AZUSA, Calif. – Dixie State traveled to the Golden State to try and avenge an earlier loss to the Azusa Pacific Cougars, but early Red Storm miscues and a balanced Cougar attack put the game out of reach early. APU took a 35-7 lead into halftime and scored an additional 26 points before the Storm could find the end zone again to put the final score at 61-14.
The stats supported the scoreboard as DSU was dominated in most aspects of Saturday night’s contest. Azusa Pacific outgained the Storm 530-275 yards. APU scored on 9 of 13 possessions in the game and got points on five straight possessions to start the second half. The Cougars also won the turnover battle 2-1.
APU’s first scoring drive began with an interception by Tyree Davis to give the Cougars excellent field position at the DSU 33-yard line. On the first play of the series, APU running back Kurt Scoby ran in for the score, putting the home team up 7-0. After the Cougars held DSU to a three-and-out on the following possession, Tarik Myles returned the Storm punt 57 yards to paydirt for a quick 14-0 lead.
Less than one minute into the second quarter, Cougar quarterback Andrew Elffers hooked up with receiver Ethan Zeidler for a 46-yard touchdown pass. Scoby got his second rushing touchdown on a 24-yard run seven minutes later to give the Cougars a 28-0 lead.
The Red Storm had good field position inside enemy territory late in the second quarter. Quarterback Tyson Blackner drove the offense 48 yards in six plays to get Dixie State on the board. Blackner ended the drive with a 7-yard run. With less than a minute to go in the half, the score was 28-7.
The back breaker came on Azusa’s next drive. After a good kickoff return, the Cougar offense only needed 35 seconds to go 45 yards for another touchdown before the break. Elffers found Blake Robertson for a 26-yard touchdown reception.
The Cougars kept it rolling in the second half. Scoby scored two more touchdowns and Jacob Hall a field goal during a 26-0 barrage over the next 20 minutes.
The Red Storm would score once more in the last minute of the game. Orlando Wallace punched it in from 2-yards out to get to the final score 61-14.
Individually Blackner completed 11 of 27 passes for 113 yards. DeJon Coleman led the Storm with 40 yards rushing on 11 carries. Nate Stephens had six receptions for 61 yards.
With the loss DSU drops to 2-5, 1-2 in the GNAC. The Storm will to Rapid City, S.D., next week to take on South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
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