College football: Southern Utah tries to rebound vs. Portland State
The Salt Lake TribuneFirst published Oct 11 2013 04:51PM
Cedar City • After one of the most disappointing losses in six seasons as Southern Utah’s football coach, Ed Lamb knows the Thunderbirds must rebound quickly to stay in the Big Sky Conference race.
SUU plays Portland State on Saturday at Eccles Coliseum, one week after a 21-3 loss to UC Davis.
The Thunderbirds failed to score a touchdown at home for the first time in 12 years against the Aggies, who had lost four of their first five games.
It wasn’t a fluke. UC Davis dominated.
"We were just outclassed by a better team," Lamb said. "They came in and performed better in every way. … They ran the ball well. They physically blocked us at the line of scrimmage.
"It’s been difficult for our guys to take. But the video, I think, brought some clarity to the situation. … We need to get better. If we continue to play like we did and don’t get better, we will continue to get beat."
Problem? Although Portland State has lost two straight, the Vikings are much better offensively than UC Davis. They are led by quarterback Kieran McDonagh.
"He’s got all the tools," Lamb said. "He throws the ball well. He has a quick delivery and a strong arm. They have excellent play design and will attack you vertically. … They are really a nightmare to prepare for."