SUU Football: Thunderbirds Fall in Nail Bitter to Aggies

Logan, Utah –  Southern Utah University traveled to Logan to take on the Utah State Aggies on September 5th, 2015. The Aggies are coming off a successful 2014 season going 10-4 with big wins against BYU, Air Force and UTEP. The last time these two teams met in 2012 the Aggies shut down the Thunderbirds 34-3.

The Thunderbirds were off to a great start with a 27 yard pass from quarterback Ammon Olsen to Mike Sharp. A blocked PAT return from the Aggies and a field goal shortly after from Kicker Brock Warren brought the Aggies within one, 6-5 in the first quarter.

The game was a defensive battle with a combined 15 punts from both teams in the first half. The Thunderbirds did come to play and ended the 2nd half with a field goal on 4th and 12 giving SUU the lead 9-5.

No points were scored in the third quarter, and every single possession during the quarter ended in a punt.

The Aggies were not done yet, with just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Andrew Rodriguez returned an SUU punt for 88 yards to give the Aggies a 12–9 lead. SUU had a chance to take the game on their final drive, but after the pass fell incomplete on 4th and 9 the Aggies ran out the time.

SUU defensive end James Cowser said “their defense played phenomenal, their offense kept rolling when they had to roll and their special teams got it done. Unfortunately, you’ve got to play the game for the full 48 minutes, but there’s a lot we can learn from, a lot we can take pride in and get better.”

SUU Top Player Performers:
Ammon Olsen – 17 of 34 passing for 111 yards, 1 touchdown
Jarom Healey – Running back (top rusher) 12 Carries for 38 yards
Mike Sharp – Wide Receiver (Dixie High School), 40 receiving yards with 4 catches
Justin Brown -Wide Receiver, 38 yards with 5 catches
Mike Needham – Linebacker (top tackler), 10 tackles
Matt Holley – Outside Line Backer, 8 Tackles
James Cowser – Defensive End, 7 Tackles
Josh Thorton – Defensive Back, interception

Next up for the Thunderbirds is South Dakota State. Kickoff next Saturday in South Dakota is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Season tickets can be purchased now at tbirdtickets.com.

2015 SUU Football Schedule

September 5 At Utah State
September 12 At South Dakota State
September 19 Northern Colorado
September 26 Brevard College
October 2 (Fri) At Weber State
October 10 Bye
October 17 Sacramento State
October 24 At UC Davis
October 31 Cal Poly
November 7 At Montana State
November 14 At Portland State
November 21 Northern Arizona

Photo courtesy of SUU Media Relations. For more visit www.suutbirds.com 

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