No. 15 SUU will look to extend their five-game winning streak when they take on UC Davis at Aggie Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 11. Last season SUU beat UCD 24-3 in Cedar City.
The Thunderbirds have not lost a game since Sep. 23 at Sacramento State. SUU beat North Dakota 47-21 at home in week 10 where senior quarterback Patrick Tyler led the T-Birds with 310 passing yards and two TD.
SUU’s offense ranks sixth in the Big Sky with an average of 32.8 points per game. Patrick Tyler has 2,061 passing yards, 17 TD and nine interceptions this season. Sophomore running back James Felila has rushed for 700 yards and eight TD. Freshman wide receiver Landen Measom leads the team with 496 receiving yards and four TD.
The Thunderbird defense is fifth in the Big Sky, allowing 28.8 points per game. Senior linebacker Mike Needham has recorded 78 total tackles, five and a half tackles for loss and four pass break-ups.
UC Davis’s sophomore quarterback Jake Meier leads the Big Sky’s fourth best offense. Meier has thrown for 3,033 yards, 22 TD and eight interceptions. He is the only quarterback in the conference to eclipse the 3,000 yard mark. To go along with the league’s best signal caller, UC Davis boasts the conference’s top wide receiver: junior Keelan Doss. Doss has 1,233 receiving yards and seven TD.
The Aggie defense is fourth in the Big Sky, allowing 28.3 points per game. Senior linebacker Ryan Bua leads the team with 70 total tackles.
The key to the game for SUU will be mitigating the potent UCD passing attack. The Aggies are loaded with offensive weapons. SUU will have their hands full with a very tough road game at Aggie Stadium. UC Davis has only lost one home game this season. Saturday’s matchup is vital as SUU can win the Big Sky championship if they win their final two games.
The game kicks off at 5 p.m. MST and can be viewed on Pluto TV-Ch. 245 or listened to on KSUB 590.
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Aaron Peterson for SUU News