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SDSU-UND rivalry renewed this weekend
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The No. 6 South Dakota State Jackrabbits will hit the road for the first time in the 2013 season Saturday when they meet the University of North Dakota in the Potato Bowl.

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The game kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Alerus Center and will be broadcast on MidcoSN.

The game will mark the 85th time the Jackrabbits will line up across from UND, which holds a 45-33-5 advantage in the series dating back to 1906. This will be only the second meeting between the border rivals since 2003, when both moved from Division II to the FCS. SDSU shutout UND 21-0 in 2010 in Brookings.

Both teams will enter on the heels of lopsided victories in their season openers last week. SDSU (1-0, 0-0) trounced visiting Butler 55-14, while UND (1-0, 0-0) greeted Valparaiso with a convincing 69-10 victory.

Jackrabbit junior quarterback Austin Sumner continued his assault on the SDSU passing record book last week when he racked up his seventh career 300-yard game, jumping two spots to sixth on the Jackrabbits’ career passing list. Sumner threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns on the back of a 22-of-32 passing performance against Butler.

SDSU running back Zach Zenner continued to perform at his All-American level in the opener, accumulating 117 yards on the ground and two scores. Zenner is one of 20 players on the watch list for the Walter Payton Award, which is given annually to the top running back in the FCS.

University of South Dakota vs. Kansas, 6 p.m. in Lawrence, Kan.

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The first weekend of the college football saw seven FBS schools fall to teams in the lower FCS division. The University of South Dakota will look to continue this trend Saturday at 6 p.m. when the Coyotes travel to Kansas to face the Jayhawks.

The matchup up will be the first played between the two schools since 1900.

Following a defensive tussle in its win last week over UC-Davis, USD (1-0, 0-0) will need to find consistency on offense to keep up with Kansas. In the season opener, USD amassed just 286 yards of total offense, with 195 coming on the ground.

Junior quarterback Josh Vander Maten will need to establish the pass to keep the pressure off his tailbacks. After a 9-for-17 performance last week, throwing for a mere 91 yards, Vander Maten will need to be sharper against the Jayhawks.

Kansas was idle last week and looks to open its season strong following a disappointing 1-11 finish in 2012 in the first year under head coach Charlie Weis. Now in his second year, the former Notre Dame head man will be seeking to implement more of the flash on offense that has made him a successful coach in the past.

Minnesota State University-Moorhead vs. Augustana College,

1 p.m. in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS — Augustana College will kick off its 2013 season Saturday at home when Minnesota State University-Moorhead comes to town for an NSIC conference crossover matchup.

Mitchell natives Jason and Justin Greenway look to see increased playing time on special teams and offense this season. The twins, now sophomores, are both 2012 graduates of Mitchell High School.

Following a 5-6 finish to the 2012 season for the Vikings, head coach Jerry Olszewski will be looking for signs of improvement from his squad. Augustana was picked to finish ninth in the NSIC and fifth in the South division by the coaches in the annual preseason poll.

Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Kirkeby-Over Stadium in Sioux Falls.

University of Sioux Falls vs. University of Minnesota-Duluth,

6 p.m. in Duluth, Minn.

DULUTH, Minn. — Once again, the University of Sioux Falls will have little time to ease into the season as it will kick off with a nationally-ranked opponent for the fourth consecutive year in week one. The Cougars face the No. 11 University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs at 6 p.m. Saturday at James S. Malosky Stadium in Duluth, Minn.

USF will need to rely on some fresh faces if it wants repeat of the upset over St. Cloud State to open the 2012 campaign, which saw the Cougars climb as high as No. 17 in the rankings.

Freshman signal caller Luke Papilion will make his debut for Sioux Falls and will need to lean on senior wide receiver Carrington Hanna, who was named 2013 NSIC south offensive preseason player of the year. Hanna finished his breakout season with 69 catches for 898 yards and 10 scores.

Game time is the first meeting between the two schools.

Dordt College vs. Dakota State,

6 p.m. in Madison

MADISON — Dakota State University (0-1) looks to rebound from its season opening loss in its first home game of the season against Dordt (Iowa) (0-0) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Trojan Field.

Dordt holds wins in the only two previous meetings between the schools.

The Trojans will look to improve on the defensive side of the ball after allowing 310 rushing yards in a 42-14 loss last week to Peru State.

SD Mines and Technology vs. Colorado School of Mines, noon in Golden, Colo.

GOLDEN, Colo. — The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Hardrockers hope to carry their early season momentum on the road Saturday when they travel to Golden, Colo., to face off against Colorado School of Mines Orediggers.

Kickoff is slated for noon.

In their opener last weekend, the Hardrockers (1-0) destroyed Cole College 65-6 in the school’s first official game as a NCAA Division II member.

The Hardrockers rolled up 489 total yards last week with 270 coming through the air.

Wayne State University vs. Northern State University, 6 p.m. in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN — Northern State is set to open its season when the Wolves welcome Wayne State of Wayne, Neb., to town for a 6 p.m. kickoff on Saturday at Swisher Field.

The NSIC crossover game will pit the fourth-place finisher from the North and South divisions in 2012. The Wolves concluded the 2012 season at 6-5 and 5-2 in conference play.

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