The Red Storm fell to 0-2 on the year and 0-1 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play. APU improved to 1-1 overall (1-0 GNAC) to extend its conference winning streak to five games, dating back to the 2012 season.
Duncan's 14-tackle performance matched his total from the 2012 opener at Adams State. He had seven solo tackles and seven assisted stops which included 1.5 tackles for loss.
Garr entered the game in the final quarter and connected on 13 of 19 passes for 155 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His first drive started with two incompletions, but turned quickly with seven straight completions including a wide-open 24-yard touchdown strike to Joe Don Duncan (Corona, CA/Notre Dame).
On the Storm's final drive, Garr led an eight-play, 80-yard trek culminating in a pass to Antonio Morton (Seattle, WA/Ballard) for a touchdown.
Azusa Pacific was led by the running attack from Terrell Watson and solid quarterbacking from Nick Owens.
The junior tailback scored early in the first quarter from 54 yards en route to 165 yards on the night and two scores. Owens hit on 14 of 17 passes for 163 yards and two TDs.
The Cougars scored 21 points in the second quarter with two touchdowns garnered in the final five minutes before the break to open up a 26-7 lead at half. APU scored 23 unanswered points from the midpoint of the second quarter until a 52-yard field goal early in the fourth came off the foot of Jaime Cacciatore.
Despite holding the ball for nearly five minutes longer than DSU, Azusa Pacific bested the total yardage battle by a slim margin, 391-380.
Griff Robles (Spanish Fork, UT/Spanish Fork) got the start at quarterback for the Red Storm and led the team to a quick strike TD drive in the second quarter. Using a quick no-huddle scheme, Robles found Joel Davis on a screen pass for 34 yards and a score. Robles threw for 212 yards on 17 of 30 passing and had an interception in three quarters.
"We are going to evaluate every position and everything we do in this program over the next two days," head coach Scott Brumfield said in a postgame radio interview. "We are going to do a lot of soul searching and come out Monday to turn this thing around."
Dixie State continues league play on the road next Saturday at 2 p.m. Mountain (1 p.m. Pacific) against Western Oregon.