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Jackrabbits looking for another win

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Jackrabbits broke their three-game losing skid last week against Western Illinois and will need a similar performance to come home with a win this week.

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South Dakota State takes on Missouri State in a Missouri Valley Football Conference game at 1 p.m. Saturday in Springfield, Mo.

The No. 15 Jackrabbits (4-3, 1-2 MVFC) are undefeated against the Bears in a series that started when SDSU joined the MVFC in 2008.

This will mark the sixth meeting between the schools, with the Jackrabbits winning 43-13 in Brookings last season.

SDSU running back Zach Zenner ranks second in the Football Championship Subdivision with 991 yards on the ground, averaging 141.6 per game.

The Bears enter the matchup with SDSU at 1-6 (1-2 MVFC), with their only win coming against Illinois State 37-10. Saturday will be homecoming for Missouri State.

South Dakota (3-3) at Northern Iowa (4-2) at 4 p.m. Saturday in Cedar Falls, Iowa

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa. — A pair of 17-14 wins in the Missouri Valley Football Conference has the University of South Dakota football team flying high heading into its matchup against Northern Iowa at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The defensive side of the ball will come into play for both teams as the Panthers come in ranked fourth in the FCS in points allowed, while USD is 11th.

The Coyotes topped Indiana State last week in Vermillion to even their overall record at 3-3.

USD freshman running back Trevor Bouma was named MVFC newcomer of the week for his performance against the Sycamores.

No. 11 Northern Iowa dropped its homecoming game last week to Southern Illinois 24-17.

UNI holds a 25-17-1 record in the series with USD.

Sioux Falls (3-3) at Concordia University-St. Paul (3-3) at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul, Minn.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The University of Sioux Falls’ potent offense will look to light up the scoreboard against Concordia University-St. Paul Saturday in St. Paul.

Cougar quarterback Luke Papilion ranks 13th in Division II with 123 rushing yards per game. The freshman signal caller has the second most rushing touchdowns in the country with 14 in six games.

Despite Papilion’s stellar performance last week, the Cougars fell 45-40 to Winona State at home.

The Golden Bears are allowing 341.3 yards per game coming into their matchup with USF.

The Cougars topped the Golden Bears last season 31-23 in Sioux Falls.

Northern State (2-4) vs. Bemidji State (2-4) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN — The Wolves will look to build momentum against Bemidji State at 2:30 p.m. in Aberdeen.

Northern State is coming of a thrilling 22-21 win over Minot State, which saw the Wolves come out on top in the final seconds for theirsecond win of the season.

NSU’s rushing and passing game is led by quarterback Jarod Jacobson, who has gained 427 yards on the ground and 1041 passing through six games. Jacobson has accounted for 15 touchdowns — four rushing and 11 passing.

BSU’s rushing attack is paced by Avery Walker, who has 729 yards and five touchdowns on the ground this season for the Beavers.

Augustana College (2-4) vs. Upper Iowa (4-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS — The Vikings will attempt to break their three-game losing skid against Upper Iowa at 1 p.m. Saturday in at Kirkeby-Over Stadium in Sioux Falls.

Augustana College will celebrate homecoming against the Peacocks. The Vikings are 4-1 in homecoming games since 2008.

The Vikings are 6-0 in the series, outscoring the Peacocks 271-61. Last season, Augustana defeated Upper Iowa 66-20.

Viking quarterback Trey Heid comes into the contest averaging 149.3 passing yards per game and has thrown for six touchdowns.

Presentation College (4-2) vs. Cole College at 7 p.m. Saturday in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN — The Saints play host to college football newcomer Cole College of Denver at 7 p.m. Saturday in Aberdeen.

Presentation is coming off a 34-14 road win over Haskell Indian Nations University.

Saints’ quarterback Stephen Braswell threw for 200 yards against HINU, while finding wide receiver Matt James for three touchdowns.

James’ performance set a Presentation record for touchdowns in a single game.

Cole College is in its second year of competitive football.

Dakota State (2-5) vs. Briar Cliff (2-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Madison

MADISON — Dakota State University moved into a tie for first place in the North Star Athletic Conference with its win over Jamestown College Saturday.

The Trojans will look to keep that momentum going when they face Briar Cliff at 1 p.m. Saturday in Madison.

DSU is still in search of its first home victory of the season.

The Trojans topped Briar Cliff last season 35-28 in Sioux City, Iowa.

The matchup with Briar Cliff will be the Trojans’ annual “Rushing for the Cure” game and seniors will be recognized prior to kickoff.

Black Hills State (0-5) vs. Chadron State (4-2) at 4 p.m. Saturday in Spearfish

SPEARFISH — The Black Hills State football team is still in search of its first win of the season heading into a matchup with Chadron State at 4 p.m. Saturday in Spearfish.

The Yellow Jackets lost in the final minute against Adams State last weekend 49-43.

BHSU quarterback went 17-of-41 passing for 287 yards and two touchdowns against Adams State, while also rushing 16 times for 78 yards and two scores.

The matchup with Chadron State will be just the second home game for the Yellow Jackets after their game on Oct. 6 against Western State was postponed due to weather.

SD Mines (4-2) vs. Tiffin (Ohio) (1-5) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa. — The South Dakota School of Mines football team plays Tiffin University for the first time at 1 p.m. Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

The game will be played at a neutral site on the campus of Drake University.

The Hardrockers have played two quarterbacks for most of the 2013 season. Evan Sanders has played the bulk of the minutes, averaging 180.5 yards passing per game and has thrown for 11 touchdowns.

Ben Broeker has seen time at quarterback in all six games for SD Mines, throwing for 385 yards and six touchdowns.

The game time has been changed from 4 p.m. to 1 p.m.