LOGAN -- The Utah State athletic department delivered the news most figured was coming, but no Aggie fan wanted to see:
Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton will miss the remainder of the season.
Keeton, the Aggies' multi-talented junior, suffered a season-ending knee injury early in Friday night's game against BYU.
Saturday, USU coach Matt Wells made the announcement.
Keeton, a 6-2, 200-pounder from Houston, Texas, suffered the injury late in the first quarter of USU's 31-14 loss to BYU as he tore both his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament.
Keeton, who will have surgery in the next week, is expected to miss the next eight months.
"Very unfortunate situation for both Chuckie and our team," said Wells. "We've lost a great leader, great teammate and a very productive football player. I have all the confidence in the world in Chuckie, along with our doctors and staff that he will come back stronger than ever next season.
"As for the remainder of this season, we will regroup as a team and pick up the slack and continue to strive to compete for the Mountain West championship."
Entering Utah State's game against BYU, Keeton ranked second in the nation with 17 touchdowns passes, second in the nation in points responsible for (22.8 pg), second in the Mountain West and 22nd in the nation in passing efficiency (161.6), third in the MW and eighth in the nation in completions (26.4), third in the MWC and 11th in the nation in completion percentage (.710), third in the MW and 18th in the nation in total offense (317.2 ypg), and fourth in the MW and 25th in the nation in passing (272.4 ypg).
Utah State (3-3, 2-0 MWC) returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Mountain West foe Boise State (3-2, 1-1).