SD college football previews: SDSU has tough matchup in 99th annual Hobo Day GameBROOKINGS — The football team at South Dakota State University has no easy task as it tries to pick up a win in the 99th Hobo Day Game against Youngstown State at 2 p.m. Saturday in Brookings.
By: Sports Staff, The Daily Republic
BROOKINGS — The football team at South Dakota State University has no easy task as it tries to pick up a win in the 99th Hobo Day Game against Youngstown State at 2 p.m. Saturday in Brookings.
The Jackrabbits enter the matchup at 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and take on a Youngstown State team that has dropped three consecutive games, but is still ranked in the top 25 with a 4-3 record. The Penguins are 1-3 in the MVFC.
SDSU leads the all-time series with the Penguins 8-5 and have won all four matchups since joining the MVFC. Last season the Jackrabbits won the contest 35-28.
SDSU will likely continue to lean on sophomore running back Zach Zenner to be successful. Zenner is averaging 194.3 yards rushing per game and is second in rushing yards among all players in NCAA football with 1,360 yards. Zenner has found the end zone eight times this season.
The game will be aired on ESPN3.
University of South Dakota vs. Indiana State
1:05 p.m. Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The University of South Dakota football team looks to end its five-game skid as it travels to take on Indiana State at 1:05 p.m. Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Coyotes (1-6) will have their hands full as they take on the Sycamores, who come in to the game with a 6-2 record and are ranked No. 15 in the nation. The meeting is the first among the two teams.
USD will need a big day from Josh Vander Maten, who has completed 96 of 167 passes on the season for 1,118 yards and six touchdowns. Vander Maten is also second on the team in rushing with 289 yards and has a team-high five touchdowns. Marcus Sims leads the team in rushing yards with 476 on 89 carries.
Terrance Terry is the team’s top receiving threat, having caught 35 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns this season.
University of Sioux Falls vs. Upper Iowa
Noon Saturday in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS — The University of Sioux Falls looks to continue its success as it hosts Upper Iowa at noon Saturday in Sioux Falls.
The Cougars are 7-1 and is set for its homecoming meeting with the 2-6 Peacocks. The game is the first meeting between the two squads.
USF enters the contest ranked No. 21 and is led by Taylor Perkins, who is 151-for-265 passing for 1,977 yards and 22 touchdowns. Perkins also has 154 yards rushing and one touchdown on the season.
Carrington Hanna and Jeremiah Oates have been key targets for Perkins this year. Hanna has hauled in a team-high 53 passes for 731 yards and nine touchdowns. Oates also has 731 yards, recording that on 40 catches and finding the end zone 11 times.
Augustana vs. Concordia-St. Paul
1 p.m. Saturday in St. Paul, Minn.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — After dropping a double-overtime thriller to the University of Sioux Falls, Augustana look to bounce back as it travels to take on Concordia-St. Paul Saturday in St. Paul, Minn.
The Vikings lead the series against the Golden Bears 5-3 and enter the matchup 3-5 on the season. Concordia-St. Paul is 2-6. Last season, Augustana defeated Concordia-St. Paul 37-13 as Dajon Newell had 203 yards rushing and a touchdown. This season, Newell leads the team with 679 yards on the ground with six touchdowns.
Quarterback Josh Hanson has completed 174 of 295 passes for 2,211 yards and 23 touchdowns this season. In last year’s win over the Golden Bears, Hanson threw for 220 yards and a touchdown.
Northern State vs. University of Mary
2:30 p.m. Saturday in Bismarck, N.D.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The 4-4 Northern State University football team hopes to have a winning record for the first time this season as it travels to take on the University of Mary Saturday in Bismarck, N.D.
The Marauders also enter the game with a 4-4 mark. The team lost four-straight before coming away with a 23-7 win over Minnesota State University-Moorhead last week.
The Wolves are led by Jared Jacobson, who is 135-for-246 passing for 1,735 yards and 14 touchdowns. Jacobson is also second on the team with 445 yards rushing. He’s found the end zone on the ground six times.
John Hughes is the leading rusher for Northern State, accumulating 466 yards on 101 carries for four touchdowns. Mark Hanley is the team’s top receiver, bringing in 41 passes for 565 yards and eight touchdowns on the season.
Dakota State vs. Jamestown
1 p.m. Saturday in Madison
Madison — After four straight games against Great Plains Athletic Conference foes, the Dakota State University football team squares off with another Association of Independent Institutions squad as the Trojans face Jamestown Saturday in Madison.
DSU enters the contest 1-8, while the Jimmies come into Madison with a 3-5 mark. Jamestown leads the overall series between the two schools 18-4.
Entering the contest, quarterback Brandon Large is 189-of-329 passing for 2,421 yards and 14 touchdowns. Stacey Berg has been Large’s target on half of those touchdowns. Berg has 810 yards on 38 catches on the season. Bobby Tisch leads the team in receptions with 39 for 488 yards.
Kickoff for the game is set for 1 p.m.
Presentation vs. College of St. Scholastica
1 p.m. Saturday in Aberdeen
ABERDEEN — After an opening-season win, the football team for Presentation College has lost seven straight and looks to bounce back with a home contest against College of St. Scholastica.
College of St. Scholastica has the upper hand on paper in the battle of the Saints’. College of St. Scholastica enters play with a 6-2 record. The two squads have met up just once, with St. Scholastica cruising to a 70-20 win.
Will Vealy leads Presentation in rushing this season with 315 yards and one touchdown.
SD Mines & Technology vs. Fort Hays State
1 p.m. Saturday in Rapid City
RAPID CITY — The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology football team looks to win consecutive games for the first time this season as it hosts Fort Hays State University Saturday in Rapid City.
The Hardrockers enter the game with a 2-5 record and are coming off a 75-6 win over Presentation College on Oct. 13. The Tigers enter the contest with a 3-5 record, coming off back-to-back victories.
Jahmel Rover looks to be a key factor for the Hardockers. Rover has 505 yards rushing and five touchdowns this season, as well as 85 yards receiving with a touchdown. Mike Zanutto has passed for more than 1,000 yards this season. The quarterback has completed 94 of 161 passes for 1,002 yards and seven touchdowns.
Black Hills State vs. New Mexico Highalnds
1 p.m. Saturday in Spearfish
SPEARFISH — Black Hills State University hosts New Mexico Highlands University in college football action at 1 p.m. Saturday in Spearfish.
The Yellow Jackets are 1-6 overall this season and look to shrug off their current three-game skid as they host the 6-2 Cowboys.
For the Yellow Jackets to be able to come away with the upset, quarterback Ward Anderson will need to have a big game.
Anderson is 125-of-243 passing for 1,276 yards and six touchdowns this season. He also has 113 yards rushing and leads the team with four rushing touchdowns. Daniel Hancock is his top target through the air. Hancock has 45 catches for 445 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.