The Thunderbirds of Southern Utah University (SUU) will travel to Bozeman this weekend to take on the Montana State Bobcats (7-3, 5-1), who are currently ranked eighth in the FCS. The Thunderbirds (7-3, 4-2) look to take down MSU after losing a heartbreaking game last year in Cedar City where the Bobcats made a crucial field goal in the final minutes and intercepted a throw to the endzone by then-senior quarterback Brad Sorenson in the final seconds
The Thunderbirds are missing a large part of their 2012 squad, including Sorenson. Sorenson set SUU’s all time leading passing record, 9,445 yards, after transferring to the program from BYU in 2009. He was drafted in the NBA seventh round by the San Diego Chargers this last year. He set many records at SUU also including 61 touchdown passes. SUU has not let that affect them as this season is their best start in many years. The last three seasons have seen the Thunderbirds go 6-5 consecutively.
After suffering a devastating loss to Eastern Washington last week where the Eagles scored a touchdown on all eight of their possessions, the Bobcats have brushed it off and know what they need to do to correct the many mistakes made in Cheney. “We have to move on. On Sunday, we flushed that game out of our system. We know what we did wrong, we know what we can fix,” said Head Coach Rob Ash. “We have a good attitude here about choosing how to respond to adversity and moving on. That’s what we are going to do. We need to let that [Eastern Washington] game go.”
The Bobcats are excellent at jumping to the early lead, but seem to give up in the second half. The defense needs to step up and stop mistakes before they happen and contain the run, which EWU used against MSU very well. With the home field advantage, I will cross my fingers and predict a score of 31-24 with Montana State ahead at the final whistle.