By Gavino Archuleta
NMHU Sports Information
CEDAR CITY, UTAH — The NMHU Cowboys fell to NCAA Division I opponent Southern Utah University 45-23 in Cedar City, Utah, on Saturday night.
Despite a hard-fought performance by the Pokes on both sides of the ball the Thunderbirds — who play in D-I’s Football Championship Subdivision — wore down the Cowboys late in the game and outscored the Cowboys 24-3 in the second half of play en route to the win.
Offensively the Cowboys finished the night with 346 yards. Darius Davis led the Cowboys in receiving with nine catches for 173 yards and one score. Kevon Williams added in two catches for 90 yards with a long of 52 for the Cowboy receiving corps. Taylor Genuser completed 4 of 7 passes for 55 yards before exiting the game. Emmanuel Lewis came in for Genuser and completed 19 of 32 passes for 311 yards and one score.
Defensively the Pokes held the Thunderbirds to 365 yards for the night.
Abdul Kanneh led the way for the Cowboys with seven tackles, one tackle for loss, three pass break-ups and two interceptions, which he returned for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Kanneh had a long return of 90 yards for a score.
Jared Koster finished the night with 10 tackles with one for a loss of three yards. DiAmaal Holmes rounds out the top three Pokes with eight tackles on the night.
“Our guys played tough tonight,” said NMHU head coach Eric Young. “We showed some great things against a very good FCS opponent. I’m very proud of the way our guys played and now it’s time to get ready for Colorado School of Mines.”
The Pokes return to Las Vegas for the resumption of RMAC play against the Colorado School of Mines at 1 p.m. Saturday in Perkins Stadium.
The Cowboys are inviting the public for Southwest Capital Bank Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday as they unveil their new scoreboard located in the north end zone of Perkins Stadium.