Both Southern Utah and Weber State are cruising along heading into the final week of the regular season, as the two in-state FCS teams find themselves tied with Northern Arizona atop the Big Sky standings.
On Saturday, both teams rolled out trick plays involving offensive linemen in their latest victories, the T-Birds over UC Davis (47-27) and the Wildcats over Portland State (63-17).
The setup: With the T-Birds leading 14-0 early in the second quarter, they found themselves facing a second-and-15 at the UC Davis 35 after a penalty and an incomplete pass.
The play: SUU quarterback Patrick Tyler rolled right, then spun and threw back to a wide-open Josh McMillin, who had lined up at left tackle on the play. McMillin, who had released from his defender early in the play, caught the throw and ran near the sideline, gaining 18 yards to the UC Davis 17. The play was recorded as a rushing attempt for McMillin and led to a T-Bird touchdown four plays later.
The setup: Moments after Weber State took a 35-3 lead over Portland State in the second quarter, the Wildcats got the ball back in Viking territory by recovering a fumble on the kickoff. Weber State started the drive with a 10-yard run, setting the Wildcats up with a first-and-10 at the Portland State 18.
The play: With Weber State running back Treshawn Garrett lead-blocking for him, quarterback Stefan Cantwell began the play by running to his left. He then spun around and threw back to Tyler Downs, who had lined up at right tackle on the play. Downs caught the pass, cut left to avoid a tackle, then bulled over Portland State defensive end Davond Dade before being tackled after a 9-yard gain to the Viking 9. Like the SUU play, it was officially recorded as a rushing attempt. The Wildcats scored a touchdown on the next play.