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SDSU wears down Western Illinois for fourth win in a row

Jackrabbits improve to 4-1 on the season

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South Dakota State running back Isaiah Davis makes a cut while carrying the ball in the open field during a Missouri Valley Football Conference contest against Western Illinois on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, at Dykhouse Stadium, in Brookings.
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BROOKINGS — Isaiah Davis rushed for 199 yards on 27 carries and scored twice as No. 2-ranked South Dakota State wore down Western Illinois to the tune of a 34-10 win Saturday before 15,237 fans at Dykhouse Stadium in a Missouri Valley Football Conference game.

The win was SDSU's fourth in a row (4-1, 2-0 Valley), while Western Illinois dropped to 0-5 on the season and 0-2 in conference play.

A Davis 2-yard touchdown run on the opening drive and an ensuing field goal off a WIU turnover in the red zone, SDSU led 10-0 and Mark Gronowski added an 11-yard quarterback keeper touchdown in the second quarter to help put SDSU up 17-3 at halftime.

After a field goal from Hunter Dustman in the third quarter, Gronowski found Jaxon Janke for a 19-yard touchdown pass and Davis had a 12-yard touchdown run to close the Jacks' share of the scoring on the day.

SDSU possessed the ball for more than 41 minutes in the game and ran 80 plays to WIU's 34, while gaining 458 total yards and holding WIU to only 19 rushing yards. It was SDSU's 12th win over WIU in the last 14 meetings.

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Gronowski threw for 188 yards on 17-for-33 passes. Janke had nine catches for 94 yards. SDSU's Adam Bock had a team-high 10 tackles.

SDSU will host South Dakota at 2 p.m. on Oct. 8 as the in-state rivals resume their rivalry.

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