USD football moved to 1-2 on the season after a 27-10 loss to Weber State (2-1) in Ogden, Utah Saturday night.
Fresh off wins last week, USD landed at No. 22 on NCAA FCS rankings and WSU at No. 11. In the matchup, each team faced their first ranked opponent of the season.
Sophomore kicker Mason Lorber contributed USD’s first three points on a 26-yard field goal 1:38 into the second quarter. The Coyotes wouldn’t score again until nine seconds left in the game, when junior Dakarai Allen caught a four-yard pass from junior quarterback Austin Simmons, first deflected off sophomore Brett Samson.
Simmons finished with 210 yards on 25/45 passing, adding a touchdown and 2 interceptions, sophomore running back Kai Henry ran for 39 yards on 11 carries, and Dakarai Allen hauled in 60 yards and one touchdown on five receptions.
WSU sophomore quarterback Jake Constantine threw for 140 yards and a touchdown on 15/27 passing and redshirt freshman running back Josh Davis tallied 105 yards on 27 carries.
USD’s 238 total yards came within only 14 yards of WSU’s total, but the Wildcats dominated the ground game with 112 yards, compared to the Coyote’s 28.
Penalties didn’t help USD’s cause, as they were flagged 11 times for 103 yards.
On the other side of the ball, sophomore linebacker Jack Cochrane led the Coyotes with nine tackles, and junior defensive end Darin Greenfield tacked one sack and five tackles (2.5 for loss).
Weber State’s defensive line shut down USD’s offense, sacking Simmons eight times (he finished with -35 rushing yards) and removing any possibility of downfield threats (Simmons averaged 4.7 yards) with quick and constant infiltration of USD’s offensive backfield. In addition, the Coyotes averaged just 0.8 yards per rush.
USD has a break next week before visiting Southern Illinois in Carbondale, Ill. Sept. 29, opening Missouri Valley Conference play.