BUTTE, Mont. -- For the first time in school history, the Southern Oregon Raiders have finished the regular season a perfect 10-0. The Raiders got to do it against their hated rivals, beating Montana Tech on the road, 24-10.
Things were sloppy early on, but someone who was on his game all contest was receiver Matt Boudreaux. He pulled in eight catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns. On a day quarterback Tanner Trosin only completed 41 percent of his passes, it was huge for him to have a big-play threat available.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, slot receiver Bronsen Ader went down with an injury in the second half. It's unclear what the injury was or how long it will keep him out, but he did not return to the game.
Up 17-10 with four minutes left in the game, running back Rey Vega put the game on ice with an 80-yard touchdown run that just about sealed the deal. SOU got the ball back on their next possession and sat on it, giving them their 10th win of the season.
This is just the third time in school history they have won 10 or more games. The other two times were 2014, when the team won the national championship, and 2015 when the team lost in the national title game.
The Raiders, ranked No. 5 coming into the day, will likely host one home playoff game, but not two. The top eight teams in the country host a first-round playoff game, while the top 4 are guaranteed two (if they win the first one). The three teams in action ahead of SOU all won big Saturday.
The NAIA Selection Show is Sunday, November 12, which is when the Raiders will find out who they play in the first round. Entering play Saturday, Georgetown (Ky.) and Dickinson State (N.D.) were tied for 12th in the country. If current rankings hold, it's a good bet the Raiders will host one of those two teams on Saturday, November 18 at Raider Stadium.