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Fun in the snow

Brookings--Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium resembled more of a snowglobe than a football stadium on Saturday. The stands were far from packed, but the 3,042 fans dressed in winter coats and snow pants saw the fifth-ranked South Dakota State University f...

Brookings-Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium resembled more of a snowglobe than a football stadium on Saturday.

The stands were far from packed, but the 3,042 fans dressed in winter coats and snow pants saw the fifth-ranked South Dakota State University football team fight the elements and Duquesne to a 51-6 second-round win in the FCS playoffs.

The consistent snow paired with 15-20 mph winds made the Jackrabbit logo in the middle of the field and checkered pattern in each end zone nearly invisible by the end of the game. It also made the staff's efforts of using leaf blowers to uncover the yard lines during every pause in play, as well as clearing the snow off the field at halftime, unrewarding.

On the field, players downplayed the impact the snow had on the game. In fact, Freeman native Xavier Ward and Duquesne wide receiver Nehari Crawford both called it fun to play in.

"I'm from South Dakota, so this stuff doesn't really phase me," Ward said. "... I have in high school played in snow, but it wasn't really that big of a change."

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SDSU running back Mikey Daniel, who rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns, said the elements helped the Jackrabbit rushing game since "no one likes to tackle in these conditions."

However, when asked if that's true, Winner native Krockett Krolikowski laughed and said, "I like to tackle in this weather."

The redshirt-freshman defensive lineman said it made it hard to sustain an effective pass rush as the snow built up on the field, though. Ward echoed that sentiment, saying everyone was slipping.

"(Snow) is a part of football," Crawford said. "You can't really worry about conditions. ... Snow is something new for me. It's fun."

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