Thunderbirds defeat Portland State

Oct 12 2013 - 10:57pm

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CEDAR CITY -- Aaron Cantu threw for one touchdown and rushed for another to lead Southern Utah over Portland State 17-7 in Big Sky Conference play on Saturday.

Cantu was 14 of 25 for 119 yards, hitting wide receiver Fatu Moala from 5 yards for a second quarter touchdown and taking it in himself from the 1-yard line with six minutes left in the game to seal the win for the Thunderbirds (5-2, 2-1 Big Sky).

The Vikings (3-4, 0-3) suffered five turnovers during the game including two Kieran McDonagh interceptions. A DJ Adams fumble in the second quarter was recovered by Southern Utah's Tommy Collet Jr. at the Vikings' 19-yard line and converted seven plays later into a Thunderbirds touchdown.

Portland State's only touchdown came when freshman backup QB Paris Penn replaced McDonagh with seven seconds left in the first half for a fourth-and-goal 1-yard rush.

* MONTANA 42, UC DAVIS 7: At Davis, Calif., Jordan Johnson threw for two touchdowns and Montana ball carriers notched four more as the Grizzlies ran over UC Davis in a Big Sky game.

Behind a big offensive line that manhandled defenders in opening holes, Montana (5-1, 2-1) racked up 255 yards rushing, including an 18-yard scoring run by Travon Van and TD runs of 1 and 24 yards by Jordan Canada. Canada had 126 yards on 24 carries.

Johnson was 12 of 20 for 163 yards passing, with TD strikes of 30 and 21 yards to Ellis Henderson. Backup QB Shay Smithwick-Hann had a 41-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter.

Defensively, Montana held UC Davis (2-5, 2-1) to 237 yards of total offense and bagged two interceptions, including one that set up a touchdown.

The Aggies' only score came on a 9-yard run by QB Randy Wright, in the third quarter.

* EASTERN WASHINGTON 35, NORTH DAKOTA 14: At Grand Forks, N.D., Vernon Adams threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns and the defense forced two crucial turnovers in the second half as Eastern Washington pulled away from North Dakota for a 4 win in a Big Sky game.

The Eagles (4-2, 2-0 Big Sky) were leading 21-14 late in the third quarter when Ronnie Hamline intercepted Joe Mollberg's pass and returned it 77 yards for a touchdown.

North Dakota (2-4, 1-2) responded with a long drive but receiver Jer Garmen lost a fumble at the EWU 10. Eastern then marched 90 yards, capped by Mario Brown's 3-yard run to put the game away. Overall UND had four turnovers.

Adams hit 22 of 30 passes and Ashton Clark had seven catches for 116 yards for EWU.

Mollberg threw for 355 yards but didn't find the end zone. Jameer Jackson and Kenny Golladay combined for 19 catches and 235 yards.

* ARKANSAS STATE 48, IDAHO 24: At Jonesboro, Ark., Adam Kennedy passed for 375 yards and four touchdowns to drive Arkansas State to a homecoming win over Idaho.

The Red Wolves (3-3, 1-0 Sun Belt Conference) dominated the game, taking the lead with an 80-yard touchdown strike from Kennedy to Julian Jones on its opening possession and never losing it. Idaho (1-6) got a big game from James Baker, who rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

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* SAN JOSE STATE 34, COLORADO STATE 27: At Fort Collins, Colo., David Fales connected with Tyler Winston on a 62-yard touchdown catch and run with 5:36 to play to lift San Jose State to a win over Colorado State.

In a game which featured five ties and seven lead changes, Fales completed 28 of 35 passes for 431 yards and three touchdowns.

Fales threw touchdown passes of 83- and 77-yards to Jarrod Lawson and Chandler Jones, respectively, in the second quarter and San Jose State (3-3, 2-1 Mountain West) piled up 608 yards of total offense.

Lawson finished with 104 yards receiving and a game-high 98 yards rushing, including an 18-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Tyler Winston added eight receptions for 151 yards and a score for the Spartans.

Garrett Grayson had 310 yards passing and three touchdowns for Colorado State (2-4, 0-1 Mountain West), but threw two second half interceptions which led to 10 SJSU points.

* WYOMING 38, NEW MEXICO 31: At Laramie, Wyo., Brett Smith ran for two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter, and passed for another, leading Wyoming past New Mexico.

Smith rushed for 138 yards, scoring on runs of 3 and 48 yards, and passed for another 247.

Shaun Wick rushed for 116 yards and two TDs for Wyoming (4-2, 2-0).

Cole Gautsche led New Mexico (2-4, 0-2) with 113 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also passed for 156 yards and a TD. Kasey Carrier rushed 104 yards for the Lobos.

New Mexico, which entered the game averaging 367.8 rushing yards a game -- tops among major colleges -- finished with 257.

Wyoming scored on three of its first four possessions for a 21-0 lead, but the Lobos fought back, tying the game 24-24 early in the fourth quarter.

Smith then capped two scoring drives with TD runs of 3 and 48 yards for a 38-24 lead.

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* SNOW 35, PHOENIX CC 0: At Ephraim, the Snow College Badgers got the monkey off their backs with a 35-0 shellacking of the Phoenix Bears on Saturday.

The win breaks the Badgers' six-game losing streak, the school's longest since Badgers opened the 1975 season with six losses.

Five different Badgers scored touchdowns as Snow had its best scoring output of the season.

The Badgers are now 2-6 overall and 2-5 in the Western States Football League.

Next week they will host the No. 11 Arizona Western Matadors who went into Saturday 6-1 overall and tied with Scottsdale atop the WSFL standings.

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