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North Dakota holds on to beat Southern Utah 33-29

Published November 3, 2012 6:01 pm

Thunderbirds rack up season-high 520 yards on offense.
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Grand Forks, N.D. • Jake Miller's 36-yard touchdown run with 10:01 remaining put North Dakota on top for good in a see-saw battle between two middle-of-the-road Big Sky teams Saturday in a 33-29 victory over Southern Utah.

Mitch Sutton's 5-yard touchdown run gave North Dakota (5-5, 3-4 Big Sky) its first lead of the day at 26-22 with 2:43 remaining in the third period.

On the ensuing possession, Brad Sorenson found Henna Brown on a 15-yard touchdown strike for Southern Utah (4-6, 3-4) to cap an 11-play, 87-yard scoring drive to re-take a 29-26 lead at the 11:30 mark in the fourth quarter.

Sutton had 17 carries for 65 yards and two touchdowns, Braden Hanson completed 22 of 36 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown but the defense was below average, allowing the Thunderbirds to rack up 520 total yards of offense. Sorenson completed 19 of 29 passes for 363 and two touchdowns.

SUU led 15-0 midway through the second quarter. —

N. Dakota 33, SUU 29

S. Utah 3 19 0 7 — 29

North Dakota 0 13 13 7 — 33

First Quarter

SUt • FG Cook 35, 7:07.

Second Quarter

SUt • Moala 32 pass from Sorensen (kick failed), 11:17.

SUt • Wilson 5 run (run failed), 9:38.

NDAK • Hardin 98 kickoff return (Z.Miller kick), 9:20.

NDAK • Sutton 1 run (run failed), 2:03.

SUt • Crawford-Harris 4 run (Cook kick), :32.

Third Quarter

NDAK • Magstadt 8 pass from B.Hanson (kick blocked), 8:22.

NDAK • Sutton 5 run (Z.Miller kick), 2:43.

Fourth Quarter

SUt • H.Brown 15 pass from Sorensen (Cook kick), 11:30.

NDAK • J.Miller 36 run (Z.Miller kick), 10:01.

Attendance • 7,144.

SUt NDAK

First downs 23 18

Rushes-yards 39-157 26-113

Passing 363 195

Comp-Att-Int 19-29-1 22-36-0

Return Yards 19 0

Punts-Avg. 4-41.8 6-47.3

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0

Penalties-yards 8-84 7-41

Time of Possession 32:17 27:43

Individual Statistics

Rushing • S. Utah, Wilson 31-156, Crawford-Harris 4-11, Ika 1-0, Sorensen 3-(minus 10). North Dakota, Sutton 17-65, J.Miller 5-53, B.Hanson 4-(minus 5).

Passing • S. Utah, Sorensen 19-29-1-363. North Dakota, B.Hanson 22-36-0-195.

Receiving • S. Utah, Moala 5-166, C..Morgan 4-38, Pedersen 3-89, Wilson 3-32, McNabb 2-20, H.Brown 1-15, Crawford-Harris 1-3. North Dakota, Hardin 6-48, Townsend 5-55, Jackson 5-45, Magstadt 3-17, Golladay 2-27, J.Miller 1-3.