CEDAR CITY— Southern Utah University football will play its second Big Sky game this week on the road at Cal Poly. SUU is coming off its first win of the season and of Big Sky play last week, as the team beat Weber State, 31-28.
SUU has a record of 1-4 while CPU is 1-3. CPU's only win comes from a 42-14 win over Portland State.
SUU has lost to Cal Poly 13 consecutive times in San Luis Obispo and hopes to change that Saturday night.
CPU is led by quarterback Chris Brown. Brown averages over 100 rushing yards a game that contributes to the team’s average of 306 rushing yards per game. Jordan Hines is CPU's leading receiver with six receptions, averaging 21 yards per catch.
With SUU fresh off their first win, Coach Ed Lamb is confident with Ammon Olsen taking over the QB job from a struggling Aaron Cantu.
Ammon has got a lot of tools, a lot of ability. We definitely wanted to give Aaron Cantu every opportunity to begin the season and hold down the job.
“Ammon has got a lot of tools, a lot of ability," Lamb said. "We definitely wanted to give Aaron Cantu every opportunity to begin the season and hold down the job. We have tremendous respect for the way Aaron has handled himself and the way he prepares but, in the end, it became a battle and I think, at this point, Ammon has out performed and fits the system of offense we are running a lot better so that is who we are committed to right now, Ammon Olsen as the starter.”
The SUU offense will be up against a CPU defense that allows 414 yards per game and has collected three interceptions on the year. Nick Dzubnar leads the defense with 54 tackles on the season.
SUU vs. Cal Poly is set for kick-off at 7:05 p.m. (MT) in San Luis Obispo, CA.