Southern Utah upsets top-ranked Eastern 30-27
Colton Cook booted a 36-yard field goal with three seconds left and Southern Utah rallied for a 30-27 victory over top-ranked Eastern Washington...
CEDAR CITY, Utah — Colton Cook booted a 36-yard field goal with three seconds left and Southern Utah rallied for a 30-27 victory over top-ranked Eastern Washington.
Southern Utah (4-5, 3-3 Big Sky) trailed 27-20 entering the fourth quarter.
Brad Sorensen found Fatu Moala for a 21-yard touchdown pass with 7:01 left in the game to pull the Thunderbirds even.
Sorensen was 33 of 43 for 392 yards and a TD, and Moala caught 10 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown.
"A lot of things happen during the course of the game and that's just football," Eastern coach Beau Baldwin said. "You have to find a way to regroup and come back. We have to clean up some of the little things that got us today."
Eastern has won 10 games the last three seasons when trailing or tied in the fourth quarter, including a 31-24 home win victory over Sorensen and SUU in 2010.
Quarterbacks Kyle Padron and Vernon Adams combined to complete 35 of 50 passes for 404 yards and two touchdowns for Eastern Washington.
Linebacker Zak Browning had 15 tackles (14 solo) and recovered a fumble for Southern Utah.
Junior receiver Brandon Kaufman finished with a career-high 10 catches for a career-high 192 yards. He has gone over the 100-yard mark five times this season and 13 times in his career.
Junior Ashton Clark had a career-high 11 catches for 86 yards and a touchdown.
Junior Ronnie Hamlin had 13 tackles to lead the Eagle defense, and T.J. Lee added nine with a sack.
At Humboldt State 14,
Central Washington 10
The Lumberjacks (7-2, 6-2) took over first place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with a victory over the Wildcats (5-4, 5-3).
Nick Ricciardulli scored on a 1-yard run with 11:04 remaining as Humboldt took a 14-7 lead.
Demetrius Sumler rushed for a 4-yard TD for the Wildcats, who had 22 first downs to 11 for the Lumberjacks.
Pacific Lutheran 41,
at Puget Sound 14
The Lutes broke open a 14-14 halftime game by scoring the final 27 points to pull away in a Northwest Conference game.
PLU (5-2, 4-1) got two touchdown runs from Niko Madison, a 2-yard run by Cody Pohren and a 35-yard fumble return by Doug Sullivan in the second half to keep the Loggers winless (0-7, 0-4).
Puget Sound took a 14-7 lead on a 18-yard scoring pass from Braden Foley to Adam Kniffin with 4:49 remaining in the first half.
The Lutes tied it at 14 on a 4-yard pass by Dalton Ritchie to Brandon James with 2:01 left.
Each team had five turnovers.
Pohren had 100 yards rushing. Ritchie threw for two touchdowns, but was intercepted three times.
Austin Wagner had 105 yards rushing for the Loggers. Foley was 15 of 33 for 159 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.