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  • Robles runs wild in DSU Homecoming win over HSU
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    Published - 10/27/13 - 08:12 AM | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Record shattering 484 total yards of offense from the QB leads the way. Photo credit: Rico Del Sesto
    Record shattering 484 total yards of offense from the QB leads the way. Photo credit: Rico Del Sesto
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    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) - Senior quarterback Griff Robles (Spanish Fork, UT/Spanish Fork) accounted for 484 yards of total offense – the most for any single player - and became the first Dixie State back to rush for over 200 yards in a game since Sept. 2007 during the Red Storm's 28-19 win over visiting Humboldt State in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play.

    The signal-caller's 217 rush yards was the second highest total in DSU history, only trailing the 226 yards posted by Adam Wells against the Jacks six seasons ago.

    The Red Storm improved to 3-5 overall and 3-4 in GNAC play, securing fourth place behind conference leaders Azusa Pacific, Central Washington and Western Oregon. Humboldt State dropped its eighth straight game in the 2013 season.

    DSU took a 7-0 lead on the first possession of the game. Robles capped a five-play drive with a two-yard scamper.

    Both teams squandered opportunities as the first quarter rolled on. HSU kicker Matt Bruder missed from 30-yard on the subsequent drive, had a Kyle Morris pass intercepted by DeShawn Perkins (West Jordan, UT/West Jordan) and punted before tying the game at 7-7 late in the first quarter. Morris completed a drive marred by Dixie State personal foul penalties with a nine-yard TD scamper.

    The Jacks took their first lead at the midpoint of the second quarter on a season-long 49-yard field goal by Bruder.

    The next DSU drive was a positive anomaly. Eight plays, all rushes, accounted for 90 yards. Robles had seven carries in the possession, with a long run of 47 yards. Two plays later, he scored from 21 yards to give Dixie State a 14-10 lead that lasted until halftime.

    Humboldt State used Jamarie Sanders as the featured tailback for the first half, but switched the gameplan to favor bruising back Kash Johnson early in the 3rd quarter. A two-yard TD run on a short drive after a DSU misplayed punt pushed the Jacks ahead 16-14. The Jacks gambled on fourth down with the lead on the next drive, but a fake field goal pass from the holder Chris Campbell fell incomplete to the turf.

    Dixie State responded with the go-ahead score. Robles connected with Mitch Frei (Santa Clara, UT/Snow Canyon) for a 28-yard TD to give the home team a 21-16 advantage.

    Another Bruder field goal (39 yards) closed the DSU gap to two, 21-19, before Robles led the final scoring drive. He completed on pass to Frei and totaled three runs for 69 yards and a TD.

    Up 28-19, Dixie State fumbled on another punt setting up HSU inside the five-yard line. Morris tried to find the end zone, but he fumbled near the goal line. The ball ended up in the grasp of Saula Taufa (Manti, UT/Manti) at the one. Two close plays at the goal line led to a punt and the final Jacks opportunity. With 54 seconds left, Bruder lined up for a FG. His 37-yard attempt was blocked by #K.J. Boyer and recovered by (West Jordan, UT/West Jordan)Jake Duncan# to seal up the victory.

    Joe Don Duncan (Corona, CA/Notre Dame) racked up 121 yards on four catches to lead the DSU receivers. Joel Davis (Natchez, MS/Natchez) netted 64 rush yards behind the stellar Robles effort. Jake Duncan (Corona, CA/Notre Dame) led all defenders with 12 tackles with a sack. Perkins ended with nine stops and Nick Largent (Escalon, CA/Escalon) added eight tackles.

    Morris threw for 254 yards. His favorite target was Kelechi Nwadibia – six receptions for 108 yards. Linebacker Andrew Feaster and defensive end Silas Sarvinski each had 10 tackles for the Jacks.

    Dixie State will head out on the road next week visiting Simon Fraser on Saturday (Nov. 2). Kickoff from Terry Fox Field is set for 3 p.m. MT (2 p.m. PT).
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