DAVIS, Calif. — Patrick Tyler was 26-of-36 passing for 370 yards and three touchdowns and Jay Green ran for two scores to help Southern Utah beat UC Davis 47-27 on Saturday night for its fifth-consecutive win.
Green had 64 yards rushing on 18 carries and Ty Rutledge finished with three receptions for 105 yards and two scores for the Thunderbirds (8-2, 6-1 Big Sky Conference).
After Isiah Olave intercepted a Tyler pass at the UCD 4, Southern Utah’s Jarmaine Doubs had a pick-6 in the end zone to make it 7-0 in the opening minutes. Terran Beasley’s 49-yard catch-and-run set up Tyler’s 8-yard touchdown strike to Dawson Pedersen and, after a UCD punt, a 1-yard scoring run by Green capped an 11-play, 66-yard drive — including a screen pass to offensive lineman Josh McMillin — and made it 21-0 with 10:30 left in the second quarter.
The Aggies responded with an 18-play, 98-yard drive to trim their deficit to 14 points when Jake Maier hit Wesley Preece for a 4-yard TD, but Manny Berz hit a 29-yard field goal and, after UCD went three-and-out, Alan Holsten blocked a punt that rolled through the back of the end zone for a safety and made it 26-7 at halftime.
Green scored on a 14-yard run and Rutledge had a 16-yard scoring reception in the third before he turned a short pass into a 75-yard TD that made it 47-21 with 8:49 to play.
Maier threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions for UC Davis (5-5, 3-4).