SUU (2-2, 0-1) will look to make homecoming memorable as they face winless Cal Poly (0-5, 0-1) on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Eccles Coliseum. In the last meeting between the schools in 2015, SUU came out with a 54-37 home victory.
The Thunderbirds are hoping to see senior Patrick Tyler return under center after being sidelined with an injury in their last game at Sacramento State. The team struggled in his absence in a lopsided 54-27 loss. Sophomore quarterback Aaron Zwahlen filled in for Tyler and threw for 188 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in the loss.
In their last game, SUU’s defense could not stop Sacramento State’s junior quarterback Kevin Thomson as he collected seven total touchdowns. This season SUU has surrendered an average of 41.5 points per game. The Thunderbirds will have to tidy things up on the defensive side of the ball in order to have a chance against Cal Poly this week.
Entering the game, sophomore running back James Felila leads SUU with 311 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. Freshman Landen Measom leads the receivers with 17 catches for 349 yards and two touchdowns.
Cal Poly may not have won any games yet, but they certainly shouldn’t be taken lightly. They’ve had some very competitive games losing by six against Colgate, in overtime at Northern Iowa, and by four at Idaho State.
Junior quarterback Khaleel Jenkins leads the option attack for the Mustangs having rushed for 454 yards and four touchdowns. Jenkins has also thrown for 597 yards and eight touchdowns on 42 percent passing.
The defense has been the achilles heel for the Mustangs after allowing 33 points per game thus far. They’ve allowed an average of 421 total yards per game.
The game kicks off at 6 p.m. MST with a tailgate party starting at 4 p.m. MST. If you can’t make it out to the game, watch it on Pluto TV-Ch. 236 or listen on KSUB 590.
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