Cedar City, Utah • Brad Sorensen passed for 287 yards and three touchdowns to lead Southern Utah to a 45-22 victory against Texas-San Antonio on Saturday night.
Sorensen was 20 of 28 for the Thunderbirds (2-1). He hit Jared Ursua with two scoring tosses, the first with 16 seconds remaining in the second quarter that gave Southern Utah a 28-7 lead.
Eric Soza threw for 141 yards and a touchdown for UTSA (1-2), which played its first-ever road game. Soza was intercepted once, and Dion Turner returned the ball 33 yards for a TD in the third quarter.
Ursua had six catches for 67 yards.
UTSA actually scored first, going 76 yards in 12 plays on the first drive of the game.
SUU answered immediately, though, as Deckar Alexander ran 50 yards on the T-birds' first play from scrimmage to the UTSA 30-yard line.
Alexander capped with drive with a 26-yard touchdown off a pass from Sorensen.
"I think it's always important that we answer, when the other team does something well â¦ and I thought that was a good answer to San Antonio's opening touchdown," SUU coach Ed Lamb said.
That touchdown set the tone, as SUU would go on to score 38 straight points and put the game away a performance that left Lamb impressed with his starters.
"I thought our ones came out and dictated the tempo really well after Texas-San Antonio did a nice job on the first drive," Lamb said. "Our one-defense knuckled down, our one offense moved the ball really well, and our special teams I thought really led the way early, the coverage units, the return units really did a great job."
The T-birds finished the game with a season-high 423 total yards. They also held UTSA to a season-low 294 yards.