BROOKINGS -- Third-ranked South Dakota State held Long Island University to 123 yards of total offense en route to a 38-3 victory Saturday at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.
With starting quarterback J’Bore Gibbs sidelined by injury, SDSU (1-1) turned to Mitchell native Kanin Nelson under center. SDSU finished with 324 yards of total offense as Nelson completed 6-of-8 passes for 108 yards in his first collegiate start. He also scored a two-yard rushing touchdown.
Pierre Strong led the ground game with 55 yards on 12 carries, while freshman Devin Blakley added 52 yards on five carries.
The Jackrabbit defense limited LIU to nearly identical yardage totals in each half — 62 yards in the first half and 61 in the second half. Christian Rozeboom paced SDSU with eight tackles plus a forced fumble, with fellow linebacker Seven Wilson adding six stops.
Cade Johnson was the leading receiver for the Jackrabbits with three catches for 69 yards
The Jackrabbits continue their homestand by hosting Drake on Sept. 14. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Oklahoma 70, South Dakota 14
NORMAN, Okla.—Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts passed for 259 yards and three scores in a little more than one half of work to lead the fourth-ranked Sooners to a 70-14 win over South Dakota Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
It was Oklahoma’s fifth game against an FCS opponent since 1999 and this one had a similar result as the previous four. The Sooners (2-0) outgained the Coyotes (0-2) 390-112 in the first half and took a 28-0 lead into the break. A pick-six from Oklahoma defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles began the second half and the rout was on.
South Dakota’s scores came in the third quarter from the arm of Austin Simmons. He connected with Kody Case on a 23-yard strike with 5:46 left in the frame to make it 49-7. It was the third time Simmons and Case have hooked up this season. Simmons hit Caleb Vander Esch with a 27-yard strike on 4th-and-12 the next time USD had it to make it 56-14.
Simmons completed 25 of 34 passes for 244 yards. He had the two touchdown tosses and was intercepted twice. Simmons became the seventh Coyote quarterback to reach 4,000 yards passing. He finished the night with 4,024.
Case caught six passes for 68 yards one week after tying USD’s single-game record with 11. Drew Greenhaw caught three passes for a career-best 40 yards. Ben Klett ran eight times for 29 yards to lead the Coyotes on the ground. USD passed for 269, ran for 79 and totaled 348 yards.
Oklahoma racked up 733 yards of offense.
The Coyotes return to Vermillion to host Houston Baptist at 2 p.m. Saturday inside the DakotaDome.
Briar Cliff 13, Dakota State 10
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Briar Cliff earned a non-conference college football win over Dakota State on Saturday. Stanton Lee scored a go-ahead 12-yard touchdown with 9:59 left for the Chargers.
Brodie Frederiksen rushed 21 times for 107 yards with a touchdown for the Trojans. He averaged 5.1 yards per rush and registered 100-plus rushing yards for the second straight game. Brenner Furlong added four rushes for 21 yards.
Torren Devericks completed nine passes in 29 throws for 70 yards for DSU. Josh Giese caught two passes for 26 yards. Adeon Patterson added two catches for 14 yards.
Briar Cliff piled up a total of 328 offensive yards in the game and held Dakota State to 189 offensive yards. The Chargers rushed 48 times for a total of 232 yards compared to the Trojans 38 rushes for 119 yards. BCU recorded 96 passing yards while DSU had 70 passing yards.
Augustana University 52, Upper Iowa 0
SIOUX FALLS -- Augustana quarterback Kyle Saddler threw for 235 yards on 22-of-25 passing as the Augustana football team shutout Upper Iowa 52-0 Saturday in the 2019 season opener.
The shutout inside Kirkeby-Over Stadium is the first since the 2014 season when Augustana prevailed 52-0 over UMary on Sept. 27. The last Vikings shutout came Sept. 10, 2016, a 63-0 win at UMary.
Saddler was responsible for four touchdowns on the afternoon, rushing for two along with his two passing touchdowns. The Vikings totaled 411 yards of offense with 294 through the air and 117 on the ground.
On the other side of the ball, the Viking's defense held Upper Iowa to just 33 yards rushing and 198 yards of total offense to preserve the shutout. Augustana scored 21 points off turnovers.
Black Hills State 48, Chadron State 31
SPEARFISH -- The Black Hills State University football team led Chadron State College, 17-0, at halftime, but the Eagles earned a 48-31 rivalry victory in the first game of the 2019 season.
Andrew Tovar threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns in his first start. Kielar Harpham finished with 147 yards receiving, while Payten Gilmore had 87 yards rushing and 28 yards receiving.
For the Eagles, Dalton Holst threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns, while Elijah Myles rushed for 138 yards and three scores. Tevon Wright caught two touchdown passes.
Colorado Mesa 37, South Dakota Mines 33
RAPID CITY -- Colorado Mesa’s Greyson Matalus intercepted a Spencer Zur pass in the endzone with six seconds left in the game to seal the 37-33 win over South Dakota School of Mines on Saturday.
The Hardrockers, trailing 37-33, faced a 4th-and-18 from their own 34-yard line converted on a hook-and-ladder play to continue the comeback drive. With 14 seconds left, the Hardrockers made it down to the Maverick 12-yard line before Matalus' interception.
Colorado Mesa racked up 525 yards, while Mines finished with 417 yards.