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HUDDLE IN THE HIVE: Wildcats, Trailblazers open with wins

UTAH COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP

   DIXIE STATE 26, TARLETON STATE 14: At Stephenville, Texas,  the Trailblazers came up big in their first game at the FCS level. They upset the 22nd-ranked Texans Saturday on the road. Dixie State finished with 445 yards of total offense and forced five turnovers on defense.

“I’m really proud of our guys. They came out ready to go,” head coach Paul Peterson said to Dixiestateathletics.com. “Before the game started, I talked to our team a little bit about confidence. We were planning on quite a few young guys playing out there, and I just said follow the leaders. They know how to win.” 

   The Trailblazers return to Texas next Sunday for a game against New Mexico State at the Sun Bowl in El Paso.

  WEBER STATE 49, IDAHO STATE 21: At Pocatello, the fourth-ranked Wildcats overcame a scoreless first quarter to rout the Bengals.

Weber State’s offense netted 638 yards, while the defense recorded three takeaways.

   “Our team didn’t flinch at all until it was 42-7,” head coach Jay Hill said to the Standard-Examiner. “We’ve got to handle that situation better. We had a big letdown on the sideline. Other than that, it was a very well-played game for a first game and having not played in over 430 days.”

     The Wildcats return to action March 13 at home against UC Davis. This week’s game at Cal Poly has been rescheduled because of COVID-19 protocols within the Mustangs’ program. It’s now set for April 17.

      NORTHERN ARIZONA 34, SOUTHERN UTAH 33: At Flagstaff, the Thunderbirds lost their opener on the final play of the game — on a 2-yard touchdown pass by the Lumberjacks.

   “We made some mistakes, but that’s college football,” head coach Demario Warren said to suutbirds.com. “That’s why we’re out here, we want to play these kinds of games, have this kind of feeling and have games come down to the final play.  It was an exciting game. It’s disappointing that we lost, but it is what it is.” 

   SUU hosts Idaho State on Saturday.

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    BYU NOTEBOOK: The Cougars announced their 2021 schedule. It begins with a game against Arizona in Las Vegas. They’ll face Utah, Arizona State, South Florida, Boise State, Virginia and Idaho State at LaVell Edwards Stadium this fall with road dates set for Utah State, Baylor, Washington State, Georgia Southern and USC . . . BYU coach Kalani Sitake said Monday’s opening session of spring ball was fun and he saw a lot of good things . . . The Cougars unveiled two new helmet designs and announced future games against Dixie State and Ole Miss.
UTAH NOTEBOOK: Media outlets have confirmed that receivers coach Guy Holliday has parted ways with the program. Receiver Bryan Thompson has transferred to Arizona State and Samson Nacua has entered the transfer portal . . . The Utes unveiled their 2021 schedule. The opener is set for Sept. 2 against Weber State. Other home games feature Washington State, Arizona State, UCLA, Oregon and Colorado. The road slate includes games at BYU, San Diego State, USC, Oregon State, Stanford and Arizona.
UTAH STATE NOTEBOOK: The Aggies will kick off spring ball on March 15 . . . The first scrimmage is set for March 27 at Maverik Stadium and it will be open to the public . . . USU and BYU have extended their series, agreeing to play 2023 and 2025 in Logan. as well as 204 and 2026 in Provo.
WEBER STATE NOTEBOOK: Ater opening the season with a decisive win at Idaho State, the Wildcats moved up to their highest national ranking. They’re No. 2 in the nation this week . . . Quarterback Bronson Barron is the reigning Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week. He threw four touchdown passes against the Bengals . . . James Madison is the only team ranked above the Wildcats.
SOUTHERN UTAH NOTEBOOK: The Thunderbirds had only one full-time assistant coach on offense for their opener because of COVID-18 protocols . . . SUU quarterback Justin Miller had five touchdown throws un the loss at NAU . . . Wide receiver Landen Measom finished with 10 receptions and safety A.J. Stanley had a team-high 10 tackles.
DIXIE STATE NOTEBOOK: Safety Darrius Nash came up big in the opener. He collected 10 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble . . . Linebacker Malaki Malaki made nine stops . . . Because of the pandemic, the Trailblazers had not played a game in 469 days.

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