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South Dakota beats Northern Iowa in overtime 38-31

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Kevin Earl’s 1-yard touchdown run in overtime led South Dakota over Northern Iowa 38-31 in a Missouri Valley Conference showdown Saturday.

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Earl’s overtime plunge capped a huge day, as he ran for two touchdowns and threw for 370 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Coyotes (4-3, 3-1) back from a 21-point third quarter deficit to tie the game with five seconds in regulation.

Northern Iowa (4-3, 0-3) scored three consecutive touchdowns in the second and third quarters to put the Panthers up 28-7 late in the third.

But South Dakota stormed back as Earl completed a 43-yard touchdown pass to Riley Donovan, then ran eight yards for a score, before leading the seven-play, 58-yard game tying drive, which ended in a 3-yard scoring strike to Terrance Terry as time wound down.

David Johnson led Northern Iowa with 181 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Evan Williams added two rushing touchdowns.

Missouri State 35, South Dakota State 21

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The South Dakota State continued to struggle on defense, giving up a number of big plays in a 35-21 loss to Missouri State Saturday in Springfield, Mo.

The Bears rolled up 357 yards on the ground against SDSU, and MSU had three plays of more than 50 yards on its first three scoring drives.

The No. 15 Jackrabbits (4-4, 1-3 MVFC) were led by running back Zach Zenner, who carried the ball 30 times for 138 yards and a touchdown.

Quarterback Austin Sumner finished 18-for-43 passing for 232 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

Ryan Heaston and Mikael Cooper-Falls each eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the Bears.

SDSU plays Northern Iowa at 2 p.m. Saturday in Brookings.

Northern State 27, Bemidji State 0

ABERDEEN — Northern State University collected its first shutout in two years with a 27-0 win over Bemidji State Saturday in Aberdeen.

Quarterback Jared Jacobson, who finished 24-for-35 passing for 295 yards and three touchdowns, led the Wolves in the win.

Tanner White led the NSU receiving corps with eight catches for 161 yards and a score, while tight end Connor Doherty caught four passes for 38 yards and a touchdown.

The Northern defense held BSU to 234 total yards, with only 74 coming on the ground for the Beavers. Blaine Schmidt and Joe Parsley each tallied an interception for the Wolves.

NSU (3-4) plays No. 25 St. Cloud State at 4 p.m. Saturday in St. Cloud, Minn.

Tiffin 60, SD Mines 21

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Tiffin Dragons proved to much for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in a 60-21 loss Saturday on a neutral field in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Dragons put up 634 total yards on offense and allowed just 266 to the Hardrockers.

Antonio Pipkins led the Dragons with 319 yards passing and three touchdowns, while wide receiver Marcus Beaurem caught four balls form 105 yards and a score.

Hardrocker running back De’Andre Bolden gained 86 yards on 12 carries and scored one touchdown.

The Hardrockers continued to use two quarterbacks with Evan Sanders receiving most of the snaps under center. Sanders finished 11-of-24 for 70 yards and threw one interception. Ben Broeker tossed for two scores for the Hardrockers.

SD Mines (4-3) plays Dakota State at 1 p.m. Saturday in Rapid City.

Presentation 56, Cole College 8

ABERDEEN – Presentation College won its fifth game for the first time in school history with a 56-8 win over Cole College Saturday in Aberdeen.

The Saints (5-2) got 162 yards passing and three touchdowns from quarterback Stephen Braswell.

Running back Devin Mohn led the PC ground game with eight carries for 99 yards and one score. Lamar Brown caught two touchdown passes for the Saints.

The PC defense held Cole to just 60 yards passing. Wyatt Sumption recorded a team-high eight tackles and recorded one sack for the Saints.

Presentation plays their final home game of the season against Maryville State at 1 p.m. Saturday in Aberdeen.

Briar Cliff 37, Dakota State 31

MADISON – Briar Cliff scored 13 straight points in the fourth quarter and held on for a 37-31 victory over Dakota State Saturday in Madison.

With the score tied at 24, Briar Cliff scored twice in less than two minutes to secure the non-conference win.

Quarterback Cole Whisenhunt led the Trojans (2-5) with 282 yards, and two touchdowns on 18-of-34 passing. Whisenhunt also rushed for 45 yards and a score.

Zach Ely led the Trojan receiving corps with five catches for 130 yards, highlighted by a 76-yard touchdown grab in the first half.

Dakota State plays South Dakota School of Mines at 1 p.m. Saturday in Rapid City.

Augustana College 35, Upper Iowa 6

SIOUX FALLS – Wide Receiver Darren Niklason caught five passes for a career-high 171 yards for Augustana College in a 35-6 win over Upper Iowa Saturday in Sioux Falls.

The conference win broke a three-game losing skid and was the seventh consecutive win over Upper Iowa for the Vikings (3-4, 1-2 NSIC South).

Quarterback Trey Heid had a season-high 232 yards on 13-of-23 passing and threw for three touchdowns for the Vikings. Heid also led the Vikings’ ground game with 43 yards on 11 carries and ran for one score.

Augustana plays rival Sioux Falls at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Sioux Falls.

Sioux Falls 47, Concordia –St. Paul 7

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Wide receiver Carrington Hanna stepped in to play quarterback for the University of Sioux Falls (4-3) and led the Cougars to a 47-7 win over Concordia-St. Paul Saturday in St. Paul, Minn.

Hanna had not played quarterback in two years and was switched to wide receiver earlier this year. Hanna took the snaps due to starting quarterback Luke Papilion out with a shoulder injury and back-up Matt Young also injured.

Hanna finished 24-of-36 for 407 yards and four touchdowns for USF. Nephi Garcia added 108 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns on the ground for the Cougars.

USF hosts crosstown rival Augustana at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Sioux Falls.

Chadron State 43, Black Hills State 13

SPEARFISH – Black Hills State failed to get its first win of the season with a 43-13 loss to Chadron State Saturday in Spearfish.

Chadron State rushed for 495 yards as a team, with running back Glen Clinton with 20 carries for 255 yards and three touchdowns.

BHSU (0-6) quarterback Ward Anderson finished 21-of-44 passing for 255 yards and one interception. Anderson also ran for a score.

The Yellow Jackets host Colorado State-Pueblo at 1 p.m. Saturday in Spearfish.