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Coyotes get first-ever Missouri Valley win

By The Daily Republic and wire reports

VERMILLION — The University of South Dakota football team picked up its first ever win in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 17-14 victory over Missouri State Saturday in Vermillion.

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The Coyotes (2-3, 1-1 MVFC) secured the win on a 41-yard field goal with 1:24 remaining from kicker Miles Bergner to send the Dakota Days crowd home happy.

USD’s defense held the Bears to a season low 177 yards, including limiting the Bears to 18 yards on 12 plays in the fourth quarter.

In his first collegiate start at quarterback, Kevin Earl provided a spark for the Coyotes, finding Trevor Bouma for an 18-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 14.

Earl finished with 159 yards on 22-of-35 passing and threw one interception. Bouma had a team-high six receptions for 56 yards and a score, while also rushing 12 times for 61 yards.

The Coyotes play Indiana State at 1 p.m. Saturday in Vermillion.

Southern Illinois 27, South Dakota State 24

BROOKINGS — Kory Faulkner threw for 185 yards and accounted for three touchdowns as the visiting Salukis defeated the Jackrabbits.

John Lantz led the charge for Southern Illinois (3-3, 1-1 Missouri Valley Conference) with three receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown. Malcolm Agnew ran for 105 yards on 17 carries and the defense forced two turnovers.

Austin Sumner went 23-of-37 for 276 yards for South Dakota State (3-3, 0-2) in its third consecutive losing effort. Zach Zenner scored both offensive touchdowns to go along with 112 yards on the ground. Charles Elmore returned an interception 89 yards for a touchdown.

Southern Illinois drew first blood courtesy of Faulkner’s 1-yard plunge with 7:53 remaining in the first quarter. South Dakota Stateresponded with a long touchdown drive of its own that was culminated by Zenner’s 1-yard run. The teams then traded field goals before Elmore’s interception return gave the Jackrabbits a 17-10 edge 21 seconds before halftime.

Faulkner atoned for his error by finding Lantz for a 59-yard score before Thomas Kinney booted a 42-yard field goal to give the Salukis a three-point lead. Southern Illinois extended its advantage with Faulkner’s 3-yard scamper midway through the final stanza before Zenner’s second touchdown of game pulled South Dakota State within three with 4:04 left.

The Jacks play Western Illinois at 3 p.m. Saturday in Macomb, Illi.

Wayne State 10, Augustana College 7

SIOUX FALLS – The Viking offense was shut down through three quarters against Wayne State and a late rally fell short in a 10-7 loss Saturday in Sioux Falls.

The Vikings (2-3, 0-1) got on the board with 3:43 remaining in the fourth quarter when quarterback Trey Heid rushing in from one yard out.

After holding Wayne State on its next possession, the Vikings were pinned down at their own nine-yard line with 24 seconds left and failed to move the ball.

Heid finished the game with 140 yards on 15-of-33 passing and gave up one interception.

Running back, Dajon Newell led Augustana with 86 yards rushing on 11 carries.

The Vikings play Minnesota State at 1 p.m. Saturday in Mankato, Minn.

University of Sioux Falls 55, Southwest Minnesota State 48

MARSHALL, Minn. – In a back-and-forth shootout, the University of Sioux Falls came out on top of Southwest Minnesota State 55-48 Saturday in Marshall, Minn.

It was the third time in five games that the Cougars (3-2, 3-2 NSIC) have scored at least 45 points.

The USF defense allowed 828 yards of total offense to SMSU.

Cougar quarterback Luke Papilion accounted for 372 total yards and five touchdowns including a 17-yard run with 44 seconds remaining to secure the win for USF.

Wes Smith led the USF receiving corps with four catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

The Cougars play Winona State at 1 p.m. Saturday in Sioux Falls.

MSU-Moorhead 47, Northern State 46

ABERDEEN – Northern State University failed to hold a 13-point fourth-quarter lead, falling to MSU-Moorhead 47-46 Saturday in Aberdeen.

The Wolves (1-4) and Dragons went back and forth all day as the crowd celebrated the annual Gypsy Days.

NSU quarterback Jared Jacobson had 161 yards and three touchdowns on 11-of-27 passing, while also adding 123 yards on 17 carries.

Running back John Hughes added 15 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown for the Wolves.

Dragon quarterback Jake Hodge had little trouble navigating the NSU secondary, passing for 292 yards and three touchdowns. MSU-M added another 294 yards on the ground.

NSU plays Minot State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Minot, N.D.

Valley City State 31, Presentation College 17

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Valley City State scored the final 21 points of a 31-17 win over Presentation College Saturday in Valley City, N.D.

The Saints (3-2, 0-2 NSAA) took a 17-10 lead midway through the third quarter on a one-yard run by Devin Mohn, but VCSU wouldscore three straight touchdowns to secure the win.

Mohn finished with 168 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 34 carries for the Saints.

PC quarterback Stephen Braswell threw for 153 yards on 15-of-32 passing and gave up on interception.

The Saints play Haskell Indian Nations University at 1 p.m. Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.

Black Hills State vs. Western State was postponed due to snow fall in the area. No makeup date has been announced.