Weber State wins defensive battle over SUU, 19-16

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Dontae McMillan rushes for 138 yards and a touchdown

CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) – It wasn’t as dramatic as last week’s thriller over Northern Arizona, but Weber State came from behind again in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 unanswered points, and held on to beat in-state rival Southern Utah 19-16 to remain undefeated at 4-0.

Dontae McMillan rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown, while Bronson Barron returned from an injury to throw for 167 yards and a score for the Wildcats.

Kyle Thompson kicked a career-long 51-yard field goal in the first quarter to give the Wildcats the early lead.

In the second quarter, SUU took the lead on special teams, blocking a Wildcat punt and La’akea Kaho’ohanohano-Davis returning it 25 yards for a touchdown to give the Thunderbirds a 6-3 lead. SUU added a 39-yard field goal at the end of the half to lead 9-3 at halftime.

The Wildcats opened the third quarter with a 13-play, 75-yard drive with Barron finding Dallin Jamison for the four-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion failed, and the score was tied, 9-9.

Southern Utah responded with a 78-yard drive of its own and scored on a 1-yard Justin Miller touchdown run to take a 16-9 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats opened the final quarter with a 43-yard touchdown run by McMillan that tied the game at 16-all.

Then the Wildcats made a big play on defense, as Desmond Williams forced and recovered a SUU fumble. The ensuing drive ended with a 19-yard Thompson field goal giving Weber State a 19-16 lead with 10:02 to play.

The defense did the rest, as Weber State, ranked #2 in the FCS rankings improved to 4-0 on the year.

The Wildcats held the Thunderbirds to just 206 total yards, while racking up 402 yards on offense.

Josh Davis added 68 yards rushing on 18 carries, as Weber State pounded out 235 yards on the ground.

The Wildcats will close out the regular season April 10th with a home game against Idaho State, and will clinch the outright conference title with a win. 

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