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Penalties, poor offense help Wolves beat T-Birds

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CEDAR CITY — Southern Utah went without a touchdown for the first time in three years and gave up more yards in penalties than it did in offense Saturday night as Western Oregon took a 16-3 victory at Eccles Coliseum.

Western Oregon had 156 total yards, 91 rushing and 65 passing, while the Thunderbirds were flagged 13 times for 158 yards. Southern Utah finished with 192 yards of offense, 84 rushing and 108 through the air.

The last time SUU passed for more yards than it rushed for was in the season opener in 1999 vs. Ft. Lewis.

The last time Southern Utah was held without a touchdown was during the 1998 season, when it lost 31-3 at Western Illinois. The last time SUU went without a touchdown at home was in 1997, when Western Illinois took a 45-6 win, holding SUU to two field goals.

SUU has now lost three straight, all at home, the first time the team has lost three in a row since 1996 and the first time the team has lost three straight at home since 1995.

Andrew Keippela put the Wolves on the board first with a 31-yard field goal in the first period, then Bart Bishop took a quarterback sneak one yard to give WOU a 10-0 edge late in the second.

SUU got to within 10-3 as time expired in the half, when Dave Pretzer knocked in a 23-yard field goal, but that would be the Thunderbirds' only score on the night on one of the rare occasions they got inside the Wolves' 20. WOU's David Swopes capped the scoring on a two-yard run with four minutes to play.Utah 3