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USD football primer: Coyotes head to UND for final road game of season

Everything you need to know ahead of USD's game in Grand Forks

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South Dakota's Travis Theis (5) runs the ball against North Dakota State on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at the DakotaDome, in Vermillion.
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VERMILLION — The University of South Dakota football team picked up its second Missouri Valley Football Conference win of the season last week against Missouri State. This week the Coyotes head to Grand Forks, North Dakota, looking to play spoiler to the University of North Dakota’s playoff chances. Here’s what to know ahead of the contest.

Where: Alerus Center, Grand Forks, N.D.

When: 12 p.m. Saturday.

Records: USD 3-6, 2-4 MVFC; UND 6-3, 4-2 MVFC.

Coaches: USD’s Bob Nielson, 30th season (seventh at USD), 218-120-1 (32-40 at USD); UND’s Bubba Schweigert, 12th season (ninth at UND), 75-64 (53-43 at UND).

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Last week: USD won 20-13 over Missouri State; UND won 42-7 over Indiana State.

All-time series: UND leads 62-31-5.

Last meeting: USD won 20-13 on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in Vermillion.

Notes: The contest is the 99th all-time meeting between USD and UND. In games in Grand Forks, UND is 37-10-2, including a 14-game winning streak at home dating back to 1985. … In last season’s game in Vermillion, UND quarterback Tommy Schuster went 24-for-37 for 208 yards and a score, but USD limited the Fighting Hawks to 50 rushing yards. … The game will be televised on Midco Sports and ESPN+.

About the Coyotes: Last week Iowa State transfer Aidan Bouman got his second start in a row for USD. In his two starts, he’s 34-for-55 passing for 489 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. … UND is ranked as the No. 19 team in the country in the Stats Perform FCS Top 25 poll. This season, USD is 1-3 against teams ranked in the top 25, with its lone win coming against then-No. 14 Southern Illinois 27-24 on Oct. 22 at home. … The tilt in Grand Forks marks the final road game of the season for the Coyotes, who are 0-5 away from the DakotaDome this year. … Stephen Hillis and Brock Mogensen are No. 1 and 2 in the MVFC in tackles per game at 9.8 and 9.3, respectively. They’re two of three players in the conference over 80 tackles and they rank 21st and tied for 28th nationally in tackles per game.

About the Fighting Hawks: The Fighting Hawks sit on the bubble of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs and a win over the Coyotes is imperative for UND’s chances to make the playoffs. … UND boasts the second-best scoring offense in the MVFC at 31.6 points per game. That mark ranks tied for 33rd in the country. … In last week’s game against Indiana State, quarterback Tommy Schuster broke the all-time career passing yardage record at UND. He also broke UND’s Division-I passing touchdown record in the contest. … Schuster’s 241.1 yards per game through the air ranks 29th in the country and fourth in the MVFC. … Bo Belquist has been the top target for UND throughout the season, pacing the Fighting Hawks in receptions (50), yards (596) and he’s tied for the team lead in touchdowns with four. He’s fifth in the MVFC in receiving yards and tied for 56th in the nation, while his 50 catches are tops in the conference. … Tyler Hoosman leads the UND rushing attack with 710 yards on the ground and a conference-high 12 rushing touchdowns. The 12 rushing scores are tied for seventh in the country.

Next: USD returns home to take on Northern Iowa on Saturday, Nov. 19 for its final game of the season. The Fighting Hawks travel to the FargoDome for a tilt with No. 4 North Dakota State to close out each team’s regular season.

Zech Lambert is a sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. He graduated from Penn State University in May 2022 and began at the Mitchell Republic in July 2022. He can be reached at zlambert@mitchellrepublic.com or on Twitter @Zech_Lambert.
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