College football capsules: Jackrabbits looking for first MVFC win
MACOMB, Ill. — The South Dakota State University Jackrabbits head to Western Illinois Saturday in a Missouri Valley Football Conference contest.
The Jacks have dropped three straight games and have yet to win a conference game.
Kickoff is at 3 p.m., and SDSU won last year’s meeting 31-10. Jackrabbit running back Zach Zenner finished the game with 171 rushing yards.
SDSU (3-3) will look to Zenner again this year to shoulder the load and help the team come away with the win.
In six games, Zenner has rushed for 858 yards and 12 touchdowns, while quarterback Austin Sumner has thrown for 1,340 yards and five touchdowns. Wide receiver Jason Schneider leads the SDSU receiving corps with 33 catches for 453 yards and three touchdowns.
The Leathernecks (3-3) are led by running back J.C. Baker. Baker, who has not started but played in all six games, has run for 501 yards and two touchdowns.
South Dakota (2-3) vs. Indiana State (1-4) 1 p.m. Saturday in Vermillion
VERMILLION — The University of South Dakota Coyotes are looking for their second straight win Saturday as they face the Indiana State Sycamores at 1 p.m. at the DakotaDome.
The last time the MVFC foes met, Indiana State came away with a 45-14 win.
Tasked with the duty of ensuring a USD victory is quarterback Josh Vander Maten. The junior quarterback leads the Coyotes in rushing (245) and passing (384) yards.
The Coyote defense is led by senior linebacker Tyler Starr, who has a team-leading six sacks, 27 tackles and one interception.
Indiana State is led by quarterback Mike Perish. In five games, Perish has thrown for 1,433 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Northern State (1-4) vs. Minot State (1-4) 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Minot, N.D.
MINOT, N.D. — The Northern State University Wolves are looking to snap a four-game losing streak Saturday against Minot State.
The Wolves are on the road for the third time this season. The teams met last season and NSU came away with a 31-17 Gypsy Days victory. NSU quarterback Jared Jacobsen threw four touchdowns passes in the win.
The Wolves will again count on the dual-threat quarterback, who has run for 305 yards and three touchdowns. He has also thrown for 896 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Defensive back Blaine Schmidt leads the NSU defense with 37 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception.
Minot State is led by quarterback Zac Cunha. Cunha has thrown for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns. His main target is wide receiver Wayne Peters, who has hauled in 36 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns.
Presentation College (3-2) vs. Haskell Indian Nations (0-5), 1 p.m. Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Presentation College Saints are looking for their fourth win of the season Saturday over winless Haskell Indian Nations University.
The Saints are coming off a 31-17 loss to Valley City State University last week.
Saturday will be Presentation’s fourth nonconference game of the season.
Presentation is led by quarterback Stephen Braswell and running back Devin Mohn. In five games, Braswell has thrown for 898 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Mohn has run for 408 yards and five touchdowns.
Haskell is led by quarterback Maverick Lang, who has thrown for 711 yards and six touchdowns.
University of Sioux Falls (3-2) vs. Winona State University (3-2), 1 p.m. Saturday in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS — The University of Sioux Falls is looking for its third straight win Saturday as it takes on Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foe Winona State.
The two teams met last season, Winona State eked out a 10-9 victory.
John Tidwell and Jonathan Talbot will help lead the USF defense into the matchup. Tidwell has 22 tackles and two interceptions this season, while Talbot has 30 tackles and one sack.
Winona State, which is sporting a three-game winning streak, is led by quarterback Jack Nelson and running back Chichi Ojika.
Nelson has passed for 1,102 yards and 11 touchdowns, while Ojika has run for 525 yards and six touchdowns.
Augustana College (2-3) vs. Minnesota State (5-0), 1 p.m. Saturday in Mankato, Minn.
MANKATO, Minn. — The Augustana Vikings face No. 2 Minnesota State at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Mavericks sit behind Valdosta State in the NCAA Division II football polls.
MSU came away with a 52-14 victory over Augustana last season.
The Vikings are led by dual-threat quarterback Trey Heid. In five games, Heid has thrown for 793 yards and five touchdowns, while recording 138 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Augustana also has five receivers with at least 100 yards this season.
The Mavericks are led by quarterback Jon Wolf, who has thrown for 792 yards and six touchdowns. He also has 367 yards on the ground and five touchdowns.
Dakota State University (1-5) vs. Briar Cliff (2-3), 1 p.m. Saturday Madison
MADISON — Dakota State faces off with Briar Cliff University in a nonconference matchup Saturday.
Dakota State is coming off a 23-14 loss to rival Dakota Wesleyan University, while Briar Cliff is riding a two-game winning streak.
Briar Cliff has a trio of receivers in Bret Van Muyden, Matt Harshman and Tyler McGhee who each have over 300 yards.
Dakota State is led by dual-threat quarterback Cole Whisenhunt. In six games, he has run for 281 yards and five touchdowns. He has also thrown for 580 yards and six touchdowns.
S.D. School of Mines and Technology (4-1) vs. Missouri Southern State (4-1), 1 p.m. Saturday in Rapid City
RAPID CITY — The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Hardrockers are back after a bye week and looking to earn their fifth victory of the season.
MSSU came away with a 47-20 victory in the teams’ meeting last season.
The Hardrockers are led by quarterback Evan Sanders and his two favorite targets Derek Graves and Cody Vollmar.
So far this season, Sanders has thrown for 988 yards and nine touchdowns. Graves has 288 receiving yards and five touchdowns, while Vollmar has 22 catches and 282 yards.
MSSU is led by running back Chris Barnwell and dual-threat quarterback Jay McDowell. Barnwell has 462 rushing yards and four touchdowns, while McDowell has a team leading 501 rushing yards and five touchdowns. McDowell also had 536 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Black Hills State University (0-4) vs. Adams State (3-2), 2 p.m. Saturday in Alamosa, Colo.
ALAMOSA, Colo. — The Black Hills State University football team looks to earn its first victory of the season Saturday as it take on Adams State at 2 p.m.
Adams State came away with a 20-17 win over BHSU last year.
BHSU is led by junior quarterback Ward Anderson. In four games, Anderson has 1,003 passing yards and seven touchdowns.
Trent Bonner leads the BHSU defense with 39 tackles and a forced fumble.
Adams State is led by quarterback Cody Davies, who has thrown for 500 yards and three touchdowns.