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Southern Utah defeats Cal Poly 20-14 in Big Sky football game Saturday night

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Southern Utah scored 17 points in the first 18 minutes of the game and held on to defeat Cal Poly 20-14 in a Big Sky Conference football game Saturday night before a record crowd of 10,633 inside Eccles Coliseum.

Trailing 20-7 midway through the fourth quarter, Cal Poly rallied with a five-yard touchdown run by Broc Mortensen with 4:46 to play and got the ball back with 2:51 to go, but after picking up a pair of first downs and moving the ball into Southern Utah territory, the Mustang drive stalled.

With the loss, Cal Poly falls to 0-6 on the year and 0-3 in Big Sky games. Southern Utah improves to 3-2 and 1-1.

The loss spoiled the debut of redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Jeffrey, who replaced injured starter Khaleel Jenkins and completed 11 of 21 passes for 129 yards. Senior fullback Jared Mohamed set a new career high with 133 yards on 29 carries.

After Southern Utah took an early 3-0 lead on a 26-yard field goal by Manny Berz, Cal Poly answered just 20 seconds later on a 73-yard touchdown run around right end by senior slot back Kyle Lewis.

The 7-3 Mustang lead was short-lived as Southern Utah drove 75 yards on just six plays for the go-ahead score. Jay Green broke off a 55-yard run for the touchdown and a 10-7 Thunderbird lead with 4:36 left in the opening quarter.

The only score of the second period also was produced by Southern Utah. Terrance Beasley caught a 26-yard scoring pass from Patrick Tyler with 12:37 to go, giving the Thunderbirds a 17-7 advantage.

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