ASHLAND — Montana State-Northern put up an admirable fight but couldn't keep pace as Southern Oregon got back in the win column, 37-21 on Saturday at Raider Stadium.
Wyatt Hutchinson completed 18-of-26 passes for season-highs of 323 yards and four touchdowns, connecting for scores with Austin May, Parker Randle, Jordan Suell and Rey Vega. Senior Bronsen Ader pulled in seven catches for a team-high 103 yards and in the process became the ninth player in team history to eclipse 2,000 reception yards in a career.
The Raiders stopped a four-game slide and improved to 5-4 in the Frontier Conference going into next week's season finale at home against Montana Western.
The Lights (1-9 overall, 0-9 FC) lost their 26th consecutive conference game dating back to 2016 but turned in one of their best offensive performances of the season behind quarterback Tommy Wilson, who passed for 184 yards and a TD and rushed for two more.
Wilson led the Lights on a 16-play, 75-yard scoring drive that spanned eight minutes to start the game before the Raiders scored 24 unanswered points.
Marcus Montano's 25-yard field goal put SOU on the board in the first quarter, and Rey Vega put the Raiders in front with a 24-yard run up the middle midway through the second. In the final minute of the first half, an inside-screen pass set up May to explode for an 82-yard TD that made it 17-7.
Hutchinson's 39-yard TD connection with Suell opened a third quarter in which SOU found the end zone three times. Randle made an eight-yard TD catch and Hutchinson hit Vega for a three-yard score.
Wilson aided the Raiders with a pair of unforced fumbles, which were recovered by Tyler Dean and Devvon Gage. Michael Chisley Jr. added his first interception of the season.
SOU's offense didn't commit a turnover for the second week in a row.
Gage also hit a defensive milestone of sorts. With six tackles, including two for losses, he upped his career total to 349 and passed Ted Searle (1986-89) for the No. 2 spot on SOU's all-time list.
Dareion Bell, Collin Crown and John Jackson Jr. also had six tackles apiece.