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Zenner and Jackrabbits look to bounce back at home

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The South Dakota State University Jackrabbits (4-4) look to get big games from running back Zach Zenner and quarterback Austin Sumner Saturday in their fifth Missouri Valley Football Conference game.

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SDSU faces Northern Iowa (3-4) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium in Brookings.

Zenner leads SDSU on the ground and has rushed for over 100 yards seven times this season, while Sumner broke the school’s career completion record last week with 532.

The Jackrabbits fell to Missouri State 25-21 last week, while Northern Iowa fell to the University of South Dakota 38-31 in double overtime.

UNI is led by quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen, who is 110-of-182 for 1,391 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. On the ground, David Johnson has 891 yards and six touchdowns on 132 carries.

Illinois State (3-4) vs. South Dakota (4-3), 1 p.m. Saturday in Normal, Ill.

Sophomore quarterback Kevin Earl has led the Coyotes to three straight victories and has no intention of slowing down.

Last week, Earl passed for a career-high 370 yards to lead the Coyotes over fifth-ranked Northern Iowa in double overtime and was named the Missouri Valley offensive player of the week.

USD wide receiver Riley Donovan was named the conference’s newcomer of the week for his performance last week, hauling in nine catches for a season-high 178 yards.

The Redbirds are coming off a 55-14 win over Indiana State and look to break USD’s win streak. Quarterback Blake Winkler leads offensively with 1,183 yards and eight touchdowns on 86-of-132 passing, while running back Marshaun Coprich has rushed for 532 yards and seven touchdowns on 104 carries.

Augustana (3-4) vs. Sioux Falls (4-3), 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Bob Young Stadium in Sioux Falls

Augustana College and the University of Sioux Falls face off in their highly anticipated city-rivalry game Saturday.

Last year, the Cougars won the contest 32-31 in double overtime.

The Vikings are coming off a homecoming win over Upper Iowa. The Cougars also won last week over Concordia University-St. Paul.

Augustana quarterback Trey Heid has thrown for 1,128 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions on 103-of-184 passing. Running back Dajon Newell leads the Vikings on the ground with 300 yards and one score on 100 carries.

The Cougars are led by quarterback Luke Papilion with 820 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions on 68-of-150 passing. Carrington Hanna and Austin Vanhove each have more than 350 receiving yards with two touchdowns.

Northern State (3-4) vs. St. Cloud State (6-1), 4 p.m. Saturday in St. Cloud, Minn.

The Northern State Wolves have won two straight over Minot State and Bemidji State and take their momentum to St. Cloud Saturday.

Wolves quarterback Jared Jacobson has been the offense this season. He’s completed 115 of 236 passes for 1,336 yards and 14 touchdowns and has 364 yards and four touchdowns on 448 carries.

St. Cloud State is also on a two-game win streak and has lost just once this year. The Huskies have a balanced offense as quarterback Phillip Klaphake has thrown for 11 touchdowns on 56 percent passing and has rushed for six touchdowns on 80 carries. Running back Michael Walker has 81 carries for 354 yards and eight touchdowns for the Huskies.

Dakota State (2-6) vs. SD School of Mines & Technology (4-3), 2 p.m. Saturday in Rapid City

Dakota State looks to earn its third win of the season on the road Saturday against SD School of Mines and Technology.

The Trojans are coming off a 37-31 loss to Briar Cliff and are led by quarterback Cole Whisenhunt.

Last week, the Hardrockers fell to Tiffin State 60-21 and Ben Broeker threw for 60 yards and two touchdowns. De’Andre Bolden rushed for 86 yards and a score on 12 carries.

Coloradeo State-Pueblo (7-0) vs. Black Hills State (0-6), 1 p.m. Saturday in Spearfish

The Black Hills State University Yellowjackets look to earn their first win of the season against Colorado State-Pueblo Saturday.

BHSU has racked up 586 rushing yards and 1,625 passing yards, averaging 270.8 passing yards per game.

The Thunderwolves are perfect this season, averaging 222.6 rushing yards per game and 288.3 passing yards per game.

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