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Cedar City, Utah • Tyler Collet made a diving interception to thwart a late Southeastern Louisiana rally as Southern Utah held on for a 28-23 win on Saturday night.

Southeastern Louisiana pulled to within five points when Justin Alo hit Juwan Dickey on a 20-yard scoring strike with 3:33 left in the game.

The Lions got the ball back with 1:12 remaining. With 54 seconds left, Josh Thornton tipped the pass and Collet scooped it out of the air to seal the win.

Patrick Tyler led Southern Utah (1-1), throwing for 188 yards and three scores on 18-of-28 passing. Malik Brown rushed for 146 yards on 32 carries.

The Thunderbirds' balanced attack racked up 437 total yards.

Southeastern (0-2) held a 17-14 advantage at the break, but the Thunderbirds took the lead for good when Brady Measom hauled in a 10-yard scoring strike from Tyler.

Tyler hit Mike Sharp on a 16-yard scoring play with 9:27 left in the game to provide enough cushion for the win.

Alo, a senior, threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns on 18-of-31 passing in his first career start for the Lions.

Senior Rasheed Harrell scored his first rushing touchdown of the season, as SLU finished with 411 total yards. of offense.