The Southern Utah University football team makes its first home appearance of the season tonight against the team that may have been responsible for keeping the T-Birds out of the Division II football playoffs.
Kickoff for tonight's game at the Coliseum of Southern Utah is at 7 p.m.Central Oklahoma managed just three football victories a year ago, one being a 24-21 decision over SUU last September.
That game was mentioned by a member of the playoff selection committee two months later as a factor keeping SUU out of the playoffs. Central Oklahoma is much improved this season, as they come into tonight's game with a 2-0 record.
Senior quarterback Mark Reiland has completed close to 60 percent of his passes and tailback Tyrone Jones has rushed for 226 yards so far this season. Meanwhile, SUU doesn't expect to change much.
Freshman quarterback Rick Robins completed 14-of-21 passes against Weber State last week despite facing a tough pass rush while Zed Robinson has rushed for over 90 yards in both games played to date.
"When it (the offense) executes, we're all right, but the problem has been consistency," SUU head coach Jack Bishop said earlier this week.
Defensively, the T-Birds have been strong, limiting two offensive-minded Big Sky opponents an average of under 300 yards of total offense.
For the second week in a row, a SUU defender earned Western Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors, as linebacker Jared Hunsaker duplicated Darren DeGracie's first week performance against Northern Arizona.