ST. GEORGE, Utah – The Dixie State football team was outgained in total yardage 402 to 111, yet were within a score midway through the fourth quarter. Terjean Saffold’s one-yard scamper late in the game sealed a road victory for Adams State over the Red Storm, 24-14 on Saturday at Hansen Stadium.
Junior quarterback Trevor Eggleston threw for 225 yards and connected with wide receiver Dustin Bolt for a pair of touchdowns for the Grizzlies (1-0).
After an 18-yard ASC field goal capped a 19-play drive in the first quarter, Cache Morgan provided the highlight of the night for Dixie State (0-1) returning the ensuing kickoff 102 yards for the go-ahead score. Morgan shined on the defensive side with 13 tackles, nine of them of the solo variety.
The first of Bolt’s two TD receptions came late in the first half for a 10-7 Adams State halftime lead.
Field position provided the dominant theme of the third quarter. ASC benefitted from it, turning a quick three-play drive into a score – a strike from Eggleston to Bolt for 30 yards.
Early in the 4th quarter, Bolt, in his duties as punter, fumbled a low snap that was recovered by Blake Hansen inside the 10. The Storm struck quickly on a 7-yard TD play from Cody Stevenson to Zack Fox.
The Red Storm stayed in the hunt thanks, in part, to special teams. Jake Duncan blocked a Van Voris field goal attempt and the kicker missed another attempt wide right.
Dixie State made a quarterback change to true freshman Stefan Cantwell after Stevenson went 9-of-17 for 102 yards including two interceptions. The freshman QB found sustaining an offensive drive difficult. Cantwell did not complete any of his six attempts and left a pass open in the middle of the field for a pick by ASC’s James Ackel.
Saffold rushed for 179 yards on 33 carries, including the final touchdown with 2:08 remaining.
Adams State ran 81 offensive plays while holding possession for nearly 40 minutes. In comparison, Dixie State only produced 44 plays in 20:12.
The victory gave the Grizzlies a 3-2 all-time series advantage and the first two-game winning streak in the series.
Dixie State looks to bounce back and tally win number one next Saturday against Colorado Mesa. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.