LOGAN -- Utah State's marching band didn't perform its rousing rendition of the "Les Miserables" opening theme until halftime, but it could have been the soundtrack for Weber State's entire game.
With no answers for USU's Heisman Trophy watchlist quarterback Chuckie Keeton or an Aggies defense that only allowed 30 yards and a single first down in the first half, the Wildcats were looking down and miserable in front of 25,513 fans on Saturday at Romney Stadium -- and that was before the rain started falling.
Playing in just the first half, Keeton tied his own single-game school record with five touchdown passes as Utah State rolled to an inhospitable 70-6 Homecoming victory over the in-state visitors from Ogden.
Keeton, who remarkably tied that record for the second week in a row, completed 19 of 25 passes for 249 yards and dazzled the Wildcats' defense with deep throws, lightning strikes over the middle and an ability to escape trouble.
Joey DeMartino ran for 105 yards and three scores and Robert Marshall added a TD run for USU. Even linebacker Kyler Fackrell got in on the action, catching a four-yard touchdown pass from Keeton in the second quarter.
For the second straight week, Weber State trailed 49-0 to an in-state FBS foe at the half. The Aggies dominated in every aspect, outgaining the Wildcats 372 yards to 30 before the break and finishing with 587 total yards.
"I'm a little disappointed because there was some bad football out there," Weber State coach Jody Sears said. "There were some things that we did on both sides of the ball -- disappointing. We've got to get some stuff corrected."
Chipoletti completed 12 of 20 passes for 34 yards and rushed for 28 yards in his first collegiate start. Josh Booker led the Wildcats with 15 carries for 45 yards as Weber State managed just 138 yards of offense and no offensive touchdowns. Tony Epperson again nearly tied the WSU school-record for punts in a game with 12 for the night.
"Utah State's a good football team," Chipoletti said. "Just coming in, this is an experience for us to get better so we can go play some good (FCS) schools. It's a learning experience so we'll be ready to go play those guys."
A week after taking a 70-7 beating in Salt Lake at the hands of the University of Utah, Weber State is tired of its little tour of FBS programs in the state.
"When you're playing up like this, they're bigger, they're stronger, they're faster," Sears said. "They've got two freshmen on their two-deep; we've got 14. A year ago these guys were playing high school football and now you throw them into the fire? That's a tough pill to swallow, but you've got to swallow (it) and move on, stay together."
The lone highlight for the 'Cats came with just 50 seconds to go as Spencer Unga returned a fumble 38 yards for a touchdown to snap the shutout, but even that was dampered as Carson Fackrell's PAT was blocked.
Utah State converted 9 of 14 third downs as Weber State couldn't force a punt until the third quarter with Keeton on the bench. USU scored six times before Weber State picked up its first first down late in the second quarter.
WSU linebacker Anthony Morales had 13 tackles.
"Obviously we struggled in all three phases," he said. "We couldn't get out on third down on defense, offense couldn't put together a drive and a lot of errors on special teams. There's not really much to say other than we've got to come back this week, watch the film and learn from the mistakes."
By the end, the only drama was how miserable the final result would be.
Weber State's worst margin of defeat in school history came in a 75-0 blowout by Portland State in 1980; only a holding penalty on a USU touchdown run and a fourth down stop at the goal line late in the game prevented greater ignominy Saturday.
The Wildcats will face McNeese State in Lake Charles, La., next Saturday in their return to FCS play.
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Utah State 70, Weber State 6
At Romney Stadium
Weber State 0 0 0 6-- 6
Utah State 21 28 21 0--70
USU--Tialavea 5 pass from Keeton (Diaz kick), 10:41.
USU--DeMartino 11 run (Diaz kick), 6:38.
USU--Reynolds 39 pass from Keeton (Diaz kick), 3:52.
USU--Fackrell 4 pass from Keeton (Diaz kick), 14:53.
USU--Butler 15 pass from Keeton (Diaz kick), 11:26.
USU--DeMartino 7 run (Diaz kick), 6:30.
USU--Tialavea 8 pass from Keeton (Diaz kick), 3:47.
USU--DeMartino 60 run (Diaz kick), 11:48.
USU--Andersen 56 pass from Harrison (Jo.Thompson kick), 10:13.
USU--Marshall 2 run (Jo.Thompson kick), 9:59.
Weber State--Unga 38 fumble return (kick blocked), :50.
First downs 7 28
Rushes-yards 33-104 48-267
Passing 34 320
Comp-Att-Int 12-23-0 23-29-0
Return Yards 0 73
Punts-Avg. 12-39.9 2-41.0
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 2-1
Penalties-Yards 3-48 2-24
Time of Possession 29:21 30:39
Rushing--Weber State, Booker 15-45, Chipoletti 9-28, Clark 2-16, Raymond 1-12, Zac.Smith 4-5, Bolen 2-(minus 2). Utah State, DeMartino 8-105, Hill 12-63, Marshall 9-57, Lee 4-26, Keeton 5-25,
K.Williams 3-13, Harrison 1-5, Painter 1-1, Manning 3-1, Team 2-(minus 29).
Passing--Weber State, Chipoletti 12-20-0-34, Clark 0-2-0-0, Team 0-1-0-0. Utah State, Keeton 19-25-0-249, Harrison 4-4-0-71.
Receiving--Weber State, Booker 4-(minus 2), Walker 3-7, Livingston 1-16, Heimuli 1-7, Kahawaii 1-4, Marciel 1-2, Corpus 1-0. Utah State, Natson 5-35, S.Johnson 4-48, Tialavea 3-18, Reynolds 2-71,
Van Leeuwen 2-49, Butler 2-21, Swindall 2-9, Andersen 1-56, Wheat 1-9, Fackrell 1-4.