Football Big Sky Conference Champions, Headed to Playoffs

Published: November 20, 2017 | Read Time: 1 minutes

football team celebrating their win against NAUThe No. 14/18 Thunderbird football team claimed their second Big Sky Conference title on Saturday, as they knocked off rival Northern Arizona in the Hinton Burdick Grand Canyon Trophy game 48-20.

The Thunderbirds earned an automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs with the victory on Senior Night.

“I’m really just so proud of the group,” SUU head coach Demario Warren said. “We fought all year to get to this point, and guys were banged up off of that UC Davis win, a lot of guys didn’t practice … They had a look in their eyes that they wanted to go out there and win it not only for this team, but the program, the city and the university.”

There have been a lot of firsts this season for the Thunderbird football team, and there was another one Sunday morning.

It was announced on the FCS Selection Show that the Thunderbirds received a first-round bye by earning the No. 8 seed and will host a home game December 2 against the winner of a contest between Weber State and Western Illinois.

Southern Utah, Weber State and Northern Arizona will all be representing the Big Sky Conference in the FCS Playoffs.

Southern Utah is in the same bracket as the No. 1 overall seed James Madison, and with a win in the second round would face off against them in the quarterfinals.  

Kickoff for the second round contest on December 2 is set for 6 p.m. MT at Eccles Coliseum.  

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