South Dakota St. defeats North Dakota 35-28
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Zach Zenner tied a school record with 295 yards rushing and had a career-high four touchdowns as South Dakota St. held on to defeat North Dakota 35-28 Saturday.
Zenner rushed for a 46-yard touchdown to give South Dakota St. (2-0) a 35-14 lead with 13:33 left to play. North Dakota (1-1) responded with two unanswered touchdowns before Jimmie Forsythe intercepted Joe Mollberg's pass at midfield with 1:31 left, preserving the Jackrabbits' win.
Zenner also caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Austin Sumner with 49 seconds left in the first half, putting the Jackrabbits ahead 21-7. Sumner was 10 of 21 for 157 yards and had two touchdowns.
Coming off the bench in the second half, Mollberg led UND with scoring drives of 62 and 42 yards. He was 15 of 23 for 259 yards.
Zenner also rushed for 295 yards during last season's first-round FCS playoff win against Eastern Illinois.
Kansas 31, South Dakota 14
LAWRENCE, Kan. — James Sims scored twice and Jake Heaps passed for 110 yards and one TD in his much-anticipated debut, leading Kansas past South Dakota 31-14 Saturday night and matching the Jayhawks' entire victory total of 2012.
His yardage may not look impressive. But Heaps displayed a strong arm and a quick release in his first action since transferring from BYU, where he smashed most freshman passing records, and sitting out last season while the Jayhawks sank to 1-11 in Charlie Weis' first year as coach.
He was 10 for 20 and several of his misses probably could have been caught. The Jayhawks (1-0) rushed for 280 yards against the lower-division Coyotes (1-1) with Sims going 94 yards on 16 carries.
Josh Vander Maten was 8 for 18 for 67 yards and one touchdown for South Dakota. He also had 78 of the South Dakota's 219 yards rushing.
University of Minnesota-Duluth 32, University of Sioux Falls 7
DULUTH, Minn. -- No. 11 University of Minnesota-Duluth (1-0, 1-0) took full advantage of miscues by the University of Sioux Falls (0-1, 0-1) on Saturday to top the Cougars 32-7.
USF committed three turnovers in the span of 13 offensive plays in the first half, which twice led to scores for UMD. The Cougars were also penalized eight times for 159 yards in the season-opening loss, adding to the headaches for USF coach Jed Stugart.
Cougar quarterback Luke Papilion finished with 108 yards on 13-for-27 passing. Austin Vanhove led the USF receiving corps hauling in five for 77 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, John Batinich led the Cougars with 11.5 tackles and one sack.
The Cougars will have to eliminate the miscues next week when they return home to host instate rival Northern State.
Augustana College 41, Minnesota State University-Moorhead 28
SIOUX FALLS -- Augustana College (1-0) held on to beat Minnesota State University Moorhead (0-1) 41-28 Saturday in the season opener for the Vikings.
The win came in the debut for Jerry Olszewski as the head coach for Augustana. The Vikings scored four of their seven touchdowns on defense and special teams, while taking a 41-7 lead into halftime before having to hold on for the win.
In his first career start for Augustana, quarterback Trey Heid went 18-for-28 for 166 yards and one touchdown. Heid also ran for 83 yards on 13 attempts and broke loose for a 34-yard score.
C.J. Ham finished the game with 107 yards of total offense for the Vikings and caught a 16-yard touchdown from Heid.
Augustana kicker Lucas Wainman set a school record with a 53-yard field goal in the first half.
The Vikings travel to Minot, N.D., Saturday to face Minot State.
Dordt College (Iowa) 14, Dakota State 13
MADISON -- Trailing by a point with two seconds on the clock, Dakota State University (0-2) had a last-second 39-yard field goal attempt blocked to fall in its home opener 14-13 to Dordt College (1-0) Saturday at Trojan Field.
DSU's kicking game also failed them after scoring the would be game-tying touchdown with 8:11 left in the fourth quarter. Trojan kicker Tanner Hubbard missed the ensuing point after to leave the home team a point short with time running out.
The Trojans were led in the rushing attack by Dylan VandeGarde and Cole Whisenhunt, who rushed for 72 and 64 yards. Whisenhunt opened the DSU scoring with a 5-yard run.
Trojan quarterback Justin Summers went 4-for-5 in passing for 44 yards, adding an 8-yard touchdown toss to Bobby Tisch.
Dakota State hits the road for its next matchup Saturday against Valley City State.
Angelo State 38, Black Hills State 26
SAN ANGELO, Tex. -- Despite putting up 363 yards of total offense and four touchdowns, quarterback Ward Anderson could not lead his team to a win in its opener as Black Hills State University fell 38-26 to Angelo State University Thursday night.
Ward Anderson spread the ball around for the Yellow Jackets (1-0), including hitting receiver Alex Anderson seven times for 78 yards. Luke Whalen added three receptions for 59 yards.
The Yellow Jacket defense was gashed by the Angelo State running game all night as the Rams rushed for 377 yards on BHSU.
ASU running back Jermie Calhoun, a University of Oklahoma transfer, led the Rams rushing attack with 140 yards and a touchdown. Calhoun added another score through the air.
BHSU stays on the road this week as it plays South Dakota School of Mines and Technology at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Battle for the Homestake Trophy.
Northern State University 29, Wayne State University 27 (3OT)
ABERDEEN -- In a wild finish in triple overtime, the Northern State University football team knocked off Wayne State University 29-27 to open its season on a high note.
On the first play of the third overtime period, Wolves' quarterback Jared Jacobson found Tanner White for the touchdown and the lead. NSU was successful on its two-point conversion, then stopped WSU on its try to seal the game.
After struggling most of the first half, Jacobson turned it on late to finish, going 14-of-37 for 214 yards and two touchdowns.
Tight end Connor Doherty had 79 yards receiving on six catches, while Chris Malsam hauled in three for 62 yards.
On defense, the Wolves were led by Michael Alberts, Devin Olson and Blaine Schmidt with eight tackles each.
Wayne State's Charlie Davidson was a force in the running game, rolling up 190 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Wolves look to keep the momentum going when they travel to the University of Sioux Falls Saturday for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.
Colorado School of Mines 72, SD MInes and Technology 6
GOLDEN, Colo. -- The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (1-1) found out Saturday how the other half lives, as they were dismantled 72-6 by Colorado School of Mines.
SD Mines was held to just 195 yards of total offense after putting 489 in its last game against Cole College.
The lone score for the Hardrockers came with just 15 seconds left in the game on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Ben Broeker to Sam Vollmer.
Hardrocker quarterback Evan Sanders went 17-of-26 for 109 yards passing, while Vollmar led the SD Mines' receivers with 90 yards on eight receptions.
Lucas Riebe was a bright spot on the Hardrocker defense, finishing with 11 tackles and a half sack.
SD Mines looks to get back on the winning track on Saturday when they square off with Black Hills State at 6 p.m.