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No. 6 Jacks survive scare from upstart SE-Louisiana

BROOKINGS — Zach Zenner ran for three touchdowns on 128 yards as South Dakota State erased a first-half deficit to defeat Southeastern Louisiana 34-26 on Saturday night.

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The Jackrabbits (3-0) remain undefeated heading into a big game at Nebraska next week.

Southeastern Louisiana (1-2) had the upper hand early, leading 19-7 after a Bryan Bennett touchdown run early in the third quarter.

But Zenner responded with a 75-yard rushing score and Austin Sumner added a 20-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter to give the Jackrabbits their first lead at 20-19.

After another Zenner score, Dallas Brown returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown to give South Dakota State a 34-19 lead.

The Lions had 506 yards of total offense compared with 345 for the Jackrabbits but were hurt by six turnovers.

Tony McCrea had 7 receptions for 158 yards to aid the Southeastern Louisiana offense.

The Jackrabbits hit the road for a showdown with FBS-power Nebraska at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Minot State University 23, Augustana College 17

MINOT, N.D. — Augustana College dropped a heartbreaker to Minot State University 23-17 in three overtimes in the first-ever meeting between the schools Saturday in Minot, N.D.

Beavers’ wide receiver Wayne Peters scored the 22-yard game-winning touchdown on a tipped pass from quarterback Zac Cunha to secure the win in the third overtime session.

The score came after MSU stuffed Augustana quarterback Trey Heid on two consecutive plays from the one-yard line on the prior possession.

The loss came despite the Vikings defense forcing five turnovers — two interceptions and three fumble recoveries — against MSU. Brandon Mohr led Augustana (1-1, 1-1 NSIC) with a career-high 12 tackles, while adding 1 1/2 sacks.

The Viking offense struggled to get moving all night, compiling 249 yards of total offense. Heid was 16-for-27 through the air for 157 yards and one touchdown. Darren Niklason led the Viking receivers, catching six passes for 72 yards and a touchdown, which came in the second overtime session.

After being named special teams player of the week in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference after Augustana’s opener, Viking kicker Lucas Wainman was 1-for-3 on field goal attempts, with potential game-winning kicks missed in the fourth quarter and first overtime.

Augustana returns home to face Bemidji State at 1:05 p.m. Saturday in Sioux Falls.

University of Sioux Falls 45, Northern State University 37

SIOUX FALLS — The University of Sioux Falls held off a late rally for a 45-37 win over Northern State University as the two schools renewed their one-time rivalry Saturday at Bob Young Field.

The Cougars (1-1, 1-1 NSIC) had not met the Wolves (1-1, 1-1 NSIC) on the football field since 1959 when conference realignment halted the series.

USF controlled the game on the ground, amassing 444 rushing yards against NSU. Quarterback Luke Papilion led the Cougars’ ground game with 240 yards rushing on 19 carries and had five touchdowns. Running back Nephi Garcia added 160 yards rushing on 22 tries and also scored.

Papilion also had 94 yards on 8-of-25 passing, finding wide receiver Khiry McDonald three times for 60 yards.

NSU was held in the ballgame by the play of quarterback Jared Jacobson, who finished with 234 yards on 23-of-43 passing and four touchdowns. Jacobson added 84 yards rushing on 20 carries and a score.

USF was led on defense by Carter Ahlers with 14 tackles, including two tackles for loss. John Tidwell added five tackles and an interception for the Cougars.

Logan Dosch finished with a team-high eight tackles for the Wolves.

USF plays at University of Mary at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, while NSU returns home to host Upper Iowa at 1 p.m. Saturday in Aberdeen.

SD Mines 43, Black Hills State 35

RAPID CITY — The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Hardrockers topped rival Black Hills State University 43-35 to bring home the Homestake trophy Saturday in Rapid City.

SD Mines came back from a five-point fourth-quarter deficit with 13 unanswered points in the final frame.

The Hardrockers (2-1) racked up 588 total yards on offense, rebounding from an inept performance one week prior against Colorado Mines. SD Mines quarterback Evan Sanders finished with 271 yards on 21-of-31 passing and one touchdown, while splitting time under center with Ben Broeker.

Running back Kevin Thompson rolled up 106 yards on 20 carries, while Broeker ran the ball 12 time for 82 yards and a score.

BHSU (0-2) continued to get strong play from quarterback Ward Anderson. The junior signal caller finished 26-for-49 for 276 yards and four touchdowns in the loss.

BHSU hosts to Colorado Mines at 1 p.m., while SD Mines stays home to play Jamestown College at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Valley City State 63, Dakota State 20

VALLEY CITY, N.D. — In the first-ever North Star Athletic Conference football game, Valley City State University rolled up Dakota State University 63-20 on the strength of 28 first-quarter points Saturday.

The Trojans (0-3) never recovered from the VCSU (2-1) opening assault and trailed 43-14 at the half.

DSU quarterback Cole Whisenhunt attempted to play catch up for the Trojans from the start, finishing with 145 yards on 9-of-15 passing and two touchdowns. Whisenhunt added another score on the ground for DSU, carrying the ball 27 times for 87 yards. Zach Ely was the top receiver for DSU, catching six passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

Ben Kullos finished with a team-high nine tackles for the Trojans.

DSU will look to get its first win of the season when it travels to Aberdeen to take on Presentation College at 6 p.m. Saturday.