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  • Rushing records fall in 39-12 DSU win over SFU
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    Published - 10/06/13 - 08:04 AM | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Robles, Burton become first 100-yard duo in DSU D-2 history. Photo credit: Andrew Levine Photography
    Robles, Burton become first 100-yard duo in DSU D-2 history. Photo credit: Andrew Levine Photography
    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) - One week ago, the Dixie State football team posted its highest team single-game rushing mark with 275 yards at Humboldt State.

    That mark fell after seven days.

    Led by Griff Robles (Spanish Fork, UT/Spanish Fork) and Myles Burton (Berkeley, CA/Rodriguez), the Red Storm racked up 333 yards on the ground en route to a 39-12 victory over Simon Fraser in Great Northwest Athletic Conference at Hansen Stadium.

    DSU claimed its second consecutive victory to improve to 2-3 on the season, 2-2 in the GNAC.

    Robles, fresh off 411 total yards against the Jacks a week ago, tallied another 427 yards against the Clan (2-2). The senior quarterback led Dixie State to scores on the team's first three drives. He found Randon Willard (Santa Clara, UT/Snow Canyon) on a slant pass for a nine-yard score capping an eight-play, 85-yard drive. Robles then ran up the gut of the Clan defense for 15 yards and a score to make the score 13-0. The lead pushed to 19-0 on the first play of the 2nd quarter when Robles connected with Joe Don Duncan (Corona, CA/Notre Dame) from 11 yards out.

    Dixie State increased the lead to 25-0 at the break when the combo of Robles and Willard struck again – a seven-yard play with a stellar spinning catch in the middle of the end zone. During the DSU scoring string, the Storm defense held the nation's 17th-ranked passing offense at bay. Simon Fraser was held to four straight drives of three-and-outs, followed by a third-down interception on the subsequent drive by Jake Duncan (Corona, CA/Notre Dame).

    Robles led the 14-point charge in the 3rd quarter – a 34-yard run for a TD early and a 48-yard pitch and catch to Duncan – to make the score 39-0. The signal caller would not play the in the fourth quarter after accumulating 251 passing yards (13-27, 4 TD) and a career-best 176 yards rushing (2 TD).

    Burton carried the ball 16 times for 127 yards. He and Robles became the first duo to rush for over 100 yards in a game since Dixie State became an NCAA school in 2006.

    DSU's 584 yards of total offense fell one yard shy of a single-game high – set against Central Washington on Oct. 6, 2012.

    Linebackers Robert Metz (Tucson, AZ/Canyon Del Oro) and Duncan led the Dixie State defense with eight tackles each. Saula Taufa (Manti, UT/Manti) recorded his first career interception in the third quarter.

    Simon Fraser avoided the shutout with a rushing touchdown from Steven Spagnuolo (two yards) and a TD catch by Tore Corrado from Mitchell Rushton.

    Casey Chin paced the Clan defense with his third straight game of 12 tackles.

    Dixie State makes a trip to Ellensburg, Wash., visiting one of the GNAC co-leaders – the Wildcats of CWU. Kickoff from Tomlinson Stadium is at 1 p.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Mountain) with live radio coverage on ESPN SportsRadio 106.1 FM.
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