ST. GEORGE — The hard running of Bobby Coy and the deep patterns of Drew Bohannon are why the Mesa State Mavericks are undefeated and ranked 25th in the country in NCAA Division II.
Dixie State found out about both firsthand Saturday night at Hansen Stadium as Coy rushed for 151 yards and Bohannon caught seven passes for 145 yards as Mesa State beat up the Rebels, 38-13.
Things started sharp for Dixie State as Skyler Ence led the team on a long drive inside the Mesa State 5-yard line to open the game. But it turned sour in a hurry as on third down Mavericks defender Brandon Waymire wrestled the ball away from Rebels fullback Brandon Grover and raced 98 yards for the opening score of the game.
"How many times has that happened to us, driving for a score and instead giving one up the other way?" Dixie State coach Ron Haun said. "Seven turnovers. We had seven turnovers."
Mesa State led 21-6 late in the half when Micah Harward picked off a Mavericks pass and returned it to the Mesa 17-yard line. With just five seconds left until halftime, Ence connected with Zach Fox that closed the lead to 21-13.
Whatever momentum the Rebels had from that late score was erased on the first drive of the second half as Coy led the Mavericks on an eight-play, 71-yard drive to push the lead back to 15 points at 28-13. On the drive, Coy rushed for 37 yards, including the last four yards on a cutback play for the score.
Dixie State (2-5) had more than 300 yards of offense in the game and moved the ball between the 20s with relative ease. But the red zone woes for the Rebels continued in this game.
The Rebels take next week off before entertaining future conference foe Humboldt State on Oct. 20.