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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Despite SUU quarterback Ammon Olsen totaling 449 offensive yards, the Thunderbirds lost at Cal Poly 42-39 Saturday night. This is the 14th consecutive time the Thunderbirds have lost to the Mustangs in California. SUU fell to 1-5 on the season and 1-1 in the Big Sky conference. Cal Poly is now 2-3 on the season and 1-1 in Big Sky conference play.
The Mustang offense got off to a quick start and jumped to a 21-0 lead by the end of the first quarter after two touchdown passes by quarterback Chris Brown and a touchdown as a result of an SUU fumble.
In the second quarter, SUU finally put points on the board after Trevor McGirr kicked a 34-yard field goal. The next drive, Olsen took over as he led the team to two touchdowns. Olsen first threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Justin Brown. He then took his team on a 90-yard drive down field where he then ran the ball in 3 yards for the touchdown to make the score 21-17 for Cal Poly heading into halftime.
The first possession of the second half resulted in a touchdown for SUU after Olsen threw to tight end Chandler Allphin for 5 yards, giving SUU its first lead of the game, 24-21.
Cal Poly quickly responded with a touchdown by Brent Michaels and regained the lead, 28-24.
SUU answered back with Olsen’s third touchdown pass of the night, giving the lead to SUU again, 31-28.
After SUU missed a field goal, Cal Poly went on to score two touchdowns, making the score 42-31.
Late in the fourth quarter, Olsen rushed for a touchdown and then completed a pass to Chris Robinson for the two-point conversion, putting the score at 42-39 for Cal Poly. Although SUU came within a field goal, Cal Poly held onto the ball for the final three minutes of the game, resulting in a win for the Mustangs.
Olsen totaled 449 offensive yards while Justin Brown had eight receptions for 159 yards.
Miles Killebrew and Chinedu Ahanonu led the SUU defense with 14 tackles each.
SUU will be back in action next week as it takes on Eastern Washington in Cedar City.