SUU Football Returns Home To Host Sacramento State For Homecoming

SUU Football Returns Home To Host Sacramento State For Homecoming

CEDAR CITY, Utah-For the first time in six weeks, Saturday Southern Utah University has a home football game as the Thunderbirds entertain Sacramento State for Homecoming.

SUU has started the season 0-5, losing the home opener to North Alabama and then falling to Oregon State and Arizona from the FBS’ Pac-12 Conference.

They commenced the Big Sky Conference season on the road as well, losing their first two conference games to Northern Arizona and Eastern Washington.

The Thunderbirds have been led on the season by receiver Ty Rutledge (22 rec, 316 yard, 2 TD’s) and linebacker Chinedu Ahanonu (1.5 sacks, six tackles for a loss).

In the backfield, SUU is paced by tailback Jay Green Jr. (81 car, 363 yards, 3 TD’s) and James Felila (53 car, 260 yards, TD).

Cornerback Taelin Webb has broken up eight passes as well for the Thunderbirds on the season, serving as the defensive leader.

Sacramento State comes into this game with a record of 2-3, while the Hornets lead the Thunderbirds 9-8 all-time.

The Hornets are led by signal-caller Kevin Thomson, who has completed 67 of 116 passes (57.7 percent) on the season for 7 touchdowns against only one interception.

The Sacramento State running attack has been bolstered by tailback Elijah Dotson, who is 13th in the FCS in rushing yards with 586, and has run for seven scores. Dotson is also 12th in the FCS in rushing yards per game at 117.2 yards per contest.

Receiver Jaelin Ratliff has hauled in 16 passes for 377 yards and a score on the season for the Hornets.

Defensively, linebacker Immanuel Anderson leads the Hornets with 41 tackles on the season and has netted a team-best 5.5 tackles for a loss on the season.

Defensive back Mister Harriel leads the team with interceptions on the season with two and defensive lineman Elijah Chambers has a team-best 4.5 sacks to pace the Hornets.