Tags: Aaron Romero/Beef Bowl/Cade Johnson/Chase Norblade/Chris Helbig/Christian Rozeboom/Drake/J’Bore Gibbs/James Felila/Josh Manchigiah/Kanin Nelson/Lance Lawson/Logan Backhaus/Long Island/Murray State/Nela Otukolo/Pierre Strong Jr./Quinton Hicks/Ryan Earith/Seven Wilson/South Dakota State football/SUU Football Written by Brad James September 19, 2019 /Sports News – Local SUU Football Goes On Road To Face No. 3 South Dakota State FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBROOKINGS, S.D.-Saturday, Southern Utah University football seeks to build upon its momentum from a 45-38 overtime win over Stephen F. Austin last weekend by visiting No. 3 South Dakota State at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium of Brookings, S.D.This game represents the 53rd annual Beef BowlThis is the 1-2 Thunderbirds’ last non-Big Sky Conference game of the season.Presently, the Thunderbirds rank 56th nationally in scoring offense (27.3 points) and are tied for 102nd (with Murray State) in scoring defense by giving up 42.7 points per game.SUU is led by redshirt sophomore signal-caller Chris Helbig, who has completed 65 of 105 passes (61.9 percent) for 639 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions this season.Redshirt junior tailback James Felila has run for 115 yards and a pair of scores on 38 carries to lead the Thunderbirds.Sophomore tailback Lance Lawson, the reigning College Madness Big Sky Conference offensive player of the week, is the Thunderbirds’ leading receiver. He has hauled in 28 grabs for 251 yards and a pair of scores on the season for SUU this season.Redshirt senior linebacker Nela Otukolo leads the Thunderbirds with 20 tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup.The sacks leader for SUU is sophomore defensive lineman Aaron Romero, who has three sacks and a forced fumble.The 2-1 Jackrabbits have won two straight games after narrowly losing to FBS Power 5 conference foe Minnesota, 28-21 at Minneapolis.They then routed Long Island 38-3 and Drake 38-10.The Jackrabbits rank 37th nationally in scoring offense (32.3 points per game) and are eighth nationally in scoring defense (13.7 points per game).South Dakota State is paced by junior signal-caller Kanin Nelson who has completed 18 of 26 passes (69.2 percent) for 267 yards and three touchdowns. The Jackrabbits have also played redshirt freshman J’Bore Gibbs, who has completed 13 of his 26 passes (50 percent) for 193 yards, a touchdown and an interception.Sophomore tailback Pierre Strong Jr. lives up to his name by running for 237 yards and a pair of scores on 35 carries, a 6.8 yard average.Junior receiver Cade Johnson has 14 grabs for 239 yards (17.1 yards per reception) and two touchdowns for the Jackrabbits as the squad’s leading receiver.Junior linebacker Seven Wilson leads the Jackrabbits’ defense with 21 tackles. Senior defensive end Ryan Earith leads the squad with three sacks. Also, senior linebacker Christian Rozeboom has posted both an interception and a forced fumble.Junior linebacker Logan Backhaus has amassed an interception and team-bests in passes defensed (4) and passes broken up (3).Freshman defensive end Quinton Hicks has a sack, a forced fumble and two tackles for a loss.Junior safety Josh Manchigiah freshman safety Chase Norblade have each added an interception for the Jackrabbits.South Dakota State leads the all-time series 6-1.