CEDAR CITY — Ryan Zimmerman threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns as Southern Utah beat Stephen F. Austin 22-21on Saturday night.
Zimmerman replaced injured starter Casey Rehrer late in the second quarter.
He connected with Jake Box for a 3-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds remaining to cut the Lumberjacks' lead to 21-20. Then the Thunderbirds (1-2) faked on a point and Wes Patterson ran for a two-point conversion, giving Southern Utah its first lead of the game.
With Southern Utah trailing 21-7, Zimmerman led the Thunderbirds on an 11-play, 80-yard drive that included two fourth-down conversions. Zimmerman capped the drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Cory Ashby to cut the lead to seven.
Zimmerman threw two early interceptions before finishing 18-of-37.
The Lumberjacks defense caused five Southern Utah turnovers, including three interceptions. However, the Lumberjacks kicker Ryan Rossner missed two field goals.
Zeke Dixon threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns for Stephen F. Austin.
The Lumberjacks rushed out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter after a 32-yard touchdown run by Cliff Edwards and a 20-yard touchdown pass from Dixon to Michael David.
SNOW 33, PIMA 21: For three of the four quarters Saturday the Snow College Badgers held the Pima Storm scoreless. The one quarter that Pima did score made the game nteresting as the Badgers picked up a win in their first game of the year 33-21.
The Badgers jumped out on top with a 34-yard field goal by Joey Mack with 1:58 remaining in the first quarter. Snow picked up its first touchdown on a 13-yard pass from Jason Coutts to Nate Meikle with 2:32 left in the first half.
Coaching strategy and good defense set up the last score of the half when the Badgers called time out to force Pima to punt with less that two minutes left. Snow then worked its way down the field to set up the second Mack field goal, from 26 yards, and the Badgers led 13-0 at the half.
The Badger defense gave up just two yards rushing in the first half and 43 yards passing.