CALDWELL, Idaho — Southern Oregon's 41-25 win Saturday afternoon at The College of Idaho wasn't all roses.
But for a team that practiced outdoors for a grand total of one hour this week leading up to the pregame walkthrough, the result was plenty sweet.
The Raiders moved to 2-0 for just the third time in the last 15 years, using a 4-0 turnover disparity to keep the winless Yotes (0-3, 0-2 Frontier Conference) under their control despite lapses on both sides of the ball.
Senior quarterback Tanner Trosin completed just 11 of 28 pass attempts — he also watched as botched snaps quashed three of SOU's third-down tries — but four of them went for long touchdowns: a 28-yarder to Jordan Suell in the first quarter, a 38-yarder to Dominic Giampaoli in the second, a 38-yarder to Bronsen Ader in the third and an 87-yarder to Ader in the fourth.
Trosin totaled 285 passing yards and has now thrown 142 passes in conference play since his last interception.
Ader, coming off a 132-yard game against No. 7 Eastern Oregon, amassed 153 more yards on four receptions.
Michael Roots, meanwhile, rushed in his second TD of the season to make it 34-17 early in the fourth shortly after his long TD reception was called back, and Austin May (8-67) and Rey Vega (16-50) combined for 117 yards on 24 carries.
Ranked 25th in the NAIA preseason poll, the Raiders are expected to ascend when the first poll of the regular season is released Monday in advance of next Saturday's matchup at No. 19 Montana Western.
As in last week's win, the defense was the story early. In C of I's first five possessions, SOU freshman lineman Tre Holmes forced a pair of fumbles (SOU recovered one), Tyson Cooper came up with an interception and the Raiders forced two turnovers on downs with the Yotes working on short fields.
That effort, along with Marcus Montano field goals of 24 and 25 yards, helped the Raiders build a 20-0 lead. But in the final 3:27 of the first half, touchdown runs from tailback Mike Kirby and quarterback Darius-James Peterson — both set up by deep balls to Turner Simmons — got the Yotes within 20-14 at the break.
A three-and-out to start the third quarter gave the ball back to the Raiders. Trosin's 38-yard strike to Ader in the end zone on their ensuing drive put them back up by multiple scores for good.
SOU finished with a 360-348 edge in total yardage. Along with the turnovers, the Raiders made 11 tackles for losses. Isiah Carter had a team-high 10 tackles, Cooper had eight and Oshay Dunmore's interception late in the fourth sealed the outcome.