Scores

Final

Youngstown St 7

(2-4, 0-3 away)

Southern Utah 14

(3-3, 2-1 home)

3:00 PM ET, October 4, 2008

Eccles Coliseum, Cedar City, UT

1 2 3 4 T
YSU 7 0 0 07
SUU 0 7 7 014

Top Performers

Passing: C. Stone (SUU) - 172 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Alexander (SUU) - 21 CAR, 92 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: N. Miller (SUU) - 5 REC, 89 YDS

S. Utah 14, Youngstown St. 7

Associated Press

EDS: Retransmitting to correct coding. 'D.J Lucchesi' and 'D.J.' Senter in 2nd graf is CQ.

CEDAR CITY, Utah -- Aaron Fernandez returned a fumble 54 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, and Southern Utah stopped Youngstown State's final drive at the 18-yard line with 28 seconds left, giving the Thunderbirds a 14-7 win Saturday.

D.J. Lucchesi and D.J. Senter sacked Youngstown quarterback Paul Corsaro, forcing a fumble with 2:42 left in the third quarter. Fernandez picked it up and ran untouched down the right sideline to break a 7-7 halftime tie.

Youngstown State (2-4) went 68 yards in the final three minutes and faced a fourth-and-2 at the SUU 18 with 34 seconds to go.

Subbing for injured starter Brandon Summers, Corsaro kept the drive alive twice with fourth-down completions. But on the pivotal play, Corsaro threw to Donald Jones for an apparent first down. SUU's Troy Osborne knocked the ball loose for an incompletion.

Coupled with last week's 34-20 win at Texas State, the victory marked the first time Southern Utah (3-3) has won consecutive games over Football Championship Subdivision opponents since the final two games of the 2004 season.

Trailing 7-0 in the second quarter, the Thunderbirds tied it on Deckar Alexander s 1-yard touchdown run, culminating a 10-play, 75-yard drive that consumed almost five minutes.

With defensive lineman Austin Curtis leading the blocking from the fullback spot, Alexander (21 carries, 92 yards) split two tacklers at the goal line and fell into the end zone with 6:14 left in the first half.

Youngstown State took the opening kickoff and went 74 yards in six plays, scoring on Kamryn Keys' 45-yard run to take a 7-0 lead 2:29 into the first quarter.

Keys appeared to be stopped in the middle of the line, but he bounced outside, broke a tackle and outraced the Thunderbird defense to the end zone.

Summers left the game early in the second quarter after he suffered a sprained knee on a sack. He did not return.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
YSU
SUU
1st Downs1915
Total Yards323278
Passing153172
Rushing170106
Penalties6-324-32
3rd Down Conversions8-174-13
4th Down Conversions2-40-0
Turnovers32
Possession32:1227:48

Passing Leaders

Youngstown StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Corsaro10/21974.600
Southern UtahC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stone13/281726.102

Rushing Leaders

Youngstown StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Keys11716.5145
Brown12443.7018
Southern UtahCARYDSAVGTDLG
Alexander21924.4113
Stone8131.605

Receiving Leaders

Youngstown StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams46115.3038
Pitts22713.5016
Southern UtahRECYDSAVGTDLG
Miller58917.8048
Poots3299.7017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERYSUSUU
TD12:31Kamryn Keys 45 Yd Run (Brian Palmer Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERYSUSUU
TD06:14Deckar Alexander 1 Yd Run (Steve Pulver Kick) 77
THIRD QUARTERYSUSUU
TD01:55Aaron Fernandez 54 Yd Fumble Return (Steve Pulver Kick) 714