Defensive tackles Xavier Ward and Krockett Krolikowski both produced big plays in South Dakota State University's 38-28 win over Illinois State last Saturday.
Ward, a sophomore from Freeman, turned the game back in favor of the Jackrabbits during the waning moments of the first half, stripping the ball loose and recovering the fumble at the Illinois State five-yard line. One play later, Mikey Daniel scored to give SDSU a lead it would not relinquish.
Krolikowski, a redshirt freshman from Winner, recorded three tackles-one for loss-and one sack for the Jackrabbits. Krolikowski has a team-high 3.5 sacks this season.
Against Illinois State, South Dakota State turned two second-quarter turnovers into 14 points to pull away in the matchup between two top-10 ranked teams.
Mitchell grad and backup SDSU quarterback Kanin Nelson finished 1-for-1 for a two-yard completion.
Up next, the No. 7 Jackrabbits (5-2, 3-2) face Missouri State on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.
Bormann records career-low
For the third time this fall season, South Dakota State women's golfer Teresa Toscano recorded a top-10 finish, this time at the UC Irvine Invitational in Santa Ana, California.
The Jackrabbits placed fourth for their second top-five finish of the fall season. SDSU shot a season-low 6-over-par 870 (290-288-292). Cal Poly won the 10-team tournament with a 5-under-par 859.
Parkston High School graduate Sydney Bormann finished 11th with a career-low 216 (72-72-72). She collected 11 birdies in the tournament, including three among the final nine holes.
South Dakota State opens the spring season in February.
Scotland's Iwan sees times for Dakota State
Scotland High School graduate and Dakota State University freshman running back Tanner Iwan has seven carries for 30 yards for the Trojans this season. Iwan also has one catch for five yards.
Iwan and Dakota State lost to Waldorf University 51-37 in a North Star Athletic Association game last Saturday in Madison.
This week, the Trojans (3-7, 2-4) play at No. 19 Dickinson State to close out the season.