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CEDAR CITY -- In Saturday's home-opening win against San Diego, the Southern Utah Thunderbirds dominated the Toreros on both sides of the ball, but something still seemed amiss.
The T-Birds had the lead throughout the entire game, gave up only a second quarter field goal and sophomore quarterback Brad Sorensen led a solid offensive attack, throwing for 262 yard and three touchdowns, but neither the offense nor defense seemed all that satisfied after the blowout win.
"Getting that win helps our confidence a ton, but it keeps us humble," Sorensen said. "We played a good game, but it wasn't perfect by any means. We just have to keep executing and hopefully get a better game in against San Jose."
The T-Bird offense gave up three critical turnovers last weekend. Something Head Coach Ed Lamb said were caused by a lack of movement.
"Our offensive players were trying to get things that we didn't earn with our feet," Lamb said. "We need to put the work into practice to make sure that those plays are there for us, so we don't have to stretch to make them."
Sorensen said they focused on fundamentals of the game to reduce errors.
"Coach Lamb has stressed getting back to the basics, and that's what we're going to work on this week to try to minimize turnovers this weekend," Sorensen said.
He said they have improved week to week and look to continue that against San Jose.
"We are going to try to move the football, get the ball into our play makers' hands and build on what we've done in the past few weeks," Sorensen said.
The Spartans fell short against the University of Wisconsin last Saturday in a deciding score of 27-14. San Jose was unable to put points on the scoreboard in the first half but outscored the Badgers 14-10 in the second half.
"They have great team speed and will be a real challenge for us," Lamb said. "Their quarterback has a strong arm, wide receivers have some talent and their defense plays with real enthusiasm. I think we can pressure him, and I'm anxious to see how it plays out with our defensive line against their offensive line."
"The win (against San Diego) does boost our confidence a little bit, but we can't think too highly of ourselves," said senior linebacker Akeem Anifowoshe said. "If we read our keys and play fast to our assignments, I believe that we can keep going in the right direction. We just need to keep working hard."
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Saturday in Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif.