2015 Southern Utah Thunderbirds football team

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2015 Southern Utah Thunderbirds football
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Big Sky champion
Conference Big Sky Conference
Ranking
STATS No. 18
FCS Coaches No. 18
2015 record 8–4 (7–1 Big Sky)
Head coach Ed Lamb (8th season)
Offensive coordinator Gary Crowton
Defensive coordinator Demario Warren (2nd season)
Home stadium Eccles Coliseum
(Capacity: 8,500)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#18 Southern Utah $^   7 1         8 4  
#10 Portland State ^   6 2         9 3  
#14 Montana ^   6 2         8 5  
North Dakota   5 3         7 4  
Northern Arizona   5 3         7 4  
Eastern Washington   5 3         6 5  
Weber State   5 3         6 5  
Northern Colorado   3 5         6 5  
Montana State   3 5         5 6  
Cal Poly   3 5         4 7  
UC Davis   2 6         2 9  
Idaho State   1 7         2 9  
Sacramento State   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

The 2015 Southern Utah Thunderbirds football team represented Southern Utah University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by eighth-year head coach Ed Lamb and played their home games at Eccles Coliseum. This was their fourth year as a member of the Big Sky Conference. They finished the season 8–4, 7–1 in Big Sky play to be crowned Big Sky champion for the first time. They received the Big Sky's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs where they lost in the first round to Sam Houston State.

On December 26, Lamb resigned to become the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at BYU.[1] He finished at Southern Utah with an eight year record of 45–47.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 7:00 PM at Utah State* Maverik StadiumLogan, UT L 9–12   21,209
September 12 5:00 PM at No. 9 South Dakota State* Coughlin–Alumni StadiumBrookings, SD ESPN3 L 10–55   13,423
September 19 6:00 PM Northern Colorado Eccles ColiseumCedar City, UT WBS W 30–3   5,103
September 26 6:00 PM Brevard*dagger Eccles Coliseum • Cedar City, UT WBS W 55–7   5,789
October 2 6:00 PM at Weber State Stewart StadiumOgden, UT WBS W 44–0   5,778
October 17 6:00 PM Sacramento State Eccles Coliseum • Cedar City, UT WBS W 44–0   3,607
October 24 5:00 PM at UC Davis Aggie StadiumDavis, CA W 34–6   4,640
October 31 3:00 PM Cal Poly Eccles Coliseum • Cedar City, UT WBS W 54–37   4,506
November 7 1:00 PM at Montana State No. 20 Bobcat StadiumBozeman, MT RTUT W 34–23   17,427
November 14 3:05 PM at No. 15 Portland State No. 18 Providence ParkPortland, OR WBS L 23–24   6,122
November 21 3:00 PM No. 24 Northern Arizona No. 20 Eccles Coliseum • Cedar City, UT (HintonBurdick Grand Canyon Trophy Game) WBS W 49–41   9,022
November 28 3:00 PM at No. 6 Sam Houston State* No. 17 Bowers StadiumHuntsville, TX (FCS Playoffs First Round) ESPN3 L 39–42   3,098
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from STATS FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time.

Game summaries[edit]

at Utah State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Thunderbirds 6 3 0 0 9
Aggies 5 0 0 7 12
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 2012 USU, 34–3

at South Dakota State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Thunderbirds 7 0 0 3 10
#9 Jackrabbits 3 24 7 21 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–5 2014 SDSU, 26–6

Northern Colorado[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 3 0 0 0 3
Thunderbirds 17 6 7 0 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–1 2013 SUU, 27–21

Brevard[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tornados 0 0 0 7 7
Thunderbirds 7 20 14 14 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Weber State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Thunderbirds 7 10 14 13 44
Wildcats 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–15 2014 SUU, 31–28

Sacramento State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hornets 0 0 0 0 0
Thunderbirds 21 0 16 7 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–8 2014 SAC, 42–21

at UC Davis[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Thunderbirds 0 7 13 14 34
Aggies 3 3 0 0 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–11 2013 UCD, 21–3

Cal Poly[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mustangs 3 21 7 6 37
Thunderbirds 10 23 7 14 54
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–16 2014 POLY, 42–39

at Montana State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Thunderbirds 0 7 19 8 34
Bobcats 7 3 7 6 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–3 2013 SUU, 22–14

at Portland State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Thunderbirds 10 0 7 6 23
#15 Vikings 7 10 0 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–8 2013 SUU, 17–7

Northern Arizona[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Lumberjacks 3 21 7 10 41
#20 Thunderbirds 7 7 21 14 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–12 2014 SUU, 22–14

FCS Playoffs[edit]

First Round–at Sam Houston State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#17 Thunderbirds 6 26 7 0 39
#6 Bearkats 16 10 7 9 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2013 FCS Playoffs SHSU, 51–20

Ranking movements[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV 20 18 20 17 18 
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV 24 18 15 18 16 18

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