Scores

Final

Southern Utah 49

(2-2, 1-0 Big Sky)

Portland State 42

(1-3, 0-1 Big Sky)

8:05 PM ET, September 22, 2012

1 2 3 4 T
SUU 3 17 15 1449
PRST 21 7 14 042

Top Performers

Passing: B. Sorensen (SUU) - 311 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: S. Richard (PRST) - 14 CAR, 93 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Jessop (SUU) - 9 REC, 159 YDS, 2 TD

S. Utah 49, Portland St. 42

Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Lavell Ika scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:35 remaining, and Southern Utah's defense stopped Portland State at the 1-yard line on the final play to hold on for a 49-42 victory on Saturday night.

Brad Sorensen threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns as the Thunderbirds (2-2, 1-0) won their first-ever Big Sky conference game. They outscored the Vikings 14-0 in the fourth quarter and never led before Ika's TD, a 1-yard rush.

Portland State (1-3, 1-1) furiously drove 66 yards in to face first and goal at the 2, but Kiernan McDonagh threw two incompletions before being stopped on a quarterback sneak.

McDonagh threw for 270 yards and a touchdown. The Vikings had 317 rushing yards.

Mitch Jessop caught nine passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns for the Thunderbirds. His 39-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter tied the game at 42-42.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SUU
PRST
1st Downs2031
Total Yards397587
Passing311270
Rushing86317
Penalties6-6114-110
3rd Down Conversions5-138-15
4th Down Conversions0-00-2
Turnovers14
Possession31:0228:58

Passing Leaders

Southern UtahC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sorensen27/363118.641
Portland StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McDonagh23/372707.321

Rushing Leaders

Southern UtahCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson19643.4011
Sorensen6183.0025
Portland StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Adams15946.3116
Richard14936.6237

Receiving Leaders

Southern UtahRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jessop915917.7239
Pedersen67312.2118
Portland StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Carter68113.5125
Noa45814.5135

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSUUPRST
TD13:24Kalua Noa 35 Yd Pass From Kieran McDonagh (Nick Fernandez Kick) 07
FG10:12Colton Cook 21 Yd 37
TD06:20Shaquille Richard 37 Yd Run (Nick Fernandez Kick) 314
TD02:30Shaquille Richard 6 Yd Run (Nick Fernandez Kick) 321
SECOND QUARTERSUUPRST
FG12:53Colton Cook 39 Yd 621
TD08:42Easton Pedersen 18 Yd Pass From Brad Sorensen (Colton Cook Kick) 1321
TD02:00DJ Adams 16 Yd Run (Nick Fernandez Kick) 1328
TD01:03Brian Wilson 16 Yd Pass From Brad Sorensen (Colton Cook Kick) 2028
THIRD QUARTERSUUPRST
TD14:45Josh Smith 95 Yd Kickoff Return (Brad Sorensen Pass To Griff Mcnabb For Two-Point Conversion) 2828
TD08:38Nevin Lewis 2 Yd Run (Nick Fernandez Kick) 2835
TD04:54Mitch Jessop 29 Yd Pass From Brad Sorensen (Colton Cook Kick) 3535
TD01:59Thomas Carter 19 Yd Pass From Kieran McDonagh (Nick Fernandez Kick) 3542
FOURTH QUARTERSUUPRST
TD09:21Mitch Jessop 39 Yd Pass From Brad Sorensen (Colton Cook Kick) 4242
TD01:35Lavell Ika 1 Yd Run (Colton Cook Kick) 4942