Jacks end three-game losing skid
MACOMB, Ill. — Austin Sumner threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns as the Jackrabbits handed the Leathernecks their first home loss 38-14.
Zach Zenner rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns and South Dakota State (4-3, 1-2 Missouri Valley Conference), ranked No. 18 in the FCS Coaches Poll, snapped a three-game losing streak with its sixth straight victory over Western Illinois (3-4, 1-2).
The Jackrabbits, who came in with an FCS-leading 11 interceptions, picked off four more passes - two by Winston Wright - that led to three touchdowns. Sumner turned two early interceptions into touchdown passes to give SDSU a 14-0 lead before the game early in the first quarter.
J.C. Baker rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns for Western Illinois, but quarterback Trenton Norvell finished 9-for-23 for 118 yards passing and the four picks. Baker’s 1-yard run capped a 79-yard drive and cut the deficit to 24-14 with 35 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Jackrabbits responded on the next play from scrimmage when Zenner broke loose on an 80-yard run down the left sideline before he put the game out of reach by scoring from a yard out to make it 38-14 with 12:51 to play. Jason Schneider had seven receptions for 118 yards and a score for South Dakota State.
SDSU plays Missouri State at 1 p.m. Saturday in Springfield, Missouri.
South Dakota 17, Indiana State 14
VERMILLION — Trevor Bouma rushed for two touchdowns, including the game-winner, to help South Dakota come from behind and defeat Indiana St. 17-14 Saturday.
Bouma’s game-winning, 4-yard score capped a 10-play, four-minute drive to put South Dakota (3-3, 2-1 Missouri Valley) up 17-14 with 11:06 remaining. Bouma also rushed for a three-yard touchdown, and finished with 145 yards on 28 carries.
Despite two interceptions and two fumbles, the Coyotes had their second come-from-behind victory in as many weeks. Miles Bergner, who kicked a 41-yard game-winning field goal last week, kicked a 43-yard field goal in the third quarter to pull the Coyotes within four.
Quarterback Robert Tonyan Jr. moved the Sycamores (1-5, 0-2) to the South Dakota 34 before getting stuffed for no gain on fourth down with 4:18 remaining. USD then rode Bouma’s back for six straight carries to run out the clock.
The Coyotes play Northern Iowa at 4 p.m. Saturday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Northern State 22, Minot State 21
MINOT, N.D. — Quarterback Jared Jacobson found Michael Alberts for a one-yard touchdown with four seconds, left and then ran in for the two-point conversion to give Northern State the 22-21 victory over Minot State Saturday in Minot, N.D.
The Wolves (2-4) rushed for 174 yards in the game with Cameron Pudwill finishing with a team-high 51 yards on three carries and a 46-yard touchdown.
Jacobson finished with 145 yards on 14-of-32 passing, while throwing for one touchdown and one interception.
NSU plays Bemidji State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Aberdeen.
Winona State 45, University of Sioux Falls 40
SIOUX FALLS — A late rally fell short as the University of Sioux Falls football team lost to Winona State 45-40 Saturday in Sioux Falls.
The Cougars (3-3) racked up 616 yards on offense, but could not stop WSU on defense.
USF quarterback Luke Papilion led the Cougars with 157 yards rushing on 19 carries and two touchdowns. Papilion also had 200 yards on 16-of-25 passing and three scores through the air.
Nephi Garcia added 123 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown on the ground for the Cougars.
USF plays Concordia University-St. Paul at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul, Minn.
Missouri Southern State 45, SD Mines 20
RAPID CITY — The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology had its potent offense stalled in a 45-20 loss to Missouri Southern State Saturday in Rapid City.
The Hardrockers (4-2) allowed 554 total yards to MSSU and managed just 290 on offense.
Evan Sanders had 95 yards on 7-of-15 passing and two touchdowns, while adding another score and 24 yards on the ground.
MSSU totaled 429 yards on 61 rushing attempts, with Michael Nelson gaining 107 yards on five carries. Nelson opened the game’s scoring on a 76-yard rushing touchdown.
SD Mines plays Tiffin University (Ohio) at 1 p.m. Saturday on a neutral field in Des Moines, Iowa.
Dakota State 31, Jamestown College 28
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — The Trojans spoiled homecoming for Jamestown College with a 31-28 Dakota State victory Saturday in Jamestown, N.D.
The win moved the Trojans (2-5, 2-1 NSAA) into a first-place tie in the North Star Athletic Conference with Valley City State.
DSU running back Dylan VandeGarde scored two rushing touchdowns, while carrying the ball five times for 43 yards.
Cole Whisenhunt finished with 180 yards on 20-of-28 passing for the Trojans, finding wide receiver Zach Ely six times for 92 yards.
The Trojan defense racked up five sacks on Jamestown quarterback Beau Erikson. Tyler Poggemeyer led DSU with seven tackles and two sacks.
The Trojans play Briar Cliff at 1 p.m. Saturday in Madison.
Presentation College 34, Haskell Indian Nations 14
LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Presentation College football team reached four wins for the first time under head coach Andy Carr with a 34-14 victory over Haskell Indian Nations Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.
Saint (4-1) quarterback Stephen Braswell found wide receiver Matt James for three touchdowns. The three scores by James set a new Saints single-game record for receiving touchdowns.
The PC defense was led by Alex Karpstein with three sacks, while Garret Fraser came up with an interception.
The Saints play Cole College at 7 p.m. Saturday in Aberdeen.