Robles was 16-of-36 for 319 yards while connecting three time with Frei and two more times to senior tight end Joe Don Duncan(Corona, CA/Notre Dame) for Dixie State (4-5, 4-4 GNAC). Junior tailback Joel Davis added a four-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that proved to be the game-winner against the Clan (2-6, 2-6 GNAC).
The Clan pulled within a touchdown late with a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown from Earl Anderson and a pair of scores from Kyle Kawamoto in a 21-point fourth quarter. SFU recovered an onside-kick after the second Kawamoto score, but Zac Christian (Plain City, UT/Fremont) intercepted the first pass of the subsequent drive from Ryan Stanford (20-29, 232 yards).
Dixie State opened the game with a fumble on their opening drive of the game in rainy conditions atop Burnaby Mountain. The next two drives, however, resulted in scores. Robles kept the drive alive early with a 36-yard run. Later, he connected on a short pass to Frei, who broke a tackle to find the end zone. After a Stanford fumble forced by Bobby Patton (Lynwood, CA/Lynwood), Robles again connected with Frei in the final minute of the first quarter.
SFU ran the ball 11 straight times on their next drive, culminating in a Chris Tolbert TD run. Dixie State responded quickly. A four-play drive ended with Robles' third passing score of the half, a 22-yard strike to Duncan.
Tolbert scored late in the second quarter to make the halftime score 21-14.
Simon Fraser missed on two key opportunities in the third quarter. Place kicker Tiernan Docherty missed a 40-yard field goal wide left and clanged his second try from 22 yards off the left upright. DSU used the momentum of the two misses to make the score 28-14. Robles hit Frei down the middle of the field for a 49-yard touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, the Clan made their comeback attempt. SFU scored on fourth down early in the period on Kawamoto's five-yard grab in the back of the end zone. Anderson went nearly untouched after a Robert Metz (Tucson, AZ/Canyon Del Oro) punt to tie the game at 28-28.
Robles led the charge on the ensuing drive. A third down strike to Frei kept the drive alive early. After three straight QB rushes, Robles hit Duncan on successive passes – 13 yard for a first down and 16 yards for a score.
SFU was forced to punt on their next possession, but the result of the fourth down snap proved overly significant. From center, the snap sailed high over the head of Nikolai Karpun inside the five. DSU recovered the loose ball and scored two plays later on a Davis run.
Frei led the DSU receivers with eight catches with Duncan following behind with six grabs for 120 yards. Nick Largent (Escalon, CA/Escalon) paced the Storm defense with 10 tackles while Jake Duncan (Corona, CA/Notre Dame) added nine. Daniel Moffett had his fourth interception of the year in the second quarter.
Dixie State again hits the road next Saturday to face GNAC-leading Azusa Pacific. Kickoff on Nov. 9 is at 6:30 p.m. Pacific (7:30 p.m. MT) from Citrus Stadium.