Cy Creek grad Chuckie Keeton garners attention in near upset of defending National Champion Auburn
Cy Creek High School graduate Chuckie Keeton, a true freshman starting quarterback for the Utah State Aggies put on a performance for the ages, and nearly caused an upset of the defending national champion 23rd-ranked Auburn Tigers on the road.
Auburn, however, pulled off a miracle and came back to win the game 42-38.
Keeton was incredibly efficient through the air, going 25-34 for 260 yards. The Cy Creek HS grad also carried the ball eight times for 35 yards and touchdown runs of 7 and 3 yards.
Keeton was clutch all game long in the near upset that would have rocked the college football world. In the past 25 years, only three defending national champions have lost their opening game the year after winning it all.
In a week where the Texas A&M Aggies hogged all the headlines, it was the Utah State Aggies who were minutes away from leading every sportscast across the American sports landscape.
Utah State lead the game by 10 points with 91 seconds left in the game.
Auburn then scored a touchdown, recovered an on-side kick, and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 30 seconds left in the game to take a 42-38 lead.
With 30 seconds and two time outs left, and 80 yards to go it was just too much for Utah State to overcome.
Utah State led Auburn 21-14 at halftime.
Keeton and Utah State will host Weber State next Saturday at 7 p.m.
Keeton was a two-time all-District 15-5A selection, as well as Touchdown Club of Houston Offensive Player of the Year finalist and was named to Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine top 20 QBs and top 300 players lists, as well as the publication's district preseason player of the year.
He led Cy Creek HS to the third round of the Texas 5A state playoffs by passing for 2,389 yards with 13 TDs on a 61 completion percentage, as well as rushing for 1,023 yards and 16 TDs as a senior.
He totaled 1,366 passing yards with 10 TDs on 61 percent completion percentage while rushing for 1,098 yards with 14 TDs as a junior.
Keeton was a two-time team captain, and also an all-district baseball player as a pitcher and centerfielder.
The son of Charles and Lavern Keeton, Keeton has one sister and one brother. He plans on majoring in computer engineering at Utah State.
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