Ryan Robertson (11-of-29, 174, 1 TD, 1 INT) missed on three connections in the subsequent drive, giving Dixie State theball with under four minutes. On fourth down, the seventh play of the drive, Robles weaved his way into the end zone for the insurance score. CWU’s final gasp came on a Robertson pass from the Dixie State 40-yard line. The pass intended for tight end Griffon Squires was intercepted by the out stretched hands of cornerback Nick Porrazzo.Nawahine (16-of-31, 234, 1 TD, 2 INT) ignited the Dixie State offense in his debut as the starter. He completed four passes in the opening drive setting up a 27-yard field goal from freshman place kicker Austin Haslem. The QB trusted the running game in the next drive, handing the ball off on six of 10 plays. Nawahine then went to the air hitting Randon Willard for a four-yard TD and a 10-0 lead. Central turned to tailback Demetrius Sumler. His 33-yard TD on a swing pass from Robertson made the halftime score 10-7. CWU took the lead on Nawahine’s first interception, returned by Kevin Puckett from the DSC goal line to the house for 100 yards. Sumler ran up the gut for a 22-yard score for a 21-10 CWU lead.
Momentum swung back to the home team late in the third quarter. On consecutive short yard plays, junior linebacker Nick Largent stopped Jordan Todd after a one-yard gain and Sumler for no gain getting a turnover on downs. Dixie State had 12 different receivers catch passes. Fox paced the squad with 120 yards on four grabs while Frei made six catches for a season-high 95 yards. Andre Aron notched 98 yards with five receptions. Johnson led the DSC rushers with 54 yards while Kamuela Alisa carried the ball 10 times for 50 yards. On the defensive side, defensive lineman Kris Williams had seven tackles. Tana Woodard and Sean Gibson each recorded sacks. Puckett (14) and Stan Langlow (11) paced the CWU defense. Dixie State hits the road for the next two weeks in GNAC play. First stop is Monmouth, Ore., for a rematch with the Western Oregon Wolves. Kickoff from McArthur Field is set for 2 p.m. Mountain.