CEDAR CITY — Zach Zenner ran for 140 yards on 25 carries and South Dakota State held Southern Utah to 263 total yards in a 26-6 win on Saturday night.
South Dakota State (2-1) opened the game with a 13-play, 75-yard drive, which was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Reginald Gandy.
Zenner had 45 rushing yards on the drive.
Shayne Gottlob, a former tight end who moved to defensive line in 2013, intercepted a pass from Southern Utah's Aaron Cantu and returned it four yards for a touchdown, giving South Dakota State a 14-0 lead 5 seconds into the second quarter.
An 18-yard touchdown pass from Zach Lujan to Jake Wieneke late in the half and a 21-yard field goal by Justin Syrovatka early in the third made it 24-0.
"A win is a win," said SDSU coach John Stiegelmeier, whose 113th win tied Ralph Ginn for the most coaching victories at SDSU. "For us to get a 21-point lead in the first half and not be great in the second half, I'm so proud of these guys."
SDSU allowed just three first downs and 60 yards in first half.
Toa Afatasi put Southern Utah (0-3) on the board with 5:18 to play, but Trey Carr intercepted the ensuing 2-point conversion attempt and returned it for a score.
"He really played well," Stiegelmeier said of Carr, who broke up two passes. "He gives you no emotions, he's just a cool guy."
South Dakota State dominated possession, keeping the ball for almost 38 minutes while running the ball 50 times 230 yards.
Southern Utah has been outscored 113-22 this season.