 8:50 p.m. MDT

 Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton (16) tries to get away from a Tennessee defender during their NCAA college football game at Neyland Stadium, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 in Knoxville, Tenn.  (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Amy Smotherman Burgess)

Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton (16) tries to get away from a Tennessee defender during their NCAA college football game at Neyland Stadium, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Amy Smotherman Burgess)

(Amy Smotherman Burgess, AP)

Chuckie Keeton's return to the field for Utah State could have gone much better.

The Utah State senior quarterback was outdueled by his counterpart, Tennessee senior quarterback Justin Worley, in the Volunteers' 38-7 victory Sunday night.

Keeton missed the final nine games of the 2013 season after tearing his ACL and MCL in his knee against BYU. Against the Volunteers, he was under constant pressure and finished the night completing 18 of 35 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. Keeton also threw two interceptions, which matched the total he threw in five games last season.

Worley, on the other hand, had a strong night as he completed 27 of 38 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns. Worley also had a stretch where he completed 13 straight passes.

Here's a look at the numbers for both quarterbacks from the season opener for both teams:

Keeton vs. worley | Create Infographics

Email: bjudd@deseretnews.com; Twitter: @brandonljudd

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1. Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT,
Aug. 31, 2014

Keeton has all this skills, but he looked lost out there. Maybe Utah State just isn't who we thought they would be this year? Even Fackrell looked a step slow....
Somebody forgot to tell Tennessee players how good Utah State is.

2. MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT,
Sept. 1, 2014

This game was over before the 4th quarter began. Still, Wells kept Keaton (just 10 months removed from major surgery) on the field. Very disappointing to see such Reckless judgement by a head coach. Even the announcers were commenting Keaton was clearly not fully healed and that it showed from the first snap.

What was Wells thinking would happen...a 7 touchdown 4th quarter? All Wells did last night was risk the long term health of a quarterback who has given him and the Aggie program 110% of everything he has. It's too bad that coaches can't be suspended.

3. Stang08
Southern, UT,
Sept. 1, 2014

Is anyone surprised Keeton was outperformed by an SEC QB? I know I'm not.